January and February, 2019

Welcome to the GSW Web Site

Happy New Year

Now's the time to Register for the Seacoast Century Weekend, September 20-22nd, 2019

Read More at 2019 Seacoast Century HomePage

2019 Seacoast Century - September 20-22, 2019

Planning for our 46th Seacoast Century Weekend is underway. We're looking at using the same route as last year which includes traveling along the Piscataway River on the 100 mile route. We plan to open registration in February 2019. Donna would like to work with another volunteer to pass on her experience in 2019. Other Planning Team roles available include leads for Purchasing Food & Supplies, Merchandise Sales and Volunteer Coordination. There are good references/guides and coaching available to those stepping into these jobs. We'll be setting up the 2019 SignUp link to volunteer for the Century. Once the link is ready for 2019, you can scroll through the volunteer tasks and choose one (or several!) that you'd be interested in.

We need to continue and expand our strong base of GSW volunteers involved in the Century. It is a good way to meet and work with other Club members across the state, earn a free Century ride, tee shirts, soup and as many pbj sandwiches as you like. We use almost 100 volunteers prior and during the Century. Last year local volunteer groups in Eliot helped fill support our rest stop there and several Kittery church groups expressed interest in helping us at Fort Mc Clary in 2019.

If you are interested in getting involved, or have questions, please contact the Seacoast Century Coordinator, Molly Lunn Owen molly.lunn.owen@gmail.com or
Donna Hepp dhepp3@gmail.com

2019 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally planned for once a month from 7-9 p.m. The agenda is flexible but usually follows some basic guidelines:

Introduction of all attendees
Brief review of recent and upcoming GSW events
Update on BWA-NH bicycling advocacy and education efforts
Short program on bike maintenance, products, nutrition, cycling tips,etc.
Question and answer period
Social time to “mix and mingle”

Free snack items including pizza are provided by the GSW.

Mark your calendars and join us for a full season of interesting meetings in different places. Please see our listing of GSW Sponsors for exact locations and phone numbers.

No rides or meetings scheduled for January and February
Happy New Year! See you in Spring

See directions to Concord Crossing on Meetings Page

Ideas for agenda items / speakers for the Social Information Meetings are always welcome.

As for all GSW general meetings, members and guests are welcome to socialize, meet Board members and ride leaders, learn more about the club, and enjoy some free snacks.

For more information about a meeting or the club in general, contact the Granite State Wheelmen at: GSW-office@comcast.net,
or call 603-898-5479.

GSW Board of Directors

2019 Election Results for GSW Leadership Positions

The annual GSW election for 2019 Officers and Standing Committees occurred at the October 8 th General Meeting. Ballots were forwarded to Club members on October 1 st electronically (425 members) and by regular mail (2). Candidates provided statements for Officer positions and several others. Use of electronic ballots provided confidentiality. We had a record level of participation in the election with 31% (132) of our 427 members voting (425 electronic ballots, 2 were sent paper ballots).  These election results were shared at the October General meeting.

The number of candidates for 2019 GSW leadership positions indicates strong interest in shaping the future of the Club. Our thanks to all the candidates for stepping up to offer assistance to GSW. Special thanks to Jeff Mc Killip who found the Election Runner software tool and set up the election process and Dave Topham for help with the GSW mailing list and reminders. Here's a link to the vote tally: https://vote.electionrunner.com/election/17Yoq/results . For questions, contact Donna Hepp who supervised the election.

2019 GSW Board and Committees Election Results:


President: Dave Topham
Vice President: Bill Hayne
Treasurer: Dave Howard
Recording Secretary: Patty Tompkins
Social Secretary: Joanna Bligh

Standing Committees:

Banquet & Awards Coordinator: Molly Lunn Owen
Charity & Invitational Coordinator: Laurie Daley
Club Mileage and Commuting Mileage: Hetty Andrews
GSW Office Assistant: Judi Hull
Merchandising Chairperson: Joanna Bligh
Memberships / Office: Dave Topham
Newsletter Editor: Laurie Daley
Newsletter Mailing: Dave Topham
Publicity Coordinator: Patty Tompkins
Rides Coordinator: Mark St. Denis
Safety & Education Coordinator: Open
Seacoast Century General Coordinator: Mark MacKenzie
Seacoast Century Volunteer Coordinator: Donna Hepp
Web Publisher: Barbara Amos
Weekend Events: Marguerite Orazi

E-Bike and Rail Trail Legislation Moving Forward

The GSW is assisting the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH with inputs to new legislation to clarify e-bike categories and use while also supporting an updated NH rail trail plan. Together, these two bills will help cyclists (on e-bikes or not) have the opportunity to ride and explore more places “legally” as e-bikes will be known as not being “motor vehicles.” The Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes will be classified as “bicycles” under NH law while the “high-end” (over one HP and electrically driven speeds over 20 MPH) e-bikes will remain in the OHRV category. Meanwhile, the NH rail trail plan, last updated in 2005, seeks to update the rail trail inventory, define allowed usage, and create an economic impact study highlighting benefits of rail trails. More cyclists each year are seeking quieter and safer routes away from drunk, drugged, distracted, and deliberate motorists causing many crashes with very serious results. We feel the time has come for legislation to catch up with technology plus what is actually used and wanted by the bicycling community.

