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Steve Koster Fri Oct 10 21:56:00 2014
Congrats PGH on the Rust Belt WIN!!! I knew we could do it.
Drewbacca AWD Tue Sep 30 19:54:00 2014
Only a few hours left... Don't forget to log your miles! Just one mile a day makes a difference, so if you know you went for a ride on a day that you didn't log, LOG IT! May-June-July-August-Sept! Pgh>Cle GO!
Jon A Webb Sat Sep 27 11:02:00 2014
You have to show them your Endomondo page with your points on it. They're real strict about that. I asked the bartender why and she said, "You have no idea what people will do for free beer."
Kitaira Starr Sat Sep 27 09:12:00 2014
a friend can have one of your beers - but not at the same time as you having one. At least that's what I gathered last time I asked... I have one left to redeem.
Drewbacca AWD Fri Sep 26 00:51:00 2014
1) Show up, show them who you are on a tablet the bartender has, fill out the sign up sheet and get a card. You don't need any special authentication... it's a painless sign up.
2) I think it is at the bartender's discretion.
3) Don't think so, and you're limited to I believe Dale's or EEB Pedal Pale.

*Enjoy what you can get. I haven't redeemed any of mine and I'm out of state until October. :( I was, however, there when a friend signed up.

Alex Rudnicky Thu Sep 25 19:19:00 2014
The NEWS reminds me that I haven't redeemed any of my OTB beers. Which might explain (some of) my thirst that follows on a ride... Anyway I don't see any instructions (other than "show up and get a free beer!"). So, can anyone enlighten me on the following:

1) What, exactly, is the authentication procedure? (What do I have to show up with.)
2) Seems I have to drink all of it up by the 30th, and at one glass per "visit". What is the definition of a visit? Go outside, wait n minutes, then go back in? (No, I don't bike drunk.)
3) Can I assign a drink to companions?

Thanks!

Terry Bruce Sat Sep 20 22:29:00 2014
ill be marshalling the 321 ride
Mitchell Small Fri Sep 19 08:30:00 2014
Too bad I'm out of town next week on business and can't bring my bike!

Looking forward to the 321Ride on October 13. Doing the Metric Century option. Anyone else doing that ride?

Jon A Webb Tue Sep 16 08:50:00 2014
What a relief that we're competing on points, not miles vs Cleveland -- and we're more than 10% ahead with 2 weeks left to go.
jason henry miller Sun Sep 14 23:00:00 2014
if I won the lottery I would probably spend my whole summers riding on the gap and c&o
Drewbacca AWD Sun Sep 14 00:31:00 2014
Goldbond was my best friend after a few days on the GAP_C&O. LOL Thanks for the help Steve! Go Pgh!
Frank Kocevar Sat Sep 13 16:39:00 2014
Great job Steve, did the same route about a month ago.
Steve Koster Sat Sep 13 09:06:00 2014
369.26 total miles for my DC to PGH trip!! Miles included a 10.88 miles sight seeing ride around DC and to/from hotels, B &B each day.
Steve Koster Fri Sep 12 20:54:00 2014
Just finished DC to PGH bike ride at about 3pm today. Amazing time but saddle sore. Time to log all those miles :) Went with my friend's GF who made her ride a fundraiser at www.nicoleinspires.com
jason henry miller Thu Sep 11 22:20:00 2014
yeah! I see you yale! keep riding
Buffalo Buffalo Thu Sep 11 17:35:00 2014
Anybody know if it's possible to force the phone app to re-upload a trip? For some reason one trip from yesterday evening seems to have skipped a bunch of points in the middle (though the mileage total is correct), while another abruptly terminates 2/3 of the way through...
Yale Cohen Wed Sep 10 23:07:00 2014
The calorie calculation is a bit bogus. See https://getsatisfaction.com/endomondo/topics/calories_calculation_method-nygpi

For example, my stats show zero (0) kcal burned, since not all my stats (like speed) are known--I enter data manually...as per my Garmin Foretrex.

Drewbacca AWD Wed Sep 10 01:02:00 2014
@Kedin, LOL. Perhaps Endomondo just takes the Cuyahoga River into account? I wouldn't drink their water either! Wake up Pittsburgh, we still have time!
Kedin Morel Wed Sep 10 00:36:00 2014
I think its funny how it calculated that we drank more water and burned more calories yet Cleveland is up by 10k miles in calling bs but let's go pittsburgh
Alan Lucas Tue Sep 9 22:05:00 2014
What the hell, Pittsburgh?
Drewbacca AWD Sun Sep 7 22:54:00 2014
I call BS on at least one CLE rider who has absolutely nothing posted besides Sept 1 when he apparently rode 240 miles? Maybe just the lazy way of entering miles for the month but it looks really bad. I'll assume most are legit, besides that.
Robert Baiko Sun Sep 7 21:21:00 2014
Cleveland is up by 10 thousand
Robert Baiko Sat Sep 6 19:48:00 2014
I was comparing miles... The site shows it...
Drewbacca AWD Sat Sep 6 18:59:00 2014
Thanks Jon! Now I just need to figure out how I can fit in 68 miles/day for the rest of the month. *sigh*
Jon A Webb Sat Sep 6 08:45:00 2014
Cleveland made a page so you can compare the miles side by side at https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/.
Drewbacca AWD Fri Sep 5 23:15:00 2014
@Robert, How do you compare miles against Cleveland as opposed to points? Also, being pushed by a friend to log my GAP mileage got the ball rolling and I'll likely get into the top 50 by the end of this despite no miles in May or most of June; do it!
jason henry miller Fri Sep 5 20:54:00 2014
thanks brun!
Eric Rickin Fri Sep 5 19:40:00 2014
Justice-
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/lincoln-place-man-pleads-guilty-to-hitting-bicyclist-with-jeep-wrangler-in-lawrenceville-702142/
Robert Baiko Fri Sep 5 09:49:00 2014
I am going to get all the people that did the gap with me to put in miles. I think I can get an extra 1000 miles with them.
Robert Baiko Fri Sep 5 09:48:00 2014
GUYS CLEVELAND IS 1000 miles behind us! TIME TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR... EVERYONE NEEDS TO PUT IN AT LEAST 5 Miles a Day!
Robert Baiko Fri Sep 5 09:47:00 2014
Jason you can also tighten up your chain tensioner as well.
BRUN 66 Thu Sep 4 03:24:00 2014
Jason, sounds like you need a new chain, you need to change your chain out every 1000 to 1500 miles for about $12. Or change your gear cassette for about $80 or so when your chain grinds your gears down !
Robert Baiko Tue Sep 2 22:01:00 2014
Steve just got back from my trip same direction.... Added 335 to Pittsburgh. There is a Tony's pizza in Williamsport c&o 100 they have really good pasta. It might be muddy there were a lot of slippery puddles we ran into.
Dominik Konkolewicz Tue Sep 2 21:06:00 2014
Cleveland are back in it.... They are only 6500 miles behind. At the rate they are gaining miles this time next week, we will be behind....
Steve Koster Mon Sep 1 12:42:00 2014
5 laps around North Park. 25.52 @ 14.4 avg. lots of runners. good workout. 6 days until my DC to PGH trip :) hope we have good weather and no mech issues.
Jill Egyud Sun Aug 31 22:15:00 2014
One month left!!!
Dominik Konkolewicz Sun Aug 31 09:19:00 2014
Jason, this probably means you left your chain too long, and didnt change it early enough. The bad news is that from here, you will have to change at least your sproket and chain, and most likely chain ring.

A good resource for all things "bikey" is Sheldon Brown's website. I include the page on chain maintanance:
http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

jason henry miller Sat Aug 30 22:08:00 2014
some of my sprocket teeth are worn all the way down, can anyone tell me how the hell this happens?
Robert Baiko Tue Aug 26 13:38:00 2014
We need to kick it in to high gear... Only 20,000 miles ahead
Ken Emery Mon Aug 25 21:51:00 2014
What a fantastic day and a great ride. Really liked the metric century course this year.
Eric Rickin Mon Aug 25 09:14:00 2014
Finished the 25 mile ride. Better course than last year. Nice ride.
Lou Fineberg Fri Aug 22 14:47:00 2014
Here's wishing you an excellent new knee Bob!
Frank Kocevar Thu Aug 21 07:31:00 2014
Just did the D.C.to PGH ride last week. It was awesome! Weather was great!
Steve Koster Mon Aug 18 17:30:00 2014
Our DC to PGH bike ride is in 3 weeks Sept.7-12 :) PSYCHED!!
Steve Koster Mon Aug 18 17:28:00 2014
Bob, wish you a speedy and full recovery :)

Had a good ride today on the Montour Trail 60.2 miles, avg speed 13.8 mph. Overcast but no rain.

Bob Karlovits Mon Aug 18 11:11:00 2014
I'm sorry to let my fellow Pittsburgh riders down, but today's ride is the last of the season for me.
Thursday, Aug. 22, I will be getting a new left knee to replace the one that has been crushed in wear related to a nasty car accident 25 years ago.
The idea is to return to a normal and pain-free existence.
I'll be riding with you next season.
See you then.
Mikhail Evstiounin Sun Aug 17 20:51:00 2014
Clevelanders made a special site -- https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/
Jon A Webb Fri Aug 15 08:43:00 2014
Well, it makes sense that it's miles, since that's what the Clevelanders seem to think. But when I try to see the current total miles here I only see the number for Pittsburgh. How do I see the total miles for Cleveland?
Patrick Roberts Thu Aug 14 21:22:00 2014
I thought it was miles too. Wouldn't be the first time in was wrong, but I have 4 people from Cleveland crashing the house for PedalPGH and want to make sure we have a lead.
Danny Yabs Thu Aug 14 11:35:00 2014
Anybody going to the bike-in movie tonight at the Center for the Arts? Its Premium Rush, that NYC bike messenger movie. Has anyone ever seen it?
Mikhail Evstiounin Thu Aug 14 10:36:00 2014
@Jon A Webb, leaderboard is all about points. Competition is about miles if I remember correctly.
Jon A Webb Thu Aug 14 08:32:00 2014
@Patrick, I don't get it. Here's what I do -- click 'National' on the main page, Leaderboard, choose Communities > 200K, shows Pittsburgh @ #172 1437.69 points. I search for Cleveland, it's at #449 566.62 points. What are you looking at? Shouldn't the leaderboard decide who wins?
Danny Yabs Wed Aug 6 09:35:00 2014
BikeFest starts Friday! Check this blog post that highlights some longer rides to get big NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE POINT$$$$$$ on! http://bikepgh.org/2013/08/05/get-the-best-national-bike-challenge-bang-for-your-bikefest-buck/
Michael Kostyzak Tue Aug 5 21:10:00 2014
I wanted to commend our rider Arnie, he is an amazing rider and his legs don't know when to quit. Great job Arnie, you are an inspiration to everyone that rides a bicycle.
Michael Kostyzak Tue Aug 5 21:07:00 2014
It's Zak and it's alright Jason. Bring it by and let me tag it, I'll get it done in a couple days. I would get it sooner but I'm slammed with work and that's a good thing.
jason henry miller Tue Aug 5 20:37:00 2014
Hey Zack, I apologize for me giving you a hard time about the shifting, I was hoping you could re-pack my rear wheel bearing because it seems to be getting loose.
Patrick Roberts Tue Aug 5 11:05:00 2014
@Yale - The NBC webpage for Cleveland shows 1,175 riders and 417,758 miles. We are not crushing them, and they are closing the gap fast.
Dominik Konkolewicz Tue Aug 5 09:11:00 2014
Yale, if you look at the facebook page for the rust crown there is a side by side. Right now, the lead is even smaller, PGH is only 25 000 miles ahead now, meaning we have lost half our lead. I think you are correct, that they include surrounding communities.
Yale Cohen Mon Aug 4 00:17:00 2014
Patrick; Where are you getting your figures for Cleve/Pgh. I see that we have 367000 miles and Cleve has 182000--we're crushing them. We have 1250 riders and they have 522. Our rating is 1328 and theirs is 518. These numbers come from the "Communities" listing. I see these numbers are different from those in my headier. Is this an endomondo accounting problem or is Pgh/Cleve defined including the "surrounding" communities?
Steve Koster Sun Aug 3 22:27:00 2014
Nice 65.10 mile ride today on Ghost Town Trail up in Indiana, PA area. light rain in morning then cleared up rest of trip.
Patrick Roberts Sat Aug 2 08:12:00 2014
Our 50,000 mile lead has shrunk to about 30,000 over Cleveland. They are organizing rides with high numbers in attendance (try 800). I am asking the choir (you) to tell yinz friends to log their miles [email protected] Else all that smack talk is coming back on us!
Drewbacca AWD Fri Aug 1 01:53:00 2014
@Todd, when I look at my total points for the period (both on my profile and also on the Flock team list), it is counting my points from June which were logged retroactively... I assume it's the same for everyone.
Todd Derr Thu Jul 31 23:06:00 2014
Last year there was some other end-of-month issue, like your team and/or workplace wouldn't get credited for your points if you didn't enter them by the end of the month. Don't know if that's still the case.
Dominik Konkolewicz Thu Jul 31 15:31:00 2014
However, Cleveland is still coming back, closing the gap by about 10000 miles in this month at least. So please enter those miles people!
Drewbacca AWD Thu Jul 31 11:54:00 2014
Yep, end of the month is just for the monthly prize drawing... the points for the entire period can still be added. I just recently added my longer rides from May (I just opened this account this month). The key to remember is that for every day you ride a mile, that's twenty points right there... the more people we have signed up, the better. Also, Pittsburgh is invited to join the Cleveland crew for the ride to PedalPGH! It's all in the spirit of "frienemies."
Tricia Chicka Thu Jul 31 11:02:00 2014
Patrick, not lost for the Challenge Period I think, just for the prizes for that monthly drawing. But log 'em anywho!
Patrick Roberts Thu Jul 31 08:15:00 2014
Cleveland is closing the gap in miles to below 40,000. We may be over confident. They have some rides coming up that can close that gap in one single weekend. Heck, they are organizing group rides from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to ride PedalPGH! Please talk to to people who are not logging their miles. There are a ton of folks signed up who just don't log them. And after today I think all your July miles are lost if not logged in.
Yale Cohen Wed Jul 30 22:12:00 2014
Pittsburgh is home to 1446 of the 33198 riders in The Challenge. That's 4.33%!!! One out of twenty-three. And the Pirates are in first place and about to sweep a doubleheader against the Cards!!
Robert Baiko Tue Jul 29 10:55:00 2014
I rode to Cleveland in a weird way.... I basically used Google Maps Bike route but it was very similar to what people were saying.... I took Route 51 for a long time (not bad) all the way to the Ohio border and stayed the night in a bed and breakfast in Colombiana Ohio. The second day I was riding country roads for a while till I got to Kent. Once there I rode into the metroparks and was able to take trails all the way to Rockside Road in Valley View. From there you can go up Rockside avenue till you get to state road. Take State all the way to Cleveland. It was a good ride... Definately a 2 dayer.
Kerry H Sat Jul 26 08:26:00 2014
OTB is on the South Side, on E Carson. Roughly halfway between the Hot Metal and Birmingham Bridges.
Steven Aronson Fri Jul 25 23:03:00 2014
Hey danny and john thanks! I understand what you guys are saying but every time I change the commute settings to be correct I refresh the page and it still says .7 miles. Its okay though cause I just enter the right amount as transport cycling. And I can't wait for my 2 free beers! Where's the otb although I can probably find out. Keep riding people!
jason henry miller Fri Jul 25 22:40:00 2014
looking for a good race bike for around 1000 bucks preferably like new condition
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 25 11:09:00 2014
Steven, click to the green "log miles" button on this homepage, on the next page click the "change your commute settings" link just above the calendar that shows your daily miles, from there you can manually enter the distance of your regular commutes for easy logging. Does that answer your question? Let me know if you need more help.
Jon A Webb Fri Jul 25 11:08:00 2014
I don't know what's wrong with your commute settings -- are you using the phone app? It may just be recording it wrong for some reason. You can enter the number directly on the web site, you don't have to use the phone.
Points accumulate automatically as you log them in this challenge.
Just go to the OTB and show them your points on the website. You will get a card and they'll punch it for each beer you consume.
Steven Aronson Thu Jul 24 16:24:00 2014
Hey Pittsburgh riders, Ive got some questions folks! First, I can't seem to get my commute settings right no matter how hard i try. It keeps telling me its .7 miles but my commute is 2.2. Also how do I accumulate points? and how do I redeem my beer??
Tricia Chicka Wed Jul 23 06:38:00 2014
In 2-3 days I should hit platinum! Yay more free beer! :) I second Drewbacca's sentiment on Pittsburgh.
Drewbacca AWD Mon Jul 21 22:01:00 2014
Flock + Friday = WIN!!! :)
Hills + Sunday = WIN!!! :)
I missed the skivvies ride...
Pittsburgh is FULL of WIN!!!
Danny Yabs Sat Jul 19 10:39:00 2014
awesome to see how close the bike community is in Pittsburgh. We're all just a tag away!
Jim Morgan Sat Jul 19 06:57:00 2014
@Danny Yabs - Got home around 9:30 PM. Used up about 2 packs. Yale and I did make it over to the Southside and I made another pass thru CMU and hit Sq Hill on the way home.
@Zachary - That was me that tagged you last night in Sq Hill. Thanks for passing it along!
BRUN 66 Sat Jul 19 00:43:00 2014
Thanks Eric and “Congratulations” on your trip as well! The continuous uphill- grade from the Point to the Eastern Continental Divide can become mentally strenuous over a period of time. I’m sure you enjoyed your down-hill into Cumberland. I have to say that I did a lot of road riding after Rochester along Bike Route 5, the canal was flooded out in areas and the mosquitoes were treacherous, I had to change course. I enjoyed Little Falls & St. Johnsville, after the climb out of Little Falls the view was spectacular. I had some “good luck” with lodging at the Palatine Bridge and a great evening in Canajoharie. There is just something about the Mohawk that gives me a solemn peace of mind. Funny, it’s been almost a week after completing the ride and I can’t shake the experience it gave me.
Brun
Zachary Ernest Sat Jul 19 00:18:00 2014
Got tagged outside of Aladdins in Squirrel Hill, was already logging miles though! I'll pass it on.
Andrew Dilla Fri Jul 18 21:19:00 2014
BikePGH, your tagging got me today
jason henry miller Fri Jul 18 16:56:00 2014
im looking for people to ride with on the trail that heads to Pittsburgh, I want someone to challenge me, and so we can catch each others draft.
Josh Zorich Fri Jul 18 15:15:00 2014
Robert, I tried doing Pgh-DC last Labor Day weekend and got really sick the morning of the third day. I went from McKeepsort-Rockwood on Day 1, then Rockwood to Hancock, MD the enxt day, about 90-100 miles each day. It proved to be too much for me. Good luck and be careful.
Eric Rickin Fri Jul 18 13:54:00 2014
I'm orginially from Cleveland (Shaker Heights) and now live in Pittsburgh. How the heck did you ride from Pgh to Cleveland? (i.e., what route did you take?)
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 18 11:42:00 2014
6pm tonight @ BikePGH office to tag bikes with info on the National Bike Challenge! See sidebar for details
Robert Baiko Wed Jul 16 14:24:00 2014
Well it is my hometown so not bad but otherwise it felt good to add more miles to my hometeam
Danny Yabs Wed Jul 16 11:16:00 2014
We're still looking for riders to help spread the word on Thursday. See the news in the sidebar for details
Danny Yabs Wed Jul 16 11:13:00 2014
Congrats on the ride, Robert. How did it feel to be in enemy territory!?
Robert Baiko Wed Jul 16 09:03:00 2014
I finished biking Pittsburgh To Cleveland this weekend preparing for a PGH to DC on labor day. There are a few things I definitely learned when doing it....
Steve Koster Tue Jul 15 21:53:00 2014
yesterday rode 41.73 in the PGH heat :( training for DC to PGH Sept. 7-12.
BRUN 66 Tue Jul 15 14:46:00 2014
Thanks Jason, You are right, its fun to take your time and stop in all the little towns for a drink, something to eat and talk to the locals.
You can do a 100 miles a day but the way I like to ride and stop in places it would be a 15 hour day for me. 50 to 70 miles a day is what I like to do based on where I'm going to eat dinner and sleep.
You should consider the Erie Canal ride next year, I really think you would enjoy !!!
Brun
Danny Yabs Tue Jul 15 14:12:00 2014
We're 99 away from 1,500 riders! Anyone want to help recruit more riders by tagging bikes with challenge info? We're riding the city, leaving from the BikePGH office, this Thursday at 6pm. RSVP to [email protected], or just show up to ride!
jason henry miller Mon Jul 14 10:24:00 2014
congratulations Brun! when I went cycle touring the guy I went back with wanted to do one hundred miles a day and even ride through a storm. I said if we were racing I wouldn't have all of this weight on my bike. Cycle touring is all about taking your time and enjoying the experience, besides what's the hurry to get back to the boring everyday work life.
BRUN 66 Mon Jul 14 09:55:00 2014
400 miles Buffalo to Albany completed in 7 days.
What a great ride, lots of fun and challenges !!!!!!
IM&LUMMBQ!!!! Thanks for all your support !
jason henry miller Sun Jul 13 14:37:00 2014
I kept up with a guy on a full carbon racing bike today, I was going around 24 the whole time. He said if I had a racing bike I would be pretty quick.
Mitchell Small Sun Jul 13 13:03:00 2014
I did indeed ride the Montour last night. A real big THANK YOU to the trail crews! The trail is a mess in places, but very ridable, and you can really see the work these people did in such a short time.

Well done, Montour Trail Crews!

Danny Yabs Sat Jul 12 12:57:00 2014
If you ride your bike to this #CarFreeFridays event at Kelly Strayhorn theater tonight you'll get 2 free tickets to another performance. http://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/stein-holum-residency-showing/
Danny Yabs Sat Jul 12 10:38:00 2014
Happy Car Free Fridays!
Mitchell Small Sat Jul 12 09:16:00 2014
Pending the weather holding, I'm planning on riding the Montour this evening after work. Have lights, will ride!
BRUN 66 Fri Jul 11 21:47:00 2014
Thanks Eric & Jason,
I'm 260 miles in, so far, so good, a couple of mishaps nothing major.
I arrived in Rome NY today, I'll be riding another 63 on Friday to Canajoharie NY.

Eric , Good Luck on your GAP & C&O Towpath trip . Enjoy the Ride ! Be Safe !!!!!

Danny Yabs Fri Jul 11 13:04:00 2014
Is anyone going to ride in PedalPGH on August 25th? You can register for the ride, the BikeFest party and get a discounted BikePGH membership on BikePGH's website http://bikepgh.org/2013/07/11/pedalpgh-named-one-of-the-best-of-the-burgh/
Eric Malazich Wed Jul 9 21:51:00 2014
@Brun 66- Never did the entire trail. One year we paired it with a trip around Niagara, Canada beginning in Grand Island, NY. Then took Rt. 31 out of Niagara, NY to get on the trail in Lockport. Another year we started in Lockport to Rochester then the Genesse Greenway trail to Letchworth State Park. Little town are neat. The Greenway was rough. The Point to DC in a couple of days. I hope you don't get the head winds we did traveling west. Enjoy the ride and stay safe.
Kerry H Wed Jul 9 09:16:00 2014
Hey, want to go up to the Allegheny Observatory Friday night now that it will fiiiinally be clear skies. Would be light on the way up, dark on the way down. Would be taking Woods Run Ave on the way down probably, what's that like in the dark? Would rather go to the Allegheny Observatory, but might be better off going to the Carnegie Science Center instead, they have an observatory as well...
jason henry miller Tue Jul 8 23:22:00 2014
brun: thanks for letting us know what it like!
BRUN 66 Tue Jul 8 16:27:00 2014
Day two on the Erie Canal Trail - Pittsford NY 100 miles in 300 to go !!!!!
What a fantastic ride.......the small bridge towns and the people that live there are great !!!
Brun
Mitchell Small Mon Jul 7 09:15:00 2014
Heading out with my Dragon to do a olittle Bikecaching alonhg the Heritage Trail and mayne the South Side. Just as long as the miles add up, who says you can't have fun doin' it!
Alex Rudnicky Sun Jul 6 17:19:00 2014
I wish the "Challenge" week lined up with the Endomondo week.
The former begins on Sunday, the latter on Monday. You end up with two different weekly totals. And if you do your longer rides on Sundays things never seem to add up in a simple way. Just sayin'...
jason henry miller Sat Jul 5 22:34:00 2014
i wasn't going to ride at all on the 4th because I thought everyone was home with there family, I was wrong it was like rush hour on the bike trail, its just fun trying to keep up with people and meeting new friends.
Michael Kostyzak Fri Jul 4 19:03:00 2014
Nice 4th of July ride with my lady, 28 miles around Pittsburgh.
jason henry miller Fri Jul 4 10:39:00 2014
great Im sure ill have a ton of questions that are more in detail
Mike Jones Fri Jul 4 10:35:00 2014
I did 2miles on my bmx bike to get the bonus
BRUN 66 Fri Jul 4 09:17:00 2014
Well you can do either, camp or hotels, My best advice is to go on the website Parks & Trail NY, go to where it says Erie Canal Ride July 7 through the 14th. Once you go there along the right side it has a list, click on to the Riders Handbook that gives you all the details. The Erie Canal is not like the GAP at all, I've done the GAP a number of times and I have done the last 50 miles of the Erie Canal on the Mohawk Hudson River Section. If you're on the Erir Canal you sure won't feel like you're riding the GAP !!!
Once you look at the Handbook let me know what you think, I am leaving Pittsburgh for Buffalo Friday the 5th, I will be on the trail for a week so I won't be able to write until after July 15. I'm sure I'll have a lot of tips for this 400 miles when I get back.
Keep in touch ! Enjoy the Ride !!!
Brun
jason henry miller Thu Jul 3 09:58:00 2014
400 miles, now that sounds like fun. is it like the GAP were theres camp grounds every so often? or are you hoteling it
BRUN 66 Thu Jul 3 06:38:00 2014
Jason, I'm doing the Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo NY to Albany NY 400 miles this week coming up, If you haven't done that yet you can get info on the Parks & Trail NY website.
Brun
jason henry miller Wed Jul 2 10:19:00 2014
Linda: been there done that
Linda Smith Tue Jul 1 22:02:00 2014
Jason: Great Allegheny Passage ..Pittsburgh to D.C. Awesome.
jason henry miller Tue Jul 1 15:52:00 2014
maybe ill give it a try next year, everyone seems to have different opinions about ragbrai
sara moeller Tue Jul 1 14:35:00 2014
Jason: Go on Ragbrai alone and meet people. Or post on the Ragrai website that you are a single rider looking for a group. 10,000 riders daily and tons of fun! I have gone on Ragbrai several times and it never fails to be one of the best weeks of the year! Did I mention pie??? (Anyone who has done the ride will understand what I am talking about.)
jason henry miller Tue Jul 1 12:26:00 2014
I'm looking for a trail around 350 miles long, and a ton of scenery, doesn't matter where its at. I was going to do a 7 day tour called RAGBRAI but my friend backed out on me, plus I've heard Iowa is not the most exciting place to cycle. I would consider out of the country options but im to young and cant afford the travel.
Jonathan Cain Tue Jul 1 10:40:00 2014
Jason: Any specific areas you're looking at? Also, what are you aiming for distance-wise? There's quite a lot of options out there...one that I wouldn't mind doing again is out in Wisconsin: The 400 State Trail -> Elroy-Sparta Trail -> LaCrosse River Trail -> Great River State Park Trail. About 100 miles, one way.
jason henry miller Mon Jun 30 21:54:00 2014
today was my first day of my commitment to bike commute to work everyday
jason henry miller Mon Jun 30 16:54:00 2014
today was my first day of my commitment to bike commute to work everyday
Yale Cohen Mon Jun 30 05:23:00 2014
Check out the Erie Canal Trail: Buffalo to Albany.
jason henry miller Mon Jun 30 05:13:00 2014
does anyone know of any other good biking trips besides the GAP and C&O
I'm thinking of some ideas for next year, I've thought about the Mississippi river trail or the northern tear bike route does anyone have any suggestions?
Mike Jones Mon Jun 30 03:49:00 2014
Yupp I bagged a few more after a busy day at the shop, glad I didn't get stuck in the rain!
Michael Kostyzak Mon Jun 30 03:42:00 2014
I have a team member who cannot log miles and he is off of the leader board. He keeps entering the right username and password but cannot log his miles. Can anyone help?
Yale Cohen Mon Jun 30 00:23:00 2014
Check out the Erie Canal Trail: Buffalo to Albany.
jason henry miller Mon Jun 30 00:13:00 2014
does anyone know of any other good biking trips besides the GAP and C&O
I'm thinking of some ideas for next year, I've thought about the Mississippi river trail or the northern tear bike route does anyone have any suggestions?
Mike Jones Sun Jun 29 22:49:00 2014
Yupp I bagged a few more after a busy day at the shop, glad I didn't get stuck in the rain!
Michael Kostyzak Sun Jun 29 22:42:00 2014
I have a team member who cannot log miles and he is off of the leader board. He keeps entering the right username and password but cannot log his miles. Can anyone help?
Dennis Maksin Sat Jun 28 00:49:00 2014
Went for a nice ride with my dad and brother. We went Rite Aid in Wm Pa to get tea. Rode all together 5 miles with 9 hills all together. They were pretty steep though. Great ride.
Dennis Maksin Fri Jun 27 19:49:00 2014
Went for a nice ride with my dad and brother. We went Rite Aid in Wm Pa to get tea. Rode all together 5 miles with 9 hills all together. They were pretty steep though. Great ride.
Kerry H Fri Jun 27 14:10:00 2014
The County Office Building. The basement would be nice for when it's raining. When it rains I go over and lock it at the CIty County.
Kerry H Fri Jun 27 09:10:00 2014
The County Office Building. The basement would be nice for when it's raining. When it rains I go over and lock it at the CIty County.
Dan Winnowski Thu Jun 26 19:46:00 2014
craig, i think it updates points every half hour or so...
Dan Winnowski Thu Jun 26 14:46:00 2014
craig, i think it updates points every half hour or so...
craig wargo Wed Jun 25 13:37:00 2014
Doesn't seem like it is updating points today any one else having a problem?
craig wargo Wed Jun 25 08:37:00 2014
Doesn't seem like it is updating points today any one else having a problem?
Ellie Newman Wed Jun 25 01:47:00 2014
Kerry H-- what building do you work at? We're hoping to get a bike facility put in the basement of the County Office Building. One day!
Ellie Newman Tue Jun 24 20:47:00 2014
Kerry H-- what building do you work at? We're hoping to get a bike facility put in the basement of the County Office Building. One day!
Adam J Rauf Tue Jun 24 15:43:00 2014
I've seen a LOT of potholes around the city and just terrible roads. Make sure you guys report some of the conditions to the 311 office. The more of us that show them what's up, the better! http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/311/form

Centre Ave and S Millvale Ave [Oakland/Bloomfield] are pretty terrible, so I reported it today.

