Play Wheelset of Fortune! You don't need to be fast or ride long distances. Everyone is welcome to join in. It isn't difficult - just adds a little spice to your ride or maybe offers a little motivation to ride on a day when you need a bit of a push.
The old thread was malfunctioning a bit, so we're starting a new one here. I've done a copy and paste of the rules previously posted and made a few small edits:
This is a game that’s all about riding to places and taking pictures. It’s similar to Tag-O-Rama, but there's no riddle to work out and speed is not necessary. It's an inclusive game where many bicyclists post images of the tag instead of only the first individual to get there.
It works like this:
Each round lasts about 1 week in the warmer months and maybe a bit longer when it's cold and icy. At the start of a round, you get tag instructions from two tag-setters. Each tag-setter will name a location or create a theme for the round.
Examples of themes and locations include:
-Your bike in front of your favorite mural
-Your bike at a high vantage point
-A photo with your bike in which symmetry is present
-Your bike with a deciduous tree, or forest thereof, in its autumnal glory!
(-Your bike with whatever the tag setter defines for that round)
Find a place/object that fits the theme and take a photo of your bike there. Then post the photo in this thread.
When the round ends, the tag-setters randomly choose new setters from the list of people who posted a photo in that round.
Let’s say Albert and Becky each set a tag in round 7. Becky, Chuck, Darla, and Ed find Albert’s tag. Darla and Frank find Becky’s tag. After the last tag for the round expires, one of the tag-setters (say Albert) makes a list like this:
The tag-setter then goes to http://www.random.org
(or equivalent) and uses the random number generator to pick two random numbers from 1 to 6. If both numbers refer to the same person, pick the second again. Let’s say 2 and 3 come up. Then Chuck and Darla are the new Setters, and each posts a new location and time, using the format below. The new round ends when the last photo expires.
To set a tag, you can just describe the place, or post a link to a map, or post a photo of your bike there. But it should be easy to find even for people new to town. This game is not about interpreting clues, just about riding to interesting places.
for the List of previous tags
Stu and Rusty Red - you're up. Please set your tags and the end date here. :)
Feet, any kind... human, animal or a reproduction (other than your own).
Tag #2: Holes! Potholes, holes in fences, knot holes in trees, a hole-in-the-wall store, something that merely looks like a hole. Apply whatever imaginative or wack-o idea crosses your mind!
Inspiration: A sinkhole opened up along McKnight Road a little while ago, swallowing a car. [link
This round closes at 23:59 on Tuesday, August 19.
This doesn't count for the game since it's my tag, but still, this isn't something you see along your daily commute path everyday.
James Simon's "Liberty Ave Musicians" sculpture
Holes holes more holes!
In my holes photo above, zoom in on the person just to the right of the business end of the backhoe. You'll see it is a photographer with a huge tripod in one hand and a camera in the other. Turns out he was with the Post-Gazette, and the afternoon online edition of the paper (named the Pittsburgh Press) showed me taking this picture, or about to.
I looked for a link. Sorry. Wednesday's "Press", page 3. No paper version. I'm wearing a yellow shirt and you can see the bike in the distance, leaning against a rail, to the right of the truck.
Meanwhile, I have an idea for a "feet" picture.
Here is my "hole" tag...... decorative lifesaver ring along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin
And for feet, well, these llamas were up on hind legs, boxing it out just a moment before this photo was taken.
Sauk Trail, Sheboygan County, WI
Four hundred and fifty seven feet! The old Forbes Field wall, Oakland.
Four hundred and fifty seven feet!
Tag #1 - Feet:
here are Marx
's oversized feet
Tag #2 - Holes:
I guess this counts as holes. What's interesting is that this ongoing construction has disrupted a bike lane along the road, which some of the time gets completely ignored and some of the time gets decently detoured, seemingly at random.
A different foot, a hoof this time. "St. Samelot" statue, Tustin St, Uptown. OK, now you also know where the current Tag-o-Rama tag is, so go get it!
