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consularrider
04-10-2015, 12:21 AM
What a difference two days made!

PotomacCyclist
04-10-2015, 01:58 PM
Technically not a ride pic. (I was running instead.) I thought this could work as a BMX ramp. Right on the National Mall.

It's part of the large renovation project and that entire section of the Mall is closed, between 7th and 12th. So no BMX or cyclocross riding there. (Not in the future either.)

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Greenbelt
04-10-2015, 09:39 PM
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Mikey
04-10-2015, 10:04 PM
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cherry blossom commute this morning

Boo Boo
04-10-2015, 11:36 PM
A few from this evening:

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Greenbelt
04-11-2015, 07:36 PM
Proteus alternative cherry blossom (and pizza) ride
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Supermau
04-12-2015, 09:23 AM
I put the new Anyroad through its paces yesterday. It seems to live up to its name. Aside from the road and MUP I took it on some gravel and some short stretches of single track through the woods and we made it through just fine. It's a rugged one, and a really fun bike. Seen here at Huntley Meadows.

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rcannon100
04-12-2015, 06:36 PM
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ShawnoftheDread
04-12-2015, 07:32 PM
Road racing? No beer. No cowbells. No mud. No fun.

Greenbelt
04-12-2015, 08:01 PM
Anacostia River Fest Bike Parade
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rcannon100
04-12-2015, 09:03 PM
Road racing? No beer. No cowbells. No mud. No fun.

Oh come on! We had broken shoulders! Road rash! And clueless idiots who let there dogs take out cyclists.

PotomacCyclist
04-13-2015, 01:39 PM
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Air raid over DC

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Boomer2U
04-13-2015, 01:55 PM
The obligatory cherry Blossom ride photo
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/13/ee02a07e8a61c706cade7f5f257b8e7b.jpg

Greenbelt
04-13-2015, 04:56 PM
Sent by Laurie
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consularrider
04-13-2015, 10:33 PM
Beautiful sunset here in Peoria over the Illinois River this evening. Too bad I didn't have a photo taking apparatus. :(

Greenbelt
04-14-2015, 05:20 PM
Not today.
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Boomer2U
04-14-2015, 10:46 PM
By far the coolest ride I saw this past weekend while taking in the Cherry Blossoms
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/14/5f2cbde2db91b82e943e7ea0d1b0b9ec.jpg

PotomacCyclist
04-16-2015, 01:47 PM
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Bike and Roll is still popular with tourists, even with Capital Bikeshare stations on the National Mall. I saw a couple new bike tour competitors too, judging from company names on the guides' shirts and on the bikes.

PotomacCyclist
04-16-2015, 04:51 PM
Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln.

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Ford's Theatre


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Peterson House, "the House Where Lincoln Died"


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The back of Ford's Theatre, where assassin John Wilkes Booth exited and fled on a horse that was being held for him, by an unwitting employee. He rode down the alley and turned up to F Street, NW, before making his way to southern Maryland and Virginia.

PotomacCyclist
04-16-2015, 06:33 PM
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Cyclovia on Pennsylvania Ave right now. Road is closed off for DC Emancipation Day concert and parade.

Boomer2U
04-17-2015, 03:49 PM
Blooming Tulips, Batman! this morning, at the Netherlands Carillon, Arlington Cemetery
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/17/aae5b424421ac9be6d14d1c7de87bcf9.jpg

Steve O
04-17-2015, 04:40 PM
Blooming Tulips, Batman! this morning, at the Netherlands Carillon, Arlington Cemetery


Shoulda balanced your bike on a railing somewhere round there.

GB
04-17-2015, 05:33 PM
Shoulda balanced your bike on a railing somewhere round there.


Pretty sure this picture was taken to satisfy the "my bike with rod" challenge. But he was too slow in post it for tag, and figured the flowers in the background were nice enough to share.

jrenaut
04-17-2015, 06:15 PM
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8689/16548740864_3e3e78424e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rdmC7m)Brought the wrong bike for these hills (https://flic.kr/p/rdmC7m) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/55137296@N00/), on Flickr

For those of you who have never been to Ithaca, NY, let me share a bit about the area. Beautiful cycling. HOWEVER. The town is essentially the bottom of a pit. Extremely flat, but every direction is pretty much straight up. 46X16 fixed is not really ideal. I had to stop and walk on one the hills I tried to go up and I got 3rd overall this year on the Strava segment.

dkel
04-17-2015, 08:51 PM
Extremely flat, but every direction is pretty much straight up. 46X16 fixed is not really ideal. I had to stop and walk on one the hills I tried to go up and I got 3rd overall this year on the Strava segment.

What happened to "46X16 FTMFW (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?8365-Reason-to-get-a-fixie&p=112676#post112676)"? ;)

jrenaut
04-17-2015, 09:01 PM
What happened to "46X16 FTMFW (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?8365-Reason-to-get-a-fixie&p=112676#post112676)"? ;)
This happened (https://www.strava.com/activities/286771919/segments/6729585156).

213 feet in 0.3 miles. Also, pro tip - when you have lunch at a good brewery, it might not be the best afternoon to go do hills on a relatively tall fixed gear.

dkel
04-17-2015, 09:19 PM
213 feet in 0.3 miles.

Yowza! That Tri360 hill ride would be easy for you, by comparison...maybe. Nothing as bad as that, at least. I'll say to you what dcv said to me after the Tri360 ride: "awesome effort!" (I'm pretty sure he didn't mean it to be condescending...:p)

jrenaut
04-17-2015, 09:25 PM
That was the segment I had to walk. I tried, and at some point I could no longer make the pedals go forward any more.

Steve O
04-18-2015, 12:48 PM
That was the segment I had to walk. I tried, and at some point I could no longer make the pedals go forward any more.

Shoulda turned around and pedaled up backwards. That's one of the advantages of those fixie thingies, right?
Good thing the hill wasn't twice as long (https://www.strava.com/segments/2020135).

rcannon100
04-18-2015, 09:35 PM
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jrenaut
04-18-2015, 09:48 PM
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7612/17002385060_dd1dc3ba34_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rUrEJ1)Ithaca farmers market (https://flic.kr/p/rUrEJ1) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/55137296@N00/), on Flickr

Took a little family ride to the Ithaca Farmers Market. It takes a long time to ride a mile with two kids in tow on their own bikes, but it's worth it.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8807/17188547875_fbee7c6d61_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sbTNrH)Family ride almost-selfie (https://flic.kr/p/sbTNrH) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/55137296@N00/), on Flickr

It can be tough to get everyone in the moving selfie though.

Greenbelt
04-18-2015, 10:31 PM
Seems like there should be a Dr. Seuss rhyme on this one

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wheels&wings
04-18-2015, 10:35 PM
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Looks like poor Jeremy's been in a fight... perhaps with his bicycle! What happened?
Congrats on the award. Second place is very fitting for a Bipolar Bear. :+)

Greenbelt
04-19-2015, 08:41 PM
Rod Smith sighting, in Bike Arlington regalia

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jrenaut
04-19-2015, 09:40 PM
Kids had a great time biking on vacation. Really regret not bringing the pedals for the little one's bike - she's totally ready for pedals.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8696/17018697038_361b05570d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rVTgH1)YAY_0794 (https://flic.kr/p/rVTgH1) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/55137296@N00/), on Flickr
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7602/17020269479_7b280157f4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rW2k94)YAY_0797 (https://flic.kr/p/rW2k94) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/55137296@N00/), on Flickr

bobco85
04-20-2015, 07:36 PM
All right, I thought this afternoon was going to be full of thunderstorms, so I spent my time finishing my video of the cherry blossoms this year.

I went to the Tidal Basin 3 separate times for pics and vids this time. I went on the 4th to see the fireworks from East Potomac Park, the 11th where I saw the Joint Service Drill Exhibition at the Jefferson Memorial (I stumbled across this by accident and decided to watch), and on the 13th where I gathered the rest of my footage. Everything is being shown out of order so I could transition from day to night and finish with the fireworks (chronological order my foot!). Enjoy!


https://youtu.be/N3CVB-036cc

P.S. - I will repeat this to my grave: biking to the Tidal Basin is the BEST way to see the cherry blossoms :)

dcv
04-21-2015, 08:46 PM
snaps from the weekend
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20150418_084809_zpsxz1vdnpp.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20150419_084628_zpsxqnws3ee.jpg

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rcannon100
04-21-2015, 10:57 PM
We went out to play today.

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PotomacCyclist
04-29-2015, 01:38 PM
The National Mall yesterday

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Moon over the Jefferson Memorial

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Never gets old, riding by the Memorial.

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PotomacCyclist
04-29-2015, 04:23 PM
The Air Force Memorial at night

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A few minutes before my slow-speed or zero-speed tumble

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The Memorial, viewed from Columbia Pike. This is also the site of the former Navy Annex building, once named the ugliest federal office building in the DC area.

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Starduster
04-29-2015, 06:49 PM
PotomacCyclist: Here's a soundtrack for yours and everyone's monument pics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhrTaOIl5iI

PotomacCyclist
04-29-2015, 11:09 PM
PotomacCyclist: Here's a soundtrack for yours and everyone's monument pics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhrTaOIl5iI

I came across that video a couple years ago. I don't remember how. As a history major, I find it interesting to see older footage of all the familiar sites and locations.

rcannon100
05-01-2015, 11:24 PM
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Supermau
05-02-2015, 07:21 AM
Finally did the trip from Alexandria to Burke Lake.

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peterw_diy
05-02-2015, 07:56 AM
Finally did the trip from Alexandria to Burke Lake

I'd love to hear about the trip/route. My family loves Burke Lake but I really dislike all that driving...

Supermau
05-02-2015, 01:07 PM
I'd love to hear about the trip/route. My family loves Burke Lake but I really dislike all that driving...

It was a good ride and relatively easy minus a big hill or two. I just Google mapped it from Kingstown by bike and went for it. The route does require you to cross the parkway a couple times but I didn't find that a problem. I got a bit confused at Rolling Road but another cyclist put me back on track. The trail along the parkway is relatively low traffic so that was nice too. 30 mile round trip from my house in Rose Hill. Good ride.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll see if I can help.

