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Stars and Stripes Ride – Post Ride Recap

Written on July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM, by

Stars and Stripes RideWhile July’s ride is in the bag. It was great seeing everybody dressed in Stars and Stripes, and Red, White, and Blue. It made a big impact on the ride.

Thanks to the San Jose City Council and Mayoral candidates who were present at the ride start: Sam Liccardo, Don Gagliardi, and Raul Peralez. Although Dave Cortese was not present he sent out the Cortese Team to work the crowd.

Also at the start of this month’s ride we featured and we hope you had a chance to visit San Jose Bike Polo at Shark Park. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, these polo enthusiasts are at the tennis courts every Wednesday and Sunday evenings if you would like to give it a try.

Thanks to all over you who went with the flow and followed us as we made some changes to the regroup areas. Since this is an interactive and viral ride, these things happen and we just gotta deal with it.

We do suggest that you visit and subscribe to our Twitter and Instagram feed . This is exactly what we use it for. Here is a list of update items we keep you posted on in twitter and/or Instagram.

Changes to Test Rides or Monthly rides – ride starts, regroups or times.
Interactive ride highlights and photos
Route changes or areas to avoid

We decided to mix it up a little with a band instead of a DJ this month. What did you think of Jake Mackey and Bullet? In bike party tradition all equipment used to power and distribute the sound was provided all by bike and battery power. Yes, it was a bit challenging but we were able to set it up on the fly with no major problems.

Now on to some of the comments on the ride reflections and Facebook posts. Some have mentioned that they don’t like the band, or they don’t like the ride route, or why we don’t come to your town. As with everything else in life the devil is in the details. Needless to say it takes a lot of work to put these rides on. We continually ask for help but fall short of getting committed, reliable, and dependable help. This is an all volunteer organization.

San Jose Bike Polo

San Jose Bike Polo at Shark Park

Many have complained and we do listen. We also ask that you attend volunteer meetings, or show up on test rides to help out. Yeah we’ve heard it all, “ I would go but I just couldn’t make the meeting …..but you should do this.” In these times of Facebook click’tavism, we still value meeting people face to face. As our byline states “Building community through cycling” we mean more than just an online community but coming to a meet up and introducing yourself to others in the flesh. Yes we value you positive, constructive, and well thought out criticism but they have so much more effect in person.

Look for bigger things to come next month. Until then Bike PARTY!!!!

Tell us of your concerns at those meetings. If you’d like to suggest we try something new, well guess what, we’re tapped out. We may suggest you try it yourself with some backing from us. Until next month.

Stars and Stripes

Although not exactly on theme, their color scheme is just perfect.

Stars and Stripes Ride – Ride Reflections

Written on July 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM, by

What a night for a ride!

San Jose Bike Party ladies

photo: Metroactive.com

Another beautiful summer evening in the Santa Clara Valley. What a nice night for a bike ride. Did you see all your old friends? Did you meet new ones?

How was the ride route and length? What did you think of the regroups? First time to hear our music bikes? How was the band?

Did you get a chance to stop by your favorite food truck?

Well let us know what you though of tonight’s ride. Let’s do this again next month. Shall we?

Stars and Stripes Ride Information

Written on July 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM, by

Uncle Sam

We want you….to act responsibly.

Ahh…Summertime is here; camping trips, backyard barbecues, and biking. Independence Day has passed us by, but we’re still ready to celebrate the summer in red, white, and blue. So pull out your patriotic dress, your Uncle Sam hat, even decorate your bike if you feel so inclined, but let’s show off some color. Our monthly rides are held on the third Friday of each month at 8 pm. This month our ride is on Friday, July 18th.

We love summertime rides, and all of the great people of San Jose, but we always have a few people that ruin things for the others. Please call out or let others know of irresponsible behavior.

This month we’ve called out Uncle Sam on his big wheeled penny farthing to send a message,  “WE WANT YOU..” to act responsibly.

No fireworks, firecrackers, or any other incendiary or pyrotechnics will be tolerated on the ride. Any one caught will be reported, and photo or video evidence will be provided to the authorities. Be smart, be responsible, have fun. Now on to the good stuff.

Ride details  - Routes, Regroups and Directions – Available Now
Look For “Route Information” Section

San Jose Bike Party presents The Ladies Ride 2014

Written on July 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM, by

Ladies Ride 2014

San Jose Bike Party presents the 5th Annual Ladies Ride

Ride details and route to be released soon. Check back here for updates.

But here is what we have for now.

Day: Saturday
Date: August 2
Time: 5 pm

We are currently wrapping up the route for this annual ride but we wanted the ladies of the Silicon Valley to put this on your calendar. This ride is for Ladies only. You are welcome to bring along accompanied children who are physically capable of completing the ride. We do ask however that no accompanying males be over 14 years of age.

Please use this ride to make meet new people, share riding stories, accomplishments, and most importantly make new friends.

Shiny Side up 2014

Jessica O’Neil to hold two bike repair workshops

Jessica O'Neill

Jessica O’Neill in the Facebook Shop. Photo: League of American Cyclists

We are pleased to have Jessica O’Neill, professional bike mechanic, currently with Facebook to provide two workshops for women on bike repair.

We will be partnering with History San Jose and Shiny Side Up at Kelly Park to hold the two workshops on the weekend before the Ladies Ride. There are only a limited amount of seats available so register now.

