What we're about

NoVA CBG About Page (https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/about/)
NoVA CBG Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/NOVACBG )

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.

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How Do We Define "Casual"? :
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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).* 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.

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Ride Levels:
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NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 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.

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Riding Requirements:
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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. 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/.

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 "three strikes" NO SHOW policy, so please honor your RSVP or change it accordingly as soon as your situation changes.

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Membership Dues:
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Your first two months in the group are free, after that we have an annual $10.00 membership fee. This fee helps defer the cost of the MEETUP fees and facilitates our Annual "Company" Picnic and Annual Holiday Party. In addition these dues allow us to perform our Tire Changing and Gear classes and our Bike In Movies series during the winter.

Upcoming events (4+)

Virtual Bike-In Movie (TUE): Army of the Dead (2021): NETFLIX

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Virtual Bike-In Movie and/or Exercise Day (Tuesday).

If you have any sort of indoor bicycling option (Smart, Fluid, or Magnetic Trainers, Peleton, etc..etc..) or quite frankly any EXERCISE option at all (walking on your treadmill or stepper) consider this your encouragement to get on it and do it inside TODAY! Exercise whatever time you want, just do it on this day at some point. Even if you exercise outside, that's cool too!

Gary will be riding his bicycle at some point between the hours of 5:30pm and 10:00pm.

If you want, feel free to comment or post pictures of your results.

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The Movie:
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2021 was NOT a good year for movies, so we will pick what we can.
Feel free to ride to whatever you want, but this is what Gary will be watching.

Army of the Dead (2021) R (2h 28m)
Available on Netflix:
https://www.netflix.com/watch/81046394

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The Ride Description:
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* Do the best you can today on the bike, then next time do a little more.

* Wear your real bike clothes, your butt gets sore on a stationary ride so your real cycling clothes are necessary.

* Stop and stretch at 5 mile mark (you're warmed up now).
-- Stretch your calves: https://youtu.be/kHKQUoJ1M0Y
-- Stretch your quads: https://youtu.be/CZBKSOtyssM
-- Stretch your shoulders: https://youtu.be/ca5j-33Bn6c
-- Stretch your back: https://youtu.be/yao8Vzo8NVQ

* Remember to always drink your fluids throughout.
-- Necessary to reduce cramping

* One legged drills will keep you ready for those hills when we get back outdoors. https://youtu.be/wlBwcYbr88w

* Eat something (granola bar or whatever) about 15+ minutes BEFORE you do your ride. A banana afterwards won't kill ya either.

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Items you may need:
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* Sweat towel, water bottle, and a snack.
* GARMINs can be used as well as BIKE COMPUTERS to track distance and speed as long as you have a speed sensor and it is mounted to your rear wheel.
* If you do this often, you'll want to put an "old" tire on your rear wheel, the "heat" from the trainer wheel will flatten out the tire over time.

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The Meeting Spot:
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Your Own House

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The Ride after the Ride:
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Your Own House ... Maybe order some delivery from a local restaurant :)
(They need the money)

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The Fine Print:
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(Helmets are NOT required)

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/.

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.

Virtual Bike-In Movie (THUR): Red Notice (2021): NETFLIX

Online event

Virtual Bike-In Movie and/or Exercise Day (Thursday).

If you have any sort of indoor bicycling option (Smart, Fluid, or Magnetic Trainers, Peleton, etc..etc..) or quite frankly any EXERCISE option at all (walking on your treadmill or stepper) consider this your encouragement to get on it and do it inside TODAY! Exercise whatever time you want, just do it on this day at some point. Even if you exercise outside, that's cool too!

Gary will be riding his bicycle at some point between the hours of 5:30pm and 10:00pm.

If you want, feel free to comment or post pictures of your results.

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The Movie:
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2021 was NOT a good year for movies, so we will pick what we can.
Feel free to ride to whatever you want, but this is what Gary will be watching.

Red Notice (2021) PG-13 (1h 58m)
Available on Netflix:
https://www.netflix.com/watch/81161626

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The Ride Description:
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* Do the best you can today on the bike, then next time do a little more.

* Wear your real bike clothes, your butt gets sore on a stationary ride so your real cycling clothes are necessary.

* Stop and stretch at 5 mile mark (you're warmed up now).
-- Stretch your calves: https://youtu.be/kHKQUoJ1M0Y
-- Stretch your quads: https://youtu.be/CZBKSOtyssM
-- Stretch your shoulders: https://youtu.be/ca5j-33Bn6c
-- Stretch your back: https://youtu.be/yao8Vzo8NVQ

* Remember to always drink your fluids throughout.
-- Necessary to reduce cramping

* One legged drills will keep you ready for those hills when we get back outdoors. https://youtu.be/wlBwcYbr88w

* Eat something (granola bar or whatever) about 15+ minutes BEFORE you do your ride. A banana afterwards won't kill ya either.

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Items you may need:
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* Sweat towel, water bottle, and a snack.
* GARMINs can be used as well as BIKE COMPUTERS to track distance and speed as long as you have a speed sensor and it is mounted to your rear wheel.
* If you do this often, you'll want to put an "old" tire on your rear wheel, the "heat" from the trainer wheel will flatten out the tire over time.

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The Meeting Spot:
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Your Own House

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The Ride after the Ride:
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Your Own House ... Maybe order some delivery from a local restaurant :)
(They need the money)

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The Fine Print:
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(Helmets are NOT required)

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/.

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.

Medium(+) Level: CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns (15miles)

Shirlington Branch Library

For those that want to do a longer night ride this ride leaves from Shirlington and is a total of 15 miles round trip. Put yourself on the waiting list if interested.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns! It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages.

