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

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mr marvelous
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Sorry I missed, crazy day for me. I would of loved to come out and try different bikes and show support.


edmonds59
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I’m bummed that I missed this, sounds like it went great. But, I did just get back from a great road trip, so can’t be too bummed.


Nick D
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It was a fantastic event–thanks to Reddan and Pseudacris!


Pseudacris
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It was a great day! Many more thanks are in order & I’m probably forgetting a few folks, too: Nate and Mary, Travis, reddan, Stu, Nick D, all brought a ton of bikes and worked all day making adjustments and helping people ride. Ellen brought the fully-loaded-for-camping Kona UTE and amazing fruit salad. Tabby, Dave, Bihui, dwillen, stefb, boostuv, rachel, Lyle, erok & I and several others brought their personal rides down to share. Terry Doloughty from the Polish Hill Civic Association brought a huge shade tent, first aid kit, tons of snacks and a sweet vintage bike. Karen from Dirt Rag brought a cycletruck, trailers and a bunch of magazines. My boyfriend was a huge help. A couple of bicycle cops from Zone 5 dropped by and mingled for a while. I can’t wait to see more photos: please tag them in the Flock of Cycles pool if you use Flickr. The Flock cooler/music trailer had a good sound mix all day.


dwillen
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My pictures are up. Use for whatever non-commercial endeavors you wish (and Trav, feel free to use for your journal, thanks for bringing out all those bikes!). I just ask everyone to include a photo credit: “dwillen”, a link to my website, or my real name (find it on the previously mentioned website): http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvb9s46

Thanks!

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reddan
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Agreed wholeheartedly…it was a delightful day. I didn’t make the time to ride as many bikes as I intended, but had so much fun that I didn’t realize how fast the event went by.

Thanks to all who attended, whether as volunteers, participants, or both. I’m really glad I had the chance to spend an afternoon with yinz.


Bikelove2010
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soooo bummed i missed this :(


rachel_ding
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dwillen, just checked out your site and i like your photos! especially the cardinal.


dwillen
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Thanks!


KBrooks
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What a fun day! Thanks so much to the organizers and volunteers.

It was great to meet so many of you IRL as the kids say – RedDan, Rachel, Nate, Stu, Dwillen, Stef B, and others I’m forgetting.

It was very interesting to see how popular the ‘bents were. Thanks to Trav for hauling them our way. That one tri-wheeler (most popular bike!) felt like a sports car.


Mary
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Thanks to everyone!

Great to meet people, also great that a few of the participants just happened upon us and decided to join the fun. Maybe some day I’ll find the courage to try a tall bike for real. Our 14-year-old is now determined to build one.


bikeygirl
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This looks like it was such a blast! I was out of town, otherwise I would have been there :/ Hopefully there’ll be a next time?!? :)


BradQ
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Bummer to have missed this, looks killer. Glad you all pulled together to make it happen.


Pseudacris
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^ I hope Polo went well. Please post pictures if you’ve got ’em.


caitlin
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this was better than going to kennywood!

i am SO BuMMED that gordon apparently had a camera misfire and didnt get any photographic evidence of me on tall bike, which i had a very hard mental time with, but want to ride again.

i loved all the bikes. i loved the triangle bike. i loved the fruit salad too, who the heck made that?! it was like a bottomless bowl.

if anyone ever needed to reaffirm their love of bikes at all, this was the event for you. it was SO FUN.

bonus: people in the traffic on washington blvd pointing when you ride by on the tall bike, or that low trike that was the greatest thing.


stefb
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Yes I got some people staring at me on the little tall bike. Maybe someday I can ride the tall tall bike if nick will allow me


StuInMcCandless
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I found both tall bikes to be highly maneuverable at very low speed. I had a lot of fun riding figure-8s around a couple of leaves about 10 to 15 feet apart with both of them.

btw, this was how I got good at turns on the unicycle back when I was learning how. My house was about a half mile from a small playground. Once I could make it that half mile, meaning I had mastered going in a straight line, I practiced on a 15-foot spiral painted on a basketball court, and trying to hit every number on a hopscotch court, in order.


