DC Bike List for 1/4!

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

Happy New Year! And I’ll just get this out of the way, it is EXTREMELY cold right now and probably not great weather for riding a bicycle outdoors over any significant time or distance. If there’s a regular ride you do or you see one you’d like to try out this weekend, be sure to check the social media or call ahead to see if it’s happening, as lots of them get cancelled when it’s this cold.

Still, amazingly, there are a number of fun-looking things happening this week. The good people at Port City Brewing in Alexandria are heading up a 30-mile ride on Saturday that will end in beer. Also, Washington Women Outdoors have a women’s ride through Anne Arundel County scheduled for Saturday.

Also, if you really don’t want to ride in the cold but you also really want to do a bike thing, might I suggestion volunteering with one of the great bike co-ops in the DC area?? Phoenix Bikes in Arlington has a new volunteer orientation night on Tuesday. VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative in Alexandria has regular volunteer nights on Tues/Weds/Thurs, and Gearin’ Up Bicycles in DC always welcomes new volunteers. Or if you just want to do some work on your ride, all these co-ops hold clinics and open shop hours where you can use their tools and get some help for a nominal fee or suggested donation. Just an idea!

A few more things worth reading from the week icymi:

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, ride on.

– Peter


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

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Weekly Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 11am
Leaves from Phoenix Bikes in Arlington. Kids, parents, and registered volunteers are all welcome to join this easy-going ~10-mile jaunt. Different route every week!

Urban Explorers (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 10am
Led by The Bike Rack, gathers at the Brookland shop. A social-paced 17-mile ride that loops through some of the prettiest parts of the city (National Arboretum, Kingman Island, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail). This ride will NOT take place if the temperature is below freezing. [Google Calendar]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 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.

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 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, 1/6 @ 10am
A chill ~10 mile ride on trails from Proteus Bicycles in College Park to different local food spots and sites of interest. New this year, it replaces the regular Sunday coffee ride. Check their Facebook page for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Slow Roll (DC)
MONDAYS @ 7pm
Gather at the African American Civil War Museum (11th and U) for this weekly 10-mile social roll through DC. “Ride bikes with good people and good things happen. You can ride with us.” Seems to be on hiatus for the winter, but join the Facebook group here for updates.


AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 9am
Hosted by BicycleSPACE. Meet at the downtown shop. A fun, brisk 20-25 miles of some good climbs and nice views up through Anacostia. No-drop ride. See our Ride Review here!

Hills of Rock Creek Park (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. No-drop. Leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 1/9 @ 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.


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

Pedals and Pints (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 9:45am
Hosted by Port City Brewing Company out of Alexandria. This is a brisk, 30+ mile ride, followed by (of course) beer! No registration necessary. [Facebook]

Anne Arundel Adventure Bike Ride (Davidson, MD)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 10am
Beautiful women’s ride through farm country. About 37 miles of rolling hills, horses, country homes, etc. You must register by FRIDAY if you want to go. [WWO]

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 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]


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

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 1/6 @ 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, 1/6 @ 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, 1/6 @ 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.

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 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, or if the temperature is below freezing.

Spokes Etc. Quaker Lane shop ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 9am
Departs from the Quaker Lane shop in Alexandria. Quick pace (15-20mph) for a good distance (30-40 miles). Check out the Facebook page for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Arrow Bicycle ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 1/7 @ 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, 1/7 @ 9am
Meets at the Belle View shop for a solid 25-30 miles of riding at a moderate 15mph pace. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Goon Ride
TUESDAY/THURSDAY @ 5:30pm
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.


AnchorLooking ahead

–  1/18: BikeDC happy hour! Informal gathering at The Velo Cafe at the Warf, with drink discounts.
– 1/27: Ride to the Rink! Cycling PLUS ice skating, what a great combination!