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Greenbelt
11-16-2011, 01:16 PM
The details aren't finalized, but I wanted to post a "Save-the-Date" notice for a holiday shopping ride that we're currently plotting from College Park to DC, on Saturday, December 10th.

We're planning on leaving from Proteus bikes in College Park in the mid-morning, hitting Eastern Market in DC (http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/)for some Christmas shopping and lunch, and then riding from Capitol Hill over to the Downtown Holiday Market (http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/), which is on 8th Street by the National Portrait Gallery. We'd head back to Maryland probably around 2pm or 2:30 and get back the shop for instant recovery cookies by 3:30pm or so.

The round trip would probably be about 35 miles. (14-15 miles down to Eastern Market, 3 or 4 miles over to the downtown market, and 15-16 or so miles back. We'll stay on side roads and trails, and on bike lanes in DC. Our route will be along my usual commuting route (http://vimeo.com/23366829), which is pretty flat and doesn't go on any heavy traffic roads. It's not a supported ride, but we'll stick together or in groups. Metro will be our back up if the weather turns nasty or if people want a shorter ride. (Bikes are allowed on Metro all day on weekends, and the route goes along the Green and Red lines all the way to downtown.)

Maybe people from other parts of the area would like to meet up with our group in DC for some craft shopping and lunch? When we did our little cargo ride last month (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1319-Bikes-and-Baggage-Cargo-Ride-Proteus-Bikes-College-Park), a group rode all the way from Virginia to meet up -- that was amazing! I don't know if you guys are crazy enough to come all the way out to Maryland again, but it would be fun to meet up in DC with people or groups coming from other directions at some points.

I'll post details and maps and stuff on this thread later, after we get all the times and details worked out. In the meantime, would welcome comments or suggestions for the ride. But for now, save the date!

-Jeff

acc
11-16-2011, 10:03 PM
Proteus knows how to host an event! Count me in.

What a great idea!

ann

KLizotte
11-16-2011, 10:38 PM
Any idea what the fastest speed of the group ride will be?

DaveK
11-17-2011, 12:08 AM
If I don't ride the whole thing I'll certainly meet up with the group at Eastern Market, I live around the corner.

acc
11-17-2011, 06:15 AM
Oh gosh, the cargo bike event was very mellow, if you can imagine a sing-a-long sort of ride with bike people, that's what it was.

But more to the point, dangling a combined event of shopping and riding makes me twitchy for a fix. Speed is not a factor in my mind.

;)

ann

Greenbelt
11-17-2011, 09:00 AM
Any idea what the fastest speed of the group ride will be?

If I'm leading, it won't be very fast! I think most of us from the shop will be on our commuter bikes so we can fill the panniers with goodies from the markets. So I think it'll be more of a social ride than a workout ride. Of course, if groups want to go faster and meet up later, that's fine -- there are some sections of trail where you can open it up quite a bit. And if we have some riders who haven't done longer commute or trail rides and want to give it a go at a more relaxed pace, we'll make sure we have a group that stays with them to guide.

KLizotte
11-17-2011, 09:22 AM
If I'm leading, it won't be very fast! I think most of us from the shop will be on our commuter bikes so we can fill the panniers with goodies from the markets. So I think it'll be more of a social ride than a workout ride. Of course, if groups want to go faster and meet up later, that's fine -- there are some sections of trail where you can open it up quite a bit. And if we have some riders who haven't done longer commute or trail rides and want to give it a go at a more relaxed pace, we'll make sure we have a group that stays with them to guide.

Thanks, I'm one of the slower riders out there (11-14 mph) and am always worried about holding people back.

Dirt
11-21-2011, 08:52 AM
I'll pencil this onto the calendar, but I think I may be occupado that day. Saturdays are usually reserved for wifing. It is my one day each week where I don't ride very much.

Great idea!!!

