Long overdue introductions thread
Neighborhood: Edgewood/Regent Square
Type of Riding; Commuting and getting back into road racing and maybe get into some MTB and touring
# of bikes: 2; just got a Cannondale after holding on to a Lemond for awhile
Originally from Lancaster and have been in Pittsburgh for 2.5 years and looking for some regular group rides and new cycling friends!
Welcome, John! There are several people on the message board from that end of town. I too am a commuter, though I live north and don’t get east all that often.
There are plenty of group rides to meet up with, many but not all advertised on the board. Keep an eye out for the couple of riding games we have here, too, Tag-o-Rama and Wheelset of Fortune. Plenty more beyond that, too.
Work: Neville Island
type of riding: road, commuting, cyclo-cross, MTB
# of bikes you own: 3. Road, single speed/fixie, and MTB
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: “Hooked on a feeling” by Blue Swede. And the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack in general
fav picture of you on a bike: I’m still looking for that perfect one…
Name: Anna Tang
Neighborhood: Highland Park
Type of Riding: Trail, road, commuting to work, and for fun.
# of bikes: 2: 1 Mountain and 1 Folding but I’m in the process of getting my first real bike for commuting and hopefully racing
Music that I am listening to: Modest Mouse and I just saw Andrew Bird so I’ve been listening to him whistle me down the trails!
Here’s me on my first bike tour this summer doing the PGH–DC Jail Rail Pell Mell Porta-Potty Trippin Trail! WHAT A BLAST! I’m standing on the Mason-Dixon Line.
Neighborhood: Churchill, formerly Squirrel Hill, Beechview, Mt. Washington, and Oakland
Type of Riding; Commuting from Churchill to Downtown via Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Regent Square, Frick Park, and the GAP to Station Square
# of bikes: 1 Bright Yellow Iron Horse 2.0
Been lurking om this board for a little while now and wanted to say hi! I’ve been biking to work off and on from various neighborhoods to Downtown since 2009. The cycling bug bit me at church camp when I was little and I continued with it in the Boy Scouts and Venturing until I came to Pitt. Didn’t bike too much during that time, but getting a job Downtown and a need for cheap transportation got me back into it.
Currently, I only have time to bike once a week or so due to the time involved and being a new father/husband, but I love every minute of it when I can!
Probably won’t have a whole lot to offer due to my limited riding, but I’m looking forward to chatting more with you fine folks!
Neighborhood: Sq. Hill
Type of Riding; Commuting, recreational road
# of bikes: 2 (Cannondale Cyclocross, Supersix)
I’ve been around a long time — used to drag kids to CMU Cyert Center in a trailer, they are a bit too big for that now…
Pix: taking Big Hop to the Alps (Col de Ramaz), like all rookies forgot to zip…
Name: Ben Yogman
Neighborhood: Sq. Hill
Type of Riding: City
# of bikes: 1+?
Board addict over the last couple of years, general poster of too-long messages. Haven’t posted to this thread I didn’t have a picture of me on a bike I liked. Thanks to fine folks at thick bikes for this one.
Urban riding, mostly commuting with some erranding in the mix (and am hoping a lot more in the future). Generally annoying cat-6 racer, jail trail vs. roadies, Forbes/fifth vs. cars.
1+? is complicated.
The 1 that works is the backup of the backup, a too short, remarkably heavy and clunky huffy mountain bike that doesn’t fit me and with a fairly comical super-wide comfort seat fitted.
The +? is in the probably vain hope I might resurrect the old trek 700 that I pronounced dead back in the polar vortex. Will probably try a new chain, hope for the best, and if that’s a non-starter give up on it. The clown bike that (mostly) carried me through from then till now, sadly, probably even more dead. After putting the message here, do you take dead bikes to freeride, leave out for the garbage man, something else??
At some point I’ll get something nice and take care of it. Maybe even the bike in the picture.
Welcome, Michael! I ride through West View three or four times a week, typically in the morning, riding in on Perry Hwy and up the steps behind McDonalds. So we’re bound to run into one another sooner or later.
