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    Hey all, just wanted to chime in and maybe get some info. I've lived in\around DC all my life, but just got into biking. Does anyone know any particularly good routes to get from Kensington\NIH area to the white house?

    I've looked at some of the biking organizations\sites in the area, but I'm having trouble finding a good route. I'd do the CCT, but it's roundabout and a bit out of my way. Straight down connecticut would be great, but I think I'd fear for my life.

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    Hey Jimothy,

    I dont know that area REAL well, but what about Sligo Creek park? isnt there a trail there? or is that just way out of your area? Click the link below and check out that map. The Sligo Creek Trail seems to run from Wheaton regional park. not sure if thats near you, but I think Kensigntion isng far from there, but I also think maybe the Sligo Creek Trail goes the wrong direction for you. Hope it helps tho! http://bikewashington.org/trails/branches/index.htm


    Also: Any of you NoVa People care to do the second ride down on the page linked below, w/ the Potomac Pedalers Tuesday May 2nd @ 630 PM? Its the Cameron Run Regional Park ride. http://www.bikepptc.org/ride_schedul....html#Tuesdays
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_Rider_05
    I dont know that area REAL well, but what about Sligo Creek park? isnt there a trail there? or is that just way out of your area? Click the link below and check out that map. The Sligo Creek Trail seems to run from Wheaton regional park. not sure if thats near you, but I think Kensigntion isng far from there, but I also think maybe the Sligo Creek Trail goes the wrong direction for you....
    The trail in Sligo Creek is crap, but the Parkway is a nice ride, if you don't mind a little traffic.
    Unfortunately it doesn't help jimothy.


    Quote Originally Posted by jimothy
    ....Does anyone know any particularly good routes to get from Kensington\NIH area to the white house?

    I've looked at some of the biking organizations\sites in the area, but I'm having trouble finding a good route. I'd do the CCT, but it's roundabout and a bit out of my way. Straight down connecticut would be great, but I think I'd fear for my life.
    Beach Drive and Rock Creek Trail, then Virginia Ave at the Watergate. Best on weekends when they close parts of Beach to cars. http://bikewashington.org/routes/zoo/zoo.htm
    But of the two choices, the CCT is easier and generally faster, and only 2 miles longer. Beach/Rock Creek has several ups and downs, and the trail is narrow, crowded and, near the zoo, is not in good shape.

    I like to ride down Connecticut, but you need to be real good in traffic.
    Mass Ave is a friendlier way into town, a little wider with less traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc_rider
    The trail in Sligo Creek is crap, but the Parkway is a nice ride, if you don't mind a little traffic.

    Glad to know. Ill make it a point to avoide it. Im just curious, what makes it so "bad"? Do many riders opt to use the roadway in stead because its so bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_Rider_05
    Glad to know. Ill make it a point to avoide it. Im just curious, what makes it so "bad"? Do many riders opt to use the roadway in stead because its so bad?
    Narrow, rough paving, root-bumps, sharp turns, multple bridge crossings.
    I see bikes on both the road and the trail. On this one, I always take the road.
    But don't avoid Sligo Creek Parkway. PPTC does a nice ride called "Beach to Creek" that starts at Pierce Mill and goes up Beach Drive and back down Sligo Creek. Uses Maple Avenue in Takoma Park to climb out of the creek valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc_rider
    Narrow, rough paving, root-bumps, sharp turns, multple bridge crossings.
    I see bikes on both the road and the trail. On this one, I always take the road.
    But don't avoid Sligo Creek Parkway. PPTC does a nice ride called "Beach to Creek" that starts at Pierce Mill and goes up Beach Drive and back down Sligo Creek. Uses Maple Avenue in Takoma Park to climb out of the creek valley.
    Got it. Very cool and thanks! I see that ride listed on PPTC and it sounds like a good one. I guess id say im a CC (?) rider? Dont really know. I know im usually alittle faster than most people ive ridden with, and Im usually keeping up w/ some of the more "serious" looking cyclists ( if you know what I mean) on the trails around here, and passing quite a few people.

    I can tell you I wouldnt enjoy a bumpy ride because I have no suspension on my trek. The smoother, the better for me. Regardless, I think ill check out the "Beach to Creek" ride at some point this spring / summer.

    Thanks for the info!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocks in head
    Hi, I'm moving to the Arlington/Alexandria area (starting a job at the Patent Office June 5) and was wondering if there's any place I should look into living that's an easier commute to there (King St Metro, basically). From what I hear I shouldn't choose a place based on the paths b/c of all the peds. Are there some streets that are safer to ride on? I ride an old univega right now, but I'm building up a ross as a fixie and will probably ride that mostly if there aren't too many hills.

