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TwoWheelsDC
04-15-2014, 12:21 PM
Someone on Westmoreland has a similar sign...it's just north of Longfellow MS. People drive like idiots through there.

culimerc
04-15-2014, 12:26 PM
Someone on Westmoreland has a similar sign...it's just north of Longfellow MS. People drive like idiots.

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mikoglaces
04-15-2014, 12:34 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC08620.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC08620.jpg.html)

i had one of these when i was in high school.

bobco85
04-15-2014, 03:51 PM
I did a new video on the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year. I had gone through there last Thursday, and though a bit windy, it was really pleasant. The moment I got into East Potomac Park I could smell the strong fragrance of the cherry blossoms, which was very nice.


http://youtu.be/6v3S3_Co_q8

jrenaut
04-17-2014, 07:03 AM
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7069/13825884015_b3c4c57d35_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/13825884015/)
Divvy! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/13825884015/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

I was in Chicago for a couple days (I planned a surprise party for my wife's 40th birthday, it was awesome) and got a chance to check out Chicago CaBi. It was a little frustrating, as I didn't actually get a bike out of the station you see pictured. The credit card reader wasn't working, so I had to walk to the next one.

The ride itself was nice - I swear 3rd gear is just a hair taller on the Chicago version. Or maybe it's just that there is nothing even resembling a hill anywhere in the entire city. That could be it, too.

Anyway, entirely pleasant. Of course, afterwards I was told by a local that the road I took for about half my trip is not somewhere anyone should ever ride a bike. I did it at 930AM Sunday, though, so I didn't have any trouble. Chicago does have some nice bike infrastructure, and I saw a lot of cyclists despite the cold and wind.

TwoWheelsDC
04-17-2014, 08:17 AM
Of course, afterwards I was told by a local that the road I took for about half my trip is not somewhere anyone should ever ride a bike.

Translation: "I drive really fast on that road and get very angry when anything slows me down."

jrenaut
04-17-2014, 08:23 AM
Translation: "I drive really fast on that road and get very angry when anything slows me down."
It was actually a friend who commutes by bike regularly, so I was a little surprised.

consularrider
04-17-2014, 11:02 AM
... The ride itself was nice - I swear 3rd gear is just a hair taller on the Chicago version. Or maybe it's just that there is nothing even resembling a hill anywhere in the entire city. That could be it, too...
Next time ride up from the lakefront to Ridge Ave in Evanston. Too bad it's about seven miles from the neares Divvy station. Can you take the Divvy on the "L" to speed up the trip north? ;)

NicDiesel
04-17-2014, 02:22 PM
Anyway, entirely pleasant. Of course, afterwards I was told by a local that the road I took for about half my trip is not somewhere anyone should ever ride a bike. I did it at 930AM Sunday, though, so I didn't have any trouble. Chicago does have some nice bike infrastructure, and I saw a lot of cyclists despite the cold and wind.

This had to be a northsider that told you that, probably a Cubs fan. Even the parts of the city north of 35th street (US Cellular Field) and east of Humboldt Park that used to be "rough" are pretty much honkytown now. Were you down in the loop or on the northside? The ride down Lake Shore Drive is really great, even better during the three weeks of spring or early September.

I still say if CaBi/Divvy/Citi/NiceRide could get a fourth gear on those bikes they'd be perfect.

jrenaut
04-17-2014, 02:49 PM
I was on Ashland in Wicker Park. It's a 2-3 lane road that looks like it could get highway-ish at rush hour, but it's pretty wide and seemed like a reasonable place to ride a bike.

Greenbelt
04-18-2014, 09:48 PM
Pink sky, pink jersey, pink season
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/1424504_643035115763209_2402469075583989040_n.jpg

dcv
04-19-2014, 03:49 PM
Fast Friendly Guy's Strava art ride was quite the adventure, thanks for a fun ride Dave.

Exorcist stairs
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140419_101510_zps878aeb89.jpg

Shortcut behind the Naval Observatory
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140419_102914_zpsb4fef535.jpg

FFG making cyclocross moves to round off corners
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140419_111304_zps0a0d2695.jpg

Unorthodox use of road bikes
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140419_123543_zps72c94d52.jpg

Fast Friendly Guy
04-19-2014, 05:12 PM
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Boo Boo
04-19-2014, 09:25 PM
Lake Fairfax trails were nice today - good to finally get some dirt under the tires!

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Greenbelt
04-19-2014, 09:29 PM
Pizza Ride and 1st Street cycletrack scouting
https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10294512_643509142382473_4414282810303546711_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10155349_643509132382474_6785350697120511013_n.jpg
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KLizotte
04-20-2014, 12:50 AM
Looking towards Rosslyn from the George Mason bridge.

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Greenbelt
04-20-2014, 08:53 AM
Easter sunrise spin with Rod Smith spinning a fast cadence
https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10297554_643707715695949_4457389394970685863_n.jpg

Boo Boo
04-20-2014, 01:19 PM
Pano off the Wilson Bridge ~10am today


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Rod Smith
04-21-2014, 07:27 AM
Easter sunrise spin with Rod Smith spinning a fast cadence...


Kind of enjoying having a top gear of 32 x 13. Worked better with knobbies on last Sunday's gravel grinder. Today's fast training ride with Greenbelt, not as well, but I can go 22-23mph before spinning out. Should have new chainrings any day now and the 26/36/46 crankset back on the "Smith Army Bike" soon (named after the Swiss Army Knife, because this bike does it all :)). I still haven't figured out how to get rear derailluer to line up with 11 tooth cog. I think I need to add spacers on the drive side but there aren't spacers on the left side to remove so then the hub will be too wide to fit in frame so I'm thinking I'll just roll with 13t small cog. I think 46 x 13 should allow something like 30mph which is fast enough.

PotomacCyclist
04-21-2014, 07:45 AM
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Last chance to see the Fossil Hall at the Natural History Museum. It remains open for one more week, before closing for a 5-YEAR RENOVATION! Final day is next Sunday, April 27.

Raymo853
04-21-2014, 08:27 AM
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Little-known fact: Pennsylvania Ave. was closed in front of the White House because of the all-powerful street hockey lobby, not because of security concerns.


I have always wondered who those jerks are. They get so indigant towards anyone walking or riding into their play field which encompasses the entire width of the boulevard. How they get away with that leads me to believe they are connected.



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creadinger
04-21-2014, 10:12 AM
Jaunt around Marshall, VA and Loudon County from Sunday.

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ebubar
04-21-2014, 10:27 AM
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Took the new ride on a short 12 mile jaunt along the Sligo Creek Trail (Takoma Park to Wheaton). Encountered an option between a rattling bridge or stepping stones to cross a stream. Bike is light enough and easily shouldered. Conclusion: I don't need no stinkin' bridges!

cyclingfool
04-21-2014, 10:36 AM
Last chance to see the Fossil Hall at the Natural History Museum. It remains open for one more week, before closing for a 5-YEAR RENOVATION! Final day is next Sunday, April 27.

Just in time for my son (just shy of two years old) to get even more interested in dinosaurs than he already is. :(

sethpo
04-21-2014, 10:37 AM
Leesburg Loop on Sunday.

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mstone
04-21-2014, 12:16 PM
Just in time for my son (just shy of two years old) to get even more interested in dinosaurs than he already is. :(

Well, some of the exhibits haven't been touched since the 1930s. When it's finished, it should be very nice. And--t-rex!

dcv
04-21-2014, 01:08 PM
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140420_172051_zpsebfc3946.jpg

TwoWheelsDC
04-21-2014, 01:21 PM
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140420_172051_zpsebfc3946.jpg

Is that a San Jose? I've though about building one up to be winter SS commuter/trail/gravel bike. So many potential projects, so little time/money/shed space....

dcv
04-21-2014, 02:21 PM
Is that a San Jose? I've though about building one up to be winter SS commuter/trail/gravel bike. So many potential projects, so little time/money/shed space....

Yep, super small 44cm size. We just switched from risers to bullhorns, although I think she may want to change back and add a basket up front.

guga31bb
04-21-2014, 03:21 PM
Separate lanes for bikes and pedestrians is really nice...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MRbgMr4-gvk/U1K_spuccpI/AAAAAAAAVD0/qrN217-GqDk/w1598-h904-no/IMAG0112.jpg

Subby
04-21-2014, 03:38 PM
Meanwhile in DC...

Don't worry about those potholes in the 15th Street cycletrack next to Treasury. They have converted the whole lane in to a pedestrian and strollertrack.

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PotomacCyclist
04-21-2014, 08:42 PM
Just in time for my son (just shy of two years old) to get even more interested in dinosaurs than he already is. :(

There will be a T Rex room open, at least for a while. I don't remember if it's just until October or throughout the entire 5-year period. It's located off to the side of the Mammals Hall. They won't work on the T. Rex there, because it's not large enough, although it is a fairly large space. It was closed when I walked by, but I could see a set of fossil skulls along one wall, including a T. Rex skull. There were unopened crates at the other end of the hall, Indiana Jones-esque. And a small model of a woolly mammoth. One sign in the Fossil Hall said that scientists create smaller-scale models to study how dinosaurs may have moved and how their anatomy worked. It's easier to move the models than the full-size fossils.

The existing FossiLab will be moved to a temporary space on the 2nd floor, where you can watch technicians and scientists work on fossils.

