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Dirt
09-26-2013, 11:32 PM
I suck as a forum member these days. Just too many things going on. That said... I do have a new group ride that I'd like to get going each week. It is in sync with some folks' Friday commute.

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Anyone who knows me well, has figured out that one of my favorite things to do is get a bunch of people from very different circles in my life, mix them together and go for a bike ride. I've got lots of friends who work in bike shops. I've got lots of friends who are loyal to one or two local bike shops. For lots of good reasons, we never get to ride together. We're all doing our own shop rides… not anyone else's.

This ride is to get us all together to enjoy a social ride and some coffee before the shops open. Some folks can join on their ride to work. Some may have the day off and want to join in for the fun.

We'll start the ride from Bikenetic in Falls Church at 0700. We'll roll East on the W&OD, take the Custis trail and Roosevelt bridge into DC. We'll roll through GW to Friday Coffee Club, The Original at ME Swing at 17th and G. NW. We'll roll out of FCC at 8:45 and head South along the MVT to National Airport. From there we'll take the W&OD back to Bikenetic.

This is a social ride to just hang out. Take pride in a local bike shop! It can be the shop you own, work for or frequent. It can be a really cool shop that you went to during a road trip. I don't care what shop… If you're feeling particularly Kumbaya-esque, plan a jersey swap with someone from another shop. If you need to go incognito, we can arrange a cardboard mustache to act as a disguise.

If that's your ride corridor and you love a local bike shop.... ANY local bike shop.... Please plan to join us.

Hugs and kisses,

Pete

Dirt
09-26-2013, 11:33 PM
First ride is wheels rolling in less than 7 hours.

dcv
09-27-2013, 08:09 AM
Thanks Pete for organizing, sorry these pics are blurry

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20130927_073323_zps7149f245.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20130927_074740_zps72304ac2.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20130927_074826_zps9e47dfac.jpg

americancyclo
09-27-2013, 08:20 AM
Great fun! Nice way to start the Friday, even if I didn't have time for coffee club.

americancyclo
09-27-2013, 08:23 AM
Thanks Pete for organizing, sorry these pics are blurry
I see your blurry pics (har har), and raise you:
"S curve of death"
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Everyone westbound on the bridge loved us
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bikeeveryday
09-27-2013, 08:29 AM
That was fun. Thanks for the Belt Buckle swap, Pete!

KayakCyndi
09-27-2013, 08:29 AM
Thanks all. Super fun riding with the convoy.

eminva
09-27-2013, 08:37 AM
Thanks, Pete! It was fun. Made me late to work, oh well.

It was an action packed a.m. after my stop at Swings -- Arlingtonrider and I witnessed a car hit a cyclist's trailer as she turned from 17th onto G. She did roll down her window but was totally unapologetic. She got out of there in a hurry when I got my camera out. I think the cyclist was okay, he rode on.

Then, as I was about to ride into my parking garage, a limo in front of me stopped to discharge passengers. Guess who got out? Richard Gere!

Liz

consularrider
09-27-2013, 08:37 AM
I missed the photo op at the intersection of doom since I had peeled off at the Veitch St access, but am the second to the last rider on americancyclo's photo of the group crossing the Custis Trail's Sprout Run overpass (Bikenetic jersey).

vvill
09-27-2013, 08:44 AM
The "official" Bikenetic ride departed 30 mins later...
http://distilleryimage9.ak.instagram.com/e2258fb2277711e39e7f22000aa821b6_7.jpg

I didn't even have any coffee or food at Swing's, there were so many people at FCC to talk to. And the line was long - we should get a M.E. Swing's sponsored bike or something.

(Elevenses can't come soon enough.)

jrenaut
09-27-2013, 09:22 AM
Glad I made it before the big crew rolled out. It was really cool to see so many people, both FCC regulars and non. And great to see Bilsko back on a bike.

dasgeh
09-27-2013, 09:29 AM
If this is a regular thing, let me know when you get to Cherrydale, and I'll jump on then...

Arlingtonrider
09-27-2013, 10:04 AM
I was wondering how there just happened to be so many of my Virginia friends at #FCC this morning. :D I had no idea that you all convoyed over. Great idea! Really enjoyed seeing everyone.

KelOnWheels
09-27-2013, 10:12 AM
I'll try to make it next week (who knows, I may not have to go to work! :P )

MattAune
09-27-2013, 10:17 AM
I totally missed this. It does explain the rather low turnout at FCCII this morning though.

consularrider
09-27-2013, 10:32 AM
I'll try to make it next week (who knows, I may not have to go to work! :P )
If we're all furloughed, we can have the Tour de FCC.

Dirt
09-27-2013, 11:22 AM
That was a blast!

Next week is already in the works. Friday Morning, wheels rolling at 7:10am from Tri360. 2121 N. Westmoreland St. Arlington, VA

Same Modus Operandi. We'll roll down W&OD to Custis... we may have a splinter group head for Friday Coffee Club II at Java Hut in Arlington when we hit Rosslyn. The rest will head to FCC I, then head south on 15th Street, over into Virginia, south on the MVT and back home to Tri 360 a little after 10am.

