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:

  • Capital Bikeshare’s “Bike in Bloom” (a pink CaBi) is out rolling around somewhere in celebration of the cherry blossom festival. The lucky cyclists who snag it for a ride get *checks notecards* nothing. Well, they get to ride an awesome pink bike, so that’s SOMETHING.
  • Speaking of bikeshares, the dockless bikeshare companies and a number of business improvement districts (BIDs) around the city put out a joint statement on the future of the DoBis. It’s pretty interesting. One thing that jumped out to me is that the BIDs are very supportive of the initiative and could “assist in addressing issues in their territories, such as mis-parked bikes and notifying operators about problems such as broken bikes.”
  • Limebike has e-scooters, and now they’re apparently also rolling out e-bikes??
  • Bike Lane Uprising is a crowd-sourcing project to name-and-shame motorists and business who park vehicles in bike lanes in NYC, DC, and SF. Sign up here if you want to help by uploading pics of bike lane obstructers!
  • Crowdsource cargo bike company Taga has gone belly-up. I thought this was interesting as a cautionary tale. There are lots of cool and good people crowdsourcing for neat bike gear, but long global supply chains can be tough to control. Read what happened here.
  • Peter Flax has a piece about the “Life and Death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race” in LA. Great, fun read.

AnchorEvents

Garage Race (VA)
WEDNESDAY, 3/28 @ 6pm-8pm
A bunch of knuckleheads racing around a parking garage in Crystal City! Reg is open, and even though a lot of events are full, there are always slots for walk-ups! OR, you could be a normal person and just eat pie, have a beverage, and watch from the lounge. [Garage Races]


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

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 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, 3/24 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going ~10 miles. Check social media for updates! [Facebook]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 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, 3/24 @ 10am
A casual ride led by Proteus Bicycles from their College Park shop. This week, they are heading to the March for our Lives downtown. Check social media for updates. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 3/25 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop. [BicycleSPACE]


AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 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. See our Ride Review here!

Falls Church Hills Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 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, 3/25 @ 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, 3/27 @ 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

Rock Hall Ramble (MD)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 10am
A Washington Women Outdoors ride for intermediate/advanced cyclists starting in Chestertown, MD, and snaking through Kent County to Rock Hall. About 33 miles in all. Must register by Friday if you’re going! [WWO]

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 3/25 @ 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, 3/24 @ 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, 3/24 @ 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]

ProBikeFC Saturday Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 9am
Gathers at 8:30am at the shop in Falls Church, rolls at 9. Quick but social ride, no drop, rolling hills. Join the shop’s Strava team to follow along. Updates posted on Facebook as well. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 3/24 @ 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, 3/25 @ 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, 3/18 @ 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, 3/25 @ 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, 3/25 @ 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]

Wheel Nuts Road Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 3/27 @ 6pm
It looks like this one is starting up again. 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
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.


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

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 3/25 @ 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. Cancelled in the event of too much mud, so check social media before you head out. [Facebook]

Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 3/23 @ 9am
Led by the Bikenetic folks. This is the area’s best regular gravel ride. This week, they are doing a 37-mile loop on Loudon Co. gravel, or ~100 miles if you ride out from the shop in Falls Church! [Facebook]


AnchorLooking ahead

– 4/7: The Start the Season Out Right Ride! By Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club.
– 4/7: First ride of the year for DC Jews on Bikes!
– 4/7: The Last Vasa Ride 🙁
– 4/7: Take the Lane Alley Cat Race! Raises funds for Cycle Messenger World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
– 4/13: Tour de Bike Lane is back!
– 4/14: Quantico Epic Mountain Bike Adventure and Trail Festival!
– 4/28: 2018 End Hunger Ride. Proceeds go to non-profit End Hunger in Calvert Co (MD) Early-bird reg is open!
– 5/5: Tour de Cookie. Montgomery County ride to raise funds for The Tree House, which helps child victims of abuse.
– 5/18: Bike to Work Day 2018
– 5/19: DC Bike Ride. Registration now open! Use BIKELIST18 for $10 off.
– 5/20: 4th Annual DC Bike Swap and Expo. Hosted by Gearin’ up Bikes, Great opportunity to find a new or used bike.
– 6/9-10: Armed Forces Cycling Classic. Registration now open.
– 6/9: 2018 Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride. Early registration open until February 28.
– 6/16: Bike MS! Annual fundraising ride for MS research.
– 6/22-27: Bike Virginia Tour 2018. “Ride the River,” a week of adventure cycling. Registration now open.