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Lets ride in DC-roads so bad you gotta laugh.(32 posts)

Lets ride in DC-roads so bad you gotta laugh.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 5:37 AM
I took my camera on my way in this morning. For your amusement (or horror, your choice) I submit the following...

Lots of room to for error here although I do like the bear. Notice the road surface.
Good thing it is not raining.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 5:41 AM
We pay for this???
There are good things too.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 5:43 AM
Home looks like this...
I guess I like the place afterall....MB1
Apr 19, 2002 5:46 AM
Whats not to like? This was a couple of weeks ago though.
Gotta love those steel platespmf1
Apr 19, 2002 5:51 AM
I love it how the fix a pothole with a bump, then slap a steel plate over it.

Even better was when they dug trenches all over town to install optical computer lines. The trenches were then filled to become block long bumps, or worse, narrow 3 inch block long indentations. The best part was that 2 months another company was out there digging up the same street, doing the same thing for a different client.
Ever check out NYC?Humma Hah
Apr 22, 2002 4:04 PM
After seeing what cyclists put up with on Manhattan, I promised myself I'd never complain about Virginia's roads again.

NYC is one big mass of steel plates, but the scenery is worse and the garbage piled higher.
On the bright side,mickey-mac
Apr 19, 2002 5:43 AM
with the pollen count above 2000, you'll be sneezing so much that you won't see most of this stuff.
beautiful shots (last 2) ... I love DCtarwheel
Apr 19, 2002 6:16 AM
You ought to organize a RBR ride in the DC area, hitting all the high spots. I would drive up from Raleigh for that; it's just 4 hours. Gotta be on a weekend, though.
I could do that, you gotta be brave or nuts though.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 6:20 AM
Anyone else up for it. We could hit all the high and low spots. Make a day of it before the summer heat.
none of your 120 mile days for me, though ...tarwheel
Apr 19, 2002 6:23 AM
metric century is a good comfortable distance for me, although I do a few centuries each year
A City Tour would be a very easy day.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 6:25 AM
Wear shoes you can walk in. Be lucky to get in 50 miles all day, Miss M and I will ride out fixtes.

We would eat a lot and often.
Count me in NMLen J
Apr 19, 2002 7:24 AM
Now that would be fun...Gregory Taylor
Apr 19, 2002 6:24 AM
MB1 would be the master at setting this up. Make it a long weekend and you could really hit some pretty routes.

There are some great rides just over the river in Maryland
-- Indianhead, etc. The gang that I ride with have some favored routes south of the city (Clifton, Mason Neck) that are pretty.
We could have a day for bike touring and a day for riding.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 6:28 AM
Who is in???
gotta check with "she who must be obeyed" first, but ...tarwheel
Apr 19, 2002 6:38 AM
mid to late May would probably work best for me, perhaps the last weekend in April. I'm tied up the first two weekends in May. 2 days of riding sounds great -- a tour of the city one day and something more rural and scenic the next. can you recommend any nice, relatively inexpensive places to stay (or camp) in the DC area, out toward Alexandria, VA? can you bring bikes on the metro? i've heard the ride out to mount vernon is nice.
Mt. Vernon-not on weekends.MB1
Apr 19, 2002 6:46 AM
But there are plenty of places to ride. Between Greg and I we ought to be able to set up some good riding.

Sorry, I don't know anything about hotels or motels around here. Never use 'em. I usually sleep inside-occasionally in the doghouse out back.
Hey Vitusdude....need some help over here!Gregory Taylor
Apr 19, 2002 6:51 AM
Vitusdude is another grandmaster at bike routes in the area.

Oh great keeper of the maps...care to assist?
Bikes on Metrodjg
Apr 19, 2002 8:09 AM
They are allowed, although not at rush "hour". The metro web site has the details.
We could have a day for bike touring and a day for riding.Gregory Taylor
Apr 19, 2002 6:45 AM
Hey, I'll show up.

