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Scheduled area rides in May

May 15th, 2017

Stark County Bike Club

Thur May 18,6:00 PM, Lake Avenue Trailhead,24 miles,
Mon May 22,6:00 PM,Sippo Lake – Gateway MTB-TRL 5,10,15 miles
Thur May 25,5:30 PM,Lake Avenue Trailhead,16/23 miles,
Tues May 30,9:30 AM, Canal Fulton Park,16 miles.

Spin-Off Cyclists

R-D Bike Shop is a sponsoring shop for this club. Member benefits include fellowship and bike shop discounts.
Weds May 17, 5:30, Akron Bicycle Club will begin the ride in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Botzum parking lot, 2928 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Cyclist will gather at 5:30 pm and after some discussion, will leave promptly at 6 pm for a 7 mile route, ESCORTED by two Cuyahoga Fall POLICE PATROL CARS. The ride is slow paced and silent with no faster than 12 mph. A continuing ride will commence after the end of the Ride of Silence, with ride sheets provided. Mon May 8, 9:30 AM, Summit Hike & Bike Trail – Route 303 Trailhead,Out and back-15 miles
Sat May 20, 9:30 AM, Summit Bike: Silver Lake Park r/t Tannery Park – 15.2 miles
Weds May 24, 6:00 PM, Blimp City to Peninsula Trailhead Out & Back – 18 Miles 

The Akron Bicycle Club

The Akron Bicycle Club offers fast or slow, social rides, and longer faster group rides on various days of the week. Check their ride calendar for times and ride information

 Ohio Bicycling Federation Calendar of Events

 The 2017 calendar of events contains pages and pages of potential fun to be had with rides of all lengths, locations and terrains starting in March and running through December.  The Ohio Bicycle Federation is dedicated to improving Ohio bicycling through legislation, education, and shared ideas. You can view a PDF version of their 2017 Calendar of Events by selecting this link.

Akron Bike Party

 Dates are always the third Friday of the month, and ride length is about 10 miles.  Meet outside the bike kitchen @ Lock 3 Akron, Ohio @ 7:00 pm. Ride begins @ 7:30. Monkey Lights would be a great addition to your bike for this ride! 



Guest Stories: please share your thoughts about your bicycle

February 28th, 2013

Have you purchased a new bicycle from our shop, or maybe we have repaired a beloved bicycle?

How are you using your bicycle? Have you replaced some car trips with your bicycle? We would like to receive your news, your stories, and you can tell us via the “Guest Stories Page”. Click the link and follow the directions!

Mark your calendar for Friday May 26-it is 4th Friday and………….

May 23rd, 2017

The bicycle racks are being installed at the Lake Anna YMCA and Barberton Public Library for the bikes shown in the above picture. Soon racks will be also be installed at Stark State Barberton Campus. On Friday, R-D Bike Shop will be closed from 2 PM to 4 PM as the Barberton Bike Share Bikes head over to the new racks.

You won’t lose shopping time however -as we will be open for 4th Friday from 5-8 PM. The May 4th Friday theme is “SCHOOL’S OUT”.   We recommend you come on by to check out additional accessories for your ride, maybe drop off your bike for service if you are just now getting it out of storage, and then head out to play. We have side walk chalk to decorate the sidewalk in front of the shop. We are also offering a 10% discount off of any item in our skateboard department.  


Longboard completes

A sunny day and new accessories for your bicycle

May 23rd, 2017

A beautiful day to be outside- to head over to R-D Bike Shop to check out some bicycle accessories! We just received the Seymour Oceanweave Handlebar Bag made by Axiom. 

Seymour Oceanweave Bar Bag
Seymour Oceanweave Bar Bag

Did you know that abandoned  fishing nets make up 10% of the ocean’s pollution? Every bag in the Seymour series uses a new fabric which they call Oceanweave, that contributes to reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans. These bags are the world’s only cycling bags to be made out of recycled fishing nets. If you are a sustainably-minded person who eats local, brings their own reusable shopping bag, skips the bottled water and rides a bicycle when ever possible to decrease their carbon footprint- this product is for you. Hopefully it will inspire others to become a part of a solution to this environmental crisis. Together we can make a difference. 

