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[RECAP] SFBP #42 Intergalactic Odyssey

Huge thank you to all the folks who blasted off to the stars with us at our last BIKE PARTY! Don’t forget to tag #sfbikeparty in your photos and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr (i.e. ALL OF THE PLACES!) Here are a few shots from our Intergalactic Odyssey:

Meet up, about to blast off (foto by chinstrap)

Meet up, about to blast off (foto by chinstrap)

Mikaela looking spacey and fierce! (foto by chinstrap)

Mikaela looking spacey and fierce! (foto by chinstrap)

Ms. Jacks bringing the galaxy! (foto by chinstrap)

Ms. Jacks bringing the galaxy! (foto by chinstrap)

Jordan won best hat! (foto by chinstrap)

Jordan won best hat! (foto by chinstrap)

Or of Jordan's hat! (foto by chinstrap)

More of Jordan’s hat! (foto by chinstrap)

Sarah bringing the wonder to our odyssey! (foto by chinstrap)

Sarah bringing the wonder to our odyssey! (foto by chinstrap)

Marcus and Sree getting their blast on! (foto by chinstrap)

Marcus and Sree getting their blast on! (foto by chinstrap)

Charlotte knows *the* answer and it's 42...(foto by chinstrap)

Charlotte knows *the* answer and it’s 42…(foto by chinstrap)

Mike & Heather spacing out! (foto by chinstrap)

Mike & Heather spacing out! (foto by chinstrap)

Whitney channeling a Sith Lord (foto by chinstrap)

Whitney channeling a Sith Lord (foto by chinstrap)

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Melinda knows how to bike party in space (leggings).

Sarah rocking some rad leggings! (foto by chinstrap)

Sarah rocking some rad leggings! (foto by chinstrap)

Sean has got it right! (foto by chinstrap)

Sean has got it right! (foto by chinstrap)

Nixon's radical space suit! (foto by chinstrap)

Nixon’s radical space suit! (foto by chinstrap)

Denyse & Logo Larry, amazing as usual! (foto by chinstrap)

Denyse & Logo Larry, amazing as usual! (foto by chinstrap)

Danica channeling her inner Barbarella (foto by chinstrap)

Danica channeling her inner Barbarella (foto by chinstrap)

Great hand painted shirt! (foto by chinstrap)

Great hand painted shirt! (foto by chinstrap)

This gal is not sure how she feels about heading to space....(foto by chinstrap)

This gal is not sure how she feels about heading to space….(foto by chinstrap)

Hugh thanks to our volunteers who helped us! This guy's friend won the raffle for a 1 year SF Bicycle Coalition Membership! (foto by chinstrap)

Huge thanks to our volunteers who helped us! This guy’s friend won the raffle for a 1 year SF Bicycle Coalition Membership! (foto by chinstrap)

She won a 1 year SFBC membership for helping us! You can too, take a turn, and earn a chance to win! (foto by chinstrap)

Adena won a SFBC T-Shirt for helping us! You can too, take a turn, and earn a chance to win! (foto by chinstrap)

Jerry and his crew were ready to ride! (foto by chinstrap)

Jerry and his crew were ready to ride! (foto by chinstrap)

Chewy's got Jerry's back, yo! (foto by chinstrap)

Chewy’s got Jerry’s back, yo! (foto by chinstrap)

Zan our resident Storm Trooper (foto by chinstrap)

Zan our resident Storm Trooper (foto by chinstrap)

Blia & Alon, ready to get get beamed up (foto by chinstrap)

Blia & Alon, ready to get get beamed up (foto by chinstrap)

Rich is one ready NASA member (foto by chinstrap)

Rich is one ready NASA member (foto by chinstrap)

Ready? Set! Mark!! (foto by chinstrap)

Ready? Set! Mark!! (foto by chinstrap)

We want to send out a big thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came out, in costume or otherwise, for our intergalactic odyssey.  We had such a great time partying with you! We can’t keep bike party rolling without your help, so please consider volunteering with us on one of our upcoming rides, the first Friday of every month! You might even win a cool prize for helping out.  We have some surprises up our sleeves for our next ride, which just so happens to fall on the 4th of July! We hope you can join us to celebrate Americana for Independence Day! Stay tuned for more details. Ding Ding!

