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Fast Friendly Guy
01-25-2014, 03:20 PM
A Sailing We Will Go!
January 25, 2014
http://www.strava.com/activities/108906146

4550
Drawing: 7.4 miles
Full ride: 26.4 miles

Every neighborhood has secrets hidden in its streets!


I had to carry my bike over the barrier at Logan Circle to keep my jib line straight. I found streets for all my lines, except for one (diagonal at the bottom of the jib) I could have just used N St, but the diagonal looked so much better! I rode on N St with my gps off, then turned it back on when I reached Thomas Circle, hence the straight diagonal. I used a parking lot for the flag at the tip of the mast

Fast Friendly Guy
01-26-2014, 04:58 AM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/images/icons/icon1.png Mr. Smiley Arlington McLean--A Bicycle Self Portrait (Dec 15 2013)

Fast Friendly Guy
01-26-2014, 05:16 AM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/images/icons/icon1.png Strava Ride Art Jan 24, 2014


http://www.strava.com/activities/108697522

4653

Drawing only: 11.1 miles
Full Ride (in two parts) 14.5


It was a Friday and I went from MU Campus down to Java Shack and then back to my office in Ballston. When I uploaded my freezing saddles lunch ride, I said to myself, that's the head of a baby chicken! I looked around and George Mason Dr. was the perfect connector I needed to complete my chick! I used the Bluemont Connector path for the front leg, and made a wrong turn--but it looked better than my plan so I kept it--now there's a little meat on that chicken leg!

Awwwww..........I love baby animals!
"Remember, Son, a good winter bike is a chick magnet."

Fast Friendly Guy
01-26-2014, 05:18 AM
Title: I Found Nemo!
Date: January 20, 2014


http://www.strava.com/activities/107791087
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/images/misc/paperclip.png Attached Imageshttp://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4514&stc=1&d=1390253323
Drawing Only: 8.1 miles
Full Ride: 40.6 miles
Comment:
I can't remember how I got the idea for this but RFK Stadium was the perfect fish-eye. I had to carry my bike up and down stairs to get to the perimeter of the stadium, and until I actually rode it, I didn't know if stadium perimeter would be blocked to passage-thankfully it was not. I considered using E Capitol St Bridge to make this into a swordfish, but I decided the body was the wrong shape for that species--so instead, after climbing the jersey barrier with my bike, I walked on the grass to try to make puckered lips, but made them too small to really show. Lincoln Park Square is such a fertile source for radiating vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, so important in every Strava artist's toolbox! (see Dreams of Spring-Jan 20 '14)

Fast Friendly Guy
01-26-2014, 05:48 AM
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/images/icons/icon1.png City Writing---Happy New Year!


January 4, 2014
http://www.strava.com/activities/103951103
Zoom for details

Fast Friendly Guy
01-26-2014, 03:19 PM
I know you're out there! :)

Eminva did a masterful Pig/dog-- http://www.strava.com/activities/107823107
Dasgeh did an amazing sideways hobbyhorse-- http://www.strava.com/activities/106163900
Peter K did an ostrich (sorta) thing-- http://www.strava.com/activities/108903374

Come join me! You don't need to be a bicycle Michelangelo; you just need a GPS, a Strava account, and an imagination!
Post your Strava Art in this thread

Dave P

dasgeh
01-27-2014, 08:53 AM
To be fair, mine was completely unintentional. And is a Rorschach test of how dirty your mind is.

americancyclo
01-27-2014, 02:05 PM
We all live in a yellow...
http://www.strava.com/activities/109395195
4574

Fast Friendly Guy
01-29-2014, 12:55 PM
We all live in a yellow...
http://www.strava.com/activities/109395195
4574

Shawn, Very creative! I like the way you used Folger Park to create your propeller diagonals. I do the same thing with parks, circles, and open areas (like the mall) We must compare notes and share techniques!

americancyclo
01-29-2014, 02:55 PM
Shawn, Very creative! I like the way you used Folger Park to create your propeller diagonals. I do the same thing with parks, circles, and open areas (like the mall) We must compare notes and share techniques!

my technique is ridewithgps and my garmin 800. even that fails me on a pretty regular basis

Fast Friendly Guy
01-30-2014, 06:12 AM
my technique is ridewithgps and my garmin 800. even that fails me on a pretty regular basis

Shawn,
Same here, ridewithgps and my garmin 810. Lots of planning to pick a route that minimizes backtracking (not always what you'd think if you were drawing by hand)

I also employ back-up recordings on my Garmin Oregon 650, edge 200 and sometimes iPhone. As a purist, at heart, I limit my drawings to follow streets, but take advantage of parks, parking lots, fields (open spaces) to draw between streets (you did this on your propeller and I'm doing it on my elephant, taking advantage of artistic opportunities on the national mall between Wash Mon and Smithsonian). Also, I discovered small doesn't work because GPS resolution is insufficient for any art contained in an area less than one-half mile in diameter--see my Raffa Festive 500 Patch at the very tip of Hanes Pt.
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4376&d=1388460616&thumb=1 (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4376&d=1388460616)
Festive 500 patch variation--This is what it was supposed to look like!


http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4377&d=1388447865&thumb=1 (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4377&d=1388460617)
This is what actually got recorded!

http://www.strava.com/activities/102866148

DismalScientist
01-30-2014, 07:36 AM
I discovered small doesn't work because GPS resolution is insufficient for any art contained in an area less than one-half mile in diameter

Tell me about it...:rolleyes:
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?5285-Mow-my-lawn-for-Strava-glory

Fast Friendly Guy
01-30-2014, 07:42 AM
Tell me about it...:rolleyes:
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?5285-Mow-my-lawn-for-Strava-glory


Dismal, you are the Joan Miro of Strava Artists
http://app.strava.com/segments/4549900

americancyclo
01-30-2014, 08:59 AM
Dismal, you are the Joan Miro of Strava Artists
http://app.strava.com/segments/4549900

That sir, is an affront to my sensibilities.

But it gives me wonderful ideas.

JimF22003
01-30-2014, 09:16 AM
I challenge somebody to do a Jackson Pollock...

sethpo
01-30-2014, 04:14 PM
Boeing sees your Strava art and raises you a 747 flight plan....

4606

Via: http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/1/30/5362510/boeing-seahawks-flight-photos

Fast Friendly Guy
01-30-2014, 04:46 PM
Boeing sees your Strava art and raises you a 747 flight plan....

Via: http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/1/30/5362510/boeing-seahawks-flight-photos

Man, I wish I could sit in a nice cozy cockpit and draw, instead of freezing, dodging cars, waiting at lights, and wondering about some of the neighborhoods I've seen! :p

eminva
02-01-2014, 09:58 AM
Happy New Year! (http://www.strava.com/activities/110376406)

4649

(The hyperlink above will take you to the Strava entry).

