The 412Flock Monthly ride thread!
“Note from our blog: “as far as we’re concerned, the ride is still on for tonight! But keep an eye on the weather. We’ll update on Facebook whether we go or not, probably expect a post by 4 or 5.
Rain and then dropping temperatures to create icy conditions are our main worry. If the roads stay dry and it’s just snow, we will definitely be a ‘Go’.”
Hope to see you!”
We had six at the start of the ride. It was snowing hard, so we put Christmas tunes on the Flock Box, eliciting smiles from a few who were paying attention.
Mostly we rode Fifth Ave from Oakland to and through downtown. We ran into stop-and-go traffic before we got very far out of Oakland because of a hockey game.
I bailed at Fifth and Liberty. The wet snow had soaked through everything and I was getting badly chilled. We were also seeing a bit of accumulating snow on the street surface. The other five continued on and apparently had a good time at Big Dog Cycles.
FRIDAY APRIL 21st! 6 PM Dippy in Oakland!
You like the Earth, right? And pizza? How about pizza? Ride with us this Friday and get your tree-hugging, bike-riding, pizza-eatin’ thing on!
April is the Earth Day Seed Bomb ride The route ends at Benny Fiero’s on the South Side.
I’m thinking about joining tomorrow. I hope my tube doesn’t go flat again. If it does, I can get it repaired at Performance in East Liberty.
I biked to work today (yay!), but the necessity of the journey home often precludes hanging with the flock (boo!). We shall see.
Seems you could 24 it to pretty close to your place fairly late into the evening. Once an hour service isn’t great, I realize, but if you got it, you may as well use it.
Yeah, I’ve used the 24 in the past, but it’s so widely spaced, not to mention miserably unreliable, schedule-wise. And later in the evening it gets literally frightening, and I am not easily frightened. A very popular route with seriously drunk people who look like they have very little to lose. Carrying half gone six-packs.
@StuInMcCandless: What happened to the videos you took on Friday? Are you still editing?
Yes, I have plenty. This Darlene Harris thing, plus a problem at work, have precluded getting it put together in a proper fashion.
@stuinmccandless: If you don’t mind me asking, What happened at work?
I don’t discuss work on social media. Just that I worked (from home) through the weekend, so didn’t have much time to process three hours of video.
@Stu, that’s ok. Three hours is a lot of video to go through. It takes time.
Especially when you don’t get home until 10:30 and are back up at 5:15.
@Stu, I’ve been having some trouble with sleep as well for the last few days because of getting stuck on the computer. Also, For one off topic note, I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Do you know what that is? If not, I can explain it. It’s not a bad thing.
Thanks for the update, Zach. I deal with that in my own household. No big deal.
Meanwhile, I have two of the videos processed.
#1, at the beginning, Lucia explaining the purpose of the ride. video link #1
#2, when we distributed the first set of seeds near the 31st Street Bridge. video link #2
More to follow.
It’s a good thing you understand. Too many people do not understand Asperger’s Syndrome. Do one of your children have it or any other Autism Spectrum Disorder?
By the way, I just saw the two uploads before I looked at the forum.
No. It looks like Glechoma hederaacea….aka Ground Ivy/Gill-over-the-ground I’m surprised there aren’t any blooms on it.
Garlic mustard stands straight up.
This is good photo. I have a lot of it around my house. Good for cooking/salads if picked at the right time (and dog pee free, which is always an issue at my house)
It is considered invasive so pick away at all
I tasted some of it, It was nasty! I spat it out because I didn’t know if it was poisonous.
Not poisonous, though it probably doesn’t taste pleasant raw. More a food flavoring than a foodstuff.
Yes, Flock is tomorrow!
May 19th is Bike to Work Day, why not end the day Biking From Work with 412 Flock and a nod to Cinco De Mayo? We’ll go for an easy roll around the city and then end up back at the starting point to celebrate with Mexican food! Bring money for a taco stop at Las Palmas or feel free to share your own favorite Mexican cooking.
Meet at Dippy the Dinosaur in Oakland at 6:00pm and roll out at 6:30pm.
Don’t have a bike? There’s a Healthy Ride PGH bikeshare station a block from the start and end of our ride, next to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
For more information on our monthly rides, check out our website: https://412flock.wordpress.com/projects/monthly-bike-rides/
anytime anyone mentioned las palmas in oakland I have to provide the fact that they’ve been shut down 4x in the last several years by the health department for violations
and their last inspection in 3/17 wasn’t very stellar at all
You may want to premedicate with some Cipro before going.
I made it home to Aspinwall safely! I saw a placard on the door saying “Inspected and permitted”.
The Las Palmas taco stand would likely not be open again had they not made upgraded their operation. And I expect they now receive more regular attention from the inspectors.
For what it’s worth, they now have a modified setup (more plexiglas shields and stuff). And, as always, if you’re worried just slather on their way-too hot sauces to kill the germs.
This Friday! It’s the Rainbow Ride!
Celebrate with us!
Join us on Friday, June 16th as we support the LGTBQ community in Pittsburgh with our annual Rainbow Ride!
We meet at Dippy the Dinosaur in Oakland at 6:00pm and roll out at 6:30pm.
Put on ALL of your colors and bling out your bikes and join us for this fun, boisterous and informational 11-mile ride hitting various landmarks of Pittsburgh LGTBQ history.
Feeling festive? Decorate your bike like the folks at HealthyRide have:
There’s *ONE* Ride with Pride ‘unicorn’ bike in the fleet.
As always, rain cancels—but this storm is supposed to pass by 4, according to current forecasts.
It still looks pretty dark in Lawrenceville with clouds moving toward Downtown.
Also, Will it get rescheduled if it does rain?
it looks like it is supposed to clear up on the Nexrad shortly
I’m assuming it’s on. Hell, Flock rolled on August 19, 2011, the day of the storm that drowned the people on Washington Blvd, another late afternoon storm. We might have been delayed an hour, and there was still water a foot deep a block away, but we cyclists had an easy time of it.
I cannot speak for the ride organizers, but as I look outside at 4:01 p.m., the rain has let up considerably, so I’m assuming that two hours from now it will be even nicer.
I also have a poncho in case of light rain. I’m at Caffe D’Amore in Lawrenceville and the rain has dramatically slowed. There is still water flowing down 54th St. at a rapid pace.
Took a bus to West View then biked Perry Highway. So, no problem.
Good, I’m glad you made it. I biked all the way back to Aspinwall. Maybe tomorrow, I will check out Nova Place and/or McKnight Rd.
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