Bike Party started in Sunnyvale this
month. That was close enough to home that I just rode down there.
Took about 45 minutes. I'd tried to make a pre-ride out of it, but
I'd waited until the evening before to make a facebook event for
the ride. In the end only a couple of us did that. Next time I'm
going to start earlier on that!
I find something humorous in the
fact that covering up the GI in GIANT with a sticker leaves you
with an ANT bike.
That faded tie dye on Lawrence is
from a truly hippie Palo Alto institution. Much more "Hippie" than
The guy with the red trailer is one
of the bike party regulars I see at so many rides. Sometimes he
has a kid riding behind on a smaller bike watching a movie on the
TV screen on the back of his bike. This time he was riding with
the trailer for the first time. He explained that powering the
sound and lights for the evening ends up taking three motorcycle
batteries, and he was getting tired of carrying the extras on his
back. The trailer was his new solution to that problem.
Turns out that lots of the "Hippies"
were people that pulled tie dye out of the closet. I think Diane
was the only one I saw in a Guatemalan vest, even though that was
truly a hippie icon back in the day.
The official theme was "Hippies vs.
Hipsters". I wasn't really sure what hipsters looked like. The
woman in tights was the first one that said "yes" when I asked
"Are you a hipster?"
I think checkered flannel shirts are
one hipster theme. If I'd have known earlier I could have
photographed many more of them.
The tailpipes around that BIKEPRTY
are pure show. That bike had so much well done home made bling!
Where did she find bell bottoms?
This was Ed's 54th consecutive San
Jose Bike Party. That's turning into a difficult to beat record!
The regroup on Democracy Way was perfect. The street was big
enough that everybody had plenty of room, the crowd was in a good
mood and so many nice things were going on. I focused on having a
good time for a while.
I think the guy on the left got his
hippie costume from a costume shop. The kind where you can get a
wookie costume or a pirate costume or a hippie costume or many
By the end everybody was smiling.
Something about riding and partying with people just puts
everybody in a good mood. Looking forward to next months ride!