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antpeople
05-01-2007, 11:02 AM
I want to hear stories from others who rode their bikes to Coachella. I really feel that GV or Indio or Coachella, has made it harder every year to ride a bike to the grounds.....but they talk the talk by having a Energy Factory....but can't put a bike rack in to park your bike for the show. Any others have an un-organized, aggravating bike ride like us?....Or was it no problem? I would like to hear your secret, as this is my 4th Coachella, and my third riding bikes. They seem to want us to care about the world, but still burn the fossil fuel, 4 to a car to wait in the parking lot for hours with the engines running and tempers rising.

dylanfan
05-01-2007, 11:12 AM
i would have, did ride it over on thursday but then just ended up walking the 2 miles from the parents house. they dropped me off at 1030 and I walked until about 130 each morning

ArcadeParade
11-02-2008, 08:18 AM
Ok...I need info on this. Where do people lock up their bikes? I am going to rent some bikes to eliminate the walk from IPCC, but need to know if there is somewhere to lock it up, I don't remember seeing anywhere...

Cheddar's Cousin
11-02-2008, 11:34 AM
I rode my bike. I locked it up to the fence just outside the entry. I had no problems at all.

ArcadeParade
11-02-2008, 06:50 PM
I rode my bike. I locked it up to the fence just outside the entry. I had no problems at all.

Awesome, now I just have to find somewhere to rent them from..

westcoastpirate
11-02-2008, 07:06 PM
What is a good route to take by bike from IPCC to the Polo Fields to bypass all the traffic going into the parking area? Is there a shorter route than taking Monroe to Ave 51 and coming back up to the entrance?

westcoastpirate
11-02-2008, 09:12 PM
All the people riding bikes to Coachella should meetup at an intersection and ride up to the entrance together. Like a smaller version of the Tour de Fat bike parade. That would be a great environmental statement. Bikechella? Just a thought.

Courtney
11-02-2008, 10:29 PM
Awesome, now I just have to find somewhere to rent them from..

When I was looking into renting bikes last year, I contacted Funseekers (http://4funseekers.com/). They're located in Palm Desert and do free delivery. The downside is that they're kinda expensive.

I also called a couple bike shops in Indio, but I can't remember their names now. Both places I spoke with said that they had discontinued their bike rentals in favor of only doing sales.

ArcadeParade
11-03-2008, 04:09 AM
Thanks Courtney.

If I have to I think I'll just buy a cheap bike from wal-mart or somewhere...it will be worth it.

captncrzy
11-03-2008, 04:55 AM
My dad ran over my ten speed when I was 15. I haven't ridden since.







Good idea, though.

Cheddar's Cousin
11-03-2008, 06:07 AM
Monroe to 51 is the best way from IPCC.

westcoastpirate
11-03-2008, 07:33 PM
Thanks Cheddar, you biking it this year?

ArcadeParade
11-03-2008, 07:49 PM
I am apart of Bikechella...if it includes 'Bike Lockup Zone'.

westcoastpirate
11-04-2008, 04:03 PM
I am apart of Bikechella...if it includes 'Bike Lockup Zone'.

Awesome, I'll keep you posted.

Cheddar, where did you lock up your bike? Do they have a designated parking area for bikes?

antpeople
11-05-2008, 04:52 AM
I would like to see this Bikechella parade happen. We will probably be on our bikes again. (we bring them with us, from Arizona)

The Tour de Fat just passed through AZ. That bike parade was great!!!

Cheddar's Cousin
11-05-2008, 08:16 AM
I locked my bike to the fence, just outside the entrance. I noticed several others had done the same.

I will ride my bike for sure if I go alone again. I have a friend who lives in IPCC who might go next year. If he does, we may ride our bikes from there. It is undecided at this point.

algunz
11-05-2008, 08:50 AM
GV should provide a lock up zone. Last year, bikes were locked along the fence. It seemed fine until I noticed a couple who were stuck, because somebody had locked a bike in front of theirs and they couldn't access their own.

