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Tonight promises to be great weather for outdoor music!

June 16th, 2017

Don will be setting aside his shop tools and picking up his trombone when Lil Eddy & The Boilermakers joins the line up of bands playing at Falls DT Fridays. Bebop on the Block begins at 5 and runs to 11 PM. Lil Eddy & The Boilermakers go on at 7 pm. The address to the Pavilion at Falls River Square is 2085 Front Street.

Lil’ Eddy & Boilermakers with Don ,(the D) on trombone

“Lil Eddy & the Boilermakers is an exciting, fun, entertaining dance band, from swing to Motown and R&B, kickin’ brass or beautiful dinner music we play it all, as well as special requests to fit your program. A premier dance band with horns and strong vocals the band does special occasions, swing and Mardigras shows as well as weddings, corporate events and night clubs. Vocalist and pianist Eddy with his unique piano style leads the band in old and new standards with a personal flare, captivating audiences of all ages. The bands instrumentation allows for a wide range of diverse sounds.Always in mind, dance dance dance.”

June RD Bike Shop News

June 15th, 2017

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June RD Bike Shop News


2nd Street NW will be closed Friday but open for Local Businesses

June 15th, 2017

We are excited, Better Block is at the end of next month ,(volunteers can sign up to help before during and after the event), and 2nd Street NW is getting resurfaced. Today we received an advisory from the City of Barberton

Advisory: 2nd St. NW will be closed on Friday, June 16th from 8:00am-5:00pm from W. Paige to W. Lake for water valve installation. So when you are out and about on Friday, keep this news in mind. The advisory indicates the street will be open to local businesses-such as R-D Bike Shop. We will be open our usual hours: 10 am to 5 pm


This is the time of year to get outside and check out Ohio’s long distance trails

June 13th, 2017

June has the longest day light hours of the year. It is during this time the shop seems to provide the most service to a variety of cyclists traveling across, diagonally, north or south Ohio as well as the nation. Ohio is home to several long distance trails that are worth exploring.

O to E Trail = the Ohio to Erie Trail. ” The Ohio to Erie Trail is a collection of multi-use trails that provide exercise and adventure to anyone who’s willing to leave the automobile behind. Bicyclists, equestrians, skaters, hikers, wheelchairers, families with strollers, bird watchers, walkers and nature lovers are a common sight. In the winter, the trail becomes a snowshoe and cross-country ski path. And, for those with mobility impairments, construction designs have made sure we are in full compliance with ADA guidelines so that everyone has the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Ohio as the trail weaves its way across the state.”When completed this will be a cross state bike way of 325 miles. This trail runs diagonally from Cincinnati to Columbus, then it travels in a north east direction to Massillon where it does a 90 degree turn and heads north up to Cleveland, in some places following the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail. You can find more information, an interactive map and trail details at the Ohio & Erie Trail website

NCIT= the North Coast Inland Trail. Approximately 67.5 miles completed to date, when completed will cover 270 miles. Best described as a work in progress, The North Coast Inland Trail is a multipurpose trail project that currently consists of several separate portions, defined by their counties, in northern Ohio. There are completed sections in Huron County (22.2 miles), Lorain County (13.7 miles) and Sandusky & Ottawa Counties (26 miles)

O & E Towpath= The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Approximately 88 miles are completed of its 100 mile length. The north/south trail begins in Cleveland and heads south through Akron, Barberton to about New Philadelphia. This trail was voted the Best of Ohio Bike Trail by the readers of Ohio Magazine 

GOLTRG=Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway is 62 miles of asphalt trail that will be approximately 100 miles in length when completed. This is also a north/south running trail. Described as “One of the most noted bikeways in the area is the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway (GOLTRG). The GOLTRG is a 10-foot wide asphalt shared-use path being built on former railroad lines and adjacent corridors. The trail starts in Ashtabula and heads almost to Champion Heights. When completed, it will be a 110 mile multi-modal transportation corridor which will connect Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

Turtles enjoying the day

Don’t get ticked off, keep alert for ticks

June 1st, 2017

From the Summit Metro Parks Alert Page

Ticks can be picked up on low-growing vegetation any time temperatures are above freezing, but they are most active in spring and fall. Our mild winters have resulted in what our biologists are calling a tick “explosion.” Most bicycle paths are groomed,with the grass cut low on the sides of the path but it is a good idea to do a tick exam post ride.

How to reduce encounters with ticks: · Use bug spray to repel ticks (at least 25% DEET or containing permethrin). · Wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants tucked into your shoes. · Stay on designated trails, and do a “tick check” after being outside (and don’t forget to check your dogs, too!) · The clothing you wear should be light in color so you can easily see ticks.

Click here to learn more, including ways to avoid and remove ticks

Did you take the Challenge? You can still participate

June 1st, 2017

Yesterday was the last day of National Bicycle Month, however the National Bike Challenge runs through September 30th. The National Bike Challenge is a fun way to push yourself- to ride your bike, to ride farther, to ride more often, to get friends and family members to ride with you and encourage them to take the Challenge. 

Nationally 11,228 riders have taken up the Challenge logging in 4,342,215 total miles. 

The National Bike Challenge is open to all persons age 13 or older. Participants between age 13 and 18 may only use the Site with the supervision and consent of a parent or guardian. The Challenge is offered free to all individuals, workplaces, schools and organizations.

Bike & Rides Rules

-All bikes are allowed with the exception of: trainers, bikes on rollers and throttle controlled e-bikes,
-All rides outside, not on a trainer, count whether you’re riding to work, in the cul de sac with your kids, or on a trail,
– Miles must be logged to the day they were ridden. Rides can be logged at anytime over the month but must be logged in Strava or synced (if using another activity tracking platform) by 11:59 p.m. Central Time of the last day of each month. You must earn at least 100 points each month to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. To be eligible for the prize drawings, the rider must reside in the United States.

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