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Year 10: Bike Ypsi Annual Fall Ride 2016





Oct 9, 2016

1:00 pm


A little simpler this year, and back to basics – 2 routes: one dirt roads, one paved roads.


Paved roads: 28.5 miles.
Dirt roads: 21 miles.


Leaves from Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery), returns there at the end. Feel free to stay for socializing afterward if you like – it’s highly likely there will be folks hanging around afterwards in the beer garden.


Rides launch at 1pm from Arbor Brewing Microbrewery. Come earlier to sign in and get yourself set up.


As with all our rides, helmets are strongly encouraged for everyone, and mandatory for riders under 16 (state law, people). Any minors who join us must ride with a parent or guardian.


Note: this is a longer paved route than usual for a “main route”. We’ll break into groups – faster will be 15-16mph average. Expect to ride for 1.75 -3 hours depending on your group’s pace.

Taco Tour 9 recap









Another September, another Taco Tour.


Thanks to everyone that volunteered, everyone that rode, the wonderful taquerias of the Greater Ypsilanti Metropolitan Area (of which there are never enough), and Corner Brewery for putting up with us taking over their front yard and street and parking lots, and then leaving sweaty butt prints on all their chairs afterward.  All in all, we hope everyone had a good time – we certainly did.


Additionally, a BIG thanks to Taco Tom, whose brilliant idea, tenacity, labor, love for tacos, bikes, and Ypsi, make it what it is.  An event like this is a labor of love, and there’s plenty of labor involved for something that’s a volunteer-run, just barely-cover-costs-of-Tshirts-and-pint-glasses-and-tacos kind of event.  Next time you see him out and about, buy him a beer or something (he likes IPAs, fwiw).  🙂


“But who won?” you’re probably wondering…  Before getting to that, some stats:

  • Total riders: 216.  That’s just bonkers for this dinky little town in Michigan.  It comes to about 1300 tacos. Every year seems to get bigger, and this one was no exception.
  • We launched 9 groups from the start (7 Traditional, 1 Torture, 1 Townie), so about 25 per group – as you probably discovered, it’s sometimes tough to keep a group of 25 together on the road, what with stop lights and all.  And when 25 people descend on a taqueria all at once, well, the line easily goes out the door, and around the corner.  The logistics get tougher as it gets bigger, particularly for the taquerias and the Ride Guides. There’s always a solution, but hopefully people understand why registration has to be cut off at some point.


Oh, and if you liked something you had, but can’t remember the place, hopefully you can find that perfect taco again – here’s the list:

La Casita

Chela’s (torture tour only)

Dos Hermanos (mercado)

Fiesta Mexicana


Mi Compadre (torture tour only)

La Marqueza

TMaz Taqueria

Taqueria la Torre


Finally, the results of the voting…

  • Best Meat:  Papas (potato) con Chorizo at Fiesta Mexicana
  • Best Veggie:  Avocado at Maiz
  • Best overall:  Fiesta Mexicana


TT9 / Taco Tour Nueve: FULL (closed)


Taco Tour is at capacity and registration is CLOSED… we’re full, complete, stuffed, sated… whatever you want to call it.


200 riders is where we gotta call it and say “no mas”.


As of Tuesday night, if you already got in contact with Taco Tom, and sent your check in, and been received by now, you’re good.


If not, then we’re sorry, but begging will do you no good… there’s only so many that TT9 can handle.


For those 200… see y’all on Sunday.  Looks like it will be perfect – 72 and sunny, bikes and tacos.



tacotour2015_imageAt Midsummer, thoughts turn to the last event of the season, the last bike ride of Summer.


Yes, it is again time for Taco Tour, the wheel turning, taco eating event held the last weekend before Fall.


This year marks edition nine, to be known as Taco Tour Nueve. Three different rides can be had, each of differing lengths and taco count.


Sunday, September 11, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arbor Brewing Company
720 Norris Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198




The Rides:


Taco Tour Townie– 5-6 miles, 3 tacos, one beverage at the Corner, a commemorative pint glass, plus other extras. $18 per rider. Kids can tag along without registering. To feed and keep them happy extra taco tokens can be added for $2 each.


Taco Tour Traditional – 15-17 miles, 6 tacos, one beverage at the Corner, commemorative pint glass and extras. $25 per rider. Additional taco tokens for the hungry rider at $2 each.


Taco Tour Torture – 30+ miles, 9 tacos, one beverage at the Corner, a commemorative pint glass plus extras. $30 per rider. Should you desire even more fuel for the ride, additional taco tokens are $2 per.


We will be stopping at many favorite taquerias, and will include some new ones as well. As usual, tacos can be had to satisfy omnivores and herbivores alike.


Taco Tour t-shirts will be available at the end of the ride for $15 each. A limited number will be available. If you register early, and indicate size, one can be held just for you.


Registration, as per custom, snail mail and check, personal or cashier, sent to:

Tom Lennon (aka Taco Tom)

UPDATE: registration filling up – we’re at 150+. Email Taco Tom (see below) to see if there’s any space left for you. (It might help to beg him at this point)Include with your check:

  • names of riders
  • meat or veggie option
  • ride (Town, Traditional, Torture)
  • number of extra taco tokens if desired
  • shirt size if desired. S, M, L, XL, XXL. Unisex or S, M, L women’s cut


Note that extra tokens can be had from group ride guide also.