Kathy Kuszaj Tue Jun 24 13:59:00 2014
FYI... Waterfront part of the trail.....Sitting in my car waiting in traffic last Friday around 4:45, I saw a guy on a Harley motorcycle using the bike lane to bypass all the traffic. Yes, he did get in line ahead of us!! If I was riding, it would be weaving back and forth just to piss him off!!!
Adam J Rauf Tue Jun 24 10:43:00 2014
I've seen a LOT of potholes around the city and just terrible roads. Make sure you guys report some of the conditions to the 311 office. The more of us that show them what's up, the better! http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/311/form

Centre Ave and S Millvale Ave [Oakland/Bloomfield] are pretty terrible, so I reported it today.

Kathy Kuszaj Tue Jun 24 08:59:00 2014
FYI... Waterfront part of the trail.....Sitting in my car waiting in traffic last Friday around 4:45, I saw a guy on a Harley motorcycle using the bike lane to bypass all the traffic. Yes, he did get in line ahead of us!! If I was riding, it would be weaving back and forth just to piss him off!!!
Jake Baechle Mon Jun 23 16:29:00 2014
Thank you to everyone who has been logging workouts for Frick Park! In 4 days the park has moved up from 80th place to 25th place! If we keep up the pace Frick Park could be voted America's favorite park!
https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Jake Baechle Mon Jun 23 11:29:00 2014
Thank you to everyone who has been logging workouts for Frick Park! In 4 days the park has moved up from 80th place to 25th place! If we keep up the pace Frick Park could be voted America's favorite park!
https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Kerry H Sat Jun 21 20:54:00 2014
Got to work this morning and found they installed a bike rack outside my building downtown next to the pole I lock my bike to everyday... Awesome.
Kerry H Sat Jun 21 15:54:00 2014
Got to work this morning and found they installed a bike rack outside my building downtown next to the pole I lock my bike to everyday... Awesome.
Buffalo Buffalo Thu Jun 19 18:02:00 2014
some trailheads do indicate trails are only open during daylight hours, like the parks are.

It's worth pointing out that around the time that the East Carson (Arlington to 7th) bike lane was put in, it was strongly suggested by City staff that people use the trail instead, especially at night.

Jake Baechle Thu Jun 19 13:37:00 2014
Hey everyone!
Your bike riding can help win money for your favorite Pittsburgh Park! Coca-Cola is awarding grants to the 3 most popular parks in the country and every time you ride for 20 minutes a day you earn 10 votes for your favorite park. If we all signed up we could easily be in the top 3! So far Frick Park has the most votes in the city. You can sign up here: https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Buffalo Buffalo Thu Jun 19 13:02:00 2014
some trailheads do indicate trails are only open during daylight hours, like the parks are.

It's worth pointing out that around the time that the East Carson (Arlington to 7th) bike lane was put in, it was strongly suggested by City staff that people use the trail instead, especially at night.

Jake Baechle Thu Jun 19 08:37:00 2014
Hey everyone!
Your bike riding can help win money for your favorite Pittsburgh Park! Coca-Cola is awarding grants to the 3 most popular parks in the country and every time you ride for 20 minutes a day you earn 10 votes for your favorite park. If we all signed up we could easily be in the top 3! So far Frick Park has the most votes in the city. You can sign up here: https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Tricia Chicka Wed Jun 18 15:49:00 2014
On the trails being closed after dark: I think the signs at the trail heads state "dusk to dawn" closure. I always assumed that the trails weren't "closed" perse, but it was more of a "ride at your own risk". It's not like it's trespassing or anything, right? That said, some of the trails can get awfully dark and people may or may not feel comfortable riding them without company and/or a strong head lamp.
Jonathan Cain Wed Jun 18 13:12:00 2014
Danny/Jim, There is no signage anywhere that indicates this, yet I've been hassled by the police on occasion when riding home from work after dark. I was actually told not to bother calling if I had an issue. Protect and serve, my a$$. It sure is safer riding down the South Side trail at 2am versus riding down Carson St. Just another case of too many cops not being aware of the law.
Tricia Chicka Wed Jun 18 10:49:00 2014
On the trails being closed after dark: I think the signs at the trail heads state "dusk to dawn" closure. I always assumed that the trails weren't "closed" perse, but it was more of a "ride at your own risk". It's not like it's trespassing or anything, right? That said, some of the trails can get awfully dark and people may or may not feel comfortable riding them without company and/or a strong head lamp.
Jonathan Cain Wed Jun 18 08:12:00 2014
Danny/Jim, There is no signage anywhere that indicates this, yet I've been hassled by the police on occasion when riding home from work after dark. I was actually told not to bother calling if I had an issue. Protect and serve, my a$$. It sure is safer riding down the South Side trail at 2am versus riding down Carson St. Just another case of too many cops not being aware of the law.
Patrick Roberts Wed Jun 18 01:54:00 2014
Consider that we have riders that have not logged their miles. Hence we might actually have more miles per rider than Cleveland! Keep riding. I will throw a tremendous party in October when we receive our rustcrown [email protected]!!
Patrick Roberts Tue Jun 17 20:54:00 2014
Consider that we have riders that have not logged their miles. Hence we might actually have more miles per rider than Cleveland! Keep riding. I will throw a tremendous party in October when we receive our rustcrown [email protected]!!
Jim Leonard Tue Jun 17 16:11:00 2014
Why do all of the bike trails around PGH close from dusk to dawn? I thought the city was supposed to be taking cycling seriously as a form of transport.
Robert Baiko Tue Jun 17 15:13:00 2014
Amy

Have your brother spray paint the kitty litter boxes. I think that would help!

Jim Leonard Tue Jun 17 11:11:00 2014
Why do all of the bike trails around PGH close from dusk to dawn? I thought the city was supposed to be taking cycling seriously as a form of transport.
Robert Baiko Tue Jun 17 10:13:00 2014
Amy

Have your brother spray paint the kitty litter boxes. I think that would help!

Danny Yabs Sat Jun 14 17:23:00 2014
Hey fellow riders, take a break from logging miles, call your state rep and ask them to support Senate Bill 1's dedicated funding for bike/ped improvements! http://bikepgh.org/2013/06/13/ask-your-pa-representative-to-vote-for-bicycle-and-pedestrian-funding/
Danny Yabs Sat Jun 14 12:23:00 2014
Hey fellow riders, take a break from logging miles, call your state rep and ask them to support Senate Bill 1's dedicated funding for bike/ped improvements! http://bikepgh.org/2013/06/13/ask-your-pa-representative-to-vote-for-bicycle-and-pedestrian-funding/
jason henry miller Fri Jun 13 19:35:00 2014
Amy I would go with the ortlieb bags, they may be a little pricy but there so big that you wont need front bags but yet they roll down to appear smaller if you don't have a lot in them. Plus Rei will give you a lifetime warranty on them so if for any reason you aren't satisfied they will give 100% of your money back.
jason henry miller Fri Jun 13 14:35:00 2014
Amy I would go with the ortlieb bags, they may be a little pricy but there so big that you wont need front bags but yet they roll down to appear smaller if you don't have a lot in them. Plus Rei will give you a lifetime warranty on them so if for any reason you aren't satisfied they will give 100% of your money back.
Amy M Fri Jun 13 13:12:00 2014
Ha - my brother went the kitty litter route but I was hoping for a bit nicer looking/less bulky
Amy M Fri Jun 13 08:12:00 2014
Ha - my brother went the kitty litter route but I was hoping for a bit nicer looking/less bulky
Kevin Craig Thu Jun 12 21:29:00 2014
I saw some made from kitty litter containers. Cheap and waterproof .
Christine Cato Thu Jun 12 18:50:00 2014
Amy-my husband got these recently and really likes them-Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)
http://amzn.com/B00165Q4QM
Amy M Thu Jun 12 18:32:00 2014
Does anyone have advice on where to find some relatively cheap bike bags - the side ones, preferably waterproof.
Kevin Craig Thu Jun 12 16:29:00 2014
I saw some made from kitty litter containers. Cheap and waterproof .
Christine Cato Thu Jun 12 13:50:00 2014
Amy-my husband got these recently and really likes them-Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)
http://amzn.com/B00165Q4QM
Amy M Thu Jun 12 13:32:00 2014
Does anyone have advice on where to find some relatively cheap bike bags - the side ones, preferably waterproof.
Danny Yabs Wed Jun 11 20:20:00 2014
Check out the new #RustCrown facebook page to check in on the winner of the PGH v CLE rivalry. www.facebook.com/RustCrown
Lisa Kaufman Wed Jun 11 17:31:00 2014
Thanks, Jon. Could've been an expensive mistake.
Danny Yabs Wed Jun 11 15:20:00 2014
Check out the new #RustCrown facebook page to check in on the winner of the PGH v CLE rivalry. www.facebook.com/RustCrown
Michael Kostyzak Wed Jun 11 13:58:00 2014
I would go if I could Jason.
Lisa Kaufman Wed Jun 11 12:31:00 2014
Thanks, Jon. Could've been an expensive mistake.
Michael Kostyzak Wed Jun 11 08:58:00 2014
I would go if I could Jason.
jason henry miller Tue Jun 10 16:55:00 2014
Oh and it will be on june 14
jason henry miller Tue Jun 10 16:51:00 2014
I will be going from McKeesport to D.C if anyone would like to come I will be leaving this Friday meet me at the Boston bridge at 7 a.m. For now im going alone, which is fine by me.
Jonathan Cain Tue Jun 10 15:47:00 2014
Glad you got your phone Lisa!
jason henry miller Tue Jun 10 11:55:00 2014
Oh and it will be on june 14
jason henry miller Tue Jun 10 11:51:00 2014
I will be going from McKeesport to D.C if anyone would like to come I will be leaving this Friday meet me at the Boston bridge at 7 a.m. For now im going alone, which is fine by me.
Jonathan Cain Tue Jun 10 10:47:00 2014
Glad you got your phone Lisa!
Lisa Kaufman Fri Jun 6 06:32:00 2014
Boy Scouts found my phone! Thanks to everyone who put up with me stopping and badgering them.
Lisa Kaufman Fri Jun 6 01:32:00 2014
Boy Scouts found my phone! Thanks to everyone who put up with me stopping and badgering them.
Amy M Thu Jun 5 22:55:00 2014
Thanks Brun 66!
Lisa Kaufman Thu Jun 5 20:37:00 2014
Lost my phone today on the McKeesport bike bridge. From GPS, someone picked it up and rode with it to Boston. Anybody have any info on what might have happened to it? Thanks, I need it back!
Amy M Thu Jun 5 17:55:00 2014
Thanks Brun 66!
Lisa Kaufman Thu Jun 5 15:37:00 2014
Lost my phone today on the McKeesport bike bridge. From GPS, someone picked it up and rode with it to Boston. Anybody have any info on what might have happened to it? Thanks, I need it back!
Lucia M Aguirre Wed Jun 4 18:29:00 2014
I think that my goal for this Challenge is to at-a-minimum get to the 2,500 Points. Also, to try and get a 1000 points per month, to MAYBE hit the 5,000 points as an over-achiever.

Right now I didn't make the "May" 1,000 points, but will try to kick it up and see if I can keep that :)

Danny Yabs Wed Jun 4 14:47:00 2014
Team BAM! had a strategy meeting last night at OTB (refreshments provided by the Pedal for Pints program!). We're coming for the top spot on the leaderboard!
Lucia M Aguirre Wed Jun 4 13:29:00 2014
I think that my goal for this Challenge is to at-a-minimum get to the 2,500 Points. Also, to try and get a 1000 points per month, to MAYBE hit the 5,000 points as an over-achiever.

Right now I didn't make the "May" 1,000 points, but will try to kick it up and see if I can keep that :)

Danny Yabs Wed Jun 4 09:47:00 2014
Team BAM! had a strategy meeting last night at OTB (refreshments provided by the Pedal for Pints program!). We're coming for the top spot on the leaderboard!
BRUN 66 Tue Jun 3 05:03:00 2014
Amy M,
The GAP from the Boston Bridge to Cumberland MD is not black-top paved like the lower parts of the trail on the Eliza Furnace Rail Trail aka Jail Trail, the Three River Heritage or Steel Valley Trail section of the GAP , the GAP from Boston to Cumberland is a pretty smooth surface of dirt, sand and crushed stone. Of course the conditions depend on if it’s raining or not, it does drain well, so you can ride it in the rain. It’s an uphill grade from Pittsburgh to the Eastern Divide.
Nice B&B’s in West Newton & Rockwood, there right on the trail, two good stops heading east.
Enjoy the Ride!!!
Patrick Roberts Tue Jun 3 01:45:00 2014
The Gap is paved from the Jail Trail downtown all the way to McKeesport. Downtown the route is on paved roads.
Amy M Tue Jun 3 00:36:00 2014
Is the whole Great Allegheny Passage starting from Homestead paved?
BRUN 66 Tue Jun 3 00:03:00 2014
Amy M,
The GAP from the Boston Bridge to Cumberland MD is not black-top paved like the lower parts of the trail on the Eliza Furnace Rail Trail aka Jail Trail, the Three River Heritage or Steel Valley Trail section of the GAP , the GAP from Boston to Cumberland is a pretty smooth surface of dirt, sand and crushed stone. Of course the conditions depend on if it’s raining or not, it does drain well, so you can ride it in the rain. It’s an uphill grade from Pittsburgh to the Eastern Divide.
Nice B&B’s in West Newton & Rockwood, there right on the trail, two good stops heading east.
Enjoy the Ride!!!
Patrick Roberts Mon Jun 2 20:45:00 2014
The Gap is paved from the Jail Trail downtown all the way to McKeesport. Downtown the route is on paved roads.
Amy M Mon Jun 2 19:36:00 2014
Is the whole Great Allegheny Passage starting from Homestead paved?
Eric Rickin Sun Jun 1 21:44:00 2014
On the North Shore Trail it is pretty much exactly 6 miles from the Prison by the McKees Rocks Bridge to the 40th Street bridge, and it is finally ALL PAVED!
Eric Rickin Sun Jun 1 16:44:00 2014
On the North Shore Trail it is pretty much exactly 6 miles from the Prison by the McKees Rocks Bridge to the 40th Street bridge, and it is finally ALL PAVED!
BRUN 66 Sun Jun 1 04:25:00 2014
Ryan, don’t forget the North Shores Trail, at the end of Station Square cross over Ft. Pitt Bridge that takes you to the “Point” cross the Ft. Duquesne Bridge and travel to the right along the Ohio River to the Western Penitentiary and back. It adds about 7 miles of traffic free riding on a paved surface.
Ryan McDermott Sun Jun 1 04:03:00 2014
Just moved to Homestead, PA, and have been riding the smooth commute through Sandcastle to Oakland (almost) every day. Taking our family of seven on the Rainbow Kitchen Ride for Hunger tomorrow just down the hill. I've been amazed by how many people are already using the new trail at all times of day. Met a guy last week, maybe 55 y/o, who is totally not a biker type who has been commuting 17 miles to downtown from deepest W. Mifflin for three years--and is now happy not to have to climb the Homestead Grays Bridge. Also lots of people whose only transportation is a bike are now using the trail to link up Southside to Homestead.
BRUN 66 Sat May 31 23:25:00 2014
Ryan, don’t forget the North Shores Trail, at the end of Station Square cross over Ft. Pitt Bridge that takes you to the “Point” cross the Ft. Duquesne Bridge and travel to the right along the Ohio River to the Western Penitentiary and back. It adds about 7 miles of traffic free riding on a paved surface.
Ryan McDermott Sat May 31 23:03:00 2014
Just moved to Homestead, PA, and have been riding the smooth commute through Sandcastle to Oakland (almost) every day. Taking our family of seven on the Rainbow Kitchen Ride for Hunger tomorrow just down the hill. I've been amazed by how many people are already using the new trail at all times of day. Met a guy last week, maybe 55 y/o, who is totally not a biker type who has been commuting 17 miles to downtown from deepest W. Mifflin for three years--and is now happy not to have to climb the Homestead Grays Bridge. Also lots of people whose only transportation is a bike are now using the trail to link up Southside to Homestead.
Christine Cato Sat May 31 00:48:00 2014
I ride a cargo bike with my kids on it. My highlight is when they GET OFF:)
Daniel Maturana Fri May 30 22:05:00 2014
@Patrick Roberts, you might want to rephrase your first sentence, lest you end up in some watch list ;)
Christine Cato Fri May 30 19:48:00 2014
I ride a cargo bike with my kids on it. My highlight is when they GET OFF:)
Daniel Maturana Fri May 30 17:05:00 2014
@Patrick Roberts, you might want to rephrase your first sentence, lest you end up in some watch list ;)
Buffalo Buffalo Fri May 30 16:01:00 2014
I ride up through St Mary's, the Catholic cemetery next to Allegheny. Curiously, the huge uphill at the start is actually the calmest, easiest part of my ride, since the rest of it is in Bloomfield & Oakland traffic...
Patrick Roberts Fri May 30 13:16:00 2014
I bomb Federal in the morning. I climb back up through Riverview Park in the evening. My pants are getting bigger and my jerseys almost fit once again!
Buffalo Buffalo Fri May 30 11:01:00 2014
I ride up through St Mary's, the Catholic cemetery next to Allegheny. Curiously, the huge uphill at the start is actually the calmest, easiest part of my ride, since the rest of it is in Bloomfield & Oakland traffic...
Patrick Roberts Fri May 30 08:16:00 2014
I bomb Federal in the morning. I climb back up through Riverview Park in the evening. My pants are getting bigger and my jerseys almost fit once again!
Joe Frambach Fri May 30 02:50:00 2014
I enjoy the patches of Liberty where the bike lane turns into a sharrow for half a block, but I have to negotiate regular traffic anyway. And I really love how the buses race past me to get to the next stop 100ft faster; the wind they generate is refreshing.
Fauna Violet Fri May 30 00:52:00 2014
Everyday I take the trail from the 40th street bridge to PNC park and cross the bridge to the point. I always find rest at the point before heading back up the other side of the river. I like the resting part of the ride. ;)
Joe Frambach Thu May 29 21:50:00 2014
I enjoy the patches of Liberty where the bike lane turns into a sharrow for half a block, but I have to negotiate regular traffic anyway. And I really love how the buses race past me to get to the next stop 100ft faster; the wind they generate is refreshing.
Danny Yabs Thu May 29 21:17:00 2014
I get to ride down through the Allegheny Cemetery everyday on my way to work -best part of my day! What are some highlights to other peoples' rides?
Fauna Violet Thu May 29 19:52:00 2014
Everyday I take the trail from the 40th street bridge to PNC park and cross the bridge to the point. I always find rest at the point before heading back up the other side of the river. I like the resting part of the ride. ;)
Danny Yabs Thu May 29 16:17:00 2014
I get to ride down through the Allegheny Cemetery everyday on my way to work -best part of my day! What are some highlights to other peoples' rides?
Deepak Bal Wed May 28 18:12:00 2014
Thanks for the response Danny
Deepak Bal Wed May 28 13:12:00 2014
Thanks for the response Danny
BRUN 66 Sun May 25 21:28:00 2014
Wind....What Wind ?
BRUN 66 Sun May 25 16:28:00 2014
Wind....What Wind ?
Danny Yabs Sat May 24 01:47:00 2014
you've got to go to nationalbikechallenge.org in your phone's web browser, log in and show them that way
Deepak Bal Fri May 23 22:48:00 2014
The endomondo app on my phone doesn't list my "points" or medals as far as I can tell. How am I supposed to show OTB that i earned a medal?
Danny Yabs Fri May 23 20:47:00 2014
you've got to go to nationalbikechallenge.org in your phone's web browser, log in and show them that way
Deepak Bal Fri May 23 17:48:00 2014
The endomondo app on my phone doesn't list my "points" or medals as far as I can tell. How am I supposed to show OTB that i earned a medal?
Amanda Virbitsky Fri May 23 14:30:00 2014
The formatting on the link to Cleveland doesn't seem to display correctly once the comment is submitted...to check out the Cleveland page, type "?view=975" in the URL after http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Amanda Virbitsky Fri May 23 09:30:00 2014
The formatting on the link to Cleveland doesn't seem to display correctly once the comment is submitted...to check out the Cleveland page, type "?view=975" in the URL after http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Lou Fineberg Thu May 22 22:01:00 2014
. . . and all of his miles are Mountain Biking.
Gwendolyn Schmidt Thu May 22 21:39:00 2014
Interestingly, the top ranked community has exactly one really dedicated dude. :)
Gwendolyn Schmidt Thu May 22 21:31:00 2014
As a note, OTB only allows using the Pedal for Pints drinks for two specific beers, and they are both Pale Ales. If you do not like Pale Ales, then take a friend who does and trade drinks.
Lou Fineberg Thu May 22 20:39:00 2014
We're getting close to our initial goal of 1250 riders! Let's keep up the momentum. Know anyone who hasn't signed up that should be representing the Burgh?
Buffalo Buffalo Thu May 22 20:16:00 2014
Robert: hit 'National' in the upper left, then 'Leaderboard'.
Under the header image, hit 'Communities', then use the 'Show' dropdown to restrict to large ('Class I') cities.

Rankings are by points-per-thousand-riders. As of this writing (5/22 15:22), Pittsburgh is 3rd among large cities, #144 overall, with 312.30; Cleveland is 7th, #450 overall, with 103.56; and Philadelphia is 15th, #843 overall, with 50.13 ppt. To see actual mileage & ridership, click on the city name (open in a new tab to avoid the obnoxiousness of having to go back through the process to find the list when you return...).

Robert C Baugh Thu May 22 17:23:00 2014
How can you tell how many miles each city has? and what about Philly, are they still in it?
Lou Fineberg Thu May 22 17:01:00 2014
. . . and all of his miles are Mountain Biking.
Gwendolyn Schmidt Thu May 22 16:39:00 2014
Interestingly, the top ranked community has exactly one really dedicated dude. :)
Gwendolyn Schmidt Thu May 22 16:31:00 2014
As a note, OTB only allows using the Pedal for Pints drinks for two specific beers, and they are both Pale Ales. If you do not like Pale Ales, then take a friend who does and trade drinks.
Lou Fineberg Thu May 22 15:39:00 2014
We're getting close to our initial goal of 1250 riders! Let's keep up the momentum. Know anyone who hasn't signed up that should be representing the Burgh?
Dominik Konkolewicz Thu May 22 15:25:00 2014
At the moment we are on ~93 000 miles and Cleveland are on about ~76 000 miles.
Buffalo Buffalo Thu May 22 15:16:00 2014
Robert: hit 'National' in the upper left, then 'Leaderboard'.
Under the header image, hit 'Communities', then use the 'Show' dropdown to restrict to large ('Class I') cities.

Rankings are by points-per-thousand-riders. As of this writing (5/22 15:22), Pittsburgh is 3rd among large cities, #144 overall, with 312.30; Cleveland is 7th, #450 overall, with 103.56; and Philadelphia is 15th, #843 overall, with 50.13 ppt. To see actual mileage & ridership, click on the city name (open in a new tab to avoid the obnoxiousness of having to go back through the process to find the list when you return...).

