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dasgeh
04-03-2013, 03:00 PM
So. Kidical Mass Arlington. If I organize it, will they [y'all ] come?

Here was my thought:

May 18th (MegaBeth...) or 19th - KidicalMassARL soft opening (first ride, but not as widely publicized, to work out kinks)
June 15th or 16th (Father's Day!) - KidicalMassARL INAUGURAL AWESOMENESS RIDE
July 20th or 21st - KidicalMassARL hitting our stride ride
September 21st or 22nd - KidicalMassARL harvest ride (aka last official ride until next year)

October whatever-it-is-this-year - KidicalMassARL joins the family ride at the Arlington Fun Ride

So basically the 3rd weekend of every month, but not August, because no one is around in August. And either Saturday or Sunday.

Thoughts? Reactions? Route suggestions? Would anyone come?

ShawnoftheDread
04-03-2013, 03:01 PM
Could I get some background, mission, etc.?

Bilsko
04-03-2013, 03:03 PM
Could I get some background, mission, etc.?

http://kidicalmassdc.blogspot.com/

Bilsko
04-03-2013, 03:05 PM
So. Kidical Mass Arlington. If I organize it, will they [y'all ] come?

Thoughts? Reactions? Route suggestions? Would anyone come?

Despite a very very busy May and June for me, both of those weekends (5/18 & 6/15) are free on my calendar, so I'd definitely be up for throwing the Kid-O in the trailer and showing up. I cant make the April 28 event up on Cap. Hill, so the Arlington ones would be good for me.

dasgeh
04-03-2013, 03:50 PM
Despite a very very busy May and June for me, both of those weekends (5/18 & 6/15) are free on my calendar, so I'd definitely be up for throwing the Kid-O in the trailer and showing up. I cant make the April 28 event up on Cap. Hill, so the Arlington ones would be good for me.

Are Saturdays or Sundays generally better? We usually go to church, so Sunday rides would be after 11:30am...

vvill
04-03-2013, 03:56 PM
The June Sat or Sun morning could work for me but I wouldn't say I'm too into dragging a trailer very far.

Bilsko
04-03-2013, 04:15 PM
Sundays are -very broadly speaking- easier for me. Saturdays would have to be late morning (after 11) or afternoon.

Meganomics
04-03-2013, 08:33 PM
So. Kidical Mass Arlington. If I organize it, will they [y'all ] come?

Here was my thought:

May 18th (MegaBeth...) or 19th - KidicalMassARL soft opening (first ride, but not as widely publicized, to work out kinks)
June 15th or 16th (Father's Day!) - KidicalMassARL INAUGURAL AWESOMENESS RIDE
July 20th or 21st - KidicalMassARL hitting our stride ride
September 21st or 22nd - KidicalMassARL harvest ride (aka last official ride until next year)

October whatever-it-is-this-year - KidicalMassARL joins the family ride at the Arlington Fun Ride

So basically the 3rd weekend of every month, but not August, because no one is around in August. And either Saturday or Sunday.

Thoughts? Reactions? Route suggestions? Would anyone come?

DOOO EEEET!

(- Megan, Kidical Mass DC)

jopamora
04-03-2013, 09:09 PM
Might be able to make it, but we'll most likely drive over.

Megabeth
04-03-2013, 09:32 PM
So, yeah, can I borrow someone's kid? ;)

Seriously though, since I am actually sans kid, I'm good for eyes and ears and to bring up the rear during the ride. Would love to see this happen in Arlington. Rock on, dasgeh!

americancyclo
04-03-2013, 09:40 PM
The little one and I would be in. Saturdays are daddy daughter day, so I'm still calling the shots while I can. Sundays might be doable as well.

vvill
04-04-2013, 06:44 PM
So, yeah, can I borrow someone's kid? ;)

You can borrow two if you want. I'll be in the beer garden. There is a beer garden, right?

hozn
04-04-2013, 08:46 PM
When it would work out schedule-wise, I would definitely attend with my son in tow. Either day works equally well.

dasgeh
04-08-2013, 08:59 AM
So, yeah, can I borrow someone's kid? ;)

I was going to say that we have two, but someone beat me to it.

Seriously, though, "support" vehicles - either cool childless folks, or "extra" parents - would be much appreciated. In fact, this might be the kind of ride (slow, easy, fun) to get a bike-reluctant better half out on a bike for.

Thanks for all the replies. I'll firm up the schedule and announce.

dasgeh
04-15-2013, 09:20 AM
Two quick things:

1) Kidical Mass ARL or Kidicial Mass Arlington?

2) Tim, can you move this baby over to the super-awesome family biking thread?

Thanks?

baiskeli
04-15-2013, 02:13 PM
So, yeah, can I borrow someone's kid? ;)

Yes!

chris_s
04-16-2013, 01:56 PM
I'm in with kid in tow - Sundays are better for us!

dasgeh
04-18-2013, 01:54 PM
Just discovered Ames, Iowa (http://simplybikeblog.com/) has a Kidical Mass (http://ameskidicalmass.wordpress.com/blog/). Definitely time for Arlington (http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/)to join the movement!

baiskeli
04-18-2013, 02:39 PM
I'm in with kid in tow - Sundays are better for us!

I vote for Sundays too. Saturdays are booked with various lessons and stuff.

dasgeh
05-10-2013, 04:02 PM
Kidical Mass Arlington, inaugural ride!

Here's what I'm thinking: Sunday, May 19, meet at 11:30am, roll out 11:40am**

Meet Lubber Run Community Center's playground (the center isn't open on the weekends)
Bike to Vapiano Ballston, via W&OD and Bluemont Trail 3 miles: http://goo.gl/maps/Gdj8M
Eat lunch (hopefully arriving around noon) at Vapiano
Bike back to Lubber Run (Vermont St --> Park St, on the map above also, probably back around 1pm).

Thoughts on the timing? Route?

Note: I did some recon today (Sunday) and I really don't like anything about the "trail" along 50 or the hairpin turn to get from 50 down to the W&OD. So the route above takes Park St across 50 (there's a light there), then goes through the neighborhood (using a less steep street) to get to the W&OD. Adds 0.2 mile but I think it's worth it to not lose any kids in the creek.

Also, I'm talking to Vapiano about some sort of discount or special treatment. ;-) For that, it'll be helpful to have rough numbers, so if you know you're a yes or maybe, please let me know!

**These are new times since Friday. Vapiano opens at noon Sundays. :-)

dasgeh
05-10-2013, 04:19 PM
Oh, and I'm updating the website:
http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/

AND To subscribe to emails from Kidical Mass Arlington (mainly ride announcements and reminders – managed through yahoo groups, so easy to unsubscribe), email kidicalmassarl-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

dasgeh
05-13-2013, 09:14 AM
Bump...


Kidical Mass Arlington, inaugural ride!

Here's what I'm thinking: Sunday, May 19, meet at 11:30am, roll out 11:40am**

Meet Lubber Run Community Center's playground (the center isn't open on the weekends)
Bike to Vapiano Ballston, via W&OD and Bluemont Trail 3 miles: http://goo.gl/maps/Gdj8M
Eat lunch (hopefully arriving around noon) at Vapiano
Bike back to Lubber Run (Vermont St --> Park St, on the map above also, probably back around 1pm).

Thoughts on the timing? Route?

Note: I did some recon today (Sunday) and I really don't like anything about the "trail" along 50 or the hairpin turn to get from 50 down to the W&OD. So the route above takes Park St across 50 (there's a light there), then goes through the neighborhood (using a less steep street) to get to the W&OD. Adds 0.2 mile but I think it's worth it to not lose any kids in the creek.

