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2020 Taco Tour

2020 Taco Tour

Taco Tour 13 is back…different, revised, safe and still fun.

This year’s Tour, like so many other things is changed. Rather than a large single day event, the Tour will be over an entire month, with riders in small groups or solo, venturing as before to some of the best local taquerias to sample tacos.

What’s different? No registration, no prepayment cost, no ride guides.

What’s the same? Bikes, tacos, fun.

 

How will it work?

  • Bike Ypsi will supply the list of taquerias participating, their addresses, info on hours, and notes on their taco offerings (current as of Aug 19).
  • You ride to at least 6 taquerias during the month of September, and purchase one or more tacos at each. You can do them all in one visit or spread them out.
  • Snap pics of your adventures.
  • Vote for your favorite.

Rules:

  1. You must ride a bike to the taquerias, no car transport.
  2. All visits must occur within the month of September, from the 1st to the 30th.
  3. You must buy (and eat) at least one taco at each stop.
  4. Document your visit with a picture, including you, the taco(s), and something bike-y. Please post to social media with the hashtags #TacoTour13 and #BikeYpsi.
  5. Vote onlinefor your favorite (we’ll ask you to post your best pic with your ballot). Link to ballot: https://forms.gle/3EBK7dwqFqfK11j29

 

The first 70 people to accomplish the above and to vote via the on-line survey will receive a Taco Tour pint glass.

Please note: We are fortunate that these many businesses are still operating. Sadly, some have gone out of business. Please wear a mask when inside the business and please maintain safe distancing from other patrons. Tacos generally cost $2.50 to $3.50, depending on choice. Considering tipping well, when you can.  Let’s show our love for these hidden gems by patronizing them during these difficult times.

 

The locations:

  1. La Marqueza 1396 E Michigan Ave, Ypsi.  Corner of Michigan and Harris.  Vegetarian taco and many meat tacos.  Try their Al Pastor meat taco.   10am-10pm every day.
  2. La Torre Taqueria 1525 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsi.  Corner of Cornell and Washtenaw.  Vegetarian taco and many meat tacos.  Try their Carne Asada taco.   10am-6pm every day.
  3. Dos Hermanos Mercado 412 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsi.  Vegetarian tacos, either bean or cactus (nopales), chicken every day, full menu with Barbacoa (lamb, beef, or pork) on Fri-Sat-Sun.  Recommended is their weekend Barbacoa offering.  9am-9pm every day.
  4. Antonio’s Coney Island (and Honduran restaurant) 2896 Washtenaw, Ypsi. Fountain Square plaza, near Norton’s Florist.  Honduran and Mexican style tacos, minimum order of 3.  Chicken, plantain, pica yuca or Serrano (poblano pepper, corn, onion and beans) tacos. Tue-Fri 10a-7pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm.
  5. Miny’s 2866 Washtenaw Ave Ypsi. Fountain Square Plaza. Has fish and shrimp tacos as well as traditional meat tacos, with a vegetarian taco as well. 11am to 7pm every day.
  6. TMAZ Taqueria 3182 Packard St, Ann Arbor. East of Platt.  Many meat and several vegetarian (mushrooms, black bean, or peppers) tacos. Mon-Sat 11am to 11pm. Closed Sunday.
  7. Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria 695 S. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor. Many vegetarian (recommend the Rajas) and meat tacos. 10:30am to 9pm M-Sat, Sun 10:30-8pm.
  8. Taco King 2231 Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor.  Many vegetarian tacos (bean, potato, mushroom, veggies) and many meat tacos. Try the Churrasco. 10am-10pm every day.

 

Spring Ride Planning Meeting

Spring Ride Planning Meeting

The Bike Ypsi Spring Ride is on! We need people to help. There are all types of volunteer opportunities, small and large. Come help us plan it and have some fun!

Sunday, March 15th, 5 PM

Arbor Brewing Brewpub (corner brewery)

720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198

 

Hope to see you there!

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Bike Ypsi Spring Challenge 2020

Bike Ypsi Spring Challenge 2020

 

We are shifting away from our usual spring ride format in this time of social distancing.  We still want to encourage you to get out on your bike, however, so we’ve designed this fun alternative:

BIKE YPSI Spring Challenge! Simply ride your bike to as many of the 30 checkpoints as you can during the month of May and receive our NEW ‘social distancing’ Bike Ypsi shirt at a special price. 

 

Sign up here!

Map of Checkpoints here!

