BikePGH!

A ride that touches every single Pittsburgh neighborhood

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ejwme

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Feb 1 2012 at 3:32pm #

iever – Animal Control has been doing sweeps and writing tickets on weekends lately. I know, because my normally silent, sweet, shy dog barks non-stop at their little van in the most embarrassing way. She’s 100% leashed, licensed, and vaccinated and we also carry all her vet papers with us, but it still freaks me out that they’ll decide she’s a problem and take her. She only does it to their van, the park maintenance vehicles (and all others) are ignored. We did NOT teach her that trick!

Unleashed dogs bother me, but what bothers me the most are people with ~100 foot “leashes” (like that dog is under anything resembling control). THOSE are the leashes that stretch across trails acting as lovely trip wires, with both dog and owner paying no attention whatsoever. sigh.


Nate

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Feb 4 2012 at 7:52pm #

Slightly improved hosting now for the neighborhood lookup map. I haven’t really looked at this in half a year and the interface is lousy but if you are in the city, it should tell you where you are.


jonawebb

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Feb 6 2012 at 1:38am #

Awesome, Nate.


Nate

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Feb 7 2012 at 2:48pm #

Hey, this new site http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/snap/ should replace anything I ever spent time on.


jonawebb

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Feb 7 2012 at 4:10pm #

Dude, I don’t see any cool neighborhood maps there, but maybe I missed it.

OK, at the bottom they do have neighborhood maps, but the labels are kind of lacking in some places, mispositioned in others.


edmonds59

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Apr 7 2012 at 12:04pm #

Didn’t want to forget this. Has anyone done any more reconnaisance on this, partial sections or anything?


edmonds59

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Jun 19 2012 at 4:20pm #

Bumping. Bikefest. Someone do.

Wife just scheduled some family vacation right in the heart of bikefest (grinding teeth together).


jonawebb

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Jun 19 2012 at 4:52pm #

Why not just do it? Set a date & time. Say August 18 at the end of BikeFest (so it doesn’t conflict with PedalPgh and can work as a closing event), start at 8 am (it’s a long and challenging ride), Penn Ave & 34th St (the arbitrary starting point of the map at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/914682).


stefb

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Jun 19 2012 at 5:29pm #

@edmonds- my family vacation was either at the beginning or middle of bike fest. I chose middle cause I didn’t want to miss pedal pgh.


joeframbach

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Jun 19 2012 at 6:42pm #

I’m in. August 18th 8am at Penn and 34th.


joeframbach

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Jun 19 2012 at 6:48pm #

Wait, does that route hit east liberty or not? And are we adding a trip to Oh Yeah?


joeframbach

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Jun 19 2012 at 6:51pm #

One more post, okay I see it hits the intersection of Penn and Negley. Close enough.


jonawebb

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Jun 19 2012 at 7:27pm #

Cool. Not to leave you hanging, I’ll try to be there, too. Lets me see all those remaining untagged neighborhoods.


melange396

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Jun 19 2012 at 8:58pm #

sorry, couldnt resist :7


HiddenVariable

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Jun 19 2012 at 9:05pm #

it seems like a ride of this size could use folks getting together to coordinate. i might even be a good idea to have it over two days, for example.

also: lulz at the seat angle!


stefb

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Jun 19 2012 at 9:08pm #

Ok Rain Man. Make sure you get home in time for Wapner.


jonawebb

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Jun 19 2012 at 9:13pm #

Cute about the seat angle. But I see myself in more somber clothes.

I’m totally down with whatever people decide but I would prefer not to have to ride on Sunday if possible because then I would have to skip my Quaker meeting. Ahab was a Quaker, you know.


ejwme

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Jun 19 2012 at 9:48pm #

if we do it all in one day, the less experienced of us won’t find out what a bad idea it was until after it’s over (it’s like a thousand miles or something, right?). if it’s split over two days, the second half may suffer for the overnight realization of what has transpired. *ahem*


joeframbach

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Jun 19 2012 at 10:41pm #

Captain Ahab? I thought he was just a quack.

