March and April , 2016

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

Click the link below
for our March and April Rides Calendar Summary

Rides Calendar - Summary for March and April
Ride details are sent to all members and guests upon request.

Click the link below
for our May and June Rides Calendar Summary

Rides Calendar - Summary for May and June

Please email the GSW Office for a listing so you
can try our rides, then join the club !

Seacoast Century Registration Open!

Nubble Light

Cycle New England's coast with us!
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 - 25

-  Scenic 100, 63, 50 and 25 mile routes along the New Hampshire   and Maine coast with some short inland loops.

-Low price ($45 plus small registration fee until July 31st) covers both days and a hot bowl of soup at the end of the day. Ride either day or both. That's a great deal!

Volunteer and Ride for free! Details on SCC homepage
- Registration is now open!    

Based on Rider Feedback, we're continuing Early Check-In, the Saturday Bike EXPO and will include a Bowl of Soup with your Registration.    

    • Early check-in on Friday evening 4-6 PM  (in addition to Sat & Sun from 7AM)
    • After-Ride Activities  are set for   Saturday  including a  Bike EXPO  (Bikes, gear, clothing, tours, trails, Clubs, training, health info and more)
    • Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup at Hampton Beach State Park as you wait for friends or swap stories at the end of your ride.
    • More Social Media options for information and conversations about the Seacoast Century

We appreciate your suggestions and plan to put many of them to work in 2016.  Thanks for the 2015 Rider Survey feedback.

Questions?   Check the information and our SCC homepage

Seacoast Century EXPO Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities:
If you are interested in EXPO vendor or Century Sponsor opportunities, contact Donna Hepp at

2016 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are 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.

- Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
National Safety Council of Northern NE
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. ,
Concord, NH

- Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Gus' Bike Shop
55 Lafayette Rd.
No. Hampton, NH

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:,
or call 603-898-5479.

We hope to see you soon!
GSW Board of Directors

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

Of course, new social media folks should always join the parent GSW CLUB to receive the GSW newsletter (Pedal Talk), for insurance purposes, for discounts, and other advantages. See Membership Info

Message from Publicity

Fellow members, As you know I am Tony Attardo, the GSW Publicity Chair and am writing to encourage you to check out our Facebook page. 

“What is Facebook you ask? “

Facebook is one of the online social networking websites. It provides you a platform, to connect to others with a common interest, building a social relation among people whom you don't know each other til yet. You can share your thoughts or ideas on cycling, or any other event you wish to share with others, post photographs of cycling events, even grandchildren, dogs, cats, and more. A great feature of Facebook is that the messages you send have the potential to spread not just to GSW members but to friends of GSW members—known as the “multiplier effect.” Not only does this “multiplier effect” have the ability to spread the GSW brand, it also acts as a validation from a friend.

The principle at work here is people have always relied on their friends to guide their decisions and to discover new ideas, including what to buy, where to go, who to meet. It is certainly a powerful tool to tell others about our cycling rides and social meetings. Come check us out and help tell others about GSW. Not sure how?  Click below.

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!”

Dave Topham,
GSW Memberships, 603.898.5479,

Open Board Positions

Please think about becoming our Recording Secretary or Social Secretary. Is one of these positions right for you?
For more information contact

Rider Mileage Information HERE


GSW Bylaws Updated

The GSW Board has proposed multiple changes to GSW Bylaws, the first set of revisions in 14 years!

The changes are indicated in red in the linked 11-page PDF file.  Additional proposed changes and corrections from GSW members are welcomed until June 1, 2016 after which the GSW Board will conduct a final review to fully implement and file the updated bylaws.  Use this link to access the bylaws update page on our web site:

Please submit comments, corrections, and requested changes on the bylaws via email to  or "snail mail" sent to:

Granite State Wheelmen
215 S. Broadway # 216
Salem, NH 03079-3322

Thanks for your attention, and "happy reading!"

GSW Board of Directors

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


GSW Ride Leader
Credit Guidelines Updated

Effective March 1, 2011, the GSW Ride and Mileage Credit Guidelines enacted on April 12, 2004 are hereby amended. Section I, item 9 has been modified as follows and item 10 is deleted.

9. In the event of a scheduled ride having no one attend except the ride leader, that ride will not be allowed mileage or ride leader credits. A minimum of two people (the ride leader plus one other rider) are required to allow credits. One erson riding alone is not considered a club ride but rather is a fun or personal ride. Options include rescheduling the ride to a time and place for better attendance or else eliminating the ride from the schedule due to a lack of interest by the club membership or guest riders. The above clarification was reviewed and approved by the GSW Board of Directors on February 19, 2011. If there are any questions, please ontact the GSW President.
Please see the updated guidelines
R & M Guidelines

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 2/29/2016

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Cue Sheet Archive


2016 Seacoast Century Registration

Info for Concord Members

Rider Mileage


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





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H. G. Wells