 

Rules: 

  • event runs May 1 until May 31
  • ride a bicycle to the checkpoints (uni- and tri-cycles also acceptable)
  • take a selfie with your bike at the checkpoint
  • post your pic to Instagram, Twitter, and/or FB and with these tags:  @BikeYpsi  and  #BikeYpsiSpringChallenge2020
  • visit as many checkpoints as you can. Maps will be available online (FB and website) by May 1st
  • prizes (gift certificates to local businesses) will be awarded for creative participation 

 

Shirts will be delivered in early June. Register by May 10 to ensure your shirts/sizes.

 

Be Safe! Wear a helmet, observe traffic rules, and maintain social distance. Helmets required for riders under 16 (state law).

 

You can use one registration for multiple household/family members!

2020 Ride Of Silence “Format Change” (No Group Ride This Year)

2020 Ride Of Silence “Format Change” (No Group Ride This Year)

Wednesday, May 20, 7pm

The Ride Of Silence, a world-wide, third-Wednesday-in-May, a silent group bicycle ride to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”, will be reformatted in 2020 due to the virus pandemic.

With the date for the ride coming up, May 20, the Ride Of Silence international board has decided to change the format for this year’s ride. Instead of group rides they are recommending each site to encourage their participants to do solo rides or with their household members. The national Ride of Silence international organizers are working on plans to allow participants to easily report these rides and link them together through an easy-to-use platform. Obviously, these rides should be held in accordance to rules and guidelines set by local and state authorities.

Please check back for suggestions on Ride Of Silence solo rides on the Bike Ypsi web and Facebook pages or visit www.rideofsilence.org.

Cosponsored by Bike Ypsi, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org) and the Program To Educate All Cyclists (www.bikeprogram.org). For more information, including a route map, visit www.bbwypsi.org and click on the ROS button.

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Bike Ypsi’s Annual Holiday Lights Ride

Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30pm, Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Ypsilanti), Norris at Forest

 

Choose from a short (30-40 minute) or “little longer” (one hour) bicycle ride that will take you through low traffic Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view holiday light displays from your bike (“decked” out bikes encouraged). Socializing afterward at the Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Company – Ypsilanti). Please dress to stay warm and all riders should have working front and rear lights. Ride leaves promptly at 7:30pm.

 

PS – By popular demand from previous year’s rides, selected 5th grade band holiday music selections, where the band members are playing their hearts out and trying soooo hard, will be played by ride leaders during the course of the ride. Visit here – https://youtu.be/jEWpS5V2F2Q – for a sample!

Bike Ypsi New Years First Ride In The First Hour (11th Annual!)

Bike Ypsi New Years First Ride In The First Hour (11th Annual!)

January 1st at 12:30am (yes… 30 minutes after midnight!)
Arbor Brewing Ypsilanti (Corner Brewery), Norris at Forest.
 

Get the year off right by riding in the first hour of the New Year on this annual ride! The ride leaves promptly at 12:30am.
 

Ride on low traffic residential streets. Lights (front and rear) mandatory. Ride will be approximately 6 miles long and take around 30 minutes. The start location is the Corner Brewery so people can warm up inside before the ride starts (and take in their free New Years party along with a bonfire in the outdoor beer garden) and have a post-ride libation (the Corner Brewery is open to 2am).
 

Ride leader is Bob at [email protected] or 734-487-9058.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Ride cancelled if Winter Weather Advisory/Watch, or temperatures below 15 degrees, at midnight.

PS – Many people hear of this ride and think “that’s crazy, with all the drunks out on the road!!!” In past years, riders of this even have observed little if any car traffic during the ride and what traffic there is, you can see coming a long way out.

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Ypsilanti Cold Weather Bicycling Talks – December 7th & 8th

Don’t put your bicycle away for the winter! Discussion on 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, riding at night, and indoor cycling using your own bicycle on a trainer, will be discussed. Talks will be given on…

Saturday, December 7th, 2pm, downtown Ypsilanti Library, main floor meeting room
Sunday, December 8th, 3pm, Corner Brewery, Forest at Norris in Ypsilanti.

The talks are sponsored by the City of Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Advisory Committee, Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org), and the Ypsi Bike Co-op (www.facebook.com/ypsibikecoop). For more information call 734-487-9058 or email [email protected].

