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    Default Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    My wife and I will be in the area of Reston the week of September 24.
    Iíll be staying in a housing development about three miles southeast of Reston, Va.
    Are there some good road or trail routes in this area?
    Iíve rode around the immediate vicinity of this housing development, but did not find much.
    I did not venture far because I was riding a horrible hybrid.
    If the riding is worth the effort, Iím wondering if anyone might have a suggestion where to rent a road bike.
    Thanks much,
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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    There's some very good riding in the area as well as just west of there, accessible via the W&OD trail. Reston Bike Club is also active Tues/Thurs nights as well as Sat mornings. I'd give Green Lizard Bicycles a call. I'm not sure what road bikes they have for rentals, but they're a great shop for bikes, coffee and beers, located right on the trail.
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    Tons and tons of good routes from there. Use ridewithgps as a start and I'll help you if needed.

    Chris is right, use WO&D to get yourself in the vicinity of Leesburg than hit the back roads. That's some real real good territory.

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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    Aslin Beer Co is right off the WOD and is a must if you’re a beer geek.
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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    Thanks, is this the current status at Aslin Beer?

    Aslin Beer Co. | Beer
     

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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    Quote Originally Posted by bironi View Post
    Thanks, is this the current status at Aslin Beer?

    Aslin Beer Co. | Beer
    Yes. Carry out only. I've heard mixed things about mgmt there...

    But there are numerous other breweries; Crooked Run, The Caboose, Old Ox.
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    Thanks Chris.
     

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    Aslin has arguably the best/funkiest/most sought after beer in the area but is strictly a retail operation at the moment. If youíre the type to get your hands on Heady Topper in VT or Pliny in CA then this is up your alley.

    Caboose in Vienna has a great location and ambience and good but not great beer. A lot of fun.

    Canít comment on the other two.
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    Matt we are venturing OT BUT it's about incredible hard to get beer so it's ok right?

    This >> Black Flag Brewing Co I've scored two four packs of the hard to get stuff and am here to tell you it's crazy good. If Aslin does not work out look for this at your local seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Matt we are venturing OT BUT it's about incredible hard to get beer so it's ok right?

    This >> Black Flag Brewing Co I've scored two four packs of the hard to get stuff and am here to tell you it's crazy good. If Aslin does not work out look for this at your local seller.
    Columbia is not in my normal travel radius, but will keep this in mind the next time I find myself in that neck of the woods- thanks!
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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    When I was in high school in the 1970's my girlfriend's family moved out to Reston.

    At the time there were no traffic lights or maybe one traffic light in all of Reston.

    The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail belonged to the power company for power lines after the railroad left.

    The old railroad bridges had the rails removed to sell the steel, but the loose railroad ties still sat on the remaining bridges.

    The trail was open to the public, but no motorized vehicles were allowed.

    Later the power company donated the trail to the Regional Park Authority.

    At first the dangerous bridges were simply removed and were not replaced right away.

    The trail was gravel and not fine gravel, but very large, coarse railroad gravel.

    This was nearly impossible for bikes to use.

    Later very fine gravel was spread over the trail to smooth it out.

    Later still, much of trail became paved and many of the missing bridges replaced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo View Post
    When I was in high school in the 1970's my girlfriend's family moved out to Reston.

    At the time there were no traffic lights or maybe one traffic light in all of Reston.

    The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail belonged to the power company for power lines after the railroad left.

    The old railroad bridges had the rails removed to sell the steel, but the loose railroad ties still sat on the remaining bridges.

    The trail was open to the public, but no motorized vehicles were allowed.

    Later the power company donated the trail to the Regional Park Authority.

    At first the dangerous bridges were simply removed and were not replaced right away.

    The trail was gravel and not fine gravel, but very large, coarse railroad gravel.

    This was nearly impossible for bikes to use.

    Later very fine gravel was spread over the trail to smooth it out.

    Later still, much of trail became paved and many of the missing bridges replaced.
    Telegraph Road!

     

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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    Chris,
    Thanks for thr Green Lizard suggestion. Good service. Nice people.
     

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    Default Re: Riding advice for Reston, Va.

    Quote Originally Posted by bironi View Post
    Chris,
    Thanks for thr Green Lizard suggestion. Good service. Nice people.
    The guys at Bike Lane are good too

    Bring a mtn bike. The trails around Lake Ffx and down to Occoquan are really fun. Ditto wtih Fountainhead. ...and...

    There's some great gravel west of where you're staying. From ? up off the WOD by the quarry south/west to Bull Run Mtn road all the way over to Marshall and even farther west, then north to Middleburg and back.

    Reston itself has a bunch of 'bike paths' meandering thru it. Something with bigger tires is your best bet for those, cause the ones I've been on can get bumpy where tree roots are burrowing under the pavement.

    This time of year, the RBC rides are either shorter or start earlier or both. check with them

    HTH

    M
     

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