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Yuba BMF Success!

Dear Bicycle Community Enthusiasts,

Right when you feel like the world can’t keep up with itself in consumption, BAMMM! – the Umpteenth Quasi-Annual Yuba River Bicycle Festival happened up in the Sierra Foothills of Nevada City. The movement is inspired by community power, where the pedalers not only get from point A to point B, but they also power the speaker systems. This year was special because we welcomed back the Pleasant revolution crew “Bicicletas Por La Paz, Heather Normandale & Aisha, back from biking 1500 miles from the Canada border down to the Bay Area, California over the summer months. It was the Ginger Ninjas reunion, where Kipchoge and crew came back together after years break to rock the streets of Nevada City and the Barn two nights in a row. And, we had one of our most famous performers ‘Live-On-Bike”, the Polish Ambassador graced the stage with Ayla Nereo. To all the performers of the 2016 Yuba BMF, we solute you. And to all the bicycle and music enthusiasts that came out and helped pedal the revolution, Thank you from the bottom of our burrito bellies.avatars-000130859620-8e7y2e-t500x500

There aren’t too many days where you can see that many moving parts coming together to create just the right balance of chaos and connection to inspire what we call the Bicycle Music Festival that we love so much. If you want to get involved, please comment, email us directly, and start your own BMF in your city/town. We look forward to seeing the world we want to live in and it takes all of us doing the best we can to make it happen. Thanks for believing y’all.




The Polish Ambassador Live On Bike 2016 BMF.







• Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

How to participate in a Pedal Powered event

The SF Bicycle Music Festival is the world’s largest Pedal Powered music festival. Follow these tips and you’ll not only know what that means, you’ll be able to fully participate!

Ride Your Bike there:

Welder and art bike creator cruising Sunday Streets
Welder and art bike creator Jay Broemmel showing up in style at Sunday Streets.

By biking to our event instead of driving, you can help us keep to our goal of being a ‘Carbon Negative’ event. Biking there makes a huge impact — bigger than recycling, composting, reusing and even pedal powering the bands on our Pedal Powered Stage. Plus, you can meet up with other festival goers and spread the word en route.  Riding there is a great warm up for dancing and Pedal Powering the live bands, and helps you clear your mind for an awesome day ahead.

We recommend bringing a lock, even though we aim to provide enough safe bike parking for all of our fans and performers.

But my bike is broken!

Really? Experience shows that 85% of bicycles considered “broken” by their owners require only air in the tires or oil on the chain, and that 75% of statistics are made up on the spot. So why not ask a neighbor this week if you can borrow a pump and some chain lube?

Roadie Ariel fixing a bike after a recent event
Roadie co-captain Ariel adjusting a fan’s bike after a recent Sunday Streets event.

Even if you can only limp on in to the event on your bike, you’ll find “Bike Paramedics,” helpful bike people with tools who can make the little adjustments needed on your bike. If something’s bugging you, ask a crewmember and we’ll help you get your bike dialed.

How to ride in the LiveOnBike parade:

Justin Ancheta performs LiveOnBike at the 2010 Bicycle Music Festival
Justin Ancheta performs LiveOnBike at the 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival. Photo: Fossil Fool.

You will not want to miss the LiveOnBike performances on the bike ride between our daytime and nighttime venues. To truly experience the Bicycle Music Festival, you have to take in a LiveOnBike performance! A LiveOnBike performance is an amplified music performance that takes place on a mobile stage in front of a large group of riders. We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that our festival keeps a positive reputation in the community. We will have experienced route marshals identified by patches and armbands, who will help keep our group together and safe. Please follow these simple rules:

- Some of the bikes in our group ride will be carrying live performers. These bikes generally require more concentration to ride safely. Please give these performance vehicles extra space so that their riders can maintain focus on safely guiding them through our route.

- Look for Route Marshals who will be identified by BMF patches.

- Do not ride in the oncoming lane of traffic!

- When we are on a multi-lane street such as Oak, stay to the right, keeping one lane open to allow cars to pass. Note that in the photo above, cars would have had difficulty passing the group, because we were taking up more than 2 lanes of traffic.

- How we handle stop signs: We roll through stop signs unless route marshals say to stop for safety or pedestrians. This reduces the amount of time our group spends in intersections and minimizes the delays we may cause to other road users.

