One of these went down a treat a couple of hours ago:
The upstart Dutch are starting to challenge the Belgians for world beer supremacy.
(Well, that was quite a day. Fearing that I might otherwise not make the 11:00 sharp departure, I went to Roppongi somewhat faster than usual. At one point I hit 42 km/h, which for me ain't half fast.)
Sure did! "Easy peasy pace": can do. "Wear a helmet": Always do anyway. "Don't wear earphones": Never do anyway. "That is all": Gotcha.
NB I wasn't/amn't complaining in the slightest. Getting there with time to spare meant I could apply sunblock to my already-flaking arms, wonder at the cleanliness and newth of most of the other bikes, resolve to give my own a good wash, and, erm, soak in the ambiance of seldom-visited Roppongi. (Tho' as it happens, the day before I'd spent some time in two Roppongi photo galleries.)
As for other bike clubs/meets, it occurred to me that once, perhaps five years ago, the missus and I had joined a very leisurely circa-three-hour tour of the hidden nooks of Tallinn (heavy emphasis on the sights rather than the riding), but that I couldn't remember any other occasion when I rode anywhere with more than one person. So it's hard to compare. Though at least part of the meaning of (say) "Climbing: 2400-2800m Distance: 175-185km" is all too (horrifically) clear.
That's alright then. "That is all" was 'misunderstood' on Facebook by one Michael Q. Bloaker esq. to mean that ONLY helmets should be worn. Had that been the case, and with the sunny sun on Sunday we would have been a very sore bunch of naked lobsters. For future reference, we don't care what you wear as long as it includes a helmet.