September and October, 2019

Welcome to the Granite State Wheelers Web Site

Now's the time to Register for the Seacoast Century Weekend, September 20-22nd, 2019

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 for a listing so that you can try our rides and then join the club!

Read More at 2019 Seacoast Century HomePage

2019 Seacoast Century Weekend
September 20-22

Join the Century Volunteer Team

Our 46th annual Seacoast Century on September 20-22nd 2019 offers the same great routes as last year with 25, 50, 65 and 100 mile options on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is $65 online at: . Be sure to sign up before registration closes on Labor Day, September 2nd at 11:59 p.m. 
Day of Registration is $75.
Registration includes a Century t-shirt, rest stop goodies, technical support for riders, and soup & rolls at the ride's end. Ride proceeds support bicycle safety and advocacy in New Hampshire.

Volunteers are absolutely the most critical part of this all-volunteer event. Would you consider helping us this year? Ride for free, meet and work with Club members from across the state, earn a Century volunteer shirt, and enjoy all the soup and sandwiches you can eat! Volunteers of all ages are welcome. You can view available volunteer tasks and choose one (or several!) here: . Century Volunteer Coordinator Dave Topham can be reached at 603.898.5479 or if you have questions about volunteer roles.

We need over 100 volunteers to support the Century.  Partnering with local volunteer groups helps, but the majority of our on-site volunteers come from the Club and are key to our success. Please share this opportunity with members of your family or community who could gain or share their skills for a great cause.

Beyond our one-day volunteer roles, we are building a strong 2019 Seacoast Century Team. This team will work with the Century Director to improve and better distribute the workload for this volunteer-run event.  

2019 Century Team members include:

Century Director : Molly Lunn Owen
Volunteer Coordinator : Dave Topham
Route & Marking Coordinator : Bill Kennedy
BikeReg & Outreach : Donna Hepp*
Permits & Police Details : Donna Hepp*
Food & Supplies Coordinator : Patty Tompkins
Merchandise Coordinator : Joanna Bligh
Sponsorship : Bill Hayne
Data Management : Mark St. Dennis

We are looking to fill additional leadership team roles, including those marked with an asterisk (*) to work with Donna on the BikeReg site, event outreach, permits, and police detail coordination. Please contact Molly at if you are interested in joining our Century leadership team or have questions about these roles.

We look forward to volunteering and riding with you this September!

Seacoast Century Volunteers Needed!

We need Volunteers! Ride for free by joining the team. All ages welcome. Go to to volunteer for this year's Century.

Ride Headquarters: South Pavilion, Hampton Beach State Park. Check in on Friday 4-6 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday after 7 a.m.

Questions? Email Molly and the leadership team at .

See you in September!

2019 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.

- September 9, 2019, 6-8 pm (Note the time: Not 7-9 pm!)
Exeter Cycles
4 Portsmouth Ave
Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 778-2331
Program: E-bikes and indoor trainers – winter is coming!
Speaker: Todd Wagner, shop owner

- October 14, 2019, 7-9 pm
Concord Crossing
National Safety Council of NNE
2 Whitney Road, Suite 11
Concord , NH

See directions to Concord Crossing on Meetings Page

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
Dave Topham, GSW President

2020 GSW Officer and Committee Position Candidates Effective August 9, 2019

Election to be held at the general meeting on October 14, 2019. The final list of candidates will appear in an e-ballot sent to all members in the first week of October.

All positions are open for any GSW member wishing to devote a little time and valuable skills to help the club move ahead in 2020. About five hours a month can make a big difference!

