November 17, 2015 Comments Blog Posts

Tour Row Route of the Fireflies 2015

Tour of the Fireflies 2015
For the 16th year, the Firefly Brigade has been mounting critical mass rides to rouse cylists to go bike on one set date. The mass of enthusiasts go around Metro Manila causing ruckus and disrupting early Sunday traffic. They label this as a critical mass ride; this year, the organizers named it: the BIG ride. The battle cry: Bicycles Integral to Mobility Solutions.

Bikers take over the streets of Manila

Bikers take over the streets of Manila

Tour of the Fireflies 2015

It was an early start at Tiendesitas but as a biker, you tend to get used to waking up early for morning rides. When we arrived at Tiendesitas, it was ride out already! The front of the line took off but one of my friends was still at home. Cellular phone technology made us talk and we agreed that he will just look for me somewhere in the crowd. I gave him a hint: brown. With that, we pedaled off and followed the Route.

bike over the fly over

bike over the fly over


Rows and rows of assorted cyclists paraded in the streets of Metro Manila. A handful wore costumes just for kicks, others got their eye on the prize. Newbies and first-timers had trouble climbing the steep ascents of a few fly-overs. Pretty girls were protected by the royal guards. Veteran riders strutted their third bike. It was a bike circus!

Salute to the volunteer marshals! The ride was so much easier thanks to your influential stopping power. The marshals held vehicular traffic so that the BIG group can pass the intersections.
(Pardon to the folks going to/coming from church, and titas doing their Sunday market.)


Why is it fun to dress up during mass rides like this?
The pace is so slow.
By-standers look at the group and get amused at the wonderful crew of bikers having the time of their lives, wishing they can do this next time.

Thus the ride becomes bigger and bigger every year. My wish, let us ALL get organized and set a world record of the most number of bikers gathered for ________________________.

Setting the world record is easy. The most complicated part is getting EVERYONE organized. Here’s to more mass rides!

Edsa manual

Edsa manual

klunker

sun bathing while pedaling

sun bathing while pedaling

tiklop ninjas

Tour of the Fireflies 2015

Bubble Gang comedian Antonio does Marikina

Bubble Gang comedian Antonio does Marikina on his Ti bike

Heneral Antonio Luna replica rides his horsebike

Heneral Antonio Luna replica rides his horsebike

before the hipster, there was the hippie

before the hipster, there was the hippie

May the rigid Fork be with you.

May the rigid Fork be with you.

Tour of the Fireflies 2015

bad ass hot rod custom bicycles

bad ass hot rod custom bicycles

World champion of the world!

World champion of the world!

TOROROT of the FIREFLIES 2015

The 2015 route was relatively short for the ride was finished by around 10am. From Tiendesitas, we got out to EDSA via Megamall and crawled viciously north up to Quezon Avenue. Rode Quezon ave up to QC Memorial Circle and then took Commonwealth, then took a right to Katipunan. We downhilled left towards Marikina and turned at the street of their city hall. From Marikina, the group trekked Marcos highway then left to C5 going back to Tiendesitas.

tour of the fireflies 2015 mass ride
Cheers to more costumed riders next big ride! Toast to all the bikers who made this ride worthwhile!