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DCLiz
05-16-2014, 10:24 AM
Since it's hard to tell which pit stops have what, I thought we could start a thread with different reviews/descriptions? Maybe next year WABA could encourage pit stop organizers to post more details, such as what kinds of things will be raffled off?

Freedom Plaza
The good:

Loved being able to practice putting my bike on a bus rack. Will feel much more confident about trying this in real life.
BicycleSPACE adjusted my rear derailleur!
Free bicycle valet!


The bad:

Very few vendors/stands. It was unclear whether this was weather-related, or just due to the general decline of this pit stop.
No raffles or cool giveaways, at least not when I arrived at around 8:40ish.
Coffee was put away by 9 am. Nothing left for stragglers. Granted, the volunteers had been out in cold, wet weather for a looong time.


National Geographic
Wow, I wish I had come straight here! Not only were they able to move it indoors, there were a lot of vendors, and good raffles. They raffled a number of awesome National Geographic jerseys. Plenty of coffee and grub, even at 9:30.

How about you? Which pit stops are must-visits?

And of course, thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers and vendors who braved this morning's weather.

lordofthemark
05-16-2014, 10:28 AM
Canal Park

The good - plenty of vendors for an out of the way pit stop - In addition to WaBa, we had BikeSpace, the Marriot, and the Capital Riverfront BID
- It was dry, thanks to the location next to Park Tavern
- Giveaways including water bottles and patch kits. Not as much as the big pit stops, but this is Canal Park

The bad - No coffee this year (last year only decaf was left by the time I got there
- Raffle? Was there a raffle?
- No USDOT picture this year. Because rain.

dbb
05-16-2014, 10:36 AM
Although there was some weather related compression of space, Rosslyn was quite busy.

Dirt was staffing the WABA booth and was giving away burrito coupons.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/BTWD2014atRosslyn2_zpsbce0c499.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/BTWD2014atRosslyn2_zpsbce0c499.jpg.html)

Rosslyn likely had the most orderly bananas in the history of BTWD

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/BTWD2014atRosslyn1_zps188dff8d.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/BTWD2014atRosslyn1_zps188dff8d.jpg.html)

BikeArlington and the Arlington Bike Advisory Committee were out in force. Megan and Jakob were working the crowds.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/BTWD2014atRosslyn5_zps18f9cab5.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/BTWD2014atRosslyn5_zps18f9cab5.jpg.html)

And perhaps the best (or at least the most appropriate) cycling shoes were seen this morning.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/BTWD2014atRosslyn3_zps82f99bad.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/BTWD2014atRosslyn3_zps82f99bad.jpg.html)

mstone
05-16-2014, 10:41 AM
probably not a good year for pit stop reviews, because things were definitely off from normal at several I went to

Mikey
05-16-2014, 10:45 AM
Only 2 for me this year,

Rosslyn -
Everyone I knew was here. Everyone was in good spirits, and the coffee was good. Plus some nice swag.

Georgetown- First year for me coming here
Definitely the Foodie stop - chocolate croisants, cupcakes, fresh granola, yogurt, gormet juice, etc, and coffee. Nice second breakfast.

I then stopped off at Swings to say hi to the regulars, and rolled by Freedom Plaza unimpressed, so I didn't stop.
Looking forward to this afternoon.

DismalScientist
05-16-2014, 10:52 AM
Rosslyn-

The good:
Local politicians don't think Rule 5 applies to them.

sjclaeys
05-16-2014, 11:02 AM
Rosslyn was swell, lots of people, swag and goodies. Crystal City was great because I won a wind breaker.

Fast Friendly Guy
05-16-2014, 11:06 AM
Karen B and I got to Rosslyn around 7ish and the tents were ample to keep volunteers and cyclists dry. Tables well-staffed (Pete B at the WABA table) Didn't see Tim Kelley, but someone said he was there.

