March 2005
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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Special note: Weather and ground conditions this time of year are hard to predict, so please check with the leader ahead of time to find out which, if any, activity is still scheduled. All locations are in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride category explanation.

Sunday, March 13, is the deadline for April newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in March, submit the details by midnight March 13 to Lynne Tolman, , 508-831-0301. Remember, Patriots Day is April 18

Every Wednesday
Activity: Wednesday Outdoor Workouts
Location: See
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Rick Krasnick, 508-852-7701,

WOW means fresh air and exercise. Leader's choice each week of biking, hiking, snowshoeing, etc., depending on weather and conditions. We'll try to post details by noon each Wednesday at . Locations will vary, usually in West Boylston or Holden -- for example, Cheoy Lee II's at Causeway Crossing on Route 12 in West Boylston, or the Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot on River Street in Holden, or the Old Stone Church in West Boylston. Be sure to check the web page on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, March 18
Activity: Open Shop
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE,

Bring your bike for free service and/or maintenance lessons and/or use of the work area and tools at Seven Hills Wheelmen president Pete Howard's bike store. Work space is limited to six bikes, but there's no limit on the number of people (Seven Hills Wheelmen MEMBERS ONLY). Club members who know a thing or two about using a wrench are welcome to help teach as well. The usual Seven Hills discount of 10 percent on all purchases other than bicycles will be increased to 20 percent on this night only. If this Open Shop is filled, we'll schedule another one soon afterward.

Saturday, March 19
Activity: Breakfast and hike or bike
Location: Heifer International's Overlook Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $5
Leaders: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, , & Rick Krasnick, 508-852-7701,

Fuel up with pancakes, observe the maple sugaring operation, visit the farm animals and learn about the work of Heifer International. The breakfast costs $5; $3 for children ages 3-10; free for children 2 and younger. Reservations are recommended; call the farm at 508-886-2221. After we eat, Seven Hills Wheelmen will head out for a nearby bike ride or hike, depending on weather and ground conditions. Contact one of the leaders on Friday to find out the plan.

Note: Overlook Farm also has these breakfasts March 5 and 12.

Monday, March 21
Activity: Road ride, 12 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE,

Get the winter kinks out with an easy-paced loop around the Holden Reservoir near Tatnuck Square. Bike lights are required. Riders of all abilities are welcome. The leader says: "I will be riding slow."

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