Talking of tours, you could put together a ride that strings together a number of Colonial-era plantation homes very easily. You, of course, have Old Town Alexandria. A run down the Parkway takes you to Mount Vernon (George's house), Woodlawn (just a mile or two up the road), and then Gunston Hall down on Mason Neck. The total loop from Ft. Hunt Park would be a leisurely 40-45 miles.

Weekend traffic does become an issue....
We could have a day for bike touring and a day for riding.Becky
Apr 19, 2002 6:45 AM
I'm in and I suspect that my husband would be interested too. We've done tours of Baltimore by bike, but never D.C....should be a good time!
I think that would be a fabulous idea. Great Falls, anyone?bill
Apr 19, 2002 6:48 AM
I'm in. Life is complicated and all, with pee-wee league baseball and stuff, but I think it would be great. Riding around town is very cool, and early a.m.'s on weekends are really nice. An empty G-town takes on a whole 'nother look. Hains Point is beautiful. Capitol Hill. Arlington Cemetery. Rock Creek Park. Lots to do, really.
We could have a day for bike touring and a day for riding.Spinchick
Apr 19, 2002 6:51 AM
I'll be thinking about you all...riding through lovely DC and beyond...on a beautiful spring day...without me...

Gotta sit this one out I'm afraid - maternity bike and all. Sounds like fun, though! Do it again in mid-Fall and I am SO there.
Can't do w/e of 5/11,5/18,5/25 or 6/1 Othwise I'm in nmLen J
Apr 19, 2002 7:26 AM
re: Now that would be fun...Djudd
Apr 19, 2002 6:44 AM
Montgomery County is great, parts of it are truly wild but still close to the city.
About the steel plates... I had to do some research for a piece the paper was doing on the new regime in office. What I found was an amazing entrenched bureaucracy that has no idea about networking. When asked how a street can be torn up three times at the exact same spot (actually happened) for work that could have been done with one tear up. The answers were generally a look of increduality followed by a shrug.
There is no reason for the average civil servant in this city to use common sense. I am sure that most do but the ones that don't are in charge. As a result we live with steel plates blighting the streets for months even years. Steel plates become the answer not actually thinking through the move and acting as if there are consequences.
Having said that I invite all my cycling brethren to the area, it is stunningly beautiful in the spring and there are plenty of country roads and trails in and around the city. I love cycling around here but then I love cycling anywhere.
How could someone throw that cuddly bear away??!?!?rollo tommassi
Apr 19, 2002 6:23 AM
Thanks MB1!
Reminds me of the time I was riding past Wrigley Field during a light rain; the police were using horses for crowd control, and it was a slurry of horse poop on Clark St. from Addison to Waveland! ICK!
Hey, Rollo where's my Museeuw bar tape???...Djudd
Apr 19, 2002 6:27 AM
I figure after the P-R win it's worth a lot more than $200. How was the trip?
Hey, Rollo where's my Museeuw bar tape???...rollo tommassi
Apr 19, 2002 4:28 PM
I was close...so close....well, not really. I was in turn one at the roubaix velodrome, which is as close as i got to the Lion.

BUT, I DID get Andrea Tafi's autograph after his Ronde win!!

I was a fantastic trip, and I owe everyone here a big essay - as soon as I figure out how to post photos. that's after I figure out how to build a website....so stay tuned!!
"We pay for this"...bwahahaha! Nice one.(nm)Leisure
Apr 19, 2002 7:33 AM
check out the roads in NYC, then you'd feel lucky nmelviento
Apr 19, 2002 10:15 AM
let me guess... Georgetown?Duane Gran
Apr 19, 2002 11:56 AM
This must be Georgetown, which I ride through more often than I would like. I will never understand why the city places sheets of metal on the street. When those things get wet it is like riding on ice.

Ah... I complain about it, but I love living in Washington. There is actually really good bike riding in this area.
M Street, a disaster disguised as a road. nmMB1
Apr 19, 2002 12:17 PM
Well, at least the plates are staying putdjg
Apr 19, 2002 12:42 PM
in the picture. They're harder to ride over when the underground explosions get them moving.