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    Oh no! I better bank some points before everyone...

    Oh no! I better bank some points before everyone passes me this weekend.

    On Friday night, someone left a e-scooter on the ramp leading up from the MVT to the 14th Street bridge. The scooter,...
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    A belated thank you for moving this scooter. I...

    A belated thank you for moving this scooter. I saw it on my way home that night. That section of the trail isn't well-lit, so there's a good chance I would have run headlong into the scooter if you...
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    I was very sad that a morning meeting kept me...

    I was very sad that a morning meeting kept me from going to Team X's Sugar Shack meetup. But I did get the next best thing: a flyby with Christob50 while he was on his way to the meetup. That was...
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    Bakeries, brews, and booze -- Saturday 2/23

    In conjunction with rumipumi (aka Mrs. Maryland Meadworks), I'm organizing a bakeries, brews, and booze ride on Saturday, February 23. All are welcome to join.

    The plan:
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    I'm claiming points for attending Sunday's...

    I'm claiming points for attending Sunday's Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail meeting. Strava proof of attendance: https://www.strava.com/activities/2137050339. Do I get bonus points for being smart...
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    This is great! I was trying to explain Strava...

    This is great! I was trying to explain Strava art to my mom (also a non-biker), but your explanation is much better and more poetic.
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    Thanks to everyone for coming out to the duck...

    Thanks to everyone for coming out to the duck ride! Special props to Christob50 for hauling his e-bike up and down the stairs without complaint, camiller for gamely continuing even after a ferocious...
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    Nice! The ears were a great touch, and so was the...

    Nice! The ears were a great touch, and so was the mouth. I can definitely see this elephant smiling as he takes flight over Arlington. And thanks for posting the "map" and "real life" pics for...
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    I tweaked the route a bit this afternoon, but it...

    I tweaked the route a bit this afternoon, but it should have saved to the same URL, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29275735. I also had problems opening up the link the first time I clicked on it,...
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    Josh is correct on both fronts. We'll also...

    Josh is correct on both fronts.

    We'll also be going up and down a half-flight of stairs at the intersection of Key Blvd. and N. Uhle St. -- i.e., where N. Uhle St. would continue southward if...
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    Good question about the trail closure. We'll be...

    Good question about the trail closure. We'll be turning from the W&OD onto the Custis, and my understanding is that part of the trail network will remain open even after the detour goes into effect....
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    Strava art ride, 2/10 at 1:30 p.m.

    In honor of the world's loneliest duck, I plan to ride a Strava art duck on Sunday, February 10. Everyone is welcome to join, particularly those who are curious about Strava art.

    Details:
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    In addition to being posted on the Google...

    In addition to being posted on the Google Calendar, many of the events are also posted on the Rides, gatherings, and events thread. I'm planning to organize a pastry ride, date TBD but likely toward...
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    Thanks for coming to the dumpling ride, everyone....

    Thanks for coming to the dumpling ride, everyone. Including the people who came just for coffee or lunch, I think we had 18 people. It was fun riding and munching with you all!

    I'm planning an...
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    Thanks. Original post updated. And yes, the...

    Thanks. Original post updated. And yes, the ride has been changed to Sunday, February 3, but otherwise the timing is the same: meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Whole Foods for coffee, roll out at 9:00...
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    Ooops, spoke too soon. Clearly, the...

    Ooops, spoke too soon. Clearly, the heavier-than-expected snowfall this morning was all my fault. The roads and trails might still be dicey on Saturday morning, so I'm postponing this ride until...
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    I had problems with my hydraulic brakes last...

    I had problems with my hydraulic brakes last winter if my bike was left outside in freezing temps for more than 20 minutes. Bikenetic replaced the brake caliper, and the brakes have been fine since...
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    At the risk of jinxing the dumpling ride...

    At the risk of jinxing the dumpling ride -- it looks like it actually might not rain on Saturday!!! But it will be cold, especially at the beginning and the restarts, so layer appropriately.

    If...
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    Very nice! I particularly like the dynamism of...

    Very nice! I particularly like the dynamism of the design and the way you handled the feathers on the wings' trailing edge.
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    Friends of the MVT -- Belle Haven Park cleanup 1/21

    Mega kudos to everyone who came out today in the cold and the wind! I'm guessing that 30-40 people showed up, including forum members caseykane50, CBGanimal, Christob50, dbb, Emm, Judd, KWL, scoot,...
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    That's so awesome! How long did it take to cut...

    That's so awesome! How long did it take to cut through the tree?
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    Alas, I have one to report from this past Friday,...

    Alas, I have one to report from this past Friday, on the W&OD.

    My bootlace came undone and wrapped itself around my pedal, which I didn't notice until my pedal stopped rotating. I tried pedaling...
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    Dumpling ride, Saturday 2/2

    Update: the ride was originally scheduled for Saturday 2/2, but has been moved to Sunday 2/3 for weather reasons. Ignore the title of this post.

    Dumpling ride on Sunday, February 3. The plan:
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    Today I learned that car snow shovels will fit...

    Today I learned that car snow shovels will fit inside a Bike Arlington string backpack, so long as you don't mind the shovel handle periodically clunking into the back of your helmet.
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    I'm too ashamed to claim those points. I sinned...

    I'm too ashamed to claim those points. I sinned by driving instead of biking there.
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