Greenbelt
05-03-2015, 06:57 PM
Anacostia Trails Heritage bike rally, with bonus Rod Smith sighting
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Bilsko
05-03-2015, 08:35 PM
C&O - even *with* Marathon runners and dozens of school trips at Great Falls - was a treat today.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-O-GTuzQODUY/VUY7NSBQTDI/AAAAAAAB6pk/1xc6hYw3OHk/w1598-h899-no/20150503_111332.jpg
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Starduster
05-03-2015, 09:51 PM
Whee! Love the flowers at trail's edge.

americancyclo
05-04-2015, 09:53 AM
I'd love to hear about the trip/route. My family loves Burke Lake but I really dislike all that driving...

I rode from burke lake back to falls church last year after a weekend of camping with the family. here's the post where I link my planned GPS route and the one we actually ended up taking:
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?4977-Overnight-trips-by-bike-leaving-from-DC-or-metro&p=87883#post87883

Bilsko
05-04-2015, 11:21 AM
the flowers along the C&O were fantastic! Anywhere the sun could peak through the trees they lined either edge of the trail. And the fragrance was a bonus!

KayakCyndi
05-04-2015, 11:39 AM
the flowers along the C&O were fantastic! Anywhere the sun could peak through the trees they lined either edge of the trail. And the fragrance was a bonus!

Well that seals the deal. Sounds like commuting home via the canal is a must!

DismalScientist
05-04-2015, 11:55 AM
Whee! Love the flowers at trail's edge.


Vegetation? KILL IT ALL!

Bilsko
05-04-2015, 12:51 PM
Well that seals the deal. Sounds like commuting home via the canal is a must!


not quite as many inside the beltway, but better than the asphalt.

KayakCyndi
05-04-2015, 01:05 PM
not quite as many inside the beltway, but better than the asphalt.

So you're saying I should go home via Whites Ferry? Alas not going to happen today ....

Bilsko
05-04-2015, 03:21 PM
So you're saying I should go home via Whites Ferry? Alas not going to happen today ....

amateur (https://www.strava.com/activities/45232113)

KayakCyndi
05-05-2015, 09:48 AM
not quite as many inside the beltway, but better than the asphalt.

All this canal talk:

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/05/27b73006a8691c5890f04f57d4a7812c.jpg

PotomacCyclist
05-07-2015, 10:12 PM
The bullhorn guy at the Pennsylvania Avenue pedestrian plaza, in front of the White House. I haven't seen him in a couple years. If you've heard him, you probably remember him. He doesn't seem to be protesting or promoting anything in particular, although this time he was speaking a lot about the Bible, but also other topics.

What makes him notable is that he uses the bullhorn, and launches into continuous, stream-of-consciousness ramblings. Sometimes he latches onto an actual topic, like the Bible and God, and occasionally some social or political topic, but at other times, he is playing strange word games or just speaking because he likes to hear himself speak. For example, even though he started talking about the Bible, he started to ramble on like this: Bless you. Bless me. Bless the tree. Bless me, bless me. In the past, I've heard him speak for well over 10 or 15 minutes straight. Just rapid-fire talking on the bullhorn, flowing into different groupings of sentences. (I wouldn't call them true topics.)

He was carrying two separate bullhorns this time, plus he was riding a bike. I hadn't seen the bike before. He never has any posters or pamphlets that I can remember. Just his mouth and the bullhorn and plenty of air. I guess he's like the D.C. version of one of the carnival characters who hang out at Times Square in NYC or on one of the popular beaches in L.A. He's our oddball who gives the District its unique character. There are plenty of other protesters for various causes, all across the political spectrum. Most of them are coherent and they have a particular point to make. I'm still not sure what this guy's point is other than a few general sentences about the Bible, but mostly off-the-wall stuff that sounds more like free-verse hipster poetry to me.

Maybe there is more than one guy who does this, as part of some odd missionary project. It's possible that it was a different guy in the past. But how many people hang out on the pedestrian plaza in front of the White House with a bullhorn (or two) and go on and on with these stream-of-consciousness verbal waterfalls? This isn't "a thing," is it?

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Greenbelt
05-09-2015, 01:06 PM
Peace on earth
https://scontent-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/11174717_834039119996140_8494035129351068041_o.jpg

chris_s
05-09-2015, 10:12 PM
Peace in my house.

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Lt. Dan
05-12-2015, 12:17 PM
Whoo no cars!!!

PotomacCyclist
05-14-2015, 09:10 PM
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On a run/bike workout.

jrenaut
05-17-2015, 03:25 PM
Took the kids out on Beach Drive today

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8718/17598343888_9111b1663a_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sP77wd)IMG_20150517_132712992 (https://flic.kr/p/sP77wd) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8807/17786120045_0674af2e46_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/t6GvQa)IMG_20150517_141602327 (https://flic.kr/p/t6GvQa) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

bikenurse
05-19-2015, 10:57 PM
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riding out the storm yesterday - made it home just in time!

PotomacCyclist
05-20-2015, 12:32 AM
Duck family out for a swim at the Tidal Basin

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The Boomerang boat. I've seen this red boat a few times before, but I could never make out the name. This time, I zoomed in on the boat with the camera and read the name.

The "pirate ship" was only built in 2013. It leaves from Washington Harbour in Georgetown. I don't know where they dock it. I've never seen it in Georgetown. Seems kind of goofy but fun.

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http://boomerangpirateship.com/

Mikey
05-20-2015, 05:14 AM
It lives over at the Washington marinade by the fish market

jrenaut
05-20-2015, 07:28 AM
The Boomerang boat. I've seen this red boat a few times before, but I could never make out the name. This time, I zoomed in on the boat with the camera and read the name.

http://boomerangpirateship.com/
Not ride-related, but I went on this boat with my older daughter for a 6-year-old's birthday party. The kids had a blast, and they sell (crappy and overpriced) beer for the parents.

Supermau
05-20-2015, 04:07 PM
My pit stop on the way in today.

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PotomacCyclist
05-23-2015, 01:24 AM
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bobco85
05-24-2015, 01:30 PM
I checked out the National Arboretum during my bike ride yesterday. I took a walk through some of the collections, and although I sure wish I had brought normal shoes to change into (my cleats were covered yet not made for hiking obviously!), I found the area quite beautiful. I recommend taking a trip there if you haven't yet visited the National Arboretum.
(FYI #1: access to the National Arboretum is free. Most areas can be accessed by bike with a couple of climbs, but there are a few areas that are pedestrian-only.)
(FYI #2: to get there from VA, I head to Union Station and use K St -> West Virginia Ave -> 17th St -> Montana Ave -> S St -> 24th St -> R St to access the National Arboretum.)

The National Capitol Columns are the original columns at the east central portico of the Capitol and are on display (you can see a base and capital of one of the columns across the meadow from the main arrangement)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8698&stc=1

(left) dogwood blooms up close; (right) a pagoda in the China Valley collection
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8699&stc=1

(top left) really cool leaves that appeared like stained glass due to the angle of sunlight; (bottom left) a blue flower (perhaps a Columbine?); (right) kiyohime maple with a black ant that appeared for a close-up
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8700&stc=1

(left) "flying dragon" trifolate orange tree whose branches look like a flying dragon; (top right) where my bike and I are happiest: in nature; (bottom right) dogwoods in bloom
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8701&stc=1

Greenbelt
05-24-2015, 07:50 PM
Coffee ride to Big Bear cafe, with bonus Cathy sighting...
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11263073_840423276024391_9196193118453324637_o.jpg

Arlingtonrider
05-25-2015, 10:46 AM
Jeff - It was such a nice surprise to see you all roll up! Great group with you too!

dkel
05-25-2015, 01:32 PM
With the Pope at Viva Vienna!
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Boomer2U
05-25-2015, 11:14 PM
Monday morning Pancake Club Memorial Day ride through the rolling hills of McLean, N Arlington & Falls Church.

In the beginning before we lost SteveC and Tania...
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/25/416ef608a72fe47fb5162db448ae4063.jpg

Parting with Tania at Custis Trail. ..
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/25/5f30b6a22f210f1b1b1a22b1fdb543b2.jpg

Cresting on Nelly Custis w/ Bettina, Paula & SteveO...
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/25/edc342da15e7d85c5afd25ab7a838fc9.jpg
...Tania and Consularrider...
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/25/66a54d9acaa1b3ccdf78a61cd1bd9fda.jpg

Boomer2U
05-26-2015, 06:34 AM
Edwin cresting 26th Street climb near Marymount U.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/26/5d544f9c17f60bcabbbd7ff57973e30e.jpg

...Consularrider...
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/26/440ccacf67331ade77ab89020db5476c.jpg

...Paula & Bettina
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/26/97a5e0955715e166d2bdf4bf44b7af74.jpg

Boomer2U
05-26-2015, 06:36 AM
Post ride recovery with pie a la mode at the Lost Dog Cafe...Paula, Bettina, SteveO, Consularrider, Edwin, Colin & Boomer
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/26/9f32429b790205c0282b872cb166c150.jpg
Post ride maintenance clinic at the Bike Club w/ Boomer (guest wrench), Bettina (drive train clean and alignment) & Edwin (new tire) ...
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/26/54397a6c39ab92e59108b853dd2eb55a.jpg

rcannon100
05-26-2015, 08:13 AM
Post ride recovery with pie a la mode at the Lost Dog Cafe with ...SteveO


with Tania

And wait a minute..... Tania does HILLS now????

http://www.educationalcentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/im-confused.png

Tania
05-26-2015, 09:36 AM
Rumors of my doing hills are greatly exaggerated.

vvill
05-26-2015, 09:52 AM
Rumors of my doing hills are greatly exaggerated.

Since we're talking rumo(ur)s: KayakCyndi is doing Kill Bill.

Boomer2U
05-26-2015, 09:55 AM
Since we're talking rumo(ur)s: KayakCyndi is doing Kill Bill.
When is "Kill Bill?"

vvill
05-26-2015, 07:47 PM
When is "Kill Bill?"

I think it's July 12 but an official announcement is still pending.

Vicegrip
05-26-2015, 08:15 PM
Since we're talking rumo(ur)s: KayakCyndi is doing Kill Bill.Bill is in trouble....;)

TwoWheelsDC
05-26-2015, 09:09 PM
Fairly sleepy day on the C&O:

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7750/18142055355_ea5cc3a60c_z.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7795/17521823803_915c0762cf_c.jpg

Although this guy was awake and struttin' around...