I’d prefer a single day as well.


edmonds59

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Jun 20 2012 at 3:36pm #

I have not delved into the details of the roughed-out route, but it should be easy enough to identify a middle-ish bailout point, with folks who want to do it in 2 days to arrange the second day meetup and resume.

My longest ride this year was Sunday, 55 miles, felt good, but it was a lot of flat. It would be fun to shoot for the whole route at once, but it would also be fun to stop at any pierogi/taco/noodle truck/ice cream places on the route. So far undecided.

8/18 is my Bday, family allowing me to exscape for a day would be an excellent gift.


ejwme

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Jun 20 2012 at 4:08pm #

dude, I think refueling stops for snacks and lunch (and dinner? how long can we go!) are a good idea regardless of number of days involved.

In a world full of ride leaders, perhaps the best option could be to hold one on day one in one direction with a half-way stop for lunch, and the same ride in the reverse with the same stop for lunch (or something across the street, for variety), so that people could partake in either a single full day or two half days (or two full days). In fact if the half way point is reliably planned, non-rider support could join for lunch just to be social with the nuts who are riding literally “All Over Pittsburgh”


edmonds59

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Jun 21 2012 at 4:40pm #

Started looking at this. I’m thinking midpoint lunch break/supporty friends meet/bailout-Sunday restart for 2 day riders at the parklet at 12th & Carson, South side. About mile 44.8. Ok/Nokay?


joeframbach

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Jun 21 2012 at 5:01pm #

We’re going back up the top of the hill right after that point. So, additional challenge? OTB. Burger and two drink minimum. Do it, you won’t.


jonawebb

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Jul 20 2012 at 12:13pm #

Is anybody going to post this to the BikeFest ride calendar? I plan to be there, Penn & 34th, at 8 am on August 18th, but I’d rather not be the ride leader.


jonawebb

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Jul 25 2012 at 4:53pm #

Will no one commit to leading this ride? I’d really like to see it on the BikeFest calendar but they won’t put it up there without someone signing on as ride leader.

I plan to do the ride in any case, and will be there August 18 at 8 am with my GPS loaded. I’ll even print out some cue sheets for people to use.


cdavey

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Jul 25 2012 at 6:40pm #

@jonawebb — if you’re showing up with cue sheets for people, it sounds to me like you’ve already become the de facto ride leader. If you’ve done all the work, you might as well get all the glory. (And I’m sure there will be a lot of it.) :)


Chris Mayhew

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Jul 25 2012 at 7:09pm #

FYI, there’s a route in Oscar Swan’s book near the back that might very well accomplish a lot of what you want to. It’s labeled “The Great Ride”.


edmonds59

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Jul 25 2012 at 7:48pm #

I was excited about this but my riding since June has gone in the crapper, damn work, grr. No way I’d be able to complete it. I don’t know, if there’s a cue sheet I might try half then half.


Jacob McCrea

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Jul 25 2012 at 8:23pm #

I would strongly consider leading this if Jon or someone else puts together a good map and cue sheet. I could even set up an aide station, complete with restroom, half way through the ride. It sounds like a cool ride.


mattre

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Jul 25 2012 at 9:12pm #

I’m in for 8/18 at 8am @ 34th and Penn.

@jonawebb — I’ll volunteer to help lead it. I’ve done plenty of long rides, but I’ve never led one so I’m not quite comfortable doing it alone. Want to volunteer?

@Jacob — The maps are all saved in my profile on ridewithgps.com: http://ridewithgps.com/users/8020. Cue sheets can be automatically generated from them, or they can be loaded into a GPS. I’m happy to assist if you wind up leading it.

I’d recommend we use this version of the route, rather than the one posted above: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/920628. It’s a hair shorter and a little easier on the hills. I need to double-check that it still hits every neighborhood, though. If anyone has any tips/changes/etc., let me know. If we going to make this official, I should probably lock it down and hide the other versions.


Anonymous

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Jul 25 2012 at 10:15pm #

I’m in. Will luckily just have returned from a little backpacking trip. Also can probably round up some family/friends to provide support if need be.


