Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders

From: jeff
Sent on: Thursday, July 12, 2007 4:12 PM
Hey Helen,

That's great, I didn't know there could be assistant organizers, etc .... in which case another Meetup group probably isn't necessary, although I notice there are already 2 splinter groups since this one began, with some original members from this group.

I only brought it up because it seemed like we were going around Robbie and using his group to organize other rides, plus it's harder to organize rides when it's done through a series of emails.

The membership is a pretty mixed bag of riders right now, so perhaps organizers can stipulate what type of ride they're planning that night, such as Sportbike Riders who plan to go really fast ...    night.

The Calgary Female Bikers Meetup Group

The Calgary Sport Bikes Meetup Group





On 7/12/07, Helen <[address removed]> wrote:
On the meetup groups you can have assistant organizer's, which have the ability to add events, etc. (I'm an assistant organizer for one of the other groups I belong to) 
 
A general charter for rides would be a good idea.
 


----- Original Message -----
From: Chris <[address removed]>
Date: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:24 pm
Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
To: [address removed]

> Thanks for all of your input...keep it coming....with enough
> info we 
> maybe could have an informal charter of how this group rides put
> on 
> the website.
>
> I think Robbie is the only one that can make major changes to
> the 
> site as well as the schedule.  Any additions/changes have
> to be 
> submitted through the website and go to  him...if it were
> possible to 
> have a few moderators or even any member could make changes
> that 
> would be ideal.
>
> If we put up a weekly meet up in the calendar, say on Wednesday
> at 
> 7pm, we wouldn't have to plan too much and whomever showed up
> for the 
> rides got to decide where to ride.  If you feel like group
> riding, 
> show up.  If it's really spontaneous ( < 4 hours notice)
> we could 
> also say any week night show up at the spot at 7 and if anyone
> else 
> shows up too then you're good to go. But judging by how fast
> people 
> are responding to emails we're a bunch of email junkies 
> anyways :)  ...so emailing at short notice may work.
>
> Lots of ways to slice it, I'm sure. It's very cool to see people
> very 
> excited about getting together and riding!
>
> Chris
>
>
> On 12-Jul-07, at 12:37 PM, Helen wrote:
>
> > As far as I know at this point my schedule for next Tuesday is
> clear.>
> > Jeff, I'm not sure why we would need to start another meetup -
> some 
> > of the other meetups I am part of have "functions" up to 3
> times / 
> > week with different members organizing them.  I guess I
> don't see 
> > where the problem lies.
> > I do agree that each ride should have a "leader" and that
> there a 
> > much better plan than we had last night, however the meetup
> group 
> > organizer does not necessarily have to be present for every
> meetup 
> > (at least in my opinion).
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Heather Morton <[address removed]>
> > Date: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:37 am
> > Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > To: [address removed]
> >
> > >
> > > I have no problem organizing another ride....*S*....
> > >
> > > I totally agree with Jeff and lets set something up for next
> > > week.  I am out
> > > of the country from July 19th to July 24th but am willing to try
> > > and set
> > > something up for maybe tuesday nite of next week....anyone up
> > > for it???
> > >
> > > Heather
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > >From: jeff < [address removed]>
> > > >Reply-To: [address removed]
> > > >To: [address removed]
> > > >Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >Date: Thu, 12 Jul[masked]:25:46 -0400 (EDT)
> > > >
> > > >Aaron and Chris are absolutely right, because a group ride
> > > between
> > > >strangers
> > > >without a plan is doomed from the get go ..... if this
> > > particular group is
> > > >to become a regular thing it obviously has to be
> > > organized.  Perhaps
> > > >everyone who's still interested in meeting up can agree to some
> > > general>rules, such as: (1) speeds stay between 10km above or
> > > below the speed limit
> > > >so the group stays together (2) Plan the route and the
> stops so
> > > everyone is
> > > >on the same page (3) Meet up at the PETRO CANADA across from

