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

3 hours 58 min ago

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 for 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.

We WILL CANCEL for RAIN!

 

*****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: 10

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/202361612/

Boston Bike's Women's Bike Festival!

August 11, 2014 - 8:32am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join us for New England’s first-ever all women’s bike ride and festival in Boston!  (Guys you can volunteer to ensure the women & kids in your life have an awesome day! Volunteer info available on the registration page)

A celebration of women on bikes, the Boston Women’s Bike Festival & Ride features scenic 1030 and 50 mile rides, workshops taught by some of the best professionals in the area, family activities, music, food and fun. The event is part of Boston Bikes women’s initiative, encouraging women to experience the joys and benefits of biking and is perfect for everyone from new riders to seasoned cyclists.

Join for just the ride or join a workshop and get tips on mountain biking, commuting, mechanics and more. Or if you haven’t ridden in years or never learned, we have adult learn-to-ride clinics.

And for the little ones, we have face painting, bike decorating, a bike rodeo and more!

Registration  <-- Click here to register! (required to participate)

Information: Registration covers all clinics and the ride. Register as an individual, or join a group or company team. We’ll have fun prizes to recognize the largest and most creative teams. Adult (age 13+) $35.00. Adult Learn-to-Ride only $5.00, includes free bike rental. Use code LEARNING! Kids (ages 6–12) $10.00

On site registration will be available. To ensure that everyone has time to make it to the start line by 9 am, registration will close at 8:45 am.

Discounted registration available to low-income Boston residents. Call Boston Bikes at 617–918-4343 or email bostonbikes@boston.gov.

No Bike? No Problem. Reserve a bike today by contacting our official bike rental partner, Urban Adventours, at 617–670-0637. Rental rates are discounted for all Festival participants.

Children are welcome! We ask that children under 10 ride on a trailer bike, in a trailer, or on a seat secured to the adult’s bike. Additionally, we ask that children riding in the 30 and 50 mile rides be 13 years or older.

All riders must be on track to finish by 2 pm. Riders outside of this time frame will be unsupported. In order to continue on the 50 mile route, you must depart the first rest stop by 10:30 am.

Proceeds support Roll it Forward, which provides refurbished bikes to low-income Boston residents.

Event Schedule: 

7:30 am: Registration opens

9:00 am: Boston’s First Women’s Ride 10 mile route | 30 mile route | 50 mile route

9:30 am — 11:30 am: Adult Learn-to-Ride Clinic

10:30 am — 1:00 pm: Kids Activities, Expo (featuring live music by Tromboston!), & Clinics.

Clinic Schedule: 

10:30 am — 11:15 am: Mechanics

11:30 am — 1:00 pm: Road Cycling

11:30 am — 12:15 pm: Mountain Biking & Commuting

12:15 pm — 1:00 pm: Mountain Biking, Commuting, & Mechanics

Boston, MA - USA

Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 AM

Attending: 8

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/200269932/

Boston Bike Party Presents: Boston (T) Party!

August 7, 2014 - 7:39am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

In 1897, Boston became home to America's first ever Subway, which we now lovingly know as the "T," complete with green lines, red lines, orange lines, blue lines, and even silver lines! This month, Boston Bike Party is celebrating with a Boston T Party! Which line are you?

It's hard to imagine Boston without this amazing icon, so join us, and hundreds of other cyclists, for a bike ride to celebrate the MBTA.

Ride departs at 7:30pm, route will be about 12 miles long at a very casual pace. After the ride, grab some food / drink at Flat Top Johnny's in Kendal Square. Route: http://ridewithgps.co...

Check out the website & lookbook for helpful tips on how to decorate yourself and your bike for the theme. 

Green Line:


Orange Line:

(you get the idea)

Please check out our Facebook Event where you can easily invite all of your facebook pals.



Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 20

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/198403592/

Lexington, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln 38 miler

August 2, 2014 - 11:50am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The weather looks better sunday. Rain cancels but weather.com says 20% chance. 