Also, I'm talking to Vapiano about some sort of discount or special treatment. ;-) For that, it'll be helpful to have rough numbers, so if you know you're a yes or maybe, please let me know!

**These are new times since Friday. Vapiano opens at noon Sundays. :-)

dasgeh
05-14-2013, 10:31 AM
Kidical Mass Arlington, inaugural ride!

Here's what I'm thinking: Sunday, May 19, meet at 11:30am, roll out 11:40am**

Meet Lubber Run Community Center's playground (the center isn't open on the weekends)
Bike to Vapiano Ballston, via W&OD and Bluemont Trail 3 miles: http://goo.gl/maps/Gdj8M
Eat lunch (hopefully arriving around noon) at Vapiano
Bike back to Lubber Run (Vermont St --> Park St, on the map above also, probably back around 1pm).


Things are looking good for Sunday. I even have BikeArlington swag to hand out (thanks BA!) Will I see any forum folks out?

jopamora
05-14-2013, 10:43 AM
We have family in town, so we can't make it. Hope everyone has fun!

rcannon100
05-14-2013, 10:54 AM
Things are looking good for Sunday. I even have BikeArlington swag to hand out (thanks BA!) Will I see any forum folks out?

I think you have a scheduling conflict


TRAFFIC ALERT: 2013 Taste of Arlington Street Closures

The 2013 Taste of Arlington event will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The following road closures will occur from midnight through 10:00 p.m. on May 19, 2013.

http://www.ballstonbid.com/meet/taste-arlington

dasgeh
05-14-2013, 11:19 AM
I think you have a scheduling conflict

http://www.ballstonbid.com/meet/taste-arlington

Thanks for the tip. Luckily, it won't effect our route, though it'll be nice to be right there. Those that don't want to do Vapiano can pop over.

dasgeh
05-14-2013, 02:47 PM
Flyer for BTWD. :-)

Can I give someone copies to have at the BAC tables? Thanks

2858

dasgeh
05-19-2013, 08:29 AM
In case any of you were wondering, the ride is ON for today. A few sprinkles never hurt anyone...

btj
05-19-2013, 07:24 PM
Fun ride today, thanks for putting it together. My daughter and I will definitely be back for future rides. I snapped a couple photos but sadly no group shots:

http://flic.kr/p/ekCN5y
http://flic.kr/p/ekx3BF

Tim Kelley
05-20-2013, 08:19 AM
BTW, this was awesome.

dasgeh
05-20-2013, 09:35 AM
Thanks to everyone who came out! We had a great time. I'll post pictures tonight. Sydney was asking to go back to "Kidical" as I was carrying her upstairs to bed. Then she asked where the adults go (get it - because it's "KIDical"?). She gets punchy.

Can't wait until June's ride. June 19th, which is Father's Day. I'm completely open to suggestions. Especially if someone knows of a beer garden right next to a playground that's near bike trails.

Seriously, I was thinking an A-to-A ride (start and finish in the same place), where A has food and/or beer for the Dads. So the whole family can come out together, and either the mom's can take the kids on the ride and give the dad's some alone time, or the dad's can take the kids out on the ride. Being Father's Day, it should be Dad's choice...

dasgeh
05-24-2013, 09:46 AM
Next ride: June 16 (Father's Day).

What do people think about this route: http://goo.gl/maps/sHd1m
Meet at Clarendon Village (where the Apple Store is), ride counter-clockwise on Key Blvd --> Veitch --> Custis --> Lyon Village Park --> Key Blvd and back to Clarendon Village. Those who want to can eat around there.

Meet at 11:15am

Thoughts?

dasgeh
05-24-2013, 10:15 AM
Another option: Start at Quincy Park, end at Rocklands, tour around Ashton Heights/Lyon Park

americancyclo
05-24-2013, 10:25 AM
Might be in for that one! as long as I can get a decent cup of coffee and a croissant

baiskeli
05-25-2013, 10:11 AM
You had me at "end at Rocklands"

dasgeh
05-30-2013, 08:48 AM
So ending at Rocklands. How about this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596444

Meet at Quincy Park. Head to Ashton Heights/Lyon Park. Basically, it's all routed to use my favorite little hidden trail, which goes from the 50 service road to the Lyon Park, behind Long Branch ES.

The route is 4 miles, so a bit longer than last time. It crosses Fairfax, Wilson, Pershing and Washington at lights, and uses primarily neighborhood streets (and the little trail, which isn't long). Thoughts?

Also, Rocklands opens at 11am. I think getting there early will be key, so I suggest meeting at 10:30am or 10:45am (which will put us at Rocklands somewhere around 11:15/11:30am). We could probably push the leaving time to 11am and still make it to bbq before noon, but I don't really want to push it.

Thoughts?

baiskeli
05-30-2013, 08:59 AM
Looks good to me. Looks like there's an easy shortcut to avoid the dip in elevation, which might challenge my younger daughter who is riding her own bike now, and maybe me, since I'll be pulling our older and heavier one on a trail-a-bike.

Another bonus - this route not only ends at Rocklands, it ends at a playground. For the kids, I mean.

dasgeh
05-30-2013, 09:18 AM
Looks good to me. Looks like there's an easy shortcut to avoid the dip in elevation, which might challenge my younger daughter who is riding her own bike now, and maybe me, since I'll be pulling our older and heavier one on a trail-a-bike.

Another bonus - this route not only ends at Rocklands, it ends at a playground. For the kids, I mean.

Oh, right - by staying on 1st Rd, right? It's a steep downhill there, but that's a good idea to keep in the back pocket for anyone who wants to avoid the dip, and/or if we're running late and want to cut distance.

And yes, start/finish at playgrounds. I have a toddler, so it's all by design. I try for flat routes, but man, that's hard in Arlington.

dasgeh
05-30-2013, 09:38 AM
Just putting this up so I can find this when it's time to plan the July ride (and if anyone wants to comment):

July Ride: Tour de Spraygrounds.
I believe the options are:
Hayes to Lyon Village: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596510 (hilliest, but on trails)
Hayes to Drew: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596590
Lyon Village to Drew: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596604

ALL THREE: Drew to Hayes to LV: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596667

If Va Highlands is open:
Lyon Village to VA Highlands: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596527
Drew to VA Highlands: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2596502

chris_s
05-30-2013, 10:10 AM
For heading to Drew, 6th & Glebe doesn't have a stoplight. Suggest Irving down to 7th for crossing Glebe instead.

Both the >> Drew routes really highlight how obnoxious it is to cross Walter Reed Dr down there with this kind of group. Monroe & Walter Reed would be a good candidate for a Hawk signal methinks.

Lyon Village >> Drew I really don't like that stint on 10th St, or the brief salmoning on Fillmore required to do it. Maybe detour over to Danville to Pershing?

Hopefully Virginia Highlands will be open, the Drew >> VA Highlands ride looks nice. :)

dasgeh
05-30-2013, 11:41 AM
Thanks. I'll definitely scout these before July. Just mapping out to see what I need to scout. These are hugely helpful!

I wonder what the Country Club folks would think about a Kidical Mass ride coming through...

baiskeli
05-30-2013, 12:23 PM
Oh, right - by staying on 1st Rd, right? It's a steep downhill there, but that's a good idea to keep in the back pocket for anyone who wants to avoid the dip, and/or if we're running late and want to cut distance.

And yes, start/finish at playgrounds. I have a toddler, so it's all by design. I try for flat routes, but man, that's hard in Arlington.

