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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 #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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(foto by Misti Layne 2013)

(foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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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(foto by jaisun, Jellies courtesy of Sascha and Chloe!)
Keep an eye out for these glowing jellies, we’re hoping they’ll swarm another bike party soon!!

(foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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(foto by charrismo, Music Bike by Sree)

(foto by Kaveh Astaneh)

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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 #24 Land of Misfit Toys Recap

Oh My Gosh, you guys! Thank you all so much for bringing so many awesome toys and making our first annual SFBP and SFYBP toy and bike drive such a huge success! We are so pleased that you took the time to be a part and give back. Thanks for coming out and brightening our spirits this holiday season.  We couldn’t do it without you!

So, should we talk about how awesome the ride was?  Yes, let’s!

We got a beautiful break in the weather last Friday after a week of rain and cold, and even though it was chilly, we still had a jolly band of misfits at McCovey Cove. I saw Rudolph, a few Elves and even a My Little Pony! After collecting lots of toys in our cargo bikes (Many thanks to James, Ian, CTX, Mark and Woody for carrying loads!) we rolled out through the dog patch for a lovely first leg through the city and along the water. For the first time this month, we used a new app called Glympse to track our location. This is quite possibly the best thing EVER, and lets us share our progress on the route in real time with anyone who has a smart phone.  We’ll be posting our Glympse of each ride on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) before we roll out from now on, and you don’t have to have the app to follow along! And no, we’re not being paid for this, we just think it’s hella cool!

Bright lights at McCovey Cove. Pgoto credit ku1313.  Thanks for tagging!

Bright lights at McCovey Cove. Photo credit ku1313. Thanks for tagging!

When we arrived at South Park, our first party stop, things got crazy on the dance floor when our friends @MusicBikes and @sfdjmacguyver (Thanks, Mark, Ed and Crew) linked their 3 music bikes with home stereo sharing equipment to blast the same music in surround sound! We are so impressed that you were able to surprise us with so much awesome sound and we hope everyone enjoyed the block rockin’ beats! It was also great to see misfit toys playing on the play ground, piling up their bikes and meeting new friends.  Have you made new friends at Bike Party?  We hope so.  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments or on social media.  Send us a message!

The second leg took us along the Embarcadero and into the Financial District to Pier 7.  Don’t you guys just love Pier 7?  Amazing views, plenty of room to dance, lots of light so bikes are never out of sight and a free bathroom?  Yeah, it’s pretty great. You can see a pretty amazing video of the epic dance party that was had by all here. If you missed it, you missed out!

The SFBP Windsock leads the way to Pier 7! Photo by  Denyse

The SFBP Windsock leads the way to Pier 7! Photo by Denyse

Amazing!Photo by Calitexican

Amazing!
Photo by Calitexican

James carried so many toys in the Metrofiets.  Thanks, James! Photo by Calitexican

James carried so many toys in the Metrofiets. Thanks, James! Photo by Calitexican

Thanks to RideSFO for this great shot!

Thanks to RideSFO for this great shot!

After we had our fill of dancing, we headed out for one last leg back through the Financial District and into SOMA with our final stop at Showplace Triangle. We hope you enjoyed seeing the FiDi aglow with Christmas lights. It might be our favorite place to ride in the city at night.  Almost no traffic, flat, well paved streets and gorgeous architecture glowing in the city lights. Did you look up?  We hope so! After some more dancing at our last stop, a few of us headed to SFFD Station #1 to drop off our toys. Here’s a shot of the happy crew at the fire house, and the fire fighter we caught in his shorts reviewing the spoils! We also received one kids bike (Thanks again to Mark!) for The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project. If you have bike parts or complete bikes (for kids of adults) that you’d still like to donate, please don’t hesitate to contact SFYBP.  They have a shop where you can drop off parts and they will also arrange to pick up donations, by bike, of course!

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Rounding out a great night at the Fire Station. Thanks to everyone who donated!!

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OMG! So many toys!

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We are turning 2 in January, can you believe it!? Because we’re big kids now, we’re marking the occasion of our birth with a Terrible Twos themed ride.  Please join us to celebrate with tantrums, toddlers, tricycles and whatever else you can come up with on Friday, January 4th at 7:30 pm (Location TBD). We roll, as always, at 8:00! Ding Ding!

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