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Hi everyone!

I'm a month into biking and am really excited for Critical Mass this Friday.

Never done it before and don't know anyone else who's going.

Anyone else out there new to this and want to meet up before it starts?

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You can find me by my chrome and black city bike that I usually ride to CCM.  I most often park my bike at, and then hang out by, the SW corner of the Picasso raised platform/dais/slab/whatever.   I'll abandon the corner if someone lights up in my vicinity as I just can't stand to be anywhere around cigarette smoke -but short of that I usually don't get more than 20' from that point until the bikes start moving.    

Steel Driver said:

How can a CCM noob meet up with Chainlink people at Daley Plaza? 

It depends on many things on what time I get there.   

#1 is the weather.  If it is yucky or cold I don't want to be sitting around in the yucky & cold too long -especially right after a ride down there where I might be a bit sweaty, and before another SLOW ride (and CCM is SLOW)

#2 is if I"m running late.   Sometimes I get there at 6 and don't have time for much more than a short break before the ride starts.  

But I get there at about 5:30 or even earlier on nice days when I'm not running late. 

Great thanks guys.  Time to engineer a hat.  ; ) 

See ya all at the bikecapades!

Hey Robin- just sent you a message- I'm also heading to CCM from the UIC campus, if you want to meet up and bike over together. Leaving probably 5ish. 

The ride went on the expressway more than once..  ;)

Juan said:

I'll make it as clear as mudd. South side + little cycling infrastucure = less people riding bicycles. Thus fewer people from that part of town showing up for CM and ending up far north each time.

Ok, so I get the point of CM sprawling its organic tentacles regardless of bike lanes, hek! we even went on the expressway one time.

So it is what it is until someone throws in a south side destination...

 

I don't understand the connection you're alluding to between cycling infrastructure and CCM.

The great thing about CCM has always been that you weren't limited to streets with "cycling infractructure" and could feel safe riding down Western Ave.

Don't taze me on the LSD bro!

-or-

Taze the Drive!

Seri97 said:

The ride went on the expressway more than once..  ;)

isn't that a little late of a start to make Daley Plaza?

And for anyone who may end up a little late at Daley Plaza after the Mass has taken wings:  MassUp.us on a smartphone should tell you where people currently are, via GPS, so you can take a shortcut and catch up.  Locations can also be found via texting.  User guide here: http://massup.us/pub/use

Andrew Bedno (possibly others?) has designed this really neat tool for us.  Thank you Andrew!!!

Mass NEVER leaves before 6PM these days in Chicago.  The time listed on many websites of 5:30 is very generous   It usually leaves sometime between 6:05-6:15.   

And like Thunder Snow said, you can use MassUp.us to find the mass as long as there is someone else using it who didn't get there late.  When there is only 40-something riders that isn't a given...

Hopefully today will have a good turnout -the rain should be well over and it'll be nearly 60-degrees.    

Cool!

John W. said:

Ricardo, and whoever else wants to meet up on the north side to head down to CCM, meet at the southeast corner of Chase park, right at Leland and Clark, at 5:40...to leave by 5:45.

Today was great! Wish I didn't have to finish writing a thesis for next week and I would've tagged along longer. :( It was nice meeting some other chainlinkers. Ride on.

John W. said:

Ricardo, and whoever else wants to meet up on the north side to head down to CCM, meet at the southeast corner of Chase park, right at Leland and Clark, at 5:40...to leave by 5:45.

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