July and August , 2018

Welcome to the GSW Web Site

It's time to Register for the 2018
Seacoast Century Weekend,
Our 45th Anniversary Event
September 22-23rd!

  Here's the link to sign up:

* Important Tip: Great discount with Early Registration

Read More about the Seacoast Century HERE

Rides Calendar Summary for July and August
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
and then join the club!


2018 Seacoast Century Weekend - September 22-23, 2018

Our 45th Anniversary for the Seacoast Century is coming up and it will be great (with your help). Please consider volunteering to help with the Seacoast Century and ride for free! Here's the SignUp link to volunteer: http://signup.com/go/fOqyGGp . 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 terrific 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. What could be better! We used almost 100 volunteers in 2017 and learned a lot about juggling with adding two more rest stops. That experience positions us well for this year. With the help of our awesome GSW volunteers, local volunteer groups in Eliot, all our partners, and some outstanding weather, our Seacoast Century riders were impressed and looking forward to returning in 2018. Volunteers do not sign up for the Century on BikeReg.com. You are automatically signed up for the Century when you complete Sign Up.

The key to our past and future success with the Century is our volunteers. We need a strong Century Planning Committee as in the past and need to ask members to consider volunteering during, prior or at the conclusion of the Century. We plan to expand partnerships with local volunteer groups in Hampton, Kittery, York and Hampton to help at the Rest Stops. Youth groups at local schools and churches are looking for fund-raising opportunities and their involvement further connects cycling and our event into seacoast communities.

We are looking for folks for some key roles such as GSW merchandise, a Marking Crew Leader and an Assistant Century Coordinator to work with the Team.

If you are interested in getting involved, or have questions, please contact the Seacoast Century Coordinator, Donna Hepp at 414-837-8976 or email dhepp3@gmail.com

2018 Annual GSW Lobster F&S

The 84th Annual Granite State Wheelmen F&S lobster clambake and bicycle rides are set for Saturday, August 18!

Come to the home of Paula and Fred McLaughlin at 24 South Spring Street, Concord, New Hampster, 03301 for the tasty crustaceans. To reserve your lobster, steamers and corn, send $20 (SUCH a DEAL!) to the McLaughlins by August 13. If needed, please leave a clear message with your name and phone two times on the cell 603 848-2936.

If you don't want lobster, bring something to put on the grill. We will have cold drinks.

Rides of 20 to 50 miles of varied pace begin at 10:30 a.m. Cue sheets have been provided by the Pedaling for Payson charity ride.

For those interested in coming to the party only, the clambake begins at 1:30 p.m. Please bring lawn chairs.

( 24 South Spring Street is at the junction of Concord Street)

2018 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.

Monday, July 9, 5:30 pm optional intro rides;
7:00-9:00 pm meeting
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Road, Suite 11
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 410-5848
***Optional bike check and short ride at 5:30pm.
Meet at Concord Crossing parking lot.
Following the ride, the GSW meeting starts at 7pm

August 13, 5:30 pm optional intro rides;
7:00-9:00 pm meeting
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Road, Suite 11
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 410-5848
***Optional bike check and short ride at 5:30pm.
Meet at Concord Crossing parking lot.
Following the ride, the GSW meeting starts at 7pm

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

Congratulations to Dave Topham!

On June 1st, Dave Topham received the NH Governor's Council on Physical Activity and Health's Outstanding Achievement Award!  Most of you know Dave as one of the founders of Granite State Wheelmen and Bike-Walk Alliance of NH.  As Scot Foster, Community Strategies Coordinator, NH Department of Health and Human Services said in his introduction of  Dave, "he is everything cycling, but he's also a great person and a true professdional."  Dave has been on virtually every committee related to walking and biking in New Hampshire. Among many other accomplishments, Dave was instrumental in getting the "3-foot law" passed that requires motorists to keep a safe distance from cyclists.  You would be hard-pressed to find a bicycle and/or a pedestrian advocacy-related activity that Dave Topham did not have a hand in or in some way helped make successful.

                              Keep on pedaling Dave!

The NH Governor's Council on Physical Activity & Health was formed in 1991 by Executive Order of Governor Judd Gregg and has been continued by those holding the Governor's office since then.


Outreach Continues for GSW Leadership Positions

We are looking for candidates for GSW President, Vice President and Treasurer. Clearly, with an Acting Vice President and Recording Secretary as the only active GSW officers, we need some help here folks. If you are considering serving as a Club Officer and would like more information or have a suggestion on a potential candidate, contact Donna at dhepp3@gmail.com or phone (414) 837-8976.

On the plus side, we are pleased to have Joanna Bligh step up to serve as our Social Secretary.  We also thank Heather Hesse and Marty Janoschek for agreeing to serve as Social Media leads working with our new Publicity Chair Patty Tompkins.  Having four new volunteers this year is great, but we still need a Merchandise Coordinator and Safety-Education Chair to fill our Board.  Please contact Donna Hepp dhepp3@gmail.com   (414) 258-3287 if you can help or suggest names for potential volunteers .

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.

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 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

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.

Newton ’s second law says that if you divide your force, (weight), by your mass you get your rate of acceleration. Read More HERE

Is an E-Bike in Your Future?

Yes, e-bikes are here to stay and are becoming more popular in this country every year. There is a lot of controversy about them within bike clubs, trail users, legal circles, transportation agencies, and even insurance companies. However, a general goal of “People for Bikes” and many other organizations is to get more people on more bikes more often. If e-bikes are part of the solution, so be it. They can be a great “equalizer” and allow a user to go further and optionally faster than on a conventional bicycle. That said here is a quick summary of the specs and general / sample laws concerning e-bikes. Read More HERE

Ride with GPS Club Account

This benefit for GSW members is now included in your membership.

Winter is over. Think Spring cycling! We have over 90 routes in our on-line library being viewed by over 60 GSW members but we welcome more of both. Check out this new free service for GSW members and enjoy all the benefits of 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

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 8/1/2018

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Club Ride with GPS
Routes Library


Seacoast Century 2017 Review
Seacoast Century 2018

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