ShawnoftheDread
02-01-2014, 10:29 AM
^^Alphabet Pony^^

Fast Friendly Guy
02-01-2014, 09:26 PM
[QUOTE=eminva;76280]Happy New Year! (http://www.strava.com/activities/110376406)

QUOTE]

Eminva,
There is so much I like about your 15+ mile Strava horse! I admire your excellent use of streets to create your drawing, especially the mane, the ear, and the tail. I understand the patience and precision needed for the backtracking required to create the legs and tail. I enjoy the gestural angle of the rear legs and the whimsical hooves on the front legs, all delivered with playful yet credible lines. This is larger and more complex than your first creation (the pig) plus this horse has the vertical orientation which, in my opinion, is the mark of a superior Strava drawing. I can't wait to see what's next!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-01-2014, 09:47 PM
Elephant
Feb 1, 2014
http://www.strava.com/activities/110483201

4654
Drawing: 7.7 miles
Full Ride: 38.6 miles

Comment
Between the planning and the practice rides, this drawing took a few days to accomplish. The ride/drawing itself is close to 8 miles in length but the full ride (from home and back) was closer to 40 miles. I excluded the drawing from my BAFS tally, because it's already included in my full ride. As I'm sure you know the base of the Washington Monument is surrounded by a 12 foot high construction fence. You should have seen the looks on their faces, as I repeatedly explained (first) to the uniformed armed gate guard, (then) to the construction foreman in his trailer (and finally) to the National Park Service officer when I explained I wanted them to open the gate for me so I could ride my bike with GPS around the base of the monument because I needed it for the eye of my Strava art ELEPHANT!

I got my tires, rims, and shoes muddy crossing the mall and cutting the corners around museums...The sacrifices we artists must make for our work!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-02-2014, 06:12 AM
Dreams of Spring!
20.4 miles (drawing only)
47.4 miles (Full ride)
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/images/icons/icon1.png January 20, 2014
http://www.strava.com/activities/107291305
4651

My second drawing on Strava.
Dreams of Spring is a lot friendlier than my first drawing of that scary self-portrait that was supposed to be Mr. Smiley but looked more like a JACK-O-LANTERN.

Fast Friendly Guy
02-02-2014, 06:37 AM
Bike Arlington--Strava Writing
Dec 30, 2013
4652

http://www.strava.com/activities/102866148
Drawing Only 13.1 miles
Full Ride: 53.2 miles

Except for forgetting to do the bottom of the "B" and one short wrong turn on the "o", this turned out pretty much the way I planned it. Hey, I wonder...If I created a Strava segment for 'Bike Arlington' would I have a KOM? Next time I'm making the "B" a little bigger!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-02-2014, 06:50 AM
If you haven't tried Strava Art, you're missing out on a great way to ride the roads when the trails are 'ruts of death', plus it's fun and creative! Kudos to eminva, americancyclo, and dasgeh for joining in on the fun! Would you like to do it, but are afraid to try? No worries! It's all for fun, plus if you want, I and (I'm sure) the others would be happy to share tips!

Let's collect everyone's Strava drawings in this thread. I've collected my early stuff and re-posted it here. Everyone do the same and then document your future Strava Art creations in this thread!


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Title:
Date:
Image file showing the drawing
Strava Ride URL
Miles: Drawing Only
Miles: Full Ride
Comments, Explanation, Stories..

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eminva: Need your pig? dog?
dasgeh: Need your hobby horse
american cyclo: Any besides yellow submarine?

ShawnoftheDread
02-02-2014, 08:49 AM
eminva: Need your pig? dog?
dasgeh: Need your hobby horse
american cyclo: Any besides yellow submarine?

Liz did the horse, too.

Fast Friendly Guy
02-02-2014, 02:39 PM
Liz did the horse, too.

Of course, the horse... but it's already posted on this thread, and we're trying to collect the drawings not posted here yet !

eminva
02-02-2014, 06:40 PM
eminva: Need your pig? dog?


It's not much to write home about, but here it is:

http://www.strava.com/activities/107823107

4656

"Pig? . . . Or Dog? . . . I'm No David P." on January 20, 2014. 2.2 miles

Liz

Fast Friendly Guy
02-02-2014, 06:47 PM
It's a hit with me! Can you provide title date and mileage info?

vvill
02-02-2014, 09:11 PM
From a fellow Rusty Stud: http://www.strava.com/activities/110202022

creadinger
02-03-2014, 07:55 AM
From a fellow Rusty Stud: http://www.strava.com/activities/110202022

Nice! I totally forgot this thread existed.

I call it "Dancin' Snoopy"
January 31st
4658

http://www.strava.com/activities/110202022

The drawing alone is about 11 miles. The full ride was 13.4 miles.

The grave yard at the base of his right foot is tough. I had to turn off my GPS, then make my way through the grave yard, then turn it on again at the right spot to connect the dots for his foot. Otherwise, it was a little bit awkward seeing people out and about, then seeing them again, and in one case a third time. Anyway, with the shape of Martha Custis Dr., Gunston Rd, Tennessee Ave and Old Dominion Rd, I couldn't pass up drawing some sort of Snoopy.

I'm trying to design something else now, but it's hard.

vvill
02-03-2014, 08:39 AM
Also, I gotta say - the cantering elephant is very impressive. It can't be easy to add motion and expression to an animal and still make it so recognizable!

Tim Kelley
02-03-2014, 09:01 AM
Let's make this a little more interesting...

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?6533-Freezing-Saddles-February-Side-Competition

Justin Antos
02-04-2014, 08:52 AM
As a Capitol Hill resident, I am proud that our street grid is a good palette :).

Mikey
02-04-2014, 09:40 AM
Elephant
Feb 1, 2014
http://www.strava.com/activities/110483201

4654


Nice use of the <Pause> button to get the straignt line at the bottom of the elephant's charging paw, cause there is no other way to walk/ride a straight line from the buckeye drive exit, across 6 lanes of 395, and 2 of east basin drive to arrive unscathed on the sidewalk near Jefferson.



Nice work

vvill
02-04-2014, 10:09 AM
Nice use of the <Pause> button to get the straignt line at the bottom of the elephant's charging paw, cause there is no other way to walk/ride a straight line from the buckeye drive exit, across 6 lanes of 395, and 2 of east basin drive to arrive unscathed on the sidewalk near Jefferson.

The elephant eye is also interesting because it doesn't show up on the full ride map (http://www.strava.com/activities/110482750). I haven't figured out how that works!

Yeah I'm always in two minds about using the pause button. For occasional use, sure, but if you have a grid network and pause you can draw accurate diagonals and then almost anything you want. Looks cool, but doesn't seem as inventive then:
http://app.strava.com/activities/16198853

jabberwocky
02-04-2014, 10:19 AM
The elephant eye is also interesting because it doesn't show up on the full ride map (http://www.strava.com/activities/110482750). I haven't figured out how that works!Strava heavily simplifies the routes it displays. You can see that certain segments that likely took several minutes only have a couple of GPS points plotted on the map, when his computer likely recorded hundreds of points. Its probably just a website speed thing (makes it easier and faster to display).

If you download the GPX file and display it somewhere that plots all the recorded points the eye would show up.

Fast Friendly Guy
02-04-2014, 05:24 PM
Yeah I'm always in two minds about using the pause button. For occasional use, sure, but if you have a grid network and pause you can draw accurate diagonals and then almost anything you want. Looks cool, but doesn't seem as inventive then:
http://app.strava.com/activities/16198853


As a fan of Strava Art, I most admire drawings done without the pause button. As Will said, it's far more interesting and more challenging when a picture relies exclusively on roads, streets, trails, and parks for lines and diagonals. Mikey correctly spotted the pause I used for the elephant's foot, but it was my only use of pause in that drawing, and then only because there was absolutely no work-around. Bottom line on pauses: I try not to use them, but a close examination of my drawings reveals a rare straight line when there's no other choice and the drawing demands it. Of course you still have to ride to the endpoints--and sometimes that's a lot farther!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-12-2014, 09:44 PM
Title: "Rolling Down Columbia Pike"
Date: February 11,12
4744

Detail: Pedals
4746
Detail: Down Tube and Arlington Cemetery path
4747
Strava Ride URL http://www.strava.com/activities/112955803
Miles: Drawing Only: 42.6 miles
Miles: Full Ride 61.3


Comments:
I've been thinking about doing a bicycle for some time, but Tim's challenge got me going. I rode streets and neighborhoods in Arlington I've never seen before AND the temperature NEVER once got above freezing during my rides!