^^Those would be the hooves of "Triggeramus", Stu.
Our former Mayor, and start of the Downtown planning ride.
Ding, Ding, Ding!
Round is up!
Using the random.org site, (as I got to it first), we come up with the new tag setters:
Winning the "feet" tag is:
Winning the "holes" tag, with her photo of LOTS of holes, is:
Feel free to set the next tag, and the second person to set their tag will set the closing time for the round (23:59 on the day one week following the setting of the tag)
With respect to this past weekend’s all-neighborhood ride, and Sundays Pedal-Pgh ride which will hit multiple neighborhoods, how about a picture of your bike at a border. It can be a neighborhood border, a flowerbed border, or a Border’s book store (are they still in business?). Just go find a border of some type. I’ll let Jeg set the end date.
New Tag #2 - Punny
Inspiration: I saw this while riding around this week and found it hilarious.
Round ends at 23:59 EST on Wednesday, August 27th 2014
(P.S. I'm so glad this game is back! :) )
this is a political border:
It's also the current tag-o-rama target. Hey, Stu did it. So can I. Except I won't give you the location.
Tag #1: Borders. This is the end of the construction zone on Perry Hwy in Ross. North of this it's all torn up. South, the usual.
Tag #1 - Borders:
Well, former borders. Plaque marking the location of the Berlin Wall from 1961-1989.
OK, I rode right past the spot I had planned to use for border and I wasn't in the mood to backtrack, so I settled for the flower border in the space across from Point State Park:
The punny tag was just out of my depth:
Tag #1 Borders
They told me that this ride was going to cross the Mason-Dixon Line. So cross it I did.
Tag #2: Punny. "The Chop Shop" is a hair salon on Babcock Blvd in Ross Twp, but the place looks and the name sounds like it could be a shop which cuts up stolen cars to sell the parts at great but illegal profit.
Aw, heck! Am I too late?
Can I still throw my hat into the ring?
*cough* pun *cough*
Well, if not, here's the border/outline of the former border-defending fort at the Point anyway.
Time's up, close your test books and put down your pencils.
In this round, entrants for tag #1 (borders) were:
1 - Ahlir
2 - Stu
3 - jeg
4 - srpit
6 - smarchit
9 - RustyRed
Entrants for tag #2 (puns) were:
5 - srpit
7 - Stu
8 - Rusty Red
Spinning the wheelset of fortune, I get 3 and 4, so jeg and srpit get to choose the next tags. Second one to post gets to choose the end time, typically 23:59 of the day corresponding to this one next week.
I searched for a Surf shop in order to knock out both of last weeks tags in one shot (board-er... a pun, har har har); I guess we're too far from the ocean though. :p
@Drew -- could have checked out one of the new paddleBOARDER locations in town.!
I missed the deadline with my downloads. Flickr no longer working for me, and I have not yet mastered IMGUR.
I just upload to the site. Use that little icon above.
OK... Labor Day weekend is approaching. Traditionally the pools close now, so how about "pool". Doesn't need to be the swimming variety, but that'll work.
Also in honor of Labor Day (but not where I am!), New Tag #2 - people working.
Round ends at 23:59 EST on Friday, September 5th 2014.
Tag #1 - Pools
Last outdoor pool swim of the season today. Thanks to the cool and rainy weather, hardly anyone was there and I had a whole lane to myself (which is really uncommon around here)!
(No bikes allowed in the actual pool, which is on the other side of that wall and looks like this: http://www.berlinerbaeder.de/uploads/pics/Humboldthain_04.jpg
P.S., thanks @StuInMcCandless, I had no idea about the direct image upload feature.
Labor! Working hard with the forklift early Saturday morning to get ready for the Pirates game:
The Labor Day parade!
Tag #1: Pools. This is a double pool photo. First, it's the fountain in the courtyard to the County Courthouse. Second, this is where jury pools enter the building.