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SFBP #34 Haunted House Hangover LookBook

You grab a costume

I’ll grab a bike

this is the end of the rest of your life!

This bike party is a Haunted House!

(Lyrics adapted from Sharon Needles’ hit single This Club is a Haunted House)

YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!!

Just in case Halloween isn’t enough inspiration for you, we’ve got some ideas for how you can help make our haunted bike ride even more terrifying than All Hallows Eve. Join us on November 1st for a ‘Haunted House Hangover’ Bike Party. Halloween is more fun on 2 wheels! Bring your Jason mask, it’s fright night!

It's the headless bike rider! AAAAHHHHHHH! Original Image here.

It’s the headless bike rider! AAAAHHHHHHH!
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Every haunted house needs at least 2 Calacas.
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Freddy Kruger is certainly terrifying.
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Hey Jason! Don’t forget your machete. So Scary!
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This guy says ‘run screaming’, which is perfect for a haunted bike ride!
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Watch Children! This is the Haus of Haunt!
Original Image by Caldwell Linker here.

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Sharon Needles: Beautiful, Spooky and Stupid. Happy Halloween!
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These are club kids. When in doubt, freak ‘em out at Bike Party!
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Bring your little buddy in your bike basket.
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a bat bike!
Original Image here.

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Whatever you do, don’t let your Halloween Hangover stop you from getting your bike party on!
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Meet us this Friday, November 1st, at the Dolores Park Playground at 7:30pm.  We take fear to the streets at 8:00!  We have some very special guests joining us at the final party stop at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, so make sure to stick around for the show.  Lady Napalm will be spinning fire just for Bike Party! You can check her out here. Don’t miss it! We can’t wait to scare your pants off!

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SFBP #33: Favorite Childhood Toys LookBook

We all know our favorite toys now that we are grown-ups are our bikes, but when were kids we had lots more time to play. This month, we’re bringing a bit of whimsy to the party with our theme. Reach back into the archives and pull out your G.I. Joes, your pogs, your rubber duckies and your baseball gloves, it’s time to play with your favorite childhood toys. Whether you liked princesses or pogo sticks, we all remember that one thing we thought we’d never be able to live without. Times have changed, but it’s never too late to embrace your inner child.  Here are some of our favorites to get your gears turning.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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He-Man, the Most Powerful Man in the Universe and She-ra, The Princess of Power, defending the Realm of Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. How do they keep their hair so nice?
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I’ll admit it, I’m a reformed Cabbage Patch Kid hoarder…
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Two words: CARE BEARS
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Star Trek action figures? Yes, please!
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You know you loved to throw a frisbee with your dog when you were a kid. Bring your frisbee, or your dog.  Better yet, bring both. We love dogs! Original Image here

You know you loved to throw a frisbee with your dog when you were a kid. Bring your frisbee, or your dog. Better yet, bring both. We love dogs!
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Who could forget the Furby? Weird, robotic, interactive, and the costume possibilities are pretty fantastic too!
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Don’t get zapped! It’s Operation!
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Who doesn’t want a beautiful, flowing main? Prance to Bike Party as your favorite My Little Pony. Original Image here.