- How we handle red lights and major intersections: We approach red lights and major intersections slowly, gathering our group and waiting for a green light. We try then to ride through as a single group. If the light turns red halfway through, we try to continue moving our group through the intersection unless it is unsafe to do so. Please defer to route marshals!

- Be careful of car doors opening if you are riding close to parked cars.

- Please ride predictably and in control.

- Try to stay with the main group, it’s safer and more fun for everyone.

Our 4000 watt sound system is missing one thing: Power.

Pedal Powering the 2010 Bicycle Music Festival
photo: Celeste Lindhall

Our Pedal Powered Stage relies on you, our fans, for a steady supply of good clean Pedal Power throughout the day. Pedaling is optional, but almost everyone who comes to a Pedal Powered event will want to try pedaling for at least a song or two.

When you want to pedal, make your way to the generator bikes and let one of the Pedal Power coaches know you’re ready. The job of the Pedal Power coach is to keep their eye on the pedalers and know who is ready for a break. The coach will escort you to a bike much like a Maitre D escorts you to a table at a restaurant. The Pedal Power Coach will also help you on and off safely by stabilizing the handlebars, and then raise or lower the seat for you as needed. With the seat height correctly adjusted, you’re almost good to go.  Now is a good time to pedal a few strokes and check the gear ratio. Too hard? too easy? Ask the Pedal Power coach to help you adjust the gears until you find on that feels like pedaling up a little hill. Now you’re ready to contribute. Stay on for as long as you like.

Most of the bikes we use as generators are provided by us, but we do have one Pedal Power rig called the Biker Bar that has places for three regular bikes. In the photo above, the girl with the starry tights is pedaling a regular road bike on the Biker Bar. If you want to use your bike as one of the generators on the Biker Bar, please show it to a Pedal Power coach and we’ll get it involved.

We use “Pedalometers” to communicate the health of the Pedal Power system to our Pedalers, performers, and the sound guy. The Pedalometers are positioned close to the generator bikes. While you’re pedaling, please keep your eye on the Pedalometer so you know when power is needed.

Eat Breakfast:

It helps if the pedalers have energy, so eat some breakfast and drink water before coming to the festival.

What to wear:
Wear your favorite festival attire or street clothes, basically clothes you can move in. No spandex needed, but if you want to suit up, be our guest! Ladies, consider wearing pants or tights underneath skirts or dresses.

Bring layers! Our festival starts in the hot sun and continues into a beautiful moonlit night. The wind can be cold at night. Don’t forget warm clothes so you can stay with us into the night!

Stay fed and hydrated. Bring a reusable cup, bottle, fork, spoon, bowl:

To reduce the amount of waste at our festival, we need you to Bring Your Own. Bringing your own is much better for the environment than even the most advanced compostable plastics, which still require manufacturing and transportation. Plus, our chefs are extra friendly with portions when you bring your own.

We’ll be serving up delicious Bike Blended Smoothies. Have one!

Smoothie Crew in effect at Bicycle Music Festival

Our Bike Blended Smoothies are a delicious way to stay hydrated and nutrified at the Bicycle Music Festival. You can be the pedaler that supplies the power to blend them up! Bring a cup for extra-generous treatment from the smoothie chefs. Bike Blended Smoothies are one of the main sources of revenue on the day of our event, so please  try the various flavors we’ll be offering throughout the day.

Directly support the bands you like by giving tips to the Golden Geese:

Golden Goose shaking the bucket for audience tips.
photo: Dustin Jensen

Please treat the performances at Bicycle Music Festival like those of a good street performer. We rely on audience generosity to make sure our performers get paid. Our hot spandex-clad Golden Geese volunteers make their way through the crowd after each performer, shaking their buckets and calling for donations for the last band. If you want to give but need change, please ask them — they are like human ATM’s. Also, please remember that we have a dozen bands on the lineup, so bring enough to give cash to multiple bands.

• Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Bicycle Music Tour continues on to Vancouver

BMF and the Pleasant Revolution roll into Vancouver, BC this weekend for the last leg of the NorthWest tour this Saturday, August 29.

The info is below and can also be found HERE

Also, you can follow the happenings and see pics of the Bicycle Music Festival NorthWest tour through Little J’s blog:

This one day event is guaranteed to the be best party for bicycles in Vancouver this summer


New Brighton Park: 10:30am – 12:30pm (early morning yoga class starts at 9:30am)

Crab Park: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Vancouver Museum: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

There’ll be a beer garden and food at the Vancouver Museum and for anyone who has not yet visited the Velo-City exhibit, the Museum is staying open until 10pm for the party and all festival goers can see the beautiful bike exhibit for 50% off the regular ticket price!