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PotomacCyclist
05-27-2015, 07:04 PM
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Jason B
05-27-2015, 09:51 PM
Despite being labeled 'Biker's Beach', no violence broke out. (Chincoteague, VA).
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PotomacCyclist
05-29-2015, 01:25 AM
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I think I was the only person on the entire National Mall who noticed the rainbow.

rcannon100
05-30-2015, 09:27 PM
Phoenix Bikes at Tour de Fat

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PotomacCyclist
06-02-2015, 03:38 AM
SmartBike DC lives?

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/18/AR2008041803037.html

hozn
06-03-2015, 03:29 PM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8780&stc=1
Ok, this isn't me riding and I wasn't actually riding at all; I was walking. *But* it looks like the English moors have lots of cycling options in the bridleways (open to horses, cyclists, and of course walkers). This photo was from a walk in Exmoor a few days ago. Our walk in Dartmoor today was almost entirely on trail that was also bike friendly, but would have been a great workout. The roads through Dartmoor were also pretty cycling friendly, in that there was good visibility. (Yes, folks do ride road bikes on the 60mph shoulderless/narrow country roads here, though honestly that proposition is a little terrifying to me. People also riding [in the lane] on the 70mph dual carriageway, so I guess crazy is all relative.)

Supermau
06-03-2015, 11:13 PM
A familiar view but I never stop to look at it...until today.

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Supermau
06-04-2015, 07:41 PM
I love a good rain ride, especially when I have nowhere to be. I got super soaked tonight and it was awesome. Seen here at Huntley Meadows.

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cvcalhoun
06-05-2015, 10:55 PM
On the way out today, it was 6 toner cartridges for recycling. On the way home, it was dry cleaning and groceries.

Overall view on the way out:

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The box of toner cartridges:

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The dry cleaning:

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The groceries:

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Just don't tell my granddaughter I used "her" trailer for all this!

dkel
06-06-2015, 02:05 PM
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This means you, cvcalhoun! :p

PotomacCyclist
06-07-2015, 03:36 PM
8809


One of the Johns Hopkings buildings on Massachusetts Ave.

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PotomacCyclist
06-07-2015, 03:38 PM
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PotomacCyclist
06-07-2015, 03:39 PM
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PotomacCyclist
06-08-2015, 10:17 AM
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The hollowed-out Uline Arena, near the NoMa Metro station. This is where the new REI flagship store will open. The building is famous for being the site of The Beatles' first U.S. concert, in 1964.

Greenbelt
06-08-2015, 02:09 PM
I rarely ride here, but it was really fun to get in a couple laps this afternoon. Good day for ducks too.
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KWL
06-09-2015, 06:00 PM
I thought I'd try that new-fangled Cabi thingy today. I'm hooked. When I went to vote, I did discover there needs to be a station near Cora Kelly school. The corner of Commonwealth & East Glebe would probably draw lots of users from Auburn Village.

PotomacCyclist
06-10-2015, 01:00 AM
We've been adding pins on the crowdsourcing map for years in that area. Plenty of people want bike stations near the school, near the Birchmere and in Arlandria and Potomac Yard-Alexandria in general. The mayoral primary results don't seem to be promising though. I think the presumptive next mayor, Silberberg, is not really a supporter of cycling and bike planning. Maybe I'm wrong, but I've read some of her comments in news articles over the years.

PotomacCyclist
06-10-2015, 01:01 AM
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Sunset on the planet Mars! It only looks like NoMa. NoMa actually standards for the Northern Martian Continent.

KayakCyndi
06-10-2015, 10:29 AM
Since we're talking rumo(ur)s: KayakCyndi is doing Kill Bill.

Not sure how I missed this post when it was originally posted but I'm sticking with my very DC appropriate statement ... No Comment!

consularrider
06-10-2015, 10:32 AM
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Sunset on the planet Mars! It only looks like NoMa. NoMa actually standards for the Northern Martian Continent.

Very bright red rising sun this morning too.

PotomacCyclist
06-10-2015, 02:18 PM
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Helpful sign on the L Street protected bikeway.

(I reported it on the DC311 website. I don't remember if I posted the photo here before.)

PotomacCyclist
06-12-2015, 12:22 PM
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In honor of the return of Mulder and Scully to TV next year. A new mini-season of "The X-Files" is set to begin airing on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The 2nd episode airs on Monday, Jan. 25, with the remaining four episodes also airing on Mondays.

I learned many things from the show, such as the cover-up of gray aliens by the FBI, the fact that Fox Mulder lives in Alexandria and that the Federal Statistics Center in Crystal City secretly houses a room where the government compiled all data from the US Census. The database in that room contained the names of people with a certain genetic profile and who had been tracked by the federal government, using the US Census. Mulder believed that the database constituted proof that the people whose names were included had been targeted, due to their genetic profiles, for abduction and replacement by alien facsimiles. Proof positive of the government conspiracy! And much of it is taking place in Arlington and Northern Virginia!

Crystal City was also the location of a software company's headquarters, Eurisko, which was overrun by a malevolent intelligent and self-aware software program that started killing off people who threatened its existence. Important stuff.

http://x-files.wikia.com/wiki/Colonization

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Machine_(The_X-Files)

ian74
06-12-2015, 03:07 PM
I saw that boat at the Alexandria waterfront they named after that chick from Harry Potter. The Hermoine Granger.

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Boo Boo
06-13-2015, 05:33 PM
I'm glad the rain held off - turned out to be a perfect day for a W&OD/C&O Loop


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Supermau
06-14-2015, 10:18 PM
The rain didn't hold off on the C&O today,

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mstone
06-14-2015, 10:53 PM
The rain didn't hold off on the C&O today,

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fenders

Supermau
06-15-2015, 07:44 AM
fenders

Surely would have helped. We rode from Mouth of Monocacy to Harpers Ferry nice and dry then the storm cut loose. The ride back was moist. We jumped in the river at the end to clean off.

Greenbelt
06-15-2015, 08:28 AM
Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/11535882_851758848224167_8307576645158408653_n.jpg ?oh=5d3c2d3203e7acfedf9a60842a5cf587&oe=562D83E2
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/11401054_851758841557501_5154153721863278891_n.jpg ?oh=25f4b97093db71ee900052bc5e927654&oe=55F3D63A
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Powerful Pete
06-15-2015, 05:36 PM
A picture of my beauty during my meanderings on the MVT yesterday. Nothing exciting, but a nice day. And major advance on my riding tan!

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Steve O
06-15-2015, 07:56 PM
I see a zebra. Were there any cows there?
Would've been a good opportunity to become it (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?8372-DC-Bike-Forum-Bicycle-Tag-%28-bikeforumbicycletag%29).


Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
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Supermau
06-16-2015, 09:13 AM
A couple more from the C&O/Harpers Ferry last Sunday.

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Greenbelt
06-17-2015, 02:01 PM
One more pic from Baltimore last Sunday, with some of the riders...
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KLizotte
06-17-2015, 05:05 PM
Some of those characters look shifty to me. :p

kwarkentien
06-17-2015, 05:06 PM
Some of those characters look shifty to me. :p

That's just the Percocet, Kathy.

KLizotte
06-17-2015, 05:09 PM
That's just the Percocet, Kathy.

Oh....I forgot to ask for the good stuff! I also forgot to return the bathroom key at the doc's office. I discovered it in my bag when I got home so I got to try out Uber for another round trip to the doc's office to return it. That was an expensive bathroom visit!

PotomacCyclist
06-18-2015, 12:25 AM
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Hyatt Place on New York Ave., near North Capitol Street


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The brick building in the middle was moved down the block earlier this year, as in the entire building. The building on the left is in the process of being moved. I believe the smaller building to the right was recently moved or will be moved. It's currently hoisted up on beams and suspended in mid-air.


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No caption necessary

consularrider
06-18-2015, 10:59 AM
Give that rider some credit, he (only a guy would do that right?) didn't park on the section with the sign. :p

PotomacCyclist
06-18-2015, 11:05 AM
Any guesses on the location of that sign?

PotomacCyclist
06-19-2015, 10:19 AM
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Rainwater pouring down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial



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83(b)
06-19-2015, 10:43 AM
The flooded stairs at the Lincoln Memorial with the CaBis is a great (and hilarious) shot! Poor tourists.

PotomacCyclist
06-19-2015, 11:05 AM
Well, I got caught in the downpour too, so the joke was sort of on me too. The rain isn't normally a problem, but the air temperature dropped suddenly, as the rain moved in. I actually started shivering briefly.

It didn't last too long though. Maybe 5-10 minutes.

PotomacCyclist
06-19-2015, 11:07 AM
These guys probably enjoyed the rain.

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Supermau
06-19-2015, 07:16 PM
Flat on Jamieson Ave, Alexandria, on the way home Wednesday night around 10:30.

Repair unsuccessful due to ruptured spare tube. A patch would have done but alas I walked my steed the other 4.5 miles home in a pleasant midnight rain. Wouldn't want to do it again bit it was enlightening!

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Boomer2U
06-19-2015, 10:12 PM
I recently hurt my leg and had to give up riding my road bikes for awhile. I've had a hard time even walking just one city block lately. However, a friend lent me a folding bicycle and it has literally transformed my life. I find that I can get just about anywhere on it, and when needed, fold it up and wheel it on/off MetroRail or in/out of a car trunk. I now have a new found respect for foldies, and mobility for the handicapped.

Ambulatory services to medical services
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/19/776fa943911e8627a0af43d86e31d56f.jpg

Lunch on the patio of a Mediterranean Bistro near my office.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/19/b6a73e25744bf5b94a52a3880695e5a6.jpg

Art appreciation at the French Embassy before a meeting.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/19/817c8bb3374d21715e35b85c4f8175a9.jpg

KLizotte
06-20-2015, 01:42 PM
Boomer,

Can you show us a pic of it folded up? This bike retails for only about $350. Does it feel like a relatively well designed bike? I'm asking because I've been thinking about buying a foldie for when I travel on vacation but can't justify a Brompton for 1-2 trips a year.

I'm super glad you have found a way to get around and have fun at the same time. Being incapacitated really sucks.

Thanks.

hozn
06-20-2015, 02:34 PM
Riding with GuyContinental around Davis, WV. This area has some of the best mountain biking (and it took us damn near 2 hours to go 8 miles!).