PS – A good place to put to use what you learned at these talks will be the Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Ride, Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30pm at the Corner Brewery, Norris at Forest in Ypsilanti. Details at www.bikeypsi.org or www.bbwypsi.org

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride

Bike Ypsi Fall Ride 2019
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
2:00 pm
Starts and ends at: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti
This year the Bike Ypsi Fall Ride will will be a beautiful tour with stops at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market for Cider and Donuts. Total trip is 23 miles with each run between destinations 7–9 miles.
The route will be a mix of paths, paved roads, and some hard packed dirt road that are pretty smooth and totally road-bike-able.
Bring $ for treats at the orchard (and bags, if you plan to haul some home).
A 14 mile short option will be available by riding to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens then and back to the Microbrewery.
There will be guides but no sag, so pump your tires, bring water, and, ideally, have a patch kit with you.
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.
Any questions, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Bike train/ride to “Motherload” showing

Join Bike Ypsi and the Ypsi Bike Coop for a multi-stop ride to the showing of “Motherload” at the Michigan Theater!

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Meet up at Ypsilanti’s Recreation Park at 5:45pm (1117 S Congress St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197). We will roll promptly at 6:00pm. The next stop is at the bike racks in front of WCC’s Health and Fitness Center, leaving there at 6:20pm. From there, we will take Gallup Park into Ann Arbor. Join us at either stop or catch us along the way.

All riders must have lights for the return trip. Helmets strongly recommended and mandatory for riders 16 and under (state law!).

Conversational pace but be ready to ride 6 (from WCC) to 9 (from Rec Park) miles each way, with some hills.

TACO TOUR TWELVE

TACO TOUR TWELVE

UPDATE: Taco Tour Twelve Results are In!
1240 tacos, 213 Choco-tacos, untold beer and drinks. 2035 miles were ridden by at least 215 cyclists. And, now, let’s have a drum-roll…:
Best Meat – Dos Hermanos Market Ypsi
Best Vegetarian – La Fiesta Mexicana
Most votes overall – Fiesta Mexicana
2nd vegetarian was Tmaz Taqueria, 3rd was La Torre Taqueria Restaurant
2nd Meat was La Torre, 3rd was Taqueria La Marqueza.
2nd Overall was La Torre
THANK YOU to ALL of the taquerias that participated!
THANK YOU to ALL the folks who came out and rode with us! THANK YOU to all of the volunteers (guides, SAG, pre-event, post-event).
THANK YOU to Go Ice Cream, Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, and Linen Ray Music!
THANK YOU to Taco Tom for making this event happen. Without you we would never be so full of deliciousness. 🙂
Don’t forget to tag your pics! #tacotourypsi12 #bikeypsi #tacotour2019

Semper Taco!

 

 

TACO TOUR TWELVE !!!

 

Join us again for the twelfth iteration of Bike Ypsi’s Taco Tour as we roll out  to devour the best tacos of our environs! The best indeed! Only locally owned, only traditional tacos!

 

Three ride options exist for your choosing: 

 

1- The Townie, a five-mile trip to three taquerias, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment. 

 

2- The Traditional Ride, a 15-mile trip with six tacos, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment. 

 

3- The Torture Tour (for the total taco experience), 25-mile trip with nine tacos, a visit to Go! Ice Cream for a Choco-Taco, and finish at Cultivate Tap house for liquid refreshment.

 

The taquerias comprise the best local taquerias for you to sample. These small (perhaps unknown to you) locations provide traditional tacos for your enjoyment. Come discover some hidden gems in Ypsilanti.

 

Go! Ice Cream makes a once a year treat the “Choco-Taco,” just for us. It is their house-made dairy-free chocolate sorbet, in a taco/waffle shell, dressed with a chocolate glaze, dusted cocoa nibs and chili spice!  This cold confection is so full of flavor you won’t want to miss it.

 

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House supplies us with an incredible beer selection in Ypsilanti and at reduced prices for this event. Your first beverage is included in your registration cost. Beverage choices include coffee or tea drinks, beer from their extensive tap list, and a special drink just for the Tour, a summertime mixed drink called the Bicicletta. 

 

Oh and did we mention music? TBD band at Cultivate, playing from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

 

There is swag too! You will receive a custom embroidered badge with the Taco Tour logo to put on your bike bag, backpack, favorite flannel shirt, or just to put in your hand.

 

Shirts in limited sizes will be available at an extra cost.  Pint glasses will be available at $3 apiece.

 

Here are the essentials:

 

September 15, 2019 Sunday. Rides begin at noon, last all afternoon and finish about 4-5 with music and beverages afterward.

