The Pittsburgh Games takes the limitations of a quirky, one-off race and blows them to smithereens. Rather than just competing in a run or mustache-grooming contest, folks can compete across a wide range of events, including competitions across nine different stations, indoor triathlons, biathlons, obstacle course runs, and other fitness challenges.
The professional spoke-spinners at Trek of Pittsburgh have access to a stock of brand-name bikes and are well equipped to deck out cycles of all shapes and sizes in the latest gear. With a laser-guided bike-fitting pod, matching velocipedes to velocipedalers is scientifically simplified. Those who are already becycled will find a sloshing CamelBak of biking accouterments at Trek, including actual CamelBaks ($74.99), a Pearl Izumi camisole ($45), and effervescent headlights ($29.99).
Doug Crytzer holds the rare distinction of being a professional racer. When a local boy scout troop hired him to organize an adventure race for them, he discovered he loved producing races even more than running them. He founded American Adventure Sports in 1997 to indulge his new passion, while raising awareness of nature's beauty and efforts to preserve it.
Today, AAS, as Doug dubs it, organizes adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and camping trips into American wildernesses across the country. The organization also has a brick and mortar store located in Pennsylvania, where staffers provide athletes with all the gear they need to compete in any of the events or go on an adventure of their own making.
An indoor park equipped for the recreational use of skateboarders, BMXers, and mountain bikers, The Wheel Mill features multiple rooms with different built-out ramps, runs, and jumps for riders and skaters of all ages. A series of different indoor landscapes includes a spot to warm up, ride through simulated "woods," and even try new tricks without the risk of getting hurt or laughed at by Tony Hawk.
At Top Gear Bicycle Shop’s two locations, a team of master technicians tends to road and mountain bikes while a staff of avid cyclists outfits shoppers with appropriate gear for their riding surface of choice. Trek, Look, and Felt bikes stand out among the shop’s collection, which includes mountain, cyclocross, and pro-level road bikes.
Thanks to an adjustable resistance knob on each bike, the indoor cycling class routines at Psycle can be easily adapted to all fitness levels. However, they are also a challenging workout, and “not for the weak of cochlea.” The husband-and-wife duo helming the studio, Tom and Joni, blast motivational tunes throughout sessions and encourage students to sing along. However, the studio doles out free earplugs to any takers, ensuring comfort for all.
The studio’s name, a fusion of psychology and cycle, reflects the same philosophy as its high-octane tunes—a belief that the mental and physical are as interconnected as a lumberjack and the axe he shaves with. Outside of cycling classes in the stadium-style indoor cycling studio, the instructors also bring this philosophy to fitness classes that incorporate kettlebells, circuit training, and playing catch with mini fridges.