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Cider & Donuts Ride

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Join us for a ride out to Plymouth Orchard for cider and donuts. We will be traversing mostly dirt roads. The route is about 18 miles round trip.
As with all our events, we encourage helmet use. Helmets mandatory for riders under 16 in the state of Michigan. Minors should be riding with an adult who will stay with them for the entire ride.

 

This ride will be largely self-supporting, though we intend to ride in groups. Please be sure your bike is in good working order before you come out and be prepared with a phone, money, and a flat changing kit.

 

When:

Sunday, Oct 30, 1:00pm

Where:

Leaves from Corner Brewery parking lot – 720 Norris, Ypsilanti, MI

How:

via a trinity of magics – pedalling of the bicycle, drinking of the cider, and eating of the donuts

Why:

because donuts.  let’s not overthink this.

Year 10: Bike Ypsi Annual Fall Ride 2016

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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 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.
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TACO TOUR OCHO

TACO TOUR OCHO

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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.
Registration:
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: tom@tacotom.net
Longest Day Of The Year Ride

Longest Day Of The Year Ride

Bike Ypsi Longest (Day) Ride Of The Year Ride – Sunday, June 21st8pm – Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Norris at Forest in Ypsilanti) – A very casual paced ride celebrating the Summer solstice and the longest day of the year. This hour-long (at most) ride has a route that will take us to though the summer-quiet campus of Eastern Michigan University and a loop around St. Joes Hospital on the Border To Border Trail. Ride cancelled if raining at start time. Questions? Contact Bob at wolverbob@gmail.com. And remember, six months from now (in December) you will only be dreaming of riding your bike in shorts and daylight at 8pm!

Women's 100(KM) Ride

Women’s 100(KM) Ride

Some of the Bike Ypsi women will be joining with thousands of other women around the world to ride a metric century (63 miles) on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Want to join us? If so, consider coming out for some of our shorter training rides (25-30 miles). Information on training rides can be found on our Google Calendar (Bike Ypsi) and on Facebook. We hope to have a couple more training rides with longer miles leading up to the big day!

More info on the Rapha initiative is here:http://pages.rapha.cc/womens100. Feel free to add your name and email to be counted!

Those of us leading these events have an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified on these rides. Our goal is not to exclude but rather to build the presence of traditionally underrepresented groups in cycling.

We haven’t finalized many of the details yet as I’ve been trying to collect information on who wants to ride and at what pace. Right now, it looks like it will be a small group that we may split into 2 with a group leaving at 7:30 and a group leaving at 9:00am from Recreation Park (Congress and Oakwood) in Ypsi. The early group will be slow, at 11mph (ish) average. The later group will average more like 15mph. There is no official signup and no specific qualifications, riders should have good experience biking and have ridden a 40+ miler before attempting this. We will stay in groups so as to share the work and make it a social ride, but all riders should be self sufficient, including a tuned up road bike, equipment for changing flats, and be carrying food, water, phone, etc. I hope to make SAG and rest stop refreshments available, but haven’t ironed that out yet!

If you are interested in joining us, we’d love to have you! Here is a link to the FB we’ll be using to discuss details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450115208617810/
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Ypsilanti Bike-Bus-Walk Week Activities 2015

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May 10–16, 2015

 

Also know as national “Bike To Work Week”, this is a series of events geared towards getting people to try bicycling as not only a means of recreation, but transportation. Need to go to work? If possible, bike! Need to run an errand (be it to the library, a store, Post Office, etc.)? Try biking there! And the hope is if you try biking to a destination once, it may become a year-round healthy (and economical) habit.

 

All Week Activities
  • Free Coffee For Bicyclists – Beezys Café (20 North Washington Street) and the Wolverine Grill (228 West Michigan Avenue) in downtown Ypsi will offer free small coffee to anyone who rides and brings in their bike helmet during Bike-Bus-Walk Week.
  • Bicycling & Walking Information – Literature rack display of handouts, Border To Border Trail maps at Ypsilanti Cycle, 116 West Michigan Avenue – Sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Committee.
  • Ghost Bikes – Week-long display of white “ghost” bikes where cyclists have been hit in Ypsilanti. Visit www.bbwypsi.org for locations. Meant to be a simple message to motorists and bicyclists to “share the road” with courtesy to each other. Sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee.

 

Sunday, May 10th – Bike Ypsi Sunday Ride

1pm, Recreation Park, Oakwood and Congress. This Bike Ypsi ride is held year-round, every Sunday at 1pm. Ride is moderate paced and lasts about an hour or two, depending on who is riding and where they vote to go.

 

Wednesday, May 13 – Slow Roll Ypsi

7pm start time. This is a slow paced, very casual ride, around an hour long, in quiet Ypsilanti neighborhoods and the Border To Border Trail while at the same time keeping the route as flat as possible. Meet at Recreation Park, Congress at Oakwood Streets in Ypsilanti. Sponsored by Bike Ypsi.

