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beanis
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Oct 19 2004 13:35
alley cat racing

anarchic racing!

- SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER - MEET 12PM CENTRAL LIBRARY -

An alley cat race is where cyclists navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint around the city.

It was originally imported from bike courier culture in america in the mid 90's.

If you've found critical mass a bit slow, this might be your thing, fast racing where everyone is welcome to participate... each checkpoint tells you where to go next, it might be to the top of a multistory carpark, it might be down some alley ways, or on a main road.

The main thing about these races are that they are fun, it doesnt really matter who wins or looses...its just about riding together in a group around the city...fast.

This is the first race in manchester of this kind! please come and make it great!

see www.velorution.org.uk for more info. and leaflets to print out.

and see

 http://www.skizzy.biz/archives/2003/11/10alley_cat

for a description of what racing is like in other cities.....

e-mail: mcr_criticalmass@yahoo.co.uk

Homepage: http://www.velorution.org.uk

ftony
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Oct 21 2004 10:18

hehey, that sounds cool! yo, also a few peeps in liverpool fancy starting up a critical mass sometime soon. do any mancs wanna join in and give us some help?

tell ya what, if i go to the alleycat race, will you come here? sounds like a deal...

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Oct 21 2004 15:25

halloween CM flyer

ftony- be up for helping, but if you're doing it on the last friday of the month then that'll be the same time as the one in manc, but guess i could come to liverpool instead. check out http://www.velorution.org.uk/flyers.html if you want to adapt any of our flyers.

ftony
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Oct 23 2004 15:07

Thanks dude, that's wicked (perhaps in a halloween style!) I'll see if i can get a few liverpool peeps across for the next one. If your lot's is last friday, then we won't have it then. Rock and rollllll on down the road...

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Oct 23 2004 17:39

ok, cool see you next friday then.

and, yeah pretty much all critical masses happen on the last friday of the month, makes it easier for people to remember when it is for a start. But i guess there's no reason it shouldn't happen on another day.

beanis
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Oct 26 2004 20:01

yeah this alley cat race is going to be fookin ace i rekon....

beanis
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Oct 26 2004 20:02

i dont know why i bother posting these stupid meaningless little post sometimes...i really dont eek

im an arse

captainmission
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Oct 28 2004 13:45

its critical mass tommorrow 5pm outside the central library

also got given a bike today, needs a bit of work but it should be an alright single-speed road bike once done up. Anyone want it?

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Oct 29 2004 21:06

Excellent post, beanis!!!!

tongue

now i've just got to find somewhere to say "its about class" and my work is done.

captainmission
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Oct 30 2004 12:03

you don't find somewhere to say 'its about class', you just throw it out like some sort red n black star torrets syndrome smile

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Oct 30 2004 17:34

someone at work has a raleigh mountain bike she never rides so shes going to look at it and then give/sell it to me. she says if she sells it it'll be really cheap. Shes worried about its condition (by which i think she means it'll be dusty or have rust or something!!). Its five years old and shes hardly ever ridden it. Its got to be a better bike than my shite bike hasn't it?

sorry about criticial mass by the way... my vampire dog is still sat on my handlebars sad

i hate employers, i lugged the bike into work and had a good afternoon making laminated monsters (now i've found the laminater i am happy at work). they wouldn't even let nick leave and its his last day, ever.

its about class grin

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Oct 30 2004 21:48

Ah fuck....anyone got a spare bike I can borrow?

spike
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Oct 31 2004 23:22

lucy, a rusty bike is not gonna be much good for long (unless its just like the chain thats rusty, then you could just buy a new chain for abotu a tenner.

if the frame is rusty that is bad news IMHO.

bikes are like shoes beds and coats - it is well worth getting a decent one.

captainmission
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Nov 1 2004 15:28

me and beanis have sorted out the route and cycled it today (if anyone can beat 25 mins and avoid pissing off the car park attendent you're in with a chance). and we found a wonderful prize!

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lucy, a rusty bike is not gonna be much good for long (unless its just like the chain thats rusty, then you could just buy a new chain for abotu a tenner.

if the frame is rusty that is bad news IMHO.

bikes are like shoes beds and coats - it is well worth getting a decent one.

well all i can say to that is tish, and quite possably also, fipsy. There's loads of old bike frames about the place and there easy to replace. And to get decent bikes (or shoes, beds or coats fro that matter) that you don't need to spend a fortune getting a decent one- building a good single speed bike is easy enough and the parts can usually be forund for free/cheap.

