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Tim Kelley
05-09-2016, 12:58 PM
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Wednesday (5/11) group ride! Come have pizza with us!

A classic hometown matchup, join us for a ride from one Arlington institution to the other. It's basically a tour of Italy, from the comfort of your bike seat, right in Arlington. We'll take bike lanes, normal traffic lanes and trails as we highlight important neighborhood bike connections.

Register: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/451/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=88903

TwoWheelsDC
05-09-2016, 01:37 PM
No Lost Dog?

Tim Kelley
05-09-2016, 01:44 PM
No Lost Dog?

We had an arm wrestling competition. Lost Dog lost.

accordioneur
05-09-2016, 02:10 PM
You made the right choice. Italian Store is good NY style pizza. Pupatella is good Neopolitan style pizza. Lost Dog pizza might be useful as an emergency wheel for my wife's recumbent trike, but has little merit as food.

I would like to join this event - it would have to be a last minute decision, though, since I have a complex meeting schedule that day and I won't know when I'll be done until I'm done.

Tim Kelley
05-09-2016, 02:14 PM
I would like to join this event - it would have to be a last minute decision, though, since I have a complex meeting schedule that day and I won't know when I'll be done until I'm done.

Walk ups are just fine. See you there!

KayakCyndi
05-09-2016, 02:49 PM
Oh, this sounds like fun and I need to find dinner that night anyway. If all goes well I'll meet you at Clarendon but, like accordioneur, it will be a bit of a game time decision.

hozn
05-09-2016, 02:57 PM
There really isn't any competition. Pupatella is a far superior product. Though I would probably put Lost Dog in the same league as It Store, weighted by their greater diversity and imagination. It is nice to live a block from both of those options, for sure.

Regardless, the ride sounds fun!

rcannon100
05-09-2016, 03:06 PM
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Steve O
05-09-2016, 04:12 PM
Oh, you lucky people! This is one of the series of Community Rides (http://www.waba.org/adult-education/#rides)that WABA puts on in partnership with local partners like BikeArlington.
Turns out I am one of the WABA instructors assigned to this ride, so you'd better behave.

Not only do I get to ride my bike and eat some great pizza, but I GET PAID to do it. Sweeeeeeeettt!!!
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This would be an excellent ride to invite your friends along who are not everyday riders or are curious about riding more.

consularrider
05-09-2016, 06:59 PM
Oh, you lucky people! This is one of the series of Community Rides (http://www.waba.org/adult-education/#rides)that WABA puts on in partnership with local partners like BikeArlington.
Turns out I am one of the WABA instructors assigned to this ride, so you'd better behave.

Not only do I get to ride my bike and eat some great pizza, but I GET PAID to do it. Sweeeeeeeettt!!!
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This would be an excellent ride to invite your friends along who are not everyday riders or are curious about riding more.

So that's where my ten bucks would go. You buying the first round?

ginacico
05-10-2016, 05:49 AM
We walked to Westover for dinner at Lost Dog last night (because, Puppies! and beer!). Have to say, I thought they did a fine job with the pizza. Went well with a 3 Stars Ebony & Ivory Imperial Brown Ale, quite nutty and yummy. The last time I was at Pupatella, the crust was a little soft and disappointing, though I love the place nonetheless.

So let the pizza provocation continue, now I have a baseline for comparison. I'll try to join tomorrow also, as a walk-up. May there be a break in the rain.

Sunyata
05-10-2016, 07:21 AM
Oh, this sounds fun!

I am also one of those "game time decision" folks, since my Wednesday evenings are hit or miss due to work obligations.

elbows
05-10-2016, 08:09 AM
Which Italian Store?

I know everyone raves about Pupatella but we've liked Italian Store pizza better than Pupatella. Of course, I could have been made cranky by the crowd at Pupatella.

Fun reason for a ride nonetheless.

Tim Kelley
05-10-2016, 08:11 AM
Which Italian Store?

Depends...which one is your favorite?

VA2DC
05-10-2016, 08:29 AM
Why is there a pay-ahead reservation fee but free for ride-day walk-ups? The pricing seems to discourage pre-registration. A lot of events (e.g., DC Bike Ride) have escalating prices to encourage early registration.

Tim Kelley
05-10-2016, 08:51 AM
Why is there a pay-ahead reservation fee but free for ride-day walk-ups? The pricing seems to discourage pre-registration. A lot of events (e.g., DC Bike Ride) have escalating prices to encourage early registration.


On this ride series, spaces are capped and there may be an occasion when a walk-up would be turned away. (Tomorrow seems like there should be plenty of space, so don't sweat it)

The point of the ride isn't to make money. The 10 dollar fee also deters people from just signing up well in advance and deciding not to come. We've found that a small fee makes people feel like they have some skin in the game.

