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cvcalhoun
05-14-2015, 02:17 PM
As usual, there has been a lot of focus on Virginia pit stops. (I can only be jealous of the Crystal City one being open all week!) But does anyone have recommendations on the Maryland and DC ones? Ones I could possibly attend are:


Rockville – Fallsgrove
Rockville – Town Center
Rockville – Twinbrook
North Bethesda – US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Rock Springs Business Park
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
National Institutes of Health Bldg One
Bethesda
Friendship Heights
National Geographic Society
Golden Triangle – L Street
GoldenTriangle – Farragut Square
Georgetown Waterfront Park Area


However, applying my math skills here, that would be only about 15 minutes to get to and spend time at each one, which would be just about doable if I were using a jetpack instead of an overloaded bicycle with an ancient rider. I've therefore had to give up my dream of going to all of them. So, on that list, which ones have the best food? The best swag? The best raffles? The best entertainment?

Terpfan
05-14-2015, 03:04 PM
Well, I got this from BicycleSpace via e-mail:

"At our 440 K St NW pit stop, we'll host U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Please attend and represent the best of Bike D.C.!"

I'm just doing my one in Old Town I think. Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard. Otherwise, that looks like an awesome list.

cvcalhoun
05-14-2015, 03:08 PM
Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard.

Sorry to hear you're still not 100%. Hope you feel better soon!

Riley Casey
05-14-2015, 04:41 PM
Silver Spring always has a good turn out but then it's the only pit stop I've been to other than Freedom Plaza so my perspective is limited and skewed by it being my home base.

KWL
05-14-2015, 07:08 PM
...I'm just doing my one in Old Town I think. Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard. ...Oh come on. Swing by Del Ray or Crystal City. They both are right on your way. I do hope you are getting better.

ebubar
05-14-2015, 07:43 PM
Silver Spring always has a good turn out but then it's the only pit stop I've been to other than Freedom Plaza so my perspective is limited and skewed by it being my home base.

Silver Spring coffee club has a reasonably sized group meeting at 6:30 there. Perhaps we'll see you!

Terpfan
05-14-2015, 09:34 PM
Oh come on. Swing by Del Ray or Crystal City. They both are right on your way. I do hope you are getting better.

My wife is going to ride as well (she never rides), so I'll see if I can talk her into more. Or at least riding up to Braddock Rd/King St to nab one of those free ulocks from WMATA. I would be lying if I said I didn't have two already, but three never hurts.

And thanks all--feeling a little better and hopefully by the end of the weekend to do a full week straight. It was absolutely depressing driving so many days this week as the weather was so beautiful.

SilverSpring
05-14-2015, 09:49 PM
As usual, there has been a lot of focus on Virginia pit stops. (I can only be jealous of the Crystal City one being open all week!) But does anyone have recommendations on the Maryland and DC ones? Ones I could possibly attend are:


Rockville – Fallsgrove
Rockville – Town Center
Rockville – Twinbrook
North Bethesda – US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Rock Springs Business Park
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
National Institutes of Health Bldg One
Bethesda
Friendship Heights
National Geographic Society
Golden Triangle – L Street
GoldenTriangle – Farragut Square
Georgetown Waterfront Park Area


However, applying my math skills here, that would be only about 15 minutes to get to and spend time at each one, which would be just about doable if I were using a jetpack instead of an overloaded bicycle with an ancient rider. I've therefore had to give up my dream of going to all of them. So, on that list, which ones have the best food? The best swag? The best raffles? The best entertainment?

I'm aiming for five pit stops tomorrow: Takoma/Old Town-nice people; Silver Spring/Discovery-serviced by my LBS, Silver Cycles; Bethesda Downtown-a better class of swag; Georgetown Waterfront-best food treats; and Freedom Plaza-a chance to see Team EPA kitted out). At different points in the past, I thought it was friends and family, money, love, and work worth doing that were the mark of a life well-lived. Now I know that free BTWD water bottles are the TRUE measure of success!

cvcalhoun
05-14-2015, 09:55 PM
I'm aiming for five pit stops tomorrow: Takoma/Old Town-nice people; Silver Spring/Discovery-serviced by my LBS, Silver Cycles; Bethesda Downtown-a better class of swag; Georgetown Waterfront-best food treats; and Freedom Plaza-a chance to see Team EPA kitted out). At different points in the past, I thought it was friends and family, money, love, and work worth doing that were the mark of a life well-lived. Now I know that free BTWD water bottles are the TRUE measure of success!
Yeah, I think 5 is far more realistic than 12. I definitely want to do Bethesda (where I'm registered) and Georgetown (for the food). Just trying to figure out which 3 of the other 9 I should prioritize. And unfortunately, the BTWD site doesn't really say a lot about what's going on where.