> > > C.O.P. beore
> > > >the ride instead of Tim Horton's. This would be a good start
> > > anyway. The
> > > >plan is still to have fun but to ride as a group.
> > > >
> > > >Ideally someone should start another meetup group for calgary
> > > nightriders,>but that means someone has to step up and be the
> > > organizer. I get the
> > > >impression no one really wants to do that.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >On 7/12/07, Heather Morton < [address removed]> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >>I have to also agree with Helen and Chris.  I dont know
> > > if I was riding
> > > >>slow
> > > >>(im thinking there may be something wrong with my
> speedometre -
> > > which im
> > > >>getting checked) but everytime i looked at my speed i was
> > > doing 120 or
> > > >>more.
> > > >>    If it was me that was riding too slow...i
> > > appologize....I was trying
> > > >>to
> > > >>stay with the group.   I really wanted to go for a
> > > nice enjoyable ride
> > > >>with
> > > >>the group but as Helen and Chris mentioned...it didnt take
> > > long for us to
> > > >>all get split up.  Again..i think because it was our
> > > first ride we werent
> > > >>organized enough with a plan....its a learning curve!
> > > >>
> > > >>Im sure the next ride out will be better organized and im
> > > looking forward
> > > >>to
> > > >>hooking up with everyone again..*S*
> > > >>
> > > >>Heather
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> >From: Helen <[address removed]>
> > > >> >Reply-To: [address removed]
> > > >> >To: [address removed]
> > > >> >Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >> >Date: Thu, 12 Jul[masked]:58:36 -0400 (EDT)
> > > >> >
> > > >> >I agree with you Chris - when we pulled out of Tim Horton's
> > > most of the
> > > >> >group was already out of sight before everyone was even out
> > > of the
> > > >>parking
> > > >> >lot - although that is a bad location to pull out of at that
> > > time of day
> > > >> >(maybe a location closer to the edge of the city for the
> > > evening rides
> > > >> >would be a good idea).
> > > >> >
> > > >> >The riding as a group is good as long as everyone is
> > > watching for
> > > >>everyone
> > > >> >else.  The biggest concern I had when riding was people
> > > slowing down
> > > >>while
> > > >> >in the middle of a curve - everyone was riding quite close
> > > together>>heading
> > > >> >out of Bragg Creek to Millerville and the speed I was doing
> > > was under
> > > >>the
> > > >> >posted speed limit - there were cars behind the group that
> > > couldn't pass
> > > >> >but were really being held up by the group only doing
> > > (according to my
> > > >> >speedo) about[masked]km / hr in the straight areas and 70-90
> > > in the
> > > >>corners.
> > > >> >  I'm not saying that we need to speed - however
> > > sticking to posted
> > > >>speed
> > > >> >limit would be nice - as would maintaining more of a
> > > constant speed, I
> > > >> >apologize for pulling ahead, but it was making me nervous
> > > with the
> > > >> >variations in speed.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >Those are just my observations - I'm far from a perfect
> > > rider, but in
> > > >>order
> > > >> >to make sure everyone is together and that we can identify
> > > any riders
> > > >>with
> > > >> >problems so that everyone feels comfortable that they would
> > > be "noticed"
> > > >>if
> > > >> >they did, as Chris put it, had a flat tire or worse.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >The final leg of the loop I didn't do - I turned off on
> > > Highway 22x and
> > > >> >went back to the city via Macleod Trail - I thought I had
> > > mentioned that
> > > >>in
> > > >> >Bragg Creek, I apologize if not everyone was aware that
> > > there were some
> > > >>of
> > > >> >us turning off - there were a couple other riders with
> me at
> > > that point
> > > >>who
> > > >> >also lived just off 22x or Deerfoot.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >I hope I am not offending anyone, but as Chris put it I
> > > think we all
> > > >>just
> > > >> >want everyone to have fun and be safe.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
> > > >> >----- Original Message -----
> > > >> >From: Chris <[address removed]>
> > > >> >Date: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:33 am
> > > >> >Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >> >To: [address removed]
> > > >> >
> > > >> > > It was great to meet everyone and put some faces to those
> > > >> > > motorcycle
> > > >> > > pics!
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > I can't say that I had a great time riding though as most
> > > of the
> > > >> > > time
> > > >> > > I was riding alone.  If I didn't catch the