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PotomacCyclist
04-21-2014, 08:46 PM
Apparently this meteorite fragment is 4.6 billion years old:

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peterw_diy
04-21-2014, 09:46 PM
Meanwhile in DC...

Nice pic for an Airzound ad..

cyclingfool
04-22-2014, 08:52 AM
Well, some of the exhibits haven't been touched since the 1930s. When it's finished, it should be very nice. And--t-rex!


There will be a T Rex room open, at least for a while. I don't remember if it's just until October or throughout the entire 5-year period. It's located off to the side of the Mammals Hall. They won't work on the T. Rex there, because it's not large enough, although it is a fairly large space. It was closed when I walked by, but I could see a set of fossil skulls along one wall, including a T. Rex skull. There were unopened crates at the other end of the hall, Indiana Jones-esque. And a small model of a woolly mammoth. One sign in the Fossil Hall said that scientists create smaller-scale models to study how dinosaurs may have moved and how their anatomy worked. It's easier to move the models than the full-size fossils.

The existing FossiLab will be moved to a temporary space on the 2nd floor, where you can watch technicians and scientists work on fossils.

I'm sure the update will be nice. Hopefully the new exhibit space will be designed to really aid the flow of people through. Given its popularity, it could really become a clusterf$%k when the crowds are big.

Some temporary, smaller exhibits during the closure might help to ease the pain of loss and serve the purpose for cyclingfool, jr.

TwoWheelsDC
04-22-2014, 06:21 PM
Since we were talking about spinning out and fixed gears in another thread, I decided to see what it looks like on video. Strava says speed was 33.6, Garmin showed 34+, so this is about 158rpm according to bikecalc.com. The camera can't really even capture it right except in slo-mo, which is about 1/4 speed.


http://youtu.be/apk1YKa3zLI

bobco85
04-22-2014, 08:37 PM
I did this ride on Saturday. The plan is to bike all 6 of the Metro lines (my order will be: Orange, Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, Silver) by visiting each station from end to end. First up was the Orange line with 26 stations from New Carrollton, MD, to Vienna, VA.

I found it to be easier making the route go from east to west than vice versa, especially for the stations in DC on the one-way I Street. The route is 34 miles if you go from station to station, but I ended up doing about 68 miles because I biked to the start and from the finish. The good thing with a route like this is that should anything go wrong, you can just hop on the train to get home!

Here is the Strava route I took: http://www.strava.com/activities/131988406


http://youtu.be/XWFC1bbHXhg

Happy Earth Day!

Dirt
04-22-2014, 08:38 PM
Had some sinus problems this morning. Then I realized that I had an Airbus A320 up my nose. I feel better now.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/13996225253_e65cf6e056_b.jpg

ebubar
04-22-2014, 09:13 PM
Apparently this meteorite fragment is 4.6 billion years old:

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I can't get my astronomy students to take the 5 mile trip from campus down to the museum to see this. Perhaps i'll just start referring them to this forum!

PotomacCyclist
04-22-2014, 11:51 PM
I can't get my astronomy students to take the 5 mile trip from campus down to the museum to see this. Perhaps i'll just start referring them to this forum!

That was from the Natural History Museum. Odd that the students aren't motivated to go to the Air and Space Museum, downtown or the one out in Dulles. They have a lot of interesting lectures there. Over the past couple years, I've seen John Glenn twice, Buzz Aldrin twice (and also at the National Book Festival a few years ago) and Thomas Stafford: Commander of the Apollo 10 mission (2nd manned Moon mission and 1st to fly a lunar module there) and Commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

drevil
04-23-2014, 08:00 AM
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/13974575031_d3020c7eaa_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nhTmhP)

Mural Along the Met Branch Trail (https://flic.kr/p/nhTmhP) by bundokbiker (https://www.flickr.com/people/18218148@N00/), on Flickr

culimerc
04-23-2014, 01:13 PM
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/13974575031_d3020c7eaa_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nhTmhP)

Mural Along the Met Branch Trail (https://flic.kr/p/nhTmhP) by bundokbiker (https://www.flickr.com/people/18218148@N00/), on Flickr

Is it wrong that I think the bike is every bit as much of a work of art as the mural?

Steve
04-23-2014, 01:48 PM
Is it wrong that I think the bike is every bit as much of a work of art as the mural?

Nope.

dasgeh
04-23-2014, 01:48 PM
Is it wrong that I think the bike is every bit as much of a work of art as the mural?

Agreed. Deets?

KLizotte
04-23-2014, 03:25 PM
These pics were taken by a friend along the Custis trail last Sunday.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/24/azyzavad.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/24/5y2amehy.jpg


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consularrider
04-23-2014, 03:43 PM
Who knew there were turtles that size in those ponds! Keep your toesies out! ;)

Steve
04-23-2014, 03:48 PM
These pics were taken by a friend along the Custis trail last Sunday.


Not in the crosswalk. Unbelievable.

cyclingfool
04-23-2014, 04:12 PM
Finally, someone I can beat on Strava! :rolleyes:

drevil
04-23-2014, 05:10 PM
Agreed. Deets?

It's a Jeff Jones 3-D SpaceFrame, which I've been riding the heck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikecentric/6974623699/in/set-72157607221593780) out of (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikecentric/4492624024/in/set-72157607221593780) since I got it in September 2008. It ticks the rigid, titanium, and singlespeed checkboxes, but once in a blue moon I'll have it geared and/or with a fat front. It was made in the good ol' U.S. of the A. by Merlin, but newer versions are made in Taiwan. I hear those ones ride just as well, and even have a little more rear tire clearance.

Since I got my Vertigo fat bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikecentric/sets/72157629399582166) a little over 2 years ago, it has supplanted the Jones as my main mountain bike. The Jones sat lonely and crying in the basement as I chose the Vertigo 9.8 times out of 10 for my dirt rides. Feeling bad that I've been ignoring the Jones (and noticing Jeff setting up a lot of his new customer's bikes with slicks (https://www.facebook.com/jonesbikes)), I threw on some big fat smooth tires and off-trail appropriate gearing, to see what the hubbub was.

Yes, it's heavy the way it's built now, but I feel invincible on it. The ride is smooth and the seating is upright, so it makes for a great ride in the city. It's still a mountain bike, so I can jump stairs, climb over cars, and bunnyhop fallen pedestrians with aplomb ;) If it wasn't so expensive, I'd be riding and locking it up everywhere on my road rides. Luckily, I have a guarded, limited-access, camera-monitored bike parking at work, so I don't have to worry about it being pinched.

Some friends are balking that the Jones has become basically an uber expensive townie. Who cares. I love it (again). :)

dasgeh
04-23-2014, 05:33 PM
Some friends are balking that the Jones has become basically an uber expensive townie. Who cares. I love it (again). :)

You should sell it. And it's only worth $100. I know someone who'll take it off your hands so you don't have to mess with Craigslist.

;-)

TwoWheelsDC
04-23-2014, 05:51 PM
Not in the crosswalk. Unbelievable.

At least she's wearing a helment.

PotomacCyclist
04-25-2014, 12:24 AM
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No longer just a huge pit in the ground. It's the first time I've seen above-ground structures at the site.

Dirt
04-25-2014, 05:13 AM
Sam distributing Kind Bars and educating folks on Bike To Work Day
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/14001603165_61bbdcec6e_b.jpg

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George Washington's Gristmill

Fun day on the bike, but I'm still pretty wiped out. We should go for a bike ride!

dkel
04-26-2014, 05:39 PM
My family spent the day riding with Fast Friendly Guy. We did a Strava art ride (which FFG will post).

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Lunch after art ride.

We dropped off Rockford10 and the kids, and then FFG and I continued for a loop close to the Arlington loop.
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FFG being friendly by the Netherlands Carillon.

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The carillon.

A beautiful day, and most of it spent on the bike. My thanks to FFG for inviting my family for the art ride, and for leading me on such a nice loop!

PotomacCyclist
04-26-2014, 10:45 PM
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Sculpture inside the Convention Center

dasgeh
04-27-2014, 09:57 AM
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Sculpture inside the Convention Center

This belongs in the Covet thread.

dkel
04-27-2014, 11:23 AM
This belongs in the Covet thread.

Can't see that fitting in anyone's living room...

PeteD
04-27-2014, 02:52 PM
http://www.denitto.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140427_081618-1024.jpg

Morning Metric in prep for Kill Bill. I stopped... Turned around and went home. Had to be home at 10am!

Phatboing
04-27-2014, 03:19 PM
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Went esplorin in the Pimmity regions. Realized I'm in terrible shape for climbing, and Kill Bill will kill me.

PotomacCyclist
04-27-2014, 06:36 PM
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Sculpture inside the Convention Center

Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of the featured guests at this weekend's USA Science & Engineering Festival at the convention center.

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Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" was there too. Here he is interviewing a robot. Or attempting to. The robot wasn't always cooperative.

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One of Bill Nye's old clips, from The Science Guy show, appropriately bike-themed:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Ob0xR0Ut8

According to his bio, Bill is a bike enthusiast:

"Bill discovered that he had a talent for tutoring in high school, and while growing up in Washington, DC. He spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his fellow students. When he wasn’t hitting the books, Bill was hitting the road on his bicycle. He spent hours taking it apart to “see how it worked.” Bill rode in the unusual Cannonball 300 a few times. It’s 300 miles in one day, from Seattle to Spokane, Washington. One year, he finished first unsupported. Now, he commutes by bike in the Los Angeles area. He’s down to just five bicycles."

http://www.billnye.com/about-bill-nye/biography/

That's some serious riding, 300 miles in one day! But it's kind of unfortunate that he only has five bicycles nowadays.

