Thursday Night Ride

Bike Ride in Tiverton and Little Compton!!

When:  Thursday, August 1st 

Where:  Meetup at the Tiverton Library – 34 Roosevelt Avenue (drive south on Stafford Road to 177, Bulgarmarsh Road – take left at Roosevelt Ave to the Library)

Time:  Meetup at 5:45pm – Ride starts at 6:00pm

Ride will be approximately 20+ miles – and a 16 mi cut off.  Ride is arrowed.  Make sure to bring water and because it is an evening ride a head light and a blinkie for safety i good to have.  Ride will go to South Shore Beach in Little Compton – All on road ride – Helmets highly recommended 
 
After the ride cyclist are encouraged to have a social at Wally’s Tap House at the end of the ride.  Wally’s is adjacent to the Library parking lot.  Wally’s has always provided their back room for us to gather.  Food, popcorn, cold drinks, all good at Wally’s.
 
For any further information contact.
 
John 
 

Monday Morning Group Ride

One of our group loves early morning bike rides on Mondays.  Some days many show, some days it’s just a couple of people.  Today was six retired bikers.  We did a casual ride on the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island.  Typically, a couple of guys cut loose on a breakaway, (with no one chasing), a couple lag behind as unofficial sags, better known in the racing world as DFLs.   Others stay in the peleton somewhere in between.   Today only the last two happened.  The peleton and the DFLs.

Not much else happened, but I took a load of photos.  No videos today.  Near the end of the ride, I remembered a place I found in the early spring before the trees sprouted their aborial foliage.  I wanted to show this place off but was in between the peleton and the DFLs.  I motioned for the two lollygaggers to stop and brought them into the woods.  While showing the sights, I noticed a young man sitting on a log and got the aroma of some weed.  He was just out for his morning tea while skateboarding the MUP.  We thought these monoliths were part of a railroad overpass but was told by the bystander that it was the foundation of some massive factory.  Whatever it was, it was a sight to see.

 

There was a lot more to see on the hot Monday morning bike ride.

Monday Morning Casual Ride

 

fort to fort 001Sort of casual.  Cut loose from the group if you wish.  It’s a straight shot on a MUP with little traffic early in the morning. No problem coasting at 19 or 20 MPH.

Monday – July 29th – Bike Ride

Where:  East Bay Bike Path

When: Meetup is at 7:45am –  Ride starts 8:00am

Meetup Place:  Take 103 to Warren – Take first left after Del’s Lemonade – Parking on left

Casual ride – there will be a small detour due to R.I. DOT cutting a tree down

Rain cancels ride

Friday Night Providence Bike Jam

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Bite into Biking P.B.J. could be a double entendre. Providence Bike Jam or….Peanut Butter and Jelly.  We made use of both meanings tonight.

The number of riders was somewhere in the mid to high forties for this ride on a beautiful Friday night.    The ride began at 7 PM, road through many of the neighborhoods of Providence, with a stop for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches provided by RI Bike Coalition. We arrived at  Long Live Beerworks, our final destination, at 10 PM. The brewery was prepared for an onslaught of 40 thirsty bicycle riders who arrived in one big group.

Providence Bike Jam Ride Friday July 26

Critical Mass Bike in Providence

This is one of my favorites. It’s a very casual ride through the neighborhoods of Providence, RI.  As usual, I’ll be starting and finishing at Ft. Hill in East Providence at 6:30PM. (Set GPS to 1 Mercer St. East Providence, RI).  It’s a bit under three miles from Burnside Park where the ride begins.

Hey there! Come join us for a social, casual-paced, group ride around beautiful Providence, RI! Rides are typically @ 10 miles with a snack/beverage break, or two!, in between.

-Meet at 6:30, leave at 7
-Route info coming soon!

P.s. you may have noticed our name is now Providence Bike Jam! We’ve been wanting to change it up for a while now, to something a little more positive and a lot more inclusive of the fun we’re really after here. All we want is to make new friends who like to ride bikes, in this fair city, while playing music. We have some new blood join the volunteer team recently, and we thought the time was now to make this transition.

Let us know if you want to volunteer: make routes for our rides, have theme ideas, make bike and PBJ related art, or something else completely that you think will help our efforts. We welcome all voices and ideas to the table, and we really can’t wait to ride with you soon. Youth, women, POC, and Spanish speakers to the front!

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Hey Bike Tourer

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That’s what I yelled when a fully loaded, or better still overloaded bike passed by as I exited the gym.  He was already past me and simply raised his hand as a greeting.  Just then another passed within three feet of me.
“Are you on tour?” I yelled.  The second biker gave me that look, raised her hand and it was obvious she was saying,  “What does it look like.

Every summer, I come across fully loaded bike touring people either going to Cape Cod and the Islands, or to Boston.  Southeastern Massachusetts is considered the most bike friendly thoroughfare getting to those places with quiet country roads and plenty of places to camp, hotel or B&B.

I caught up to Marga and Sebastian on the very unfriendly to bikes, rt 6 in Fairhaven, Ma.  I pulled along the Marga and said, “there is a bike path very close to here that parallels this busy road.  Follow me.”   They did, and I took them into the parking lot of the local Stop and Shop.

The first thing I said to the woman was that was a rhetorical question.  She smiled and said , “ya ya.”  I recognized the Dutch accent and replied in Dutch, “gazelic”.  (very cool). We talked for a good twenty minutes about their tour and of course, soccer.  They were surprised that a Yank was so knowledgeable about world football.  It’s the only sport I care to follow,, also the only organized sport I played for 40+ years.   They asked about American football and my response was that it was so slow, it’s what ambian watches to fall asleep.

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“How long have you been on the road.” I asked.  Sebastian replied “around four months. We have around four or five months more.”

They began in California, rode the Southern Tier to Florida and picked up the Atlantic Coast route.  All using the Adventure Cycling Maps.  They will cross into Canada somewhere in Maine, and ride back to the Pacific.  From there they will travel to Australia and ride there for a couple of months.

I mentioned that Brandon and I were planning a bike tour somewhere in Europe next fall.  The Netherlands is on our short list.  With that we exchanged phone number, e-mails, and touring sites we use.

Friday Night Buck Full Moon Ride

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 7/19/19.

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It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride. The full moon is actually on Tuesday the 16th.

The Details: — Date: Friday 7/19/19. — Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time: Arrive: 7:00PM — Departure: 7:15PM promptly
Sunset: 8:15PM — Moonrise: 10:19PM — Name: Full Buck Moon — Distance is flexible. Rain cancels the ride.

We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around. Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later). That’s around 22 or 23 miles round trip.

Bikes should have adequate lighting. If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out. Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.

Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.