Looks like the hill goes all the way up to 7th. Might solve that by running your route in reverse so its downhill, then taking a shortcut if necessary. But I don't know if any of this will matter. The hills won't be too bad.

dasgeh
06-03-2013, 09:46 AM
I just saw this (ride was this weekend), but we're growing: http://bikekentlandslakelands.wordpress.com/kidical-mass-gaithersburg/

dasgeh
06-04-2013, 11:15 AM
Write up of the May ride, and details for the Father's Day Ride now on the blog:

http://www.kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/

Kidical Mass Father's Day Ride:
6/16/13 10:30am
Quincy Park --> Rocklands BBQ

jopamora
06-05-2013, 08:04 PM
The new sprayground at Virginia Highlands is open.

dasgeh
06-11-2013, 09:38 AM
We're getting excited about Kidical Mass Arlington's Father's Day Ride on Sunday!

10:30am, Quincy Park, ending at Rocklands. Hope to see you all there. I believe Megabeth and Mark have promised a little sprinkler action when we bike past their place.

http://www.kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/

americancyclo
06-12-2013, 06:18 PM
Gonna be there with at least three adults and three kids, maybe five adults. See ya then!

baiskeli
06-12-2013, 06:32 PM
Planning to be there with two adults and two kids!

americancyclo
06-12-2013, 08:18 PM
Also going to download the GPX and Strava the !@#$% out if it.

dasgeh
06-13-2013, 08:47 AM
Also going to download the GPX and Strava the !@#$% out if it.

Awesome! The last one was Strava'd twice. And I Strava'd my Crystal Ride with Ryder in the Bullitt.

jopamora
06-13-2013, 09:12 AM
Also going to download the GPX and Strava the !@#$% out if it.

Don't forget to set your virtual partner's pace at 20mph. The kids can handle it.

dasgeh
06-13-2013, 10:33 AM
This reminds me: can we get National Bike Challenge points for the kids who ride with us?

chris_s
06-13-2013, 01:35 PM
I'll be there with my 3yr old.

Trying to decide if I have time to re-mount the bubble machine to the bike before Sunday.

baiskeli
06-13-2013, 01:58 PM
I'll be there with my 3yr old.

Trying to decide if I have time to re-mount the bubble machine to the bike before Sunday.

You MUST!

We're busy scraping the old princess stickers off my younger daughter's bike (princesses are just not cool any more) and adding dolphins, which are cool.

americancyclo
06-13-2013, 03:30 PM
I'll be there with my 3yr old.

Trying to decide if I have time to re-mount the bubble machine to the bike before Sunday.

I tried that and just ended up with bubble liquid all over my rear tire.

hozn
06-13-2013, 07:04 PM
I may be there with my (almost) 3-year-old too. Gonna let him help make that final decision in the AM.

dasgeh
06-14-2013, 02:13 PM
I may be there with my (almost) 3-year-old too. Gonna let him help make that final decision in the AM.

Did you tell him about the pies? The Mac & Cheese?

hozn
06-14-2013, 02:17 PM
Did you tell him about the pies? The Mac & Cheese?

Oh he knows, he knows ... :) Yeah, I think we are planning to be there. Looking forward to it!

btj
06-14-2013, 09:39 PM
I'll be there on Sunday with my daughter and probably my wife too (most likely on a CaBi!).

dasgeh
06-17-2013, 09:28 AM
Wow! Yesterday was SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME (at least for me, at the front of the ride). I had a blast seeing everyone, meeting some new faces (including some of your better halves, and offspring). There were some great kid set-ups. I saw a Bullitt (long-john/cargo bike), an Xtra-cycle (long-tail), some front kid seats, some trail-a-bikes, some trailers, a couple Wee-hoos, and even a CaBi.

In all I counted 25 separate bikes from a video. I think 3 kids on their own bikes, a handful of solo adults, then lots of little ones on bikes. We had a number of bikes carrying 3 people!

I post a full write up with pictures and such on the website (and direct y'all to look at it). I just wanted to say thanks so much for coming, and telling other people about it, and for generally being an awesome cycling community.

BTW, at least one family found out about the ride from the Bikenetic store. I have no connections there (that I know of). So if it was one of you who told the store about the ride, THANK YOU!!!!

Mikey
06-17-2013, 09:34 AM
Wow! Yesterday was SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME (at least for me, at the front of the ride). I had a blast seeing everyone, meeting some new faces (including some of your better halves, and offspring). There were some great kid set-ups. I saw a Bullitt (long-john/cargo bike), an Xtra-cycle (long-tail), some front kid seats, some trail-a-bikes, some trailers, a couple Wee-hoos, and even a CaBi.

In all I counted 25 separate bikes from a video. I think 3 kids on their own bikes, a handful of solo adults, then lots of little ones on bikes. We had a number of bikes carrying 3 people!

I post a full write up with pictures and such on the website (and direct y'all to look at it). I just wanted to say thanks so much for coming, and telling other people about it, and for generally being an awesome cycling community.

BTW, at least one family found out about the ride from the Bikenetic store. I have no connections there (that I know of). So if it was one of you who told the store about the ride, THANK YOU!!!!

Now that soccer is over for the season, my family would love to join in the next kids ride, just let me know when and where.

Thanks.

baiskeli
06-17-2013, 09:39 AM
It was a great Father's Day ride! Thanks for setting it up, Dasgeh.

dasgeh
06-17-2013, 09:46 AM
And with all of this energy, on to the next ride. July 21, 2013

There are a couple of options for routing between 2 spraygrounds, but I had another idea:

We could do a loop that starts and ends at Virgina Highlands, the new sprayground, which opens at 10am on Sundays. That means we could meet at 9am ish, bike around this pretty flat loop, and be back around 10am. It'll be July, so earlier will be better. The downside is that the loop is 5.5 miles. I can't figure out a shorter loop, and I can't find an out-and-back that's flat, interesting, etc.

What say you? Should we go crazy and have a longer, flatter ride, which would include the airport, lots of boats and the Pentagon?

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2703723

dasgeh
06-17-2013, 02:29 PM
Press is awesome. Thanks, Mark. http://arlington-va.patch.com/articles/joining-the-bicycle-social#youtube_video-14804763

There's even a video of us all being safe and legal. I count 25 bikes and 37 people. Whoo-hoo!

americancyclo
06-18-2013, 07:13 AM
Great ride, but the new patch layout broke the video, or Mark took it down before I could watch.

Also, STRAVA! :P http://app.strava.com/activities/60960831#1146753071

ShawnoftheDread
06-18-2013, 08:20 AM
Great ride, but the new patch layout broke the video, or Mark took it down before I could watch.

Also, STRAVA! :P http://app.strava.com/activities/60960831#1146753071

Were y'all trying to drop Brandon!? Not very nice.

dasgeh
06-18-2013, 08:26 AM
Great ride, but the new patch layout broke the video, or Mark took it down before I could watch.

Also, STRAVA! :P http://app.strava.com/activities/60960831#1146753071

Here's the video (Thanks, Mark!) http://vimeo.com/68553547

And STRAVA: http://app.strava.com/activities/60725972 Apparently it was faster at the front of the pack. :-)

btj
06-18-2013, 08:26 AM
Were y'all trying to drop Brandon!? Not very nice.

Ha, yeah you guys are so mean! Actually, I was in the pack the whole time but I had forgotten to start Strava until about a mile or so in. So, after I got home I manually edited the GPX and re-uploaded and it seems to have messed up the time.

Steve
06-18-2013, 08:28 AM
Also, STRAVA! :P http://app.strava.com/activities/60960831#1146753071

I know what I'm doing on the way home......KOM!

dasgeh
06-18-2013, 08:38 AM
I know what I'm doing on the way home......KOM!

