Marmots' Meander 2017

Written by Jim Sheehan
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 22:07

The 15th Annual Marmots' Meander will be run on Sunday, January 29th this year to avoid Saturday conflicts, and leave plenty of time to try out the fat bikes, Bike-Skis, studded snow tires, and various sliding devices we'll be taking out to our neighborhood sledding hill.

We'll meet at OCBC after 11am; the ride leaves around 12pm.  Lunch* will be back at OCBC from 1pm to 3pm.  This event is free (donations appreciated!), but please register here so we can plan for food and ride route leaders.

This year we'll ride to the Clark Field hill via Tremont, and return via Canal Rd. The route is about 7 mi. total**.

Helmets are required (loaners available), and mountain bikes (or those new fat bikes!) are recommended. Bring any sleds, skis or snowboards you can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported, as well as some Bike Skis -- a ski that straps onto any bike's front tire). Studded snow tires from OCBC's library are also available to try out.  Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride.

If there is snow (or just wet, salty roads) and you don’t want to crud up your nice bike, you can also reserve a rental bike – ready to accept a bike-ski, if you are feeling adventurous -- just choose that option.

If there is no snow we'll just ride on to the Canalway Visitor Center off the Towpath Trail, and take a lap of the MTB trail there if it's not soggy.

 Snow or no snow: you can still join the fun at the co-op after 1pm for chili, camaraderie, and maybe even a bike-ski test ride, snow permitting.

*Hot Cider and Cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill; lunch is vegan Chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and your own beverages are welcome!

** Some members will be carrying tools along, but this is an unsupported ride. Bring a lock if your bike will be unattended.

This event is free and open to all, but of course donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund our year-round bicycle education work.  Please register here if you plan to attend.

See pictures from the 2014 ride (to the same hill) here!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 January 2017 16:31 )