Thanks Mark082 PGH is great!
StuInMcCandless that is cool yeah i ride up perry hwy a decent amount just to switch up routes into town I’m sure will bump into each other at some point
Bikes: Up and running? Just one: Swobo SS
Music: Digging the new War on Women
Originally from Florida, lived in Pgh from ’09 to ’12. Came back up to work on some rental property, decided to stay.
Looking forward to sunny weather , getting back on the bike (broke my leg pretty bad last year).
Name: Heather Pape (pronounced “poppy”)
Neighborhood: Mt. Lebanon
Type of riding: commuting, rails to trails, getting into road biking
Bikes: 2, 80’s Nashbar road bike, Jamis hybrid that is nothing but trouble
Music: Shins Radio on pandora
Born and bred pittsburgher, grew up in Indiana Twp / Hampton area. Moved to Mt. Lebo last year for the transportation and walkability.
Photo from a bike initiative at my office.
Neighborhood: South Hills, but ride around town and the rail trails.
Bikes: Too many! Mostly BMX, mostly SE Racing. Usually ride my ’09 Floval Flyer, but also have two 20″ PK Rippers (’95 and ’07), a 29″ Big Ripper I want to sell, and a ’10 26″ OM Flyer waiting to be reassembled. Token MTB is a Kona Cinder Cone from ’96. Also rebuilt a ’93 GT Pro Elite 20″ that is the kind of race bike I dreamed about as a kid.
Music: the new Jason Isbell album
Photo of the Big Ripper in its natural habitat:
Novice rider checking in!
Neighborhood: Regent Square/Point Breeze
Bikes: just one – an FBIKE folding bike that is kicking my butt right now.
Type of riding: commuting. Once I get better at bicycling, we’ll see about advancing past that.
I’ve been in Pittsburgh for about 4 years now, from San Diego originally. Any tips or advice anyone has for me is EXTREMELY welcome! Before this month, my last time riding a bike was over a decade ago.
Welcome! Lots of all types on this board so don’t feel intimidated by being a “novice”, and in fact being new to biking helps us reconnect with some of the challenges that some of us don’t even remember any more. Your input is much appreciated here, and don’t feel bashful about asking questions.
Something you may want to try is a 412-Flock ride. The next one is next Friday.
It’s a slow paced social ride of ten miles or so and is intended to help people get comfortable riding on city streets. It’s also a great way to meet other cyclists and ask questions, seek advice and whatnot.
Wow, how time flies. I meant to post on here a long time ago, but never got around to it.
Neighborhood: East Liberty/Morningside (50-50 split)
type of riding: urban/commuting, trail riding
# of bikes you own: 1 (recently had to let go of my old bike that I rebuilt when I was 10)
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Queen- We Will Rock You. They played it at the Pirates game and I literally have had it stuck in my head since.
I never did this either –
Name – Dino Angelici
Neighborhood – Bethel Park
Types of Riding – Commuting – ride to Woods Run, where I work, Training Rides, at least annually, a long distance adventure – rode cross country twice and plan to do it again;
Bikes – 3 – Trail Hybrid; Urban Hybrid; long distance touring bike;
Music Stuck in Head Right Now – Jeff Beck, You Know What I Mean
Scotch – Dewars White Label :-D
Name: Carl Hoekelman
Neighborhood: Rankin by way of Swissvale and Seattle
Types of Riding: Road, Mountain, Erranding
No. of Bikes: 4:
Trek XO-1 Cross frame, but set up for roads.
Cannondale 29″ Singlespeed Ridgid for MTB, mainly Frick Park
Fisher AC/DC 26″ with slick tires and platform pedals for cruising to D’z Six Packs or the auto parts store.
An old Giant 26″ I am working on as a loaner for trail use.
Music I’m stuck on right now: First Aid Kit and Seasick Steve
I make a Manhattan so tasty you will ask me to fill your Camelback with it.
