How to Keep In Touch with CRW

By: 
Robyn Betts

Between bike commutes to work and longer weekend rides, I spend a good chunk of my free time on my bike, probably just like many of you. But I must confess, I spend a lot more time per week staring at my phone, in front of a computer, or surfing the web for either work or play. It's far too easy to spend idle minutes in line at the grocery, the coffee shop, or at night on the couch mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, reading the news, texting friends, or just following whatever crosses my path like an Internet lemming. Sound familiar?

Well, like it or not, all of the digital resources at our fingertips nowadays can help us stay connected with the things we love, including cycling and the CRW.

What I’m trying to say is that if you don't already have a digital addiction, we can help you start one. Did you know that we have a presence on 8 different digital outlets to keep you up to date on what's happening with the club? See our list below for all the ways you can keep in touch and up to date with all things CRW. Oh, and being a club member entitles you some free stuff, too! Read on to find out.

Wheelpeople Newsletter

We know that our flagship monthly email newsletter isn't news to you, because you're reading it right now! But did you know you can find old archived newsletters dating all the way back to 1967? Get there anytime from the link at the bottom of the homepage and get lost in CRW history.
 

RideWithGPS Club Account

RideWithGPS is a site that allows you to create routes and print out cue sheets or download a route to a GPS-enabled device (like your Garmin or your smartphone) for navigation. All rides from the CRW ride library are stored here and you can access them all as a member of the club. Better yet, joining the CRW club on RideWithGPS gives you free access to premium features like turn-by-turn voice navigation and route/map downloads to your phone for offline usage for all CRW routes.
 

Strava
Strava is a social network for cyclists and other GPS-based fitness enthusiasts. People upload the routes they rode (ran, hiked, etc.), along with pictures and comments about their activity. Connect with other members you rode with, give kudos, comment on posts, view our club Strava leaderboard, and see upcoming events. Ride leaders can request that their rides be posted on Strava by emailing Rami Haddad at mcccxxv@me.com. This is one of the club's newest digital hangouts, but it's growing by leaps and bounds every day. We now have 598 CRW club members on Strava!

 

Google Group Discussion Board

For general cycling banter, questions about rides or riding, and occasional for-sale or free items, head over to our Google Group for the CRW. It's been around a while and is quite active with 768 members.   For more information on how to subscribe to the Google Group, check out https://www.crw.org/content/facebook-internet-mailing-list.
 

Facebook

Follow us on Facebook to see upcoming rides/events, and see posts and pictures from the rides. If you're not on Facebook, you can send any pictures you want to appear there to Facebook admin and CRW member Meghan Kopaska at mkopaska30@comcast.net
 

Instagram

Instagram is a photo-based social network, also known as Insta or IG, if you're hip with the lingo. Tag charles_river_wheelers on your pics from the ride to share the fun you had with fellow members. If you're not on Instagram, you can send any photos you want to appear there to our Instagram maven and CRW member Meghan Kopaska at mkopaska30@comcast.net.
 

Meetup

Meetup seems to be a spot where people new to the area find out about the CRW. Maybe that's how you got here! If so, welcome! There are 1680 people in our CRW meetup group, where you can find posts about upcoming rides.
 

Twitter

We're not as active as *ahem* some people on Twitter. The last post was last September, 2018, so this is definitely not our most active social media presence.
 

Pinterest

Check out our bike-inspired mason jar crafts, wood pallet projects, home decoration tips and recipe inspiration! Our Pinterest recommendations will really take your biking to the next level!
 

Just kidding. We're not on Pinterest. But there sure are a lot of ways to keep in touch! Maybe too many!

Call for VP of Communications

Which leads me to this: Would you like to be the person who clarifies and manages our communications strategy and presence? We are looking for a VP of Communications for the club. If you'd like to volunteer your time and have thoughts about how best to get the word out about the CRW and communicate with our members, please get in touch with president@crw.org.

 

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