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 06:20 AM
Okay, I'll blog this myself as I go along. First stop: Naval Medical (open at 6:00 am).

Security was extremely dubious. "You don't have military ID?" "No, but I was told I could get in for Bike to Work Day." "But you don't work here?" However, after a check with someone, she let me in with just a driver's license.

Swag: towel, patch kit. (Apparently, they didn't even have enough t-shirts for all who registered, so the last 10 registrants were being told that they couldn't have one.)
Food: pears, bananas, bagels
Entertainment: none
Raffles: none

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 07:17 AM
Rockville

Swag: dog plastic bag dispenser, foldable Frisbee, portable coffee mug, notebook, pen, glasses wipe, map, reflective clip-on, can lid
Food: Chia bars, fortune cookies, Kit's Organic bars, theoretically coffee but it wasn't ready
Raffle: yes, but no idea what it was, as I would have had to stay there to win

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 07:26 AM
North Bethesda – US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (across from White Flint Metro Station):

Swag: magnetic clip, smartphone cleaner, bell, bike pin, pencil, map
Food: coffee (finally!), donuts, bagels, raisins, smoothies, bananas
Raffles: every 15 minutes (I won a $75 Whole Foods gift card!)
Entertainment: DJ

creadinger
05-15-2015, 07:57 AM
Del Ray -
Swag: none that I could see
Food: peanuts, powerade, coffee, and water
Raffles??? Hahahahahaha
Entertainment? You mean more than just meeting new people and friendly early morning conversation?

Suitland -
Basically, same as above.

KWL
05-15-2015, 09:01 AM
Del Ray -
Swag: none that I could see
Food: peanuts, powerade, coffee, and water
Raffles??? Hahahahahaha
Entertainment? You mean more than just meeting new people and friendly early morning conversation?

Suitland -
Basically, same as above.
Del Ray - plus water bottles & all of last year's shirts you could carry. ("Please, take all you want") The Happy Tart (http://happytartbakery.com/)cookies were warm and good.

lordofthemark
05-15-2015, 09:18 AM
Shirlington

Swag - an instant raffle - I got the small prize and took a pair of BikeArlington socks. Large prize included helmets.
Food - Best buns, coffee, muffins, bread and scones. Copperwood tavern lemonade and some kind of candied popcorn
Raffles - see above
Entertainment - dj, guy with a unicycle

Crystal City - Swag - well the jersies of course, for some of us. CCBid giving out blinky lights, ankle straps, etc.
Food - bagels and coffee and bananas.
Raffles- none I saw.
Bike repair from bikes for the world.
Entertainment - well lots of people


Canal Park
Swag - Water bottles, blinky lights, and ankle straps
Food - coffee, muffins, fruit
Raffles - Capitol Riverfront BID doing a raffle for BID swag, not sure what that includes
Bike repair by BicycleSpace
Entertainment - posing for the department BTWD picture (technically not in Canal Park, at the front steps on NJ Avenue instead)


Oh and I think both CC and CP had granola bars.

PotomacCyclist
05-15-2015, 09:41 AM
Crystal City had the Potbelly table too. They had a spinning wheel with different prizes. I won a free sandwich. The coupon expires on Dec. 31. They also handed out coupons for a free soda (no thanks) or a cookie with the purchase of an entree. This coupon is only good for today, which is another one of those pattern date: 5/15/15. (At 5:15 am, it was 5/15/15 5:15 am. At 1:15 pm, it will be 5/15/15 1:15 pm.)

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 09:55 AM
Bethesda:

Swag: towels, reflective ankle straps
Food: apples, bagels, bread
Service: Griffin Cycle was providing air, lube, and basic tools
Raffles: many at a time, every 15 minutes. However, there were so many people there that chances of winning were probably less than at less populated stops
Entertainment: recorded music

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 10:02 AM
Friendship Heights

Food: apples, bananas, potato chips, fortune cookies, granola bars
Swag: portable coffee mugs
Raffles: theoretically closed at 8:30, but was still having raffles at 8:40. While they had only 2 at a time, there were so few people that chances of winning were high. (I won 3 lbs. of coffee.)
Services: learn how to put your bike on the bus

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 10:08 AM
National Geographic

Food: first coffee with real cream, oranges, granola bars
Swag: water bottles, coupons for free circulator ride
Raffles: even though they were supposed to go on until 10:00, the last one had ended by 9:40.

