January and February , 2018
Welcome to the GSW Web Site
There are currently no rides scheduled in January or February 2018. Look for the rides pull out section in the March / April issue of PedalTalk.
Ad-hoc rides can be found on the GSW MeetUp page.
2018 GSW Social Information & Schedule
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 meetings scheduled in January or February.
We hope to 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: GSWemail@example.com,
or call 603-898-5479.
GSW Board of Directors
Off-Season Pizza Parties for Salem Area GSW Members
Starting on November 7, Salem-area GSW members and guests are encouraged to meet once a month through the winter on the first Tuesday, 6:00 PM, at the Route 97 House of Pizza, 11 Ayers Village Road, Methuen MA. The shop is located beside Dunkin’ Donuts and is the starting point for all Tuesday evening leisurely rides in Methuen, just across the street from Salem. The last gathering for the “off-season” pizza parties will be April 3, 2018. (The weekly Methuen evening rides start on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.)
Reservations are not required, but if severe weather or travel conditions you might call Dave Topham at 603.898.9926 to learn if the pizza party is on or off. For about $5.00, you can eat, have a few laughs, and swap some stories. Bring a friend along and join our informal little party!
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: https://www.facebook.com/GraniteStateRailTrail/
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:
Information available via the above resources can make your cycling.
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 dangers, 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
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.
Newton ’s second law says that if you divide your force, (weight), by your mass you get your rate of acceleration. Read More HERE
Ride with GPS Club Account
This benefit for GSW members is now included in your membership.
For over four decades, the GSW has used paper maps and cue sheets for some of our rides but with no consistency, retention, or sharing between club members. Most weekly rides are currently “Show and Go” with no documents or files to reference on the ride or later. Members who might wish to ride a given route on their own or be a GSW Ride Leader knowing where to lead a group definitely need to know ride details and be able to access the route information easily.
To address this need, the GSW has purchased a Ride with GPS Club Account so members can share their favorite routes and access posted routes anytime via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Many features are offered, all at no cost to GSW members. Read More HERE
Board Members Needed
Are you interested in cycling? Would you like to help bring more awareness to the public about cycling and bicycling safety?
We are currently seeking more interested candidates to join our board and the open positions we have are below. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering.
OFFICERS: President, Vice president, Social Secretary,
STANDING COMMITTEES: Publicity Coordinator, Merchandise Chairperson, Safety and Education Coordinator, Seacoast Century Volunteer Coordinator
For more information email the GSW office at: GSW-Office@comcast.net
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.
PedalTalk 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!”
Rider Mileage Information 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 Tidbits page
Link to Notices of Interest to Concord Cyclists
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