A Taste of Pasadena by CICLE kicks off
series of events promoting bicycle riding
Dan Dabek of CICLE in Memorial Park, Pasadena, on Monday evening. © SGE, Inc..
“BIKE WEEK” events are rolling out all over the country this week, and “A taste of Pasadena” – the Monday evening kickoff to Pasadena Bike Week organized by Dan Dabek of CICLE – was one for the memory books.
According to its web site, Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange
“(C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.”
Dabek, inciter-in-chief of CICLE, began serious bicycling when he was 16 years old and rode the North East AIDS ride, a fundraiser.
“Bicycles can change the world,” he said, adamantly and optimistically.
At about 5:45 p.m. Monday when I arrived at Memorial Park in downtown Pasadena, there was no one there. Not a soul.
It was about 100 degrees in the shade, so I went for an ice cream. When I returned, Dabek was there and the bicyclists had begun to arrive.
Dabek was busy setting up. I pulled him aside.
In as few words as possible, I told him my plan to capture the event on video and post it to “In the (K)now.”
Watch the 14-minute video of “A taste of Pasadena” after the jump.
The rest of the backstory is below the video.
I paced around the gorgeous, green lush lawn of Memorial Park for perhaps 10 to 15 minutes, and then waved a dollar bill donation in his face to get Dan’s attention.
We found a shady spot and it was three-two-one ACTION!
The rest, so to speak, is history.
I don’t want to waste too many words. The video speaks for itself.
But there are a couple of back-story points necessary.
Three hours before the event I received via UPS the final part of the handlebar mount from LifeProof. It took me an hour to set it up.
Please be gentle in your critique of the video. I had absolutely no experience with shooting over the front of the handlebars on my bicycle.
For a first attempt I’m very proud. It can only get better.
Second, my gratitude to Rob Jacobs and Ann Gentry, owners of RFD – Real Food Daily. What a delicious concept.
As the group of 75 to 100 cyclists rode the leg from of from Blaze Pizza to RFD, dark descended on Pasadena. The iPhone camera light came on by itself. It just sucked all the power out of the battery.
Rob and I became acquainted so fast I entrusted my iPhone to his care. In a locked, back office at RFD, he plugged it in to recharge. It was barely alive.
After about 15 minutes, while I shot video with the other camera, it showed about 30 percent battery life.
I grabbed it from Rob and ran after the rest of the crowd just as they were leaving for Whole Foods Market.
The battery lasted all the way to the front door of the store.
At which point, I pedaled furiously back to my car and rushed home to begin editing.