To volunteer for ANY position please email before October 1:

Officers: Positions and Candidates

President Dave Topham *
Vice President Bill Hayne
Recording Secretary Patty Tompkins
Social Secretary Becca “Hiker” Munroe
Treasurer OPEN

Standing Committees: Positions and Candidates

Banquet & Awards Coordinator Molly Lunn Owen *
Charity & Invitational Coordinator Laurie Daley
Club Mileage and Commuting Mileage Hetty Andrews
GSW Office Assistant Judi Hull
Merchandising Chairperson Joanna Bligh
Memberships / Office Dave Topham
Newsletter Editor Laurie Daley
Newsletter Mailing Dave Topham
Publicity Coordinator Patty Tompkins
Rides Coordinator Mark St. Denis
Safety & Education Coordinator OPEN
Seacoast Century Director Molly Lunn Owen *
Seacoast Century Volunteer Coordinator Dave Topham *
Web Publisher OPEN
Weekend Events Marguerite Orazi

Note: The asterisk “*” indicates the incumbent but candidacy for 2020 not confirmed.

The GSW TEAM STORE will be open from

so that members can access all the GSW merchandise in both men's and women's sizes! Jerseys with the new Granite State Wheelers logo, Gloves, Arm and leg warmers, Shorts, Bandana-type headgear, and GSW logo socks! To access the Team Store, on September 20, go to:

and order your merchandise (no returns, please). Orders will be shipped in 5 to 6 weeks -- just in time for holiday giving. Order all the gear for that GSW fashion statement and for hi-vis safety on the roads and trails. Questions? Contact Joanna at

See Dave Topham for jersey sales at the GSW monthly meetings. Joanna Bligh, Merchandise Chair, will be offering all merchandise (jerseys, leg/arm warmers, bandanas, gloves, and socks) for sale at the Seacoast Century, September 21-22. Come by the Merchandise tent near the Registration Desk and get your gear.

To All GSW Members:

We are in the process of updating the GSW website.  I am looking for pictures to use on the different pages.  In the near future I will be requesting pictures to create a photo gallery of the different rides or events that we do.  For now you can upload your pictures here:

Thank you for your help, Mark St. Denis

**Pictures sent in become property of the GSW and may be used on the website and in print.

GSW Ride Leaders are needed in all New England areas!

Do you have the right stuff to lead a Granite State Wheelers' ride?
We think you do!

What you need: 

GSW membership (see
A helmet, a mechanically sound bike, and lots of energy
Knowledge of roads in your area that are safe for bicyclists
Willingness to lead rides from an easily accessible starting point
Talk to your Ride Leader on your next GSW ride.
See if you can co-host a ride for starters.

 We would love to have you!

If interested, please contact Mark St. Denis:

E-Bike Legislation Update - April 2019

Is one in your future?

If you have been following the trend of greatly increased e-bike sales and how the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH has been pushing NH e-bike legislation, you will be glad to learn the e-bike bill HB148 received unanimous approval from both the House and Senate Transportation Committees. A floor vote comes next but without any request for funding via a Fiscal Note the chances of enactment is very good. The bill will be in effect 60 days after passage so by this summer the State of NH should have good legislation in place concerning e-bikes.

The NH legislation follows the three-class model provided by People for Bikes. All three classifications (LSEBs, Low Speed Electric Bicycles) have electric motors that do not exceed 750 watts (1 HP) and cannot propel the bike over 20 MPH by the motor alone. The electric assist cuts-out at 20 MPH on Class 1 and 2 e-bikes while assistance is provided up to 28 MPH (45 KPM) on a Class 3 if the rider is pedaling. Restrictions may still be placed for areas and trails at the discretion of the owners or managers while the default usage guideline is that Class 1 and 2 e-bikes can be used anywhere a typical bicycle is allowed. E-bikes that are more powerful and faster than LSEBs are not even called “bicycles” by Federal or manufacturer definitions. They are “Out-of-Class Electric Vehicles” (OCEVs) – note the word “Vehicles” -- and fall into the OHRV category along with dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTV side-by-sides. They are not legal on roads, non-motorized rail trails, or mountain bike trails as they are effectively electric motorcycles with pedals that don’t have to be used. They are allowed on private lands, some parks, and trails / back roads designated for OHRV use.

