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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mountain Biking in the Cleveland Metroparks

Tonight I attended a monthly meeting of the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), held at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks. This park is the home to the recently-completed first legal singletrack mountain bike trail in the Metroparks system. A group ride followed the meeting, which I’ve documented in this video:

Dayton streets to become more bike-friendly

Ken McCall of the Dayton Daily News reports that bids are to go out this week for a street redesign project in downtown Dayton. Part of the project is creating bike lanes, and painting “sharrows” on other streets. Full story…

Marion County rail-trail project makes progress

Jessica Cuffman of the Marion Star reports that a rail-trail project in Marion County that has been stalled for 10 years is finally moving forward, with funding and a construction schedule. Full story…

S24O Bike Camping Trip

The latest bike overnight trip led Brent and I to the usual destination, West Branch State Park, outside of Ravenna. Brent rode his Surly Big Dummy, and I rode my Xtracycle. We stopped for breakfast on the return ride the next morning at Perkins in Hudson.

Court rules in favor of trail developers

Kent Mallett of the Newark Advocate reports that a Licking County Court has ruled in favor of a trail development group in an ongoing, contentious land ownership dispute near Newark, Ohio. Click here for the full story.

Don't look at the weather forecast

That’s my bike commuting tip of the day. Yesterday morning it was warm and pleasant, with temperatures in the low to mid-60’s. As I prepared for my ride to work, I checked the weather forecast, and it called for cooler and rain as the day progressed. I decided to go ahead and ride anyway, and packed up my rain gear to prepare for the worst.

It rained on and off throughout the day, but I got lucky during the window of my ride home time. There were dry skies, and a light, warm breeze.

So, don’t check the weather forecast. Just be prepared for any conditions, don’t give yourself additional excuses, and don’t miss out on unexpectedly great rides.