In four separate trips, my drawing took me on Arlington streets, roads, highways, alleys, and cutting across parks, yards, fields, construction areas, and cemeteries. I lifted my bike over, and then climbed, 4 separate fences, 3 highway jersey barriers, and 2 walls! To do the rear part of seat and chain stays, I had to ride the winding roads through Arlington Cemetery to the intersection of Grant and McClellan Drives to mark the rear wheel hub, which lines up perfectly with Arlington Blvd and Fairfax Dr for the rest of the stays. I counted on the weekend to finish my artwork, but the impending snow storm, forced me to do multiple rides per day to make Tim's deadline. The first flakes fell within hours of finishing!
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Fast Friendly Guy
02-15-2014, 06:25 PM
Feb 15, 2014
4795
Now Where Exactly is DCA?
On Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/113538131
13.7 miles (drawing only)
38.0 miles (Full ride)

When I left the house it was sleeting, and it stayed wintry the whole ride! By the the time I got home the wind was also a challenge. In spite of everything, however, this was a fun Strava drawing, most notable for the amount of off-road snow, slush, and mud! Cutting back and forth across the snow-covered front yard of the Capitol was a lot harder to execute than it was to plan (same for Stanton and Franklin Squares) The hefty walls and stairs don't show on the map even in the satellite view, and lifting the Black Battleship over and climbing was a lot of work! The rest was pretty much a breeze (but later, pretty much a gale)!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-20-2014, 10:27 AM
You know Tim's given everyone an extension to Feb 24 to do a Strava ride drawing of a bicycle in Arlington! So if you have a plan for a bike, you should ride it....err, draw it, err, both at the same time! I know there's a lot of talent out there--share it with us! Don't make me be the only one!

Steve O
02-20-2014, 11:19 AM
Don't make me be the only one!
Yeah. Well when this got started I thought, "hey, maybe I could do one of these." I even had an idea for a rectangle or something. Then you posted the butterfly and the flower and I balled up my sheet of paper and threw it away.

eminva
02-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Yeah. Well when this got started I thought, "hey, maybe I could do one of these." I even had an idea for a rectangle or something. Then you posted the butterfly and the flower and I balled up my sheet of paper and threw it away.

Pro Tip: Start with the DC or Arlington Bike Map, not any old piece of paper.

I am biding my time for more snow melt (and repeat recovery from the double dip cold/congestion thing) but will get my entry in for Tim's commission this weekend.

Liz

Steve O
02-20-2014, 01:04 PM
Pro Tip: .....
That perfectly identifies the problem.

Fast Friendly Guy
02-20-2014, 02:09 PM
Title: Bird of Peace
Date: Feb 20. 2014
Image file
​4819
Strava Ride URL: http://www.strava.com/activities/114749338
and http://www.strava.com/activities/111577094

Drawing Only: 35.2 miles
Full Ride: 42.4
Comments, Explanation, Stories..
I did the head and olive branch in the morning before work, but the hills took more time than I expected, so I had to ride the wings and tail feathers at lunch. Glad I didn't wait longer, because by mid afternoon ominous dark clouds were threatening rain. The idea for this began weeks ago when I looked a Strava ride I made between my office at Ballston, Marymount Main Campus and Arlington Central Library on Quincy. I said to myself: This is the head and beak of a giant bird! (second Strava link, above) From that point it was easy--all I had to do was find the rest of it! I considered leaving out the olive branch, because the best olive I could find was flat on one side, but after all this IS the Bird of PEACE. I made the entire picture without a single GPS pause; I rode every point, but if I were to have used a pause, it would probably have been to crop the tail feathers between Columbia Pike and Army Navy Drive.
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Fast Friendly Guy
02-21-2014, 03:31 PM
Call me if interested 703-850-4433 We'll pick a start point that works for participants.
I guarantee you will discover some new places, ride some hills, grab some BAFS points, and have a blast! Approx 30 miles
48264827

We'll get started at 9:00 and finish at 1 or 2 if we stop for lunch. This allows average speed of an easy 10 mph --not racing; but not slacker either!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-22-2014, 09:48 PM
Hey! The Circus Left Town Without Me!
Date: Feb 22. 2014
Strava Ride URL http://www.strava.com/activities/115329046

Miles: Drawing Only: 21.1 miles
Miles: Full Ride: 34.3

Just think, I used to be content to ride to Mt Vernon or Leesburg on a nice weekend day! Before STRAVA ride art, I used to draw on nice flat paper, so it’s always a surprise when I find the roads in my drawing are HILLY! Three separate times I learned that what I thought were alleys turned out to be long flights of concrete steps, and those were easy compared to the uphill pedaling!. When am I going to learn that roads with names like “Ridge” “Summit”, “Overlook” “Crest” or any name with the word ”Mount” are going to involve climbs?!

vvill
02-23-2014, 05:35 PM
I rode this route (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3993593) today. It's based on the "red dragon" of Welsh mythology.

Designed it some time ago but didn't have a chance to ride it until today (http://www.strava.com/activities/115528784), when the conditions were perfect. I took one wrong turn and had to make a slight adaptation for it (once I realized where I actually was) to avoid overlapping, but it worked out okay in the end. You can tell the hind claws don't look as originally planned.

I printed the map with the route on it from ridewithgps on two sheets of letter paper, folded them up and stuck them in my front pocket (Club Ride jersey) as I tend to work better with full maps than directions. All in all, it was much more fun than any sort of recovery ride I would've been doing, and having ridden maybe 60-80% of the roads below (and knowing a lot of them very well from my commutes) it was easier than I expected.

Fast Friendly Guy
02-23-2014, 08:51 PM
I rode this route (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3993593) today. It's based on the "red dragon" of Welsh mythology.

Designed it some time ago but didn't have a chance to ride it until today (http://www.strava.com/activities/115528784), when the conditions were perfect. I took one wrong turn and had to make a slight adaptation for it (once I realized where I actually was) to avoid overlapping, but it worked out okay in the end. You can tell the hind claws don't look as originally planned.

I printed the map with the route on it from ridewithgps on two sheets of letter paper, folded them up and stuck them in my front pocket (Club Ride jersey) as I tend to work better with full maps than directions. All in all, it was much more fun than any sort of recovery ride I would've been doing, and having ridden maybe 60-80% of the roads below (and knowing a lot of them very well from my commutes) it was easier than I expected.

Will,
Whoa! Your Strava ride art masterpiece is one of the best! I hope you keep on creating. I use ride with GPS to compose also. That 'rubber band' route editing tool, set to follow roads, is a great feature! I knew you were up to something big, and I'm glad to see it turn out so well. Kudos

Fast Friendly Guy
02-23-2014, 09:04 PM
Today My Voice is a Little Horse
Date: Feb 23. 2014

file:///C:/DOCUME~1/David/LOCALS~1/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg
Strava Ride URL http://www.strava.com/activities/115630804


Miles: Drawing Only: 33.8 miles
Miles: Full Ride: 53.9 miles

Rode with KLizotte for entire drawing. Kathy you were great on the ride today as we cut through alleys, climbed stairs, and got lost (sort of) trying to find our way through the woods!

eminva
02-24-2014, 09:00 AM
When am I going to learn that roads with names like “Ridge” “Summit”, “Overlook” “Crest” or any name with the word ”Mount” are going to involve climbs?!

