Bike Ypsi Spring Ride 2017

BY Sping Ride 17
Time to launch the 2017 cycling season!
Join Bike Ypsi for our annual spring ride and party in the park. 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.
They will be several ride lengths and multiple groups for the main route (15ish miles) and the long route (30ish miles). More details on this will be posted closer to the event.
Registration begins at 9am and rides start rolling at 10am. Last out will be the family ride (very slow, 3 miles), leaving at 11am. All rides with have Bike Ypsi guides, as well as a support vehicle, and will focus on promoting safe, smart, fun riding.
All of the rides will be on paved roads of varying quality and traffic. If you are not comfortable riding on the road, please join the family ride.
Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders and mandatoty (state law) for all riders under 16. All minors must be accompanied on any ride by a parent/guardian.
The free BBQ with food provided for the cyclists by local companies will start around noon!
Recreation Park
1015 North Congress
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
If you would like to volunteer or to be a ride guide, please message us – we’d love to have you join us! [email protected] 

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.


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

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 (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 protected].

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