Who was it that said that if you do it every night it’s not a party? It doesn’t matter really- I probably wouldn’t like them anyway. They obviously aren’t trying hard enough.
The Seattle Bicycle Expo has come and gone another year and along with it- the Go Means Go Pedal Party. This was the second year for Pedal Party and came off as a success in it’s energy, attendance and overall alcohol consumption. Last year you may remember we hosted the party with Baron Bicycles. A great time was had at Nine Million in Unmarked Bills- but the bars in the Fremont neighborhood are anything but fun on a weekend night so we decided to change things up a bit.
Learning from our mistakes- this year we had a venue that was closer to downtown and also separated from the shit show that the weekends bring to urban Seattle. The Grotto at the Rendezvous in Belltown is a nice little hole in the wall (hole in the ground really) that many folks have no idea is there. A smallish space- its plenty cozy without feeling cramped- because you can fill it with 100 of your closest friends and family.
The flier for Pedal Party- a work of art by Shogo Ota- had the party starting at 5. The idea was to grab people as they were leaving the Expo, and give them a place to come have a bite to eat and a drink. Well, there are very few of us that can start drinking at 5pm and continue until the bar closes- it’s an art really… Robert the kitten wrangler brought a few folks with him after the Expo closed- including the Bike Snob himself. I always thought he’d be taller…
Anyway- back to the 5pm party- it was slow starting- and the house video wasn’t working- throwing out our big plan to show some bike movies to keep people occupied. The tables around the room made for great spots for folks to talk over expo findings and look over the Urban Velo magazines that the good folks at UV sent out. It was great to meet Russ and Laura- who’s adventures are blogged about on The Path Less Pedaled. It was also fantastic to meet readers of the GMG blog and to talk with folks that are curious about the events that GMG does. The readers of GMG is really why we do this whole thing- and it’s always great to hear people’s thoughts on the blog.
DJ Cuddlebunny showed up at 8 with DJ Ryan… perfect timing. They began a long night of booty shaking beats that kept the dance floor going until they kicked us out. These men rolled with the punches, playing music that inspired folks to drop their ass down low and do the limbo. Literally. We had a limbo contest. All but two folks got bumped out- and we had to settle the duel as civilized adults- with Rock-paper-scissors for all the apples. A dance contest declared the winner of a beautiful wool Raleigh jersey.
Thanks to our swag sponsors- that provided us with some goodies to give to the crowd. Dutch Bike Seattle, Wright Brothers Cycleworks, Raleigh Bicycles and Nuun– all great companies that support Go Means Go.
At Go Means Go we like bikes, and we like to party. You can be certain that next year we’ll be out once again, pedaling and partying like it will save your soul. A big thanks to everyone that came out, and we look forward to seeing you this summer on the road!