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PotomacCyclist
06-20-2015, 02:55 PM
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PotomacCyclist
06-20-2015, 02:58 PM
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The new Loro Piana store at CityCenterDC. Would you pay $37,000? For a coat? Apparently they sell a handmade coat that costs that much.

I didn't buy any of their coats. Looking through the window was free.

mstone
06-20-2015, 04:10 PM
I'm not sophisticated enough to tell the difference between that coat and a $7000 coat, but I'm sure it's $30000 coatier.

KLizotte
06-20-2015, 07:34 PM
And yet we can't tax the 1% more to rebuild Memorial Bridge....

PotomacCyclist
06-20-2015, 09:43 PM
What is the world coming to if someone has to go without a $37,000 coat? Won't someone think of the billionaires? Won't they freeze to death?

PotomacCyclist
06-20-2015, 09:44 PM
And yet we can't tax the 1% more to rebuild Memorial Bridge....

Or fund healthcare or bike lanes to transit stations (which a Congressman tried to cut recently).

ShawnoftheDread
06-21-2015, 10:16 AM
Y'all are doing a great job spending other peoples' money several times over, based on a display window coat that nobody has actually purchased.

KLizotte
06-21-2015, 12:47 PM
Y'all are doing a great job spending other peoples' money several times over, based on a display window coat that nobody has actually purchased.

Try visiting their website. Their prices are obscene! A mink and silk vest for over $13K. A pair of loafers is almost $9K. A simple silk sleeveless blouse is $995!!!

Someone has got to be buying this stuff.

ShawnoftheDread
06-21-2015, 01:15 PM
Try visiting their website. Their prices are obscene! A mink and silk vest for over $13K. A pair of loafers is almost $9K. A simple silk sleeveless blouse is $995!!!

Someone has got to be buying this stuff.

A bike for $10,000. $500 for a pair of handlebars. $250 pedals.

But that's totally different because it's a cyclist's disposable income instead of a clothes hound's

Starduster
06-21-2015, 04:38 PM
Try visiting their website. Their prices are obscene! A mink and silk vest for over $13K. A pair of loafers is almost $9K. A simple silk sleeveless blouse is $995!!!

Someone has got to be buying this stuff.

Someone *is*. But it ain't one of us "common people".

PotomacCyclist
06-21-2015, 04:39 PM
Y'all are doing a great job spending other peoples' money several times over, based on a display window coat that nobody has actually purchased.

We're not the only ones. I count private (multi-billion dollar) fraud as a way of getting other people's money too. Plenty of that going on.

The coat in the window isn't the $37,000 one. I couldn't find that coat but I've read about it on Washington Business Journal, so I'll assume that they had a source for that.

PotomacCyclist
06-21-2015, 04:41 PM
A bike for $10,000. $500 for a pair of handlebars. $250 pedals.

But that's totally different because it's a cyclist's disposable income instead of a clothes hound's

It's not different. I never said it was. I've never spent $500 on handlebars or $10,000 or $20,000 on a bike.

I'm not condemning the purchases, but I am poking a stick at it a little bit. If billionaires can't take a little joke like that, then we're really in trouble.

dkel
06-21-2015, 06:35 PM
If billionaires can't take a little joke like that, then we're really in trouble.

Yeah, Shawn! You billionaires and your thin skins! And your money bags, you!

PotomacCyclist
06-21-2015, 06:45 PM
* Billionaires, or their friends and supporters.

mstone
06-21-2015, 07:14 PM
* Billionaires, or their friends and supporters.

I think the term is "running dogs"

DismalScientist
06-21-2015, 07:57 PM
We're not the only ones. I count private (multi-billion dollar) fraud as a way of getting other people's money too. Plenty of that going on.

Why are you liberals so peeved at earning money through willing voluntary exchange? The only way that multibillions can be fraudulantly earned by 'private' parties is by using the coersive force of government to direct money their way. (Have you ever wondered why the richest area of the country lives in the Washington area?)

You wouldn't know it from the abysmal level of economic discussion in this country, but the U.S. has one of the most progressive tax system on the planet and the 1 percent already pays a vastly disproportionate share of taxes. Not that I am shedding any tears over it.

TwoWheelsDC
06-21-2015, 08:37 PM
Why are you liberals so peeved at earning money through willing voluntary exchange?

There are those that believe the system is perhaps not quite so voluntary as many others like to claim. But certainly if someone wants to voluntarily part with their expendable income to purchase luxury goods, I don't begrudge them such expenditures. I mean, I do it, just on a smaller scale...

dkel
06-21-2015, 09:30 PM
Bikes.

Remember?

mstone
06-21-2015, 09:43 PM
Bikes.

Remember?

Got it.

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Side note: bike people are quite as capable of making fun of ridiculous bikes (like this 24ct gold plated bike) as ridiculous jackets.

PotomacCyclist
06-21-2015, 11:29 PM
Why are you liberals so peeved at earning money through willing voluntary exchange? The only way that multibillions can be fraudulantly earned by 'private' parties is by using the coersive force of government to direct money their way. (Have you ever wondered why the richest area of the country lives in the Washington area?)

You wouldn't know it from the abysmal level of economic discussion in this country, but the U.S. has one of the most progressive tax system on the planet and the 1 percent already pays a vastly disproportionate share of taxes. Not that I am shedding any tears over it.

Mortgage securities fraud. Foreign exchange rate manipulation. LIBOR manipulation. Fraud after fraud after fraud. I'm not an economist and I am not making specific economic points. I'm talking about basic crimes. These are not rounding errors or taking an extra penny from the tray at a checkout counter. Multi-billion dollar settlements. No one goes to jail for these massive crimes, except a couple low-level employees. And yet I frequently hear people scream about zero tolerance for crime. If that's the case, why is there tolerance for crimes that affected millions of people in the Great Recession?

I only post this because you asked it. I don't know if I consider myself a liberal as I have voted for both parties in the past. But the events leading up to the Great Recession, well, I don't see how that's excusable. They get all the benefits of high-risk and fraudulent behavior, while the risk gets foisted onto taxpayers? Even if the bailouts were repaid, other people don't get bailouts like that.

Anyway, it was not my intent to post anything like this when I posted the photo. But I won't apologize for posting the photo. Why are some people so touchy about a picture of a store window and a coat? Or even a joke in passing.

I'm not going to go on a Dislike spree either, as I see you have done. (I expect you'll Dislike and ELITE this post too. It's a free country.) I merely posted it as an item of interest, just as I posted the photo of the three-wheeled vehicle I saw parked out in front of a CityCenterDC restaurant last week. I read up on local real estate items, which is why I've been following the CityCenterDC development and the new stores there. I can be interested, unimpressed by some facets and uninterested in other elements, all at the same time. As for the expensive coat, not all conservatives would automatically back such a purchase either. Many conservatives back billionaire interests, but not all. You are the first person here to use the liberal/conservative labels. Some right-wingers rail against "limousine liberals" and "Hollyweirdo multimillionaires." Not sure what government coercion or DC affluence has to do with any of this.

No one went on a Dislike spree when I posted that I rode by Sursum Corda earlier this month. I mentioned that it used to be one of the most dangerous, high-crime areas in the District. It's still problematic, but it's better than is was in the 1980s. No reaction. No outrage. I posted about passing by a portable "soup kitchen" truck and about one individual getting upset because he thought I was taking photos of "poor people" as a curiosity, when I was just taking a photo of a bike rack. No one got upset. But when I posted a photo of a luxury store, well, all this happens.

I was also interested in the bike racks around CityCenterDC because I mapped all of those onto the RackSpotter website. That's the ultimate reason why I was at that store, so there was a bike reason for the photo. All of the CityCenterDC photos were related to my ride and to the RackSpotter website. (I had also read about Loro Piana multiple times on websites like the Washington Business Journal, hardly what one would call a liberal crusade website. It's not political, but I don't think many would mistake it as a radical left-wing website.)

You can think of these photos and posts as an ongoing "liberal crusade" against billionaires or whatever. I'm merely posting all this because I'm passing by these sites while riding and mapping bike racks throughout DC and some suburbs. I see it as a slice of life, of the different elements that make up the District, good, bad and otherwise, all connected through bike racks nearby (although I didn't find any bike racks at Sursum Corda at all). They are all notable to me and likely to many others. They are also bike-related because I'm only posting images that I encounter while riding and while mapping bike racks. Perhaps some people find it unusual that I "bike tour" in D.C., instead of only in the countryside. If you don't like it, continue to Dislike the posts if you want. Nothing I can do about it.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 12:04 AM
Apologies for going back on topic... this weekend I was able to test ride two bikes I have been curious about and am seriously considering purchasing (one of them, at least).

Niner RLT
http://i.imgur.com/kbHDIy6.jpg

Jamis Renegade
http://i.imgur.com/pCMkD9J.jpg

Really, really prefer the latter, although it appears not to be available anywhere in the US in my size...

Ask away if you have any questions, was able to get more than decent saddle time for both.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 12:20 AM
Apologies, just realized I did not post a drive-side picture of the Niner.

http://i.imgur.com/rE3J0Qu.jpg

TwoWheelsDC
06-22-2015, 12:29 AM
Apologies for going back on topic... this weekend I was able to test ride two bikes I have been curious about and am seriously considering purchasing (one of them, at least).

Niner RLT


Jamis Renegade


Really, really prefer the latter, although it appears not to be available anywhere in the US in my size...

Ask away if you have any questions, was able to get more than decent saddle time for both.

IMHO the Niner looks sooooo much better, even if it isn't (apparently) spec'd as well...

rcannon100
06-22-2015, 03:44 AM
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/408/19046402185_62a21b1322.jpg

mstone
06-22-2015, 07:42 AM
IMHO the Niner looks sooooo much better, even if it isn't (apparently) spec'd as well...

It's mostly the wheels on the other one that are making my eyes bleed. Too much NASCAR.

kwarkentien
06-22-2015, 07:46 AM
Niner RLT
http://i.imgur.com/kbHDIy6.jpg

Jamis Renegade
http://i.imgur.com/pCMkD9J.jpg

Really, really prefer the latter, although it appears not to be available anywhere in the US in my size...

Have you checked out Proteus? I know they carry Jamis cycles.

