What we're about

Greetings Everyone !!!

Welcome to the Northern Virginia Casual Biking Group (NOVA-CBG). For your cycling pleasure, please join us for various casual bicycle rides around the area.

Now, how do we define "casual"?

Well, we really don't pressure anyone to be a professional cyclist.

We don't ask you to own any special gear (except for a helmet).

We don't ask you to wear special outfits (unless you want to of course).

All we ask is that you come as you are comfortably with a bike that is in well-tuned shape and a helmet.

We ride with a "no man left behind" philosophy so that everyone can enjoy themselves without fear of getting lost or left behind. So the ride may have a few extra "re-grouping" stops if that is required due to various riding skills. Because of this philosophy we really try to ask that the cyclist's riding skill matches the ride they are on.

We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best.

If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle) you should come to the "Introductory Level" rides to get yourself reintroduced to your bike seat (10 mph).

If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph) then a "Beginner Level" ride would probably suit you the best.

If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph) then the "Medium Level" rides would be for you.

If you are an avid cyclist, you will probably be bored by our slower pace (unless you're coming for a recovery ride) but we welcome anyone to ride with us since there is also a social and fun aspect to all or our rides!

To see a full description of the types of rides we offer, please see our "About" page at this link : http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-CBG/about/

Just like every other group we DO have some riding requirements:

1) Helmets are mandatory for every ride we do, no exceptions... period.

2) All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. Participating in a NoVA-CBG ride is voluntary and riders must be ready and able to participate in the ride as described in the meetup and under the conditions of the day. Riders have read and acknowledged by an RSVP 'YES' MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6.2 " found HERE (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) ( http://www.meetup.com/terms ) and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found HERE (http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf) ( http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf ).

3) Just in case there is an emergency situation you should always have on you Identification, Insurance, and any other important medical information.

4) All riders must be at least 18 years of age.

5) No music is allowed on any of the rides. Headphones or otherwise.

6) We have a pretty serious "No Show" policy. Please read the "ABOUT" page for complete ride descriptions and policies. http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-CBG/about/

7) Money - Your annual "Suggested Donation Fee" of $10.00 is always appreciated to help defer the cost of the MEETUP and EVENT fees (like our Annual Picnic or Holiday Party). However, I would never want that to get in the way of someone coming and riding with us so I'll let you and your pocketbook decide.

Upcoming events (5+)

[RSVPs OPEN] Medium(-) Level: Loop the Lakes (11.0 Mile)

South Run Rec Center

******************** The Ride: Summary ******************** * NAME: Loop the Lakes * BIKE STYLE: Hybrid or Mountain (NO SKINNY TIRES or ROAD BIKES) * START: South Run Rec Center * GPS TO START: https://goo.gl/maps/tac8sEttpFm * PARKING INFO: https://goo.gl/pz8LWb Drive all the way to the very end and park directly in front of the South Run Field House. * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * THE SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * LEVEL: Medium(-) skill, entry level mountain biking. * DISTANCE: 11 miles (for now). * PACE: 10+ mph * TERRAIN: dirt & paved trails * ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28697863 * ADDITIONAL INFO: (1) Hills (2) Gravel (3) Roots ****************** The Ride : Detail ****************** For your riding pleasure, NoVA CBG presents Loop the Lakes. Come on out and try a Medium(-) skill level but an entry level mountain biking ride. Please note, this is not your normal CBG ride. If you are unsure of your riding ability in general, then this in NOT the ride for you. However, if you are a solid beginner(+) cyclist and you can handle some hills and gravelly situations you will have to "up your game" a little but please come on out and give this ride a try!! It's really something different and fun!! 1) This ride loops around the mostly paved but hilly Lake Mercer (clockwise) but halfway through at the Dam we take a group picture and then... 2) We finish going around Lake Mercer and when done we... 3) Head over to Burke Lake to do a loop there (also clockwise) and then... 4) Finish it all up back to where it started. A hybrid or mountain bike is required (NO SKINNY TIRES / ROAD BIKES). ****************** The Meeting Spot: ****************** South Run Rec Center 7550 Reservation Dr Springfield, VA 22153 * GPS TO START: https://goo.gl/maps/tac8sEttpFm * PARKING INFO: https://goo.gl/pz8LWb Drive all the way to the very end and park directly in front of the South Run Field House. ****************** The Ride after the Ride: ****************** Glory Days Grill 9526 Old Keene Mill Rd Burke, VA 22015 (located in the Burke Town Plaza) https://goo.gl/maps/Mu1m43dCJ772 *************** Ride Level Chart *************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ************* The Fine Print: ************* An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

