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Scheduled area outdoor activities in January

January 19th, 2017

Once fall and winter arrive many area bicycle clubs switch to hiking,  or cross country skiing. The Stark Club is still cycling. If there is a warm day there may be an impromptu ride so check each clubs schedule and website. 2017 was a great, and interesting riding year, with record warm temperatures continuing into late October. January 2018 is coming to a close with about half of the days having 21 and below high temperatures. 

Stark County Bike Club

Sun Jan 21,1:00 PM,Canal Fulton Park,30 miles,
Mon Jan 22,11:00 AM,Canal Fulton Park,32 miles
Mon Jan 22,6:00 PM,Sippo Lake – Gateway MTB-TRL,5,10,15miles
Tues Jan 30,11:00 AM,Clinton Trailhead,23 miles

Spin-Off Cyclists

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

The Spin-Off Cyclists generally ride on the Tow Path Trail and area multi-purpose trails. Their first 2018 ride is posted-Sat Apr 28

The Akron Bicycle Club

The Akron Bicycle Club offers hikes in the riding off season. Check their ride calendar for times and location.

 Ohio Bicycling Federation Calendar of Events

 The 2018 calendar of events will contain pages and pages of potential fun to be had with rides of all lengths, locations and terrains starting in March and running through December.  “Ohio bicyclists have a splendid array of organized events to enjoy every year. The Ohio Bicycle Federation is pleased to help get the word out and encourage cyclists of every interest and every skill level to get out and ride” 

They are currently assembling the 2018 Cycling Calendar and expect to publish it in late February.

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. Front, rear and side view (wheel/hub) lights would be great additions 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!

A source of information for new places to ride

January 19th, 2018

The sun is out, and while it is a bit breezy thoughts are turning to places to ride this season. One source of information is Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the bicycle and pedestrian section. The map below is of Ohio’s Bikeways and Trails.

Trails in Ohio

It is time to plan some rides!

The answer is 14

January 18th, 2018

The question? How many days until Ground Hog Day! The long range forecast for next Friday, January 26 is 52 degrees and sunny- we can only wait and see if that days weather will be endlessly repeated until spring arrives.

 

a groundhog

Happy Groundhog Day on February 2

Enjoying a spring like morning

January 11th, 2018

Have you had a chance to get out on the bike this morning? As Don heads out to make a trike delivery to one of our industrial accounts the current temperature reads- 55 degrees. The sun is in and out as the clouds and wind are picking up. The rain will move in this afternoon so if you can take an exercise lunch break- go for it!

Making an industrial trike delivery

Saturday’s exercise equipment and the predicted weather are shown below.

Time for a brief January thaw-locate your bike

January 9th, 2018

The projected high temperature for this Thursday, January 11 is 55 degrees. It will be cloudy but the rain moves in on Friday, followed by the normal January winter weather we all know and love. Ride on Thursday if you get the chance,it may feel like spring

Enjoying spring flowers-almost

A picture 2017 review

December 29th, 2017

Happenings in 2017. The year 2017 brought some more trails towards completion, with ground breaking on others. Bicycling was celebrated in Akron and Barberton throughout the year with Open Streets, Better Block, the Switching Gears Conference and Bike to Barberton. 

Tow Path Trail users- a temporary closure may affect your plans

December 5th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website:

Section of Towpath Closed. Dec. 11 – June 2018 

Sections of the TowPath Trail will be closed between Boston Store Visitor Center & Interstate 271 Bridge. There will be access both north and south from Lock 29 Trailhead to the closure locations. There will not be access to Boston Store Visitor Center from Lock 29 Trailhead.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Facebook page advises the closure is necessary for public safety while the park replaces four pedestrian bridges along the trail. Closure locations include the section between Boston Store Visitor Center and the Interstate 271 Bridge, and also between Deep Lock Quarry and Hunt House. There will be access both north and south from Lock 29 Trailhead to the closure locations. There will not be access to Boston Store Visitor Center from Lock 29 Trailhead during the closure. 

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