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Try-A-Bike Jamboree! Saturday, Aug 24, 2014

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Pseudacris

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Jul 31 2013 at 4:59pm #

Try-A-Bike Jamboree
Saturday August 24, 2013
10am – 4pm

For the third year in a row, Flock of Cycles will make use of the city’s Bud Harris Cycling Track to host the free “Try-A-Bike Jamboree.” Bicycle enthusiasts from around the region will bring a variety of bikes and trikes from their personal collections and allow short test rides around the half-mile paved oval loop normally used for racing. For less experienced riders, the flat interior surface of the track — a former driver’s ed course — provides a traffic-free area to get a feel for something they have never tried before.

This year we are anticipating E-BIKES, CARGO BIKES, RECUMBENTS and more.

The DEMO RACK from PAT TRANSIT will be back. Visitors can learn to load and unload a demo bike to the rack seen on city buses. Bring your own bike if you want to give your panniers, fenders and odd-sized frames a trial run.

Try-A-Bike is not a sponsored event, it comes together entirely with the good will and enthusiasm of volunteers from the cycling community. Although the bikes will be adult-sized, supervised teens may also enjoy this event. Volunteers will be on hand to point out which bikes are available for test rides and to adjust seat heights.

Bike-based tailgating and picnicking under the shade trees is encouraged. Bathrooms and vending machines are available at the neighboring Zone 5 Police Station. No dogs please. Helmets and waivers required. A map and directions to the track are here: http://goo.gl/maps/Em8fg

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
If you can help with the event and/or want to share your own bicycle(s) for supervised test rides, we will have a sign-up form posted here in the next day or two. We could also use a shade tent or two. Setup begins at 9am. Event begins at 10am.


Pierce

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Jul 31 2013 at 6:57pm #

Let us not forget unicycles

Edit: I forgot I’m riding one at this very event last year in my avatar


stefb

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Jul 31 2013 at 7:40pm #

My mother-in-law will be in town for pedal Pittsburgh that weekend. I hope that there will be some small hybrid/roady type bikes for her to try (she is 5 feet tall). Right now she has a comfort something or other.


TeamDecaf

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Jul 31 2013 at 8:39pm #

Fun event, looking forward to it.


cburch

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Jul 31 2013 at 11:58pm #

We have a 10×10 pop up tent we can bring. Along with a few bikes…


Pseudacris

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Aug 1 2013 at 12:13am #

Thanks, @stefb & @cburch!


Pseudacris

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Aug 1 2013 at 12:30am #

¡Volunteers Wanted!
¡Volunteers Needed!
¡Volunteers Loved!

We need your help to make the Try-A-Bike event a success.
Everyone is welcome to drop by and hang out all day, but for the sanity and safety of the organizers and everyone else, please indicate if you can cover a specific 2-hour shift to help things run smoothly.

Simple tasks, friendly people, awesome bikes, beautiful setting (not counting Washington Blvd).

Follow the link below for a description of shifts/tasks.

:::: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mxr8EL_XEPKHDbnyem-B9muUSVQwt5Gfn2iN0gMrngY/viewform ::::

If you can bring bikes or gear (in safe working condition) for people to try, please also enter it on the web form so we can work on ensuring VaRiEtY! Participants are instructed to ask each bike owner’s permission before taking a bike for a spin around the oval.

We need help with set-up, clean-up, hospitality, waivers, seat adjustments & very basic safety-minded mechanical stuff, photography, and a few other things….

Your hosts,
Pseudacris, NickD, Reddan

…..https://www.facebook.com/events/1376391435920460/


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 1 2013 at 10:28am #

@Pierce …and you first tried to ride a unicycle at the 2011 Try-a-Bike. With some success even that day, I might add.


edmonds59

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Aug 5 2013 at 8:18am #

Submitted.
Stefb, I can bring an old Fuji road mixte with flat bars that rides really nicely, would be a nice transition and much sportier than a comfort.
Also, not on the form, but would be happy to work with any adult learners/first time riders.
Pseuda, if you are finding any gaps in the type of ride offerings, let me (and others) know, I might be able to fill in.


rice rocket

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Aug 5 2013 at 8:47am #

Aug 24, 2014…looks like I’m busy.

:P


stefb

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Aug 5 2013 at 9:18am #

Thanks, bill!