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hozn
04-27-2014, 06:57 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/28/a4e7yman.jpg
Our ritual ride a few blocks to a nearby field.

KLizotte
04-27-2014, 07:08 PM
Dinner at Whole Foods. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/28/ygaqady8.jpg


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Greenbelt
04-27-2014, 07:18 PM
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sethpo
04-27-2014, 07:28 PM
Saturday single track on the Cabin John Trail. Was fun but a bit more technical in parts than I was led to believe. Of course, I don't have much off road experience and my CX bike let me down on some steep climbs (traction) and descents (brakes). After this ride, I was convinced enough that the canti's are hopeless and I ordered some mini-v brakes.


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And then Sunday was family #bike4icecream.

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hozn
04-27-2014, 07:48 PM
Saturday single track on the Cabin John Trail. Was fun but a bit more technical in parts than I was led to believe. Of course, I don't have much off road experience and my CX bike let me down on some step climbs (traction) and descents (brakes). After this ride, I was convinced enough that the canti's are hopeless and I ordered some mini-v brakes.

That looks fun! Do you have a route/map (or is this just a standard/official park trail)? I am always looking for places to ride the cx bike.

sethpo
04-27-2014, 07:54 PM
That looks fun! Do you have a route/map (or is this just a standard/official park trail)? I am always looking for places to ride the cx bike.

Here's the trail map:
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/trailmap_pdfs/cabin_john_svu_trail.pdf

And web site:
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/cabin_john_svu.shtm

The top is only a few miles from me and it runs 9 miles to the river. I got a bit lost a few times and didn't ride the very last section but overall it was awesome.

Dirt
04-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Some people see this as a problem. I see it as an opportunity.
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5242/14042018025_581e8616e3_b.jpg

Dirt
04-27-2014, 09:41 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5172/14039369622_449bd6ccc3_h.jpg
Shopping

bobco85
04-28-2014, 12:55 AM
On Saturday I checked out the Indian Head Rail Trail in Charles County, MD. At 13 miles long and almost completely flat (um, rail trail, duh), it was a pleasant trail to take on my ride that day.

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caboose and kinetic bike sculpture

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Bumpy Oak Pond and close-up of lily pads and pond scum

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penny farthing bike rack and trail mileage marker

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obligatory rail trail railroad crossing sign and pano overlooking Mattawoman Creek

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selfie after going end-to-end on the trail and trail becoming train tracks in Indian Head

bobco85
05-01-2014, 03:21 PM
To follow up on my pics, I finally finished the video of my ride on the Indian Head Rail Trail:


http://youtu.be/G12hRyrr9yA

Greenbelt
05-02-2014, 10:45 AM
Last night's sunset reflected
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/1620370_649284515138269_3363920752730151438_n.jpg

Greenbelt
05-02-2014, 08:20 PM
Polo and Wilson left last November with dynamo lights, a solar chargers, and camping gear, headed for Pittsburgh first, and then I thought they were going to turn south and ride the Underground Railroad routes.

But it looks like they went to the Pacific coast instead.

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1656366_649749405091780_8762759349265435443_n.jpg

Greenbelt
05-02-2014, 09:34 PM
Another pic from last night's commute
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10155238_649284511804936_1042961771993018824_n.jpg

Dirt
05-03-2014, 08:05 AM
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7058/13906002667_575ea087a8_b.jpg
I love it when 60 year old bowling shirts become new cycling clothes. :D

PotomacCyclist
05-03-2014, 01:47 PM
The police were prepared for a May Day protest in front of the White House on Wednesday. Rows of police cars and motorcycles on the closed-off section of Pennsylvania Ave. Officers on horseback too. Maybe there were more protesters earlier in the day, but I didn't see many in the early evening. The tourists were taking pictures with the motorcycle officers and the horses.

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jrenaut
05-03-2014, 03:16 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/04/u3epa6eq.jpg

Rest stop 2. Almost half way

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mstone
05-03-2014, 04:57 PM
Beautiful day on the towpath.
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Boo Boo
05-03-2014, 09:10 PM
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PotomacCyclist
05-04-2014, 05:48 PM
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cyclingfool
05-04-2014, 09:36 PM
Anything in particular going on at Ukrainian embassy? Or just noteworthy given current events?

KLizotte
05-04-2014, 10:29 PM
Anything in particular going on at Ukrainian embassy? Or just noteworthy given current events?

Saturday was Embassy Open House day for all non-EU countries. Next Saturday it is EU Embassy Open House Day. So maybe that is why?

PotomacCyclist
05-05-2014, 12:18 AM
It was part of the Around the World Embassy Tour event:

http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/signature-events

About 50 embassies were open to the public. Many hosted music performances, sports demonstrations and more. I was interested to see if the unrest there had an effect on their open house. I couldn't tell. The staff members were younger, so they were unlikely to be senior diplomats. They had a few information tables for Ukraine flights, the military and culture. There were traditional costumes on the walls and a few tables downstairs where Ukrainian craft items were available for sale. The interior courtyard was cozy. It looked almost Parisian.

The Thai open house was much more elaborate. They had the costumed mascots out in front, waving to everyone on the street. The small jazz combo was playing at the entrance. They were pretty good. The two women were singing lyrics in Thai as they played jazz and blues numbers, and later an Eagles song, sung in English. They had a folk music ensemble inside, Thai food (for sale), elaborate carved soap flower sculptures and Thai massage demonstrations.

Both of those embassies are in Georgetown. The others were too far away to visit on the same day.

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Next weekend, it's the European Union's turn. Their embassies will host open houses, except that the French and German events will be co-hosted at the French Embassy. I went to the Danish open house last year. They had everything set up outside the embassy itself. They had a large outdoor photo exhibit featuring scenes from Denmark. Many if not most of the photos showed people riding bikes.

http://www.euopenhouse.org/

The week after that, Cultural Tourism DC, the group that helps to organize all of these events, co-sponsors Fiesta Asia, a street festival on Pennsylvania Ave., showcasing many Asian cultures.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is the highlight in March and April, but all the embassy tours and the street festival are the highlights in May in DC, as far as big cultural events go. They're all free too, although a few lectures have fees. Some of the food is free but they charge at some places. Depends on the embassy.

dbb
05-05-2014, 09:48 AM
So among the 30,000 riders in the Five Boros Ride yesterday in NYC, I came across a familiar face.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3134_zps2f118c03.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3134_zps2f118c03.jpg.html)

Zanna comes rolling up on me hollering my name. I was wearing team colors and she still has the BikeArlington jersey as a search image.

Se said she was having a grand time and was a volunteer at the Five Boros event.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3136_zps540140b9.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3136_zps540140b9.jpg.html)

While the ride was great, there were enough cyclists to cause traffic backups (among cyclists!) Zanna and I had a chance to chat as we walked our bikes.

consularrider
05-05-2014, 10:16 AM
It was part of the Around the World Embassy Tour event:

http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/signature-events

...Both of those embassies are in Georgetown. The others were too far away to visit on the same day.


Check with Dirt, he has a 170 embassy route we did about three years ago. Of course that was mostly ride-bys with photo ops, not tours.

bobco85
05-05-2014, 12:19 PM
So among the 30,000 riders in the Five Boros Ride yesterday in NYC, I came across a familiar face

Zanna comes rolling up on me hollering my name. I was wearing team colors and she still has the BikeArlington jersey as a search image.

Se said she was having a grand time and was a volunteer at the Five Boros event


Awesome, I did the Five Boro Bike Tour yesterday, too! It was my (and my sister's) first time riding this, and it was really cool going through all the neighborhoods and riding on the bridges. I'll put some pics up later today.


While the ride was great, there were enough cyclists to cause traffic backups (among cyclists!) Zanna and I had a chance to chat as we walked out bikes.

Massive understatement. The back-ups were crazy, and I'm pretty sure we walked about 2 miles total of the 40 mile ride. Not comfortable with cleats, although I did put my covers on. My sister and I signed up on the first day of registration thinking "Hey, we'll be near the front at the start because of this!", but because we didn't opt for the $325 VIP pass (which automatically puts you in the first group) and our last name starts with "S-V" we got rider numbers in the 30000's and were relegated to the third (last) group where we caught up with the slower 2nd and 1st group riders in the massive traffic back-ups.

I loved the ride, but the organization needs to be more based on skill/endurance level so they have less back-ups. Because of the back-ups, it ended up being a 40 mile ride with an average speed of 8.9 mph, i.e., painfully slow. Other than that, my sister (who did the longest ride of her life including the few miles to/from the start/finish) and I had fun and loved seeing all the cool sights (including biking on the Verrazano Bridge, which is awesome).

dbb
05-05-2014, 04:32 PM
Heading north in Manhattan towards Central Park

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3119_zps2ade38ae.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3119_zps2ade38ae.jpg.html)

The Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan into Queens

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3126_zps9174128e.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3126_zps9174128e.jpg.html)

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway heading towards the Verrazano Bridge

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3138_zps4e98b80d.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3138_zps4e98b80d.jpg.html)

I'm not sure how they assigned start times. We were supposing that the groups were placed in the last wave. Last year I was in the first group and didn't experience any traffic. Wouldn't it be way cool if we got enough people cycling so we could complain about inadequate capacity on the trails?