Cheddar's Cousin
11-05-2008, 08:58 AM
I had no such problem.

algunz
11-05-2008, 09:13 AM
I hope not, cause what idiot locks his bike like that? I felt bad for those people. I hope they didn't have to wait long and then squarely poked that dipshit in the eye. :)

SFChrissy
11-05-2008, 09:24 AM
Is there a bike coalition in the area...Sf has a bike coalition that usually sets up bike parking for riders at various local events...it's a bike valet service, free with donations appreciated.

Cheddar's Cousin
11-05-2008, 09:35 AM
No bike coalition that I know of, but there are a lot of douche bags in spandex.

ArcadeParade
11-05-2008, 03:01 PM
There is no question, Coachella needs a small bike lock up zone!
Make it happen!

slurpee
11-05-2008, 04:01 PM
Any of your local cities have "critical mass"?

It has been going on for years in Chicago. Every Friday people meet at different places and ride as one large group all around the city. Over the years they have taken over major roads and some even gotten arrested. This past Halloween they rode with police escort for HOURS. It took them 30+ minutes to see everyone ride past my house. People were in costume, it was hilarious.

Critical Mass @ Coachella?

algunz
11-05-2008, 08:19 PM
I just got back from NYC, and the bike taxi has taken over. We need rickshaws for 09.

ivankay
11-05-2008, 08:49 PM
I just got back from NYC, and the bike taxi has taken over. We need rickshaws for 09.

i saw more than a few of these in the parking lots:

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/IMG_0804--large-msg-1210025344.jpg

i should have asked how much they charged. Excellent idea for those gals and guys to be around.

algunz
11-05-2008, 08:51 PM
Oh yes, I do remember them now. Well there should be more damn it. :thu

westcoastpirate
11-06-2008, 06:20 PM
Let's make this Bikechella happen. Who's going to ride their bikes to Coachella? We're bringing our bikes from AZ too. The Tour de Fat was a great warmup.

westcoastpirate+1

Who else???

Mr.Wyndham
11-06-2008, 08:25 PM
critical mass coachella esk

ArcadeParade
11-07-2008, 04:09 AM
I jumped on an ATV on the way there Friday, and took a one of those bike-rickshaw at least once..

But now it is time for my own wheels!! :)

ivankay
11-07-2008, 04:29 AM
How much was the rickshaw?

gaypalmsprings
11-07-2008, 04:32 AM
http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/bicycle.gif

ArcadeParade
11-07-2008, 01:47 PM
How much was the rickshaw?

they were pricey..10 a head to get back to IPCC

CalmerThanYou
11-07-2008, 01:49 PM
we took the rickshaw on the last night when there wasnt an ounce of energy left in our bodies. i forgot how much it was...all i know, is that on the final hour it was worth every cent. (Maybe $20 total if i had to guess)

morelifefucker
11-21-2008, 12:38 PM
in my town, at night, theres always a shit load of tweekers on bikes either making deliveries or picking up.

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 02:43 PM
Bump, so who will be riding their bike from Indian Palms?

DaKINe
01-21-2009, 03:06 PM
http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/bicycle.gif

This gave me acid flashbacks...miss those dayz

LongshotJoe
01-21-2009, 03:25 PM
I'll be pedaling in for the 2nd year in a row. It was pretty awesome last year.

-Joe

ArcadeParade
01-21-2009, 03:48 PM
I'll be pedaling in for the 2nd year in a row. It was pretty awesome last year.

-Joe

Where do you lock it up?

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 03:55 PM
Where do you lock it up?

I'd like to know this too.

Any tips for first-time riders to Coachella? How crazy is the ride home?

ArcadeParade
01-21-2009, 03:58 PM
haven't you walked? ride home > walk home!

vinceolson
01-21-2009, 03:59 PM
I'll be pedaling in for the 2nd year in a row. It was pretty awesome last year.

-Joe

PEDALIN' THIS YEAR BUDDAY!!!

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 04:04 PM
haven't you walked? ride home > walk home!
I've walked from the parking lot to the entrance.

