September and October, 2016

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

Click the link below
for our September and October Rides Summary

Rides Calendar - Summary for September and October
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 !

Nubble Light

Cycle New England's coast with us!
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 - 25

-  Scenic 100, 63, 50 and 25 mile routes along the New Hampshire   and Maine coast with some short inland loops.

-$55 covers both days and a hot bowl of soup at the end of the day. Ride either day or both. That's a great deal!

Volunteer and Ride for free! Details on SCC homepage

On Line Registration is $55 - REGISTRATION  CLOSES on 9/4 at 11:45PM    

Based on Rider Feedback, we're continuing Early Check-In, the Saturday Bike EXPO and will include a Bowl of Soup with your Registration.    

    • Early check-in on Friday evening 4-6 PM  (in addition to Sat & Sun from 6:30 AM)
    • After-Ride Activities  are set for   Saturday  including a  Bike EXPO  (Bikes, gear, clothing, tours, trails, Clubs, training, health info and more)
    • Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup at Hampton Beach State Park as you wait for friends or swap stories at the end of your ride.
    • More Social Media options for information and conversations about the Seacoast Century

We appreciate your suggestions and plan to put many of them to work in 2016.  Thanks for the 2015 Rider Survey feedback.

Questions?   Check the information and our SCC homepage

Seacoast Century EXPO Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities:
If you are interested in EXPO vendor or Century Sponsor opportunities, contact Donna Hepp 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, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
National Safety Council of Northern NE
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. ,
Concord, NH
Directions HERE

- Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
National Safety Council of Northern NE
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. ,
Concord, NH
Directions HERE

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

Granite State Wheelmen
Board member election

Cast your vote for the 2017 board

Members are encouraged to vote on-line, or in person at Concord Crossing on October 3!

Write in candidates are welcome.

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.



Social Secretary




For more information email the GSW office at:

Candidates for GSW 2017 Board and Committees
Effective August 1, 2016

Election to be held at the general meeting on October 3, 2016.

All positions are open for any GSW member wishing to devote a little time and valuable skills to help the club move ahead in 2017. About five hours a month can make a big difference!


Officers :

President Mark MacKenzie / Phil Rose

Vice President Phil Rose / Mark MacKenzie

Recording Secretary Dave Topham

Social Secretary OPEN

Treasurer OPEN

Standing Committees:

Memberships Dave Topham

GSW Office Asst. Judi Hull *

Club Mileage Hetty Andrews

Banquet & Awards Phil Rose

Rides Coordinator Gordon Rhodes

Charity & Invitational Laurie Daley

Weekend Events Marguerite Orazi

Publicity OPEN

Merchandising Bob Koehler

Newsletter Editor Laurie Daley

Web Publisher Barbara Amos

Safety & Education Bill Fisk

Seacoast Century Donna Hepp * and Mark MacKenzie *

* = Candidate not confirmed as of August 1, 2016.
Written ballot vote to determine President and VP.



Sunday, November 6, 2016
1 - 4 PM
Stark Brewery Co. (formerly Milly's Tavern)
500 Commercial St.
Manchester NH

RSVP and Details HERE

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


GSW Ride Leader
Credit Guidelines Updated

Effective March 1, 2011, the GSW Ride and Mileage Credit Guidelines enacted on April 12, 2004 are hereby amended. Section I, item 9 has been modified as follows and item 10 is deleted.

9. In the event of a scheduled ride having no one attend except the ride leader, that ride will not be allowed mileage or ride leader credits. A minimum of two people (the ride leader plus one other rider) are required to allow credits. One erson riding alone is not considered a club ride but rather is a fun or personal ride. Options include rescheduling the ride to a time and place for better attendance or else eliminating the ride from the schedule due to a lack of interest by the club membership or guest riders. The above clarification was reviewed and approved by the GSW Board of Directors on February 19, 2011. If there are any questions, please ontact the GSW President.
Please see the updated guidelines
R & M Guidelines

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 8/31/2016

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Cue Sheet Archive


2016 Seacoast Century Registration

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