Stay tuned for additional updates. Please plan to support our efforts via email, calls, letters, and speaking at hearings when scheduled in Concord. You can join BWANH and receive monthly e-newsletters for timely updates on this topic and a lot more by visiting https://bwanh.org .

Submitted by Dave Topham, BWANH Board member, dave@bwanh.org

GSW Club Ride with GPS Account

In bygone years, the GSW used hand-drawn or photocopied paper maps for some of our routes but they were not available except for a given ride or event. With modern technology you can now have access to over 90 GSW routes on your home computer, tablet, smartphone, or Garmin bike computer at no cost over your basic GSW membership. And if you develop a good route just by riding it, you can email it to the GSW for inclusion in our route library for all members to access!

The GSW Club Ride with GPS account was created in April 2017. As a GSW member starting at $15.00 per year, you can use the full set of "Premium" RwGPS options valued at $80.00. These include:

-- Routes sorted as desired by name, starting location, distance, and/or elevation with available downloadable maps, cue sheets, and GPS files for your Garmin or similar bike computer.

-- Smartphone apps for Android and iPhone devices provide interactive navigation while cycling with turns indicated via maps and voice. (Using a Bluetooth earbud and backup battery can be helpful.)

-- Use your own free personal RwGPS account to plan or log your rides with trip details uploaded from your bike computer or entered manually from your computer or smart device.

-- Share your favorite route by simply emailing a link to the GSW-Office@comcast.net . After review, your ride will be added to the club library of routes for other members to access. Be sure to send your “route” with cue sheet and navigation aids, not just your “ride” that does not capture important details.

To get started:

Go to   ridewithgps.com   then login to your existing personal account or sign-up for a free Ride with GPS “Starter” account.

After you are signed-in with your existing or new account, click this link http://bit.ly/2oEP3Zd to add your name to the GSW account. You will immediately have full use of the GSW Club Ride with GPS account including our growing library of GSW routes and all these features:  https://ridewithgps.com/help/club-benefits .

A GSW logo will appear in the lower left panel of your personal RwGPS home page -- click the logo to access the Club page. (Hint: Open a second tab in your browser to easily switch between your personal and GSW Club RwGPS accounts.)

Privacy counts! This GSW Club Ride with GPS account is for GSW members only. The listed rides and personal information will not be available to the public, sold, used, or otherwise targeted for spam.

Disclaimer: The GSW is not responsible for the accuracy of posted rides, road or traffic conditions, accidents, or any liability concerning use of the route library. Ride leaders are encouraged to schedule club rides using the listed routes and doing so counts toward personal club mileage totals via the usual ride sign-in sheets and club guidelines. Simply riding on a listed route without it being a scheduled ride in Pedal Talk or MeetUp will not count as club mileage.

Enjoy all the GSW "perks" -- and cycle safely!

Gravel bikes and rail trails are “In” – so where do you go?

The State of NH has an ever-expanding network of rail trails, some paved, most hard-packed gravel thanks to thousands of volunteer hours and private funds combined with some Federal and State grants. The most ambitious and longest project is the Granite State Rail Trail from Salem to Lebanon, some 115 miles which is about 60% completed now but the sections are not all connected. To view the details of surface, parking, trailheads, etc., visit the Facebook page at:


If you wish to explore unpaved, gravel roads in scattered locations around the state to stay away from most distracted drivers without “being confined” to a rail trail, check out the new unpaved road layer on the NHDOT on-line Interactive Bicycle Route Map and instructions at:


To learn more about specific NH roads including who owns and maintains them, average daily traffic counts, and more, visit: http://gis.dot.nh.gov/projectviewer/

Information available via the above resources can make your cycling.

Nashua River Rail Trail

Rail Trails Picking Up Steam

Have you noticed all the development of NH rail trails in recent years – and the number of bicyclists, walkers, runners, roller-bladers, and skateboarders using them? Users of all ages from 5 to 95 are seen out there on the non-motorized rail trails. Just getting away from drunk, drugged, distracted, and deliberately-aggressive motorists can be a prime reason in popularity while health, exercise, lack of noise, fumes, and dust pollution are more reasons. Of course, rail trails are not for everyone! They don’t “go everywhere” like public roads as needed for commuting and active transportation, plus some recreational cyclists find them boring – too straight, often “in the woods”, grades not over 4%, and the surface might not be paved. That said, there is a definite up-tick in the sales of hybrid and gravel bikes as more and more people are exploring rail trails and dirt roads. On the flip side, road bike imports and sales have fallen between 7-14% in the past two years based on industry reports. Those of us riding road bikes seem to be dwindling in numbers due to perceived angers, age, families, health, or general interest. For whatever the reasons, our GSW headcount is declining with loss of about 200 in the past five years now having about 400 active memberships as we enter 2018. Any idea of ways to turn around this trend? Read More HERE