    This thread is great for hearing about the other groups up here, I just joined the pirates' mailing list, but I think I might be interested in some of the other stuff too.
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    Thanks people, and hope to see you on the road. Now I just need to get my fiancee to get on a a bike.
    You probably already found a place, but I wanted to second the Eisenhower Ave comment. It's a pretty good road to ride on (4 lanes with a 35 mph speed limit) and there are several apartment/condo/townhouse complexes along it (I live in one of them). Also, someone mentioned that you wouldn't want to go south of 495 since that would involve Rt 1, telegraph, or van dorn... while I certainly wouldn't want to commute by car on them, there's a bike tunnel at the Eisenhower Connector exit that goes into the neighborhood south of 495 that could make a bike commute much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_Rider_05
    Also: Any of you NoVa People care to do the second ride down on the page linked below, w/ the Potomac Pedalers Tuesday May 2nd @ 630 PM? Its the Cameron Run Regional Park ride. http://www.bikepptc.org/ride_schedul....html#Tuesdays
    I think I was either on that ride or may have passed them while I was out riding on Eisenhower. I *really* like that route, but the one time I rode with them this year seemed to be a bit slow for my taste. I'll probably give it another shot at some point to see if I just stumbled on a slow night (it's been faster when i've ridden it in the past).

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    Hey guys, I am new to the sport and was looking for some ride partners inthe NOVA area. I live in Loudoun currenty, any one wanna meet up and show me some good spots?

    thanks in advance

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    i forgot about this thread.

    When I ride on the GW parkway I usually ride between 15 an 18 mph I would guess.

    As for commuting to the patent office I live right off franconia road and I never have any problems taking franconia to van dorn to eisenhower. Comming back up the hill under 495 on van dorn can be rough during rush hour but like others mentioned you can take the path through the neighborhood instead.

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    How far are you from the Franconia-Telegraph intersection. On the weekends, we do a big loop from Old Town up to Tegraph, Route 1, GW Pkwy, Ft. Hunt Rd and back to Old Town.

    Quote Originally Posted by riskus
    i forgot about this thread.

    When I ride on the GW parkway I usually ride between 15 an 18 mph I would guess.

    As for commuting to the patent office I live right off franconia road and I never have any problems taking franconia to van dorn to eisenhower. Comming back up the hill under 495 on van dorn can be rough during rush hour but like others mentioned you can take the path through the neighborhood instead.

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    I have a 20 mile loop I do in northern Virginia, fairfax City through Springfield and back, that I'd like to post, maybe via Google Earth? Anyone have suggestions? I have the whole thing tracked on my Garmin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by man910
    How far are you from the Franconia-Telegraph intersection. On the weekends, we do a big loop from Old Town up to Tegraph, Route 1, GW Pkwy, Ft. Hunt Rd and back to Old Town.
    only about 4 or 5 miles. When and what time do you guys usually ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riskus
    only about 4 or 5 miles. When and what time do you guys usually ride?
    We usually ride before noon. We're flexible. What time's good for you?

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    The earlier the better for me. I work on Sundays so I can only ride on Saturdays during the weekend. I am off on Thursdays and Fridays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riskus
    The earlier the better for me. I work on Sundays so I can only ride on Saturdays during the weekend. I am off on Thursdays and Fridays.
    You've got PM, riskus.

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    I am in Spring and would be quite interested in seeing that route. If you can't map it is there any way you turn it into a cue sheet.

    As for the member in Springfield, I would be happy to meet you for a ride. I am not sure what your pace is, but I usually average about 12-13 mph on my non-training rides. Send me a pm if you want to meet up. I used to belong to PPTC too, so if you want some info on some of their rides let me know.
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    PPTC and OHBTC are doing a joint ride on the W&OD from Vienna to Purcellville. Saturday 8:45 am start. About 70 miles.

    We'll see if the weather cooperates. I'm not riding if bad T'storms are predicted. Last night's were enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue9607
    You probably already found a place, but I wanted to second the Eisenhower Ave comment. It's a pretty good road to ride on (4 lanes with a 35 mph speed limit) and there are several apartment/condo/townhouse complexes along it (I live in one of them). Also, someone mentioned that you wouldn't want to go south of 495 since that would involve Rt 1, telegraph, or van dorn... while I certainly wouldn't want to commute by car on them, there's a bike tunnel at the Eisenhower Connector exit that goes into the neighborhood south of 495 that could make a bike commute much easier.
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    haha long live eisenhower ave!

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    Hey, I also work at the patent office...been there for 5 years now. I live in springfield and I just bought my first roadbike, a trek 1500, a couple of weeks ago. I dont ride that bike to work though cuz I ride my motorcycle to work, its a black honda 1000RR, which I normally park between the buildings.

    Anyways, can somebody post up a ride route around springfield that I can work with? I'm still new at this and my endurance is crap.

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    Where in Springfield are you?
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    Hi there, first time at this site, first time posting. I should probably read up a bit more before I post, but... eh.

    I live on the Hill and have a great ride I've been doing for 10+ years. From Lincoln Park/Eastern Market area to Union Station, through town to start of Connecticut/K, all the way up Connecticut to E/W Highway, turn left, over to Wisconsin, turn left and take it to the bottom of Georgetown. Turn left and shoot through GTown onto Penn, soft left onto H Street, through town to Union Station and home. While it might sound specific, there's a fair amount of room for interpretation. Total ride is between 20-22 miles, and lots of hills (up and down). I usually take about 80-90 minutes to do, depending on what time it is. My ideal time is around 8:30 pm after my son has gone to bed and traffic/wind has died down.

    There are longer and shorter versions as well, but I think this is just such a killer ride because you go through most of the fun parts of DC. Anyone cares to join me, I'd welcome the company.

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    sterling around here... WOD trail isnt that bad if somebody want to try hehehe... good luck

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