What we're about

Become a member of the RideWithGPS E-bike Lovers Club. https://ebikelovers.com/2021/03/15/download-our-trails-and-never-get-lost/ , support E-bike Lovers, and enjoy the largest and most exclusive repository of curated trails designed for e-bikers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Ebike Lovers on BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57279844

Want to be an e-bike star? Check out the upcoming documentary: https://ebikedocumentary.com

We're Growing! Become a trip coordinator

Many E-bike Lovers would like us to organize weekly e-biking events. It is a great idea, but we need your help.

Please email gregory_maassen@ebikelovers.com if you are willing to coordinate bike rides. It is easy with our turn-by-turn directions and GPS files. Yes, you can do it.

About

Get on your electric bicycle - E-bike and join others in exploring the DC metropolitan area. We use our electric bicycles between 15-25 miles (sometimes longer) in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. We normally start from Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park, Fletcher's Cove, Haines Point, or another park in the District. We also e-bike outside the District within an hour's drive from DC on longer trails.

Facebook

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Easy going

This is an easy-going group and we are not training for the Olympics. We use our electric bicycles to bike around 12 mph and enjoy navigating the hillsides with our modern marvels of transport technology. The group is a great way to share your experience with an electric bicycle - E-bike.

Everyone is welcome, including riders on non-assisted bikes.

Plan 2-3 hours for each trip. You can stop at any time and return home. There is no requirement to finish the trip. We organize the trips to have fun, to be outdoors, to get exercise, and meet other wonderful people.

Normally, we will wait at some points of interest to give slower riders an opportunity to catch up. On nice weather days, we plan for lunch halfway through the trip. This is another great opportunity for riders to catch up with the group.

A great opportunity to learn more about E-bikes

Learn more about electric bicycles - E-bikes from those who actually use them daily or weekly. What is their experience? What to avoid when you are in the market for an(other) electric bicycle - E-bike? How to manage batteries? How to integrate your electric bicycle - E-bike with navigation systems? How to secure your electric bicycle - E-bike with locks and register it online? These are just some of the questions you may ask other members while we peddle with electric bicycles - E-bikes.

I have no Electric Bicycle - E-bike. Am I welcome to join this group?

Absolutely. Everyone is welcome, even if you do not ride an electric Bicycle - E-bike.

Weather and cancellation

There is never a bad biking day, there are only bad biking clothes. We plan to bike year-round, also in the winter (but within reason). With the right clothing and protective gear, this can be a great experience.

What you need to know

We always follow traffic rules and stop for stop signs. Safety and fun first.

We will use biking lanes (class I permissible) as much as possible, but will frequently ride on roads with other traffic. You need to feel comfortable doing this.

You join us at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety.

You cannot sell merchandise or engage in any commercial activity during events and through our online platforms, including MeetUp and Facebook unless this is authorized by EBL. You cannot contact other members to solicit merchandise of any kind using our systems.

See https://ebikelovers.com/code-of-conduct-ebike-lovers/

Future developments

We may organize lectures on electric bicycles - E-bikes with specialists, test rides, and organize day-long biking (out of town) trips once COVID 19 is under control. This will also depend on the size of this group.

Photos

If you post photos on our Meetup page, you give us permission to use them in any EBL-related publications.

Website

www.ebikelovers.com (https://ebikelovers.com)

Costs

Participation is free. If we organize extracurricular activities, we will inform you of any costs involved.

Become a member of the RideWithGPS E-bike Lovers Club. More information about club benefits and using our curated GPS files is available here: https://ebikelovers.com/2021/03/15/download-our-trails-and-never-get-lost/

Questions?

Contact Gregory through the Meetup email system or leave a comment on this page and we will respond quickly.

DISCLAIMER

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER GREGORY MAASSEN, TRIP COORDINATORS, THEIR AFFILIATES, FAMILY AND FORMER AND CURRENT EMPLOYERS NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS IS LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF A USER’S ACCESS TO, OR USE OF THE E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS.

