So what are your other interests/hobbies?
I wonder if that is something about cycling or something about Pittsburgh?
The pattern holds elsewhere, so I’d say it’s a little bit of both. It’s also something about computer message boards.
It’s also something about computer message boards.
Yeah, I think this particular sub-sub-culture may be chocked full o’ engineering types, but I’m not sure that’s the case for area cycling in general.
The local climbing community is also full of engineering/computer types, though I’ve discovered in my travels that this is pretty consistent everywhere. Given the amount of problem solving that goes when you climb, it’s clear what the draw is.
Morningsider – my instructor didn’t but I’m super excited to point that out to my kungfu instructor, ’cause wood is one of the elements.
it’s all connected.
for engineering… one of the things I like about cycling is that, once you’re on your bike, there’s no way you can think yourself up the hill – it’s not a problem to “solve”. Pedaling uphill is the antidote to a profession (and natural disposition) that makes me think too damn much.
Im a EE working for an aerial survey firm. I’ve been car free for 2 years now and I have a reaaaaaallly long commute from O’hara township to Upper St Clair, but I got to go to Kansas for three weeks in January to do a ground control survey. I got to go mostly because , I think , nobody else wanted to go. We did 180 points, mostly in central Kansas. The pic shows a map of the point locations and a typical setup.
Wow, you must be the only surveyor who uses pushpins instead of a scope-sight icon, huh?
“Its interesting how many people on here are/ were involved in engineering.”
Am I the only former English major here? My biz partner is an architect, and I’m a contractor, so I work with and know a lot of architects and structural engineers… does that count?
Am I the only former English major here?
Nope. I have degrees in philosophy and writing. I just happen to work with computers right now.
B.A. in English, minor in Computer Science, later an M.S. in Information Science. In my spare time (?) I correct spelling and grammar on any Wikipedia articles I read.
Anyone wants a website or document proofread, look me up.
@boazo – How do you get to work? Bike? Bus? Mixed mode?
O’Hara to Upper St Clair is a helluva trip.
If I were in your shoes, I would seriously considering moving to the South Hills.
boazo – is Kansas really as soul crushingly flat as it appears? my dad claims that while one could drive across the entire country in 4 days, it takes two weeks to cross Kansas – two weeks you’ll never, ever get back.
Ha, ha! I think Kansas gets a bad rap. I rode my bike across it a long time ago. It is flat like nothing a Pennsylvanian, or an Ohioan, can imagine. It’s not like a really tough hill climb, you can’t struggle against it, you will lose. You just have to clear your mind and be in it, pedaling. And you end up across. One of the most Zen places I’ve ever been.
I remember the first time we drove from Montreal to Vancouver – I was eight, and we hit Manitoba and I started to get really freaked out, couldn’t relax or sleep properly till we hit Alberta. Flat places give me the heebeegeebees. My mind doesn’t understand them. It’s like someone turned a huge building inside out, and if I open the right door I’ll find the real outside, where there are normal hills and trees and stuff.
I could see it being rather zen to ride somewhere so flat, though.
I think it was in Oh, Pioneers! that Willa Cather’s protagonist describes the maddening nothingness of the prairie, the incessant wind. Maybe that’s your influence.
I derail threads for a hobby. I’m like a derailleur.
I’m just throwing this out because it encompasses a lot of peoples hobbies, and if you watch it you will feel your day become more awesome, so watch:
Hmmm. Potential bucket list activities. Plus a lot of good memories. Fav: Unking a crowded sidewalk in the dark. (Doing same in a blinding daylight snowstorm is equally fun.)
Love the “unintentional dismount” at 3:21. He must’ve been distracted.
Yeah, gotta bring the wheel to a Flock ride sometime.
Oh, I was afk for a couple of days.
Mick – I almost always do a mixed mode bike and bus commute. I start with a ride down Kittanning Pike ( just from about the 900 ft level , not the whole thing) to downtown and then catch the bus to Bridgville. From Bridgeville its about 4 miles more on the bike to work. I’ve only done the whole thing on bike a few times , it took about 2 hours which is about the same time as the bike/bus. As it is, I’m on the bike a little more than an hour each way which my body seems to thrive on, I don’t have any aches or pains or anything. But doing the whole thing by bike only everyday would definitly wipe me out.
ejwme – there are some nice areas North of Wichita , esp the Flint Hills. Its too rocky to cultivate there, so its just left as an open grazing area. There’s like a montage of unknown Kansas below –
Since this is still going, I’ll chime in.
I am a transportation planner for a City near you. I am in a very fortunate position however chaotic it all seems from time to time. No one hesitates to share their enthusiasm for progress with me. I learn a ton every day and my life is enriched by that experience.
