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Ride added for Sunday 8 April.  The temperature is right, but sky will maybe be clear rather than overcast, for the occasionally offered, not to be missed, cuesheet-challenged, roll up Falls to Roller from Meadowood.  44 miles, bring a snack for the turn-around, possible stop at  Veloccino or John Browns Coffee.

The BBC Spring Social has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, April 28th.

Due to Anticipated Bad Weather this Saturday - Rain, Snow, Sleet ->Wintery Mix!

RSVP by Monday, April 23, 2018 to Gloria Epstein, carlglo@verizon.net



Apr-04-18 09:53 am
Category: Social

The reason why your ride did not show on Mobile View back on 8/13/2017 is because another ride in the same Category and at the same time was posted first.

This problem was fixed in early March 2018 and you should not have any further problems.

Tuesday 4/3/2018 Ride from ORR Cancelled due to rain and wet roads.

On Sunday April 1st from Veloccino Bike and Coffee, 15007 Falls Road, Butler, MD 21023 at 9:30 am we ride for 50 phoulish miles.

The route will be structured as multi-segmented progressive cuesheet.
The cuesheets will NOT have anagrammed or disguised road names, and all road names, turns and distances are in normal format.
The route is beautiful, scenic, and mostly rural, on well or newly paved roads.  Time and distance on any busy roads are minimized.  The routes are "Hills and Rolling", there are 3 "hard" hills and the overall elevation gain is about 3800 ft.  On the other side, the downhills are beautiful, long and sweeping.
This is a fun ride, not a race, although moments of enthusiasm are always encouraged and should be countered with regrouping.

Q: What is a "multi-segmented" cuesheet?
A: The route is broken into segments of about 6 miles each where the segment endpoints are relatively safe and obvious.  The segments are organized into sealed packets.  The ride is thus progressive and the full route is unknown until distribution of the final segment.

Q: What is the distribution mechanism for the segment packets?
A: At ride sign in, the Ride Leader assigns a packet to each rider until all packets are distributed.  Each packet is labeled with its segment number.  This ride has 8 segments.  If there are less riders than segments, then some riders may have more than one segment packet.

Q: When can packets be opened?
A: Packets are designed to be opened only when the segment is ridden.  So at ride start, the Segment #1 packet holder will open the Segment #1 packet and distribute it to riders. Since the route is designed for regrouping and sweeping, if there are not enough cuesheets, then riders should pair with other riders.

Q: Who "sweeps"?
A: The holder of the NEXT segment might as well sweep the segment since they hold the NEXT segment's cuesheets and they cannot ride the NEXT segment until all riders have NEXT segment cuesheets.
So the current segment packet holder "leads" and the next segment packet holder "sweeps".

Q: Is there a store stop or restroom break?
A: Yes, there are at least two quickie marts on the route.  There is a snack break at mile 28.

Q: Will I know where I am?
A: Some roads may be totally new to you!  Many roads are on other BBC cuesheets.

Q: Can I shortcut the ride?
A: Yes, if you know where you are you can likely cut some miles off.

Q: Will I have Fun?
A: YES, YES, YES!
Ride Safe!

Mar-20-18 07:16 pm
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

Lets be clear about this - they sent a "self-driving" car out on a mission to see if it was a safe thing to do - and they killed a woman bicyclist.
Does it make a difference she was legally walking her bike - NO!

"A Volvo XC90 that was part of Uber’s autonomous driving fleet, with a human safety driver behind the wheel, struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bike across the road around 10 p.m. Sunday. According to police, the vehicle did not appear to slow prior to the crash and the human safety driver was not impaired."

10:00 am start for the Tuesday Geist Knox ride from MWP.
Chance of rain/snow so check Calendar/Forums for any further weather related changes.

Gorsuch Mill Road Meeting April 17, 2018

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will hold a meeting to discuss Gorsuch Mill Road Bridge (Bridge No. B-0071) over Black Rock Run which was taken down a year ago. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Hereford Library, 16940 York Road, 21111 (Room A).

Conducted as a work shop, the meeting will permit the community to discuss travel access and options to either rebuild the bridge or permanently close the road between Falls Road and Black Rock Run. For more information contact Kevin Sabolcik, P.E. Chief of Structures, Department of Public Works at ksabolcik@baltimorecountymd.gov.


Kevin J. Sabolcik, P.E., Chief
Structural Design Section
Bureau of Engineering & Construction
Baltimore County Department of Public Works
111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Room 219
Towson, Maryland 21204
Telephone:  410-887-3737
Fax:  410-887-4393
Email:  ksabolcik@baltimorecountymd.gov

Providence Rd and Loch Raven northbound to Dulaney Valley is open.  There has been some repaving of some bad sections but still a rough road.

Loch Raven eastbound from Providence Rd to Cromwell Bridge is closed.

The cobbled bridge over Prettyboy Dam is closed to through traffic.  I do not know if it is passable by bicycle or how long it will be closed.
The HILLY alternate is to take Armacost and Falls Rds (as if the descent and climb from the Dam is not a hill).

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