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mrs. marvelous

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Nov 11 2011 at 8:02pm #

^ [x] mr marvelous


Erica

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Nov 11 2011 at 8:16pm #

I would probably win that one.


helen s

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Nov 12 2011 at 2:25pm #

I don’t rememeber- maybe I can ask my older brother? Does this mean bicycle or do tricycles count?

Future question- How much does your bike weigh? (when you ride it- you need to count tools, bags, bells, and other accouterments)


erok

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Nov 12 2011 at 3:51pm #

trikes don’t count. i’m talking balance here


edmonds59

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Nov 12 2011 at 4:01pm #

I do remember when the Big Wheel(TM) became popular. I viewed them with disdain.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Nov 12 2011 at 4:19pm #

Poll Idea:

Most Inspiring Message Board Member

My candidates would be RubberFactory, Dbacklover, Stuinmccandless and ejwme (just off the top of my head)


Pseudacris

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Nov 12 2011 at 10:56pm #

Another poll idea: who taught you to ride a bike

sibling, parent, neighborhood kid, self-taught, babysitter, woolves, etc.


TeamDecaf

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Nov 13 2011 at 2:29pm #

Poll idea – I’m always curious, especially at the end of the year…

Approximately how many miles do you ride in a year? A range of miles, something like this:

<100

100 – 500

500 – 1,000

1,500 -2,000

2,000+


Erica

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Nov 13 2011 at 4:38pm #

favorite hours to ride!

I prefer the wee hours of the morning (I actually feel safer riding at 4am). But I know that most people prefer different times of day to ride.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 13 2011 at 6:02pm #

Future poll question:

How many times in the last 60 days have you used a bus bike rack?

[] Don’t know how / Never tried

[] Zero, but have used one in the past

[] 1-2

[] 3-5

[] 6-10

[] 11-20

[] Over 20

@ALMKLM – Thanks!


Swalfoort

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Nov 13 2011 at 11:56pm #

Ok, I voted, but I might have lied. I can’t really distinguish, in my memory, whether I was 5 or I was six. I suspect it was younger than 6, and I definitely required training wheels. I vaguely remember learning to ride, my Dad pushing my bike and running along side. But I was from a big family, and I might be remembering him teaching someone else to ride. Like Edmonds, bikes were a part of our lives from the moment we learned to ride. I can almost not remember a time when I wasn’t riding SOMETHING. The first bike most of us learned on was a 16 inch two wheeler than our neighbors had. I think most of us were more or less riding that by kindergarten. It had those weird permanently inflated (aka hard rubber) tires. I think it was indestructable. Moving up to a 24 inch bike required differnt skill sets – like braking. I am not certain the little green bike even had brakes. When I think of “learning to ride” a bike, I think of the 24 inch bike — not the tiny near toy version.


Erica

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Nov 14 2011 at 9:09pm #

I remember having a gravel driveway that was a hill, and trying to ride my bike down it while wearing a dress (I was 7), and scraping up my whole side.

I know I learned to ride before I learned to swim…


ejwme

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Nov 14 2011 at 9:39pm #

by the time the training wheels got down to me, they were so bent out of shape if I landed on one of them I was going to continue the rest of the way over, so they didn’t do me much good.

I figured I’d win MrM’s lowest content poll, good to know my hot air fills some sails along the way :D

future polls:

– least/favorite maintenance to perform

– top criteria for purchasing a bike

– favorite trail (including option to not like them)

– favorite bike lane (including option to not like them)

– favorite cold-weather accessory

– favorite hauling accessory

– favorite bike riding myth to dispell (hills, weather, dangerous, dark, whatever)

– favorite type of ride (solo, race, group, A-B, alley cat, etc)

you could turn almost any discussion thread into a poll, just ask people what they’re talking about :D


HiddenVariable

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Nov 14 2011 at 10:03pm #

what is the myth about hills?

