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Greenbelt
02-08-2012, 04:24 PM
NOTE CHANGED DATE, BECAUSE THE WEATHER ON SUNDAY NOW LOOKS TO BE STINKY
After consulting with numerous astrologers and seers, various long-range weather forecasts, and the backs of my eyelids, I'd like to propose another community group ride for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, from 1pm to (approximately) 4:30pm.

I've been asked to do another ride to DC, so I'm thinking about this route:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/917630 .

We'd leave Proteus bikes in College Park at 1pm, have a lunch break probably around 2:30 at Eastern Market, and head back around 3pm or 3:30pm at the latest I'd think. We may split into groups of faster or slower riders, but no one would be dropped. The Metro (open for bikes on weekends) would be the bailout if the weather turned bad or for any other reason.

The route would highlight several area trails and connectors: The College Park trolley trail, the NE branch trail, the Paint Branch trail, the NW Branch trail, the Met Branch trail, the R street bike route, the 15th Street cycle track, the Pennsylvania Ave median bike lanes, and the fairly extensive one-direction bike lanes on Capitol Hill.

As with other rides we've done, it would be nice to meet up with others coming from different locations. Likewise, if anyone wanted to reverse the route and ride out to College Park in the morning and then join us for the ride back to DC and lunch, that would be cool. The shop opens at noon on Sundays.

Here are the most (I think) direct 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)

And here's a video of a more scenic route below. Hope to see you on Sunday (the 19th)! -Jeff

http://vimeo.com/35094322

Greenbelt
02-13-2012, 03:58 PM
NOTE, THE FORECAST HAS CHANGED SINCE THIS WAS POSTED, SO WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS RIDE ON SATURDAY

So far, the weather forecast for this weekend looks excellent:

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
Washington's Birthday: Sunny, with a high near 46.

I've seen the threads on biking with kids, and the various ways people do it. Since Eastern Market has lots of nice open space, and the weather's supposed to be decent, would anyone be interested in an informal kid bike transport meetup?

If so, I'll bring my video camera and the good still camera, and we could perhaps get some photos?

nstout
02-15-2012, 12:07 AM
Hi there,

I'm new to the area and to the site. Looking for some good group rides to participate in on the weekends. Anything 20 - 50 miles under or around 20 mph. Would this be a good ride to get my feet wet and meet some new people? Also, are there any other rides you'd recommend in the area (i.e. within 1 hour of alexandria)?

Thanks,

Neil Stout

Greenbelt
02-15-2012, 06:46 AM
Our shop rides are fairly long, but casual, as much social as for the workout. We've been splitting into groups, with some at 15-17mph and some slower. We've been trying to get in at least one 22mile ride in Beltsville and a 35-ish mile ride to DC every month or so. It looks like the weather might not cooperate with this Sunday's ride, though! Just a soon as I posted the good weather report above, the forecasters are calling for a chance of rain or snow now! We may have to move the ride to Saturday the 18th instead -- stay tuned. I know Potomac Pedalers does a fast ride in Beltsville on Wednesday nights once daylight savings return. And I often see fast riders in groups on Beltsville on Saturday mornings.

Tim Kelley
02-15-2012, 08:05 AM
Hi there,

I'm new to the area and to the site. Looking for some good group rides to participate in on the weekends. Anything 20 - 50 miles under or around 20 mph. Would this be a good ride to get my feet wet and meet some new people? Also, are there any other rides you'd recommend in the area (i.e. within 1 hour of alexandria)?

Thanks,

Neil Stout


This time of year the group ride options are more limited than during the summer. Spokes in Alexandria on Quaker lane runs a Sunday morning group ride that is a good B level pace (16-18mph). Squadra Coppi runs a Sunday morning ride out of Java Shack in Arlington at an A- pace, starting out easy enough, but then ramping up to 20-22+mph on the back half.

During the summer time, Revolution Cycles in Arlington/DC has a nice casually paced ride and Freshbikes runs an awesome Tuesday night hill ride with enough people to suit any pace with free beer and burgers afterwards!

Greenbelt
02-15-2012, 04:37 PM
The weather forecast for Sunday now looks lousy -- a chance of heavy (or even wet snow) rain and high winds.

