August 6, 2018
Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018
The Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride for 2018 took place on June 23. They do it in two loops, the first loop being shorter than the second loop. The day started out completely overcast with a bit of drizzle, temps in the 70s, despite trans-100 temperatures back home in the desert.
I've accumulated a number of action cameras and knew this would be a good opportunity to do some comparisons while getting a ton of photos of the other riders. The complete set of photos is here.
I used four action cameras:
- ThiEYE (link to photos) on my helmet, facing rearwards for both loops.
- Lightdow (link to photos) on the handlebars facing forward during the first loop.
- GitUp (link to photos) on the handlebars facing forward during the second loop.
- And GoPro Hero4 Silver (link to photos) mounted above the rear wheel facing rearwards for both loops.
As you will see, quality was all over the place, but the GoPro tended to do the best under the varying lighting conditions. The full sun came out on the second loop.
I have prepared video slideshows of the photos from each camera, but I've only uploaded
two three. Due to upload limitations at Vimeo, I won't upload the others until sometime in September. Here are links to the two three that are up:
Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2018 - Lightdow Camera.
both all end when their batteries died. The GoPro had the longest battery life. It was the only camera still running at the end of the first loop. It ran far longer on the second loop than the other cameras, but died just as we came to the intersection of Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards. Next year I think I may try hooking it up to a USB battery so I can actually photograph the entire ride (for the first time ever).
Below are some of the more interesting shots, IMO.
That's Rocky and his husband.
This guy happened to park next to me. It was his first WNBR.
This guy stayed dressed like this for the whole ride. The ride is clothing optional and a lot of riders wear some clothing, but to be 100% dressed in serious bike rider drag on a fun ride like this seemed weird. Creepy almost. He certainly looks uncomfortable to me.
There were a number of Metro Bikes in use. Some riders covered the seat as they are supposed to; some didn't.
This little guy rode the first loop only and was our only child rider. Usually, we have a few kids, but only one this year. He was accompanied by at least four adults and it looked like they must go on rides together quite a bit. He was a good rider and communicated well with those around him.
The LAWNBR is conducted with the close cooperation and supervision of the LAPD. In prior years they would run us "like a funeral" (in their terminology), meaning they stopped traffic for us at most intersections and gave us right of way. The downside of that is the line of naked riders would stretch out further and further as the faster riders at the front left the slower riders behind, so occasionally the cops would stop all the riders until everybody had caught up. That could mean standing in the street for 10 or 15 minutes sometimes. This year, we were supposed to handle intersections as just ordinary vehicles, with a few exceptions. So a lot of the photos here are shot while we are waiting for a light to turn green. Once we got to Sunset Boulevard on the second loop, and we began the long straight run back to the end of the ride, the cops stopped traffic for us at almost every intersection. Maybe we were behind schedule.
Spiderman's costume lasted the length of the ride pretty well. Sometimes full body paint shows some wear and bare spots before we get to the end.
This guy. I had a brief discussion with another rider about whether the guy knew he had a glaring typo in his sign.
Electric skateboard. He wasn't with us at the end of the ride, so maybe his battery ran out.
The double-wheeled bike on the right is supposed to float better on sand, the rider said. He brought it from Florida. I have to admit, he never got stuck in any sand during the naked bike ride.
The guy on the phone would later be seen drinking a foamy beverage from a brown bottle. He must've had a supply in his backpack.
They held us all at the rotary where we enter the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail.
In the several years I've done the LAWNBR we've approached this intersection from just about every angle, both on sidewalk and on pavement, due to construction. But, finally, all construction is complete. We approached it from North San Fernando Road this year.
We often see kayakers on the Los Angeles River and water birds, but I don't recall seeing geese before.
I think L.A. Tourism should adopt this rider as their new "Welcome To Los Angeles" maiden. Postcards, posters, billboards. They'd love her in Iowa.