We will bike into DeCordova for a cafe lunch stop (free admission to cyclists). Bring a bike lock.

http://www.decordova....

http://www.decordova.... "Free admission to all cyclists who pedal to deCordova"

Route Summary:

Starting in Lexington we head out to Carlisle via Bedford and go thru Great Brook State Park. We circle back thru Lincoln and to return to Lexington

The route

http://tinyurl.com/md...

 

Riders should plan to meet at 10:00 am and be ready to ride around 10:15 am

We should return to the Depot  area no later than 3:15 pm if we can keep the 12 to 15 pace and alot time for a break. Please be able to b/c the group needs to return on time to the parking area.


Starting point
Depot Square, Lexington MA (fyi, there is a ton of parking behind the Depot)

Stopping point

Concord Center / Main Street Cafe (Keyes Parking area) or DeCordova


What's required
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Bike helmets and road bikes / skinny tire hybrids in good repair
minimum 2 full water bottles (cold!).
bring snacks


What's recommended:
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Spare tire, repair kit, sun screen, snacks, energy bars, rain gear, an extra layer, a bike lock, and a cell phone.


"Cue"gle sheet

http://files.meetup.c...

 

Lexington, MA 02420 - USA

Sunday, August 3 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 10

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/198384992/

A slightly faster repeat of the 41-mile double loop out of Concord

July 24, 2014 - 8:39pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Hi,  This is Rob.....Come ride with me Saturday...I love the people in this group!!

Note:  This is a repeat of Magnus's ride several weeks ago and will be at a slightly faster pace (13-18mph).  There will only be one group of riders also....we can always change that if the consensus is different on the day of the ride...

This will be a "figure-eight" shaped route starting in Concord Center. The first loop is just shy of 23 miles, heading north into Carlisle and Westford, and returning on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Back in Concord Center, you can call it a day, or join us for a quick lunch and an additional 18 miles heading south into Lincoln and Sudbury.

Here's the route and cue-sheet:

http://ridewithgps.co...

And here's the old link for those who prefer this site:
http://www.gmap-pedom...

The lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal.

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go.

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches.

When:
Let's meet up at 9:00 am and be ready to start at 9:15 am. Aiming to be back before 2pm.

Where:
The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

Who:
You need to be okay with a 13-18 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 15 mph average pace.

What's required:
* Road bike in good repair
* Bike helmet
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch)
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended:
* Basic repair tools
* Snack
* Cell phone

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, July 26 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 8

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/196909962/

Let's go sailing in Boston Harbor

July 11, 2014 - 3:35pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Took a few people from the group out last month and thought I would offer this again for those who I could not take.

While I do love cycling there are other things I enjoy as well.

One of them is Sailing and would like to offer to take a few people out.

Will leave at 2:00 from Charlestown on a mid-sized sailboat and cruise around in the harbor for a few hours.

Already have 3 attending so can take 2 more.

Will give preference to people I know and to people who can commit 100% to attending.

 

 

Charlestown, MA 02129 - USA

Saturday, July 12 at 1:45 PM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/194376052/

East Bay Bike Path Providence

July 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The East Bay Pike Bath in RI is one of NE's favorite rail trails (and my favorite without taking a ferry). 

The Bicycle Path hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. The 14-mile paved path accommodates a wide variety of users.

The trail takes you through an alternating landscape of stunning natural areas, as well as more urban enclaves. Spur trails lead to several parks and conservation areas, including Colt State Park in Bristol, Burr's Hill Park in Warren and Veterans Memorial Park and Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington.

Will send out my number before the ride as the Veterans Memorial lot can be a little tricky to find.  Make sure to get directions from google   -
https://maps.google.c...

Given this is a flat rail trail with no hills will try to keep roughly a 14-16+ mile pace.  Depending on number of people riding we will either stop on occasion to make sure we travel as a group or just meet up for lunch at the end of the trail in Bristol at a restaurant called Agave.