(New England transplant, via Boston, Providence, Newport)
type of riding: urban work commute, exercise, errands, transit for nightlife, occasional charity race. Oh and on rollers in my lovingroom :P
Former woodland adventurer.
# of bikes you own: 3. My schwinn is the only one I have in PGH. Mountain bike is in storage in Boston, as is a cruiser/hybrid.
Music: cow funk
No photo of me biking. And not sure how to post anyways.
[here’s a test attempt- me on vacation in florida last March]
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Try double quotes; the photo is working for me:
Once upon a time, we had an automatic photo uploader on the site, but it’s been broken for a few months.
Rollers in your lovingroom? Yowza. :-)
Welcome to the Northside…I’m in Brighton Heights myself.
I figure I have to follow up on Rebus’ post, being another rider who just (48 hours ago, in fact) moved to Pittsburgh from Boston MA.
Type of riding: I’m a road MAMIL. Do lots of endurance/distance road riding, both solo and club rides. Lots of centuries, lots of charities, some commuting, sometimes brevets. No racing, no offroad, and not much into bike paths.
Bikes: 2013 Roubaix named R2-Di2. Beater 2006 Roubaix called the Plastic Bullet. And a 2008 Bike Friday Pocket Rocket for travel.
Favorite pic of self on bike: Same as my profile pic. Taken during one of my 14 Pan-Mass Challenge rides for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Quote: (Adapted from Ronnie Coleman) “Errybuddy wanna be a cyclist — ain’t nobuddy wanna climb these big-ass hills! I’ll do it tho!”
I’ll have tons of questions as I get ramped up for my first season in Pittsburgh, but my most immediate need over the winter is a good 20-30 mile circuit near Squirrel Hill.
I’m assuming the shortest distance out of the city and onto quieter stretches of country roads is eastward, but Strava’s heatmap implies there are limited options in that direction. Lincoln Road or Frankstown Road (380) out of Homewood; maybe Penn Ave thru Wilkinsburg; Brinton out of Edgewood. I don’t mind trafficky urban riding, but it doesn’t make for a great training ride. Where should I go to pound out some solid wintertime miles? Reply here or PM.
Thanks, and I hope to see you out on the roads this spring!
I recommend finding Oscar Swan’s book “Bike rides out of Pittsburgh” at the Carnegie Library for some good ride suggestions.
I’m sure the rando guys will be contacting you shortly too.
And welcome to Pittsburgh to both you and Brother_r.
@ornoth: Another recommendation for Oscar Swan’s book (and, if you have trouble finding a copy, I’ve got one you can borrow in exchange for a hefty security deposit ;-) ). That’ll give you a great introduction to road riding around these here parts.
For reasonably pain-free riding out of the East End, I recommend heading north, rather than east. Once you cross the Allegheny River, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice…almost any turn off Freeport Rd, for example, will take you somewhere interesting. Easy variable-length loops can be constructed by heading out the 62nd St Bridge through Etna to Saxonburg Blvd, heading north until you get bored, then turning left and returning via Middle Rd, or right and returning through all sorts of interesting possibilities.
Regarding rando and winter riding: you can sign up for the Pittsburgh Randonneurs mailing list at http://pittsburghrandonneurs.com/contact-us/, and/or feel free to contact me via email: dan dot blumenfeld at gmail dot com.
Welcome, Ornoth. I’m a MAMNIL, just a commuter cyclist. I live 10 miles north of town, so I could suggest out-and-back via two of my usual commutes.
Get to and cross the 40th St Bridge. I use the upstream sidewalk but have duked it out with traffic in the right lane occasionally.
Right at the end of the bridge. Ignore the bike lane. It’s downhill, and you’re making a left at the bottom.
Grant Avenue to North Avenue through Millvale. A couple of mild bends/turns generally to the left puts you on Babcock Blvd. There are a several right-turn-only lanes where you go straight. I expect to get at least one angry suburbanite give me a horn at one of these. Often I get lucky and enjoy a quiet ride.
Left onto Three Degree Road. (Officially, Babcock makes a right here.) Three Degree is short but nasty, only a quarter mile but 6% uphill grade, curving right, four lanes, no shoulder, and you’re making a left at the top. I generally claim the right lane on any four-lane road.