Second pool photo (still counts as one for the game, I realize, but I thought I'd throw it in for something different). Pool hall on Frankstown Ave, near the East End Brewery.
Pool (2 photos)
First is the Pittsburgh Pool of the Ohio River, which is defined as the water around the Point, extending to the first Lock and Dam in each direction.
Second is a CommuteInfo vehicle. CommuteInfo is the carPOOL and vanPOOL service that SPC coordinates.
Laboring (people working)
This guy caught my attention on the way into work this morning. He was buffing his immaculately clean car at 8:00 in the morning. But, what really got my attention was the R&B music he was dancing along to as he worked. All at a tasteful volume. He was so cute I knew I had to use this as my Labor tag.
I was going to take someone's picture on Polish hill, but decided on this instead
LOL. I believe you found a good "pole", Marco, but I think we should count it anyway! A for effort. :)
Tag #2. I believe some of the women in here will agree that this tag should count.
Tag#2, labor. Remember that photo in the last round about Perry Hwy being all torn up north of the Ross-McCandless line? They're working on it at night. Here are two of about 20 trucks and a McC Twp cop assisting with traffic control at the Perrymont corner.
Alternate take; I wasn't sure how well the bike showed up in it, so I took the above shot, too. (The bike is in the shot, if only barely, at lower left.)
The pool for "pool":
1 - jeg
2 - Rusty Red
3 - Drewbacca
4 - Stu
5 - Swalfoort
6 - Marco
The list for "labor":
1 - sprit
2 - Rusty Red
3 - Swalfoort
4 - Marco
5 - Stu
Random numbers were 5&2, so it's Swalfoort and Rusty Red on deck.
Well, Pool/Pole and the multiple meanings of Labor made me think of Homonyms:
So, the next tag is
Warship (or) Worship.
On the news the other night, I heard the weatherman mention that we should all enjoy the last bit of summer, because by the end of September we will have 66 fewer minutes of daylight than we had at the start of the month. (2 minute decrease per day, this time of year.)
So, this Tag 2 is a celebration of late summer, lost summer or missed summer. I realize that fair weather for cycling I cause fo r celebration on its own, but let's all find something that we won't be able to find (at least as easily) a month from now.
This might be the first time I regret not still being in the Navy. :P
Both are awesome tags btw.
Here is where concert go-ers go to WORSHIP.
@swalfoort didn't set a time, but I think 23:59 next Saturday, 9/13, will be our cutoff for this round.
Tag #1: Warships. As it happens, the book I'm reading right now is a historical novel about warships, in particular the British Royal Navy in 1804.
This is the third in a series of novels for young adults by L.A. Meyer, featuring Jacky Faber, a girl, orphaned and living on the streets of London around 1800. In the first book, "Bloody Jack", she disguises herself as a boy and runs off from living under a bridge with her street gang to join a British warship. And does very well at it. In Book 2, "The Curse of the Blue Tattoo", she's forced to go to an upscale girls' school in Boston, and take some lessons in living in high society, as her schoolmates are likely future wives of presidents, senators, and masters of estates. But here she is, in Book 3, where she ends up in command of a British warship, taking prizes (i.e., other ships) in the war with Napoleon off the coast of France. You could learn a lot about sailing ships and preparation for warfare -- in particular, how to load and fire a cannon -- by reading this book!
Tag #1 worship&warship
Here's one on the left, and one on the right (at least in Pgh on Sunday)
End of Summer/things that won't be there in a month:
Tag #2: End of summer
I will not be sorry to see the knotweed die off. By this point in the year, I lose half my trail.
End of Summer:
Paw Paw harvesting time. They won't last long.
Tag #2 - End of Summer
Outside seating at restaurants. On one hand, I'll miss being able to sit outside at places. On the other hand, it will be nice to have the whole sidewalk for pedestrians again! (This photo is at a cafe where the sidewalk is generally wide enough for both (plus a crappy bike lane), and where I organize a monthly board game event, and in the fall and winter they close at 20 instead of 21:30 mostly because of decreased foot traffic, so also a negative for them, I assume.)