Pete

eminva
11-21-2011, 09:13 AM
I also think this is a great idea and the calendar looks free for a change. I'm coming from Vienna, so I guess I will meet you all at Eastern Market and take it from there. I really want to visit Proteus so I'll return to College Park with you after the markets. By my calculations this would be about 63ish miles for the whole trip, which is within my range, but if I got to College Park on both ends that will add 20 more miles, which may be a bit much. Ann, are you doing it this way or are you doing the whole slog?

Thanks for organizing this! Sounds like fun.

Liz

Greenbelt
11-21-2011, 10:21 AM
I'll pencil this onto the calendar, but I think I may be occupado that day. Saturdays are usually reserved for wifing. It is my one day each week where I don't ride very much.

Great idea!!!

Pete

My wife loves it when I shop for presents for her at the craft fairs! Sort of win-win on the home front.

Greenbelt
11-22-2011, 07:33 PM
OK, it's official! Here's a link to the shop's events page: http://www.proteusbicycles.com/events/
and the flyer: http://www.proteusbicycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Proteus-holiday-ride.jpg

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We'll leave the shop at 10am and return at about 3:30pm. That should leave time for a nice relaxed ride pace, and plenty of time for shopping and lunch in the DC markets. We'll go rain or shine, warm or cold (since I really, really need to buy Christmas presents regardless), but in case of really awful weather (heavy rain or storms, ice, snow), please check the shop's website that morning. (I figure if the weather gets bad along the way, we can bail out on to Metro if necessary.)

I hope we can meet up with people along the way. Here is a crude, approximate route map (I'll make up more accurate cue sheets later): http://g.co/maps/whp9g

Here are directions from DC to the shop:

From downtown DC, I take the MBT to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road -- beware unmarked speedbumps)
Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you'd be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road (beware the construction/cyclocross challenge)
Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)

Here is a link to a bike route to the shop from College Park Metro (http://vimeo.com/21293118 )
and here is a link to the bike route from the Greenbelt Metro (http://vimeo.com/21279584 )

It's also pretty easy to get to Proteus from the University of Maryland campus -- just take the Paint Branch trail north from the campus (near the Comcast center). The trail goes under University Blvd and around the Paint Branch golf course. After the golf course, there's a spur off to the right that goes up to Route 1 near the bike shop, and there's a new traffic light to cross over.

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Saturday, December 10 10am
Proteus Bicycles

Who needs a car a bag full of presents would look awesome on the back of a bicycle! Come join us for a car-free ride to holiday craft markets in Washington DC. Find perfect gifts for everyone on your list. We'll leave the shop at 10am, get to Eastern Market around 11:30, shop, head over to the Downtown Holiday Market after lunch, and return around 2pm, arriving at Proteus around 3:30pm. The ride will be on trails and side-streets out of heavy traffic, and the pace will be moderate no one will be dropped. Distance is 35 miles. Metro stops are all along the way: bring your fare card if you want a shorter ride.

Check out these websites for information on the markets we'll visit:
http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/
http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/

****** Helmets required. *******

acc
11-22-2011, 08:09 PM
I may have to break down and get panniers. I'll be there with my Christmas lights and my rhinestone helmet securely strapped on. Thank you for organizing this event.

ann

Greenbelt
12-04-2011, 06:43 PM
We took a ride down to DC last weekend along the holiday ride route. At least the first half of the route (before the camera ran out of space to record):

http://vimeo.com/32845288

Riley Casey
12-05-2011, 03:15 PM
Will I be sneered at for meeting up at Eastern Market rather than riding in from College Park? Its that ride back to College Park when I already live in DC that lacks some appeal.:p

Greenbelt
12-05-2011, 04:04 PM
Absolutely not! In fact, we'd love to meet up with people coming in from other directions. It's supposed to be sunny and cold -- perfect for Christmas shopping by bike!

Probably the best meet up would be at the north side of Eastern Market around 11:30. You never know with schedules, but I think we'd probably head from Eastern Market over to the Downtown Holiday Market at around 12:30 - 1pm, and probably stay until around 2pm.