Mark Cato Thu May 22 14:18:00 2014
Blair, someone posted a link to the Cleveland stats a few pages back. You can view it here: http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Blair Stackhouse Thu May 22 14:14:00 2014
How can I find out how we are doing against Cleveland? I keep trying to find it, but I can only find Pittsburgh numbers?
Robert C Baugh Thu May 22 12:23:00 2014
How can you tell how many miles each city has? and what about Philly, are they still in it?
Dominik Konkolewicz Thu May 22 10:25:00 2014
At the moment we are on ~93 000 miles and Cleveland are on about ~76 000 miles.
Mark Cato Thu May 22 09:18:00 2014
Blair, someone posted a link to the Cleveland stats a few pages back. You can view it here: http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Blair Stackhouse Thu May 22 09:14:00 2014
How can I find out how we are doing against Cleveland? I keep trying to find it, but I can only find Pittsburgh numbers?
Eric Rickin Thu May 22 00:27:00 2014
We're up by 16,788 vs. Cleveland. I write this from Cumberland after two days of grueling, thigh burning, ass bruising travel on the GAP. 3 more days to d/c.
http://www.ericsbigride.com
Eric Rickin Wed May 21 19:27:00 2014
We're up by 16,788 vs. Cleveland. I write this from Cumberland after two days of grueling, thigh burning, ass bruising travel on the GAP. 3 more days to d/c.
http://www.ericsbigride.com
Kitaira Starr Wed May 21 19:19:00 2014
It looks like we're crushing Cleveland :)
Kitaira Starr Wed May 21 14:19:00 2014
It looks like we're crushing Cleveland :)
Eric Ticjak Tue May 20 16:46:00 2014
Great job on Friday. Bike Pittsburgh is making a difference. I thank you for continuing your efforts to make our streets safer for those of us that pedal to work. Consider the next event in Milvale. Let's get some more folks out of a car and onto the trail. Btw, north shore trail improvements are great.
Danny Yabs Tue May 20 15:10:00 2014
Lindsay, sorry you thought the program worked differently, but hey're not being sneaky, that's been part of the promotion since the beginning. Check out the BikePGH blog on the Pedal for Pints program: http://bikepgh.org/2013/04/25/pedal-for-pints-at-over-the-bar-bicycle-cafe/
Lindsay Reed Tue May 20 15:04:00 2014
I showed my 2 medals yesterday, but apparently you can only get one free beer a visit at OTB this year.
Sneaky.
Adam J Rauf Tue May 20 14:45:00 2014
bike to work day at cmu was great. it was nice to have a free tune-up as well, and got me to make a few fixes to my bike that I had been meaning to do for some time.
Eric Ticjak Tue May 20 11:46:00 2014
Great job on Friday. Bike Pittsburgh is making a difference. I thank you for continuing your efforts to make our streets safer for those of us that pedal to work. Consider the next event in Milvale. Let's get some more folks out of a car and onto the trail. Btw, north shore trail improvements are great.
Danny Yabs Tue May 20 10:10:00 2014
Lindsay, sorry you thought the program worked differently, but hey're not being sneaky, that's been part of the promotion since the beginning. Check out the BikePGH blog on the Pedal for Pints program: http://bikepgh.org/2013/04/25/pedal-for-pints-at-over-the-bar-bicycle-cafe/
Lindsay Reed Tue May 20 10:04:00 2014
I showed my 2 medals yesterday, but apparently you can only get one free beer a visit at OTB this year.
Sneaky.
Adam J Rauf Tue May 20 09:45:00 2014
bike to work day at cmu was great. it was nice to have a free tune-up as well, and got me to make a few fixes to my bike that I had been meaning to do for some time.
raymond robinson Sun May 18 12:58:00 2014
Ride your bike to work day was my first time on my bike this year. It felt good yesterday, not so much today.
raymond robinson Sun May 18 07:58:00 2014
Ride your bike to work day was my first time on my bike this year. It felt good yesterday, not so much today.
Rachel Dingfelder Sun May 18 00:53:00 2014
Bike to Work Day 2013 was great! Thanks for the bag, coffee, breakfast & good company!
Lou Fineberg Sat May 17 20:30:00 2014
Way to keep up the pace PGH! We set a goal of 1250 riders this year. It would be great for us to have to update that goal. 1500, 2000?
BTW a few of us from the BP office road the freshly minted Sandcastle leg of the GAP yesterday. Awesome! It seemed like we passed over 100 people riding bikes on our way to Homestead.
Rachel Dingfelder Sat May 17 19:53:00 2014
Bike to Work Day 2013 was great! Thanks for the bag, coffee, breakfast & good company!
Blair Stackhouse Sat May 17 16:57:00 2014
Thanks to everyone that handed out water and swag bags! It was a really nice change of pace from the usual morning ride!
Amanda Virbitsky Sat May 17 15:52:00 2014
Thanks to Bike Pittsburgh and all the hydration station sponsors for Bike to Work Day! It was a great morning to ride a bike in PGH!
Michael Carroll Sat May 17 15:45:00 2014
@JonAWebb That sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to crush CLE.
Fauna Violet Sat May 17 15:39:00 2014
I missed all the swag bag giveaways. Darn retail schedule making me not work until 11:30!
Lou Fineberg Sat May 17 15:30:00 2014
Way to keep up the pace PGH! We set a goal of 1250 riders this year. It would be great for us to have to update that goal. 1500, 2000?
BTW a few of us from the BP office road the freshly minted Sandcastle leg of the GAP yesterday. Awesome! It seemed like we passed over 100 people riding bikes on our way to Homestead.
Patrick Roberts Sat May 17 14:55:00 2014
Kathy, where do you work? I have a SWAG bag if you need one.
Jon A Webb Sat May 17 13:28:00 2014
I'm planning a 400K randonneur ride to Cleveland to pick up the crown. We would not necessarily physically pick the crown up, but we could at least pee in Lake Erie, or something like that. This would be after the end of the challenge, sometime in early October. So if you're interested in long-distance rides, keep this in mind.
Dan Winnowski Sat May 17 13:07:00 2014
Kathy, you can get one in Market Square.
Kathy Kuszaj Sat May 17 12:47:00 2014
Rode from Sandcastle to Pittsbugh... Was hoping to get a SWAG bag at the bike rental place by PNC. Got there 7:05 No one around. place not even opened. Anyone get a bag there?
Blair Stackhouse Sat May 17 11:57:00 2014
Thanks to everyone that handed out water and swag bags! It was a really nice change of pace from the usual morning ride!
Amanda Virbitsky Sat May 17 10:52:00 2014
Thanks to Bike Pittsburgh and all the hydration station sponsors for Bike to Work Day! It was a great morning to ride a bike in PGH!
Michael Carroll Sat May 17 10:45:00 2014
@JonAWebb That sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to crush CLE.
Fauna Violet Sat May 17 10:39:00 2014
I missed all the swag bag giveaways. Darn retail schedule making me not work until 11:30!
Patrick Roberts Sat May 17 09:55:00 2014
Kathy, where do you work? I have a SWAG bag if you need one.
Jon A Webb Sat May 17 08:28:00 2014
I'm planning a 400K randonneur ride to Cleveland to pick up the crown. We would not necessarily physically pick the crown up, but we could at least pee in Lake Erie, or something like that. This would be after the end of the challenge, sometime in early October. So if you're interested in long-distance rides, keep this in mind.
Dan Winnowski Sat May 17 08:07:00 2014
Kathy, you can get one in Market Square.
Kathy Kuszaj Sat May 17 07:47:00 2014
Rode from Sandcastle to Pittsbugh... Was hoping to get a SWAG bag at the bike rental place by PNC. Got there 7:05 No one around. place not even opened. Anyone get a bag there?
shane eckel Sat May 17 05:10:00 2014
I'm going to drive my car soooo fast.
shane eckel Sat May 17 00:10:00 2014
I'm going to drive my car soooo fast.
Eric Rickin Wed May 14 18:15:00 2014
Pgh has widened the lead over Cleveland. We were about 5,000 miles ahead going into this past weekend, and now we are over 11,000 miles ahead. But they have all summer to catch up, so keep logging the miles.
Eric Rickin Wed May 14 13:15:00 2014
Pgh has widened the lead over Cleveland. We were about 5,000 miles ahead going into this past weekend, and now we are over 11,000 miles ahead. But they have all summer to catch up, so keep logging the miles.
Elizabeth Beech Wed May 14 04:02:00 2014
Check this out! Local media coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch
Elizabeth Beech Tue May 13 23:02:00 2014
Check this out! Local media coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch
Ben Yogman Mon May 12 01:55:00 2014
Woohoo! It says 1016 riders right now!
Ben Yogman Sun May 11 20:55:00 2014
Woohoo! It says 1016 riders right now!
Michelle Johnson Sat May 10 21:33:00 2014
I'm working on recruiting right now!! :)
Michelle Johnson Sat May 10 16:33:00 2014
I'm working on recruiting right now!! :)
Lou Fineberg Sat May 10 16:30:00 2014
Thanks Amanda Virbitsky and Dan Yablonsky for doing an excellent job of getting word out about the Challenge! Who's going to take us over the 1000 rider milestone?
Lou Fineberg Sat May 10 11:30:00 2014
Thanks Amanda Virbitsky and Dan Yablonsky for doing an excellent job of getting word out about the Challenge! Who's going to take us over the 1000 rider milestone?
Heidi-Barbara Muse Fri May 9 02:50:00 2014
Thanks, Scott. I think OTB has clarified the pints and point issue. Will be at 250 points tomorrow, so there should be at least one free beer in my near future, if not two. :)
Heidi-Barbara Muse Thu May 8 21:50:00 2014
Thanks, Scott. I think OTB has clarified the pints and point issue. Will be at 250 points tomorrow, so there should be at least one free beer in my near future, if not two. :)
Zachery Ambrose Thu May 8 19:02:00 2014
wow..... @Brian
Brian A. Seklecki Thu May 8 18:17:00 2014
@Jeff: Thanks for setting this up. I'll be riding for my company's team, but just in case Cleveland looses the competitition, there's always home-made videos to be proud of:

www.youtube.com/watch

Just remember: "At least we're not Detroit!"

Jeff Keifer Thu May 8 16:23:00 2014
Thanks for your help...As soon as i followed the like i foud this on clevlands site

The Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes side by side comparison:
Cleveland:http://goo.gl/5yVMz
Pittsburgh: http://goo.gl/fXekm
#rustcrown

Aron Honick Thu May 8 15:26:00 2014
2 beers due by days end! mmmmmmmm
Zachery Ambrose Thu May 8 14:02:00 2014
wow..... @Brian
Brian A. Seklecki Thu May 8 13:17:00 2014
@Jeff: Thanks for setting this up. I'll be riding for my company's team, but just in case Cleveland looses the competitition, there's always home-made videos to be proud of:

www.youtube.com/watch

Just remember: "At least we're not Detroit!"

Eric Rickin Thu May 8 13:06:00 2014
We're winning by about 5,000 miles so far. Not sure how that translates into points. We also have about 200 more riders.
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Patrick Roberts Thu May 8 12:05:00 2014
If you Google the NBC and Cleveland their home page will come up. Others have spoken about creating a side by side page to compare. Will spread the word if that actually happens.
Jeff Keifer Thu May 8 11:23:00 2014
Thanks for your help...As soon as i followed the like i foud this on clevlands site

The Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes side by side comparison:
Cleveland:http://goo.gl/5yVMz
Pittsburgh: http://goo.gl/fXekm
#rustcrown

Aron Honick Thu May 8 10:26:00 2014
2 beers due by days end! mmmmmmmm
Eric Rickin Thu May 8 08:06:00 2014
We're winning by about 5,000 miles so far. Not sure how that translates into points. We also have about 200 more riders.
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Patrick Roberts Thu May 8 07:05:00 2014
If you Google the NBC and Cleveland their home page will come up. Others have spoken about creating a side by side page to compare. Will spread the word if that actually happens.
Jeff Keifer Thu May 8 03:45:00 2014
Anyone know where we stand vs.clevland? Where can get this info from?
Jeff Keifer Wed May 7 22:45:00 2014
Anyone know where we stand vs.clevland? Where can get this info from?
Danny Yabs Wed May 7 22:44:00 2014
It absolutely does! That'll be about 450 more points for PGH!
Eric Rickin Wed May 7 21:39:00 2014
Riding the GAP/C&O May 20-25. Does that count toward the total?
Danny Yabs Wed May 7 17:44:00 2014
It absolutely does! That'll be about 450 more points for PGH!
Eric Rickin Wed May 7 16:39:00 2014
Riding the GAP/C&O May 20-25. Does that count toward the total?
BRUN 66 Wed May 7 09:27:00 2014
I'm with you Ambrose, Let's Go Allegheny County !!!
BRUN 66 Wed May 7 04:27:00 2014
I'm with you Ambrose, Let's Go Allegheny County !!!
Scott Bricker Wed May 7 04:02:00 2014
Heidi, 250 points gets you your first beer.
Paul Beaver Wed May 7 01:57:00 2014
As best I can recall, there were only 4 medals last year.
(but i could be mistaken.)
David Robb Wed May 7 00:02:00 2014
Last year the free beers were based on the medals. However this year I saw a card and the point thresholds for beer were not the same as those for the medals. They are 250, 500, 1500, 2500 and 5000 on the card you should have been able to pick up if you wanted.
Scott Bricker Tue May 6 23:02:00 2014
Heidi, 250 points gets you your first beer.
Paul Beaver Tue May 6 20:57:00 2014
As best I can recall, there were only 4 medals last year.
(but i could be mistaken.)
Zachery Ambrose Tue May 6 20:45:00 2014
Go Allegheny County!!! Watch out! we are on our way up the workplace Leaderboard
Ellie Newman Tue May 6 19:39:00 2014
well darn...I just fractured my arm too, so it's going to be a long time till I can get 250 points :(
David Robb Tue May 6 19:02:00 2014
Last year the free beers were based on the medals. However this year I saw a card and the point thresholds for beer were not the same as those for the medals. They are 250, 500, 1500, 2500 and 5000 on the card you should have been able to pick up if you wanted.
Zachery Ambrose Tue May 6 15:45:00 2014
Go Allegheny County!!! Watch out! we are on our way up the workplace Leaderboard
Ellie Newman Tue May 6 14:39:00 2014
well darn...I just fractured my arm too, so it's going to be a long time till I can get 250 points :(
Heidi-Barbara Muse Tue May 6 03:21:00 2014
You can't. OTB is not giving away a free beer until you get 250 points. I tried to get my first free beer last night, and they would not honor, or even acknowledge the posting on this page that says 100 points = 1 drink. The manager (via our waitress) claims their policy has always required 250 points for the first free drink. Please, let us know if you get one for 100 points.
Ellie Newman Mon May 5 22:57:00 2014
I'm at 100 points! How do I get my free beer?
Heidi-Barbara Muse Mon May 5 22:21:00 2014
You can't. OTB is not giving away a free beer until you get 250 points. I tried to get my first free beer last night, and they would not honor, or even acknowledge the posting on this page that says 100 points = 1 drink. The manager (via our waitress) claims their policy has always required 250 points for the first free drink. Please, let us know if you get one for 100 points.
Ellie Newman Mon May 5 17:57:00 2014
I'm at 100 points! How do I get my free beer?
Nick Drombosky Mon May 5 07:48:00 2014
@Joe I think it's because I logged them with my phone, but mis-labeled them as running, and then changed it to cycling-transport online. I just deleted them and re-logged them
Nick Drombosky Mon May 5 02:48:00 2014
@Joe I think it's because I logged them with my phone, but mis-labeled them as running, and then changed it to cycling-transport online. I just deleted them and re-logged them
Ray Pekich Sun May 4 22:55:00 2014
One. One free beer. Ah ah ah!
Ray Pekich Sun May 4 17:55:00 2014
One. One free beer. Ah ah ah!
Patrick Roberts Sat May 3 22:33:00 2014
Wow, I think Ted is my hero! I will buy him a beer.
Ted King Sat May 3 21:36:00 2014
Sweet, because I'm going on a quadruple century tomorrow! See yinz!
Joe Frambach Sat May 3 19:52:00 2014
@Chris, it's entirely honor system. Just don't give them a reason to tighten the policy, it'll be unfair to everyone. @Nick, I'm seeing the same thing happen here. I think they update and cache some aggregate statistics on a schedule. Probably every few hours or late at night when the system isn't under heavy use.
Nick Drombosky Sat May 3 19:36:00 2014
Anyone know why I'm not gaining points, but it shows miles?
Chris Sprowls Sat May 3 19:17:00 2014
How does this make sense if you can just lie about your miles when you log them?
Michael Boyd Sat May 3 18:42:00 2014
I am curious if it's possible to override the zip code/comunity association for the Bike Challenge? Wilkins Township (a great place to ride a bike!) has five zip codes and no post office, so our bicycling residents will get lumped in with Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, and possibly other municipalities in the "Local Communities" leaderboard.
Patrick Roberts Sat May 3 17:33:00 2014
Wow, I think Ted is my hero! I will buy him a beer.
Ted Zellers Sat May 3 17:09:00 2014
Does anyone know how to update their workplace's picture?
Danny Yabs Sat May 3 16:54:00 2014
Hope everyone got a chance to enjoy their Car Free Fridays. But don't lose site of crown! Get at least one person to join the PGH team and log those miles!
Ted King Sat May 3 16:36:00 2014
Sweet, because I'm going on a quadruple century tomorrow! See yinz!
Joe Frambach Sat May 3 14:52:00 2014
@Chris, it's entirely honor system. Just don't give them a reason to tighten the policy, it'll be unfair to everyone. @Nick, I'm seeing the same thing happen here. I think they update and cache some aggregate statistics on a schedule. Probably every few hours or late at night when the system isn't under heavy use.
Nick Drombosky Sat May 3 14:36:00 2014
Anyone know why I'm not gaining points, but it shows miles?
Chris Sprowls Sat May 3 14:17:00 2014
How does this make sense if you can just lie about your miles when you log them?
Michael Boyd Sat May 3 13:42:00 2014
I am curious if it's possible to override the zip code/comunity association for the Bike Challenge? Wilkins Township (a great place to ride a bike!) has five zip codes and no post office, so our bicycling residents will get lumped in with Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, and possibly other municipalities in the "Local Communities" leaderboard.
Ted Zellers Sat May 3 12:09:00 2014
Does anyone know how to update their workplace's picture?
Danny Yabs Sat May 3 11:54:00 2014
Hope everyone got a chance to enjoy their Car Free Fridays. But don't lose site of crown! Get at least one person to join the PGH team and log those miles!
Robert Baiko Fri May 2 19:05:00 2014
Ill Try and add some miles this weekend for Mountain Biking :)
Robert Baiko Fri May 2 14:05:00 2014
Ill Try and add some miles this weekend for Mountain Biking :)
Jim Morgan Fri May 2 03:07:00 2014
Thanks, Lou. I'm in and have forwarded your invitation to the rest of our breakfast crew!
Ben Yogman Fri May 2 02:07:00 2014
Hey Mary,

Consider Bike Pittsburgh a resource.

Especially lots of material and lots of friendly folks on the board to point you to useful things if you're the least bit open to cycling for transportation. I thought it was crazy myself until last summer, but if you'd like more time, money, energy, and joy in your life, it's crazy not to.

It's a lot more doable than you probably think, there are gentle ramps into it (group rides, riding Sunday morning when the roads are mostly empty, etc..) and there are people not just willing, but eager to help.

Have a great trip!

Cheers,
Ben

Mary Ramage Thu May 1 22:40:00 2014
Will be slacking in the month of May, will be traveling for 5 weeks. I will try to rent a bike, as long as there are trails available. Me and cars don't mix on the same road, I am a coward that way. Hoping my buddy Rachel will get some miles racked up for us. I hope everyone out there riding has a great time! :)
Jim Morgan Thu May 1 22:07:00 2014
Thanks, Lou. I'm in and have forwarded your invitation to the rest of our breakfast crew!
Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 21:18:00 2014
You have to create the team again. Jim as the long standing leader of the Car Free Fridays breakfast gatherings why don't you and your legions join the Car Free Fridays team this year?
Ben Yogman Thu May 1 21:07:00 2014
Hey Mary,

Consider Bike Pittsburgh a resource.

Especially lots of material and lots of friendly folks on the board to point you to useful things if you're the least bit open to cycling for transportation. I thought it was crazy myself until last summer, but if you'd like more time, money, energy, and joy in your life, it's crazy not to.

It's a lot more doable than you probably think, there are gentle ramps into it (group rides, riding Sunday morning when the roads are mostly empty, etc..) and there are people not just willing, but eager to help.

Have a great trip!

Cheers,
Ben

Jim Morgan Thu May 1 21:06:00 2014
Does anyone know whether we have to create new teams this year? Our team (non-workplace) from last year isn't automatically showing up in this year's Leaderboard, so I'm wondering if in fact we need to create a new team and invite everyone to join again this year? FWIW, I can still see last year's team and its members in my Friends tab.
Ben Yogman Thu May 1 21:05:00 2014
That's good. Hopefully we'll start seeing stuff like that pop up soon.

Now we just need the Radonneurs to take a week off and do a "we challenge thee" ride out to Madison and back!

Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 20:47:00 2014
I just contacted a source very close to Danny Chew who says on Saturday alone Chewman rode 235 miles. Hopefully promise of another national title will be enough to sway him.
Ben Yogman Thu May 1 20:40:00 2014
Where's Danny Chew?

I'd have figured he'd he'd already be enjoying his first free drink by now, no?

Danny, your city needs you!

Ben Yogman Thu May 1 20:31:00 2014
I love the fact that each time I come back in there's more riders signed up, and my ranking has slipped. Four rides today and I'm currently #... 59 (ok, they were all very short).

I need a longer commute I guess.

Jamin Bogi Thu May 1 19:20:00 2014
OK, let's be honest. The back tire has trouble holding air. My wrists are...weaker than I'd like. The pannier is stable but keeps casting me glances like it's thinking about jumping off. My bike lock key is torqued. It's hot. It's cold. It's humid. It's arid.

But none of that matters, because after Day One of the challenge, I feel great--and have 32 points! Free beer before I know it!

Mary Ramage Thu May 1 17:40:00 2014
Will be slacking in the month of May, will be traveling for 5 weeks. I will try to rent a bike, as long as there are trails available. Me and cars don't mix on the same road, I am a coward that way. Hoping my buddy Rachel will get some miles racked up for us. I hope everyone out there riding has a great time! :)
Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 17:39:00 2014
PGH off to a good start!
Zachery Ambrose Thu May 1 16:58:00 2014
Happy first day of the Challenge!!! check out this video collaborated by VW and BikesForPeople!
Have a Safe, and Friendly couple months all!

http://youtu.be/P0Ev2MWRUT4

Danny Yabs Thu May 1 16:51:00 2014
No way! Join team BAM! Pittsburgh and LOG THOSE MILES! then join us to claim your free pints at OTB's happy hour this friday
Elizabeth Beech Thu May 1 16:50:00 2014
Join Team Thick Bikes and log those miles!
Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 16:18:00 2014
You have to create the team again. Jim as the long standing leader of the Car Free Fridays breakfast gatherings why don't you and your legions join the Car Free Fridays team this year?
Jim Morgan Thu May 1 16:06:00 2014
Does anyone know whether we have to create new teams this year? Our team (non-workplace) from last year isn't automatically showing up in this year's Leaderboard, so I'm wondering if in fact we need to create a new team and invite everyone to join again this year? FWIW, I can still see last year's team and its members in my Friends tab.
Ben Yogman Thu May 1 16:05:00 2014
That's good. Hopefully we'll start seeing stuff like that pop up soon.

Now we just need the Radonneurs to take a week off and do a "we challenge thee" ride out to Madison and back!

Fauna Violet Thu May 1 15:55:00 2014
First Duck, Duck, Go! team ride is tonight! I can't wait!
Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 15:47:00 2014
I just contacted a source very close to Danny Chew who says on Saturday alone Chewman rode 235 miles. Hopefully promise of another national title will be enough to sway him.
Ben Yogman Thu May 1 15:40:00 2014
Where's Danny Chew?

I'd have figured he'd he'd already be enjoying his first free drink by now, no?

Danny, your city needs you!

Ben Yogman Thu May 1 15:31:00 2014
I love the fact that each time I come back in there's more riders signed up, and my ranking has slipped. Four rides today and I'm currently #... 59 (ok, they were all very short).

I need a longer commute I guess.

Jamin Bogi Thu May 1 14:20:00 2014
OK, let's be honest. The back tire has trouble holding air. My wrists are...weaker than I'd like. The pannier is stable but keeps casting me glances like it's thinking about jumping off. My bike lock key is torqued. It's hot. It's cold. It's humid. It's arid.

But none of that matters, because after Day One of the challenge, I feel great--and have 32 points! Free beer before I know it!

