Try-A-Bike Jamboree ::::: Saturday, July 2
Sorry I missed, crazy day for me. I would of loved to come out and try different bikes and show support.
I’m bummed that I missed this, sounds like it went great. But, I did just get back from a great road trip, so can’t be too bummed.
It was a great day! Many more thanks are in order & I’m probably forgetting a few folks, too: Nate and Mary, Travis, reddan, Stu, Nick D, all brought a ton of bikes and worked all day making adjustments and helping people ride. Ellen brought the fully-loaded-for-camping Kona UTE and amazing fruit salad. Tabby, Dave, Bihui, dwillen, stefb, boostuv, rachel, Lyle, erok & I and several others brought their personal rides down to share. Terry Doloughty from the Polish Hill Civic Association brought a huge shade tent, first aid kit, tons of snacks and a sweet vintage bike. Karen from Dirt Rag brought a cycletruck, trailers and a bunch of magazines. My boyfriend was a huge help. A couple of bicycle cops from Zone 5 dropped by and mingled for a while. I can’t wait to see more photos: please tag them in the Flock of Cycles pool if you use Flickr. The Flock cooler/music trailer had a good sound mix all day.
My pictures are up. Use for whatever non-commercial endeavors you wish (and Trav, feel free to use for your journal, thanks for bringing out all those bikes!). I just ask everyone to include a photo credit: “dwillen”, a link to my website, or my real name (find it on the previously mentioned website): http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvb9s46
Agreed wholeheartedly…it was a delightful day. I didn’t make the time to ride as many bikes as I intended, but had so much fun that I didn’t realize how fast the event went by.
Thanks to all who attended, whether as volunteers, participants, or both. I’m really glad I had the chance to spend an afternoon with yinz.
dwillen, just checked out your site and i like your photos! especially the cardinal.
What a fun day! Thanks so much to the organizers and volunteers.
It was great to meet so many of you IRL as the kids say – RedDan, Rachel, Nate, Stu, Dwillen, Stef B, and others I’m forgetting.
It was very interesting to see how popular the ‘bents were. Thanks to Trav for hauling them our way. That one tri-wheeler (most popular bike!) felt like a sports car.
Thanks to everyone!
Great to meet people, also great that a few of the participants just happened upon us and decided to join the fun. Maybe some day I’ll find the courage to try a tall bike for real. Our 14-year-old is now determined to build one.
This looks like it was such a blast! I was out of town, otherwise I would have been there Hopefully there’ll be a next time?!?
Bummer to have missed this, looks killer. Glad you all pulled together to make it happen.
^ I hope Polo went well. Please post pictures if you’ve got ’em.
this was better than going to kennywood!
i am SO BuMMED that gordon apparently had a camera misfire and didnt get any photographic evidence of me on tall bike, which i had a very hard mental time with, but want to ride again.
i loved all the bikes. i loved the triangle bike. i loved the fruit salad too, who the heck made that?! it was like a bottomless bowl.
if anyone ever needed to reaffirm their love of bikes at all, this was the event for you. it was SO FUN.
bonus: people in the traffic on washington blvd pointing when you ride by on the tall bike, or that low trike that was the greatest thing.
Yes I got some people staring at me on the little tall bike. Maybe someday I can ride the tall tall bike if nick will allow me
I found both tall bikes to be highly maneuverable at very low speed. I had a lot of fun riding figure-8s around a couple of leaves about 10 to 15 feet apart with both of them.
btw, this was how I got good at turns on the unicycle back when I was learning how. My house was about a half mile from a small playground. Once I could make it that half mile, meaning I had mastered going in a straight line, I practiced on a 15-foot spiral painted on a basketball court, and trying to hit every number on a hopscotch court, in order.
Mary, if he is serious about building one, I’d happily help.
I think a lot of people completely forgot they were also riding a cable actuated steering bike.
Thanks, Nick! He’s quite serious. Today he went to FreeRide to check out some frames. Turns out they weren’t open, but the nice folks let him look around a bit.
Fruit salad was me, and I have to say I’m impressed that you guys finished it all. I figured I’d be lugging it home!
@epkiley, that fruit salad fueled a LOT of laps of the oval. Thanks for bringing it!
Thanks everyone! This was an awesome event. I didn’t think I would get there in time, fortunately it went way past 1:00. I got home at 4:00.
This was definitely better than Kennywood. The risk of injury was more real. I still need to master the one bent with the roving handlebars, I’ve got a couple nice scratches on my legs to prove it. Also, getting started and then dismounting a tall bike for the first time definitely has a Phantom’s Revenge feel to it . . . especially the dismount!
@Nick D I think a lot of people completely forgot they were also riding a cable actuated steering bike.
You talked about the steering and it was really interesting.
But while I was mounting, riding, and dismounting it, the steering mechanism was completely out of my thoughts.
What a fun toy!
the tall bike was hard to get onto but the recumbents were hard to learn to ride!!
I missed the fruit salad. Any chance that you’d be willing to post the recipe epkiley? Obviously it was something special.
Hah, not really. Just a bunch of fruit in a bowl — summer does all the hard work. Can’t go wrong when grapes taste like candy.
^Your fully-loaded cargo bike was fun, too. Made me want to go camping. I’ve never done it by bike.
This sounded so great I wish I would’ve been there.
I do have a bit of constructive criticism,
perhaps some of these great events could be planned for later in the day?
I don’t leave work on Fridays until around 12:30am and after grabbing a tasty beverage or two and commuting to the house I don’t get to sleep till around 3
The chances of making an early (in my world) event are slim to none. I also believe there are probably quite a few humans with the same problem as mine.
Signed, not operational until 1pm
I’m sort of the opposite as spak, but it leads to the same point. I clock in at 430am on saturdays for work,so while I’m functional early in the day, I don’t get to leave work until 2pm. That being said, I understand the timing; it seems to be what works best for the majority of people.
Actually the event kept going until much later than orignally planned. I think it was about 4 pm when we got out of there.
Somewhat related, several of us attended the midnight flock (including Nick) and were at least talking until 3am, (which is when I left) I heard others talked until 4
I never would have made it, except Nick called me and I promptly rolled out the door
I think with the success of this event, maybe a longer one (or later starting) could be planned in the future
One of the benefits of starting early is that it was cooler. I probably would have been a lot more wiped out if say it started at noon
Next time, it would be nice to have hot coffee and hammocks for napping between rides! It wouldn’t be hard to have a dawn-to-dusk jamboree. There’d just need to be more food & more volunteers. I look forward to seeing how this evolves & that more people can come next time.
I got home a little after 4a, did some work, went to bed around 5a, woke up at 8a, and was down at the oval around 9:20a. Who needs sleep?
I think the next one could definitely be an all-day event though.
I had an early errand, so knew I wouldn’t get there any earlier than 10:30. I wasn’t the last to leave, more likely among the last 10, maybe 3-ish. We still had a bunch of bikes there at 2, which is when the crew showed up to take away the bus bike rack.
in all seriousness, it would be awesome to have some big multi person bikes like that… i vote for nick to make one.
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