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Posted 25 Apr 2013Just stumbled across this...
You LA area guys may have seen this in person before....
Ridiculously tall...20" wheels .... terrible pants too...
But it's gotta take balls to ride a 12 ft bike with no helmet and no way to stop and put your feet down.
Posted 3 Oct 2012So the Philly Ride this year was a success.
Philly Ride 2012
Still had a few visitors in town. So, the next day I went for a much more laid-back cruise with a few people. No plan for the day; we just kind of bounced around and ended up getting cheese steaks and seeing some sights whenever we thought of them. Rolled through some small neighborhoods, Cruised by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, saw South Street's Magic Garden (which is where most of the pics are from).
So I decided to break out the GJS Freestyler for a little fresh air.
I swapped out the Stadium tires for some old SnakeBelly-ish rider tires I had hanging around.
A damn Nice day to be outside on some vintage 4130.
Posted 20 Aug 2012It's that time of year again......
2012 ~ (5th Annual) ~ PHILADELPHIA RIDE ~
Wow, I can't believe we've been doing this for FIVE years already.
It's a Meet & Greet of all kinds of BMX enthusiasts / riders, etc.... A chance to ride our BMX bikes and see the City.
Group Gathering / City "Cruise" / some Flatland and Street Sessions as we cruise across Philly.
SATURDAY - September 29h at (11am – 7pm)
11am meet at the lot - 1pm roll out.
Just in case you missed the Ride previous years - Here's what it's all about...
Previous years for the Fall ride: We all met up on the east side of the city at a parking lot near Penns Landing, swapped parts handed out shirts, geek'd out over everyone's BMX Bikes. Then we hit the streets - cruising around the city stopping at various spots to flatland, and street ride, sight see, take pictures... We cruised by Independence Hall, City Hall, Love Park, Logan Circle, and the Philadelphia Art Museum... then we headed back East to the South Street area for some good Philadelphia Eats and Drinks. Good times!.
Changes from the last ride: NO BRIDGE to Camden. We will not be riding accross the bridge this year. I realize it caused a divide in the group midway through the ride. Plus a lot of flat tires. So NO worries. Lets stick together this year.
We have some new things and locations planned for this year.
We had up to 70 people riding with us - of all experience levels. From Old Pro riders to guys and gals who occasionally ride. Helmets are optional - but know that we will be riding in the city.. with real cars and buses. We all look out for each other. But if you're afraid of the city, please keep that in mind.
Also, to keep the group together as much as possible - we are Highly recommending NOT bringing the whole family (young kids, grandma's ... etc) this time. This will be much more of a RIDER'S RIDE than last year. it will be a new journey, and We'll be covering more distance - with even less bike lanes, and less stopping for group catch up until get get to designated Meeting areas. Ideally, I will be scheduling out a route and check points with meet-times for anyone who falls behind or shows up late. This will help us avoid having to stop and make sure everyone is following. (Details to come.......) - but bring your iPhones/GPS's etc.
We don't recommend you bringing inexperienced riders to this event, PLEASE leave your toddlers young kids, and timid riders at home.
We'll be trekking across the city at a semi-fast pace at times dodging lots of obstacles. It can be detrimental to the flow of the ride to have the group spread too far apart across the city waiting for people who are afraid to ride in the busy streets or carefully roll thru an occasional red light ;). Nothing personal against inexperienced riders — but we'd like to keep the group together as much as possible.[/i]
WHERE: MEETING PLACE
We’re going to meet at the same meeting place as previous years.
At 11am - We’ll meet at the parking lot located at 588 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA, 19106.
It’s a pay lot with an attendant - which worked out very well for everyone and kept everyone’s cars safe from any stragglers and the (jerky) Philadelphia Parking Authority .
The lot is called the "South Street Bridge" Parking Lot at Penns Landing.
We'll start here at 11 AM, hang out for a bit and wait for people to show up, and get warmed up to ride. Then make our way out on the streets to begin our cruise - About 1pm. (Feel free to bring stuff to swap... BUT the focus of this gathering is a RIDE - not a bike show or swap meet. So be ready to ride by 1pm.
- NOTE for (2012)!!! - EAT breakfast and/or Lunch before you get here - or pack some lunch. We don't plan on stopping for food until the evening - after we've ridden the whole route (besides maybe a 7-11 drink stop, or maybe a stop at the PIAZZA again... we'll see.). From our experience with other rides, we'd like everyone to be well-fed enough to be able to ride a few hours without stopping for a mid-day meal. Again - this is in the interest of smooth flow and fun times. Lets all be on the same page hunger-wise.
Any BMX bike is appropriate for this ride. BUT ... Lets try our best to keep it OLD SCHOOL.
It really was impressive to see so many old bmx bikes at the gathering last year. It really gave the whole event much more soul.
Mainly - make sure it IS ride-able.
We don't want your "prized-show-winner" -or- your "old bucket" to be falling apart halfway through the ride.
We will be riding a fair distance. So TUNE UP those old jalopys and Lets ride!!!
Also - In previous years, we've been lucky enough to have some people ride with backpacks containing small tools, tubes and pumps before - who have helped others out in need of a quick repair. Those who have - are considered Saints in my book. Thank you! And if possible - to those who are willing - we encourage it to continue.
