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Old 09-22-05, 12:51 PM
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Newbie from D.C.

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Newbie from D.C. here. After a long absence from road biking, I have recently purchased a 2005 Orbea Marmolada. I am planning riding my bike to work 3 times a week (40 mile round trip). Okay, now the questions begin…..
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
Hi,

Newbie from D.C. here. After a long absence from road biking, I have recently purchased a 2005 Orbea Marmolada. I am planning riding my bike to work 3 times a week (40 mile round trip). Okay, now the questions begin…..
Hey GB, welcome. 40 mile round trip? Through what parts of Virginia or Maryland does your commute take you?
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Old 09-22-05, 03:19 PM
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Old 09-22-05, 07:26 PM
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Wow, that's alot of miles! (I commute about 8 miles from Fairfax Alexandria to Old Town Alexandria). Sweet bike too - the orange and carbon look is very nice!
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Old 09-27-05, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by dcbikeguy
Hey GB, welcome. 40 mile round trip? Through what parts of Virginia or Maryland does your commute take you?
Thanks everyone for the kind words. Actually rode to work for the first time today (first leg to work that is). No real problems, other than a little neck soreness.

My route....Pennsylvania Ave SE (I live in Cap Hill), past all monuments, hit the bike path at the Lincoln, path to C&O canal trail (or whatever the paved trail is called), bridge up to Chain Bridge Rd (nice big hill once you cross the bridge), Chain Bridge Rd for about 5 miles, Rt on Lewinsville Rd which turns into Springhill Rd, then presto…I'm at work in wonderful Tyson's Corner, VA. 18.7 miles one way. Left at 6:15 am this morning, got to work close to 7:40 am. Not exactly Lance Armstrong times, but hey, I'm commuting, not racing in the tour. Ha!

The only part I don't like about the ride is Chain Bridge road just past the CIA building. Lots of cars going very fast. Though at 7:15 am, traffic is not too bad. Didn't really know the ride to work was mostly uphill, until I did my test ride last week….though the ride home should be much faster.

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I did have a question about bike shops in DC/VA. What shops do people prefer? Bicycle Pro Shop in Georgetown, Revolution Cycles in Arlington, Big Wheel bikes near the Italian store, City Bikes? I have talked to the guys over at Bicycle Pro Shop, and they seemed very friendly/helpful and very knowledgeable.

Thoughts?

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Here's an alternative if you don't like Chain Briddge. Go across the river and get on the Mt Vernon trail north. There's a bridge by Teddy Rossevelt Ilnad that takes you up to Rosslyn at Key Bridge. Take the Custis trail until it meets the W&OD. You can get off at Gllows Road and follow that to Tysons. I'm not sure of the distance but Gallows is around mile 13 on the trail. Overall it might be a mile or two longer than your current ride.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Here's an alternative if you don't like Chain Briddge. Go across the river and get on the Mt Vernon trail north. There's a bridge by Teddy Rossevelt Ilnad that takes you up to Rosslyn at Key Bridge. Take the Custis trail until it meets the W&OD. You can get off at Gllows Road and follow that to Tysons. I'm not sure of the distance but Gallows is around mile 13 on the trail. Overall it might be a mile or two longer than your current ride.
Sounds like a great idea! I will definitely have to check that out. Though, I don't know what scares me more - Chain Bridge Road or the few miles I would have to ride on Leesburg Pike.....
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Big Wheel Bikes in Arlington is great, look for Mike (young Asian guy). He is really cool, very knowledgeable, and actually listens to you and values your opinion. Welcome to the Forum. Oh yeah, I think you have the option of two paved trails on your commute, the Mt. Vernon and the WOD. Which someone already pointed out. I am quite jealous of your commute. I wish mine was as scenic.
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Old 09-29-05, 09:26 AM
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Sound like you are travelling in the opposite direction to the rush hour traffic, which make things a lot pleasanter.
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Old 09-29-05, 09:42 AM
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Welcome aboard! Quite a few places around here to ride. Prince William Forest Park is a great training area if you are ever in the Dumfries area.
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We used to live in Manassas, and I am SOOOO incredibly jealous of your commute! Have fun, and stay safe!
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Old 10-09-05, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
Sounds like a great idea! I will definitely have to check that out. Though, I don't know what scares me more - Chain Bridge Road or the few miles I would have to ride on Leesburg Pike.....
You don't need to ride Leesburg Pike. Take the W&OD to Great Falls Street in Falls Church (around milepost 6.5, before you get to route 7) and take it to west. Turns into Lewinsville Road at Dolly Madison. The rest is the same as you are used to.
Westmoreland will get you there too.
Gallows Road (at mile 9.5 btw) works only if you need to get somewhere on the west side of Tysons Corner.

I used to work at 1420 Springhill Road. Are you somewhere near there?
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
I did have a question about bike shops in DC/VA. What shops do people prefer? Bicycle Pro Shop in Georgetown, Revolution Cycles in Arlington, Big Wheel bikes near the Italian store, City Bikes? I have talked to the guys over at Bicycle Pro Shop, and they seemed very friendly/helpful and very knowledgeable.

