March and April , 2018

Welcome to the GSW Web Site

Now's the time to Register for the 2018
Seacoast Century Weekend,
Our 45th Anniversary Event
September 22-23rd!

Fort McClary Rest Stop

We hope that you can join us this year. Your choice of scenic 25, 50, 63 and 100 mile routes along New England's coastline. Ride either or both days for one great price.

  Here's the link to sign up:

* Important Tip: Great discount with Early Registration

Read More about the Seacoast Century HERE

Click the link below
for our March/April Rides Calendar Summary

Rides Calendar Summary for March and April
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
and then join the club!

2018 Seacoast Century Weekend - September 22-23, 2018

Mark down September 22-23, 2018 on your calendar! Our 45th Anniversary for the Seacoast Century is coming up and it will be great (with your help). In 2017, we offered a new route for the full Century which traveled through Eliot, Maine. With the help of our awesome GSW volunteers, local volunteer groups in Eliot, all our partners, and some outstanding weather, our Seacoast Century riders were impressed and looking forward to returning in 2018.

The key to our past and future success with the Century is our volunteers. We need a strong Century Planning Committee as in the past and need to ask members to consider volunteering during, prior or at the conclusion of the Century. We plan to expand partnerships with local volunteer groups in Hampton, Kittery, York and Hampton to help at the Rest Stops. Youth groups at local schools and churches are looking for fund-raising opportunities and their involvement further connects cycling and our event into seacoast communities. We also need to continue and expand our strong base of GSW volunteers involved in the Century. It is a terrific way to meet and work with other Club members across the state and you get a free Century ride, tee shirts, soup and as many pbj sandwiches as you like. What could be better! We used almost 100 volunteers in 2017 and learned a lot about juggling with adding two more rest stops. That experience positions us well for this year. Find out about volunteer details on the SCC Home page

In January, the Century Planning Committee will got rolling for 2018. We'll also be contacting past Century volunteers to seek your involvement and suggestions for making our 2018 Century a great experience for both riders and volunteers. We are looking for folks for some key roles such as GSW merchandise, volunteer coordination which is now using SignUp, a great online tool and an Assistant Century Coordinator to work with the Team. If you are interested in getting involved, or have questions, please contact the Seacoast Century Coordinator, Donna Hepp at 414-837-8976 or email

Special thanks again to our 2017 Seacoast Century Committee: Mark Mac Kenzie – Co-Coordinator, Volunteers,Mechanics, SAGs and Sound; Donna Hepp- Co-Coordinator, Permits, BikeReg, Police details, Media, Records; Theresa and Garry Gerosee – Food & Supplies, Merchandise and Finances; Al Jones – Storage; Bill Kennedy – Routes, Maps and Marking; Bob Koehler – Merchandise, Tee Shirts &Hotline; Dave Topham- Century Materials, Online tools, and Coach; Jeff Mc Killip – Data & Spreadsheets; Bill Fisk- Rental Truck Driver; Rest Stop Leads – Dave Topham, Cathi Mc Grevey, Joshua Walter, Jeff Rees, Jodi Synder, Thom and Kathi Rossi and Linda Gould; Registration Leads - Jean Manning, Paula and Jim Fines.

2018 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally 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, March 12: 
S&W Sports
296 S. Main St., Concord, NH (603) 228-1441

"What's new on bikes" from Tim Farmer and recap of NH bike legislation updates

Monday, April 9: 
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. Suite 11
Concord NH 03301
See directions to Concord Crossing on
Meetings Page

Update on GSW "Ride with GPS" library and user tutorial

Monday, May 14,
Goodale's, Nashua shop
14B Broad Street, Nashua, NH (603) 882-2111

How to prepare bike and body for a season of fun cycling

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.

GSW Board of Directors

Off-Season Pizza Parties for Salem Area GSW Members

Starting on November 7, Salem-area GSW members and guests are encouraged to meet once a month through the winter on the first Tuesday, 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 3, 2018. (The weekly Methuen evening rides start on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.)

