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The National Bike Challenge

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jonawebb

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Apr 25 2013 at 12:34pm #

We’re supposed to worry about some city with 1/6 our points because they’re making a crown?


edmonds59

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Apr 25 2013 at 12:39pm #

They’d better do a nice job on our crown.


jonawebb

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Apr 25 2013 at 12:44pm #

Should we send them some sizing information? Who gets to wear it? I’m guessing pearmask, our Endomondo leader. Sarah, any preferences on the crown?


virb

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Apr 25 2013 at 12:54pm #

You can get to Bike Cleveland’s landing page by going here – http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national?view=975, then get back to Bike Pittsburgh’s by clicking National, then Local again.

Looks like at the moment, Cleveland has 329 riders, and Pgh has 341, so get your friends to sign up!


danny.yabs

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Apr 25 2013 at 1:08pm #

+1 to “stupid paging”. Though if you go to Communities on the national leader board theres a little drop down menue that lets you see standings for different sized cities. PGH is Class I: 200,000+. There you’ll see that PGH is #3! and that CLE is #16.

However! a change in 2013 was that Advocacy orgs get to choose which counties are represented for their totals, so BikePGH got to specify Allegheny County which kicks up our points/1000 people (# by which standings are determined). CLE is still figuring out what territory they’re representing and once they downsize, they’re point totals will probably shoot way up.


Mikhail

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Apr 25 2013 at 1:12pm #

Pittsburgh, PA — http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national?view=980
Cleveland, OH — http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national?view=975


Mikhail

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Apr 25 2013 at 1:16pm #

My two coworkers have signed in. :)


danny.yabs

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Apr 25 2013 at 1:19pm #

this should be their inspiration for the crown.


Pierce

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Apr 25 2013 at 7:43pm #

I would use Endomondo if it had less syllables and I had a reason to meticulously log all my bike trips

I’m also annoyed the Lobster Asian Delivery guy kicked all our asses, and from what I remember, by a large margin

[Update] Michael Wan, from Kiku Japanese Restaurant, as featured on the main page


melange396

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Apr 26 2013 at 2:02pm #

*fewer* syllables


Mikhail

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Apr 26 2013 at 3:51pm #

melange396 wrote:*fewer* syllables

“Less” is on syllable fewer then “fewer”. :)


boostuv

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Apr 26 2013 at 6:04pm #

Joined the Tag team. My commute is minor compared to some of you but I’m still good for 135 points a week. That’s solely my commuting points but are people adding their sport mileage?


Mikhail

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Apr 26 2013 at 6:06pm #

yes


pearmask

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Apr 26 2013 at 6:26pm #

PBR tiara


pbeaves

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Apr 26 2013 at 10:34pm #

finally, a crown worth wearing.


edmonds59

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Apr 27 2013 at 7:04am #

That. Is. Beautifurl (crying).


jonawebb

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Apr 28 2013 at 3:35pm #

@virb, I see 162 riders for Cleveland and 335 for Pittsburgh. Also Cleveland’s best rider would place #8 on our board. So it’s hard for me to take the threat seriously.
BTW, is there some reason we should care? Does Bike Pgh get some benefit from us signing up? If so, fine, let’s get more people signed up. If someone can figure out how to get Danny to do it we’ll totally dominate.


edmonds59

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Apr 28 2013 at 3:51pm #

It’s Cleveland. And now apparently there’s a crown involved. Does there need to be more reason?
Also a Rustbelt Rando to go fetch the crown would be fairly awesome.


jonawebb

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Apr 28 2013 at 5:08pm #

Hmm… Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Pittsburgh, starting at Neville Island, would make a decent 400K… when are they supposed to give us the crown?


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 5:35am #

Don’t get complacent. They’re even recruiting children. The CHILDREN!!

http://centurycycles.com/events/bike-to-school-challenge-pg943.htm

“Last year the students biked over 50,000 miles, burned nearly 1 million calories, and saved Mom and Dad $8,700 in gasoline in just three weeks! What will they do this year?”


byogman

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Apr 30 2013 at 7:14am #

The correct response to that is a regular flock of munchkins ride (and a bunch of new endomondo accounts).

That, and if anyone wants to start up a bicycle train to school in their neighborhood…


pinky

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Apr 30 2013 at 7:16am #

I think this is good for a few reasons, jonawebb.

1) Any Pgh/Cleveland rivalry is fodder for positive local news stories about biking and the community.

2) That in turn leads to continued visibility of cyclists as people, as – gasp – Pittsburghers! We may not share our mode of transport, but we can share our rust belt rivalry.

3) More people signed up is more people who can be counted for positive bike statistics, particularly commute-wise. I remember the one survey only counted you as a bike commuter if it was your primary mode of transportation – this collects people who are more multi-modal.


P-Rob

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Apr 30 2013 at 7:59am #

I haven’t been able to find the same stats on the NBC website, but a friend in Cleveland (who is their main organizer/antagonist) says that they have more miles with fewer people in the Warm Up period than we do.

They are using the “vs” thing to rally a lot of support and flatland riders. I jag them about that whenever possible.

I figure that if I average 100 miles/week I can hit the 5000 point mark by September 30th. Trick will be remembering to use the app or logging it all in. I hate admin work.


P-Rob

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Apr 30 2013 at 8:04am #

Yeah, the links earlier in this thread show that both Cities (areas) have 422 riders and our miles are more than double theirs. Sounds good to me, as long as I am not misinterpreting the info.


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 8:17am #

Somebody talk to the bike cops and get them involved (someone with a charming personality and no outstanding warrants). This little rivalry thing might be enough to get them on board. Also we would then start to build connections.


