Another year, another Nine to Five! With over 100 registrants, our riders took to the streets at sunset on one of the longest nights of the year, in search of odd items and photo-ops all over our awesome city, and they came through finding everything from photobooth pictures to videos of coordinated dances to growlers filled with sand.
This was the second year we ran a three list race, with a new list being released at each stop throughout the night. this years’ lists were focused more in town, resulting on lots of familiar faces on the streets all night long.
We lucked out with great weather all night, with clouds keeping us warm all night with only a few drops in the early morning. And the end of the night, it was team Ransacked Diginity that took home the win, edging out the second place Team Garth by a small margin.
|Team Snacccs Handa||241|
|Team Disco Lights||205.5|
|Team Penis Straws||191|
|Team Adventure Time||180|
|Lee & Crew||177|
|It’s Only Awkward If You Make It||174|
|Team Glittery Weiner||157.5|
|The Episcopal Hiking Club||121|
Thanks so much to all the participants! Our turnout went beyond our initial t-shirt order, so if you did not receive a t-shirt, please email me to be sure I have you on my list for the next order. I will be emailing the folks who signed up at the event in the next day or two. If you do not receive an email by 7/16, please get in touch!
June 29th brought us Seattle’s third annual Girls of Summer, an all-female alleycat put together by Monica and the other riders and organizers over at Menstrual Monday. Go Means Go was on hand to run a stop and snap some photos of all the fun.
The race started at Gasworks this year, where over fifty riders assembled before being let loose on a challenging course of six stops to do be done in any order before arriving at the finish line / after party at the Twilight Exit in the CD. The stop list went something like this:
Our stop was at Marginal Way Skatepark, where had riders leave their mark in spray paint on some boards that will eventually be reused to form the underlying structure of the park. Other stops required racers to change a flat tire, enjoy a refreshing beverage, decorate their bikes and more in exchange for a painted fingernail proving they’d been to the stop.
In the end, 2012’s top female in both the Resurrection and Tour de Watertower – Marcy Sutton – got first place, taking home a complete bike donate by Raleigh. The prizes went deep though, with many girls taking home awesome stuff, from gift cards to Recycled Cycles, to awesome local hand-made cat trees, to local beer and so much more. Thanks to the women at Menstrual Monday for having us out on the course!
Menstrual Monday is a women-only, no-drop group ride on the first Monday of each month for riders of all skill levels. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more info.
For years, I’ve been buying that black reflective tape from motorcycle websites to slap on helmets, fenders and whatever else to give me some undercover, always-on safety. Chrome’s “Night” line has been taking the same idea and applying it to their line of bags, the newest being a treatment of their commuter roll-top backpack, the Bravo Night ($180). I’m not one to shy away from attention – and it can save your life on the road – but sometimes it’s nice to be a bit discreet when you’re off your wheels. I have yet to see one of these in person, but I really do like the idea. Has anyone seen one of these winking back at you in your 600 lumen pedestrian blinder yet? How’d it perform?
The fine folks at Boombotix sent one of their wireless Boombot2’s over for review a while back now. In that time I’ve moved out of state and have been using it intermittently- though I’ve been quite impressed with the way it’s performed so far.
I will say that out of the gate, I was a little put off by the design- I am not typically a fan of “Japanese urban design,” or the color purple (unless it’s Purple Rain or purple drank- of course.) I put aside my preconceived notions and opened the box. Seemed simple enough with two ports: one for charging and one for a speaker input(?). Looking closer- this was a blue tooth speaker. Nice. Since I no longer have my Lifeproof case for the Iphone, I try and keep my phone protected in a pocket- so connecting via cord is not something I’m trying to do with a speaker that would likely be put to use in inclement weather. Not a problem with the Boombot2.
So I sync’d my phone to the speaker (super easy to do) and in minutes was playing music plenty loud for riding a bike or hanging outside with about a picnic table’s worth of people. Success!
I decided to try and give the 1/8″ jack a test- and this is where things got pretty awesome. If you are one of the behind-the-timers that don’t have Bluetooth on your music playing machine- just plug in an 1/8″ cord into your device and the Boombot2 and Shazam! You’re playing music on the speaker. If you do have Bluetooth- good on ya, and you can really crank up the jams by wirelessly playing your music into the Boombot2 and THEN…. wait for it…. plugging the 1/8″ jack into a stereo AUX input and you can use it to play onto your home stereo.
It sold me. I may not be a fan of the looks- but function outweighed form in a big way for me and I’m really into this little guy now. I’ve ridden my bike with it- used it at a jobsite that I was working on, I’ve used it tinkering in my shop quite a bit… But mainly- we use it around the house for some tunes when we’re sitting on the porch.
So that’s that. Retailing at $70, if you’re looking for a rockin’, knockabout little speaker for life on the go- you should check out the Boombotix Boombot2. And if Japanese urban design isn’t your jam- check out the Rex.