PotomacCyclist
05-05-2014, 08:16 PM
Check with Dirt, he has a 170 embassy route we did about three years ago. Of course that was mostly ride-bys with photo ops, not tours.

I went inside the embassies. I also started late in the day, and the open house event was supposed to end at 4 pm. I left the Ukraine embassy around 3:45. No way I could have made it to Embassy Row then. However, the Thai embassy stayed open until 6 pm.

Not surprisingly, Russia did not participate in the event. I don't think they ever do, so it's not just this spring's events that convinced them not to join in. Even countries like Colombia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Iraq participated. Afghanistan and Egypt had signed on, but dropped out before Saturday. South Korea dropped out too for some reason, but they are one of the active embassies year-round, like France, Sweden and Austria. All of those countries host various music, arts and academic events throughout the year.

bobco85
05-05-2014, 09:30 PM
On Saturday, I headed with my sister to the NY Bike Expo and later some biking around the city including along the East River Bikeway, Hudson River Greenway, and Central Park. We got caught in a late afternoon rain, but it was only temporary and we were close to home.

bike valet outside the NY Bike Expo; tube changing contest
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I discovered a blender bike which I've been wanting to ride for years but could never found one; bike sharrows at the expo; drinking the (blended) fruits of my labor (a delicious smoothie)
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saw ShawnOfTheDread there; pano of the expo
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lunch break at Battery Park (Statue of Liberty in distance) with a 2-for-1 deal from Chipotle for Five Boro Bike Tour participants; tulips in bloom along the Hudson River Greenway
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riding the Hudson River Greenway under Joe DiMaggio Highway; pano of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
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bobco85
05-05-2014, 09:56 PM
On Sunday, my sister and I rode in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40-mile tour of all 5 boroughs in NYC. It was fun, but as I said before there were massive back-ups. Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves and the many sights of the different neighborhoods. If you have a spare $325, opt for the VIP pass because you will be in the first group and avoid the crowds (my sister and I did not so we got put almost in the back). After the ride, we took the ferry from Staten Island back to Manhattan (this is included in your ride fee) which offered a great view of the Statue of Liberty. All in all a great ride, but if you aren't willing to pay a few extra hundred dollars, you will get caught in the crowds.

my sister and I, ready to start the ride; over 32,000+ riders joined us
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passing by Radio City Music Hall; riding along FDR Drive adjacent to the East River
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FDR Drive under Carl Schurz Park; crossing the Queensboro Bridge (I got yelled at for getting on the barrier here, but it was worth it)
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the most epic helmet battle ever; pit stop underneath the Robert F Kennedy Bridge
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pano at the Brooklyn rest stop; crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was freaking epic (especially getting to go downhill on the other side) and a nice way to end the ride at the festival on the other side
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dcv
05-05-2014, 09:56 PM
saw ShawnOfTheDread there; pano of the expo
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Dirt
05-06-2014, 01:56 AM
Kill Bill Century rolling through almost 40 strong.
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2896/13926061137_ee21a0042b_b.jpg

Phatboing
05-08-2014, 10:23 AM
Tuesday, going North on Difficult Run/CCT, trying to get to Lake Fairfax.

The trail was as dry as I hoped, with muddy/puddly sections where the muddly/puddly sections always live (at least as far as I've seen).

And then this:
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I'm also miffed that despite owning a Troll and going under multiple bridges, it occurred to me way too late that I've never taken a Troll-under-bridge photo.

PotomacCyclist
05-08-2014, 11:32 PM
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From Wednesday evening, when I saw a preview screening of a new documentary "Fed Up" about the food industry and the excess sugar in the American diet, especially in schools. Katie Couric is the executive producer although she didn't attend the Q&A session. Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a producer and the director were there. (I thought DeLauro was some cyberpunk or bohemian artist from Greenwich Village or Paris, but she's actually a 71-yr-old Congresswoman. With dyed red and brown hair!) The movie is interesting, though not without some flaws. I don't watch many political documentaries, so maybe I wasn't prepared for the propagandistic approach.

However, the main point that refined sugar is a nutritional disaster is true. The parts about getting fast-food companies and soda machines out of schools, well, that's a more complicated part of the issue. They did make a good point that people used to think that smoking was normal, but it has since been demonized and banned from many areas. This would have been unthinkable 40 years ago, when more than 40 percent of adults smoked.

They pointed out that there were 0 cases of childhood Type II diabetes in the U.S. in 1980. It was known as adult-onset diabetes at the time. But now there are more than 57,000 cases of children with Type II diabetes. Astounding and sad. The total number of cases of diabetes among all Americans tripled between 1990 and 2010, according to the CDC. Also very sad, but not surprising. I think most people are vaguely familiar with these stats already, but it is eye-opening to hear exact numbers.

Anyway, I rode a CaBi bike over there, so that's why I'm posting this. It was also the first time that I've seen the zebras in the Pennsylvania Ave. bike lanes. I don't ride on that road too often.

Greenbelt
05-09-2014, 12:00 PM
Lake Artemesia this morning
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Rod Smith
05-09-2014, 09:09 PM
Lake Artemesia this morning
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Yay commuter convoy! I was all set to join you but my leg is broken. Nice running into you later in the day. :)

TwoWheelsDC
05-10-2014, 03:54 PM
Cap2Cap with Consularrider:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/14173960453_6a2f1b77c8_z.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/14130709296_4354c8fa13_z.jpg


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JimF22003
05-10-2014, 05:36 PM
Cap2Cap with Consularrider:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/14173960453_6a2f1b77c8_z.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/14130709296_4354c8fa13_z.jpg



I saw yas! That was me in the 50+ jersey going the other way. Beautiful ride. Not too hot, not too windy, no rain.

I got a new PR for a 100 mile ride @ 5 hrs, 20 minutes. (Like a ton of other people I had to ride on down the road a)nd back to make it come out to 100 instead of 98.3 or whatever.) About half of the ride was in a large group of faster riders, so that takes the glow off it it a little bit, but the way back was ALL me :)

p.s. traffic on the way back home SUUUUUUUUCKED!

TwoWheelsDC
05-11-2014, 09:34 AM
I saw yas! That was me in the 50+ jersey going the other way. Beautiful ride. Not too hot, not too windy, no rain.

I got a new PR for a 100 mile ride @ 5 hrs, 20 minutes. (Like a ton of other people I had to ride on down the road a)nd back to make it come out to 100 instead of 98.3 or whatever.) About half of the ride was in a large group of faster riders, so that takes the glow off it it a little bit, but the way back was ALL me :)

p.s. traffic on the way back home SUUUUUUUUCKED!

Dang, that is quick. I think our elapsed time was 6:30 or something, but I'm still at my in-laws in Richmond so I haven't had a chance to upload the ride. I felt like I had plenty of energy left at the end, but fixed gear+flat ride = sore ass. I was actually very grateful for the stop lights over the last few miles!

jrenaut
05-11-2014, 10:42 PM
Near the end of my century last weekend.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/14162900272_32d8660fa5_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14162900272/)
2014 Wine Country Century (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14162900272/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

Not that different from the one last year

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7302/8716401278_5be3385ee4_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8716401278/)
Wine Country Century (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8716401278/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

dkel
05-11-2014, 10:44 PM
^^^^ The smile is totally pro!

drevil
05-12-2014, 10:05 AM
Fixie, flat pedals and slicks on singletrack at Rosaryville.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5156/14186218803_b6bedb0987_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nBA5Bn)
Fixie, Flats, and Slicks (https://flic.kr/p/nBA5Bn) by bundokbiker (https://www.flickr.com/people/18218148@N00/), on Flickr

cyclingfool
05-12-2014, 11:04 AM
^^^
Looks fun.

dasgeh
05-13-2014, 09:13 PM
Apparently we're raising a gravel grinder. Where did we go wrong? !?!5591

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bobco85
05-15-2014, 09:52 PM
Not much more to say on the Five Boro Bike Tour, but I do think that in general it was fun. I finally finished my video of the ride, so enjoy:


http://youtu.be/kcDJlxl7IBM

KLizotte
05-15-2014, 10:55 PM
Huh, I thought the five boros ride would take you thru the neighborhoods instead of all on highways though I can see why. Thanks for the video!

bikesnick
05-15-2014, 11:03 PM
Not much more to say on the Five Boro Bike Tour, but I do think that in general it was fun. I finally finished my video of the ride, so enjoy:
Thanks for the video, it looked like a good ride. I did not see any crowded spots while you were riding. The last time we did the ride we were stopped on the Gowanus Expressway for 1.5 hours, not moving, in a massive crowd of unhappy riders.
What time did you start and how long did it take?

bobco85
05-17-2014, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the video, it looked like a good ride. I did not see any crowded spots while you were riding. The last time we did the ride we were stopped on the Gowanus Expressway for 1.5 hours, not moving, in a massive crowd of unhappy riders.
What time did you start and how long did it take?

That's the magic of editing (actually, I turned my camera off when we were stopped/walking so I could preserve battery life). If you watch the Strava Flyby of my ride (turn the speed up just a little), you'll be able to see all the areas where traffic got jammed: http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#137421185

Even though we did not get stopped for any longer than 5 or so minutes, 40 miles at an average speed of about 9 mph is torture.

bikenurse
05-18-2014, 09:50 AM
Chesapeake Tour de Cure. If you've even wanted to try a long-distance charity ride, this one may be one of the easiest (flat) and nicest.
https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10292220_658371454229575_351058799947253522_n.jpg
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sethpo
05-18-2014, 05:13 PM
I was photobombed on today's ride.