Things to bring:  Helmet, Water, Sun Tan lotion, Money for lunch.

Will meet at 10:30 and be ready to ride at 10:45.  Total ride will be from 26 to 30 miles as we may decided to ride a few miles around Bristol.

Rain cancels.

East Providence, RI 02914 - USA

Sunday, July 13 at 10:30 AM

Attending: 14

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/193638792/

Eastern Wapuck Range 2-day tour

July 8, 2014 - 10:09am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

What this is: This is a weekend-long bike tour with hiking and camping.  It's 74 miles of biking in two days, but with some nasty hilliness, which is why I am planning other activities along the way and keeping the miles down.  This is a loaded and self-supported bike-camping tour, meaning that you have to carry all your own stuff in either panniers or a trailer.  It's basically like a backpacking expedition, but only for two days, completely on-road, and on a bike.  And not far from home.

Cost: Zero, except maybe $3/day if you choose to park at the Fitchburg T station; overnight parking is permitted there.  You'll need to pay the cost of bike and gear essentials, and food, but that's really it.

The proposed route:

http://ridewithgps.co...

What to expect on the tour: Just a mile into the ride after leaving the station, this tour goes through rural parts of Fitchburg and Townsend.  The ride will then enter New Hampshire and will tour the small New Hampshire town centers of Mason, Wilton, and Lyndeborough ,where we will camp Saturday overnight; then through Temple, Sharon, and New Ipswich; in that order.  The ride will then re-enter Massachusetts through Ashby before returning to Fitchburg station.  All New Hampshire towns we are visiting are under 6,000 people and are east of the Wapack Mountain Range.  Have you ever heard of these small mountains just north of Fitchburg?  Good, neither have I till very recently, but that's the point of this trip!

Camping will be somewhere around the foot of the mountains within the town of Lyndeborough, in the wild.  Note that this is "stealth camping," in a rural forested area away from people, but not in a sanctioned campground.  I realize that doesn't sound like fun to many people, but it sounds like fun to some of us!  Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to lock the bike and just go for a hike, and I have marked areas that look interesting for diversions along the route in the RideWithGPS file.  There is even one art gallery in Sharon.  We will skip whatever we don't want to do or don't have time for, or even short-cut the route if we're getting tired Saturday.  The last train leaves Fitchburg Sunday at 9:45 PM; I plan to be back no later than 8.

Does this not quite sound nuts to you but in fact seems quite intriguing?  Read on for what you will need to take along.

Requirements: You'll need a touring or hybrid/commuter bike with low gears and a way to carry all your gear for the weekend (racks and panniers or a trailer). You'll also need a tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, and pillow.  A poncho and a bike headlight are always a good idea too -- you never know.

Final thoughts:

Even though this is a camping trip and you will have to be prepared and carry a list of things on your bike, pack as lightly as possible.  It's still only a two day trip and there will be enough convenience stores along the way.  And I can help with most unexpected repairs.  Still, the only sort-of convenient bike shop will be in Milford, which is a diversion from the route that is only close to Wilton.

A forecast of sustained bad weather postpones it to another weekend, in August.  If postponed, I will commit do this ride no later than Labor Day weekend, because I want a real weekend tour before my more serious tour in September.  If I am the only one doing this ride, that is OK, but it would be fun to meet one or two like-minded people.

Fitchburg, MA 01420 - USA

Saturday, July 26 at 10:15 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/193642942/

41-mile double loop out of Concord

July 5, 2014 - 7:44pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This will be a "figure-eight" shaped route starting in Concord Center. The first loop is just shy of 23 miles, heading north into Carlisle and Westford, and returning on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Back in Concord Center, you can call it a day, or join us for a quick lunch and an additional 18 miles heading south into Lincoln and Sudbury.

