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Medium +/Advanced Level: BAFS Karen's Krazies Take on Dino's Divas

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Freezing Our Butts Off for No Good Reason at All: Karen's Krazies Take on Dino's Divas

Welcome to a special iteration of the Freezing Saddles Group Rides. Since Dino posted his own BBQ ride starting from Vienna at 10:30 am, we're gonna go after them with extreme enthusiasm and leave from Shirlington at 9:30 am bound for Carolina Brothers. Perhaps we'll wave as we scream by them on the trail. Or maybe we'll just snicker. All of you who want a longer ride and are up to the challenge are welcome to join. Let's get those Divas!!!! :)

The Meeting Spot

We'll meet inside Best Buns at 9:30 am and be rolling no later than 9:45 am. Please be on time as we can't wait if you're late since we're intending to meet up with Dino's group in or around Vienna. And you must be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. This is when we check to make sure you have all the required equipment and the last chance for you to make sure your bike is ready for the ride. We will also talk through the route for the day and 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, so please be on time as there will be NO exceptions

The Fine Print

This is a MEDIUM +/ADVANCED level ride due to the pace (12-15+ mph) and distance (55 miles). The course is an out-and-back ride on the W&OD trail, from Mile 0 to Mile 27.5. Please be sure that you're in condition to a ride of this length. Also, the trail may still have some snow/ice/slush/dirt/mud/salt/insert grimy nasty stuff here from the various winter weather events so please, be careful when riding, especially on descents and around blind corners to ensure that you stay upright and in good stead.

I'll be riding to the start. Hence, I will not be carrying a floor pump or tools other than what I have in my very tiny seat bag. Please make sure your bike is ready to ride BEFORE you leave home for the ride; preferably, check it the night before so that you won't be unpleasantly surprised in the morning should a problem arise.

Here's a checklist of things to do and bring with you:

• Make sure you have good tire pressure (check the sidewall of your tire if you're not sure what your tire pressure should be). You need to put air in your tires before EVERY ride. Don't just squeeze the tire and think, "Yeah, that feels OK." Trust me on this one.

• Make sure your brakes are in good order with plenty of pad left for adequate stopping power. Your wheels should spin freely with the brake release in the closed position and your hands off the brake levers. When the wheel is spinning and you grab the brakes, the pads should engage quickly and (mostly) quietly while bringing your bike to a quick, safe stop. If your brakes make a lot of noise and/or you have to pull the levers all the way back to the bar before they engage, you probably need to adjust your brakes and (possibly) change the pads.

• Make sure your drivetrain (chain, front chain rings, rear cassette, cables, and shifters) is sufficiently lubed and working well. If you can't remember when you last lubed the chain, it's probably time to do it again. Just be sure to lightly wipe off the excess or else your chain (and your leg) will get covered in gunk.

• Bring plenty of liquids to drink (water, Gatorade). There are a few spots along the way where you can refill a bottle but you've got to have one to fill one. Rule of thumb is one bottle per hour and we'll be riding around for one or two hours so you can do the math.

• Gels, power bars, or other portable snacks are also a good idea so you can refuel on the road.

• Don't forget to bring at least one spare tube (two is better), especially if you have a bike with wheels that are not standard size or are deep set, like carbon wheels. We all get flats on rides, and need to be prepared with tubes, tools, and a source of air to make the repair. Please have the necessary items for your specific bike.

• You won't need a bike lock for the ride but you may wish to bring one to lock up after the ride if you decide to partake of any of the fine establishments in Shirlington for a bite to eat and perhaps a little liquid refreshment.

Helmets are Cool (and They're Required)

As always, DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET! Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions, NO kidding.  

The Dreaded "Disclaimer"

An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service: Section 6.2"  found HERE (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) and NOVA-CBG's" Assumption of Risk Agreement" found HERE (http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf).

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.

Please also keep in mind the group's cancellation policy when you RSVP.

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.

 

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  • Dino

    It was nice seeing you all Saturday for the bbq ride. great day for a ride! I really appreciate moving the ride time and waking up early just to crush me. :) I feel so loved! :P

    March 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And we enjoyed crushing you. :) Glad we could get such a nice day and such a good turnout.

      March 10, 2014

    • Bill

      Before Handbag, Boom Boom, Brent or Ben give me grief, nice to see everyone minus W3 LOL

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks all for coming out and for giving Dino's Divas some strong competition. Beautiful day, trails were in pretty good shape, and good company all around. Take that DQ W3! You missed a fun day!

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Bill

      All good. Got in a nice ride too. What a beautiful day. It's was Ben who got me thinking lol. I am happy we got some recon for the trails

      March 8, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Fantastic ride and ride after the ride! Thanks Karen!

    March 8, 2014

  • Gary W.

    Awesome pictures!

    March 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You should've come out and joined us. It was a fun day.

      March 8, 2014

  • ChrisR

    Thanks for melting a clean path all the way to Ashburn! You bailed too early Bill.

    March 8, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Wrong Way William! Why did you drop?!

    March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Both of them!!!

      March 8, 2014

    • Bill

      Ben for the buzz kill!

      March 8, 2014

  • ChrisR

    I'll start out with you from Best Buns, but don't know if I go all the way to Carolina Brothers

    March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looking forward to riding with you.

      March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are still some bad spots on the trail on the way out to BBQ. The ones I know right off are in Falls Church before you get to the Route 7 overpass between Little and Great Falls Streets, between Shreve Road and Virginia Lane, and in the vicinity of Gallows Road. I'm sure there are other areas between Vienna and Ashburn so we all need to be careful and be ready to call an audible to streets in lieu of the trail or perhaps a total reroute. But we'll play it by ear and view it as an adventure. Trail conditions can be found here: http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?6629-2014-March-Trail-Conditions&p=79144#post79144

    March 7, 2014

  • Demetris

    March 7, 2014

  • ChrisR

    BBQ? Hmmm, I'll have to see if I can ditch the sprout after I pick him up from the train station tomorrow. Remember, there is still ice on the W&OD in many places so you find yourself going 152 mph on your rears if you're not careful.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Stephanie

    So.... did ya see that Dino planned a BBQ ride for this day from Vienna? Maybe we should leave earlier and ride to BBQ from Shirlington?

    March 6, 2014

    • Al

      Recalculating!!! We can do it!! I'm in!

      March 6, 2014

    • Stephanie

      now we just need to recruit more team members! Dino has 7, we only have 5.

      March 6, 2014

7 went

  • Al
    Catch Up & Mustard
  • Stephanie
    Boom Boom!!!, Assistant Organizer
  • ChrisR
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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