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dasgeh
05-19-2014, 11:59 AM
Even though we did not get stopped for any longer than 5 or so minutes, 40 miles at an average speed of about 9 mph is torture.

You don't ride with kids/cargo very often, I take it.

bobco85
05-19-2014, 12:44 PM
You don't ride with kids/cargo very often, I take it.

I do have to admit that going less than 10 mph and it not being due to a hill climb is weird for me, but expectations are everything.

When I'm on my road bike riding with my sister on a 40 mile trip, 9 mph is torture. When I went biking on a cruiser at Venice Beach with my cousin, we probably averaged 8 mph and I was fine. When I get to go biking on my hybrid with my nieces (hopefully this summer, they're just learning), speed won't be an issue :)

dbb
05-19-2014, 09:35 PM
Riding home on the MVT just north of Gravelly Point, I came across this family. Had to stop and take a picture.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/20140519MVT2_zpsfad537f0.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/20140519MVT2_zpsfad537f0.jpg.html)

I'd hazard a guess no motorists had the opportunity to see something like this on their drive home.

drevil
05-19-2014, 10:57 PM
Brentwood Park, which served as the homebase for DC Bike Polo for years, is getting demolished. Tonight was the last night we had to play there.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/14246819023_df3f55356d_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nGWEWK)

Last Day at Brentwood Park (https://flic.kr/p/nGWEWK), on Flickr

dkel
05-19-2014, 11:03 PM
Riding home on the MVT just north of Gravelly Point, I came across this family. Had to stop and take a picture.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/20140519MVT2_zpsfad537f0.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/20140519MVT2_zpsfad537f0.jpg.html)

I'd hazard a guess no motorists had the opportunity to see something like this on their drive home.

The opportunity to see some creepy guy taking pictures of unsuspecting families and posting them on the internet? ;)

dbb
05-19-2014, 11:13 PM
The opportunity to see some creepy guy taking pictures of unsuspecting families and posting them on the internet? ;)

While I'd be hard pressed to generally argue the "creepy guy" observation, I did ask their permission. I thought the couple with the baby and the bikes with trailer was too good to pass up. I gave the gent a BikeArlington reflective ankle band and told him I would post the pic on the forum.

Greenbelt
05-20-2014, 10:17 AM
Lots of casual cyclists on my new commute route. I'm digging it.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10306394_659282740805113_7347072630943360159_n.jpg
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KLizotte
05-20-2014, 11:15 AM
Lots of casual cyclists on my new commute route. I'm digging it.

Only in the biking world would people say "yeah! more commuters!!"

dasgeh
05-20-2014, 11:58 AM
While I'd be hard pressed to generally argue the "creepy guy" observation, I did ask their permission. I thought the couple with the baby and the bikes with trailer was too good to pass up. I gave the gent a BikeArlington reflective ankle band and told him I would post the pic on the forum.

You're also welcome to tell them about Kidical Mass Arlington (or any of the other new KM's popping up -- HOORAY!)

PotomacCyclist
05-20-2014, 07:53 PM
Where is this?

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I'm not a fan of Canada geese, but I took this picture anyway

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From last week. The duck family didn't realize that there were probably thousands or millions of gallons of untreated sewage in the river.

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mstone
05-20-2014, 08:06 PM
The duck family didn't realize that there were probably thousands or millions of gallons of untreated sewage

Or they just didn't give a...

brendan
05-21-2014, 08:00 AM
Or they just didn't give a...

...quack.

drevil
05-21-2014, 08:50 AM
Lots of casual cyclists on my new commute route. I'm digging it.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10306394_659282740805113_7347072630943360159_n.jpg



Is it uncouth to not use the bike lane/cycletrack if there is one?

rcannon100
05-21-2014, 08:53 AM
Is it uncouth to not use the bike lane/cycletrack if there is one?

You mean the Door Zone of Death?? When bike lanes are painted right next to parked cars, creating a three foot door zone next to the cars, I rarely use the bike lane.

mstone
05-21-2014, 10:06 AM
Is it uncouth to not use the bike lane/cycletrack if there is one?

If it's a contraflow lane and your option is going the wrong way down a one-way street, then yes.

PotomacCyclist
05-21-2014, 04:20 PM
Where is this?

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So no one can guess where this is? First person to answer correctly wins... a free ELITE vote. Very valuable.

83(b)
05-21-2014, 04:24 PM
Isn't that just past the Fish Market on Maine Ave looking past the small marina toward the weird old National Parks Service boathouse-thing at Haines Point?

KayakCyndi
05-21-2014, 04:27 PM
So no one can guess where this is? First person to answer correctly wins... a free ELITE vote. Very valuable.

I'm pretty sure that is the building at the very top of Washington Channel. I have no idea what it is called but I've paddled past there. Usually in the trees right next to it are a flock of night herons. How do you expect a bunch of cyclists to know where that is??

Mikey
05-21-2014, 04:35 PM
So no one can guess where this is? First person to answer correctly wins... a free ELITE vote. Very valuable.

I can do one better - I've been in that building, it's next to the trailer/building at the NPS offices where I registered and picked up my pedicab license. Last year, I went in that building looking for the office.

PotomacCyclist
05-21-2014, 05:44 PM
According to Google Maps, it may house an office of Eastern National, a private organization that works with the National Park Service. I hadn't heard of it before.

http://goo.gl/maps/85XdL

http://www.easternnational.org/default.aspx

Dirt
05-21-2014, 07:05 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/14240749225_2359bb7d3d_o.jpg

CaseyKane50
05-22-2014, 04:04 PM
Desire path in the grass (just north of the Washington Sailing Marina on the MVT.

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Greenbelt
05-23-2014, 12:01 PM
Nice day for a commute, and first time to downtown coffee club
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10365760_661048137295240_2227849876410734102_n.jpg

bikenurse
05-25-2014, 11:04 PM
Anacostia River Trail
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/1601132_662185463848174_2169400678405159164_n.jpg

Raymo853
05-26-2014, 06:03 AM
Is it uncouth to not use the bike lane/cycletrack if there is one?

Here is my take on this. If you will be going along quicker than 15, t is totally cool to be out in the traffic lanes. I do it often when going northbound on 16th.

Dirt
05-26-2014, 08:26 PM
Fairfax Gravel
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5566/14266859671_30cf908960_b.jpg

Starduster
05-26-2014, 08:36 PM
Ride pics, you ask? Hopefully this way of sharing will work: https://www.facebook.com/william.fuchs.18/media_set?set=a.843833802310983.1073741835.1000005 31138187&type=3&uploaded=6#!/william.fuchs.18/media_set?set=a.843833802310983.1073741835.1000005 31138187&type=1

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 12:04 AM
From my May 18 loop (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4582929) from Thurmont, MD to Gettysburg, PA.

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 12:07 AM
From my May 18 loop from Thurmont, MD to Gettysburg, PA.

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 12:09 AM
From my May 18 loop from Thurmont, MD to Gettysburg, PA.

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 01:05 AM
Pics from the C&O near Cumberland, MD:

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 01:07 AM
More pics from the C&O near Cumberland, MD:

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 01:09 AM
More pics from C&O near Cumberland, MD (including an eastern snapping turtle!):

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KLizotte
05-27-2014, 01:42 AM
Seen around Sugarloaf Mtn yesterday:

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Dirt
05-29-2014, 07:00 AM
Best feature of the new M Street Cycletrack has got to be the very large cat strangling a construction worker...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3804/14288599411_a345838541_b.jpg

MattAune
05-29-2014, 08:08 AM
Best feature of the new M Street Cycletrack has got to be the very large cat strangling a construction worker...



lolwut?

I feel the need to ask for some sort of explanation, but I fear the response.

Dirt
05-29-2014, 08:45 AM
lolwut?

I feel the need to ask for some sort of explanation, but I fear the response.
Labor activists. A fat cat squashing repressed laborers is my guess.

Tim Kelley
05-29-2014, 08:54 AM
Labor activists. A fat cat squashing repressed laborers is my guess.

I think I prefer this to NYC's "Scabby The Rat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflatable_rat)"

Dirt
05-29-2014, 09:00 AM
I think I prefer this to NYC's "Scabby The Rat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflatable_rat)"
Agreed. We had scabby the rat around Penn Quarter for a few years.

ShawnoftheDread
05-29-2014, 01:00 PM
The best thing about those cat and rat blowups is that they're made at a non-union shop. Good times.

Starduster
05-29-2014, 10:31 PM
re: my pic back up the thread... Please don't mention the street bike rack I cropped out. I'm trying to encourage the Clarendon Silver Diner to install bike racks, like Northside Social Club has across the street... :rolleyes:

dasgeh
05-30-2014, 10:33 AM
re: my pic back up the thread... Please don't mention the street bike rack I cropped out. I'm trying to encourage the Clarendon Silver Diner to install bike racks, like Northside Social Club has across the street... :rolleyes:

Have you suggested it to ArlCo? They buy and install bike racks where needed...

dbb
05-31-2014, 06:38 AM
This adds a new dimension to the myth of the scofflaw cyclist. Observed on Thursday at the wood bridge from Boundary Channel Drive (Pentagon parking lot) to Columbia Island.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/20140529ColumbiaIslandBridge2_zpsa27e1ca9.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/20140529ColumbiaIslandBridge2_zpsa27e1ca9.jpg.html )

It is interesting that similar signs do not exist on the roads leading into the District.