Below are additional facts about this bag:

  • Oceanweave 600D recycled fishnet polyester with waterproof polyurethane coating; red interior liner improves internal visibility
  • Lightweight strap and buckle mounting system
  • Zippered main compartment opens towards rider, zippered internal convenience pocket for keys/phone, etc. zippered exterior pocket for additional storage
  • Shoulder strap included

You can read about the Oceanweave process on Axioms website


Ride to work this week and celebrate 61

May 15th, 2017

It is a N.A.C.I.T.S.*(* Not a cloud in the sky), kind of day. What a great start to Bike to Work Week! The entire month of May is celebrated as National Bicycle Month. Did you know that National Bicycle Month turns 61 this year?  It was in 1956 it was established by the League of American Bicyclists. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

The Friday of Bike to Work Week is National Bike to Work Day. This years date is May 19. As the Harvard Medical School says, biking is easy on the joints, provides an aerobic workout, builds muscle and bone density, and makes tasks such as walking, standing and climbing stairs easier. It might also keep you alive longer. A study in last month’s British Medical Journal found that cycling to work was associated with decidedly lower mortality rates when compared to those who drove or took public transportation. The study followed more than 260,000 people over five years and found cycle commuters had a 46 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 52 percent lower risk of dying from it. They had a 40 percent lower risk of dying from cancer and a 45 percent lower risk of developing it at all.

We have had some great riding weather recently, hopefully you have had a chance to get a ride or two in prior to this week. If this weeks riding is the first time your bicycle tires will see the outside be sure to inspect your bicycle prior to the start of your ride.


Summit Lake Archway

Upcoming ride alerts

May 13th, 2017

Ohio is blessed with an array of organized events that will take cyclists to bicycle paths as well as roads. The scheduled events join the club rides and the impromptu friend and family outings-all looking to share the same space.  

The following event information was listed on the Summit Metro Parks website. The events will be utilizing Freedom Trail, the Bike & Hike Trail and the TowPath Trail over the next few weeks. Also, a portion of the TowPath Trail will be resurfaced….

  • Freedom Trail: 05/20/17: A school event will bring about 200 people to the Freedom Trail, between Lions Park and Middlebury Road, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The group will be utilizing the parking lot at Lions Park.
  • Bike & Hike Trail: 06/04/17: A bicycle ride of up to 500 people will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Highland and Hines Hill roads, and between Boston Mills and Barlow roads.
  • Towpath Trail: 05/20/17: An organized run will see 400 people on the Towpath Trail, from the Merriman Valley to Big Bend and back, between 9 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Towpath Trail: 05/22/17: Crews will resurface the limestone on the Towpath Trail from Botzum to Weathervane Lane beginning Monday, 5/22. The trail will be open for patron use, but users may experience temporary delays while trucks are hauling materials for the job. This work is expected to take approximately one week.

On being a Bicycle Friendly Community

May 12th, 2017

Barberton’s compactness and ease of navigation make it attractive for persons desiring to commute around and to it by bicycle. On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon cyclists were everywhere, riding around Lake Anna, to and from the TowPath trail and around downtown. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Communities as bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges. It’s also an opportunity to make our community a vibrant destination for residents and visitors — a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.

Since the creation of the Bicycle Friendly Community program in 1995 there have been over 1200 community applications processed by League staff. There are currently 416 recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities and over 100 Honorable Mention communities.  Barberton received an Honorable Mention and was listed in yesterdays release of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). A BFC welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making bicycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.   Each community that applies for a BFC award receives a report card. The report cards for communities that receive an award are available in the Leagues award database and communities that receive an Honorable Mention have their report card available for one year after its award. Explanations of each award level and key data from each report card are available here: http://bikeleague.org/content/building-blocks-bicycle-friendly-communities.

One more item of note, also from the League’s website,” This round saw six communities move up from an Honorable Mention to Bronze, nine communities receive a Bronze award on their first application, and 22 communities renewing as BFCs, including five that moved from a Bronze to a Silver award.” Will Barberton make the move up to Bronze, or higher next time?


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