The 2015 Calendar…

…is now available! The calendar features a variety of notable lady cyclists from Pittsburgh as well as urban landscapes of our beautiful city. Proceeds from the sales benefit the Women’s Shelter and Center of Greater Pittsburgh. 

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Find it in our online store along with various Pittsburgh Babes on Bikes T-shirts! 

Other retail locations carrying the 2015 calendar:

The Zodicat!

The second annual Zodicat was excellent all around. 30 riders showed up at the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain in Oakland and were separated by astrological signs around the fountain circle. At 12:00pm, each group one-by-one had their horoscopes read to them and were given a first checkpoint location. Each spot had a couple of astrologically-themed challenges for the racer to complete before they could choose to have the next stop revealed. 

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The Checkpoints!

The Melwood Dead-end: Aries (chalk maze) and Taurus (U-lock goring)

Nearby at the border of Polish Hill and Oakland, riders passed Filmmakers to the dead-end of Melwood, where Chris, Shane and his adorable son were waiting to put them through their first paces. Two courses were laid out before them - a chalk maze testing their wheeled dexterity and a line of cones they had to knock over via a heavy U-lock. Some cones were light and easy, some were heavy and had certain riders banging at em multiple times, and that last one was suspended from a tree. 

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Banker Supply: Cancer (backwards biking), Gemini (ghost biking) and Libra (egg balancing)

The newly-opened Banker Supply hosted a second checkpoint in the back alley behind the store. The most challenge-dense checkpoint, this spot also included the hardest skill challenge: the backwards bike. Riders had three options: either they could mount their bikes facing backwards and ride it handlebars first, mount facing forwards and ride it handlebars backwards, or mount normally and ride the whole thing backwards. Most people only made it a couple feet, some borrowed their friends’ fixies, some scooted off the ground and let momentum carry them, but at least one rider aced the test like a pro. The slightly easier challenges at the stop involved riding your bike while simultaneously guiding a riderless bike along next to you, and a clear-cut balance test riding with an egg on a spoon. 

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A Backyard in Frick Park: Scorpio (dart throw) and Sagittarius (polo mallet launch)

Near the Frick Park Bowling Green was a checkpoint with aerial launching challenges. Clearly identifiable was the Scorpio station - racers had three chances to throw darts at a scorpion-shaped board hanging from a tree. Attached to the board were cut out pictures of cars, which, if hit, would net points. Watch out, though - some of the cars had kids in them, some had muppets hanging out on a joy ride, and smack in the middle was a cut out of a cute (or ferocious, up to interpretation) kitten. Striking these parts of the dartboard would lose you points - poor Greg Russo, hit the kitten twice! At the Sagittarius challenge riders launched a polo mallet through a sling-shot contraption made of shot inner tubes across the lawn. Points for distance; apparently someone made it all the way across the fence into the neighbor’s yard. 

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The House of Raging Women: Virgo (Amazonian photoshoot) and Leo (Lion photoshoot)

The challenge in the backyard jungle of the HORW was stocked with horse cut outs, paint, fake (and one real) weapons and lots of fabric. Racers dressed themselves up in their best imagined Amazonian garb, chose their weapon of choice, and positioned themselves around the high weeds, under flowering trees or around the fire pit for a photoshoot. The Leo checkpoint was straight to the point: put on your best lion face, strap on a DIY mane and ears, stand in front of a savannah backdrop and act like a lion. 

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The Water Steps: Aquarius (water balloon ambush)

Taken straight from the first Zodicat, the aquarius checkpoint at the Water Steps was a water balloon ambush. When racers arrived they were given one water balloon and the option to either wait and ambush the next racer, hit a friend they rode with, or convince a nearby stranger to hit them with their own balloon. Delighted children were roped into the activity, some racers chose to joust-style balloon assault each other, and at least one person accidentally hit a duck before losing their balloon to the river. 

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Additionally, there were two non-location based challenges. At any other checkpoint, if riders asked for the location of Pisces challenge, they were given paper & pen and told to write a Haiku comparing their bike to a fish. Not everyone necessarily knew the form of the poem, and not everyone signed their name, but the results were awesome none-the-less! 

The Winner:

Cheap Novara Buzz
Swimming downstream such a thrill
Uphill - like salmon
-Mark Cato


The Contenders:

Raleigh Super Course
Crusty, smelly, waterlogged
Just like a catfish?
-?

Swim in the asphalt
Aluminum scales flash by
Breathe in the exhaust
-Chris Palmer

My bike is orange
So is the mighty goldfish,
Together we swim
-Danger Dave

Titanium scales
Ti Fighter swims the roadways
Like a silver carp
-Phil

There is a light that
Never goes out when you try
Try try try again
-?

