2016
05.05

Summer Party 2016

Summer is finally here. And that means it’s time to celebrate!

Once again we’ll be shutting down the parking lot at our Lawrenceville location and inviting all of you come hang out and help us celebrate. We’ll have plenty  of craft beer, ice cream, food trucks (a new one from our friends at Franktuary!), prizes and giveaways and a mountain bike stunt show by Mike Stiedley. So bring your bike, your dog, and your friends down to party!

May 29, 2016
12pm – 8 pm

Iron City Bikes – Lawrenceville
3822 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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2015
05.14

That’s right. It’s been TEN years. Iron City Bikes has been serving this fair cities cycling needs since way back in 2005.

icb_10yr_bikeWe figured this was cause for one hell of a celebration.

Once again we’ll be shutting down the parking lot at our Lawrenceville location and inviting all of you come hang out and help us celebrate. We’ll have plenty  of craft beer, ice cream, food trucks (a new one from our friends at Franktuary!), prizes and giveaways and a mountain bike stunt show by Mike Stiedley. Stay tuned for more details. See you at the party!

May 31, 2015
12pm – 8 pm

Iron City Bikes – Lawrenceville
3822 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

2014
09.24

I don’t know if yinz guys read the newspaper at all, but there was a lovely article written by a funny man. He vented about his dislike for bikes. If you haven’t read it, here’s the link.

I wrote a nice little rebuttal to his argument. It is as follows…

WTF?

Enough with arguing about the bike lanes!

Mr. Wos’s article, “Enough about the bikes, bikes, bikes,”, voiced the complaints of drivers getting used to the new bike lanes in the city. It takes time for people to adjust and Mr. Wos is going to need some time. Pittsburgh has a mass transit problem and bike lanes are just one easy, cheap, and beneficial way to help the problem.

There was some comments thrown in about hipsters from Lawrenceville and that bike lanes are a sign of “white privilege.”. I’ll admit that bike lanes have become a part of the gentrification playbook, but I don’t see Mr. Wos’ point about how it’s ignoring a larger problem of race? (give @blackgrlsdobike a follow). Was this an opinion on transportation or the problems with gentrification? Did you offer any solutions? Are you just inconvenienced from driving in from the suburbs rather than seeing a benefit from people who live in the city limits, Mr. Wos of Penn Hills? If you’re going to rail against city improvements, live in the city limits first.

Bike lanes are a cheaper alternative than adding light rail or reconstructing streets. The cost for adding 1.5 miles of protected bike lanes in this city added up to $188,000, while revamping Penn Avenue in Garfield has cost the city $4.7 million, and is going to be a great improvement to a neighborhood that has been often neglected until now. The cost of the North Shore connector cost was $523.4 million dollars. Bike lanes are a logical upgrade for most cash-strapped cities take to make improvements to infrastructure.

Pittsburgh only has 1.4% of it’s population bike to work (up to 2.2% in the latest U.S. census). The bike lanes are not for the existing bike population who are going to ride a bike whether there is a bike lane or not. It’s for the 5% to 10% percent who would choose to bike if it were a safer form of transportation. And maybe they are hip and healthier, but aren’t those the kind of residents we want to attract?

For years, articles showcased our population decline and the problem of retaining the talented graduates from our local universities. And now you say that all of this good press we have is a problem? Those “hipsters” you speak of, were part of the catalyst that revitalized the once drug-infested, impoverish neighborhood of Lawrenceville. From my perspective, they are more than welcome to have the ear of our politicians. They seek to improve the quality of life for all of Pittsburgh, not just helping the niche communities of left -handed cartoonists. But what do “hipsters” know? They are those kids that just left “that college” you are trying to send your kids to.

2014
08.28

Looking cool.

Just arrived last week, outfit yourself with these comfortable cycling caps. They are 100% polyester and one size fits all. I have a big head and they fit quite nicely on this dome. Check out our resident frame builder, Michael Brown, as he models it for us.

I wonder what he is looking at? A repair? Maybe a hoagie…

These hats make Michael look like he could race again. Just like Mike, these hats are racing out the door quick.

2014
07.01

You may know a bicyclist!

We are excited to lend out some of our bikes to BikePGH for there on going ad campaign, Drive with Care. They are showing off people in the community who have committed to using a bike as their mode of transportation to work. One of the big names from the first round of ads was Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Antoino Brown. Mr. Brown has been known to bike to the Steelers practice facility in the south side. Video here

As a shop, we support drive with care and all of BikePGH initiatives. If you are thinking about using a bike as an affordable mode of transportation or for more exercise, stop  in to either of our locations in Oakland or Lawrenceville, we can help you out. Have a great day.

2014
06.01

As an expression of our boundless love and adoration, we’ll be giving away a brand new Bern Unlimited Allston helmet to one of our Facebook followers at the end of the month. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iron-City-Bikes to enter. A winner will be chosen on July 1st.

Terms and Conditions:

* No purchase is necessary to enter any giveaway.
* You must be 18 years of age to enter any of our giveaways and be a resident of the United States.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Iron City Bikes and not to Facebook.

http://bernunlimited.com/shop/bike/men/allston-442.html

2014
04.22

Cool Vibes

A good friend of ours, Bob Lampenfield, is having his band play at 6pm. His band is called “Truth and Rite” and they are a reggae band from the Pittsburgh area. Bob painted the inside of our shop. The guy does good work.

2014
04.19

To go along with all the FREE beverages, our friends from Pizza Boat and Franktuary will be providing food for the event. Pizza Boat will be providing about a 150 personal pizzas and Franktuary will have the truck set up for food. So enjoy!

2014
04.18

The 10 time National Trials Champion will be preforming three shows at the Grand Opening! The shows will be at 1, 3, and 5pm. Here are some videos to show how awesome this guy is!

 

2014
04.17

FREE BEER!!!

We will have free beer for our event! That’s right, FREE!!! I didn’t stutter (or have too much coffee while typing). Along with it being free, our staff has gone to great lengths to bring only the best! Sending our wonderful mechanics across state lines and undesirable territories (Union town), risking life and limb in Fayette County to retrieve New Belgium Fat Tire. That’s not all, Fatheads Trail head, Oskar Blues Dales Pale, and Iron City are rounding out our beer selection. Sailor Jerry is also providing their Rum for our disposal! (No Diet coke to mix, ride a bike) Remember, all of this is free. So come on down to Lawrenceville on Sunday, April 27th and hang out with us!

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