A variety of bagels, bananas, coffee, granola and energy bars (though didn't see Kind Bars). There were lots of friendly volunteers eager to pass out swag!
Notable booty this year: Azalea-pink BTWD 2014 T-Shirts, BLINKIES (red and white light), high quality Bike Arlington cotton baseball caps, Variety of Bike Arlington plastic bike water bottles, Black T-Shirt for those interested in Car Free/Light, Revolution Cycles tune-up station manned by Pinkie, Katie, Daniel, etc,

sightings:
one eighth
Steve Claeys
Bob Cannon
Dana (dbb)
Greg B
Pete B

Missed:
Shawn D
Cyndi J
Chris R
Vincent
Dickie
and the usual FCC2 bunch

Dickie
05-16-2014, 11:06 AM
I had to be at the shop early this morning so I skipped volunteering this year and jetted to work. I had time to stop off at the Balston stop and bumped into americancyclo, guycontinental, GB, Dread, and Tim. Great free coffee and bagels from JavaShack, grabbed my free bottles and shirt and headed off. Spotted bobco coming in and gave him a thumbs-up. Stopped to chat to the Bikentic folks on the WOD and that was about it for me. Missed out on most of the swag and goodies, but seeing folks out there volunteering and riding in such crap weather made me really happy and warm.... I give the stops I saw the big thumbs up just for being there... you all rock!

vvill
05-16-2014, 11:54 AM
I started off volunteering at Ballston where there seemed to be a dearth of early riders given the number of volunteers, but it was still good to see TK, Megabeth, Steve O, Steve A, CR as well as some other BikeArlington staff. From there I trekked over to CC whilst I shared an MVT mile with OneEighth and saw Dave K and jpetty. After that it was back to Rosslyn to say hi to Dirt where enroute I saw jopamora and then jrenaut. Of course at Rosslyn I ran into a bunch of others... Mikey, mikoglaces, dbb, bobco. A few of us (culimerc, dcv, MattAune) joined together to ride over to FCC for my third? coffee of the day just to warm myself up - there were already a few regulars there, including Bilsko. In previous years I've stopped at Georgetown, Freedom Plaza and Nat'l Geographic but this morning got too cold between getting repeatedly wet, warming up, cooling down.

Didn't worry too much about swag collecting, though I did pick up an extra BA water bottle for a colleague who's out of town.

Mantadiver
05-16-2014, 12:27 PM
The Columbia Pike stop was good, especially for being a first year stop. They had cheery pie and doughnuts which was nice.

eminva
05-16-2014, 12:31 PM
I'm surprised I didn't see more of you, but I got a late start (for me) and took an immediate detour off my usual route to get to my first pit stop. Still, it was fun to see dkel and his wife and all the folks in Rosslyn. I'm sorry the weather depressed turnout, but completely understandable.

I stopped at five pit stops:

Mosaic District:

Good: sheltered, the Freshbikes folks were friendly and refreshed the lube on my chain, I was only the fourth person there so I like my chances in the raffle for the $300 Freshbikes gift card
Bad: only two sizes of tshirts, tea instead of coffee (what can I say, I'm lowbrow) and the Freshbikes guys looked a bit lonely.

Merrifield:

Not sure if this is good or bad, but they had little cartons of Chinese food takeout -- chicken of some kind. Also: coffee!

Falls Church/W&OD:

Good: Bikenetic crew's excellent Rule 9 compliance
Bad: Falls Church City's poor Rule 9 compliance

East Falls Church Metro Station:

Good: sheltered, they had goody bags of swag for the people who registered there. I had not registered there, but they fished all the swag but for the t-shirt out of a bag for me. Metro police guys were nice. It was explained to me that you should register all your bikes with them even if you don't ride to metro, so if it is stolen and later shows up on metro property, they can get it back to you.
Bad: Didn't appear to have coffee or fresh food (might have missed that though)

Rosslyn:

Good: Saw many people (RCannon, Dirt, dbb, Shawn of the Dread, americancyclo, Dismal), they gave me the tshirt in the size I wanted even though I wasn't registered there, they were practically throwing swag at us by the time I got there, and I got interviewed by Channel 7 news. I'm gonna be on TV, y'all!
Bad: My shoes filled up like a sinking submarine every time I stopped in front of one of the tables.

See below for all my swag. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and all the organizations that made it possible.

Liz

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DanB
05-16-2014, 12:57 PM
Stopped at Merrifield on the W&OD where they were well-stocked with edible swag. (Can you call it that?) Especially appreciated the large Gatorade and the caffeine gels.

