Past Events

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.

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

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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

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)




Taco Tour Ocho (results update)

A bit late, but since Taco Tour has become an institution, the results for 2015 stand forever.

170 riders, and the results are in:

  • Best vegetarian: Maiz.
  • Best meat: TMAZ
  • Best overall ( most 1st place votes all categories ) Fiesta Mexicana.

Thanks you to all of the restaurants that participated.  Thanks to everyone who came out, rode, volunteered, and just generally got their tacos on.  A special thanks goes out to TacoTom for his persistence, patience, and enthusiasm… in founding, maintaining, and keeping the warm, squishy, onions-and-cilantro garnished metaphorical heart of Taco Tour beating, year after year.

We’re loving all of the photos on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for sharing the taco tour love! Viva la taco.
‪#‎tt8‬ ‪#‎tacotourocho‬ ‪#‎bikeypsi‬

Fall Ride – Oct 11, 2015


Join us as we celebrate the changing of seasons with our annual Fall Ride, coming up on Sunday, Oct 11, 2015.

  • Depart from Corner Brewery (ok… “Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery”)
  • Rides start to roll at 1:00 pm, please give yourself whatever extra time you need to be ready.
    • 15 mile road ride
    • 30 mile road ride
    • 15-20 mile dirt road ride featuring the unpaved roads around our community.
  • Wheels In Motion will be joining us to make sure that your bike is ready to go.
  • Helmets strongly recommended for all riders and mandatory for those 16 and under, including kids in trailers.

As always, there will be plenty of time to hang out after the ride at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery. We look forward to seeing you there!



Back for its eighth year, Taco Tour rides again!  More rides, more challenges,  and more tacos await you this year!  As always, meat and vegetarian tacos available.
Date:  Sunday September 13 at 1:00 pm until 4-ish
Place: Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (formerly known as The Corner Brewery)
The rides:
Taco Tour “Townie”  a 6 mile ride visiting 3 taquerias, finishing at the Corner.
Included are 3 tacos, one commemorative pint glass and a beer at the Corner.
Cost $15. Designed for any level of rider. Plan for two and a half hours. (If small children are on the ride and will only eat tacos, then you can purchase tokens for them ($2 per taco token).
Taco Tour “Traditional”  a 17 mile ride visiting 7 taquerias, finishing at the Corner.
Included are 6 tacos, one lemonade en route, one commemorative pint glass and a beer at the Corner.
Cost $25. Our regular fun ride! Plan for three and a half hours.
Taco Tour “Torture”  a 30 mile ride visiting 8 taquerias, return to Corner.
Included are 8 tacos, lemonade en route, commemorative pint glass, and a beer at the Corner.  A ride to challenge both your legs and your stomach. Cost $30. Plan for four hours.
As before, you must mail a check made out to “Tom Lennon”. Include the following info, please!
Name of rider:
Ride: (Townie, Traditional, Torture)
Contact: address, phone or email
Meat, veggie or mix option. (for planning)
Deadline: September 4 or when capacity is reached. Cap is 150 riders on the traditional tour!!
Communication: [email protected]