Ride Reports

Ride Leaders are encouraged to post reports on their rides. Members can comment on ride reports and anyone can read the reports and comments. Instructions for posting a report

You must be logged in to post a ride report. To log in, enter your Email and Password in the upper right corner and click the "Login" button. If you need a password, click Forgot Password. After you login, you will see an "Add Post" button.

Click the “Add Post” button. For the Date and Time, enter the date and start time of the ride

For Subject, enter the Month/Day - Ride Name - Class and number of miles; for example: “6/30 - No Deale Ride - B 45 miles”.

In the Body box, enter your ride report. You can enter it directly into the text box using the word-processor features on the tool bar. After you enter the report, click the “Post” button at the top or bottom of the page and your ride report will be posted on the web site. As the author of the report, you will be able to edit or add to the report.

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.

Leader: 

Members: 

Guests: 

Route: 

Weather: 

AMS: 

Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Wed, June 13, 2012 5:30 PM | Shane LaBrake
    Twenty people came to ride on a beautiful June evening.  Clear skies, pleasant dry air, temperatures only in the 70s, and a bit of a breeze close to the river made for excellent riding weather.  Joining the ride leader were Calvin and Celeste Conyers, Kirsten Watts, Randy Schoch, Azalia Butler, Jack Hammond, La'Tasha Banks, Janelle Saunders, Holly Carr, Ruddy Elly, Darryl Lowery, Richard Harrington, Jane Hudnall, Jennie Ann Swartz, Gary Swartz, Sam Perry, Ron Leak, and Peter and Jeanne Ulrich.   Everyone made it up "the hill," and there no mechanical or other issues.  The large group made for a very social ride indeed.   
  • Sun, June 10, 2012 5:00 PM | Anonymous
    ani hartini on her fast new bike, azalia and mike butler an son hank the newest oh member, diana donahue, ruthanne, larry portotis, latasha banks, herman young, calvin conyers and ride leadet Jimmy Bartlett braved  the 90 degree heat to enjoy the ride.  Watermelon was provided by the Butlers, and then a trip to BJ'ss bbq to conclude the fun.
  • Sun, June 10, 2012 9:30 AM | Linda and Bankerd
    Six people came to ride with Paul and me.  Paul, Janell and Dana rode the shorter version; Dana a little shorter.  Pat, Jan, Steve, Jon and I rode the longer version. It was a familiar route up to Bryans Road SC, past the community college on Mitchell, on up to St. Ignatius, past Johnny Boy's BBQ, Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak.  At the beginning of the dreaded Bumpy Oak ascent we varied the usual route by turning onto the IHRT and going back to the firehouse via Bensville etc.  I thought that maybe this would prove to be the flattish way back.  Of course it was not; but Jan's suggestion to use the parallel bike path on Bensville avoided the no shoulder part and the rest was pretty decent.  It was hot and humid, but we had no mechanical issues..pretty good ride all in all.
  • Sun, June 10, 2012 7:30 AM | Sylvia Pope (Administrator)
    Steven McCandless(guest), Diane Harris, Jay Lewis, Al Manley, Wesley Meredith and Ken Meredith enjoyed a great ride before the humidity and sun became intense. 
  • Sat, June 09, 2012 5:15 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    A lovely day for riding: 70s at 9, high 80s at 2:30, sunny, breezy (at times downright windy and in the wrong direction) and thankfully not humid.  I wasn't expecting many Oxon Hill members to drive up to Thurmont, and was pleasantly surprised to meet Roscoe William, Linda and Paul Bankerd and guest Andres Valencia, Joan Oppel, Deborah Bowman and Loretta Troen in Thurmont Community Park.  We made a nice group of 8 that stayed together most of the day.

    The route was a combination of new bits (getting out of Thurmont via Apple's Church over to Mud College and crossing the covered bridge on Waterworks) familiar bits from a 3 Covered Bridges ride I used to lead (until I got tired of always being dropped in the first mile) and roads dimly remembered in the Gettysburg Battlefield from rides done many years ago. 

    I tried to add the Gettysburg section to that 3 Covered Bridges ride for years, but never got it done.  For several years, the route was impassible because Red Rock Rd. was closed.  I think the new-looking bridge we crossed explains that closure.  Once, we had to abandon the effort because 40 mph winds had left everyone too exhausted to add 10 more to a 50 mile ride.

    Today's foray was not without adventure.  We crossed the covered bridge on Waterworks Rd. in style, taking a break to snap some photos - even had a visiting photographer take pictures of the group on at least three of our cameras.  Then we dealt with Paul's broken right hand STI shift cable. 

    That makes 3 for 3: Jay on Tuesday, Jim on Thursday, and now Paul today.  Can anyone see a pattern here?  Have you changed your right hand STI shift cable lately?  And do you know "the trick" for dealing with a broken cable on the road? 

    At least, Paul had a triple.  When you tie the rear cable down, you still have the front shifter, and with a triple that gives you three gears to work with.  Those three were enough to get Paul up the most significant hill on today's route (indeed, one of the most significant hills in American history), Little Round Top.  Some claim a compact double will give you the same low gear as a road triple, but when it comes to disaster recovery mode, I think the triple is the hands down winner.