Fast Friendly Guy
05-31-2014, 04:50 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/01/azynahun.jpg
At the Tour de Fat--Fast Friendly Guy a.k.a. Dorothy. with Slow Friendly Gal a.k.a. Karen B

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/01/ge5ugamy.jpg
ArlingtonRider adds to the fun!

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/01/ezy6e7eb.jpg
Toto too? Yes, Toto too.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/01/qyjemu8a.jpg
Just a bit of girl fun! At the Tour de FAT

Dirt
05-31-2014, 05:30 PM
Serious thanks to RCannon for bringing out puppy yesterday. This totally made my day! Thanks for all you do with the rescue pups. I understand how much effort that takes and how much amazing good it does.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/14285913796_0c9a82ff48_b.jpg
Hidden behind that puppy is the hugest smile on the face of KayakCyndi.

Greenbelt
05-31-2014, 08:23 PM
Dog day continues! ATHA Anacostia Trails bike rally:
https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/10300150_665698423496878_424266116066168801_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/1376645_665698330163554_8943324093635367245_n.jpg

With bonus ronwalf family cruise pic
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t1.0-9/10387337_665698360163551_3000081183162190154_n.jpg

rcannon100
05-31-2014, 10:29 PM
Tour de Harpers Ferry. It was very very nice out there. Had a good cup of Jo at Beans in the Belfry. Had some lame tacos. And did some work related research on the state of Brunswick's communications network.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2932/14316815015_41180f7ab7_c.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/14130284237_46ac78a587_c.jpg

Fast Friendly Guy
06-01-2014, 04:50 AM
This adds a new dimension to the myth of the scofflaw cyclist. (No guns sign)
It is interesting that similar signs do not exist on the roads leading into the District.

Well, isn't the primary traffic here from the PENTAGON!? (Probably half those guys are packing)
As for the sign, okay, I get it that an assault-rifle-totin' cyclist might be frowned on, especially if he/she opens up on an obnoxious motorist (even if deserved), but what's the big deal with a cute little pistol tucked next to the flat tire kit?

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Harry Meatmotor
06-01-2014, 01:19 PM
Well, isn't the primary traffic here from the PENTAGON!? (Probably half those guys are packing)
As for the sign, okay, I get it that an assault-rifle-totin' cyclist might be frowned on, especially if he/she opens up on an obnoxious motorist (even if deserved), but what's the big deal with a cute little pistol tucked next to the flat tire kit?
;-)

Too bad my commute takes me into DC, as I've often wondered if I'd be given just a little more room on the roadways if I open-carried on the bike.

It also reminds me of a customer's bike I came across a little while back - strapped to the seat tube was an 8" dive knife. :eek:

Greenbelt
06-01-2014, 02:12 PM
Greenbelt Roosevelt Ride start
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/10409467_666015293465191_9181297105358351698_n.jpg
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Starduster
06-01-2014, 09:29 PM
Have you suggested it to ArlCo? They buy and install bike racks where needed...

Sent the same pic to BikeArlington, so...

Rod Smith
06-02-2014, 08:05 AM
More Roosevelt riders
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08873.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08873.jpg.html)

Bikenurse
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08890.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08890.jpg.html)

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08885.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08885.jpg.html)

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08878.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Roosevelt%20Ride%202014/DSC08878.jpg.html)

Tim Kelley
06-02-2014, 09:14 AM
Sent the same pic to BikeArlington, so...

Here's what you're looking for: http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/biking-in-arlington/bike-parking/request-a-bike-rack/

MRH5028
06-02-2014, 10:28 AM
Saw this guy absolutely crushing it on the Tour de Cure sunday.

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Rod Smith
06-02-2014, 08:01 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Cargo/DSC08900.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Cargo/DSC08900.jpg.html)

CaseyKane50
06-03-2014, 11:46 AM
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Fast Friendly Guy
06-05-2014, 08:16 AM
Woohoo! First day back in the saddle!

My trusty mount ($550 and it's better than before)http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/05/ty6yme4a.jpg

Oh, man, I missed this!
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/05/mugyneve.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/05/hypa4avy.jpg

I'm a rider and I like to ride
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/05/y6a4yvem.jpg

Tim Kelley
06-05-2014, 08:57 AM
Woohoo! First day back in the saddle!

Be careful taking all those #selfies. We don't want you to go down again!

Fast Friendly Guy
06-05-2014, 09:42 AM
We don't want you to go down again!

You're so right! Thanks. ....I just couldn't resist: I felt like the rooster crowing after a deep dark night...Like the pearl diver's surface gasp after long minutes at the bottom...like the spread wings of a caged bird set free...like...well, you know! Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful admonition.

JimK
06-05-2014, 10:10 AM
Dave--glad you are back. Did not see you this morning. Are you doing your usual loop?

Raymo853
06-05-2014, 11:31 AM
Along the North Fork Trail near Seneca Rocks in West Virgina. Simply one of the best looking trails I have ever ridden. There is a Peregrine falcon way off in the distance in this photo.

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Fast Friendly Guy
06-08-2014, 08:33 PM
These are Washington DC asphalt moguls that did me in! Heading south on 15th St NW, 150 feet from Constitution Ave. The main ridge is clearly in the direction of travel (most dangerous) and from left to right the drop is two and a half to three inches! An insidious trap for any cyclist! This is exactly where the cycle lane would be if it continued south on 15th after Pennsylvania Ave, so it's the logical place for an unsuspecting rider to be.

Who in DDOT needs to know about the existing and potential harm this hazard is causing?!




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PotomacCyclist
06-08-2014, 09:36 PM
It might be tour buses or other very large vehicles that are causing those moguls. The same thing happens on the Ohio Drive bridge to the south of the Tidal Basin, between East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park. When the tour buses stop, they dig into the asphalt. Over time, they can create asphalt "waves" as high as a few inches or more. There are other locations in the D.C. area where this also happens, probably where tour buses tend to stop, either on a slight incline or decline.

Dirt
06-09-2014, 11:06 PM
Bikenetic Urban Coffee Ride
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3866/14200696759_fae3a1da59_b.jpg

jrenaut
06-09-2014, 11:13 PM
These are Washington DC asphalt moguls that did me in! Heading south on 15th St NW, 150 feet from Constitution Ave. The main ridge is clearly in the direction of travel (most dangerous) and from left to right the drop is two and a half to three inches! An insidious trap for any cyclist! This is exactly where the cycle lane would be if it continued south on 15th after Pennsylvania Ave, so it's the logical place for an unsuspecting rider to be.

Who in DDOT needs to know about the existing and potential harm this hazard is causing?!



Wow, the picutre from the hospital didn't show up when I was at work this afternoon and I didn't realize how serious this was. Get well soon!

jrenaut
06-12-2014, 05:55 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14221745599_e2d6758278_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14221745599/)
First ride on the Xtracycle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14221745599/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

dasgeh
06-12-2014, 06:18 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14221745599_e2d6758278_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14221745599/)
First ride on the Xtracycle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14221745599/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

Sounds like a prime candidate for a Kidical Mass ride. You've got two (http://kidicalmassrockville.wordpress.com/)options (http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/)this weekend!

jrenaut
06-12-2014, 06:25 PM
Sounds like a prime candidate for a Kidical Mass ride. You've got two (http://kidicalmassrockville.wordpress.com/)options (http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/)this weekend!
We're out of town this weekend but I PROMISE I will do a ride soon. My wife's bike is due in tomorrow, which makes things much easier.

Boo Boo
06-13-2014, 11:33 PM
Rode the NCR/York County Heritage combo today. A little soggy, especially the MD portion, but overall a great ride - fun trail!

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sethpo
06-14-2014, 01:10 PM
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Dirt
06-16-2014, 08:04 AM
We had fun.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3856/14430544752_e0dd21d535_b.jpg

Greenbelt
06-16-2014, 09:24 AM
We had fun.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3856/14430544752_e0dd21d535_b.jpg

Rear rack for CX = approve

culimerc
06-16-2014, 11:33 AM
Rear rack for CX = approve
Its my Swiss Army Bike

dasgeh
06-16-2014, 04:31 PM
KIDICAL MASS!

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Lots more on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.655021087906565.1073741835.498727683535907&type=3).

dkel
06-16-2014, 05:34 PM
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Wait--is that baby in the front doing all the steering?!?

sjclaeys
06-16-2014, 08:52 PM
I'll have some more pictures from this weekend's ride near Wintergreen, but here is a start from Saturday's ride up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here is that day's route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5052829.

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JimF22003
06-17-2014, 09:42 AM
I'll have some more pictures from this weekend's ride near Wintergreen, but here is a start from Saturday's ride up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here is that day's route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5052829.



Oh man, we must have just missed each other. I came up the opposite way from Vesuvius on Saturday (and came up from the Wintergreen side on Sunday.) Small world!

Saturday: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/520634558
Sunday: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/521378574

I'm too lazy to take pics though :(

sjclaeys
06-17-2014, 09:00 PM
Oh man, we must have just missed each other. I came up the opposite way from Vesuvius on Saturday (and came up from the Wintergreen side on Sunday.) Small world!

