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    guacomole! TechRydr's Avatar
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    SW PA Commuter

    Been lurking the commuter pages ever since the greatest thread ever - Ass Slappin Roadies! and have been laughing ever since.

    I've been fair weather commuting for 1 year. Sold my truck yesterday and am now a full time commuter junky. Free at last, Free at Last - Thank God I'm Free at last!

    Anyway, I have a pristine Kestrel roadie (a hand-me-down from my dad, he bought a Schwinn that is easier on his old frame!) that I've got set up for sunny day commutes and a cheapo XMart mtb for rain/snow days. Being in this area of PA I actually have more miles on the mtb because of the crappy weather. No worries tho, as long as I'm on a bike I'm smiling...

    At work, I'm the only person riding out of 90 employees, but have received alot of admiration from people that do see me (I keep a low profile). HR and Mgt have gone out of their way to make it easier for me to do so also, which is way cool.

    So I'm looking fwd to continuing my adventure w/ you guys. c'ya on the commuter boards....

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    Hello TechRyder, does this mean you are now car free? Or just much more into commuting on your bike?

    Either way, props to you!


    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    Thanks for the welcome East Hill!

    I am car free and find myself studying the weather radar intently w/ my morning cup of coffee now! It's been a daily ride as long as the temp is over 35 and not a pouring rain.

    My wife definetly has a need for a car to get her and my kids around since we live out in the country and it's a fair distance to get necessities and the occasional adventures to Pitt.

    We're going to build our savings for awhile and see how it goes as far as me getting a vehicle, I'm not sure how we'll do w/o a truck because we like to camp and now have no way to get to the mountains to do so. I'm thinking of weekend rentals to get us there, got any suggestions?

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    How far away are the mountains?

    Too far to get out there with a utility trailer?

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    Welcome to the forums TechRydr, always great to have another PA rider check in.

    I'm one county over in Greene, so I know about things being rural. It does make for some nice roads to ride on though.

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    Ha - I should've noted the wife doesn't camp, and the car is a lowered super rocket not suitable to the type of remote camping my kids and I do! I've ponderred the trailer option before and it's not doable, good suggestion tho. My company gets discounts w/ a rental company, so I'll look into that possibility. My friend went and bought an over the top huge 4x4 (b4 the gas prices started to really climb) so maybe I can get him to fork it over as long as I fill it up...

    Denny - Know where the Yough Dam is? that's our camping range. We live below the Laurel Caverns on 857 near the WV line. The back roads up to the mountains are awesome, my rides are short cause I'm addicted to going strait up on the twisties and back down - quickly.

    It's good to hear from another PA rider - sometimes I think I'm the only one out here! Have you ever road the trails at Ohiopyle? That's the primary reason I moved here in the first place, best place on the East Coast for Kayaking, IMHO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechRydr View Post
    My friend went and bought an over the top huge 4x4 (b4 the gas prices started to really climb) so maybe I can get him to fork it over as long as I fill it up...
    That actually sounds like a good compromise if you can get your friend to go for it!

    By the way, there are lots of kayakers here, too. Just run a search. There's probably a few out where you are located .

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    Yep, I'm familair with the area. If you're speaking of the YRT, then yes I have been on that quite a few times. I usually ride from Connellsville to Ohiopyle, and back at least once a year. I should explore more of it though, so many great spots to get on that trail. Most of my rides are on the roads around the Waynesburg area.

    I'm with you on the quick descents. That's the reward for climbing up to the top in the first place. I'll often stop at the top, and rest a little to get the heart rate back down some. Mostly because my heart beats faster on some of the downhills than the ups. I guess that's the adreneline rush we all hear about

    There's a few of us Pennsyltuckians out here. One of my more regular riding buddies is someone I met on here a few years back. We even went out to Lancaster for a weekend last year, and rode with a bunch of folks from here on Bikeforums. If you use the "search the forums" tag above, and type Lancaster Covered Bridges in you can read all about it. A really great bunch of folks, and this year will mark my 3rd annual trip there with the gang.

    See ya on the boards here,

    Denny
    Quote Originally Posted by TechRydr View Post
    Denny - Know where the Yough Dam is? that's our camping range. We live below the Laurel Caverns on 857 near the WV line. The back roads up to the mountains are awesome, my rides are short cause I'm addicted to going strait up on the twisties and back down - quickly.

    It's good to hear from another PA rider - sometimes I think I'm the only one out here! Have you ever road the trails at Ohiopyle? That's the primary reason I moved here in the first place, best place on the East Coast for Kayaking, IMHO...

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    Welcome Techryder, I'm in Washington Co. and will be a future commuter. I'm in the process of getting a divorce and buying a house in town. My new house will be 1 1/2 mi. from where I work in Washington and the route is pretty flat. I am thinking I will only drive when I have a trip to make. I will see how much weather I'm willing to put up with, lol. I have only riden the YRT in the Belle Vernon area, I will have to make it down your way at least once this year. Take care.

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