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Meet the Artist – The Dead Presidents Ride

Written on January 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM, by

Dead Presidents Ride

Artist Questionnaire:


- Name/Age/Location?
Ronnie Twist/26/San Jose

- What’s your experience with Bicycles?
I’ve been riding since I was three but didn’t fall back in love with bicycles until I moved to San Jose at 20 and found Bike Party

- How’d you first hear of SJBP?
An old coworker of mine did an online news article profiling the original founders of the Bike Party movement. After my first ride I was hooked.

- What are your thoughts about SJBP and its effects on SJ?
The effects of SJBP are obvious wherever you go now. Compared to when I moved here six years ago, the amount of bike lanes and even the amount of cyclists on the street are worlds apart. It’s been an awesome sight to see grow through the years.

- What are your thoughts on SJBP artwork?
The art is always something fun to help flesh out a ride. It provides some early imagery and ideas before you get to see everyone dressed up for whatever theme may be in effect.

- How’d you get into the type of art you are doing now?
I’ve always tinkered with graphic design programs ever since the film camera was eclipsed by digital but I still love jumping in a darkroom whenever possible. Photography is definitely one of my favorite mediums

- Where would you like to take your art from here?
I just like sharing the things I see in the world which make me smile. Times when something I make can actually make sense or even provoke a smile in another person I may have never even met are by far the best.

- Anything else you’d like for SJBP World to know? (optional)
Ride your bikes and help each other out. I love my BikeLife Family and so should you!!

- How can people contact you for more information on your artwork?  – Please provide here your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DeviantArt, Email, Website, etc. anything that we can help promote your artwork portfolio/career.

Instagram: @twisted007

Tumblr: twisted007.tumblr.com

Gorilla Ronnie

Ronnie Twist (R) with Nigel strutting their fur at January’s Feathers and Fur ride.

Ride Reflections – Feathers and Fur

Written on January 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM, by

SJBP-ArtworkA big thanks to all of you who joined us for our Feathers and Fur Ride. And thanks to those that not only rode safe, but more importantly rode with respect, respect of other cyclists. We salute you o’ faithful bike party people.

So what did you think? What did you think of the route; too flat or just right? How about the regroup areas? How was the music? If you were out there dancing, you get a big thumbs up from us.

How about vendors? Did you like the selection of bike party food? What could we do better? And how about those Ravens! A big thank you to our Raven Bike Crew.

Leave any constructive comments below. We loved to hear your suggestions. All we ask is that you are be civil in your suggestions. Better yet would love for you to help out by being a BIRD. If interested come out on a test ride and introduce yourself.

Thank you San Jose.

 

Feathers and Fur Ride – January 17 @ 8 PM

Written on January 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM, by

January Ride Artwork

FurCon 2014 is coming to San Jose and San Jose Bike Party is ready. So get your favorite animal outfit ready. This year FurCon is at the San Jose Convention Center from January 16th to the 20th.

Ride details after the drop (after your read ‘How We Ride’)

DJ Sharkie at this month’s Feathers and Fur Ride

Written on January 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM, by

DJ Sharky at this month's Bike Party

Stay Tuned – Ride Details To Be Posted Shortly

Bring it on. Don’t be shy! Come on out and get your groove on to the sounds of San Jose’s own DJ Sharkie! After all, this is Bike PARTY!!

Bike Party People – Giving back to San Jose

Written on December 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM, by

Mash 4 Potatoes

Some of the food raised for Sacred Heart Community Service

Happy holidays everyone. On Saturday, December 14, San Jose Bike Party hosted an event that helped raise critical holiday foodstuffs for needy San Jose families. The event pushed by Bike Party superbird SJRides (aka Andrew) was a great success raising over $1,200 on short notice. 

Here at Bike Party Central we are always amazed  at the incredible stories of transformation that ride participants have told us. Given that this is a time of reflection, new beginnings, and resolutions to improve our lives ,we thought we would share this story told by an amazing young woman. We are humbled by how committed Isabel is to giving back to her hometown and helping those who are truly in need. Here is Izzy’s story.

My name is Isabel Antonette Quinonez.  I’m 29 years old and an artist. I was born in San Jose California to  Salvadorian parents that came to the United States fleeing the civil war there.  Growing up as a first generation American was extremely difficult in all kinds of ways. My mom and I struggled for years moving constantly in efforts to find an affordable and stable place to live and have food to eat. We endured years of poverty and Read more

It was a great year, San Jose. Thank you

Written on December 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM, by

Happy New YearThis year San Jose Bike Party hit the six year mark of “Building Community Through Bicycling”. Who would of thought that a small monthly ride would have spawned a San Jose cultural institution?

SJ Bike Party has grown to become the largest free monthly cycling event in the United States. Not only is Bike Party popular in San Jose,  but all over the world as well. You now can find Bike Parties in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, and other cities across the United States, as well as Bike Parties in Brazil, Mexico, India and South Korea. Read more

Ride Reflections – The Ugly Sweater Ride

Written on December 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM, by

UglySweaterRide_widgetFirst of all a big thank you to the San Jose Bike Party Birds. They did an amazing job last night covering corners and the entrances to the regroups. Next month thank them personally. They are a big part of what makes this ride tick. Also thanks to the Raven Bike crew. They have been leaving our ride starts and regroups cleaner than before the ride. That is an amazing  feat. Read more

Ugly Sweater Ride – December 20 @ 8 PM

Written on December 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM, by

Ugly Sweater ride

See below for route information and regroup photos.

Yes it is getting colder; and that means sweater time. But not just any old sweater. We want you wearing the  UGLIEST sweater you got in the closet. Let’s celebrate the season by celebrating tacky sweaters.  Who knows, if you want we can hold an ugly sweater contest.

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Volunteers needed for city bike light and helmet program

Written on December 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM, by

Bike Light BrochureThe City of San Jose is giving away bike lights and helmets to deserving cyclists  a few hours before Friday night’s Ugly Sweater Ride.

 

Here is the ask. If you have time on Friday before the ride (4-5:30 pm) how about helping out to give helmets and bike lights out cyclists on Friday evening. The location is at the MLK library not to far from the Bike Party start.This is a great program by the City of San Jose’s Active Transportation program. Help out fellow SJ cyclists. Contact Ryan. His info is on the bottom of the graphic brochure.Thank you

 

Thank you. You all make it happen.

Written on December 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM, by

Show upPart of the crowd that showed up last night at Sperry Station for the volunteer meeting to choose themes. And yes it is run by those who at least show up. Thanks Autonomous for the pic.