[RSVPs OPEN] Medium Level: Arlington Loop

Shirlington Library

******************** The Ride: Summary ******************** * NAME: Arlington Loop * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * THE SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * LEVEL: Medium * PACE: 13-15mph * DISTANCE: 17 miles * TERRAIN: Some Hills * START: Shirlington Branch Library * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672 * PARKING INFO: Every garage in Shirlington is open for public parking at this hour. ******************** The Ride: Detail ******************** We'll be doing the Arlington Loop (Clockwise). We'll start in Shirlington and head west on the W&OD, to the Custis Trail (there may be a slight detour on Custis), to Mt. Vernon Trail, and then Four Mile Run Trail back to Shirlington. This is a moderately hilly route. We'll be going clockwise around the loop, which is the "easier" way, so the hills aren't too bad... but of course, hill difficulty is subjective. The Custis Trail is where the hills are, and on that part of the ride, all riders can go their own pace and we'll regroup at the end of the trail in Rosslyn. So no worries if you take hills slower or faster than others! The loop is all on paved trails, so there is no street riding on this ride; however, sections of the trails (particularly the Mt. Vernon Trail) can get busy on weeknights, so there will be some degree of safely maneuvering around runners/walkers/etc. This is a Medium level ride because we're going to keep a pace of 13-15mph on flat stretches, and the total distance is approximately 17 miles. This is a NO DROP ride so you will not be left behind but you are expected to try to keep pace. ******************** The Meeting Spot: ******************** Shirlington Branch Library 4200 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672 ******************** The Ride After The Ride: ******************** TBD ******************** Ride Level Chart: ******************** A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph). * Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph). * Advanced Level : If you can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ******************** The Fine Print: ******************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/photos/26152775/467307124/ or https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Remember that helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. This is when we check to make sure you have all the required equipment and that your bike is ready for the ride. We will review basic safety instruction for group riding as well as other important topics. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. Please also keep in mind the group's cancellation policy when you RSVP.

[RSVPs OPEN] Tuesday TubesDay: Hands On Tire Class @ Spokes (Belle View)

