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  • 05/12/2023 11:29 AM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    Mighty Cyclists,

    It was a great day for a ride on thursday 5/11.  Warm with light to moderate winds made conditions just shy of perfect. 

    We had 73 riders sign in. 37 on line and the balance on the clipboards.  It was obvious that there were a "few" more than 73 at the start.  But, we had 73 sign in so that is the number that gets recorded.

    It is IMPORTANT that you sign in for a few reasons:

    1. Legal - as everyone needs to sign off on the waiver
    2. Numbers and accuracy.  We need to know how many riders showed up.
    3. Emergencies:  If something goes south, If you don't sign in, how will we know who to contact?

    What can you as a rider do to help us out?

    1. Sign up online:  https://toledo-area-bicyclists.ticketleap.com/2023-thursday-5fer/ 
    2. Get to the park Early!  I am usually at the park and ready to take signatures between 1730 and 1745

    Reported results

    Group 1 (Hot1) - 24.1 mph.  Ben Groves willed his larger group to come in at a 24+ mph. 

    Group 2 (Hot2) - 22.6 mph.  Tim Eckel and his riders came in with a consistent result. 

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy) - 21.4 mph.  Doug Kilpatrick had his group do their best impression of HOT 2.

    Group 4 (Spicy Plus) - 18.1 mph.  Rick Metcalf came out of retirement and led a good ride.

    Group 5 (Spicy) - 16.4 mph.  David and Mark had an influx of new riders to work with and reported all were receptive to advice and tips on how to effectively ride as a group.  Good job guys!  

    Group 6 (GLR) - We had 4 riders show up.  The group split into a 2x2.  Ben escorted a rider who was having issues keeping up and made it to the park safely.


    Joe "El Capitan" Peltier

  • 05/11/2023 9:44 AM | Jodie Petcoff

    **Due to the rain, this morning's Meandering Ride is canceled... stay safe and we will see you next week!!**

    This week the Meanderer's feel like its time to give our fabulous Metropark to the North a visit.

    The TAB Meandering Ride will depart Whitehouse this Saturday, May 13th at 8a (meeting just across from Cycle Werks) for a 28-mile loop up to Secor Park and back! Our route will average between 13-15mph, so you can expect some rolling speeds up to 17mph, but we adjust the pace for the abilities of the group that day. Bring a hydration and a snack for our short break at the park! Hope you can join us!!

  • 05/11/2023 9:19 AM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    Mighty Cyclists,

    Look at this weather for tonight's ride. 

    It will not get much better than this.   So come on out and enjoy a great ride.

    Remember you can sign in electronically at https://toledo-area-bicyclists.ticketleap.com/2023-thursday-5fer/

    Tonight's rides and ride leaders:

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Avg: 20-23+ mph, 26 mi: Ben Groves

    Group 2 (Hot2) - Avg: Less hot than Hot 1 26 mi:   Tim Eckel

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy) - Avg: 19-21 mph, 26 mi:  Doug Kilpatrick

    Group 4 (Spicy Plus) - Avg: 18-19.5 mph, 26 mi:  Ride Leader Needed

    Group 5 (Spicy) - Avg: 16-18 mph, 24 mi:  Dave Barret/Mark Maxwell

    Group 6 (GLR) - Avg: 14-16 mph, 20 mi:  Ride Leader needed

  • 05/08/2023 5:20 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday May 9th

              The Speedtrap Ride, the best Tuesday night ride out of Ottawa County, will roll out once again tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9th, at 6:30 pm from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore, Ohio.

              The weather is predicted to be more favorable than last week: sunny skies, a temperature in the upper 60s, an ENE wind of 6 mph, and no chance of rain.

              Regular ride leaders should be back:

    Scott Lang and his Ghost Pepper Riders

    Bob Kayden with the Cayenne Pepper Riderzs

    Doug Kilpatrick and the Habanero Riders, and

    Todd Pollock leading the Jalapeno Riders.

    I plan to lead the Sweet Pepper Riders, but I may not be in Elmore until May 23rd.

              The report from Rob Golden was that four riders rode last week in rain, wind, and temperatures in the low 40s: Tony Mazurek, Scott Lang, Rob Golden, and Doug Metzger. They averaged 20.2 mph. JoAnn Wegert rode separately. Thamk you Rob!

              Sign-in will take place in the bike shop, or out on the table in front of the shop.

              Pictured is Jalapeno leader Todd Pollock, from October 15, 2019.

    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 05/08/2023 1:58 PM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    Reported results for Thursday 5/4/23 (The Fourth was with us)

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Ben reported an average 24.4 with no one dropped?  You can see his report on FB: 


    Group 2 (Hot2) - Tim and his Hot 2 cohorts came back to the park with a 22.6 mph average.  

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy) - Douglas wrangled a group of wild untamed horses that came back to the park with an even 21.0 mph average. 

    Group 4 (Spicy Plus) - Rick Metcalf came out of retirement to lead the Spicy plus rat pack and came in with an average of 17.8 mph if I remember what Rick told me post ride.  

    ** We still need leaders for Spicy Plus. If you're interested, let myself and Chuck Nicewonder know **

    Group 5 (Spicy) - David and Mark led a spirited group of 7 that came in with a 16.4 mph average.  

    Group 6 (GLR) - No report

    47 riders signed in on the clipboards.  There were more for sure.  It is important that you sign in.  Just in case something "bad" happens. We need the information for communication and insurance purposes. 

