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Critical Mass Tonight

ddraverddraver Posts: 20,385
edited April 2014 in Commuting chat
Hi all

As a new londoner i ve only ever heard you lot go on about these things. Apparently there is one tonight and I'm thinking of heading down just to see for myself (unless it starts chucking down). Anyone got any tips? How long will it last approx. I ve got to be up for an MTB event tomorrow so...

Cheers all
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- @ddraver

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  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,147
    ddraver wrote:
    Hi all

    As a new londoner i ve only ever heard you lot go on about these things. Apparently there is one tonight and I'm thinking of heading down just to see for myself (unless it starts chucking down). Anyone got any tips? How long will it last approx. I ve got to be up for an MTB event tomorrow so...

    Cheers all

    I found they and similar events tended to enforce the image of cyclists as other rather than one of us as in makes cyclist look like the odd crowd.
  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Sounds like a good way to piss people off and wrongly give cycling a bad reputation :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,385
    But is it fun to ride around with for an hour or two?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • anthdcianthdci Posts: 543
    There is one local to me, seems like all it will achieve is to annoy other road users so I keep clear of it.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,385
    Hmmm, so i'm sensing some hostility...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    ddraver wrote:
    Hmmm, so i'm sensing some hostility...
    Put it this way: Other than giving the participants a "tribe" to feel they belong to, and p*ssing off other road users (thereby reinforcing any anti-cycling sentiment), what do these rides actually achieve?
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,385
    Are they any fun for said participants?

    I'm actually thoroughly uninterested in the politics of it, I just fancy doing something tonight in this magic 9so i'm told), exciting (apparently) city other than riding home and watching something in netflix...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Think I'd stick with netflix :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • iPeteiPete Posts: 6,076
    Personally wouldn't bother but go along and make up your own mind, you can always peel off.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,717
    Attend.
    Wind up a few people.
    Leave.

    Much like here then.
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  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    pblakeney wrote:
    Attend.
    Wind up a few people.
    Leave.

    Much like here then.

    Ouch. :lol:
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,385
    Well It did rain and I got cold enough on my 40min ride home to know that I did nt wear anything like enough clothes to go for a cold wet slow ride around London. Next month...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,028
    Is it like an illegal rave?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,184
    Do the participants wear head cams?
    S - https://i.pinimg.com/564x/35/cd/f1/35cdf125f02216d233fc9aa90f8607e6.jpg
    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard). Neill broke his collarbone.

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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 41,826
    ddraver wrote:
    I ve got to be up for an MTB event tomorrow so...
    You said it - get your priorities right.
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  • ColinthecopColinthecop Posts: 996
    Mikey23 wrote:
    Is it like an illegal rave?


    More of an afternoon tea dance. 8)
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,028
    Awww... Boring then
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,028
    We could probably manage about eight cyclists, a couple of gert big horses and some tractors... Probably not enough for critical mass
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Mikey23 wrote:
    We could probably manage about eight cyclists, a couple of gert big horses and some tractors... Probably not enough for critical mass

    Being a vegetarian I tend to achieve critical mass every time I sit down on the bog....
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  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,028
    That's too much information!
  • MonkeypumpMonkeypump Posts: 1,528
    Mikey23 wrote:
    We could probably manage about eight cyclists, a couple of gert big horses and some tractors... Probably not enough for critical mass

    Being a vegetarian I tend to achieve critical mass every time I sit down on the bog....

    Still more productive than the actual Critical Mass then...
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Monkeypump wrote:
    Mikey23 wrote:
    We could probably manage about eight cyclists, a couple of gert big horses and some tractors... Probably not enough for critical mass

    Being a vegetarian I tend to achieve critical mass every time I sit down on the bog....

    Still more productive than the actual Critical Mass then...

    and only slightly less noisy
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,221
    Mikey23 wrote:
    That's too much information!
    Yeah, no one needs to know that you're a vegetarian!
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,184
    Monkeypump wrote:
    Mikey23 wrote:
    We could probably manage about eight cyclists, a couple of gert big horses and some tractors... Probably not enough for critical mass

    Being a vegetarian I tend to achieve critical mass every time I sit down on the bog....

    Still more productive than the actual Critical Mass then...

    and only slightly less noisy

    How can 'wind' have any critical mass, or is it noisy because of the 'splash'?

    This vegetarianism sounds iffy to me.
    S - https://i.pinimg.com/564x/35/cd/f1/35cdf125f02216d233fc9aa90f8607e6.jpg
    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard). Neill broke his collarbone.

    "Why are the tractors beeping in the night? I dunno woss goin' on"
    Tricky, 9yo
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    It's the spluttering noise as the gas passes through the semi fluid mix that gives the veggies away........
  • ColinthecopColinthecop Posts: 996
    A little bit of sick just came up into my mouth...
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    The Rookie wrote:
    It's the spluttering noise as the gas passes through the semi fluid mix that gives the veggies away........

    It would be more accurate to talk about passing a tree out of your arse backwards. The term "bog blocking censored the size of a submarine" would be appropriate.

    Giving birth? Pah. Couple or 3 times in a life. Try a high fibre diet you wimps.
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    2012 Felt F65X
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 14,175
    A little bit of sick just came up into my mouth...


    Did it contain meat?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,184
    A little bit of sick just came up into my mouth...

    I bet it had diced carrots in it?

    4 mins 30 seconds in
    S - https://i.pinimg.com/564x/35/cd/f1/35cdf125f02216d233fc9aa90f8607e6.jpg
    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard). Neill broke his collarbone.

    "Why are the tractors beeping in the night? I dunno woss goin' on"
    Tricky, 9yo
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