Only counts with a kid or two on the bike.

dasgeh
06-18-2013, 09:36 AM
Pictures! Thanks Mark

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blacknell/sets/72157634191601357/

hozn
06-18-2013, 09:57 AM
And STRAVA: http://app.strava.com/activities/60725972 Apparently it was faster at the front of the pack. :-)

Damn, you beat me 13 seconds! I should have drafted more to conserve energy for the final sprint. :)

americancyclo
06-19-2013, 08:53 AM
Damn, you beat me 13 seconds! I should have drafted more to conserve energy for the final sprint. :)



I'd blame it on the reverse pedaling going on behind you.

americancyclo
06-19-2013, 02:57 PM
And more video!


http://youtu.be/SGuLSKvbxpo

dasgeh
06-19-2013, 03:15 PM
And more video!

It's like Christmas! Thank you!!!

ShawnoftheDread
06-19-2013, 03:22 PM
And more video!



Why do I have an urge to watch Keystone Kops? Or Benny Hill.

dasgeh
07-02-2013, 09:36 AM
<This is what's posted on kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com>

Breaking news: in honor of the awesomeness of the Tour de France, we're adding a bonus Kidical Mass Arlington ride!

Bonus Kidical Mass Arlington Ride
Tour de Kidical

When: Saturday, July 6, 2013 9:15am (roll out 9:30am)

Meet: Quincy Park at the Playground (Towards the corner of Washington Blvd and N Nelson)
Parking: Off of Quincy, Washington or 10th Street N.

End: Ireland's Four Courts for brunch and Tour de France watching (**still confirming this**)

Our Route: Here (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2783971)-- Neighborhood streets of Ashton Heights and Lyon Village.

dasgeh
07-02-2013, 09:37 AM
And if all goes well, a new cargo bike will make it's debut at this ride. You know you want to be there!

dasgeh
07-02-2013, 09:48 AM
Oh, and does anyone have contact info (preferably email) for LBS's? I have Tri360.

At least some of our riders found out about us from an LBS (BiKentic), and I'd like to start emailing the shops about the rides.

Tim Kelley
07-02-2013, 09:52 AM
Oh, and does anyone have contact info (preferably email) for LBS's? I have Tri360.

I'll email you...

dasgeh
07-02-2013, 09:56 AM
Oh, you'd like a flyer to put up at work to advertise the bonus ride? Sure:

3209

<Thanks, Tim>

americancyclo
07-05-2013, 08:56 PM
Planning to roll over to the Tour de Kidical tomorrow morning. Anyone riding from near West Falls Church and want to caravan?

dasgeh
07-08-2013, 09:20 AM
That was SO MUCH FUN! Thanks to all who came out. Looking forward to the 21st...

dasgeh
07-08-2013, 10:24 AM
Oh, and for the official July ride (July 21st 9am), we are going to do the longer loop from Virginia Highlands (near Pentagon City). This loop hits pretty much the best Arlington has to offer a kid: views of the airport, Gravely Point (plans!) a shady ride along the river (boats!), a jaunt through a marina, the LBJ Memorial and even a ride around the Pentagon!

To top it all off, we'll end up at Arlington's newest sprayground!

We're meeting early - 9am - to beat the heat. Luckily, the sprayground turns on at 10am, so we should be there not long after it comes on.

Come one, come all, tell your friends!

kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com

americancyclo
07-08-2013, 11:30 AM
great fun and got to the four courts just in time to watch the last 15 minutes of the stage!

dasgeh
07-15-2013, 09:16 AM
Is everyone getting excited for Sunday? Yesterday, I reconned the ride, and it's going to be AWESOME - fire station, airport, landing planes, river, shade, bridges, boats, marina, pine forest, wooden bridge, Pentagon, tunnel and SPRAYGROUND. Seriously, when is the last time you had all of that in one ride?

Two questions:
1. My plan is to take the ride through that tunnel from the Pentagon Parking lot to the parking lot on the north side of Army-Navy (it's at the end of the updated route (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2703723)). There is a big "DISMOUNT BIKES" sign outside the tunnel. I rode through twice yesterday and no one blinked an eye, but a big group might get more attention. Do you think I'll have a problem taking the group through there?

(Note: This really is the best option -- there's a light at the parking lot to cross Army-Navy, and from the light we can get on the little road beside the mall, avoided Army-Navy and most of Hayes, and lots of construction. Every other option has a lot of construction, entrances/exits for 395 and/or Costco, right when it opens).

2. Can anyone volunteer to help? I suspect we'll have a bigger group, and it would be helpful to have a few people who know the route (I'll have cue sheets) and can marshal the group if/when we get split up (you can totally do this with a kid on the bike). It would also be great if someone could take pictures, especially in the more picturesque parts of the ride (Gravely Point, along the river) (probably a job for a kid-less cyclist, who can ride up ahead of us).

Mikey
07-15-2013, 09:21 AM
Do you think I'll have a problem taking the group through there?

The only people that use the tunnel would be people with business at the pentagon but not parking passes for the pentagon. On a sunday morning I think it will be deserted, that said we should probably ride single file.

I do plan to ring my bell a lot though!

Mikey
07-15-2013, 09:41 AM
I looked at the route, looks great! Just remember that after the humpback bridge it is a looping right turn around the Navy/Marine memorial (seagulls on waves) to get to the marina, not a left as your route shows.

See you there.

dasgeh
07-15-2013, 09:50 AM
I looked at the route, looks great! Just remember that after the humpback bridge it is a looping right turn around the Navy/Marine memorial (seagulls on waves) to get to the marina, not a left as your route shows.

Good point - I think Ride With GPS did that automatically. Odd. Thanks for pointing it out - it's fixed.


See you there.

YAY

dasgeh
07-15-2013, 10:31 AM
Flyers, flyers everywhere.3287

GuyContinental
07-20-2013, 07:29 PM
Sort of last minute, but I just realized that I don't know a "wife-who-is-semicomfortable-with-towing-kid" friendly route from the VRE station on Crystal Drive to Hayes park (coming from Clarendon I figure that the MVT is the safest way to get to crystal city). Any suggestions? The mighty google has us coming up 15th... in front of CostCo... on a Sunday...Is 18th to Hayes better?

rcannon100
07-20-2013, 08:42 PM
You mean Highland Park?


This ride is covers some of the best cycling Arlington has to offer both the young and the young at heart.

When: Sunday, July 21, 2013 9:00am (roll out 9:15am)

Meet: Virginia Highlands Park (the Southern-most playground, near 18th St. S
Parking: Off of Hayes Street, just South of 15th St S. or off of 18th St S

End: Virginia Highlands Sprayground

MVT seems good. The access path to Crystal City, once you go in the tunnel under the railroad tracks - at the other end is a not-visible-from-the-tunnel very steep incline. She might want to be ready for that.

I would avoid Costco area. I dont think it will be open then... but once it opens, the traffic there is slightly mental. Hayes seems like a good choice.

KLizotte
07-20-2013, 08:47 PM
Sort of last minute, but I just realized that I don't know a "wife-who-is-semicomfortable-with-towing-kid" friendly route from the VRE station on Crystal Drive to Hayes park (coming from Clarendon I figure that the MVT is the safest way to get to crystal city). Any suggestions? The mighty google has us coming up 15th... in front of CostCo... on a Sunday...Is 18th to Hayes better?

I live in Pentagon City. I avoid 15th Street like the plague. When you come out of the crystal city connector tunnel take a left to the light/crosswalk. Cross there and continue straight on South Hayes Street. You'll go past the metro station, under a bridge, etc. Keep on South Hayes street till you see a sign for Highlands Park (just pass the fire station) on the left hand side. Cross into that parking lot, hang a left, and keep going straight. The water park should be visible at that point (it's at the end of the park next to the tennis and basketball courts). Your kid(s) may enjoy visiting the fine folks at the fire station. I see parents bringing their kids to take a look at the engines all the time.

