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Trib: Pittsburgh area offers abundance of great riding venues, bicyclists say

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Mountain biking is getting even more popular in area parks

A cold and snowy winter made many forms of outdoor exercise difficult in Western Pennsylvania.

But for mountain biker Ted King-Smith of Friendship, the snow and ice actually added to the experience.

“Trails kind of froze up in just the right way,” said King-Smith, 33, a volunteer member of the organization Bike Pittsburgh. “There was just enough snow, but not too much. Many of the days where you could ride, it was cold, but you warm right up when you’re outside … and the trails were remarkably fun.”

Although avid mountain bikers still found a way to get outside during the winter, the spring and summer months are the high time for the sport. The Allegheny County Parks Department hosted a mountain bike season kick-off party on Sunday in Boyce Park in Plum, giving local riders a chance to hit the trails.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


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