i learned to ride on a he-man bike, but unfortunately i can’t find it anywhere on the internets. i received a huffy bmx for my fourth birthday. january first is a famously cold day for bicycle riding, so i had it put together with training wheels, and i rode it around my basement during the winter. when i actually learned to ride without training wheels, though, i was at my cousin’s place, with the he-man bike. it truly was a wonder of modern machinery, i have no doubt. i remember trying on the grass in case of a fall, but that not working well. i think we started with my cousin, who is two years older than me, pushing. i may not actually have had an adult help me, i don’t remember.

i have since been the one to teach my two nieces how to ride. one on her seventh birthday, the other when she was 5 (and a half). really proud of that fact.


erok

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Dec 2 2011 at 4:06pm #

Last polling results:

How old were you when you learned to ride a bicycle?

5 or younger (53%, 137 Votes)

6-8 (39%, 101 Votes)

9-12 (5%, 12 Votes)

13-18 (1%, 3 Votes)

19+ (1%, 2 Votes)

I never learned (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 257

Check out the latest poll on the front of the site:

What is the most amount of miles that you’ve ridden in one day?


dmtroyer

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Dec 2 2011 at 4:32pm #

next poll: What is the least amount of miles you’ve ridden in one day (greater than zero):

1. 0.00001 – 0.00009

2. 0.00010 – 0.00019

3. 0.00020 – 0.00029

etc.


erok

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Dec 13 2011 at 9:11pm #

OK here’s last week’s results:

What is the most amount of miles that you’ve ridden in one day?

Less than 10 (3%, 9 Votes)

10-29 (10%, 29 Votes)

30-49 (17%, 51 Votes)

50-79 (23%, 70 Votes)

80-99 (13%, 39 Votes)

100-119 (21%, 64 Votes)

120-149 (8%, 23 Votes)

150-199 (3%, 9 Votes)

200+ (4%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 305

and next week’s:

What’s your favorite Pedal Pittsburgh route?

6 miles

15 miles

25 miles

35 miles

50 miles

60 miles

I’ve never participated in Pedal Pittsburgh


mr marvelous

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Dec 13 2011 at 10:09pm #

Pedal Pittsburgh is my favorite event, it’s a great way to kick off the cycling season and I love being on the road with so many other cyclist but not needing to keep pace with a group. mrs. marvelous and myself do the 60 mile but at a relaxed social pace.


erok

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Dec 21 2011 at 4:04pm #

Here’s last weeks:

What’s your favorite Pedal Pittsburgh route?

6 miles (0%, 0 Votes)

15 miles (6%, 8 Votes)

25 miles (11%, 14 Votes)

35 miles (24%, 31 Votes)

50 miles (10%, 13 Votes)

60 miles (16%, 21 Votes)

I’ve never participated in Pedal Pittsburgh (33%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

Aaaaaand the new one:

Did you ask Santa or Hanukkah Harry for a bicycle this year?

Yes

No


mr marvelous

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Dec 21 2011 at 5:25pm #

I don’t know what to vote on this do I vote yes because I ask mrs. marvelous for a bike for Christmas


edmonds59

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Dec 21 2011 at 5:28pm #

“I’ve never participated in Pedal Pittsburgh (33%, 42 Votes)”

The largest block, that’s rather surprising.


cdavey

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Dec 21 2011 at 5:47pm #

@ mr marv — Sure you vote yes. She has to go ask Santa and becomes your agent/go-between to do it. Right? :-)


helen s

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Dec 21 2011 at 5:56pm #

I don’t find the never participated vote surprising. It seems that many folks on the forums do a lot of riding on their own and don’t feel the need to pay to ride with a bunch of others.


edmonds59

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Dec 21 2011 at 6:21pm #

I think it would be safe to assume that everyone except people on the 6 and 15 milers (which got very low votes) also do a lot of riding on their own, but also enjoy the opportunity to ride with others.

So, especially since Bike Pgh! is now in charge, I think the poll needs to be “If you’ve never participtated in Pedal Pittsburgh before, why not?

_Wasn’t aware of it.

