This was wonderful coincidence! I am only in the US for a few days and I had only heard about Critical Mass but there was actually a Critical Mass ride in San Diego.
The general idea behind it is to have all kinds of bicycle enthusiasts to get together and ride together to create awareness in society of the huge bicycling communities (http://critical-mass.info/). San Diego seems to have this every last Friday of the month meeting at 7pm at the fountain in Balboa Park (http://www.myspace.com/criticalmassride). I have heard that in the past they had over 200 people join in for the ride. There is no route or destination – who ever is at the front leads the way. Families with children ride among, people who use the bike to commute to work, track bike racers, street racers, bike freaks, cool BMX kids, mountain bike lovers and many others and the fixed gear riders.
This was my first Critical Mass I have taken part in. I wanted to get there a bit earlier but we spent so long in the Velo Culture Bike shop to get my new Corima frame all ready to ride. I think I rode my bike for about 2 meters before putting on the pick up truck and driving to the Critical Mass meeting point. The ride had very good vibe and was really fun. Somebody counted 475 cyclists all cycling together. There are some videos on youtube. I only took pictures at the break:
So the San Diego Critical Mass was the inaugural ride on my new Corima fixed gear bike! It rides really smooth even uphill with the 70 gear inch. It was such a great feeling. And not only that, I actually also had my trick bike with me and did some tricks before the mass of bicyclists started riding through downtown and outskirts of San Diego:
I am very happy after I performed on my trick bike! Click here to see a video of my performance that night.