Blair Stackhouse Thu May 1 14:10:00 2014
Super excited to start this!
Lou Fineberg Thu May 1 12:39:00 2014
PGH off to a good start!
Zachery Ambrose Thu May 1 11:58:00 2014
Happy first day of the Challenge!!! check out this video collaborated by VW and BikesForPeople!
Have a Safe, and Friendly couple months all!

http://youtu.be/P0Ev2MWRUT4

Danny Yabs Thu May 1 11:51:00 2014
No way! Join team BAM! Pittsburgh and LOG THOSE MILES! then join us to claim your free pints at OTB's happy hour this friday
Elizabeth Beech Thu May 1 11:50:00 2014
Join Team Thick Bikes and log those miles!
Fauna Violet Thu May 1 10:55:00 2014
First Duck, Duck, Go! team ride is tonight! I can't wait!
Blair Stackhouse Thu May 1 09:10:00 2014
Super excited to start this!
Clara Kitongo Thu May 1 05:53:00 2014
YES!!!! this is gonna be AWESOME! ^_^ Let the games begin!
Clara Kitongo Thu May 1 00:53:00 2014
YES!!!! this is gonna be AWESOME! ^_^ Let the games begin!
Stuart Strickland Sat Apr 26 17:16:00 2014
I am 26 for 26 for riding in April. This competition has definitely made me step up my game!
Stuart Strickland Sat Apr 26 12:16:00 2014
I am 26 for 26 for riding in April. This competition has definitely made me step up my game!
Lou Fineberg Fri Apr 25 06:00:00 2014
Ok team PGH the Challenge is less than a week away. It's time to talk smack on two cities. The city of Brotherly Love because they're the fifth largest city in the US and unless they get it together we have little chance of taking PA to the top of the leaderboard and the Mistake by the Lake because there's no way we can let them claim the Rust Belt crown. Let's go PGH!
Lou Fineberg Fri Apr 25 01:00:00 2014
Ok team PGH the Challenge is less than a week away. It's time to talk smack on two cities. The city of Brotherly Love because they're the fifth largest city in the US and unless they get it together we have little chance of taking PA to the top of the leaderboard and the Mistake by the Lake because there's no way we can let them claim the Rust Belt crown. Let's go PGH!
Jean Swoope Wed Apr 23 17:54:00 2014
I'm excited for my daughter and I to do this together, along with our car free Fridays!! Team Swoope!!
Jean Swoope Wed Apr 23 12:54:00 2014
I'm excited for my daughter and I to do this together, along with our car free Fridays!! Team Swoope!!
Zachery Ambrose Sat Apr 19 17:13:00 2014
Super Excited!!! rode everyday this week!
Zachery Ambrose Sat Apr 19 12:13:00 2014
Super Excited!!! rode everyday this week!
Amanda Virbitsky Fri Apr 18 18:07:00 2014
Can't wait for the challenge to start! Is it May yet??
Amanda Virbitsky Fri Apr 18 13:07:00 2014
Can't wait for the challenge to start! Is it May yet??
Rachel Dingfelder Fri Apr 18 02:11:00 2014
Super excited for this year's challenge!
Rachel Dingfelder Thu Apr 17 21:11:00 2014
Super excited for this year's challenge!
Danny Yabs Sat Apr 12 15:38:00 2014
Had a rainy and wonderful Car Free Friday ride this morning! Anyone who wants to join the bikepool can, we leave friday mornings from zekes @ 8am, go to friendship park @ 8:15, Doughboy Square @ 8:30 then head into downtown!. What a way to start a friday!
Danny Yabs Sat Apr 12 10:38:00 2014
Had a rainy and wonderful Car Free Friday ride this morning! Anyone who wants to join the bikepool can, we leave friday mornings from zekes @ 8am, go to friendship park @ 8:15, Doughboy Square @ 8:30 then head into downtown!. What a way to start a friday!
Steve Koster Fri Oct 11 02:56:00 2013
Congrats PGH on the Rust Belt WIN!!! I knew we could do it.
Steve Koster Thu Oct 10 21:56:00 2013
Congrats PGH on the Rust Belt WIN!!! I knew we could do it.
Drewbacca AWD Tue Oct 1 00:54:00 2013
Only a few hours left... Don't forget to log your miles! Just one mile a day makes a difference, so if you know you went for a ride on a day that you didn't log, LOG IT! May-June-July-August-Sept! Pgh>Cle GO!
Drewbacca AWD Mon Sep 30 19:54:00 2013
Only a few hours left... Don't forget to log your miles! Just one mile a day makes a difference, so if you know you went for a ride on a day that you didn't log, LOG IT! May-June-July-August-Sept! Pgh>Cle GO!
Jon A Webb Fri Sep 27 16:02:00 2013
You have to show them your Endomondo page with your points on it. They're real strict about that. I asked the bartender why and she said, "You have no idea what people will do for free beer."
Kitaira Starr Fri Sep 27 14:12:00 2013
a friend can have one of your beers - but not at the same time as you having one. At least that's what I gathered last time I asked... I have one left to redeem.
Jon A Webb Fri Sep 27 11:02:00 2013
You have to show them your Endomondo page with your points on it. They're real strict about that. I asked the bartender why and she said, "You have no idea what people will do for free beer."
Kitaira Starr Fri Sep 27 09:12:00 2013
a friend can have one of your beers - but not at the same time as you having one. At least that's what I gathered last time I asked... I have one left to redeem.
Drewbacca AWD Thu Sep 26 05:51:00 2013
1) Show up, show them who you are on a tablet the bartender has, fill out the sign up sheet and get a card. You don't need any special authentication... it's a painless sign up.
2) I think it is at the bartender's discretion.
3) Don't think so, and you're limited to I believe Dale's or EEB Pedal Pale.

*Enjoy what you can get. I haven't redeemed any of mine and I'm out of state until October. :( I was, however, there when a friend signed up.

Drewbacca AWD Thu Sep 26 00:51:00 2013
1) Show up, show them who you are on a tablet the bartender has, fill out the sign up sheet and get a card. You don't need any special authentication... it's a painless sign up.
2) I think it is at the bartender's discretion.
3) Don't think so, and you're limited to I believe Dale's or EEB Pedal Pale.

*Enjoy what you can get. I haven't redeemed any of mine and I'm out of state until October. :( I was, however, there when a friend signed up.

Alex Rudnicky Thu Sep 26 00:19:00 2013
The NEWS reminds me that I haven't redeemed any of my OTB beers. Which might explain (some of) my thirst that follows on a ride... Anyway I don't see any instructions (other than "show up and get a free beer!"). So, can anyone enlighten me on the following:

1) What, exactly, is the authentication procedure? (What do I have to show up with.)
2) Seems I have to drink all of it up by the 30th, and at one glass per "visit". What is the definition of a visit? Go outside, wait n minutes, then go back in? (No, I don't bike drunk.)
3) Can I assign a drink to companions?

Thanks!

Alex Rudnicky Wed Sep 25 19:19:00 2013
The NEWS reminds me that I haven't redeemed any of my OTB beers. Which might explain (some of) my thirst that follows on a ride... Anyway I don't see any instructions (other than "show up and get a free beer!"). So, can anyone enlighten me on the following:

1) What, exactly, is the authentication procedure? (What do I have to show up with.)
2) Seems I have to drink all of it up by the 30th, and at one glass per "visit". What is the definition of a visit? Go outside, wait n minutes, then go back in? (No, I don't bike drunk.)
3) Can I assign a drink to companions?

Thanks!

Terry Bruce Sat Sep 21 03:29:00 2013
ill be marshalling the 321 ride
Terry Bruce Fri Sep 20 22:29:00 2013
ill be marshalling the 321 ride
Mitchell Small Thu Sep 19 13:30:00 2013
Too bad I'm out of town next week on business and can't bring my bike!

Looking forward to the 321Ride on October 13. Doing the Metric Century option. Anyone else doing that ride?

Mitchell Small Thu Sep 19 08:30:00 2013
Too bad I'm out of town next week on business and can't bring my bike!

Looking forward to the 321Ride on October 13. Doing the Metric Century option. Anyone else doing that ride?

Jon A Webb Mon Sep 16 13:50:00 2013
What a relief that we're competing on points, not miles vs Cleveland -- and we're more than 10% ahead with 2 weeks left to go.
Jon A Webb Mon Sep 16 08:50:00 2013
What a relief that we're competing on points, not miles vs Cleveland -- and we're more than 10% ahead with 2 weeks left to go.
jason henry miller Sun Sep 15 04:00:00 2013
if I won the lottery I would probably spend my whole summers riding on the gap and c&o
jason henry miller Sat Sep 14 23:00:00 2013
if I won the lottery I would probably spend my whole summers riding on the gap and c&o
Drewbacca AWD Sat Sep 14 05:31:00 2013
Goldbond was my best friend after a few days on the GAP_C&O. LOL Thanks for the help Steve! Go Pgh!
Drewbacca AWD Sat Sep 14 00:31:00 2013
Goldbond was my best friend after a few days on the GAP_C&O. LOL Thanks for the help Steve! Go Pgh!
Frank Kocevar Fri Sep 13 21:39:00 2013
Great job Steve, did the same route about a month ago.
Frank Kocevar Fri Sep 13 16:39:00 2013
Great job Steve, did the same route about a month ago.
Steve Koster Fri Sep 13 14:06:00 2013
369.26 total miles for my DC to PGH trip!! Miles included a 10.88 miles sight seeing ride around DC and to/from hotels, B &B each day.
Steve Koster Fri Sep 13 09:06:00 2013
369.26 total miles for my DC to PGH trip!! Miles included a 10.88 miles sight seeing ride around DC and to/from hotels, B &B each day.
Steve Koster Fri Sep 13 01:54:00 2013
Just finished DC to PGH bike ride at about 3pm today. Amazing time but saddle sore. Time to log all those miles :) Went with my friend's GF who made her ride a fundraiser at www.nicoleinspires.com
Steve Koster Thu Sep 12 20:54:00 2013
Just finished DC to PGH bike ride at about 3pm today. Amazing time but saddle sore. Time to log all those miles :) Went with my friend's GF who made her ride a fundraiser at www.nicoleinspires.com
jason henry miller Thu Sep 12 03:20:00 2013
yeah! I see you yale! keep riding
Buffalo Buffalo Wed Sep 11 22:35:00 2013
Anybody know if it's possible to force the phone app to re-upload a trip? For some reason one trip from yesterday evening seems to have skipped a bunch of points in the middle (though the mileage total is correct), while another abruptly terminates 2/3 of the way through...
jason henry miller Wed Sep 11 22:20:00 2013
yeah! I see you yale! keep riding
Buffalo Buffalo Wed Sep 11 17:35:00 2013
Anybody know if it's possible to force the phone app to re-upload a trip? For some reason one trip from yesterday evening seems to have skipped a bunch of points in the middle (though the mileage total is correct), while another abruptly terminates 2/3 of the way through...
Yale Cohen Wed Sep 11 04:07:00 2013
The calorie calculation is a bit bogus. See https://getsatisfaction.com/endomondo/topics/calories_calculation_method-nygpi

For example, my stats show zero (0) kcal burned, since not all my stats (like speed) are known--I enter data manually...as per my Garmin Foretrex.

Yale Cohen Tue Sep 10 23:07:00 2013
The calorie calculation is a bit bogus. See https://getsatisfaction.com/endomondo/topics/calories_calculation_method-nygpi

For example, my stats show zero (0) kcal burned, since not all my stats (like speed) are known--I enter data manually...as per my Garmin Foretrex.

Drewbacca AWD Tue Sep 10 06:02:00 2013
@Kedin, LOL. Perhaps Endomondo just takes the Cuyahoga River into account? I wouldn't drink their water either! Wake up Pittsburgh, we still have time!
Kedin Morel Tue Sep 10 05:36:00 2013
I think its funny how it calculated that we drank more water and burned more calories yet Cleveland is up by 10k miles in calling bs but let's go pittsburgh
Alan Lucas Tue Sep 10 03:05:00 2013
What the hell, Pittsburgh?
Drewbacca AWD Tue Sep 10 01:02:00 2013
@Kedin, LOL. Perhaps Endomondo just takes the Cuyahoga River into account? I wouldn't drink their water either! Wake up Pittsburgh, we still have time!
Kedin Morel Tue Sep 10 00:36:00 2013
I think its funny how it calculated that we drank more water and burned more calories yet Cleveland is up by 10k miles in calling bs but let's go pittsburgh
Alan Lucas Mon Sep 9 22:05:00 2013
What the hell, Pittsburgh?
Drewbacca AWD Sun Sep 8 03:54:00 2013
I call BS on at least one CLE rider who has absolutely nothing posted besides Sept 1 when he apparently rode 240 miles? Maybe just the lazy way of entering miles for the month but it looks really bad. I'll assume most are legit, besides that.
Robert Baiko Sun Sep 8 02:21:00 2013
Cleveland is up by 10 thousand
Drewbacca AWD Sat Sep 7 22:54:00 2013
I call BS on at least one CLE rider who has absolutely nothing posted besides Sept 1 when he apparently rode 240 miles? Maybe just the lazy way of entering miles for the month but it looks really bad. I'll assume most are legit, besides that.
Robert Baiko Sat Sep 7 21:21:00 2013
Cleveland is up by 10 thousand
Robert Baiko Sat Sep 7 00:48:00 2013
I was comparing miles... The site shows it...
Drewbacca AWD Fri Sep 6 23:59:00 2013
Thanks Jon! Now I just need to figure out how I can fit in 68 miles/day for the rest of the month. *sigh*
Robert Baiko Fri Sep 6 19:48:00 2013
I was comparing miles... The site shows it...
Drewbacca AWD Fri Sep 6 18:59:00 2013
Thanks Jon! Now I just need to figure out how I can fit in 68 miles/day for the rest of the month. *sigh*
Jon A Webb Fri Sep 6 13:45:00 2013
Cleveland made a page so you can compare the miles side by side at https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/.
Lisa Kaufman Fri Sep 6 13:03:00 2013
Anybody have a couple loaner helmets or locks for a group of international artists who are in town for the month of September? We have three loaner bikes and could always use a few more, but locks and helmets would be supremely appreciated! Please email me at [email protected] thanks!
Jon A Webb Fri Sep 6 08:45:00 2013
Cleveland made a page so you can compare the miles side by side at https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/.
Drewbacca AWD Fri Sep 6 04:15:00 2013
@Robert, How do you compare miles against Cleveland as opposed to points? Also, being pushed by a friend to log my GAP mileage got the ball rolling and I'll likely get into the top 50 by the end of this despite no miles in May or most of June; do it!
jason henry miller Fri Sep 6 01:54:00 2013
thanks brun!
Eric Rickin Fri Sep 6 00:40:00 2013
Justice-
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/lincoln-place-man-pleads-guilty-to-hitting-bicyclist-with-jeep-wrangler-in-lawrenceville-702142/
Drewbacca AWD Thu Sep 5 23:15:00 2013
@Robert, How do you compare miles against Cleveland as opposed to points? Also, being pushed by a friend to log my GAP mileage got the ball rolling and I'll likely get into the top 50 by the end of this despite no miles in May or most of June; do it!
jason henry miller Thu Sep 5 20:54:00 2013
thanks brun!
Eric Rickin Thu Sep 5 19:40:00 2013
Justice-
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/lincoln-place-man-pleads-guilty-to-hitting-bicyclist-with-jeep-wrangler-in-lawrenceville-702142/
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 14:49:00 2013
I am going to get all the people that did the gap with me to put in miles. I think I can get an extra 1000 miles with them.
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 14:48:00 2013
GUYS CLEVELAND IS 1000 miles behind us! TIME TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR... EVERYONE NEEDS TO PUT IN AT LEAST 5 Miles a Day!
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 14:47:00 2013
Jason you can also tighten up your chain tensioner as well.
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 09:49:00 2013
I am going to get all the people that did the gap with me to put in miles. I think I can get an extra 1000 miles with them.
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 09:48:00 2013
GUYS CLEVELAND IS 1000 miles behind us! TIME TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR... EVERYONE NEEDS TO PUT IN AT LEAST 5 Miles a Day!
Robert Baiko Thu Sep 5 09:47:00 2013
Jason you can also tighten up your chain tensioner as well.
BRUN 66 Wed Sep 4 08:24:00 2013
Jason, sounds like you need a new chain, you need to change your chain out every 1000 to 1500 miles for about $12. Or change your gear cassette for about $80 or so when your chain grinds your gears down !
BRUN 66 Wed Sep 4 03:24:00 2013
Jason, sounds like you need a new chain, you need to change your chain out every 1000 to 1500 miles for about $12. Or change your gear cassette for about $80 or so when your chain grinds your gears down !
Robert Baiko Tue Sep 3 03:01:00 2013
Steve just got back from my trip same direction.... Added 335 to Pittsburgh. There is a Tony's pizza in Williamsport c&o 100 they have really good pasta. It might be muddy there were a lot of slippery puddles we ran into.
Dominik Konkolewicz Tue Sep 3 02:06:00 2013
Cleveland are back in it.... They are only 6500 miles behind. At the rate they are gaining miles this time next week, we will be behind....
Robert Baiko Mon Sep 2 22:01:00 2013
Steve just got back from my trip same direction.... Added 335 to Pittsburgh. There is a Tony's pizza in Williamsport c&o 100 they have really good pasta. It might be muddy there were a lot of slippery puddles we ran into.
Dominik Konkolewicz Mon Sep 2 21:06:00 2013
Cleveland are back in it.... They are only 6500 miles behind. At the rate they are gaining miles this time next week, we will be behind....
Steve Koster Sun Sep 1 17:42:00 2013
5 laps around North Park. 25.52 @ 14.4 avg. lots of runners. good workout. 6 days until my DC to PGH trip :) hope we have good weather and no mech issues.
Steve Koster Sun Sep 1 12:42:00 2013
5 laps around North Park. 25.52 @ 14.4 avg. lots of runners. good workout. 6 days until my DC to PGH trip :) hope we have good weather and no mech issues.
Jill Egyud Sun Sep 1 03:15:00 2013
One month left!!!
Jill Egyud Sat Aug 31 22:15:00 2013
One month left!!!
Dominik Konkolewicz Sat Aug 31 14:19:00 2013
Jason, this probably means you left your chain too long, and didnt change it early enough. The bad news is that from here, you will have to change at least your sproket and chain, and most likely chain ring.

A good resource for all things "bikey" is Sheldon Brown's website. I include the page on chain maintanance:
http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

Dominik Konkolewicz Sat Aug 31 09:19:00 2013
Jason, this probably means you left your chain too long, and didnt change it early enough. The bad news is that from here, you will have to change at least your sproket and chain, and most likely chain ring.

A good resource for all things "bikey" is Sheldon Brown's website. I include the page on chain maintanance:
http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

jason henry miller Sat Aug 31 08:58:01 2013
I just replaced my chain like a thousand miles ago which was earlier this summer.
jason henry miller Sat Aug 31 03:08:00 2013
some of my sprocket teeth are worn all the way down, can anyone tell me how the hell this happens?
jason henry miller Fri Aug 30 22:08:00 2013
some of my sprocket teeth are worn all the way down, can anyone tell me how the hell this happens?
Robert Baiko Mon Aug 26 18:38:00 2013
We need to kick it in to high gear... Only 20,000 miles ahead
Robert Baiko Mon Aug 26 13:38:00 2013
We need to kick it in to high gear... Only 20,000 miles ahead
Ken Emery Mon Aug 26 02:51:00 2013
What a fantastic day and a great ride. Really liked the metric century course this year.
Ken Emery Sun Aug 25 21:51:00 2013
What a fantastic day and a great ride. Really liked the metric century course this year.
Eric Rickin Sun Aug 25 14:14:00 2013
Finished the 25 mile ride. Better course than last year. Nice ride.
Eric Rickin Sun Aug 25 09:14:00 2013
Finished the 25 mile ride. Better course than last year. Nice ride.
Lou Fineberg Thu Aug 22 19:47:00 2013
Here's wishing you an excellent new knee Bob!
Lou Fineberg Thu Aug 22 14:47:00 2013
Here's wishing you an excellent new knee Bob!
Frank Kocevar Wed Aug 21 12:31:00 2013
Just did the D.C.to PGH ride last week. It was awesome! Weather was great!
Frank Kocevar Wed Aug 21 07:31:00 2013
Just did the D.C.to PGH ride last week. It was awesome! Weather was great!
Steve Koster Sun Aug 18 22:30:00 2013
Our DC to PGH bike ride is in 3 weeks Sept.7-12 :) PSYCHED!!
Steve Koster Sun Aug 18 22:28:00 2013
Bob, wish you a speedy and full recovery :)

Had a good ride today on the Montour Trail 60.2 miles, avg speed 13.8 mph. Overcast but no rain.

Steve Koster Sun Aug 18 17:30:00 2013
Our DC to PGH bike ride is in 3 weeks Sept.7-12 :) PSYCHED!!
Steve Koster Sun Aug 18 17:28:00 2013
Bob, wish you a speedy and full recovery :)

Had a good ride today on the Montour Trail 60.2 miles, avg speed 13.8 mph. Overcast but no rain.