You are right about that. At the end of my Capital Bikeshare illustration, I found myself in a neighborhood called "Spy Hill" -- some Civil War connection, I assume. But the name sure fit.


I took one wrong turn and had to make a slight adaptation for it (once I realized where I actually was) to avoid overlapping, but it worked out okay in the end. You can tell the hind claws don't look as originally planned.

. . .

All in all, it was much more fun than any sort of recovery ride I would've been doing, and having ridden maybe 60-80% of the roads below (and knowing a lot of them very well from my commutes) it was easier than I expected.

Very good, vvill! This is why everyone should try this -- to figure out how you recover from a mistake after a lot of painstaking work. I don't think it is ever as bad as you expect but you never know until you upload. I am impressed you only made one. On my CaBi illustration, I stayed on Four Mile Run way too long which gives the rear wheel a "tail" at about 4 o'clock. But it worked out okay because it just looks like part of the chainstay/chain structure (and I couldn't ride through a ball field as planned to complete the chainstay due to mud/ice/snow).

It is also fun to explore roads and neighborhoods you might be less familiar with. There are a lot of dog walkers in Arlington. And they probably all think I'm nuts.

Liz

vvill
02-24-2014, 09:18 AM
I am impressed you only made one.

Thanks, yeah, "this is easier than I thought": that was probably the exact thought in my head at the point where I turned too early! Ah, complacency. And the difference between 26th and 27th St. I had designed my route so that I knew most of the roads pretty well, and some of them really well - especially around the dragon "head" (which looks a bit too canine to me). That said, the rear feet was the area I'd anticipated to have the most problems.

And yes! Exploring neighbourhoods: definitely one of the fun parts of this, although again I didn't want to be riding through staring at a map in areas I didn't know at all, so for me it was more backstreets I hadn't turned down before.

I doubt I'll do another one of these anytime soon, at least not solo. But I didn't want to be awarding the FS Strava Art prize without at least participating!

Fast Friendly Guy
02-24-2014, 09:34 PM
eminva, vvill,

You both have earned my admiration with your great drawings! Would you please consider posting images and a strava link in this thread?

Format:
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Title:
Date:
Image file showing the drawing
Strava Ride URL
Miles: Drawing Only
Miles: Full Ride
Comments, Explanation, Stories..

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Fast Friendly Guy
03-01-2014, 07:40 PM
Strava Art ride by Dave P and Brad F.
Date: Mar 1. 2014

4882Strava link http://www.strava.com/activities/117057077

Miles: Drawing Only: 19.6 miles
Miles: Full Ride: 72.3 miles
This ride was done together with Brad Fry, an accomplished cyclist, whose daily commute gave me the idea for this turtle. Our ride took us close to his office and down some busy main roads as well as quiet residential streets and lanes. We had to cut through the school grounds of Fallsmead Elementry, bushwhack down a steep ravine carrying our bikes and then make our way across a small river at Glenora Park. We had to ride/walk a circle through a complex of buildings to do the eye, skirt the outfield a baseball field at Monument Park for the right rear leg, and weave our way across a mall parking lot at Rockville Pike and Wooton Pkwy! Through all this Brad was a good sport and a valuable contributor to our artwork

Fast Friendly Guy
03-02-2014, 08:02 PM
Title: Beam Me Up, Scotty
Date: March 2, 2014
4885
http://www.strava.com/activities/117380484

Miles: Drawing Only = 15.6 miles
Miles: Full Ride = 33.3 miles
Comments, Explanation, Stories..
Cyndi Janetzko's February 5, 2014 Strava Ride entitled, “Lunchtime CABI cruise” http://www.strava.com/activities/111362390 was my inspiration for this Strava art ride. Cyndi generously allowed me to have some fun with her ride/drawing. Thanks, Cyndi! I got started late, so I had to do most of this ride in the rain which started only one hour into my 3 hour ride. Yuck! Bigest problem with riding this drawing was the many obstacles in the way and the frustrating lack of roads where I needed them! I rode all the points in this drawing but I had to do a few GPS pauses to “beam” myself over Rock Creek Park, through the Verizon Center, and over I-395!

Fast Friendly Guy
03-06-2014, 03:51 PM
Manta Ray!
Date: March 6. 2014
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http://www.strava.com/activities/118287446

Miles: Drawing Only: 12.5 miles

Miles: Full Ride: 13.2 miles

The snow had melted just enough that I was ready for something more than a commuting ride. It was just a hair above freezing when I did this ride at lunch. I was wearing office clothes with a heavy jacket and gloves. After 10 minutes of hard riding, I got overheated and removed my jacket and gloves. My core was more comfortable, but I was already damp, so the wind cut through me and froze my hands! I didn’t want to stop and put it all back on, so I suffered all the way from Cherrydale to E Falls Church, where I relented and redonned my jacket and gloves, but I kept the jacket unzipped for the rest of the ride. My average speed was higher than for most drawings, because the navigation was simple with lots of long runs with no turns.

Fast Friendly Guy
03-07-2014, 02:39 PM
Call or Text me 703-850-4433 if you're game!
KLizotte, Moco_cyclist, and I have had a lot of fun making these Strava art rides so far, and I invite you to try it with me! I promise it will be unlike any usual ride you might do. As Brad so aptly put it, "It's not a ride...it's an adventure!" Plenty of unexpected obstacles, plus some fun miles! I have at least 4 drawings here to choose from each between 3-10 miles in length. We will do as many of these short drawings as we have time for and want to do. I'm starting in East Falls Church around 10 or 11 AM, if that works for you. We could start there, or if it's closer for you, join me en route to Annandale, but call first to coordinate our rendezvous. The approach to Annandale and return to Arlington will be via ShawnoftheDread's usual commute.

Samples:

The Lady
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The Fluffy Pussycat (FYI, Dirt, it's "fluffy")
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Others in waiting.....
The Fox....
The Jellyfish....(still needs a little work)
The playful monkey...

americancyclo
03-18-2014, 02:16 PM
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Title: The accidental fish!
Date: 3/18/2014
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http://www.strava.com/activities/121833546
Miles: 3.8
Miles: 3.8
Hey, it kinda looks like a fish!

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Fast Friendly Guy
04-16-2014, 05:29 AM
What does this make you think of?.....Big floppy ears in Friendship Heights, cute button nose in Dalecarlia, front paws in the Palisades, hind legs thumping in Georgetown, and an adorable cotton tail that rings the VP's mansion! A guaranteed adventure with a few happy surprises along the route.

Total drawing is a mere 19 miles (1311' gain) i.e., no 70 mile Godzilla this! Start and finish in Georgetown; ride begins at 10:30 and ends between 12 and 1 with snack or pizza lunch (in Georgetown?) for anyone feeling hungry.

C'mon free that inner artist!
Speak up early if interested (PM me through the forum) on this ride there's room for four besides me.

A few who might be interested (not limited to these)
Liz?
Kathy?
Will?
Steve?
Monica?
Alex?
Sarah
Karen Smith?

consularrider
04-16-2014, 09:09 AM
So many conflicting ride possibilities on Saturday morning!

KLizotte
04-16-2014, 12:36 PM
Keeping my fingers crossed my bike won't be in the shop this wknd for repair. It's making a weird noise....