Saturday: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/520634558
Sunday: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/521378574

I'm too lazy to take pics though :(

The husband of the couple that ran our inn rode across the US in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial ride. He said that the climb up from Vesuvius was one of the hardest. I still wanted to go there to try the BBQ at Gertie's.

sjclaeys
06-17-2014, 09:04 PM
More pics from the weekend:

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Dirt
06-18-2014, 09:32 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0nFolU3f70
Nuff said.

Geoff
06-18-2014, 09:53 PM
My wife, son, and I recently spent about 10 days in Florence and Siena, Italy. Lots of bikes, but mostly practical clunkers. In Florence there are a few bike lanes, but for the most part pedestrians, bikes, scooters and cars all compete on narrow streets.
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This sign, near a busy highway, caught my eye. It says “Here there was a fatal accident. The life is yours, don't lose it on the street!”
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Geoff
06-18-2014, 09:57 PM
A highlight of the trip was a bike tour through the Tuscan countryside. We didn't go very far or very fast. This was a fun ride for tourists, not a training ride for serious cyclists.
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Geoff
06-18-2014, 10:04 PM
The sign here says “Welcome to the road to Chianti Classico”. Chianti is one of the historic wine regions of Italy, and Chianti Classico is the heart of it, the original region.
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Siena has some very steep streets. This one is a steady 16% grade. The fellows coming up it were part of a supported tour.
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My favorite sign from the trip. “Those who pedal change the world sweetly.” No idea who placed it, or why.
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peterw_diy
06-18-2014, 10:17 PM
Wait--is that baby in the front doing all the steering?!?
And controlling the throttle -- that's dasgeh's new electric-assist midtail.

americancyclo
06-18-2014, 10:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0nFolU3f70
Nuff said.
one footed danger panda?

Dirt
06-19-2014, 06:09 AM
one footed danger panda?
Broken crank arm.

dasgeh
06-19-2014, 10:13 AM
And controlling the throttle -- that's dasgeh's new electric-assist midtail.

Yep. He's learned a new phrase "BOOST BUTTON", which he says with glee while pushing said boost button. :-) Pure joy.

Starduster
06-19-2014, 10:35 AM
No, I am not doing a Hunter S. Thompson thing on my evening rides, I assure you! Ah, but my camera... is seeing bats. Big ones.

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americancyclo
06-19-2014, 10:44 AM
No, I am not doing a Hunter S. Thompson thing on my evening rides, I assure you! Ah, but my camera... is seeing bats. Big ones.



you must ride late!

Greenbelt
06-19-2014, 11:43 AM
Last night's commute
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Starduster
06-19-2014, 01:32 PM
you must ride late!

My current career does not allow for commuting by bike, but I when I can, I love to take a spin at night...

Greenbelt
06-21-2014, 10:22 PM
Dinner/beer ride to Franklins in Hyattsville
https://scontent-1.2914.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/10407425_676358275764226_5928472481115297091_n.jpg

hozn
06-21-2014, 11:42 PM
A few pics from Diabolical Double. It was awesome -- and the rain and fog made it very epic.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/22/ha8ajaga.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/22/9yqabysy.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/22/a6ezaqa3.jpg

jrenaut
06-22-2014, 04:56 PM
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3875/14483692435_5a2d96494a_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14483692435/)
14th St NW (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/14483692435/) by thetejon (https://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

Dirt
06-22-2014, 08:58 PM
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2935/14483958464_090ddd362b_b.jpg
Getting dirty on the Bikenetic shop ride. :D

dasgeh
06-23-2014, 12:13 PM
Nyc!
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KayakCyndi
06-24-2014, 03:44 PM
Eminva and I had an awesome time riding the GAP this past weekend.

This little video will give you a flavor of the trip. Enjoy!


http://youtu.be/o9GnzJTlAD4

KLizotte
06-24-2014, 05:38 PM
^^^
Awesome! Looks like you got better weather than we did.

How would you rate the GAP surface against, say, the C&O?

Were bugs while riding a big problem?

Where did you start and end up? Did you double back?

Are there water stations along the way?

I'm thinking of hitting the GAP over the July 4th wknd (but staying in hotel(s) if I decide to do some overnights).

CaseyKane50
06-24-2014, 05:54 PM
^^^
Awesome! Looks like you got better weather than we did.


How would you rate the GAP surface against, say, the C&O? The GAP has crushed limestone, while the C&O has rutted dirt. Much easier riding on the GAP, but the C&O is historic.:)


Are there water stations along the way? You can get water in the various towns along the GAP


I'm thinking of hitting the GAP over the July 4th wknd (but staying in hotel(s) if I decide to do some overnights) You might have problems getting rooms at this late date.:(

KayakCyndi
06-24-2014, 06:09 PM
^^^
Awesome! Looks like you got better weather than we did.

How would you rate the GAP surface against, say, the C&O?

Were bugs while riding a big problem?

Where did you start and end up? Did you double back?

Are there water stations along the way?

I'm thinking of hitting the GAP over the July 4th wknd (but staying in hotel(s) if I decide to do some overnights).

It was awesome! Although I'm not sure about better weather. It poured Friday night and we had some rain again on Saturday. Fortunately the surface of the GAP is better than the C&O which meant while it was wet it wasn't a total muddy mess. Don't get me wrong, we got plenty dirty but at least it wasn't the kind of mud that impedes progress like the C&O has.

We didn't have any bugs but I'm sure that will change as the weather warms up. That said there isn't a ton of just standing water so maybe it isn't as bad.

We rode one way. Liz rented a mini-van from Enterprise which we picked up in Fairfax and dropped of in Pittsburgh near the train station. The drop off point was just a few blocks from the start of the trail. From there we rode to Cumberland. You can check out our Strava feeds for the routing, distance etc.

Water is easy to find. There are hiker/biker sites with water and towns with water. Food though is another story. Pretty slim pickings in some of the trail towns.

The GAP website (http://www.gaptrail.org/) has lists of the hotels and B&Bs in the area but CasyKane50 is right that they might be booked up already over the 4th.

Jason B
06-27-2014, 08:18 AM
In my old mountain biking stomping grounds for a few days and and did a quick ride I have not done in almost 20 years, Tahoe's Flume Trail. Not the most technical thing, but one of the prettiest rides in US. It starts with a 3 mile, 1500 climb at 8'000, felt like a chain smoker. I guess a 1/2 day acclimation wasn't enough? Brought back many great memories. It's funny but on one of the sharp turns I got a quick memory flash of my wife taking one of the worst spills ever, and she still has a scar to prove it,,,needless to say it is totally hot!
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Greenbelt
06-27-2014, 12:57 PM
Post ride spa treatment

https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10488045_679043272162393_7158181703381434434_n.jpg

dbb
06-28-2014, 07:01 AM
Observed on the Mall on Thursday

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/20140626PantsandShirt_zpsacca57f2.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/20140626PantsandShirt_zpsacca57f2.jpg.html)

And I thought only cyclists were supposed to wear kit that clashes!

PeteD
06-28-2014, 07:54 AM
Observed on the Mall on Thursday

And I thought only cyclists were supposed to wear kit that clashes!

Was Steve Martin in town filming a new movie?

Starduster
06-28-2014, 03:07 PM
Observed on the Mall on Thursday

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/20140626PantsandShirt_zpsacca57f2.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/20140626PantsandShirt_zpsacca57f2.jpg.html)

And I thought only cyclists were supposed to wear kit that clashes!

Ah, tourists.

Rod Smith
06-28-2014, 07:27 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC09028.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC09028.jpg.html)

Vicegrip
06-28-2014, 07:51 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC09028.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC09028.jpg.html)

Why does that look like a crash aftermath to me?

APKhaos
06-28-2014, 08:00 PM
Why does that look like a crash aftermath to me?

Because flashback :cool:

Greenbelt
06-28-2014, 08:07 PM
https://scontent-1.2914.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10383111_679712942095426_3959675091263215312_n.jpg

dcv
06-29-2014, 05:47 AM
White's Ferry
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dcv
06-29-2014, 05:48 AM
Point of Rocks
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Teletubby land (Waterford)
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sjclaeys
06-29-2014, 09:06 PM
I didn't see this on a ride but thought that it was appropriate:

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bobco85
06-29-2014, 11:13 PM
Today I learned that I can actually transport a pizza (Two Chefs in Arlington) on the back of my bike!

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Because the rack is about the same height as the baskets, I was able to fill the right basket and use it to help prop up the underside of the pizza box. The pizza problem is one that I hadn't really figured out up until this point, but I (along with my stomach) am happy to say it has been solved!

PotomacCyclist
06-30-2014, 01:14 AM
From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Festival seems to be back on its feet, after a few lean years following the Great Recession. (The budget was scaled back quite a bit for a couple years. Instead of the usual international cultures at the Festival, they had programs on the history of the Dept. of Agriculture and other "huh" cultures.) Now the Festival is showcasing cultures from around the world, as it did before. This year, the focus is on China and Kenya.

China used to be noted for its bike use. (Interestingly, when bike haters criticize bikeshare and bike infrastructure in the U.S., they sometimes use the racially-tinged statement that "we don't want to be like China," while completely ignoring the fact that wealthy and "happy" cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam have also adopted a bike culture and they aren't part of the scary Yellow Horde.) But in recent years, China has increasingly adopted a U.S.-like car culture. All those cars, plus the runaway growth of pollution-emitting factories, has led to incredible amounts of air pollution in Chinese cities. You can see the image of the cyclist wearing a face mask in the poster displayed at the Festival.

