Miami Critical Mass January 2011 Ride

By | January 29th, 2011 | No Comments

A view from the bridge: Riders crossing the river on Flagler Street.

Last night’s 12-mile (+detour) Critical Mass ride through East Little Havana, Allapattah, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Midtown, and Edgewater drew several hundred riders, the most I’ve seen in the last five months. Not sure what brought so many people out on a 50-degree evening, but despite several wipeouts the first ride of 2011 had a damn good vibe, especially with the Bicycle Sound System (still badly in need of a nickname — the Studenboom? the Dauster?) banging out dance jams with not a single technical difficulty. The marriage of Mass and music was made in heaven, and judging from last night the honeymoon promises to last a helluva lot longer than most blessed unions. Cheers to that.

Here are a few photos from the ride.

Laugh Rider

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The Miami Bicycle Sound System Project

By | January 28th, 2011 | 2 Comments

This beast needs a nickname.

So it’s the last Friday of the month and that means Critical Mass. Tonight’s ride will take off at 7 p.m. from Government Center downtown and run 12 miles through East Little Havana, Allapattah, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Midtown, and Edgewater. (Get more details and/or RSVP on the Miami Critical Mass Facebook page.)

If you saw our post from last month’s CM, you know one fine gentleman provided a soundtrack for the 15-mile ride via a speaker attached to the back of his bike. Of course, listening to the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Broken Social Scene along the route just about perfected the experience of riding en masse through the streets of Miami on a breezy night, and I’m happy to report it was not a one-time treat.

Last night I spoke to said fine gentleman — one Daus Studenberg — and learned about the Miami Bicycle Sound System Project, a “labor of love” with the mission of setting Miami’s mass bike rides to music from here on out.

When did the Miami Bicycle Sound System Project start?

DS: It started about a year ago. Emerge Miami organized the Bike Prom, and they approached me to make some kind of sound system. I was very happy to do it, but I didn’t have much time. So I took whatever I had out of my garage, hacked my stereo system, took two-by-fours, tore up my bike trailer, and put it together — I even put a record player on top. I brought it out for the ride. It barely made it, but the reception was beyond most people’s expectations. I passed it off as a Bike Prom thing, but a number of people kept approaching me to build a sound system [for long-term use]. Finally I said ok. I wanted to bring the community together, so I went ahead and created a Facebook page and started taking everyone’s suggestions.

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