jaycatski wrote:well we are flying over from england, so is there a place to do with bm that sort out cheap, loseable bikes? or is there a local shortage running up to the event?!!
stuart wrote:look, if you bring a bike you don't have to be chained to it. It gives you the option. If you don't bring a bike you'll be pissed you didn't.
you don't have to babysit your bike, just lock it up. Get a simple cheap lock that you are comfortable with.
without a bike you will never...
spontaneously decide to bike to the trash fence
spontaneously decide to go see the big art thing way over there
spontaneously decide to bike from 10 to 2 because the music will be better
spontaneously decide to bike to the temple
spontaneously decide to go see if your new best friends are around on the other side of the city
well, I guess you can suddenly decide on those things, but you will not be able to do them all in one day, and you will want to, on foot.
-You have to worry about the bike being borrowed/stolen
Tiahaar wrote:In the real world I bike everyday...work...gym...store...home.
Lots of miles, save lots of gas money for burning getting to Burning Man.
First year was last year, brought art pedal trike but left bike home on purpose so I could walk. The silent thinking time walking across open playa between widely spaced artworks was priceless. The scale of the place is marvelous! This year maybe I'll bring a kickbike (like a big kid's Razor scooter) and the trike, maybe a bike, my campmates got on great with a couple old tenspeeds (I worried the narrow wheels would sink in the playa but last year was a hard surface). Bikes are great (its flat as a pancake out there for heaven's sake, great-grandma could pedal her way around) and yeah the power scooters are a blast but why not save your hearing for the music to beat-up on instead. Its just sweet to park in one place and be free of driving and commuting and schedules and just go wander at will. Now I'm rambling... and so excited getting ready to be there this fall!!
spectabillis wrote:Standing next to a 2am bonefire, drum circle, musicians, people dancing, people looking for things to keep the fire going ...next thing I knew a bike landed in the fire.
Guy next to me... "ah shit, there goes my bike...", looks at me "my friends suck."
True story, but doubt this happens to many people.
>>cannot imagine a bicycle would be good for much burning
Lydia is absolutely correct on this one. I cannot describe the fear that riding shotgun on playa last year with Emergency Services induced. Actually trying to spot the suicidal little bunnies--whoops, Burners--before they threw themselves under our tires while on emergency calls gives me incredible respect for the pure luck that must have been operating to allow some of these people survive long enough to grow up and get to the playa in the first place.Lydia Love wrote:please wear a little bit of light when you are walking about altered at night. or when you go out into the deep playa and lie down on the ground... a little blinky or somethign on you will help keep others from running you over. I call unlit high people speedbumps... but I'd feel really bad if I actually hit someone.
theCryptofishist wrote:Lydia is absolutely correct on this one. I cannot describe the fear that riding shotgun on playa last year with Emergency Services induced.
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