DC Bike List for 11/8/18!

(this is a copy/paste, view the original newsletter in all it’s well-formatted glory here)

Sorry this is late, and it’s gonna be short. I took some time to ride a bike around on this beautiful day instead of just WRITING about people riding bikes, it was good! OK, so the best thing going this weekend in my mind is the DC Bike Party, which has a ride on both Friday evening AND Saturday evening, slightly different styles, both to Catharsis on the Mall. Join us if you can!

OK, that’s all I’ve got. If you like this newsletter, feel free to forward it along to friends and tell them to sign up or follow on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, if you have a ride you want added to the list, you can submit it via this form. Stay safe, ride fast.

– Peter

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DC Bike Party, “Journey to Catharsis” (DC)
FRIDAY, 11/9 @ 7:30pm
The first of two special DC Bike Party Rides to Catharsis on the Mall. This one be a reflective ride to remember cyclists who have died or been injured. Rolls from Dupont Circle at 8pm! [Facebook]

DC Bike Party, “Rid to Catharsis on the Mall” (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 6:30pm
The second DC Bike Party ride, this one will have more of a party vibe! Wheels up from Dupont Circle at 7pm sharp! [Facebook]

Join TheRusch Veteran’s Day Weekend Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 8:30am
Meets at the Vietnam Memorial, 22-mile route around the city to comemorate our nation’s veterans! [Facebook]

World Series of Dice Alleycat (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 2pm
Somehow combines an alley cat race with games of dice (for funny money, not real money). Come play in traffic! [Facebook]

DC Pedestrian Memorial Walk (DC)
THURSDAY, 11/15 @ 5:15
Yes, you read that right, this one was switched to NEXT week. Not really a bike event, and not quite this week, but this memorial walk is to commemorate the lives of the 10 pedestrians who have died in traffic violence on DC’s streets so far this year. Gathers at 13th + K NW, please come. [Facebook]

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not about speed. enjoy the journey, get some coffee on the way

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Join the Google group for updates by sending an e-mail to vienna-shopride@googlegroups.com. [Spokes Etc. calendar] 

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 10am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. This is a ride for everyone, and great for beginners: 8-10 miles at a pace that’s, well, nice and easy. [BicycleSPACE]

Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going, usually ~10 miles. Check social media for route and updates. [Facebook]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 11:30am
A chill ride hosted by BicycleSPACE, 20-30 miles, with a stop for some kind of sweet treat halfway through. Leaves from the downtown shop. [BicycleSPACE]

Saturday Social Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 11am
A casual ride led by Proteus Bicycles from their College Park shop. Usually about 12-16 miles, round trip. Bring a lock and some cash for stops! [Facebook]

Early Morning ART Commute (MD)
TUESDAY, 11/13 @ 6am-9am
Led by Proteus. Meet at the shop or hook up with the group at one of the meeting points for an early-morning commute (or just a ramble!) on the Anacostia River Trail. [Facebook]

Pizza Ride (DC)
TUESDAY, 11/6 @ 7pm
Starts at City Bikes in Adams Morgan. A leisurely 10-mile loop around Mt. Pleasant, Rock Creek Park, and Kalorama, stopping for pizza afterward at Glenn’s Garden Market.

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Hill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 9am
Hosted by BicycleSPACE. Meet at the downtown shop. A fun, brisk 20-25 miles of some good climbs and nice views east of the river and dipping into MD. No-drop ride. Note that the time has changed to winter hours, so they’re rolling at 9am now. See our Ride Review here!