If you don't want to spend the $10 and do a walk up that's fine...but the money does go to help allow WABA put on this type of programming in the future. (guilt trip)

KayakCyndi
05-10-2016, 08:54 AM
If you don't want to spend the $10 and do a walk up that's fine...but the money does go to help allow WABA put on this type of programming in the future. (guilt trip)

And I assume, for those of us who need to be day of but still want to support WABA, we could either give some $$ there or just make a contribution online correct?

Tim Kelley
05-10-2016, 08:55 AM
And I assume, for those of us who need to be day of but still want to support WABA, we could either give some $$ there or just make a contribution online correct?

Of course!

VA2DC
05-10-2016, 09:16 AM
On this ride series, spaces are capped and there may be an occasion when a walk-up would be turned away. (Tomorrow seems like there should be plenty of space, so don't sweat it)

The point of the ride isn't to make money. The 10 dollar fee also deters people from just signing up well in advance and deciding not to come. We've found that a small fee makes people feel like they have some skin in the game.

If you don't want to spend the $10 and do a walk up that's fine...but the money does go to help allow WABA put on this type of programming in the future. (guilt trip)

Thanks for the explanation. The fee schedule makes sense now. This one looks like fun.

huskerdont
05-10-2016, 09:29 AM
I'm glad this forum has an "undislike" feature since I don't like giving dislikes because I like to be a positive person. But in fairness to me, someone was talking poorly about Lost Dog. "This aggression will not stand!"

There really is plenty of room out there for all kinds of pizza. Pupatella is good, but Lost Dog just happens to have the best variety.

Also, bicycles are fun to ride to pizza, but harder to ride back home.

Steve O
05-10-2016, 09:53 AM
Also, bicycles are fun to ride to pizza, but harder to ride back home.

Also, if you are carrying pizza on your bike, be sure to keep it flat, which can be tricky if you don't have the right kind of rack or crate or something attached.

KayakCyndi
05-10-2016, 10:02 AM
Also, if you are carrying pizza on your bike, be sure to keep it flat, which can be tricky if you don't have the right kind of rack or crate or something attached.

Like this:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160510/ed6ac2292f69cfba16c2889528826020.jpg

accordioneur
05-10-2016, 11:33 AM
I'm glad this forum has an "undislike" feature since I don't like giving dislikes because I like to be a positive person. But in fairness to me, someone was talking poorly about Lost Dog. "This aggression will not stand!"

There really is plenty of room out there for all kinds of pizza. Pupatella is good, but Lost Dog just happens to have the best variety.


Thanks for the undislike. I don't not like you too!

I will not derail this thread any further with my opinions on ranking local pizza places. I find it interesting that several posters consider Lost Dog the best of the three because they have the greatest variety. By that logic, Magna and Huffy are better bikes than the high-falutin' brands many of us ride, due to their wider model range.

vvill
05-10-2016, 02:01 PM
Interesting discussion on the pizza. I think I like Pupatella better than Italian Store but both are tasty. Lost Dog is okay but I think a little overrated. My wife dislikes Pupatella so I rarely eat there. We usually end up getting Santini's (which is local to us), or just Domino's in a pinch.

Okay, to make this bike related - I have often wanted to figure out a way of carrying pizza home, since I usually pick it up by car. I'm thinking a simple front rack with bungee cords. Keeping it flat may be difficult with the hills around where I live though.

consularrider
05-10-2016, 02:11 PM
Depends...which one is your favorite?

You're not riding to both, what's the fun in that? I'll also be a last minute decision maker since I am wait listed for a Wednesday evening ride.

Starduster
05-11-2016, 09:49 PM
Ah... *which* Italian store location? I couldn't ride this event since I had to pick up Sue from work, did so, and drove in from there. We flipped a coin (no, actually more of a rational guess) and went to Westover. got there at 7:50pm, and noticed a conspicuous lack of the crew I passed by at Clarendon earlier. No loss... your friendly PAL Ambassador Annmarie was next door at Westover Beer Garden for her Mom's band gig, and we said hi. She says "hi" too. And we ate well anyway...

accordioneur
05-12-2016, 07:52 AM
Thanks again to WABA and BikeArlington for a fun ride to Pupatella and the Spout Run Italian Store.

Speaking of people playing at Westover Beer Garden, I'll be appearing there on 5/18 and 6/18 with Bob Sheppard, and 8/26 with The Shawn Cody Band.

breakingaway89
05-26-2016, 12:37 AM
Oh, you lucky people! This is one of the series of Community Rides (http://www.waba.org/adult-education/#rides)that WABA puts on in partnership with local partners like BikeArlington.
Turns out I am one of the WABA instructors assigned to this ride, so you'd better behave.

Not only do I get to ride my bike and eat some great pizza, but I GET PAID to do it. Sweeeeeeeettt!!!
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This would be an excellent ride to invite your friends along who are not everyday riders or are curious about riding more.

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