This year we rented a house in Indian Palms and we're bringing bikes to ride to the fest instead of driving. So any tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

KatieLyn
01-21-2009, 04:18 PM
i would have, did ride it over on thursday but then just ended up walking the 2 miles from the parents house. they dropped me off at 1030 and I walked until about 130 each morning

Did you by any chance wear a purple Holy Fuck shirt to the festival?

digitaldragon03
01-21-2009, 04:20 PM
Did you by any chance wear a purple Holy Fuck shirt to the festival?
ITS OVER CUNT LET IT GO.

neverclever
01-21-2009, 04:28 PM
hrm, i'd entertain riding my bike in two and park a couple miles away or something but those fences look like shit. depending on where i stay this year i'll be riding (or not!) ... we'll see. also, critical mass thursday night?!

CalmerThanYou
01-21-2009, 04:34 PM
Did you by any chance wear a purple Holy Fuck shirt to the festival?

oh fuck.

indietron
01-21-2009, 04:35 PM
Did you by any chance wear a purple Holy Fuck shirt to the festival?

Don't listen to the haters Katie... Never give up.

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 04:45 PM
also, critical mass thursday night?!

On the way to the Filter party?

ArcadeParade
01-21-2009, 04:46 PM
I've walked from the parking lot to the entrance.

This year we rented a house in Indian Palms and we're bringing bikes to ride to the fest instead of driving. So any tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Stayed in Indian Palms last year and walked it...planning on staying this year, if I can round up enough of my lamo friends in the next week, and bikes will be a MUST. Just want to know where I can lock them up!

CalmerThanYou
01-21-2009, 04:51 PM
I'll be pedaling in for the 2nd year in a row. It was pretty awesome last year.

-Joe


PEDALIN' THIS YEAR BUDDAY!!!

bike gang.

KatieLyn
01-21-2009, 04:55 PM
Don't listen to the haters Katie... Never give up.

Oh I know. And Calmer isn't a hater. His "Oh Fuck," was most definitely in response to his excitment and shock at the fact that we may have discovered TBINPHFS.

Sexecutioner
01-21-2009, 05:02 PM
we rode bikes last year and plan on it again this year. we also just locked them up to the fence near the entrance, kind of in between the entrance and the sahara tent. there was plenty of space. depending how far you are staying its sooo worth it to not have to worry about driving. we were like 2- 2.5 miles and it was fine.

Sexecutioner
01-21-2009, 05:07 PM
ITS OVER CUNT LET IT GO.

no way, shes way hotter now than last year. she still has hope. she used to be overshadowed by her hotter friend, but now she can show the tops of those nice 17 3/4 year old boobies and maybe this time the boy will look up from his book and take notice. you go katie!

ArcadeParade
01-21-2009, 05:09 PM
we rode bikes last year and plan on it again this year. we also just locked them up to the fence near the entrance, kind of in between the entrance and the sahara tent. there was plenty of space. depending how far you are staying its sooo worth it to not have to worry about driving. we were like 2- 2.5 miles and it was fine.

Awesome!

Biking>Walking>Driving

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 05:48 PM
we rode bikes last year and plan on it again this year. we also just locked them up to the fence near the entrance, kind of in between the entrance and the sahara tent. there was plenty of space. depending how far you are staying its sooo worth it to not have to worry about driving. we were like 2- 2.5 miles and it was fine.

So down Monroe to 51st, then into Empire Polo Club, or is there a better way of getting there on a bike?

CalmerThanYou
01-21-2009, 05:50 PM
BRING IT BITCHES.

http://img.yawoot.com/5a991465fd8f9780f6ef66f1d171cb7c.jpg

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 06:06 PM
I'll make sure to bring my shield, don't know how I'm going to lock it up with my bike though

CalmerThanYou
01-21-2009, 06:07 PM
no shields pussy.

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 06:15 PM
I need all the protection I can get, I might bring a shield and a foam suit.