Here's the route and cue-sheet:

http://ridewithgps.co...

And here's the old link for those who prefer this site:
http://www.gmap-pedom...

The lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal.

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go.

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches.

When:
Let's meet up at 10:00 am and be ready to start at 10:15 am. Aiming to be back before 3pm.

Where:
The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

Who:
You need to be okay with a 12-15 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 12mph average pace.

What's required:
* Road bike in good repair
* Bike helmet
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch)
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended:
* Basic repair tools
* Snack
* Cell phone

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Sunday, July 6 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 24

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/192104172/

Concord To Harvard Loop Ride

July 5, 2014 - 12:09pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Sunday morning looks to be great for a long ride. This is a big hill ride. Magnus has a ride that is full and has a serious waiting list. If we do this ride in good time we should be able to be back at the same time for the lunch break. 

Meet at 8:00, ride by 8:15 ... back by 1230pm

Route Summary:

39 mile ride starting in Concord thru Carlisle, Acton, Littleton to Harvard. We will return thru Maynard and Stow.

The route

http://tinyurl.com/n8...­ 


We should return to the parking area around 1230 pm if we can keep the 13 plus pace. Please be able to b/c the group needs to return on time to the parking area.

The length of this ride and hills makes this an intermediate ride for those who have a good level of biking fitness. If you haven't exercised all winter this is not the ride to start with ;)


Starting point
8 Keyes Rd Parking Area
Concord MA

Midway point

Harvard General Store (has bathroom)
1 Still River Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(978) 430-0062
harvardgeneralstore.com

What's required
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Bike helmets and road bikes in good repair
minimum 2 -3 full water bottles.
bring snacks or $


What's recommended:
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Spare tire, repair kit, sun screen, snacks, energy bars, rain gear, a bike lock, and a cell phone.


"Cue"gle sheet

... cue sheet 

http://files.meetup.c...


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Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Sunday, July 6 at 8:00 AM

Attending: 18

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/192368652/

Wed nite: Lexington, Bedford, Concord Trails and Fireworks

July 1, 2014 - 7:32pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

TRAIL ride evening and fireworks after. Hard tail mt bikes pls, no road bikes.

Ride will leave lex center @615pm.

Please have adequate bike lights. I have  very powerful bike light. A blinkie is not sufficient for a front light for the evening trails. You will need them at the very end of the ride to see the paths at dusk and for traffic to see you for places where we are on the road.  


The ride is 20 miles on trails and some road.  At the end of the ride we can watch the fireworks in Lexington which is at dusk (starts around 9pm I believe). The end route takes us right to the field where we can watch the fireworks from.

Route Summary:

http://goo.gl/maps/oz...

fireworks

http://www.lexingtonl...

Starting point

Depot Square, Lexington MA (fyi, there is a ton of parking behind the Depot)

Stopping point: Fireworks at the Lexington high school field at the end of the ride (very close to mass ave if you want to skip the fireworks).

What's required
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Bike helmets and Mt Bikes
minimum 1 full water bottle.
bring snacks

LIGHTs for your BIKE


What's recommended:
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Spare tire, repair kit,  snacks, energy bars, rain gear, a bike lock, and a cell phone.

 

Lexington, MA 02420 - USA

Wednesday, July 2 at 6:00 PM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/192466702/

A Prelude to.... Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Bike Ride #2

June 27, 2014 - 11:10pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

http://ridewithgps.co...

Hi Group!

Want to bike on Sunday but want to add on more miles to the Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Bike Ride #2? 

Join us earlier in the day.... by meeting at 8:45 a.m.

The Prelude route is 16-17 miles.

Here's the Route:

http://ridewithgps.co...

Pace will be 13-17 miles per hour on average....

See you soon!

Rob Fox

Founder/Organizer

robfox@verizon.net

617-894-8454 cell


Needham - USA

Sunday, June 29 at 8:45 AM

Attending: 3

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/191013482/