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Q: How do you know cycling season has started in the Mid Atlantic region?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
A: If you’re standing in the middle of at a Velodrome outside Allentown, PA on a Saturday morning in April -- Saturday, April 22 to be exact -- and there’s a massive bicycle flea market happening right in front of you, that’s how you know.

http://www.lvvelo.org/fleamarkets.php. Anyone going?
post #2 of 26
I'll be there. And maybe we can do a bears get together at the bike race in Philly, now that it's officially on, thanks to governator Rendell.
post #3 of 26
we'll be there.
post #4 of 26
how do you know cycling season has started? Phil buys two new bikes.
post #5 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by evansilver
how do you know cycling season has started? Phil buys two new bikes.
Just ONE....so far.
post #6 of 26
What's the plan?
swap
-parts?
-lies?
ride?

Look for a Solitude T-shirt & an Epic messy bag.
post #7 of 26
I am working on Saturday, but I would be up for dinner afterwards. Since all will be heading south, is there some place we can meet?
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Comprex, I made tentative plans to do some hiking early afternoon. If that changes I'm up for a ride. I know Evan and Ace, I'll look for them and you, and maybe we can all meet up. Just watching the people there, after you make the rounds and score some goodies, is all part of the fun.

Phil, I'd be up for that, got a place and time in mind?
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey comprex, it'll be chilly for just a t-shirt. Temps just hit 45 here, but I'll look for an Epic bag.

Phil, if you're still interested (drinks or chow), give a call during the day.
post #10 of 26
Any good scores?
post #11 of 26
Heh. Not for my part, just a few 110 bcd rings. Saw a dry suit, could've used it. :
post #12 of 26
Congrats guys.
It's year round here.
post #13 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by carbonissimo
Congrats guys.
It's year round here.
With all those [cough]hills[/cough] to train up (to), perhaps you Fla guys ought be grateful for the extra months?
post #14 of 26
This 'Florida guy' is fortunate to do all of his climbing in Park City.
post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by carbonissimo
This 'Florida guy' is fortunate to do all of his climbing in Park City.
We really need to go for a spin one of these days. I'm just over the other side of the hill....

L
post #16 of 26
That would be cool Lonnie.
Think they'll pave Guardsman's?

I'll think about that this morning during my bridge climbs.
I'm heading out now.
post #17 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by carbonissimo
That would be cool Lonnie.
Think they'll pave Guardsman's?
Let's hope not!

Guardsman Pass gets its cool factor from the fact that it's still unpaved. It's perfect for a 'cross bike, and a fun (if somewhat masochistic) challenge on a roadie.

Back to the Mid Atlantic: wish we had swaps like the Allentown one down here in the greater DC area. We have some small-scale ones, but even with the large cycling community down here, there's nothing on a par with the Allentown swap or any of the VeloSwap events. 'Tis a shame....

And given the nearly-non-existant winter down here, the cycling community never really put the bikes away for the winter. I think I rode more miles between November and March than I skied this winter - a first in my history.
post #18 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by songfta
And given the nearly-non-existant winter down here, the cycling community never really put the bikes away for the winter. I think I rode more miles between November and March than I skied this winter - a first in my history.
Except for that stint in December. We had some warm days after the two snowfalls, and I made the mistake of thinking the bike path would have cleared up. Nooooooooo. It was nice and coral-reefed from the walkers. Is was clear ice coral. Worse than any ski trail I've ever been on. So my mistake was to hop on my bike for my 17 mile commute to work. I went down once on the way to work and twice on the way home. Brutal, it was! Other than that, a lousy ski season means a good winter for biking.
post #19 of 26
Okay mid-atlantic road bikers, what event rides do you participate in? While I'd rather have knobbies on the dirt, I like the social aspect of road rides too. And the spinning is good for the innards.

