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consularrider
11-21-2011, 09:22 AM
A couple years ago I seem to remember that there was a holiday lights ride in Arlington, I think starting at Contes. I haven't seen anything the past couple of years, but am wondering if there was any interest in trying something this year. While I ride all over the area, I really don't know if there are certain neighborhoods that are more interesting for such a night time tour.

Arlingtonrider
11-21-2011, 09:40 AM
:)We could all ride with our new Nite Ize spoke lits or their equivalent, and have our own light show as well!

rcannon100
11-29-2011, 12:45 PM
Sounds like fun!

mrkenny83
11-29-2011, 02:27 PM
I love my Nite Ize Spoke Lits.... but I especially love the look of astonishment on people's faces when they see it.... something so simple makes people so happy (instead of angry that there's a bike around)

baiskeli
11-29-2011, 02:43 PM
Where can I get Spoke Lits locally instead of ordering them from the web?

consularrider
11-30-2011, 10:35 AM
PPTC will have a Christmas Lights ride from Belle Haven on Thursday, December 15. I'm still trying to get some ideas for an Arlington one going.

mrkenny83
11-30-2011, 12:38 PM
Where can I get Spoke Lits locally instead of ordering them from the web?

Sadly, no.

But if you're trying to avoid the shipping costs.... you should just sign up for the 30-day FREE Trial of Amazon Prime. For 30 days, you'll get unlimited FREE 2-day shipping! Just make sure you put a reminder in your calendar to cancel the service before they charge you.

IT'S WORTH IT! And the Spoke Lits are only $6 on amazon!!!!!

KLizotte
11-30-2011, 01:29 PM
Where can I get Spoke Lits locally instead of ordering them from the web?

I got mine at LL Bean's store at Tysons Corner.

The only thing I was disappointed in with these lights is how quickly the batteries died. Has anyone tried replacing the batteries?

Dirt
12-06-2011, 08:49 AM
I'm thinking about putting together some kind of holiday light ride. I haven't figured out yet if it will be a death march or a fun ride. Most likely the latter. Unfortunately some of the great houses in our area are at the top of some really lovely hills. I'm scouting out some interesting and safe-ish ways to get to different places.

Would a 10-15 mile loop through Falls Church, Annandale and a quick dip into North Arlington be an acceptable distance? I can find a festive place to get a festive eggnog-flavored beer and reindeer burger afterward. (I make it sound so fun.)

There's one place in Annandale near Barcroft that is just too awesome to miss. I'll try and set up the route so that it goes past some other well decorated homes.

I could probably lead it on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Is that of any interest? My guess is that it would be a 5:30-8:30pm kind of event from beginning to end.

acc
12-06-2011, 09:42 AM
Assuming my arm grows back and my hearing returns and you promise to only blow that damn vuvuzela in my "bad" ear, I'd like to test out my bike's Christmas lights climbing hills in the dark at near freezing temps, sounds fun, or like what passes for fun in my life. Either night works for me. I'll pray for blizzard conditions :p

ann

Dirt
12-06-2011, 09:54 AM
This may become 2 different rides.... possibly 3.

1) Casually-paced ride for everyone with a reasonable distance and timing that most can make.
2) The "Nothing says Merry Christmas like breaking the legs off your friends" death march version.... because you only kill the ones you love.
3) Do one between Christmas and New Years so we don't have to make it home at a reasonable hour because the next day is a work/school day for many.

We'll see how this goes. A lot depends on my workload.

Hugs and kisses,

Pete

Dirt
12-06-2011, 09:55 AM
...and my hearing returns and you promise to only blow that damn vuvuzela in my "bad" ear...
You won't have to worry about that anymore. I've been hitting eBay pretty hard for a used trombone.

americancyclo
12-06-2011, 10:47 AM
You won't have to worry about that anymore. I've been hitting eBay pretty hard for a used trombone.

http://sadtrombone.com/

dasgeh
12-06-2011, 11:08 AM
Any chance we could do a version of Pete's #1 on Saturday or Sunday early evening, and make it kid friendly? I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take our 1 year old out on one. She'll last about 45 minutes and needs to be home by 7:15pm. Maybe we could even cross post with Kidical Mass...

Dirt
12-06-2011, 11:52 AM
Any chance we could do a version of Pete's #1 on Saturday or Sunday early evening, and make it kid friendly? I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take our 1 year old out on one. She'll last about 45 minutes and needs to be home by 7:15pm. Maybe we could even cross post with Kidical Mass...

Let me work on that. That might end up being #4. I'd have to center that in Arlington (not a bad thing at all) since the freak-show light display houses that I know are in places that are not easy enough to get to if the ride time is limited to 45 minutes.

