Bikefest Pool Tour Ride?
There’s a spray at the little park off Lincoln and Benton in Brighton Heights too. Marmaduke, I think? Stu knows the details. From there it’s quick five minute downhill ride to the Chateau Trail…..
Labeled Marmaduke Playground, it’s a cute little neighborhood playground tucked in off the major streets. In Street View you can actually see the sprayer working (on left, behind tree). Both playground and sprayer are very small. Also has water fountains for refilling camels, etc.
Also, are we the 8th or 15th? I’d be for the 15th.
This is the 8th.
Its going to be fairly casual and I am not sure if we will have time to hit spray parks.
Meet at friendship park.
Ride to Schenley Pool
Ride to Greenfield Pool
Stop at REI and get free stuff from Peter
Ride to South Side Pool
heres where it gets uncertain
Ride to North Side Pool?
End at Polish Hill?
Ride to rope swing
Ride to Bloomfield pool
End at Polish Hill
of course rope swing cannot be enjoyed if it has rain recently.
pools are only open from 1-5:45 on Sundays, so our time is a bit limited.
Im going to say we should definitely go to the Troy Hill spray park.
Also, whats the deal with the 31st bridge these days? can you ride across it to get to river ave with no problems?
I’ll look at the bike map, consider how much time we spend at each pool (20 min?) and post a more finalized route with times in a coupld days. good?
I pretty sure I’ll be there, but I’m not a city resident. It appears that non-residents may buy a pass for $45. Does anyone know if the $4 “gate rate” applies to both residents and non-residents? If so, I guess that’s the way to go for me unless we plan on stopping at more than 11.25 pools.
“If you just want to swim for a day, purchase a daily admission ticket at any pool. The cost is $3 for children ages 3 – 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.”
Doesn’t say anything about residency for a daily pass. This also seems to imply that people should be able to go from one pool to another without having to pay extra.
I was wondering if the day pass was pool-specific. I hope not.
Its not pool specific.
Also no one ever asks you anything when you buy a pass. You scribble down some info and that is it. You should see if you can get one with a group, then they are only $15. Techinically you are all supposed to be at the same address but they never ask or care about that either.
I have been meaning to go to the pool and ask if you can use entry to the pool for one day at multiple pools. but they dont have anything to mark that youve paid that day i dont think. not a ticket, not a stamp, nothing.
Here is a question I’ve been pondering: Is it better to swim in bike shorts or bike in swim shorts? Or, split the difference with Adidas shorts or something…… still haven’t through those details, haha…..
I’m pretty sure that this is a problem that triathaletes have already solved.
i cant imagine the bike short saddle pad thing being soaking wet. BLECCH. hello, pampers.
I think due to the aforementioned pad thing, bike shorts restrict your movement more than swim suits do. Having ran in both cycling shorts and swim suits, I would have to agree with myself. Never cycled in them, but I can’t imagine it would be that bad.
YES IT IS REALLY THE 8TH!
you can see it on the bikefest calendar here: http://www.bike-pgh.org/events/bikefest
and here are the details, which we put onto the calendar:
BikeFest Pool Tour
Sun, August 8, 12:45pm – 6:00pm
Meet in Friendship Park (map)
Wear your swimsuit and grab your bike–we are going to hit as many public pools as we can before they close (6:00 pm).
This somewhat leisurely ride will stop at several swimming locations. Distanced estimated to be 25-30 miles. Pittsburgh’s Public Pools cost $4 for adults, $3 for kids, but you can buy a family 4 pass for $60 and swim all summer.
The schedule and route will be posted on the Bike-Pgh.org message board and we will welcome people joining us and leaving between pools. Spray Park visit and ice cream eating possible! Pools close at
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I am swamped at work (yet still posting on this board, hm) but want to post a map and times per pool. For now though,
Start at Friendship Park
Ride to Schenley Pool (in park)
Ride to Greenfield Pool (behind rec center on Greenfield Ave)
Stop at REI and maybe visit SS Works fountain!
Ride to South Side Pool (by birmingham bridge)
Ride to North Side Pool (on cedar)
Troy Hill Spray Park (Guettman st?)
End at Polish Hill “Country Club”
does that sound possible? imagine about 20 min at each pool before moving on.
for gents, swim shorts with a mesh liner are way better than bicycle shorts for swimming and riding. they dry out much more quickly than normal shorts, which makes them better than, say, shorts and boxers for biking after swimming, and the pad in bike shorts has the opposite effect it’s supposed to when it’s completely saturated (i’ve done it and don’t recommend it, even for a casual two mile saunter).
MAP OF POOLS WE WILL HIT AND APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE HERE
we would love for you to come to all of them but if you want to hit another ride first and join us at a pool, do that! we may stop for ice cream or italian ice at some point, but i think we can mostly hit everything in a reasonable time this way.
BRING: you and your suit! snacks if you need them! a towel! your pool pass or cash!! and of course swimmie wings!
Thanks yall and see ya sunday! Should be perfect weather in the mid-80s
There might be some extra pool passes around as part of a family pass.
Anyone from Pittsburgh is probably my cousin, right?
omg this was so fun, thanks so much to everyone for being enthused about pools, fountains, and the spray park!
i hope we can do pool tour 2 for the pools we missed, and definitely a pool tour winter edition to the oliver bathhouse!
So much fun! For me, this was the high point of biking events in Pittsburgh.
Caitlin thanks sooo much for organizing this, I had a blast!
Best pool – North Side, with slide
Best Participation – Greenfield, youth & group connon ball
Best lifeguard – South Side, go ahead and jump from the guard chair
Bad timing – PPG, what’s up with that?
Honnorable mention – Sharks & minnows
I hardly took any pictures! I hope some of the other picture takers will post. Here are the only ones!
@ the greenfield pool “a fine residential community”
already in the pool post cannonball
parking bikes at greenfield
waiting for the train to pass!
More pools please!!!! (Can we please have a round 2???) This was too much fun to only do one time!!!
Hey guys, Maura emailed me this link and asked me to post it here:
Woo! Great times all. The group shot is so cute we should all get it printed and frame it in a kitschy frame from Michaels that says “Friends Forever” on it.
Thanks again, Caitlin!
haha “Slide Rules”. they should really put that sign, oh, near the slide.
i might be able to do more pools on sunday the 22nd… sunday the 22nd anyone?
we didnt make it to: bloomfield, highland park, polish hill, any of the ones on the hill top (noooooooooooooooo i dont want to ride up theeeeeeere), riverview, brighton heights, etc.
revisit: ppg plaza! booooooo
I’m for more pools and fewer fountains. Maybe a river.
But that’s just me.
Hitting the barge rope swing would be the bees’ knees, if there’s no sewer alert that day.
This was indeed great fun and a sequel would be appreciated. Sunday 22 August is fine by me. I am intrigued by this barge and second the request for a river (and get sewer alerts sent to my cellphone!).
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