    Some people inquired about on-line sign up.  The site is active and ready to go.  Use the following link to register online:


    The next ride is Thursday, 5/11/2023. Our predicted weather is looking optimal.  A high of 77 is predicted with mostly sunny conditions.  The wind is predicted to be out of the SSW at 6 mph with gusts to 10 mph. 

    It's the beginning of the season so some reminders on paceline do's and don'ts are always worth the review:

    • Do: ride smoothly and predictably
    • Don’t: swerve, surge, or brake suddenly.
    • Do: ride only as close to the wheel in front of you as you feel comfortable and safe doing
    • Don’t: overlap your wheel with the wheel ahead of you.
    • Do: Stay attentive and keep your hands where you can access the brakes if needed.
    • Don’t: use aerobars or positions that compromise control.
    • Do: Communicate hazards and obstructions! 

    That's it for now.  I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday.


    Joe "El Capitan" Peltier 

  • 05/04/2023 11:37 AM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    May the 4th be with you.

    Most importantly, today is the first Thursday 5'fer of the TAB riding season.

    When: 18:30

    Where: Side Cut Park, Maumee. Silver Lake Parking lot.

    What: 6 group rides:

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Avg: 23+ mph, 26 mi Led by Ben Groves

    • This is a DROP Ride.

    • Rolling averages are VERY FAST

    Group 2 (Hot2) - Avg: 20-23, 26 mi Led by Tim Eckel

    • This is a DROP ride

    • Rolling averages are VERY FAST, but not quite as fast as HOT 1

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy) - Avg: 19-21 mph, 26 mi Led by Douglass Kilpatrick Jr

    • This is a Drop ride.

    • Rolling averages range from 20-24mph+ depending on the wind and group strength

    Group 4 (Spicy Plus) - Avg: 18-19.5 mph, 26 mi - RIDE LEADER NEEDED

    • This is a Drop Ride

    • Rolling averages range from 18.5 - 21+MPH depending on the wind and group strength

    Group 5 (Spicy) - Avg: 16-18 mph, 24 mi - David Justin Barret, Mark Maxwell

    • Traditionally, this is no-drop ride

    • Rolling averages are approximately 16 - 20 mph depending on the wind and group strength

    • This is a GREAT ride for beginning group riders and we have two GREAT leaders who are ready to teach

    Group 6 (GLR) - Avg: 14-16 mph, 20 mi - RIDE LEADER NEEDED

    • This is a no-drop ride

    • Rolling averages depend on the group

    Tonight's weather is looking optimal with light winds out of the North East and temperatures in the low 60's.

    Be prepared. Do you have a tire change kit with extra tubes? Make sure you bring plenty of hydration supplies. Give your machine the once over so you know it is in good working order. Is your chain clean and lubricated? Are your tires inflated? Don't wait until mile 10 of 26 to find out something is not right.

    I'll see everyone at Side Cut.

  • 05/04/2023 9:53 AM | Jodie Petcoff

    The Meanderer's are rolling out of Whitehouse this Saturday, May 6th at 8a! We have a 26-mile route with a good mix of road and trail riding that will run us through Waterville, Perrysburg, and Maumee before returning to our start point. We will take a short break at a park in Perrysburg so be sure to bring hydration and a snack to enjoy. Average speed for the route will fall between 13-15mph, rolling paces could reach 17mph but we will adjust pace for the group that shows up. Hope you can join is for what looks like will be a beautiful day to go ride bikes!!


  • 05/01/2023 6:13 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday May 2nd

              The Speedtrap Ride, one of America’s great Tuesday night rides, will have its official first ride of the season tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd, leaving Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore, Ohio, at 6:30 pm.  Weather predictions. however,  do not appear to be favorable for this ride: a temperature in the low 40s, a 20 mph WNW wind, and a 45% chance of showers.

              The regular groups from last year are scheduled to return:

    Scott Lang’s Ghost Pepper Riders, averaging 22+/- mph.

    Bob Kayden’s Cayenne Pepper Riders, averaging 21 +/- mph.

    Doug Kilpatrick’s Habanero Riders, averaging 19 -20+ mph.

    Todd Pollock’s Jalapeno Riders, averaging 16 – 19 mph.

    I plan to lead the Sweet Pepper Riders, but at this point I do not plan to be in Elmore for the Speedtrap Ride until May 23rd.

    If turnout is low because of poor weather, groups may be combined and leaders may be changed.

    Sign-in will take place inside Spoke Life Cycles Elmore, or out on the table in front of the bike shop.

    Pictured is Marnie Arndt, founder of the Speedtrap Ride, as she appeared July 21, 2021.

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 05/01/2023 5:05 PM | Douglass Kilpatrick (Administrator)

    The TAB Monday night ride for May 1st is canceled

  • 05/01/2023 10:45 AM | Rick Metcalf

    Do you enjoy the comradity that comes with having breakfast with your fellow cyclists? Is the pace of the Adventure Ride a bit more than you prefer? The pace of the Meandering Ride a bit less than you would like? You have been heard, introducing a third Saturday Ride option, the Traditional TAB Breakfast Ride. This Ride will have an 18 mph speed limit (except for strong tailwinds and downhills). Expect cruising speeds between 16.5 & 17.5. Distances will generally be 40 to 45 miles. Launching this Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 from Whitehouse. We will be riding to Liberty Cafe in Liberty Center. We are looking for at least one more Ride leader to join Charles Nicewonder & myself.

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