Posts Tagged With: Ohiopyle state Park

Best pizza cutter in the world!

Pizza in Ohiopyle wilderness voyageursWho doesn’t like pizza and biking in Ohiopyle?! Well maybe not at the same time…but can you believe there is actually a pizza cutter in the shape of a bike? And it actually works.  The gang over at Park Tool are serious about their tools, so you know this is world class, dependable pizza cutter.  And it also is a great smurf bike.  Imagine the laughs and smiles you will get when slicing into your favorite pizza with this fun kitchen accessory.  If you are into miniatures, you can park it in the diorama on your shelf, so you can keep an eye on it.  The pizza cutter has a large diameter, rolls smoothly, and is stainless steel.  It can slice through the toughest terrain and it’s dishwasher safe!  What a great gift for that special biker in your life!
park bike tools wilderness voyageurs  You can grab one of these fun bike pizza cutters at our  Ohiopyle outfitter store or order from our cool online gear store .  Don’t feel like cutting your own pizza?  No worries…we have delicious gourmet pizzas at the Fall’s City Pub!  Spend the day biking on the GAP Trail or Ohiopyle State Park mountain biking trails and then hit the pub for some gourmet pizza!  I tried the veggie pizza with pesto sauce and it is delicious!  Hope to see you on the GAP trail or the pub!

We carry this fun accessory at our Wilderness Voyageurs store!

We are very easy to find in the metropolis of Ohiopyle, located at the north entrance to town:

Wilderness Voyageurs

103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470

800-272-4141

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Three tips to get you ready for the spring biking season

With plenty of cool sunny days, spring is one of the best times of the year to hit the trail in Ohiopyle. And if you start riding now, you’ll have the fitness to put in some big rides this summer.

Ohiopyle bike Bridge Wilderness Voyageurs

The High Bridge just outside of Ohiopyle

Here are some tips to get you ready to ride:

Get a tune-up

Take your bike to your local shop (if you’re in the Ohiopyle area, that’s us) and have the mechanics tune it up. Fresh cables, brake pads, and tires will make your ride way more fun.

Check your tire pressure before every ride. The maximum recommended pressure is stamped on the sidewall of tire, but that’s usually a much higher pressure than you should ride (think of the max pressure stamped on your car’s sidewalls. My truck tires say 60 psi, and if I pumped the tires up that hard I’d be all over the road.)

Correct tire pressure depends on your weight, so you’ll have to play around with it a little. The tires shouldn’t be so hard that they bounce you all over the trail, and they shouldn’t be so squishy that they squirm under the bike. Also, pumping the tires up extra hard won’t make you go faster. A tire is most efficient when it can conform to the bumps it’s rolling over.

Check your saddle height

Seat height is really important to being comfortable on your bike. If the saddle is too low, you won’t be able to pedal efficiently and you’ll destroy your knees. Too high, and your hips will rock back and forth until you get super unpleasant saddle sores.

So to check your seat height, find a wall to lean against, get on the bike, then put your heels on the pedals. When you pedal backwards, your leg should be fully extended and your knee almost locked out. Spinning with the ball of your foot on the pedals, there should be about a 30 degree bend in your leg.

For a visual explanation check out this video, which features the handsomest bike mechanic in Ohiopyle. Or consider making an appointment for a bike fitting. 

Just remember, being able to touch the ground from the saddle has nothing to do with correct saddle height. Get off the saddle before you need to stop the bike.

Get on the bike as often as possible

You might not have time to do a long ride every day, but if you ride around the neighborhood for a half an hour everyday, your bike fitness will increase dramatically. It’s all about getting your body used to pedaling.

If you can only ride three hours a week, split that time into short rides everyday. Riding a bike will become routine, and longer rides won’t be a problem. In contrast, riding three hours one day on the weekend will just be a shock to your system, and probably a miserable time.

And if you can, commute to work on your bike. Along with all the hippy-feel-good benefits that come with bike commuting, it’s the absolute best way to become a better cyclist. Riding to work gives you a reason to ride (actually going somewhere), and will get you riding more than ever. After all, bikes aren’t just for recreation, they’re also a serious and efficient way to get around.

Swing through the shop if you are on the Great Allegheny Passage, or road riding through on RT 381.

Wilderness Voyageurs, 103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle Pa, 15470

800-272-4141

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Bikepacking out of Ohiopyle

The Quebec Run Wild Area is a really cool system of trails to the south of Ohiopyle. I’ve been looking at some maps for a while, and figuring out a way to ride from town to the wild area on single track and double track the whole way.