I am a backpacker. Like to hike and sometimes ski.
Getting into ultralight backpacking now.
I think I would like to start climbing.
I have been car free since September 15, 2010. I live in Esplen (off West Carson St) so I get to ride a lot.
I have a relationship with Christ today that I never thought possible.
I like to idea of recycling bikes and helping people. Am in early stages of organizing a ministry for this on the NorthSide.
I have been dabbling in healthier foods to maximize performance. I still have a love affair with pizza.
In free time i do hiking, city long walks, city biking.. and for the entertainment bowling, playing pool, playing bike games online, watching games with friends and other..
It’s nice to see some good old threads disinterred, even if it is by a spammer.
To answer the original question, I’ve had a ton of hobbies over the years and have found that biking is, dollar for dollar and hour for hour, the best of them. I spent about a decade racing motocross bikes, on tracks and in the woods. That was a massive amount of fun but the travel costs, travel time, staggering equipment maintenance, and abuse to the body get really old. My close friends from that world are now tied up by their businesses, so now the bike just sits.
I had a couple of road racing motorcycles on the street, and probably logged about 40k miles on them. They were also massive fun but you had to get totally away from civilization to really enjoy them, and the consuquences of a crash were pretty high, so the remaining bike just sits.
We’ve done (and still do) a bit of downhill skiing, which is great fun, but the downside is the high cost and very limited season, as well as the time it takes. It’s clean, challenging, and equipment maintenence is about nil, which is nice.
Backpacking is pretty cool in a nice setting; we’ve done that a few times and I’ve generally enjoyed it. Taking a 4 wheel drive off road can also been fun, but places to go are very few and far between. There’s also a lot of risk to the equipment.
I do a lot of mechanical and fabrication work, both out of necessity and because I enjoy it. Target shooting was once a hobby, but the fun per hour and fun per dollar are pretty low compared to bikes.
Bottom line: biking is tough to beat when you consider the costs, the social aspect of it, the ability to do it year-round, the variety, etc.
Kayaking. The other day we parked at West Newton, used a bike trailer to haul our pair of inflatable Sea Eagle 330s up to Cedar Creek Park, locked up the rigs, floated down leisurely, and got back to the car to pick up the parked bikes.
Anyone else bike/kayak and have any suggestions for places to portage kayaks to by bike to kayak? I was playing with the idea of putting in around Connellsville to do some of that Class II stuff w/ the kiddos.
You could put the kayaks in at Apollo and head down the Kiski River; there is a flat road between there and whatever the next town down the river is. Also, the Cheat River between Rowlesburg, WV and where WV Route 7 crosses the Cheat (at WV Route 72’s northern end) would be pretty cool. I think that section is called “The Narrows” and it is really pretty.
Sweet, that sounds like a cool option. @JacobMcCrea have you done the area around Connellsville? The maps show that there are Class II/Class III around there and I’m wondering if it would be too much for the little dudes we have. We’re not trying to take them through Dimple, or anything.
I don’t recall any rapids downstream of Connellsville, but I can only speak to what I’ve seen of the river from the trail. That said, I would be very surprised if there are any rapids downstream of Connellsville. I believe there are a few between Ohiopyle’s lower take-out point and Connellsville, but the logistics of doing that would be really clunky (assuming you can legally launch from there, I don’t know). If you biked upriver from Connellsville and launched from around Camp Carmel, I think you’d have a nice, albeit short, stretch of river, with a nice parking lot & park in Connellsville. You can get a car back to Camp Carmel to pick up the bikes; I can give you directions if you can’t figure it out looking at a map. Also, you could do a lot worse than boating from Confluence to Ohiopyle.
The yough has a few small ripple areas downstream of connellsville but they are all very tame like the stretch near roundbottom. Very doable in any canoe/kayak but I’d put the PFD’s on the kids just to be extra safe.
Oh yeah, PFDs on the kiddos, for sure. They really enjoyed the couple of riffles that we went through between Cedar Creek Park and West Newton, and you can do a whole lot worse than getting in riding and kayaking in the same day.
I drive to the GAP (Duquesne or Costco) and cycle to USX most every morning. I’m the guy who always says hi to everyone.
For Fun: I enjoy kayaking streams, creeks and rivers).
I used to motorcycle camp and wouldn’t mind doing more of it.
Snowboard in the winter almost every weekend. Took up fat bike riding in the winter to change things up a bit.
Season ticket holder to Pitt Football, basketball and a few Pens games.
Enjoy exploring Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
Started bicycle touring a few summers ago. I pick up and go to other areas/states to ride and explore.
Side Gig: I officiate collegiate volleyball matches.
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