The University of Victoria had a bike movie night [Veer - the movie!] which coincided with a regular [6yrs+] monthly mystery night bike ride. Kurt and I decided to give it a shot. The movie was really a interesting look into Portland bike culture with some Canadian content/influence that was fun. The students that were watching the movie with us were all born about the time I left university myself!!! Crazy..=-)
We met up with 40-50 riders after the movie and started our first monthly mystery night ride. Sorry for the craptacular videos, but I figured they do a better job of giving you a feel for the event than some grainy photos.
It was super fun to ride with a big boisterous group through the streets of Victoria and the pitch blackness of the Galloping Goose MUP. We made it about halfway when we decided to bail. We were enjoying the riding, but the group was stopping frequently to drink beer, smoke homemade cigarettes and socialize. Which we didn’t mind except for the fact we were covering ground really slowly and figured we wouldn’t get to bed before 3-4am if we stuck with the ride. Too late for me as I was up with Sharon at 6am that morning and had a long day. As it was I only got to bed at 1am and Kurt had a longer ride home so he probably didn’t hit the sack until 130am.
We’ll definitely do the ride again – next time with a cargo bike carrying camp chairs + warm jackets for the stops and a generator driven thumping sound system!
Wheel lights are inexpensive electric glowstix stolen from my burning man bike kit. They are attached with clear packing tape. I got non-stop positive comments from every group of peds we passed. The downside to this setup is 8 finicky on/off switches to operate. The upside is they are cheap totally effective and batteries last 50hrs+.
On the totally dark MUP my Solidlights 1203D and Shimano dynohub were one of the best lights on the ride and it let me blast away from a couple times with other riders unable to follow since they couldn’t see where they were going at high speed.
Two Planet Bike Superflash taillights set on steady so as not to stun riders behind me made sure nobody ran into me from behind.
BTW – video soundtrack provided by my iPhone 3GS playing in my jacket pocket while I rode.