Pseudacris

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Aug 5 2013 at 10:06am #

Thanks to everyone who has offered to bring bikes so far.
It would be great to have single speed or fixed gear bikes in a few different frame sizes. Also, mountain bikes and a bigger range of folders could be fun.

So Far…..
Dirt Rag/Bicycle Mag is bringing some CARGO BIKES (& possibly e-bikes)!
Adam Solar Rides is bringing E-BIKES!
PAT transit is bringing the DEMO BUS BIKE RACK!
People from the message board are bringing 80s-era mixte bikes in a few sizes, a small commuter setup with pannier & brooks saddle, a vintage folding bike, a unicycle, a titanium road bike, recumbents.

Awaiting confirmation on a few other things.

THANKS to the 2 people who are bringing shade tents!

If anyone can offer transportation help (pick up and/or drop off) between Brighton Heights and The Oval, please pm me.

Bring a picnic blanket and pack a lunch: it is a nice place to hang out between rides.


cburch

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Aug 6 2013 at 8:39am #

i’m filling out the form now, but i’m bringing a few mountain bikes, including my downhill bike as well as a shade tent.


rice rocket

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Aug 6 2013 at 10:49am #

Pseudacris: I may be able to help transport stuff, I just got rear ended by some jackwagon that wasn’t paying attention though, so we’ll see how long the shop takes to fix it.

Just don’t tell Mikhail I own a truck though.


andyc

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Aug 6 2013 at 1:03pm #

If there is interest, I could bring either my inexpensive single speed or my utility hybrid on which I am trying to add enough hardware that the weight of the various odds and ends is greater than that of the bicycle itself. (I should start a build log)


Pseudacris

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Aug 7 2013 at 8:21pm #

Thank you @cburch!
@rice rocket, that would be super helpful, especially if you can do the morning run. I’ll be in touch soon with the info.
@andyc, either would be great, especially if your frames are medium to large. If they are small frame, the singlespeed would fill a nice gap.

In the past, people seem to enjoy checking out some very basic stuff (eg; different saddles and handlebars) as well as the more “exotic” bikes.

Good news: THE BUTLER WOBBLIES WILL BE BACK!
Last year they brought a huge assortment of unicycles and quite a few people learned to ride.


Pseudacris

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Aug 20 2013 at 10:49am #

Topping this…

THIS SATURDAY!!! THE CYCLING OVAL @ WASHINGTON BLVD
(aka the Bud Harris Cycling Track)

Thanks to all who have volunteered, I’ll be sending out confirmation emails & requested time slots within the next day or two.


Mikhail

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Aug 20 2013 at 12:06pm #

Pseudacris wrote:Topping this…

THIS SATURDAY!!! THE CYCLING OVAL @ WASHINGTON BLVD
(aka the Bud Harris Cycling Track)

Thanks to all who have volunteered, I’ll be sending out confirmation emails & requested time slots within the next day or two.

I am volunteering 10-2 at Bike PGH, after this I can stop at the event to help you, guys. Is it OK?


rice rocket

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Aug 20 2013 at 12:25pm #

Bad news, truck is still in the shop, and not expected to be done for at least another week.

I have a Honda Fit currently, which can haul a surprise amount of stuff given its diminutive size, but still not a replacement for a truck. I was going to bring my 650b hardtail for people to try, but there’s only so much MTB-ing you can do at the oval anyways…I can leave it at home if we need more carrying capacity.


Mikhail

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Aug 20 2013 at 3:33pm #

Guys, I can care two bikes and one extra person. But I have to be at REI by 10 am. So if we can make it before 9:20 am then it would be fantastic.


Pseudacris

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Aug 21 2013 at 9:19am #

@ricerocket + @Mikhail if you coud get in touch with @reddan, that would be helpful. he has access to another vehicle for hauling but may need help with driving at the beginning and at the end of the day. I will be there at 9 for setup, event starts at 10.


buffalo buffalo

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Aug 22 2013 at 6:02pm #

Try-a-Bike has made City Paper’s Short List this week: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/short-list-august-21-29/Content?oid=1685095


Pseudacris

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Aug 23 2013 at 6:52pm #

^ this is awesome!