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P.S. I haven't read this forum stream so I am assuming you are looking for the new water park.

Megabeth
07-20-2013, 09:16 PM
Looking forward to the ride tomorrow. I'll be riding "sans kid" but am looking forward to using my "Auntie Meg" skills to get everyone safely around the route. :)

americancyclo
07-20-2013, 10:32 PM
I'll be there with my kid, one of my parents, and maybe some portables from the new Feed Zone Cook Book, because hey, everyone gets a little snacky, particularly the kiddos (and me). No jokes about me needing ride fuel for a 6 mile flat ride.

btj
07-21-2013, 02:28 PM
Great ride today! My daughter (and I) had a blast both on the ride and at the sprayground. She couldn't stop talking about the planes, boats, train, and "ocean" (aka the Potomac).

Also , Strava!
http://app.strava.com/segments/4817321

dasgeh
07-22-2013, 08:17 AM
That was so much fun! HUGE thanks to everyone who came out. It was great to finally meet you, guy.

Extra special thanks to our photographers/cheering section (Mark, DaveK, Ms. DaveK) and AMAZINGLY HUGE THANKS to our caboose/ride marshall/photographer team: ArlingtonRider & Megabeth.

I can't wait to see people's pics and videos. We did get some video -- we need to clean it up a bit. (On that note, the camera was turned ~120 degrees. iMovie will rotate it in 90 degree turns -- any thoughts on how to get it upright?)

chris_s
07-22-2013, 09:18 AM
I can't wait to see people's pics and videos. We did get some video -- we need to clean it up a bit. (On that note, the camera was turned ~120 degrees. iMovie will rotate it in 90 degree turns -- any thoughts on how to get it upright?)

My Mac buddy says that this iMovie plugin (http://www.imovieplugins.com/plugs/Resources/turn%20clip.zip) will spin video 180 degrees.

dasgeh
07-22-2013, 09:54 AM
My Mac buddy says that this iMovie plugin (http://www.imovieplugins.com/plugs/Resources/turn%20clip.zip) will spin video 180 degrees.

The problem is that I need less than 180 and more than 90. (I realize the resulting video won't be rectangular - or will need to be cropped).

Megabeth
07-22-2013, 01:09 PM
I had so much fun riding with ya'll. A great group of kids (and Parental Units). Was so amazed seeing the group roll by, and keep rolling by, and rolling by...

I'll post the pics I got (that were not obscured by schmutz on the lens) later tonight. And, I'm going to edit together some of the rolling video which I should have posted in the next several days...

A hat tip to dasgeh for a fantastic route which led to the discovery of a new tunnel for me. That was awesome!

Bilsko
07-22-2013, 01:26 PM
Agreed - it was a great ride. Many thanks to dasgeh for organizing and leading the way!

Can't wait to see some pictures/video whenever they're available.

Also, DaveK - where were you? I saw Mark B. at Gravelly Pt. but didn't know you were around too.

DaveK
07-22-2013, 01:36 PM
Agreed - it was a great ride. Many thanks to dasgeh for organizing and leading the way!

Can't wait to see some pictures/video whenever they're available.

Also, DaveK - where were you? I saw Mark B. at Gravelly Pt. but didn't know you were around too.

My wife and I were out there with Mark and Megan, Mark and I were headed off for some mountain-ish bicycling but Mark stuck around to get some shots of the group. My wife happened to be driving by after picking up someone from the airport so she stopped to say hi.

btj
07-22-2013, 01:39 PM
Here is a photo I took just after we left while waiting at a light. I believe it took us three light cycles to get everyone through because the light was so fast.

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Mikey
07-22-2013, 02:00 PM
Here is a photo I took just after we left while waiting at a light. I believe it took us three light cycles to get everyone through because the light was so fast.

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from now on entitled: Mikey instructing his minion

dasgeh
07-22-2013, 02:24 PM
Yeah, the timing of the light at Eads was HORRIBLE. It turned yellow when I was a few feet into the intersection.

Hey, ArlCo roads folks, what can be done in that situation?

Mikey
07-23-2013, 08:37 AM
Gathering up for the ride.
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Kidical ride from the back of a tag-a-long
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Arlingtonrider
07-23-2013, 11:59 AM
I'm late getting back to this thread, but it was loads of fun riding with Kidical Mass on Sunday! Thanks for starting and leading these, Dasgeh. It was fantastic to see many friends there with their kids and so many families out riding together.

It was great to discover new bike routes too. I might try to incorporate spraygrounds into some of my summer rides - that made the ride home a lot more pleasant!

americancyclo
07-23-2013, 01:45 PM
Headed past the Pentagon
http://distilleryimage7.s3.amazonaws.com/9db24b78f21f11e2901022000a9e13ab_7.jpg

Megabeth
07-26-2013, 07:07 AM
Here you have it folks, the world premier of the July 21st Kidical Mass Ride video (http://vimeo.com/71060743)!

americancyclo
07-26-2013, 07:35 AM
...aaaand a time lapse. It's still 10 minutes, and you get the same effect by standing on the MVT on a sunday, but enjoy!


http://youtu.be/Mh6ZEDz2DNQ

dasgeh
07-26-2013, 11:23 AM
Video!

Hat tip to Megan (& Mark, DaveK and Mrs. DaveK) for this complete video: http://vimeo.com/71060743#

My family's camera worked for part of the ride. It was at a weird angle, which I haven't figured out how to fix. So I threw together this quick video (the music is the song I had on that computer that just happened to be the right length).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG01NZtZWjU

I was hoping to get photos from others (especially from the start/end) to splice together the whole ride. So if you have anything, please let me know... Also, comments or solution to the angle issue welcome.

americancyclo
07-26-2013, 11:58 AM
Video!

This Video is Private

[QUOTE=dasgeh;59312] Also, comments or solution to the angle issue welcome.
Shoot straight.

It's a bit of a glib answer, but you should try to do all your framing and setup in camera. The more post work you need to do, the more it's going to lose quality. If you really want to rotate the video an arbitrary angle to get it to line up with the horizon, I think you'll need some motion graphics software like After Effects or FCP Motion

dasgeh
08-07-2013, 11:58 AM
Kidical Mass Arlington is going social! We have a twitter handle and facebook page (thanks, Chris!). Please like (www.facebook.com/kidicalmassarlington)and follow (https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=KidicalMassARL)us. And tell your friends to like us. etc, etc.

dasgeh
08-07-2013, 12:42 PM
And... we need suggestions for the September 22 "Harvest Ride". Thoughts?

btj
08-07-2013, 12:47 PM
And... we need suggestions for the September 22 "Harvest Ride". Thoughts?

I would suggest riding to a corn maze but I'm guessing there aren't any nearby...

dasgeh
08-07-2013, 12:49 PM
And... we need suggestions for the September 22 "Harvest Ride". Thoughts?

I'll throw one out: ride from Bon Aire Park (where the Custis meets the W&OD) to the Falls Church farmers market. It's 2.3 miles. So it'd be a meet, ride, meet a little later, ride back sort of deal.

Too much trail? Too out-and-back?

dasgeh
08-07-2013, 01:02 PM
I would suggest riding to a corn maze but I'm guessing there aren't any nearby...

This could be fun, but more as a WeeHoo/trailer ride, not really Kidical-Mass-y. I believe the closest are past Dulles.

dasgeh
08-08-2013, 08:13 AM
So... would any of you kidical mass regulars be up for a super-special bonus ride that would be filmed by real film people? It would have to be August 24 or 25.

