September is full of rides and bike events in the DC area - many of which the BWB leaders are participating in - so we are not scheduling a September monthly ride. Instead, hit the trails, link up with other members, and check out these local rides and events:

-- Try a new trail! Some of our favorite local trails include the Mount Vernon Trail, Anacostia Trail System, Indian Head Rail Trail, Paint Branch, Northeast and Northwest Branch Trails, and Hains Point.

-- 9/18: Fix-a-Flat Workshop presented by WABA's Women & Bicycles program with Phoenix Bicycles.

-- 9/21: 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride organized by WABA (both are sold out, but a number of BWB members are signed up). 

Want to participate as a volunteer? Click here for more information.

-- 9/21: 3rd Annual Natasha Pettigrew Memorial Ride, 7am. The ride leaves from PG County Community College (Largo). Email for details.

-- 9/28: Crystal City Diamond Derby in Arlington. This is a unique race, bike party, fashion, food, and fun event for riders of all levels.

-- 9/29: Tour du Port in Baltimore organized by Bike Maryland.

AND save the date for our "How to Ride Your Bike through Winter and Night" clinic Saturday, October 3. More details to come.

BWBDC August All-Levels Ride: Metropolitan Branch Trail


Join us Saturday, August 17 at 9:45 am for an all-levels group ride of the Metropolitan Branch Trail ending at the Edgewood (DC) National Night Out celebration.

Meeting location: The front of DC Prep Edgewood Campus, 707 Edgewood St NE

Brookland-Catholic U (Red Line) is the closest metro station and Capital Bikeshare bikes are available  If you exit the station on the elevator side, cross the "Welcome to Brookland" bridge and make the first left onto 8th Street NE. Follow 8th to where it turns/ends. You'll be at the entrance to the off street portion of the Met Branch which is at the bottom of the small hill near the meeting point.

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Bike Buying Clinic

Capitol Hill Bikes has generously offered to host a free Bike Buying Clinic for members of Black Women Bike DC!

Whether you're looking to purchase a bike or just want to learn more about different styles and brands, join us Saturday, August 3 at 1pm and bring a friend!

Capitol Hill Bikes (719 8th St SE, Washington, DC
) is located just south of the Eastern Market metro station (Blue/Orange). Street parking is available.

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July All Levels Ride: Capital Crescent Trail

Join us Saturday, July 20 for our all levels ride of the Capital Crescent Trail leaving from Georgetown to Bethesda, Maryland and back.

This route is a straight out and back (as opposed to a loop) on paved trails with few hills, so we will return to the trail entrance at Georgetown. For intermediate and advanced riders interested in a longer/faster ride, we can direct you to Hains Point via the Rock Creek Trail to get in more mileage.

Please note:
- This is a NO DROP ride - no one will be left behind
- You must have a HELMET to ride with BWBDC
- Bring your own WATER and please, please hydrate well BEFORE the ride
- ALL LEVELS are welcome
- There are Capital Bikeshare stations nearby (no excuses!)

Meet up points:
1. Water Street just before the trail entrance. (Take K Street under the Whitehurst Freeway, past the movie theater, until it runs out. Enter"Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water St NW" for GPS/maps.) Street/metered parking is available.

2. Capital Bikeshare station near Foggy Bottom Metro at 22nd & I St NW. Meet at 9:30am so we can ride over and meet the main group. (There are two other Bikeshare stations within a couple blocks in case they are out of bikes).

Please be ready to roll, hydrated, tires pumped, helmets on, and wheels down at 10am. See you then!

If weather poses an issue, call the BWBDC voice mail at 202-810-4BWB (4292) and listen for the message.

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June Monthly Ride at Anacostia River Walk

Join us Saturday for our monthly group ride for riders of all levels. We will follow the river and ride both sides of the scenic Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in DC.

Meet up point is the Stadium-Armory Metro (Blue/Yellow) at the Independence Ave exit (closest to the Armory). We’ll leave at 10:00 am and ride by RFK Stadium to catch the trail. We’ll pass by Yards Park and Nationals Stadium, cross the Frederick Douglass Bridge, ride through Anacostia Park, and cross over the Sousa Bridge before heading back to RFK.

The ride will take approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete the loop with the option of a second loop for intermediate and advanced riders. More details:

- This is a NO DROP ride
- ALL LEVELS are welcome
- HELMETS are required
- Route includes some narrow paths, hills, and on-road trails
- You are encouraged to bring WATER

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BWB Kit Orders Available Until 6/10/2013

It's round 2 of kit ordering! The links will be active until 6/10/2013. If you already did an order at Tour de Fat, we have you covered. To purchase a jersey and shorts, click the image of the jersey color(s) you want and add it the shopping cart. Then click the image of the shorts and add it to the shopping cart. All the items should show up in the cart.

Orange Jersey: 

Black Jersey:   

Shorts: shorts 

For the sizing chart

All orders will be shipped you to directly

Tour de Fat

Black Women Bike will be local partner in Tour de Fat again. This year the money raised will go towards working on getting women cycling in low income neighborhoods. Click here to add to your calendar.

What is Tour de Fat?

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, Tour de Fat is a big, whimsical bike festival. It starts with a parade to Yards Park, where attendees can expect a festival jam-packed with entertainment, local vendors, and, of course, New Belgium beer. Costumes are heartily encouraged. See information on last year's Tour de Fat here. RSVP for this year's Tour de Fat on Facebook.

Check-in for the parade is at 10 a.m., and the parade starts rolling at 11 a.m. Register for the parade. The party at Yards Park runs from 12 to 5 p.m. Tour de Fat is family-friendly---bring your kids! Check back here for news and updates on the great games, entertainment, performances and you can expect at Tour de Fat 2013!

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