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    Critical Mass Bike Ride

    September Critical Mass in Orlando, FL

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    is this a 29er- only CM ride? will I be shunned if I bring my 26er to one?

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    If they shun a 26" bike they're missing the point of a critical mass ride entirely.

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    Here in Folsom we have a new informal chapter of Kidical Mass. I took 4yo kiddo on his first tandem bike ride with them on Sunday. Sweet people so far. They need more. It's Folsom, after all.

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    Good job on the videography. That drone perspective... don't know much about piloting one, but it's eerie to see the footage being so smooth and stable. Was like there was no wind or jerky movements from the pilot. xD

    I participated in that one over a decade ago when I was in that area. Was expecting to see numerous tall bikes still, and seeing police stopping cross traffic at intersections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjichor View Post
    Good job on the videography. That drone perspective... don't know much about piloting one, but it's eerie to see the footage being so smooth and stable. Was like there was no wind or jerky movements from the pilot. xD
    DOn't they pilot themsleves, you just tell it what to lock onto and follow, and they carry on till told to stop.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjichor View Post
    Good job on the videography. That drone perspective... don't know much about piloting one, but it's eerie to see the footage being so smooth and stable. Was like there was no wind or jerky movements from the pilot. xD

    I participated in that one over a decade ago when I was in that area. Was expecting to see numerous tall bikes still, and seeing police stopping cross traffic at intersections.
    Thanks much man. It was a pretty calm day, almost zero wind. That being said a good drone (like the ones I have) can easily handle winds up to around 30mph and still produce stable, smooth video. I piloted one the morning after a hurricane here in Florida last year just to get some aerial shots of the damage and while it was sketchy with random 40-45+ mph wind gusts, it pulled it off (although I wouldn't recommend doing that!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    is this a 29er- only CM ride? will I be shunned if I bring my 26er to one?
    No of course not. Bikes of all descriptions are welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    DOn't they pilot themsleves, you just tell it what to lock onto and follow, and they carry on till told to stop.
    Yes many of them do (including the ones I have) but certain models in certain conditions don't work that well in auto-pilot. The shots in this video were all shot manually. It would be impossible to get those kind of aerial camera movements using autopilot.
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    in the past in my city, I witnessed a Critical Mass on a main thoroughfare during Friday rush hour, when regular working people were trying to get home through stop and go traffic to family after a long work day. It caused an even worse PITA traffic jam.

    I thought at the time that it was truly tone deaf behavior and a great way for people to HATE cyclists and that experience put me off Critical Mass for a long time. I truly hope that Critical Mass has gotten better about choosing where and when to ride. Rant off!
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    These guys purposely choose to ride on the busiest streets (downtown/main street).

    Your view is unfortunately the same as many other motorists. Can't say what Critical Mass stands for everyone else, but I believe that it's to show that cyclists are not a minority and deserve infrastructure that allows them to better fit in with traffic. I believe the courthouse and a number of other legislative buildings are near that route.

    The infrastructure there was pretty good, compared to where I've lived and traveled (7+ years each in 3 diff states that are 1000s of miles away from each other, 3+ years overseas), and the LBSs were doing pretty good. I got to ride miles of paved trails with pedestrian overpasses. It was pretty safe at night, save for swamp creatures. I could hit up shops pretty far away thanks to them. My college years there were pretty memorable, being carless.

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    I guess my view is conditional. I've seen critical masses turn very ugly, where cyclist provoke motorists and vice-versa. Others have been amazing examples of unity and demonstrate that cyclists deserve a share of the road. From a traffic engineering standpoint, cyclists provide higher people density in a particular area of roadway, making them much more efficient than drivers who don't carpool. Do critical mass rides translate into public awareness and a positive image of cycling? I guess time will tell.

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    East coast US roads don't seem very accommodating for cycling based on my experience*, but this evidence seems to pique my interest:

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    - are those bike lane markers, perhaps marking planned infrastructure development?

    * no shoulder, so not much room for motorists to pass. Rather stay off the pavement... the pictured road has parking and bus stops on the side, so that's not a safe path for bikes.

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    Halloween Edition Critical Mass!

    Zombie Outbreak!

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    You definitely earned your upvotes with that level of cinematography. Even answered my curiosity of what your drone looks like. Thought it'd be funny if it were a flying ghost/banshee or something. xD

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjichor View Post
    You definitely earned your upvotes with that level of cinematography. Even answered my curiosity of what your drone looks like. Thought it'd be funny if it were a flying ghost/banshee or something. xD
    Haha thanks man. I actually thought about hanging a lightweight costume from the drone and flying it around LOL.

    I actually carried 2 drones with me on the bike in the ride. I All of the aerial scenes were done with the 2nd one (not the one seen on my handlebars in the video...I didn't actually use that one at all in this).
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