park(ing) day 2013 ride- next Friday, Sept 20

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salty
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This is coming up quickly – is anyone already planning a park(ing) day ride this year? If not, I’ll try to put a route together – please let me know if you’re interested.

I had a lot of fun the last time I did the ride (I can’t remember if it was 2011 or 2010 – maybe I did both?), and just took the day off to do it this year.

https://www.facebook.com/ParkingDayPGH


Vannevar
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I am very interested in a group ride through the Parks. Thanks for working the route, Salty.


joanne
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I think I’m in–I took the day off work last year to ride around to the PARKing spots, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been planning to do the same this year–just haven’t formally taken next Friday off yet. If there’s a group ride, all the better! Thanks, Salty!


Marko82
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I think I’m in, unless I volunteer at the Flock park. Is there going to be a Flock park?


salty
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Cool, I’ll work on a route as soon as i find out where the spots are going to be.

BTW, I also found the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/707690725924449/


buffalo buffalo
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I have the day off anyway, but (because) i have a big commitment most of the afternoon. however, i could do a ride either in the morning or after, i think, 4pm (which could lead into the Flock ride at 6?).


cburch
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stef and i will be riding here:
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/330826/


pearmask
Participant
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Nope, Flock isn’t able to do a park this year, sadly. There will be a Flock ride that night, though! I will be working while all the fun is going on during the day, but this sounds awesome.


Marko82
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@cburch, Cool video, it looks like a fun way to get hurt!


Pseudacris
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I’m up for this, depending on the time…have evening plans.


salty
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Yeah, IIRC they start tearing things down in the afternoon anyways, and I also have to be back at BkSq for the CyclingSavvy event – so as much as I hate mornings I have to admit earlier is better.

There’s still no map of the spots available but I guess I can get started on a rough draft based on past years. Dippy seems like as good a place as any to start?


beccameadow
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The map is up! BikePGH will have a space downtown in front of the Carnegie Library on Smithfield St. We’ll have the I <3 My Bike photo booth and a Wheel of Swag. It always makes my day when a group bikes to our PARK(ing) spot!


RustyRed
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beccameadow wrote: BikePGH will have a space downtown in front of the Carnegie Library on Smithfield St. We’ll have the I <3 My Bike photo booth and a Wheel of Swag. !

*SQUEEEL*


salty
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Ok, here’s my first draft, which hits all the spots currently on the map in 13 miles (16 including getting back to Dippy). Please, if you have suggestions send them to me – this is my first time doing a cue sheet. I tried to stick to trails as much as possible to make it beginner friendly.

route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3376322
spots: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217868967420177166740.0004e460cc63209d4d9f6&msa=0

Another goal I had was to get downtown early in the ride, so we could pick up people who didn’t want to come to Oakland. However, as soon as I finished the map I realized the south side spots don’t open until 11/noon – plus the last one, at yoga hive, is only open until 2… so I’ll probably end up reversing the route. I also realize I might have to avoid some construction on Penn.

The final map is supposed to be out tomorrow so there may be other changes as well.


salty
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Here’s the updated route – I reversed it and slightly tweaked the routing. This hits all 20 spots in the city(*) starting at Dippy and ending at OTB.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3381756

Let’s meet at 10am at Dippy, if you need my cell number email/PM me.

(*) there are 2 more spots in Midland and Gibsonia if someone is feeling adventurous.


Marko82
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A ride that magically ends at OTB – interesting how this always seems to work out.

I’m in.


edmonds59
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Gah. Had a lunch meeting scheduled by others for me. Parking day is out. I think I may have mentioned this before, work is sucking.


StuInMcCandless
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Well, I’ll get to the Bike-Pgh spot, at least. My Toastmasters group meets in the Smithfield Street library at 7:15 and gets done at 8:30 when the library opens.


salty
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Bump for tomorrow – who else is in ???


Erica
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Hope it’s not too late for the bookstore’s space to be a part of this.


salty
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Big Idea? We can easily swing by there on the way from Oakland to Garfield – will you be set up by ~10:30?


Erica
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probably not – we don’t open til 11. We’ll have board games, outdoor seating for coffee and tea drinkers, and a pile of free books, though!


joanne
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I’m in!!! Warning: my brakes have been misbehaving, so I may bring along a sustained, irritating front wheel wail.

Still, I can’t wait!! (wanders off singing a tuneless “taking off work and riding my bike Friiiiday” song.)


salty
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It would be a shame to miss the Big Idea but I don’t see a good solution ;( anyone have any ideas? We could always come back after OTB, I have to go to bksq anyways (insert plug for the cyclesavvy class at 6).


salty
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Joanne, we can loosen your front brake and marko can show you his “alternate braking method”. You may want to bring shoulder pads though.


kitaira
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beccameadow wrote:The map is up! BikePGH will have a space downtown in front of the Carnegie Library on Smithfield St. We’ll have the I <3 My Bike photo booth and a Wheel of Swag. It always makes my day when a group bikes to our PARK(ing) spot!

Oh I work right there! Yay!


Marko82
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@salty, I was accelerating not braking. Well until I hit the ground anyway.

Joanne, do you need new pads or just an adjustment? We’ll be going right past Kranik’s.


kitaira
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10am at dippy. I’ll be there!


joanne
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@salty, I saw Marko’s alternative dismount method–to reproduce it I’d need one of those snazzy orange safety flags that are the hot topic at city council lately. :)

@marko82, probably just an adjustment–I had my pads replaced a couple of months ago. These brakes seem to constantly shift out of place…

@kitaira, yay!!!


RustyRed
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Thanks to the ladies at the BikePGH! park! I won a tee!


Erica
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I’m not sure if our space got put up. I set stuff out for the staffer on my way to work, but I was in the strip all day, and last I heard, there wasn’t an empty parking space in front for us :(


salty
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Thanks to everyone that came out! We had about a dozen “nice people” in total and 6 of us who did the whole ride. It was a beautiful day and a ton of fun – way better than being at work! Can’t wait til next year.

My photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/116133033521423804230/albums/5925814517301005489


joanne
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Thank you very muchly for organizing this and leading the charge, @salty! It was so much fun–definitely an annual nice group of people on bikes/ANGOPOB tradition in the making!


Vannevar
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Yes, thank you Salty and to everybody who rode. An excellent time. I’m going with the AGoNiPoBi acronym, possibly a future hashtag. (A Group of Nice People On Bikes)


kitaira
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@vannevar did you also grab Patricia’s contact info? I think I lost the slip of paper…

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