Long overdue introductions thread

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erok
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are you going to let us know what “alnilam” means?


rsprake
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Name: Ryan Sprake

Neighborhood: LIve in Edgewood, work in the Strip District

Type of riding: Urban and mountain

# of bikes you own: Three, a Kona Paddywagon, a frankenbiked Surly Long Haul Trucker and

a Specialized Stumpjumper

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head): Behemoth, Interpol, Mastodon

Favorite photo on a bike: No pics of me riding a bike but here is one of me on a bike ride in San Francisco.


alnilam
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erok: Back when I was an 11-year-old space/astronomy geek, I thought it was the coolest star name ever. It’s been my handle for internet things ever since.

Also since this is an introductions thread and I played myself up a lot in that post, I should mention that I’m not that cocky IRL.


sloaps
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I’m not that cocky IRL.

Your mustache says otherwise. :-{ )

Ryan should’ve provided a link to his WPXI interview .

And I think Troyer should’ve blurred his face on the Washington Monument pic. You took away the mystique… ;-)


mark
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david, i also just biked in DC, when were you there… did you take the trail? maybe we passed?


mark
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david, i also just biked in DC, when were you there… did you take the trail? maybe we passed?


rgyoga
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Name: Richard

Neighborhood: East Liberty

Types of riding: commuting, trail

Number of bikes: 1

Music right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKS-M2TSUwY


Pierce
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@dmtroyer Nice panniers

I stopped using those mesh pouches on the covers though because I’ve lost a jersey/pair of glasses/lettuce/etc to them


brian j
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@dmtroyer: Nice handlebar bag.


caitlin
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i missed this thread.

Name: Caitlin

Neighborhood: East Liberty–I see all you Msiders riding to and from on Chislett each day!

Types of riding: urban, commuting, recreation, carrying stuff

Bikes: 3

Music: Neil young

This thread also made me realize I hardly have any pics of me on a bike!

i usually mess up image posting in this forum too


jkoutrouba
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Name: John Koutrouba

Neighborhood: Highland Park

Type of riding: commuting, mountain

# of bikes you own: Three, not counting things that are in pieces: Kona Ute (commute rig), Redline Monocog 29er (mountain rig), Specialized Allez (road bike, normally neglected)

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head): Metric


dmtroyer
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@sloaps well, just like bike snob, I figured it was time. bring on the book deals.

@mark did the ACA “Tidewater” route the week before last. Basically starts in DC, goes down the potomac on the VA side, crosses over to the maryland side and winds its way back to the district. ~400 miles of fun, I recommend it.

@pierce I love my arkels. I also love my ortliebs but the arkels are bombproof and made in N. America.

@bjanaszek the bag was great, maybe a bit saggy, but we had a day of riding through rain and it stayed dry!


BlackCatTats
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Name: Jason

Neighborhood: Bloomfield/Lawrenceville

type of riding: communting/fun

# of bikes you own: one

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second:Iron and wine and smut peddlars

Picture: none on a bike :{


mark
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i love that front bag, i have upgraded to its bigger brother though and mine is just laying around… maybe i should find it a new home

how much of that tidewater route is on roads?


swellxelle
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Hello! After months of reading, I finally joined and will post :)

Name: Michelle

Neighborhood: Bloomfield

type of riding: To-and-fro/fun/COMING SOON: TOURING!

# of bikes you own: 2.5 2010 Jamis Aurora, 1960 Schwinn Traveler, and a wonderful Free Spirit Pinnacle.

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: Jesus Christ Superstar in its entirety–not afraid to admit that.

fav picture of you on a bike (optional): Just with…not on :(


erok
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where do you plan on touring?


swellxelle
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PGH to D.C. in 14 days!


Mick
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@swellxelle. 14 days will be a nice, comfortable, vacation-type trip. Have a lot of fun!


HiddenVariable
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i think she means she’ll be leaving in 14 days. but i agree!


swellxelle
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@HiddenVariable–you’re most correct! I’m leaving in 14 days and taking 5 days to ride there with some close pals. We’re all really excited. I’ll keep you posted, friends! :-D


Mick
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Oh hell.

I was all excited that there was actually someone slower than me.


edmonds59
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Pic is cool, looks like “Dark Angel” or something. Ha, ha!


dmg
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Whoops, missed this thread bigtime.

Name: Dan

Neighborhood: Lawlessville

Type of riding: Commuting, road, randonneuring, light touring

# of bikes you own: 5 at the moment – road, 650b rando, and 3 fixed gears

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: JME ft. Tempa T “CD is Dead”

fav picture of you on a bike (optional):

Somewhere between Breezewood and Somerset on this year’s Crush The Commonwealth (in the yellow)


Bikelove2010
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Name: Sarah

Neighborhood: Southside

Type of riding: Commuting, exercise, and oh ya, no more car

# of bikes you own: 4, cargo, fixie, “normal”, folding

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) could not figure out who sings a song I heard at work last night, but have no freaking clue what its called or who sings it. ahhhhhh

fav picture of you on a bike (optional):

me and my sister getting some primantis on the yuba

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(i’m too computer illiterate to make this work)

edit: 4th times the charm :)


ajbooth
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Name: Andy

Neighborhood: Mt. Lebanon

Type of riding: Commuting and Road

Number of bikes: Two; a Kona Jake the Snake for commute and a Cannondale Six Carbon 3 for road.

