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

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+)

E-biking: Brunswick, Gathland SP, Kennedy Farmhouse, and Harper's Ferry

Come join us for an adventurous romp around the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers (ie Harper's Ferry)!

If anyone is interested in extending the ride, I will be very happy to continue on after we complete the ride listed below. For example, we could continue on the C&O Canal down to Point of Rocks, cross the Potomac, and loop back through northern Loudoun County, VA, back to Brunswick.

The GPS route can be found below (30 mi, 2500 ft elevation gain)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37411992

We'll start in the Marc train parking lot in Brunswick, MD. There are restrooms about 1/8 mile away on the C&O Canal.

We arrive at 9 AM and leave at 9:15 AM. The group stops a few times for slower riders to catch up, and we typically average 12 - 15 mph.

Mile 0 to 11.5: Brunswick to Gathland State Park. We'll bike through old town Brunswick and take a quick stop to see a WW2 M-5 Jeb Stuart tank. Next we'll meander through the valley toward historic Burkittsville, and make our way up the biggest climb to Gathland State Park, where we'll take our first break. Gathland has a large covered picnic pavilion, and indoor restrooms.

Mile 11.5 to 16.5: Gathland to South County park. We'll enjoy some fantastic views as we coast down South Mountain on our way to our lunch stop in South County park. The park has ample shade, indoor restrooms, a covered picnic pavilion, and you may even be able to charge your battery, if the outlets are 'on' in the pavilion. Please plan accordingly, in case the power outlets are off.

Mile 16.5 to 23.5: South County park to Harper's Ferry. We'll bike some scenic back roads on our way to the C&O Canal just north of Harper's Ferry. On our way, we'll stop at the Kennedy Farmhouse, which is where John Brown staged and planned his raid on Harper's Ferry. We may travel on the same roads that John Brown did on his fateful, but historically significant, raid.

Mile 23.5 to 30: Harper's Ferry to Brunswick. There is a fantastic train bridge (built in 1893 and still in use today) with a footpath that goes from the C&O Canal, across the Potomac, to historic Harper's Ferry, WV. There are bike racks on the towpath, and a host will stay with the bikes the whole time, so this is a great opportunity to take a quick tour of Harper's Ferry.

If you don't want to visit Harper's Ferry, you are welcome to stay on the towpath and relax in the shade, or you could keep going 6 more miles on the towpath back to Brunswick. You will not need navigational aids from Harper's Ferry back to Brunswick. This section of the towpath is extremely smooth, with a fine crushed gravel surface that would be suitable for any bike tire.

If there is any interest, we can go to Smoketown Brewery in Brunswick after the ride, which is marked as a POI on the route. They have delicious in-house brews, and a small selection of food. Sometimes there is a food truck as well. They have outdoor seating, and there is a bike rack directly across the street that is visible from the outdoor seating area. You could also leave your bike with your car, as the brewery is just a short walk from the parking area.

If you aren't interested in the brewery, consider grabbing a bite to eat at Beans in the Belfry, which is an old church that has been converted into a cozy cafe.

The terrain is all paved surface, except the last 6 miles on the C&O Canal. There is a good mix of shade and open valley riding.

Food and drink suggestions:
https://www.smoketownbrewing.com/
http://www.beansinthebelfry.com/

Historical further reading:
https://americangimuseum.org/the-first-us-tank-in-combat-during-wii/
https://johnbrown.org/
https://www.nps.gov/hafe/learn/historyculture/stories.htm

Free Ride With GPS for E-Bike Lovers
Membership of the Ride With GPS E-bike Lovers club is now free as www.ebikelovers.com is generating sufficient income from ads to cover the costs.
Here is the link to activate your free membership:
https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Club/6746/Zwa5jhttF5mJrFbN

More information about using GPS files: https://ebikelovers.com/2021/03/15/download-our-trails-and-never-get-lost/

More information about e-bike ranges:
https://ebikelovers.com/2020/12/31/e-bike-longer-and-happier-15-smart-strategies-to-reduce-your-e-bike-range-anxiety/

DISCLAIMER
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER GREGORY MAASSEN, NATHAN MERRIS, 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

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E-biking From Washington Sailing Marina to Fort Foote

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This is a self guided event, but that's just fine because many E-bike lovers have Ride With GPS, so navigation should be easy! Please scroll down for info on how you can get a free RWGPS subscription (for E-bike Lovers routes).

Travis Mills Foundation Charity E-bike donations
Gregory (founder of EBL and frequent host) and Nate (EBL Chief Technology Officer and frequent EBL host) will be assembling 10 donated E-bikes this weekend for the Travis Mills Foundation! E-biking can open the doors to folks who otherwise would not be able to bike, which can lead to better physical and mental health.

The Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Read more about it here: https://travismillsfoundation.org/

PDF with points of interest and more details
https://ebikelovers.com/2021/01/23/trail-2-virginia-and-maryland-e-biking-from-washington-sailing-marina-to-national-harbor-fort-foote-and-old-town-alexandria-waterfront/

The GPS route can be found here
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34803272 (22 mi, 800 ft elevation gain)

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This trail is 22 miles in flat terrain with a fantastic view from the WW Bridge and a lovely picnic area at the Potomac River.