My flow
I go
I love
Power in
Motion
-Scott K

Smooth like a fish in the water
That’s my bike in wind.
-?

O Schwinn Sprint you flow
Like salmon through shining air
Mightily you arrive
-?

Glides with ease in blue
So slippery fish are too
Spokey not scaley
-Heather Kline

Slithery and sly
My bicycle goes so fast
Just like a minnow
-Alyssa

My pedals are fins
I spin them in fast circles
Propelling me on
-Julia Baker

Pedal fast and swim
Gliding through the urban streets
So fast like a fish
-?

Wrong way? I don’t care!
My bike can go anywhere!
Ouch! Salmoning bad
-Barbara J

The goldfish pedals
My old derailleur medals
Fuck let’s go fishing
-Geoff B

Riding on the trail
Combined sewer overflow
Pray I get those gillz
-Anna B

Cutting, banking, swish
Parting the cool summer rain
Next time I bring soap
-Ted Z

Yellow fin tuna
Swimming inside a circle
No pedals I see
- John M

Glittering purple
Scales of a most unusual
Land based piranha
- Jon S

Finally, if a rider asked for the Capricorn challenge, they were given more paper & pencils, and asked to draw a sea-goat. 

The Winner:
Adam Mistick

The Contenders:

  

  



…And the Winners are! 

1st place: Adam Haller
2nd place: Julia Baker
3rd place: Geoff Blanchard
4th place: Dave Hunt
5th place: Max Fuhrman


1st…
Aries: Greg Russo
Taurus: Mark Miller
Gemini: Geoff Blanchard
Cancer: Ted Zellers
Leo: CHris Palmer
Virgo: Daniel Szepanski
Libra: Jon Swiderski
Scorpio: ——-
Sagittarius: ——
Capricorn: Adam Haller
Aquarius: Alyssa Crawford
Pisces: Julia Baker


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!



    

 

The Zodicat!

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Sunday, July 20th!!

A fundraiser alleycat for the Babes on Bikes 2015 Calendar! 

This cat will be a race for all levels of cyclists. Fun challenges at every checkpoint. No points for speed! 

CHALLENGES!
DIY bike carnival archery!
Car bullseye practice!
Feline impersonations!
Release your inner Amazon!
Plot a watery ambush!
Ulock goring!
Hercine sure-wheeled-ness!
Classic bike balance test!
Spirit riding!
Crustacean excursions!
Wordplay!
Astrological interpretation!

…mystified? Bring your steed to the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain in Oakland at 11am, and all will be revealed! 

Race begins at high noon! 
$5
5pm awards at OTB

For those new to alley cat racing!: Alleycats are a style of urban bike races that take place around the city. Instead of a set route, there are various checkpoints all racers make their own way between. Knowledge of the city is a plus! But we will also have some maps to hand out. Some alley cats cater to speedsters, but this will be a fun point-based cat scored by how well you do at various awesome activities!

THIS WILL BE A GREAT FIRST RACE

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On May 21, 2014 at 6:30p, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
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On May 21, 2014 at 6:30p, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. 

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

Join on Facebook

Come to Boyce Park this Sunday, ride your bike, have a party and hang out with us at our table! We’ll be selling shirts, hoodies and prints from previous races.

Come to Boyce Park this Sunday, ride your bike, have a party and hang out with us at our table! We’ll be selling shirts, hoodies and prints from previous races.

Pot O’ Gold Scavenger Hunt Alleycat: Results

The first Pot O’ Gold Alley Cat Scavenger Hunt was awesome! So many cyclists came out despite Sunday’s less-than-ideal weather. Racers enthusiastically solved the location-specific riddles on the back of the manifests (we *might* use an easier-to-read font next time…but we’ll definitely make the riddles harder!) before sprinting out into cold gusty winds. One person stayed at the bar for so long we worried he had quit straight away - but Ben G assured us that no, he had overestimated the temperature and was warming back up with the help of a few beers. “But, what’s up with this Garfield lady in white riddle? I live in Garfield….I have to find it!”

4 hours after the manifests were doled out, the teams returned back to OTB to claim their standings.

And the winners are!

