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Scheduled area rides in October

October 20th, 2017

As the month of October rides to a close so does the riding season for many clubs. Some clubs will hike, and when the snow begins ski on days that formally showed rides. It has been a great, and interesting riding year. There was minimal snow over the winter -those who enjoyed snow shoeing and lived in the Barberton/Norton area got to travel to enjoy their sport. We enjoyed a never ending summer with record warm temperatures continuing into late October.

Stark County Bike Club

Thur Oct 26,5:00 PM,Lake Avenue Trailhead,22 miles
Sun Oct 29,2:00 PM,Lake Avenue Trailhead, 16/27 miles
Mon Oct 30,6:00 PM,Sippo Lake – Gateway MTB-TRL,5,10,15 miles

Spin-Off Cyclists

R-D Bike Shop is a sponsoring shop for this club. Member benefits include fellowship and bike shop discounts.

Mon Oct 23, 9:30 AM, Portage Hike & Bike and Freedom Trail,Out and back-20 miles miles
Thurs, Oct 26, 9:30 AM,Towpath Trail Vanderhoof Trailhead, Out and back-20 miles.
Mon, Oct 30,9:30 AM,Bike & Hike Rt 303 Trailhead,Out and back on the Summit Bike & Hike, Portage Franklin Connector, and the Stow Bikeway,19 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!

Enjoying the warm fall weather? Time to take a fall photo

October 21st, 2017

The unseasonably warm October temperatures will be with us through Sunday.  Ride to a Summit Metro Park and take a hike or take a ride along the road running through it a park! Now is a great time to take a fall photo. Through November 23, amateur photographers may submit two entries for the 18th Amateur Photography Exhibit, on display in the Nature Realm visitors center January through May 2018. Only two printed photographs will be accepted, and all images must be taken in areas managed by Summit Metro Parks.

With each entry, please include your name, address, phone number, email, the location where the image was taken and a title for the image. Entries should not be matted or framed, and should be one of the following sizes: 5″x7″, 8″x10″ or 11″x14″. All originals may be picked up at the Nature Realm after the exhibit. You may drop off entries during the visitors center’s regular hours, c/o Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44313. 

For more information, contact Summit Metro Parks.

October in Summit Metro Parks

The City of Barberton would like your opinion and it includes bicycling

October 17th, 2017

The City of Barberton has partnered with Kent State University at Stark to conduct a brief community survey. They request you please complete the survey as your feedback is important guidance for the future of Barberton. Your responses are confidential and can only be accessed by Kent State University research professionals. The overall results of the survey will be shared with the city in summary only. 

Note: there are several bicycling related questions in the survey………….



Fall into color-the sand sculpture

Barberton adds bicycle Fixit Stations

September 15th, 2017

We always like to see you and your bicycle at our shop but sometimes a bicycle repair is needed and we are not available. Now should you get a flat or have something go out of adjustment you can use one of the new Dero Fixit Stations. Two new repair stations have been installed : at the Lake Anna YMCA near the entrance and on the TowPath Trail  by the kiosk at the Robinson Avenue connecting bridge.

The stations include:

  • a stand to suspend your bicycle should you need an emergency repair 
  • a pump
  • philips and flat head screwdrivers
  • 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Allen wrenches
  • 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 32mm box wrenches
  • tire levers (2)

Do you enjoy riding mountain biking?

September 12th, 2017

Summit Metro Parks wants you to get out and ride! They are holding an Open House:

Mountain Bike Area Open House Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hampton Hills Metro Park 2092 Theiss Rd., Akron

You are invited to join Summit Metro Parks to enjoy what’s new at the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not! There will be local cycling shops on site with free adult loaner bikes! In case of inclement weather, the event will be held Saturday, September 30. 

To read more about mountain biking in Summit Metro Parks visit their website.

A cute video from Bell with Summit Metro Parks

September 12th, 2017

The great Ohio fall weather is beginning and the multi- use trails such as the TowPath Trail and the Bike & Hike Trail are filled with cyclists, hikers, joggers and walkers.  I found a cute and educational video on the Summit Metro Parks YouTube channel


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