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The other thing I worked on yesterday was thinking about schemes for the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride.

There will be thousands and thousands of people on the STP (capped at 10,000), and the vast majority are probably going to be trying to take themselves very seriously, kitted out in spandex, chewing goop and slurping sports drinks. The last time S rode with us, he almost got taken out by one of these cyclists at an early stop light, when she couldn't figure out how to unclip from brand-new clipless pedals.

My Arizona friends and I responded to all of this by starting to learn sea shanties, something I've subsequently attempted to keep up.

But I think I need costumes this time around.

I am drawing on this video from a friend-of-a-friend for some inspiration:

I found some instructions on Instructables for how to make a black duct tape pirate hat, which I should be able to modify to turn my helmet into a pirate hat. I'm not completely sold on using duct tape, so I'm still looking for ideas for other materials with a similar degree of structure/flexibility. I'll need to track down an appropriate blouse and vest, and I think I'm going to try and figure something out with socks in lieu of trying to ride with full piratical boots. I do believe I still own a pair of enormous hoop earrings.

It's also time to get another Jolly Roger flag, and maybe figure out some sort of treasure chest, plus a (decorative) ship's tiller for the tandem. I'll pack along the mini speaker and mp3 player, too.

And I might have just convinced my younger sister to dress up like a sea creature. She gets it.


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Jun. 8th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for video-too much fun!!

Rebecca, your idea for a pirate ride is genius. When you get that outfit together, let's see some pix please! And don't leave out any crestfallen, dejected, indignant lycra riders' faces as you sail by them:)! Please!

Jun. 9th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Pirate
I will see what we can manage!
Jun. 11th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Pirate
I keep a small list when I do any hiking, running, or riding, of entertaining things or people that were faster than me. I have such envy of the other riders there, who get to say that they were passed by a guy in a whale suit towing a pirate captain! [dying!] That's way better than my butterfly (faster than me -- twice!), eight year old, toy poodle named Fifi, etc.
Jun. 8th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
An air horn wouldn't be period, eh? How about incorporating a large, loud, ship's bell? Then you can ring it when you pass a spandexter.
Jun. 9th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
Haha! Cute to imagine, but after 200 miles, I suspect we might tire of it. :-)
Jun. 9th, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
skazat once rode a century with me dressed in a little black dress, and another time made a papier-maiche fish costume for another century. And also outrode everyone.

Swapping clipless pedals the night before a big ride? Worst idea ever. Man, what are people thinking.

Rogue's Gallery and Son Of Rogue's Gallery are two really amazing collections of sea shanties, many done by very talented people. Example, by Tom Waits and Keith Richards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqWa2i9Z-Ug
Jun. 9th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
Both albums in entirety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTj-8waBk7E&list=PLD33DA971BEBA71E6
They range from sweet to surprisingly dirty.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
It sounds like skazat and scrottie would get along fabulously well.

And it also sounds like I should point out those albums to S!

I'm tempted to post the above video to the bikepirates community. Who are the mods for it, anyway? I suppose I should just go and look.
Jun. 10th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
To be fair, skazat gets along with everybody. He is one of the most engaging, charismatic people I know.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
Regarding the clipless pedals situation - it seems to me that the majority of bicyclists I've interacted with are basically self-taught, so those who are pretty new to the sport haven't fully thought everything through. It certainly sounds like a terrible idea to me, though!
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:01 am (UTC)
There is that. Among the racing community, that's like rule #1: if you're going to make any changes on the bike, do it at least a week before the race so you can have a couple hundred km in before you need the changes to work. Slipping a derailleur cable is annoying, slipping a brake cable could be life-threatening.
Jun. 11th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Infinite temptation to get an octopus skirt and learn "Poor Unfortunate Souls". [giggling]
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