KatieLyn
01-21-2009, 08:13 PM
no way, shes way hotter now than last year. she still has hope. she used to be overshadowed by her hotter friend, but now she can show the tops of those nice 17 3/4 year old boobies and maybe this time the boy will look up from his book and take notice. you go katie!

Thank you? I think? Haha I'm glad you're supportive.

LongshotJoe
01-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Last year we parked our bikes about 10 feet from the entrance. It was bad fucking ass.

The ride home was fine. I could see it being a problem if you're totally trashed. But being only mildly inebriated the ride home was pretty damn fun. We were staying south of the festival so there was very little traffic going that direction. I had a nice bike light that I removed when I locked my bike and stored in a locker during the day.

-Joe

westcoastpirate
01-21-2009, 08:51 PM
I can't wait, it was such a long walk in the parking lot, it will be nice to ride right up to the entrance.

bingo_caller
01-22-2009, 09:50 AM
Hey all. Does any one own a chopper/lowrider?? im looking to buy a new model and its proving alot harder to find chopper retailers than i thought.
So any help would be apreciated.

lammy
01-30-2009, 08:33 AM
we will be biking this year for sure - walking was evil last year!

westcoastpirate
02-16-2009, 07:58 PM
bump

pancakespancakes
02-16-2009, 08:39 PM
:bump


Haha, I was going to do this a couple days ago, but I didn't have much need to, and I have fear-of-bump's... but thanks for doing it for me!


Anyway, I and three others will be biking from the Long's Drugs parking lot at 50th & Jefferson this year for the first time. But I, personally, am considering making the ride all the way from the home we're staying at in Old La Quinta, which would be like a 6-mile bike ride, and I think would be pretty fucking fun. Either way, I'm very paranoid about locking up the bikes outside Coachella. I recently got a bike stolen (a locked one, mind you) so I have been extremely wary about the thing lately, and locking it to a simple chainlink fence seems pretty scary to me. If they built bike racks this year I would sosososo happy...

Cheddar's Cousin
02-17-2009, 05:53 AM
I rode 4 miles from my house in the La Quinta cove 2 days last year. I locked it right near the entry and had no problems. If you're 6 miles away, at least two of them have to be down hill there. Those last two up at the end of the night might prove daunting.

westcoastpirate
02-17-2009, 11:10 AM
Why don't you lock it up on a pole in the chainlink?

I also heard they have a bike parking area, is this true?

Botrocker
02-17-2009, 11:39 AM
Critical mass coachella?

weeklymix
02-17-2009, 11:49 AM
i am here to ride bike

ArcadeParade
02-17-2009, 04:02 PM
Not sure about the parking area..I have pressed for an answer why one could not be added for this year, and I've got nowhere.

sidsjiff
02-17-2009, 06:35 PM
biking would be awesome but a safe bike parking zone is critical ... or bring crappy bikes and lock 'em to the fence. not sure if you'd want to risk a rental.
used the bike-rickshaw dudes last year to get me and my kids from the entrance to IPCC.
$20 oneway total since my kids were light (about 60 pounds each)

pancakespancakes
02-17-2009, 06:57 PM
I rode 4 miles from my house in the La Quinta cove 2 days last year. I locked it right near the entry and had no problems. If you're 6 miles away, at least two of them have to be down hill there. Those last two up at the end of the night might prove daunting.

Yeah, it's all downhill on the way to the fest, but there's a lot of uphill on the way back at night... so I wouldn't be too crazy about that part. The guys I'm going with probably wouldn't do it with me though so I could just get a ride with them at night.

I don't drink/indulge in anything though, so I'd be in good health, and I'm pretty energetic at Coachella... but riding bikes at night can just be a bit scary in a foreign place... so I'd rather not.

westcoastpirate
02-17-2009, 07:09 PM
BIKECHELLA

pancakespancakes
02-17-2009, 07:38 PM
Critical mass coachella?

I quite like this idea :thu

Botrocker
02-17-2009, 07:40 PM
There was a thread about it but I can't seem to find it now.

