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Tons of events for the final weekend of BikeFest 2012

Last year’s BikeFest, comprised of 70 events over 10 days, was the record holder until now. This year’s celebration is even larger at 80+ events over 15 days! Check out the full BikeFest calendar HERE.

Saturday, August 18

A Ride Touching Every Pittsburgh Neighborhood

Sat, August 18, 8am – 4pm
Corner of 34th and Penn Ave
Skilled road riders. This is a road bike ride of around 80 miles, the goal of which is to touch every City of Pittsburgh neighborhood. We should be able to hit the overwhelming majority of them. It is not a race, will not be ridden at an aggressive pace, and is a “no drop” ride. With that said, it should be noted that the course involves around 8,000 feet of climbing and is by no means an easy ride.

We will do our best to avoid busy roads, but a few roads, out of necessity, will not be ideal for bicycles. There will be rest and food stops at stores as needed, and about half way through the ride the will be an aide station with food, drinks, a bathroom, bike repair tools, etc. for folks who stay with the ride leader(s). There should be a few good points to “bail out.” If you are planning to do the whole ride, you should anticipate a long day on the bike and plan accordingly.

Contact Jacob McCrea at jcm250b@juno.com. Helmets are required. Light or intermittent rain does NOT cancel; heavy or continuous rain cancels. Bring some money for food at stores (or the bus if you bonk!) and make sure you have enough tubes for a few flats.


Snitger’s Group Ride

Sat, August 18, 9am – 12pm
399 3rd St, Beaver 15009

Friendly no drop ride, all skill levels. We regroup at the top of each climb as needed. This takes place every Saturday Morning, weather permitting. Contact Snitger’s at: 724-774-5905 for more information


Share the Road East-Soot’n Smoke Tour

Sat, August 18, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Braddock Flea Market corner of 6th and Woodlawn

Meet at the new Braddock flea market at 9:30 AM to begin the ride at 10:00 AM and travel thru the community viewing sites of urban farms, river waterfront access, and steel mill industry. Experienced riders can take the continued ride across the Rankin Bridge, to the Waterfront and the GAP/Steel Valley Trail if desired. Contact Pam Barroso at pjs787@gmail.com for more information. For a map of the ride, click here Ride cancels in the event of rain. Helmets are recommended.


The Urban Bike Adventure
Sat, August 18, 11am – 3pm
Claddagh Irish Pub 407 Cinema Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Time is based on last year, see website to confirm for this year. Discover the city in a new way, get some exercise and have fun while doing it! Two and three person teams hit the street and must complete a variety of funky challenges and obstacles around the city. Everyone has a chance to win prizes and great gear.
So grab your partner(s), bike and get ready for an exciting new adventure. Start Time: 12:00 PM Pricing: $25 Per Person Until 6/18/2012 $30 Per Person Until 7/16/2012 $40 Per Person Until 8/17/2012 Race day: $45 Per Person Local Charity:
What do I get? • T-Shirt • Race Bib • Chance for Raffle Prizes • Goodie Bags Prizes: • 1st Place Overall (Cash Prize, Medals and other Schwag) • Top Female Team (Special Finishers Prize and Medals) • Top Place Male Team (Special Finishers Prize and Medals) • Top Place Coed (Special Finishers Prize and Medals) • Top 10 Teams Receive Medals • Best Costume ($40 Amazon.com Gift Certificate) • Most Unnecessary Mileage (Special Prize) *Must show route on GPS for more information: click here


Bicycle Movie Marathon at the Carnegie Main Library
Sat, August 18, 12pm – 5pm
Quiet Reading Room – Carnegie Main Library

Join us for a FREE all-day movie marathon in honor of BikeFest 2012 at the Carnegie Main Library in Oakland. Browse our zine collection, play boardgames, and meet fellow library enthusiasts while watching some sweet movies.