Vicegrip
06-22-2015, 08:17 AM
Would the Canondale CADDX be in the same category? I got one in 105 for around $1500

CADDX Billboard wheel stickers look removable too.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 08:39 AM
Will speak to Proteus also.

Was looking at these bikes as I do not want a traditional cyclocross frame (which means no CAADX), but would rather have a lower BB height and a slightly more relaxed frame geometry.

The Jamis is... less traditional, of course. There is a Niner specc'd more or less like the Jamis. What I found very impressive on the Jamis was the ride, in spite of the weird rear triangle.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 08:40 AM
Also, will post pictures later, but was less than impressed with a number of fit and finish elements on the Niner frame. I concur that the American Classic wheeels on the Jamis are very... Nascar, but am reasonably certain that the decals can be removed without too much trouble..

Sunyata
06-22-2015, 09:10 AM
Also, will post pictures later, but was less than impressed with a number of fit and finish elements on the Niner frame.

I test rode a Niner RLT a few months ago and was not impressed. Normally I love the stuff that Niner does, but the geometry of the RLT was just off for me.

Someone recently put a bug in my ear about selling my road bike (that I honestly only ride a couple of times a year) and buying a gravel bike. I am looking at several, but one that looks promising is the Volagi Viaje. That might be worth a test ride for you (Bikenetic has a couple if you wanted to check them out).

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 10:20 AM
A few additional pictures of the Niner, with the very poor cable routing - note that anywhere you see an external cable, it is fixed via a zip tie. Nope, not kidding, a plastic zip tie. First world problems, I concede, but very half-a$$ IMHO.

http://i.imgur.com/QtV2xQp.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hFmznaj.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ZvLNNfq.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6dsJpwX.jpg

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 10:24 AM
I test rode a Niner RLT a few months ago and was not impressed. Normally I love the stuff that Niner does, but the geometry of the RLT was just off for me.

Someone recently put a bug in my ear about selling my road bike (that I honestly only ride a couple of times a year) and buying a gravel bike. I am looking at several, but one that looks promising is the Volagi Viaje. That might be worth a test ride for you (Bikenetic has a couple if you wanted to check them out).


Noted with thanks Sunyata. The Viaje is on my "long-list" but am leaning towards the Jamis.

Interesting - I did not mind the geometry on the Niner at all, although I preferred the feel of the Jamis, which was noticeably more comfortable. And yes, I realise that this is not a fair comparison between a relatively high-end CF frame built to be comfortable and a more "hard nosed" alu frame.

jabberwocky
06-22-2015, 10:25 AM
Whats wrong with the zip tie? Thats very common for disc lines on MTBs actually, because they are mostly hydraulic, which are continuous and very difficult to cut and reattach. Zip ties are readily available and cut easily and quickly so changing out brakes is simple.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 10:29 AM
Whats wrong with the zip tie? Thats very common for disc lines on MTBs actually, because they are mostly hydraulic, which are continuous and very difficult to cut and reattach. Zip ties are readily available and cut easily and quickly so changing out brakes is simple.

Good point that I had not considered. I just find it very messy (and here we are talking about a frame with mechanical discs)... but this is most probably the roadie in me coming out. Can you tell that I am not an MTB-guy? ;)

Then again, how difficult is it to thread a cable through cable guides?

ian74
06-22-2015, 10:33 AM
Jamis Renegade
http://i.imgur.com/pCMkD9J.jpg



Hey...do you think those wheels are tubeless?

Kidding aside, I like the looks of the Jamis.

kwarkentien
06-22-2015, 10:34 AM
Have you considered a Specialized Diverge? It's a cross between a road (Roubaix) and a cross (Crux) bike. Geometry is nice and relaxed but takes up to 35 wide tires (32 with fenders). Aside from the long delay in getting mine (longshoremen's strike/slowdown and my need for a size 49), it's been great. And it handles roads and light off-road travel like a champ. http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/22/c5ae31294859e28cc500a83949d5b132.jpg

jabberwocky
06-22-2015, 10:39 AM
Good point that I had not considered. I just find it very messy (and here we are talking about a frame with mechanical discs)... but this is most probably the roadie in me coming out. Can you tell that I am not an MTB-guy? ;)

Then again, how difficult is it to thread a cable through cable guides?
Well, it may come with mechanical discs but its pretty obvious that even road gear is moving towards hydraulic systems, so it could be seen as a bit of future proofing.

The issue with hydraulic lines is its a closed system; removing either the caliper or lever or cutting the line would require a bleed afterward. So any frame that requires threading the line through anything will make hydraulic systems a PITA. Its best if the brake lines are open and easily attached and removed without having to cut anything or detach the caliper or lever.

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 10:44 AM
@kwarkentien - Had not considered it... I thought it could not mount panniers, but I see that it can. What model is yours, if I may ask?

Is that Di2?

kwarkentien
06-22-2015, 10:50 AM
It is Di2. It is actually the "Expert" model that we added Di2 to the build. I actually ordered the Di2 one but it never came in. No difference in frame and building it up was $2k cheaper so it was a win-win. Hydraulic disc brakes with internal routing. If you come to HDCC at Best Buns this week, I can give you a peek.

Phatboing
06-22-2015, 10:52 AM
I just find it very messy

This particular job seems a little ... inelegant - my bikes have smaller zip ties, which reduce the ugly a bit. And the Enve fork on the Colossal has a much smoother cable-guidey system than this fork seems to have.

That said, if you're ever going to use this in snow/mud, the fully covered cables is worth the mild ick of the zip ties - some snow/road crud made it into the 1cm of exposed cable on the Fargo, and then into the housing, and the front brake started sticking. It was an interesting ride, that.

DismalScientist
06-22-2015, 11:55 AM
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I'm not going to go on a Dislike spree either, as I see you have done. (I expect you'll Dislike and ELITE this post too. It's a free country.)

Sorry, that was the alcohol talking.

DrVoidberg
06-22-2015, 12:45 PM
Noticed some difficulty clipping in and out on the right side yesterday while on the W&OD:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ulvDxDLCWXw/VYcWYFHnJ7I/AAAAAAAAAjI/0fG6ZiRHZt4/w1580-h889-no/2015-06-21.jpg

D'oh!

TwoWheelsDC
06-22-2015, 01:06 PM
Noticed some difficulty clipping in and out on the right side yesterday while on the W&OD:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ulvDxDLCWXw/VYcWYFHnJ7I/AAAAAAAAAjI/0fG6ZiRHZt4/w1580-h889-no/2015-06-21.jpg

D'oh!

What happened to the other bolt?

AFHokie
06-22-2015, 01:45 PM
What happened to the other bolt?
Extraneous weight

DrVoidberg
06-22-2015, 03:02 PM
What happened to the other bolt?

I'm sure that I stripped the thread pre-ride while (re)installing and tightening the cleat. I had been using those shoes for both casual wear and cycling so I would constantly switch between the rubber sole "plate" and the cleats. Looks like it's time for me to chose one form of use of the other...

notlost
06-22-2015, 04:19 PM
@kwarkentien - Had not considered it... I thought it could not mount panniers, but I see that it can. What model is yours, if I may ask?

Is that Di2?

It's not technically out yet, but the Cannondale Slate has me intrigued.

Steve O
06-22-2015, 04:48 PM
I'm noting that this thread has gotten off topic and should be moved somewhere else. I like coming here to see vvill's and greenbelt's and Boomer's and Potomaccyclist's and Bobco's and others' photos from their rides.
Great discussion no doubt, but how about starting a new thread or moving over to the Bikes & Equipment section?

CaseyKane50
06-22-2015, 04:55 PM
Just like that, cut down all the trees, add a little rain and the wetlands will form.

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This is a view of the wetlands project on the Alexandria side of Four Mile Run.

rcannon100
06-22-2015, 04:57 PM
So you're not coming here to see MY pictures of my rides???

Fine.

I wear speedplay frogs. That must be relevant to hijacking the thread somehow.

dbb
06-22-2015, 05:10 PM
Just like that, cut down all the trees, add a little rain and the wetlands will form.

I am not an expert in this issue but I think there may be some significant differences between wet lands (as shown) and wetlands.

rcannon100
06-22-2015, 05:12 PM
I am not an expert in this issue but I think there may be some significant differences between wet lands (as shown) and wetlands.

Yeah, they still need to add some crocodiles

Steve O
06-22-2015, 05:32 PM
So you're not coming here to see MY pictures of my rides???


Correct.

KLizotte
06-22-2015, 05:42 PM
So you're not coming here to see MY pictures of my rides???

Only if they contain puppies!

Powerful Pete
06-22-2015, 06:04 PM
@ Steve O, mea culpa for taking the thread off track...

rcannon100
06-22-2015, 06:06 PM
Correct.

http://wallpaper-download.net/wallpapers/animal-wallpapers-cute-brown-puppy-wallpaper-33466.jpg

CaseyKane50
06-22-2015, 06:52 PM
I am not an expert in this issue but I think there may be some significant differences between wet lands (as shown) and wetlands.

Well, just a few more steps, lower the riverbank and add some plants.

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Boomer2U
06-22-2015, 08:57 PM
Boomer,

Can you show us a pic of it folded up? This bike retails for only about $350. Does it feel like a relatively well designed bike? I'm asking because I've been thinking about buying a foldie for when I travel on vacation but can't justify a Brompton for 1-2 trips a year.

I'm super glad you have found a way to get around and have fun at the same time. Being incapacitated really sucks.

Thanks.
Here's a pic of the Foldie completely broken down, napping, after a beer:http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/22/c1e4387adc01fb83bf34d6623e877db7.jpg

This is how we roll on MetroRail. I leave the handlebars up, and can roll it like a stroller, without having to pick it up (unless the Metro escalators or elevators are out of service) :
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/22/afec14ac3a287b126a56140e34462d7b.jpg

Boomer2U
06-22-2015, 08:59 PM
Boomer,

Can you show us a pic of it folded up? This bike retails for only about $350. Does it feel like a relatively well designed bike? I'm asking because I've been thinking about buying a foldie for when I travel on vacation but can't justify a Brompton for 1-2 trips a year.

I'm super glad you have found a way to get around and have fun at the same time. Being incapacitated really sucks.