Bob Karlovits Sun Aug 18 16:11:00 2013
I'm sorry to let my fellow Pittsburgh riders down, but today's ride is the last of the season for me.
Thursday, Aug. 22, I will be getting a new left knee to replace the one that has been crushed in wear related to a nasty car accident 25 years ago.
The idea is to return to a normal and pain-free existence.
I'll be riding with you next season.
See you then.
Bob Karlovits Sun Aug 18 11:11:00 2013
I'm sorry to let my fellow Pittsburgh riders down, but today's ride is the last of the season for me.
Thursday, Aug. 22, I will be getting a new left knee to replace the one that has been crushed in wear related to a nasty car accident 25 years ago.
The idea is to return to a normal and pain-free existence.
I'll be riding with you next season.
See you then.
Mikhail Evstiounin Sun Aug 18 01:51:00 2013
Clevelanders made a special site -- https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/
Mikhail Evstiounin Sat Aug 17 20:51:00 2013
Clevelanders made a special site -- https://sites.google.com/site/rustbeltbattle/
Jon A Webb Thu Aug 15 13:43:00 2013
Well, it makes sense that it's miles, since that's what the Clevelanders seem to think. But when I try to see the current total miles here I only see the number for Pittsburgh. How do I see the total miles for Cleveland?
Jon A Webb Thu Aug 15 08:43:00 2013
Well, it makes sense that it's miles, since that's what the Clevelanders seem to think. But when I try to see the current total miles here I only see the number for Pittsburgh. How do I see the total miles for Cleveland?
Patrick Roberts Thu Aug 15 02:22:00 2013
I thought it was miles too. Wouldn't be the first time in was wrong, but I have 4 people from Cleveland crashing the house for PedalPGH and want to make sure we have a lead.
Patrick Roberts Wed Aug 14 21:22:00 2013
I thought it was miles too. Wouldn't be the first time in was wrong, but I have 4 people from Cleveland crashing the house for PedalPGH and want to make sure we have a lead.
Danny Yabs Wed Aug 14 16:35:00 2013
Anybody going to the bike-in movie tonight at the Center for the Arts? Its Premium Rush, that NYC bike messenger movie. Has anyone ever seen it?
Mikhail Evstiounin Wed Aug 14 15:36:00 2013
@Jon A Webb, leaderboard is all about points. Competition is about miles if I remember correctly.
Jon A Webb Wed Aug 14 13:32:00 2013
@Patrick, I don't get it. Here's what I do -- click 'National' on the main page, Leaderboard, choose Communities > 200K, shows Pittsburgh @ #172 1437.69 points. I search for Cleveland, it's at #449 566.62 points. What are you looking at? Shouldn't the leaderboard decide who wins?
Danny Yabs Wed Aug 14 11:35:00 2013
Anybody going to the bike-in movie tonight at the Center for the Arts? Its Premium Rush, that NYC bike messenger movie. Has anyone ever seen it?
Mikhail Evstiounin Wed Aug 14 10:36:00 2013
@Jon A Webb, leaderboard is all about points. Competition is about miles if I remember correctly.
Jon A Webb Wed Aug 14 08:32:00 2013
@Patrick, I don't get it. Here's what I do -- click 'National' on the main page, Leaderboard, choose Communities > 200K, shows Pittsburgh @ #172 1437.69 points. I search for Cleveland, it's at #449 566.62 points. What are you looking at? Shouldn't the leaderboard decide who wins?
jason henry miller Wed Aug 7 14:00:01 2013
thee wheel was only loose when I flipped the bike upside down so I guess there was nothing wrong with it after all. Ill come back to visit when your less busy.
jason henry miller Wed Aug 7 12:00:01 2013
it turns out there was nothing wrong with it, I need to stop worrying so much and just ride my bike.
jason henry miller Tue Aug 6 23:40:00 2013
sounds fantastic Zack, Ill drop it off when I get a chance.
Danny Yabs Tue Aug 6 14:35:00 2013
BikeFest starts Friday! Check this blog post that highlights some longer rides to get big NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE POINT$$$$$$ on! http://bikepgh.org/2013/08/05/get-the-best-national-bike-challenge-bang-for-your-bikefest-buck/
Danny Yabs Tue Aug 6 09:35:00 2013
BikeFest starts Friday! Check this blog post that highlights some longer rides to get big NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE POINT$$$$$$ on! http://bikepgh.org/2013/08/05/get-the-best-national-bike-challenge-bang-for-your-bikefest-buck/
Michael Kostyzak Tue Aug 6 02:10:00 2013
I wanted to commend our rider Arnie, he is an amazing rider and his legs don't know when to quit. Great job Arnie, you are an inspiration to everyone that rides a bicycle.
Michael Kostyzak Tue Aug 6 02:07:00 2013
It's Zak and it's alright Jason. Bring it by and let me tag it, I'll get it done in a couple days. I would get it sooner but I'm slammed with work and that's a good thing.
jason henry miller Tue Aug 6 01:37:00 2013
Hey Zack, I apologize for me giving you a hard time about the shifting, I was hoping you could re-pack my rear wheel bearing because it seems to be getting loose.
Michael Kostyzak Mon Aug 5 21:10:00 2013
I wanted to commend our rider Arnie, he is an amazing rider and his legs don't know when to quit. Great job Arnie, you are an inspiration to everyone that rides a bicycle.
Michael Kostyzak Mon Aug 5 21:07:00 2013
It's Zak and it's alright Jason. Bring it by and let me tag it, I'll get it done in a couple days. I would get it sooner but I'm slammed with work and that's a good thing.
jason henry miller Mon Aug 5 20:37:00 2013
Hey Zack, I apologize for me giving you a hard time about the shifting, I was hoping you could re-pack my rear wheel bearing because it seems to be getting loose.
Patrick Roberts Mon Aug 5 16:05:00 2013
@Yale - The NBC webpage for Cleveland shows 1,175 riders and 417,758 miles. We are not crushing them, and they are closing the gap fast.
Dominik Konkolewicz Mon Aug 5 14:11:00 2013
Yale, if you look at the facebook page for the rust crown there is a side by side. Right now, the lead is even smaller, PGH is only 25 000 miles ahead now, meaning we have lost half our lead. I think you are correct, that they include surrounding communities.
Patrick Roberts Mon Aug 5 11:05:00 2013
@Yale - The NBC webpage for Cleveland shows 1,175 riders and 417,758 miles. We are not crushing them, and they are closing the gap fast.
Dominik Konkolewicz Mon Aug 5 09:11:00 2013
Yale, if you look at the facebook page for the rust crown there is a side by side. Right now, the lead is even smaller, PGH is only 25 000 miles ahead now, meaning we have lost half our lead. I think you are correct, that they include surrounding communities.
Yale Cohen Sun Aug 4 05:17:00 2013
Patrick; Where are you getting your figures for Cleve/Pgh. I see that we have 367000 miles and Cleve has 182000--we're crushing them. We have 1250 riders and they have 522. Our rating is 1328 and theirs is 518. These numbers come from the "Communities" listing. I see these numbers are different from those in my headier. Is this an endomondo accounting problem or is Pgh/Cleve defined including the "surrounding" communities?
Steve Koster Sun Aug 4 03:27:00 2013
Nice 65.10 mile ride today on Ghost Town Trail up in Indiana, PA area. light rain in morning then cleared up rest of trip.
Yale Cohen Sun Aug 4 00:17:00 2013
Patrick; Where are you getting your figures for Cleve/Pgh. I see that we have 367000 miles and Cleve has 182000--we're crushing them. We have 1250 riders and they have 522. Our rating is 1328 and theirs is 518. These numbers come from the "Communities" listing. I see these numbers are different from those in my headier. Is this an endomondo accounting problem or is Pgh/Cleve defined including the "surrounding" communities?
Steve Koster Sat Aug 3 22:27:00 2013
Nice 65.10 mile ride today on Ghost Town Trail up in Indiana, PA area. light rain in morning then cleared up rest of trip.
Steve Koster Fri Aug 2 22:27:00 2013
Nice 65.10 mile ride today on Ghost Town Trail up in Indiana, PA area. light rain in morning then cleared up rest of trip.
Patrick Roberts Fri Aug 2 13:12:00 2013
Our 50,000 mile lead has shrunk to about 30,000 over Cleveland. They are organizing rides with high numbers in attendance (try 800). I am asking the choir (you) to tell yinz friends to log their miles [email protected] Else all that smack talk is coming back on us!
Patrick Roberts Fri Aug 2 08:12:00 2013
Our 50,000 mile lead has shrunk to about 30,000 over Cleveland. They are organizing rides with high numbers in attendance (try 800). I am asking the choir (you) to tell yinz friends to log their miles [email protected] Else all that smack talk is coming back on us!
Drewbacca AWD Thu Aug 1 06:53:00 2013
@Todd, when I look at my total points for the period (both on my profile and also on the Flock team list), it is counting my points from June which were logged retroactively... I assume it's the same for everyone.
Todd Derr Thu Aug 1 04:06:00 2013
Last year there was some other end-of-month issue, like your team and/or workplace wouldn't get credited for your points if you didn't enter them by the end of the month. Don't know if that's still the case.
Drewbacca AWD Thu Aug 1 01:53:00 2013
@Todd, when I look at my total points for the period (both on my profile and also on the Flock team list), it is counting my points from June which were logged retroactively... I assume it's the same for everyone.
Todd Derr Wed Jul 31 23:06:00 2013
Last year there was some other end-of-month issue, like your team and/or workplace wouldn't get credited for your points if you didn't enter them by the end of the month. Don't know if that's still the case.
jason henry miller Wed Jul 31 21:36:00 2013
you cat just enter mile, you nee to tide them and that takes time
Dominik Konkolewicz Wed Jul 31 20:31:00 2013
However, Cleveland is still coming back, closing the gap by about 10000 miles in this month at least. So please enter those miles people!
Drewbacca AWD Wed Jul 31 16:54:00 2013
Yep, end of the month is just for the monthly prize drawing... the points for the entire period can still be added. I just recently added my longer rides from May (I just opened this account this month). The key to remember is that for every day you ride a mile, that's twenty points right there... the more people we have signed up, the better. Also, Pittsburgh is invited to join the Cleveland crew for the ride to PedalPGH! It's all in the spirit of "frienemies."
Tricia Chicka Wed Jul 31 16:02:00 2013
Patrick, not lost for the Challenge Period I think, just for the prizes for that monthly drawing. But log 'em anywho!
Dominik Konkolewicz Wed Jul 31 15:31:00 2013
However, Cleveland is still coming back, closing the gap by about 10000 miles in this month at least. So please enter those miles people!
Patrick Roberts Wed Jul 31 13:15:00 2013
Cleveland is closing the gap in miles to below 40,000. We may be over confident. They have some rides coming up that can close that gap in one single weekend. Heck, they are organizing group rides from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to ride PedalPGH! Please talk to to people who are not logging their miles. There are a ton of folks signed up who just don't log them. And after today I think all your July miles are lost if not logged in.
Drewbacca AWD Wed Jul 31 11:54:00 2013
Yep, end of the month is just for the monthly prize drawing... the points for the entire period can still be added. I just recently added my longer rides from May (I just opened this account this month). The key to remember is that for every day you ride a mile, that's twenty points right there... the more people we have signed up, the better. Also, Pittsburgh is invited to join the Cleveland crew for the ride to PedalPGH! It's all in the spirit of "frienemies."
Tricia Chicka Wed Jul 31 11:02:00 2013
Patrick, not lost for the Challenge Period I think, just for the prizes for that monthly drawing. But log 'em anywho!
Patrick Roberts Wed Jul 31 08:15:00 2013
Cleveland is closing the gap in miles to below 40,000. We may be over confident. They have some rides coming up that can close that gap in one single weekend. Heck, they are organizing group rides from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to ride PedalPGH! Please talk to to people who are not logging their miles. There are a ton of folks signed up who just don't log them. And after today I think all your July miles are lost if not logged in.
Yale Cohen Wed Jul 31 03:12:00 2013
Pittsburgh is home to 1446 of the 33198 riders in The Challenge. That's 4.33%!!! One out of twenty-three. And the Pirates are in first place and about to sweep a doubleheader against the Cards!!
Yale Cohen Tue Jul 30 22:12:00 2013
Pittsburgh is home to 1446 of the 33198 riders in The Challenge. That's 4.33%!!! One out of twenty-three. And the Pirates are in first place and about to sweep a doubleheader against the Cards!!
Robert Baiko Mon Jul 29 15:55:00 2013
I rode to Cleveland in a weird way.... I basically used Google Maps Bike route but it was very similar to what people were saying.... I took Route 51 for a long time (not bad) all the way to the Ohio border and stayed the night in a bed and breakfast in Colombiana Ohio. The second day I was riding country roads for a while till I got to Kent. Once there I rode into the metroparks and was able to take trails all the way to Rockside Road in Valley View. From there you can go up Rockside avenue till you get to state road. Take State all the way to Cleveland. It was a good ride... Definately a 2 dayer.
Robert Baiko Mon Jul 29 10:55:00 2013
I rode to Cleveland in a weird way.... I basically used Google Maps Bike route but it was very similar to what people were saying.... I took Route 51 for a long time (not bad) all the way to the Ohio border and stayed the night in a bed and breakfast in Colombiana Ohio. The second day I was riding country roads for a while till I got to Kent. Once there I rode into the metroparks and was able to take trails all the way to Rockside Road in Valley View. From there you can go up Rockside avenue till you get to state road. Take State all the way to Cleveland. It was a good ride... Definately a 2 dayer.
Kerry H Fri Jul 26 13:26:00 2013
OTB is on the South Side, on E Carson. Roughly halfway between the Hot Metal and Birmingham Bridges.
Kerry H Fri Jul 26 08:26:00 2013
OTB is on the South Side, on E Carson. Roughly halfway between the Hot Metal and Birmingham Bridges.
Steven Aronson Fri Jul 26 04:03:00 2013
Hey danny and john thanks! I understand what you guys are saying but every time I change the commute settings to be correct I refresh the page and it still says .7 miles. Its okay though cause I just enter the right amount as transport cycling. And I can't wait for my 2 free beers! Where's the otb although I can probably find out. Keep riding people!
jason henry miller Fri Jul 26 03:40:00 2013
looking for a good race bike for around 1000 bucks preferably like new condition
Steven Aronson Thu Jul 25 23:03:00 2013
Hey danny and john thanks! I understand what you guys are saying but every time I change the commute settings to be correct I refresh the page and it still says .7 miles. Its okay though cause I just enter the right amount as transport cycling. And I can't wait for my 2 free beers! Where's the otb although I can probably find out. Keep riding people!
jason henry miller Thu Jul 25 22:40:00 2013
looking for a good race bike for around 1000 bucks preferably like new condition
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 25 16:09:00 2013
Steven, click to the green "log miles" button on this homepage, on the next page click the "change your commute settings" link just above the calendar that shows your daily miles, from there you can manually enter the distance of your regular commutes for easy logging. Does that answer your question? Let me know if you need more help.
Jon A Webb Thu Jul 25 16:08:00 2013
I don't know what's wrong with your commute settings -- are you using the phone app? It may just be recording it wrong for some reason. You can enter the number directly on the web site, you don't have to use the phone.
Points accumulate automatically as you log them in this challenge.
Just go to the OTB and show them your points on the website. You will get a card and they'll punch it for each beer you consume.
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 25 11:09:00 2013
Steven, click to the green "log miles" button on this homepage, on the next page click the "change your commute settings" link just above the calendar that shows your daily miles, from there you can manually enter the distance of your regular commutes for easy logging. Does that answer your question? Let me know if you need more help.
Jon A Webb Thu Jul 25 11:08:00 2013
I don't know what's wrong with your commute settings -- are you using the phone app? It may just be recording it wrong for some reason. You can enter the number directly on the web site, you don't have to use the phone.
Points accumulate automatically as you log them in this challenge.
Just go to the OTB and show them your points on the website. You will get a card and they'll punch it for each beer you consume.
Steven Aronson Wed Jul 24 21:24:00 2013
Hey Pittsburgh riders, Ive got some questions folks! First, I can't seem to get my commute settings right no matter how hard i try. It keeps telling me its .7 miles but my commute is 2.2. Also how do I accumulate points? and how do I redeem my beer??
Steven Aronson Wed Jul 24 16:24:00 2013
Hey Pittsburgh riders, Ive got some questions folks! First, I can't seem to get my commute settings right no matter how hard i try. It keeps telling me its .7 miles but my commute is 2.2. Also how do I accumulate points? and how do I redeem my beer??
Danny Yabs Wed Jul 24 11:09:00 2013
Steven, click to the green "log miles" button on this homepage, on the next page click the "change your commute settings" link just above the calendar that shows your daily miles, from there you can manually enter the distance of your regular commutes for easy logging. Does that answer your question? Let me know if you need more help.
Jon A Webb Wed Jul 24 11:08:00 2013
I don't know what's wrong with your commute settings -- are you using the phone app? It may just be recording it wrong for some reason. You can enter the number directly on the web site, you don't have to use the phone.
Points accumulate automatically as you log them in this challenge.
Just go to the OTB and show them your points on the website. You will get a card and they'll punch it for each beer you consume.
Steven Aronson Tue Jul 23 16:24:00 2013
Hey Pittsburgh riders, Ive got some questions folks! First, I can't seem to get my commute settings right no matter how hard i try. It keeps telling me its .7 miles but my commute is 2.2. Also how do I accumulate points? and how do I redeem my beer??
Tricia Chicka Tue Jul 23 11:38:00 2013
In 2-3 days I should hit platinum! Yay more free beer! :) I second Drewbacca's sentiment on Pittsburgh.
Tricia Chicka Tue Jul 23 06:38:00 2013
In 2-3 days I should hit platinum! Yay more free beer! :) I second Drewbacca's sentiment on Pittsburgh.
Tricia Chicka Mon Jul 22 06:38:00 2013
In 2-3 days I should hit platinum! Yay more free beer! :) I second Drewbacca's sentiment on Pittsburgh.
Drewbacca AWD Mon Jul 22 03:01:00 2013
Flock + Friday = WIN!!! :)
Hills + Sunday = WIN!!! :)
I missed the skivvies ride...
Pittsburgh is FULL of WIN!!!
Drewbacca AWD Sun Jul 21 22:01:00 2013
Flock + Friday = WIN!!! :)
Hills + Sunday = WIN!!! :)
I missed the skivvies ride...
Pittsburgh is FULL of WIN!!!
jason henry miller Sun Jul 21 21:18:01 2013
drewbacca race me tomorrow, will meet at the waterfront. You wont win.
jason henry miller Sat Jul 20 23:18:00 2013
please someone ride with me this Monday, I want to race someone badly. I always race random people along the trail and its awesome. But I actually want to stay with someone instead of them going to there car and leaving. I have a hybrid so don't think I have some fancy bike and Ill just automatically win.
Drewbacca AWD Sat Jul 20 22:01:00 2013
Flock + Friday = WIN!!! :)
Hills + Sunday = WIN!!! :)
I missed the skivvies ride...
Pittsburgh is FULL of WIN!!!
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 19 15:39:00 2013
awesome to see how close the bike community is in Pittsburgh. We're all just a tag away!
Jim Morgan Fri Jul 19 11:57:00 2013
@Danny Yabs - Got home around 9:30 PM. Used up about 2 packs. Yale and I did make it over to the Southside and I made another pass thru CMU and hit Sq Hill on the way home.
@Zachary - That was me that tagged you last night in Sq Hill. Thanks for passing it along!
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 19 10:39:00 2013
awesome to see how close the bike community is in Pittsburgh. We're all just a tag away!
Jim Morgan Fri Jul 19 06:57:00 2013
@Danny Yabs - Got home around 9:30 PM. Used up about 2 packs. Yale and I did make it over to the Southside and I made another pass thru CMU and hit Sq Hill on the way home.
@Zachary - That was me that tagged you last night in Sq Hill. Thanks for passing it along!
BRUN 66 Fri Jul 19 05:43:00 2013
Thanks Eric and “Congratulations” on your trip as well! The continuous uphill- grade from the Point to the Eastern Continental Divide can become mentally strenuous over a period of time. I’m sure you enjoyed your down-hill into Cumberland. I have to say that I did a lot of road riding after Rochester along Bike Route 5, the canal was flooded out in areas and the mosquitoes were treacherous, I had to change course. I enjoyed Little Falls & St. Johnsville, after the climb out of Little Falls the view was spectacular. I had some “good luck” with lodging at the Palatine Bridge and a great evening in Canajoharie. There is just something about the Mohawk that gives me a solemn peace of mind. Funny, it’s been almost a week after completing the ride and I can’t shake the experience it gave me.
Brun
Zachary Ernest Fri Jul 19 05:18:00 2013
Got tagged outside of Aladdins in Squirrel Hill, was already logging miles though! I'll pass it on.
Andrew Dilla Fri Jul 19 02:19:00 2013
BikePGH, your tagging got me today
BRUN 66 Fri Jul 19 00:43:00 2013
Thanks Eric and “Congratulations” on your trip as well! The continuous uphill- grade from the Point to the Eastern Continental Divide can become mentally strenuous over a period of time. I’m sure you enjoyed your down-hill into Cumberland. I have to say that I did a lot of road riding after Rochester along Bike Route 5, the canal was flooded out in areas and the mosquitoes were treacherous, I had to change course. I enjoyed Little Falls & St. Johnsville, after the climb out of Little Falls the view was spectacular. I had some “good luck” with lodging at the Palatine Bridge and a great evening in Canajoharie. There is just something about the Mohawk that gives me a solemn peace of mind. Funny, it’s been almost a week after completing the ride and I can’t shake the experience it gave me.
Brun
Zachary Ernest Fri Jul 19 00:18:00 2013
Got tagged outside of Aladdins in Squirrel Hill, was already logging miles though! I'll pass it on.
jason henry miller Thu Jul 18 23:23:00 2013
my front derailleur wont go into the smallest cog, can anyone help? not that I ever use that cog I just want it to be perfect.
jason henry miller Thu Jul 18 21:56:00 2013
im looking for people to ride with on the trail that heads to Pittsburgh, I want someone to challenge me, and so we can catch each others draft.
Andrew Dilla Thu Jul 18 21:19:00 2013
BikePGH, your tagging got me today
Josh Zorich Thu Jul 18 20:15:00 2013
Robert, I tried doing Pgh-DC last Labor Day weekend and got really sick the morning of the third day. I went from McKeepsort-Rockwood on Day 1, then Rockwood to Hancock, MD the enxt day, about 90-100 miles each day. It proved to be too much for me. Good luck and be careful.
Eric Rickin Thu Jul 18 18:54:00 2013
I'm orginially from Cleveland (Shaker Heights) and now live in Pittsburgh. How the heck did you ride from Pgh to Cleveland? (i.e., what route did you take?)
jason henry miller Thu Jul 18 16:56:00 2013
im looking for people to ride with on the trail that heads to Pittsburgh, I want someone to challenge me, and so we can catch each others draft.
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 18 16:42:00 2013
6pm tonight @ BikePGH office to tag bikes with info on the National Bike Challenge! See sidebar for details
jason henry miller Thu Jul 18 16:00:01 2013
if anyone is interested and can go today let me know on here
Josh Zorich Thu Jul 18 15:15:00 2013
Robert, I tried doing Pgh-DC last Labor Day weekend and got really sick the morning of the third day. I went from McKeepsort-Rockwood on Day 1, then Rockwood to Hancock, MD the enxt day, about 90-100 miles each day. It proved to be too much for me. Good luck and be careful.
Eric Rickin Thu Jul 18 13:54:00 2013
I'm orginially from Cleveland (Shaker Heights) and now live in Pittsburgh. How the heck did you ride from Pgh to Cleveland? (i.e., what route did you take?)
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 18 11:42:00 2013
6pm tonight @ BikePGH office to tag bikes with info on the National Bike Challenge! See sidebar for details
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 18 10:39:00 2013
awesome to see how close the bike community is in Pittsburgh. We're all just a tag away!
Jim Morgan Thu Jul 18 06:57:00 2013
@Danny Yabs - Got home around 9:30 PM. Used up about 2 packs. Yale and I did make it over to the Southside and I made another pass thru CMU and hit Sq Hill on the way home.
@Zachary - That was me that tagged you last night in Sq Hill. Thanks for passing it along!
BRUN 66 Thu Jul 18 00:43:00 2013
Thanks Eric and “Congratulations” on your trip as well! The continuous uphill- grade from the Point to the Eastern Continental Divide can become mentally strenuous over a period of time. I’m sure you enjoyed your down-hill into Cumberland. I have to say that I did a lot of road riding after Rochester along Bike Route 5, the canal was flooded out in areas and the mosquitoes were treacherous, I had to change course. I enjoyed Little Falls & St. Johnsville, after the climb out of Little Falls the view was spectacular. I had some “good luck” with lodging at the Palatine Bridge and a great evening in Canajoharie. There is just something about the Mohawk that gives me a solemn peace of mind. Funny, it’s been almost a week after completing the ride and I can’t shake the experience it gave me.
Brun
Zachary Ernest Thu Jul 18 00:18:00 2013
Got tagged outside of Aladdins in Squirrel Hill, was already logging miles though! I'll pass it on.
Andrew Dilla Wed Jul 17 21:19:00 2013
BikePGH, your tagging got me today
jason henry miller Wed Jul 17 16:56:00 2013
im looking for people to ride with on the trail that heads to Pittsburgh, I want someone to challenge me, and so we can catch each others draft.
Josh Zorich Wed Jul 17 15:15:00 2013
Robert, I tried doing Pgh-DC last Labor Day weekend and got really sick the morning of the third day. I went from McKeepsort-Rockwood on Day 1, then Rockwood to Hancock, MD the enxt day, about 90-100 miles each day. It proved to be too much for me. Good luck and be careful.
Eric Rickin Wed Jul 17 13:54:00 2013
I'm orginially from Cleveland (Shaker Heights) and now live in Pittsburgh. How the heck did you ride from Pgh to Cleveland? (i.e., what route did you take?)
Danny Yabs Wed Jul 17 11:42:00 2013
6pm tonight @ BikePGH office to tag bikes with info on the National Bike Challenge! See sidebar for details
Robert Baiko Tue Jul 16 19:24:00 2013
Well it is my hometown so not bad but otherwise it felt good to add more miles to my hometeam
Danny Yabs Tue Jul 16 16:16:00 2013
We're still looking for riders to help spread the word on Thursday. See the news in the sidebar for details
Danny Yabs Tue Jul 16 16:13:00 2013
Congrats on the ride, Robert. How did it feel to be in enemy territory!?
Robert Baiko Tue Jul 16 14:24:00 2013
Well it is my hometown so not bad but otherwise it felt good to add more miles to my hometeam
Robert Baiko Tue Jul 16 14:03:00 2013
I finished biking Pittsburgh To Cleveland this weekend preparing for a PGH to DC on labor day. There are a few things I definitely learned when doing it....
Danny Yabs Tue Jul 16 11:16:00 2013
We're still looking for riders to help spread the word on Thursday. See the news in the sidebar for details
Danny Yabs Tue Jul 16 11:13:00 2013
Congrats on the ride, Robert. How did it feel to be in enemy territory!?
Robert Baiko Tue Jul 16 09:03:00 2013
I finished biking Pittsburgh To Cleveland this weekend preparing for a PGH to DC on labor day. There are a few things I definitely learned when doing it....
Steve Koster Tue Jul 16 02:53:00 2013
yesterday rode 41.73 in the PGH heat :( training for DC to PGH Sept. 7-12.
Steve Koster Mon Jul 15 21:53:00 2013
yesterday rode 41.73 in the PGH heat :( training for DC to PGH Sept. 7-12.
BRUN 66 Mon Jul 15 19:46:00 2013
Thanks Jason, You are right, its fun to take your time and stop in all the little towns for a drink, something to eat and talk to the locals.
You can do a 100 miles a day but the way I like to ride and stop in places it would be a 15 hour day for me. 50 to 70 miles a day is what I like to do based on where I'm going to eat dinner and sleep.
You should consider the Erie Canal ride next year, I really think you would enjoy !!!
Brun
Danny Yabs Mon Jul 15 19:12:00 2013
We're 99 away from 1,500 riders! Anyone want to help recruit more riders by tagging bikes with challenge info? We're riding the city, leaving from the BikePGH office, this Thursday at 6pm. RSVP to [email protected], or just show up to ride!
BRUN 66 Mon Jul 15 14:46:00 2013
Thanks Jason, You are right, its fun to take your time and stop in all the little towns for a drink, something to eat and talk to the locals.
You can do a 100 miles a day but the way I like to ride and stop in places it would be a 15 hour day for me. 50 to 70 miles a day is what I like to do based on where I'm going to eat dinner and sleep.
You should consider the Erie Canal ride next year, I really think you would enjoy !!!
Brun
Danny Yabs Mon Jul 15 14:12:00 2013
We're 99 away from 1,500 riders! Anyone want to help recruit more riders by tagging bikes with challenge info? We're riding the city, leaving from the BikePGH office, this Thursday at 6pm. RSVP to [email protected], or just show up to ride!
jason henry miller Sun Jul 14 15:24:00 2013
congratulations Brun! when I went cycle touring the guy I went back with wanted to do one hundred miles a day and even ride through a storm. I said if we were racing I wouldn't have all of this weight on my bike. Cycle touring is all about taking your time and enjoying the experience, besides what's the hurry to get back to the boring everyday work life.
BRUN 66 Sun Jul 14 14:55:00 2013
400 miles Buffalo to Albany completed in 7 days.
What a great ride, lots of fun and challenges !!!!!!
IM&LUMMBQ!!!! Thanks for all your support !
jason henry miller Sun Jul 14 10:24:00 2013
congratulations Brun! when I went cycle touring the guy I went back with wanted to do one hundred miles a day and even ride through a storm. I said if we were racing I wouldn't have all of this weight on my bike. Cycle touring is all about taking your time and enjoying the experience, besides what's the hurry to get back to the boring everyday work life.
BRUN 66 Sun Jul 14 09:55:00 2013
400 miles Buffalo to Albany completed in 7 days.
What a great ride, lots of fun and challenges !!!!!!
IM&LUMMBQ!!!! Thanks for all your support !
jason henry miller Sat Jul 13 19:37:00 2013
I kept up with a guy on a full carbon racing bike today, I was going around 24 the whole time. He said if I had a racing bike I would be pretty quick.
Mitchell Small Sat Jul 13 18:03:00 2013
I did indeed ride the Montour last night. A real big THANK YOU to the trail crews! The trail is a mess in places, but very ridable, and you can really see the work these people did in such a short time.

Well done, Montour Trail Crews!

jason henry miller Sat Jul 13 14:37:00 2013
I kept up with a guy on a full carbon racing bike today, I was going around 24 the whole time. He said if I had a racing bike I would be pretty quick.
Mitchell Small Sat Jul 13 13:03:00 2013
I did indeed ride the Montour last night. A real big THANK YOU to the trail crews! The trail is a mess in places, but very ridable, and you can really see the work these people did in such a short time.

Well done, Montour Trail Crews!

Danny Yabs Fri Jul 12 17:57:00 2013
If you ride your bike to this #CarFreeFridays event at Kelly Strayhorn theater tonight you'll get 2 free tickets to another performance. http://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/stein-holum-residency-showing/
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 12 15:38:00 2013
Happy Car Free Fridays!
Mitchell Small Fri Jul 12 14:16:00 2013
Pending the weather holding, I'm planning on riding the Montour this evening after work. Have lights, will ride!
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 12 12:57:00 2013
If you ride your bike to this #CarFreeFridays event at Kelly Strayhorn theater tonight you'll get 2 free tickets to another performance. http://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/stein-holum-residency-showing/
jason henry miller Fri Jul 12 12:20:00 2013
I road only 23 miles today, I hate going to work. It sucks.
Danny Yabs Fri Jul 12 10:38:00 2013
Happy Car Free Fridays!
Mitchell Small Fri Jul 12 09:16:00 2013
Pending the weather holding, I'm planning on riding the Montour this evening after work. Have lights, will ride!
BRUN 66 Fri Jul 12 02:47:00 2013
Thanks Eric & Jason,
I'm 260 miles in, so far, so good, a couple of mishaps nothing major.
I arrived in Rome NY today, I'll be riding another 63 on Friday to Canajoharie NY.

Eric , Good Luck on your GAP & C&O Towpath trip . Enjoy the Ride ! Be Safe !!!!!

jason henry miller Thu Jul 11 23:07:00 2013
I want to do a thru hike on the AT in the year of 2015 but I want it least one person to come with me, If anyone would like to come you have to years to make the decision and prepare. I'm serious to I'm not just saying this to act like some hotshot and brag about it. If your interested let me know your email and will talk.
BRUN 66 Thu Jul 11 21:47:00 2013
Thanks Eric & Jason,
I'm 260 miles in, so far, so good, a couple of mishaps nothing major.
I arrived in Rome NY today, I'll be riding another 63 on Friday to Canajoharie NY.

Eric , Good Luck on your GAP & C&O Towpath trip . Enjoy the Ride ! Be Safe !!!!!

