Posts from the ‘NELA’ Category
Check out the Spoke(n) Art Ride before Amy Darling’s show:
Join us at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop and Bike Oven this Saturday, December 8, 2012 for another Spoke(n) Art Ride gallery tour.
Meet at the NELA bike-coffee metroplex located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 at 6 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. We return to the start point at around 10 or 10:30 p.m. for a reception.
The Spoke(n) Art Ride is a monthly tour of galleries open for NELAart’s Second Saturday – a special night when area galleries and studios open their doors to the public until the wee hours.
The ride is a slow-paced cruise, stopping every couple of minutes. Sometimes we veer off the beaten path, sometimes a backyard party – it all changes slightly from month to month. For more general information about the ride, check out the Bike Oven’s Spoke(n) Art page.
We obey major traffic lights on this ride, we are polite to gallery owners and the general public on this ride. This ride is about art, community, the city, conversation, and living the good life without damaging the lives of others. If you want to “get faded” and “mash” – please do go on another bike ride. Seriously, this is Saturday night, you are free to do as you please. Don’t ruin our fun and we won’t ruin yours.
Don’t have a bike? No problem! We rent single speed beach cruisers with blinkie lights for $20. We have a fleet of bikes – just make sure to show up at or before 6 p.m. to ensure you get a bike! Things get hectic at start time, with over 100 riders congregating at the shop before we leave.
There is a Facebook event page for this ride.
Any questions? Email us at email@example.com
This is what a Spoke(n) Art ride looked like once:
It seems like in bikes there’s a lot of new school versus old school discussions. 26″ versus 700c. The hour record Pre Merckx and the hour record post Merckx. And now that the polo ball has been brought in to the third dimension, schools of thought battle again.
Donnie Pepper is a practitioner of this new style of bike polo that LA players refer to as “Seattle bullshit,” so called because the Seattle kids are the best at it (according to Professor Pepper). Donnie can scoop the ball up with the business end of his mallet and swing it over his head like a rainbow and either lob a pass or drop the ball next to his bike, and all sorts of other cool tricks. It’s like he has a invisible lacrosse stick. He is the Harlem Globetrotters of bike polo. I think it’s cool, but some people say it’s cheating. “Carrying” seems like a hard thing to adjudicate so I predict lots of debate on this subject. I think that Donnie’s moves are inspirational and will get people more in to bike polo.
Yeah, you like that photoshop? I did that.
Last night Donnie took me to NELA Bike Polo. They play on Mondays behind a 99 cent store in Lincoln Park.
I’m going to blog about this again soon and share some more photos and talk a little bit more about Bike Polo in North East LA. As always, click on the photos to be directed to my Flickr to see the entire set (44 in all). It was my first time shooting Polo and I annoyed the piss out of everyone by shooting in the middle of their game, but it’s ok, I hope! Enjoy the photos.