Bike Night Meetup – Wednesdays – Roosevelt Park

Bike Night Longmont

Nowadays the shirts say, “Bikemont, Colorado”

This is just a note to the local Mustachians around Longmont – the rest of the world can safely ignore this call to action.

Have you heard about the Bike Nights we’ve been having around here these days? They have been reaching record proportions, with the inaugural one of the 2013 season last week reaching about 213 bicyclists.

So here’s what happens. We all gather in the parking lot on the South end of Roosevelt Park. It’s a whole mixed mob, with people on regular bikes, outlandish cruiser bikes, that one guy with the 6-foot-tall homemade Double Bike, a whole flock of little kids rocking their own bikes, and our leader Ryan, riding a custom cruiser which is pulling a homemade Rocket Ship Trailer in which he he has installed a car stereo amp, speakers, subwoofer, and LED rope lighting to provide a soundtrack to the craziness.

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The whole group winds its way slowly through the big leafy streets of old-town Longmont and the surrounding bike paths with special uniformed people who block off roads for us so we can roll through the whole place Barack Obama style.

It’s a festive event. There’s generally a pre-party where people drink beer, sub-groups that peel off into pubs as needed, people with 6-pack-holders built into their handlebars, and of course, a post party for those who make it through the whole ride. The kids run around and play late-night hide and seek and everyone pretends it’s not the middle of the work week. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night.

I’ll be there as usual, (as will Mrs. and Little MM) so if you want to join the Mustachian contingent, just show up with your bike and we’ll have a good time. I’ll be on a blue “Pacific” cruiser bike with a mustache sticker on the handlebars. Here’s where we’ll be meeting – right at the letter B on the map below, or see this google maps link.

It starts at 6:30PM. Send a comment or a Tweet to me if you’re planning to come (we can even meet in the park a bit in advance if you like), and I hope to see you there!*

bikenight

More information on Bike Night: http://longmontbikenight.blogspot.com/

*And if you can’t make it this week, there’s always next Wednesday. I’ll mention future ones on the twitter feed rather than the main blog.

 

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21 Responses to “Bike Night Meetup – Wednesdays – Roosevelt Park”

  1. Brandon, And Higher Still May 22, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    This is the most awesome thing ever.

    Post-graduation? Colorado, you’re on the shortlist!

  2. UK Money Motivator May 22, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Sounds awesome, have fun!

  3. Free Money Minute May 22, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    Wish I could be there. Sounds like a great time! Be safe and have fun.

  4. Holly@ClubThrifty May 22, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Wish I could come =( Jealous!

  5. Sarah May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    So jealous!!!! Someday, I’ll be there, with bells on!!

  6. lurker May 22, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    does sound like a blast…wonderful wednesdays! have fun.

  7. Taylor May 22, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds like Denver Cruisers :) MMM, make a trip down for a Cruisers night, it hits 2,000 bikers converging on Civic Center Park to observe or enter the Circle Of Death :)

  8. Redeyedtreefr0g May 22, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I’ll be there on Zoomie, streamers flying (or, well… hanging stiffly since the apartment people pressure-washed the breezeway and made everything filthy wile they were “cleaning”)
    My plan to bring the Beagle in a trailer is a bust- he’s definitely not ready yet, but we’ll work on it. Then I can bring my “kid” like other parents too!

    Last week was AMAZING! It was my first bike night and I had so much fun.

    • Mrs. Money Mustache May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Excellent! I just went to your web site and saw all the great pictures you posted. You really captured the spirit of bike night! We were there too last week, so hopefully we get to meet you this week. We’re usually near the front as our little boy likes to ride with all the kids.

      • Redeyedtreefr0g May 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

        Cool! My twin is visiting from Colorado Springs- she agreed to go with me, hooray! So one of us will ride my husband’s blue and black bike. AND, she’s brave enough to ride there with me instead of driving, which makes me happy.

        We’re also supposed to find one of my husband’s co-workers. It sounds like a party!

  9. Karie May 22, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Wow! I wish I lived in Longmont!

  10. Jocelyn Lukow May 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    This is badass, fo’ sho’. My hubby and I have a quarterly bike meetup called Hipster Nascar in our town of Victoria, BC, Canada. This is a biking pub crawl with a stated route that must be observed, sans right turns. As we’ve all become more frugal, the drinking portion has commenced in various parks and scenic beach locations with bevies disguised in to-go coffee containers.

  11. 205guy May 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Sounds like a mini-(critical)-mass, but on a weekly basis. I once did the San Francisco critical mass on Halloween with most riders in costume and my kid in the bike seat.

    I would say this is relevant to people elsewhere: if you don’t have such an event near you, organize one!!!

    • Mr. Money Mustache May 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      That’s a good point, 205guy.. Ryan, the guy who leads these rides, started Bicycle Longmont about 10 years ago, and it has grown and helped the whole city change for the better – with much more change to come.

      One of these things is the annual G’Knight ride (http://www.gknightride.org/), which now involves thousands of people, a huge concert at the end, and different parts of the city competing as to where it should occur, because it brings in so much business.

      City council people are also always happy to get their town into the national news for something like bike friendliness, and when you start a group like this and it starts snowballing in some change and public support for biking, those news stories happen, which is good for business and careers.

  12. Kudy May 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Can’t risk the ultimate hypocrisy of strapping my bike onto my car and driving the 30 miles to Longmont in order to take part in this – but it sounds awesome!

    • Mr. Money Mustache May 23, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Wise choice, Kudy ;-) … this is one of the reasons I announced it so late, I thought it would be good to get a few locals together. And we did!

      Still would be nice to meet you next time I’m biking in Denver.

  13. Pete May 23, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Great to meet you last night!

  14. Chase May 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I was indeed feeling hardcore and decided to read every post of your blog since the beginning (at least through May 2012 – there are so many!).

    I’m from Washington DC and just booked a flight out to Denver to go visit friends and family between 6/18 and 6/26. I’ll be at University of Denver and then in Boulder. I noticed Longmont wasn’t too far (if someone could take me there or point me to a bus).

    I was wondering if you ever meet up with the locals or blog-followers outside of these bike rides. Jacob from ERE did say once that if anyone was ever in the Bay Area, he’d let them by him a coffee or dinner. Do you ever do something similar?

  15. David May 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Sorry I missed this. I love living in Longmont and I will try to make the next one.

  16. Brooks June 1, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Yessss!!
    We have a group in Mobile, AL called MOB (Mobilians on Bikes).
    They are a dedicated group all about exposing folks to ‘the ride’.

    Just recently we had a ‘Bike and Brew’ where we visited 3 locations where folks were home brewing beer (Alabama is apparently the last state where this is illegal – sad).

    I love the guy with the rocketship speaker set – maybe this can be me!

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