Nick D
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Mary, if he is serious about building one, I’d happily help.


Nick D
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I think a lot of people completely forgot they were also riding a cable actuated steering bike.


Mary
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Thanks, Nick! He’s quite serious. Today he went to FreeRide to check out some frames. Turns out they weren’t open, but the nice folks let him look around a bit.


Nick D
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Have him look for non-chromoly, non-lugged steel frames.


Lyle
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In other words, department-store bikes.


epkiley
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Fruit salad was me, and I have to say I’m impressed that you guys finished it all. I figured I’d be lugging it home!


reddan
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@epkiley, that fruit salad fueled a LOT of laps of the oval. Thanks for bringing it!


Lou F.
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Thanks everyone! This was an awesome event. I didn’t think I would get there in time, fortunately it went way past 1:00. I got home at 4:00.

This was definitely better than Kennywood. The risk of injury was more real. I still need to master the one bent with the roving handlebars, I’ve got a couple nice scratches on my legs to prove it. Also, getting started and then dismounting a tall bike for the first time definitely has a Phantom’s Revenge feel to it . . . especially the dismount!


Mick
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@nick D I think a lot of people completely forgot they were also riding a cable actuated steering bike.

Indeed.

You talked about the steering and it was really interesting.

But while I was mounting, riding, and dismounting it, the steering mechanism was completely out of my thoughts.

What a fun toy!


caitlin
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the tall bike was hard to get onto but the recumbents were hard to learn to ride!!


Lou F.
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I missed the fruit salad. Any chance that you’d be willing to post the recipe epkiley? Obviously it was something special.


epkiley
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Hah, not really. Just a bunch of fruit in a bowl — summer does all the hard work. Can’t go wrong when grapes taste like candy.


Pseudacris
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^Your fully-loaded cargo bike was fun, too. Made me want to go camping. I’ve never done it by bike.


spakbros
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This sounded so great I wish I would’ve been there.

I do have a bit of constructive criticism,

perhaps some of these great events could be planned for later in the day?

I don’t leave work on Fridays until around 12:30am and after grabbing a tasty beverage or two and commuting to the house I don’t get to sleep till around 3

The chances of making an early (in my world) event are slim to none. I also believe there are probably quite a few humans with the same problem as mine.

Signed, not operational until 1pm


Erica
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I’m sort of the opposite as spak, but it leads to the same point. I clock in at 430am on saturdays for work,so while I’m functional early in the day, I don’t get to leave work until 2pm. That being said, I understand the timing; it seems to be what works best for the majority of people.


Mick
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Actually the event kept going until much later than orignally planned. I think it was about 4 pm when we got out of there.


Pierce
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Somewhat related, several of us attended the midnight flock (including Nick) and were at least talking until 3am, (which is when I left) I heard others talked until 4

I never would have made it, except Nick called me and I promptly rolled out the door

I think with the success of this event, maybe a longer one (or later starting) could be planned in the future

One of the benefits of starting early is that it was cooler. I probably would have been a lot more wiped out if say it started at noon


Pseudacris
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Next time, it would be nice to have hot coffee and hammocks for napping between rides! It wouldn’t be hard to have a dawn-to-dusk jamboree. There’d just need to be more food & more volunteers. I look forward to seeing how this evolves & that more people can come next time.


Nick D
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I got home a little after 4a, did some work, went to bed around 5a, woke up at 8a, and was down at the oval around 9:20a. Who needs sleep?

I think the next one could definitely be an all-day event though.


StuInMcCandless
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I had an early errand, so knew I wouldn’t get there any earlier than 10:30. I wasn’t the last to leave, more likely among the last 10, maybe 3-ish. We still had a bunch of bikes there at 2, which is when the crew showed up to take away the bus bike rack.


Kordite
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I want to try this “bike” next year:


caitlin
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in all seriousness, it would be awesome to have some big multi person bikes like that… i vote for nick to make one.


Mick
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I have some picks of a triple person tandem type bike with a two person trail-a-bike on back. It was crusing along the GAP. Pretty impressive.

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