BTW, I mapped the least hilly route (I think) from Rock Spring to Potomac Overlook. I've never biked this area, so I need serious recon, but it would let us hit 2 trails that I doubt we'd otherwise get to: Rock Spring and Donaldson Run. The route only violates my "no more than 5% grade up" rule for a short section, and it doesn't go over 6% grade. I have no idea how someone would get back to Rock Spring without going up a steep hill. I'll just throw this out there in case someone has thoughts: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3035455

Mikey
08-08-2013, 08:48 AM
So... would any of you kidical mass regulars be up for a super-special bonus ride that would be filmed by real film people? It would have to be August 24 or 25.

BTW, I mapped the least hilly route (I think) from Rock Spring to Potomac Overlook. I've never biked this area, so I need serious recon, but it would let us hit 2 trails that I doubt we'd otherwise get to: Rock Spring and Donaldson Run. The route only violates my "no more than 5% grade up" rule for a short section, and it doesn't go over 6% grade. I have no idea how someone would get back to Rock Spring without going up a steep hill. I'll just throw this out there in case someone has thoughts: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3035455

My family and I are biking to lockhouse 6 from Fairfax on the 23rd and staying the weekend in the lockhouse. You are welcome to bike out the canal from Georgetown and meet us on Saturday morning if you would like a tour of the lockhouse. The trip is about 5 miles from the waterfront park on K/Water street to Magazine lock (6). and it is under a 2% grade the entire way.
If you want part of the ride in Arlington, you can always jump across the Chain bridge (1/2 mile south of the lockhouse) and do some WeeHoo/trail-a-bike/cargobike runs up and down 41st street.

btj
08-08-2013, 08:57 AM
So... would any of you kidical mass regulars be up for a super-special bonus ride that would be filmed by real film people? It would have to be August 24 or 25.

I'm definitely interested if we can make it. 25th is probably better for us. What would the video be used for?

dasgeh
08-22-2013, 12:41 PM
Howdy,

I'm in planning mode for the September ride. How about this route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3168165

Highlights:
* meet at Arlington's newest community center, Arlington Mill (*Need to confirm the playground will be open for meet up)
* bike past 2 of Arlington's community gardens
* end at the Columbia Pike farmer's market

Note: there is a very short section of this route that violates my max 5% grade rule. There are also 2 short sections which go less than -5% grade - I'll recon to make sure those are ok. The overall route is 3.2 miles.

Thoughts? Will anyone want to visit the community gardens, or should we just ride past and admire the bounty of nature?

chris_s
08-22-2013, 01:49 PM
Just throwing out an alternative. It loses the coolness of the community gardens, but is much flatter. Still starts at a playground (Alcova Heights Park) and still ends at the Columbia Pike Farmer's Market. It's kind of a tour of South Arlington playgrounds (including a brief jaunt down a dead end so as to get to Butler Holmes Park because it has the biggest, coolest climbing structure I've ever seen at a playground).

I could extend it to hit more playgrounds but it is already 3.4 miles.

Also it'd be shorter and pass one more playground if it came down Walter Reed Drive to the Farmer's Market but I wasn't sure how folks would feel about Walter Reed. It has a bike lane until around 9th Road, but getting over to the Farmer's Market would be a little squirrely - probably do a pedestrian style left turn.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3168626

dasgeh
08-22-2013, 02:45 PM
Chris, that's a great alternative. And really funny, because I started with "let's end at the CP Farmer's Market" and had something similar to you're route.

What about this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3169244 (slight changes from yours so 1) we don't have to turn around in a culdesac and 2) we go past the back of that park on Walter Reed)

I agree that it's best to get to the farmer's market using the light at 11th.

chris_s
08-26-2013, 11:48 AM
Riding THROUGH Butler Holmes park? What a remarkably obvious solution that seriously never occurred to me. Sometimes I wonder about myself.

I think that route is the bee's knees. Patrick Henry playground isn't really visible from Highland but whatever. With young kids riding their own bikes I'd rather play it safe and stay off Walter Reed as you have indicated.

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 09:19 AM
Harvest Ride is planned: http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/2013/09/harvest-ride-sunday-september-15-2013.html

I reconned the route Friday, and it should be great. The first hill is a little intimidating, but it looks much worse than it is. Otherwise, it's really pretty flat.

Chris, after the recon, I don't want to go through the park -- there are sharp turns in the path in the park, and the real killer - there are no curb cuts where the path comes out of the park near the basketball courts.

ARLINGTON COUNTY PARK DESIGNERS -- Why would you ever have a paved path come to a narrow sidewalk and not have a curb cut to get to the road? Seriously. (Of course, this isn't as bad as Falls Church, where there's a bike path that doesn't have it's own curb cut -- and the nearest driveway is pretty far. Sigh).

Anyway, it should be a great ride. Who's in?

chris_s
09-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Chris, after the recon, I don't want to go through the park -- there are sharp turns in the path in the park, and the real killer - there are no curb cuts where the path comes out of the park near the basketball courts.

I'll see if I can get this fixed as part of our next NC project in the park (which should be coming up for final design shortly).

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 11:28 AM
I'll see if I can get this fixed as part of our next NC project in the park (which should be coming up for final design shortly).

If it works with the design, it actually would be better if the path came around the west side of the bball courts then met the road at a curb cut. When you get the east side of the courts, there's a drop off from the trail that would be iffy for a kid on a bike. (Sharp turn + Drop off if you miss the turn = not fun)

americancyclo
09-09-2013, 11:45 AM
Why would you ever have a paved path come to a narrow sidewalk and not have a curb cut to get to the road? Seriously. (Of course, this isn't as bad as Falls Church, where there's a bike path that doesn't have it's own curb cut -- and the nearest driveway is pretty far.

Where is this?

dasgeh
09-09-2013, 12:26 PM
Where is this?

The first is on the 1st St S side of Butler Holmes Park in Arlington. The second is one end of one of the little trails on this ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3320666 (I don't remember exactly where, but it might be the S Oak St of the trail along Tripps Run).

jopamora
09-14-2013, 09:01 AM
Looks like yall will ride past the Mid Autumn Festival (https://sites.google.com/site/trungthufestival/)at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

americancyclo
09-14-2013, 10:45 AM
The first is on the 1st St S side of Butler Holmes Park in Arlington. The second is one end of one of the little trails on this ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3320666 (I don't remember exactly where, but it might be the S Oak St of the trail along Tripps Run).
Yeah, that's where it is. That whole Falls Church City Bicycle Path is garbage though. I found a PDF online and added it to Open Street Maps, but it's pretty useless, filled with tree roots and sometimes even dangerous (The connection between Cavalier Trails Park and E Fairfax Dr are pretty miserable and havily trafficed with no good place to stage a crossing)

oldbikechick
09-14-2013, 08:23 PM
We are thinking about joining the harvest ride tomorrow, but wondered about whether or not my 7 year old daughter is experienced enough. She's been riding without the training wheels since about mid-summer, but hasn't really been riding on the street, but rather car-less boardwalks and bike paths. I thought a group ride might be a good way for her to learn, but haven't been on one of these so don't know quite what to expect. Appreciate any advice.

Thanks!

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 08:44 AM
We are thinking about joining the harvest ride tomorrow, but wondered about whether or not my 7 year old daughter is experienced enough. She's been riding without the training wheels since about mid-summer, but hasn't really been riding on the street, but rather car-less boardwalks and bike paths. I thought a group ride might be a good way for her to learn, but haven't been on one of these so don't know quite what to expect. Appreciate any advice.

Thanks!

Sorry I didn't see this on Saturday, but I'm so glad you guys came. My husband (who was the caboose and actually saw you guys riding) said your daughter did great! He meant to say something to you before he left, but got derailed dealing with fussy baby. <He said that to me without seeing this post.> :-)

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 08:46 AM
The Harvest Ride was Super Awesome! Huge thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Extra special thanks to ChrisS for the route, Dirt for the ride marshalling/videography/photography/general spirit-lifting, and Grant for excellent caboosing.

