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We rode the wall!!!!(12 posts)

We rode the wall!!!!tronracer
Jun 10, 2002 10:01 AM
So my friends and I wanted to see the race down the wall this year as we heard it was a site to see. Indeed it was. None of us had been to the wall before, but we knew it was in Manyunk. So we head out of Philly with plenty of time to spare and after awhile, I realize that we are all averaging 23mph on fixies. Don't know if that's slow or fast (I never do long rides on my fixie), but it's probably average. Anyhoo, we get there and we only wanted to watch the race because I am the only one with brakes, the other three have track bikes with no brakes. Well we end up right at the starting line and were about to get off the bikes when a police van shows up and says we have to leave. So we hear a voice...."You heard him guys gotta go NOW." The race was off and we all kind of got stuck in middle somehow.

People were cheering and ringing cowbells, it was like we were in the tour, well not exactly. One guy rode down the wall on a big wheel that fell apart, another guy had a bike with Pvc pipe coming out the back that shot roman candles (one of my friends got hit with one), a few were on rollerblades, even one on a skateboard, one luge(that how ya spell that?), but the craziest contraption was a guy who fashioned a bike with no seat, no cranks, and an oddly spoked wheel with statioinary pedals coming out of the bb. So to move you just pump your weight up and down. Make sense? The hub was not centered in the rear wheel. No streakers this year.
Jun 10, 2002 10:08 AM
what time (approx) does that go off?
i cant seem to make it there in time.
Midnight NMtronracer
Jun 10, 2002 10:13 AM
strollnight. right?SteveO
Jun 10, 2002 10:19 AM
Jun 10, 2002 10:25 AM
What does that mean? This is the first year we went to this thing.
Jun 10, 2002 10:28 AM
friday night or saturday night?

Friday night is 'stroll night'; mainstreet is closed to traffic. Beer allowed on the street. etc.

I always presumed this race occured on strollnight, but could never seem to get myself out of the festivities on time.
Oh, I didn't even know about strollnight.....tronracer
Jun 10, 2002 10:35 AM
I think it is always the night before the First Union race, it was this year anyway. So it was Sat night this year at 12 o'clock. Do you know you share your name with an MTV personality?
youre assuming im NOT an MTV personality.SteveO
Jun 10, 2002 10:38 AM
i think i had my name first though.

The stroll is usually pretty cool. Can never complain about open-air festivities with police concurrence. Always the friday before the race. worth checking out.

Saturday night explains why i never caught it; thats usually my 'recovery' night.
It's just that...tronracer
Jun 10, 2002 10:55 AM
SteveO is into skateboards and eating worms and goldfish, then vomits them up alive. He takes swims in sewage water. He's great, just that I don't think he'd post on a road bike site, that's all.

Were you at the Manyunk Bikeline party on Saturday night?
unfortuantely notSteveO
Jun 10, 2002 11:05 AM
I always look forward to the first weekend of june, from stroll till late-night raceday. Unfortunately, couldnt make any of it this year.

You should check out my posts on the WormEatingReview site.
i rode that strange bike with the non-centered hubishmael
Jun 10, 2002 12:30 PM
funny you should mention it. After the ammateur wall climb timetrial I was sitting with friends at the outdoor cafe drinking a beer and the guy who owns it rode over to us. I was just starting to figure it out when I gave it up but he was good at it. He said he cut all the spokes to fit.
I could hear the dwarves singing...tronracer
Jun 10, 2002 12:42 PM
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