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BikingPgh is a resource for cyclists in and near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please join us and share your knowledge.

Contents

Where to Cycle

Trails in the Area

Road Routes

Mountain Biking

Group Ride Resources

Popular Annual Events

In town and close-by:

Always a bit:

And don't forget:

  • Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes - A friendly Endomondo competition between Pittsburgh and Cleveland - May to September
  • Channukah Parade - Bikes with Menorahs (or not) riding a parade pace with the cars - Some time between 25th of Kislev and the 3rd of Tevet (December)

Finding a Bike to Ride

Buying

Pittsburgh has a large selection of LBSs (local bike shops), each with its own vociferous constituency. Large retailers (Performance, REI, etc) are also nearby. We can't think of any particular ones you should avoid, so we suggest you make a point of visiting several and decide which one(s) have the selection and attitude you're most comfortable with.

Renting

  • In the very near future Pittsburgh will have its very own bike-share program covering select neighborhoods. Service is expected to start in 2014.
  • Golden Triangle Bike Rental in downtown Pittsburgh offers seasonal rentals.

Equipment

When in doubt, first check Sheldon Brown.

Local Manufacturing

Lights

Locking and Theft Prevention

Many bike thefts have been reported lately in Pittsburgh. Almost all of the stolen bikes were locked with cable locks. A cable lock can be cut easily with a tool a thief can hide in their pocket. DO NOT USE A CABLE LOCK AS YOUR ONLY LOCK! You need a U-lock!

Chicago.

  • Reduce the incentive for theft by never buying one of the bikes reported stolen.
  • If your bike has been stolen, report it here by adding it to the bikes reported stolen page. Also post on the bikepgh.org message board. Include a picture; this makes a big difference! People really do recover their bikes -- we are all looking out for each other.

Maintenance

DIY

  • Free Ride PGH's DIY RECYCLED bike collective. Volunteer or donate in order to take hands-on classes!
  • Kraynick's

Online resources

Manufacturer's manuals

Books

Safety

If you have a confrontation with a driver, or experience harassing behavior, try to get the license plate number and report it on the Dangerous Drivers thread. Also call 911 and file a police report. Remember, it's not just you -- many of these drivers regularly harass cyclists, and police reports tracking their behavior serve as a legal paper trail that can help victims should they cause an accident -- not to mention that documented aggressive behavior can lead to those drivers getting a ticket (this usually requires excellent proof, such as a video, and persistence on your part, though).

How to Fix Problems

  • For city-level maintenance issues, such as potholes, streetlights not working, and so on, 311 works well. Call the number, or use the web form.
  • If that doesn't work, get in touch with the City Council representative's office in the relevant neighborhood. They have people on their staff who are hired expressly to respond to citizen issues. It works better if you're a voter in their district, but don't hold back if you see an issue that is not being fixed.
  • For PennDOT issues, such as detour signs blocking sidewalks and other issues related to road construction projects, use their web form. Note: the form won't work on a phone browser; you need Internet Explorer to use it. Construction projects are done by contractors who may not care about cyclists or pedestrians; but when PennDOT gets a complaint through this form, they really do fix it.
  • For bigger issues, contact your representative or senator at the state level. Like city council, they have staff who are assigned to fix problems. Advocate for bike issues; many people let things slide, and you'll be amazed at how effective you can be.

The Cycling Life

Weather and Such

  • Rain Gear gives you the lowdown on Pittsburgher's experience with deal with bicycling in the rain (we have a lot of it).
  • The Cold
  • The Frozen

Slow Biking

Slow Biking

Get Involved

Local Knowledge

Riding Into Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage

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