A great time was had by all!

A great time was had by all!

Last weekend was the first Bicycle Quarterly “Un-Meeting”. The weather was perfect, about 25-30 riders showed up, and everybody had a great time. Aside from handing out copies of route maps, I was just another participant and was able to enjoy the meeting like everybody else. It was nice to see familiar faces and meet new people.
Most riders were from Washington State, but two had come from much further. George Retseck (on the left) came all the way from Pennsylvania. Many know George as the illustrator of the old Bridgestone catalogues. He has been doing some wonderful work for Bicycle Quarterly, too. Another rider came all the way from New York City!
The riding was wonderful. Instead of splitting up into groups, almost all of us decided to do the “intermediate” ride. We re-grouped a few times, and it seems that everybody enjoyed the riding and the company.
We had lunch at the historic lodge in Mount Rainier National Park, and then most of us climbed to Paradise.
That night, we congregated around a campfire. You can barely see the stars in the photo above. In real life, they were truly amazing. Sunday morning greeted us with more beautiful weather, and we set off for home.
We hope you are inspired to take up the idea and organize your own “Un-Meeting”. All it takes is figure out a few rides, make route sheets, set a date, and show up!
Photo credit: Andrew Squirrel (campfire).

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Comments (5)

  • Rod Bruckdorfer

    What a refreshing idea of a group ride with regroup points.

    September 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    • Tim Bird

      Hi Rod, I’m pleased to report the quiet countryside, castles, tea, cider, cakes and ale are all still in plentiful supply over here. Alas, now we can only dream of putting our bicycles on trains in the manner depicted. Perhaps the “wheel” will turn full circle and those heady days return? Love the film (and the cycling fashions), indeed the perfect way to explore, thanks for sharing!
      Tim, Yorkshire

      September 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  • Luis Bernhardt

    I just wanted to thank Jan, not only for laying out some great rides that opened up some new possibilities for exploring the area, but also for taking the time to get me rolling again after my carbon fiber seatpost snapped on a particularly bad pothole. The fix lasted until I was back on the pavement, but by then I was able to make it back to Packwood, saddle or no saddle!
    Also, lest you think that carbon fiber is a lousy material for seatposts, I must point out that I had logged over 46,000 km on that post on the Rodriguez fixie alone (over three years), and it was probably on my track bike before then. And I had broken two aluminum Campagnolo Chorus seatposts years before, when I was not keeping track of how long components were lasting on my bikes! I should also point out that both those posts, as well as the cf post that I broke, were all aero-shaped above the insertion point, so I think the breaks had more to do with the stresses placed on the post where they changed from round to wing-shaped.

    September 20, 2014 at 6:20 am
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      I was very relieved when we were able to get you going again! I suspect that fixed-gear bikes place more strain on their seatpost, since you cannot coast, making it hard to lift your behind off the saddle when going over rough stuff…

      September 20, 2014 at 6:52 am
  • Alexander

    Hooray Retseck! The old Bridgestone catalogues where a big motivation to take up cycling again. Thanks for that!

    September 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

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