This festival is being organized on a volunteer basis, and we really need your help to make it happen. Please please please email smartymaddypants(AT) if you want to volunteer.


1. Donation Fairies

2. Crowd Control at the Vancouver Museum

3. Set up and clean up crew

4. Homes/ place to camp for 14 visiting musicians for Friday/ Saturday and Sunday nights

And finally, ALL of the performers are volunteering for the festival too – this is a busking-style festival – so please bring a pocket full of change so you can show all of the awesome performers your support.

Ginger Ninjas
Bear Dyken
Little J
Creaking Planks
Aunts and Uncles
Cello Joe

Don’t forget money for the beer garden and for food.

Good times ahead!

Join the Ginger Ninjas on Sunday, August 30 from 2-4pm at the Vancouver Museum for a slide show presentation of the Pleasant Revolutionary Tour! Donations gratefully accepted (and help make the whole tour possible)

• Friday, August 28th, 2009

BMF Seattle Saturday, Aug.22 – Schedule

This Saturday, August 22, the BMF crew rolls into Seattle! Led by the Ginger Ninjas and the Pleasant Revolution Tour, BMFers will show Seattle how to pedal their way to musical bliss!

Tour Route & Lineup for Seattle:

9am Early Ride: Live On Bike Music ride to Waterfront Park starting at Delridge Playfield

10am Waterfront Park : Holly Phillips – Julia Massey – James Kennedy – Stitchcraft – Susan Harper – Bahia

2pm Afternoon cruise with Live On Bike music

3pm Denny Park : Blue 55 – Bend – Nettle Honey – Aeolian

6pm Ride to Space Needle

7-8:30pm Seattle Center Movies at the Mural : The Ginger Ninja – Cello Joe – Bear Dyken

9pm Evening ride to evening concert

9:30pm Evening concert Secret Location: Goose Vargis – The Pressure

BMF Seattle needs volunteers. Email to get involved!
Visit for more info on all stops on the tour.

• Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Bicycle Music Festival PORTLAND

Here’s the schedule for this Sunday, August 16:

City Bikes at 1914 Ankeny st.

On The Stairs         12pm-12:25pm
Mere Mention         12:30pm-12:55pm
Grace Tea              1:00pm-1:25pm
Catherine Feeny    1:30pm-2pm
Cello Joe                2:05-2:35pm

Hawthorne Street Fair cruise 2:45pm-3:30pm

Laurelhurst park
The Helping Hands          4pm-4:30pm
James Kennedy  if time– 4:35-5:00pm

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Stitchcraft                          6pm-6:30pm
Spider & fly/Fast Rattler    6:35pm-7:05pm

Vanilla Bicycles 717 SE 35th ave.
Bear Dyken 8:00pm-8:30pm
Slideshow 8:35pm-9:05pm
Ginger Ninjas 9:15pm-10:45pm
Acoustic jam, chill, chat, love session 11:00-12:00pm

• Friday, August 14th, 2009

BMF in the NorthWest!

The Ginger Ninjas and their Pleasant Revolution are taking BMF on the road through the NorthWest.

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Find out how to start your own!


• Friday, August 14th, 2009

Bicycle Music Festival spreads to Southern California: Video Highlights of South Bay BMF

Event recap from John Silva of the South Bay Cruisers .

We couldn’t have picked a better day to celebrate the first ever Southbay Bicycle Music Festival, July 19th, 2008. On a warm sunny afternoon we met at Hermosa Pier, sang happy birthday to Cruiser of the week “Tony’, then we headed off towards the Esplanade cruisin’ to the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. (What can I say, it felt like we were heading off to Woodstock so the mix was leaning a little towards the ’60′s for this ride)We had a few newbies and some returning youngsters like 2 year old Lola Martin and her 3 1/2 year old sister Sophia, who came with their dad Roger. (Sophia and Lola are former Southbay Cruisers of the Week’ as well.)

