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[RECAP] SFBC #45: Remembering Robin

 What a beautiful and touching way to remember a SF local. Robin you were hilarious, raunchy, generous, and loving. SF Bike Party and about 370 of our closest friends rode out on the first Friday of the month to celebrate the life of Robin Williams. Here are a few photos from our ride. Please share your photos on Twitter, IG, Flickr, or FB and tag them using #sfbikeparty…

Next Bike Party will be on October 3rd. Meet up at 7:30PM, roll out 8PM, start location TBA. And a huge thanks to all our wonderful organizers and volunteers. Remember that Bike Party can’t happen without your help, so if you’ve been before please help us by taking a turn! Ding Ding!

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Mork & Seymour enjoying the twilight (foto by chinstrap)

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Friends and Family (foto by chinstrap)

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Popeye, Patch and friend making sure to fuel up on spinach before the ride! (foto by chinstrap)

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Gotta get that fuel for our ride! Now the real question is, WHO MAKES THE BEST BURRITO IN SF?!?!!! (foto by chinstrap)

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[RECAP] SFBP #44 Gold Rush

Thanks all our prospectors, saloon girls, miners and just Bike Partiers for rolling out with us to boomtown! We had about 250 of our closest friends join us through the gold lined streets of San Francisco. What a blast! Here are a few of our favorite photos. Don’t forget to tag us in yours and use #sfbikeparty #sfbp #bikeparty on Twitter, IG, Flickr, or FB

Join us at our next Bike Party where we’ll be remembering SF’s own Robin Williams. Friday, September 5th, meet up 7:30PM, roll out 8PM. Location TBA

 

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These 49ers are ready to roll! (foto by chinstrap)

 

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Two lovely miners ready to ride! (foto by chinstrap)

 

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Chopper Dave and his Iron Horse (foto by chinstrap)

 

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Gah them teeth! (foto by chinstrap)

 

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The family that rides together….(foto by chinstrap)

 

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….stays together!! (foto by chinstrap)

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SFBP #43 Americana Recap

Wow, Bike Partiers!  If you weren’t with us on the 4th of July, you missed one of the most epic events we’ve had to date.  For the first time EVER, we left San Francisco city limits to take you across the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was beautiful, it was fun, it was FOGGY! But still, we bombed through one of our favorite tunnels (check out a video here. Thanks, Tracy Jacks!) and even caught the fireworks!  If you missed it, you missed out! Thanks you to all the folks who came out, helped out and rocked out with us. You are what make Bike Party so special.

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Our Faithful Tandem Sweep! Many thanks to Mark and Melinda for bringing up the rear in style!

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Yep, we went there!

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And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…

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Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there!

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Stars and stripes forever!

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Break on through to the other side!

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Atop Battery Spencer, visibility, about 10 feet. Thanks Karl the Fog!

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Edwige came all the way from France to celebrate with us. We look forward to hearing about Bike Party Paris sometime soon!

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Bike Party was here! Photo Credit: Mark K. Sanfilippo

What fun! We’ll be at it again next month, so mark your calendars for our California Gold Rush ride on Friday, August1st.  Meet us at the Exploratorium Pier at 7:30 PM.  We head west in search of Gold at 8:00!

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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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[RECAP] SFBP #41 “What’s your Sign?”

What a great ride! We had about 350 of our friends roll out all the stops on our 41st ride. Check out some of the great photos of folks riding, participating and building community on bikes…and don’t forget to tag your photos with #sfbikeparty or @SFBikeParty on Instagram, Twitter, FB, or Flickr so we can show off your great photos!

The signs started off right (foto by Rasta Dave)

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Don’t stop! Can’t stop! (foto by chinstrap)

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Sign of a healthy meal (foto by chinstrap) #BABS sighting as well

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Go green monster, go! (foto by chinstrap)

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This guy wins the sign award (foto by chinstrap)

Taurus representing on the ride (foto by Logo Larry)

Bike party ahead! (foto by Logo Larry)

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ONE LANE –> the RIGHT LANE! (foto by chinstrap)

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Freak bikes flying their freak flags (foto by chinstrap)

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Stop & Smile (foto by Logo Larry)

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This pup has it right! (foto by Alan Michels‎)

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Join us for our next Bike Party on Friday, June 6th for Intergalactic Odyssey. Meet up at 7:30PM roll out at 8PM…..location and route TBA.

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Recap: SFBP #34 Haunted House

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This Halloween hangover was no hangover at all! What a beautiful night, a beautiful ride and lots of amazing outfits. Thanks to everyone who rolled through and helped make us have another wonderful Bike Party! Want to help make Bike Party awesome? Come out, volunteer and take a turn. It’s easy and you can do it with your friends. We had about 300 ghouls, goblins and ghosts join us at Dolores Park Playground as we gathered for our 34th Bike Party!

