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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/

Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Bike Ride #2

June 24, 2014 - 6:36pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The start location has changed to Newman Elementary School because there is an event at Temple Aliyah. Newman School is just up the street (and on the opposite side) from the original start point.

The weather has finally turned to summer and what can be better than celebrating this with both a bike ride and ice cream? Continuing my mission to discover ice cream destinations in the greater Boston area by bicycle (hence making these tasty rides calorie neutral), I'd like to invite you to join me in this delicious quest. Starting in Needham, we will ride to Sunshine Farms in Sherborn to sample their ice cream. We'll pass through Dover, Medfield to Sherborn (ice cream stop) and back via Natick and Wellesley. We'll meet in the parking lot of Temple Aliyah on Central Avenue in Needham at 10:45 am for an 11 am start. Total ride is 22 miles with the ice cream stop a little over midway into the ride. We'll easily burn off those ice cream calories!!

Printed cue sheets will be available for the ride on June 29th.

Required: Helmet, water, sunscreen, spare tube and, of course, money and an appetite for ice cream. Optional: snacks and food for lunch. There is a farmstand and strawberries should be at their peak; Other tasty items listed for sale include: Nashoba Brook breads, cheeses, homemade cookies, fruit pies and sweet corn pizza, so it sounds like lunch shouldn't be a problem.

You should be able to maintain an average speed of 12 - 14 mph on gently rolling hills. To paraphrase Marie Antoinette (a lot) - "Let us eat ice cream" while enjoying a group bike ride!

Ride is limited to 30 cyclists.

Needham - USA

Sunday, June 29 at 10:45 AM

Attending: 24

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/190360082/

Pepperell Area ride - 46 Miles

June 21, 2014 - 12:56am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This route is 46 miles and the vertical is +-2251 feet.  This ride has some rolling hills, but the scenery in these towns makes it totally worth it.  The route goes through the towns of Tyngsborough, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell (13 miles in this town!), Townsend, Brookline NH, Hollis NH, and Nashua NH. You should average at least 12 mph on rides that have some "normal" small hills. I average between 12 and 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. This is a 46 mile ride, so bring a road bike; or if using a hybrid like me, be in good shape.

This is not a bike club route; it is a new ride I devised using Google Maps Street View to assist me with picking good streets.

Route map and GPS info: http://ridewithgps.co....

Cue sheet: https://app.box.com/s...

I will print reformatted "skinny"cue sheets on the day of the ride with a bit of extra info, but you may also print a cue sheet from the Ride With GPS site that is almost the same.

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.

A forecast of steady rain during the ride time of 10:00-2:30 postpones the ride to another weekend. A few drops here and there, and the ride is still on.

Food along the route 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 sucks but I found their menu.  They have a wide selection of standard sandwiches, meals and breakfast.

Tyngsboro, MA 01879 - USA

Saturday, June 21 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/185349112/

Tandem Biking With The Carroll Center for the Blind

June 13, 2014 - 3:35pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Please join us as a volunteer for a day of tandem biking with the Carroll Center for the Blind.

Volunteers needed to ride with a visually impaired individual.

Update:

Time has been changed to 1-3pm due to inclement weather predicted for the morning.

We expect a good portion of the 2 hours will be spent learning how to ride a tandem with a visually impaired/blind individual on the back of the bike in a safe area such as a parking lot.  For this 1st event with the Carroll Center, we don't expect their to be much riding.




Newton, MA 02458 - USA

Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 PM

Attending: 9

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/177591352/

Boston Bike Party: Bike Prom!

June 11, 2014 - 8:08pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

You and your bicycle are cordially invited to the Class of 2014 Boston Bike Party Bike Prom, where we will take a sunset stroll on bicycles through the streets of Boston followed by a night of socializing and dancing!

*Ride departs from Copley Sq. at 7:30pm
*Route: 10 miles, very casual pace, ending in Allston.
*After-party: Wonder Bar in Allston
*Add songs to our Spotify playlist
*Bike Prom attire strongly encouraged! Check out our LookBook for ideas

Yours truly,
-Boston Bike Party Class of 2014 Bike Prom Committee

Stay in the loop & invite your friends to our Facebook Event.

(sorry for the late notice on this event, life has just been crazy!)

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, June 13 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 6

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/188567922/

Let's go sailing in Boston Harbor

June 7, 2014 - 10:58pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

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 11:00 from Charlestown on a mid-sized sailboat and cruise around in the harbor for a few hours. 

Will limit attendance to 4.  Boat can accommodate a max of 10 people but only 3 can fit comfortably in the cockpit.   Other places to sit would be on the front deck or in the cabin.  No experience in sailing needed.

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


Charlestown, MA 02129 - USA

Sunday, June 15 at 10:45 AM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/186280252/