A “running some errands” 4.5 mile loop.
Rode the nutty, twiggy, leafy Forbes Ave bike lanes to the Squirrel Hill Post Office. Mailed a package to Connecticut for $6.30. Stopped by Probikes and bought a helmet on clearance for $20. Had the house blend tea at the Café at the Frick with a side of scones (plain, sour cherry & pumpkin sage) + clotted cream for $10.12 + gratuity. Visited the carriage & car museum for the first time: highly recommended and FREE. Stopped by FIKS for a lightning-quick retroreflective transaction, and back home. Found a crisp $20 bill on my front lawn!
Attention, foodies: the cafe was advertising a couple of upcoming prix fixe dinners: one centered around Wigle Whiskey and one around Full Pint beers. Good place for an expensive date!
Coffeeneuring #2, LaPrima Espresso, 21st St., Strip. Nonfat latte and a chocolate biscotti, 40 miles, uneventful, just a lovely ride. Rode the new guy. Low gear is not as low as I might like it to be, owww. So I can safely say that after 8 months of bike commuting and more recreational rides than I’ve done in a long time, I still don’t like hills. This is a freaking hard place to ride a bike.
Number 5 (is alive)
-Caribou Coffee, 2729 East Carson Street
-Carrot cake muffin and hot chocolate w/ whipped cream.
Post-Dirty Dozen scout coffee stop. A good ride…all eight participants conquered all six of the day’s hills; notable, as the last two (Logan and Suffolk-Hazelton-Burgess) almost always result in a bit of hike-a-bike for someone.
After returning to town, enjoyed a nice social cruise up the Jail Trail, then popped over to the South Side and visited Caribou Coffee in the Southside Works buy-ALL-the-things complex. One tasty muffin and delicious cup of hot milk chocolate later, I felt sufficiently fortified to meander home.
I forgot you were breaking off at hot metal. Sorry I did not bid thee farewell.
I didn’t know La Prima was open today. I rode by, slowed down, didn’t see anyone, and kept going
Lots of stuff to do around the ol’ homestead today so got another short loop in: ~4.5 miles.
Mediocre Darjeeling tea and an orange-walnut dipped biscotti at Coffee Tree — Bakery Square. Bike racks and plastic outdoor furniture abound.
Bike Share at Bakery Square (with a dead URL)
“We encourage wearing a helmet.” and “Bike not working? Press Red button.”
Edit: feedback sought on the proposed rerouting of bicycles between “BqSq” , Mellon Park, ans Shadyside. Please register your thoughts here: http://bike-pgh.org/blog/2012/10/04/comment-on-preliminary-plans-for-bakery-square-2-0/
Anonymous 10/26/2012 at 1:32am #
Today we rode to two murals and two coffee shops. Started at the Bastille again and headed for the city. We stopped by the newest mural at Blvd of the Allies and Market St. It was supposed to be a celebration of the MLK foundation’s 10th anniversary, but that design somehow got usurped by the One Young World conference. “They” decided to use the space to commemorate the conference so the design was re-worked to suit it’s new purpose. I wonder if the MLK foundation will be given a new place for their original mural. Anyway, departed the city for the Strip and 21st St. Coffee and Tea (no longer at 21st St of course). Tried their “King Crimson” tea and it wasn’t bad. Left there and rode out to Squirrel Hill. Another coffee shop stop (61C) to meet someone and then on to Thick Bikes where I began the process of talking myself (with a little help from my friends) into a new bike. Maybe. Back to the trail and return to the Bastille. Total mileage 36.04
Congrats SRpit on completing the 2012 Coffeeneuring Challenge.
My sixth coffeeneuring expedition of the 2012 Coffeeneuring Challenge:
drink: A cortado, two shots espresso cut with two shots of milk
coffee shop: 21st Street Coffee and Tea. Really a nice space, very open air.
location: 2002 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA
mileage: 20 miles
ride details: Rode with S. and R. Downtown, two murals, Squill, SoSide, Thick Bikes, Bastille. S completed her 7th coffeeneur today.
1. Quiet Storm http://www.qspgh.com/ 5430 Penn Avenue
3. Espresso Mocha soy-milk shake
4. Came from the coop, decent weather, decent traffic; my partner suggested a better route I have never thought of. I usually go Thomas Blvd, Fifth Ave, Hamilton Ave, but she suggested I go Thomas, Dallas, Hamilton, thereby eliminating the fast and potentially dangerous 5th Ave
5. 3.8 miles
1. Tazza D’Oro 1125 North Highland Ave http://www.tazzadoro.net/
3. iced soy lattee, half squeeze of vanilla
4. Wasn’t too bad of a ride from Quiet Storm, Highland can be annoying at times, stopped at Home Depot along the way; slightly bugged they moved their toaster rack from under an overhang to kind of in the middle of the parking lot; the seating alongside the Tazza building is nice
5. 1.8 miles
Note: At the time, I didn’t realize only one per day was allowed. I thought it was just two per weekend. Also not sure if the QuietStorm would even count
Coffeeneuring expedition #6
The reverse keg ride was a lot of fun! Afterwards, I stopped in at Biddle’s Escape for a cappuccino and chocolate croissant. It is so great to have an alternative to the terrible Katerbean in the Regent Square area. Biddle’s escape now has a wellness center upstairs with yoga, pilates and sundry corporeal offerings. The back of the coffee shop has beautiful beads and spools of hemp twine with which you can do crafty things to your bike. RT 3.8 mi.