  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Cycling Shorts: Short Documentaries About Bicycles by Joe Biel Follows the emergence of modern bike culture through 24 short films.
  • 1:30 – 3:30 PM Quicksilver A bicycle messenger in San Francisco uncovers a sinister web of murder and intrigue.
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM Pee Wee’s Big Adventure When Pee Wee hits the open road to look for his missing bicycle, he encounters riotous adventures with bikers, bums, cowboys, cons, a phantom trucker, and a waitress with wanderlust.

Some refreshments provided. Contact Tara Goe at goet@carnegielibrary.org for more information.


BikeFest Pool Tour
Sat, August 18, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Friendship Park

Mid-level riders: road riding in traffic, trails, and maybe even a T-ride! Bring your goggles and don your suits for the 3rd Annual Bikefest Pool Tour! This ride will travel to as many public swimming spots as possible in one day. Bring your pool pass and a spare if you have one, or admission for the pool for one day ($4). Also bring: food or money for food, potentially money for taking the T to Dormont for the Dormont Pool!
Join us for part of the ride, or all! Schedule of pools to be posted on the Bike Pittsburgh Message Board.
Contact Caitlin at caitlinena@gmail.com for more information. Rain Cancels. Helmets Encouraged. Bring cash for food if you plan to ride all day and/or snacks.


ORTC Trail Ride Series
Sat, August 18, 1pm – 4pm
Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania & West Virginia Rail Trails

Please visit www.ohiorivertr.....ail.org to learn more about the ORTC Trail Ride Series and to sign up to receive notifications of the ride schedule.


Bike to Yoga in the Park
Sat, August 18, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Schenley Park Overlook (near the Ice Skating Rink)

Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill is hosting Yoga in the Park, a family-friendly event! Rebecca Rankin, Owner and lead instructor, will be leading an all levels Bikram Hatha Yoga Class at the Overlook in Schenley Park. From beginners to well-seasoned practitioners are welcome to join. The class will be geared towards cyclist, as well.
To help support BikeFest 2012, we are encouraging everyone to travel via bicycle to the park. If you ride your bike to the event, you will recieve a gift from Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh. Bring your yoga mat, some picnic food and $5 donation.

See you at the Park! We will be there rain or shine. Please remember to wear your helmets when you ride to the park. Safety first. Contact bikramsquirrelhill@gmail.com for more information.


“Be Nice to the Nice” Biker Hangout
Sat, August 18, 5pm – 8pm
Ted’s Excellent Bike Repair, 2110 E. Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Ride your bike down, have a beverage, and hang out at Ted’s Bike Repair in the South Side! ALL BIKERS: Mountain bikers, Roadsters, Commuters, Single Speeds,Weekend Riders, and people who just like to ride along the path! Ted’s Excellent Bike Repair contact Virginia Phillips at gingerlynnsmith@mac.com for more information.


Light Up Ride
Sat, August 18, 9pm – 11pm
Dippy the Dinosaur in Oakland

Get out those holiday lights and decorate your bike. Decorate yourself! This is a 10-20 mile ride through the city at night. It is a no drop ride at a comfortable pace. Meet in Oakland. We will try to cover areas of town where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic on a Saturday night so that we can be seen! Contact Stef at Stefannburch@gmail.com for more information! Family Friendly. Helmets required (it is a Saturday night). Storm will cancel. Excessive lights not required, but the law requires front and rear lights.


