DC Bike List, 11/30

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The run of remarkably fine fall weather we’ve been having looks set to continue on through this weekend, and there are many great opportunities to take advantage of it with a bike ride. If you’re feeling really adventurous and can call in sick, Bikenetic’s hooky ride on Friday looks like a great time. The top pick for Saturday is without question the Brrrewery Ride, which hits up four different breweries along the W&OD trail. Also, BicycleSPACE’s hills rides on Saturday and Sunday are beginner rides, so good time to check those out if it’s your first time.

Switching gears a little bit, just FYI, the last two DC-area cyclocross races of the season are coming up. These are a fun time even (especially?) if you’re not racing, with refreshments, music, and kids events. The races follow a tight loop, so it’s easy for spectators to watch. All sorts of shenanigans ensue: costumes, people racing tandems, lots of falling down, etc. This Sunday is the 2017 Capital ‘Cross Classic, in Reston, sponsored by The Bike Lane. Then next Sunday, Dec. 10, is BikenetiCX, sponsored by Bikenetic. Come on out, bring a cowbell. Hey, maybe even register and get in there. They need fresh meat… er, legs.

OK, that’s the deal! Scroll to the “Looking ahead” section at the end for events beyond this week. 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

AnchorTheme rides

costumes, special destinations, a party on wheels

AnchorBrrrewery Ride (VA)
It’s finally here! Hosted by VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, the third annual Brrrewery Bike Tour hits four different breweries between Arlington and Reston over the course of about 22 miles. Totally chill pace, bike paths the whole way. Tons of fun, starts at 12pm at New District Brewing Co., metro home by ~8pm. Third annual Brrrewery Bike Tour on the W&OD! Hit four different breweries and then metro home! [Facebook]


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

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 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, 12/2 @ 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, 12/2 @ 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.

Linking Lincoln Tour (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 1 pm
Lengthy bicycle tour of historical sites related to Abraham Lincoln. Led by professional guide Jeff “DC Cycling Concierge” Miller and hosted by The Bike Rack. Covers 10-15 miles over the space of 4hrs, and starts from the Q St. shop. This one costs $15 and you have to register. [Eventbrite]

Coffee Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 12/3 @ 10am
A chill ~10 mile ride from Proteus Bicycles in College Park to get coffee. Check their Facebook page to see if it’s happening this week. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 12/3 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 12/3 @ 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. Lots of local history in this one, learn something about the city and get some exercise.

Slow Roll (DC)
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.

Wheel Nuts Road Ride (VA)
TUESDAY, 12/5 @ 6pm
The Tuesday road ride at Wheel Nuts Bike Shop is on this week! Meet 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. [Facebook]

AnchorHill rides

often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 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! Since this is the first ride of the month, it’s a beginner ride, so good time to try this one if you haven’t yet.

Hills of Rock Creek Park (DC, MD)
SUNDAY, 12/3 @ 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. Since this is the first ride of the month, it’s a beginner ride, so good time to try this one if you haven’t yet.

Conte’s Hill Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 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, 12/5 @ 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.

AnchorRoad rides

skinny tires, quick pace, use of group riding techniques

7am Ride (MD, DC)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 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, 12/2 @ 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]

Spokes Etc. Leesburg shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 9:30am
Medium-pace road ride covering 25-40 miles at an average pace of 14-17mph. Leaves from the Leesburg shop. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Introductory Road Ride (DC)
SATURDAY, 12/2 @ 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, 12/3 @ 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, 12/3 @ 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, 12/3 @ 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, 12/3 @ 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, 12/3 @ 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
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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AnchorGravel and mountain bike

off the beaten path, knobbly tires, get a little dirty

AnchorFriday Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 12/1 @ 8:30am
Hosted by Bikenetic and starts from Leesburg, VA. This is a 51-mile gravel ride with a target pace of ~13mph and a pit stop at a winery. Definitely an adventure. [Facebook]

Looking ahead

12/7: Bike meetup and happy hour at the Velo Cafe!  Come meet nice people.
12/9: Great Falls loop women’s ride! From Fletcher’s to Great Falls and back, with Washington Women Outdoors.
12/9: Herndon Heroes Ride! Short kid-friendly community ride to meet the local heroes.
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.
12/11: Women’s Cold Weather Gear Swap and Happy Hour! Hosted by WABA’s Women and Bicycles.
12/13: WABA Holiday Party! Come hang out with good bike people! WABA members only, but you can join at the door.
12/13: Light the Way ride! Show off your lights and see some Christmas splendor on this jaunt through the city.
12/16: Holiday Light Bike Parade! Hop on your bike and join in the Del Ray holiday parade.

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