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Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

August 22, 2015 - 10:37pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Although the weather forecast has changed for the better and it looks like we should get a bike ride in tomorrow without rain, Tougas Family Farm will not be open very long so this destination is no longer an option.

This means that my mission to cycle to all the ice cream shops in the greater Boston area continues. Starting at the Framingham High School parking lot, we will ride about 30 miles round trip to Trombatta Farms for ice cream. While this is a no person left behind ride, please be sure you can maintain at least 12 - 13 mph average speed on rolling hills of Boston's western suburbs. We will stop and regroup at major turns.

What you need: a helmet, spare tube, 1 - 2 water bottles, and a sense of fun and adventure. No ear buds or headphones please. I cannot say if they sell lunch food at Trombetta Farms, but can confirm that they have ice cream, so if you think this is more than sufficient as a nutritious and satisfying lunch, then you're all set (really, ice cream is a complete food!). Otherwise, you might want to bring something with you to eat at lunch.

Arrive at 10am at Framingham High School parking lot for a 10:15am departure. Look for a white Subaru Crosstrek with a bike rack on the roof.

Framingham, MA 01701 - USA

Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 6


Concord-Chelmsford 27-mile loop

August 15, 2015 - 12:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

I was planning to do a repeat of the 41-mile double loop ride that I came up with last year and has been done a few times since in this group. However, it looks like I won't have time for the 2nd loop, so I'm offering a slightly extended version of the first loop. Maybe somebody else wants to lead the second loop?

The extension is that rather than catching up with the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Kate's Corner, we head further north and catch up with it in Chelmsford Center. That adds about four miles, for 27 miles total.

Here's the new route and cue-sheet, including the 4 extra miles:

Let's meet up at 9:15 am and be ready to start at 9:30 am. Aiming to be back before 12:30 pm.

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

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 12 mph average pace with relatively few stops.

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

A few 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. 

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 9


Kayak at Charles River Canoe & Kayak

August 14, 2015 - 9:02am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Have had a lot of fun doing this in the past.  Lets get to the water for kayaking / canoeing in Charles river.

We will meet at 10:00 am at the Kayak rental location, do the paper work for rentals and be on the water by 10.30. This is also a scenic stretch of flat water with lots of wildlife along the river, you may bring your camera, but keep it safe from water.

There is rental charge for the kayaks/canoes. We will plan to do about 2 hours, so if renting solo, it would be around $25.00pp, dual/shared ones would be 16.00pp.  Do bring your license/ID, bottle(s) of water, suntan lotion / hat. After the trip, will plan to have lunch at Margaritas in Waltham overlooking the river.

Will set this up as a multi-group event limiting total to 15-20 people.  There is already a long wait list from members of the other group so please make sure you can attend if you sign up

waltham, MA - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 20


Boston Bike Party: Gone Wild!

August 10, 2015 - 11:09am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

♫♫ In the jungle, the mighty jungle, Bike Party rules the night ♫♫

Release your inner party animal and take a ride on the wild side!

We’ll swing, slither, and swoop through the streets with our paws on our handlebars, howling with joy toward all we pass. Unleash your beastly moves at party stops where our animal kingdom will rage together under the new moon!

This month, Boston is our jungle, and Bike Party has Gone Wild!

** This is a casual paced, night time, social, bike ride with a few hundred participants.  Typically we have 2 or 3 party stops to regroup, hang out, dance, make friends, & have fun.

** Check out the Facebook Event Page to invite your friends and to get updates on the Route and other fun things.

** If you've never been to a Boston Bike Party ride, this video shows what it's all about.

** Check out the LOOKBOOK for ideas on how to dress (optional, but fun!)

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, August 14 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 12


Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

August 2, 2015 - 9:19pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Please join the first 2015 calorie neutral ice cream bike ride. We will meet at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School parking lot (enter on Lincoln Street and park toward the rear of the lot) and ride to Uhlman's Ice Cream in Westborough (http://uhlmansicecrea..., which I have heard has very good ice cream (my VP swears by this place!). Total riding is 33 miles, so there are no calories for any ice cream eaten during this ride.

Important stuff: Helmets are mandatory and no ear buds or headphones please. You should have 1 - 2 filled water bottles and a spare tube that fits your tire. Lunch is optional (I don't know if there is anywhere along the way to buy something, but, frankly, isn't ice cream a complete meal???). Although this is a no rider left behind ride, it's important to keep a minimum of 11 - 13 mph average pace. I will have printed cue sheets available at the start of the ride.

Sudbury - USA

Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 3


Pepper and Maple Tour

July 30, 2015 - 10:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The ride starts at the Tyngsborough Elementary School, which is near Route 3 Exit 34.  I know it's remote, but on Sunday morning you'd be surprised how quickly you can get there.

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.

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 really is no other food, so bring some snacks.  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 10:00-2:30 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, August 2 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 2


Salem to Gloucester Ride

July 21, 2015 - 8:45am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This is an approximately 34 mile, easy to follow road ride with nice views. It will begin at Salem Common, then head northeast over the Beverly Bridge to Water St. The road takes a couple of turns before Route 127 is found after the small beaches. Turn right onto 127 and follow it to West Beach in Beverly on the right, where we will take a short break, get water etc. It is then about eight miles of rolling hills to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This will be on the right, look for the sign since it's easy to miss. We will take another break here before heading back to West Beach. Here, an alternative route crossing 128 will be expplained and used to ride back to the Common.

This generally out and back ride is easy to follow, but one way maps will be available. Please have a bike in good condition, water, sunscreen etc. The pace will be approximately 14-18 mph, but slower or faster can be accomodated.

After the ride, Salem has many restaurants to enjoy lunch or a drink before heading out to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 12