Saturday still looks tranquil and warm, however.

Therefore, we're switching this ride to Saturday the 18th. Same time -- 1pm. -Jeff

nstout
02-15-2012, 08:01 PM
Thanks Tim & @Greenbelt! I'll show up for this ride on Saturday...90% sure...and great info on the other rides! Excited to get into the mix of things up here!

Neil

zanna_leigh
02-16-2012, 03:47 PM
I may have to pop my long distance bike ride cherry by joining you guys for the ride from College Park down to DC. I'll ride up from Arlington to meet everyone....and hopefully I won't get lost on the way. Looking forward to it!!!

Greenbelt
02-17-2012, 10:38 AM
This time of year the group ride options are more limited than during the summer. Spokes in Alexandria on Quaker lane runs a Sunday morning group ride that is a good B level pace (16-18mph). Squadra Coppi runs a Sunday morning ride out of Java Shack in Arlington at an A- pace, starting out easy enough, but then ramping up to 20-22+mph on the back half.

During the summer time, Revolution Cycles in Arlington/DC has a nice casually paced ride and Freshbikes runs an awesome Tuesday night hill ride with enough people to suit any pace with free beer and burgers afterwards!

I'm don't know if it's Potomac Pedalers or Oxon Hill or a shop ride, but a Friday mid-day bunch just rode past my house heading for the Beltsville farms! PS, that's Carmen the chihuahua in the foreground.
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SilverSpring
02-18-2012, 03:56 PM
(Again, with apologies to POEM)

The intrepid pedalars left the bike shop,
College Park to the Hill, not a short hop,
The band split into two,
And then added a few,
With the bike ride complete, let the snow drop

Many thanks for a great ride on a beautiful day

Greenbelt
02-18-2012, 05:08 PM
Hey Silver Spring and Kathy(!) and Zanna and Neil -- nice ride today, and glad the meetups worked out. Don't know if the video came out, but here are a couple cell phone shots. I think the best rider of the day was Chase the dog, who did 35+ miles in a backpack without a complaint. And the most adventurous award goes to Neil for riding on the Beltway trying to find the shop!

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KLizotte
02-18-2012, 05:34 PM
Wrong Kathy, I think you mean ArlingtonRider.

That dog sure is a trooper! I hope he got a chance to run around at the end.

Am looking forward to joining one of these rides eventually.

DaveK
02-18-2012, 05:54 PM
^^ What she said. I was riding out to Vienna with my wife today but we'll have to join one of these rides sometime. If I were at home I would have walked down to the Market to at least say hi.

Arlingtonrider
02-18-2012, 06:31 PM
It was great to see you all today - we'll have to do that again sometime! Jeff and Laurie, it was so nice to finally meet you in person. I've gotten so many great biking and commuting tips from both of you, and the routes and videos you post have inspired me to explore more. Neil, I had no idea you rode the beltway to get to the shop today! I'll have to pencil that into my bike map. ;) The greatest charmer of the group, however, was Chase the poodle, who clearly enjoys biking just as much as the rest of us. Now that I know how easy it is to get to Eastern Market by bike, I want to go back and spend more time there. Lots of fun places to check out!

Thanks for getting us all together!

Kathy

Greenbelt
02-18-2012, 07:44 PM
If you look closely at the second picture, you can see Chase the poodle poking his head out of the backpack!

OK, here's the video (same as posted on Dirt's Tim Johnson ride thread):

http://vimeo.com/37075777

nstout
02-18-2012, 11:31 PM
Thanks! It was a great ride and a great way to explore the east side of town which I've never had the opportunity to do till today.

Greenbelt
02-20-2012, 09:40 AM
Neil, I had no idea you rode the beltway to get to the shop today! I'll have to pencil that into my bike map. ;) Kathy

Seriously, there's a tunnel underneath the Greenbelt Metro station that goes over to the College Park side -- it's the best way to get from the Greenbelt side to REI and Proteus and the University area. (Beltway riding is not the preferred route!)

zanna_leigh
02-21-2012, 02:47 PM
It was a great day for a bike ride. Thanks Greenbelt for organizing this! So glad I found you guys along the route. It was just what I needed! Actually, what I need now is a decent pair of padded bike shorts...