We had a small but enthusiastic turnout for the scheduled Marmots' ride Sunday, but just enough snow to get down the hill a few times on each sled (and Bike Ski) that we brought, before we had worn all the snow away. So we decided to do it again when there was good snow, and unless it keeps raining, that means for this Saturday's Social Ride. Here are the new details, from a press release. Wear your best galoshes for the TV cameras.
Cyclists seek groundhog sighting in the snow on 15th annual Marmots' Meander
Intrepid cyclists are invited to join the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op on a tour of Cleveland's picturesque Flats to celebrate the joys of winter cycling.
The destination of the ride is the neighborhood sledding hill (about 3 miles from the co-op), but, in a traditional observance of Groundhog Day, the group will also visit several active groundhog habitats, in hopes of witnessing the prediction of an early Spring by a real, wild, local Marmota monax.
Riders will meet after 10am at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, 1840 Columbus Rd. in Cleveland's Flats. The group ride will depart at 10:30, and arrive at Tremont Park (the old Clark Field) sledding hill at 2875 W 11th St. (just North of Clark) for cocoa and sledding from ~ 11 to 11:30am. Lunch will be served back at the co-op from noon to 1pm.
This event is free and open to all; donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund the co-op's year-round bicycle education work.
Helmets are required (loaners are available), and mountain bikes are recommended (and available for rent, with a call in advance). Riders are encouraged to bring any sleds, skis or snowboards they can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported). Hot Cider and cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill.
Lunch, beginning at noon back at the co-op, is vegan chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and beverages are welcome. Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride. Non-riders are welcome to join the group at lunch, when there will also be studded snow tire and Bike-Ski test rides.
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.
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!
Wednesday, November 23rd: Closed all day
Saturday, November 26th: Open 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 20th: Open 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 21st - Tuesday, January 3rd: Closed
Wednesday, January 4th: Open 5:00pm - 9:00pm