September and October, 2015

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

Early Morning at Hampton Beach

Register by September 6th for the Seacoast Century!

Click the link below
for our September/October Rides Calendar 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!

2015 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally planned for the second Monday of the month, March through October, from 7-9 p.m. There is no meeting scheduled for December only. Beginning in 2015 there are meetings scheduled in January and February. 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.

Thursday, September 10
National Safety Council of Northern NE Directions Here
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. , Concord, NH

Thursday, October 8
National Safety Council of Northern NE
Concord Crossing
2 Whitney Rd. , Concord, NH

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

Seacoast Century 2015 Registration is Open!
Come join us for the 42nd Annual Seacoast Century Ride! 
Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Seacoast Century route follows the New Hampshire and Maine coastline with some short scenic inland loops.  This fall, cycle New England's coast with us and enjoy level to rolling terrain passing scenic small towns and beachfront communities, great ocean views with sandy beaches, headlands, rivers, wetlands, and forest. 

See our 2015 Seacoast Century page for route cue sheets, maps, and downloadable GPS files.

Our route includes historic Portsmouth, State Parks, the Nubble Lighthouse, harbor views and a chance to take a dip in the ocean after the ride or stop and take in a local event like the Portsmouth Maritime Festival. Be a Seacoast Century volunteer and ride for free! There are many ways to help make this event a success. Check Volunteer Ops

Details at the link below.
Registrations must be made on-line by September 6th.

Read more about the Seacoast Century at Seacoast Century 2015

Traffic Skills 101 Class - Oct 3rd,
Goodale's Bike Shop, Nashua, NH

Want to be a safer, more efficient cyclist? Learn to ride safely, confidently and legally in traffic. Sign up for the “Traffic Skills 101” class tailored specifically for cyclists of all levels, from novice to experienced. Get more out of the time you spend on your bike, reduce your risk of negative interactions with cars and other road users. Learn how and why it is safer to “drive your bike like a car” in many situations, how to navigate safely through intersections, roundabouts, and much more. Even if you consider yourself an experienced cyclist, you will be amazed at what there is still to learn about safe cycling.
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Cider FEST October 11th

Join us on for a fall ride or just come and pick apples and help make some fresh apple cider on Sunday, October 11 th . BIKE - The bike rides start from Jeff & Donna's place, 181 Leavitt Road in Belmont, NH at 10am. We'll have Cue sheets for several routes. Plan to stay after the ride for BBQ & help press your own cider or pick some apples to take home. Families are welcome (they can pick while you ride!).
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Save the Date!
GSW Banquet & Awards

Sunday November 1, 2015
1 – 4 PM
Milly’s Tavern
500 Commercial Street
Manchester , NH
Read More

Get Connected

Here's how YOU can join the conversation:

With many thanks to our new GSW Publicity Chair, Mark Eldridge, 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

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

New GSW Membership Option

How do you like to receive our bi-monthly GSW Pedal Talk newsletter?

Via email for $15.00 per year? Via USPS “snail mail” for $25.00 per year?

How about both ways for the “paper price” of $25.00 per year?

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. Starting in August 2014, this new “dual delivery” option is available at no extra cost above the normal $25.00 “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 “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,


Board Position still Open

Please think about the Social Secretary Board position that is still open and may be right for YOU.
For more information contact

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

>>>>> GSW Mileage >>>>>

IS YOUR MILEAGE CORRECT? It is your responsibility to make sure your mileage is correct. To insure that your mileage is correct in Pedal Talk you must record your mileage after each ride on the ride sheets provided by the ride leader. If the sign-up sheet is not around, call your ride leader immediately to record your mileage on the sheet. If unable to reach the ride leader, then call Hetty Andrews at 603-889-3222 or email: to get credit.
It is also your responsibility to print your name legibly on the ride sheet. If I cannot read the name, you will not get credit.

Rides must be listed in Pedal Talk for the mileage to count with GSW. If you have a question about your mileage, feel free to call me. If you send a printout of the dates, locations and mileage, I will be glad to compare it to the computer records. Sometimes sign-up sheets have not been received. If you have a single GSW membership and a spouse/significantother, son or daughter goes on a ride with you, please indicate that relationship on the sign up sheet, so he or she will get mileage credit. RIDE LEADERS: It is very important that you do not hold ride sheets and send them all in at once for the month. Please submit sheets on a weekly basis. Also, all sheets must be in to me before the deadline of Pedal Talk to be accounted for in the mileage totals. Also note: Mileage pedaled on exploratory rides earns mileage credit.


GSW mileage tracking year ende September 30, 2015
October 1 starts the 2016 mileage tracking season.

What is Commuter Mileage?

Commuter mileage includes using your bicycle, rather than a motor vehicle, for transportation on any errand or to reach any destination such as work, school, shopping, to pay a bill, or to reach a GSW ride site, etc. The GSW encourages commuting and recognizes high mileage commuters at the Annual Fall Banquet. Commuter mileage is tracked from October 1st through September 30th of the following year.

Note: Mileage may be submitted by mail or email and must be received by the first of every even-numbered month to appear in the next issue of Pedal Talk.
Road and Tandem Mileage are recorded separately. If a “T” is added along with your signature and printed name, you will get Tandem Mileage. If you would rather have Road Mileage, just leave off the “T”. Send commuter mileage to:

Hetty Andrews
44 Deerhaven Dr.
Nashua , NH 03064

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 09/01/2015

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Cue Sheet Archive


2015 Seacoast Century
2014 Seacoast Century Review

Info for Concord Members


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





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H. G. Wells