November and December, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

Click the link below
for our November and December Rides Summary

Rides Calendar - Summary for November and December

Ride details are sent to all members and guests upon request.

Please email the GSW Office for a listing so you
can try our rides, then join the club !

Year End Gathering Re-scheduled!

We will be having a year end get together after all.
Where: Stark Brewing Company, 155 Commercial St. Manchester, NH
When: Friday, December 2, 6 pm
If you are interested in going please contact GSW VP, Phil Rose as soon as possible at

2016 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are 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.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Manchester Public Library
405 Pine St.
Pre-event social at Strange Brew Tavern
88 Market St.
Manchester, NH


There is currently no December meeting planned.

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.

We hope to see you soon!
GSW Board of Directors

Off-Season Pizza Parties for Salem Area GSW Members

Starting on November 1, Salem-area GSW members and guests are encouraged to meet twice a month through the winter on the first and third Tuesdays, 6:00 PM, at the Route 97 House of Pizza, 11 Ayers Village Road, Methuen MA. The shop is located beside Dunkin’ Donuts and is the starting point for all Tuesday evening leisurely rides in Methuen, just across the street from Salem. The last gathering for the “off-season” pizza parties will be April 4, 2017. (The weekly Methuen evening rides start on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.)

Reservations are not required, but if severe weather or travel conditions you might call Dave Topham at 603.898.9926 to learn if the pizza party is on or off. For about $5.00, you can eat, have a few laughs, and swap some stories. Bring a friend along and join our informal little party!

Nubble Light

Seacoast Century In Review

The 2016 Seacoast Century Weekend, Sept. 24 - 25
Great Weather, Great Scenery & Great Volunteers!

It is really gratifying to talk with Seacoast Century riders and hear how much they love our Century. We were blessed with sunshine, more than a gentle breeze at times and the riders had a great time. “What a beautiful ride!", "This is my favorite ride.” “The marking was much better this year” “This was my first Century”. “Your volunteers at Fort Mc Clary were great help after I fell, I'll try again next year for back to back Centuries”. The volunteers, and police details got high marks from the riders. We could not host the Century without the dedication, patience and great attitude of 85+ intrepid GSW volunteers who designed the route, marked it, prepared the Cue Sheets and GPS files, got the permits, shopped, drove the trucks, made the sandwiches, SAGed, ran the Hotline and sold jerseys, and more. One great example is Dave Holmander who drove from far northern NH to provide early morning support as a rest stop mechanic both Saturday and Sunday! Whatever it took to make it happen, our volunteers stepped up and got it done! Read More HERE

SeeMeBiking professional photographers again took photos during both days of the event.

GSW Tri-State Seacoast Century Day 1 September 24 2016

GSW Tri-State Seacoast Century Day 2 September 25 2016


Board Members Needed

Are you interested in cycling? Would you like to help bring more awareness to the public about cycling and bicycling safety?

We are currently seeking more interested candidates to join our board and the open positions we have are below. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

OFFICERS: Social Secretary,

STANDING COMMITTEES: Publicity, Rides Coordinator

For more information email the GSW office at:

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

Of course, new social media folks should always join the parent GSW CLUB to receive the GSW newsletter (Pedal Talk), for insurance purposes, for discounts, and other advantages. See Membership Info

Message from Publicity

Fellow members, I am writing to encourage you to check out our Facebook page. 

“What is Facebook you ask? “

Facebook is one of the online social networking websites. It provides you a platform, to connect to others with a common interest, building a social relation among people whom you don't know each other til yet. You can share your thoughts or ideas on cycling, or any other event you wish to share with others, post photographs of cycling events, even grandchildren, dogs, cats, and more. A great feature of Facebook is that the messages you send have the potential to spread not just to GSW members but to friends of GSW members—known as the “multiplier effect.” Not only does this “multiplier effect” have the ability to spread the GSW brand, it also acts as a validation from a friend.

The principle at work here is people have always relied on their friends to guide their decisions and to discover new ideas, including what to buy, where to go, who to meet. It is certainly a powerful tool to tell others about our cycling rides and social meetings. Come check us out and help tell others about GSW. Not sure how?  Click below.

Join the GSW E-Group
Simply send a message to:
You will then have Club notices
sent directly to your e-mail account.

PedalTalk 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

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 Tidbits page

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 10/31/2016

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Cue Sheet Archive


2016 Seacoast Century in 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