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 10:10 AM
Skipped:

Rockville Fallsgrove and Twinbrook, and Rock Springs Business Park (too far out of the way)
NIH (security would have taken even longer than at Naval Medical, and it didn't have the advantage of being open early).
Golden Triangle Farragut Square and Georgetown Waterfront (closed by the time I made it there)
Golden Triangle L Street (Where were you guys? I got to 19th and L 15 minutes before it was supposed to have closed, and couldn't find any sign of a pit stop. The people at Farragut Square said that several others had also been unable to find them.)

Mikey
05-15-2015, 10:13 AM
Fairfax city:
Bananas, Coffee, Water
Swag - Multi tools, water bottles, drawstring sacks, Maps, Smart Wool Socks (if you donated the ones you were wearing). $10 Spokes gift Cards

Dunn Lorring
Bagels, Coffee, Water Donuts, Clif bars/chews
Water Bottles, drawstring bags, Smart lanes t-shirts

East Falls church - Gauntlet of cheering fans (didn't stop to see what was offered)

Ballston
Bagels, Coffee, Bananas, health drinks
headphones, spork, LED nightlight, Water bottles, Potomac Peddler Tshirts
Raffle - sunglasses, bells, water bottles, helmets, Bike Arlington Jerseys

Rosslyn
Bagels, Coffee, Bananas, Kind granola bars
water bottles, maps, stickers, grocery bags
Raffel - same as Ballston

Georgetown
G-town cupcakes, coffee, water
water bottles, maps, stickers, lapel pins

Capital Riverfront (by USDOT) I arrived at 9 as they were winding down
Water, Granola bars, coffee?
Patch Kit, reflective leg cuff band, pens

lordofthemark
05-15-2015, 10:20 AM
Capital Riverfront (by USDOT) I arrived at 9 as they were winding down
Water, Granola bars, coffee?
Patch Kit, reflective leg cuff band, pens

Yes, both regular and decaf!

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 10:27 AM
Total pit stops: 6.

And I'm amused that a thread which started as a plea for more information on Maryland and DC (it's right there in the subject line, folks!), because there was already so much about Virginia, has quickly attracted so many posts about Virginia pit stops.

dasgeh
05-15-2015, 11:27 AM
Just saw nbc4 coverage of btwd, featuring the falls church pit stop and some familiar faces

DCLiz
05-15-2015, 11:34 AM
Sounds like Eastern Market was the winner for coffee -- Peregrine was there with hot and iced! So good! (and yes, there was cream)

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 06:59 PM
Columbia Heights

Food : apples, bananas, bagels
Swag : more water bottles, maps
Raffles : one every 15 minutes
Services: Bicycle Space is doing at least minor repairs

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 07:04 PM
Whole Foods Bethesda

Services: Freshbikes has air and lube
Raffles: Freshbikes has an instant raffle for registered users. I won mints.
Food: no free food, but they have $3 burgers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sweet potato chips (made on the premises) I got an extra burger for free by being there when they were closing.

elwbikes
05-15-2015, 08:18 PM
You made out with quite the haul, cvcalhoun!

Brünø Moore
05-15-2015, 09:12 PM
College Park: six boxes of Shopper's colossal donuts, about six dozen fresh bagels and cream cheese from Bagel Place, coffee, bars of all sorts from MOM's, Oreos, water bottles, nice plastic cups from the City, raffle prizes, CP Bikes doing maintenance, and at least one city council member to actually listen to All These Cyclists. Oh, and my orangeshirt. Best. Pitstopswagassortment. Evah.

Hyattsville: closing as I arrived; basic fruit and pamphlets, but switched out my XL shirt from CP (some of the Maryland stops got a weird run of sized, it seems) for one that would fit better.

Met Branch: basic fruit, B2WD bottles, and a BicycleSPACE mechanic (Will) who gawked at Val the Schwinn/Brünø's Indestructable Arkel Panniers.

Noma: bagels (not as nice as the CP ones, but still not bad), WABAfolk (yay!), and a Noma spatula. Seriously, a spatula. That's...actually, it's a pretty nice spatula, come to think of it. Oh, and I categorically refuse to do that silly intercap thing in "Noma."