I'll work on that. :D

rcannon100
12-06-2011, 01:14 PM
I am interested in Door #1 or Door #3. At my age, a death ride is pretty much just my normal ride home ;)

Sometimes there are some nice houses in N Arlington, near 66 and Glebe Rd. That would make utilizing the Custis Trail as a link possible. I will try to pay attention and see what lights are shining this year.

Dirt
12-06-2011, 01:39 PM
I love the one at the top of 2 Sisters... just off of Custis.
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6036/6301983529_732c483cd8_b.jpg
That's me taking a Bike Power Nap in the middle of their Halloween display.

rcannon100
12-06-2011, 01:42 PM
Yeah, I think I know that display. If so, that's the neighborhood that has some over the top displays.

Dirt
12-06-2011, 01:49 PM
Yeah, I think I know that display. If so, that's the neighborhood that has some over the top displays.
I'll hunt them down over the next week or so. If anyone finds some good ones, get me a cross street. I'll build a route that will fit the appropriate door number.

Justin Antos
12-06-2011, 06:52 PM
I'd be in for #1! Sounds like fun.

Extra points if your bike is also lit up like Christmas?

acc
12-06-2011, 07:06 PM
As long as it's the bike and not the rider....

KLizotte
12-07-2011, 10:24 AM
I'll hunt them down over the next week or so. If anyone finds some good ones, get me a cross street. I'll build a route that will fit the appropriate door number.

This display is way over the top:

http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/2506/amazing-christmas-display-in-arlington-va

Dirt
12-07-2011, 10:38 AM
This display is way over the top:

http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/2506/amazing-christmas-display-in-arlington-va
I imagine there are a lot of KFC (Kilowatts for Christ) folks in that neighborhood. :D I'll go find them. That's an area with a lot of hills though.

consularrider
12-07-2011, 10:55 AM
There are usually some good displays along Patrick Henry in Arlington between I-66 and Wilson Blvd with bonus of the climb up Patrick Henry. There is one very lit up house on the 8th Pl N cul d'sac just north of Wilson.

americancyclo
12-08-2011, 09:16 AM
Probably too far out for most Arlington folks, but there's a big display at the top of Buckelew near Allan (where the W&OD crosses Shreve Rd)

Bruce Wright
12-08-2011, 10:59 AM
bikes@vienna is planning a Luminaria ride on Christmas Eve: http://www.bikesatvienna.com/events.html. It's a short (about 5 miles) ride through Vienna neighborhoods. The streets are lined with luminarias which are bags that contain lights placed along the curb. The ride starts and ends at the shop.

KLizotte
12-11-2011, 08:01 PM
Seen today at the Pentagon City mall parking lot. This Santa works in the food court getting his picture taken with the kiddies. His beard is the real thing.

521

Dirt
12-12-2011, 07:40 AM
Seen today at the Pentagon City mall parking lot. This Santa works in the food court getting his picture taken with the kiddies. His beard is the real thing.

521
A good friend of mine spends the holiday season being Santa every year. He's the real deal. Cool to see. :D

eminva
12-15-2011, 07:58 AM
There is quite the festive display on the house at the corner of Key Boulevard and Jackson Street in Arlington.


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I am here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.900762,-77.190373

americancyclo
12-15-2011, 08:03 AM
3) Do one between Christmas and New Years so we don't have to make it home at a reasonable hour because the next day is a work/school day for many.


I'd be up for this! Plus it might help me with the Rapha Holiday 500km Challenge.

dasgeh
12-15-2011, 09:06 AM
Since we're headed out of town to see family next week, our little family (me, husband and one-year-old) were thinking of doing a mini-family-lights ride this Saturday starting around 5:30pm.

This is the route I have so far: http://g.co/maps/qzxg2 (the googlemaps loops starts/ends at Conte's, but if others want to join, I'd suggest meeting at Clay Park, at 7th St and Highland, so our daughter can play as we gather). I've only gotten wind of 4 good houses/blocks to see, so this map basically connects those, while attempting to wind around a bit and avoid any mean up-hills. I think it clocks in at 6 miles. I'm completely open to suggestions.

If anyone wants to join, let me know. We'd love the company, but I know the late notice makes it difficult.

Happy Holidays, all!

eminva
12-15-2011, 09:55 AM
the Rapha Holiday 500km Challenge.

I had to look this up but it looks intriguing. Especially because the gingerbread cookies are starting to take their toll. That's a busy week at home and work, but I could probably muster at least half of that distance and anything is better than nothing, right?


