First of all,
Let my introduce myself. My name is Jon. I'm from Vancouver and I've riding streetbikes for about 5 years. Having said that, it's been my experience over the past 5 years that riding in a group or riding tandem is sketchy. I mean, I have a couple of good friends from Squamton that I started riding with and still do. I have a tremendous amount of trust and respect for those guys and have had a hard time finding someone to ride with that I trust and respect as much as I do them. And they live in Squamish to boot!
I had heard about BCSB before and seen the stickers on bikes. On one ocassion I had the oppurtunity to ride back from Sqish with some guys that had the BCSB stickers on their bikes. Now, I consider myself a relativly fast rider. I'm safe, sensable and have respect for other motorists but I ain't goin the limit and I sure as shit ain't slowin' down for you unless you're sportin' a badge. And sometimes not even for them. [but that's a long story even though it all unravelled in about three and a half minutes.] Anywho, I headed back to Van with these guys and somewhere around (Murin lake?) it turned into a gong show. There was about 4 or 5 bikes all out over the double solid around a blind corner forcing oncoming cars onto the shoulder. I was terrified and I didn't want anything to do with it. I pulled over just above Britania, had a smoke and tried to wash off what ever conection I had to those guys. Ever since then I haven't really wanted to have anything to do with BCSB. Maybe I'm ignorant but those images just seemed to pop up everyevery time I saw one of the stickers. Untill I met a girl downtown named Joanne at the fireworks that explained the whole concept to me and assured me that not everyone that sports the decal is runaway cruise missle on state of the art tires.
So this weekend, every one who I ride with was out of town and that vexed me something fierce. I needed to ride so I decided to become a member and try and find a ride for Sunday. I found a posting for a Sunshine Coast run that took off from Horseshoe Bay at 7:20am on Sunday the 13th of Aug. It was oganized, I'm assuming, by Thor(Thundergod) and there seemed to be a good turnout from what I could see on the web site.
This weekend has changed my opinion of BCSB dramatically. As well as my feelings for riding in groups.
I'd like to say "Thor, nice work on that. You seemed to have your shit together." It was well organized and well hosted. Actually, cudos to all that attended. You all seem tight and you all seem sensible. It was a pleasure to ride with you all, and I hope to be invited back.
I would also like to say Thanks to the people who make BCSB possible. I'm hooked!
P.S. I'm looking foward to seeing the pics from this afternoon. Nice smoke show Thor!!!
P.S.S. Those aren't spelling mistakes, their spelling inturpretations.