Then Falls Church where I only saw one other biker during my short stay. Thanks to the group at Bikenetic for the $20 gift card for the few and faithful!!

I went down the hill from the trail at the East Falls Church Metro and looked down Sycamore St, but I didn't see the pit stop, so I kept going. Wish I would've looked harder. That "I bike to Metro and Metro to work" t-shirt looks pretty neat.

Rosslyn has all the good reflector stuff (thanks, Bike Arlington), but no flashy lights this year ...

Breezed by the Georgetown Meigs Park stop, because all I saw was a vacant tent.

Sounds like next year I'll have to swing by Nat Geo, too.

culimerc
05-16-2014, 01:34 PM
I'm soooooo going to hit Nat Geo next year.

mstone
05-16-2014, 01:56 PM
Not sure if this is good or bad, but they had little cartons of Chinese food takeout -- chicken of some kind.

The breakfast chinese food was great!


Falls Church/W&OD:

Good: Bikenetic crew's excellent Rule 9 compliance
Bad: Falls Church City's poor Rule 9 compliance

On the upside, since FCC cancelled bike to work day, they didn't have a bike to work day stop sign ticket cop in place.

Rockford10
05-16-2014, 02:13 PM
[QUOTE=mstone;85656]The breakfast chinese food was great!

I stuck to the coffee and bagel.

eminva
05-16-2014, 02:17 PM
All right, here's my 15 nanoseconds of fame:

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/bike-to-work-day-rides-on-despite-rainstorms-103205.html

Nice report overall, setting aside my contribution.

Liz

Drewdane
05-16-2014, 02:22 PM
Rosslyn: I was hoping for my annual replenishment/replacement of blinky lights, but they must have run out by the time I arrived at ~8:30. They were out of coffee too. :( OTOH, I got to see my good friend Dirt, and got a couple of t-shirts and a handy guide to cyclists' legal rights in addition to the traditional water bottles and patch kits. :)

Falls Church: Officially cancelled due to weather, but Bikenetic hung around to offer moral support and trailside repairs anyway - Props!

americancyclo
05-16-2014, 02:23 PM
All right, here's my 15 nanoseconds of fame:

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/bike-to-work-day-rides-on-despite-rainstorms-103205.html

Nice report overall, setting aside my contribution.

Liz

You can see Shawn Dread and I leaving in the beginning of the video. His disdain for reporters is obvious.

dkel
05-16-2014, 02:43 PM
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/bike-to-work-day-rides-on-despite-rainstorms-103205.html

Did that one guy say he rides in "anything but ice or snow"? Someone recruit him for Freezing Saddles!

vvill
05-16-2014, 03:09 PM
Did that one guy say he rides in "anything but ice or snow"? Someone recruit him for Freezing Saddles!

What, for the slacker team?

Drewdane
05-16-2014, 03:14 PM
Thanks to the group at Bikenetic for the $20 gift card for the few and faithful!!

Wait - what???

JAAAN!!!
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Justin Antos
05-16-2014, 04:20 PM
DanB, sorry to miss you at the East Falls Church Metro pitstop! We were huddled near the Metro station entrance to stay dry. Attendance was a little, uh, light, so we still have plenty of the "I Bike to Metro and Metro to Work" t-shirts - DM me if you want one.

Drewdane
05-16-2014, 06:58 PM
East Falls Church (evening)

The Good: Well... It was there

The Bad: An empty table and a volunteer pointedly packing up t-shirts half an hour prior to the posted end time.

eminva
05-16-2014, 07:47 PM
East Falls Church (evening)

The Good: Well... It was there

The Bad: An empty table and a volunteer pointedly packing up t-shirts half an hour prior to the posted end time.

Yep, same thing. That's what I get for working late.

Liz

Drewdane
05-16-2014, 07:50 PM
Yep, same thing. That's what I get for working late.

Liz

It was kind of irritating, since I decided to forgo the happy hour in Arlington in order to show support for this Pit Stop.

(Edit: in reply to a comment I made on their FB page, they told me they ran out of everything. Can't fault them for that)

MM2
05-16-2014, 08:00 PM
Georgetown- First year for me coming here
Definitely the Foodie stop - chocolate croisants, cupcakes, fresh granola, yogurt, gormet juice, etc, and coffee. Nice second breakfast.