 

Start: Frog Island parking lot, 699 Rice Street. Parking also available at the River street lot, entrance just north of the old train depot.  Sign-in and departure behind the Ypsi Freight house.

 

Finish: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House  307 N. River Street. (note parking is insufficient here, use Frog Island lot, only one block away.)

 

Sign-in and group assignment starts at 11:00 am day of event, Sunday September 15th.

 

Torture rolls out at 12 noon. Note: earlier start than past years.

 

Traditional leaves 12:15 pm.  Note: earlier start than prior years.

 

Townie leaves at 1:00 pm.

 

These rides are social, not racing, not training (except for the taco eating part). 

 

Pick the ride corresponding to your appetite, not your best mileage.

 

Voting for best taco will be for the stops on the Traditional ride, sorry, no voting for Townie riders.

 

Costs:

 

Townie: 5-6 miles in Ypsilanti, 3 tacos, 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, 1 beverage. $25.00.

 

Traditional: 15-17 miles starting in Ypsilanti looping to Platt Rd in Ann Arbor and back. 6 tacos, (7 taquerias to choose from, additional taco tickets can be purchased from ride guides during event), 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, 1 beverage.  $30.00.

 

Torture: 25-30 miles (not the Torture part), 9 tacos (can you handle that many?), plus a 1 Choco-Taco, 1 embroidered badge, and a 1 beverage. Honestly, the miles are not enough for the tacos, you should skip breakfast!  This is not so much for serious riders as for serious eaters! $35.00

 

Extra Tokens: 

Hungry riders can obtain extra taco tokens for $2.00 apiece from their ride guides. 

Those with a sweet-tooth can get an extra Choco-Taco token at $4.00.

Kids who are riding with a supervising full purchase adult can use just taco tokens at $2.00 each, Choco-Taco token at $4.00. 

 

Registration: 

 

by mail.  (Be early, as this event always fills up.)

 

Mail your information and check (payable to Tom Lennon) to:

 

Tom Lennon

1110 Sweet Road

Ypsilanti MI 48198

 

And yes, I know it’s retro. If you don’t have a checking account, you surely have a friend with an account who wants to ride.

 

Include: 

 

-Name of each rider and their choice of:

-Ride event (Townie, Traditional, Torture)

-Meat or Vegan option (this helps taquerias prep)

-Extra Taco tokens for kids riding with adult $2 each, Choc-Taco $4.

-check for the full amount.

-email address so we can confirm your registration.

 

Questions?? email Tom.  “tom at taco tom dot net”

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Ypsilanti Bike To Work Day & Commuter Station

Friday, May 17th

Beezy’s Cafe, 20 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti 

Times are listed below.

 

This Friday, consider bicycling to work, to class, for errands, for a meal, or for any other local activity in Ypsilanti (a League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community). This one day of the year is dedicated to getting people on bikes for local transportation where in the past they may have hopped in a car, so give it a try. You will also get some healthy exercise and save money in the process.

If you are bike riding in (or through) Ypsilanti this Friday morning, stop by the Bike Commuter Station from 7am to 9am in front of Beezy’s Café (20 North Washington Street) for biking/walking information, maps, free coffee/snacks and to enter a raffle for bike-related prizes. Also, in honor of Bike To Work Day, Beezy’s will be providing free coffee all day long May 17th (7am to 4pm) to cyclists who show their helmet to the cashier.

For those needing to go to Ann Arbor, join the Bike Ypsi group commute ride to Ann Arbor leaving at 8am from Beezy’s (they open at 7am for breakfast). For more information, including other bike commuter stations set up around Ann Arbor, visit https://www.getdowntown.org/events/commuter-challenge.

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence

Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence
Wednesday, May 15th – 7pm
Recreation Park – Rutherford Pool Parking Area, Congress at Elm, Ypsilanti

Silent ride held around the world on the 3rd Wednesday of May to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”. The Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence takes place at 7pm at Recreation Park – Rutherford Pool Parking Area, Congress at Elm, Ypsilanti (map at https://goo.gl/maps/8sBRH7j5Rzj). Ride length of 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour. Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org), Bike Ypsi (www.bikeypsi.org) and the Program To Educate All Cyclists (www.bikeprogram.org). For more information, including a route map, visit www.bbwypsi.org and click on the ROS button. For more information about the Ride Of Silence in general, visit www.rideofsilence.org.