Which reminds me, everyone is welcome at these rides. They're fun, and you get to discover new neighborhoods, and you get to watch kids discover the joys of cycling.

chris_s
09-16-2013, 08:48 AM
It was great seeing everybody on Sunday! Thanks again to dasgeh for all of your hard work!

I say we should try to work a cul-de-sac into every ride - it was awesome getting to ride past everybody :)

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 08:53 AM
And on to the next ride. For those not on our facebook page:

The Arlington Fun Ride (http://ow.ly/oOVtp) is a great, family-friendly ride that goes mostly on the famous "Arlington Loop" (about 17 miles). For those looking for a more leisurely morning of riding, there will be a Kidical Mass Arlington-organized Kids Ride. We'll meet in Crystal City at 10am, and ride for about 3 miles.

The obvious choices would be:
A: The MVT Loop (something like this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3339066)
B: The Pentagon Reservation Loop (something like this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3339183)
C: The Neighborhood Loop (something like this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3339208)

The good news is that all of those are about 3 miles, and all are flat, by Arlington standards. All of those example routes could be reversed.

Questions for you guys:
A: Will we be doomed by that FMR trail demolition? We were thinking of doing that circle clockwise (on the MVT first) so we don't clog the CC Connector trail as everyone else is coming back from the big Fun Ride.

B: Is Long Bridge Drive too much of a mess? Looking at google maps, there seem to be paths through Long Bridge Park -- could we take the eastern-most path from Crystal Drive to where it reconnects with LB Dr neat the storage place? I haven't reconned (or ever been there) - are there curb cuts and such?

C: I designed the neighborhood loop to hit 3 miles and stay pretty flat - is there anything we should definitely ride past? Any roads to avoid? Any other considerations?

Thanks, y'all

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 09:00 AM
Looks like yall will ride past the Mid Autumn Festival (https://sites.google.com/site/trungthufestival/)at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

Sorry I missed that. There was very little evidence of it outside. Plus, in order to avoid Glebe, we had to turn just before the gym...

btj
09-16-2013, 09:09 AM
Not sure we could have had better weather yesterday! Thanks as always dasgeh for organizing.

I made a video of my daughter and I from the ride:


http://youtu.be/QVctDyJI6LA

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 09:24 AM
Not sure we could have had better weather yesterday! Thanks as always dasgeh for organizing.

I made a video of my daughter and I from the ride:

Thanks so much. I take complete credit for the weather. Oh, wait...

That video is amazing! Thanks for sharing. Definitely one of the best illustrations of why it's great to bike with your kids.

Do you mind if I put it on the KM-A site?

Thanks!

btj
09-16-2013, 09:31 AM
Do you mind if I put it on the KM-A site?

Don't mind at all. Just sent you a PM too.

chris_s
09-16-2013, 02:23 PM
B: Is Long Bridge Drive too much of a mess? Looking at google maps, there seem to be paths through Long Bridge Park -- could we take the eastern-most path from Crystal Drive to where it reconnects with LB Dr neat the storage place? I haven't reconned (or ever been there) - are there curb cuts and such?

You can definitely roll in from the south, the question is really can you get back out again on the north end effectively. There are a lot of grade changes on the site and so a lot of those paths have pesky things like stairs. Might be possible. From what I've heard and seen, construction on Long Bridge Drive has come a long way, but I haven't been down there recently enough to know if it has progressed to the point that you'd want to take kids down it.

dasgeh
09-16-2013, 03:05 PM
You can definitely roll in from the south, the question is really can you get back out again on the north end effectively. There are a lot of grade changes on the site and so a lot of those paths have pesky things like stairs. Might be possible. From what I've heard and seen, construction on Long Bridge Drive has come a long way, but I haven't been down there recently enough to know if it has progressed to the point that you'd want to take kids down it.

I'm not sure when I'll have time to recon. If anyone can roll through there and let me know, I'd really appreciate it. There may even be a cowbell in it for you... ;-)

dbb
09-16-2013, 03:36 PM
There are some pretty tight turns coming of the portion of Long Bridge Park near the RR tracks (with a great view of the airport) through the area where the soccer fields are down to Long Bridge Drive. If I had a herd of kids, I would probably go back to Crystal drive and then hang two rights to get on Long Bridge Drive.

I'll try to check out the drive on the way home and will report status.

CaseyKane50
09-16-2013, 03:51 PM
You can ride on the east side of the Long Bridge park, but the connection down to Long Bridge Drive on the west side is a bit rough. If you try and exit the park on the north, you have to cross over dirt and broken asphalt to get onto Long Bridge Drive. There are tight ramps to get into the parking lot that would give you access to Long Bridge Drive. Long Bridge Drive is still a work in progress, but is improved from a few months ago. Heading north on Long Bridge Drive, the road is rough, but passable. Once you pass under the 395 underpass, the road smooths out.

dbb
09-16-2013, 07:26 PM
As promised (threatened?), photos. Bottom line - Long Bridge Drive isn't ready for prime time.

Not sure what route is planned but Boundary Channel Drive under 395 is pretty rough.

Here is the east end of Long Bridge (before the storage place)
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/LongBridgeDrive201309161_zps4e27df2a.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/LongBridgeDrive201309161_zps4e27df2a.jpg.html)

And right next to the storage place (looking towards the fields)

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/LongBridgeDrive201309162_zps95d41599.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/LongBridgeDrive201309162_zps95d41599.jpg.html)

Looking into the park parking lot

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/LongBridgeDrive201309165_zpsc8ab2781.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/LongBridgeDrive201309165_zpsc8ab2781.jpg.html)

And near the new Boeing building (approaching Crystal Drive)

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/LongBridgeDrive201309167_zps965d0522.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/LongBridgeDrive201309167_zps965d0522.jpg.html)

oldbikechick
09-16-2013, 07:58 PM
Sorry I didn't see this on Saturday, but I'm so glad you guys came. My husband (who was the caboose and actually saw you guys riding) said your daughter did great! He meant to say something to you before he left, but got derailed dealing with fussy baby. <He said that to me without seeing this post.> :-)

Thanks for organizing - a great time was had by all. And, we were inspired to get a wee-hoo. We're looking forward to the next ride!

dasgeh
09-17-2013, 08:13 AM
Thanks for organizing - a great time was had by all. And, we were inspired to get a wee-hoo. We're looking forward to the next ride!

I really need to find a local bike shop that stocks WeeHoos and get them to sponsor. That's at least the 2nd sold by KM-A. I'm thinking sponsorship would entail snacks at the start / finish of each ride, more swag and maybe even bike shop discounts...

and Thanks!

americancyclo
09-17-2013, 08:55 AM
I really need to find a local bike shop that stocks WeeHoos
Freshbikes

oldbikechick
09-17-2013, 08:10 PM
I really need to find a local bike shop that stocks WeeHoos and get them to sponsor. That's at least the 2nd sold by KM-A. I'm thinking sponsorship would entail snacks at the start / finish of each ride, more swag and maybe even bike shop discounts...

and Thanks!

We got ours from Big Wheel Bikes by Spout Run. They had at least one in stock :)

Dirt
09-17-2013, 08:16 PM
Freshbikes
I think the Arlington store has one. We can get them at the Mosaic store pretty quickly.

