For those who need yet another reason to ride their bikes: 2nd Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge.
I approve, and shall be bending all my efforts toward successful completion of the challenge.
Is pastry allowed? The photo shows pastry but the rules don’t mention it at all. What if you bring your own pastry? What if you fill your water bottle with coffee before leaving and then drink more coffee at the coffeeshop?
This sounds like something I should do. It fits in perfectly with my stated goal at the beginning of the year to ride someplace purposeful at least once a week.
At least one of those weekends I’ll be out of town, but that might be a good reason to strap a bike to the back of the car, and go find someplace interesting to ride to from where I’m camped out.
Could give me the added push to repair my SO’s bike. Would make for a sweet trip to the coffeehouses of Pgh
I’m totally into this.
BUT, in my masochistic fashion I’d run it all in one day. Stop as many coffeeshops as you can, drink an espresso or 12oz coffee, take a picture of the coffee and receipt and post it online somewhere.
Check Rule 3…you’re only allowed one official coffee stop for credit per day, even if you hit 7 coffee houses…
Coffeeneuring is a serious ongoing time commitment, not for the faint of heart.
I’m down for this, for sure! @ThatGuy- i did that once. didn’t set out intending to over-caffeinate. it just happens sometimes.
i dunno, but i think a.s.a.p would be best.
“Check Rule 3…you’re only allowed one official coffee stop for credit per day, even if you hit 7 coffee houses…”
Yeah, but you know how I feel about rules…
If I may mention this, I am one of the 12 who completed the challenge last year. MG (the blogger who administers the challenge) is very cool, and it seems like she’s found a way to expose non-randonneurs to that way of thinking about rules, controls, etc – a sort of soft rando-evangelism, which I think is pretty clever.
SINAM (She is not a militant) in that she’s been open to discussion. For instance, the original rules last year was that the rides had to happen on Saturday or Sunday, but on the job I was working then, my weekend was Wednesday-Thursday and changed into Tuesday-Wednesday halfway through the challenge. She considered that and adapted the rule to accomodate your weekend if you work rotating days, which I thought was very cool.
I got a very cool patch for completing the challenge, and it’s a fun activity, requires a bit of pre-planning but not too much. I imagine that it encourages people to keep riding through the darkening months of October and November, and to visit coffee shops that are outside their normal pattern.
Looks like this weekend is going to be coffeeneuring and rain gear testing. Oh well!
How loosely can we define coffee shop? I can cover saturday ok, then Sunday i need to be in Millvale. Would a stop at Jean Marc chatellier’s for croissant and coffee count? Or the p&g across the street? Or do i need someplace with a barista?
I’m pretty sure the spirit of coffeeneuring includes Jean Marc. MG is, of course, the final arbiter of such things, but I rather doubt she’d object.
I completely agree. It’s riding your bike for coffee. Not expensive coffee, not necessarily essssspresso. “Jean Marc” sounds like a coffee place to me. Hell, Dunkin Donuts is a coffee place.
If a patisserie cannot be included in a coffeeneuring challenge, there is something profoundly disordered about that challenge.
I think anyone partaking in the challenge should post pics here a la the tag-o-rama & wheelset of fortune games. This would be a good resource for finding future caffeine
@Vannevar:Hell, Dunkin Donuts is a coffee place.
Agreed. Personally, I would draw the line right around the Dunkin level…much as I love my Sheetz, it just doesn’t feel right for this challenge. And McDonalds is right out, IMHO.
@marko: I like the concept of posting pics here…that’s a fine idea.
@Dan I think Sheetz is ok if you need to go 30 mile or more to get there.
I’d be happier if this was icecreamneuring, but here are my first two. (Thurs/Fri for my “weekend”):
Really, really good raspberry/apple tea!
So-so blood orange tea here. I prefer the blend from Prestogeorge in the strip.
drink: Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte
location: 1302 Freedom Rd, Cranberry, PA
mileage: 34 miles
@vannevar — you’re a braver man than I am for riding a bike through Cranberry Twp and Freedom Road. Of couse, I hate to even have to drive through the Godforsaken place, and my goal is always to get the hell out of there as fast as I possibly can before my blood pressure gets too high and I have a stroke.
@vannevar, great write up! Definitely deserved that venti! Sounds like you need a new whale though
Thank you both, cdavey and Swalfoort! Twarn’t nuthin but a great day to ride.
I’m looking forward to seeing your Coffeeneuring stories. It may be that the Burgh Contingent is a major playa this year.