Thoughts?

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Old 10-13-05, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by cc_rider
You don't need to ride Leesburg Pike. Take the W&OD to Great Falls Street in Falls Church (around milepost 6.5, before you get to route 7) and take it to west. Turns into Lewinsville Road at Dolly Madison. The rest is the same as you are used to.
Westmoreland will get you there too.
Gallows Road (at mile 9.5 btw) works only if you need to get somewhere on the west side of Tysons Corner.

I used to work at 1420 Springhill Road. Are you somewhere near there?
Yes, 1420 Springhill Road is just down the road from my office.

I am thinking that the W&OD is going to be a great option for me once day light savings goes into effect. Thanks for the tip.

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Drink a good amount of water before your ride, and watch the four wheelers. I have been riding back and forth to work 39 miles one way for some time now, saved hundreds on gas, and lost 85 lbs. Not bad since I'm 51 years old. I'm now hooked..............good luck. You might try a padded seat for the first few weeks.
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Old 10-13-05, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
Yes, 1420 Springhill Road is just down the road from my office....
For the Springhill end of Tysons, WOD and Great Falls or Westmoreland.
Westmoreland is probably the better choice, wider with a lot less traffic. I saw someone biking Great Falls at morning rush yesterday with 20 cars behind him waiting to pass, but the bike had nowhere to move over to. Just two miles of white line and ditch.

Take the WOD into Falls Church, around milepost 6. The first or second street crossing after you cross Lee Highway / route 29 is Little Falls. Go right on Little Falls, go under I-66 and Westmoreland is left at the first light.
Stay on Westmoreland for about 3 miles until it T's at Chain Bridge Road at a TL.
Left on Chain Bridge and right at the next TL onto Great Falls.
After it crosses Dolly Madison / route 123, it turns into Lewinsville Road.
The rest you know.

I used to drive back into McLean for lunch. Don't know how the food situation is now. Most of the restaurants are pricey, but some of the delis were pretty good.
The Giant in McLean is not too far off your commute. Right instead of left at Chain Bridge Road. Put soup in a thermos or salad in tupperware and you're set.

Good luck.

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Agreed, Westmoreland sounds like the best answer. I am all for less cars. I am most likely going to ride this route tomorrow morning and see how things go, so I hopefully will not have any surprises come Monday.

My favorite place to eat in McLean is Balducci's (formerly Sutton Place Gourmet). It's never that crowded and they have wonderful soups, salad, and sandwiches.

Thanks again for the info. I will let you know how it goes


>>[QUOTE=cc_rider] Westmoreland is probably the better choice, wider with a lot less traffic. I saw someone biking Great Falls at morning rush yesterday with 20 cars behind him waiting to pass, but the bike had nowhere to move over to. Just two miles of white line and ditch.

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I used to drive back into McLean for lunch. Don't know how the food situation is now. Most of the restaurants are pricey, but some of the delis were pretty good.
The Giant in McLean is not too far off your commute. Right instead of left at Chain Bridge Road. Put soup in a thermos or salad in tupperware and you're set.
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Originally Posted by cc_rider
For the Springhill end of Tysons, WOD and Great Falls or Westmoreland.
Westmoreland is probably the better choice, wider with a lot less traffic. I saw someone biking Great Falls at morning rush yesterday with 20 cars behind him waiting to pass, but the bike had nowhere to move over to. Just two miles of white line and ditch.

Take the WOD into Falls Church, around milepost 6. The first or second street crossing after you cross Lee Highway / route 29 is Little Falls. Go right on Little Falls, go under I-66 and Westmoreland is left at the first light.
Stay on Westmoreland for about 3 miles until it T's at Chain Bridge Road at a TL.
Left on Chain Bridge and right at the next TL onto Great Falls.
After it crosses Dolly Madison / route 123, it turns into Lewinsville Road.
The rest you know.

I used to drive back into McLean for lunch. Don't know how the food situation is now. Most of the restaurants are pricey, but some of the delis were pretty good.
The Giant in McLean is not too far off your commute. Right instead of left at Chain Bridge Road. Put soup in a thermos or salad in tupperware and you're set.

Good luck.
CC Rider -

Just wanted to let you know that I finally rode Westmoreland this past Wednesday morning. The ride was fantastic. Very few cars and very easy to find once I left the WOD. This will be my new route from now on. I still will ride Chainbridge Rd occasionally, as I love riding the crescent trail through Georgetown in the mornings.

Great tip and once again, thanks for all your help.

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Glad to help.

A couple of Sundays ago I decided to try my own advice. Rode from Falls Church up Great Falls and back on Westmoreland to Kirby, then over to Arlington by way of Kirby and Chesterbrook and down to Chain Bridge. You could try it as a way home. Mostly downhill, and you would get to ride the C&O and CCT.

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If any of you ever make it out to Front Royal area to ride Skyline Drive shoot me a PM or email! Low traffic and looks of vertical climb, 2700 ft. in the first 4.5 miles. The only problems are slowing down for the deer and that it is only open from 8 AM to 5 PM until spring.
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