We arrive at 10 AM and leave at 10:15 AM. The meeting place is at the parking lot on the left near the public restrooms of the marina.

The group stops a few times for slower riders to catch up. The distance will be 21 miles or shorter any time you are fully satisfied with biking for the day.

Our bikes will always be in our sight. No additional locks are required to keep your bike safe on this trip.

As usual, non-assisted bikers are most welcome.

About Jones Point Lighthouse
The lighthouse is one of the last riverine lighthouses in the country and the only one still standing in the Chesapeake Bay area. It was first lit on May 3, 1856 by keeper George L. Deeton.

Today it is the focal point of Jones Point Park and a clue to area's history as a busy commercial center and naval base.

Whale oil lamps were originally used to power the beacon at Jones Point, but in 1858 the Lighthouse Board allowed an Alexandria gas company to extend lines to the station.

The land included one of the original District of Columbia boundary stones, which was installed by George Washington and marked the southern point of the ten-mile-square district.

The stone is still visible today in the seawall just south of the lighthouse, and to the north of the lighthouse a marker designating the boundary between Maryland-Virginia can be seen.

About Fort Foote
Fort Foote was constructed in 1863 atop Rozier's Bluff to strengthen the ring of fortifications that encircled Washington, D.C. Two of the Guns that protected Washington are still there along with the remains of the fort's earthworks.

About the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge
Also known as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge or the Wilson Bridge, the bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the Potomac River between the city of Alexandria, Virginia, and Oxon Hill in Prince George's County, Maryland. The original bridge was one of only a handful of drawbridges in the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

About National Harbor
National Harbor is situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River, just minutes from the nation’s capital. Featuring 350 acres of waterfront resort space, National Harbor is a destination unlike any other. The harbor is home to 160 stores, 40 restaurants, the Capital Wheel, and the best sunsets in the area.

Free Ride With GPS for E-Bike Lovers
Membership of the Ride With GPS E-bike Lovers club is now free as www.ebikelovers.com is generating sufficient income from ads to cover the costs.
Here is the link to activate your free membership:
https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Club/6746/Zwa5jhttF5mJrFbN

More information about using GPS files: https://ebikelovers.com/2021/03/15/download-our-trails-and-never-get-lost/

More information about e-bike ranges:
https://ebikelovers.com/2020/12/31/e-bike-longer-and-happier-15-smart-strategies-to-reduce-your-e-bike-range-anxiety/

DISCLAIMER
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER GREGORY MAASSEN, NATHAN MERRIS, 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/disclaim

The DC Bike Ride

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Enjoy 20 miles of completely car-free streets all around DC.
There will be epic views, local music and photo zones along the course.

Use promo code E-BIKE for a 20% discount.

Register and pay at this site:

https://register.dcbikeride.com/affiliate/2022email/event/dcbr-2022?mc_cid=da0e4bba72&mc_eid=8345ff7b02

When registering make sure to sign up for our team E-BIKE LOVERS OF DC. And look for our flag at the starting line.

Event packets can be mailed or picked up in DC one or two days prior to the event at a location to be announced.

IMPORTANT: Signing up for this meet-up does not give you entry to the event. A ticket must be purchased at the above website.

It is suggested that you reserve your parking spot with your favorite parking app or arrive very early. Some members park further out an ride in.

Fully stocked rest stops with snacks, water, and fresh produce
Extensive mechanical support along the course

Finish Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol with music, food trucks, fun-filled activities, and giveaways from our partners.

Join us at the E-Bike Lovers of DC canopy following the ride to connect with other team members.

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2022 Annual DC Bike Party Halloween Bikeride

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Get weird. Get spooky. The annual Halloween Ride on a Friday! We look forward to seeing your best costumes! 10/14/2022.

THIS RIDE IS IN 2022.

Dupont Circle. Wheels up @ 8:00pm. Click going, and we will post details about the route and afterparty soon :)

Safety Note: We will be following current COVID-19 CDC Guidelines for safety. If you are vaccinated, masks are optional. If you are not vaccinated, we expect that you will wear a mask. You are responsible for yourself but….. You really should get a Covid vaccine already. Remember that many of us have kids, nieces, nephews, and loved ones who are immunocompromised. Please do it for them! https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated
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FAQs:

What is DC Bike Party?
DC Bike Party is a celebration of the bicycle and Washington DC bicycle community, run 100% by volunteers for the last 9 years! More here: http://dcbikeparty.com/the-dcbp-manifesto/

Do I need a helmet?
That’s probably wise. But you do you.

Do I need spandex?
No.

What’s the distance/time?
It’s a comfortable “party pace” ride. We will go around 10 miles in 2 hours (including a mid point party). And then the after party.
Where will we go?

Stay behind the volunteers at the front (wearing neon yellow shirts). They know where to go.

Can I ride on the sidewalk?
If you want to be a jerk.

Are there any other rules?
Don’t be a jerk. Don’t litter. Also, Have fun!

Should I invite my friends?
Do it! And/or make new friends at Bike Party! Thanks for reading all of this. See you soon!

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