DC Bike List for 1/25

There is quite a bit going on this week, as we continue to enjoy some totally bearable weather. All the regular rides are on, although with rain perhaps in the forecast for Sunday, be sure the check social media before heading out (fyi I try to post updates on Twitter and Facebook as I get them).

A brand new ride to check out this weekend is the Hills of NE. Designed and led by @zacycles, the 30-mile ride gathers at the BicycleSPACE shop in Ivy City to hit all the major climbs in that neck of the woods. The ride snakes through the Arboretum, past Union Market, and visits the Basilica. One plus is that it leaves a little later (10am) than the other hill rides, so good for cold mornings. A few other goings on:

  • Voting is open for the 2018 Bicyclists Choice Awards! Vote for categories like best bike shop, best social ride, best semitruck permanently parked in the 1st St NE protected bike lane, etc. The bike nerd prom itself is scheduled for Feb. 8, hosted by WAMU’s Lauren Ober. RSVP by Feb. 3!
  • The thing where people race their bicycles around an empty parking garage in Crystal City is coming back this year! Now called Wednesday Night Spins, it’ll be every Wednesday night in March. Registration opens in February.
  • For some reason there’s an International Winter Bike to Work Day?? It’s on February 9. What the hell, I say go for it! And if you’re riding through Rosslyn, you can swing by BikeArlington’s WBTWD pitstop for coffee and snacks.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom to scope out more events scheduled for beyond this week. 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


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

Spokes Etc. Vienna shop ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 8:15am
Leaves from the Vienna shop. Easy pace, no drop, covers about 15 miles. Check Facebook for updates and cancellations. [Facebook]

Youth Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 10am
Weekly ride for kids, youths, and adult volunteers led by Phoenix Bicycles from their shop in Arlington. Easy-going 10 miles. [Facebook]

Nice & Easy (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 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]

Cupcake Ramble (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 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]

Ride to the Rink (DC)
SATURDAY 1/27 @ 11:30am
Easy-peasy 5-mile WABA ride, starts at the Deanwood Aquatic Center, ends at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Might be a good idea to register beforehand, but walk-ups (ride-ups?) are free if they have space left. [WABA]

Saturday Social Ride (MD)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 10am
A relaxed ~10 mile ride on trails from Proteus Bicycles in College Park to different local food spots and sites of interest. This week, they’re heading to Bar Roubaix! [Facebook]

Nice & Easy II (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/28 @ 10am
Same deal as the Saturday Nice & Easy, but this one leaves from the Adams Morgan shop. [BicycleSPACE]

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.

AnchorHill rides
often social, can be challenging 

Hills of Anacostia (DC)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 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. They’re mixing up the scheduling a bit to do the beginners ride this week. No-drop ride. See our Ride Review here!

Falls Church Hills Ride (VA)
SATURDAY, 1/27 @ 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, 1/28 @ 9am
Led by BicycleSPACE. A beautiful and sometimes challenging ride along the rolling mostly car-free roadways of Rock Creek Park. They’re mixing up the scheduling a bit to do the beginners ride this week. No-drop. Leaves from the Adams Morgan shop.

Hills of NE (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/28 @ 10am
Brand new BicycleSPACE ride! This one leaves from the Ivy City shop and hits the major climbs in the northeast quadrant of the city. Distance of 30 miles, plus 1700 feet of elevation. Keep an eye on the @zacycles Twitter account for cancellations in case of ugly weather.

Tuesday Hills (VA)
TUESDAY, 1/23 @ 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

City Explorers (DC)
SUNDAY, 1/28 @ 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, 1/27 @ 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, 1/27 @ 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, 1/27 @ 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, 1/27 @ 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, 1/28 @ 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, 1/28 @ 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, 1/28 @ 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, 1/28 @ 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.

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

Hooky Ride (VA)
FRIDAY, 1/26 @ 8:30am
Led by Bikenetic folks, starts from Leesburg, VA. This is one of the area’s premier regular gravel rides. This week is a 45 miles loop with ~3,000ft of climbing. A few people are riding out to Leesburg from Falls Church, an option that turns the ride into a full century. Weather is looking good! Call in sick imho. [Facebook]

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride (MD)
SUNDAY, 1/28 @ 9am
New Proteus ride! It’s mountain bikes, around Fairland Regional Park in Laurel. 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]

AnchorLooking ahead

– 2/8: 2018 Bicyclists Choice Awards! Go vote, and RSVP for the event by Feb. 3.
– 2/9: Winter Bike to Work Day! Register and be counted.
– 4/28: 2018 End Hunger Ride! Proceeds go to non-profit End Hunger in Calvert Co (MD) Early-bird reg is open!
– 5/19: DC Bike Ride! Registration opens Feb. 1.
– 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.
– 6/22-27: Bike Virginia Tour 2018! “Ride the River,” a week of adventure cycling. Registration now open.