Missed the dog today. The sidewalk across the street felt kind of squishy and might be one of those newfangled permeable ones that absorbs stormwater runoff. It was nice to walk on.
Coffeeneuring stop #3, Big Dog on the South Side. What a nice place! I never would have found this place if not for the challenge. Bagel w cream cheese and a latte. Made it home in the nick of time just as the cold drizz started.
Tried to stop at the Beehive, but for a crufty hipster joint the bike parking is nearly nonexistent. Left. No cred.
Ha! I noticed that sidewalk too; it’s more like asphalt than concrete; looks cool and is better for runners
Coffeeneuring 2012, Trip 7 of 7
trip report: Duquesne Whistles and Braddock’s Voluptuous Nude
drink: Mocha Bianca (a mocha with white chocolate) and a cranberry-oatmeal bar.
coffee shop: Big Dog Coffee. I love this place.
location: 2717 Sarah Street, SouthSide, Pittsburgh PA
mileage: 50 miles
ride details: Rode with S. Went to Riverton Bridge, East Pittsburgh, Regent Square, Wilkinsburg, did 50 miles.
thanks to all for participating, you’ve listed a lot of coffee shops that I didn’t know about, and now I’ve got new destinations for days I’m casting about for a place to ride.
Coffeeneuring # 6: Coffee in Extremis Edition
Visiting my parents with the kids this weekend…no coffee shop within a 15-mile radius, and only an hour free in the afternoon. Cue: the Brogue General Store, only 3.5 miles away!
-10/27/2012, Brogue General Store, corner of Rt 74 and Muddy Creek Forks Rd, Brogue, PA.
-Drink was something that had been sitting on a burner for a while, but enough French Vanilla creamer made it quite palatable.
reddan, I used to live off of 74 in York. Waddaya mean there’s no coffee shop in Brogue? There’s no “Brogue” in Brogue!
Just happy you went with the Twix and not the “Live Bait”.
Coffeeneur #7 (challenge completed — stick a fork in it!)
RT 3.4 miles
At Marko’s suggestion: Eat N Park!
New-ishly remodeled Squirrel Hill location.
I eat plenty of junk food, just not usually at chain restaurants. I’m confused by the gimmicky menus: I like to know what the ingredients are. What is a Breakfast Smile? Promise Spread? Scrambled better-n-eggs?. The waitress was awesome & the place seemed filled with regulars. Overheard: “Parking is gonna be a b*tch dahn ‘ere. You’ll hafta pay like 30 or 40 bucks.” [not if you ride your bike to the stadium!!!]
I do have to hand it Eat N Park for sourcing a portion of their ingredients regionally and for doing a lot of outreach RE nutrition & offering non-heart-attack-inducing square breakfasts that looked appealing on the menu. I ate there by myself but they gave me a huge comfortable booth and didn’t make me feel rushed.
I still prefer home cooked scrambled eggs with herbs and greens from my backyard–and sometimes olives thrown in.
Has anyone tried EnP’s new “Hello Bistro” in Oakland?
THANKS @reddan & @vannevar for posting this challenge: it has been a fun motivator to ride as the weather cools off. I think it would be fun to cook up a winter version — anyone game?
Now that’s a cup-o-joe any yinzer would be proud of! I think you deserve bonus points for the Franks sauce too.
I really could have gone for a full on egg breakfast yesterday, rather than the bagel I had. Mmm.
I think an “Egg Challenge” would be outstanding for the winter. Omelettes, crepes, fritatas, scrambled. That would get me out on the bike.
Based on my ability to squeeze in one ride per weekend, under the best of conditions, it will be a while before I kill off my coffeeneuring.
Edit; and yes I am aware that I will not finish by 11/11, haven’t been entering mine on the DC site anyway, just using this for motivation to get out and ride.
I like that idea. How about a once-per-week Egg (or savory vegan substitute) Challenge. for Nov + Dec?
I’m willing to make a patch for the completers…
Congrats Pseudacris on successfully completing the Coffeeneuring challenge.
Also, my compliments to Pseudacris and Reddan for recognizing and seizing the essence: bike ride to a cup of coffee within some parametric constraints.
