Pittsburgh for 2 weeks. What to do?

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  1. OaklandStrom

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    I'll be in Pittsburgh for 2 weeks at the end of February. I'm staying & working at Bakery Square, and I have a car. I won't have much time off, but I'll want to get out of the hotel & the shop when possible.

    Where do the cool kids (or old moto guys) hang out? I'm looking for interesting museums, food & beverage, moto related things... I'm not in to clubs, dancing and all that.

    What's the local food I need to try? Other than freeze my "west coast sea level" ass off, what should I do? Is there any remnants of the industrial are that are interesting to see?

    I'm assuming that the bad neighborhoods are pretty obvious, and avoidable. True?
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  2. Oldmanx

    Oldmanx Aimless wanderer

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    Go to Quaker Steak and Lube in Cranberry on Thursday nights and hang out with Rufus, Eric, Pabiker, Rideaholic, Sailah and the rest of the bunch of goofs known as the RCR gang. The food will suck but the company will more than make up for that.

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  3. RideOn2

    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    carnege museum in oakland, Primamti's for a sammich in the strip district(more than once) sometime between 10pm and midnight for sure.

    The Highland Park Zoo

    Don't know if it's still there but Froggy's Bar. Take a ride on the incline.

    Too late for a Steelers game and too early for the Pirates...Just in time for the Penguinns.
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  4. rh2yadv

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    Gotta go see Station Square. Even if you don't eat there, poke your head in the door at the Grand Concourse restaurant. It's in the old railroad station building at Station Square. Plus, there's a bunch of old steel mill equipment out in the parking lot.

    From there, ride the inclined railway up to the top of Mount Washington so you can see the whole city from the vantage point.

    And, +1 on heading north to QS&L in Cranberry to meet up with the RCR gang; it's the local dual-sport club hangout on Thursday nights.

    Russ
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    Apertureguy Been here awhile

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    Very creative suggestions...all I could think of was drugs and hookers.
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  6. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    And that about describes the Rufcut gang, don't ya think?
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  8. Jeff B

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    Bakery Square, Dude, there's a Sharp Edge Beer Emporium about a mile from where your working.

    So Lunch is covered. One of the largest brew selections I know of. Usually something on cask too.

    http://site.sharpedgebeer.com/

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  9. OaklandStrom

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    This all sounds good so far.

    Thanks guys.
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  10. OaklandStrom

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    I'm headed out there to set up a new TechShop location.

    It's like a gym, but for tools. Pay your monthly does, use the equipment.
    Wood shop, metal shop, welding, machine shop, sandblasting & powder coating, sewing, lasers, vinyl cutters, electronics labs, computers with Autodesk software (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit...) and Adobe software (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop...), electronics lab, vacuum former, injection molder. Plus hand tools, compressed air, work tables, and on and on and on.

    If any of you want to check it out, let me know and I'll make sure you get a good tour. Looking for part time instructors as well.
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  11. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    I've been waiting for the Pgh branch to open. I'd like my company to get a corp membership. For one off R&D projects, we could save money.

    I's love a tour.
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  12. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Damn!!!
    That looks like fun!!!
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  13. Bike Holiday

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    Could use something like that in Queens NY crammed full of people
    like sardines nowhere to keep any tools cause the pigeon holes do
    not have any space:cry is there a website I can go to check out the dues
    and how the place looks like :hmmmmm
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  16. OaklandStrom

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    There's one planned for Brooklyn, but the date is still an unknown.

    http://techshop.ws is the website.
    The basic idea is that you pay $125 per month (and there are frequent sales) for get access to the shop. Based on wages, real estate prices and standard of living, costs can vary in different markets. Raleigh-Durham costs less than the Bay Area, and Brooklyn may cost more.

    To use tools, you need to take a class. Most classes are 2 to 3 hours, and cost $60 to $90. For example, the basic wood shop class covers the table saw, band saw, drill press, sanding station and chop saw. It's 2 1/2 hours long, and costs $65. After you take the class, you can use all five of those tools as much as you want (within reason. Some tools can be reserved). To use the jointer, planer or router table, you take that class. The classes are short, with the goal being safety and basic use - then you have access.

    Hours are 9:00AM to midnight, 7 days a week.

    The tools are good. The welders are Lincoln, and there are $2,000 welding tables and really nice exhaust suckers/filters. The mills and lathes are Jet and have a good DRO, and you can bring your endmills or checkout a set from the front desk.

    The vast majority of tools have no extra fees attached (bring your own wood, sandpaper, stain and screws to the woodshop) but a few have an additional fee for consumables (3D printers, paper printers and the waterjet).

    Yes, I'm biased, but it's an amazing resource.

    We are looking for instructors. Part time; 15 to 20 hours a month. You get paid, and a free membership.
    http://techshop.ws/job_openings.html?&action=detail&id=18
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  17. PABob

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    You can catch a pittsburgh penguins hockey game sat
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  18. PABiker

    PABiker Anywhere but here

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    Yep :lol3
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  19. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    :lol3 More like old fat dudes shoving wings and beer down their pie holes:deal

    Stromer,

    I live about 3 minutes from Bakery Square in Shadyside. I'd also love a tour of the place. I do a bunch of bike builds out of a tiny 1 car garage, problem is that I already have most of the tools and would only be interested in a few like the waterjet. Do they do more discounted memberships if you only need access to certain tools? What are the requirements to be an instructor?

    I'm usually around most evenings and can grab a beer with you locally or I can drag you out to Quaker Steak for the bike night. Don't get excited though, in the winter it's 6 middle aged guys farting and talking about DR350s.

    We could roust up a spare bike and get you out on some frozen trails for a good time:lol3

    Send me a PM if you want my number.

    Pete
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  20. sailah

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    Oh and about neighborhoods, not really. I mean you probably don't want to be in Wilkinsburg at night with an MC Hammer outfit on. Same with Homewood. During the day you really can't go wrong.

    Pittsburgh has fabulous museums, mostly the Carnegie Museums.

    Being married with 2 young kids I can't really give you an accurate description of the nightlife.

    The Strip district is cool to walk on a saturday, lots of cool food shops and vendors, not too far from you either.
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