Freedom Plaza: Shoot, place had just about closed when I rolled in; take a breather with Phil/Shane/Greg, offer congrats, and head to the MLK window office.

cvcalhoun
05-15-2015, 11:21 PM
You made out with quite the haul, cvcalhoun!

Yep! Whole Foods is having a sale on meat next week--pay $40 for $50 worth of meat. So we can buy two lots of that. With the gift card I won, it will cost us only $5 for $100 worth of meat! My wife and I drink a lot of coffee, so the three pounds of Starbucks coffee will definitely get used. I ate all day, and came home with a huge bag of swag. So I'm not complaining at all!

bikeeveryday
05-16-2015, 11:10 AM
Are you sure it was "Bicycle Place? or Space?


Columbia Heights

Food : apples, bananas, bagels
Swag : more water bottles, maps
Raffles : one every 15 minutes
Services: Bicycle Place is doing at least minor repairs

PotomacCyclist
05-16-2015, 12:01 PM
Columbia Heights

Food : apples, bananas, bagels
Swag : more water bottles, maps
Raffles : one every 15 minutes
Services: Bicycle Place is doing at least minor repairs

Did you see the chicken?

cvcalhoun
05-16-2015, 01:16 PM
Are you sure it was "Bicycle Place? or Space?

Sorry, fixed it now. The hazards of trying to blog while bicycling!


Did you see the chicken?

Nope, I missed the chicken.

cvcalhoun
05-17-2015, 01:27 AM
Preserving this for next year:

Best swag:
1. Rockville Town Center (lots of nonstandard items, rather than just one more water bottle).
2. North Bethesda – US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (not quite as many as Rockville, but they were interesting ones).

Best raffles:
1. North Bethesda – US Nuclear Regulatory Commission seemed to have the most interesting prizes.
2. Bethesda had the most raffles per hour.
3. Friendship Heights seemed to have the best chances of winning (based on number of raffles compared to number of people).

Best food:
1. Based on last year, I'd say Georgetown Waterfront has the best free food, although unfortunately I wasn't able to make it there this year.
2. Whole Foods Bethesda (not a pit stop, but an after-work party) had really thick and delicious burgers, but they were $3, not free.

Best services:
Columbia Heights. Other places had air and lube, but Bicycle Space at Columbia Heights was the one place I saw bicycle stands and mechanics operating them.

Other:
For those of you who haven't figured out how to put a bike on a bus, Friendship Heights provided a bus you could practice on.

PotomacCyclist
05-17-2015, 12:23 PM
What food did Georgetown have last year? I went this year, but I arrived shortly after they had officially closed. The tables were still there but the food was all gone.

cvcalhoun
05-17-2015, 03:44 PM
What food did Georgetown have last year? I went this year, but I arrived shortly after they had officially closed. The tables were still there but the food was all gone.

Last year, they had Paul Bakery, Dean & Deluca, Baked & Wired, and Sprinkles providing food, Malmaison providing juice, and Starbucks providing coffee. I got coffee, some kind of hot pastries, huge Sprinkles cupcakes, chocolate croisants, Hippy Crack, bananas, and yogurt. They also had coupons for free Chipotle. I'm not sure whether they do all that every year, or whether it resulted from the fact that last year, Georgetown – Meigs Park closed due to the monsoon and consolidated with Georgetown - Waterfront.

8645

KWL
05-17-2015, 05:29 PM
Last year, they had Paul Bakery, Dean & Deluca, Baked & Wired, and Sprinkles providing food, Malmaison providing juice, and Starbucks providing coffee. I got coffee, some kind of hot pastries, huge Sprinkles cupcakes, chocolate croisants, Hippy Crack, bananas, and yogurt. They also had coupons for free Chipotle. I'm not sure whether they do all that every year, or whether it resulted from the fact that last year, Georgetown – Meigs Park closed due to the monsoon and consolidated with Georgetown - Waterfront.

Based on this year, I'd say last year was a spectacular one-off. This year Dean & Deluca offered high zoot water, nothing else and the only food I saw was some tiny cupcakes. They were quite delicious.

cvcalhoun
05-17-2015, 08:39 PM
Based on this year, I'd say last year was a spectacular one-off. This year Dean & Deluca offered high zoot water, nothing else and the only food I saw was some tiny cupcakes. They were quite delicious.
Sorry to hear it! Last year, I was very grateful to have that pit stop, after being unable to find the Bethesda one and then braving the monsoon to get to Georgetown.