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    Default 2014 Bike to Work Day Registration Is Open

    Hope to see some of you there! Link

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    Hope to see some of you there! Link
    Done! Hurrah! And I'll see you there (provided, of course, you ride really really lethargically to begin with and are further slowed by stopping at as many pit stops as you can at which you attempt to get an ungodly number of water bottles in the hopes that--this year, at least--your children won't find them and mix up all of the caps or melt them in the dishwasher).

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    BTWD pros: suggestions on Pit Stop with the best stuff? I made it to three different stops last year, and it looked like Rosslyn had some of the best goodies.
    Might register that as my Pit Stop of choice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebubar View Post
    BTWD pros: suggestions on Pit Stop with the best stuff? I made it to three different stops last year, and it looked like Rosslyn had some of the best goodies.
    Might register that as my Pit Stop of choice...
    I'm interested in the responses to this question here. From friends I've talked to in years past, one of whom stopped at multiple pit stops between Reston and DC, Rosslyn seems to be best. All the BTWDs I've done over the last several years I've gone to Alexandria City Hall as my pit stop since I live in Alexandria. It's been fine, and I see some folks I know, but I'm thinking of a change of scenery this year and doing Crystal City, Rosslyn, or Freedom Plaza... after, of course, a stop at the new-for-this-year Del Ray pit stop.

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    As far as best pit stops, I've only ridden to six of the northern Virginia ones. The afternoon Falls Church isn't offered this year, and the East Falls Church afternoon stop had very limited offerings. Both the Alexandria Old Town and the Rosslyn pit stops have lots on offer, Crystal City runs all five work days with different offerings each day (at least that's what happened the past two years, but doesn't say so far this year), and Ballston is nice, but more not as many displays. Don't forget that you are not limited to visiting the pit stop where you are registered. You can get swag at any pit stop, but can only get the t-shirt where you register. Different pit stops open at different times so you have to factor that in as well if you plan to do a tour de pit stops.

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    So... If I work for my own consulting company, and I work from my home office, can I still qualify to win a bike rack outside my business? And would if be bad form to have 100% employee participation? ^_^
    Last edited by PeteD; 03-06-2014 at 12:37 PM. Reason: Uffda!

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    As far as best pit stops, I've only ridden to six of the northern Virginia ones. The afternoon Falls Church isn't offered this year, and the East Falls Church afternoon stop had very limited offerings. Both the Alexandria Old Town and the Rosslyn pit stops have lots on offer, Crystal City runs all five work days with different offerings each day (at least that's what happened the past two years, but doesn't say so far this year), and Ballston is nice, but more not as many displays. Don't forget that you are not limited to visiting the pit stop where you are registered. You can get swag at any pit stop, but can only get the t-shirt where you register. Different pit stops open at different times so you have to factor that in as well if you plan to do a tour de pit stops.
    The Tri-360 afternoon pit stop last year was small in size, but heavy on the swag. I got some really nice socks that I still love and wear (and they have my initials!)

    Crystal City was a nice consistent place to meet up all week, plus they were running a weekly attendance swag contest for a jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteD View Post
    So... If I work for my own consulting company, and I work from my home office, can I still qualify to win a bike rack outside my business? And would if be bad form to have 100% employee participation? ^_^
    And what if I know someone who, um, runs his own daycare? :-)

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    My take on BtWD:
    Rosslyn and Ballston are the most fun.
    Crystal City is relatively quiet, but it's a tranquil stop and worth a trip if you want easy to access to coffee/bagels and it's easy to chat with the people there.
    Freedom Plaza is busy and has a lot going on with speeches, and organizations, etc. but not as "fun" feeling.
    Georgetown (near Cyclelife) had some unique baked-treat-type swag last year, and I saw some cool raffle prizes being won, but otherwise was a bit small.
    Nat Geo Society in DC is okay, has a few different booths around, about on par with Georgetown or Crystal City.

    A lot of the smaller DC stops such as Farragut Square are very small. I haven't been west of EFC for a stop yet.

    Tri360 are very generous with their swag! I have a SockGuy base layer I looove from the stop there last year, and the year before I got some fitting "Swag Wh0re" socks.

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    I think I may have to leave early this year and head out west before going to Freedom Plaza. No one said the stops had to actually be on your way to work, right?

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