Hills for Breakfast (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 8:30am
Hosted by Conte’s in Falls Church. Gather there for 20+ miles of VA hills. Fairly hardcore group that moves at a brisk pace, but it’s a no-drop ride. Cancelled in the event of rough weather or ice. Join the ride’s Facebook group and check the shop’s social media for updates. [Facebook]

Hills of Rock Creek Park (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. No-drop ride. Note that the Adams Morgan shop has closed, so the ride now leaves from the K St. location.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 11/13 @ 6am
Bikenetic’s weekly hills ride. Meets at the shop in Falls Church. Can be somewhat brutal. Route changes every week, check the shop’s Facebook page for announcements and details.[back to index]

Long rides
30+ miles, exploring new routes and interesting destinations

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 11:30am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. A loooong rambler, 30 miles and up, with decent pace and a different route/theme every time. Lots of local history in this one, learn something about the city and get some exercise. [BicycleSPACE]

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Gravel and mountain bike rides
thick tires. trails. back roads. get dirty.

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 9am
It’s a mountain bike ride! Led by the folks from Proteus Bicycles around Fairland Regional Park in Laurel, MD. Bring a helmet, and you’ll need to sign a waiver. The ride is canceled if rain makes the trail too muddy, so check social media before you head out. [Facebook]

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Road rides
skinny tires, quick pace, use of group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 7am
Hosted by no one. Pure road ride, very fast. Gather in Rock Creek Park, at the intersection of Rt. 410 and Beach Drive. This ride is hard and fast, a 40-mile loop on MacArthur Blvd, along the Potomac, through Great Falls Park, an back to the top of Rock Creek Park.

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop rides (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 7:15am, 8:15am
Two rides rolling from Spokes, Etc.’s Vienna shop. The first departs at 7:15am, moves at a good 16-18mph clip in a 15 mile loop, then back to the shop, where you can hop on the second ride, departing at 8:15am for another 20-25 miles at a slightly more relaxed pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/10 @ 10am
Hosted by The Bike Rack. Gather at the Logan Circle shop. This is a moderately-paced 25/30-mile ride intended as an introduction to group rides. You must have a road bike. Bring water and a spare tube. This ride will NOT take place if the temperature is below freezing. More details here.

Bicycle Place Advanced Road Ride (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 8:00am
Advanced road ride led by The Bicycle Place Club. Meets at 8am at their shop in Silver Spring, wheels rolling by 8:30, the ride snakes through Rock Creek, Chevy Chase, Bethesda Potomac, and Kensington. About 40 miles in all, pace is fast (20-24mph). [details]

Sunday Morning Social Ride (DC)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 8:30am
Heads out from Conte’s in Navy Yard. Social paced but quick (15-17mph) ride. No indication of distance on the event, but I would say figure at least 20 miles. [Facebook]

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 8:30am
Hosted by the Bike Rack from the Logan Circle shop. The intermediate ride is 40 miles at an average of 16-18 mph. It’s no-drop, but you have to move quickly. If you want something more challenging the advanced rides take place at the same time. It covers 60 miles at an average speed of 18-20 mph, and you have to be able demonstrated excellent bike handling skills. Both rides are canceled in the event of wet conditions.

Spokes Etc. Quaker Lane shop ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 8:30am
Departs from the Quaker Lane shop in Alexandria. Quick pace (15-20mph) for a good distance (30-40 miles). More details on the events calendar. [Spokes Etc. calendar]

Arrow Bicycle road ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 9am
Gather at Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville for this 32-mile no-drop ride that emphasizes group riding techniques. Ride heads out 52 weeks a year, rain or shine.

Spokes Etc. Belle View Co-ed Road Ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 11/11 @ 2pm
Meets at the Belle View shop for a solid 25-30 miles of riding at a moderate 15mph pace. More details on the events calendar. [Spokes Etc. calendar]

Wheel Nuts Road Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 11/13 @ 6pm
Meets at the shop in Alexandria at 5:45pm, wheels rolling by 6pm. For people with road and tri bikes, tho it’s only a 13-mile ride and the pace is moderate. Check social media to see if it’s on. [Facebook]

Goon Ride
Hosted by no one. The Goon Ride is maybe the hardest ride around. Riders gather informally at Garret Park Road and Beach Drive. Average speed is 25mph. Good luck.

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Looking ahead

11/18: BikenetiCX! There’s a pirate ship, fyi.
12/2: Capital ‘Cross Classic! Cyclocross race. Reg is open.