 

 

 

Silicon Valley Bikes exhibitionDay: Sunday
Date: July 27, 2014
Time: Park activities will be from 10 am – 4 pm. Women’s workshops at 11 am and 12:30 pm
Location: Wetzl Room in the Pacific Hotel at Kelly Park (This is the same room as the new bike exhibition)
Two workshops: How to Fix a Flat and General Bike Maintenance.
(See registration form below)

In addition to the workshops their will be a bike show, museum exhibition, food trucks and more.

Jessica O'NeillHere is a biography for Jessica who is volunteering here time to hold these workshops. Thanks Jessica.

Jessica’s love for bikes started the moment she outgrew training wheels. As a kid growing up in the rural California Sierra Nevada, riding a bike was sometimes the only form of entertainment. However, it wasn’t long before she found herself going further, longer with each day. The sense of freedom, adventure and peaceful escape that rides provided are some of the many aspects of cycling that have kept her on two wheels ever since.

Eventually her passion for bicycling spawned a career that is now six years strong. As a mechanic and outdoor school instructor at REI, Jessica first developed her mechanical expertise and passion for encouraging others to ride. More recently, she has moved on to Facebook headquarters as a professional mechanic. When not working on bikes, she is teaching classes, leading rides, developing programs and organizing events.

As a personal goal to get more women on bikes, she also leads a series of women-only classes, rides and events that promote ridership through education and supportive mentorship. Collectively, her work at Facebook helps to shape a culture that embraces cycling as a practical means of transportation. Her ultimate goal is to help expand this culture beyond the confines of Facebook and into the greater community.

San Jose Bike Party and Bicycle Culture featured in Metro Cover Story

Written on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM, by

Metro July 9 2014This week San Jose’s weekly newspaper the Metro published two fine articles on the history of cycling in San Jose by Diane Solomon. Diane is well known for her first article “The Art of the Wheel” which was published by the Metro on May 1o, 2010. Although the article featured to young and highly artistic custom bike designers and fabricators. It really was the start of Diane Solomon’s long discovery of cycling history in San Jose. In that article she writes;

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Here’s some updates before this month’s Stars and Stripes ride

Written on July 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM, by

GiDM’s going north

GiDM, also known as Guerillaz in Da Mixx is headed north this weekend; riding with the Sunset Crew in the East Bay. Ride starts at Berkeley’s Ashby BART station this Saturday, July 12th at 6 pm. For those of you not familiar with GiDM rides, the rides are shorter focusing mainly on music and dancing. After a one stop ride GiDM rides park their bikes for a night of music and dancing under the stars.

Guerrillaz in Da Mixx

Bullet – Featuring Jake Mackey to be featured on July’s Stars and Stripes Ride

Were decided to give the DJ a July summer vacation. This month we will have a band in his place. Come check out the local band Bullet with Jake Mackey. The four man band will be playing rock to reggae and everything in between.

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The Summer of Fun Continues – Bikes, History, Racing, and the Ladies Ride

Written on July 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM, by

Silicon Valley Bikes

Silicon Valley Bikes opening July 27 at History San Jose in Kelly Park

How’s you summer going so far? Its been busy, but are we having fun dreaming up new ways to get you on your bike.

Well we’ve still got plenty of rides and events planned for you this summer. In a previous post (“A summer of fun, and this is just the start“) we mentioned some great rides and activities for the warm days ahead, but just like your favorite infomercial we just have to shout, “but wait, there’s more!”

Just one week before our annual Ladies Ride, San Jose Bike Party will be teaming up with History San Jose and Behind Bars, Inc. to launch this groundbreaking celebration of bicycle history in San Jose.  All events will be taking place at Kelly Park, centered at the restored Pacific Hotel. All events will be held in Kelley Park so check below for more details. Here are some of the events in store:

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Bikers as Makers? – Have you been to San Jose Bike Party?

Written on July 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM, by

Bike Party Lights

photo: Alex Stover – MetroActive.

We get some great feed back from you, our monthly riders passionately describing what a great time you had on our monthly rides. In addition to the ride itself, you give some great compliments on the food, the Raven Bikes, the themes expressed in costumes, and the quirky entertainment; such as the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, San Jose Taiko, and Red Bull’s trials rider Kenny Belaey.

But what we hear the most is just how much you like all of the lights and music. It was San Jose Bike Party that first strapped speakers onto some cargo bikes, added some amps, a DJ app on an iPad, a microphone and some VHF transceivers to distribute the playlist to other roving “speaker bikes”.

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Neon Rave Ride – Ride Reflections

Written on June 21, 2014 at 1:30 AM, by

What a night huh…The lights and the music tonight initiated the start of summer. Are you ready.

What did you think of tonight’s ride? The route? Too short? Too long?

Did you like the costumes or the sheer number of bikes all lit up?

How was the show? Let us know.

Neon Rave Ride – June 20, 2014

Written on June 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM, by

 Neon Rave Ride Original
Ahh Summer, the days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. Don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm for nigh time fun, let’s bring on the lights. This ride is all about lighting up the night. So if you got lights let’s see ‘em. Light up your bike, or better yet light up yourself, just make it bright and colorful. Let’s do this.
As always, San Jose Bike Party is the third Friday of every month. Wheels hit the street at 8:00 PM. Got questions? Like what’s a BIRD? What’s a Raven? Will you have food? All your answers are below so read on my friends. Read more