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Comment by Bob Kastigar on Saturday

Link to a few pictures from the August ride:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157655594123103

Starting out without a map, this month was pretty close to a disaster!  I gave up and bailed at Cermak and Damen, went north on Damen and I was passed by with many riders who looked as if they, too, were bailing out from the ride.

Near the start we went down State Street from Jackson to Roosevelt, a distance of over a mile.  Then on Roosevelt we went west to Halsted, again a distance of over a mile.  What happened to the suggested guideline of riding no more than 1/4 to 1/2 a mile and making a turn?  This slows down the mass, and keeps the rider together.

When crossing the bridges over the expressway and the river along Roosevelt the mass got badly splintered.  Going uphill slows you down but going downhill on the other side speeds you up.  Those in the front didn't seem to be aware of this: as they sped up, the rest of the riders behind them were slowing down quite a bit and the mass was broken.  At several intersection cars went thru, further splitting up the mass.  What happened to the other suggested guideline of stopping at a light and waiting two or three cycles of the light to allow for a 'mass up' with all on the ride?

The only way to "mass up" is for the front to slow down.  The rear can't speed up to catch up.

Maybe it improved when the ride went south on Damen at Cermak.  I hope so but I didn't stick around to see it.  I hope somebody comes up with a map for next month.

Comment by Bob Kastigar on August 1, 2015 at 11:26am

Pictures from the July "Underwear" Critical Mass ride!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157656230449000

Comment by Bob Kastigar on June 26, 2015 at 9:36pm

A few, very few, pictures from the start of the June 2015 Critical Mass at Delay Plaza.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157654709353128

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 23, 2015 at 12:31pm

Anyone got specific wants for this Friday? Here's a dozen past June routes for inspiration: http://bedno.com/find/photos/ccmjune

Looking at history, June's had some great ones. Steven Lane's Tortoise and Hare, Olatunji Oboi Reed Hidden Jewels, my Pride Ride, some Spencer Thayer ones, some Howard ones, some Payton Chung taking both the drive and the Ike...

Comment by Bob Kastigar on May 30, 2015 at 10:35am

A few pictures from the May 2015 Critical Mass ride:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157653693103552

Comment by Bob Kastigar on August 29, 2014 at 10:13pm

Pictures, map from the start of the August ride at the Delay Plaza:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157646604080120/

One video too.

Comment by Bob Kastigar on July 26, 2014 at 11:35am

Map. pictures, videos from the July 2014 "Underwear Ride" of the Chicago Critical Mass.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157645985158513/

Comment by Bob Kastigar on July 1, 2014 at 9:18am

Map, a few pictures, and a video from the June 2014 Chicago Critical Mass ride on June 27th.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157644999989910/

Comment by Vilda on March 27, 2014 at 1:01pm

Is there a plan for tomorrow's Mass and it just didn't make it this far?

 

There is a protest at 30 S Wacker against BP, happens at 4:30 but we could always roll by to see if they are still gathered at 6.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/270141553149298/

Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 19, 2014 at 3:20pm
 

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