Sunday Sep 28, 2014

Java Geeks Ride Again

JavaOne rolled into town on Saturday morning when the Geek Bike Ride got underway. We had 35 riders from 9 different countries**. Hosted by the Silicon Valley JUG, they distributed jerseys designed by community members from Brazil. 

The weather was perfect, we had sun and no wind. We had lots of fun and photo stops. Hills were climbed. New friends were made. We road across the Golden Gate bridge and rolled into Sausalito. We rode 30.2km, thanks to community member Werner Keil, who recorded and uploaded the full data.

More pictures here. Plan to join us next year (the Saturday before JavaOne). 

**The US was NOT well represented -- I'd really like to see an improvement next year, Yanks!

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Reminder: Geek Bike Ride at JavaOne

The Silicon Valley JUG will host the annual Geek Bike Ride the Saturday before JavaOne. We'll meet at Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the bridge and down into Sausalito, and then take a ferry back to the city. We are getting an earlier start (9am) so folks can get back for other JavaOne activities. (You'll make it back for sure by 12:00).

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Friday Jul 25, 2014

Geek Bike Ride Before JavaOne 2014

The Silicon Valley JUG will host the annual Geek Bike Ride the Saturday before JavaOne. We'll meet at Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the bridge and down into Sausalito, and then take a ferry back to the city. We are getting an earlier start (9am) so folks can get back for other JavaOne activities. (You'll make it back for sure by 12:00).

This is a beginner/intermediate ride, roughly 8 miles and takes 1.5 hours to ride. I expect we'll have several photograph stops, and we'll stop for a treat in Sausalito. There are three big hills (two steep ones going up Fort Mason and the approach to the bridge, and one fun downhill into Sausalito), but (obviously) the bridge is flat and easy. The hardest part may be dodging pedestrians on the bridge! 

All geeks and their friends are invited. Meet at Blazing Saddles bikes at Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf at the Blue & Gold Fleet Sausalito/Tiburon Ferry Terminal. If you want to reserve a particular bike, you can reserve it in advance online (even electric bikes!) Bike rental is $30-$40 USD and there's a 10% discount if you reserve online.

The Blue and Gold ferry from Sausalito is $10.50 USD. They are used to having bikes on board.

Transit and parking info: You can take the Historic F Line Street Car to Pier 41 to Blazing Saddles Bike Rental. Parking garages are at Fisherman's Wharf.

Wear your Java Geek bike jersey if you have one!

You can sign up and chat with other riders here. If you have trouble seeing the event, email SV JUG organizer Kevin Nilson at kevinATjavaclimberDOTcom.

Follow #geekbikeride for updates.  

Sunday Dec 04, 2011

Java Community Bike Ride in São Paulo

In true community spirit, Fabiane Nardon and other SouJava members put together a Java Community Bike Ride this morning in São Paulo, just before JavaOne Latin America. Affectionately called the Geek Bike Ride, it had just the right combination of exercise, technology and fun.

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We had 26 riders, slightly overcast and cool weather, and a wonderful route through São Paulo, thanks to Sunday lane closures for just for bike riders.

Everyone in group looked great in our fabulous Duke bike jerseys. The route was 12 miles/22 kilometers, but don't take my word for it, because what geek bike ride would be complete without GPS documentation and full redundancy? We rode at a leisurely pace, and it gave everyone time to chat and meet some new friends. We visited two parks and a street fair along the way. We even had "bike angels" to make sure no one was left behind (thank you Fabiane, Fernando and Claudio!). And our bike angels weren't just bike enthusiasts: Fabiane is well known Java Champion and Java EE expert, Claudio is one of the best known Agile speakers in Brazil, and Fernando is responsible for the architecture and development of some of the most popular web sites in Brazil. A little geek talk with your bike ride? Bring it on!

It was so much fun, some riders from California talked about arranging a community ride before the Oracle User Group/JUG leader summit in January. Stay tuned for details about the next #geekbikeride - or start your own! (Here's a template to get you started.)

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