1st: “The MT’s” - Megan Lovett and Ted King-Smith, with 27 checkpoints!
2nd: Joshua Burfield, Lukas Parker and McKean Evans, with 26 checkpoints
3rd: Team “All-City-Thick” - Adam Haller, Adam Mistick and Christian Ferro, with 24 checkpoints

4th: Chris Corbran, Jess Appleman and Nate Lorenzo
5th: Scott Kowalski, Lucia Aguirre, Ric Fera, Dominik Konkolewicz and John Markowitz
6th: Caleb and Sam
7th: The Six Down Suffer Club
8th: Ethan Gladding
9th: Mark Cato, Christine Cato and Edward Walter
10th: Ben Grocholsky


The MT’s crushed this race under their combined Pittsburgh smarts, riddle solving genius and crazy bike-riding powers. Joshua Burfield, a returning Babes on Bikes Ladies’ Night alley cat champ, ranked again, along with a few friends this time. Team All-City-Thick possibly out-enthusiasm-ed every other team but made the crucial mistake of skipping the Lawrenceville check-points (sorry dudes!). Nate and Chris teamed up with Jess Appleman - finishing as the second female rider, she may actually have been the most enthusiastic single racer at the event. So stoked you came out and had a great time, Jess! The 5th place spot was apparently held for Poland, as well as the third female finisher, Lucia Aguirre. Caleb and Sam took 6th despite starting out with a flat tire. Ben G made it back with a handful of checkpoints, and told us: “Well, I was out looking for the lady in white, and I was going to try checking out every staircase in Garfield but I took a break to stop in Verde to warm up again. Asked the bartender if he had any idea about the riddle….he said yeah, and pointed up the street.” Ha!

In case you were wondering, the riddle was:
Garfield’s lady in white has been ascending the stairs,
With hope in her eyes for so many years.







The Checkpoints



Thanks to everyone for racing! Special thanks to OTB for hosting and donating, Scott Kowalski for designing the flyers and spoke cards, and Fiks: Reflective for making them more visible. We are so glad you enjoyed the first Pot O’ Gold Scavenger Hunt. See you next year!


Pot O’ Gold Alley Cat Scavenger Hunt

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Have you been waiting for the frigid temps to break to dust the cobwebs off your bike? Been wanting to do an alley cat, but nervous about finishing DFL? Are you a riddle-solving master? Maybe you’re just totally psyched on spring and want to ride your bike around our beautiful city? Or you’re just dead broke and want a chance at wining some ca$hmoney?

This Alley Cat is for you!!

Scavenger-hunt style! Racers will get a list of riddles - solve them to find the secret race stops. Make sure you snap a pic of your bike and/or yourself hanging out enjoying the lamb half of March! Riders who have found the most stops win.

Can be raced solo or in teams.

Prizes are a % of the entry fees, so bring your friends! The more people that race, the better the prizes!

There will also be a 50/50 raffle after the race

$5 to race Meet at OTB Bicycle Cafe (opens at 12pm), manifests will be handed out at 1pm. Riders can come pick up a manifest at any time, but must be back at OTB by 5pm to be eligible for prizes. Remember to bring a phone or camera to snap pics!

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Update: Results! 

Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Weekend

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Weekend a success! Between Gold Sprints at OTB, the art auction, the show at the Shop, t-shirt sales and donations, we raised $904 for PAAC, which will be used to buy medical supplies for Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.

Special thanks to: OTB for hosting the Gold Sprints, Thick Bikes for prizes and mechanical support, Iron City, Urban Velo and Fiks: Reflective for the equipment and program support; The Shop for hosting the show and art auction; Silence, Marlon Battad, and Unraveler for performing, Alex Mohamed for photographing, and all of the artists who donated their works to the cause.
















The Frigid Bitch

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The first annual Frigid Bitch was a cold slushy wet snowy success. The ladies met at the HORW on Saturday February 15th to get their manifests and headed out into the freezing temps and fresh snow. With a frozen fountain theme, the short fast bare-bones winter alleycat had only 4 stops:
- Point State Park
- The Highland Park Reservoir Fountain
- The Mary Schenley Fountain
- The East Liberty Fountain

Volunteers waited at each stop to check in racers.

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Anton helped riders slack-line at the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain
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Four of the ladies at the Highland Park Reservoir




Because the ride was a cold-weather, mid-winter, ladies-only ride, every racer placed for prizes.

The results:
1st place: Erika
2nd place: Ngani, Jessica, Iris, Aryn
3rd place: Sarah, Katie, Rachel, Anne


The After Party

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Snowflake cookies, black bean brownies, Jello shot Jigglers, PBRs, pizza, tequila flights, and a whole lot of fun times with good people.

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Thanks to all the racers, the volunteers, and everyone who came out afterwards to hang out and support!



GFK on the prizes
See you next year





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