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DC riders (new to area questions)(11 posts)

DC riders (new to area questions)Dark Sonix
Jun 12, 2002 10:28 AM
I am relatively new to the DC metro area (and this message board) and am looking for some general information about riding in the area. So far, I have ridden loops on bike paths in arlington (rosslyn to national airport to WOD to Custis) and some rides on the path to bethesda and beach drive in rock creek. I am looking for ride recommendations for 40-50 mile loops, on light traffic roads preferably.

Also, I am interested in clubs/informals in town that sponsor open group rides, weekends or early morning weekdays.

You are in luck....Gregory Taylor
Jun 12, 2002 10:43 AM
One of the stalwarts of this board, the inimitable "MB1", is putting together a gathering of the faithful this weekend. He's a font of knowledge about riding in the DC area. I think that the thread is here:

MB1 "DC RBR Ride. here is the plan." 6/10/02 12:56pm

You may want to give the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club a try --
Dark Sonix, try to meet us if you can.MB1
Jun 12, 2002 12:17 PM
We ride all over the area on your desired lightly traveled roads.
quick questionDark Sonix
Jun 12, 2002 12:33 PM
sounds great. i will be there. quick question: at what pace will the ride be? my girlfriend just started riding and i am wondering whether to invite her.
Slow answer....MB1
Jun 13, 2002 5:32 AM
Who knows untill we try it but i have scheduled 30 miles in 3 hours with lots of chances to stop including breakfast. Alternatly have her meet us at 10:30 for the second half of the ride.
re: DC riders (new to area questions)Duane Gran
Jun 12, 2002 10:43 AM
Welcome to Washington! It is a great place to ride.

Light traffic roads may be a little hard to find, but they exist. I recommend looking for some books in the local bike shops. I can't remember the name, but there is a nice book with about 70 cue sheets of the area. Also, the Potomac Peddler's web site has many good rides listed online.

As for group rides, I really like the and my team ( does some fast paced riding. In Washington proper there are group rides every day of the week and several on weekends. I really like the DC Velo ride that starts at 7am at the intersection of Beach drive and East-West highway (near the soccer field).
LOL, lightly traveled roads in the DC metro area!Wayne
Jun 12, 2002 10:47 AM
Good luck, seems like one big cluster f**k as far as automobile volume goes in that area. But maybe looks are deceiving. I don't live in the area but I race down there occassionally and it seems like everywhere I've driven down around DC there is way too much traffic for the roads to handle. But there are a number of teams and they must ride somewhere!
It's actually very nice...if you know where to go.Gregory Taylor
Jun 12, 2002 10:59 AM
I live to the south of DC, near Mt. Vernon, and there are some really pretty rides out near Pohick, Lorton (!) and Clifton.

Actually, the area that is a wonderful, untapped resource is over in Indianhead, Maryland. Wow. Rural and uncrowded.
LOL, lightly traveled roads in the DC metro area!pmf1
Jun 12, 2002 11:06 AM
DC is a good place to ride. Don't let that drive past on the beltway fool you. There is a very nice system of paved bike paths great for commuting or getting from town out into the countryside. Lots of variety too. Flat centuries on the Eastern Shore to the mountains in the west (OK, they're not the Rockies, but there is some steep stuff out there).

Indian Head in MD is a great place. I've done a few rides with the Oxon Hill bike club out there. Missed the one last Saturday due to this awful bronchitus I have.
Is there a good DC LBS that rents bikes? nmPdxMark
Jun 12, 2002 11:08 AM
re: DC riders (new to area questions)curlybike
Jun 12, 2002 12:06 PM is a good source of rides.