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33 miles from Fit Werx

October 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Did you go to sleep nice and early and keep sober on Halloween? Good then, you are ready for this ride! This ride, which supports our Meetup group's sponsor Fit Werx of Peabody, starts from downtown Peabody and goes through Lynnfield, North Reading, North Andover, Boxford, and Middleton along mostly quiet suburban streets. Highlights include Harold Parker State Forest, Peabody's Independence Greenway bike path, and the roller-coaster of Central Street in North Reading.

There is a bit of unavoidable urban riding -- it does start in Peabody after all -- so you should be comfortable with riding with traffic.  Still, the urban portions have been kept to a minimum and the routes exiting and entering Peabody are fairly bike-friendly, including one nice bike path.  Some cue sheets will be available on the day of the ride and will be posted on this page when they are ready.  Please bring a road bike or a hybrid with smooth tires.

Steady rain or severe weather cancels.  A chance of occasional showers does not.  An announcement will be made by 7:30 AM on the day of the ride if the ride is postponed to another week.

Optional longer 41 mile version:

There will also be an optional 41 mile version available of this ride, but we will only ride the longer version if the turnout is big enough to split into two groups:

The longer ride adds Boxford.  Additional highlights of the longer version include the farms and fields along Lacy Street in North Andover and Peabody Street in Middleton and around Boxford Center.

Peabody, MA 01960 - USA

Saturday, November 1 at 10:30 AM

Attending: 4


Boston Halloween Bike Ride

October 16, 2014 - 3:17pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Boston's most anticipated, most fun, and SPOOKIEST bike ride is back, and this time it's going to be bigger and better than ever. On Halloween Night we slither and crawl through the streets with jaw dropping costumes, ear popping tunes, and traffic stopping magnitude!

Meet at Copley Square at 7:30pm. (8pm departure), we'll ride for 10-12 miles at a casual / costume friendly pace and end in Allston where we'll lock up our bikes and head into Wonderbar for an epic after-party sponsored by Bike Safe Boston & Hub Bicycle Company!

Costumes are highly encouraged, the more outrageous the better.  

THIS is the ride you won't want to miss, so be sure to invite all of your ghoulish friends to the ride and start working on your costumes.

For easy sharing here is our Facebook Event Page & Website

See you there!

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, October 31 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 7


Sailing around Boston Harbor

October 10, 2014 - 9:48pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Sunday looks like a nice day for a 2 to 3 hour sail

Will leave from Charlestown at 1:45 on a Oday 240 sail boat. It is a 25 ft boat with a cabin, galley, and head. Weather depending will sail out to the airport or harbor islands.

Some experience would be preferred but not necessary. Will start out with a wait list and give preference to people I have biked with before.

Once you sign up you should be prepared to attend as it will not be fair to take a spot and not show.

Will provide my cell and email to people who are confirmed

Charlestown, MA 02129 - USA

Sunday, October 12 at 1:45 PM

Attending: 4


Boston Bike Party: Robots vs. Dinosaurs!

October 3, 2014 - 1:07pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Prehistoric evolution may have shaped T-rexes to be lean, mean, tiny-armed, fightin’ machines, but machines have evolved to go to space, reproduce themselves, and even vacuum your floors, all without the need for humans!

This month, bike party needs your help deciding which creature would be best for world-domination on bikes: robots or dinosaurs?

• Departs @ 7:30pm, Oct 10th (always 2nd Fridays!) from Copley Square, Boston

• The route is about 10 miles long, at a very casual pace. We'll end in Kendall Square in Cambridge for the after-party.

• After Party: Flat Top Johnny's, Cambridge MA

• Check out our LOOKBOOK for ideas & inspiration, & add some party songs to our Spotify Playlist

• Bring lights, bike lock, smiles, and a fun party attitude!

• Join our Facebook Event Page & invite all your friends!

• Check out our website for How We Ride

See you at Copley Square!  RAWR!

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, October 10 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 12


Pepper and Maple Tour 32 and 46 miles

September 23, 2014 - 4:03pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The route goes through the towns of Tyngsborough, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Brookline NH, Hollis NH, and Nashua NH. Highlights include the Nashua River Rail Trail, Fitch's Bridge, expansive farmland views in Hollis, and lunch at Hollis Country Kitchen.  The ride is classified as fairly hilly, at least for Greater Boston standards, but no hills are steep and grueling.  Since I have recently hosted the ride with CRW, this has both cue sheets and street arrows.  This event is, however, a Meetup-only ride. Street arrow:

You should average at least 12 mph on rides that have some "normal" small hills. I average around 14-15 mph for the most part. If there are many sign-ups, we will split into multiple groups with somewhat different speeds in this range. Bring a road bike; or if using a hybrid, be in good shape and use smooth tires.  This ride has some rolling hills, but the scenery, great pavement, and low traffic on these roads makes it totally worth it.