IMPORTANT - "BRAVERY, IDIOTS, and the BUDDY SYSTEM"
We love freestyle, and riding the street obstacles, Oh Yes we do! I've hurt myself plenty of times - and I'm better for it. It's encouraged to challenge yourself on your bike. BUT - for the sake of this ride and the whole group, we're setting a guideline for everyone. If you're going to try something TOO courageous... please be prepared to deal with the consequences on your own. We don't want to have to cancel the ride for everyone midway across town because you went over-the-bars leaping down a staircase and need to be helicoptor-lifted out of there. If you're the kinda guy who likes to get super extreme.. That's awesome! We'd all love to see some great stunts during the ride. But please make sure you use the buddy system. (meaning, Please make sure you have a friend or two with you to help you get yourself, and your Bike, back to your car or to a hospital.)... so that the rest of us can continue. We DO care about you.. we just don't want one person's mishap to cancel everyone's day. Lets hear it for the Buddy System...
Traveling BY CAR
The Lot is located just north of both North and South exit ramps off of I-95 (EXIT 20).
If you're coming from the north (I-95 S), you'll be making a left off the exit ramp (traffic light) onto Columbus Blvd, and the parking lot will be just ahead on the left.
If you're coming from the South (I-95 N), Make a left off the exit ramp onto Columbus Blvd, you'll go through 3 traffic lights. and the Lot will be on your left, just after the 3rd traffic light.
The Parking lot entrance is directly across the street from this big obnoxious Shark-fin shaped condo/pier building that sits out on the water on the Right. Looks like this:
There's a left turning lane to get into the lot.
Here's the Lot entrance: (gotta love google street view)
BY TRAIN or BUS
Anyone coming in on the Septa Regional Rail lines
(for NY, Jersey, or North East, you'll most likely be using NJ Transit down to the R3 "West Trenton Line".
Once the train enters the city, - the stop you want is called "Market East" Station (usually the first city stop).
Market East station spans from 9th street to 12th st... on Market Street. Once you come out of the station....You'll want to head south about 6 blocks to South Street.
Once you hit South Street.... then head east to the end of South Street - about 10 blocks... then cross the walking bridge at the end of south street. That will take you down to the Lot we're meeting at.
It's a quick ride from the station - about 10 fast minutes on bike.
Here's a little walking/riding map I made from Google Maps.
Coming from south street. and head east (the numbered street go down, you'll cross 2nd street) once you hit Front street (which is basically 1st Street)... there's a walking bridge with SOUTH STREET written on it (and has giant walking stick-people statues)... just cross over front street go to the end of the walking bridge - Down the Ramp/Steps and it takes you to our Lot/Meeting place.
Here's a pic of the east end of south street and the entrance of the walking bridge.
A closer shot of the south street walking bridge entrance.
(google street view... I swear I didn't mess with this picture at all....)
For HOTEL ACCOMODTIONS. there are a bunch of options.
Here are a few of them:
Comfort Inn (at Penns Landing / Historic area) is actually Very close to where we'll be meeting up.
100 N. Chris. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA, US, 19106
Typical cheap rates... Here's a link:
The Holiday Inn (Historic District) is probably the simplest.. and close to where we'll start and end the ride.
400 Arch st., Philadelphia, PA 19106
It's a 4th and Arch Streets. which is more "In" the town near the nightlife.
Here's a Link:
Holiday Inn Express : PHILADELPHIA-MIDTOWN
1305-11 WALNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107, UNITED STATES
Hotel Reservations : 1 800 972 2796
1227 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
....looks about $120 per room.
BEST WESTERN Center City Phila
$103 per room for the night. (internet special)
(about a 12-15 min bike ride from the meeting point - I do this ride every day.)
HYATT Regency at Penns Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 19106
Tel: +1 215 928 1234
(A little more expensive - high end hotel - but VERY close to the meeting spot. - great view of the city too.)
Looks to be about $225 per night.
12th and Spruce Streets. Still very close.
Only $109 per night.
And there are a bunch of others too. (do some research)
.. but just so you know. we'll be starting on the east side of the city.
SHIRTS, Posters & Stuff....
I'll do my best to get some Posters made up again this year..... no promises.... we'll see.
SHIRTS : Yes, I'm hoping to have T-Shirts made again this year. (Design to follow)
I'll have a limited supply. First priority for shirts will be attendees of the ride. Please don't bank on grabbing some for friends and family who aren't present at the ride, until everyone gets a shirt at the ride. The point of the shirts is so we can all wear them that day.
Last year we handed out shirts Only at the Ride "meeting point"... and we asked for donations - chip in whatever you can - even if it's not much . It worked out well last year. I will be covering the initial cost of the shirts... and hope with donations (If you can manage it) that we will come close to breaking even again. We really just want people to have something to take home with them to remember the ride.
I Hope I got all the info in this lengthy post... and it helps answer any questions you may have.
I'll be updating it as I figure out more details. Most of all. I look forward to hanging, and riding again on September 29th.
Posted 3 Aug 2012Hey guys a friend of mine sent me these pics asking what kind of pegs they were.
I tentatively ID'd them as early generation (possibly 1st gen.) GT "Tube ride" pegs — based on a foggy memory of another set I saw in and advert or a build — and just plain logic. They are very similar to the classic 85-86-87 GT Tube Ride pegs - but lack knurling and GT logos.
He said they are about 2 inches long.
Does anyone know if this is a proper identification?
Does anyone else have a set - or pics, ads, 84-ish 'zine reviews... etc?
(His reply was that "Makes sense, they came off of an 85 GT World Tour". Which made me happy to hear.)
If anyone has any early GT peg knowledge, kindly drop it here.
Posted 21 Jul 2012Learned a new trick...
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