DC Bike List for week of 11/9

If you missed WABA’s Cider Ride last weekend, all I can say is you made a grave error and should substantially reevaluate your life choices and goals. The weather was tremendous, the route was a blast, the community was wonderful. Just a 10/10 perfect fall ride. Huge shout-out to the WABA people and volunteers for all their hard work and for FINALLY figuring out how to work their weather machine, really great work.

This week is looking, uh, cold. I’ve confirmed most of these rides and linked to Facebook or other event pages, but it’s still a good idea to double check before you head out the door. Of note this weekend: Friday is Veterans Day! So Bikenetic has a pretty awesome-sounding VA gravel event lined up involving wine, and Proteus has a solid 45-mile MD loop going too. Also, this month’s DC Bike Party is on Saturday night. Oh, and on Sunday, Jews on Bikes is doing a PRETTY fun-sounding ~50-mile loop on VA trails, hitting up a number of breweries. And don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom for events beyond this week. A couple other things:

OK, now on to the list! If you like this newsletter, feel free to forward it along to friends and tell them to sign up or follow on Twitter. If you have a ride or event you’d like added, submit it here. Stay safe, ride fast, ride on.

– Peter

AnchorAnchorTheme rides

costumes, special destinations, a party on wheels

DC Bike Party (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 7:30
A monthly gathering of casual fun, often numbering in the hundreds of riders. Meets at Dupont Circle, riding to the Mall for Catharsis on the Mall. Wheels up at 8pm sharp. Bring speakers, lights, bells, whistles, etc. [Facebook]

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

Color of Cycling Fall Leaves Ride (DC)
FRIDAY, 11/10 @ 7:35pm
A true ramble, open to everyone, cyclists of every skill level, size, shape, color, creed, ethnicity, you name it. Gathers by the Joan of Arc statue at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park to roll out for 10 miles around this beautiful city. [Facebook]

Pizza Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 10am
Pizza!! This ride starts at Proteus Bicycles in College Park and moseys on over to Takoma Park for pizza at Roscoe’s Neapolitan Pizza. About 25 miles round-trip, easy pace but fast enough to stay warm. [Facebook]

Weekly Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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 Wilderness Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 10am
Join The Bike Rack folks for their urban wilderness ride, a ~17 mile loop through DC that stays mostly in the trees. Leaves from the Brookland shop, social pace. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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, 11/11 @ 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.

Tysons to Mosaic Ride (VA)
SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 9am
Access Tysons and the Fairfax Association for Better Bicycling are hosting this little jaunt to the farmer’s market. Meet at Tysons at 9am for refreshments, head out at 9:30am. Total round trip of about 8 miles. All levels of experience welcome! [Eventbrite]

Coffee Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 10am
A chill ~10 mile ride from Proteus Bicycles in College Park to get coffee. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 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.

Slow Roll (DC)
MONDAY, 11/13 @ 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.


AnchorLong rides

30 miles and up, social, 3+ hours in the saddle 

Veterans Day Ride (MD)
FRIDAY, 11/10 @ 10am
Leaves from Proteus Bicycles in College Park. Longer than your typical ramble, this 45-mile jaunt aims to explore alternative routes to Bethesda now that the Georgetown Branch Trail is closed for purple line construction. No drop, but a fairly good pace. [Facebook]

Ride to Baltimore (DC, MD)

SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 8:30am
Led by OutRiders, a group of LGbTQ cyclists and ally riders. The pace can be easy or quick depending on how you like to explore, but the leader is in no rush. 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 and to register, join the OutRiders through their Meetup page.

AnchorBikes & Brews, Schvitz & Schmmoze (DC, VA)
SUNDAY, 11/12 @ 9:30am
Led by Jews on Bikes, this ~50-mile trek starts at the fountain at Dupont Circle then heads out to on the Mt. Vernon and W&OD trails to hit a series of breweries. Route is here. Pace is 10-15mph. Register so they know you’re coming! [Facebook]

AnchorHill rides

often social, can be challenging 

Rock Creek Park ride (DC)
TONIGHT, 11/9 @ 6:30pm
Ride hosted by City Bikes. Meet at the Adams Morgan shop for ~15miles of RESPECTABLE hills through leafy Rock Creek Park. They say it’s 1,000 ft of elevation within 1 hr so bring your climbing legs. Roll-out is at 7pm sharp.

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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. See our Ride Review here!

Conte’s Hill Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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, 11/14 @ 6pm
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.

AnchorRoad rides

skinny tires, quick pace, emphasis on group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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.

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 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, 11/12 @ 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, 11/12 @ 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.

AnchorGravel and mountain bikes

knobbly tires, off the beaten path, get dirty

Veteran’s Day Gravel and Wine Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 11/10 @ 9am
Led by the good folks of Bikenetic. Starts and ends in Leesburg, VA. Two routes, one 69 miles, the other 48 miles, winding through Virginia’s back country, with a stop a winery for refreshments. [Facebook]

AnchorEvents and classes

Women’s Winter and Night Riding Seminar (DC)
SATURDAY, 11/11 @ 3pm
Hosted by Black Women Bike DC at the Northeast Library on 7th St. in NE Open to all women. Join their Facebook group for more details! [Facebook]

Weekly youth night (DC)
TONIGHT, 11/9 @ 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, 11/9 @ 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.

AnchorLooking ahead

11/15: All the Cycle Ladies November workshop at Phoenix Bicycles. This month: bike fitting! Registration is free, but required.
11/18: The annual charity Cranksgiving ride! Hop on your bike, ride around the city, collect food for Miriam’s Kitchen!
11/18: Third annual Brrrewery Bike Tour on the W&OD! Hit four different breweries and then metro home!
12/9: Massive used bicycle sale! Gearin’ Up Bikes, Phoenix Bicycles, and Bikes for the World are clearing out a large stock of refurbished rides.