Sunday, August 19

The Major Taylor 85 Mile, 3 State Tour
Sun, August 19, 7am – 3pm
600 1st Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The Golden Triangle bike Rental plaza at the downtown end of the Eliza Furnance Trail
The 85 mile, 3 State tour will take you through the urban & countryside’s of W.Pa , WVa & Ohio. The route will be marked and cue sheets will be given out at the beginning of the ride. Please bring your bicycle in good working order. Also bring money for the several spots along the route to refuel on food & hydration. Arrive between 6:15am & 6:50am to sign in. A $5.00 donation will be accepted to help cover cost. Inclement weather will cancel the ride, check the Major Taylor website’s ride calendar for updates


Zack’s 1st Annual Make A Move for Make-A-Wish
Sun, August 19, 8am – 12pm
North Park Boathouse

Join Wish Kid Zack on his 1st Annual Event to benefit Make-A-Wish. Help wish kid Zack, who was granted his wish for a T-rex dinosaur in 2005, fulfill the wish ofanother child with a life-threatening medical condition at his first 5-mile bike ride/walk! Enjoy a 5 mile bike ride/walk/run around North Park Lake along with entertainment, chinese auctions and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish! Natalie Abel, natalie.abel@hotmail.com


WPW- Taste of the Dirty Dozen
Sun, August 19, 9am – 12pm
Bud Harris Cycling Oval – On Washington Blvd near Allegheny Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA

For fit riders: Come experience the first three hills of Danny Chew’s Dirty Dozen: Center Ave in Aspinwall, Ravine St in Sharpsburg, and Berry Hill Rd in O’Hara. Each fall the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen offers scouting rides of all the DD hills. This BikeFest gives you a taste of the DD hills n a supportive club environment, where the pace will be reasonable and the ribbing good-natured.

That said, these are steep (no, really!) and extended climbs, and will require a good degree of fitness to complete. This is a no-drop ride, and we regroup at the top of each climb. We will pause at the beginning of each climb for discussion as needed.
We’re all adults; if anyone feels that they need to drop out of the ride, we’ll make sure they get home, but the intent will be to continue the ride unless there is compelling reason to do otherwise. contact Jim Logan at jimlogan@verizon.net for more information. Helmets required.


Ode to the Hills Ride
Sun, August 19, 9am – 10am
Walnut Street Coffeetree

Skilled riders. arrive early and have a latte! we will embark on an inner city hilly ride. obscure neighborhoods, great bends, views rarely seen… contact Avi Wenger at drregnew@speakeasy.net for more information


Trek of Pittsburgh (Robinson) Sunday Morning Ride
Sun, August 19, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Trek of Pittsburgh – Robinson, 6514 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township

Trek of Robinson Sunday Morning Ride resumes, weather permitting.. We meet at the Trek of Pittsburgh – Robinson Township location on Steubenville Pike and we travel mostly back roads with minimal traffic through Robinson, Moon, North Fayette and Findlay Townships. Ride Leader: Paul Kopko, paulk@trekofpgh.com, Trek of Pittsburgh – Robinson, 6514 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township, PA 15205, Rain, Snow or Ice Cancels.

Ride is a class C/3/25-35, for more information regarding bike ride classifications, click here


ORTC Trail Ride Series
Sun, August 19, 1pm – 4pm
Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania & West Virginia Rail Trails

Please visit www.ohiorivertr.....ail.org to learn more about the ORTC Trail Ride Series and to sign up to receive notifications of the ride schedule.


Thank You For Being a Friend: A Golden Girls Themed Scavenger Hunt
Sun, August 19, 2pm – 3pm
Friendship Park, Bloomfield

Beginners, fun ride in teams. A celebration of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia!

Participants will be required to use their knowledge of the city to complete episode related tasks and collect items for points. Some tasks may require photographic evidence- bring your smartphone or camera to get the pics for points, and share your photos here after the race. Teams are encouraged, max 4 riders to a team.

Cyclists will end their hunt at the Birmingham Bridge Tavern on the South Side, where one major bonus-point challenge awaits them. Prizes will be awarded.

Proceeds from entry fees ($5 suggested donation per rider) will benefit the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Start point: Friendship Park, registration at 2pm, race begins at 3pm

End point & After party: Birmingham Bridge Tavern, 2901 Sarah St, Pittsburgh PA 15203

More info: click here

Facebook event page

BikePGH messageboard thread

Contact David Gingrich at dave@ndanger.org for more information.


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