Try-A-Bike Jamboree ::::: Saturday, July 2

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Pseudacris
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Thank you to everyone who has so far offered to lend bikes or volunteer. There is going to be some interesting stuff to ride!

PAT is lending us a Bus Bike Rack for the day. It is mounted on some kind of stand, but you will be able to practice loading and unloading bikes on it! (Thanks, Stu, for putting us in touch with the right parties at the Port Authority to make this happen)


Pseudacris
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Kayla
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I’m so glad I’ll be able to make it for the last hour or so.


Lyle
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And soft-serve? Awesome!


Pseudacris
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Just the oversized sprinkles.


TeamDecaf
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Looking forward to it.

I wanted to post so this can get back on the message board.


ieverhart
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Look for the dpw site with all the huge granite and sandstone blocks and go to the far end of it you will see a trail on the right.

Is that the site you can see at http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.483919,-79.910346&hl=en&ll=40.483091,-79.911311&spn=0.009352,0.022724&sll=40.483556,-79.910694&sspn=0.002338,0.005681&t=h&z=16 ?

Or, as the map at http://www.pittsburghparks.org/userdocs/highland-letter.pdf suggests, is it closer to 40.476256,-79.910625 ? Not an industrial/DPW site, according to the satellite/street views.


cburch
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ieverhart
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@ cburch – Thanks… I’ve heard about such a trail but was never able to find it.

Anybody remember when there was a large sphere at the playground there to climb on, with a slide going around it that was kind of like a planet with rings?


brian j
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Anybody remember when there was a large sphere at the playground there to climb on, with a slide going around it that was kind of like a planet with rings?

Absolutely!


boostuv
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Anyone from Oakland riding down to this? The g/f wants to go but is kind of apprehensive about riding down Washington Blvd and through East Liberty by herself.


Lyle
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I plan to go and can easily swing through Oakland. PM me with a phone number.


ejwme
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my grand camping schemes fell through, so I might actually make this. This sounds awesome – props to the organizers. Any publicity so non-biking people can wish they knew about it earlier? (Like most of the cool things going on in this city the local news only tells me about AFTER the fact)


Pseudacris
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It would be great if you can make it.

There has been a good amount of publicity through the usual Flock of Cycles channels, plus some flyering. A few blog mentions (including BikePGH), and a few neighborhood groups have sent it to their email lists. We can always use more volunteers if you’d like to spread the word or help during the event :-)


Nick D
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Boostuv, she can always ride down with me.


Pseudacris
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OK, looks like there are going to be 20+ different kinds of bikes to try tomorrow. We got *almost* everything on the wish list coming in, including the requests for various saddle/pannier/rack/trailer options. :-)

There will probably be a few surprises, too.

Bring helmets, sunscreen & cameras. There are nice shade trees and picnic tables.

Some rain might blow through, but I don’t think it will last long if it comes at all.

Also, this is at the Washington Blvd Oval, not far from the Highland Park Bridge. Officially Called the Bud Harris Cycling Track (not to be confused with the oval in Schenley Park). You can also bring your own bike if you want to try it on the bus rack or ride around the oval.


Drewbacca
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“almost?”


Lyle
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I don’t think my bike will fit on the bus rack :(


Pseudacris
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@headloss: B.Y.O. fiberglass shell + 4th wheel. We’ll get you close enough…

@lyle: I don’t think so either, but it might be entertaining to try?


Nick D
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I doubt a PAT bus driver would let me put my bike on a rack.


Pseudacris
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Nick & Lyle: you should both show up at the same bus stop just for kicks. Candid Camera Time!


Lyle
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Yeah, maybe I could try to bring it on one of the T cars at off-peak time.


Wowbagger
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I tried taking the trail cburch talked about but there was a locked gate blocking access to the DPW site.


dwillen
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Fantastic event. Thanks Pseudacris, reddan, and everyone else who put so much work into this. I had a great time.


Kayla
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I agree with dwillen. So much fun!