DC Bike List for 5/10

Lots of great new stuff going on this week. The Bike Rack is doing its first Campfire Grind of the year on Saturday. There’s a Silver Spring art ride. And the Outriders are scheduled to do a nice loop through the Arboretum! But while this week has plenty of fun stuff happening, the thing you need to keep your eye on is NEXT week, which has several important #BikeDC events, so it might be worth taking a look now:

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DC Bike List, 4/26

Thank god this work week is almost over. Let’s get right to it:

  • A li’l reminder that Bike to Work Day is fast approaching. Go register if you haven’t yet so we can get a big fat turnout. There is free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff!
  • Friday morning’s Coffee Outside ride is CANCELLED due to scheduled nasty weather. It has been rescheduled for May 4.
  • Did you know there was going to be an alley cat race on Saturday? I did not, but there is!
  • Oh and hey, cheers to Capital Bikeshare for hitting 20 million rides! *clinks coffee mug* and may this be only the beginning.

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DC Bike List, 4/19

Wow, can you believe winter is almost over already?? I tell you what. OK, so a couple of rides that were cancelled in previous weeks have been rescheduled for this weekend, namely the Oxon Hill season opener and the first DC Jews on Bikes ride of the year. OK.

Also, a little announcement: I’m trying something new this week. Since I started this list, I’ve wondered what to do with bicycle club rides. The clubs have SO MANY rides every week that it would be impossible to list them all here, yet certainly they deserve some kind of mention.
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DC Bike List, 4/12

A number of interesting things going on this week. First, the Emancipation Ride would be a great thing to jump on if you have Monday off work in celebration of Emancipation Day. Second, Proteus Bicycles’ Saturday social ride seems like a good way to see cherry blossoms without all the crowds. And third, Tour de Bike Lane on Friday sounds like a blast!

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DC Bike List, 3/22

Welcome to spring! Officially! The big thing to watch out for this week is the March for our Lives on Saturday, which is guaranteed to cause significant disruption downtown and could impact the routes of regular group rides or the timing/destination of social rides (for example, Proteus’s social ride on Saturday is going to the march). So be sure to double-check social media for last minute changes before you head out.

Here’s a few other odds and ends of cycling news icymi:

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Bike List for 3/15!

[fyi, the DC Bike List is also on Facebook and Twitter]

As spring edges closer, more regular rides are blooming! This week’s new additions include ProBike FC’s weekly women’s training ride; Papillon Cycling’s social coffee ride, and Conte’s first day of spring ride. Also, one that looks pretty fun that starts this week is the twice-monthly Coffee Outside ride, on Friday morning before work on the C&O towpath.

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DC Bike List for 3/8

As spring draws near, holy cow there are a lot of new events piling up! Check the “looking ahead” section for stuff going on past this week, it is becoming EXTENSIVE. Also, had to add the “Events” section back in, because people, we have events again! A refurbished bike sale, a crazy garage race, even the DC Bike Party is back in business! Green shoots everywhere.

A few more good tidbits you may have missed:

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DC Bike List for 3/1

Welcome to March, we’ve made it through the winter months! Such as they were. There is quite a bit going on this week, if we all don’t blow away in the nor’easter. The Proteus Bicycles Saturday social ride will tour 3-4 breweries, so that’s fun. And the Phoenix Bicycles youth ride is going to see BLACK PANTHER! You will note there are no cars in Wakanda, which is very inspiring. Two more tidbits worth highlighting:

  • Registration for Bike to Work Day 2018 is open! It’s scheduled for May 18. Pick your pit stops for a T-shirt, food, goodies, etc.
  • The first Wednesday night Garage Race is set for this Wednesday, March 7, in Crystal City. The beginners and open races are full, but the women’s race still has slots available, so get in there! Also, even if you’re not racing, my understanding is there will be pie, grilled cheese, beer, and a pretty good race to watch.

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