Left at top onto Perry Highway, pointing you back southward. I employ a staircase in West View to get me past a dogleg turn on a steep hill. 53 concrete steps and 200 yards of pushing the bike through the woods beats a half mile of general nastiness, and lets me exercise a different set of muscles for five minutes.
Perry eventually becomes Perrysville Avenue back into the city. Lots of variations on ways to get from the top corner of Perrysville at Federal. One is to plummet down Federal, but there’s a stop sign 3/4 way down. Possible to hit 45+ coming down that hill, but it’s trafficky and the pavement sucks.
Near the river, I’d jump on the trail, roll out to the 31st St Bridge, and find one of fortyleven ways to get back to Squill from there.
All told, about 25 miles, and I do this every day, one direction or the other. At the Babcock-3D corner, you’re about a mile from my house.
type of riding: urban/commuting, (interested in touring and bike camping)
# of bikes you own: 1
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Fleetwood Mac, Glass Animals
Part of Oscar’s book is available on line.
Neighborhood: Squirrel Hill
Types of Riding: Commuting mostly
# of Bikes: 2 (1 commuter, 1 electric-assist fat bike)
From New York City originally, moved to Pittsburgh in 2011.
Fave picture of me on a bike (not my bike)
Neighborhood: Wilkinsburg, formerly, R. Square, Greenfield, SS Slopes/Arlington.
Types of Riding: Road, commuting, trail, mostly casual, or crushing it by myself.
# of Bikes: 2 (fixed gear, Bianchi Steel)
Hey, all. I have decided to come out of lurk. Great to see yinz. I ride a pretty solid 25 mi a day in commuting, regularly attend Flock events, as well as many other events, and i’m pretty much down to ride whenever. I probably see a lot of yuns out there, and look forward to seeing some new faces.
Type of Riding: Commute/Shop/Work
# of Bikes You Own: 01 (Trek ZR9000 Hybrid Frankenbike)
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Just listened to four hours of Goth and Industrial. Otherwise, just forget it. I listen to Everything All At Once (EAAO).
About Me: I started biking to work everyday out of necessity last year because my auto needed work. Then I got my auto fixed and my bike frame cracked. Then, my auto died again. Then… I put together this bike with frame from Free Rides and help from Kraynick’s. My auto sits waiting for me but I’m spending too much on bike stuff and having too much fun to fix it. Just got new clipless shoes/pedals but haven’t tried yet. Looking for fellow riders for possible short tours.
Fav Picture of You on a Bike (optional): No pic of me on bike yet but here’s my bike…
Neighborhood: Bethel Park/South Hills
Type of riding: Mostly commuting, some MTB riding and a few charity rides every summer.
# of bikes: 5 (Looking to sell a Trek 1.1 to thin the herd if anyone’s interested…otherwise a Specialized Diverge, Raleigh Tokul MTB, and assorted other junkers taking up space)
Music: Currently enjoying Steve Miller Band in the coffee shop I’m in. Usually any kind of rock is good rock to me!
About me: What’s to know? I like to ride bikes, really any excuse I have to ride is a good excuse. I work as a pastor at a local church, and figure I can suffer for a few miles every day to keep some of that carbon stuff out of the air. I’m also off all summer, so I have nothing better to do but ride and post on message boards. I’m married, and the lucky father of twin boys, so pretty soon that rig is going to include a trailer I’m sure.
Picture: (Insert frustrated sounds of not knowing how to work code…just picture a fat guy on a bike)
Welcome, Jason! You found a good crowd. Several of us are commuters, including a few from south of Mount Washington. For hooking your family to bikes in one way or another, turn to Ben (@byogman) or Shawn, the latter of whom has twin girls.
Ask just about any question, within a few hours you’ll get a straight answer or four, or pointers to someone who knows more.
Pics: Post it somewhere else, then use the IMG tag to link it in here.
Only use angle brackets instead of square ones.
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