Fast Friendly Guy
04-20-2014, 08:16 AM
“Whoops! I Stepped on Fluffy’s Tail AGAIN!”
March 8, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/118829026

11.9 miles Drawing Only
32.7 miles Full Ride

In this neighborhood, I conceived of the lady and the cat separately, (as well as a fox and a Portuguese man of war jellyfish –as of now not yet ridden) but when I saw the proximity of the cat and the lady, the joke became obvious. I drew the right side of the lady, then drew the cat and ended by finishing the lady. I had to navigate through grassy areas, parking lots, and sidewalks to draw the lady’s face and neck. Her cat is running away from home tonight!
· Fluffy: "Deer Lady, Yor prolly wondering whre I am, but I'm not tellin', 'cause yor NEVER steppin on my tail again! Signed, FLUFFY" (1 month ago)
· The Lady: "Oh, Fluffy....Please come back! My life is just NOT the same without your tail to step on. Signed, The Lady" (1 month ago)
· Fluffy: "Deer Lady, I hiched a ride to Florida and Im livin la Vida Loca. Wish yu wer here....(NOT)" (1 month ago)
· The Lady: "Fluffy, You can just keep yourself in Florida, because I have a NEW cat, and he loves when I step on his tail. You might say he's a little mass-o-CAT-stick!" (2 weeks ago)
Fluffy: "Deer Lady, Pleeze stop writing me" (1 day ago)

Fast Friendly Guy
04-20-2014, 08:20 AM
“Monkey Business!”
March 9, 2014
Art by Dave P
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http://www.strava.com/activities/119182457

10.1miles Drawing Only
42.3 miles Full Ride


I did this as one part of a much longer ride, and stiff NW wind made things a little harder for the whole ride. These were some nice hills in the Sleepy Hollow/ Columbia Pike area. When I started this drawing, I was thinking about doing a frog inspired by the streets that make the top of the head and the circle, well-placed to be a right eye, but it didn’t really work. When I added the tail, it was definitely a monkey, I just had to find the legs! There was some off-road scrambling, including a steep wooded ravine with a serious stream crossing at the bottom, just South of Larchmont Park in the right foreleg.

Fast Friendly Guy
04-20-2014, 08:34 AM
“GPS Bike Art is NOT Bulls**t! ...(With this Exception)”
March 12, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/120120059

3.7 miles Drawing Only
9.5 miles Full Ride


I did this drawing on the ride home from work. I was riding the Black Battleship (my heaviest bike, a cyclocross, equipped with fenders, rack, trunk and studded tires) because the forecast called for rain, thunderstorms,and rapid temperature drop. This was yet another hilly drawing, but it was short; only about a tenth as far as I usually ride to do a drawing. The bull’s “gift” to this neighborhood was actually an afterthought, penciled in on my somewhat crumpled hard copy map. It worked because I could draw it on the same street that was under the bull’s hind legs. I had to cut across 4 lawns to create the rounded top, chuckling to myself the whole time and hoping no residents would come out and yell at me!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-20-2014, 08:48 AM
“GODZILLA!”
March 15, 2014
Art by Dave P


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http://www.strava.com/activities/120977450

66.6 miles Drawing Only
77.8 miles Full Ride


The scale of this drawing is what makes it unique. At 10 miles across, it is the largest drawing and took the longest time to ride of any drawings I’ve made so far. This huge work crosses the Potomac River twice (Chain & Wilson Bridges) and the Anacostia River via East Capitol St Bridge. It took me 9 hours from start to finish, with actual riding time of 5 3/4 hours. Karen B. rode with me from Godzilla’s nose to the top of his head. This drawing incorporates roads, streets, major highways, bike trails, and one short off-road segment through woods on Godzilla’s arm, near S. Kensington St.

bobco85
04-20-2014, 11:47 AM
“GODZILLA!”
March 15, 2014
Art by Dave P


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http://www.strava.com/activities/120977450

66.6 miles Drawing Only
77.8 miles Full Ride


The scale of this drawing is what makes it unique. At 10 miles across, it is the largest drawing and took the longest time to ride of any drawings I’ve made so far. This huge work crosses the Potomac River twice (Chain & Wilson Bridges) and the Anacostia River via East Capitol St Bridge. It took me 9 hours from start to finish, with actual riding time of 5 3/4 hours. Karen B. rode with me from Godzilla’s nose to the top of his head. This drawing incorporates roads, streets, major highways, bike trails, and one short off-road segment through woods on Godzilla’s arm, near S. Kensington St.

With the short arms, that could easily be a T-rex tie-in with the new Museum of Natural History exhibit. Awesome job!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-21-2014, 08:52 PM
“BAFS”
March 15, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/120976923

5.1 miles Drawing Only
77.8 miles Full Ride


This drawing is more city-writing. The acronym stands for Bike Arlington Freezing Saddles, which is a self-styled winter cycling competition comprised of hearty cold weather riders who belong to the BikeArlington cycling club. With ten teams of ten riders each, one goal is to see how many miles each team can ride from the first day of the year (January 1) through the last full day of winter (Vernal Equinox, May 19, 2014) I made this ride/drawing in honor of the winning team, the identity of which was unknown to me on the date this was done. (We now know it was Sloppy Seconds Team and this ride-art was featured on the blue-ribbon first place button that I gave to each winning team member) Editors note: I reinforced and thickened the route line to make the image show up better on the first prize button, but the ride was exactly as shown. This ride was on only city paved streets—no stream crossings or bushwhacking, but there were more than a few pot-holes to watch out for! This drawing was completed on the same ride as my drawing of GODZILLA.

Fast Friendly Guy
04-21-2014, 09:03 PM
“A Great Day for Horsing Around on a Bike”
April 6, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/127681947

50.4 miles Drawing Only
57.1 miles Full Ride


I had the idea for this drawing back in February when I did my running elephant. The plan was to do both an elephant and a donkey (Well, this is Washington, DC), but my plans always looked more like a horse than a donkey! So I stuck with the idea of a horse. This is a big drawing and it took over 5 hours of riding time. I pedaled through posh neighborhoods in Great Falls and McLean, busy commercial areas including Tysons Center, the heart of Vienna, Fairfax center, and Bailey’s Crossroads, on numerous bike trails including W&OD in separate sections and Custis, I had to find my way through woods on leaf covered trails—but fortunately this ride did not require any stream fordings! I lost a full hour thanks to a flat tire I got, far from home (on the horse’s chin) Fortunately I had a spare tube, because the cement had dried up or evaporated in both first AND backup patching kits! Unfortunately, the tire puncture was a rip in the sidewall! Even though I placed a rubber patch over the rip when I pumped to medium pressure, there was a pea-sized balloon. I knew I was screwed! I was saved when, a scant mile later, I looked up and saw a Local Bike shop (circle at Lee and Rte 50). Before long, I had a brand new Gatorskin and tube and sailed through the rest of my ride! Talk about lucky!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-21-2014, 09:16 PM
“Pterodactyl”
April 13, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/130011735


49.9 miles Drawing Only
56 miles Full Ride


I made my plan for this drawing back in March, but I was waiting for better weather and a big enough chunk of time that I could finish the drawing in one ride. This is a BIG BIRD (dinosaur) and it took a big drawing! Its pointed beak is in East Falls Church and its crest is at Dupont Circle. I had to do a GPS pause to connect the crest to the head of my prehistoric flying friend. Its leathery wings stretch from Sleepy Hollow and Seven Corners in Virginia to the other side of Union Station and the Capitol in DC. Its hind feet with sharp talons dangle in Alexandria and a seven mile stretch of King/Rte 7/Leesburg Pike make up the left side

cyclingfool
04-22-2014, 07:59 AM
“Pterodactyl”
April 13, 2014
Art by Dave P

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http://www.strava.com/activities/130011735

For some reason, all I can think about now is this:

http://www.emmytvlegends.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Pee-wees-Playhouse-300x239.jpg

#childofthe80s

chris_s
04-22-2014, 09:09 AM
How did you get those diagonals in Old Town?

