The December edition of the SF Bike Party was held on Friday, December 7th. The theme “Land of Misfit Toys” was a unique take on the holiday season. A few people dressed as nutcrackers and there was one man dressed like something a cross between a jester and an elf. SF Bike Party also collaborated with the SF Yellow Bike Project to collect toy donations at rest stops.
The route was very flat and covered the eastern side of San Francisco. They met at 8pm at McCovey Cove near AT&T Park and rode through the neighborhoods of Mission Bay, Dogpatch, South Park, South Beach, Telegraph Hill, the Design District and the ride ended in Potrero Hill outside of Axis Café.
There were a number of bike speakers that night but three of the large ones were wirelessly connected so that they played the same music. At stops, you pretty much knew where to find the dance floor. Surround sound from three separate bike speakers, spaced equidistantly from each other and pointing inward. Acoustically cool!
The best bike in show that night was a very brightly lit bicycle. It was fully decorated from the bike speakers to the wheels with bright LED lights that change color and the man riding it wore a fur coat (don’t worry, I am sure it is fake) decorated with lights. He was so bright you could see him more than a block away and he had an iPad mounted on the front of his bike with DJ software.
Another guy rode a cargo bike filled with toys. The toys were probably donations for the toy drive.
The weather was not bad- not very cold at all and there was a clear night sky.
Although the turnout was smaller than usual, 200 cyclists max, the vibe was the same as always- fun, rowdy, with people shouting “Bike Partay!”