Since we're headed out of town to see family next week, our little family (me, husband and one-year-old) were thinking of doing a mini-family-lights ride this Saturday starting around 5:30pm.

This is the route I have so far: http://g.co/maps/qzxg2 (the googlemaps loops starts/ends at Conte's, but if others want to join, I'd suggest meeting at Clay Park, at 7th St and Highland, so our daughter can play as we gather). I've only gotten wind of 4 good houses/blocks to see, so this map basically connects those, while attempting to wind around a bit and avoid any mean up-hills. I think it clocks in at 6 miles. I'm completely open to suggestions.

If anyone wants to join, let me know. We'd love the company, but I know the late notice makes it difficult.

Happy Holidays, all!

This sounds like fun -- I will check at home tonight to see if we can do it. My son woke up with a suspicious sore throat today, so who knows, but if we can join you it would be nice.

Also, if anyone else knows of amazing displays along that route, speak up!

Liz

consularrider
12-15-2011, 10:46 AM
I'd be up for this! Plus it might help me with the Rapha Holiday 500km Challenge.

They're doing the challenge again this year? All I find is last year's challenge and this year's Turkey Takeoff. On a side note, I managed to takeoff just under half the 9,000 calorie target for the November 23 - 27 time period. Did help that I was riding with a sprained wrist. (Come on everyone, I need the pity. :D)

americancyclo
12-15-2011, 10:52 AM
They're doing the challenge again this year? All I find is last year's challenge and this year's Turkey Takeoff.

It's not easy to find with popular search engine. here's the link: http://www.rapha.cc/festive-500

eminva
12-15-2011, 01:28 PM
It's not easy to find with popular search engine. here's the link: http://www.rapha.cc/festive-500

Okay, now I'm really intrigued. Has anybody done this and how quickly do you have to get to 500km to get the patch?? What kind of proof do they require -- would before and after photos of my odometer work? Don't have a fancy Garmin system.

Liz

consularrider
12-15-2011, 03:06 PM
It's not easy to find with popular search engine. here's the link: http://www.rapha.cc/festive-500

Thanks, under stories, not events, who'd a thunk it? Oh yeah, the name is different this year too. :D

Liz, click on americancyclo's link for all the info. Nine days, Dec 23 -31.

jonathankrall
12-16-2011, 10:15 AM
Alexandria BPAC is doing an informal Christmas Lights ride in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria. It should be 4 miles or so with optional food and drink at a neighborhood eatery afterwards. Saturday 12/17, 5:30 pm (finish by 7 pm at the latest). http://sites.google.com/site/alexandriabpac/

dasgeh
12-19-2011, 11:03 AM
Our little family went out on our holiday lights ride, basically sticking to the route I posted earlier. It was great, though I felt a little bad when (1) I realized it was snowing, and (2) we got home and I realized the baby had lost a shoe (we were in a rush and didn't strap her in properly after our pit stop). So if anyone sees a baby-size 5 brown croc with fleecey lining laying around the street in Arlington, please let me know. (I could go on and on about how I hate baby shoes -- so cute, but so expensive and prone to fall off at the worst possible moment).

My only comments on the route are that in Lyon Park, there are more lights on letter streets (Ivy, Lincoln, etc) then there are on number streets. If you're out to see lights, I'd leave enough time to meander up and down to see the good ones. The best ones we saw were the ones marked on the map. We didn't make it into Lyon Village enough to know what's there, but I suspect there's a good amount.

Happy holidays, everyone!

KLizotte
12-19-2011, 03:33 PM
It snowed over the weekend?!?

Thanks for the info on lights peeping.

culimerc
12-20-2011, 07:23 AM
http://www.fairfaxchristmaslights.com/rtvienna.php

americancyclo
12-20-2011, 07:33 AM
http://www.fairfaxchristmaslights.com/rtvienna.php

good link! also has them broken down by locality:

http://www.fairfaxchristmaslights.com/routes.php

consularrider
12-20-2011, 07:59 AM
It snowed over the weekend?!?

Thanks for the info on lights peeping.

I got some isolated snowflakes between Leesburg and Hamilton around noon on Sunday. Didn't see any Saturday evening the two times I was out.

Mark Blacknell
12-21-2011, 07:54 AM
Since we're headed out of town to see family next week, our little family (me, husband and one-year-old) were thinking of doing a mini-family-lights ride this Saturday starting around 5:30pm.

I'm sorry I missed this - you went right past my house in Ashton Heights. Yep, lots of lights back there (tho, as M. said last night during a run through - "It's like a poor man's Key Boulevard.").