Danny Yabs Thu Jul 11 18:04:00 2013
Is anyone going to ride in PedalPGH on August 25th? You can register for the ride, the BikeFest party and get a discounted BikePGH membership on BikePGH's website http://bikepgh.org/2013/07/11/pedalpgh-named-one-of-the-best-of-the-burgh/
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 11 13:04:00 2013
Is anyone going to ride in PedalPGH on August 25th? You can register for the ride, the BikeFest party and get a discounted BikePGH membership on BikePGH's website http://bikepgh.org/2013/07/11/pedalpgh-named-one-of-the-best-of-the-burgh/
Danny Yabs Thu Jul 11 11:08:01 2013
Is anyone going to ride in PedalPGH on August 25th? You can register for the ride, the BikeFest party and a discounted BikePGH membership on BikePGH's website http://bikepgh.org/2013/07/11/pedalpgh-named-one-of-the-best-of-the-burgh/
Eric Malazich Wed Jul 10 02:51:00 2013
@Brun 66- Never did the entire trail. One year we paired it with a trip around Niagara, Canada beginning in Grand Island, NY. Then took Rt. 31 out of Niagara, NY to get on the trail in Lockport. Another year we started in Lockport to Rochester then the Genesse Greenway trail to Letchworth State Park. Little town are neat. The Greenway was rough. The Point to DC in a couple of days. I hope you don't get the head winds we did traveling west. Enjoy the ride and stay safe.
Eric Malazich Tue Jul 9 21:51:00 2013
@Brun 66- Never did the entire trail. One year we paired it with a trip around Niagara, Canada beginning in Grand Island, NY. Then took Rt. 31 out of Niagara, NY to get on the trail in Lockport. Another year we started in Lockport to Rochester then the Genesse Greenway trail to Letchworth State Park. Little town are neat. The Greenway was rough. The Point to DC in a couple of days. I hope you don't get the head winds we did traveling west. Enjoy the ride and stay safe.
Kerry H Tue Jul 9 14:16:00 2013
Hey, want to go up to the Allegheny Observatory Friday night now that it will fiiiinally be clear skies. Would be light on the way up, dark on the way down. Would be taking Woods Run Ave on the way down probably, what's that like in the dark? Would rather go to the Allegheny Observatory, but might be better off going to the Carnegie Science Center instead, they have an observatory as well...
Kerry H Tue Jul 9 09:16:00 2013
Hey, want to go up to the Allegheny Observatory Friday night now that it will fiiiinally be clear skies. Would be light on the way up, dark on the way down. Would be taking Woods Run Ave on the way down probably, what's that like in the dark? Would rather go to the Allegheny Observatory, but might be better off going to the Carnegie Science Center instead, they have an observatory as well...
jason henry miller Tue Jul 9 04:22:00 2013
brun: thanks for letting us know what it like!
jason henry miller Mon Jul 8 23:22:00 2013
brun: thanks for letting us know what it like!
BRUN 66 Mon Jul 8 21:27:00 2013
Day two on the Erie Canal Trail - Pittsford NY 100 miles in 300 to go !!!!!
What a fantastic ride.......the small bridge towns and the people that live there are great !!!
Brun
BRUN 66 Mon Jul 8 16:27:00 2013
Day two on the Erie Canal Trail - Pittsford NY 100 miles in 300 to go !!!!!
What a fantastic ride.......the small bridge towns and the people that live there are great !!!
Brun
Mitchell Small Sun Jul 7 14:15:00 2013
Heading out with my Dragon to do a olittle Bikecaching alonhg the Heritage Trail and mayne the South Side. Just as long as the miles add up, who says you can't have fun doin' it!
Mitchell Small Sun Jul 7 09:15:00 2013
Heading out with my Dragon to do a olittle Bikecaching alonhg the Heritage Trail and mayne the South Side. Just as long as the miles add up, who says you can't have fun doin' it!
Alex Rudnicky Sat Jul 6 22:19:00 2013
I wish the "Challenge" week lined up with the Endomondo week.
The former begins on Sunday, the latter on Monday. You end up with two different weekly totals. And if you do your longer rides on Sundays things never seem to add up in a simple way. Just sayin'...
Alex Rudnicky Sat Jul 6 17:19:00 2013
I wish the "Challenge" week lined up with the Endomondo week.
The former begins on Sunday, the latter on Monday. You end up with two different weekly totals. And if you do your longer rides on Sundays things never seem to add up in a simple way. Just sayin'...
jason henry miller Sat Jul 6 03:34:00 2013
i wasn't going to ride at all on the 4th because I thought everyone was home with there family, I was wrong it was like rush hour on the bike trail, its just fun trying to keep up with people and meeting new friends.
jason henry miller Fri Jul 5 22:34:00 2013
i wasn't going to ride at all on the 4th because I thought everyone was home with there family, I was wrong it was like rush hour on the bike trail, its just fun trying to keep up with people and meeting new friends.
Michael Kostyzak Fri Jul 5 00:03:00 2013
Nice 4th of July ride with my lady, 28 miles around Pittsburgh.
Michael Kostyzak Thu Jul 4 19:03:00 2013
Nice 4th of July ride with my lady, 28 miles around Pittsburgh.
jason henry miller Thu Jul 4 15:39:00 2013
great Im sure ill have a ton of questions that are more in detail
Mike Jones Thu Jul 4 15:35:00 2013
I did 2miles on my bmx bike to get the bonus
BRUN 66 Thu Jul 4 14:17:00 2013
Well you can do either, camp or hotels, My best advice is to go on the website Parks & Trail NY, go to where it says Erie Canal Ride July 7 through the 14th. Once you go there along the right side it has a list, click on to the Riders Handbook that gives you all the details. The Erie Canal is not like the GAP at all, I've done the GAP a number of times and I have done the last 50 miles of the Erie Canal on the Mohawk Hudson River Section. If you're on the Erir Canal you sure won't feel like you're riding the GAP !!!
Once you look at the Handbook let me know what you think, I am leaving Pittsburgh for Buffalo Friday the 5th, I will be on the trail for a week so I won't be able to write until after July 15. I'm sure I'll have a lot of tips for this 400 miles when I get back.
Keep in touch ! Enjoy the Ride !!!
Brun
jason henry miller Thu Jul 4 10:39:00 2013
great Im sure ill have a ton of questions that are more in detail
Mike Jones Thu Jul 4 10:35:00 2013
I did 2miles on my bmx bike to get the bonus
BRUN 66 Thu Jul 4 09:17:00 2013
Well you can do either, camp or hotels, My best advice is to go on the website Parks & Trail NY, go to where it says Erie Canal Ride July 7 through the 14th. Once you go there along the right side it has a list, click on to the Riders Handbook that gives you all the details. The Erie Canal is not like the GAP at all, I've done the GAP a number of times and I have done the last 50 miles of the Erie Canal on the Mohawk Hudson River Section. If you're on the Erir Canal you sure won't feel like you're riding the GAP !!!
Once you look at the Handbook let me know what you think, I am leaving Pittsburgh for Buffalo Friday the 5th, I will be on the trail for a week so I won't be able to write until after July 15. I'm sure I'll have a lot of tips for this 400 miles when I get back.
Keep in touch ! Enjoy the Ride !!!
Brun
jason henry miller Wed Jul 3 14:58:00 2013
400 miles, now that sounds like fun. is it like the GAP were theres camp grounds every so often? or are you hoteling it
BRUN 66 Wed Jul 3 11:38:00 2013
Jason, I'm doing the Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo NY to Albany NY 400 miles this week coming up, If you haven't done that yet you can get info on the Parks & Trail NY website.
Brun
jason henry miller Wed Jul 3 09:58:00 2013
400 miles, now that sounds like fun. is it like the GAP were theres camp grounds every so often? or are you hoteling it
BRUN 66 Wed Jul 3 06:38:00 2013
Jason, I'm doing the Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo NY to Albany NY 400 miles this week coming up, If you haven't done that yet you can get info on the Parks & Trail NY website.
Brun
jason henry miller Tue Jul 2 15:19:00 2013
Linda: been there done that
jason henry miller Tue Jul 2 10:19:00 2013
Linda: been there done that
Linda Smith Tue Jul 2 03:02:00 2013
Jason: Great Allegheny Passage ..Pittsburgh to D.C. Awesome.
Linda Smith Mon Jul 1 22:02:00 2013
Jason: Great Allegheny Passage ..Pittsburgh to D.C. Awesome.
jason henry miller Mon Jul 1 20:52:00 2013
maybe ill give it a try next year, everyone seems to have different opinions about ragbrai
sara moeller Mon Jul 1 19:35:00 2013
Jason: Go on Ragbrai alone and meet people. Or post on the Ragrai website that you are a single rider looking for a group. 10,000 riders daily and tons of fun! I have gone on Ragbrai several times and it never fails to be one of the best weeks of the year! Did I mention pie??? (Anyone who has done the ride will understand what I am talking about.)
jason henry miller Mon Jul 1 17:26:00 2013
I'm looking for a trail around 350 miles long, and a ton of scenery, doesn't matter where its at. I was going to do a 7 day tour called RAGBRAI but my friend backed out on me, plus I've heard Iowa is not the most exciting place to cycle. I would consider out of the country options but im to young and cant afford the travel.
jason henry miller Mon Jul 1 15:52:00 2013
maybe ill give it a try next year, everyone seems to have different opinions about ragbrai
Jonathan Cain Mon Jul 1 15:40:00 2013
Jason: Any specific areas you're looking at? Also, what are you aiming for distance-wise? There's quite a lot of options out there...one that I wouldn't mind doing again is out in Wisconsin: The 400 State Trail -> Elroy-Sparta Trail -> LaCrosse River Trail -> Great River State Park Trail. About 100 miles, one way.
sara moeller Mon Jul 1 14:35:00 2013
Jason: Go on Ragbrai alone and meet people. Or post on the Ragrai website that you are a single rider looking for a group. 10,000 riders daily and tons of fun! I have gone on Ragbrai several times and it never fails to be one of the best weeks of the year! Did I mention pie??? (Anyone who has done the ride will understand what I am talking about.)
jason henry miller Mon Jul 1 12:26:00 2013
I'm looking for a trail around 350 miles long, and a ton of scenery, doesn't matter where its at. I was going to do a 7 day tour called RAGBRAI but my friend backed out on me, plus I've heard Iowa is not the most exciting place to cycle. I would consider out of the country options but im to young and cant afford the travel.
Jonathan Cain Mon Jul 1 10:40:00 2013
Jason: Any specific areas you're looking at? Also, what are you aiming for distance-wise? There's quite a lot of options out there...one that I wouldn't mind doing again is out in Wisconsin: The 400 State Trail -> Elroy-Sparta Trail -> LaCrosse River Trail -> Great River State Park Trail. About 100 miles, one way.
jason henry miller Sun Jun 30 22:58:00 2013
everyone on here should get together just for one day and ride around in Pittsburgh or something, it will be like a bike pool
jason henry miller Sun Jun 30 16:54:00 2013
today was my first day of my commitment to bike commute to work everyday
Yale Cohen Sun Jun 30 00:23:00 2013
Check out the Erie Canal Trail: Buffalo to Albany.
jason henry miller Sun Jun 30 00:13:00 2013
does anyone know of any other good biking trips besides the GAP and C&O
I'm thinking of some ideas for next year, I've thought about the Mississippi river trail or the northern tear bike route does anyone have any suggestions?
jason henry miller Sun Jun 30 00:00:01 2013
ok, will do
Mike Jones Sat Jun 29 22:49:00 2013
Yupp I bagged a few more after a busy day at the shop, glad I didn't get stuck in the rain!
Michael Kostyzak Sat Jun 29 22:42:00 2013
I have a team member who cannot log miles and he is off of the leader board. He keeps entering the right username and password but cannot log his miles. Can anyone help?
Dennis Maksin Thu Jun 27 19:49:00 2013
Went for a nice ride with my dad and brother. We went Rite Aid in Wm Pa to get tea. Rode all together 5 miles with 9 hills all together. They were pretty steep though. Great ride.
Kerry H Thu Jun 27 09:10:00 2013
The County Office Building. The basement would be nice for when it's raining. When it rains I go over and lock it at the CIty County.
Dan Winnowski Wed Jun 26 14:46:00 2013
craig, i think it updates points every half hour or so...
craig wargo Tue Jun 25 08:37:00 2013
Doesn't seem like it is updating points today any one else having a problem?
Ellie Newman Mon Jun 24 20:47:00 2013
Kerry H-- what building do you work at? We're hoping to get a bike facility put in the basement of the County Office Building. One day!
Adam J Rauf Mon Jun 24 10:43:00 2013
I've seen a LOT of potholes around the city and just terrible roads. Make sure you guys report some of the conditions to the 311 office. The more of us that show them what's up, the better! http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/311/form

Centre Ave and S Millvale Ave [Oakland/Bloomfield] are pretty terrible, so I reported it today.

Kathy Kuszaj Mon Jun 24 08:59:00 2013
FYI... Waterfront part of the trail.....Sitting in my car waiting in traffic last Friday around 4:45, I saw a guy on a Harley motorcycle using the bike lane to bypass all the traffic. Yes, he did get in line ahead of us!! If I was riding, it would be weaving back and forth just to piss him off!!!
Jake Baechle Sun Jun 23 11:29:00 2013
Thank you to everyone who has been logging workouts for Frick Park! In 4 days the park has moved up from 80th place to 25th place! If we keep up the pace Frick Park could be voted America's favorite park!
https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Kerry H Fri Jun 21 15:54:00 2013
Got to work this morning and found they installed a bike rack outside my building downtown next to the pole I lock my bike to everyday... Awesome.
Buffalo Buffalo Wed Jun 19 13:02:00 2013
some trailheads do indicate trails are only open during daylight hours, like the parks are.

It's worth pointing out that around the time that the East Carson (Arlington to 7th) bike lane was put in, it was strongly suggested by City staff that people use the trail instead, especially at night.

Jake Baechle Wed Jun 19 08:37:00 2013
Hey everyone!
Your bike riding can help win money for your favorite Pittsburgh Park! Coca-Cola is awarding grants to the 3 most popular parks in the country and every time you ride for 20 minutes a day you earn 10 votes for your favorite park. If we all signed up we could easily be in the top 3! So far Frick Park has the most votes in the city. You can sign up here: https://parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html
Tricia Chicka Tue Jun 18 10:49:00 2013
On the trails being closed after dark: I think the signs at the trail heads state "dusk to dawn" closure. I always assumed that the trails weren't "closed" perse, but it was more of a "ride at your own risk". It's not like it's trespassing or anything, right? That said, some of the trails can get awfully dark and people may or may not feel comfortable riding them without company and/or a strong head lamp.
Jonathan Cain Tue Jun 18 08:12:00 2013
Danny/Jim, There is no signage anywhere that indicates this, yet I've been hassled by the police on occasion when riding home from work after dark. I was actually told not to bother calling if I had an issue. Protect and serve, my a$$. It sure is safer riding down the South Side trail at 2am versus riding down Carson St. Just another case of too many cops not being aware of the law.
Patrick Roberts Mon Jun 17 20:54:00 2013
Consider that we have riders that have not logged their miles. Hence we might actually have more miles per rider than Cleveland! Keep riding. I will throw a tremendous party in October when we receive our rustcrown [email protected]!!
Danny Yabs Mon Jun 17 16:27:00 2013
PGH's bikeways are always open, and they're an incredible, ever-improving, resource for transportation. Did you encounter one what looked closed?
Jim Leonard Mon Jun 17 11:11:00 2013
Why do all of the bike trails around PGH close from dusk to dawn? I thought the city was supposed to be taking cycling seriously as a form of transport.
Robert Baiko Mon Jun 17 10:13:00 2013
Amy

Have your brother spray paint the kitty litter boxes. I think that would help!

Danny Yabs Fri Jun 14 12:23:00 2013
Hey fellow riders, take a break from logging miles, call your state rep and ask them to support Senate Bill 1's dedicated funding for bike/ped improvements! http://bikepgh.org/2013/06/13/ask-your-pa-representative-to-vote-for-bicycle-and-pedestrian-funding/
jason henry miller Thu Jun 13 14:35:00 2013
Amy I would go with the ortlieb bags, they may be a little pricy but there so big that you wont need front bags but yet they roll down to appear smaller if you don't have a lot in them. Plus Rei will give you a lifetime warranty on them so if for any reason you aren't satisfied they will give 100% of your money back.
Amy M Thu Jun 13 08:12:00 2013
Ha - my brother went the kitty litter route but I was hoping for a bit nicer looking/less bulky
jason henry miller Wed Jun 12 23:03:00 2013
having problems with my bike shifting gears, it wont shift at all.
Kevin Craig Wed Jun 12 16:29:00 2013
I saw some made from kitty litter containers. Cheap and waterproof .
Christine Cato Wed Jun 12 13:50:00 2013
Amy-my husband got these recently and really likes them-Avenir Excursion Large Panniers (1, 700 Cubic Inches total)
http://amzn.com/B00165Q4QM
Amy M Wed Jun 12 13:32:00 2013
Does anyone have advice on where to find some relatively cheap bike bags - the side ones, preferably waterproof.
Danny Yabs Tue Jun 11 15:20:00 2013
Check out the new #RustCrown facebook page to check in on the winner of the PGH v CLE rivalry. www.facebook.com/RustCrown
Lisa Kaufman Tue Jun 11 12:31:00 2013
Thanks, Jon. Could've been an expensive mistake.
Michael Kostyzak Tue Jun 11 08:58:00 2013
I would go if I could Jason.
jason henry miller Mon Jun 10 11:55:00 2013
Oh and it will be on june 14
jason henry miller Mon Jun 10 11:51:00 2013
I will be going from McKeesport to D.C if anyone would like to come I will be leaving this Friday meet me at the Boston bridge at 7 a.m. For now im going alone, which is fine by me.
Jonathan Cain Mon Jun 10 10:47:00 2013
Glad you got your phone Lisa!
jason henry miller Fri Jun 7 13:41:00 2013
I will kick everyone's asses!!
Lisa Kaufman Thu Jun 6 01:32:00 2013
Boy Scouts found my phone! Thanks to everyone who put up with me stopping and badgering them.
Amy M Wed Jun 5 17:55:00 2013
Thanks Brun 66!
Lisa Kaufman Wed Jun 5 15:37:00 2013
Lost my phone today on the McKeesport bike bridge. From GPS, someone picked it up and rode with it to Boston. Anybody have any info on what might have happened to it? Thanks, I need it back!
Lucia M Aguirre Tue Jun 4 13:29:00 2013
I think that my goal for this Challenge is to at-a-minimum get to the 2,500 Points. Also, to try and get a 1000 points per month, to MAYBE hit the 5,000 points as an over-achiever.

Right now I didn't make the "May" 1,000 points, but will try to kick it up and see if I can keep that :)

Danny Yabs Tue Jun 4 09:47:00 2013
Team BAM! had a strategy meeting last night at OTB (refreshments provided by the Pedal for Pints program!). We're coming for the top spot on the leaderboard!
BRUN 66 Mon Jun 3 00:03:00 2013
Amy M,
The GAP from the Boston Bridge to Cumberland MD is not black-top paved like the lower parts of the trail on the Eliza Furnace Rail Trail aka Jail Trail, the Three River Heritage or Steel Valley Trail section of the GAP , the GAP from Boston to Cumberland is a pretty smooth surface of dirt, sand and crushed stone. Of course the conditions depend on if it’s raining or not, it does drain well, so you can ride it in the rain. It’s an uphill grade from Pittsburgh to the Eastern Divide.
Nice B&B’s in West Newton & Rockwood, there right on the trail, two good stops heading east.
Enjoy the Ride!!!
Patrick Roberts Sun Jun 2 20:45:00 2013
The Gap is paved from the Jail Trail downtown all the way to McKeesport. Downtown the route is on paved roads.
Amy M Sun Jun 2 19:36:00 2013
Is the whole Great Allegheny Passage starting from Homestead paved?
Eric Rickin Sat Jun 1 16:44:00 2013
On the North Shore Trail it is pretty much exactly 6 miles from the Prison by the McKees Rocks Bridge to the 40th Street bridge, and it is finally ALL PAVED!
BRUN 66 Fri May 31 23:25:00 2013
Ryan, don’t forget the North Shores Trail, at the end of Station Square cross over Ft. Pitt Bridge that takes you to the “Point” cross the Ft. Duquesne Bridge and travel to the right along the Ohio River to the Western Penitentiary and back. It adds about 7 miles of traffic free riding on a paved surface.
Ryan McDermott Fri May 31 23:03:00 2013
Just moved to Homestead, PA, and have been riding the smooth commute through Sandcastle to Oakland (almost) every day. Taking our family of seven on the Rainbow Kitchen Ride for Hunger tomorrow just down the hill. I've been amazed by how many people are already using the new trail at all times of day. Met a guy last week, maybe 55 y/o, who is totally not a biker type who has been commuting 17 miles to downtown from deepest W. Mifflin for three years--and is now happy not to have to climb the Homestead Grays Bridge. Also lots of people whose only transportation is a bike are now using the trail to link up Southside to Homestead.
Christine Cato Thu May 30 19:48:00 2013
I ride a cargo bike with my kids on it. My highlight is when they GET OFF:)
Daniel Maturana Thu May 30 17:05:00 2013
@Patrick Roberts, you might want to rephrase your first sentence, lest you end up in some watch list ;)
Buffalo Buffalo Thu May 30 11:01:00 2013
I ride up through St Mary's, the Catholic cemetery next to Allegheny. Curiously, the huge uphill at the start is actually the calmest, easiest part of my ride, since the rest of it is in Bloomfield & Oakland traffic...
Patrick Roberts Thu May 30 08:16:00 2013
I bomb Federal in the morning. I climb back up through Riverview Park in the evening. My pants are getting bigger and my jerseys almost fit once again!
Joe Frambach Wed May 29 21:50:00 2013
I enjoy the patches of Liberty where the bike lane turns into a sharrow for half a block, but I have to negotiate regular traffic anyway. And I really love how the buses race past me to get to the next stop 100ft faster; the wind they generate is refreshing.
Jen Streeter Wed May 29 19:52:00 2013
Everyday I take the trail from the 40th street bridge to PNC park and cross the bridge to the point. I always find rest at the point before heading back up the other side of the river. I like the resting part of the ride. ;)
Danny Yabs Wed May 29 16:17:00 2013
I get to ride down through the Allegheny Cemetery everyday on my way to work -best part of my day! What are some highlights to other peoples' rides?
Deepak Bal Tue May 28 13:12:00 2013
Thanks for the response Danny
BRUN 66 Sat May 25 16:28:00 2013
Wind....What Wind ?
Danny Yabs Thu May 23 20:47:00 2013
you've got to go to nationalbikechallenge.org in your phone's web browser, log in and show them that way
Deepak Bal Thu May 23 17:48:00 2013
The endomondo app on my phone doesn't list my "points" or medals as far as I can tell. How am I supposed to show OTB that i earned a medal?
Amanda Virbitsky Thu May 23 09:30:00 2013
The formatting on the link to Cleveland doesn't seem to display correctly once the comment is submitted...to check out the Cleveland page, type "?view=975" in the URL after http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Eric Rickin Wed May 22 20:07:00 2013
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Link for Bike Cleveland.

We are up over Cleveland 19k plus. Our lead widens daily.

Lou Fineberg Wed May 22 17:01:00 2013
. . . and all of his miles are Mountain Biking.
Gwendolyn Schmidt Wed May 22 16:39:00 2013
Interestingly, the top ranked community has exactly one really dedicated dude. :)
Gwendolyn Schmidt Wed May 22 16:31:00 2013
As a note, OTB only allows using the Pedal for Pints drinks for two specific beers, and they are both Pale Ales. If you do not like Pale Ales, then take a friend who does and trade drinks.
Lou Fineberg Wed May 22 15:39:00 2013
We're getting close to our initial goal of 1250 riders! Let's keep up the momentum. Know anyone who hasn't signed up that should be representing the Burgh?
Buffalo Buffalo Wed May 22 15:16:00 2013
Robert: hit 'National' in the upper left, then 'Leaderboard'.
Under the header image, hit 'Communities', then use the 'Show' dropdown to restrict to large ('Class I') cities.

Rankings are by points-per-thousand-riders. As of this writing (5/22 15:22), Pittsburgh is 3rd among large cities, #144 overall, with 312.30; Cleveland is 7th, #450 overall, with 103.56; and Philadelphia is 15th, #843 overall, with 50.13 ppt. To see actual mileage & ridership, click on the city name (open in a new tab to avoid the obnoxiousness of having to go back through the process to find the list when you return...).

Robert C Baugh Wed May 22 12:23:00 2013
How can you tell how many miles each city has? and what about Philly, are they still in it?
Dominik Konkolewicz Wed May 22 10:25:00 2013
At the moment we are on ~93 000 miles and Cleveland are on about ~76 000 miles.
Mark Cato Wed May 22 09:18:00 2013
Blair, someone posted a link to the Cleveland stats a few pages back. You can view it here: http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Blair Stackhouse Wed May 22 09:14:00 2013
How can I find out how we are doing against Cleveland? I keep trying to find it, but I can only find Pittsburgh numbers?
Eric Rickin Tue May 21 19:27:00 2013
We're up by 16,788 vs. Cleveland. I write this from Cumberland after two days of grueling, thigh burning, ass bruising travel on the GAP. 3 more days to d/c.
http://www.ericsbigride.com
Kitaira Stotler Tue May 21 14:19:00 2013
It looks like we're crushing Cleveland :)
Eric Ticjak Mon May 20 11:46:00 2013
Great job on Friday. Bike Pittsburgh is making a difference. I thank you for continuing your efforts to make our streets safer for those of us that pedal to work. Consider the next event in Milvale. Let's get some more folks out of a car and onto the trail. Btw, north shore trail improvements are great.
Danny Yabs Mon May 20 10:10:00 2013
Lindsay, sorry you thought the program worked differently, but hey're not being sneaky, that's been part of the promotion since the beginning. Check out the BikePGH blog on the Pedal for Pints program: http://bikepgh.org/2013/04/25/pedal-for-pints-at-over-the-bar-bicycle-cafe/
Lindsay Reed Mon May 20 10:04:00 2013
I showed my 2 medals yesterday, but apparently you can only get one free beer a visit at OTB this year.
Sneaky.
Adam J Rauf Mon May 20 09:45:00 2013
bike to work day at cmu was great. it was nice to have a free tune-up as well, and got me to make a few fixes to my bike that I had been meaning to do for some time.
raymond robinson Sat May 18 07:58:00 2013
Ride your bike to work day was my first time on my bike this year. It felt good yesterday, not so much today.
Rachel Dingfelder Fri May 17 19:53:00 2013
Bike to Work Day 2013 was great! Thanks for the bag, coffee, breakfast & good company!
Lou Fineberg Fri May 17 15:30:00 2013
Way to keep up the pace PGH! We set a goal of 1250 riders this year. It would be great for us to have to update that goal. 1500, 2000?
BTW a few of us from the BP office road the freshly minted Sandcastle leg of the GAP yesterday. Awesome! It seemed like we passed over 100 people riding bikes on our way to Homestead.
Blair Stackhouse Fri May 17 11:57:00 2013
Thanks to everyone that handed out water and swag bags! It was a really nice change of pace from the usual morning ride!
Amanda Virbitsky Fri May 17 10:52:00 2013
Thanks to Bike Pittsburgh and all the hydration station sponsors for Bike to Work Day! It was a great morning to ride a bike in PGH!
Michael Carroll Fri May 17 10:45:00 2013
@JonAWebb That sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to crush CLE.
Jen Streeter Fri May 17 10:39:00 2013
I missed all the swag bag giveaways. Darn retail schedule making me not work until 11:30!
Patrick Roberts Fri May 17 09:55:00 2013
Kathy, where do you work? I have a SWAG bag if you need one.
Jon A Webb Fri May 17 08:28:00 2013
I'm planning a 400K randonneur ride to Cleveland to pick up the crown. We would not necessarily physically pick the crown up, but we could at least pee in Lake Erie, or something like that. This would be after the end of the challenge, sometime in early October. So if you're interested in long-distance rides, keep this in mind.
Dan Winnowski Fri May 17 08:07:00 2013
Kathy, you can get one in Market Square.
Kathy Kuszaj Fri May 17 07:47:00 2013
Rode from Sandcastle to Pittsbugh... Was hoping to get a SWAG bag at the bike rental place by PNC. Got there 7:05 No one around. place not even opened. Anyone get a bag there?
shane eckel Fri May 17 00:10:00 2013
I'm going to drive my car soooo fast.
Eric Rickin Tue May 14 13:15:00 2013
Pgh has widened the lead over Cleveland. We were about 5,000 miles ahead going into this past weekend, and now we are over 11,000 miles ahead. But they have all summer to catch up, so keep logging the miles.
Elizabeth Beech Mon May 13 23:02:00 2013
Check this out! Local media coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch
Ben Yogman Sat May 11 20:55:00 2013
Woohoo! It says 1016 riders right now!
Michelle Johnson Fri May 10 16:33:00 2013
I'm working on recruiting right now!! :)
Lou Fineberg Fri May 10 11:30:00 2013
Thanks Amanda Virbitsky and Dan Yablonsky for doing an excellent job of getting word out about the Challenge! Who's going to take us over the 1000 rider milestone?
Heidi-Barbara Muse Wed May 8 21:50:00 2013
Thanks, Scott. I think OTB has clarified the pints and point issue. Will be at 250 points tomorrow, so there should be at least one free beer in my near future, if not two. :)
Zachery Ambrose Wed May 8 14:02:00 2013
wow..... @Brian
Brian A. Seklecki Wed May 8 13:17:00 2013
@Jeff: Thanks for setting this up. I'll be riding for my company's team, but just in case Cleveland looses the competitition, there's always home-made videos to be proud of:

www.youtube.com/watch

Just remember: "At least we're not Detroit!"

