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+)

[RSVP OPEN] Introductory / Beginner Level: CBG Cupcake Crawl (Bunny Edition)

The Easter Bunny stopped visiting this big kid a while ago so I have to go out and fend for myself now. If that darn Bunny ignores you too, come join me !! ******************* The Ride: Summary ******************* * NAME: CBG Cupcake Crawl (Bunny Edition) * ARRIVAL: 3:00pm * THE SPEECH: 3:15pm * ROLLING: 3:30pm * START LOCATION: Boat House At Fletcher's Cove * GPS DIRECTIONS: http://goo.gl/maps/JWZ6 * PARKING INFO: http://goo.gl/5Ldshd * LEVEL: Introductory & Beginner Level * DISTANCE: 12 miles * PACE: 10 mph * TERRAIN: Flat trail, incline out, downhill back. * ROUTE: TBD * ADDITIONAL INFO: (a) Bring a Bike Lock ***************** The Ride : Detail ***************** For your sweet-tooth riding pleasure NoVA CBG presents The CBG Cupcake Crawl (Bunny Edition). Please join us for a nice Easter Day dessert ride. We will ride our bikes up to Bethesda and wait in line at the Georgetown Cupcake shop (I am NOT "pre-ordering" any cupcakes). See the link for the cupcake menu below. Note the "Everyday Classics" section. Note the "Daily Specials: Sunday" section. Note the "Monthly Seasonals: April" section. https://www.georgetowncupcake.com/menu.html For those with a special palate Gluten-Free Strawberry Lava Fudge and a Vegan Apple Cinnamon option is what's available. With cupcake names like Easter Egg Hunt Chocolate; Chocolate Caramel Easter Bunny; Cherry Blossom; Vanilla Confetti Bunny Face how can we go wrong!! The ride begins at the boathouse at Fletcher's Cove. From Fletcher's, we’ll take the Capital Crescent Trail to Bethesda, MD (approx. 6 miles). There ride is smooth, flat, and tree-lined. If you are truly an introductory rider, but you don't want a cupcake, come anyways, the distance for the round-trip ride is about 12 miles. Going northbound on the Capital Crescent Trail has a slight incline and is tree lined and very picturesque. Coming home is downhill so we have that to look forward to. Please Remember to bring a bike lock !! ***************** The Meeting Spot: ***************** Boat House At Fletcher's Cove 4940 Canal Road · Washington, DC http://www.fletcherscove.com/ GPS: http://goo.gl/maps/JWZ6 Parking: http://goo.gl/5Ldshd If you're driving to this meetup location I'm warning you right now .. give yourself enough time to find (and get down into) this location or you will miss the ride. ***************** The Ride after the Ride: ***************** None *************** 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.

Gary Out Of Town (22nd - 29th): Organizer Ride Opportunity

******************* The Ride: Summary ******************* * NAME: * ARRIVAL: * THE SPEECH: * ROLLING: * START LOCATION: * GPS DIRECTIONS: * PARKING INFO: * LEVEL: * DISTANCE: * PACE: * TERRAIN: * ROUTE: * ADDITIONAL INFO: (a) (b) ***************** The Ride : Detail ***************** For your pleasure NoVA CBG presents .... ***************** The Meeting Spot: ***************** NAME: GPS: PARKING: ***************** The Ride after the Ride: ***************** TBD *************** 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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[PLEASE STAND BY] Advanced Level: The HOLLEYW&OD Ride of Fame (24)

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?" *9:30am: Arrival at the Shirlington Library ---- "WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?" *Ride the W&OD Trail for 30 miles @ 17+ mph ---- "HERE ARE YOUR LINES" *9:45am: The Speech ---- "AAAAAAAND ACTION !!" *10:00am: 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 30 miles each. * As the season progresses (and the stars demand more money) the mileage will increase. * 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 30miles 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. * Let's remember who has top billing ... though my ego looms large it is fragile, therefore, you will not pass the ride leader. I want to maintain this as a group ride as much as possible. ****************************** First Commercial Break: ****************************** On the way out 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 a timed stop of 15 minutes from when the ride leader arrives, after fifteen minutes it is back on the trail to continue the ride. If you arrive after I leave please take a rest stop here. Our turnaround point is at 14.3 miles: Since this is only three miles after our Whole Foods stop we will simply be pulling off the trail and turning our bikes around to head back to Shirlington, there are no other planned stops. ****************************** 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): ****************************** Some fine Shirlington establishment like Beckett's or Guapos. ****************************** 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. .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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