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cyclingfool
04-22-2014, 09:18 AM
How did you get those diagonals in Old Town?

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Turn off GPS at pt. 1, turn it back on at pt. 2???

Fast Friendly Guy
04-22-2014, 02:21 PM
How did you get those diagonals in Old Town?

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I presume you're asking about my GPS art drawing technique. Generally I follow roads, streets, stairs, and alleys. Of course I can go wherever I please in open areas like parks, fields, (and graveyards!) See the lady's face on "Whoops, I Stepped on Fluffy's Tail AGAIN!" Sometimes I even cut across corner lawns to round out edges in my GPS art drawings. See the turd in "GPS ride Art is not BullS**t." When there is absolutely no street alternative and it is demanded by the drawing, I will do a "strava pause" as described by cyclingfool on this forum. See, for example the warp engine on my "Beam Me Up Scotty" drawing of the Starship Enterprise.

As for the example you've shown, I don't recognize this Strava ride! I don't think you have one of mine. Maybe it's a route that someone rode with a broken GPS? I thought at first you might have been looking at my GODZILLA's back foot, but look at the attached image from my GPS art GODZILLA ride and see for yourself...no diagonals!

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Sincerely, Dave P.

chris_s
04-22-2014, 07:22 PM
for the example you've shown, I don't recognize this Strava ride! I don't think you have one of mine. Maybe it's a route that someone rode with a broken GPS? I thought at first you might have been looking at my GODZILLA's back foot, but look at the attached image from my GPS art GODZILLA ride and see for yourself...no diagonals!

It appears that Strava only shows an approximation of your route to other people (presumably as a privacy/security measure).

Here is how it looks for me when I go to your godzilla ride: 5338

Mystery solved!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-22-2014, 09:27 PM
“Happy Easter from the Velveteen Rabbit”
April 19, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by dcv, Mrs. dcv, junior dcv, and fast friendly guy

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http://www.strava.com/activities/132009402

19.1 miles Drawing Only
44.5 miles Full Ride


dcv, Mrs. dcv, and junior dcv joined me for a perfect spring ride through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city with many gorgeous big houses and yards brimming with spring flowers! This ride had its full measure of hills. Starting and ending in Georgetown, we began by carrying our bikes up the Exorcist Stairs, zigzagging through Georgetown, and up Wisconsin. At the end of Whitehaven St we discovered a tiny pathway up and through the woods to the back of the Naval Observatory which we needed for Bunny’s tail. Security forces at the Vice Presidential Mansion eyed the 4 rag-tag cyclists carrying their bikes as we skirted the 14 ft high iron fence! Soon we were up by American University and cutting through the center of Ward Circle. At the back of Bunny’s head, the route called for a traverse on tiny roads through the Japanese Embassy. The locked entrance gate was guarded, and I had to negotiate with the uniformed security officer. He was adamant, “Definitely not!” but I asked him to call his supervisor, so he called his boss on a hand-held radio and handed the receiver to me. “Hello, Sir, my name is Dave Pomeroy and I’m here with my friends on bikes with GPSs and we’re making a STRAVA art ride of a giant bunny for Easter and the route calls for us to cross through your embassy grounds…it sounded preposterous (even to me), but miraculously, after a brief pause, he said it would be okay just to pass through! I waved over the rest of our party, who had been waiting a respectful distance on the other side of Nebraska Ave, but when it was time to actually open the closed gate, the supervisor recanted. In the end we had to circumnavigate the embassy and resume our route on the other side! Bunny’s ears took us through upper NW roads, streets and alleys, so we got to see the fronts and backs of many fine houses. Hill climbing began in earnest with Bunny’s paws, taking us repeatedly up and down the Palisades by Battery Kemble park. Bunny’s hind foot required getting over to Canal Rd or Capital Crescent Tr, but going via Fletcher’s Boathouse was wrong for the drawing. Well, our last and greatest adventure came at the “foot” of Hutchins Pl adjacent to the Georgetown Reservoir. We discovered an obscure way through the woods, carrying our bikes down the steep hillside to a level passageway, covered with grass and gravel, parallel to, but still on the hillside above, Canal Road with no way down! We followed the passage in the direction of Georgetown, and lo and behold, we again reached civilization, and a challenging, but passable, way down to Canal Street. A sprint down narrow Canal Rd, followed by Georgetown traffic congestion brought us back to where we had started. Bunny was done, but it wasn’t just a ride—it was an adventure!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-22-2014, 09:33 PM
“Easter Rubber Duckie”
April 20, 2014
Art by George Lewis and Dave P; Ride by Dave P


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http://www.strava.com/activities/132427309

19.1 miles Drawing Only
44.5 miles Full Ride


I was looking at Strava posts and I saw George Lewis’ ride entitled, “04/16/2014 Washington, DC” http://www.strava.com/activities/131045879 It reminded me of a duck’s body, but the head was just a square shape. I send George a message saying that all he needed was a little fine-tuning and a new head and the result would be a STRAVA art ride of a rubber ducky!. I invited him to redo this ride together, Easter Sunday. Well, George couldn’t make it, and Easter was the perfect day for this subject, so I rode it alone. This ride stretched from the heart of Georgetown (Duckie’s backside) to Adams Morgan (Duckie’s beak) Along the way I saw plenty of embassies, hotels, and some fine looking homes! The tip of Duckie’s head actually touches Kalorama Circle! I saw Bike Arlington’s, “Dickie” on my way to Georgetown and invited him to join me. It seemed only appropriate: (Dickie <=> Duckie) but he was expected at home, so in the end it was just me, the Duckie, and a beautiful spring afternoon!

Fast Friendly Guy
04-22-2014, 09:44 PM
It appears that Strava only shows an approximation of your route to other people (presumably as a privacy/security measure).

Here is how it looks for me when I go to your godzilla ride: 5338

Mystery solved!

Anyone else see this undesired "smoothing" of my drawing rides on STRAVA, say compared to the jpg files I post on the forum?? I am shocked! I always see my drawing with full street by street detail! When I look at others' rides on STRAVA I always see street by street detail of their rides.

Honestly I'd like to know if anyone else has noticed what Chris_S sees! If so, I'm going to contact STRAVA and find out what's going on. Thank you for your help. Any documentation, such as the screen shot that chris posted would be very helpful. Thanks everyone.

Dave

Tim Kelley
04-23-2014, 07:40 AM
Anyone else see this undesired "smoothing" of my drawing rides on STRAVA, say compared to the jpg files I post on the forum?

Yup. My guess is that you either have to be logged in, or maybe even a follower of yours. Like Chris S said, probably for privacy concerns.

