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  • 13 May 2019 2:36 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday May 14th

              The Speedtrap Ride will once again roll out from Spoke Life Cycles/Elmore (formerly Elmore Cycling and Fitness) tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th.

    The high temperature is predicted to be in the mid 60s with some sunny skies and winds 5 to 10 mph. That’s considerably better than what we experienced last week.

    Scott Lang will once again lead the Ghost Pepper Riders on a 25-mile course. His group will likely average 20 – 22 mph. Are you ready?!

    Tony Mazurek will lead the Habaneros over the same course and will likely average 18 – 20 mph.

    I will lead the Jalapenos over a slightly shorter 22-mile course. We hope to average 16 mph.

    Marnie Arndt will be there to lead the Sweet Pepper Riders over a course and at a speed comfortable for those in her group.

    With the weather predicted to be favorable, why not come out to Elmore and see why the Speedtrap Ride is the best Tuesday night ride out of Ottawa County. You’ll ride some quiet country roads and meet some great people, too.

    After the ride, some riders will likely gather at the Portage Inn in Elmore for food, drink, and good conversation.

    Sign-in begins at 6:00, and we ride at 6:30. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 12 May 2019 9:00 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Chilly winds and bright sun greeted us for our spin down to Pemberville. At one point in the ride we had 11 riders with us, but with other duties for the day Rick Metcalf and Tyler Smith turned back, and Ron Schieb just wasn’t feeling it. That left us us with core group of 8 to make it to the Harrison Park for our break. We took a spin south along the Portage River to enjoy the view with the winds at our back. Then a turn to the north and west, alternately fighting the wind and enjoying the tail wind back to the Perrysburg to call it a morning. 

    Join Debbie Tassie at 8:00 at Wildwood Park for a ride to the Wing Station for a great breakfast. Maybe spring weather will have come by then!


  • 10 May 2019 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This from the City of Bowling Green:

    "Mayor Edwards has declared May as Bike Safety Month and, along with the Bike Safety Commission, announced the 19th annual Bicycle Spokesperson of the Year...Alan Frishman! The Spokesperson of the Year is presented to the nominee who best exemplifies the spirit of bicycling through involvement in bicycling."

    Al Frishman is a TAB member and our annual high-mileage rider for several years now. Congratulations Al!


  • 10 May 2019 5:47 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    This week’s Adventure Ride takes us to the village of Pemberville. We’ll meet at 8:00 in the parking lot behind the Perrysburg YMCA, 13415 Eckel Junction Rd, Perrysburg OH for a jaunt southward to Pemberville OH. We’ll have a snack stop at William Henry Harrison Park at mile 20. Then we can cruise along the Portage River for a bit before we head back north to the YMCA for a total of 46 miles. Snacks and drinks will be available at the IGA in Pemberville if you need them (no breakfast stop this trip). The weather promises to be cool and breezy with temps in the high 40’s to low 50’s and winds out of the ENE, so dress warm! Hope to see you there.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29939841

  • 10 May 2019 12:12 AM | Rick Metcalf

    5fer Mojo: 2 Local Forecasts: 0. Two weeks running the forecasters said we would be washed out, yet we had great rides both times. While last week was completely dry, tonight we had light rain starting at mile 3 and ending by mile 4.5. Just enough to get us wet but not soaked.

    32 cyclists knew the 5fer mojo would cut through the gloomy forecast to enable a fantastic ride and they were not disappointed. I forgot to get a photo, help me remember at next week’s gathering of the cool kids. We did 4 groups tonight. Reported averages were: Hot 1 22.6, Hot 2 21.6, Spicy Combo 18.4 and GLR 11.5


  • 9 May 2019 3:57 PM | Nathan Burks

    Welcome to ride #4 of the inaugural Intro to Gravel Series. On May 18th, we leave from the Springbrook area of Oak Openings to take on the unpaved Wabash Cannonball trail. This is an out and back to Wauseon for a total of 30 very flat miles. We will encounter dirt, loose gravel, and big chunky rocks along the way. Expect a pace between 12 and 15 mph, regrouping as needed. There will be a few regroup points:

    1) The covered bridge around mile 6 out and mile 23 back.

    2) The tracks around mile 11 out and mile 18 back.

    3) The Red Rambler (https://redrambler.com/) in Wauseon, halfway home.


    Ride starts at 9am.

    Start point: https://goo.gl/maps/xrYrFj6ZPDH2

    Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28989367

    More info about the series here: https://www.spokelifecycles.com/articles/intro-to-gravel-series-tab-pg218.htm


  • 9 May 2019 3:56 PM | Nathan Burks

    Six riders took on some of the roughest gravel roads Michigan has to offer this morning. Spring is a great time to sharpen those pothole dodging skills and lose teeth on washboard. Perfect weather, great company, good beer and food afterwards. And the suicidal squirrel made a reappearance. It was a good day.

    The next gravel ride is on May 18th, starting at the Springbrook parking area at Oak Openings. We're riding to Wauseon, stopping for coffee at the Red Rambler.

  • 9 May 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Metroparks added these reminders at the Springbrook and Beach Ridge kiosks.

    Take care of our trails and be mindful when planning to ride.


  • 9 May 2019 1:20 PM | Daniel Becker

    "Bike Travel Weekend got us over that hump of going on our first trip. There are lots of reasons not to do something, but doing it outshines any of those." -Michael T. Hutnick, Sacramento, California (2018 Bike Travel Weekend participant)

    Go on a one- or two-night bike adventure to a campground, hotel, B&B, or friend’s house with thousands of others throughout the world on the same weekend, Bike Travel Weekend, May 31 – June 2. Go solo, with friends or a big group and ride any distance you’d like. Choose the adventure that works for you. Everyone who registers by May 26 will be entered to win an REI Co-op Cycles ADV 3.1 bike.


    Support Adventure Cycling! Register here.
  • 9 May 2019 9:24 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    One of the bad things about building your ride on wind exposure - you can’t cancel when the winds are challenging. And challenging was an understatement. The winds were steady at 17-18 from the east, with gusts that tried to blow you over in parking lot. 20 intrepid warriors showed up for the ride, but 4 of them decided to postpone their ride until next week. We split into two groups, with Edgar taking the hard chargers, and Jen and I combining into a second group. We took a nuanced approach to riding, doing a moderate pace when we were with the wind, and shortening the ride by about 2.5 miles so we could do battle with the harsh winds on the way back. Edgar’s group passed us to arrive back at the start with an average of 20 mph, with Jen and my group scoring a solid 16 under adverse conditions.

    Next week is the Ride of Silence. So the regular Windsday ride is canceled. Instead we will do a Ride To The Ride, starting from the back parking lot of Tam O Shanter. Tam O is 2.5 miles east of Timberstone at 7060 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania, OH. We plan to leave at 6:00 to make it to the start of the ride on time, but there is some time if you’re a few minutes late. More details next week.

    https://wearetraffic.org/ride-of-silence-toledo


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