Dingding! End of this round.
We had Worship or warships, from RustyRed for Tag 1.
We had End of summer, from swalfoort, for Tag 2.
So, @srpit and @marko82 get to pick the next tags.
Marco can set the end time.
I can't believe that I missed the whole last round.....
Pro Walk Pro Bike consumed much more of my time than I realized!
Looking forward to this round.
With all the bike infrastructure being installed recently we tend to forget that we need more pedestrian infra too. So how about finding a place that needs some pedestrian TLC: a curb that needs cut, an intersection that needs a crosswalk... or a pic of an existing pedestrian "improvement" that leaves you scratching your head, like a curb-cut to nowhere. And I think multiple submissions should be very much encouraged, and hopefully worth passing on to 311 or the new bike/ped coordinator.
Lets end this Tuesday night (23rd) at 11:59PM
Yay, Marko! Great tag!
I think this is a tag where the more the better......!
Tag #2: Bad pedestrian infrastructure: McKnight at Babcock, southern corner southbound. Ross Twp, but I don't know whether this would be state, county or township responsibility.
McKnight is a miserable road to bike, but this spot makes it most unpalatable. Coming south on McKnight, it's downhill after Red Lobster, but bottoms out right here, just as cars merge from coming up the ramp from Babcock to go south on McKnight. What makes it so miserable is that there is a tall curb here, so cyclists have to come to a complete stop to get up on the sidewalk to go uphill. Ambient traffic speeds in the right lane are 50+; they're sometimes 70+ in the left lane. (I monitor this on my weekly trip via motorcycle.) Cyclists can easily achieve 30+ coming down this hill. Speed limit is 40.
It would be sooooo nice to be able to aim just a couple feet to the right to go up on the bridge's sidewalk, but the stupid high curb requires a panic stop, a complete drop to zero, with the freaking traffic barreling down on top of you. Of course, *not* to do that means you lose all momentum and are then straining to maintain 15 mph by the other end of the bridge over Babcock. Cars can't pass, since left lane traffic is SO damned fast and the cyclist's panic stop/swerve/curbclobber is going to be entirely unexpected.
This bridge JUST got worked on, a complete rebuild, two years ago. Why didn't they add an itty bitty curb cut to make it ADA accessible? Not that anyone in a wheelchair is going to use this, much, but this setup sure does make it difficult for cyclists.
South end of Birmigham Bridge & Carson Street. There is a croswalk signal to help get across the "center" of the crossing, but not to cross the two ramps where cars only have yield signs and usually dont stop for pedestrians.
Why does the pole need to be in the middle of the sidewalk? There are quite a few of these in the Soutside Works.
re: the S. end of the Birmingham bridge - the right turn lane NEVER should have been the sweeping, exit-ramp-style turn. Neither westbound Carson Street onto the bridge. Should be a complete "T" type intersection. Reflects the persistence of highway-type thinking for city applications among m*****f****** traffic engineers.
If anyone knows any young people of an engineering bent, and interested in biking, suggest that they go into civil/traffic engineering. The whole profession needs to be ground down and re-booted.
Tag #1: Aromatic. BBQ Ribs place on Babcock Blvd, just outside Millvale. Some nights, I feel like stopping for dinner instead of going home, and I don't even care for ribs!
Also check out the sign behind my bike:
"Slow down, enjoy the smell!"
L'arôme de la rue Penn
Sorry folks, I am out of the game.
I have spent 15-17 minutes logging into and out of websites just to upload and transfer a photo....to no avail.
Between popup blockers, need for email verifications, etc., the inconvenience factor is just to great.
Until I am motivated enough to find a more direct photo load option, I won't be posting more photos.
I've enjoyed the game immensely. I'll miss it, and will probably be popping in to check out the tags on a regular basis. But, I won't be posting. Sorry!
^ I don't understand. It couldn't be easier, just upload directly to this site.