Thanks.
It is a very well designed bike. The more I use it, the more I appreciate how good the design is. I believe that the owner snagged it on sale, online, for about $250.

sjclaeys
06-22-2015, 10:00 PM
I'm noting that this thread has gotten off topic and should be moved somewhere else. I like coming here to see vvill's and greenbelt's and Boomer's and Potomaccyclist's and Bobco's and others' photos from their rides.
Great discussion no doubt, but how about starting a new thread or moving over to the Bikes & Equipment section?

Are you going to yell at us to get off of your lawn too?

PotomacCyclist
06-22-2015, 10:49 PM
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Tomorrow night at the Warner Theatre - Huey Lewis & the News


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXN6tgE4g_4

Boomer2U
06-22-2015, 11:03 PM
I'll be there, on my foldie.

bobco85
06-23-2015, 12:20 AM
This past Sunday, I took my sister (from NYC) on a bike ride through McLean and Tysons to Wolf Trap and back along the W&OD for her birthday. Because she didn't bring her hybrid bike (Fuji Absolute 3.0, I think) even though her car rental was a massive Jeep something (it could fit like a small house in it), I made her ride my commuter bike (Zum City Bike) which is heavier and has a rear rack, rear folding baskets, and fenders while I rode my road bike (Fuji Newest 3.0). Yes, I am a good little brother as I did enjoy hearing the Manhattan (i.e., no real hills whatsoever) resident complain at all the hills we had to climb ;)

Note: the real reason I made her ride the heavier bike was that my road bike has clip-in pedals which she was not used to.

The ride was only around 26 miles (with hills; here's the route: https://www.strava.com/activities/330133983), but I did notice something that I think would be useful information for anyone considering going to Wolf Trap:

If you bring your bike on the metro, Wolf Trap is about a 20 minute (2.6 mile) bike ride from the Spring Hill station on the Silver line that takes you through quiet neighborhoods.

proof of our arrival at Wolf Trap
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8948&stc=1

biking on the W&OD trail in Falls Church
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8949&stc=1

vvill
06-23-2015, 09:01 AM
I'm sure that I stripped the thread pre-ride while (re)installing and tightening the cleat. I had been using those shoes for both casual wear and cycling so I would constantly switch between the rubber sole "plate" and the cleats. Looks like it's time for me to chose one form of use of the other...

Yep. n+1 also applies to bike shoes. And wheelsets.

rcannon100
06-23-2015, 09:07 AM
Here's a pic of the Foldie completely broken down, napping, after a beer:

This is how we roll on MetroRail. I leave the handlebars up, and can roll it like a stroller, without having to pick it up (unless the Metro escalators or elevators are out of service) :


Jelly

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6b/45/f4/6b45f47f56991334890122dd0ea69066.jpg

KLizotte
06-23-2015, 11:09 AM
It is a very well designed bike. The more I use it, the more I appreciate how good the design is. I believe that the owner snagged it on sale, online, for about $250.

Any idea if the owner has tried checking it as baggage on a plane or shipping via UPS? Guessing on the box dimensions needed, UPS is quoting me >$200 to send via ground to CA one way. Ouch.

Boomer2U
06-23-2015, 11:48 AM
Any idea if the owner has tried checking it as baggage on a plane or shipping via UPS? Guessing on the box dimensions needed, UPS is quoting me >$200 to send via ground to CA one way. Ouch.
Yes, the bike came with a soft carrying case and has done one cross country flight and back (on SW Airlines) without any hassles. That said, it's heavy to lug around, so I would wheel it like a stroller and then bag it at the last possible moment, on the outbound. I would likewise take it out of the bag upon arrival at the luggage belt, and wheel it out of the airport. If it was a really big terminal, I'd be tempted to ride it inside the airport!

Boomer2U
06-23-2015, 11:49 AM
Any idea if the owner has tried checking it as baggage on a plane or shipping via UPS? Guessing on the box dimensions needed, UPS is quoting me >$200 to send via ground to CA one way. Ouch.
For $250, you can just buy the bike and have it shipped to your destination!

komorebi
06-23-2015, 12:09 PM
Any idea if the owner has tried checking it as baggage on a plane or shipping via UPS? Guessing on the box dimensions needed, UPS is quoting me >$200 to send via ground to CA one way. Ouch.

Have you looked into bikeflights.com? I've shipped my bike to/from California with them a couple of times, for about $50 each way using FedEx Ground. The rates go up quickly if you want faster delivery, though.

dkel
06-23-2015, 12:16 PM
If it was a really big terminal, I'd be tempted to ride it inside the airport!

I saw police in the Atlanta airport riding around on bikes just this past weekend. Didn't seem to be a problem, though I did wonder if they'd do better with road tires than knobbies.

CaseyKane50
06-23-2015, 01:19 PM
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PotomacCyclist
06-24-2015, 08:32 AM
I'll be there, on my foldie.

Huey Lewis & the News will play a concert in Iowa next month to kick off RAGBRAI. ("RAGBRAI, The Registerís Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.")

http://ragbrai.com/2015/02/23/huey-lewis-and-the-news-to-kickoff-ragbrai-in-sioux-city/

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Boomer2U
06-24-2015, 04:43 PM
I'll be there, on my foldie.
Huey and the News rocked the Warner Theater last night! And the Foldie weathered the storm to get me there!!
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/24/fbd20b22b268a031d534a5f3bfa57ec8.jpg
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/24/8b797c352f697c02e83d0bf87a4fcb22.jpg

PotomacCyclist
06-25-2015, 02:06 AM
These two were rockin' in front of the Gallery Place Metro station. They were actually pretty good. But it was unusual to see an African American thrash metal guitarist, although they also played Black Sabbath, a bluesy improvisation on "The Pink Panther theme" and some other pieces. I rode by a couple times. I could also hear them down the block. (I'm guessing the director of the Spy Museum could hear them too. Last year, I learned that he doesn't like the loud bands that play in Gallery Place because he can hear them in the museum.)

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I don't know if I've ever ridden or walked past this building before, even though it's very close to the Verizon Center. It's the AARP headquarters.

PotomacCyclist
06-25-2015, 02:08 AM
I went to the Boundary Channel Drive Interchange meeting for about half an hour. Then I got drenched in the downpour (although I didn't bike that day) but that wasn't going to stop me from seeing the show. Huey had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, even though he mock-complained about having to play "The Power of Love" for the past 30 years. Great show!


https://vimeo.com/131736849

83(b)
06-26-2015, 09:32 AM
There was a crowd of excited people in front of the Supreme Court this morning. They're sure going to be disappointed when they find out that the raisins/takings clause case was handed down earlier this week!

http://i.imgur.com/9d4CyNu.jpg

PotomacCyclist
06-26-2015, 03:37 PM
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Dean Wilhelm Memorial Park.

This is the entire "park". At 6th & D St. SW. Apparently it's named for a former manager at the nearby Holiday Inn.

Steve O
06-26-2015, 05:19 PM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8981&stc=1

Dean Wilhelm Memorial Park.

This is the entire "park". At 6th & D St. SW. Apparently it's named for a former manager at the nearby Holiday Inn.

Needs a bike path.

trailrunner
06-26-2015, 05:27 PM
8981

Dean Wilhelm Memorial Park.

This is the entire "park". At 6th & D St. SW. Apparently it's named for a former manager at the nearby Holiday Inn.

Perhaps this is the park equivalent to the 15 minutes of fame that everyone is supposed to get.

kwarkentien
06-26-2015, 06:14 PM
Needs a bike path.

With some well-placed bollards. And we should put out some orange cones in the interim.

hozn
06-27-2015, 09:12 AM
Sometimes great rides take hostages. http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/27/b29b9294b8c834aada7b996617393928.jpghttp://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/27/4f358c630ebceaa07c029e440116b03a.jpg

dkel
06-27-2015, 09:23 AM
^^^^ I hope there are no companion pics in the "post pics of your injuries" thread...

mstone
06-27-2015, 09:24 AM
It's just a flesh wound!

hozn
06-27-2015, 11:37 AM
Yeah, nothing dramatic enough for the injuries thread :-) just enough blood to hopefully be a lesson to the kids about overconfidence on wet surfaces.

Vicegrip
06-27-2015, 11:56 AM
Was going to ask if that was a wet based splat. A splat splat? Watch shows a bit before 9 post at 9:12

dkel
06-27-2015, 02:05 PM
Yeah, nothing dramatic enough for the injuries thread :-) just enough blood to hopefully be a lesson to the kids about overconfidence on wet surfaces.

That worked for me. Big time. Of course, mine was such that I had good reason to post on the injuries thread, but I'm dumber than most children.

PotomacCyclist
06-27-2015, 02:07 PM
There are some benefits to riding around DC mapping bike racks. In the past, I had wondered whether there was any outdoor fitness equipment along the National Mall, to do pull-ups. I can do push-ups anywhere, but it's more difficult to find places to do pull-ups outdoors. I like to run (and ride) along the National Mall. Having such equipment would let me add some strength exercises without setting aside separate sessions for strength training.

Earlier this week, I happened upon this, just across the street from the Air and Space Museum

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It's an outdoor fitness center, with pull-up bars, sit-up decline benches (although I rarely do sit-ups), and various beams, bars and benches. I probably won't use most of it, but I do plan to use the pull-up bars in the future (when I actually start running again).

PotomacCyclist
06-27-2015, 02:10 PM
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The Daily Planet?

rcannon100
06-28-2015, 09:31 PM
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/344/19222653296_a1c1d2de2c_c.jpg

rcannon100
06-28-2015, 09:35 PM
the daily planet?

nas

PotomacCyclist
06-28-2015, 10:55 PM
But I saw Clark Kent walking out the front door.

jrenaut
06-30-2015, 10:22 AM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3936/19109131038_c732ef51d4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/v7BhUw)All my bikes are 3000 miles away (https://flic.kr/p/v7BhUw) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

It's been tough to find time to ride out here in Seattle for the summer, but at least the gym has stationary bikes. Boringest bike ride ever, but at least my legs haven't forgotten how to pedal.

Greenbelt
06-30-2015, 04:10 PM
Beltsville Ag Research Center
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/11709923_859628997437152_7103932687104557581_o.jpg
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/t31.0-8/11700699_859629000770485_8400306879321072189_o.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
06-30-2015, 04:44 PM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3936/19109131038_c732ef51d4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/v7BhUw)All my bikes are 3000 miles away (https://flic.kr/p/v7BhUw) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

It's been tough to find time to ride out here in Seattle for the summer, but at least the gym has stationary bikes. Boringest bike ride ever, but at least my legs haven't forgotten how to pedal.