ArcadeParade
02-17-2009, 08:39 PM
biking would be awesome but a safe bike parking zone is critical ... or bring crappy bikes and lock 'em to the fence. not sure if you'd want to risk a rental.
used the bike-rickshaw dudes last year to get me and my kids from the entrance to IPCC.
$20 oneway total since my kids were light (about 60 pounds each)

Ya..I hear you on this. We would be renting.

It would be nice to have a designated place to lock them.

sonnyboy11
02-17-2009, 08:50 PM
I do ride my bike to Coachella actually. Here's a pic

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd203/sonnyboy11_Speedy/IMG_3685.jpg

Pedaling in the heat is indeed a bitch!

OnlyNonStranger
02-17-2009, 09:07 PM
I really love Triumph. I want an old scrambler to piddle with and ride around some dirt in.

indietron
02-17-2009, 09:11 PM
Is there motorcycle parking?? Cause that would be a great way to skip the traffic getting in/out.

sonnyboy11
02-17-2009, 09:24 PM
I really love Triumph. I want an old scrambler to piddle with and ride around some dirt in.

I love the look of the Scrambler and the dual pipes. I just need WAY more than 65HP. Even with serious modding the Scrambler cannot touch the Triple engine. After mods I am getting close to 130HP at the wheel. Honestly, that bike gets me into so much trouble...


Is there motorcycle parking?? Cause that would be a great way to skip the traffic getting in/out.

So, to come clean on this, I have ridden a motorcycle to Coachella twice. But I ride my tank aka a 1999 Honda Valkyrie. You will have a HUGE advantage riding a motorcycle if you can swing it. A few things

- Splitting lanes the entire way in is perfectly legal. The lane into Coachella is a single lane at some points so I just moved it over to the right and sailed in. I even talked to a few of the cops lining the route and they made sure to give me right of way- love ya CA!

- Park right at the front of a given lot. When entering, you will probably see a few bikes at the front. The reason for this is, of course, you can just roll out after a long day while others sit in heavy parking lot jam.

- Double check the ground! Both times now I have had to move my bike after checking the ground. It is quite soft in some areas and your kickstand will sink right in. Last year, I found a nice spot right behind a huge dumpster with hard ground. I moved my bike behind it, set 'er down, changed out into some summer clothes, covered the bike and off I went! Going home on the Valk that night I got it into triple digits on the speedo. Blame it on that Roger Waters shiat! My face was too melted to pay attention to the speed limit.

Oh, and no, not motorbike specific parking. But you won't need it.

homEsick
02-18-2009, 01:10 PM
do any of you kids bring your fixedgears?

westcoastpirate
02-18-2009, 01:34 PM
FYI, this is the response I got from the info@coachella.com email inquiry on bicycle parking:


This is what I have been told "We do provide a limited number of bike racks at the festival. They are located adjacent the disabled parking lot just before the main entrance gate. "

If you can't find racks, there is fencing I have seen people lock their bikes to.

hendrixfan143
02-18-2009, 02:37 PM
do any of you kids bring your fixedgears?

i wouldn't. they are too expensive= higher chance of getting stolen. I would just bring a 10 speed or something.

CRITICAL MASS COACH.

ArcadeParade
02-18-2009, 03:49 PM
anyone know of a place in/near palm that rents scooters?

Stickjohn
02-18-2009, 04:00 PM
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pancakespancakes
02-18-2009, 06:05 PM
FYI, this is the response I got from the info@coachella.com email inquiry on bicycle parking:

Awesome. I hope ths turns out to be true. Otherwise, after thinking it over, I decided I will find a tree of some sort as opposed to the fences, I think that would be much much more secure for me... unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of trees on the polo grounds, but I can still remember a few. Whether or not they're accessible or not to lock a bike to I'm unsure...

But I've got my eye out for the disabled parking lot this year!

westcoastpirate
02-18-2009, 06:22 PM
Yeah, I was looking all over for a map of the parking lot. I've seen it posted on the Board somewhere. Can someone post it here or link me to the thread?

westcoastpirate
02-18-2009, 06:23 PM
Awesome. I hope ths turns out to be true. Otherwise, after thinking it over, I decided I will find a tree of some sort as opposed to the fences, I think that would be much much more secure for me... unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of trees on the polo grounds, but I can still remember a few. Whether or not they're accessible or not to lock a bike to I'm unsure...