Jeff Keifer Wed May 8 11:23:00 2013
Thanks for your help...As soon as i followed the like i foud this on clevlands site

The Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes side by side comparison:
Cleveland:http://goo.gl/5yVMz
Pittsburgh: http://goo.gl/fXekm
#rustcrown

Aron Honick Wed May 8 10:26:00 2013
2 beers due by days end! mmmmmmmm
Eric Rickin Wed May 8 08:06:00 2013
We're winning by about 5,000 miles so far. Not sure how that translates into points. We also have about 200 more riders.
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national
Patrick Roberts Wed May 8 07:05:00 2013
If you Google the NBC and Cleveland their home page will come up. Others have spoken about creating a side by side page to compare. Will spread the word if that actually happens.
Jeff Keifer Tue May 7 22:45:00 2013
Anyone know where we stand vs.clevland? Where can get this info from?
Danny Yabs Tue May 7 17:44:00 2013
It absolutely does! That'll be about 450 more points for PGH!
Eric Rickin Tue May 7 16:39:00 2013
Riding the GAP/C&O May 20-25. Does that count toward the total?
BRUN 66 Tue May 7 04:27:00 2013
I'm with you Ambrose, Let's Go Allegheny County !!!
John Edward Brunick Tue May 7 02:00:01 2013
I'm with you Ambrose, Let's Go Allegheny County !!!!
Scott Bricker Mon May 6 23:02:00 2013
Heidi, 250 points gets you your first beer.
Paul Beaver Mon May 6 20:57:00 2013
As best I can recall, there were only 4 medals last year.
(but i could be mistaken.)
David Robb Mon May 6 19:02:00 2013
Last year the free beers were based on the medals. However this year I saw a card and the point thresholds for beer were not the same as those for the medals. They are 250, 500, 1500, 2500 and 5000 on the card you should have been able to pick up if you wanted.
Zachery Ambrose Mon May 6 15:45:00 2013
Go Allegheny County!!! Watch out! we are on our way up the workplace Leaderboard
Ellie Newman Mon May 6 14:39:00 2013
well darn...I just fractured my arm too, so it's going to be a long time till I can get 250 points :(
Danny Yabs Mon May 6 14:00:01 2013
Free drinks at Over the Bar when you reach 250, 500, 1500, 2500, 5000 pts,
Heidi-Barbara Muse Sun May 5 22:21:00 2013
You can't. OTB is not giving away a free beer until you get 250 points. I tried to get my first free beer last night, and they would not honor, or even acknowledge the posting on this page that says 100 points = 1 drink. The manager (via our waitress) claims their policy has always required 250 points for the first free drink. Please, let us know if you get one for 100 points.
Ellie Newman Sun May 5 17:57:00 2013
I'm at 100 points! How do I get my free beer?
Nick Drombosky Sun May 5 02:48:00 2013
@Joe I think it's because I logged them with my phone, but mis-labeled them as running, and then changed it to cycling-transport online. I just deleted them and re-logged them
Ray Pekich Sat May 4 17:55:00 2013
One. One free beer. Ah ah ah!
Patrick Roberts Fri May 3 17:33:00 2013
Wow, I think Ted is my hero! I will buy him a beer.
Ted King Fri May 3 16:36:00 2013
Sweet, because I'm going on a quadruple century tomorrow! See yinz!
Joe Frambach Fri May 3 14:52:00 2013
@Chris, it's entirely honor system. Just don't give them a reason to tighten the policy, it'll be unfair to everyone. @Nick, I'm seeing the same thing happen here. I think they update and cache some aggregate statistics on a schedule. Probably every few hours or late at night when the system isn't under heavy use.
Nick Drombosky Fri May 3 14:36:00 2013
Anyone know why I'm not gaining points, but it shows miles?
Chris Sprowls Fri May 3 14:17:00 2013
How does this make sense if you can just lie about your miles when you log them?
Michael Boyd Fri May 3 13:42:00 2013
I am curious if it's possible to override the zip code/comunity association for the Bike Challenge? Wilkins Township (a great place to ride a bike!) has five zip codes and no post office, so our bicycling residents will get lumped in with Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, and possibly other municipalities in the "Local Communities" leaderboard.
Ted Zellers Fri May 3 12:09:00 2013
Does anyone know how to update their workplace's picture?
Danny Yabs Fri May 3 11:54:00 2013
Hope everyone got a chance to enjoy their Car Free Fridays. But don't lose site of crown! Get at least one person to join the PGH team and log those miles!
Robert Baiko Thu May 2 14:05:00 2013
Ill Try and add some miles this weekend for Mountain Biking :)
Jim Morgan Wed May 1 22:07:00 2013
Thanks, Lou. I'm in and have forwarded your invitation to the rest of our breakfast crew!
Ben Yogman Wed May 1 21:07:00 2013
Hey Mary,

Consider Bike Pittsburgh a resource.

Especially lots of material and lots of friendly folks on the board to point you to useful things if you're the least bit open to cycling for transportation. I thought it was crazy myself until last summer, but if you'd like more time, money, energy, and joy in your life, it's crazy not to.

It's a lot more doable than you probably think, there are gentle ramps into it (group rides, riding Sunday morning when the roads are mostly empty, etc..) and there are people not just willing, but eager to help.

Have a great trip!

Cheers,
Ben

Mary Ramage Wed May 1 17:40:00 2013
Will be slacking in the month of May, will be traveling for 5 weeks. I will try to rent a bike, as long as there are trails available. Me and cars don't mix on the same road, I am a coward that way. Hoping my buddy Rachel will get some miles racked up for us. I hope everyone out there riding has a great time! :)
Lou Fineberg Wed May 1 16:18:00 2013
You have to create the team again. Jim as the long standing leader of the Car Free Fridays breakfast gatherings why don't you and your legions join the Car Free Fridays team this year?
Jim Morgan Wed May 1 16:06:00 2013
Does anyone know whether we have to create new teams this year? Our team (non-workplace) from last year isn't automatically showing up in this year's Leaderboard, so I'm wondering if in fact we need to create a new team and invite everyone to join again this year? FWIW, I can still see last year's team and its members in my Friends tab.
Ben Yogman Wed May 1 16:05:00 2013
That's good. Hopefully we'll start seeing stuff like that pop up soon.

Now we just need the Radonneurs to take a week off and do a "we challenge thee" ride out to Madison and back!

Lou Fineberg Wed May 1 15:47:00 2013
I just contacted a source very close to Danny Chew who says on Saturday alone Chewman rode 235 miles. Hopefully promise of another national title will be enough to sway him.
Ben Yogman Wed May 1 15:40:00 2013
Where's Danny Chew?

I'd have figured he'd he'd already be enjoying his first free drink by now, no?

Danny, your city needs you!

Ben Yogman Wed May 1 15:31:00 2013
I love the fact that each time I come back in there's more riders signed up, and my ranking has slipped. Four rides today and I'm currently #... 59 (ok, they were all very short).

I need a longer commute I guess.

Jamin Bogi Wed May 1 14:20:00 2013
OK, let's be honest. The back tire has trouble holding air. My wrists are...weaker than I'd like. The pannier is stable but keeps casting me glances like it's thinking about jumping off. My bike lock key is torqued. It's hot. It's cold. It's humid. It's arid.

But none of that matters, because after Day One of the challenge, I feel great--and have 32 points! Free beer before I know it!

Lou Fineberg Wed May 1 12:39:00 2013
PGH off to a good start!
Zachery Ambrose Wed May 1 11:58:00 2013
Happy first day of the Challenge!!! check out this video collaborated by VW and BikesForPeople!
Have a Safe, and Friendly couple months all!

http://youtu.be/P0Ev2MWRUT4

Danny Yabs Wed May 1 11:51:00 2013
No way! Join team BAM! Pittsburgh and LOG THOSE MILES! then join us to claim your free pints at OTB's happy hour this friday
Elizabeth Beech Wed May 1 11:50:00 2013
Join Team Thick Bikes and log those miles!
Jen Streeter Wed May 1 10:55:00 2013
First Duck, Duck, Go! team ride is tonight! I can't wait!
Blair Stackhouse Wed May 1 09:10:00 2013
Super excited to start this!
Clara Kitongo Wed May 1 00:53:00 2013
YES!!!! this is gonna be AWESOME! ^_^ Let the games begin!
Stuart Strickland Fri Apr 26 12:16:00 2013
I am 26 for 26 for riding in April. This competition has definitely made me step up my game!
Thu Apr 25 11:38:00 2013
By riding in the challenge you're showing that people in PGH ride bikes! That means Pittsburgh city officials, representatives, planners and police will see that they need to ensure our city's streets are safe for all users. TAKE ACTION! get everyone to join the challenge and sign our petition at BIKEPGH.ORG
Lou Fineberg Thu Apr 25 01:00:00 2013
Ok team PGH the Challenge is less than a week away. It's time to talk smack on two cities. The city of Brotherly Love because they're the fifth largest city in the US and unless they get it together we have little chance of taking PA to the top of the leaderboard and the Mistake by the Lake because there's no way we can let them claim the Rust Belt crown. Let's go PGH!
Jean Swoope Tue Apr 23 12:54:00 2013
I'm excited for my daughter and I to do this together, along with our car free Fridays!! Team Swoope!!
Zachery Ambrose Fri Apr 19 12:13:00 2013
Super Excited!!! rode everyday this week!
Amanda Virbitsky Thu Apr 18 13:07:00 2013
Can't wait for the challenge to start! Is it May yet??
Rachel Dingfelder Wed Apr 17 21:11:00 2013
Super excited for this year's challenge!
Mon Apr 15 11:28:00 2013
Now that you've joined the challenge you can Pedal for (free) Pints at OTB Bicycle Cafe in the South side - the official 2013 Pittsburgh Bike Challenge Headquarters. Once the challenge officially starts on May 1, you can redeem every medal you earn for one free drink. Invite friends to join your team and you can strategize over pints or pop at OTB. 100 points = 1 drink!
Danny Yabs Fri Apr 12 10:38:00 2013
Had a rainy and wonderful Car Free Friday ride this morning! Anyone who wants to join the bikepool can, we leave friday mornings from zekes @ 8am, go to friendship park @ 8:15, Doughboy Square @ 8:30 then head into downtown!. What a way to start a friday!
Mon Apr 8 11:37:00 2013
2012 was Pittsburgh's freshman year of challenge competition and we registered over 1,000 riders! That made us the largest competing city in the whole country! Lets crush our record from last year!
Tell your friends, family and coworkers to register for the challenge - you decide to be the supportive team mate or the vicious competition!
Sat Apr 6 09:03:00 2013
PGH emerged from the 2012 bike challenge wearing the Rust Crown. We got more points, rode more miles, registereed more riders than anyone else in the Rust Belt. This year Cleveland thinks their going to take it from us. They've been calling us out all over their and social media. But hey, PGH has never backed down from some competition.

Invite your friends, build your teams, lets pedal Pittsburgh to the top!

Fri Mar 29 18:54:00 2013
2012 was Pittsburgh's freshman year of challenge competition and we registered over 1,000 riders! That made us the largest competing city in the whole country! Lets crush our record from last year!

Tell your friends, family and coworkers to register for the challenge - you decide to be the supportive team mate or the vicious competition!

Thu Mar 28 09:16:00 2013
Join us while we get in gear for a new year of the bike challenge! Start inviting your friends, building your teams and practice putting on points while we plan the season's worth of events, promotions and prizes! Challenge will officially start May 1st!
Tue Jan 15 09:05:00 2013
Suggestion: Since my main use of this site is to track mileage for the whole year, it would be really nice to have a summary stat someplace handy that shows Miles Since January 1, 2013. Maybe it's there, but it's not blatantly obvious, and (I think) needs to be.
Stuart Strickland Tue Jan 15 09:05:00 2013
Suggestion: Since my main use of this site is to track mileage for the whole year, it would be really nice to have a summary stat someplace handy that shows Miles Since January 1, 2013. Maybe it's there, but it's not blatantly obvious, and (I think) needs to be.
Dave Sobal Mon Dec 31 13:20:00 2012
I only commuted in to work today- Jail Trail was not passable, and I hate 2nd Avenue. I will not be riding home in the dark on New Years eve. I wish I had converted all of my miles onto this site to get a more accurate reflection of total ridden miles.
Mon Dec 31 13:20:00 2012
I only commuted in to work today- Jail Trail was not passable, and I hate 2nd Avenue. I will not be riding home in the dark on New Years eve. I wish I had converted all of my miles onto this site to get a more accurate reflection of total ridden miles.
Sun Dec 2 22:42:00 2012
Today I biked the Men's Trophy to Bike Heaven; logging my ten-thousandth mile for the year upon arrival. The trophy will be on display there for the time being. Bike Heaven is ever evolving--if you haven't been there lately stop by..and see Pee Wee bike, et al. and pet the trophy.
Yale Cohen Sun Dec 2 22:42:00 2012
Today I biked the Men's Trophy to Bike Heaven; logging my ten-thousandth mile for the year upon arrival. The trophy will be on display there for the time being. Bike Heaven is ever evolving--if you haven't been there lately stop by..and see Pee Wee bike, et al. and pet the trophy.
Wed Sep 12 23:48:00 2012
I wish I'd known the deadline to redeem OTB points was Sept. 7. I only stopped by there twice.
Stuart Strickland Wed Sep 12 23:48:00 2012
I wish I'd known the deadline to redeem OTB points was Sept. 7. I only stopped by there twice.
Thu Aug 30 13:39:00 2012
I wish I had seen this earlier... I logged my work commute for the month, but couldn't really estimate anything else.
Adam Paul Causgrove Thu Aug 30 13:39:00 2012
I wish I had seen this earlier... I logged my work commute for the month, but couldn't really estimate anything else.
Thu Aug 30 10:21:00 2012
wasn't sure if anyone else was curious, but I asked OTB about when the deadline is to redeem the points. from their FB:
"OTB (Over The Bar) Bicycle Cafe We'll allow everyone to redeem them right up to the Wrap Up Party on September 7th at OTB. thanks!"

A++++. I'm still trying to get up to the gold level right now, but we'll see...

Adam J Rauf Thu Aug 30 10:21:00 2012
wasn't sure if anyone else was curious, but I asked OTB about when the deadline is to redeem the points. from their FB:
"OTB (Over The Bar) Bicycle Cafe We'll allow everyone to redeem them right up to the Wrap Up Party on September 7th at OTB. thanks!"

A++++. I'm still trying to get up to the gold level right now, but we'll see...

Lou Fineberg Wed Aug 29 17:18:00 2012
LOG LOG LOG your miles Pittsburgh! Let's finish strong. I hope you can join us at the wrap party on Septemeber 7th at OTB.

http://tinyurl.com/cnkctk5

John Abel Tue Aug 28 06:04:00 2012
Good idea, thanks Lou.
Lou Fineberg Mon Aug 27 17:37:00 2012
@ John Abel . . . post your ride question to the BikePGH message board. Someone on there will surely know.
John Abel Mon Aug 27 05:59:00 2012
Does anyone know of any people or group's that mountain bike on Tuesday's during the day? (off day)
John Abel Mon Aug 27 05:54:00 2012
@ B.Duchon, it has inspired and challenged me as well. I am back in to cycling & Mountain biking once again. I had to jump start my harley on friday to ride it....
Lou Fineberg Thu Aug 23 11:10:00 2012
The Challenge ends August 31

Friday evening September 7th we're going to have a wrap party at OTB. We'll have a raffle prizes and awards. Stay tuned for details.

B. Duchon Tue Aug 21 14:25:00 2012
Signing up for the Challenge inspired me to commute to work. Ride almost every day and lovin' it. Been riding my bike so much that the motorcycle is getting a little dusty.
Eric Malazich Sun Aug 19 12:35:00 2012
Thanks OTB just getting around for my pedal for pints card and 1st free pint. Planning our 2013 assault on the Michigan rails to trails over east end pedal pale ales.
Mike McDermott Thu Aug 16 20:22:00 2012
Peddle Pgh... you can only get so wet then there is nothing left to do but smile :D
Lou Fineberg Thu Aug 16 14:50:00 2012
It's been fun to see all the participation in this year's challenge. More people have signed up and tracked their miles than we anticipated. If you have a story about how the Challenge inspired you to ride more let's hear it!
Yale Cohen Tue Aug 7 22:03:00 2012
Don't forget to slog your PuddlePgh miles :-)
Rachel Dingfelder Sun Aug 5 15:13:00 2012
everyone remember to log your pedalpgh miles :-)
Joellen Popma Sun Aug 5 14:38:00 2012
In lieu of the cyclist tragedies in the past week, check out Nick's Fiks premium Reflective clothing line through kickstart.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nickdrombosky/fiks-reflective-premium-reflective-clothing

Eric Malazich Tue Jul 31 14:26:00 2012
@Joellen. If you were on the Montour or in S. Fayette/Cecil Twp. area last week it was prob me w/o the beard. Trip was a lot fun. The little traverse wheelway was great. Started in Petoskey to Charlevoix then back to Harbor Springs. Day 2 we rode the TART trail thru Traverse City to the Leelanau trail that took us to Suttons Bay. Day 3 was the Mission Loop. It took us up the peninsula that splits Grand Traverse Bay. It was the most scenic with views of both the east & west arms of the bay. Made stops at Old Mission, the lighthouse & Jollypumpkin brewing. Trails were paved; Mission Loop was road. Need a week to cover just the trails/loops for my road tires; there seems to b even more fat tire trails. Little towns were great highly recommend the trip up. Take care!
Gavin Deming Mon Jul 30 10:04:00 2012
why, when i try to enter a pre-determined commute amount, does it give me other numbers than my total amount? (for example, I commute one-way 4.68 mi; when I enter commute x2, I get a number like 9.03 instead of 9.36)
Joellen Popma Sun Jul 29 14:26:00 2012
Eric, sounds like a great trip! Let me know what you think of it when you get back. I saw you on the road the other day..,recognized you by your picture!
Brad Maloney Sat Jul 28 18:12:00 2012
Anyone else do the Pittsburgh Triathlon today? Don't forget you can manually draw your 20k ride along the I-279 HOV lane to add it to your total! Got my PedalPGH bib today too -- looking forward to it!
Bryan Hood Fri Jul 27 15:54:00 2012
Getting super excited for pedal pgh!!
Jonathan Cain Fri Jul 27 05:13:00 2012
45 mile ride planned for tomorrow, then canoeing, then more riding, then whitewater, then more riding. If I can just make it through work...
Peg Schmidt Thu Jul 26 23:06:00 2012
Platinum! Yes!
Eric Malazich Thu Jul 19 10:50:00 2012
@Joellen- 1 more week. We'll have 3 days worth of biking. The Traverse wheelway is going to be an important trail for us. It will get us to the Mackinaw Petoskey trail and to rt. 119
to the tunnel of trees. Also the TART trail in Traverse City to the Leelanau trail to Suttons Bay. Hope you are back to 100% now.
Joellen Popma Wed Jul 18 07:46:00 2012
Eric, How was your biking in Michigan?
Eric Malazich Mon Jul 16 10:45:00 2012
Just want to say hello to the fellow rider with the Bike Pittsburgh jersey I passed last Monday morn on Rt. 12 SB in Corolla, OBX. Hope you had a great vacation & safe riding. Take care all.
John Abel Sun Jul 15 08:47:00 2012
Woo...hoo made it to Platinum! Road bike here I come.
Julie Brooks Fri Jul 13 17:41:00 2012
@ Jamie. Thx. Doing the same now.
Jamie Yoder Fri Jul 13 11:05:00 2012
@Julie....takes forever! i just look the next day. :)
Pierce Johnson Thu Jul 12 18:41:00 2012
@Brandee

If vibration is an issue, also try lowering the pressure in your tires. If they're pumped up to the max they may be really hard hitting bumps and changes in the road, whereas a less inflated tire would absorb those shocks

Christina Barry Sun Jul 8 15:14:00 2012
PGH Riders! You owe it to yourselves to take a ride up to Tioga County and ride the beautiful Pine Creek Trail. Joe and I drove up this past weekend and did this gorgeous trail for round trip total of 132 miles. We stayed in Slate Run (about mid point) and did the northern section on FRI and the southern section SAT. This is the Grand Canyon of PA and it is truly GORGEOUS and doable -- even in 98+ heat. Looking forward to going up again in the fall for the spectacular colors. Congraulations to al of us Pgh Riders for biking thru this heat Keep cool . . .
Julie Brooks Sat Jul 7 16:19:00 2012
C'mon Endo. Update our teams' points already.
Jonathan Cain Thu Jul 5 10:40:00 2012
@Brandee - Where'd you get your bike? They should have offered to fit you on the bike, it might be worth a trip back to help them work with you to get things dialed-in.
Michael Boyd Wed Jul 4 18:16:00 2012
@Brandee - if your saddle height and tilt (generally the nose and rear of the saddle should be level) are generally comfortable you might try raising your handlebars. A good place to start is with the bar and saddle roughly even with each other (having the bar lower than that can work if you are flexible and have a strong core).
Lou Fineberg Tue Jul 3 11:52:00 2012
@ j. marko . . . thanks for the update.

I keep list of the comments and suggestions that are posted here and report them to the developers. @ Todd, your suggestion for a grace period is noted.

Awesome to see that we've got 1000 + subscribers. Remind friends and teammates to submit their miles!

Julie Brooks Mon Jul 2 21:30:00 2012
@brandee you may not need to lower your saddle. rather, you might play with the angle on it. i tilted the front of my own saddle just a few degrees up and it made all the difference.
Brandee Abel Mon Jul 2 18:48:00 2012
@Lucia - thanks! I do have padded gloves, but I'll pay attention to how tightly I grip the handlebar and try lowering my saddle slightly. I'm fairly tall, so my seat is up really high. Thanks again!
Lucia M Aguirre Sun Jul 1 23:50:00 2012
@Brandee: (1) try wearing cycling gloves with padding to soften the bike vibration (2) maybe you are holding the handlebars too tight and not changing hand-positions often to imrpove circulation (3) you are leaning on the handlebars too much/putting too much weight on your hands/wrists -you would need to adjust your saddle angle/height, making sure your body/hand/arm position feels natueal on the bike and not too forced. --Hope this helps!
Brandee Abel Sun Jul 1 22:00:00 2012
Does anyone have any tips for reducing numbness in hands/fingers? My numbness is lasting 3-4 days after riding (which means my hands/fingers are numb most of the time). Help!?
david hunt Fri Jun 29 19:14:00 2012
@ shirk the more you do it the easier it gets.
j. marko Fri Jun 29 12:39:00 2012
I just got a response to a question I asked at the support center about replacing an injured player. Apparently the points are accumulated by month. So if you replace a team member mid-month, the old player’s points will disappear for that month, and the new team member’s points will be used for that whole month. So be careful on the timing of any changes to team makeup.
Todd Derr Thu Jun 28 22:36:00 2012
I thought about using my phone but I was planning to keep it off since I don't know if I'll get a chance to recharge it.

I think it's still a valid point that there should be a grace period although I don't think I'm going to be able to ride now due to the extreme heat (90-100 all week)... bummed.

william e shirk jr Thu Jun 28 15:44:00 2012
Did sycamore tues night after work, sheesh, that experience knocked me down a peg! Or two...
Brad Maloney Wed Jun 27 22:33:00 2012
@Todd - do you have the app on your phone? You can at least log those miles live as they happen. When I'm on the GAP I like to turn off all unnecessary antennas (wifi, cell data) to conserve battery. Once I think I'm done for the day, I'll turn cell data back on and let the Endomondo app send my trip report out. It happens automatically in the background. Hope that helps - enjoy your GAP trip!
Todd Derr Wed Jun 27 20:17:00 2012
I think the "all miles must be logged by the end of the month" rule should have a grace period of at least a week. If I head out on the GAP this weekend I won't be able to log the miles until I get home and it will cost me a lot of points.
j. marko Tue Jun 26 21:56:00 2012
We have a team member that broke his wrist and won't be able to ride for six weeks or so. Does anyone know how the team standings work? I mean if we kick the injured rider off the team and sign up a new person do the old points go away? If we sign up someone who has already been logging miles in the challenge does the team only receive points from the date the new person joins the team?
Eric Malazich Tue Jun 26 18:12:00 2012
@ Lou. No need to respond she joined the challenge- that's what the prob was and has pedaled to her first free brew. Bike on guys!
Seth Gernot Tue Jun 26 15:36:00 2012
3 more 'burghers and we reach 1,000!
Eric Malazich Mon Jun 25 21:11:00 2012
@ Lou. If u join endomondo outside of the bikepgh site do u have to then join the national bike challenge? Signed up 2 this weekend and neither got points nor could I find them in our local leaderboard. Both downloaded the app straight to their smartphones. I did find & friend 1 of them through endomondo. Thanks- E
Lou Fineberg Mon Jun 25 12:28:00 2012
Just 4 riders away from 1000! Do you have any friends that still haven't signed up?

I had a chance last week to catch up with Mike from OTB. He said they're ready to start collecting punch card from Platinum riders.

Peg Schmidt Sun Jun 24 15:19:00 2012
Made it over 1000 points now..... I can SEE platinum anyway!!!
Joellen Popma Sat Jun 23 14:46:00 2012
After two weeks from my crash and being impaled by a stick, i finally got my stitches out and the infection cured. Im trying to ride and taking it easy as i get back on the bike. More comfort as soon as the knee and ribs heal more completely. Then onto platinum! I see the platinum crowd is growing! Bike on Pittsburgh!
John Abel Sat Jun 23 09:35:00 2012
I made it to the top 50, it lasted about 1 hour. Work always gets in the way :)
Jeremiah Ostrosky Thu Jun 21 23:25:00 2012
PLATINUM, YAY!!!!! Ride home from work today put me over the edge.
david hunt Wed Jun 20 03:08:00 2012
Keep smashing dem pyrohis jeremiah!!!
david hunt Wed Jun 20 03:06:00 2012
301 from platinum.............should have logged them all. :/ see you soon fellow platinumeers
Julie Brooks Tue Jun 19 20:32:00 2012
PLATINUUM, BABY! YAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!
Jonathan Cain Tue Jun 19 14:49:00 2012
@Jeremiah Hey, maybe I'll catch you down there.
James Kiley Tue Jun 19 08:05:00 2012
@Lou They did post, sometime between then and now.
Lou Fineberg Mon Jun 18 10:12:00 2012
Way to go Platinum riders! I'll check in with Mike about the drawing details.

@ James Kiley. Did the 20 points ever post from the other day.