Aren't you going to be there all summer? Craigslist now and resell at the end.

PotomacCyclist
06-30-2015, 05:13 PM
https://www.prontocycleshare.com/

jrenaut
06-30-2015, 06:29 PM
Aren't you going to be there all summer? Craigslist now and resell at the end.
Yeah, thinking about that. Bike storage at this building sucks. It's a locked cage that appears full of abandoned junkers. Moving to a different place in about two weeks and will reassess.



https://www.prontocycleshare.com/
Haven't tried the bikeshare yet either but I plan to. Doesn't seem to be nearly as large or as well-used as the DC network, though.

PotomacCyclist
06-30-2015, 10:16 PM
I might try out the Pronto bikeshare myself, later in the summer. I plan to be out there for a few days.

PotomacCyclist
07-01-2015, 12:04 AM
A church parking lot near Gallery Place.

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First time I've ever ridden in Anacostia. I know it has an almost mythical status for many. I viewed it that way myself in the past. When I was looking at my phone near the Metro station, trying to orient myself, a woman in a car warned me about the neighborhood and offered assistance. I thanked her but said that I was just trying to figure out the exact street. (The parking garage at the Anacostia Metro station is on the other side of a couple streets, but I thought I was still at the main station.) It was still light out so I figured I'd be fine. No problems on the ride. I had a friendly conversation with some fellow at the main station, who inquired about my running shoes. (I was riding CaBi, so I didn't have bike shoes on.) My running shoes are a bit different and unusual, so I told him about the brand (Skora). [To be honest, the closest I've come to a serious head injury was on the Capital Crescent Trail in my first month of riding, when I was going too fast, and also in a white-collar office, with a meathead boss/former frat guy who I'm pretty sure was on steroids or some sort of stimulants. Either that or he really does have a screw loose.]

The architecture reminds me a lot of rural small towns, just a bit poorer (although many rural small towns are also quite poor). Even though I've lived in this area for a long time, I once lived in such a rural town. Anacostia is so close to the Capitol Riverfront and the Navy Yard, but separated by the river. I think the neighborhood will take off eventually, the way that NoMa, Gallery Place, Metro Center, and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods have. Those areas used to be quite distressed, even Metro Center, but now they are much more developed and active.

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Lt. Dan
07-01-2015, 10:34 AM
Took the kid out for a ride in the Bristow area yesterday!

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww139/ltdan12a/3F51EC9D-C90F-40DA-B2B8-2D82DF015A6B_zpsgh61mg1e.jpg

With all the rain we've been having, the greenery is almost wallpaper worthy:

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww139/ltdan12a/82566AB7-AA10-4DC4-AF14-3499B8D10B29_zpsvmmno6rm.jpg

Powerful Pete
07-02-2015, 12:56 PM
Riding in the Low Country this week...

The view...
http://i.imgur.com/0GXIxJZ.jpg (http://imgur.com/0GXIxJZ)


By the ocean...
http://i.imgur.com/dnOMoYD.jpg (http://imgur.com/dnOMoYD)

83(b)
07-02-2015, 01:09 PM
First time I've ever ridden in Anacostia. [....] I think the neighborhood will take off eventually, the way that NoMa, Gallery Place, Metro Center and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods have. Those areas used to be quite distressed, even Metro Center, but now they are much livelier and developed.

I ride in Anacostia and other East of the River neighborhoods quite a bit. Interestingly, I've always found the drivers (on weekends) to be much kinder/safer than they generally are in NW and Virginia. There are some great hills to hit too. And I've never had any issues with feeling unsafe (and have actually had more problems closer to home around the Potomac Ave and Eastern Market metros).

And there are some neighborhoods that have seriously nice and well-priced housing stock given how close in to the city it is. With Brookland, Trinidad, and Eckington et al. all experiencing considerable appreciation, I don't think it will be too long before people get over the psychological hurdle of the river and start looking to buy out that way. Especially younger folks who aren't thinking about schools yet.

PotomacCyclist
07-02-2015, 02:40 PM
Some people say that the turn-around in the Capitol Riverfront area was the result of the US DOT moving their headquarters there, and not necessarily Nationals Park. But the federal government has moved agencies to St. Elizabeths near Congress Heights and the Suitland Federal Center without similar results. An entertainment venue like Nats Park might spur more restaurant, retail and entertainment business and activity. The combination of offices and entertainment might be better than just having a federal agency.

H St NW started developing after the Atlas Performing Arts Center opened and multiple bars and restaurants moved in nearby. I saw the Anacostia Arts Center, but that hasn't drawn in a lot of other entertainment options from what I saw. A lot of the nearby spaces were still vacant. DC is trying to add more public spaces to the St. Elizabeths project, but I think there are some flaws with their approach on the outdoor center/pavilion they opened not long ago.

They are also thinking big with the 11th St. Bridge park, but I have to wonder about that too. It would be somewhat difficult to access on foot. If it's going to be successful, it would have to be an attraction on its own, because there aren't any major attractions immediately next to the bridge. There is that new building on the corner of MLK and Good Hope Rd. I think it is largely vacant. If a key tenant were brought in and/or something new is built in the empty field nearby, that could create enough of a draw to get things rolling. I don't know what would work there exactly, but there are people out there who get paid to come up with these types of ideas. There are also developers who are always looking for the next big thing, plus those who want to see Anacostia improve, apart from profit motives.

While I doubt there is enough of a market to have a bike shop there, there could still be some type of cycling organization or business there. WABA and other groups may be doing something there already. Something like Phoenix Bikes in Arlington? A used bike shop with learn-to-ride classes, confident city cycling classes, etc.? I saw a bike fix-it station somewhere around Anacostia. It might have been in front of the Arts Center. It had a bike stand and a set of basic bike tools attached to cables. It's a start, but there could be more bicycle-related items/activities.

I did notice the nice group of CaBi stations along MLK Ave. I used those stations while riding there. (I also noticed more than a couple spots of shattered glass on the road or sidewalk, so I was glad that I was riding CaBi and not my own bike.)

I might return and head over to the Smithsonian community museum at some point. But that museum is farther off from the main road. I was looking at that area on Google Maps Street View to see if there are any bike racks. I couldn't see any, although it's possible there are some racks immediately next to the building, not visible to the Street View cameras. There's no CaBi station though. I see on the map that the Avalon Playground is just down the street from the museum. I know that the Anacostia and EOTR bike stations don't get much use, but if DDOT is going to keep the EOTR stations in an effort to provide a low-cost alternate means of transportation for residents and visitors, they should add a station near the museum and the Avalon Playground. In fact, I think I'll add it to the crowdsourcing map now. (If someone has already suggested the location, I'll upvote it.)

mstone
07-02-2015, 03:03 PM
Some people say that the turn-around in the Capitol Riverfront area was the result of the US DOT moving their headquarters there, and not necessarily Nationals Park. But the federal government has moved agencies to St. Elizabeths near Congress Heights and the Suitland Federal Center without similar results. An entertainment venue like Nats Park might spur more restaurant, retail and entertainment business and activity. The combination of offices and entertainment might be better than just having a federal agency.

I'd say it's more important to have a good, connected, urban fabric than to have either a federal agency (goddard, maybe?) or a ballpark (rfk?) if you want sympathetic urban development. I think the riverfront area's turnaround was inevitable once there was a critical mass of investment (such that the city wasn't going to tolerate street crime, blight, etc) and the nature of the investment was mostly incidental.

PotomacCyclist
07-02-2015, 03:22 PM
I would distinguish between RFK and other sports facilities. The major difference is that football stadiums are designed with seas of surface parking, because of the tradition of tailgating. This is why pro football stadiums in dense central neighborhoods are a bad idea. The surface parking is an important part of the overall stadium design. (I'm not supporting this idea. Just pointing out that a modern football stadium goes hand in hand with large amounts of surface parking. Personally I don't like it, especially when all that asphalt is only used a handful of days a year.)

But baseball, basketball/hockey and soccer stadiums can be compatible with active, successful urban neighborhoods. We see successful neighborhoods and mixed-used development surrounding Verizon Center and Nats Park (although some of that development was slowed by the Great Recession). At the very least, baseball and basketball stadiums do not hinder development. In the case of Verizon Center in particular, that facility might have been one of the early anchors for the redevelopment and revival of that area.

RFK is a completely different story. The sea of asphalt prevents any other use of that space, other than for temporary events. I really hope DC doesn't lure the football team back to the city.

As for the Riverfront, I don't think developers would have moved into the area without the big anchors, whether one thinks it's USDOT, Nats Park or both. They could have moved in long before, but they didn't.

Infrastructure is important, especially Metro access. The NoMa Metro station kicked off the revival of that area. Amazing how rapid and extensive the redevelopment is over there. I didn't follow the reports of ATF's move to NoMa, but I have to think that the new Metro station played a major role in convincing the gov't to locate ATF there. NoMa probably benefits from its proximity to Union Station and Capitol Hill too. That may be why Congress Heights and Suitland are not seeing the same makeover and private investment.

(I'm setting aside the "gentrification" and displacement issues. I know those are important too, but ultimately I don't think an ongoing high-crime, high-poverty situation helps anyone. DC has affordable housing programs, which the new mayor is focusing on. That's a topic for a different thread.)

lordofthemark
07-02-2015, 03:58 PM
Some people say that the turn-around in the Capitol Riverfront area was the result of the US DOT moving their headquarters there, and not necessarily Nationals Park.

Actually the first agency to move to the area was NavSea. They, and their contractors, were a stimulus even before USDOT came. Proximity to the Capitol Hill neighborhood was a big factor, especially after Capper-Carrolsburg was torn down. US DOT pushed things further along. The ballpark probably helped, but less than some folks think.

Supermau
07-02-2015, 06:59 PM
Shelter from the storm at Grace church on Commonwealth last night. My ride home from DC started off so nice too. Though I enjoy riding through the rain, lately it's becoming ridiculous.

9036

cvcalhoun
07-04-2015, 11:25 AM
Shelter from the storm at Grace church on Commonwealth last night. My ride home from DC started off so nice too. Though I enjoy riding through the rain, lately it's becoming ridiculous.