As we made our way to Valley Park we were greeted by Makena, one of our featured artists, all set and ready to perform for us thanks to help from ‘Amy ‘The Wonder Woman’ who missed the ride so that she could decorate the park with posters and banners and help the musicians set up. She was also helped by Mary Caldera-who along with Shawnee made two awesome posters just for this occasion. (See pics on

After settling down to a barbecue, Makena kicked off the evening’s performances which included some classic and orignal hawaiian music which inspired us to get up and dance. All the way from Hilo, Hawaii, Makena was awesome, feeding our souls with island tunes like ‘Ulupalakua’ and ‘Waikiki Hula’ It was sure nice to finish a ride in a park and be greeted by Hawaiian music. This duo has performed on MTV and around the world and it was awesome to have them kick things off! They even taught us a little about Hawaiian culture between sets.

As the evening set in we lit our bonfire and were mesmerized by Manhattan Beach’s Delfina. Although only 18 years old, and with only one year of guitar/singing behind her, you’d think she’d been playing since the day she was born. Filling up our souls with stirring original tunes like ‘April Eyes’, and ‘Ritmo Porteno’, this Argentian born rising star had us all on the edges of our rocks around the bonfire. Were it not for the fear that our shared battery powered amps might run dry, she could have performed for us all night long.

Next came The 3 Heads. Acoustic rock legends in their hometown of Eureka,CA, these four took our makeshift stage around the bonfire, and picked up on what Makena and Delfina had started. Belting out original tunes ‘Undertow’, ‘Holiday’, and their anthem ‘World Was Ours’, these guys really helped set an intimate mood around the campfire with their acoustic guitars, bass, and cajon. Their jokes between songs were even more entertaining. At one point they broke into a spur of the moment spontaneous ‘Southbay’ rap song at the end. We were even entertained to one encore performance although, we would have loved to heard them play a few more.

We finished off the night with some karaoke performances including a few from Victor and his son singing some classic Doors. It’s hard to follow up to acts like Makena, Delfina, and The 3 Heads, but we had to try, and we had fun doing it too.

Last but certainly not least, we helped benefit ‘A Window Between Worlds’, ( a local Venice,CA based group that helps abused women and children get a second chance on life by providing then with safe housing and an art healing program. We brought them canned foods, art supplies, clothing, and $20 in cash donations.

We are looking forward to the next Southbay Bicycle Music Festival. A year seems a little long to wait, so we might have this become a semi annual or possibly even quarterly event.

• Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

2nd Bicycle Music Festival grows 200% over last year

Cruising from Precita Park to Dolores Park at Saturday’s BMF
2008 Harrison St. Photo

photo: Adam Aufdencamp

Cruising from Precita Park to Dolores Park at the first annual BMF in 2007
2007 Harrison St. Shot

The largest crowds at Dolores Park showed similar growth.

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• Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Bicycle Music Festival is a community supported busking festival. Bring Cash!

BMF does not pay bands to perform. Instead, we pass the bucket amongst the crowd after each band plays. Some bands go to great lengths to be part of the BMF, and all of our bands have spent years developing their musical act. So show your support for the bands you like by throwing some cash in the bucket. It’s not cool to support bands early in the day, then run out of money for the later performers. Please bring plenty of ones and fives, or tens and twenties, high roller! As co-organizer Gabe says, “please take a few bucks out of your pocket, then put the rest in the bucket.”

Big thanks to this year’s Golden Goose, Kathy Rose, who’ll be leading the charge on our busking efforts.

• Friday, June 20th, 2008

Ginger Ninjas host Human Power stage at Harmony Festival — another successful BMF shakedown.

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The Ginger Ninjas, just back from an epic 5000 mile bicycle tour to Mexico, got yet another chance to test out their sound system and rock festival-goers at this weekend’s Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa. With 4 pedal-power generating bicycles, there was enough clean, clear audio power to get over 100 people dancing. Musical highlights included Cipes and the People, and Los Ginger Ninjas.

The weekend was a good chance to work out any last kinks in the human power system before the Bicycle Music Festival. While there was a little troubleshooting to do on Sunday morning after Saturday night’s jam session, the system didn’t let fans down and was loud enough to have 8-piece bands rock out with a full drum set. You really don’t want to have to ask a drummer to play softly because the mains don’t have enough power to bring other instruments and vocals up to their level. It’s much better when a drummer can play out, and you can adjust the other instruments accordingly.

Fortunately the Ginger Ninjas’ sound system has that much power and more! We are psyched and grateful that they’ll be setting up the Human Power at this year’s BMF!

• Monday, June 09th, 2008