March and April, 2019

Welcome to the GSW Web Site

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

Read More at 2019 Seacoast Century HomePage


Salem, NH. In February 2019, the GSW Board of Directors and its membership voted to approved the name change of the Granite State Wheelmen to the  Granite State Wheelers. Considering that 40% of the club membership are women, the name change emphasizes gender inclusivity.  The club's yellow and green logo is an iconic brand seen on cyclists everywhere. In a collaboration with Ascend Sportswear, soon a Team Store will open online to order new GSW jerseys and other apparel. Watch your e-mail inbox in March for a notice the opening of the GSW Team Store.

After the GSW being the “Granite State Wheelmen” for 48 years and three prior membership votes wishing to keep the old name “Wheelmen” that goes back to the 1800’s in the bicycling community, the survey conducted January 20-31 resulted in a 2:1 margin for changing the name to “Wheelers.” And yes, “wheelers” is a real word! Per, “a person or thing that wheels.” So while “wheelmen” means “bicyclists” (male and female) like “chairman” means “chairperson” (male and female), the GSW will become “politically correct” as we soon move into our fifth decade of operation.

The GSW name change poll via Survey Monkey was sent to 353 current memberships with 157 responses (44.5%) received. A total of 104 votes (66.2%) went for “Wheelers” and 53 (33.8%) for “Wheelmen.” Eight of those voting volunteered to be on the “Name Change Committee” with Social Secretary / Merchandise Chairperson Joanna Bligh taking the lead. In addition, 68 comments were received, some very passionate and forceful one way or the other to “who cares?” That said, majority rules so the name change project is now starting. This will take some time and cost to implement as the new name is phased-in. Stay tuned and don’t be surprised when you see the “Granite State Wheelers” name appearing in many places. Happy cycling!

2019 Seacoast Century Weekend
September 20-22

Some New Faces and a Larger Team (with Room to Grow!)

We are pleased to announce that Molly Lunn Owen has agreed to serve as the 2019 Seacoast Century Director.  A 12-person Century Leadership Team will assist Molly, with former Century Coordinators Donna Hepp & Mark MacKenzie serving as coaches. This team approach was agreed upon by the GSW Board during our last call. With Molly's love for cycling, experience in event management, and background working in the nonprofit sector with communities and volunteers we are in good hands.

Our 46th annual Seacoast Century on September 20-22nd 2019 offers the same great routes as last year with 25, 50, 65 and 100 mile options on Saturday and Sunday. Early registration is $55 and available here: (our first increase in two years - insurance and operating costs keep going up!). Registration includes a Century t-shirt, rest stop goodies, technical support for riders, and soup & rolls at the ride's end. Ride proceeds support bicycle safety and advocacy in New Hampshire.

Volunteers are absolutely the most critical part of this all-volunteer event. Would you consider helping us this year? Ride for free, meet and work with Club members from across the state, earn a Century volunteer shirt, and enjoy all the soup and sandwiches you can eat! Volunteers of all ages are welcome. You can view available volunteer tasks and choose one (or several!) here: . Century Volunteer Coordinator Dave Topham can be reached at 603.898.5479 or if you have questions about volunteer roles.

We need over 100 volunteers to support the Century.  Partnering with local volunteer groups helps, but the majority of our on-site volunteers come from the Club and are key to our success. Please share this opportunity with members of your family or community who could gain or share their skills for a great cause.

Beyond our one-day volunteer roles, we are building a strong 2019 Seacoast Century Team. This team will work with the Century Director to improve and better distribute the workload for this volunteer-run event.  

2019 Century Team members include:

Century Director : Molly Lunn Owen
Volunteer Coordinator : Dave Topham
Route & Marking Coordinator : Bill Kennedy
BikeReg & Outreach : Donna Hepp*
Permits & Police Details : Donna Hepp*
Food & Supplies Coordinator : Patty Tompkins
Merchandise Coordinator : Joanna Bligh
Sponsorship : Bill Hayne
Data Management : Mark St. Dennis

We are looking to fill additional leadership team roles, including those marked with an asterisk (*) to work with Donna on the BikeReg site, event outreach, permits, and police detail coordination. Please contact Molly at if you are interested in joining our Century leadership team or have questions about these roles.

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.

March 2019
Monday, March 11
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Road, Suite 11
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 410-5848

April 2019
Monday, April 8
S&W Sports
296 S. Main Street
Concord, NH
(603) 228-1441

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:,
or call 603-898-5479.

GSW Board of Directors

Happy cycling to all as the “new GSW” rolls into 2019!
Dave Topham, GSW President

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: . For questions, contact Donna Hepp who supervised the election.


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:Al Jones
Seacoast Century General Coordinator: Molly Lunn Owen
Seacoast Century Volunteer Coordinator:Dave Topham
Web Publisher: Barbara Amos
Weekend Events: Marguerite Orazi

E-Bike Legislation Update

Is one in your future?

You likely know that e-bike sales have experienced a 90% increase in the past two years and they are showing up “all over the place” – but can you tell one from another? What types are being sold by local dealers and on-line, where can they be used legally as “bicycles” and when are they considered “Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles” (OHRVs) with limited legal places to ride them?

The Bike-Walk Alliance of NH (BWANH) introduced House Bill 148 that corrects conflicts in existing NH laws (RSAs), provides e-bike definitions as drafted nationally in DC, and implements model legislation provided by People for Bikes. Three classifications have electric motors that do not exceed 750 watts (1 HP) and cannot propel the bike over 20 MPH by the motor alone. These three classes are known as “Low Speed Electric Bicycles” (LSEBs) and are generally allowed where conventional bikes are used. Limitations can apply, especially on natural-surface trails, for the Class 3 LSEB that provides electric assist up to 28 MPH (45 KPH) if the rider is pedaling. E-bikes that are more powerful and faster than LSEBs are not even called “bicycles” by Federal or manufacturer definitions. They are “Out-of-Class Electric Vehicles” (OCEVs) – note the word “Vehicles” -- and fall into the OHRV category along with dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTV side-by-sides. They are not legal on roads, non-motorized rail trails, or mountain bike trails as they are effectively electric motorcycles that happen to have pedals. They are allowed on private lands, some parks, and trails / back roads designated for OHRV use. Starting in 2020 all e-bikes sold in the U.S. are to be identified with a standardized sticker that notes the class as 1, 2, or 3 and the wattage of the motor. This should help everyone including the seller, buyer, trail manager, municipality, and law enforcement to know what they are looking at. Newer e-bikes having the small mid-motor design look much like conventional bicycles with a large water bottle on the downtube.

Bottom line, there is much education, local guidelines, and enforcement ahead in NH but HB-148 sets the basis for our state to be the 12 th in the country to enact model e-bike legislation. For more info about e-bikes, please contact me or visit the BWANH web site at for a whitepaper / brief as used in support of the pending legislation.

Submitted by Dave Topham, BWANH Board member,

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 . 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: Follow directions in Pedal Talk to set up an account.

Please consider sharing your favorite routes! If you are not already a GSW member, consider joining the now to enjoy this "new $80.00/year perk" as part of your basic club membership.  Visit our web site to sign-up or renew your GSW membership!

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:

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 2/28/2019

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