 
Thursday, May 14, – Basic Biking Talk
7pm, Library Plaza Park (229 West Michigan Avenue, east of the downtown library). Did you know that 25% of all trips are made within a mile of our homes and 40% within two miles of our home? Bicycling can be more than just a hobby; it can be a great form of transportation. Learn to navigate in busy urban areas safely and legally and basic maintenance (change a flat tire, basic bike checks). Free. In case of rain, the talk will be held indoors next door at B-24s Café. Sponsored by Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org) and the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee

 
Friday, May 15 – Bike To Work Day Comes To Ypsilanti!
Consider biking or walking to work or for errands in Ypsilanti! This one-day of the year is dedicated to getting people on bikes so give it a try. If you are walking or bike riding to work or for errands in Ypsilanti May 15th, stop by the Bike To Work Day booth in front of Beezy’s Café, 20 N. Washington Avenue from 7am to 10am for biking/walking information, maps and free coffee/snacks. For those needing to go to Ann Arbor, join the Bike Ypsi group commute ride to Ann Arbor promptly at 7:30 from Beezys (come earlier for breakfast – Beezys opens at 7am and they can cook fast). Groups will plan to stop at bike commuter stations set up around Ann Arbor where snacks and refreshments will be available (commuter station locations can be viewed at http://www.getdowntown.org/Events/CommuterChallenge

 
Saturday, May 16 – Healthy Kids Day – Bike Repair & Bike Rodeo
10am to 2pm – Estabrook Elementary School, 1555 W. Cross Street in Ypsilanti. Volunteer bike mechanics will help get your bike ready for riding. Clean your bike until it shines at the washing stations. Complete the Bike Rodeo Skills Course and get a helmet and a bike bell ($5 donation appreciated – limited number of helmets/bells). Fun, games and healthy snacks all during the event. For further information, or to volunteer, contact info@commoncycle.org. Sponsored by Common Cycle (http://commoncycle.org), the Ann Arbor YMCA (www.annarborymca.org) and Safe Kids of Huron Valley (www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-huron-valley). Volunteers also needed for this event! Please contact Ian (ianogden1124&@gmail.com) or Jim (leej_48103@yahoo.com) if you can help (no bike experience required – just that you like to help kids!)

 

More activities, including walks, posted on the Bike Bus Walk Ypsi website – www.bbwypsi.org

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride

The Bike Ypsi Spring Ride and Festival is the perfect event to jump start your summer of cycling. With guided rides for all skill levels, local bike shops to get your bike road ready, and no shortage of friends, food, and fun. Let us know you are coming on EventBrite!

 

The 2015 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, and a 30 mile slower ride. 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.

 

Join us Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
9:00 am     Registration start
9:30 am     40 mile (fast) and 30 mile (slow) rides
10:00 am    30 mile and 15 mile rides
11:00 am     family ride
12:00           food and festival

 

Recreation Park
1015 North Congress
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

If you would like to volunteer or to be a ride guide, please email us at bikeypsi@gmail.com – we’d love to have you join us!

8th Annual Bike Ypsi Fall Ride

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The When:

Oct 12, 2014; Event opens at noon, rides roll at 1:00pm

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, MI

The What:

A free event in celebration of fall and bicycles and fun and friends and…well, you name it! The Fall Ride starts and finishes at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Corner Brewery). Paved (15+ or 30+ miles) and dirt (15 miles) road routes. Riders will have the opportunity to ride with slower or faster groups. This is a great way to learn how to ride in groups and on the streets.
Check-in and tune-ups from local bike shops starts at noon—so bring your bike down early! You’re welcome to stay for food, fun and socializing afterwards in the Brewery. Bring your helmet (mandatory for riders 18 and under). Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Devils Night Halloween Ride

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The When:

Thursday, October 30th, 2014, at 7pm

The Where:

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti

The What:

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 and mostly on path but off road. Costumes not required but encouraged. Questions? Contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or wolverbob@gmail.com

Cold Winter Riding Talk

The When:

Saturday, November 8th at 1pm

The Where:

Ypsilanti District Library, 229 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti

The What:

Don’t put you bicycle away for the winter! Learn how to dress for cold weather riding, what precautions to take, what equipment your bicycle should have and what special maintenance procedures are needed. Also, indoor cycling using your own bicycle on a wind trainer will be discussed, as well as riding at night.

Bike Ypsi New Years Day Ride

The When:

Thursday, January 1, 2015; at 1pm

The Where:

Recreation Park, Corner of Congress and Oakwood

The What:

Get in some first miles of the year on the first day of the year. At least 12 miles on this ride and depending on the weather/road conditions, maybe more. Ride leader is Bob at 734-649-6283 or wolverbob@gmail.com.