Here is the Paul Bakery and the Sprinkles tent. Yum.
I also visited Baked & Wired and the Mal Maison tent, in the background, but not the yogurt place.

Maybe this was unusual, though. I think they consolidated two locations in Georgetown into this one spot, at the waterfront park. It would be nice if they keep up with the great food, next year.

vvill
05-16-2014, 09:31 PM
It was kind of irritating, since I decided to forgo the happy hour in Arlington in order to show support for this Pit Stop.

(Edit: in reply to a comment I made on their FB page, they told me they ran out of everything. Can't fault them for that)

They didn't have much to begin with this year - I was there with Tim Kelley at about 4:30pm and it was the smallest I've seen this pitstop since they started it. Perhaps weather-affected.

Phatboing
05-16-2014, 09:39 PM
(Edit: in reply to a comment I made on their FB page, they told me they ran out of everything. Can't fault them for that)

I actually saw that happen - 5.15-ish, collecting my swag (awesome Bikearlington sunglasses, no less), and while I'm stashing the sunglasses into my pannier and reach for a free bottle, a flood of cyclists descended upon the tent and took everything.

dkel
05-16-2014, 10:27 PM
What, for the slacker team?

For an education!

cvcalhoun
05-17-2014, 02:03 PM
Bethesda:

5646

Nothing there when I arrived at 7:15 except a sign lying on the ground. I got an e-mail later saying that they had been open and had 130 riders there, but I can only assume they either opened very late or closed very early. (It was supposed to be open 6:30 am to 8:30 am, so 7:15 should have been right in the middle of it.) This was particularly frustrating, because I didn't have to be anywhere until 10:00 AM, and had gotten up early and braved the rain specifically in order to get to Bethesda, which was my registered stop.

Georgetown Waterfront:

5647

Lots of good food here--coffee, cupcakes, granola, bananas, yogurt. Also picked up map, copy of DC bike laws booklet, water bottle, Chipotle coupon, and coupons for a one-day CaBi membership and $10 off a yearly membership. Was initially told I could not get my t-shirt there because I wasn't registered there, but someone finally relented after I explained I had been relying on a t-shirt as something dry to change into. No raffles. Revolution Cycle had a tune-up station there.

Georgetown Library:

Not an official pit stop, but they were handing out a free book, animal crackers, and fruit punch to anyone who bicycled there. The selection of books was unexpectedly good. And they were there all day, so I didn't have to make it during a specific morning or evening period.

Malmaison: (Happy Hour)

I was a bit disappointed in this one. I'd thought it might be a chance to meet other cyclists. But it was so spread out that cyclists were not talking to each other. They did have some happy hour specials. But when I ordered the half-priced cocktail special, they charged me full price and I had to go back and complain to get the extra charge removed.

Capital Heights: (afternoon)

Another Chipotle coupon, a banana, and a couple of granola bars. Not a lot of swag, although I could have gotten my map and DC bike laws pamphlet there. They had socks, but were charging $7 for them, so I passed. But they were doing raffles every 15 minutes. I won the one for the 10 yoga sessions. Of course, I'm not entirely sure what I'll do with it given that I don't do yoga and don't live or work in that area. But the frequent raffles definitely increased the fun factor, and kept people hanging around and socializing longer than they otherwise would have. And they also gave me another t-shirt.

bikenurse
05-17-2014, 08:50 PM
Greenbelt, College Park, and Edgewood DC (Met Branch trail) were up and running Friday morning, rain and all. I'd say College Park had the best bike services, Greenbelt was nicest, and Edgewood had the best cookies.

DanB
05-17-2014, 09:11 PM
East Falls Church (evening)

The Good: Well... It was there

The Bad: An empty table and a volunteer pointedly packing up t-shirts half an hour prior to the posted end time.
Maybe I was expecting too much. Since other bike shop sponsored pit stops offered bike maintenance, I was expecting it there, too. I know my bike chain could sure use a lube after biking to work in all that rain, and I probably stretched my brake cables a bit. I was also hoping to grab a snack for the final stretch to Vienna, but the only edible swag (still not sure you can say that) was the gummy multi-vitamins that Gold's Gym was handing out there. And no, I didn't eat them.