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LEGOS!
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Etcc-A-Sketch and Mario, together at last! Come to Bike Party as Mario, or as an Etch-A-Sketch, whatever strikes your fancy. Original Etch-A-Sketch art by Jane Labowitch here

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Heros in a half shell! TURTLE POWER!!
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Our old family friends the Potato Heads! Original Image here

Our old family friends the Potato Heads!
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Bike Party falls on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend.  Why not come as your favorite childhood instrument? Original Image here

Bike Party falls on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend. Why not come as your favorite childhood instrument?
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Let's be serious, your first bike was your favorite toy! Pull out that old trike and ride hard, kids! Original Image here

Let’s be serious, your first bike was your favorite toy! Pull out that old trike and ride hard, kids!
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We have some tricks up our sleeve this month so make sure you get there  on time (or even early) and stay until the end if you can.  Location is still TBD but it will definitely be meeting in the NOPA/Alamo Square area. As always, we can’t keep bike party rolling without your help.  Please consider being a turn guide to keep us on the right track.  Look for our volunteer coordinator at the meet up, she’ll be in full costume, so you won’t be able to miss her! Meet us at 7:30.  We roll at 8:00! Ding Ding!

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SFBP #32 Fleet Week Recap

The sequester may have cancelled the Blue Angels but Bike Party brought the BOOM. Around 350 folks joined us as we rolled out on one of the warmest nights the city has seen by far. We gathered at the Bow and Arrow as the Sailors, Airmen, pin up babes, and even a few members of S.E.A.L. Team 6 came together to enjoy shore leave. Here are a few shots of the ride. And don’t forget to tag your photos of San Francisco Bike Party with @sfbikeparty or #sfbikeparty.

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Our flight is about to begin (foto by chinstrap)

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Sailors ahoy! (foto by chinstrap)

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Travis getting retro at the Bow (foto by chinstrap)

Sunset on the Fleet (foto by Allison Shiman)

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These grease monkeys keep your boats afloat (foto by calitexican)

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Deland got it right at her first bike party! (foto by chinstrap)

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Mia & Anna made wings to carry them home! (foto by chinstrap)

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Pan-Anna Airlines! (foto by chinstrap)

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CaliforMIA Air! (foto by chinstrap)

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What a greeting for this lucky sailor! (foto by calitexican)

We even spotted a few folks riding the new Bay Area Bike Share bikes at Bike Party! We love anything that’ll get more people on bikes!! But let’s hope they didn’t get charged a late fee :(

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Bay Area Bike Share Celest making an appearance (foto by calitexican)

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Ooooheey Sailor!! (foto by calitexican)

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Bay lights & bike flights (foto by chinstrap)

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These sailors are sure excited for shore leave! (foto by chinstrap)

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A heroic return of the sailor (foto by calitexican)

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S.E.A.L. Team 6 reporting for duty! (foto by chinstrap)

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Some of our sailors event went to Space! (foto by chinstrap)

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FREEDUMB (foto by chinstrap)

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What a dapper Sailor (foto by chinstrap)

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Camouflaged S.E.A.L. Team 6 is ready for BIKE PARTY!! (foto by chinstrap)

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A vintage sailor (foto by chinstrap)

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At ease, Sailor! (foto by chinstrap)

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Malcolm designed this speaker bike system. Thanks for sharing it’s maiden voyage with us! (foto by chinstrap)

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More BABS flying about (foto by chinstrap)

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Looks like IceMan is ready for that game of volleyball at the next party stop (foto by chinstrap)

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This guy is the most talented rickshaw rider EVER. He was playing the bongos, a cymbal on his handlebars while also playing the harmonica with two passengers. Like a boss. (foto by chinstrap)

Thank you again to all our volunteers! Each of our turns are managed by our hard working volunteers. Because of your help Bike Party can be a safe and successful party every month. We need your help to keep bike party rolling smoothly so please consider taking a turn at our next event.  Look out for our volunteer coordinator at the meet up location and don’t be shy!

Next Bike Party: ‘SFBP #33 Favorite Childhood Toy’ plays out October 4th, meet up at 7:30PM, roll out at 8PM. Location TBA. Stay tuned!

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SFBP #31 Summer Camp Recap

Summer camp is over. We’ve returned home and unpacked all our treasures from our summer away from home. Friendship bracelets, shells, colored rocks, feathers, and friendships that will last us the rest of our lives. On a balmy San Francisco night a few hundred campers joined us as we cycled through the memories of our childhood summer camps.

