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] Advanced Level: The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame (23 Mile Edition)

Do you fancy yourself a bicycling superstar or at least a single-speed dynamo who has a good shot at getting into Sundance? Then stuff that celebrity ego into a jersey, slather on some chamois cream and join me for a spirited ride on the W&OD Trail where we can be fabulous together. ****************************** The Audition (Summary): ****************************** "IS THIS WHERE I READ FOR THE PART?" *8:00am: Arrival at the Shirlington Library ---- "WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?" *Ride the W&OD Trail for 23 miles @ 15+ mph ---- "HERE ARE YOUR LINES" *8:15am: The Speech ---- "AAAAAAAND ACTION !!" *8:20am: Rolling ****************************** The Script and Story-line (The Ride): ****************************** * NO personal assistants allowed on this ride (a.k.a. This is a no-sweep ride). * All the rides are on the W&OD trail (out and back). * The early "episodes" of the season will be 23 miles each. * As the season progresses (and the stars demand more money) the mileage will increase, 23 to 40 to 55...maybe more! * This is a solid workout and growth ride for those who think they can ride an advanced pace. * If you feel you can ride 15mph for 23miles I encourage you to give this ride a try. * If you sign up for this ride you must know how to take care of yourself and your bicycle. * You must have a spare tube and the appropriate bike maintenance and tire changing tools (tire levers, pump, etc.) and you know how to change a tube. * You will have Uber money and be able to get yourself home if necessary. * If you actually want to be a bike mechanic (not just play one on TV) and learn how to change a tube/tire for future rides our Executive Producer, Gary, hosts tire-changing classes the third Tuesday of every month nearly year-round, check one out. * I will be signing autographs and handing out my agent's phone number at the beginning of each ride. If you are separated from the group for any reason and do not make it back to Shirlington within a reasonable time-frame, please send me a text, voicemail or insert a comment to this ride that you are okay. I am a compassionate director and want to make sure everyone makes it back to their trailers safely. ****************************** Commercial Break: ****************************** At 11.5 miles we will stop at: Whole Foods 143 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180 W&OD Mile Marker 11.5 (the store is literally a building to the right of this mile marker). They have water, bathrooms, and food if needed. The Whole Foods stop will be about a 15 minute break, after fifteen minutes it is back on the trail to continue the ride. If you arrive after everyone has already departed, please take a rest stop, remember that there is no sweep, do not feel rushed. After the Whole Foods break we head straight back to Shirlington, just the way we came, on the fabulous W&OD! ****************************** The Production Studio (The Meeting Spot): ****************************** Shirlington Library 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA https://goo.gl/maps/7yVCbL1S1vu We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library. ****************************** The Wrap Party (The Ride After The Ride): ****************************** No craft services table here, we are on our own dime at one of the Shirlington eateries, if you cycling celebrities think you can spare the calories... ****************************** Other Fine Programming (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. ****************************** Closing Credits (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] Introductory Level: Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride

A true introductory lesson/ride for those that haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain about their abilities on a bicycle. ******************** The Ride : Summary ******************** * NAME: Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride * START: Fort Hunt Park, Picnic Area E * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/eMcGGLhBJhq * ARRIVAL: 10:00am * THE SPEECH: 10:15am * ROLLING: 10:30am * LEVEL: Introductory * PACE: 5 - 10 mph * DISTANCE: 5+ miles (depending on group skill level) * TERRAIN: trails and streets * ROUTE: Fort Hunt Park loop, surrounding neighborhood streets with minimal traffic * ADDITIONAL INFO: (a) Basic riding ability is required. (b) Helmet is required. (c) Bicycle is in good, ready to ride, condition. ******************** The Ride: Details ******************** For your riding pleasure, NoVA CBG presents Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride. You have learned to pedal your bike when you were a child (or even more recently as an adult) but do you really know how to ride? Have no fear- you can learn to have fun on your bike, you just need a few skills to make it safer and easier to do. With the beautiful Fall weather almost here let’s get on our bikes and start learning to ride, not just pedal. This introductory class will give you a basic bike riding overview: 1) Gears: What your gears do and how to use them to conquer distances and those fearsome hills. You paid for all those gears so now you will learn to use them! 2) Tire Inflation: You will learn how to properly inflate your tires and avoid the dreaded flat. 3) Signaling Techniques: Use hand signals and call-outs to let walkers, cars, and other bikers know what you are doing and help avoid accidents. 4) Riding Techniques: We will then go for a ride to learn to use proper starting and stopping techniques, navigate turns by slowing before the turn and then riding thru the turn, using more than your hands in a “death grip” on the handle bars. Here are the prerequisites: 1) Know how to pedal a bicycle. 2) You MUST have a helmet. 3) Gloves are also suggested, but not required. 4) Have your bike in good, ready to ride, condition. *************** 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] Introductory Class: Getting to know your gears (& when to use them)

******************** The Class: Summary ******************** * NAME: Getting to know your Gears (and when to use them) * CLASS BEGINS: 6:00pm * CLASS FINISHES: 7:30pm * LEVEL: Introductory (all welcome to attend) * WHERE: Spokes Etc. 1506 Belle View Blvd. * GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/AAm4Q7NcZqq * PARKING INFO: There are parking lots on either side of Spokes. * TOPICS: (1) Shifting gears and seeing what the derailleurs actually do (2) Crankset to Cassette Ratios (sounds difficult, but it isn't) (3) Which sprocket combinations perform what task (4) Anticipating hill situations (up and down) and gearing accordingly (5) What is cross chaining? (6) Simple chain and gear maintenance * ADDITIONAL INFO: (1) 15% off all accessories purchased THIS DAY, THIS CLASS ONLY !! (2) 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 riding/learning pleasure NoVA CBG presents the Getting to know your Gears (and when to use them) class. Every season I get asked a number of times about the mechanics of gears, how to use them, how to anticipate using them, and basic maintenance. For this class you don't have to bring your bike as I will have my two bikes with me to use as demonstrations (one hybrid and one road bike). I will put my two bikes on trainers so you can see how the gears and derailleurs work in real time as well as use that setup to explain some other riding gear concepts (as listed in the TOPICS section above) and answer any additional questions you may have. I don't think I'll have the opportunity to hold this class more than once so I hope to see you there if this is a subject you need advice on. ****************** The Meeting Spot: ****************** Spokes Etc. 1506 Belle View Blvd Alexandria, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/AAm4Q7NcZqq **************** 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] 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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