TeamDecaf
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Ditto the above 2 posts – great event – so much fun! Many thanks to all.


salty
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Yeah, that was awesome, from the tall bike to the low bike and everything inbetween. Thanks for putting on a great event!


rachel_ding
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I had a ton of fun at this event! Thanks so much for putting this on.

Highlights for me:

– the tricycle-recumbent low-rider. soooo good.

– the red cargo bike with the front rack (perfect for a pizza)

– riding a tall bike for the first time (i will have to work on my mount and dismount)

– the AMAZING fruit salad – thank you, wonderful person who made that salad

– teaching my 35 y/o friend who never learned to ride how to ride a bike

– smiles everywhere, nicest bunch of people.

whoohoo!


argylepile
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bummed that i’m out of town and missed this, but i always get stoked to see these type of events happening in pittsburgh. yay!


stefb
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what a great event! thanks to everyone involved in organizing this. thanks to everyone who brought bikes to try! i tried a unicycle, recumbent, friction braking, captain seat on the tandem, and the original tall bike! i wish my dismounts were more graceful, but no injuries. i took a few pictures with my phone.

http://gallery.mac.com/gdgirll#100471&bgcolor=black&view=grid


Tabby
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this was such a great time. I really enjoyed putting more names to faces and getting to know some of you better.


Pierce
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Thanks Stu for shouldering me for like 100 yards while I tried to figure out how to unicycle; I’m so close!

Thanks to the guy who came from State College and brought his crowd favorite; the white trike bent with disc brakes

Thanks to Reddan for letting me try his bent and for organizing this

Thanks to the people Nate, Ayrn, who were brave enough to ride the tandem with me


StuInMcCandless
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This was a wonderful event. I didn’t figure anyone would try the 18″ unicycles but the 24″ got quite a few takers. I know of at least two others who actually got on and rode it a ways with little help from me, and easily a dozen more who gave it the old college try.

The PAT bus rack got a few tries, too. I know I demoed it a half dozen times.

Thanks to everyone whose bike I tried for a spin. reddan, stefb, among those I know a board name for. Nick D and Jane for the high bikes. The recumbents, both bikes and trikes, were cool. The steering was a little weird to get used to, but I guess anything comes with practice.

I missed out on the tandems. Maybe next time.

Even in the parking lot at the end, we were comparing mounting systems for cars. That in itself was worth the trip.

Again, thanks to all the Flock folks for helping stage this event. The behind-the-scenes people always get overlooked!


erok
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you know it was a good event when every single person i saw always had a huge smile on their face.


sarah_q
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so bummed I missed this. I was on a group ride that was plagued with mechanicals and didn’t get back in time. :(


Lyle
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Pierce, I didn’t even see you there.

Connecting to another thread, I have the *worst* case of ass chafe in my entire life and I have barely any idea why. I didn’t ride very much. From those recumbents? I think it must be because somebody put my seat up just a bit too high for me.


Tabby
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sounds like you need to head back to the HELP MY BUTT HURTS thread for more info ;)


Trav
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Everybody kept asking me if I was on the forums, so I figured I’d give up my lame answer of “No, I’m from State College” and register to post here.

Thanks everybody for trying out the ‘bents and for being so patient with bike adjustments and the like. It was amazing to see people go from first-try-frustrated to zooming around the track in such little time.

I do have one favor to ask… I never managed to get any still photos. Would anybody be willing to share a few that I could use in conjunction with an article over at Recumbent Journal?


Pierce
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I’m sure a couple people here would be willing. Might also trying asking Gordon (I think you can search his username) he took a couple too

Thanks again for driving out here and helping expose us to bents


Marko82
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Thanks to Reddan & Pseuda for organizing this! And to all you trusting souls who lent out your bikes. I had a blast trying out all the different styles of bikes including all of the bents. But as fun as some of those bikes were to ride, that fully loaded Kona cargo bike was sweet –I never really had a desire to own one & now it’s on my wish list.

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