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SFBP Camp Counselors ready to greet the campers! (foto by Haparider)

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Crafty camper ready for engineer camp! (foto by calitexican)

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Campers warming their hands by the music fire (foto by calitexican)

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You can never forget your first summer camp crush (foto by calitexican)

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Friendship bracelets for EVERYONE! (foto by calitexican)

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Your ride to science camp is ready (foto by calitexican)

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Sun protection is a hot commodity at summer camp (foto by calitexican)

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These campers are excited to roll out to our next stop (foto by calitexican)

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“Campers your care packages are available for pick up at the main office!” (foto by calitexican)

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Campers with cold weather sweaters (foto by calitexican)

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Happy Campers!! (foto by calitexican)

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Canadian lumberjack axman camp o_O (foto by calitexican)

This camper was tuckered out! (foto Kaveh Astaneh)

These campers are excited for camp fire sing-a-long! (foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

Party stop (foto by Rasta Dave)

City Hall (foto Rasta Dave)

We want to remind folks to lock up their bikes when at the party stops. Be mindful of your surroundings, on and off the bike. But remember have fun and when in doubt BIKE PARTY!! See you all at the next bike party, FIRST FRIDAY of the MONTH. Meet up at 7:30PM roll out at 8PM!

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SFBP #32 Fleet Week Route Map and Turn Guide

Hey Sailors! We hope you’re ready for evasive maneuvers! We fly out in formation from Cupid’s Span tonight at 20:00 hours!


Turn Guide! print it, tear it, share it. or just use your smartphone if you have one. the trees will thank you.

see you tonight!

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SFBP #32 Fleet Week LookBook

Join us on Friday, September 6th for an evening of Bombers and Bombshells, Aircraft Carriers and Navy Seals! The sequester may have canceled the Blue Angels, but we can still ride bikes in formation! Hie Hie Hee for SF Bike Party!

If you need help with your look for Friday night, look no further.  We have some great ideas to get your wings flapping! Check it out. We can’t wait to see what you come up with at Bike Party! Ding Ding!

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In 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled bottle of Coke, a precious commodity in the Mediterranean theater. Hall was a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron.

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This is what a full flight suit looks like. Better get sewing!

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These old school Navy uniforms are really where it’s at.

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Shore leave in San Tropez anyone?

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Don’t forget to kiss your sailor!

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Sailor Moon rides a bike, and looks great doing it.

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This is probably the best picture ever. A sailor and his girl on a bicycle built for two. Swoon!

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So much depends on the white captain’s hat.

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This is a small child dressed as Maverick from Top Gun, wearing a mini fighter jet. We will hug you if you show up in this outfit, no joke.

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Make an airplane out of cardboard. Then put it on your bike.

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Or just put this on your bike.

flight suits

Everyone loves coveralls!

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Watch the canopy!

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Liu Yang, China’s first woman in space. Astronauts are totally appropriate for Fleet Week!

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We have lift off!

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Dress like a sailor, ride your bike. Done.

Photo of Bessie Coleman

This is Bessie Coleman. She was the first black female pilot. Rock on, Bessie!

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Your dog has always wanted to be a fighter pilot. Top gun is his favorite movie.

We hope this helps  you come up with the perfect outfit! Meet us at Cupid’s Span at 7:30 on Friday, September 6th.  We take off at 8:00!

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SFBP #28 May Flowers Route Map and Turn Guide

Hey Bike Partiers!

We can’t wait to see you all tonight at Balboa Park!  Meet us at 7:30, we roll out at 8:00!

Turn Guide can be found here. Print it, tear it, share it, or put it on your phone!

Route map can be found here. We’ll be meeting on Ocean Ave., just west of San Jose Ave. at the Baseball field.

You can follow us on Glympse at www.glympse.com/!sfbikeparty

Ding Ding!