Dirt
09-17-2013, 08:17 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/9791754705_e7f10dfaef_b.jpg

The rest of the photos from Sunday. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogringo/sets/72157635598816973/)

Thanks for letting me tag along. That was a lot of fun.

hozn
09-17-2013, 09:54 PM
I really need to find a local bike shop that stocks WeeHoos and get them to sponsor. That's at least the 2nd sold by KM-A. I'm thinking sponsorship would entail snacks at the start / finish of each ride, more swag and maybe even bike shop discounts...

and Thanks!

I got mine at REI.

dasgeh
09-18-2013, 08:24 AM
BTW, Have you all seen the double WeeHoo? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151190614606611&set=a.10150203688846611.317381.78360906610&type=1

mstone
09-18-2013, 08:56 AM
BTW, Have you all seen the double WeeHoo? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151190614606611&set=a.10150203688846611.317381.78360906610&type=1

It's like a pedicab for children; the minivan of the car-lite.

My budget is lucky they didn't have this a couple of years ago: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151501122266611&set=a.10150203688846611.317381.78360906610&type=1&theater

jopamora
09-18-2013, 10:16 AM
Maybe I don't need a cargo bike anymore.


BTW, Have you all seen the double WeeHoo? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151190614606611&
set=a.10150203688846611.317381.78360906610&type=1

ShawnoftheDread
09-18-2013, 10:34 AM
Lazy kid in the back, or forced labor in the front?

mstone
09-18-2013, 10:42 AM
Lazy kid in the back, or forced labor in the front?

I think you have to call them "stoker" and "slacker".

btj
09-18-2013, 10:46 AM
Lazy kid in the back, or forced labor in the front?

Maybe the rear kid is responsible for braking Flintstones-style because I don't see a place the feet to go.

mstone
09-18-2013, 10:55 AM
Maybe the rear kid is responsible for braking Flintstones-style because I don't see a place the feet to go.

The comments say they left it out to make the picture cleaner. See https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151544302436611&set=a.10151544301851611.1073741829.78360906610&type=3&theater

dasgeh
09-18-2013, 01:45 PM
On the routing for the Oct. 5 ride, after some more recon, here is what we're thinking:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3379060

The pavement on Long Bridge and Boundary Channel isn't great, but isn't worse than the "bad" roads in Arlington. Kidical Mass Arlington has been on some of those "bad" roads, and I don't think they're a big deal. We're rolling along slowly, and I'll be sure to warn people to look out for potholes and such.

Thoughts?

btj
09-18-2013, 02:32 PM
dasgeh, what is the pad thing called that your son leans against in your bakfiets (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogringo/9791847063/in/photostream/)?

My daughter has fallen asleep on multiple occasions and I've been trying to figure out a setup so she can sleep comfortably. Right now I usually just put a bag next to her that she can lean on (not the most comfortable I'm sure) but if she could lean forward onto something that would probably be fairly comfy.

dasgeh
09-18-2013, 03:41 PM
dasgeh, what is the pad thing called that your son leans against in your bakfiets (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogringo/9791847063/in/photostream/)?

My daughter has fallen asleep on multiple occasions and I've been trying to figure out a setup so she can sleep comfortably. Right now I usually just put a bag next to her that she can lean on (not the most comfortable I'm sure) but if she could lean forward onto something that would probably be fairly comfy.

That's the Hand Rest for the Bobike Mini (http://www.bobikeusa.com/Bobike-Mini-Hand-Rest-BB-MHR.htm). In a moment of DIY handiness, we bolted the bobike mini adapter to the bench, so we can put the seat into it, giving the little guy more support than just sitting on the bench (and freeing him from having to look at us the whole ride and the confines of the car seat). The hand rest secures in with the bobike seat. We're pretty big fans. Maybe you could affix that to the box itself?

Have you considered bolting in a seat? We have one that friends gave us that could be mutilated to work with a box -- the piece to attach it to a normal bike broke off, so it's ripe for the sawing and bolting....

consularrider
09-18-2013, 03:44 PM
On the routing for the Oct. 5 ride, after some more recon, here is what we're thinking:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3379060

The pavement on Long Bridge and Boundary Channel isn't great, but isn't worse than the "bad" roads in Arlington. Kidical Mass Arlington has been on some of those "bad" roads, and I don't think they're a big deal. We're rolling along slowly, and I'll be sure to warn people to look out for potholes and such.

Thoughts?
Just a be careful of the I-395 on/off ramps on Boundry Channel Dr.

btj
09-18-2013, 04:07 PM
Have you considered bolting in a seat? We have one that friends gave us that could be mutilated to work with a box -- the piece to attach it to a normal bike broke off, so it's ripe for the sawing and bolting....

It's something I've considered but haven't really looked into yet. I'd definitely like to check out the seat your have, thanks! Is it basically a wooden bench?

CaseyKane50
09-18-2013, 04:10 PM
On the routing for the Oct. 5 ride, after some more recon, here is what we're thinking:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3379060

The pavement on Long Bridge and Boundary Channel isn't great, but isn't worse than the "bad" roads in Arlington. Kidical Mass Arlington has been on some of those "bad" roads, and I don't think they're a big deal. We're rolling along slowly, and I'll be sure to warn people to look out for potholes and such.

Thoughts?

Saw signs this morning that Boundary Channel is scheduled to be closed this weekend (Friday, September 20 9 pm - Monday, September 23 5 am), but based on your map, you might be avoiding the section that is going to be closed.

What if you went south in Crystal City and entered Alexandria using Potomac Avenue or is this strictly an Arlington County ride?

dasgeh
09-18-2013, 04:16 PM
It's something I've considered but haven't really looked into yet. I'd definitely like to check out the seat your have, thanks! Is it basically a wooden bench?

The seat we have for mutilating is something like this (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/78010?productId=1290916&qs=3016887_mercent_google_pla&kpid=78010&attrValue_0=Not%20Applicable&mr:referralID=904cafdc-20a6-11e3-bae4-001b2166c2c0) (I have NO IDEA what brand, and it's used, but it looks basically like that). Say the word and it's yours.

The bakfiets comes with a wooden bench that's attached to the back of the box with a hinge. It's pretty awesome. Storage underneath, comfort for the bigger kids, ability to bolt things onto it (the internet is rich with ideas, especially if you speak Dutch or are patient with google translate).

btj
09-18-2013, 10:43 PM
The seat we have for mutilating is something like this (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/78010?productId=1290916&qs=3016887_mercent_google_pla&kpid=78010&attrValue_0=Not%20Applicable&mr:referralID=904cafdc-20a6-11e3-bae4-001b2166c2c0) (I have NO IDEA what brand, and it's used, but it looks basically like that). Say the word and it's yours.

I like the idea of having the sides to lean against when she get tired though I don't think I want to add something that big to the box. I definitely appreciate the offer and will let you know if I second guess myself.

The bench sounds great... maybe a DIY project to look into.

chris_s
09-19-2013, 09:39 AM
I really need to find a local bike shop that stocks WeeHoos and get them to sponsor. That's at least the 2nd sold by KM-A. I'm thinking sponsorship would entail snacks at the start / finish of each ride, more swag and maybe even bike shop discounts...

My Weehoo is en route as well.

dasgeh
09-30-2013, 04:00 PM
FYI, Kidical Mass Arlington / Arlington Fun Ride Family Ride (http://kidicalmassarl.blogspot.com/2013/09/next-ride-105-arlington-fun-ride.html) meets 10am this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 18th and Crystal Dr in Crystal City (start/finish of the AFR).

If you prefer*:
- Sleeping in
- Tunnels
- Riding with kids
- True group-ride style
- 3.5 mostly flat miles
- Finishing a ride to a cheering section

Then sleep in and join us for the Family Ride! (Or do the full ride really fast, then join us for the Family Ride)

*Some of these things are also on the full AFR, but aren't as cool. :-)