Toledo Area 2017 Bike Month Events

Daily Dose  |  04/19/2017 8:00 am

2017 Bike Month Events

There are many bike events going on as the weather warms. Every area bike club has its own schedule of rides. To find dozens of bike opportunities, see the calendar at Here are some bike events that provide good video and great stories.

Every Sunday in May, the staff at Toledo Bikes! will host a seminar at their shop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The first three are basic operations and maintenance. The last Sunday, May 28, is a road practice to help cyclists learn to ride in traffic safely and confidently. It will cover signaling, laws, and best practices. Toledo Bikes! Is a bike co-op at 1114 Washington St., Toledo, 419.386.6090.
Sunday, May 7    Workshop: Air & Tires
Sunday, May 14    Workshop: Brakes
Sunday, May 21    Workshop: Cables and Shifting
Sunday, May 28    Commute by Bike - Road Practice. Ride starts at the shop at 1114 Washington and will go to the Middlegrounds Metropark. Bring a helmet.

Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 10    
Dozens of elementary schools are participating. Larchmont School (1515 Slater St, Toledo, OH 43612). Students should be rolling in about 8:15am and continue to arrive until 9am Elected officials have been invited to welcome the kids.

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 17   
6:30 p.m., hundreds of riders on city streets with police escort. Police will block intersections to protect riders.
Toledo – start at the University of Toledo. See the map:
Bowling Green – start at City Park

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 19    
This is a national event. Locally, employees of the City of Oregon will be riding in to work that morning, arriving at the Municipal Building at about 8am.

Bike Day at the Toledo Farmers Market
Saturday, May 20    
Toledo Bikes! will be on hand to help with repairs. Bike riders can collect a 2017 Bike Month t-shirt, while supplies last.
Outdoor Expo
Saturday, May 20    
Side Cut Metropark, presented by Metroparks of the Toledo Area and including area bike clubs.

Toledo Roll - community bike ride
Sunday, May 21
Starts at Walbridge Park at 4pm.

Sylvania Slow Ryders  4th Sunday at 4 Ride
Sunday, May 28   
Starts at Sylvania Branch Library at 4 pm.

Other Oppportunities

TARTA has a reduced bus fare (25 cents) for anyone using the bike rack Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21.

2016 Ride of Silence. Hundreds of riders on Monroe Street by Cheltenham in west Toledo. This ride is to remind drivers to be watchful of cyclists and to remember those cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding.

A new Ohio law states that motorists must leave three feet between their vehicle and a cyclist when passing. Cyclists are not required to hug the curb (where potholes, trash, and storm drains are hazards). They are permitted to take the entire lane, just as motorcyclists do.

The ABC Quick Check is a simple way to remember how to inspect your bike before you head out for the first ride of the spring.
A – Air. Check the condition of your tires. Check your pump.
B – Brakes. Make sure that brakes grip evenly and tightly.
C – Cranks & Chain. Roll the pedals around, make sure the chain is oiled, see that the gears shift easily.
QUICK – Quick Release. Look at the quick release connections on the front wheel and any other locations. Make sure they are solidly connected.
CHECK – Take a test drive and run through the gears, try the brakes, and adjust your mirrors.

During Bike Month, stop by any of the following shops for a free ABC Quick Check

Elmore Cycle and Fitness, 453 Maple St., Elmore | 419.862.1000
Fremont Cycle and Fitness, 107 N. Ohio Ave., Fremont  | 419.332.4481
Mountain Man Sports, 2735 Reynolds Rd., Toledo  | 419.536.0001
Reggie’s Bike Shop, 5934 Secor Rd., Toledo  | 419.475.1585
Spoke Life Cycles, 26597 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 167, Perrysburg  | 419.931.9919
Spoke Life Cycles, 6363 Monroe St., Sylvania  | 419.882.0800
Toledo Bikes!, 1114 Washington St., Toledo  | 419.386.6090
Wersell’s Bike Shop, 2860 W. Central Ave., Toledo  | 419.474.7412
Call shop for hours of service.