Questions?? email can be sent to <tom (at) tacotom (dot) net>

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride & Festival 2016


Now in it’s 8th year, and always the first Sunday in May, a fun way to officially welcome the summer riding season.


The 2016 Spring Ride will include a 15 mile ride exploring the roads and routes in the city of Ypsilanti, a 30 mile ride and a 40 mile ride for those wishing to challenge themselves, and see the surrounding areas. There is also a short family ride around the neighborhood for the small humans. All rides with have Bike Ypsi guides, as well as a support vehicle, and will focus on promoting safe, smart, fun riding.


There will be local bike shops on hand to perform maintenance before and after the ride to ensure that your bike is ready for the roads.


And, as always, the ride will be followed by a cookout with food provided for the cyclists by local companies and festivities galore.


Sign up and Join us May 1st, 2016!


Recreation Park
1015 North Congress
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Check-in for the 15, 30, and 40-mile rides begins at 9:00am.  Family Ride check-in begins at 10:00am.


Ride departure times:

Noon — lunch, games, and bike-related shenanigans!


Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders and mandatory (state law) for all riders under 16. All minors must be accompanied on any ride by a parent/guardian.


We also recommend you bring:

  • sun block
  • sun glasses
  • ride snack
  • water bottle
  • flat repair kit

Legal Stuff for Cyclists

Ever had questions about legal issues for cyclists in Michigan?  Right(s) of way? Helmets? Crashes? Crosswalks? Liability? Legislative Initiatives?  The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) has a webpage on their site with write-ups on a number of these topics, as well as others.

League of Michigan Bicyclists

While they aren’t lawyers, they’re pretty smart folks that have their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in Lansing, and as the primary state-wide cycling advocacy organization in Michigan, they’re a damn good resource.


We like them, and we think you will too.


Holiday Lights Ride


The When:

Thursday, December 17th, 2015;  7pm

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti

The What:

Options for a short ride (4-5 miles) and a little longer ride (8-10 miles) will take place through Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view Christmas light displays from your bike. Socializing afterward at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Norris and Forest in Ypsi). All riders should have working front and rear lights. Ride leader is Bob at 734-487-9058 or

First Ride In The First Hour of 2016


The When:

Friday, January 1, 2016
12:30am (yes… 30 minutes after midnight!)

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti

The What:

Start the year off right by riding in the first hour of the New Year! Ride leaves promptly at 12:30am as it will be too cold to wait around. Ride on low traffic residential streets. Lights (front and rear) mandatory. Ride will be around 6 miles long and take around 30-45 minutes. The start location is The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery so people can warm up inside before the ride starts (and participate in ABC’s New Year’s Eve party). Ride leader is Bob at 734-649-6283 or

Devil’s Night Eve Halloween Ride


Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 7pm
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti
Lets go for a spooky ride on the Border To Border Trail though some dark wooded sections! Headlight and rear light required. Ride will take around 45 minutes at a casual pace, and mostly using off-road paved paths but some street riding. Costumes not required but encouraged. Post ride socializing at the Corner Brewery.
Questions? Contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or

Annual General Meeting – Sun, Jan 17, 2016


For all Bike Ypsi members in good standing… (“good standing” meaning the basic membership requirements: Sign Up, Show Up, Do Something.)


We’ll be having a General Meeting in January to discuss Bike Ypsi business of the yearly, and long-view variety.  Over the past years some things have changed, and some have stayed the same. It’s good to have the chance to take a look around and see where we’re at.


– Not an event planning session, but events surely will be discussed.

– Not an organizational structure meeting, but organizational structure surely will be discussed.

– Not too long, but not too short.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

10:00 am

Location is Ladies’ Literary Club, 218 North Washington Street

Ride Of Silence – 2016

ROSWednesday, May 18th, 2016
Recreation Park (Oakwood at Congress) Ypsilanti
7:00 pm


Silent bicycle ride to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”. Ride length of 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour. The Washtenaw County ride is in Ypsilanti and cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society ( and Bike Ypsi (


The ride is free and open to the public. All participants are asked to wear a helmet and to obey all traffic laws, including stop signs and signals. For more information about the Ride Of Silence itself visit


For more information about the Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence visit the Bike-Bus-Walk Ypsilanti web page at and click on the “Ride Of Silence” tab. For further information you can contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or at

Cider and Donuts Ride – Oct 18, 2015

A seasonal favorite returns again in 2015: Cider and Donuts.
  • 25-mile roundtrip ride to Obstbaum Orchards, and a luxurious stop at the orchard for treats.
  • Out-and-back route, so we’ll roll out together as a group at 1pm,
  • Return as you like, at whatever pace or grouping appeals to you and your (potentially) cider-and-donut-filled belly.
  • Bring $ for treats at the orchard (and bags, if you plan to haul some home).
As always, with Bike Ypsi rides:
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged for everyone.
  • Helmets are required for riders under 16, including kids in trailers.
  • Minors should have an adult riding with them at all times.

This is a self-supported ride with no sag, so pump your tires up at home, bring water and, ideally, have a patch kit with you.

The route is 99% paved (the last 1/8 mile to the orchard is a dirt road, but smooth and totally road-bike-able)

We’ll ride rain or shine (within reason)