The DC Bike List for 10/26

It’s here! The very first DC Bike List! A lot of great rides and events going on this week. Just a few quick highlights: Bike Rack’s Lake Artemesia Ride is on Saturday. They do this once a month, so if you’ve been waiting to catch it, now’s the time. Then later that evening, DC’s fine community of bike messengers are hosting Dead City 2017, a “Mars Attacks!”-themed alley cat race through the streets of DC. Everyone’s welcome to join, and it sounds… wild. On Sunday, the OutRiders are doing a 50-mile trek out to Baltimore and MARCing it back. On Halloween night, the Mt. Pleasant Cruisers are doing a costume ride. And on Wednesday? Free bike polo! Ha!

Anyway, that’s what I’d do if I had unlimited time and no family or professional obligations. You’ll not see many rides by clubs like the Potomac Pedalers listed here. First, there’s just too many, and second, I imagine the club people already know about them. That said, if you want a ride added to the list, definitely e-mail me or tweet me and I’ll make it happen. I’m also looking into a good way to incorporate the less regular club events.

Also, there are some good women cycling groups like Black Women Bike DC and Babes on Bikes that are reserved for those identifying as women. Connect with these groups and they’ll let you know what’s happening from week to week.

A few other pieces of news before I get to the list:

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– Peter

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Theme and costume rides

dress up, bring music, meet people, stay for the after-party

Dead City 2017 (DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 6pm
Dead City is the oldest alley cat race in DC, organized and hosted by DC’s fine community of bicycle messengers. Cost is $5. Registration is at 6pm, rolling out at 7pm. The route is unknown, the race is unsanctioned, and the length depends on how clever you are. Organizers Cassidy Russell and Kevin “K-rad” describe it as something of a scavenger hunt, but on bikes, at night, and with an after-party. The winner is whoever has the most points at the end. Open to everyone. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged, and the theme is “Mars Attacks!” Check in on Facebook. Bring a light, lock, and something to write on.

Mt. Pleasant Cruiser Halloween Candy Ride (DC)
TUESDAY, 10/31 @ 7pm
Gather in front of Don Juan’s at 7pm, rolling at 8pm. WEAR. A. COSTUME. More details on Facebook.

Wheel Nuts Halloween Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 10/31 @ 6pm
The weekly Tuesday road ride at Wheel Nuts Bike Shop goes spooky! Meet at the shop in Alexandria at 5:45pm, wheels rolling by 6pm. Costumes encouraged. More details on the shop’s Facebook page.


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

Weekly Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 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!

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 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, 10/28 @ 11:30am
Another BicycleSPACE ride. Still social, but longer than the Nice & Easy. Leaves from their downtown shop. A leisurely 10-15 mile ride with a stop at a bakery halfway. Back to the shop by 2:30.

Lake Artemesia Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 10am
Hosted by The Bike Rack. Gather at the Brookland shop for an 18-mile loop north around the lake and a pit-stop in College Park. This is a once-a-month ride, so don’t miss it!

Ride to Baltimore (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 8:30am
Led by OutRiders, a group of LGbTQ cyclists and ally riders. This ride is a LOT longer than your typical rambler (~50 miles), but the pace is easy-going. A great way to dip into longer rides and explore routes to this neighboring city. Ride leaves from Columbia Island Marina, and they’ll be returning to DC on the MARC. For more details, join the OutRiders through their Meetup page.

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 11:30am
A BicycleSPACE ride. Leaves from their downtown shop. A relatively long rambler (20-30mi) with an easy pace and a different route/theme every time. Learn something about the city and get some exercise.

Coffee Ride (MD):
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 10am
Meet at Proteus Bicycles in College Park. A pretty chill 12-mile ride, usually to Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville. Mostly trails. Bring a lock and some cash! More details on Facebook.

Slow Roll (DC)
MONDAY, 10/30 @ 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.” Join the Facebook group here.

Hill rides

often social, can be challenging 

Rock Creek Park ride (DC)
TONIGHT, 10/26 @ 6:30pm
Ride hosted by City Bikes. Meet at the Adams Morgan shop for ~35miles of RESPECTABLE hills through leafy Rock Creek Park. Roll-out is at 7pm sharp.

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 8am
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.

Conte’s Hill Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 8:30am
Hosted by Conte’s Bike Shop in Falls Church and rolling out from there. Pace is quick (“B”), but it’s a no-drop ride with two gather points for people to catch up if they get dropped. Great exercise, 22 miles with about 2,000 feet of elevation.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 10/31 @ 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.

Road rides

skinny tires, quick pace, emphasis on group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 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.

Proteus Road Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 9am
Led by Proteus Bicycles, this is an intermediate road ride for people with skinny tires and roadie experience. Rolls out at 9am sharp from their shop. Pace is quick (15-17mph) for a solid 25-40 miles. More details on Facebook.

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 10/28 @ 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. More details here.

Coffee Ride (VA):
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 7-8am
Bikenetic’s regular Sunday ride. Leaves from the shop in Falls Church. Fun and social, but challenging, with a 20-30 mile loop. Route and time vary by week, check the shop’s Facebook page the night before.

Bike Rack Intermediate/Advanced rides
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 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.

Arrow Bicycle ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 10/29 @ 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.

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.

Gravel and mountain bikes

knobbly tires, off the beaten path, get dirty

Bikenetic mountain bike ride (VA)
TUESDAY 10/31 @ evening
Bikenetic’s regular Tuesday night mountain bike ride. Check the Facebook page for time and route.

Events and classes

Weekly youth night (DC)
TONIGHT, 10/26 @ 6pm-8pm
All young people ages 11-21 are welcome to attend this weekly workshop at Gearin’ Up to get some pointers and hands-on practices working on bicycles.

Chain Breakers Girls Bike Club (VA)
TONIGHT, 10/26 @ 6:30pm-7:30pm
A weekly group for girls ages 12-17. Learn to wrench bikes, go on rides, plan longer trips. More details here.

WABA adult cycling classes (VA, DC)
A number of options area available, including city riding and basic skills. Registration is a good idea. Visit their site for more details.

DC Bike Polo (DC)
WEDNESDAY, November 1 @ 7pm
Hosted by the DC Bike Polo Club at Rush Rink. It’s like polo, but with bikes instead of horses! This is a beginner’s night, open to anyone who wants to give it a shot. All equipment is provided, just bring yourself, a helmet, and closed-toed shoes. See the Facebook event for more info.