Of course, identifying the various classes can be a challenge when all the LSEBs look much like conventional bicycles with a large water bottle or rear luggage rack. Enforcement of local regulations is another challenge between limited manpower and not being able to easily tell a Class 1, 2, or 3 apart from each other until the bikes display identification labels as required on sales made in 2020.

Bottom line, there is much education, documentation, and enforcement ahead in NH but HB148 sets the basis for our state to be the 13 th in the country to enact model e-bike legislation. For more info about e-bikes, please contact me or visit the BWANH web site at for a whitepaper / brief as used in support of the NH legislation.

Submitted by Dave Topham, BWANH Board member,

GSW Club Ride with GPS Account

In bygone years, the GSW used hand-drawn or photocopied paper maps for some of our routes but they were not available except for a given ride or event. With modern technology you can now have access to over 90 GSW routes on your home computer, tablet, smartphone, or Garmin bike computer at no cost over your basic GSW membership. And if you develop a good route just by riding it, you can email it to the GSW for inclusion in our route library for all members to access!

The GSW Club Ride with GPS account was created in April 2017. As a GSW member starting at $15.00 per year, you can use the full set of "Premium" RwGPS options valued at $80.00. These include:

-- Routes sorted as desired by name, starting location, distance, and/or elevation with available downloadable maps, cue sheets, and GPS files for your Garmin or similar bike computer.

-- Smartphone apps for Android and iPhone devices provide interactive navigation while cycling with turns indicated via maps and voice. (Using a Bluetooth earbud and backup battery can be helpful.)

-- Use your own free personal RwGPS account to plan or log your rides with trip details uploaded from your bike computer or entered manually from your computer or smart device.

-- Share your favorite route by simply emailing a link to the . After review, your ride will be added to the club library of routes for other members to access. Be sure to send your “route” with cue sheet and navigation aids, not just your “ride” that does not capture important details.

To get started: Follow directions in Pedal Talk to set up an account.

Please consider sharing your favorite routes! If you are not already a GSW member, consider joining the now to enjoy this "new $80.00/year perk" as part of your basic club membership.  Visit our web site to sign-up or renew your GSW membership!

Privacy counts! This GSW Club Ride with GPS account is for GSW members only. The listed rides and personal information will not be available to the public, sold, used, or otherwise targeted for spam.

Disclaimer: The GSW is not responsible for the accuracy of posted rides, road or traffic conditions, accidents, or any liability concerning use of the route library. Ride leaders are encouraged to schedule club rides using the listed routes and doing so counts toward personal club mileage totals via the usual ride sign-in sheets and club guidelines. Simply riding on a listed route without it being a scheduled ride in Pedal Talk or MeetUp will not count as club mileage.

Enjoy all the GSW "perks" -- and cycle safely!

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.

Nashua River Rail Trail

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 angers, 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.
Read More 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

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,

Help Hetty Andrews - Ride Sign-In Sheet Legibility

It is not unusual for Hetty (the GSW ride mileage tracker/recorder) to find poorly printed and non-decipherable names on the sign-in sheets (there are separate signature and PRINT columns; PRINT clearly). Also, sometimes, no mileage is entered at all next to names!

Hetty is very conscientious about seeing that everyone receives proper mileage "credit." She should not have to scratch her head and struggle as she records mileage.

Before any sheets are mailed to Hetty, they should be made legible and, maybe, tweaked a bit for clarity. Ride leaders should always be certain everyone in their group has clearly printed their name and entered mileage.

If you need help, feel free to contact me and I will try to assist. Hetty will appreciate our efforts!

Thank You!

Cathy Yeager, GSW Member
Call or Text: 603-496-1361

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 8/31/2019

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary
GSW Meetup

Club Ride with GPS
Routes Library


2019 Seacoast Century
Seacoast Century2018 Review

Info for Concord Members

Rider Mileage


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Board and Committee Update
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