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This skeleton is ready to ride bikes! (foto by sfbp)

Bikes coming out to play at Bike Party! (foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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Everyone is dressing up (foto by sfbp)

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Unicorns abound! (foto by sfbp)

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Flying Squirrels! (foto by sfbp)

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These folks are ready to BIKE PARTY! (foto by sfbp)

These two have got it right (foto by Ganesh Chandra)

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Born to ride (foto by sfbp)

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Tall bikes & RideSFO folks are always down to Bike Party! (foto by sfbp)

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*shudder* (foto by sfbp)

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The call to ride out!! (foto by sfbp)

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Not only is her outfit stylish, she’s hella safe as well! (foto by sfbp)

Overlooking the party (foto by Edward Scott)

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This chicken is ready to ride some bikes (foto by sfbp)

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Cookie monsters & Valkyries, what could go wrong? (foto by sfbp)

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Chopper Dave, always bringing the cool (foto by sfbp)

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Monsters! (foto by sfbp)

Traveling Bike Party (foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

Do NOT try this at home, Mark is a professional…(foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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Fire spinner at the last party stop (foto by sfbp)

Watch an awesome video of the fire spinning here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xD7nda6kyY

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Club Kid, hiker and Cruella de Vil (foto by sfbp)

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Monsters underfoot (foto by sfbp)

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Monsters all around! (foto by sfbp)

Thank you again to all our wonderful volunteers, turn-guides and music bike riders. You all make Bike Party a party! Please join us for our next ride on December 6th.  We are going down the rabbit hole, and we are bringing our bikes! WINTER IN WONDERLAND! Meet up at 7:30PM roll out at 8PM. Location TBA.

And in the spirit of the holidays, we’ll once again be hosting a toy drive! Bring new stuffed animals, whoopie cushions, legos and hot wheels, and we’ll drop them off at a fire station at the end of the party. Have a cargo bike and willing to collect toys on the ride? Send us a message, we’d love your help!

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SFBP #33 Favorite Childhood Toys Recap

Wow what a party!! Some of us didn’t stop until 6 in the morning! Our start at the Panhandle statue began with a little blue grass. First by our very own local cry-in-your-beer-grass band, The Beauty Operators. And then to warm up our night, Hot Buttered Rum rocked it before we rolled out into the San Francisco night.

Hot Buttered Rum! (foto by Misti Layne 2013)

The Beauty Operators (foto by Misti Layne 2013)

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Did you get check out the murals we rode past? If you missed em, the route would be a wonderful day ride as well!
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Keep an eye out for these glowing jellies, we’re hoping they’ll swarm another bike party soon!!

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(foto by charrismo, Music Bike by Sree)

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(foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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We finished at RideSFO, who graciously hosted our last party stop. With beer donations from Alaskan Brewing Co & and local brewers Speakeasy Beer and your thirsty help we were able to raise over $400 for several local bike centered nonprofits. A portion of the proceeds went to McLaren Bike Park, San Francisco’s first bike skills park and to San Francisco Yellow Bike Project, a local nonprofit community bike shop. We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Who woulda thought that Bike Partying with your friends could help do some good in the world?

Still excited from our last ride and can’t get enough Bike Party? Don’t you worry: if you grab a costume, we’ll grab a bike, because this is the end of the rest of your life. Join us on Nov. 1st for A Haunted House Hangover Bike Party. Our Halloween will be more fun on 2 wheels! Bring your Jason mask, it’s fright night! Gather at 7:30PM roll out at 8PM! Location TBA.

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SFBP #30 Robot Revolution Recap

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The Robot Army united under a banner of mechanical freedom this month. It was wonderful to see the ingenuity of your costumes and interpretations of the July theme! Foil was definitely the queen of the ride. Keep ’em coming cause we know you got it in you!!

As it is every month, we couldn’t do this ride without our core of awesome volunteers. Thank you! Because of you our revolution machine ran without a hitch. Want to help, but don’t know how? It’s easy enough; sign up for a turn. What’s a turn, you say? It’s a mini party stop with you and a few of your closest friends as you help direct the ride and help make Bike Party run smoothly. Come find a volunteer organizer with a blue sash next month to sign up and help!