I missed everything last summer/fall because of the triplets which were born in Sept, but I usually ride the Seagull Century (Salisbury MD to Assateague Island and back), the Civil War (Thurmont/Gettysburg), the Reston (hotter'n hell, but close to home), and have done the Great Pumpkin ride in Warrenton a few times, but it gets a really low turn out. There's a couple other rides in So PA and northern MD that look fun (the Covered bridge????, eat a peach, and other rides), but I've never done them.

I thought about joining up with the Reston bike club, but with my schedule now, I can't get out when they ride. And since I can bike commute, I don't really feel the need to make a lot of extra time for riding.
post #20 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
Except for that stint in December. We had some warm days after the two snowfalls, and I made the mistake of thinking the bike path would have cleared up. Nooooooooo. It was nice and coral-reefed from the walkers. Is was clear ice coral. Worse than any ski trail I've ever been on. So my mistake was to hop on my bike for my 17 mile commute to work. I went down once on the way to work and twice on the way home. Brutal, it was! Other than that, a lousy ski season means a good winter for biking.
Heh. Shovel-capable pack + army surplus shovel. (Came in durn useful on the Crescent).

Next year I'm tossing in some klister, too. If it works for RC car tires . . .
post #21 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
what event rides do you participate in? While I'd rather have knobbies on the dirt, I like the social aspect of road rides too. And the spinning is good for the innards.
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With the notable exception of Poolesville & Thurmont, the Atlantic rides are fixed-gear friendly (tri bar friendly too, for the wind).

Other possibles:

May

28 Wilderness Ride, Blacksburg, VA
www.mountainsofmisery.com

28 Mountains of Misery Ride, Blacksburg, VA
www.mountainsofmisery.com


June

10 PATUXENT RIVER RURAL LEGACY RIDE
http://ohbike.org/events/rural_legacy_eflyer.html

18 TBA's Knott's Island Century, Chesapeake, VA
http://www.tbarides.org/

18 Bay to Bay Ride; Betterton, MD
27/50/78/ 86/104 Lions Club Leader
http://active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1294251


July

8 Big Walker Century Ride
Wythe & Bland Counties, VA
http://www.bigwalkercenturyride.com/

29? To the Rescue-Toano
http://www.rideva.com/rescueride/

29 Dream Ride Lancaster
http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Dre...Lancaster.html

August

5 Mountain Mama Century
http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/

19 200-mile Nightmare Tour, Lancaster, PA
http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Nightmaretour.html

19 Cumberland Valley Century, Clear Springs, MD
http://www.bikecvcc.com/cvcc_century.html

20 Covered Bridge Metric; Lancaster, PA
http://www.lancasterbikeclub.org/cbm.php

26 Shorefire Century--Middletown, DE
http://www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org/.../shorefire.htm

(Also the date for NY 100K skate, so I doubt I'll be riding)

September

3 Tour de Valley, Shenandoah Valley, VA.
www.milepostzero.homestead.com

TBD Civil War Century
Baltimore Bicycling Club

10 NYC Century Bike Tour
Transportation Alterntives, New York City
www.nyccentury.org

10 Shenandoah Valley Century
http://www.svbikeclub.org/century/century.htm

10 Southern Maryland Century, Indian Head, MD
http://ohbike.org/century/index.htm

17 Potomac Pedalers Touring Club 100: Historic Back Roads Century
http://bikepptc.org/

TBD Shoo-Fly Classic
Berks County Bicycle Clubs
Lehigh Valley Velodrome
Trexlertown, PA
http://www.berksbicycle.com/shoofly.htm

TBD Artie Levin Century Rides
Buchanan, VA
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
http://www.bikeride.com/calendar/event.asp?id=197

October

1 Cannonball Century--Fredericksburg Cyclists Club
http://bikefred.com/CBC/cbc.html

Also the date of Athens to Atlanta road skate, doubt I'll miss that)

7 Seagull Century; Salisbury, MD
http://www.seagullcentury.org/

29 Powhatan's Tour de Vin (metric century)
http://www.powhatanchamberofcommerce.org/TourDeVin.htm

28 Between the Waters
http://www.cbes.org

(TNX Dave Torres for the links)
post #22 of 26
Wow - GREat list


I rode the wimpy version of the Mountain Mama in Monterey, VA a few years ago - thinking about trying it again this year. But I'm fatter now than I was then.

