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Inside Pittsburgh's Wheel Mill bike park

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Welcome to the Wheel Mill

Photograph By Brian Yeagle

Pittsburgh, Pa. has always been something of a summer riding oasis. The past eight years have seen the construction of three cement parks as well as the creation of two new sets of trails. But this region is subject to ride the full wave of seasonal shifts that preclude certain outdoor activities for almost a quarter of the year. Mark Potoczny describes why a BMXer might descend into winter doldrums come mid fall: "Riding was pretty much non-existent in Pittsburgh for the months of December through March, unless you made the long haul to other cities to ride. At most, people only got to ride once a week if they were lucky, but more realistically, once or twice a month." All this changed with the opening of the Wheel Mill skatepark in April 2013.