Jacob McCrea

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Jul 25 2012 at 10:36pm #

Excellent!

Matt: The maps are great. However, I have serious reservations about riding on Route 51 for a few miles, and also the section of Route 837/East Carson between Sandcastle and the city. I will take a look at all the various iterations and see if any are better.


jonawebb

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Jul 26 2012 at 12:29pm #

Great news! Please contact BikeFest so it goes on the calendar.

I’ll be happy to help lead. I don’t want sole responsibility because I’m slow and old and might drop.

If anyone has updates to the maps let me know. I’ll do the printing etc.


Jacob McCrea

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Jul 26 2012 at 10:51pm #

I just submitted this ride to BikePGH to be included on the calendar. Here is the description I entered on the website:

Start: August 18, 8:00 a.m. at 34th and Penn.

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.

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.


jonawebb

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Jul 27 2012 at 12:07pm #

Excellent, thanks so much for doing this.


Jacob McCrea

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Jul 27 2012 at 2:21pm #

No problem, it should be fun. Matt’s map marked as “no. 202″ looks like it will work the best, with a few changes to avoid major roads and to hit a few more neighborhoods. I will try to figure out how to modify the map and will drive or ride the sections of the course I don’t know.

I really hate to be negative and say this but based on leading numerous rides I would respectfully ask that the following types of people NOT COME:

1. Megalomanics who want to make it into their own private road race or training ride by “pushing the pace.” Just go do a race.

2. Know-it-alls who want to alter the course or because they know a better way. If anyone has input on a better course, speak up now, not on the ride.

3. Self-absorbed cyclists trying to jam a ride into a too-small time slot. The ride will go at the group’s pace, not that of someone who has other obligations later than afternoon.


mattre

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Jul 28 2012 at 7:45pm #

I’m totally on board with those guidelines ;) Thanks for volunteering to lead this!

I’ll have a look at .202 this afternoon…any specific tweaks you can think of? I’ll hide the other versions and republish this one with any changes over the next week or so.

My wife has graciously volunteered to set up and man an aid station (she’s an ultra-marathoner and experienced in such things)…any thoughts on a good place? I was looking at the mid-point, and much of it is unfortunately in fairly shady places where I’m not sure she’d be comfortable hanging out with the kids for an hour or two…though Baily & Boggs on Mt. Washington looks pretty promising.

Also, my house is two blocks off the route @ mile 17.8 (in Brighton Heights)…it’s a bit early for an aid station, but we can certainly stop for water or emergency maintenance if needed.


jonawebb

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Jul 28 2012 at 8:53pm #

Wow, this is really coming together. Wonderful!

What about some place on Grandview Avenue? That is the midpoint and I know there are overlooks etc. which would work.


Anonymous

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Jul 28 2012 at 10:08pm #

While the ride itself is a bit out of my league, I’d offer to assist at an aid station (providing its not out in the sticks.) Not much experience at it, but i can sure wrangle the heck out of setting up cups of cold drinks & snacks. :D

A location on/near grandview ave would be good. There’s a nice view to enjoy and it would be after the majority of climbing.


Jacob McCrea

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Jul 28 2012 at 10:52pm #

^Thanks for the offer of assistance. As for the aide station, my present plan is to set it up at a commercial building I own near the Zone 3 police station, which is at about mile 40. It is not Grandview Ave., but it does have lots of space, a toilet and running water, is on the route, and can be set up the night before. Also, mechanical issues can be easily addressed there. I would have to meet someone in person before handing over the keys. If someone wants to set up another rest area as well, that would be great.

As for altering the route, where it hits Route 51 it should go up to Brownsville Road in Carrick so that we 1) don’t ride on 51; 2) touch Carrick; 3) touch Bon Air; and 4) are in a better position to swing through Beltzhoover, Knoxville, Allentown, etc.

Matt, please shoot me an email at jcm250b at juno dot com for my phone number as it is too much of a hassle to alter or further discuss the route via message board.

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