First coffeeneuring pickup:
Large house coffee and a Cookie As Big As My Head.
Crazy Mocha, 4032 Butler St, 10/6/2012
I had to run down to my wife’s storefront in L-ville to deal with an electrical problem. I failed to solve the problem, but turned my lemons into lemonade with a visit to ye olde coffee shoppe for the Challenge.
Any ideas about the details of the mileage rule? It says your ride must be at least two miles in total – is that to the coffee shop, or round trip? Can I take an indirect route? I ask because lots of the coffee shops I keep meaning to try are within about a mile of my house…
Forgive me if this goes long, but I just had the most amazing morning. Let me see if I can re-trace it all.
I left from home to head to my default destination coffee place in the strip, 21st St Coffee. Closed, out-of-business closed. Sad. So I toodled over a couple of blocks to LaPrima Espresso. People out the freaking door. I was not going to have a cup of java require an entire day. Getting a little annoyed at this point, and wanting coffee, I headed for the Starbucks downtown at Sixth and Penn. This course of events had me standing at a red light on Penn when a 70-something couple driving a rental car asked me directions to the rental place on Fifth. I thought about directions momentarily, then said, just follow me! I heard the woman let out some little “woohoo!” thing, and I led them across town. At the next red light I learned that the gentleman had been a Steeler decades ago, and they were about to board a riverboat for a week long cruise back to Cincinatti. Just wonderful. 60 seconds at a stoplight. And some people bitch.
Had my coffee and baked good and went for a little spin on the Jail Trail and back down the South Side. Followed a pair of families on bikes, the dads were towing two kid trailers side by side and the kids were re-enacting Ben Hur in the back, a blast. I saw a whole gaggle of people on touring bikes at the Sta. Sq. parking lot, so I stopped and asked a middle aged couple what was up. The group had just arrived from riding from DC, and they were quite stoked. I talked to them for a bit and took their picture for them in front of the skyline, and was on my way.
Right near the Sta. Sq. courtyard, I ran into a beat looking man trying to talk to me, so I stopped. I knew what it was about, he gave me the sad story about having no money, kidney trouble, needing bus fare to get to Montefiore, and so on. I was all ready to cruise when an old line from my old Sunday school days popped into my head, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart”. When I left the house this morning I tucked a couple bus tickets into my wallet in case I gassed out and needed to bus-rack home. But I wasn’t in the least tired, and I was in fact Herculean compared to this poor soul. So I handed him a bus ticket and a five and headed for home. I cried like a friggin’ baby most of the way out West Carson and thanked whatever it is that’s out there for my life.
For as long as I can remember, when I’ve gone out riding on Sunday mornings, I’ve told people “riding is my church”. I pity the foolish soul who would dare challenge me on that anytime soon.
30 miles, on the Behemoth, Starbucks Sixth and Penn, non-fat latte and a coffee cake, all of the above. Biking is awesome.
@edmonds59 — Wow!! Absolutely one the best stories I have ever seen on this board.
And you’re right. Biking IS awesome. None of this would have happened to you if you had driving around in a car.
@edmonds: you are what is right about biking in Pittsburgh. Thanks for sharing.
@edmonds59 – please accept my compliments. It’s so funny how it can be frustrating when the primary target is unavailable, but then the secondary path has unexpected rewards. The adventure is the gap between the plan and the experience.
I go out for coffee and get a latte. You have gone out for coffee and taught us all something.
@edmonds59 – great story. You’re a great ambassador not just for the biking community, but for the ‘Burg. Your adventure was representative of what the people of Pittsburgh used to be like – courteous and generous. We’ve been seeing the other side of the coin recently and it’s refreshing to hear someone that feels deeply, appreciates how great his life is, and is willing to share his time and resources with someone that needs it. I tip my hat to you. +10
@pearmask: Any ideas about the details of the mileage rule? It says your ride must be at least two miles in total – is that to the coffee shop, or round trip? Can I take an indirect route? I ask because lots of the coffee shops I keep meaning to try are within about a mile of my house…
The total distance for the complete ride has to be at least two miles. You can certainly take an indirect route, or a great circle route, or a sightseeing route; it does not have to be a “shortest distance” route.
It should be a ride to get a coffee, and between time=zero to time=done, you should have ridden at least 2 miles.
You could… ride 1/2 mile to a coffee shop, and ride 1.5 miles afterward to get home, and satisfy the requirements.
You can definitely combine your coffee ride with a trip to the bookstore, yoga, etc.
You can NOT combine your coffee ride with an organized ride, a century, populaire, or brevet.
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