First Ride of FALL
Be careful out there!
We had a good turnout this week with 20+ people, awesome to see so many new faces and even better to see a few repeats from last week. Looks like we should be able to keep this going for a while! Helps that the weather has been so good too... The full photo album is here as usual.
We got rolling about 8:30... I think as the weather gets a little cooler out we'll be less inclined to sit around too long after 8:00. Probably best to plan to show up around 7:45 or so. We did decide to stop at the 9 o'clock gun however - this used to be a pretty regular stop for us but I think we've all seen it so many times now it's kind of lost its intrigue. If you really need to see it you can always check it out here...
There were lots of tourists about and we ended up having a good time with them - we were in the walking path (as usual) and a few people started singing "London Bridge Is Falling Down" and making a gap for people to walk through. We must have had half of the people we'd 'entertained' return the favor later on in the evening, it was great. Things like that really make you feel good about the people in this city.
All was well until we came around to Lion's Gate. I guess we've all got a little too used to a nice dry Seawall - Logan was powering along ahead of us and had a little slip up. He skidded out on some wet cobblestones by the lighthouse and nailed the side of the Seawall pretty hard. Bent his fork good:
What can you do when you're essentially in the middle of nowhere? Logan lives on the North Shore so it wasn't like he was going to walk it home.
Joe and Logan did the only thing they could - they bent it back in to place using the seawall.
Here's a video of them finishing off their repair job. Heed the warnings, things get a little slick around there this time of year!
We had a few other tumbles that night too... One was a "No lights, where's the path?!" and the other was a loss of chain on a coaster brake bike. The lessons for the day? If you're riding in the dark you really do need a light... and if you're riding a coster brake bike make sure you keep your chain tight! No chain = No brakes.
Even with the troubles we had time for a little bike art around Siwash. Joe posted a few pics so I'm including them here too...
Rode out from there and stopped at the beach concessions in the west end. This has been a good place to stop lately - downside is we loose a few people there (they head home) but it's nice and chill and there's at least a possibility of washrooms. Pretty much at this time of year they're closed but there's always the Starbucks across the street. Not far from offsales either although we didn't need any that night, too many falls I think.
Just to add to the collection of weirdness someone found a couple of playing cards in the bushes. If you've seen some of our previous rides you might have seen the giant inflatable Champagne bottle we found once...
Not sure who these guys are, I never got a chance to introduce myself but they seemed fun.
Quick hop over to J-skids from there and everyone pretty much went home. I guess seeing a few people go down over the evening kinda makes you want to get going while the going's good. Anyhow, everyone survived the first ride of Fall, hopefully we'll have a few more lights next week!