March and April, 2014

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

Click the link below
for our March/April Rides Calendar S

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

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

2014 Tri-State Seacoast Century
September 20-21
Registration opens on March 1

Click HERE to register now!


2014 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally planned for the second Monday of the month, March through October, 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.

- March 10 S&W Sports, Concord

- April 14 Safety & Health Council of Northern NE, Concord
See the Meetings Info Page for driving directions

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

Off-Season Pizza Parties for Salem Area
GSW Members and Guests

Starting on November 5, Salem-area GSW members and guests are encouraged to meet twice a month through the winter on the first and third Tuesdays, 6:00 PM, at the Route 97 House of Pizza, 11 Ayers Village Road, Methuen MA, 3.5 miles east of Route I-93 Exit # 2.. 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 1, 2014. (The weekly Methuen evening rides start on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.)

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 less than $5.00, you can eat, have a few laughs, and swap some stories. Bring a friend along and join our informal little party!


MAP-21 Workshop – March 20, 2014

Are you interested in learning about federal funding to improve bicycling and walking in your community?

Advocacy Advance – a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and Alliance for Biking & Walking – is facilitating a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop in Concord, NH on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Read More about the MAP-21 Workshop HERE

Traffic Skills 101
Classes in April and June, Portsmouth and Concord!

The popular Traffic Skills 101 bike safety classes are back.  Two classes have been scheduled, at two different locations, as follows:

April 26-27th --  Portsmouth, NH

June 14-15th -  Concord, NH

For more information about Traffic Skills 101 see Advocacy page

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


>>>>>2013 GSW Mileage >>>>>

IS YOUR MILEAGE CORRECT? It is your responsibility to make sure your mileage is correct. To insure that your mileage is correct in Pedal Talk you must record your mileage after each ride on the ride sheets provided by the ride leader. If the sign-up sheet is not around, call your ride leader immediately to record your mileage on the sheet. If unable to reach the ride leader, then call Hetty Andrews at 603-889-3222 or email: to get credit.

It is also your responsibility to print your name legibly on the ride sheet. If I cannot read the name, you will not get credit. Rides must be listed in Pedal Talk for the mileage to count with GSW. If you have a question about your mileage, feel free to call me. If you send a printout of the dates, locations and mileage, I will be glad to compare it to the computer records. Sometimes sign-up sheets have not been received. If you have a single GSW membership and a spouse/significant other, son or daughter goes on a ride with you, please indicate that relationship on the sign up sheet, so he or she will get mileage credit.

RIDE LEADERS: It is very important that you do not hold ride sheets and send them all in at once for the month. Please ubmit sheets on a weekly basis. Also, all sheets must be in to me before the deadline of Pedal Talk to be accounted for in the mileage totals. Also note: Mileage pedaled on exploratory rides earns mileage credit.

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

Become the New GSW President

Develop your leadership skills — Build up your resume.
Bring the GSW to new heights.
Send in your name for nomination to:
or to:
Granite State Wheelmen
215 S. Broadway # 216
Salem , NH 03079 -3322

Get up-to-the-minute GSW Club Notices!

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


GSW mileage tracking year ended September 30, 2013
October 1 starts the 2014 mileage tracking season.

What is Commuter Mileage?

Commuter mileage includes using your bicycle, rather than a motor vehicle, for transportation on any errand or to reach any destination such as work, school, shopping, to pay a bill, or to reach a GSW ride site, etc. The GSW encourages commuting and recognizes high mileage commuters at the Annual Fall Banquet. Commuter mileage is tracked from October 1st through September 30th of the following year.

Hetty Andrews
44 Deerhaven Dr.
Nashua , NH 03064

 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 year. 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 2/28/2014

Granite State Wheelmen


Vice President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

Cue Sheet Archive


2014 Seacoast Century

2013 Century Review

Info for Concord Members


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





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

H. G. Wells