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SFBP #28: May Flowers LookBook

We are celebrating the season of fertility, bounty and life. Spring is here and the flowers are blooming. Dust the winter off your bike, wind flowers in your hair and come out as we dance with the spirits of spring.  If you’re not sure how to rock the perfect floral look, we’ve got some ideas to help you roll in style.  We can’t wait to see all the Roses and Daisies and Lilies, oh my!

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Bike tube floral haute couture

Serving upcycled bike tube Peony realness

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Floral print, Hipster style

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There’s still time to brand your Brooks saddle with a floral motif!

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Too much? We don’t think so!

Flower Power!

Flower Power!

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Spring is definitely in the air with this breezy print.

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If you’re going to San Francisco (Bike Party), be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

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Flowery shoes will certainly put some spring in your pedal.

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Floral Print: All the cool kids are wearing it.

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This guy is wearing it.

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And so is this guy!

Looking sharp!

Looking sharp!

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Formal floral? Why not! Bike Party is a special occasion, after all.

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Say yes to a floral dress!

Bonus points for anyone rocking a full floral kit!

Bonus points for anyone rocking a full floral kit!

Now this guy really knows how to rock some floral!

Now this guy really knows how to rock some floral!

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If you’re not sure you have enough flowers, add some more!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Meet us at Balboa Park (on Ocean Ave right by the Baseball field, just west of San Jose Ave.) at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 3rd.  We roll at 8:00!

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SFBP #27 City Lights: Beatniks and Bridges Recap

We had such a great time on Friday, April 5th, when we took the the streets for SFBP #27 City Lights: Beatniks and Bridges. We hope you enjoyed the bikes, berets and Bay Lights!  Many thanks to all of the volunteers who took turns and helped direct Bike Party in the right direction.  We can’t do it with you!

Let’s get to the ride, shall we?  After meeting up behind the Ferry Building we rolled out for a long first leg through the Tenderloin and down to Warm Water Cove. We saw a lot of great costumes along the way and even got to ride along Market Street with our pal Maya, who may be the youngest bike partier on record at age 7!

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Our new LED flag marks the leader of the ride. If you want to make sure you’re going the right way, stay behind the flag! Many thanks to East Bay Bike Ride Crew for the inspiration and instruction on how to make this happen! Photo by miss mix for @sfbikeparty

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This is Maya. She’s Seven. She rides without training wheels like a boss! Photo by: @chinstrap

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Chillin’ at the first party stop: Warm Water Cove. Photo by @Bicivan

After a great first stop at Warm Water Cove we made our way back towards the Embarcadero, took a loop around AT&T Park and headed to Cupid’s Span. Did you see the incredible views of the Bay Lights? Amazing!  Check out the photos below from our friends on Instagram.  Thanks to everyone who tagged photos from SF Bike Party with hashtag #sfbikeparty.  We love to see your shots from the ride!

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Bike Party invades AT&T Park. Baseball is back! Let’s go Giants! Photo by: @1legchris

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The Bay Lights in all their glory from the second party stop at Cupid’s Span. Photo by: @Bicivan

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We are so lucky to Bike Party in this breath-taking city! Photo by @Bicivan at Cupid’s Span

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The best of the Bay! Represent! Photo by: @whiskeypunch

After an awesome second stop at Cupid’s Span with block rocking beats from @zeropergallon and Black Betty and all those breath taking views, we headed off for one more leg along the Embarcadero to Pier 39.  It was too late to buy donuts and ride the carousel, but we hope the Sea Lions liked the music.  Thanks again to everyone who came out and helped out with this ride.  We are so stoked to see riders from all over the bay area and so many music bikes coming out to jam with us!  We can’t wait to see you on Friday, May 3rd for SFBP #28: May Flowers. We will be celebrating Spring with a bouquet of bikes!  Meet us at Balboa Park at 7:30pm.  We roll at 8:00!

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