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!

Gravel bikes and rail trails are “In” – so where do you go?

The State of NH has an ever-expanding network of rail trails, some paved, most hard-packed gravel thanks to thousands of volunteer hours and private funds combined with some Federal and State grants. The most ambitious and longest project is the Granite State Rail Trail from Salem to Lebanon, some 115 miles which is about 60% completed now but the sections are not all connected. To view the details of surface, parking, trailheads, etc., visit the Facebook page at:

If you wish to explore unpaved, gravel roads in scattered locations around the state to stay away from most distracted drivers without “being confined” to a rail trail, check out the new unpaved road layer on the NHDOT on-line Interactive Bicycle Route Map and instructions at:

To learn more about specific NH roads including who owns and maintains them, average daily traffic counts, and more, visit:

Information available via the above resources can make your cycling.

Rail Trails Picking Up Steam

Have you noticed all the development of NH rail trails in recent years – and the number of bicyclists, walkers, runners, roller-bladers, and skateboarders using them? Users of all ages from 5 to 95 are seen out there on the non-motorized rail trails. Just getting away from drunk, drugged, distracted, and deliberately-aggressive motorists can be a prime reason in popularity while health, exercise, lack of noise, fumes, and dust pollution are more reasons. Of course, rail trails are not for everyone! They don’t “go everywhere” like public roads as needed for commuting and active transportation, plus some recreational cyclists find them boring – too straight, often “in the woods”, grades not over 4%, and the surface might not be paved. That said, there is a definite up-tick in the sales of hybrid and gravel bikes as more and more people are exploring rail trails and dirt roads. On the flip side, road bike imports and sales have fallen between 7-14% in the past two years based on industry reports. Those of us riding road bikes seem to be dwindling in numbers due to perceived dangers, age, families, health, or general interest. For whatever the reasons, our GSW headcount is declining with loss of about 200 in the past five years now having about 400 active memberships as we enter 2018. Any idea of ways to turn around this trend? Read More 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 Tid-bits page

Why do Tandems go faster down hill than single bikes?

If you answered “gravity” you are only partly correct. Galileo showed in the 1600's that, in the absence of air resistance, two objects of different mass, when simultaneously dropped from the same height, will land at the same time. Did Galileo not ever experience a tandem rolling down hill???

At the risk of readers ignoring this article and going directly to their club mileage, I am going to introduce a little physics. First, the difference between mass and weight. In the imperial system pounds are used for both mass and weight—very confusing. Mass is the amount of matter present. Let’s say you have the mass of 50 kilograms (kg) (at one time I am sure this was your mass). Earth’s gravity will tug at you with a force of about 500 Newtons (N). If you were taken up into deep outer space your mass would still be 50 kg, but your weight or force due to gravity would be 0 N. You would be weightless, but with unchanging mass.

Newton ’s second law says that if you divide your force, (weight), by your mass you get your rate of acceleration. Read More HERE


Ride with GPS Club Account

This benefit for GSW members is now included in your membership.

For over four decades, the GSW has used paper maps and cue sheets for some of our rides but with no consistency, retention, or sharing between club members. Most weekly rides are currently “Show and Go” with no documents or files to reference on the ride or later. Members who might wish to ride a given route on their own or be a GSW Ride Leader knowing where to lead a group definitely need to know ride details and be able to access the route information easily.

To address this need, the GSW has purchased a Ride with GPS Club Account so members can share their favorite routes and access posted routes anytime via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Many features are offered, all at no cost to GSW members. Read More HERE

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: President, Vice president

STANDING COMMITTEES: Publicity Coordinator, Merchandise Chairperson, Safety and Education 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

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

Pedal Talk 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

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 4/1/2018

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Club Ride with GPS
Routes Library


Seacoast Century 2017 Review
Seacoast Century 2018

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