Hello Bike Bikers!!
So, things are really gelling here with the conference.
I just had one quick update, well maybe a question.
So, after the conference, a friend and I are helping organize a bike
tour, to Bedford, PA to take a tour of the Cannondale factory, and I
was wondering if there was any interest out there in Bike Bike
World. Basically, the factory is about 100 miles from Pittsburgh,
and Cannondale is excited to host us. I haven't taken the tour, but
apparently there are some cool machines that test things like frame
strength and components. The wheelbuilders are supposed to be a
trip! The actual tour only takes an hour, but they even said they'd
be willing to give a more in depth type workshop for us, for example,
how they weld, or paint, etc. The friend who is helping out works
seasonally for them.
Some logistics. It's going to be a bit intensive, so a decent bike
would be required. I haven't done this ride, but it is Western
Pennsylvania (Northern Appalachia) and I imagine it to be very
hilly. We were thinking of leaving the morning of Monday August 13
and returning to Pittsburgh on Wed August 15. Day one would be 80
miles (the first 20 or so on rail-trail: flat!), day 2 would be 20
miles to Cannondale, take the tour, then 20 miles back toward PGH,
day three would be 80 miles or so back into PGH. This is self
supported (ie we aint carrying or providing anything other than good
folks), and the overnights would be camping style.
Sorry this is so last minute, cause I know many of you have already
made travel plans, but we just worked some of this out.
If you are interested, please contact me soonish so that i can get an
idea on how many folks to expect, tell Cannondale, etc. Also,
contact me if there are any questions as well.
Please respond to erokore(a)bike-pgh.org if you are interested.