Rail Trail Etiquette

With more and more people using the rail trails in New Hampshire thanks to on-going development and a lot of hard work by volunteers, we hear of incidents which make biking or walking on the trails less than the best experience. Sometimes guidelines are posted at trailheads, parking lots, etc. but they are commonly not seen or ignored if they are seen and read – unfortunately. The following list has been compiled from various on-line sources and might provide some guidance for the next time you are using a rail trail – or at least you could tell someone else about established guidelines. Just like on-road cycling, a little common sense and courtesy goes a long way! See Tid-bits page

Why do Tandems go faster down hill than single bikes?

If you answered “gravity” you are only partly correct. Galileo showed in the 1600's that, in the absence of air resistance, two objects of different mass, when simultaneously dropped from the same height, will land at the same time. Did Galileo not ever experience a tandem rolling down hill??? At the risk of readers ignoring this article and going directly to their club mileage, I am going to introduce a little physics. First, the difference between mass and weight. In the imperial system pounds are used for both mass and weight—very confusing. Mass is the amount of matter present. Let’s say you have the mass of 50 kilograms (kg) (at one time I am sure this was your mass). Earth’s gravity will tug at you with a force of about 500 Newtons (N). If you were taken up into deep outer space your mass would still be 50 kg, but your weight or force due to gravity would be 0 N. You would be weightless, but with unchanging mass.
Read More HERE

Get Connected

Here's how YOU can join the conversation:

Our Facebook page and other social media are up and running with many interesting postings already. Your involvement on our various social media platforms helps GSW make a difference. Please like, share, tag and submit pictures from your rides, etc.




Read more about Meetup HERE

Read more about Strava HERE


Join the GSW E-Group
Simply send a message to:
You will then have Club notices
sent directly to your e-mail account.

Pedal Talk Delivery Options

How do you like to receive our bi-monthly GSW Pedal Talk newsletter?

Options are available for 1 and 3 year memberships.

1 year memberships
$15.00 Electronic Pedal Talk newsletter via email
$25.00 Printed Pedal Talk newsletter via USPS “snail mail”
$25.00 Dual Delivery option

3 year memberships
$40.00 Electronic Pedal Talk newsletter via email
$70.00 Printed Pedal Talk newsletter via USPS “snail mail”
$70.00 Dual Delivery option

Some people don’t want anything on paper but rather like the speed of email delivery, lower cost, and wish to be as “green” as possible. About 70% of the GSW has now “gone electronic.”

Other people “hate” email, don’t use a computer, want nothing to do with the Internet, and/or like the convenience of taking the paper version of Pedal Talk with them wherever they go.

Some members have expressed an interest in receiving both versions of Pedal Talk delivered for on-line reference and having the paper newsletter on the coffee table, in their car, or wherever. This “dual delivery” option is available at no extra cost above the normal “paper rate.” If you are interested in this option and are currently receiving the paper Pedal Talk via mail, just let me know and I will code your membership record accordingly. Anyone joining the GSW or renewing their membership at the $25.00 / $70.00 “paper rate” should request the “dual delivery” option if interested.

We aim to please our members, so “have it your way!”

Dave Topham,
GSW Memberships, 603.898.5479,

Rider Mileage Information HERE

Link to Notices of Interest to Concord Cyclists


Are you Curious about Yoga?

Our Pedal Talk Editor, Laurie Daley is also a certified Yoga Instructor! Click HERE for more information

Click on the rides links above or select the category of your choice in the left-hand column then join the fun! Are you wondering how to get started with the GSW? Check out the "Where Do I Start?" page for some suggestions. Please view our Meetings page. Once you see everything offered by the GSW you may just wish to join the club for only $15.00 a ear. Click over to the Memberships page to read more about the club. Check out our many rides and events including some local bicycling news and non-bicycling activities listed on our Special Events, Weekend Events, and "Tid-Bits" pages.

You may be interested in some of the many rewarding opportunities to volunteer in club activities. Check Volunteer Ops.

Comments welcome!

Don't see a ride to your liking? Then volunteer to lead your favorite rides,sharing it with new friends. GSW is always looking for energetic, creative volunteers.
Check out our site, and let us know what you think. Please e-mail your comments or ideas to the Web Publisher

Updated 12/31/2018

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary
GSW Meetup

Club Ride with GPS
Routes Library


2019 Seacoast Century
Seacoast Century2018 Review

Info for Concord Members

Rider Mileage


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





In 2010 Linda Gould, a long time member of the GSW, rode the Great Lakes/Northern Tier Route from Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read More HERE

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

H. G. Wells