The Gathering (photo by Carina Lomeli)

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Handmade silver awesomeness! (photo from Hapa Rider)

SFBP #30 Robot Revolution

Adam & Cathy tandem robots! (photo from Hapa Rider)

Star Wars ALWAYS WINS! (photo from Rasta Dave)

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Mike iphone 15 (photo credit Hapa Rider)

SFBP #30 Robot Revolution

Derek made his robot friend from repurposed lab supplies (photo from Hapa Rider)

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Steven, Booth, and friend! Even with some low tech Google Glasses! (photo from Hapa Rider)

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No need to turn on this robot, she’s got it! (photo by Hapa Rider)

Robots are BORING…(photo by Carina Lomeli)

Chasing the San Francisco sunset (photo by Carina Lomeli)

No discriminating here, one wheeled robots are always welcome! (photo by Carina Lomeli)

Ocean beach – Party Stop #1 (photo Carina Lomeli)

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Chopper Dave’s newest chopper (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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Ocean beach was a little cold for our humanoid riders (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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TRONing it! (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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The robot made it to the beach! (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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Robot reflections (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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The revolution will not be motorized! (photo by Kristin Tieche)

Beachy rebels (photo by Rasta Dave)

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Some pros just go! (photo by Kristin Tieche)

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Party stop at Ocean beach (photo by Kristin Tieche)

These hills were NOTHING to our machine powered pedalbots! But hills always mean great views. And this ride was not lacking in that department. The warm, wind-free pocket we had at Sutro Heights Park was the perfect place to cool down our hard drives and watch the fires burn on Ocean Beach.

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Capturing the high ground to win the war! (photo Carina Lomeli)

The captured flag (photo by Carina Lomeli)

The rebellion burns bright in the night (photo by Carina Lomeli)

Lighting the revolution! (photo by Carina Lomeli)

Best views of the night (photo by Carina Lomeli)

The battle, let alone the war would not have been won without you. So please keep up the support! The revolution will not be motorized and our bicycles are the vehicles of change!! The rebels will be trading our revolution gear for bug spray and floaty wings as we head to camp. Join us on August 2nd as SF Bike Party heads to Summer Camp. Meet your counselors at 7:30pm on August 2nd. Your ride to camp rolls out at 8:00 sharp! Check back for further details and costume ideas in our Lookbook for August.

And when in doubt, BIKE PARTY!!

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SFBP #29 Musical Icons Recap

Musical Icons indeed! You all really brought the noise and the funk with your fantastic costumes for our June ride.  As always, we love to see everyone embracing the theme.  If you have ideas for future themes, please don’t hesitate to let us know via Facebook, Twitter or comments here on the blog.

What did you all think of the ride?  We were so excited to head up to Coit Tower on an absolutely beautiful night.  The ride from Civic Center was full of great outfits and happy riders as we pedaled up Polk Street and took a cross town trip on picturesque Pacific.  Did you catch those views of the Bay Lights once we crested Russian Hill? As always, many thanks to the volunteers who came out for test rides and helped out by taking turns and directing traffic during the ride. We appreciate you so much!

Johnny Cash looking cool ay Civic Center.  Photo by missmix.

Johnny Cash looking cool at Civic Center. Photo by missmix.

Material Girl! Photo by @chinstrap

Material Girl! Photo by @chinstrap

Rocker chick!

Rocker chick! Photo by @chinstrap

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Bret Michaels, is that you? Photo by @chinstrap.

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Hair bands represent! Photo by @chinstrap.

Keith Richard for President! Photo by @chinstrap

Keith Richard for President! Photo by @chinstrap

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This cruiser is partying like a rock star in black and white. Photo by @chinstrap.

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It’s Chopper Dave and Friends! Photo by @chinstrap.

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Ready to ride! Photo by @chinstrap.

The final ascent up to Coit Tower was a little steep, but once we got there folks were ready to take in the glorious sunset views and get their party on.  Thanks to DJ Deep, we had awesome tunes on the parking lot dance floor. We love to see everyone partying like rock stars!

Unfortunately, we did hear a report that a bike was stolen from the Coit Tower party stop. Please keep in mind that you should never leave your bike unattended at party stops.  Bring a lock with you or ask a friend to keep an eye on your bike while you get your dance on. The city parks we party in are public spaces and are not inherently safe from theft.

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Elvis has left the building and hopped on his bike! Photo by @calitexican

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Coit Tower View. Photo by @betabrand_hq

Coit tower view by @kaveh

A lovely wide angle at the first party stop. We made it to Coit Tower! Photo by @KavehAstaneh

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Another lovely SF view. Photo by @iamcaps

Rolling towards the beautiful Bay Bridge.

Rolling towards the beautiful Bay Bridge.

