Quick Summary of Upcoming Events:
Ongoing: Mondays, 7:15 pm-8:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am-9:45am — Spin Class with Ellen. Bring your own bike and trainer (or arrange in advance to borrow a trainer). Cost is $12/class or $80 for an 8 week series.
Ongoing: Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Certified fitness instructor, Alex Kruskal, will be teaching Pilates-inspired fitness classes geared toward the cyclist. The first class is a one hour free demo of the styles he’ll be covering in his classes. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm at a cost of $12 per class. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Team Proteus Herd.
Sign up here http://doodle.com/nf483qv2sq763zkd
Saturday, March 8. 10am-3pm-ish. Jeff’s leading an extended ride to the National Cathedral in DC. We’re planning the route for the Sandy Hook ride team, which is coming through on Tuesday, March 11th. So this ride may involve some stops and starts and workarounds. It will also probably involve lunch at Menomale Pizza in Brookland. Bring a lock, farecard (for bailing out to Metro), and an appetite. The weather should be great!
Tuesday, March 11th, 10am, Sandy Hook Ride on Washington. All are welcome to greet the Sandy Hook riders, who are coming through Proteus on their way to the National Cathedral and Capitol Hill in remembrance of the victims of the Newtown CT school shootings. Meetup is at Proteus, and cyclists are welcome to join the team on their continuation to DC. Keep in mind that this isn’t a supported ride, the route could change, and be prepared to be self sufficient! Proteus will try to provide a sweeper if you have trouble or a mechanical, but please make sure to have a phone, a farecard for Metro etc. -Jeff
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 are essentially social meetups, not competitive or racy. We make every attempt to be honest about ride length and difficulty in advance, though depending on the group/weather/mood, we sometimes adjust our goals. Rides are not supported by the shop, however, so please bring tools for changing flat tires, a Metro 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):
Saturday shop rides are posted on our Google calendar. The start time is usually 10am and we leave from Proteus. Cancellations and updates are posted to Facebook, Twitter, and our website.
Mark Your Calendars! Many events and rides are already planned for Spring/Summer/Fall 2014. We’ll update this list as we get more information.
|2/11/14||Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium (Free)||Advocacy||Annapolis, MD||http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=548|
|3/3/14||National Women’s Bicycling Forum||Advocacy||Washington, DC||https://www.bikeleague.org/forum|
|3/3-3/5||National Bike Summit||Advocacy||Washington, DC||http://bikeleague.org/summit|
|3/11/14||Sandy Hook Ride on Washington||AdvocacyRide||Proteus to Washington, DC||https://www.facebook.com/SandyHookRideOnWashington|
|3/15/14||Sadie Hawkins Team Alley Cat to benefit WABA Women & Bicycles program||Charity Ride (scavenger hunt style)||Washington, DC||https://www.facebook.com/events/1455466148002182/?ref=ts&fref=ts|
|4/13/14||Terrapin Triathlon||Sprint Triathlon||College Park, MD||http://crs.umd.edu/triathlon|
|4/26/14||Bike to End Hunger||Charity Ride||Calvert County, MD||http://endhungercalvert.org/bike/|
|5/4/14||5 Boro Bike Tour NYC||Ride||New York, NY||http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/five-boro-bike-tour/|
|5/17/14||Tour de Cure (Chesapeake)||Charity Ride Proteus Herd Team||Easton, MD||Tour.diabetes.orghttp://main.diabetes.org/goto/proteusherd|
|5/31-6/1||Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge||Charity Ride||Easton, MD||http://bikemdm.nationalmssociety.org/|
|5/31/14||Tour de Fat||“Bikes, beer, bemusement” also a WABA fundraiser||Yards Park, Washington, DC||http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat.aspx|
|6/14/14||ATHA MD Milestones River Trails Rally||Ride||TBA — PG County, MD||http://www.anacostiatrails.org/|
|9/27/14||Tour de Cure, DC||Charity Ride||Washington, DC||tour.diabetes.org|
|9/27/14||Seagull Century||Ride||Salisbury, MD||http://www.seagullcentury.org/|
|10/4/14||Crop Hop||Charity Ride||TBA – PG County, MD||http://www.crophop.com/ (2013 page)|
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.
Drop in Spin Class (first class free!) with Ellen. Bring your own bike and trainer.”>Winter spin classes with Ellen! Saturday mornings at 8:30am-10am and Monday evenings at 7pm-8:30pm. Bring your bike and your trainer!
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)