Hope to see lots of folks tomorrow. There’s even more stuff showing up for you to try: mountain bikes and beginner obstacles, fat tire mtn bike, reverse-steering bike, singlespeed tandem and lots of recumbents!


edmonds59

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Aug 23 2013 at 8:59pm #

In the garage now trying to decide what to bring.


cburch

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Aug 23 2013 at 10:36pm #

Bring them all! That’s what I’m doing. Plus a forester full of lumber and Harry from the wheel mill is meeting me there with some larger obstacles. And some other cool stuff.


mr marvelous

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Aug 23 2013 at 10:42pm #

I will be riding all of cburch’s bikes.


edmonds59

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Aug 23 2013 at 11:12pm #

cburch wrote:Bring them all! That’s what I’m doing.

except I don’t have a box truck. But I do have the Volvo packed. See u in the am!


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 23 2013 at 11:27pm #

I will be bringing one unicycle, and I haven’t decided if I am getting there by bus or motorcycle. This is complicated by the fact that the tire that will need to be on it is still, at half past midnight on the-day-of, sitting in the bike shop.


Pseudacris

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Aug 23 2013 at 11:59pm #

Stu, the Butler Wobbles are bringing a bunch of Unicycles. It would be great to have yours in the mix, too, but don’t stress too hard if you can’t get that tire out of the shop: just show up & enjoy yourself!


Pseudacris

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Aug 24 2013 at 12:01am #

If anyone has a few extra pylons to lend, please bring ‘em. I’d like to make a second visible crosswalk on the oval this year…a spot where a lot people ended up crossing the track to get to the event.


edmonds59

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Aug 24 2013 at 6:47am #

I could come by way of that W. Carson construction zone………


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 24 2013 at 8:25am #

9:30 am, haven’t left the house yet, let alone gotten to Scholl’s to get the tire or fixed it. So maybe I will leave the wheel at home. But! I do have three big orange highway cones I can try to bring with me (likely on motorcycle, at this point). As soon as I can figure out how to strap them to the fender, I’ll be on my way.


Pierce

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Aug 24 2013 at 9:00am #

Hey Stu, I’m thinking of bring mine, if you’re not bringing yours, that’d be an incentive


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 24 2013 at 9:17am #

10:15, cleaned up the cones and trying to figure out how to tie them to the m/c. Not easy, I’ve figured out. No chance of bringing the uni at this point.


Pierce

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Aug 24 2013 at 9:57am #

If you had a bungee net, that would be perfect for the cones

I’m bringing mine if you’d like to use it for instructional purposes; probably won’t arrive until 12ish (still waiting on somebody else)


srpit

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Aug 24 2013 at 2:48pm #

Thanks to everyone that did this!

Reddan was working hard with people lining up to try all the recumbents! There was a great selection of bikes and I saw a lot of smiles on people riding around in the front of the cargo bike!

Nice event. Nice job.

I hesitate to upload photos of kids, but I did take a few (because the kids seemed to be having sooooo much fun). If you saw me snap something with your child and would like the picture, just PM me.


smarchit

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Aug 24 2013 at 5:43pm #

srpit wrote:Thanks to everyone that did this!

Reddan was working hard with people lining up to try all the recumbents! There was a great selection of bikes and I saw a lot of smiles on people riding around in the front of the cargo bike!

Nice event. Nice job.

Seconded!! @Reddan was a tireless and gracious host with his large collection. I had a blast checking out his wide variety of recumbents, even thought I did need a boost from him to get going on all of the two wheeled varieties. And I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit every time I saw somebody else being chauffeured around in the front basket of that aforementioned orange cargo bike. Pleasure talking with @StuInMcCandless as well. Thanks for demonstrating the PAT bicycle rack for me. So simple, but I now have much more confidence to use the bus rack should the need arise. Finally, thanks to Isaac and Danielle (I think? Sorry if I’m getting the name wrong), I can now tell my friends that I’ve been on a unicycle. We’ll leave out the part where I never left the safety zone of holding onto the bleachers ;-).

Kudos to everyone that helped to make this a GREAT event!


edmonds59

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Aug 24 2013 at 6:15pm #

That was a fantastic day. I think I have as much if not more fun getting people on bikes as I do riding myself.
Having cider now. Photos to follow.


TeamDecaf

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Aug 24 2013 at 7:55pm #

yes, great event. Thanks for the peaches Colin, Stef and mumma. I needed food bad by the time I arrived, I was starved.


mr marvelous

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Aug 24 2013 at 8:28pm #

Most bike fun I have had in a long time.

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