See for the full disclaimer: https://ebikelovers.com/disclaimer

Upcoming events (4+)

DC Dutch + E-bike Lovers Proudly Present the Annual DC Dutch Bike Ride

Go Dutch on your e-bike with E-Bike Lovers and DC Dutch, the Netherlands Association in Washington DC. More details to follow, but be prepared for Dutch cookies, great Dutch culture, and a very pleasant ride in the heart of DC.

Orange is our national color. You are invited to wear orange attire and decorate your bicycle.

Don't forget to wear something orange (the color of the Dutch) so we can recognize each other!

Note the different starting time from regular rides: We start at 2 PM!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37760808

This is a special event. The suggested donation is $5 for EBLs who are a RideWithGPS EBL club member. Non-members' suggested donation is $10 p.p. We use an honor system. All proceeds go to the Dutch Association's programming. We will have a donation box at the picnic.

The ride will be around 20 miles in flat terrain. All types of bikes are welcome. Families are encouraged to participate.

You don't need to be Dutch or speak the language to be part of this historic event.

All are welcome. Even if you don't like raw herring, wear wooden shoes, or live in a windmill, the Dutch welcome your participation.

We hope to make this an annual event.

Bring your own food and drinks to the picnic. We will bring Dutch treats and lots of Dutch cycling love.

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Welcome to our first DCDutch self-guided bike ride in partnership with E-bike Lovers. Socially distanced but still together!

This tour is for young and old. Families, friends, neighbors are all welcome. You will bike at your own pace, it is all about enjoying the scenery and being outside.

The total tour distance is 20 miles but you can cut it short if needed. 94% of the ride is on paved bike paths and flat terrain.

Please plan to start the tour between 1:30-2 pm on Saturday, October 30th at the Anacostia park DC/roller skating pavilion. There is plenty of parking.

At the halfway point (Hains point) DC Dutch will provide dutch snacks. You can even bring your own picnic and take a longer break.

Various monuments can be seen during this route (The Capitol, the municipal Fish Market, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Nationals ballpark stadium, Titanic memorial, the new Frederick Douglas bridge, etc).

Donation suggestion: for this event, we appreciate donations, $5 for DCDutch or EBL members and $10 for non-members. You can donate here. All proceeds will go to DCDutch.

You need your own bike (regular or E-bike) and helmet. You can rent a bike, or use Capital bikeshare (check closest to the starting point).

Fully charged cell phone to follow the route. You can also print out the bike route. We will have some advanced bikers who are familiar with the app who can assist you at the start of the tour or you can follow one of the other bikers.

Something to drink (water) and snack/food for a picnic (optional) during the tour.

Don't forget to wear something orange (the color of the Dutch) so we can recognize each other!

If you have bike trouble during the ride, there will be a “bezemwagen”/ Sweep.

DCDutch and E-bike lovers are very excited to coordinate this new event for you. Rain or shine!

DISCLAIMER
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER DC DUTCH, GREGORY MAASSEN, TRIP COORDINATORS, THEIR AFFILIATES, FAMILY AND FORMER AND CURRENT EMPLOYERS NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS IS LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF A USER’S ACCESS TO, OR USE OF THE E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS.

See for full disclaimer: https://ebikelovers.com/disclaimer

E-biking the Sky Meadows State Park loop

Northern Fauquier Community Park

Join us for an out-of-this-world scenic adventure as we romp through the Blue Ridge mountains and valleys around Sky Meadows State Park.

The GPS routes can be found here:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37764589 (43 miles, 40% gravel)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37764591 (39 miles, 30% gravel)

This route is, admittedly, longer than most of our routes; however, if you chose to make this trek, you will be rewarded with miles of remote scenery that seems to have been plucked right out of a fantasy novel. We'll start down in the valley, cutting through stone wall lined fields, on our way up to Sky Meadows. We'll have lunch in the park, surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains, in the midst of an old farmstead. Finally, we'll kiss the edge of the G.R. Thompson Wildlife management area, and enjoy more great views as we gradually head back down into the valley. If you desire, you can even tack on some light mountain biking miles in Sky Meadows! Words can not do this ride justice, so please check out the pics below!

