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.
Sunday, Oct 30, 1:00pm
Leaves from Corner Brewery parking lot – 720 Norris, Ypsilanti, MI
via a trinity of magics – pedalling of the bicycle, drinking of the cider, and eating of the donuts
because donuts. let’s not overthink this.
Oct 9, 2016
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.
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:
Chela’s (torture tour only)
Dos Hermanos (mercado)
Mi Compadre (torture tour only)
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
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.
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!
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
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
Location is Ladies’ Literary Club, 218 North Washington Street
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Recreation Park (Oakwood at Congress) Ypsilanti
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 (www.aabts.org) and Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org).
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 www.rideofsilence.org.
For more information about the Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence visit the Bike-Bus-Walk Ypsilanti web page at www.bbwypsi.org and click on the “Ride Of Silence” tab. For further information you can contact Bob at 734-487-9058 or at email@example.com.
From Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery:
To help celebrate the inaugural Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week, we’re teaming up with our sister brewery in downtown Ann Arbor and Bike Ypsi for a brewery to brewery bike ride!
Join us a 12 p.m. as we set off from the Microbrewery (at 720 Norris St. in Ypsilanti) and take a leisurely ride to our downtown Ann Arbor pub on Washington Street. Both facilities will be offering happy hour pricing for participants!
The ride itself will take approximately 90 minutes one way, but will be designed for riders of all ability and skill!
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