> traffic light
> > > >> > > just right
> > > >> > > or waited at a stop sign to safely proceed I found myself
> > > >> > > excessively
> > > >> > > speeding to catch the group or I never saw the group at
> > > >> > > all.  I
> > > >> > > wondered if I had a flat tire or worse, an accident, that
> > > >> > > anyone
> > > >> > > would have noticed to come back for me.  On the
> > > final leg
> > > >> > > of the loop
> > > >> > > I decided to see if everyone had stopped in Bragg
> Creek to
> > > >> > > regroup
> > > >> > > but I only saw Loretta trying to get some gas. 
> The gas
> > > >> > > station was
> > > >> > > closed so we went to the Petro-Can on hwy 1 because
> she 
> > didn't
> > > >> > > feel
> > > >> > > that she could make it back to the city on the gas she
> > > had left.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > As a riding group I think we need to have
> > > responsibilities to
> > > >> > > make
> > > >> > > sure we are safe and everyone makes it back at the
> end of a
> > > >> > > ride.  I
> > > >> > > think it's fun to ride in a group and meet new people
> and 
> > part
> > > >> > > of it
> > > >> > > for me is that I won't be alone or others won't be
> alone if
> > > >> > > something
> > > >> > > bad happens  during the trip.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > My intention of this email is not to insult anyone by
> > > >> > > criticizing
> > > >> > > their riding abilities (I'm definitely not perfect)
> but to
> > > >> > > raise
> > > >> > > awareness so that we can all have a lot of fun, learn
> > > from each
> > > >> > > other
> > > >> > > (there's quite a few new riders here) and above all
> be safe.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Here's a couple of links I found about group riding.
> > > >> > > Please feel
> > > >> > > free to add more links and/or discuss it....it's our
> > > group so
> > > >> > > we
> > > >> > > decide how much fun we're going to have!
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/
> > group_motorcycle_safety/
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > http://www.valueaccessories.net/Group%20Riding.htm
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Thanks,
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Chris
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > On 12-Jul-07, at 8:30 AM, Heather Morton wrote:
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > > It was fun.........but im going to look into
> getting a
> > > >> > > new
> > > >> > > > bike....my butt was killing me just after a few
> > > hours....i had
> > > >> > > to
> > > >> > > > make a stop at  a friends house in Glenmore to
> > > take a
> > > >> > > break before
> > > >> > > > i headed home to coventry...*L*  I think its time
> > > for my
> > > >> > > cruizer
> > > >> > > > now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> > > >> > > >
> > > >> > > > Heather
> > > >> > > >
> > > >> > > >
> > > >> > > >> From: Helen < [address removed]>
> > > >> > > >> Reply-To: [address removed]
> > > >> > > >> To: [address removed]
> > > >> > > >> Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >> > > >> Date: Thu, 12 Jul[masked]:20:20 -0400 (EDT)
> > > >> > > >>
> > > >> > > >> The head count when we left Tim Horton's was 11.
> > > >> > > >>
> > > >> > > >> It was a lot of fun - hopefully we can make it a
> > > weekly / 2 x
> > > >> > > /
> > > >> > > >> week event.
> > > >> > > >>
> > > >> > > >> ----- Original Message -----
> > > >> > > >> From: Heather Morton < [address removed]>
> > > >> > > >> Date: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:16 am
> > > >> > > >> Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >> > > >> To: [address removed]
> > > >> > > >>
> > > >> > > >> > I think there was about 8 of us....
> > > >> > > >> >
> > > >> > > >> >
> > > >> > > >> > >From: Aaron < [address removed]>
> > > >> > > >> > >Reply-To: [address removed]
> > > >> > > >> > >To: [address removed]
> > > >> > > >> > >Subject: Re: [motorcycle-74] nightriders
> > > >> > > >> > >Date: Thu, 12 Jul[masked]:20:32 -0400 (EDT)
> > > >> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > >> > >How many riders attended?
> > > >> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > >> > >On 7/11/07, Heather Morton
> > > < [address removed]> wrote:
> > > >> > > >> > >>Awsome ride tonite...thanks guys....(it was my
> > > first time out
> > > >> > > >> > on a ride
> > > >> > > >> > >>like
> > > >> > > >> > >>that....*S*)...hopefully i didnt hold you guys
> > > up!  I
> > > >> > > >> > will get the
> > > >> > > >> > >>pictures
> > > >> > > >> > >>to you tomorrow!
> > > >> > > >> > >>
> > > >> > > >> > >>Heather
> > > >> > > >> > >>
> > > >> > > >> > >>




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