    The adventures didn't stop there.  As we went on down Waterworks, photos securely captured and Paul clicking away on his newly-minted three speed, the road narrowed, we passed three bollards in the road -- OK, no problem, the covered bridge is closed to automobile traffic -- and then came to the iron bridge just before Red Rock Road.  That bridge has been closed to automobile traffic for years, too, but not for bikes -- but today they had plastic mesh netting up blocking both ends of the bridge. 

    It was easy lifting the bikes over on the near end, it was half collapsed, but it was Joan-high on the far end.  Not so easy getting the bikes up over that, especially not mine, loaded as it was with three water bottles, lunch, camera and the rest of the usual gear. 

    Energized by our successful portage, we climbed the observation tower on SE Confederate Ave. for a sweeping panoramic view of the battlefield, and then went on in search of the Comfort Station cue'd as a rest stop.  Didn't find the one we were looking for, but did find the next one at the Devil's Den -- where we ran into Loretta's husband, who had driven up with her and was touring the battlefield on his own while she rode with us. 

    After the break, it was up Round Top (not nearly as tough as I remembered from 30 years ago) then left on what we finally did establish was Wheatfield.  Navigation in the battlefield is challenging: often there are no signs, and when there are signs, they're usually 200 feet down from the corner.  This time, we had to ask.   We then went around the Wheatfield, past the Peach Orchard, and out of the battlefield on Millerstown, Red Rock back to Pumping Station, then Middle Creek, Wenschoff and Tract to Emmitsburg.

    The group stayed together, more or less (some suffering more from headwinds than others) until the rest stop in Emmitsburg, five deciding to have a sit-down lunch in a restaurant while the remaining three ate their snacks and went on after a few minutes, stopping again for a little A/C, water and a bathroom stop at Mount St. Mary's, entering Thurmont over the Roddy covered bridge.

    We set no records - in fact, some of us didn't quite make an Oxon Hill B pace today - but we did have a very enjoyable ride.  Here are a few photos from the ride:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/97916047@N00/sets/72157630090228452/show/
    and Joan's photos:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/30856149@N04/sets/72157630028575067/show/
  • Sat, June 09, 2012 2:37 PM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)
    As you can see from the previous post, this is a Steve Palinscar route provided to RuthAnne for BikeVa prep.  RuthAnne and I were joined by April and Herb Pruitt, Jon Agazzi, Eric Petersen, Jay Lewis, and Harold and Rita from PPTC.  Jay got a call  a few miles in and had to split off.  The ride did not disappoint, plenty of rollers and enough ups to get the hill workout intended.  Some great stretches of just speed and then some work. A dropped chain here and there but no problems until, at the very end, as April was pulling into the Brandywine VFD parking lot, she slipped on the gravel and went down, very nicely however.  No scrapes, etc. but, by the end of the ride, I could tell she didn't want to have to get back up.  Nice spot (not) for a lie down? A few of us from both this and the CC ride reconvened at the Italian Deli for sandwiches and conversation in their outdoor dining area in the back of the building.  A great place to talk over the ride and how we loved it.  Thanks Steve!
  • Sat, June 09, 2012 8:45 AM | Calvin Conyers (Administrator)

    Co-Ride Leaders Calvin Conyers and Herman Young were very pleased to be joined by 10 members in the CC/C group with a shared start from the Brandywine Fire House with the B group led by Janell and Ruth Ann. Under  weather perfect for riding, the route delivered on it's promise of "lot's of flats, rollers, and only reasonable hills"  we also had plenty ofnice scenary and shaded road covers.  All riders completed the ride with no mechanical problems and at or above expected times/speeds.

    Thanks to Jimmy Bartlet, Ani Hortini, Bill Blankenship, Laquinia and William Beale, Valerie Love, Brooky Givens, Diana Donahue, Latasha Banks, and Celeste Conyers for coming. Also special thanks to Diana who  (while even nursing a sore foot) rode ahead and marked turns to make certain no rider missed one.

     

  • Sat, June 09, 2012 8:00 AM | Ronald Leak
    First, I must apologize to Chantal.  The first turn on the cue sheet was supposed to be a Right and not a Left.

    I was joined by Chantal Briere, Robert Nunziata, John Choate, Diane Harris, Al Manley, Chuck Coe. Claire Chiamulera, Ken Meredith, and John Giglio on an a variation of a favorite club ride.  

    Instead of heading down to Marshall Hall, we just took Livingston done to hit part of the Tour de Accokeek route.  Once we got to Marshall Hall Road, we headed to Indian Head Highway and headed towards the town of Indian Head via Chapman's Landing.  From there we headed over to Pisgah via Smallwood Church Rd. The reststop was at the Pisgah Store for a rest stop.

    After a needed rest stop, we headed down Poorhouse to Port Tobacco and Rose Hill.  The funny thing about it was Rose Hill was not bad.  The one on Hawthorne heading into La Plata felt worse.  We met up at the Shell on 310 and Hawthorne for the last rest stop.  There we ran into Dave Kemp and chatted for a bit before getting back on the road.