I do *this*, it's very easy.
I am in IE. I don't get that link option.
Bummer. Have you tried Chrome? Firefox? They rock.
Works for me in IE10.
Just above the box where I type in text, there is a tiny icon. I click that, then on the "Upload an image" button, and navigate to the file with the photo on it (standard File/Open dialog box). Much easier than messing around with Flickr or whatever.
You do have to be logged in to the site, or the button won't show up.
Woo hoo.....it works on my phone...maybe....
Brilliant (but honestly not ALL THAT aromatic) foliage at convention center bike share station in downtown Columbus, OH.
One more thing I noticed about phone uploads. Well, two things.
One, you have to wait for the whole photo to upload before pressing "submit".
Two, I start with uploading the photo, and then start typing the text, because of One.
I suspect that that is what happened here.
We'll give you credit for trying!
As I said, maybe..... But I will keep trying....
Maybe someone could post instructions (for Android, iOS) on how to do it, mentioning apps and other detail. Or, hey, just make a YouTube of it...
Failed photo upload deleted, x 2
Firefox 32 for Android on Android 4.4:
Log in to Bike Pgh.
Click image icon just above text box.
You should get a box labeled "image URL" and buttons "Apply image" and "Upload an image". Click the latter.
You should get a dialog with choices Camera, Camcorder, Documents.
Use Documents if you already took a photo, maybe cropped it, and select the image you want.
It should then insert some HTML code in the edit box as shown, and list the image. Then click Submit.
I find that I can't upload images saved to the SD card in my phone and only to some of the images saved to my phone.
Sometimes, I click on upload image, and it generates the file name that I (or my camera) has assigned to it. But, only the "sample" code that appears in the photo you pasted above, "including the reference to [
] etc, appears in the BP text box, and it fails to capturing the details of MY image.
And, once uploaded, you need to remember to "apply" the image.
I don't know how to experiment with this without pissing off a bunch of people with RSS feeds with lots of "message has been edited" notes.
Oh well, I'll think about trying again some other day.
If you don't want to experiment on this site, try uploading a photo to the format conversion site Zamzar
. If you can get that site to read your .jpg files (they are .jpg, right, not some raw format?) and convert them into another image format like .png, that points to an issue on this site. If not, it could be your phone or its browser have some problem. Zamzar might even provide an informative error message.
Well that round didn't get much play. Stu is one tag setter (for the infrastructure) by default. Had to do the random # generator 3x to not get Stu again. Out of three submissions for aromatic, it finally selected Rusty Red.
Beautiful weather for the next several days... hopefully we'll see some more participation.
I had difficulty getting to the intersection I wanted to highlight as deficient. Excuses, excuses.
I'm still on a homonym kick.
Just in time for Oktoberfest:
I'm too picky. I like my photos to be something novel. I'm lucky if I can find an appropriate shot within a week... thus my infrequent posting. It doesn't help that I've been riding less frequently this summer. :(
Wait, who's picking the other tag? Am I doing both?
"Wait, who’s picking the other tag? Am I doing both?"
No, Stu sets the second tag.
Oh, OK then! Tag #2: Walls!
We have lots of walls. Tall ones, short ones, new ones, ones that have murals on them, ones that still have a century of soot on them, walls that are tilting, walls that are halfway collapsed or very nearly so, and walls that look like someone took a sledgehammer to just this afternoon.
Pick something that looks interesting or has a neat story behind it, and post away!
The round closes, ... oh, we'll give it both weekends. Sunday, Oct 5 @ 23:59.
Hmmm. This isn't looking good. Six days with no posts here.
OK, here's my wall:
It's where I like to pause for a snack or drink sometimes after coming up the Junction Hollow Trail. Sometimes I sit and evaluate traffic to decide which way I want to go from there. Back when that hill used to kick my behind I needed this spot just to catch my breath.
This has to be one of the the worst names ever.
Walls of the Big Savage tunnel: