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    I was just wondering how many people outside of Austin go on Critical Mass, and what your experiances with it are
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    I dont go to critical mass. Ive witnessed it, it was embarrassing. My experience is that its mostly newer riders, mostly a place to be seen/thing to do, mostly confrontational just for the sake of being confrontational, and mostly lame. But hey, the kids have to get their angst out somehow, right?
    • CommentAuthorsfbee
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    Exactly what wes said. Nothing photo ops and egotistical bullshit. I'd sooner ride off a cliff than ride another critical mass.
    • CommentAuthorSkidMark
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    Critical Mass meant something years ago but it has been taken over by confrontational assholes.
  2.  
    Agreed.
    • CommentAuthorthe rabbi
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    Posted By: SkidMarkCritical Mass meant something years ago but it has been taken over by confrontational assholes.
    boom
  3.  
    I did my first Critical Mass ride last month here at NYC and it wasn't that fun. All we did was ride 2 mph stop at every stop light being escorted by the Police and people getting tickets for every little thing.
    But the after party was awesome I saw Japanther play!
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    Posted By: sfbeeI'd sooner ride off a cliff than ride another critical mass.


    One of my friends keeps inviting me to one downtown.
    • CommentAuthorSkidMark
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2010
     
    I've got a better idea, hold a group fun ride and just use parade rules. Keep the group together, cork intersections. If there is more than one lane occupy the right lane not both lanes. Try not to be an asshole about it.
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    Posted By: veggie
    Posted By: sfbeeI'd sooner ride off a cliff than ride another critical mass.


    One of my friends keeps inviting me to one downtown.


    ... and if your friend rode off a cliff, would you?
    • CommentAuthorheadphone
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    critical mass sucks.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    Posted By: Joshua A.C. Newman
    ... and if your friend rode off a cliff, would you?


    Good thing I didn't go.
    • CommentAuthorncecchi
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    I'm all for bikes, but everytime someone tries to "cork" an intersection with a failed trackstand, I just want to run over them with my Subaru.

    Then back up and do it again.
    Critical mass is for people who don't ride enough to know that going 5 miles while stopping at every bar/ liquor store on the way isn't cycling, and it's not a statement, it's just a bunch of lame drunks on bikes.
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    Posted By: SkidMarkCritical Mass meant something years ago but it has been taken over by confrontational assholes.


    I don't think it meant anything even at its inception. To this day I have not seen a shred of evidence that CM has managed to accomplish it's stated mission by getting anyone out of their car and onto a bike. The only people I've ever talked to about their reasons for becoming participants were people that already rode bikes. Nobody has ever said, "You know, sitting at an intersection for twenty minutes as a bunch of costumed drunks swerved past blowing air horns and yelling, 'Happy Friday!' made cycling seem so fun and engaging that I managed to completely forget how late I was for picking my kids up from day care! I'm really going to give some extensive consideration to my carbon footprint from now on!"

    If there was ever any meaning to CM it existed only in the minds of its entirely un-self-aware participants.
    • CommentAuthorscmalex
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010 edited
     
    I live in San Diego, and I go every once in awhile.
    I remembered it being really cool way back... its actually on of the things that got me into cycling.

    There are usually ~100 people there and typically there is an arrest or two, dozens of citations, confrontations and some gnarly accidents.
    A lot of people there are drunk, which is fine, but most of them can't handle it, which can be disastrous when you are riding with that many people.
    Whoever leads the mass is just plain retarded! this month featured riding inside of 2 malls and a target, riding the wrong way down a 4 lane street and bombing the gnarliest hill in the city (some people got hurt pretty bad)

    Its not all bad though. Its a nice way to meet people from distant parts of the county or people that aren't active on local forums and whatnot.
    Also, we keep a decent pace and the ride usually lasts ~30 miles or so.
    My homies and I sometimes shadow the ride until its numbers dissipate or we TRY to commandeer the mass and direct it somewhere safe.
    • CommentAuthornrunyan
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    the critical mass in charlotte is actually pretty legit. i guess it just depends on where you are.
    • CommentAuthorheadphone
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    legit in what sense?
    • CommentAuthorSkidMark
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    Posted By: Michael Perz
    Posted By: SkidMarkCritical Mass meant something years ago but it has been taken over by confrontational assholes.


    I don't think it meant anything even at its inception....



    I don't think you can make a blanket statement like that about Critical Mass considering it has went on all over the world. Not every country's CM was taken over by either self-important hipsters or jocko frat boys (or both in the case of San Diego).
    • CommentAuthorncecchi
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    I'm pretty sure poor people all over the undeveloped world get together every friday at the end of the month to ride their expensive, flashy, and totally unnecessary tarck bikes around on dirt roads in a show of solidarity with their richer brethren in the West.
    • CommentAuthorurchin0903
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
     
    i never have gone or even seen a critical mass but i like to think the more asses in the saddle the better. and lets face it self important assholes are going to be self important assholes with or with out bikes. that problems not going away.
 
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