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    Like many others, I picked a pit stop last year and then visited several others on BTWD. Besides the specific swag or general convenience of the Pit Stop one chooses to pick up her shirt and free water bottle, is there a reason to pick one official pit stop over another? Does the official selection send some sort of message to organizers?

    My choice is between Tysons and Falls Church City. While I would like to promote bike commuting to Tysons, that's been, in the past two years, a bit of a loser stop. On the other hand, I want to promote the bike (and non-car) infrastructure in Falls Church and that one has traditionally been my official stop.

    Thoughts? I suspect neither choice will make much of a difference, but I'd like to at least try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockford10 View Post
    Like many others, I picked a pit stop last year and then visited several others on BTWD. Besides the specific swag or general convenience of the Pit Stop one chooses to pick up her shirt and free water bottle, is there a reason to pick one official pit stop over another? Does the official selection send some sort of message to organizers?

    My choice is between Tysons and Falls Church City. While I would like to promote bike commuting to Tysons, that's been, in the past two years, a bit of a loser stop. On the other hand, I want to promote the bike (and non-car) infrastructure in Falls Church and that one has traditionally been my official stop.

    Thoughts? I suspect neither choice will make much of a difference, but I'd like to at least try!
    It doesn't really matter. The most important thing is that you register somewhere, so that you're counted as a participant and so that you know where to get your t-shirt. That being said, it's a point of pride for some pit stop organizers to have a high turnout numbers. Arlington has frequently had some of the most registrants at our stops, so that's why I'd recommend you register at Rosslyn :-)

    (FYI--last year Tysons had 83 registrants and Falls Church had 262.)

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    Since you can stop at any pit stop to get swag, my strategy would be to choose to register at a pit stop that is giving away a bicycle. Once you determine which do that, choose the pit stop that you think will have the least number of registrants to maximize your chance of winning. Then, just go to the stops with the best swag although you have to go to the stop for which you register to get the t-shirt if you want it.

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    Done - I registered at Falls Church. Maybe I'll make it out to Rosslyn, then Falls Church, Merrifield, Vienna, and Tysons this year? That's going to take a while.

    We've got enough bikes in the garage as it is, I don't need to try and win a bicycle! Although, I could really use a bike with two inflated tires right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockford10 View Post
    We've got enough bikes in the garage as it is, I don't need to try and win a bicycle!
    As your HUSBAND, I take issue with this post!! Ladies and gentlemen, if you've ever wondered about the validity of the n+1 vs. s-1 debate, HERE'S THE PROOF!!
    Last edited by dkel; 03-28-2014 at 03:38 PM. Reason: And our CHILDREN agree with ME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    As your HUSBAND, I take issue with this post!! Ladies and gentlemen, if you've ever wondered about the validity of the n+1 vs. s-1 debate, HERE'S THE PROOF!!
    That sounded a little more harsh than humorous, I'm afraid. I should have added one of these: or one of these: . Instead, I'll add one of these: .

    (Love you, Rockford!)

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    How do you figure out which ones are giving away bicycles, and/or which ones are likely to have the fewest registrants?

    Quote Originally Posted by DismalScientist View Post
    Since you can stop at any pit stop to get swag, my strategy would be to choose to register at a pit stop that is giving away a bicycle. Once you determine which do that, choose the pit stop that you think will have the least number of registrants to maximize your chance of winning. Then, just go to the stops with the best swag although you have to go to the stop for which you register to get the t-shirt if you want it.

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    If you two don't stop bickering I'm gonna have to stop this car.... errr bike... and turn around :-)

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    I should support my local stop which has usually has good stuff to eat, but I decided to sign up for Greenbelt (the city) pitstop so I can get extra miles. Last year I almost made it out there when I joined Greenbelt (the venerated member) and his convoy as they crossed over the beltway. I rode a metric century that day, my longest trailer hauling day so far.

    I don't think there are any bike give aways on this side of the city.

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    Giving away bicycle ~ but I think you have to be present at the pit stop at the time of the drawing to win????

    Also, consider volunteering.

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