Quick Summary of Upcoming Events:
Sunday, December 1, 2pm — Mountain bike ride at Fairland. Meetup is behind the ice rink. For those riding to the start, we leave Proteus at 1:15 sharp! Led by Rod.
Saturday, December 7, 10am — Holiday shopping ride to DC’s Eastern Market and Downtown Holiday Market. Possible late lunch on the way home. Led by Jeff and (probably) Laurie.
NOTE — check our Facebook Page for updates (www.facebook.com/proteusbicycles)
We ride year round, usually one or two rides per weekend. Winter rides are usually 10am Saturdays and (sometimes) 10am or 12pm Sundays, although we don’t schedule as far in advance, so we can check the weather and pick the best day for a ride.
All Proteus rides tend to be sort of like informal social meetups, not competitive or racy. They are not supported by the shop, however, so please bring tools for changing flat tires, a Farecard or cellphone for if you have an unfixable mechanical problem or otherwise need to be bailed out on the road, food and water and gear for changes in weather, and please take personal responsibility for your own safety and obey all traffic laws and trail rules. We try to ride as a group, and no one is dropped or left behind. There are often cookies or food stops… -Jeff
Upcoming events and rides (check back for weather updates):
Thursdays, 7pm-9pm — Community Potluck. On Thursdays, the shop is open late, and we host a potluck gathering. All are welcome, and you don’t need to bring anything, although food and beverage donations are always appreciated! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and talk about bike stuff.
Proteus Tour of Ancient Greece:
Typical Pastry Ride on the Anacostia Tributary Trails:
NEW — Video playlist (includes video directions to Proteus and clips from our recent shop rides etc.)
Bike directions to the shop:
-Cross 201 at Crescent Road; go straight across at the light and take the little trail up the to street by the Old Line Bank
Left on Ivy Lane and left on Cherrywood Lane to cross over the Beltway
Go through the Metro station, right inside and through the tunnel to the North College Park side
-After exiting the Metro area, take Lackawanna Street; go left on 50th Street, then right on Hollywood Road
-Cross Rhode Island Ave and go left on the outer road.
-Take a right and go up the hill on Erie Street to the shop (Route 1 at Erie Street)
From College Park:
Proteus is easy to access from either the College Park Trolley trail or the Paint Branch trail.
-From the Trolley trail, cross Greenbelt Road and University Blvd (bike lane, not a pleasant intersection) and continue on Rhode Island Ave (bike lane). Then cross to the outer road on the left (west) side up to Erie Street. Proteus is up the hill on Erie Street at Route 1.
-From the Paint Branch trail and the University of MD campus, just follow the trail north, past the Comcast Center, past the dog park, under University Blvd and around the golf course. After the golf course, take the wood bridge to the right and up the trail and alleyway to the intersection of Route 1 and Hollywood Road. Cross Route 1 at the light and go straight up the hill past the post office. Take a right the the first street and go back a couple blocks to Erie Street, then take a right to get back to Route 1 (the shop is at Route 1 and Erie Street).
From Hyattsville, Bladensburg:
-Take the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia.
-Take the Paint Branch under the train tracks, around to the right for a little ways along the track, then left alongside the playground. Turn right on the College Park Trolley trail (it merges with the Paint Branch trail for a little bit). Then you have a choice of taking the Paint Branch trail under Route 1 or going straight and staying on the trolley trail. Either way, see the directions above from College Park.
From downtown DC:
-I take the Met Branch Trail to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
-Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
-Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
-Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road — beware unmarked speedbumps)
-Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you’d be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
-Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
-Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road
-Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
-Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
-Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
-Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
-Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)