9036
It's all my fault. The day can be perfect, but the moment I get on my bike, it rains. Twice lately, I walked outside in perfectly nice weather, and it started raining in the few seconds I was in the shed getting my bike.

Supermau
07-04-2015, 12:31 PM
It's all my fault. The day can be perfect, but the moment I get on my bike, it rains. Twice lately, I walked outside in perfectly nice weather, and it started raining in the few seconds I was in the shed getting my bike.

Haha. I thought it was just me.

Steve O
07-04-2015, 03:09 PM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9043&stc=1

Harder to take the photo than to ride the unicycle!

hozn
07-06-2015, 10:46 AM
Harder to take the photo than to ride the unicycle!

Inspirational!

After spending a couple hours on Saturday and then again on Sunday practicing on the unicycle, I am now able to ride the length of my block on the sidewalk -- and sometimes can get around the corner. It's hard. And my legs -- and knees -- are quite sore today; I expect/hope that's normal. Probably heavily contributed by me putting most of my weight on legs -- vs. saddle; I think when learning I was thinking of it more like a trackstand, so now I'm training myself to shift weight to my butt instead of my legs and let legs spin more. I guess the trackstand part is still useful learning, as I feel reasonably comfortable coming to a stop and then starting again (w/o dismounting).

I'm working on getting on w/o assistance (free mounting, I guess); that is progressing slowly.

It's fun learning new things; kinda rare to put myself in the position [as an "adult"] of being so completely inept (especially in context of feeling quite confident on two wheels). And my kids (and likely the whole neighborhood) seem to enjoy watching me struggle.

Boomer2U
07-06-2015, 02:56 PM
@SteveO, @WingsandWheels and I took in the City of Falls Church fireworks and then SteveO and I did some beerneuring on July 4th, by bike. It was great to be able to circumvent both the road blockages and throngs of people, with much easier access and exit by bike.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/06/a9a3170a85377ad33f0fb811729b64b0.jpg
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/06/370523870398cbd4cff71f50994c41e5.jpg
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/06/db699f0227641f7b29411c17770bc3e7.jpg
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/06/94bfc70955a9048c54bee9d2a5582605.jpg

bobco85
07-08-2015, 12:04 AM
For Independence Day weekend, I decided to go on a 200 mile (202.8 at the end) bike/camp trip up the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath. My goal was to make it to the halfway point (somewhere around mile 92.25, but I made sure to hit milepost 93 just to be sure) and back in 3 days. With my hybrid bike and cargo trailer in tow, I had no idea how difficult this would be with the muddy and rutted path combined with lugging extra gear and riding farther on my hybrid bike than I had ever done before (most up til then was ~50 miles on a trip to/from IKEA in College Park from Arlington). I had hoped to return in time to watch our women's World Cup team win it all, but sadly I arrived home about an hour after the match was over (I watched a replay the next day, at least). I biked from my apartment to the start of the C&O Canal in Georgetown at milepost 0 and returned the same way.

I highly recommend getting the C&O Canal app as it provided a lot of necessary information regarding campsites, stores, restaurants, places to get water, etc. in relation to mileage.

I see a lot of others on this forum going on awesome adventures which inspires me to do the same. I hope I can pass that along to more people because these kinds of trips are the ones worth living for.

I plan on making a video of the trip, but for now, here are some photos I took:

(top row - Day 1: stopping at the Great Falls overlook; morning rain-soaked spot at Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker campsite (wear earplugs as there are train tracks nearby, and I counted 14 separate trains during the night that were so loud that they sounded like they were passing through the middle of my tent!))
(bottom row - Day 2: proof of my crossing the midpoint of the C&O Canal, view from the James Rumsey (inventor of the steamboat) Bridge at Shepherdstown WV, dry spot where I could watch some local fireworks along the river at Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker campsite which luckily did not have the train noise issue)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9062&stc=1

Some of the wildlife I encountered on my way
(top row: frog, geese, great blue heron)
(bottom row: barred owl, eastern tiger swallowtail, turtles, deer)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9063&stc=1

Day 3 stuff
(top row: lock #36 filled in, at Harpers Ferry WV where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet)
(bottom row: bridge to/from Harpers Ferry that is part of the Appalachian Trail, water pump requiring some elbow grease for water plus note how my RED cargo trailer is not so red anymore due to all the mud)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9064&stc=1

And who could forget the delicious food?
(top row: hungry on Day 1 for chicken fingers and fries at Aroma House in Point of Rocks MD, Day 2 strawberry royale and chocolate chip ice cream from Barron's which is adjacent to the towpath at milepost 76.8)
(bottom row: Day 3 returning to Aroma House in Point of Rocks MD for a really delicious chicken fajita pizza which had an especially good crust, my lunch set-up for each day with pb&j and some TJ's cheese cracker bites which I swear have crack in them!)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9065&stc=1

dbb
07-08-2015, 04:52 AM
Was on vacation and off the bike for a while. Suffering withdrawal, I walked down to a local bike rental store and got a fix. $5 for an hour seemed reasonable (I was unable to navigate the local bikeshare system due to phone issues - you use your phone to check the bike out)

I was able to find a bike lane that seemed flat and safe

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201563%20Rio_zpstscpue3s.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201563%20Rio_zpstscpue3s.jpg.html)

That my trusty steed was able to deal with the hills. A bell would have helped with the traffic.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201355%20Rio_zpsawspnlqx.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201355%20Rio_zpsawspnlqx.jpg.html)

There were a number of cyclists riding for utility. The rack on this bike was holding the gent's surfboard.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201358%20Rio_zpsnfvaarn4.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201358%20Rio_zpsnfvaarn4.jpg.html)

Utility bikes were everywhere

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201570%20Rio_zpsyzwphs5n.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201570%20Rio_zpsyzwphs5n.jpg.html)

The cyclists were as bold as the local drivers, racking up a number of maneuvers that would have netted them a missed connection if done locally. Everybody was riding comparatively slowly and we all survived. I was particularly amazed at the motorcycles filtering in moving traffic with up to a 20 mph speed difference and a narrow gap. I saw motorcycles pass through a four foot wide gap between cars at speed.

dbb
07-08-2015, 04:58 AM
Cargo bikes were everywhere in Rio.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201429%20Rio_zpsxhyanwj0.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201429%20Rio_zpsxhyanwj0.jpg.html)

Note the foot brake and the suspension for the cargo compartment.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201586%20Rio_zps27nb5n1l.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201586%20Rio_zps27nb5n1l.jpg.html)

I was bummed that I failed to get a photo of bikes with BBQ grills permanently mounted on the cargo compartment. They were ridden by vendors and were both cycling and grilling simultaneously. Might be pretty good idea for a BikeArlington BBQBike.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Brazil%202015%201593%20Rio_zpsm85cyt9c.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Brazil%202015%201593%20Rio_zpsm85cyt9c.jpg.html)

cyclingfool
07-08-2015, 01:30 PM
some TJ's cheese cracker bites which I swear have crack in them!)

I work at Trader Joe's at present, and one of my main job responsibilities is opening each box of cracker bites and sprinkling on the crack, so you are correct. ;)

On a serious note, nice looking trip and pics. Life has thrown me some curveballs the last several months, but I still harbor hopes of making it out for a night or two on the C&O with my bike, a tent, and possibly my 3 year old son. :)

Powerful Pete
07-08-2015, 03:47 PM
@dbb, love the Rio pictures.

Lots of Spanish Moss here...

http://i.imgur.com/fuKaFXhh.jpg

Greenbelt
07-08-2015, 06:35 PM
Three badass stooges at Vigilante coffee in Hyattsville
https://scontent.fash1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/905923_10206352287060062_4868113258135542337_o.jpg

PotomacCyclist
07-09-2015, 02:00 PM
I ride in Anacostia and other East of the River neighborhoods quite a bit. Interestingly, I've always found the drivers (on weekends) to be much kinder/safer than they generally are in NW and Virginia. There are some great hills to hit too. And I've never had any issues with feeling unsafe (and have actually had more problems closer to home around the Potomac Ave and Eastern Market metros).

And there are some neighborhoods that have seriously nice and well-priced housing stock given how close in to the city it is. With Brookland, Trinidad, and Eckington et al. all experiencing considerable appreciation, I don't think it will be too long before people get over the psychological hurdle of the river and start looking to buy out that way. Especially younger folks who aren't thinking about schools yet.

Looks like the boom is already starting in Anacostia: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/07/let-the-bidding-wars-begin-anacostia-housing.html

"While the $240,000 median sale price in Anacostia is still far lower than the $550,000 D.C. median, prices rose more than 36 percent in Anacostia over the last three months compared with the same time last year. The increase was much higher than D.C.ís 4.8 percent average, according to data provided by Redfin."

"Housing inventory fell 19 percent in Anacostia, compared with a 4 percent fall across D.C., according to data provided by Redfin."

Greenbelt
07-12-2015, 03:31 PM
New bike parking at Franklins in Hyattsville. On the Trolley trail and just a bit up Route 1 from the NW Branch trail.
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11694799_865181196881932_7840862167792134540_n.jpg ?oh=ff2197f8a72f67250aa0b42e27b2418c&oe=5659BE66

jrenaut
07-12-2015, 03:43 PM
Rented bikes on Bainbridge Island

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/391/18999243364_d2a28b18b6_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/uWU68s)IMG_20150711_132719270 (https://flic.kr/p/uWU68s) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3803/19614951762_cb566a6e3d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vTiKMu)Shore Access (https://flic.kr/p/vTiKMu) by Jon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/), on Flickr

bobco85
07-12-2015, 09:27 PM
I just finished the video of my 3-day biking adventure along the C&O Canal over Independence Day weekend. There are a few parts where I wanted to just have the sounds of the area I was in, so they might be a little quiet when they come up. As I stated in an earlier post, I hope to inspire others to try crazy trips like this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPsGXaZkyrQ

PotomacCyclist
07-12-2015, 11:08 PM
9070

You may have heard of the annual PARK(ing) Day in September, when street parking spaces are temporarily converted into mini-parks, as a way of showing what city neighborhoods might look like with fewer asphalt parking spaces and more green spaces.

The Golden Triangle BID and Gensler Architects are trying out a longer-term parklet near 2020 K St NW, from July through October.

http://districtsource.com/2015/07/parklet-to-replace-two-k-street-parking-spaces-through-october/