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Old 01-11-03, 10:03 PM   #1
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Greetings fellow cyclists! It is wonderful to be amongst you again. I returned to cycling three years ago after about 2 decades of relative sedentariness. From riders like you and through forums like this, I've learned to care for my bike and train smart. I'm a recreational rider of the road and rail trails. I especially enjoy the MS 150 and events of that nature. I was prepared (physically) for the best season ever last year when I was called to duty in Afghanistan. After 5 and a half months working in the Army field hospital at Bagram I'm ba-ack! So you see, it IS wonderful to be amongst you again! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and sharing in the conversation.
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Hi, druhl. Welcome to the Forums! Hey, my brother used to go to the University of Pittsburgh, and when I was visiting, I never came across any good roads that seemed nice for riding. Are there a lot of good places I don't know about? He was no help to ask, since he's not any type of cyclist.

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hiya... velo asked the question that was in my mind.. i visit pittsburgh every 6 weeks or so.. and the roads.. are horrible.. sorry guys but the drivers aren't much better... i borrowed a mtn bike and did some riding through South park etc.. but i would really like to try my road bike on those hills!
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Hmmm, what can I say here? I may have said it best in a pm to Velo. Cycling Pittsburgh IS an acquired taste. The condition of local roads leaves a lot to be desired and local motorists are... well, worse. Having said that be certain that there are some great rides in and around Pittsburgh. Perhaps the most help I can offer is a book by Oscar Swan "Bike Rides in and around Pittsburgh" (Lektorek c. 1998). To my surprise the whole thing seems available on line at:

http://pittsburgh.about.com/gi/dynam...pha_index.html

I live south of the city in the Monongahela (Mon) Valley. I've found routes for just about any kind of ride I'm in the mood for.

If you enjoy rail-trails the Youghiogheney River Trail was voted one of the ten most scenic trails in the world. It can start you on a journey from McKeesport PA all the way to Washington DC.

Pittsburgh is, perhaps, a diamond in the rough.
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hi, thanks where i stay is not far from Mckeesport... off 51 , so hopefully when i get my new mtn bike i can head out on some of those routes in March/april. Heard about the A-trail... is that the one that is being built to go all the way to Washington? something like 150 mile trail.. with 52 miles already done?
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