Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

Marmots' Meander 2017

Written by Jim Sheehan
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 22:07

The 15th Annual Marmots' Meander will be run on Sunday, January 29th this year to avoid Saturday conflicts, and leave plenty of time to try out the fat bikes, Bike-Skis, studded snow tires, and various sliding devices we'll be taking out to our neighborhood sledding hill.

We'll meet at OCBC after 11am; the ride leaves around 12pm.  Lunch* will be back at OCBC from 1pm to 3pm.  This event is free (donations appreciated!), but please register here so we can plan for food and ride route leaders.

This year we'll ride to the Clark Field hill via Tremont, and return via Canal Rd. The route is about 7 mi. total**.

Helmets are required (loaners available), and mountain bikes (or those new fat bikes!) are recommended. Bring any sleds, skis or snowboards you can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported, as well as some Bike Skis -- a ski that straps onto any bike's front tire). Studded snow tires from OCBC's library are also available to try out.  Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride.

If there is snow (or just wet, salty roads) and you don’t want to crud up your nice bike, you can also reserve a rental bike – ready to accept a bike-ski, if you are feeling adventurous -- just choose that option.

If there is no snow we'll just ride on to the Canalway Visitor Center off the Towpath Trail, and take a lap of the MTB trail there if it's not soggy.

 Snow or no snow: you can still join the fun at the co-op after 1pm for chili, camaraderie, and maybe even a bike-ski test ride, snow permitting.

*Hot Cider and Cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill; lunch is vegan Chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and your own beverages are welcome!

** Some members will be carrying tools along, but this is an unsupported ride. Bring a lock if your bike will be unattended.

This event is free and open to all, but of course donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund our year-round bicycle education work.  Please register here if you plan to attend.

See pictures from the 2014 ride (to the same hill) here!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 January 2017 16:31 )

2016 Winter Cycling Festival

Written by Eric Gearhart
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:22

Get advanced tickets with Paypal through our event signup page here!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:04 )

Cleveland Refugee Bike Project Fundraiser

Written by Eric Gearhart
Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:46

Cleveland Refugee Bike Project surpasses goal, aims higher: please help us double our impact!
Last Thursday's event at Platform Beer Company raised more than 1/4 of the money then needed to reach our initial goal of $7,863 to provide 50 refugees in Cleveland with bikes and safe cycling training. That was before a matching donation of $5000 from the Cleveland Climate Action Fund was awarded, so now we are aiming to raise an additional $769 to reach the maximum capacity of 100 refugees that this pilot project can accommodate.  

If donations surpass this now very attainable goal, we will plan to apply any surplus towards additional equipment -- beyond the already included helmets, locks, and lights -- to make these bikes even more useful for the refugees who receive them. Racks, fenders, and basic tools like pumps, tire levers, and wrenches; and needed supplies like a bottle of chain oil and a spare tube, will help ensure they can readily use the training this project provides to bike wherever they need to go confidently, safely, and with dignity. 

Update: by the morning of 11/16 when Tim and I (Jim) appeared on WCPN's Sound of Ideas show, we had met our "stretch" goal of $13,013.  Now all of the donations received will go to "upgrade" the bikes with the accessories mentioned above. With our standard partner group discount that would total $7700 for 100 bikes. This does not include labor for installation, or additional How to Fix a Flat training, which is not part of the Traffic Skills Intro curriculum.

Please help this important project exceed all our expectations by donating athttps://www.ioby.org/project/cleveland-refugee-bike-project
 -- and please share this project with your friends and colleagues.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2016 14:42 )
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