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Plan your next adventure with the aid of a map

July 6th, 2017

We have just received a supply Bike User Maps. The free maps are published by AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) and Switching Gears. The Bike User Map is a resource for bicyclists to use to plan routes according to their comfort level and ability. It rates the major roadways in Summit and Portage counties as easy, intermediate, difficult or very difficult to estimate how comfortable it is to bike along a roadway. These ratings include car and truck volumes per day (ADT), posted speed limit, width of the outside lane, Federal Functional Classification and proximity to high vehicle crash locations. The roads are color coded with easy roads as green, intermediate as yellow and difficult/very difficult in bright red.

The map also shows bike trails, trailheads, trailheads with restrooms, CVSR boarding stations, bike shops, hospitals, colleges, highways and streets with bike lanes. In addition, there are inset maps of Barberton, Kent, downtown Akron and downtown Hudson

You can view the map on the Switching Gears website, too 



Leave the car and bike to a ball game

July 3rd, 2017

The Open Streets event showed us how close “Affordable Family Fun” is to the TowPath Trail and bike friendly roads.  Canal Park, the home of the Akron Rubber Ducks is along the TowPath trail in downtown Akron. The TrailHead would be Richard Howe House. Firestone Stadium, the home of the Akron Racers is off of Wilbeth Road, (a street with bicycle lanes) on Firestone Blvd.. 

What happens when you leave your car at home and ride to a July baseball or softball game? First you get to enjoy the longer day, second the money you save on parking and gas can be used for extra concession stand goodies.  Since you rode you will really enjoy the ball games as you will burn calories going to and from the stadium!


Fun products just in at R-D Bike Shop

July 1st, 2017

Crank Brothers Speedier lever

A single tire lever with several design pluses: a grip to spare your knuckles, the top hook is used for tire removal, then flip the position and use the other end for tire installation.

Fizik Classic Touch Endurance handlebar tape comes to you in a spiffy package that includes 2 rolls of padded tape, bar plugs, finishing tape and 2 extra tape strips. It is 2.5 mm of comfort and style. Black and white in stock.


The Continental Mountain King is the perfect trail ride companion – not stingy on grip, ideal for full-suspension trail bikes. Its snappy central knobs and grippy outer knobs means it offers maximum grip and excellent puncture resistance thanks to continuous ProTection. Pare the tire with Continental’s  MTN 26 Downhill tube. Their Downhill tubes are especially strong and bulky, which make them a downhill riders favorite, since the tubes extra wall thickness effectively protects against punctures.

Some summer essentials for you and your bike

July 1st, 2017

Hopefully you had a chance to get out on your bike during this lovely summer weather!  We just received sunglasses from Endura Sport as well as short sleeved cycling jerseys. Stop on in and you can also check out the Oceanweave trunk bags from Axiom. They fit perfectly on a rear rack to carry snacks, spare parts, etc.

Just in time for the 4th of July weekend- ride BMX this weekend on the Launch

June 29th, 2017

Take a look at Matte Retro Green- the Kink Launch is assembled and ready to ride this holiday weekend.

The 2018 Launch continues the legacy of a truly remarkable bike. This bike is still one of the best value priced models in the market, hands down. 

The Launch is equipped with both a sealed integrated headset and sealed Mid bottom bracket, which drastically improve performance and virtually eliminates maintenance of these components. Combined with a parts package that includes Kink Stryker forks, Kink Human CC 8.75” bars, and Mission Triumph 3pc tubular chromoly cranks, this bike is a rookie’s dream.

Toptube Length:20.25″Chainstay Length:13.25″Headtube Angle:75°Seattube Angle:71°Standover Height:8.75″Bottom Bracket Height:11.6″Fork Offset:32mm

Can you help at Barberton Better Block?

June 27th, 2017

Volunteer opportunities remain starting on Wednesday, July 27-one month from today! There will be things to do on Wednesday, Thursday, and the event days of Friday July 28 and Saturday, July 29.

How can you help you ask?

Below is the link to the Volunteer Sign Up on Sign up Genius. Simply scroll down the list , add your name to a task and select “submit and sign up” You will be reminded of your sign up, too.



Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

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