After Coit Tower we made our way down Telegraph hill towards the Embarcadero and enjoyed the flat wide streets and beautiful views of the bay lights as we rolled south towards AT&T park.  A last minute decision to finish the party in an AT&T park overflow lot was a good one, and we had plenty of space to get our dance on under the lights. Shout outs to Lily, who was celebrating a birthday and her Bachelorette party with us at SFBP, and is getting married in August.  Congratulations Lily, we’re so stoked that you wanted to celebrate with us! And to @BikePretty who was also celebrating her birthday by riding with us. We hope it was a good one, girl!

Lily and friends rocking bridal white for a Bachelorette party on wheels! Photo by @violator79

Lily and friends rocking bridal white for a Bachelorette party on wheels! Photo by @violator79

As always, we had a wonderful time riding with you.  Thanks for continuing to bring the fun to SFBP month after month.  If you want even more recap, check out the stellar review we received recently from Bermstyle.com. Thanks, Bermstyle! We’re so glad you enjoyed the ride! We’ll be back at you on Friday, July 5th with our next Bike Party.  The theme is Robot Revolution!  More info on that to come in our LookBook.  Meet us at the Conservatory of Flowers at 7:30pm, we roll at 8:00! Ding Ding!

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SFBP #28 May Flowers Recap

We may not have much in the way of seasons here in San Francisco, but spring was definitely in the air on Friday, May 3rd. You all made a truly beautiful bouquet in all of your floral finery. We had perfect weather, visitors from near and far, and even some tall bikes! This was a special Bike Party for yours truly and you filled me with so much love.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now, let’s get to it, shall we?

We started the ride at the beautiful Balboa Park and rolled out along Ocean Ave. towards the beach.  How lovely to start a ride with the sun still shining! All the better to see your costumes!

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May flowers invade the baseball field at Balboa Park. Photo by Logo Larry

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Paper flowers for the win! Photo by @chinstrap

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Sun Flower Power! Photo by Valerie Bykova

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Sree is looking super in green floral! Many thanks for volunteering, Sree! Photo by Valerie Bykova

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These flower children are ready to ride! Photo by @jollymurrell

We absolutely love to ride along Ocean Ave! It’s wide, flat and, you guessed it, goes all the way to the Ocean! Did you enjoy the first leg? Many thanks to the volunteers who helped out with turns along the way.  Your help is essential and we love you for it. Make sure to tell your friends about how much fun you have directing traffic and giving high fives as Bike Party rolls by!

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Bike Party lights up the night at Pelican Beach! Photo by @ku1313

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Partier Lia (who was visiting from Philly!) shows her excitement about SFBP! Check out her glowing bike. She covered her frame in super reflective tape. It looks great!

At the beach we got a very special treat! Our friend and BP volunteer Find brought cream puffs from Beard Papa! They were delicious!  Thank you so much.  If you didn’t get one, you missed out!

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Looking fly modeling those amazing Beard Papa Cream Puffs! Photo by @chinstrap

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DELICIOUS! Photo by @chinstrap

After chowing down at the beach, we headed out for one more leg through the Sunset to Golden Gate Park. Riding through the park always feels so special because we get to leave most of the cars behind and really crank up the tunes. We brought our floral finery to the Conservatory of Flowers for one final stop and dance party. This fine lady even got in on the fun!

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Safety First! Photo by Logo Larry

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate and ride with us.  It was a big weekend for Bay Area cycling and several members of the Midnight Ridazz (who were in town for Hella Big Bike Party) came out to show their support. We hope you all had an awesome time.  We even had some visitors from Germany! Carolin from Bochum and Henrietta from Wuppertal were traveling in the Bay Area when they heard about SFBP from the people they were staying with.  Although they didn’t have bikes, they thought it might be fun, so they reached out on Facebook to ask for help finding bikes to ride.  With a little help from our friends, they secured bikes and were able to join in on the fun.  Survey says they had an awesome time!  Big ups to our community for making it happen for Carolin and Henrietta!

We’ve recently been awarded Best Group Bike Ride by SFWeekly’s Best of the Bay Series.  We are so thrilled to have made the list again in 2013 and work hard to make Bike Party the best that it can be every month.  Thank you, SFWeekly.  If you think SFBP really is the best group bike ride in the Bay, and you want to be more involved, please consider volunteering to take a turn, coming on a test ride, or even joining our planning committee.  Follow us on Facebook for more info on ways to get involved.

Our next Bike Party is coming up on June 7th and we’ll be rocking and rolling in musical style.  The theme will be Musical Icons, so come dressed as your favorite iconic musician!  Wackiest musician is also up for grabs.  Whatever you do, make sure you’re ready to party.  Meet us at Civic Center at 7:30pm.  We rock and roll at 8:00!

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