But I've got my eye out for the disabled parking lot this year!

You must have one hell of a bike chain to wrap around a tree trunk!

Cheddar's Cousin
02-18-2009, 06:46 PM
Awesome. I hope ths turns out to be true. Otherwise, after thinking it over, I decided I will find a tree of some sort as opposed to the fences, I think that would be much much more secure for me... unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of trees on the polo grounds, but I can still remember a few. Whether or not they're accessible or not to lock a bike to I'm unsure...

But I've got my eye out for the disabled parking lot this year!


The fence posts are at least as strong as a tree.

pancakespancakes
02-22-2009, 11:05 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2401/2452838608_a2818f553a_b.jpg



I'm thinking I'll be fine locking it to one of these trees (on the right) or to the picket fence. That's plenty safe for me. If they do have bike racks, all the better, but I'm good with this I think.

westcoastpirate
02-23-2009, 04:51 PM
Be careful, I don't know what the posts are made of:
http://store.workshopsupply.com/catalogue/images/3181.jpg

Cheddar's Cousin
02-23-2009, 05:39 PM
They're plastic and quite fragile. The Fence posts near the entrance are the best option.

Trust me!

Nwgnblnd
03-01-2009, 07:54 PM
Thanks for all the bike info, I will be bringing my bike

instinct
03-03-2009, 04:30 PM
I always see bikes chained up on the fences..

westcoastpirate
03-04-2009, 06:41 PM
I always see bikes chained up on the fences..

That's my plan

westcoastpirate
03-05-2009, 01:17 PM
Just to be safe, I was planning on buying a junker off craigslist to ride up to the fest so I don't have to ride my nice cruiser and worry about it getting jacked. Has anyone had a problem in the past years?

moobius
03-12-2009, 01:26 PM
The rickshaws run for tips. You just have to be reasonable with them seeing as how rough the terrain is and how hard they work out there.

zomgitsme
03-25-2009, 10:38 PM
I rode my bike the first year i went, 2007. Only the first day Fri. I rode up from the eastern entrance and started looking for a place to park the bicycle but found my friend first. He helped me look we didnt find anything fast enough so he kindly let me put my bike into his car in the parking lot. After that i just got rides from him for the rest of the weekend, It was just easier for me(us) that way. GL. :)

weeklymix
03-25-2009, 11:02 PM
i am here to ride bike.

westcoastpirate
04-10-2009, 08:29 AM
BUMP!!!

PlayaDelWes
04-10-2009, 08:39 AM
So, we're leaning towards bringing our beach cruisers to make the trek each day from La Quinta to the Polo Grounds. It's ~ 5 miles.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2714928

I'd be faster than driving, right?

Anyone familiar with the area know if there is a gradual slope back UP to La Quinta or is it basically flat?

Cheddar's Cousin
04-10-2009, 09:55 AM
That is pretty much a level ride both ways.

I rode my bike from about 10 blocks east of where you are last year. You will get out a hell of a lot quicker. Just make sure to bring some lights or reflective gear for the ride home.

gilley
04-10-2009, 11:39 AM
renting bikes? get a cab and split the costs, if you have a decent group of people it should be about 5 bux each way for an 8 mile run. cheap

antpeople
04-13-2009, 05:57 AM
Renting a cab doesn't solve the sitting in traffic problem. Bikes do. I will be sitting at the pool with a beer after riding my bike as the cab is still sitting the line to leave.

CalmerThanYou
04-13-2009, 06:14 PM
me bikey

mollach
04-14-2009, 11:58 AM
swing bikes.

ArcadeParade
01-13-2010, 03:07 PM
If Carpoolers get rewarded with a shot at an amazing prize, shouldn't bikers get some love too?

Cap That Foo
01-13-2010, 03:10 PM
Taking my bike for sure!