The tall bamboo gate is interesting. It's lined with bamboo wind chimes. When the wind was blowing on Saturday, all of the bamboo pipes were clicking away, throughout the bamboo scaffolding.

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PotomacCyclist
06-30-2014, 01:30 AM
The Kenya program includes many elements of their traditional culture, from music to food to traditional dress and sailing. Of course, runners know Kenya for its dominance in distance running over the past two decades. Kenyan runners have won many medals at Olympic races and in major world marathons, year after year after year.

But the runners at the Festival were not just the usual fast Kenyan runners. As noted in a different thread, Henry Wanyoike was a promising runner in Kenya as a student. If you're a top runner in Kenya, that means you are really, really good. But he had a stroke when he was just 21. He went to sleep with normal vision, and woke up the next morning with just 5 percent of his sight left. He soon became completely blind. A charity clinic taught him to knit sweaters so that he could do something productive with his life.

But that didn't last long. He wanted to get back to running. He found some running guides, but they lived 40-50 miles away, and they weren't fast enough. He would have to pull them ahead at the end of races, because the guides would get fatigued. He turned to his childhood friend, Joseph Kibunja, and asked him to be his running guide. Joseph was a soccer player but had never trained formally for running before. So he began serious run training when he was 26.

They turned out to be an excellent team. They run with a short rope or band with loops at both ends, for each runner to hold onto. Joseph signals when they have to turn and when there are bumps or potholes in the road. He also tells Henry where other runners are.

Henry entered the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney and won the gold medal in the 5000 meter race. He has won the impaired vision/blind category at the Boston, NY and London marathons. His times beat 99 percent of all the runners (sighted or blind) at the New York City Marathon. They set the world record in the marathon among blind runners, with a time of 2:31:31. Anyone who is even remotely familiar with marathons knows that is a very fast time. Think about how scary it would be to run just 100 meters with your eyes closed.

The two childhood friends promote education for orphans and underprivileged children in Kenya. They also speak at schools to encourage disabled children to live fulfilling lives.

Henry and Joseph speak each day at the Festival. They also participate in a fun run each morning, just before the Festival opens for the day. They run at a casual pace, so that everyone can keep up. I ran with them and a small group on Sunday morning. Great experience. (I rode a CaBi bike to and from the Festival, so it was kind of connected to bike riding.)

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mstone
06-30-2014, 07:39 AM
Spent the past few days camping at Ohiopyle, including some time biking on the GAP. There are a lot of small waterfalls in the area, including this gem hidden a short walk off the trail:
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From the high bridge at ohiopyle:
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The trail in this section is wide, well maintained, and nicely shaded:
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Dickie
06-30-2014, 08:47 AM
Going through some old photo albums over the weekend and came across these. My first racing license from 1985 and a pic to prove I have always ridden Bianchi. This was my prized 1985, 100th Anniversary Specialisma... it was a lovely bike. I, on the other hand was a gangly skinny mess... what the hell was I doing wearing a Raleigh jersey besides being a clueless 16 year old?

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cvcalhoun
06-30-2014, 09:14 AM
But I repeat myself...


a clueless 16 year old?

Emm
06-30-2014, 10:30 AM
This was the view at the end of my ride last Thursday. North Central State Trail (http://www.traillink.com/trail/north-central-state-trail.aspx)in Michigan, Mullet lake section. Notice the excited puppy who wanted to show off that he was now a water dog (and still smells like a water dog a few days later :-/).

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The trail was unfortunately kinda boring. Crushed limestone, flat, and mostly just passed farmland and forests. The most exciting part was 10 miles out from Mullet Lake where a farmer told me to turn back--his cow escaped and was a quarter mile ahead on the trail, and it wouldn't be safe for me to try to pass until they got it back to the farm.

On a positive note, my hybrid finally found something it was good at. Road bikes would fail miserably on this trail, and my fiancee's mountain bike also really struggled. My hybrid rocked it though. Perfect tire size, the front shocks were finally useful, and it was fast. Took me an hour to clean the rust off the chain and cassette the day after the ride...but worth it :)

Geoff
06-30-2014, 10:44 AM
This was the view at the end of my ride last Thursday. North Central State Trail (http://www.traillink.com/trail/north-central-state-trail.aspx)in Michigan, Mullet lake section.

Another reason for me to make trips "back home." How do you suppose a mountain bike with slicks would work on this trail?

Emm
06-30-2014, 11:30 AM
Another reason for me to make trips "back home." How do you suppose a mountain bike with slicks would work on this trail?

Much better than one with knobby tires--Chris was fishtailing and kicking up stones everywhere. He also struggled with speed though--even at his highest gear setting he was pedaling faster than me and working as hard as he could to maintain my JRA speed (10-11 mph). It may just be the type of mountain bike he has though--it's a nice model by Scott but it just isn't built to go fast.

Geoff
07-04-2014, 04:13 PM
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sjclaeys
07-04-2014, 04:57 PM
Often go by this house when riding at the Jersey shore. Is it pink or raspberry? Discuss amongst yourselves.

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Raymo853
07-04-2014, 06:24 PM
Guess what bike path I am on. 6141

Greenbelt
07-04-2014, 10:10 PM
Heading to DC for the fireworks
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KLizotte
07-05-2014, 12:15 AM
Often go by this house when riding at the Jersey shore. Is it pink or raspberry? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Pepto bismo barf. Egad! Call in the homeowners association!

JimF22003
07-05-2014, 01:51 AM
The Blue Ridge Parkway is now practically in my backyard, from my new 2nd home in Lexington. Here's the view from the Terrapin Mt Overlook on the Thunder Ridge climb:

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/JimF22003/IMG_02771_zpsa6b8736e.jpg (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/JimF22003/media/IMG_02771_zpsa6b8736e.jpg.html)
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mcfarton
07-06-2014, 12:42 PM
Perfect weekend
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dkel
07-06-2014, 07:29 PM
Mountains of VA:

Country roads
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Bovine friend
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Mountain view
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Rolling by
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dkel
07-06-2014, 07:32 PM
More country roads
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MTB butt
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Bridge(?) crossing
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JimF22003
07-07-2014, 03:39 AM
Sunday I picked up where I left off from Friday's ride, from Peaks of Otter down south past Roanoke Mountain. These two pics are from a spot where the parkway runs right along the top of the "ridge" of the Blue Ridge. The first pic is looking West into the Shenandoah Valley. The second pic is looking East to the piedmont area between Lynchburg and Roanoke:

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/JimF22003/IMG_0278_zps5916aa30.jpg (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/JimF22003/media/IMG_0278_zps5916aa30.jpg.html)
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/JimF22003/IMG_0282_zpsaecfd349.jpg (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/JimF22003/media/IMG_0282_zpsaecfd349.jpg.html)

dbb
07-07-2014, 05:46 AM
On my ride home on Thursday, I was waiting at the light at 15th and Independence and I heard some chirping above me.

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One of the many things you wouldn't be able to see when driving.

mstone
07-07-2014, 08:33 AM
On my ride home on Thursday, I was waiting at the light at 15th and Independence and I heard some chirping above me.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_3933_zpse3e31e42.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_3933_zpse3e31e42.jpg.html)

One of the many things you wouldn't be able to see when driving.

Stuff like that terrifies me. Not the birdie, but the infrastructure decay that lets a heavy steel column over an intersection get a hole rusted in it.

Tim Kelley
07-07-2014, 11:55 AM
Pepto bismo barf. Egad! Call in the homeowners association!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyerYQ6n3hA

I approve.

Greenbelt
07-07-2014, 03:23 PM
Lake Artemesia
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ShawnoftheDread
07-09-2014, 07:43 PM
Oops, forgot my bike.
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Vicegrip
07-09-2014, 11:59 PM
Seems that wheels float but frames sink.

dbb
07-10-2014, 05:22 AM
Stuff like that terrifies me. Not the birdie, but the infrastructure decay that lets a heavy steel column over an intersection get a hole rusted in it.

Took a look the other night. The hole was drilled for access and the sparrows appear to have merely seized the opportunity to homestead.

Knowing that access panels are prone to loss, one would hope that the designers, manufacturers and customers of such products would have figured out a way to make it easy to keep them closed. On an upcoming ride, take the opportunity to marvel at the number of access panels that are askew or missing on light poles and the like along your route.

rcannon100
07-12-2014, 06:12 PM
Phoenix Saturday ride. 40 miles with smoothies at the Green Lizard. Preparing for the Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride -- The Sizzling Suburban Century -- August 2.

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Greenbelt
07-13-2014, 06:20 PM
Fairland
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Spa
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vvill
07-19-2014, 07:58 AM
I had a particularly enjoyable commute yesterday. I decided to ride the fixed gear to work for the first time and as luck would have it, ran into the americancyclo commuter convoy being led out by dcv, so I felt more comfortable riding side-by-side with another fixed gear. Towards the end of coffee club, Dread shows up having done most of *his* first(?) fixed gear commute. And then on the way home I saw Dirt at the Columbia Pike/W&OD intersection, which I considered another good omen.

Custis Climbing Commuter Convoy
http://photos-d.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfp1/10549725_1496835750552299_109823063_n.jpg

Leaving FCC with Bilsko + Dread
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