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The Ride: Summary (Must Read)
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* RIDE NAME: CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns
* START LOC: Shirlington Branch Library
* START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672
* START PARKING: Every garage in Shirlington is open for public parking.
* ARRIVAL: 5:30pm
* THE SPEECH: 5:45pm
* ROLLING: 6:00pm
* LEVEL: Medium(+) (Night Ride)
* DISTANCE: 15 miles
* PACE: 12-14 mph
* TERRAIN: Trails / Street
* RIDEWITHGPS ROUTE: TBD

NOTES:
* Always wear appropriate clothing for the weather (think layers).
* Watch the weather:
https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/22314
* Be comfortable using our NoVA CBG RideWithGPS app.
https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/events/271742916/
* Keep a mask with you just in case it is needed.
* Bring a spare tube.
* Bring a bike lock.

Night Rides:
* Always have a fully charged head light of at least 150 lumens.
Info: https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/events/273787949/
* Always have a fully charged tail light.
* Fun, Festive, Battery Powered Lights on your bicycles are always encouraged. The more lights the better to be seen with at night.

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The Ride : Detail
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For your pleasure NoVA CBG presents .... CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns. For those that want to do a longer night ride this ride leaves from Shirlington and is a total of 15 miles round trip.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns! January 27–February 6, 2022, visitors can stroll through approximately 100 lanterns made up of 10,000 colored LED lights, all crafted by Chinese artisans. Explore luminescent fields of playful pandas, butterflies and flowers, frogs and flamingos, sea creatures, and more. It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages.

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The Meeting Spot:
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Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/GXU2cMAG7672
We will meet directly in front of the library.

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The Ride after the Ride:
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No Ride After the Ride

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Ride Level Chart
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NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 ride for 10+ miles at a pace of 10+ to 12+ mph with potentially minor hills involved.

* Medium Level: You can ride for 20+ miles at a pace of 13+ to 15+ mph with potentially moderate hills involved.

* Advanced Level: You can ride for 20++ miles at a pace of 15+ mph with potentially major hills involved.

Both Medium and Advanced Levels might require handling various challenges such as reading cue sheets, using a Garmin or navigation app, night riding, out of town travel, or any other odd cycling situations.

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The Fine Print:
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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/
* NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/
* NoVA CBG's "COVID Policy" found @ http://bit.ly/2021_NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY

Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. 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. Again, no exceptions.
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Beginner(+) Level: CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns (10miles)

Crystal City Parking

For those that want to do a shorter night ride this ride leaves from Crystal City and is a total of 10 miles round trip. Put yourself on the waiting list if interested.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns! It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages.

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The Ride: Summary (Must Read)
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* RIDE NAME: CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns
* START LOC:
1) Inside the Crystal City garage (warmer in there)
2) Starbucks is right next door for restrooms and hot drinks before the ride (Open Sunday 6AM–6PM)
* START GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/7Yw56n6mjt9sf3ADA
* START PARKING INFO: Crystal City Garage
(directly next to Starbucks - free on weekends)
* ARRIVAL: 5:30pm
* THE SPEECH: 5:45pm
* ROLLING: 6:00pm
* LEVEL: Beginner(+) (Night Ride)
* DISTANCE: 10 miles
* PACE: 12-14 mph
* TERRAIN: Trails / Street
* RIDEWITHGPS ROUTE: TBD

NOTES:
* Always wear appropriate clothing for the weather (think layers).
* Watch the weather:
https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/22314
* Be comfortable using our NoVA CBG RideWithGPS app.
https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/events/271742916/
* Keep a mask with you just in case it is needed.
* Bring a spare tube.
* Bring a bike lock.

Night Rides:
* Always have a fully charged head light of at least 150 lumens.
Info: https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/events/273787949/
* Always have a fully charged tail light.
* Fun, Festive, Battery Powered Lights on your bicycles are always encouraged. The more lights the better to be seen with at night.

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The Ride : Detail
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For your pleasure NoVA CBG presents .... CBG After Dark - The REACH Winter Lanterns. For those that want to do a shorter night ride this ride leaves from Crystal City and is a total of 10 miles round trip.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns! January 27–February 6, 2022, visitors can stroll through approximately 100 lanterns made up of 10,000 colored LED lights, all crafted by Chinese artisans. Explore luminescent fields of playful pandas, butterflies and flowers, frogs and flamingos, sea creatures, and more. It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages.

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The Meeting Spot:
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Crystal City Parking
(corner of 23rd St.S. and Crystal Drive)
2231 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/7Yw56n6mjt9sf3ADA

Park and meet in the Crystal City garage (the one right next to Starbucks). Parking is free on the weekends.

Starbucks (next door for hot drinks and restroom)
2231 Crystal Dr Suite 160
Arlington, VA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/zcdw6qb7B6cv74Fz5

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The Ride after the Ride:
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No Ride After the Ride

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Ride Level Chart
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NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering different types/levels 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 ride for 10+ miles at a pace of 10+ to 12+ mph with potentially minor hills involved.

* Medium Level: You can ride for 20+ miles at a pace of 13+ to 15+ mph with potentially moderate hills involved.

* Advanced Level: You can ride for 20++ miles at a pace of 15+ mph with potentially major hills involved.

Both Medium and Advanced Levels might require handling various challenges such as reading cue sheets, using a Garmin or navigation app, night riding, out of town travel, or any other odd cycling situations.

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The Fine Print:
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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/
* NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/
* NoVA CBG's "COVID Policy" found @ http://bit.ly/2021_NoVACBG_COVID19_POLICY

Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. 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. Again, no exceptions.
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Past events (1,799)

Virtual Bike-In Movie (THUR): Stowaway (2021): NETFLIX

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