IANAR (I am not a randonneur) but I think that MG is cleverly rando-evangelizing, getting cyclists to think in a rando-mindset in terms of building a series within a limited timeframe and certain constraints while having fun, which is IMO truly brilliant.
As chains go E&P is not bad – local, consistently decent food, reasonable prices, good service. I can’t remember having one bad experience there, ever.
I’ve been to hello bistro and it was tasty, especially hopping right off the 28x after a redeye. The menu is small, egg sandwiches and a few other things.
@ Vannevar, any thoughts on a winter 1x week eggy challenge?
@pseudacris, I need any sort of novelty / innovation / nuance that encourages me to ride through the winter.
Extra points for any biking that (1) suggests new destinations that I don’t know about, (2) involves food, (3) involves a group activity to encourage me not to dig a hole and hibernate.
And I really like eggs. I’m in.
Philosophically, rules are traps and judgement is better, and we’re free moral agents seeking voluntary fun. (right?) I really like MG’s general framework of a broad brush, tolerance and flexibility, a short timeframe (7 weeks) and a non-herculean task list (6 coffees, in her application). I don’t know that I ever grokked the “weekends” aspect of the Coffeeneur Challenge.
So, let me make a bad first draft that yinz can stick a fork in, identify flaws with, and then come up with something much better.
Yinzer WinterEggBike Challenge v1.0
Rule 1: Make Six EggBikeRides between Dec 16 to Feb 16 (8 weeks).
Rule 2A: Definition of an EggRide: You Ride your bike somewhere and eat egg-based food. Could be a residence, restaurant, your Mom’s, a campground, etc. Can be in combination with work, errands, or group/organized rides.
Rule 2B: Substitutions such as EggBeaters, Tofu, or Ener-G Egg Replacer are acceptable. We are encouraging and not judging.
Rule 3A. No More than 1 EggRide per week Except as specified in 3B.
Rule 3B. Except: If Family/Religion/Events preclude you from making an EggRide in any one week, you can claim one week as a WAIVER WEEK and then ride two EggRides in another week.
Rule 4A : Min Distance to qualify as an Egg Ride: Two Miles.
Rule 4B : Persons who prefer Kilometers may substitute an equivalent distance in Clicks.
Rule 5: No Repeat Destinations/Eateries. Multiple locations of chains are begrudgingly tolerated.
Rule 6: Take a digital photo of your egg-related food, along with some identifying aspect of the location if possible. Extra complacency points awarded to those who involves gloves, helmets, or bicycles in the photo.
Rule 7: Post the photo and the following details online via the BikePgh forum. Location, website?, date/time, type of food, brief synopsis, total mileage of the ride
Rule 8: If you tweet, tweet the ride and include the #WinterEggBike thingy.
please critique/amend/improve. Cheers, V.
Anonymous 10/28/2012 at 5:17pm #
Considering the time of year, what would you all think of Soupneuring? I’d like finding out about new and interesting home made soup locations. Use the same rules as the Coffeeneuring challenge – or modify the time parameters to make it easier to accomplish with a once/week ride. Just set the start/stop dates. I’d ask for the icecreamneuring, but it’s just getting too chilly even for an ice cream-a-holic to be motivated by that (but I’ll reserve the right to request that next May!).
How ’bout a compromise: savoryBrunchneuring? That could cover eggs + soup? I like Vannevar’s draft rules, only I think the time frame should be expanded and/or an additional waiver week, since many people might be traveling over the numerous winter holidays.
Happy to move the Egg’neur to Nov.18 to Jan 19th,
if you’d like to Soup’neur Jan20 to March 16th.
We can certainly do Soup First, too, and Eggs Later. Do Soup Nov1 to Jan 10, allowing for the holidays? Anybody?
I like the idea of successive distinct themes across the winter.
also, I completely missed this:
I’m willing to make a patch for the completers…
Hello, my name is Vannevar, I am a patch whore.
It may have to be silkscreen or a custom woodblock in fabric paint though, ’cause custom embroidery is $$$.
Anonymous 10/28/2012 at 6:26pm #
I like the successive challenge idea as well. Just don’t forget the ice cream next summer!
I like the coffee challenge for the simple fact that, as long as I stay away from overserious froufrou places like 21st Street, I can usually get a decent cup for $2 or less. A little harder on the egg and soup challenges… On the other hand, I fully intend to ride this winter until I can’t feel my toes, anyway.
Promise spread I think is a brand of margarine, btw. Also, I think ‘the “weekends” aspect of the Coffeeneur Challenge’ was to say “you can’t just stop for coffee on your way to work”–it has to be a recreational thing. Same as why you can’t just make a stop during an organized Ride–it has to be a new excuse to get out and ride more.
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