(That was the year the woman was killed when she crossed the center line.)
post #23 of 26
Fantastic list Comprex. I'm going to email that to my riding buddies!
post #24 of 26

couple of updates. races in red.

Other possibles:

May
28 Wilderness Ride, Blacksburg, VA
www.mountainsofmisery.com
28 Mountains of Misery Ride, Blacksburg, VA
www.mountainsofmisery.com


June
3 CSC Invitational, Arlington VA
http://www.arlingtonsports.org/home.html


10 PATUXENT RIVER RURAL LEGACY RIDE
http://ohbike.org/events/rural_legacy_eflyer.html

17 Viewtrail 100, Berlin MD
http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1285972

18 TBA's Knott's Island Century, Chesapeake, VA
http://www.tbarides.org/

18 Bay to Bay Ride; Betterton, MD
27/50/78/ 86/104 Lions Club Leader
http://active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1294251


July

8 Big Walker Century Ride
Wythe & Bland Counties, VA
http://www.bigwalkercenturyride.com/

29? To the Rescue-Toano
http://www.rideva.com/rescueride/

29 Dream Ride Lancaster
http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Dre...Lancaster.html

August

5 Mountain Mama Century
http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/

19 200-mile Nightmare Tour, Lancaster, PA
http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Nightmaretour.html

19 Cumberland Valley Century, Clear Springs, MD
http://www.bikecvcc.com/cvcc_century.html

20 Covered Bridge Metric; Lancaster, PA
http://www.lancasterbikeclub.org/cbm.php

26 Shorefire Century--Middletown, DE
http://www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org/.../shorefire.htm

(Also the date for NY 100K skate, so I doubt I'll be riding)

27 Reston Bike Century, Reston VA
http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/ <- flawed link

September

3 Tour de Valley, Shenandoah Valley, VA.
www.milepostzero.homestead.com

TBD Civil War Century
Baltimore Bicycling Club

10 NYC Century Bike Tour
Transportation Alterntives, New York City
www.nyccentury.org

10 Shenandoah Valley Century
http://www.svbikeclub.org/century/century.htm

10 Southern Maryland Century, Indian Head, MD
http://ohbike.org/century/index.htm

17 Potomac Pedalers Touring Club 100: Historic Back Roads Century
http://bikepptc.org/

TBD Shoo-Fly Classic
Berks County Bicycle Clubs
Lehigh Valley Velodrome
Trexlertown, PA
http://www.berksbicycle.com/shoofly.htm

TBD Artie Levin Century Rides
Buchanan, VA
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
http://www.bikeride.com/calendar/event.asp?id=197

October

1 Cannonball Century--Fredericksburg Cyclists Club
http://bikefred.com/CBC/cbc.html

Also the date of Athens to Atlanta road skate, doubt I'll miss that)

7 Seagull Century; Salisbury, MD
http://www.seagullcentury.org/

29 Powhatan's Tour de Vin (metric century)
http://www.powhatanchamberofcommerce.org/TourDeVin.htm

28 Between the Waters
http://www.cbes.org

(TNX Dave Torres for the links)
post #25 of 26
The Covered Bridge Metric Century sounds like fun. I wonder what my schedule is going to be like in August....
post #26 of 26
Doc Frau, if you can't make that one, the BBC's Civil War one is very rewarding.

The climb up the back of Ski Liberty makes one really learn new respect for a 600' hill, the Gettysburg loop is fantastic because you miss all the walking, driving and bus tours and there should be at least one route with 12 miles of downhill. Wheee!
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