Some people were asking the same thing on our Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/BikeArlington/posts/619976958070824?stream_ref=10

Fast Friendly Guy
04-26-2014, 09:32 PM
“Sweet Polly Purebred”
April 26, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by dkel, rockford10, the boys and Fast Friendly Guy

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http://www.strava.com/activities/134502810

3.4 miles Drawing Only
32.6 miles Full Ride


For those too young to remember, Sweet Polly Purebred is the girlfriend of ”Underdog” a popular American cartoon character from the 60's and 70's—This drawing was planned for a nearby cemetery because the roads were so suggestive of this image. Some off-road excursions were required to make the details of Polly’s face and I had to use a little finesse, walking the bike with light steps between the graves! The cemetery spectacle was even more amusing, because I made this ride/drawing with 4 other cyclists, a family, (dkel, rockford10, and their two boys, 10 and 12). Everyone was eager to try GPS art riding, and I invited them to join me because these quiet roads were perfect for younger riders! At only 3.4 miles, this is one of the shortest drawings so far, and we ate lunch at an outdoor café afterwards. It was a perfect spring day, and dkel and I enjoyed an additional 30-mile ride looping around Arlington.

Fast Friendly Guy
04-26-2014, 11:03 PM
DKel enjoying our spring ride
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Rockford10 and boys
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A young GPS ride artist
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Fast Friendly Guy
04-28-2014, 08:51 PM
“Fore!” (GPS Bike Ride Art: Golf Club)
April 28, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by Dave P

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2554911

4.4 miles Drawing Only
5.1 miles Full Ride


Officially my simplest GPS bike ride art drawing. It was a lunch ride with a trip to the library. In fact, this is the only drawing I've made that can claim to be totally unplanned. Peter De pointed out what I had made, and I agreed, so here it is!

mvs202
04-28-2014, 09:35 PM
These are all awesome. BTW, we've got Dave Pomeroy presenting his Ride Art at Thursday's Bike Hack Night (http://www.meetup.com/Transportation-Techies/events/168585592/), including the 70-mile Godzilla drawing.

Rockford10
05-04-2014, 05:47 AM
Thanks Fast Friendly Guy for a great time last weekend! I'm just getting to look at the pictures I took of the drawing process. A fun day was had by all (even if the littlest boy and I didn't always portage through the graveyard!).

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Fast Friendly Guy
05-06-2014, 09:09 PM
Rockford10 you're welcome. The pleasure was all mine.

Fast Friendly Guy
05-10-2014, 04:43 AM
“Yikes! I Forgot My Clothes!” (GPS Bike Ride Art)
May 3, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by Dave P
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http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2585832

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7.4 miles Drawing Only
13.5 miles Full Ride


Details of her face required riding and walking my bike around the elementary school. Follow the link and use "Satellite Map" to see the obstacles I had to skirt. This was a super fun ride on a beautiful spring day!

JimF22003
05-10-2014, 04:41 PM
Nice! The head has sort of a sphinx-like quality...

W & Odie
05-10-2014, 08:48 PM
“Yikes! I Forgot My Clothes!” (GPS Bike Ride Art)
May 3, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by Dave P
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Walk Like An Egyptian

brendan
05-11-2014, 10:46 AM
Walk Like An Egyptian

Bike Like An Egyptian!

Mikey
05-12-2014, 05:32 AM
“Fore!” (GPS Bike Ride Art: Golf Club)
April 28, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by Dave P

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2554911

4.4 miles Drawing Only
5.1 miles Full Ride


Officially my simplest GPS bike ride art drawing. It was a lunch ride with a trip to the library. In fact, this is the only drawing I've made that can claim to be totally unplanned. Peter De pointed out what I had made, and I agreed, so here it is!

Ah, a southpaw.

Fast Friendly Guy
06-09-2014, 04:09 AM
June 7, 2014
Art and Ride by Elizabeth MacGregor & Dave P
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Strava link: http://www.strava.com/activities/150546442
Ride with GPS link: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2787648


16.5 miles Drawing Only
16.8 miles Full Ride

This is my first art-ride since my May 10 accident, but I'm back with lot's of new ideas! Liz's ride with Anne on May 26, 2014,(http://www.strava.com/activities/145816229) was the inspiration for this GPS art-ride drawing. Liz and I replicated her ride with some added drawing details and embellishments, so it was a new ride for both of us. Liz and I enjoyed a beautiful early summer Saturday morning that took us through quiet residential neighborhoods, gravel roads, and shady streets for some parts (hind legs); and busy thoroughfares with sprawling suburban shopping malls for other parts (the bushy tail). The adventure factor cranked up as we cut across lawns and a new-home construction area (base of the tail) culminating with bushwhacking through woods, skirting fences, a wet-footed stream crossing and stepping lightly over and through poison ivy (squirrel's back)! I can't remember a ride I enjoyed more! Liz is so much fun to ride with--a really great adventure ride partner!
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Fast Friendly Guy
06-15-2014, 09:26 PM
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June 15, 2014
Art by Dave P; Ride by Dave P and Karen B.
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Ride with GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2838900
Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/154068103


11.9 miles Drawing Only
19.5 miles Full Ride

Thar’ she rolls! This bike ride GPS art drawing was the second since the crash that dislocated my shoulder and kept me from riding my bike for one full month! I conceived is drawing during my period of forced convalescence. Karen B and I rode this whale together, and had a marvelous time! As art rides go, this was pretty easy with no bush whacking, stream fording, nor stair climbing, but there were some busy roads to accompany the quiet streets through beautiful residential neighborhoods. The weather was a perfect summer day; warm but not hot, plenty of sunshine, and a perfect day!

Fast Friendly Guy
06-23-2014, 07:43 AM
“Burro” (GPS Bike Ride Art)
June 23, 2014
Art by Matt Aune & Dave P; Ride by Dave P
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Ride with GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2881107
Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/156962859


9 miles Drawing Only
47.9 miles Full Ride
The weather started out with threatening skies, but by then end was a perfect summer day; plenty of sunshine, and a perfect day! Matt Aune's training ride suggested this drawing. Thanks, Matt!

This ride took me through the neighborhood where I was 6 and 7 years old. I rode the same streets on my bike as a kid. I stopped by to see my elementary school. Miss Johnston, my heart-throb and second grade teacher was no where to be seen--OMG she must be 80 now!
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bobco85
06-23-2014, 08:53 AM
“Burro” (GPS Bike Ride Art)
June 23, 2014
Art by Matt Aune & Dave P; Ride by Dave P
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Ride with GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2881107
Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/156962859


9 miles Drawing Only
47.9 miles Full Ride
The weather started out with threatening skies, but by then end was a perfect summer day; plenty of sunshine, and a perfect day! Matt Aune's training ride suggested this drawing. Thanks, Matt!

This ride took me through the neighborhood where I was 6 and 7 years old. I rode the same streets on my bike as a kid. I stopped by to see my elementary school. Miss Johnston, my heart-throb and second grade teacher was no where to be seen--OMG she must be 80 now!
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That looks awfully close to an AT-AT. Perhaps there's a Star Wars Strava in your future?

Fast Friendly Guy
06-29-2014, 04:32 PM
“No Ugly Duckling, This!” (GPS Bike Ride Art)
June 29, 2014
Art by Rod Smith & Dave P; Ride by Rod Smith & Dave P
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Ride with GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2920518
Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/159544252

10.2 miles Drawing Only
11 miles Full Ride



Rod Smith's Strava bike ride, about a month earlier, was the inspiration for this GPS ride art. We rode together on a beautiful summer Sunday morning, Rod using the map and I using my Garmin Edge 810. You can see the map on Rod’s handlebars. We were the ultimate team, Rod suggesting refinement's on-the-fly and me tracking our progress on the GPS!