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Nov 2 2004 00:47
captainmission wrote:

well all i can say to that is tish, and quite possably also, fipsy. There's loads of old bike frames about the place and there easy to replace. And to get decent bikes (or shoes, beds or coats fro that matter) that you don't need to spend a fortune getting a decent one- building a good single speed bike is easy enough and the parts can usually be forund for free/cheap.

easy enough if you know how and have the time to do it - i wouldnt know how to build one from scratch and if i was working it would definitely be more worth my while to go and buy one tbh.

and a single speed bike is no use if you go anywhere with hills.

also how can you say that criticising a rusty frame is tish ans fipsy (whatver the fuck thats meant to mean roll eyes )

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Nov 2 2004 15:44
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easy enough if you know how and have the time to do it - i wouldnt know how to build one from scratch and if i was working it would definitely be more worth my while to go and buy one tbh.

and a single speed bike is no use if you go anywhere with hills.

also how can you say that criticising a rusty frame is tish ans fipsy (whatver the fuck thats meant to mean roll eyes )

doesn't take long and it not tat hard to learn. And once you take it apart and put it back together again you've got a preety godd idea of how a bike works. And you'd have to be working a bloody well payed job to make it to be better buying one. A alright new bike is going to set you back about £250, once you got the parts it might take 2 or so hours to put together.

As for hills- we ain't got any in manchester.

and saying a bikes no good if it has a rusty frame is what i'm criticising, frames can be easily replaced, you daft goose tongue

so quit your lollygaging roll eyes

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Nov 2 2004 16:51

frames can be replaced, but when you find a bike (IME) the frame is usually in best nick - chains tend to be rusty, brakes and cables need replacing, chainset worn, tyres fucked etc,

if the frame is rusty too i'd assume that the whole bike is pretty much fucked (unless say the wheels and pedals are salvagable)

but i'd like to be proved wrong.

it would defo take me more than 2hours to put a bike back together - took me nearly a week to sort mine out when some fucker set it on fire and i had to sort it out (cost loads and took ages)

as for having just one gear, there is NO WAY i culd survive with that, even in manchester. just going to town and back i'd use three or four different gears and if i'm pulling a bike trailer or loads of stuff on my rack then i use four or five entirely different gears to get around - so there tongue

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Nov 2 2004 17:39
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but i'd like to be proved wrong.

bet you would you saucey minx Mr. T

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it would defo take me more than 2hours to put a bike back together - took me nearly a week to sort mine out when some fucker set it on fire and i had to sort it out (cost loads and took ages)

as for having just one gear, there is NO WAY i culd survive with that, even in manchester. just going to town and back i'd use three or four different gears and if i'm pulling a bike trailer or loads of stuff on my rack then i use four or five entirely different gears to get around - so there tongue

but tbh spike that's just cos you a bit lame grin

and mechs go wrong and look crap- its the most complex bit of machinary on the bike (plus you wiegh your bike down with so much tat).

[aplogoies i'm in a bad mood so through i'd needlessly insult you smile ]

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Nov 2 2004 18:05
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but tbh spike that's just cos you a bit lame Mr. Green

cheeky get black bloc

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and mechs go wrong and look crap- its the most complex bit of machinary on the bike (plus you wiegh your bike down with so much tat).

it is all necessary...ALL of it!!!!

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[aplogoies i'm in a bad mood so through i'd needlessly insult you Smile ]

s'ok - i'm used to it roll eyes

come round mine for a beer to cheer you up if you like - i have a pub in my front room atm 8)

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Nov 3 2004 13:57
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it is all necessary...ALL of it!!!!

well you could stand to loose the cycle computer, water bootle holder, that shelf thing on the back (i'd also suggest the levers and back break, but you'd never go for that)

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come round mine for a beer to cheer you up if you like - i have a pub in my front room atm 8)

so elle didn't sell all the beer then? how much left? might come round tonight,. wens you house meeting finish?

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Nov 3 2004 16:01
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well you could stand to loose the cycle computer, water bootle holder, that shelf thing on the back (i'd also suggest the levers and back break, but you'd never go for that)

i have lost the cycle computer sad

i need the water bottle holder to hold my water bottle tongue

the "shelf like thing on the back" is called a rack and its for holding my paniers twisted

there is no housemeeting tonight, come round.

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Nov 9 2004 12:57

report of it here http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/manchester/2004/11/300706.html

spike
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Nov 11 2004 12:15

8)

i found my cycle computer btw grin