    To get back we headed across 301 to Washington and up to St. Charles Parkway, down Billingsley, Middletown, 228, Beale Hill, Accokeek Rd, and Livingston back to the Accokeek Firehouse.

    Now the interesting thing about this ride was the MS 150 was going on at the same time.  We saw rides pass the Firehouse at the beginning of our ride, and on Beale Hill near the end of our ride.  The funny thing was 2 riders from the MS 150 turned onto Accokeek Road and were caught on Livingston and redirected back to the route they were supposed to take.  It is funny how not looking at a cue sheet and follow other riders.

    The pace ended up being 18.3 mph for most riders,  17.6 mph for others.

    The only issue was as stated initially.  We stayed together for the ride.
  • Fri, June 08, 2012 11:00 AM | Jackie Schoch
    Leader was Jackie Schoch and riders were, Randy Schoch, Larry Peed, Calvin, Richard Harrington, Steve Palincsar, La Tasha Banks, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Jeanne Ulrich and Brookey Love.  We had a great ride. Today was also a good day to see creatures like a young eagle, hawk and a box turtle.  We also had our picture taken at the NEW rain shelter that was built. I wish I could say it was built  just for the Friday Group since we know a lot about being caught in the rain on Fridays.

  • Thu, June 07, 2012 4:37 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    Absolutely fabulous weather today, 70-80 degrees and sunny, with any chance of rain only very late in the day.  Today the group consisted of Larry Peed, Joan Oppel, Regina and Mike Saizan, Barry Winkleman, Dave VanAmayden, Jim and Jane Hudnall, John Early, Sam Perry, Loretta Troen, Richard Harrington, Dana Middleton, guest Fred Warwick and leader Steve Palincsar.

    Bike Virginia's only a few weeks away, and here we are in the flatlands (relative to Bike Virginia, anyway!) with little opportunity to do any real hill training.  Today's route was meant to fill that gap.  According to ridewithgps, the route had 2,259 feet of climbing (although Barry's GPS only recorded something just short of 1800 feet) including Mattaponi and St. Thomas Church, Duvall and Mount Calvert, Croom Station and Cross Road Trail, with one rest stop at the Safeway located at South Osborne and Rt 301.

    The hills, such as they were (I talked up the hills before the ride start, and at the rest stop and at the end several riders expressed disappointment and asked where had the fabled hills gone to) seemed to agree with the group and helped keep them together and at a reasonable pace.  Unlike some other rides, we didn't see large breakaway A groups averaging 16 mph today; pretty much everyone stayed together and had averages around 14 mph.  We'll have to do this more often!

    Although it was a lovely day, for Jim it wasn't a particularly lucky one.  His rear shifter cable broke by the rest stop -- recall Tuesday's discussion about STI shifters and breaking cables?  This happened to him last year on the legendary "Lucky Jim" ride, and Shimano gave him a new STI unit that allegedly was free of the defect causing premature cable breakage.  (Guess the new unit has the defect as well.)  And as with last year's sequence of cascading failures, the bad luck didn't stop there.  He got a flat on the return, and discovered his spare tube had a valve stem too short for his inflator.  Fortunately, someone riding along with him had a pump that fit the valve.  But, it's off to the bike shop for a new cable, a new tube and a new tire, and let's hope the bad luck stops there. 

    And word to the wise: it's a good idea to test your pump or inflator to be sure it actually fits the tube you've brought along as a spare -- and also to be sure that spare doesn't have a hole in it, like the last two I used to fix flats on a ride!

    So let's talk about right hand integrated shift cable breakage for a minute.  Does it happen with SRAM and Campagnolo?  Or is this strictly a Shimano problem?  And what groups are prone to it?  Does it happen with the new style STI units with the cable housings that go under the bar wrap, or is it confined to the older style units with the housings that stick out sideways? 

    Two things are for sure: it's better to replace the cable before it breaks than after; and you won't get any useful warning ahead of time.  So that leaves you with preventative replacement on a time-table. 

    Obviously, although replacing the cable every time you pump up your tires would avoid the problem, but chances are that's just a big too often.  Change the cable when you clean and lube the chain?  For some that is never, so that won't do; if you're like me, that would be every 100 miles, and that's probably excessive as well.  Annually?   I guess that depends on how many miles you put on each of your bikes in a year:  I put over 5,000 miles on one of my bikes in the 10 months I've had it, and I doubt an STI cable will last that long.  Has anyone had an STI shifter cable break in less than 1,000 miles? 

    Maybe if you have had the bike a year and haven't had the cable replaced, some time in the next 24 hours and definitely before you go on the next ride would be a good time to have that done.  It's not just being stuck on the road with a two-speed; if you remember the "push the derailleur in so the chain stays on a large sprocket and hold it in place with cable tension, catching the cable under a water bottle cage" trick, you will have two useful gears, and some would say that's all you really need.  It's also that sometimes that little broken off stub of cable will jam the STI unit and you will have to buy a new one.  And that can be really painful.

    Update: Jim's cable was successfully replaced, and the shifter is now working properly again.

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