Long overdue introductions thread
type of riding: commuting
# of bikes you own: 1 50-or-more-year-old Humber 3-speed that weighs too much
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: underdog theme song
This is overdue.
type of riding: commuting + errands + occasional keg ride
# of bikes: One (is the loneliest number) green Motobecane roadie
Music in my head: Boards of Canada
I can’t find a good photo to add
Sorry for the delayed in introduction everybody, I’m still learning the site/navigation
How I get money: I’m a PCT for UPMC Montefiore and work at a taxi place as a call taker. Super lucrative stuff..
Neighborhood: I live in Bellevue but can be found scattered across the triangle. Typically downtown, east, south side, around home, or wherever the next tag takes me lol.
Type of riding: Well right now recreational, I’m hoping to increase insurance and speed so I can do commuting also.
# of bikes you own: 2, though one is my fixer upper/ learning to do things bike that needs A LOT of TLC.. Baha.
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: breaking ties-ocean lab
Fav picture of you on a bike (optional): I don’t have one. My shirt T-Rex arms fail me in this situation and I’m in strong need of biking buddies. Not only for taking pictures, but that could be a perk
A little about me- I love cats. And animals in general. I frequently halt all activities to pet random animals that don’t belong to me. I love learning and ask a lot of questions. I’m really really shy. Hard to believe huh?
Here is a picture of my brep brep.
Hey shay! It was nice meeting you on the costume ride – I was the one in the red long undies. Nice guy you got there.
Hey Marco! I loved your flap btw, not sure if I had a chance to mention that to you. It was nice meeting you too
Oh, and Randy is just my friend. We aren’t together, but thanks.
oops. Sory ’bout that, but he’s a nice guy none the less. I look forward to seeing you guys on future rides.
type of riding: commuting (I only work 1.5 miles away tho), grocery shopping, long rides on days off, longer rides on vacation
# of bikes you own: I recently downsized and currently only have one!
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Some song that was on WYEP before I got out of the car
How do I add a picture?
@juliajay – here’s a link to instructions for posting pictures, good luck. How to post a picture
type of riding: commuting, recreational, getting around the city
# of bikes you own: one green cannondale synapse
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: The Tallest Man on Earth’s Bright Lanterns
Hi everyone! I’m new here. You guys seem like an inclusive and friendly bunch. Pic is of me riding a rental bike in Italy.
@ Mick – Those are the Brenta Dolomites surrounding Trento. I stayed far far away from them, but they are apparently a famous biking destination.
just curious, how did you end up riding a bike around Trento, Italy. I guess i’m more wondering how you chose that area to ride bikes in, or did the area choose you? looks awesome
Finally decided to get back on the board here after my account got deleted in the big make over. This definitely fits into the “long-overdue” column, as I never posted on this thread last time around, but a fresh start deserves a fresh introduction. Hi.
Neighborhood: I’m a Polish Hillionaire.
Type of Riding: Recreation and Commuting (but I admittedly struggle with Winter)
# of Bikes: I’ve got two functioning at the moment. Cannondale Synapse for the road and a Fuji Reveal for in the woods.
Music that I’m Listening to: Most recent purchase was The Builders and the Butchers, so thats been getting a lot of airtime.
And this is literally the only photo thats ever been taken of me and my bike. Excuse the lack of helmeting.
@MichaelArtman – is that pic from the Dead Man’s Hollow – across the river from McKeesport?
@Mick – actually I believe that photo was taken somewhere outside of Confluence, if I remember correctly.
Mike! Glad you’re back… it’s sad/frustrating to see all of the Anonymous above from others that lost accounts during the transition. I hope that others follow your lead!
Neighborhood: Point Breeze
type of riding: Commuting, recreational
# of bikes you own: 2
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Instant Crush – Daft Punk
Nice to meet everyone. Hope to see some of you out there.
type of riding: Fun, Commuting. Will be 100% car-free in November.
# of bikes you own: 2, an old Schwinn something-or-other and a Felt Fw40.
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: I’ve been hanging out with a lot of Chuck Ragan and Jenny Owen Youngs. Damn Revival Tour.
The only picture of me and the bike. Thanks BikePgh!
Happy Riding, Cheers!
Welcome Vlad! Jen! and Rocky! Way to keep this thread alive (fueled by Daft Punk, apparently).
Location: Fox Chapel. The poor part where you can see your neighbor’s house, you know everyone in the neighborhood, you’re in the minority political party, and your house was only in the low 6 figures.