You will finish this ride with a satisfied feeling, having completed one of our most epic rides yet. You will also be overwhelmed by a feeling of serenity, having experienced so many pleasant views along the way.

Mile 0 to 10 (Parking area to Rectortown):
We'll leave Northern Faquier County Park (which has indoor restrooms), and ramble over a mix of gravel and paved roads, passing through various farms, on our way to Rectortown. Expect to see a variety of livestock: horses and cattle mostly. If you chose the shorter route, there will be slightly less gravel roads, but you will end up back on the long route by the time you get to Rectortown.

Mile 10 to 19 (Rectortown to Sky Meadows):
Relax and enjoy the anticipation, as the Blue Ridge mountains gradually become larger in the background. At one point, you will make a right onto Carr Lane, and you may think, "why is the route taking me down someone's country driveway?". Carr Lane is just incredible.. it feels like you're trespassing in someone's farm, but no, somehow you're on a public road. This road alone makes this ride special, but rest assured, it gets even better.

Mile 19 to 28 (Sky Meadows to Markham):
Sky Meadows is an old farmstead that has been converted to a park. There are indoor restrooms, and a gift shop where you can purchase light snacks. You should pack your lunch though, as the gift shop does not sell proper meals. Additionally, there are usually a few interactive demos going on. If you are up to it, there are 5ish miles of very easy mountain biking trails that you can explore: you don't really need a mountain bike though.. there are no obstacles, few roots, and few rocks. You will never have to lift your bike. We'll leave the park, and then follow an incredible road that follows the edge of the mountain range along the G.R. Thompson Wildlife management area.

Mile 28 to 43: Markham back to the parking area
We'll ease our way back into the valley, leaving the Blue Ridge mountains at our back, and meander through valleys, woodland, and pastures, on our way back to where we started.

The group stops a few times for slower riders to catch up. Our bikes will always be in our sight. No additional locks are required to keep your bike safe on this trip.

Non-assisted bikers are most welcome.

https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information

DISCLAIMER
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER GREGORY MAASSEN, TRIP COORDINATORS, THEIR AFFILIATES, FAMILY AND FORMER AND CURRENT EMPLOYERS NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS IS LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF A USER’S ACCESS TO, OR USE OF THE E-BIKE LOVERS GUIDES, OUR MEETUP EVENTS, AND THE GPS E-TRAILS.

See for full disclaimer: https://ebikelovers.com/disclaimer

E-Bike Lovers Book Club - post-apocalyptic guy riding solar-powered e-bike

Join us for our next book club event, reading this book:
"Wolf and Iron" by Gordon Dickson

You can get a paper or e-book on Amazon or other book sellers, and you may be able to get it at your local library. You can also get the audio book version on Audible.

This is a post-apocalypic science fiction book that involves a man who rides a solar powered e-bike!

This is a virtual event using Zoom, so you can call in from anywhere, using your phone, computer, or tablet. The link will be available to you when you RSVP. Come back to the event on Meetup to click on the link at event start time.

Join us on the video call to have a drink and snack, and share your thoughts on the book. We tend to veer into multiple other topics as well. Everyone is welcome!

Placeholder: Send-off Party for Gregory's Cross-Country Ride!

Needs a location

As you all may know, our E-Bike Lovers club founder and leader, Gregory, is embarking on a cross-country bike ride on April 2, 2022, while also creating a Documentary about E-biking! We'd like to give him a proper send-off to show our support. Gregory will give a presentation/speech about what his cross-country tour will entail, and the group can ask questions.

Date, Time and Place TBD, so please stay tuned to the club's Meetup site and this event to see changes and more info.

It might work well for us to have a bike ride first (more details to come), and to make this a potluck event so attendees can bring a dish, snack, or dessert for us to share, if you'd like. You can write what you'll bring in the comments so we don't end up with 30 bags of chips! :-)

More details to come as we get closer to the event. Suggestions are welcome!

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