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So last Saturday I loaded up my pack and started the climb out of the valley.

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The trail that goes into Quebec is a ten-mile piece of single track called the White Tail Trail. My plan was to ride a gravel road out of Ohiopyle, take a trail through some state gameland, hit the White Tail Trail into Quebec, watch a cyclocross race that was going on near Quebec, then camp and ride back into work the next morning.

The climb out of Ohiopyle was pretty brutal with a loaded pack. Since I was on my single speed, I couldn’t stay in the saddle. And since I had 35 pounds of camping gear on my back, it wasn’t easy to pedal out of the saddle either.

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But I made it to the top and into the gamelands. A few miles in, I saw about 40 trucks parked in the woods. At that point, I realized that it was the first day of bear season, and I was wearing a woolly black shirt. The rest of the ride through the hunting zone was less than relaxing.

When I got to the entrance of the White Tail Trail off of Skyline Drive, I saw more hunters. Since I had no desire to be mistaken for an emaciated bear and shot, I decided to ride the road the rest of the way to the cross race. But at least now I know that the trail to Quebec does exist. It even has fresh blazes. I’ll just have ride it when there’s less firepower in the woods.

Buzzing along Skyline Drive wasn’t so bad:

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A couple hours later, I made it to the cross race. I hung out for a while and heckled some racers. Especially my friend Rob, whose bicycle choice was a little suspect:

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photo by Fred Jordan

Then I started the long climb back up the ridge. I made it to my camping spot above Uniontown just before dark, and got a little fire going.

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I knew it wasn’t going to rain, so I didn’t bring a tent. I sat next to the fire and looked out at all the bright lights a few miles below. Ate two pots of Ramen, burned up all my firewood, and drank the contents of the flask I brought along. I was hoping that I would be drunk enough to sleep all night without noticing the cold (see simulated summer.)

ImageThat worked for about two hours. Then I woke up. It was 25 degrees, and the wind was ripping across the overlook I was sleeping on. I wrapped my ground cover around myself, hoping that it would keep some heat in.

It didn’t. But it did keep some moisture in, and soaked my sleeping bag.

I drifted in and out of shivering sleep for the next few hours, then at 4:30 I decided to get up and start riding back to town. The sun was starting to rise when I got back to Skyline Drive, and it was a bright clear morning. Image

Pretty, but bright clear mornings are also cold mornings. I thought my fingers were going to freeze and snap off as I descended the mountain back to Ohiopyle. When I got back to town, I spent a long time thawing myself out in front of a little oil heater before I opened the store.

Overall, it was a pretty good mini-bikepacking trip, even though hunting season kept me from riding all the trails I planned on. I ended up riding 45 miles the first day, and 15 the next morning. Not a bad little adventure from the front door. Next post I’ll talk about the gear I used, and what I wished I would have used.

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Ice Breaker Weekend and Guide Training

Mike's Scout Troop on Ice-Breaker Weekend

It was an ice-breaker weekend all right! There was no sign of temperate spring weather (until Monday morning of course!). The snow started falling some time Friday night and continued off and on for the next 24 hours. Guide trainees and guests arrived early Saturday morning to ponder their day ahead. Everyone was psyched…especially the boy scouts! They get the award for the toughest group of the season. Every year they come early and every year they get greeted by chilly spring days. It doesn’t deter them though. The attitude is cold = fun and a great time was had by all!

Saturday morning Mike’s scout troop split up – half the group navigated the Class three whitewater of the Lower Yough and the others challenged themselves on the Cheat Canyon’s Class Four Rapids. Both groups had a blast! Although Mike was disappointed that his raft didn’t flip on the Cheat. Jared’s highly skilled guiding techniques kept the raft upright, but he did take all the good lines to keep the adventure high.

The group reunited at Falls City Restaurant and Pub for some grub after working up some mighty appetites! Sunday they enjoyed a sunny day on the Lower Yough together.

Wilderness Voyageurs newest set of guides-to-be started their new career by learning the inns and outs of what it takes to be a river guide: Some skill, a lot of stamina & safety always comes first. Veteran guides and trainers, Scott Downs (training guides for 2.5 decades) and Rich Rostauscher led the pack with an intro to the Lower Yough, what to expect, what is expected and their first trial run down the river. It gets tougher from here! The group appeared to be a solid pack. Next weekend will be a telling one when we see how many trainees return. They have another 5 weeks to go….

Sunshine for Sunday on the Cheat

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