Jeremiah Ostrosky Sun Jun 17 23:12:00 2012
I'm closing in on Platinum as well, should probably stop by OTB and start collecting my free beer.
p. leon Sun Jun 17 18:24:00 2012
I stopped into OTB to drink my platinum last evening.
As of right now they are not collecting completed punch cards for the local drawing.
david hunt Sun Jun 17 09:55:00 2012
Good job Jon. I'm closing in fast.
Jonathan Cain Sun Jun 17 06:07:00 2012
just hit platinum, will be sure to collect @OTB.
Jim Leonard Fri Jun 15 14:13:00 2012
@James and @Lou, I should have documented this better, but I found that if I log my times near midnight (I forget which side of it), it will count towards a day other than the one you logged it for (and would show in different days depending on whether you viewed your miles in the monthly or weekly calendars)
Jim Leonard Fri Jun 15 14:12:00 2012
@lou Fineberg in fact, if you want to look at May 30th, 31st and Jun 1 for me in both the weekly and monthly calendars, you'll see an example of this.
Lou Fineberg Fri Jun 15 12:08:00 2012
Check out the latest BikePGH blog post! Kelly Strayhorn Theater announces incentives for arriving to Friday East Liberty Live performances by bike, foot or taking the bus. Log more miles and get free tickets.
James Kiley Fri Jun 15 11:49:00 2012
Hm... did 13.8 miles today but only got 13 points instead of 33 or 34.
Lou Fineberg Fri Jun 15 11:14:00 2012
@ Jim L. I'll get word to the developer about the issue.
david hunt Thu Jun 14 13:54:00 2012
Broke into 1061 points today! Woohoo! Free beer is in my future.
Jim Leonard Mon Jun 11 20:20:00 2012
@Lou Fineberg: no, our team does not appear to show the points that my team members accumulated in may.
Joellen Popma Mon Jun 11 07:32:00 2012
Crashed on the C&O. .....I'll be out for awhile. Bummed I can't finish the last 120!
Lindsay Reed Fri Jun 8 11:56:00 2012
@Todd - Nooooo! I am bouncing right around the top 50 riders for this month so far, but I'm somewhere around #250 for the overall time period. Keeping myself in the top 50 is motivating me like crazy! :)
Todd Derr Fri Jun 8 11:02:00 2012
Can we make the drop-down on the leaderboards default to "entire period" instead of <current month>?
william e shirk jr Thu Jun 7 21:29:00 2012
Just a thought, I lost my house keys while doing the jail to baldwin loop yesterday, if anyone happens accross them, thanks!
Julie Brooks Thu Jun 7 17:20:00 2012
Loving the GAP!
Joellen Popma Thu Jun 7 17:16:00 2012
Biking the Great Allegheny passage to DC with members of Bicycology. Great trails today..
Lou Fineberg Thu Jun 7 12:47:00 2012
922 riders! We're getting very close to 1000, which would be a great milestone for PGH!

@ JIm did your team eventually get credit for the points? We have an ongoing list of fixes for the developer. It's the first year so there's bound to be some kinks. Thanks for letting us know.

@Allison have you gotten beyond 666? If not, I can get the name of a good priest ;-)

Joellen Popma Tue Jun 5 21:46:00 2012
Great biking trails in Michigan ! I had great rides there on extensive bike specific trails. Beautiful lakeside and interior trails. I highly recommend. Leave for Pitt to DC on thurs!
Justin Long Tue Jun 5 17:09:00 2012
@jim. you had to log your may points by june 1st for them to count in the standings. Nbc sent out an email the last week of may stating this and Im guessing it will be the same w june, july, and august.
Jim Leonard Sun Jun 3 23:48:00 2012
This is obnoxious... I just created a team and it won't associate my May points with it.
Allison Rowland Sat Jun 2 07:39:00 2012
Should I be worried that none of my newly added miles have turned into points? Or that my point total appears to be stuck at 666?
Casey West Fri Jun 1 14:26:00 2012
Weather doesn't stop us! Happy Hour, June 1st @ OTB.
Bike Challenge Beers: One Month Done http://cwe.st/LK8cQG
James Kiley Fri Jun 1 09:18:00 2012
My points are now correct thankfully. Not that I'm getting any riding in today. Hailstones tend to break my groove.
Julie Brooks Fri Jun 1 09:10:00 2012
Everything seems okay today!
Julie Brooks Thu May 31 16:40:00 2012
I did just realize that because my phone ran out of juice mid-ride last night, my mileage didn't get recorded by Endomondo. Just manually recorded. So, we'll see what Endomondo does with points in a few.
Julie Brooks Thu May 31 15:28:00 2012
Same thing on my end.
Joellen Popma Thu May 31 14:50:00 2012
Oh and I had used the Edmonds app so it isn't a difference between using the app or manually logging the miles.
Joellen Popma Thu May 31 14:47:00 2012
The same thing is happening to me and my team members. Obviously it is working for some as I keep getting lower in the rankings. I tried deleting the mileage and doing manually to no avail.
James Kiley Thu May 31 14:33:00 2012
I logged my miles manually about five hours ago and they still haven't showed up in my point total. They show up in my 'this week' and 'today' miles tallies, but not my points. Anybody see this before?
Julie Brooks Mon May 28 17:05:00 2012
Hope everyone is having fun and staying hydrated! Just a few days left to get those May points tallied. Be safe everyone!
Julie Brooks Fri May 25 20:06:00 2012
Sarah, thanks. I'll be out for a long ride tomorrow and will try keeping wifi on. We shall see!
Casey West Thu May 24 22:09:00 2012
Bicycons wants to drink with you! Happy Hour, June 1st @ OTB.

Bike Challenge Beers: One Month Done http://cwe.st/LK8cQG

Sarah Pearman Thu May 24 20:43:00 2012
Hmmm. I wonder if turning off wifi is actually making the battery run down faster. When wifi is on, the iPhone uses "assisted" GPS by picking up location info from nearby routers to help it determine your location more efficiently and accurately. I'm not 100% sure whether it would help in your situation, but it's worth a try to turn the wifi back on and see if that helps.
Julie Brooks Thu May 24 15:03:00 2012
Sarah, yea, I have been turning off the screen. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Hmmm...I'm also turning off wifi, and various other components.
Sarah Pearman Thu May 24 14:14:00 2012
Julie, are you turning the screen off? If not, that's definitely the first step since the Endomondo app leaves it on all the time by default, which kills the battery exceptionally fast.
Julie Brooks Thu May 24 13:49:00 2012
If anyone has suggestions for how to prevent the iPhone from being drained, sometimes completely, while out on a ride, I'd really appreciate it. Sometimes my phone battery empties before I finish a ride. I always make sure to have it at 100% before leaving. And, certainly, I do log the "missed miles" when I get home to my iPad. It's just an annoyance. Not a deal-breaker. Thanks.
Jason Hare Thu May 24 09:18:00 2012
Sorry- 3 typical trips logged, only the first of the three registers mileage. Why bother?
Jason Hare Thu May 24 09:11:00 2012
Maybe I'm not doing it right. I have 2 typical trips logged, but when I put anything but the first of the three it doesn't log the #s- Just gives me a total of nil, not even 0, just a dash. I had to enter all of my trips (at once, I will admit) today, but had to do a short trip and multiply to get the total I rode. Maybe that is what I am supposed to do....
Scott Bricker Thu May 24 09:04:00 2012
Hmm, maybe on the app download page in iTunes if you have an iPhone? All you really need to do is enter in your info in the settings tab, choose the type of riding you're doing on the main page, and then press start. Be vigilent about stopping it and clicking "done" after or it will drain your battery.
Tim Schooley Thu May 24 08:01:00 2012
Scott, I've just been assuming that I don't know how to use the app, which is all too plausible since I'm a smart phone newbie to begin with. Any feedback on where to find some instructions? The app on my phone seems to acknowledge my account when I press on the "Friends" function. My picture comes up and it notes that I've been on rides.....but I see no link or way to access my points. Thanks for whatever you can do but don't go out of your way too much.
Scott Bricker Thu May 24 07:42:00 2012
We'll make a request to Endomondo and ask if they can add the medals to the app.
Tim Schooley Thu May 24 06:00:00 2012
Yeah, that's the way I understand it as well, Ashley. But I was in there for lunch, and it was busy, and the place was operating with a pretty bare bones staff so that the guy behind the bar was also waiting on tables....and I felt silly asking him to go track down a computer to see that I was eligible for a free beer when he obviously had plenty of other things to do. That's a good idea, James. I'll try that. OTC has a thing for NBC participants where if you can show you've reached 50, 100 and 500 points, they'll give you a free beer for each benchmark. They have stamp cards for it.
James Funderburgh Wed May 23 22:32:00 2012
I agree. the phone app is limited. You can find your point total by navigating to this site on Safari on you phone if you do not want to drag you laptop to OTB. How many points do you need for a beer?
Ashley C Wed May 23 21:47:00 2012
@Tim, as I understood it, as long as you can log in at all (which, since you're posting here, I assume you can) you will be able to claim your beer. I think I read that there will be access to Endomondo at OTB for those logging miles without the app.
Tim Schooley Wed May 23 21:24:00 2012
Smart phone, dumb user.....as a new iPhone person, I'm struggling to figure how to use the endomondo app so that I can bring up my National Bike Challenge tally on it. And I haven't been able to find any good instructions for it. While I mostly use the program on my laptop anyway, this is an urgent issue since I'm almost eligible for a third beer at OTB....when I haven't been able to prove my tally to enjoy the first two. (A Pittsburgh reference for anybody anywhere else paying enough attention to be confused by this.) Anybody out there have any advice/instructions on this?
Stuart Strickland Wed May 23 20:57:00 2012
I log my data once, first thing upon sitting down at the computer, then I go check email, Facebook, the message board, etc. Fifteen minutes or so later, the data has registered. That's all ya gotta do.
Lou Fineberg Tue May 22 19:24:00 2012
Justin thanks for the observation. My guess is that it mainly is the result of people repeatedly logging the trip until it posts. It's tough to police this and get word out to people to be more aware. We've brought the issue to the developers attention and will continue to do so. There's definitely some kinks that need to be worked out.
Justin Long Tue May 22 17:46:00 2012
Question about logging miles and points. I've noticed that when looking at peoples workout profiles on endomondo that many people have workouts for the same distance and time logged multiple times on the same day. Im curious as to if they are doing laps or if they keep logging the same workout in until it post to their points and leaderboard not realizing that they are posting the same workout multiple times. For example, one rider has 4 workouts logged at the same time and same distance, and 5 workouts listed at the same time and distance all in one day. Can someone take a look at this and explain?
Barbara Jensen Tue May 22 10:39:00 2012
Just earned my third beer (500 points), but haven't had time to get to OTB to redeem! Can't wait for summer to start so I can take more longer rides.
Julie Brooks Sun May 20 21:40:00 2012
Posting a little bit late, but wanted to put a big shout-out to Bike Pgh for another great Bike to Work Day! The people at stations around the city were wonderful, and the swag is awesome!
Todd Derr Sat May 19 22:24:00 2012
38 miles on the GAP -> 3rd pint! Limestone is also worth a multiplier...
Joellen Popma Sat May 19 16:46:00 2012
Chatham folks can join team Bicycology!
Steve Swartzlander Sat May 19 15:48:00 2012
I hope everyone got a chance to ride on this beAUTIful day
Jim Leonard Sat May 19 13:10:00 2012
Even if riding over the hills around pgh doesn't warrant extra points, hauling an extra 130 pounds of groceries on your bike over those hills should.
Bill Kammermeier Fri May 18 17:41:00 2012
@Tim Cook.. I have noticed the same thing. It doesn't always add the points up correctly.
Scott Bricker Fri May 18 16:21:00 2012
@Bryan Nope. You can hit every level and then go in to redeem. Only one free beer per visit though.
David Troyer Fri May 18 15:37:00 2012
@Bryan. I certainly hope not.
Lucia M Aguirre Fri May 18 14:45:00 2012
Seeing lots of people riding their bikes today, pretty excited to see what kind of dent we put in-miles for our city :)
M Shaw Fri May 18 12:57:00 2012
I'm short 20 points, too
Tirzah Griffin Fri May 18 09:35:00 2012
trying to figure out how to invite someone to join the site...
Tim Cook Thu May 17 20:54:00 2012
The site is still really buggy at recording points, it failed to record my 20 points from 5 days ago and still hasn't. Also, sometimes when you input miles on a certain day, it adds them to the previous day instead... all sorts of weird things.
Bryan Hood Thu May 17 20:16:00 2012
So do we lose our free beer if we hit the next level before redeeming it?
Seth Gernot Thu May 17 17:09:00 2012
3rd pint.....so close, so close.
Buffalo Buffalo Wed May 16 23:19:00 2012
I don't ride Downtown much, so I'd forgotten just how bad GPS can get down there. Really wish Endomondo had the ability to add and remove intermediate points, the way MapMy[Activity] does, instead of just move them around.
Stuart Strickland Wed May 16 21:50:00 2012
I don't use GPS. Long before this website came along, I used MapMyRide to keep track of my routine trips. Each trip I built myself using the mapping tool on that site. It lets me store and name each of these. So, anytime I want to check a distance, I go there first, look up the ride I just did, and then just type the mileage in here. I use the Endomondo commute tool to keep track of my four most common trips, which comprise over half of my total trips.
David White Wed May 16 09:41:00 2012
Keep in mind that the GPS is also only giving you data "as the crow flies" and so they tend to be less accurate when you're riding in hilly areas.
David Robb Sat May 12 23:12:00 2012
I use the free app. I still think its really cool.
David Robb Sat May 12 23:03:00 2012
My buddies bike computer clocks a ride we do at 22 miles. Endomondo has it at 18.9 miles. It's a mountain bike ride with a lot of winding trails. My buddy said another friend has said that his GPS underestimates mileage on mountain bike rides by 15% which just about equals the difference. GPS polling frequency as someone put it would explain why. If the device thinks you are traveling in a straight line it would miss some of the distance. Road riding wouldn't have as much of a difference. I'm not concerned, but there's definitely a difference using GPS vs a bike computer.
Kento Ohmori Fri May 11 17:21:00 2012
My Garmin Edge, Endomondo Pro (Android), and my cycle computer are all within 1/10 to 1/5 of a mile for my rides yesterday. I know; I have a problem with gadgets....
Dan Yablonsky Fri May 11 15:45:00 2012
Thats the first we've heard of the issue, but we brought it to the attention of the national challenge coordinators. Is anyone else questioning the accuracy of the app?
Peter Streibig Thu May 10 10:30:00 2012
Has anyone else noticed the endomondo iPhone app is a bit off?
I track with both RunKeeper and endomondo, and the GPS polling frequency with Runkeeper is much more frequent. What this equates to on our squirrelly streets is a discrepancy in accuracy. Endomondo says I rode 10.55mi this morning. Runkeeper says it was 11.82. Both say the trip was within 30sec. (38.56 for RK and 38:31 for E, which makes sense as I turn RK on first and off last)
Tim Cook Wed May 9 21:39:00 2012
EVERYWHERE is re-paving... which is great, but also terrible.
Lou Fineberg Wed May 9 18:52:00 2012
@ Colin. I think the twenty points sometimes is delayed. It eventually should register.
David White Wed May 9 13:57:00 2012
I just noticed that if you revise one of your stored commutes it continues to use the old mileage though the drop-down displays the new mileage. You need to delete it and replace it with a new one instead.
Steve Eckenrode Wed May 9 11:24:00 2012
Greenfield Ave from Second Avenue is a mess right now.
Colin Ashe Wed May 9 10:07:00 2012
The other day I got points for my miles but not my 20 points for the day. I'm still short 20 points. Has anyone else had this problem?
Kelly Henderson Wed May 9 09:33:00 2012
Ellsworth is closed for repaving today (FYI, if you haven't already run into this).
Christine! Rigby! Tue May 8 16:52:00 2012
@Dan ....ha
Dan Yablonsky Tue May 8 15:00:00 2012
Commute Triathlon this morning! Running out the door, riding to work and practically swimming through the rain!
Scott Bricker Tue May 8 14:48:00 2012
You can just use the Endomondo app.
Adam J Rauf Tue May 8 09:51:00 2012
what app are we supposed to use to log? can we not just use the web logging? does anyone know?

I don't typically carry my phone when I ride, but I guess I could if I need to?

And also thanks for the heads-up on the free beer as well. Not like I'm in any rush to redeem them. I'm doing this to get in better shape and eventually commute to work as often as possible.

Tricia Chicka Tue May 8 06:44:00 2012
ohh thanks for the tip on the free beer delay...I'll just wait until I hoard some more pints...I have 2.

I agree Jim, it would be nice to get bonus points for faster/steeper elevations. LIke if you increase elevation by X amount over the course of your ride, you get a bonus point. 2 for the really steep trips.

Jim Leonard Mon May 7 15:48:00 2012
We should get bonus points for the hills around Pittsburgh. I've never lived anywhere where it was harder to bike about (not saying these places don't exist).
Tim Cook Mon May 7 10:06:00 2012
Ditto on the no free beer.
Jon Adrian Webb Mon May 7 09:33:00 2012
BTW, I tried to get my free beer at OTB Saturday and they said they hadn't received their cards yet, so no beer. Sucks.
Also, I had trouble logging miles this weekend, with no apparent response to my clicking the log button. But then I had tons of miles there this morning. Every attempted click eventually showed up.
Kento Ohmori Sun May 6 22:07:00 2012
Clearly people are having trouble with the lag in data.... For me in almost every instance, It just took a little bit of time; the data was there by the time I was showered and changed. If you have entered your data multiple times because it didn't show up, check your "workouts" in an hour or so and delete your duplicates.
Buffalo Buffalo Sat May 5 00:40:00 2012
I seem to have been right: My phone doesn't play well with Pitt's wireless for some dumb reason, and endomondo doesn't seem to upload when i'm on data (which i suppose i'd be thankful for, except i have an unlimited data plan... ah well). However, once I finally got home and on wifi, my routes from today did upload properly, including the one from this morning that had been mysteriously truncated...
george haff Fri May 4 11:28:00 2012
ive seen upload (and download) problems a few times on my android version of endomondo pro. restarting the app sometimes works (though it might take a few tries), and all the old workouts get synced when it regains sanity.
Dan Yablonsky Fri May 4 11:21:00 2012
JI, I haven't heard of any other app issues as bad as that... so it may be the hardware. Hopefully the new phone helps. Let us know.
Casey West Fri May 4 10:42:00 2012
JI Swiderski, using the web site you can record a workout manually. You can either draw the route or just log the distance if you know it. I've had to do that a couple times.
Buffalo Buffalo Fri May 4 09:45:00 2012
Having massive issues with the Android app. Hopefully it's just my phone--yesterday's ride to work evidently didn't save at all; today I rode 2.38 miles in 17:28 according to my phone, but only the first .44 mile has uploaded. New phone is in the mail, hopefully that helps...
Michael Boyd Thu May 3 17:42:00 2012
The first pint comes quickly!
Scott Bricker Thu May 3 17:41:00 2012
I too earned a pint today!
Lou Fineberg Thu May 3 15:57:00 2012
It's not enough to sign up for the Challenge. If you haven't started logging your miles now is the time!
Tricia Chicka Thu May 3 09:32:00 2012
First OTB pint earned! Word.
Eryn Hughes Wed May 2 11:46:00 2012
Glad to know its not just me, I was wondering why when I added my miles it was posting on some pages but not the total accrued for our team/workplace!
Dan Yablonsky Wed May 2 10:53:00 2012
Your 20 points don't get erased each day, but it does sometimes take a little while for the site to catch up. Be patient with Ye Ol' Endomondo; Pittsburgh has proved a bit too speedy!
p. leon Wed May 2 06:33:00 2012
Confused?

Does the 20 points get erased on a daily basis?

My 20 from yesterday has gone missing...

Catherine English Wed May 2 06:31:00 2012
Good bike this morning! It started to rain though........ :-(
Jamie Yoder Tue May 1 21:43:00 2012
Ah, nevermind. just takes some time. I'm up. ;)
Jamie Yoder Tue May 1 21:35:00 2012
Is there a serious lag in how this updates? Still showing 0 pts, yet i logged 72 miles
Casey West Tue May 1 19:02:00 2012
Team Bicycons has a few spots open, please join up! We're a rag-tag group of geeky folks!
p. leon Tue May 1 17:21:00 2012
Bronze status! YAY!

Time for a tasty IPA

Christov Churchward Tue May 1 16:47:00 2012
Just wait for team Pittsburgh Green House to come storming in front once the season begins! But we're also not a full team, so anyone out there looking for a great team to join, come on board!
Lou Fineberg Mon Apr 30 18:21:00 2012
Team Car Free Fridays recaptures the lead for the pre season. Tomorrow the real Challenge begins.

Here We Go Pittsburgh!

Scott Bricker Sun Apr 29 10:15:00 2012
Todd, you can log your miles anywhere in the world.
Todd Derr Sat Apr 28 14:50:00 2012
If you go riding somewhere else should you log those miles or is it supposed to be only miles in/around Pittsburgh like the old one?
Dan Yablonsky Fri Apr 27 15:28:00 2012
Green Cities Fellows are back on top! And we've pedaling with 1 rider down! Take that, Car Free Fridays!
Dustin J Lee Fri Apr 27 10:00:00 2012
Surely it's too late for this year, but wouldn't it be great if points were awarded based on real work numbers including hill climbs? Lots of apps out there include altitude tracking, perhaps the kind peeps running the endomondo app could add this feature in the next update? Just seems like that would be a more accurate way to compete. One could hypothetically hitch a bus up the hill, and coast down to earn points...not that any of us would do that.
Dan Yablonsky Thu Apr 26 16:14:00 2012
Tori, unfortunately you can only add your points to 1 "team" of 10 people. The "workplace" can register as many riders as you can rally, and thats almost like a second team!
Victoria Managan Thu Apr 26 14:59:00 2012
can you ride for more than just one team?
Benjamin Stiglitz Thu Apr 26 11:01:00 2012
anindya: BikePGH’s map doesn’t go that far, but there’s 1. google maps and 2. the rest of us. Try the forums: <http://bike-pgh.org/bbpress/>;
Anindya Mukhopadhyay Thu Apr 26 09:56:00 2012
Where can I get a biking route map from Bridgeville to downtown Pittsburgh?
John Alan Lovra Sat Apr 21 18:45:00 2012
Just joined. Not possible to bike to work, but I do bike Montour Trail, Allegheny Passage, North Park and around my home. Looking forward to this challenge.
DAN OSHOP Sat Apr 21 11:39:00 2012
Hi all, I guess I just joined the team with the Bike Pittsburgh connection. I am riding almost daily from Robinson to W. Penn Hosp. in Bloomfield. It is a joy to pass buy the "Burgh" as I make my way along the North Side trail on my daily ride. It's as much fun on the way home after work.
sandra k kabay Tue Apr 17 17:53:00 2012
I have been commuting to work by bike for the past 7 years. I reside in Shaler and work in downtown Pittsburgh. What a great way to start and end my day.
Dan Yablonsky Wed Apr 11 16:31:00 2012
@ Steve, to the best of my knowledge I'm not sure there's a great remedy for your problem. This is Endomondo's first year hosting the Bike Challenge and they're still working stuff out. I'll bring it to the developer's attention

@ Virginia, log miles like its your job. Because it kind of is.

Virginia McGrath Wed Apr 11 16:10:00 2012
can I include my pedicab miles for the bike challenge!?
Steve Marchitelli Mon Apr 9 13:15:00 2012
My last two rides, the GPS wasn't picking up a signal, so I mapped out and edited the info when I got home. But when I do this, my times reset to zero. Is there a way to do this without losing or having to re-enter my time stats?
Jim Morgan Sat Apr 7 22:05:00 2012
Joanne, did you try the DOWNLOAD APP link at the top of the page?
Joanne Pekich Sat Apr 7 11:54:00 2012
Does anyone know of an app that I can use to automatically log miles?
Dan Yablonsky Fri Apr 6 10:15:00 2012
Pittsburgh Bike Challenge gets some press!

http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/news/city-walkabout/33730-burghs-team-big-for-bike-challenge-

Michael Carroll Thu Apr 5 11:49:00 2012
In it to win it.
Rachel Dingfelder Wed Apr 4 20:50:00 2012
Dan, that is awesome!
Dan Yablonsky Wed Apr 4 12:57:00 2012
Hey Pixburgers! We're doing pretty darn well. We've got the biggest team in the whole country, 213 people! We all want to hit 500 by May 1st so if everyone here gets 1 or 2 friend to join we'll make it for sure.

I also wanted to say... GO TEAM PGH! Joining the challenge is advocacy! Lets show the nation and our local government that we as Pittsburgh bike riders are a presence and we have a voice!

Dan Yablonsky Thu Mar 29 15:39:00 2012
How wrong you are Von Fineberg, SCA Green Cities Fellows came ready to rumble.
Lou Fineberg Thu Mar 29 15:11:00 2012
btw . . . we requested separating into neighborhoods this year, but we weren't able to make it happen. It's on the developers radar.
Lou Fineberg Thu Mar 29 15:06:00 2012
Bring it on Pittsburgh. Team Car Free Fridays is ready to rock this city!
David Troyer Thu Mar 29 13:06:00 2012
@gavin http://www.bike-pgh.org/widget/
Gavin Deming Wed Mar 28 15:45:00 2012
Can we get the data from the old car free calc? I had been tracking for over a year...
Eric Schmadel Wed Mar 28 13:34:00 2012
Do I start from when I registered here the other day or should I go back and enter all the days going back to the beginning of January? Does it matter to Bike PGH how many miles we show before the challenge starts?
Mark McCartney Mon Mar 26 16:20:00 2012
It would be nice to see the data be open, or provide for import from other services. Some friends of mine use strava, and it's cumbersome to record miles twice.
http://www.mostlybaked.com/busting-the-silos-of-personal-fitness-data
Dustin J Lee Mon Mar 26 09:33:00 2012
I second Tim Cook's request. It would foster a more dynamic challenge, riders would rally neighborhood friends to join, boosting numbers for Pittsburgh as a whole. We need this!
Billy Epting Fri Mar 23 10:09:00 2012
Getting used to the new interface, it's pretty nice. Are we gonna stick with this interface even past 31 august? I definitely enjoyed tracking my miles all winter.
One tip for the endomondo folks, or Dan: It'd be a bit more streamlined if I didn't have to click "log other" first before the non-commuting options became available on the pull-down list. But no big deal!
Justin Mando Fri Mar 23 08:46:00 2012
Wow, this looks like a huge improvement from the Car-Free Calculator. That was a bit of a chore to use, to say the least.

Good move, BikePGH!

Rachel Dingfelder Thu Mar 22 16:15:00 2012
I loved the old Car Free Friday's calculator, but this one is great too! It's way easier to enter information and there's more to look at on the site. I'm stoked to compete with other cities. My trips are short but they add up!
David Lampe Thu Mar 22 10:37:00 2012
Where are the data from the old bike calculator? I had been keeping track nicely of the last year's progress and, boom, gone.
Dan Yablonsky Thu Mar 22 01:20:00 2012
Tim, I hear you! That would be a fun development. Because we didn't do the design, I'm not sure if we can build that in to this year's challenge. I'll look into it and certainly add to our list of improvements for next year. Good luck and thanks for joining. Don't forget to invite your friends!
Tim Cook Thu Mar 22 00:27:00 2012
Saw on the Leaderboard that you can sort leaders by "Communities" but it only lists "Pittsburgh", generically... it would be really excellent if we could see how much people were riding from each neighborhood... maybe sort it that way? Or, more simply, everyone is entering zip codes, just sort to show which zip code has the most rider-points.
Jonathan Cain Wed Dec 31 18:00:00 1969
Glad you got your phone Lisa!
Drewbacca AWD Wed Dec 31 18:00:00 1969
I call BS on at least one CLE rider who has absolutely nothing posted besides Sept 1 when he apparently rode 240 miles? Maybe just the lazy way of entering miles for the month but it looks really bad. I'll assume most are legit, besides that.
Elizabeth Beech Wed Dec 31 18:00:00 1969
Join Team Thick Bikes and log those miles!