At last night’s meeting we talked about building some “mobile religious equipment.” It was a term I hadn’t heard before, but pretty useful. Mobile religious equipment can include
* bike shops for the healing of bikes
* musical devices
* enhancing profile and acceptance of bicycle worship
At the Davis Bike Church we built a “Mobile Minister Unit.” Modeled after a Spanish-style “mission” church, it enabled us to bring religion to the masses. The Bike Church as an organization had been around for a couple years at that point, but its physical location was in a hippie commune on campus and it wasn’t easy to find.
When we paraded the mobile church through town for the first time, we could hear the passers-by saying “mumble mumble mumble ‘bike church’ mumble mumble…” We knew we’d gotten the message through. What message? We weren’t sure of the details, and maybe they weren’t clear either, but it was a good thing.
The mobile church can carry a lot of stuff. Fully outfitted, it carries
* a work stand,
* a pretty complete bike workshop,
* a card table,
* lawn chairs,
* food and beverages (fuel),
* an EZ-up canopy, and
* a getaway bike
You can ride it across town without too much trouble, set up at the Farmers’ Market, bring it to bike rodeos at schools, picnics, and parties. Davis is full of poorly maintained bikes, so it’s fun to flag people down, pump their tires up from 10 psi to 40, raise the seat an inch or two, and send them on their way. It is also useful for giving people rides home or taking a nap.
On May 10 we’ll have a work party to build some Mobile Religious Equipment for use in Portland. Smaller and lighter for Portland, but hopefully just as remarkable and functional. We’re not quite sure what it will be yet, but it will be ready for the Joy of Sects ride at Pedalpalooza. Come help if you can, stay tuned for details.
More pics of the “Mobile Ministry Unit” of the Davis Bike Church on the Davis Wiki http://daviswiki.org/Bike_Church/Mobile_Ministry_Unit