EDIT: I apologize, it wasn’t the BLBC that put this event on, it was Simon and his crew of badass freak bikers. There were a few events happening close to each other and I got mixed up. I meant to fix this back then but like everything else related to ATXBS, fuck it all. Sorry Simon.

Well folks, looks like the local Black Label Bike Club have been building up their stockpile of freakbikes and want to unleash their latest insanity onto the world in the form of AN EVENT! Not just any event, but a twofer, which includes a  Freak-bike friendly RIDE from the Lamar Ped Bridge at 2pm Saturday, March 23rd which will end us all up the FIRST ANNUAL CYCLOMANIA BIKE EVENT (CAPSLOCK WHAT), where there will be lots of stuff like this happening:

Yes, that’s right folks. Some REAL tallbike jousting! Not just dudes on little bikes lining up on a basketball court for their very own opportunity to fall about 3-4 ft and laugh about it, but real deal sky high fall on your ass and break your fucking neck TALLBIKE JOUSTING! But wait, there’s more! Act now to take part in this limited time offer of TALLBIKE FIRE JOUSTING!!! For those of ya’ll without access to the magical Facebooks, here’s the details on the big event:

BIKE EVENT starts around 6ish (before dark), Saturday, March 23rd
Location: Colosseum Swamp

We have tallbike sidecars for mace battles, pennyfakethings to race the obstacle course on. We have tallbike FIRE jousting. We have unridable bikes that you can ride. We have other stupid bicycle games. There will be blood.

We have fire and we have food and we have a bar. that is on a pedicab with bicycle powered blenders to make your drinks.

We have the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps to play the event.

We start at 6ish and go until 10 ish then we load up all our gear on the tallbike sidecars and the pedicab and the bike trailers and we mass ride to see what HONK has got going on that night

I am not the best at the disgracebook so invite your friends that i don’t know or forgot to add or whatever etc etc. paper fliers to come soon.

This event is taking place in the newly discovered Colosseum Swamp which is in the storm drain under the bridge on Jain Lane between Stuart Circle and Perry Road. Enter through the road on the South East Side and it’s 5800 Jain Lane if you have to map it.

There you have it folks, straight from the Simon’s mouth. BE THERE TOMORROW, either on the Bridge at 2pm, or at Colosseum Swamp (~5800 Jain Lane) around 6.

Critical Mass is back, same bat channel, DIFFERENT bat time!

Though it never really went anywhere, after the cops made it a point to lay down the law back in late 2011 and bust the shit out of Critical Mass on a repeated basis, the ride we’ve known and love that’s happened every last Friday of the month at 5pm(esque) for over a decade now has DEFINITELY slowed down in attendance. If the photographic evidence of our local Ride History archivist is any indication, the lean year has seen rides with only a handful of people riding a couple miles and calling it good. UNTIL NOW.

Well, “now” as in several months ago when a new crew has stepped in, changed the meeting time to 6pm (yes, SIX, not five) and started hyping the ride on facebooks and the internets. From the sound of things a massive flyer campaign is about to hit the central city, so keep an eye out for those as well.

The new start time and press is beginning to bear fruit, as last night’s Critical Mass ride saw a pretty decent turnout, including a solid mix of new riders and old guard, one of whom was riding Austin Critical Mass back in the 90′s when it started locally (Austin started in 1993, following its’ origination in San Francisco in 1992). The ride held together for a good stretch, making a couple semi-planned to unplanned stops at gas stations, parks, convenience stores and a closed BBQ joint. Everything wrapped up at a dance party/punk show, which also involved a rousing game of pink turkey. Shit got hectic in the best possible way.

I guess what I’m saying is if you’ve written Critical Mass off because of the police crackdown, the rabbits running the ride too fast, a confrontational attitude to traffic, or just because you’ve grown accustomed to people shouting at you when to start and stop, fuck it, give it another shot. Show up on the last Friday of the month at 6pm on the UT West Mall, hang out for half an hour with a solid group of riders, and see what’s been happening with Critical Mass, the oldest regular mass ride in town. No bosses, no plans, just riding.