Changoloco
02-01-2010, 11:52 AM
I have ridden my bike for 4 years now and there are chain link fences right near the entrance to lock to. It is really fun to whizz by everyone stuck in traffic after the festival. I definitely suggest the bike ride, it's a fun time.

ArcadeParade
03-20-2010, 06:05 AM
Can I bring my bicycle?

Yes. Find parking/locking area at your own risk. No bikes allowed in Venue.

I figured they'd add a bike parking designated area by now

blackstar
04-03-2010, 04:05 PM
Powder Blue swing bikes

sidsjiff
04-04-2010, 06:13 PM
I just don't get why Coachella has yet to become bike friendly.
Anyways, this will be our first time biking it to Coachella (from Indian Palms).
Two concerns:
1) the possibility of having our Electra Townies ripped off?
I will chain it to whatever is available. Sounds like it will be fence.
I'm sure someone will post a photo of wirecutters but I wanna know:
has anyone had their chained locked bike stolen while at the fest?
2) Riding down 51st from Monroe: first will we be allowed to and second
does it suck because of all the mud and water trucks etc?

Sonicifyouwantit
04-06-2010, 01:49 PM
I'm riding in for the first time this year...I'm sure locking our bikes by the entrance will be safe...is anyone really gonna risk getting caught stealing a bike in front of the Sheriff's Department and Coachella Security?? I highly doubt it...

meyouseek
04-06-2010, 02:30 PM
Argh! I really want to bring my bike but we're planning to carpool with friends to our condo and there's no way we can get 4 bikes in/on the car.

Is it going to be worth taking another car to get our bikes out there?

While we'll be spending more money on gas to get back and forth from LA to Indio, we won't have to move the car once we've arrived. I guess it depends on how much time we'll save getting to and from the venue each day. Also, riding will save us from that horrible walk to the parking lot. Since car camping might push us day-parkers even farther away from the main gate.

sandiego
04-02-2011, 01:54 PM
does anyone know about bicycle parking this year? from what i've read, it seems like people just lock them up on the fences outside. anyone heard of them adding more bicycle racks or is the fence my best bet?

Cheddar's Cousin
04-02-2011, 04:37 PM
The fence is fine.

baily
04-02-2011, 04:43 PM
We are riding our bikes this year...tired of sitting in our cars for hours at a time....

I used to be always thinking about wanting to leave in the middle of the final performer to beat some of the traffic....and most of the time we would leave a bit early....missing great performances and still sitting in traffic for a minimum of 2 hours.

I finally put some brain cells together and planned biking with my brother this year...

Got the bike ready and been riding 8 miles a day, got safety vests, blinking safety lights, LED lights for the tires, painters masks (for dust), and chemical goggles (dust)...rather look like a glow in the dark gimp than be hit...or eating 1/2 pound of dirt while riding.

Caifan
04-02-2011, 10:08 PM
I want to hear stories from others who rode their bikes to Coachella. I really feel that GV or Indio or Coachella, has made it harder every year to ride a bike to the grounds.....but they talk the talk by having a Energy Factory....but can't put a bike rack in to park your bike for the show. Any others have an un-organized, aggravating bike ride like us?....Or was it no problem? I would like to hear your secret, as this is my 4th Coachella, and my third riding bikes. They seem to want us to care about the world, but still burn the fossil fuel, 4 to a car to wait in the parking lot for hours with the engines running and tempers rising.

We use the fence at the front entrance as a bike rack
and if you don't know now you know.

Cheddar's Cousin
04-03-2011, 07:57 AM
Unorganized and aggrivating how?

I rode my bike right up the street, straight through the parking entrance, directly to the Festival entrance, and locked it to the fence. No problem.

How has it ever been made any harder?

sandiego
04-03-2011, 10:51 PM
The fence is fine.

thanks. not camping this year so wanted to avoid the traffic!

Caifan
04-03-2011, 11:42 PM
How much was the rickshaw?

they only ask for a tip

baily
10-20-2011, 09:12 AM
Time to add Bikechella to the options for ticket upgrades

We biked last year...LOVED IT. Will NEVER drive to the fields again.

