Have you ever ridden a bicycle for a social cause?

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  1. sharatharadhya

    sharatharadhya New Member

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    Have you been part of mass cycling promoting a social cause? I have done this a lot of times. I recently cycled for around 20 miles promoting Social Cleanliness and Hygiene. It feels great to be part of something important and universal. It is greater if you are accompanied by your friends and family members. Always feels great to do something special regarding your society. How many of you have participated in such events? Please share your experiences.
     
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  2. Bicycleman

    Bicycleman Well-Known Member

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    I have gone on some memorial rides, but never for a cause. Anything that means I have to go around begging money from people or when I worked, from my coworkers, wasn't happening. I didn't like people bugging me about those causes, and I'm quite sure, they wouldn't like it either. I respect others right to privacy, free of harassment.
     
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    What in the name of holy f**k is "social cleanliness and hygiene"? If you mean bathing and grooming to keep from gagging your fellow humans, why the hell would we have to have a ride to promote what should be just common sense and courtesy?

    I've done rides to raise money for worthy charities, that actually do positive things to help people by fighting diseases like MS, diabetes, and cancer.

    A freaking feel good ride so we can all stand arm in arm later and sing Kumbaya?" Puh-leeese.
     
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  4. Mr. Beanz

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    I did a ride for MS. 120 miles (2 day 60 miles each). Nice ride but back then one had to pay a fee and raise money. $150 in pledges back then. Heard it is up to $400 or so now so no I didn't feel that good about the ride.

    I also did a Century called Tor De Cure. I did it 2 years to raise money for diabetes. Also had to raise money. Only $100 so I paid it myself. One year the wife and I did it on the tandem. But after the ride the diabetes org bugs the crap out of you. Junk mail every other day, junk email, they just don't leave you alone for a couple of years. I had to cut ties with them. Nice ride but I hate when people bug the crap out of me. :mad:
     
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    One year some of my teammates decided to do the MS 150 (75 miles both ways). I went out to meet them at the airport but couldn't find them. Since I live out that way, I just went for a ride. I got 40 miles out and decided to turn around and just do 80 for the day. You should have heard the cat calls, insulting me because I couldn't do the ride. I even had motorcycle escorts chase me down to inform me I was going the wrong way. I told them that since I didn't have a number on my top tube, it meant I wasn't doing the ride, and that I just lived out there. I think these folks from the city didn't figure there were any red necks out in the rural areas that rode bikes. I thought it was a hoot all the insults I got. I gave up trying to explain that I wasn't on the ride.
     
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    Yeah, we had the MS150, and all you had to raise was $150. It's a bit much now, and I think they are pricing themselves out of the market. Of course, there are always folks, who will go around soliciting donations.
     
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    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

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    Many of the ride organizers are pricing themselves out of the market.

    Few years ago the "king of the mountain" series around here was a big deal. Do 3 climbing centuries with 10,000 ft gain and earn the KOM jersey.

    I wanted to do it but missed registration one year because of the high demand and only a few hundred riders allowed on each ride. I read about a week ago that many of these rides that allowed 400-600 riders are now getting maybe 150-200 riders. So I thought about doing it this year but the cost is $105 per ride now. Then to get the jersey pay another $100. It will cost $400 bucks to complete the series plus travel.

    Just doesn't seem worth it anymore. One ride I did 4 times already allowed 600 riders and had to be pre registered ahead of time by 5 months had only 150 riders last year. So I will aim for that one but the entire series of the KOM,not even worth it any longer. :(
     
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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Bots.

    I once rode to promote breast implants and stripper heels.
     
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  9. 9lines

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    I remember to have joined riders who were raising money for children with cancer. We rode for more than 40 kilometres on that day. We managed to raise more than one hundred thousand dollars. I am ready to join riders on such events.
     
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    Sometimes I wonder how much of the money they raise actually goes to the charity to help the people, who need it. Now, there are organizers, who get paid healthy sums as their salaries so you know they are going to push for the ride to bring in as much money as possible.
     
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    I use to ride around certain areas to pick up girls. That is a social cause.
     
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    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    Before I turned to riding, I used to join the so called fun run where we would run for 5 kilometes and given money for that - $2 which is good money at the time. The money is forwarded to a charitable institution bearing the name of each runner. I once was invited to a charity tour but it was a long distance ride of 100 kilometer. You can guess that my husband did not permit me.
     
  13. Mr. Beanz

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    Time for divorce! :D

    Why would he not let you? My wife follows me on rides (in my truck) out of fun when they are 100 milers. One time I let her do an organized ride and followed her. It was fun! I took along some tools and a pump. I ended up helping a few people along the way too as it was a ride through the desert (Tour of Borrego).
     
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    How many dead hookers can your trunk hold?
     
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    Thank you for the reaction. My husband is very protective of me and although he allows me to do things on my own, he is still on top of everything. If you had read in one thread that one of my leg has an occasional swelling like a mouse, we still do not have a clear diagnosis for that until now. And also, I have high blood pressure and on medication so my riding is limited. In short, I was not allowed due to health issues.
     
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    Ah cool! Of course you know my comment was in humor. :p But I did wonder why. I did forget about your leg issues as it has been a while since I have seen it mentioned.
     
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  17. Ram Shah

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    I only recently got into the biking scene so I haven't taken part in a social biking event yet but there is one about a week from now. It's rather long for me though so I doubt I'll train fast enough to participate. There is another one in my area about 6 weeks from now and I'll definitely be taking part in that one! It's for diabetes I think.
     
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    Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride. It'll be two in a roll this year. I don't like bagging for donations so I just add additional on top the registration. Might get a jersey this year also. Did another last year to help one of our club member with medical bills after a bad crash.
     
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    I have done it quite a few times and it's pretty great to be able to do what we love and at the same time help others who need it. Also, love the spirit in those rides.
     
  20. Damien Lee

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    Yes, but it was a long time ago. I was still in college and we held a sports day to raise funds for children with cancer. We were allowed to partake in various sports, and naturally I chose to cycling. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad that we managed to surpass our funding goals.
     
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