What we're about

This group is for people who would like to bike on the various rail trails in northern MA and southern NH, both paved and unpaved. When mountain biking on unpaved trails, we will definitely NOT be rock hopping or stump jumping; none of that crazy stuff. We'll stick to mostly flat rail trails and parks, maintaining a moderate pace and with several water breaks along the way. We'll be offering both weekend and mid-week rides, possibly some evening rides, too.

Most of the trails we'll do are in the range of 15 - 25 miles round trip, which translates into a riding time of approximately 2 - 3 hours, depending on the length of the ride and the breaks we take along the way. Our rides are intended as social activities, rather than physical challenges or a biking competition. Participants are encouraged to bike at their own pace, whatever that may be. We'll stop and regroup from time to time, to make sure that we don't lose anybody on the trail. See our Rail Trail Resources page for links to descriptions of the trails we ride.

You can also check out the trails we ride by visiting our Virtual Bike Ride page in the group's message boards.

Upcoming events (4+)

Tri-Community Path Stoneham to Winchester

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Lets get out for an after work ride.

We will meet behind the Stoneham Middle School at the Tri-Community Greenway trailhead on the corner of Pomeworth and Capen St. Across from Flood's Service Center, 35 Pomeworth St, Stoneham, MA.

Look for the White CR-V with bike rack.

The Stoneham portion of the trail starts at Gould Street, next to Recreation park and follows the route of the old Stoneham Branch of the Boston & Lowell Railroad into Woburn just before going under I93. The trail starts at Gould and connects to Pomeworth Field by the Central School. After crossing Main Street at Elm it connects back up to the rail line just behind Walgreen's. In this section, there is an open brook and wetland that is we hope to turn into a nature preserve for all to enjoy. After crossing Montvale Ave., the trail takes a straight shot down to I-93.

Once out of Stoneham, the trail changes transitions from the old rail line to a series of enlarged side walks connecting parks and public land. In Woburn, the trail turns south behind the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester towards Davidson Park and continues to wind its way down behind the Winchester High School to the Wedgemere station, skirting the edge of Wedge Pond. From here, nature lovers can follow along the Mystic River valley towards Arlington and the Minuteman Trail to Cambridge, Lexington and beyond. In addition, there is a spur that goes northwest up to Horn Pond where there are additional walking trails.

HELMETS are required for all participants.

IMPORTANT: Be sure your bike is in good working order! Tires should be in good shape and pumped up, gears should shift smoothly, and your brakes should be properly adjusted. If possible, pack a spare tube in case of a flat. A hand pump or CO2 inflator is also desireable, though not absolutely necessary, as many riders will already have them.

AS CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage, including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other similar activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.

Consuming alcohol before or during our events is prohibited.

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Bike Boston Harborfest July 3rd, 2022 - Adventure Ride along the Charles River!

If you are comfortable biking in the city in single file, join your Meetup biking friends for a 'one-and-only' historical biking adventure along the Charles River through Cambridge and Boston on July 3rd. The ride will be about 15+ miles in a big city atmosphere. It will be very exciting with lots of beautiful scenery, including patriotic sites such as the Constitution ship. As always, safety of the group is important and each individual must do his/her part.

The city will be celebrating Boston Harborfest, a five-day celebration described as follows: "Boston Harborfest is the greatest patriotic celebration of this city and highlights the city's colonial past and revolutionary way to the freedom they have today." July 3rd is less busy than July 4th, but it's just as fun in many ways. Feel free to dress in red/white/blue and/or have a small flag/patriotic (safe) bike decorations.

We'll have an early start to allow for more flexibility and less crowds, but defintely expect to see AND be able to bike around all kinds of people/obstacles on the paved trails/bike lanes/walkways. All event attendees must be willing to start on time, follow leader instructions, stay with the group, come prepared and be flexible. (If you have questions, message one of the leaders.)

