What a night. Spring has arrived.
What did you think of tonight’s ride. Special thanks to DJ Nate and to the Silicon Valley Rollers Girls. What did you think of them at our first regroup. If you want to help out check out a post we in which we featured their challenge to find a new venue.
What did you think of the food trucks? Did you enjoy the food? Anyway any constructive comments are encourage. For the others we suggest you get involved and make changes that way. Thanks again for a great ride.
Ahhh …Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer, the California poppys are blooming, and its time to get your bike ready to roll. This month’s ride features DJ Nate along the route and the Silicon Valley Rollers Girls at our first regroup. The Roller Girls have recently lost their home rink, so make sure you give them all the support you can. It’s that time. Let’s do this.
Ride details – Routes, Regroups and Directions are now available
Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be giving a demo of the fast paced sport of roller derby this Friday during the Flower Power Ride. As you may know, San Jose Skate, their current practice space and bouting venue, is closing permanently on June 1, 2014. Just like San Jose Bike Party, Silicon Valley Roller Girls are deep in the community and help keep young girls and women active in a sport that they love. Funny, just like cycling.
Guerillaz in Da Mixx is a mobile bicycle dance party that seeks out the forgotten, the forbidden, and the unfortunate, and utilizes the element of surprise and extraordinary mobility to bring the beats to our brothers and sisters in San Jose.
Been to our monthly bike party rides? Well these rides are a bit different. We are a tight knit group of dancers and riders. The rides are shorter with one quick stop and then an unannounced stop later on. Then we begin our night of beckoning beats and dancing among pulsating laser lights. Yes the rides are shorter but the nights are longer, lasting until the last dancer is left standing.
There is not a monthly theme style ride but a few rides and you’ll soon realize that music and dance are our themes. This month’s DJ is none other than DJ Sharkie. We start at Saint James Park in downtown San Jose. Ride is on Saturday, April 26th. Wheels hit the street at 8 PM.
Guerillaz in Da Mixx – Join the Facebook Group
GiDM is not affiliated with San Jose Bike Party but does follow SJBP’s “How We Ride“.
As the weather gets warmer there’s nothing better than getting on your bike and dancing. Dancing? Yeah come join the tribe; the Dance Tribe. By now you know how bike party works but did you know we also set up a dance area with synchronized music bikes, a DJ (or other entertainment), and a light show. Top this off with food trucks and you’ve got a great evening. DJ Nate will be at April’s Flower Power Ride on the 18th so come out and join us.
So lets do this! We need folks to be Dance Leaders…. fearless ride-dancers who are willing to get up there and set things off. We need to transform things a bit here in the South Bay and we need your help to do it!
If you are bringing a music bike, please post up your specs and look for the Orange Guerilla Bike at the start and stops to connect up. We utilize a series of wires and wireless hookups to create a cohesive dance floor.
Here’s the lineup:
April – Flower Power Ride: DJ Nate (check out DJ Nate on Soundcloud)
May – Ride of the Gods: Deejay Live
June – Neon Rave Ride DJ A.O.
Music Bikes are a key part of San Jose Bike Party and we encourage anyone interested to come on out with your bicycle based sound system We do however ask that you follow some basic guidelines:
- Be able to control your volume and use common sense when going through residential areas after 10pm. Be forewarned, tickets are occasionally issued for noise heard beyond 50 feet from your “vehicle”.
- Don’t compete with other music bikes. Turn down your volume when overtaking another music bike & also turn down if you come up on another music bike at a stop light. The lead music bike has the right of way at stops. Music on Music is noise; nobody likes it and it detracts from enjoying the ride.
- Don’t overpower your system to the point of distortion. Loud does not necessarily equate to good when it comes to sound quality. If you want to increase your power, talk to some of the other music bike captains and ask them to share their experience.
- At the stops, come join in the sync up if you want to be part of the main dance area, or find another clear area to play where you are not stepping on or competing with other music bikes. For more more information on joining the music bike sync or other music bike related topics please contact email@example.com
Please note: For those of you who are looking for a more music and dance centric ride check out our Guerillazz in Da Mixx rides. Shorter routes, one brief rest stop, and then an all night dance and music stop.
Bike the Limits is Back
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 8 AM
For those of you wishing to do more rides we’re going to bike the city limits. Well not really but we will do a long ride around the Silicon Valley. This ride will require some training so if you haven’t been on BTL test ride or have done longer rides get on it; now.
Ride Start: San Jose City Hall Plaza
We will have more details later so stay tuned.
Last year we started San Jose Kidz Bike Party and it was a great success. Similar in style to a regular bike party, we ride with our music bikes, and the playlist is selected by the children. The routes are short; ranging in length from 1 to 3 miles, so Kidz Bike Party is appropriate for 5 to 12 year old children.
After each ride we have a barbecue in a local park with food and fixin’s all brought in by bike. We plan to do about four rides this year so check back with us on additional dates and other details. Each participant must wear a helmet and have completed and signed a liability waiver.
Here is a tentative schedule for the year
We will most likely include our Halloween and Christmas Holiday rides as well.
Facebook – San Jose Kidz Bike Party
HIppies VS. Hipsters (3-21-2014)
Photos by Tian Harter
This month’s artist is Isabel Quinonez, a 29 year old local from San Jose. You may remember Izzy from a story we did back in December titled “Bike Party People – Giving back to San Jose“. In that article we highlighted her great work helping to raise food for the needy during the holidays, and she talked about how bike party transformed her. Here is Izzy in her own words about her art.
My name is Isabel Quinonez I’m 29 years old and born and raised in San Jose, Ca. Biking has always been a part of my life. Being from an era where the internet didn’t exist, bicycles were a pastime for the neighborhood kids and I. We had our own Bike Parties and much like today it was a great way to catch up with each other, entertain our friendships and well, bond.
I gradually familiarized myself with SJBP . I first found out about it just from seeing people riding around town. I was instantly curious. I think SJBP is a simple, community driven event that brings a lot of us back to our childhood. Where fun wasn’t such a hard thing to have. It’s family, friends and bicycles. Inexpensive entertainment that helps us feel connected and informed.
When I think back to my childhood years what stands out is art and cycling. I’ve been doing Art since I was in diapers. Handing me a box of crayons and scratch paper was my Mother’s way to keep me put and occupied.
I’ve always kept my art handmade with little to no assistance from technology. There’s a certain rawness and sense of pure human accomplishment that I feel when I’m finished. It never takes me 5 minutes to throw something together using an app or computer program.
On the contrary, it takes brainstorming, battling art block and sketch delete, repeat until satisfied. Raw materials. Color blending. It so human that way. I tend to be nostalgic, which is why this theme was an honor to provide artwork for. The Flower Power movement had such neat handmade posters. I never strive for perfection but to capture a moment and feeling.
Thanks Isabel. We love it!
Tonight we Rode. Rode in the streets of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. What did you think of the Route? Too long? Too short? or just right?
How about the Regroups? Location? Layout?
Leave a comment and let us know. Thank you all.