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Inside Pittsburgh's Wheel Mill bike park

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Construction underway

Photograph By Brian Yeagle

The process of transforming the Wheel Mill from concept to a business with open doors has required long periods of strenuous labor of the mind, the body, and the wallet. Mark Potoczny explains his realization of the effort necessary: "It was a lot more work than my original estimate. Not just the ramp building itself, but also preparing an old mill to house these kinds of ramps. Some of the first days of demolition and clean up were the hardest.Many people ask why things took so long to build without realizing that some of the rooms took days or weeks just to get cleaned up and ready."