The last-Friday-of-every-month Baltimore Bike Party needs a new audio system. As Bike Party organizer Timothy Barnett explains it, he’s pretty much been cobbling together an ad-hoc sound system, including Craigslist speakers, a kid’s trailer, plywood, a portable amp and a battery designed to jump-start cars.
The city Bike Party rides were launched in April and now Barnett has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a genuine sound system to match the increasingly popular, moving “parties.” (Barnett also creates Bike Party’s unique soundtrack each month.)
The fundraising goal for the sound system, which will include a custom-built Yakima trailer and four marine tower speakers — directional sound made to be projected over larger distances — is $2,500. As of Friday afternoon, the project is 67 percent funded with 22 days to go. So far, 46 Bike Party supporters have pledged $1,694, with Bike Party jerseys, T-shirts and stickers offered in return of donations.
Video from August’s Bike Party ride can be seen here.