Inthecolumbiagorge
11-05-2011, 12:19 PM
We drove and camped but brought our bikes. They were really handy to go get ice but some rasta dude borrowed my bike and did not return it. Curses to him!

Neighborhood Creep
11-05-2011, 12:21 PM
We drove and camped but brought our bikes. They were really handy to go get ice but some rasta dude borrowed my bike and did not return it. Curses to him!

Missed you around here Susy, xoxo.

I made good use of your Heineken bike to get breakfast burritos in the morning. The beer holder was my favorite part ;)

algunz
11-05-2011, 01:17 PM
I still wish GV would set up a real bike racking system. Those fences are not always reliable.

yeahfontaine
11-05-2011, 07:49 PM
I recommend an electric bike from Funseekers. I liked it so much (IziP Lento) that I bought one when we got back!

I've posted a pic elsewhere before, but it's so darn cute, it bears repeating...

http://www.theurbancommuter.com/images/Currie/Electric%20Bikes/vialento_w_big.jpg

Inthecolumbiagorge
11-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Missed you around here Susy, xoxo.

I made good use of your Heineken bike to get breakfast burritos in the morning. The beer holder was my favorite part ;)

Hi Tyler:-) Yes..I really have not been posting anything here because I am still unhappy with GV for the screwed up mess we had with camping last year, not that it bothers them if I post here or not.

We will be bringing the Heiny bike again rest assured:-) I won't be loaning it to anyone we don't know though...bummer how one bad rasta dude ruins it for all the rest:-) We will be bringing more bikes this year! It was a lot easier getting around for sure.

Looks like we are going to get a condo this year with a pool and hot tubs. We also have 4 camping spots between Sophy, Rach, Robin and I plus 4 car companion parking passes so we can go to the condo in the mornings, eat, shower, swim and relax in the air con before music gets going in the afternoons. I doubt we will be sleeping in the condo because it is too much fun at the camp ground at night:-) We are of course expecting you to ride down and back with us and you are welcome to take advantage of the condo if you can manage to leave the allure of the Polo fields:-) Looking forward to this year very much!!!!!

Neighborhood Creep
11-07-2011, 05:08 AM
<-- Jeff from the midwest

I wish I could bring a bike on the plane without paying 1000000 bucks

algunz
11-07-2011, 06:59 AM
Ship it.

captncrzy
11-07-2011, 07:35 AM
Prolly cheaper to rent one...

Also, please for the love of God and all that is holy--work with the city to make biking a better experience. I'd like to not die on my way out of the grounds.

Let the bikers and walkers enter off of Avenue 50. Incentive for taking the green way in.

algunz
11-07-2011, 08:41 AM
Awesome suggestion, Capt'n. Riding home at night is scary.

I had a friend killed last week riding on the road. Such a waste. RIP :(

Dustin da DnB Soulja
11-07-2011, 09:14 AM
We camped and drove but had bikes, made is so much easier to run to the store, go to the restrooms, go up to the arcade. It came really in handy when we were stuck in line on Thursday and we needed to do bathroom runs.

frizzlefry
11-07-2011, 06:09 PM
You were rocking that green bike Dustin

Dustin da DnB Soulja
11-09-2011, 07:19 AM
You were rocking that green bike Dustin

Hahahaahaha E.C. deliveries!

bhomburg
11-09-2011, 08:53 AM
I wish I could bring a bike on the plane without paying 1000000 bucks

I have a foldable Dahon (26" wheels!) which goes as regular baggage at no charge. Also, fits in rental cars' trunk! Sooo convenient.

ShyGuy75
11-09-2011, 12:33 PM
Also, please for the love of God and all that is holy--work with the city to make biking a better experience. I'd like to not die on my way out of the grounds.

Let the bikers and walkers enter off of Avenue 50. Incentive for taking the green way in.

This should really be addressed and would think it would be easy to correct. No reason why walkers and bikers should have to take the long car route in.