Route map and GPS info for 46 miles:

For 32 miles:

Cue sheet for both:

My car is a blue Hyundai Accent, and I will leave extra printed cue sheets on my windshield for any latecomers who want to ride on their own.

East Pepperell village on Mile 10 has some food, ice cream and stores.  For the 32 mile ride there is no other food, unless you count a farm stand or two.  Food along the 46 mile route after Pepperell is quite limited, so we won't have a meal till we reach 31.2 miles at Hollis Country Kitchen right in Hollis center at 3 Proctor Hill Road.  Their website isn't that great but I found their menu.  They have a wide selection of standard sandwiches, meals and breakfast and I've found their food to be quite good for the purpose, with outdoor seating.

A forecast of steady rain during the ride time of 11:00-3:30 postpones the ride to another weekend. A few drops here and there, and the ride is still on.  If weather is a problem, check this page at 8 AM on the day of the ride for a final decision.

Tyngsboro, MA 01879 - USA

Sunday, September 28 at 11:00 AM

Attending: 4


Meet me at the Hub on Wheels Ride - Boston!!

September 16, 2014 - 5:32pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me as I'll be doing the 50 Mile Ride this year!

Ride starts at 8:00am so I'll plan to meet everyone starting at 7:30AM under the Steaming Kettle in Government Center.

To Join My Team And To Register:

Sign up for Team Greater Boston Bicycling - Meetup

Boston, MA 02109 - USA

Sunday, September 21 at 7:30 AM

Attending: 10


47 mile countryside ride

September 12, 2014 - 8:26pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Will fill in more details later.  Want to schedule so people have time to make plans.

This is a 47 mile ride through Needham Westwood, Natick, Sherborne, Dover, Ashland, Holliston.  It is a favorite Charles River Bike Club Ride as well as for the AMC and other charitable groups.

One of the prettiest inland rides you will go on passing farms, stables, lakes, nice houses.  A favorite of mine.

This is not a ride for beginners due to distance and given the point in the season we will try to keep a 15-17 mile pace.  Pretty flat no large hills.  Will stop frequently so we stay as a group but will ask you to turn around or bike on your own if you can't keep a 15 mile pace.

Will cancel if there is not sufficient interest

Will update with cue-sheet and GPS route file as appropriate.

Helmet required.

Needham, MA - USA

Sunday, September 21 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 3


Salem to Gloucester Part II

September 12, 2014 - 7:33pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This ride will be similar to the one in June, with a couple of twists. The thirty five mile route will begin at the common in downtown Salem. Some parking is available around the common and more in the indoor garage and outdoor lot at Museum Place. Those familiar with the area can park anywhere close and ride over, the rest should probably use the known public spots. The group will meet in the front area of the common next to the Hawthorne Hotel. Riders should have a bike in good condition and at least a water bottle. There will be a few opportunities to refill along the way.

The ride will begin by cycling around the common and out to Bridge Street. It will continue over the Bay Bridge and with a quick right onto Water Street. After a short stretch, the group will make a left to take it past the first of Beverly’s small public beaches. It will be too early in the ride to stop here, but the view is nice. After the second beach, the group will pick up route 127. From here, we will follow 127 to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. A break will be taken at West Beach in Beverly, about seven miles into the ride. This is a private beach but usually okay with short-staying cyclists and it is now off season. If they do not like the large group, we will stay outside and take turns filling up water bottles etc. as needed. From West Beach, the group will follow the rolling hills to Good Harbor Beach (one change from prior ride). The plan is to ride back to West Beach for a break and plan for the stretch home. The second change is the group will make a right out of West Beach, then a quick left. We will ride past route 128 and to the beginning of Gordon College. Here, we will make a left for a long stretch back into Beverly. We will then turn back to the beach and the final piece will be on the same route we rode out on. Those not waiting to add the approximate 4-5 miles can skip this and follow 127 back to the common. The pace of this ride will be 14-18 mph by the leader (pending wind, weather etc.), but we will have a rear/middle group as needed and can accommodate riders in the 12-14 mph category. Salem has many eating and drinking options and those interested can enjoy a post-ride lunch and/or beverage at a locale of choice.

Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 7


Apple (and maybe peach) Picking with Ice Cream & Cider Donuts

September 10, 2014 - 9:53pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

It's apple picking time and how cool is it to combine a ride with apple (and maybe peach, if any remain on the trees) picking with a calorie neutral ice cream (and cider donut) bike ride? This is a repeat of last year's ride but there may be a few changes to the route.

Starting at the Norumbega Duck Feeding Area (off Routes 128 and 30), we will cycle the bucolic hills of Weston, Lincoln, Sudbury, Concord and Acton to arrive at our destination, Shelburn Farm in Stow. There we will eat lunch at the picnic tables and then go apple (and hopefully peach) picking. Shelburn Farm has a food stand where they sell some sandwiches and salads, drinks, cider donuts and ice cream. There is also a farm stand with fresh produce, cheese and drinks. 

Although we will not leave anyone behind, we will aim to keep a 12 - 14 mph average speed so please be sure you can maintain this speed over almost 40 miles. Meet at the end of the Norumbega Duck Feeding Area parking lot, opposite the Newton Marriott Hotel and the boat launch at 10:45am for an 11am start. I will have cue sheets available for riders. If you want an actual map, please e-mail me and I can send you links to the Google map directions I have created. I don't do Map My Ride (sorry!).

What you need to bring: road or hybrid bike in good working order, helmet, water, spare tube and pump, and panniers, rack pack or front pack to transport your goodies home. Although we will be having lunch at the farm, you may want to bring some snack food for the ride.

Newton, MA 02493 - USA

Sunday, September 14 at 10:45 AM

Attending: 11


Oak Hill 32 Miler...Acton, MA

September 6, 2014 - 7:37pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me for this 32 Miler....

Here's the Ride with GPS Route...

Bring the usual....Helmet, Bike in excellent condition, adequate water, energy food, spare tire etc..

Call me if you have any questions,

Rob Fox, Founder/Organizer

Cell 617-894-8454

Acton - USA

Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 1


Join us For the most scenic and sought after cycling in all of New Hampshire.

August 30, 2014 - 9:59pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Hello everyone, Come and join us for this beautiful ride along NH's beautiful Seacoast. Though boasting only 18 miles of ocean views, the Seacoast Region offers some of the most scenic and sought after cycling in all of New Hampshire.

We will begin at Hampton's North Beach area cycling inland through the beautiful rolling, wooded streets of North Hampton and Rye, NH. From there we will ride past some of Rye's prettiest homes and farms.. We will then head across to New Castle, Island, where we may stop to visit the grounds and beautiful marina at "Wentworth by the Sea Resort" stopping at their marina for a sandwich or a snack. From there we will go through New Castle's Historic section and then through Portsmouth's Historic Strawberry Bank up Court Street and head out of Portsmouth back through New Castle. From there we will head towards the water and spend the rest of the ride cycling along the past the gorgeous waterfront homes in North Hampton & Rye.

The total mileage of this ride is about 35 to 37 miles.

When we return g/c those that are interested we can have a relaxing beer or drink at Lil Jacks in Hampton. Plan on spending the day. We will probably not get back til about 3:30 pm.

Again meeting time is at 10am Be ready to ride at 10:30 am.. The ride is going to be about 35 to 37 miles.

The average speed of this ride is 12-15 miles per hour. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills in No Hampton and Rye. If it's Windy it can be difficult to push against the wind. Road bikes and hybrids are highly recommended, I do not recommend the use of mountain bikes on this route. Helmets are required. Please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen & a spare tire tube. Don't forget to bring money for lunch.


*****Directions to North Beach, Hampton, NH (From downtown Boston drive time is about 50 mins)*****

Take I-95 North or South (depending on where you are coming from) to exit 2 (Toll booth exit).

Exit heading towards 101 east towards Hampton

Get on 101 stay until you get to a set of lights at Landing Road, take a left onto Landing Road then take a right at the Stop/sign, Fork in the Road onto Winnacunnet Road. Follow Winnacunnet Road til it ends at Ocean Boulevard, take a right onto Ocean Boulevard. Lil Jack's will be about a half a mile down the road on your right.

***Note, Depending on how many other ride leaders decide to do this ride, I will more then likely increase the # of riders I can allow on this ride. Please be sure you are capable of riding 35 miles.

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Hampton - USA

Sunday, August 31 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 29