KLizotte
06-29-2014, 07:05 PM
Wasn't aware that lawn mowing is a dangerous activity! Good thing Rod is wearing a helmet!

vvill
08-06-2014, 01:54 PM
Thought someone might find this interesting. Possibly NSFW
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/06/runner-nike-san-francisco-penis

mcfarton
08-06-2014, 08:30 PM
Thought someone might find this interesting. Possibly NSFW
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/06/runner-nike-san-francisco-penis
Love it

darth_elevator
12-07-2014, 12:07 PM
Fast Friendly Guy (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/member.php?507-Fast-Friendly-Guy),

I came across this thread after googling "strava art." I was so impressed with this collection of GPS masterpieces, that I registered just so I could post a comment.

Your Strava drawings are pure genius. I especially admire you for keeping the use of pause diagonals to a minimum -- for me, the true brilliance of your drawings comes not from merely being able to ride to a point on a map (although that is an essential part of GPS art), but from letting the art emerge from existing roads. You obviously have a gift for discovering these masterpieces hidden in a maze of roads. It's very much like Michelangelo's notion of discovering the statue hidden inside a block of stone.

Very difficult to pick a favorite, since there are so many exquisite drawings to choose from, but the sheer scale of your 70-mile T-Rex blows my mind!

And thanks for gathering all of these in one place, so a lucky googler like me could enjoy them. :)

bikesnick
12-18-2014, 02:08 PM
FFG (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/member.php?507-Fast-Friendly-Guy),
Congratulations on a great article in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Arlington magazine!

Tim Kelley
02-17-2016, 09:14 AM
More! http://www.boredpanda.com/bike-gps-doodle-stephen-lund/

mvs202
02-18-2016, 05:44 PM
Meanwhile, in British Columbia http://www.booooooom.com/2016/02/12/artist-stephen-lund-rides-his-bike-to-create-gps-doodles/

komorebi
04-24-2016, 05:22 PM
Apologies for reviving an old thread, but this seemed like an appropriate place to consolidate my Strava art now that I've ridden with the master himself.

Dog
April 24, 2016
Art by komorebi and Fast Friendly Guy; ride by komorebi and Fast Friendly Guy
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1618/26018284514_bcec7ca7a1.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/FD9vwj)
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/555694496
Drawing: 30.7 miles

FFG and I did this ride on an absolutely spectacular spring day. This was my first time doing Strava art with FFG, and it was a highly educational experience for me as a novice Strava artist. FFG had his Garmin preloaded with turn-by-turn directions, printouts of each section of the route, and satellite photos for the particularly tricky parts -- all of which came in handy at various points during the ride.

One of my favorite parts of doing Strava art is biking to places that I haven't visited before. This particular ride took us to many bike paths, staircases, and passageways that I didn't know about and otherwise would never have found.

komorebi
04-24-2016, 05:44 PM
Penguin
March 19, 2016
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/26597847886_caa7eeb0ba.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GwmVwf)
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/521044340
Drawing: 17.2 miles

I rode this penguin to commemorate the last day of Freezing Saddles. The top of the head was the airport access road, and I'm sure that the taxi drivers behind me were wondering why I was riding through the airport at 7:00 am on a Saturday morning. I made some route errors while riding the beak and had to figure out corrections on the fly. Some day I'll go back and reride this route the way I had originally planned.

komorebi
04-24-2016, 06:01 PM
Eagle (or Because riding feels like flying)
February 28, 2016
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1511/24721078054_cfae16560a.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DEvZeG)
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/504738024
Drawing: 19.3 miles

This was my first attempt at Strava art and was inspired by snugglefestival's challenge, as previously noted here (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?9927-Pointless-%28Interim%29-Prize-for-Strava-Art&p=135824#post135824). I made the rookie mistake of not looking at the elevation profile before setting out on the ride, which led to some cursing while I was riding up and down hilly streets to complete the pinions on the ends of the wings. I probably also set some neighborhood email lists abuzz with people wondering why that odd cyclist was casing their neighborhood.

komorebi
06-12-2016, 03:50 PM
Pedals and petals
June 11, 2016

Art by komorebi; ride by Fast Friendly Guy, CBGanimal, and komorebi
https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7685/27530748632_2b00dbf8f3.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HWNhpS)
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/605841042.
Drawing: 19.6 miles

Bushwhacking is part of the fun and the challenge of doing Strava art rides, but this particular route took that to a whole new level. About a quarter-mile of the bottom leaf was on the Gulf Branch trail, which I knew in advance wouldn't be suitable for biking. What I didn't know was how steep and rooty the trail was, or that there would be a stream fording, or that there would be an unavoidable muddy patch that nearly sucked my shoes off my feet.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7373/27556993201_309d49b28e_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HZ7N1r)

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7575/27530786772_f02e373254_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HWNtKs)

The family of hikers that passed us on the trail thought we were absolutely insane until CBGanimal explained what we were doing. The things we do for art.

FFG and CBGanimal were great sports about the unexpectedly difficult bushwhacking, and they made the hills and the miles fly by once we got back out to the road.

KLizotte
06-12-2016, 09:05 PM
The hikers still think you are weird.

komorebi
08-21-2016, 02:44 PM
Pink ribbon
August 21, 2016

Art by komorebi; ride by CBGanimal and komorebi
https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8047/29134228555_7412b9f1ca.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Loux8r)
Note: this screenshot is for CBGanimal's ride, because my ride didn't upload properly.
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/683840292
Drawing: 12.2 miles

CBGanimal wanted to create a pink ribbon route for a friend who is a breast cancer survivor. I hope that Pierre L'Enfant would have approved of the way this route uses the parallel avenues of Pennsylvania/Massachusetts and Maryland/North Carolina to form the two sides of the ribbon.

This was my first time using Strava pauses when doing Strava art. Purists will no doubt frown, but the pauses made it possible to draw straight lines through minor obstacles like the White House, the Capitol, and 395. Plus, the Strava pauses added a fun new challenge when it came to the route planning, because I had to figure out where to pause and unpause and also figure out the best way to bike between those points.

It was great riding this with CBGanimal, who not only inspired me to create the route but rode cheerfully through periodic drizzle, construction-torn roads, high-speed merging car traffic, and unexpected Secret Service street closures.

huskerdont
05-15-2017, 08:53 AM
I can't draw a straight line with a ruler so I know better than to attempt Strava art, but apparently I can accidentally ride to create a stylized, disfigured Disco Stu.

14756

https://www.strava.com/activities/986302555

Apologies to those with actual artistic talent.

bobco85
05-17-2017, 08:38 AM
Art by bobco85 (with inspiration from CaseyKane50); ride by bobco85
14780
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/990921115
Drawing: 23.0 miles

Everything really happened at the right time for this. This Monday was my cat's (Reeses) 10th birthday, and while perusing my Strava feed, I came across CaseyKane50's ride on Monday. I like to look at the maps of the routes people take on their rides, and I noticed that Casey's ride https://www.strava.com/activities/987363550 looks a LOT like a kitty.

Once that happened, I was inspired to turn Casey's route into an actual cat shape. I made some tweaks to the route including adding a proper tail, fixing an ear, and getting the position of the feet just right. Due to the shape of Glebe Rd, I then decided to use it to add a collar with tag in Four Mile Run Park.

Again, much credit to CaseyKane50 because I would have never done this ride had I not come across his route.

dbb
08-04-2017, 01:37 PM
Boeing is upping the game on Fast Friendly Guy

15310

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/08/03/a-boeing-dreamliner-drew-a-giant-outline-of-itself-in-the-air-and-its-awesome/?utm_term=.483d808e5b71

They didn't have to stay on roads and probably did it at an altitude that allowed them some routing flexibility.

kellyon
09-28-2017, 02:27 AM
looks great