Bikefest Pool Tour Ride?
It seems we have discussed a bike tour of the public pools a few times for bikefest but then it sorta fizzles. The idea is to ride from pool to pool, but the catch is that if you pay at one for one day, you have to pay at each.
The solution is a pool pass. You can team up with some others and buy a family pass (whether you are related or not) of 4 for $60… thats $15 each for swimming all year (you can go to oliver bathhouse in the winter.. i have never done this.) You add other ‘family members’ for $10 each. CHEAP.
So, I propose a bike fest pool tour this summer. And this is your warning! I will try to set it up so that we can have scheduled time at specific pools, and you can meet up and drop off at any time.
Is anyone else into this? I am being serious and I want it to happen this year! You KNOW you want to ride around with wet bathing suit pants.
We could stop at ice cream shops from pool to pool. We could end with a picnic! JUST IMAGINE.
I guess it could also be an alley cat but that seems a little complicated. Maybe someone who is into that can organize a race, and I’ll just do the “fun ride” from pool to pool.
caitlin, that sounds absolutely awesome. I did some data entry for a CMU prof one year on pools, so I’ve heard of all the citiparks pools but don’t know where any are other than schenley. I second the motion
Hey, this could also be the chance for our “naked” ride. Combine events!
You KNOW you want to ride around with wet bathing suit pants.
There are some on the board that do this for fun.
Let’s pick one of those scorching hot days in mid- to late-July. Aside from a quick splash-off before jumping in, we wouldn’t even need a shower afterward. Just chill from the evaporation.
+1 Pierce, but pool personnel might not be too cool on the body-paint aspect of those rides.
Yes. Yes! YES!
This is the most fun idea I’ve seen for a long time.
i want to do it during bikefest though (um, can i take a day off from work for this? ha)
also i believe that some other bike pgh-ers and i were talking about tour de ribs… um, anyone organizing the rib ride yet? where we go to like every rib guy in the city? get on that erok!
i swore you were part of that conversation anyway!
i know it was “the bike czar” lou and scott.. unless i had this conversation solely with city planning people.
we are doing a flock to bbq ride next tuesday. leaving from dippy and riding around till we get to the bbq place on frankstown that the regular foc ride passed last week.
Erok, I’d join you on that Spak ride. I think he’s the only seitan shop in town though.
Seitan options at Round Corner Cantina too!
EDIT…. call me naive, but the first time I had the Round Corner Cantina’s seitan tacos, I though that ‘seitan’ was a ‘new-way’ of cooking meat…. as a full-blown carnivore, I was quite sad that seitan = no meat Must say, it tasted ok, but too chewy for me…. give me REAL carne asada instead marinated in beer and spices, NOW we’re talking!
I did a “bike to a place, swim, then bike back” recently and all I can say is… C-H-A-F-E
That’s why you should wear a Speedo.
I think if we used water proof? paint, we could take the shower like they recommend, paint would still be intact, and they would be cool with it
I have my pool pass and think this sounds awesome. Lap swim at some of the pools is from 12-1 and 5-6. Should we incorporate some lap time into the schedule?
@ck Hell yeah we should, but we could probably only make it to like one or two pools on the tour during lap time
We should also try and wear our helmets in the pool, that would be cool
@ Seitan: I stand corrected and show my lack of local seitan knowledge
I will design the pool ride schedule to include lap time at the very least for the beginning! we can open with adult swim laps. i suck at laps though.
If we can make it through the whole thing we can end it at adult swim in another location.
glad so many are interested! I wil try to make this a sunday during bikefest, and i will post times to arrive at or leave each pool by so people can join or stop riding if they want. pretty casual.
i doubt wearing helmets in the pools will work out
rib ride on tuesday: will try to make this!
I trained for this ride yesterday by going to the pool without a towel, swimming, and riding home totally wet.
We wont be going to all of them though.
Ho boy. Troy Hill. Will we all be getting there via Rialto?
@mark: ARE YOU TYPING IN ALL CAPS SINCE IT’S THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF BILLY MAYS’ PASSING?
Given the choice between riding a distance with a wet swimming suit or the extremely unpleasant process of putting on a cold wet suit?
I’ll take the latter.
oh, I’d rather ride in a wet suit (but I’m a girl, different mechanics at work there).
People don’t know about the troy hill water park because google maps doesn’t show it (still has empty pool in the picture), and it’s impossible to accidentally find one’s way on to Troy Hill. I even looked for it once, couldn’t find it. Well, I could see it, just not get up on to it. (was in a car, which I think just makes it worse)
I know there are several new water/spray parks. but uh, if im planning the ride i am not sure i want to take a route up a huge hill where i cant full submerge myself into a pool of water. sorry guys. riverview has a pool though.
I think this will work for me on Sunday 8/8. Pools dont stay open as late on sundays, but I work a lot of saturdays. Does this sound good for the enthused? I will actually consider steep hills to pools but I like to ride all leisurely from pool to pool. Any route suggestions before I take this thing into my own hands?
i could be talked into walking up rialto and meeting you at the spray park, ha.
@ caitlin I like to ride all leisurely
I’ll be jetlagged and feeling lazy, but I’d walk up Rialto with you, or not complain if you left it out Good call on the icecream/shaved ice, too.
what about getting up to troy hill the same way as the pedal pittsburgh route? it’s not THAT horrible. if you can get up liberty, i think you’ll be ok.
the troy hill water park is most conveniently reached by cruising nice and leisurely past the penn brewery and up voskamp… parking at the end and a short hike up the stairs! also just one block from voskamp parking spot there is a seal that sprays you… although thats not nearly as cool as the spray park! there is also a little mist machine in garland park in east liberty… i am only mentioning these little park misters because i like to ride through them in the summer on the way to places!
I WAS TYPING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I LOVE WATER PARKS!
here’s a picture of the stairs with the old pool at the top:
I think I am going to make this Sunday the 15th……. not as much is scheduled for that day yet!
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