See y'all out there.

Pete

consularrider
09-27-2013, 12:30 PM
... we may have a splinter group head for Friday Coffee Club II at Java Hut in Arlington when we hit Rosslyn ...
Java the Hut? :confused:

Dirt
02-06-2014, 05:31 AM
Alright! I'd like to start these up again, even though we don't have the furlough as an excuse. I've missed the Friday morning rides.

Can I get a shout-out from those who ride from the west? Please answer two questions....

What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?

My start time on Fridays is flexible... It is my one ride day each week. I usually roll in from the intersection of Virginia Lane and the W&OD. My destination can be Coffee Club I (17th & G NW) or Coffee Club II (Java Hut).

We'll get this rolling again in the next week or so. If there's a decent response today, then we'll give it a go tomorrow.

Thanks!

Pete

eminva
02-06-2014, 05:39 AM
What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?

Hello Pete -- I was hoping to return to bike commuting tomorrow now that I've more or less recovered from the croup (as diagnosed by my co-worker).

I start in Vienna. I usually start about 7 but could start as early as 6:20. Earlier is doable but requires coordination with the troops here.

Liz

americancyclo
02-06-2014, 06:25 AM
Can I get a shout-out from those who ride from the west?
HELL YES!

What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?

615-630
Shreve & W&OD

MattAune
02-06-2014, 06:26 AM
What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?



5:00-5:10. Pick up the W&OD at Sycamore normally.

I will wait for you by brandymore castle, 5:30 sound good? :)

KayakCyndi
02-06-2014, 06:30 AM
On Fridays I roll out around 6:45 to 7:00 from 50/Annandale picking up W&OD at EFC. Would love to ride with you and everyone. Tomorrow I'm out as have PT at 7am in Ballston but am planning to swing by FCCIi after that.

dcv
02-06-2014, 07:39 AM
i'm in, usually rolling about the same time as Liz and Cyndi. Just name the place & time, thx
v

consularrider
02-06-2014, 07:42 AM
Well, you ride right by me as I head to FCCII aroung 7:10, but I'd be happy for an incentive to get out a little earlier and meet you all further to the west.

culimerc
02-06-2014, 08:28 AM
I usually take off out of the bat-cave just before 7am. Tomorrow I could be talked into a downtown commute.

ShawnoftheDread
02-06-2014, 08:37 AM
I pick up the WOD at EFC, normally too late for most of you. But I'll have a somewhat new (earlier) schedule next week so hopefully I'll be able to meet up.

MattAune
02-06-2014, 08:43 AM
I pick up the WOD at EFC, normally too late for most of you. But I'll have a somewhat new (earlier) schedule next week so hopefully I'll be able to meet up.

Earlier meaning before noon? :)

It turns out I am not working tomorrow. I do have to depart FCCII by 8:15 though, so depending on what time you start I may meet you for a bit.

ShawnoftheDread
02-06-2014, 08:48 AM
Earlier meaning before noon? :)

It turns out I am not working tomorrow. I do have to depart FCCII by 8:15 though, so depending on what time you start I may meet you for a bit.

Meaning I think I'll be leaving at 7 instead of 7:30 or 7:45. But maybe at 6:30 on Fridays.

MattAune
02-06-2014, 07:38 PM
So is this happening? I now don't have to be home until around 10. Will definitely do FCC. Which one to choose?

vvill
02-06-2014, 08:26 PM
Can I get a shout-out from those who ride from the west? Please answer two questions....

What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?

Fridays, around 6:45am. Give or take an hour. :D

I start my ride from home, and usually take roads if it's < 7am, with a bit of the Custis. I can also hit the W&OD at Little Falls.

I'm planning to be a FCC I'er tomorrow.

Steve O
02-06-2014, 08:36 PM
What time do you normally roll out? Roughly where do you start your ride?

Thanks!
Pete

I start just east of EFC, but I'm very unpredictable. My target is to leave by 7, but that can differ by 5 mins earlier to too late to get to FCC2 at all. Hopefully I'll be there for at least a little while manana.

Dirt
02-06-2014, 08:42 PM
Cool! I think I've got a pretty good idea of the timing of things. We'll start next week. I may see some of you tomorrow morning on my way to FCCII.

Thanks!

Pete

Fast Friendly Guy
02-07-2014, 04:48 AM
Cool! I may see some of you tomorrow morning on my way to FCCII.

Thanks!

Pete

Not me! (on Fridays) (Wanh, wanh, wanh, sniffle)
I'll be giving a test while you are taking sips!

Subby
02-07-2014, 09:03 AM
i'm in, usually rolling about the same time as Liz and Cyndi. Just name the place & time, thx
v
Same. Biker gangs ftw.