In a little more than a week, Carlos Urreta and Joe Philipson will pedal through Pittsburgh as part of their bike ride across America to promote bicycle commuting to work. They’ll roll into the Pittsburgh Technology Council offices on Friday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. looking to meet other geeks and cyclists. So stop on by and see what’s up!
The two self-proclaimed geeks will pedal from New Jersey to Oregon to persuade other geeks to bike to work. Carlos and Joe have a goal to inspire 1,000 geeks to bike to work instead of driving. The ‘Real Geeks Ride’ guys will connect with their audience with daily blog posts, and also using the newest in social media technology to connect with people while on the road, the way a true geek would.
Their message: If these non-cyclist-geeks can bike across the nation, why can’t other geeks commute to work?
The two geeks are helping to organize, along with technology companies along the route, events that bring cyclists and geeks together. Events will be held in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boulder, Missoula, Portland, and other cities across the USA. For more information about these events, keep posted with their Web site, RealGeeksride.com.
Carlos and Joe were not cyclists when they decided to do this; prior to training, their calves were ‘normal’ and they had no idea how to change a flat tire. That did not stop them from entering the cycling community full-force and blogging about it the entire time. Carlos says, “There are a few stigmas we hope to battle: geeks being lazy, biking is hard to get into, and only athletic people can do it.”