Type of riding: commuting to Oakland.
# of bikes: 2. A dirt old miyata from high school (1980s) and a beat up hybrid I use to commute. I’ll never have either bike stolen.
Music: the voices drown it out
Picture: I’m translucent so they never turn out right.
Neighborhood: My bike lives on the North Shore, I live in the South Hills.
Type of riding: I’m a rusty rider with rickety knees and bum hip, so I’m resigned to trail riding and some ‘into town’ trips for take out from Sree’s or produce from the Strip.
# of bikes you own: 2
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: The Cramps: ‘The Crusher’
Only picture of me with my bike:
Me with a cool Bicycle Heaven bike:
Yeah another soutHILLer!
If you are nervous riding in the city, come to a flock ride – usually 3rd friday of month.
I’ll ride around the city to get to places that I can’t get by trail but what I’m really interested in is biking in the South Hills. I see people doing it on West Liberty/Washington Rd. but it seems pretty scary to me. Also, I’d love to get downtown by bike without getting on the T or a bus. What’s the best and easiest way to do it?
The best and easiest, though mildly illegal, is the Wabash Tunnel. For the full story, go to this three-year-old thread, which we keep updated as new info emerges.
But the Wabash Tunnel dumps you on Saw Mill Run Blvd. Isn’t that horrible for bikes? (Granted, it would be nice if ever the city build a parallel trail from the Wabash to somewhere else.)
I might make a trip out there, ride Wabash, continue straight at the end, go through the bushes to the dead railroad, and walk the bike south/east/upstream until I’m past the scrapyard, then drop back down to Hargrove Street when the dead track joins the live one, remount, and ride to West Liberty. I’ll bring the helmet cam.
StuInMcCandless wrote:I might make a trip out there, ride Wabash, continue straight at the end, go through the bushes to the dead railroad, and walk the bike south/east/upstream until I’m past the scrapyard, then drop back down to Hargrove Street when the dead track joins the live one, remount, and ride to West Liberty. I’ll bring the helmet cam.
Oh my, there’s poison ivy n’at in there!
I’m beginning to think that “You can’t get there from here.” At least I can’t!
I think that when I want to get to the “other side,” I will do what I normally do and that’s drive to the South Side, park under the Birmingham Bridge and go from there.
Hopefully someone will create an easy, magical way to get downtown from the South Hills.
Welcome all! Erica, don’t discount the convenience of the bus racks. I ride in from Robinson, which from what I am hearing must be easier than the South hills. But having the bus option makes it mentally much easier to ride in knowing that I have that option to bail with the bus and get home. Don’t give up, you can do it!
Good point. The bus-bike combo doesn’t even have to get you that close to home. You have a bike! Any bus that gets you through the Mt Washington Transit Tunnel has solved the hardest part of the trip south. Haven’t used a bus rack? This video will prove helpful. Mildly silly, but informative, and only two minutes long.
Neighborhood: Reserve Township
Type of riding: Commuting/Urban
# of bikes: Two. One is in pieces, the other is a Salsa Casseroll.
Music in my head: Short Change Hero
I don’t really have any bike-related photos to share. It’s probably better for everyone. ;-)
As a long time occasional lurker here that finally posted for the first time yesterday, I may as well get this out of the way too while I’m so inspired.
Neighborhood: The Island of Misfit Bikers, Surrounded By The Ohio
Type of riding: Mostly recreational Rail/River Trails, but gradually getting back to the road riding roots of my childhood
# of bikes: Two. One’s a mid entry level hybrid that I ride regularly, and the other’s an old beaten WalMart special that is taking up space in my basement and overdue for an appointment with Craigslist or the neighborhood yard sale.
Music in my head: The voices drown it out. Usually sports talk, current country, 80’s, or 90’s music on my radio though
Photos: Here’s one of my good side as captured by a P-G photographer during the Point Made ride earlier this summer
…And a frontal shot for all the stalkers out there
Typical rides: commuting, social rides, exploring the city & surrounds
Wheels: Masi CX (nice weather, long/fast rides), old Giant hybrid (winter commuting, rain), unicycle (falling down (working on it!))
Music I’m listening to now: “Home” by Robert Hood
Picture: here’s me in a unicycle race (I’m on the left):
type of riding: commuting, rails-to-trails.
# of bikes you own: one beat-up goodwill piece that still gets me places
Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: young and beautiful, Lana Del Rey
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