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 8:22am #

Also, http://www.thelistshow.tv/the-list/localist/cleveland-localist/cleveland-becomes-cycling-destination-1
No velodrome miles allowed.


Elmo

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Apr 30 2013 at 9:00am #

I can’t be swayed to do this just yet. I’m all for making us look better than Cleveland and making cycling more relevant, but I have a hard time charting my miles. I love being on my bike because it’s complete and total freedom. Most things in my life are measured, and cycling is the one thing I have that’s totally freeing.

I know that if I were to do this, I’d find myself taking routes just for the sake of getting miles instead of doing it because I want to. It’s pretty selfish but it’s the truth.

Anyone else in the same boat as me?


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 9:48am #

I’m in almost exactly the opposite boat. Sometimes the desire to rack up some miles is the only thing that allows me to push aside all the other distractions, beat the inertia, and go for a ride.
At the same time, in the last year or so I have come to greatly enjoy riding to work over weekend “recreational” riding. I HAVE to go to work. It can either suck or not. I like getting to work to not suck.


pbeaves

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Apr 30 2013 at 9:50am #

while you can track eash trip on the fly via phone/gps device, you can also enter either jsut the miles& time or your entire route manually.
i used to live track thru my phone, but then picked up a $20 bike comp from rei and i just take a few min to enter non-mapped totals @ the end of the day.


P-Rob

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Apr 30 2013 at 9:56am #

I am in the same boat to the extent that it motivates me to ride. After a couple of injuries I was off the bike for quite some time. This has me seriously thinking about 100 mile/week average. I am motivated by this and the threat by one of my own friends who is an organizer in Cleveland. I have ridden thousands of miles un-tracked, but it helps to show others what you can accomplish in order to pull them along (no you can’t tie a rope to me).

I actually used to ride a lot more than that – but it was entirely solo and got boring. Don’t have anything to prove now but that my knee really is OK, even if it still does not feel like my own knee.


Ahlir

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Apr 30 2013 at 10:23am #

I got started with this last week.

It took a bit of time to puzzle out the Endomondo website (but maybe that’s just me) and get going. What made a difference is installing their app on my android phone. All I have to do now is click once when I start and click again when I arrive. Everything shows up on their website. Now I even know (to 2 decimal places!) the length of my commute. How great is that?

The only Bike Challenge thing that strikes me as odd is the 20 pt bonus for just getting on a bike. I end up thinking: “dang I took the bus today; means I have to do an extra 20 mi tomorrow!”. Which is a silly frame of mind. Anyway, 10 mi would be faster to make up…


jonawebb

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Apr 30 2013 at 10:28am #

You could just turn on your app when you got home, hop on your bike, and ride around the block. Bingo, 20 points.


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 10:58am #

One thing I do like about the endomondo is that my commute pops up each day automatically, mileage already there, I just hit one button when I do it (on the web version that is). I don’t bother tracking with my phone. If I do a ride that’s not my commute I just enter the miles manually on a pc.
I didn’t like the endo mobile app at all. I don’t care for gps business in general. I’m old.


helen s

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Apr 30 2013 at 4:17pm #

jonawebb wrote:You could just turn on your app when you got home, hop on your bike, and ride around the block. Bingo, 20 points.

(I hope this quote is not huge as has happened.)

I decided long ago to not count running milage unless it was at least a mile, and now do the same on the bike. I have ridden the few blocks to the store but taken the long way there so I could count it, but it is a rare day that I do not go for a longer ride to run an errand.


danny.yabs

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Apr 30 2013 at 4:21pm #

Cleveland’s not joking around, they’re tagging bikes with this spoke card to get CLE riders to join (and the crown is scheduled to be done before May…)

Can anyone here make a better design to rally PGH riders? PM me and I can send you the photoshop files for editing.

The challenge goes live at midnight!


danny.yabs

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Apr 30 2013 at 4:21pm #

Cleveland’s not joking around, they’re tagging bikes with this spoke card to get CLE riders to join (and the crown is scheduled to be done before May…)

Can anyone here make a better design to rally PGH riders? PM me and I can send you the photoshop files for editing.

The challenge goes live at midnight!


melange396

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Apr 30 2013 at 4:30pm #

@iamdan901: how about putting the otb free beverage cards in peoples spokes?? i know that promo certainly motivates me :)

speaking of, a quick calculation shows that all one needs to do to score all 5 free beverages from otb is to bike every single day of the challenge and average a little less than 13 miles each day. of course, if you skip some days, your average will have to go up a bit.


edmonds59

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Apr 30 2013 at 4:51pm #

melange396 wrote:@iamdan901: how about putting the otb free beverage cards in peoples spokes?? i know that promo certainly motivates me :)

That would almost certainly get some of the less mainstream, uh, “home challenged” denizens of the city involved in the challenge.


byogman

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Apr 30 2013 at 6:15pm #

If OTB puts something out there, I’ll print it up and make it visible on my bike in the storage area at 525 William Penn Place. If there’s something card sized I’ll happily pass them out to those I see in the bike storage or walking them on the same sidewalk as I’m on.

Putting stuff in other’s spokes is a bit much though, IMHO. I always disliked flyers under my windshield wipers when I had my car parked somewhere.


pearmask

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Apr 30 2013 at 8:41pm #

Sorry, Tag-o-Rama-Getters, I’ve defected… Flock of Cycles now has its own Bike Challenge team, and I highly recommend that any interested parties join us, because we are going to be awesome

(Okay, so, we only have one member so far, but I hear she might be #1 in Pittsburgh right now, so that’s a humble start)

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