******************** The Class: Summary ******************** * WHEN: Every third Tuesday of the month is Tuesday TubesDay!! * WHERE: Spokes Etc. (Belle View) * ARRIVE: 6:00pm * CLASS BEGINS: 6:15pm * CLASS FINISHES: 7:45pm This class covers a range of topics, including: * Fixing a flat tire / Changing a tire. * Which mobile pump is best. * C02 usage. * Basic tools to carry for basic roadside repairs. * Bring your front wheel WATCH THIS VIDEO: https://youtu.be/UxgneYfegNc * Bring any bike tools or accessories that you already own and we will show you how to use them (don't worry if you don't own any). * 15% off all accessories purchased THIS DAY, THIS CLASS ONLY !!! * Attendance is free, as long as you've already paid your annual dues ($10) to NoVA CBG. If you haven't yet, please pay them online before the evening of the class. ******************** The Class: Detail ******************** For your bike maintenance pleasure NoVA CBG presents Tuesday TubesDay. Every third Tuesday of the month is when NoVA CBG holds our "Hands On" Tire Changing Class w/CO2 Usage at Spokes Etc. 1506 Belle View Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. https://goo.gl/maps/AAm4Q7NcZqq Bring just one wheel for this class, you do NOT have to bring your entire bike (unless you are riding your bike to the shop.. or you simply need to). How do I remove the front wheel you ask?? WATCH THIS VIDEO (it is really well done): https://youtu.be/UxgneYfegNc * Your front wheel is easiest to remove and bring to class but note that I will go through rear wheel replacement on the demo bike during class. * If you have "Tire Levers" please bring them, if you don't I will supply them. * If you have a "Mobile Pump" please bring it, we can see how well it works. * If you have a CO2 system please bring as I can show you how to use it if you don't know already. * I will show you various accessories that I recommend during the class so please wait until the end of the class to buy anything (remember 15% off). * Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty... you are working on a dirty bike tire :) ******************** The Meeting Spot: ******************** Spokes Etc. 1506 Belle View Blvd Alexandria, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/AAm4Q7NcZqq ******************** The Ride After The Ride: (if there is any interest) ******************** Primo Family Restaurant 1636 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, Virginia[masked]http://www.primofamilyrestaurant.com/ ******************** Ride Level Chart: ******************** A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph). * Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph) * Advanced Level : If you can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ******************** The Fine Print: ******************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6 " found HERE @ http://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found HERE @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/photos/26152775/467307124/ ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

[RSVPs OPEN] Beginner(+) Level: The Custard Cruise

******************** The Ride : Summary ******************** * NAME: The Custard Cruise * ARRIVAL: 6:00pm * THE SPEECH: 6:15pm * ROLLING: 6:30pm * BACK AT SPOKES: 8:00pm * LEVEL: Beginner(+) * PACE: 12+ mph * DISTANCE: 10.5 miles * TERRAIN: This is a growth ride and has a little bit of everything. Flat riding, riding on bike trails, riding in bike lanes, riding in the street (with light traffic) and a hill named "Medusa". * START: Spokes Etc. (Quaker Lane) * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/niKVZwjGVfK2 * ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29746266 * ADDITIONAL INFO: ~ Every Wednesday we cruise for custard. ~ You never eat custard alone as custard by its very nature is meant for sharing. ~ Spokes extends a club discount of 10% to you if you need anything. ******************** The Ride: Detail ******************** For your riding pleasure NoVA CBG and Spokes presents The Custard Cruise. This is a casual paced ride of about 12 mph pace / 10 miles distance and is a "No Drop" ride. The route is a loop that takes quiet neighborhood streets from the Spokes Etc. bike shop to the I-395 fly-over through Shirlington and on to the Four Mile Run Trail where we will meet up with the Mount Vernon Trail. We then cross over to Slater's Lane and down the Potomac Yard Trail arriving in Del Ray for our custard. We head deeper into Alexandria to face the hill MEDUSA... and then back to the store along King Street using the new bike lanes. This type of ride is called a "growth" ride since as the weeks continue we hope to build endurance and confidence. This route has a little bit of everything, some flat riding, some hill riding, some riding on bike trails, some riding in bike lanes, and some riding in the street (with light traffic). ******************** The Dairy Godmother ******************** 2310 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA[masked]http://www.thedairygodmother.com/ Closed Tuesdays Wednesday – Saturday – 12-10pm Sunday and Monday – 12-9pm Regular Custard Flavors: * Vanilla * Chocolate * Flavor of the Day (What will it be ???) : http://www.thedairygodmother.com/flavor-of-the-day-forecast/ ******************** The Meeting Spot: ******************** Spokes Etc. 1545 N. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA[masked]http://spokesetc.com/ ******************** The Ride After The Ride: ******************** Ramparts Tavern and Grill 1700 Fern St, Alexandria, VA[masked]https://www.rampartstavern.com/ **************** Ride Level Chart **************** NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. * Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle). * Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph. * Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph. * Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations. ************** The Fine Print: ************** An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/. Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day. Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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