IMPORTANT

  • You must answer the screening questions in your RSVP for the safety of the group.
  • Parking is free on Sundays at Charles River Canoe & Kayak; I like the second parking lot in Allston/Brighton (See Meetup pin).
  • Arrive extra early, ready to bike at the 9:00 am start time.
  • Bring sufficient hydration and food for a little longer day that includes biking and potential patriotic sight seeing.
  • Be prepared to bike single file, follow traffic signals, stay with the group and stop at leader designated points. There are 3+ major street crossings.
  • Do NOT attend this event if you are sick in any way or have been exposed to COVID.
  • Do NOT attend this event if you are uncomfortable biking in a city atmosphere with potential areas of crowds and/or obstacles.
  • Do NOT attend if you have a time limit; flexibility is required for this event.
  • Please update your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance if you are no longer attending.
  • Organizers may cancel this event due to inclement weather.

IMPORTANT: Be sure your bike is in good working order! Tires should be in good shape and pumped up, gears should shift smoothly, and your brakes should be properly adjusted. If possible, pack a spare tube in case of a flat. A hand pump or CO2 inflator is also desireable, though not absolutely necessary, as many riders will already have these items.

AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other similar activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.

Consuming alcohol before or during any or our rides is not allowed.

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Bike the Minuteman Bikeway from Bedford to Cambridge Fresh Pond

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RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT
A perfect day for an easy-paced spring bike ride on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. We'll bike to the Alewife MBTA station, and from there will take a different trail towards Fresh Pond in Cambridge. We will loop the pond and retract our ride to Alewife. From there we will head to the Alewife Brook Greenway and have lunch or snack at the Cambridge Discovery Park.
We will make several stops along the way to regroup, hydrate and chit chat a bit before continuing.

IMPORTANT: There are numerous road crossings, and there can be a LOT of foot traffic, more than we typically encounter on the bikeway itself. We will therefore proceed at a moderate pace on our bikes. Also, let's try to stay together, since it's easy to get lost if you've never been here before.

The nitty gritty for this ride...
Length: Approximately 28-mile round trip, Bedford to Cambridge Fresh Pond.
Trail details: Entirely paved; numerous road crossings.

Suggested bike type: Road or hybrid, but any bike will suffice.

Pace: Moderate, with several stops along the way to regroup.

Lunch: Bring a lunch or snack to eat at the outdoor tables in Cambridge Discovery Park. It's a lovely spot to sit and people watch as you enjoy a bite to eat.

Parking: Arrive early, as this is a popular destination. Free public parking is available right at the Bedford Depot park. There is additional parking behind Bikeway Source. See the maps in the photo section.

Bikeway Source
111 South Road
Bedford, MA

Safety Note: Bike helmets are mandatory on our rides.

Bikeway Map & Brochure
http://minutemanbikeway.org/home/about/

Printable PDF Map & Brochure
https://tinyurl.com/MinutemanBikewayMap

AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of this Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other similar activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.

Consuming alcohol before or during our events is not allowed.

Eastern Rail Trail (Saco to S Portland) bike ride

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Estimated Distance: 36 miles (R/T)
Duration: Approx. 4-6 hrs
Surface: Pavement /Gravel/Dirt
Bike type: Hybrid or Mountain bikes – Road bikes could be a challenge in some spots
Date/Time: Sep 4 @ 10:30 am
RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, ATTENDEES MUST FOLLOW ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS, INCLUDING SOCIAL DISTANCING. BRING A MASK FOR SITUATIONS WHERE THERE MAY BE CROWDED AREAS.

Prerequisites: Please be sure your bike is in perfect condition; tires, breaks etc. and that you wear appropriate bike clothing and shoes. Bring water and snacks for energy, HELMETS are REQUIRED, we will be on road during part of this trail. We will be weaving through some South Portland traffic so be sure you are comfortable with this before signing up for this bike ride. Please be ready to hit the trail at 10:30 am.

Trailhead Start
We will start at Thornton Academy in Saco. Thornton Academy is off the north side of US Route 1 in Saco approximately 0.6 miles south of I-195. Turn onto Fairfield Street and follow it to park in the parking lot.

We will be on bike trails in Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough along the Scarborough Marsh, to the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway, to the coast and up to the Bug Light House. I plan on having some leisure time at the Bug Light Park since it’s my favorite area! There usually are some “food truck/canteen” , but I cannot guarantee this, Let’s get a bite to eat here, so that we can re-energize for the return ride.

https://www.easterntrail.org/wp-content/uploads/attachments/2020ETOffRoadBrochure.pdf

No guests please. Have your guest join the group.

DISCLAIMER
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity. The organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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Bike the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

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