_New in town

_Couldn’t afford it

_Not interested in riding with a group

or something


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 21 2011 at 6:26pm #

__Plenty of group rides in town for free and I can pick my own charitable cause.


erok

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Dec 21 2011 at 8:15pm #

_ Nothing special about paying to ride with cars on the same streets I ride every day

we hope to change that.


Mick

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Dec 21 2011 at 9:26pm #

In the past, I didn’t care much either way for the charity that was supported.

Now, I imagine some of the bux will go for cycling advocacy.


Erica

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Dec 21 2011 at 9:59pm #

_ intimidated by the length of the ride

and by that, I mean that I’d feel like I wasted the day by only riding 5 or 15 miles, but anything longer than that and I worry about embarrassing myself.


stefb

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Dec 22 2011 at 12:08am #

I don’t ask either for a bike :)

Edit: I am buying myself a trainer. I already got 2 bikes this year


cburch

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Dec 22 2011 at 3:39am #

i just said screw all you imaginary friend types and bought myself a bike. does that count? its a nice bike.


edmonds59

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Dec 22 2011 at 1:47pm #

I guess I still find some of the comments regarding Pedal Pittsburgh surprising. I have always viewed PP -AS- cycling advocacy. The mission of CDCP is healthy Pgh neighborhoods, and I think they recognized way ahead of the curve that biking is a component of safe streets and healthy neighborhoods, so I have always participated whenever possible. I never really viewed it as a “charity” ride. It just seemed like an opportunity to get as many bikes on Pgh streets at one time on one day as possible. Sort of a scattered “critical mass”.

I actually have a thing against “charity” rides. I have never done an MS150 or any of those because I find it a bit odd to single out and support research regarding one disease over another. We should have a f’king national health care system for that. Plus I can ride out in the countryside on my own whenever I want.


erok

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Dec 22 2011 at 2:36pm #

I completely agree with you re: getting as many bikes on the streets as possible. it has been very successful for that. i’m sure it’s also empowered A LOT of people to try riding on their own afterward as well. and that’s great. but it wasn’t for me. i’m glad there are so many people on the streets that day, and i’m just one more because i’d be riding anyway.

i’ve only done one “traditional” charity ride, and to be honest, there was something nice about the value added part of it where you get rest breaks, you don’t have to worry about the route on unfamiliar streets, there’s a place to sleep at the end, and all of your food, gear, and friends are there.

To me, it never felt like there was enough of a “special” component to ride it. and from the comments above, the few value added parts, like water and snack stops, and even the food at the end, weren’t even pulled off well.


erok

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Dec 22 2011 at 2:37pm #

also, i hope no one is implying that santa or hanukkah harry don’t exist


edmonds59

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Dec 22 2011 at 2:50pm #

To me the biggest missed opportunity about PP was always that as soon as their ride was done, all the “serious” cyclists pack their junk back in the suv’s and run back out to the burbs. Probably because they got up at 4:30 am to check their VO2 max and get out on their serious ride. Whatever.

After a ride, I want an afterparty. After a ride I want hang around, have some adult beverages, chit chat, and party like a bike geek. Maybe that would be the “special” aspect I would expect. Keep that in mind.

I think the whole thing starts too early too.


erok

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Dec 22 2011 at 3:09pm #

I completely agree. a fun social gathering would be a nice incentive.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 22 2011 at 3:15pm #

One of the coolest post-ride get-togethers was after the Oct 2010 Tweed Ride, where we hung out at that little gallery caddycorner from Bike-Pgh’s offices. It had all the great social aspects but w/o the huge background noise of an OTB-like venue. A bunch of Flock rides have ended at a park, where we just laid out blankets and talked and ate and drank. Those are cool, too.


edmonds59

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Dec 22 2011 at 3:26pm #

^+n


salty

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Dec 22 2011 at 4:02pm #

People like to complain. Some random bitching and a few “bah humbug” comments doesn’t prove that PP wasn’t “pulled off well”.


erok

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Dec 22 2011 at 4:08pm #

i didn’t say the event wasn’t pulled off well. not having water at a stop is kinda a big deal.


erok

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Dec 22 2011 at 4:09pm #

oh, that might have been in another thread, not “above”

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