Music: Probably the most eclectic iPod in the universe. Wedding DJ is my side job, so I have all the tunes.


destroyyourface
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Might as well….

Name: Kevin – BikePGH Member

Neighborhood: Bloomfield

type of riding: urban/commuting

# of bikes you own: 2

Music I listened to today at work so far: Dion & the Belmonts – Greatest Hits, The Endtables – Drag City Reissue, The Partisans – A bunch of mp3s

fav picture of you on a bike (optional):

from the zodicat race a couple weeks ago.


zflat
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I’ve not contributed much, but here goes:

Name: Will

Neighborhood: Bloomfield

Riding I like: cities, trails, roads

# of bikes: 4.375

Music in my head: my feet can’t fail me now


JCME
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Name: Jason

Neighborhood: Lawrenceville-via-Flathead Valley, Montana

Riding I like: All sorts and dragging the dog in the trailer

# of bikes: 2.5

Music in my head: Guilty Faces, ALL


erok
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jason, what month was that taken?


JCME
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That was taken on May 20 of this year. It’s Glacier National Park, only about 60 miles east of where I live … and about 4,000 feet higher. This is a 30-mile climb. Couldn’t make it to the top because of an avalanche. :)


alankhg
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Jason, I’m just about to take the train from Fargo to Whitefish and ride west from there. You think there’ll be any snow left in that direction?


ben
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Name: ben

Neighborhood: shadyside/ bloomfield

Riding I like: road, cross

# of bikes: road, cross/commuter, fixed, tall, tandem

Music in my head: the gourds, saul williams


Noah Mustion
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Jason, ALL is my favorite band of all time. Props.


JCME
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alankhg,

I “live” in Whitefish (I have a Whitefish address, but live about 15 miles out of town toward Olney … and I’m living in Pittsburgh for the next month or two before I head back). I race for Great Northern Cycles out of Whitefish.

Haha — no, you will not see any snow at that elevation, just over 3,000 feet, this time of year. Not to mention it was one of the most mild winters on record. Which way are you headed out of Whitefish? If you’ve got any questions about riding out there or things to do in town, let me know! :)


alankhg
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Jason, I’m headed west via the Northern Tier route which goes up to Eureka then down toward Libby and beyond.

A few things I’m curious about that you may or may not know about:

-how likely do you think the Empire Builder is to be on time going west?

-are bears an issue on the campgrounds to the west? If so, are campgrounds equipped with boxes for food or should I be prepared to do the tree-rope thing?

-any advice on cheap lodging in town if Couchsurfing falls through?


raphael
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name: matt

neighborhood: souf oaklin’, morningside in a month

riding i like: GAP trail, urban commuting, fixed

#of bikes: 2, one with brakes, one without

music in my head: baaba maal.

picture of me on a bike: myself, roommate, and fiance on our first 100k down the GAP trial, in front of apache springs campsite.(im in the middle)


mark
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i have ridden the empire builder three times and it has always been within an hour of on time (probably average 15 min late)


JCME
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Jason, I’m headed west via the Northern Tier route which goes up to Eureka then down toward Libby and beyond.

A few things I’m curious about that you may or may not know about:

-how likely do you think the Empire Builder is to be on time going west?

-are bears an issue on the campgrounds to the west? If so, are campgrounds equipped with boxes for food or should I be prepared to do the tree-rope thing?

-any advice on cheap lodging in town if Couchsurfing falls through?

-I’ve never ridden the Empire Builder, but I bet it’ll be pretty close to on time. That’s the only commuter train that goes through there and with it being the 100-year anniversary of GNP, I have a feeling they’re really trying to keep things on the up-and-up.

-I’d definitely bring a length of rope, about 20-30 feet, to hang bear bags until you get out of Montana.

– There is no hostel or cheap backpacker’s inn in Whitefish, unfortunately. There is a campground on the lake. I would suggest trying to CouchSurf. It shouldn’t be too hard; during the winter I got lots of requests, but people always found houses closer to the mountain than mine.

You’re in for an awesome ride! Be aware: 93 between Whitefish and Eureka is not super bike friendly. Be prepared for little to no shoulder and lots of trucks. That 60-mile stretch sort of sucks. Once you hit Eureka and head south to Libby around Lake Kookanusa and the Libby Dam, the ride gets amazing! Enjoy!


Mick
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Name: Mick.

Some people know me as Michael, but I was “Mickey” way back when Keef Richards’ singer was known as “Mike Jagger.”

Neighborhood: South Oakland. Quote from out of town visitor, “Mick, you don’t live in Pittsburgh. You live on the East End of Pittsburgh.”

Ride I like: Riverview Park, the GAP.

Music:

Muddy Waters-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHowqKYSXNI

Hello Saferide (Twee pop?! WTF?)-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEqHN4nyJc4&playnext_from=TL&videos=0PtTYAKowW0

Astor Piazzola-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VWfsea7tnw&feature=related

Pic: This isn’t a bike related pick, but it’s to let all of you know that I have an army of angry buzzing fiddle players behind me, if you piss me off

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Jared
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Name: Real name is Michelle, Jared is what I use for my online handle.

Neighborhood: Northside

type of riding: urban/commuting

# of bikes you own: 1 currently

Music that you are listening to (or stuck in your head) right this second: In the Name of Love (due to annoying “on hold” music)

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