Try-A-Bike Jamboree ::::: Saturday, July 2
Saturday July 2
10am – 1pm
The Washington Blvd Cycling Oval
1401 Washington Blvd, Pittsburgh
Helmets & Waivers Required
An all-volunteer community potluck picnic and Smorgasbike event.
Try casual riding on an assortment of loaner pedalcycles around the Washington Oval.
Car parking available – Bike-based tailgating strongly encouraged!
Bring picnic food to share.
Sponsored by Flock of Cycles | http://flockofcycles.org/
Special thanks to the Allegheny Cycling Association
Your hosts: Pseudacris and Reddan
dagnabbit. i will be out of town that weekend. i really wanted to go to this.
We’d love your help with this event, even if you don’t have a bike to lend. Please PM me if you can help with setup, cleanup, helmet/waiver check, basic safety checks, minor mechanical issues & seat height adjustments. We’ll staff volunteers for 1.5 hours, so you’ll have time to enjoy the rides, too.
PAT *may* lend us a freestanding bus bike rack, in which case we’ll need someone to help demonstrate it.
A pat rack would be so awesome. I know so many people who are afraid to put their bike on a bus just because they dont know how to use a rack.
^ fingers crossed, robjdlc. I’ve been in contact with them, it’s a process…
If people have specific bike requests, please add them to reddan’s online form! A call for loaner bikes will be available soon.
We need volunteers to help with the event, too.
Will there be fake beards we can use when demo-ing the bent bikes?
@marko: No, they’re not necessary. Luxuriant growth usually begins after the second or third lap…
We may have some interesting ‘bents on loan from RBR: they may be bringing in a few models, including some optimized for fast road riding, and some more focused on touring/commuting.
I’ll post a summary of requests thus far in the next day or so, and another survey wherein people can sign up to bring specific bikes.
a PAT rack really would be awesome! I hope to make it, once I know I can make it I’ll volunteer. I so want photops on pedalcycles!
I know the first time i used a PAT rack (the only time, now that I think of it) I was kind of unsure and got some nasty looks from the driver.
Hyla’s been doing a bang-up job working through the labyrinth of PAT bureaucracy…hopefully, the onsite rack will be a go.
I’ll try and bring my rohloff mountain bike to this. Is there some sort of dirt trail to get to the oval and avoid the busy roads?
This is great!
I should be able to bring a Ranz Hammertruck – a crank-forward long bike. (Best way I know for this old crank to move forward)
@Mick: sweet. I’ve been wanting to see that thing. You gonna bring a load of cinder blocks, so people can see how it work fully loaded?
I thought I would bring the half a ton of old donuts that I carry around with me everywhere I go. Would that suffice?
Reddan, if I try a bent and like it, my wife will probably be coming after you, 5’2″, big pointy teeth, cell phone. Run.
Maybe if I put a big Mercedes emblem on the front. She does like the Mercs.
@edmonds, why stop at just en emblem. I’m sure Aaron would help her get a whole front clip on.
@dwillen, I’m not sure about alternate routes to the Oval. It might be good for for people to self-organize bike-pools or carpools down to the event. The bus service is slim to none on weekends on that stretch.
On the up side, we will have access to picnic tables, real bathrooms, shade trees, and a nice oval with no cars on it.
I thought about bike-pooling, but there is no way I’d keep up with anyone riding a mountain bike with 2+” knobby tires I remembered hearing about some dirt trail up in Highland Park. I’ll look for that.
There is a trail on that side of the park but I’m not sure if it goes all the way to the oval. Look for the dpw site with all the huge granite and sandstone blocks and go to the far end of it you will see a trail on the right. Just keep heading downhill. It’s not a long or complex trail.
I’ve got two bikes I’d be willing to lend out, My Trek X02 Cross bike and that Fodnriest race bike, but I work 8:45-2:30 that day. If anyone I know wants to take responsibility for them PM me.
I’d like to try out some of those recumbents. I might bring a tandem – have to decide how willing I am to risk it. Can you send me the waiver?
I plan to attend. Besides bringing a unicycle or two, I have personally demoed the free-standing PAT bike rack. It’s the exact same thing as is on a bus, but acts a little wobbly, which a bus isn’t.
With a little practice, the process of loading or unloading a bike can be done quite fast, well under 20 seconds. I think that as more people learn how and get good at it, more drivers will get used to people being fast.
@Lyle: Lending a bike isn’t intended to be a free-for-all…if the owner doesn’t feel comfortable with someone riding it, no big deal. No reason you couldn’t offer stoker rides only, for example…whatever you feel comfortable with. (Case in point: I’ll likely bring my super-snazzy carbon fiber racing ‘bent to show off, but rather doubt that I’ll allow anyone without prior experience or demonstrable mad skillz to take it for a spin…the steel-framed ‘bents, on the other hand, are fair game…)
As far as the waiver goes, I think it’s the standard Flock waiver.
@Stu: With regards to the PAT rack, is that something that a couple of people could easily transport in a pickup or large trunk of a car? Do you recall the weight?
I’d say a pickup. Two strong people needed to carry it. Maybe 75 to 100#, but also fairly wide and large. The rack itself is 50# and the mounting base another couple dozen.
If you can find photos of the North Side Car Free Friday event, it was on display there.
So, here’s the condensed request list thus far. I’ll have the interest sign-up form (for bringing bikes, food, and/or volunteering) available shortly.
Tall wheel (26″+)
Cargo bikes (with load)
“super pricey carbon thingy”
B.O.B. trailer (with load)
IGHs (Alfine, Rohloff, DualDrive, etc.)
Racks and panniers, lots of varieties
The waiver is actually going to be a modified version of the Flock waiver.
The new tall bike covers two listed categories, plus a super-cool unlisted category, cable actuated steering!
Darn it! I wanted to go to this too and it’s at the same time as my Bike the Bakeries ride:( Any chance it will go beyond 1 pm?
@sarapgh2: We’ll likely be cleaning up until 2-ish, and it’s not like we’ll be breaking out the riot shields and fire hoses if people choose to hang…
BTW, in the above list, ‘tall wheel(26″+)’ refers to a unicycle…my organizational indentations were victims of a senseless copy-paste crime.
if someone were to bring something for folks to try out and someone else wished to purchase it, how would that be viewed? parameters on that type of thing?
Just to clarify, I’m hoping someone brings a >=26″ uni; I don’t have one myself.
The sign-up form is now available in all its Googly-Forms glory.
If you’re planning to bring a bike or bikes, something for the picnic, or want to help out in any way, please let us know here.
Dan, will you guys be there starting at 830 till about 230? If so I could drop off my bikes as I pass right by the oval on my way to and from work.
Umm, probably not that early (although that late is a distinct possibility.)
We’re planning on setup from 9-10, event from 10-1(ish), and teardown/cleanup as necessary starting at 1.
[Edited to add:] Also, it’s probably better if the owner of the bike (or someone they specifically handed the keys to, so to speak) is present. Otherwise, we potentially end up with a bunch of orphaned velos, and we’ll have no choice but to sell ’em on Craigslist or something.
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