PS. I'll be the guy with the yellow helmet and the extra-dork bike:
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americancyclo
12-06-2011, 07:27 AM
the extra-dork bike

nice EL wire!

Greenbelt
12-09-2011, 09:04 AM
I put up a notice in Greenbelt Patch (http://greenbelt.patch.com/blog_posts/holiday-shopping-fun-ride-to-dc-markets-saturday-dec-10)with details for local riders. We'll be leaving from the New Deal Cafe at 9:30am to head over to the ride. Looking forward to seeing people tomorrow, either on the whole ride or along the way. Now I just need to remember to get off work in time to make cookies tonight.

acc
12-09-2011, 02:02 PM
I have looked forward to this so much, thank you for planning the route and organizing this event. I will be at Proteus tomorrow at 10:00.

ann

Riley Casey
12-10-2011, 10:37 AM
Quite a crowd here at the Eastern Market and the bike racks are almost full. A good day for a ride.

eminva
12-10-2011, 12:25 PM
I'm at the Portrait Gallery holiday market hoping to meet the gang here. Unfortunately, not much in the way of bike racks that I have scouted out.


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I am here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.897527,-77.022954

Greenbelt
12-10-2011, 08:55 PM
Hey, good to see everyone today -- glad we could meet up! Was a nice day for a ride. Thanks for coming out. -Jeff

Riley Casey
12-11-2011, 08:45 AM
Many thanks to you Jeff for masterminding what turned out to be a fun ride ( even though I only took part in the shopping portion :rolleyes: ). Great to meet so many denizens of the forum in person.

acc
12-11-2011, 10:45 AM
Had a great ride yesterday, many thanks to Greenbelt for planning the route and bringing the cookies that made it possible for me to find the motivation to get out of bed on a cold morning. I met so many intelligent, funny people it was wonderful and the Bike Forum folks are even better looking than they are online.

Christmas shopping on a bike forced me to be more disciplined. I learned several things.
1. Credit cards don't weigh much and fit easily into a backpack, bring them.
2. I discovered my love and regard for people I buy holiday gifts for has a limit of four ounces. I'm not carrying anything that weighs more than that.
3. I also discovered my love and regard for people does not extend as far as I thought it did. Some people didn't make the final cut, my backpack is only so big, my back is only so strong. Therefore, I wish to extend fond wishes and holiday greetings to Dirt, Tim Kelley, and Blacknell. Remember, it is not the size of the present but the thought that counts.
4. Everyone else will receive bike T-shirts I found in the markets yesterday. Grandma is getting a lovely one that has a big blue bicycle with a mustache where the handlebars should be. I know she'll love it.
5. The funniest moment yesterday was when about 20 of us tried to crowd into a very small coffee shop, I believe that is the closest I will ever get to being part of a flashmob.

Happy Holiday Trails,
ann

KLizotte
12-11-2011, 07:09 PM
5. The funniest moment yesterday was when about 20 of us tried to crowd into a very small coffee shop, I believe that is the closest I will ever get to being part of a flashmob.

And all in lycra and funny helmets I'm sure. My eyes, my eyes! The regular patrons must have thought it was an alien invasion. Giggle.

SilverSpring
12-11-2011, 09:53 PM
Greenbelt and Proteus Bikes,

Thanks much for hosting a great ride. I saw trails and routes I'd never known existed (even more when I got lost and had to rejoin the group). A lovely (if windy) day for a ride.

Greenbelt
12-12-2011, 02:38 PM
Some video clips from Saturday's ride (well, mostly from Saturday's ride anyway, but that's a long story):

http://vimeo.com/33555252

eminva
12-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Thank you Greenbelt and Proteus! Had a great time joining you for part of the day and finally getting to see the inside of Proteus. I also really enjoyed your trail network up that direction. Thanks again.

Liz

Greenbelt
12-18-2011, 06:27 PM
Got a few stills from the ride:
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Greenbelt
12-18-2011, 06:28 PM
And one more:
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