We aren’t elfing around! Let’s get in one more Tomfoolery Outdoors urban bicycle ride to send 2016 out in style. Lets get in the holiday spirit while cruising around the Gem City! So…… get decked out in your finest Santa suit or holiday costume, hang some stockings and lights on your bike, and get ready to ride!
We caught Mike Bisig right before he took the stage with the Cricketbows at Jimmies Ladder 11 this week. Mike is a high school music teacher during the day, rock band guitarist at night, and he is the guy who is bringing an indoor bike park to Dayton.
Dayton deserves a place where enthusiasts can ride, no matter the weather. Kids deserve a safe place to ride where they can increase their cycling skills without the worry of automobile traffic or crowded bike paths. Mike’s Indoor Bike Park will provide these things while working to bring the cycling community together and bring new life into Dayton’s downtown area.
We spoke with Mike about this newest addition to Dayton. He confirmed the former manufacturing facility that is located just east of the Water Street development off of East First Street is under contract. Mike said if things continue to move on schedule, he will open doors to riders in early 2017.
We asked Mike about the biggest hurdle to creating something like this in Dayton. Mike stated that there is no real business model for a facility of this kind. There are less than 10 indoor bike parks of this type in the US. Even fewer that are stand alone facilities that are also profitable. Mike has been studying Ray’s Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland as the model for his park in Dayton.
Ray’s Mountain Bike park in Cleveland was the first and the most successful indoor bike park. Mike has made more than 30 trips to Cleveland to ride and study the park. Mike is using Ray’s as a template but is giving it a unique Dayton spin. Mike plans to replicate the season pass model from Ray’s, but at a lower price point. The Dayton park will also be open year round accommodating riders when the weather is too cold, too wet or trails are unusable in local parks.
The Dayton park is being built to be accessible to all skill levels and bikes. Most riders, according to Bisig will be coming in with a type of mountain bike. BMX bikes will also find the park fitting for their type of riding. During our conversation, Mike expressed how the design in Dayton is created to be a low barrier to entrance, meaning kids and adults can find something to do without a special or expensive bike upgrade. Bring a bike, bring a helmet and plan to ride.
Throughout our talk Mike returned time and time again to teaching. Mike is a teacher at heart and his vision is for the Bike Park to be a community centered facility where kids learn to ride and learn to ride safely. Mike hopes to partner with groups to teach bike safety for indoor riding and on the road riding. Mike is aware of Dayton’s love affair with the bicycle and he hopes to honor that with Mikes Bike Park.
Mike was pleased to report that the necessary zoning variance has been granted by the City of Dayton in recent days. That was the last major hurdle prior to finalizing the purchase. We asked Mike: What is the most surprising part of starting a business like this in Dayton?
Mike said the most exciting and most surprising part has been the outpouring of support and offers of volunteer help. He reiterated that the Dayton bike community is a generous one and he is busy managing all the offers for help.
Are you a bicyclist or a business owner and interested in helping? Mike says visit the park’s webpage for details on sponsorships and volunteering. The park still has room for corporate sponsorships as well. Businesses can partner in a few different ways.
Besides writing a check, material donations and professional services are also welcomed. Building an indoor bicycle park requires an immense amount of wood and lumber. There is a need for standard sized lumber (2×4, 2×6, 4×4, etc.) as well as plywood, larger logs, pieces of trees, and just about any other larger pieces of wood that you can think of. They will be painting many of the walls inside the park and can use donations of paint, rollers, brushes, sand paper, and other basic painting materials.
If you can donate materials, please CLICK HERE .
There is a grassroots campaign to help pay for the cost of building the wooden structures inside of Mike’s Indoor Bike Park. These funds will also be used to upgrade the restroom and changing facilities, install a state-of-the-art video system for watching riders throughout the park, and to help make Mike’s Indoor Bike Park as safe as possible for all riders. Every dollar earned from this campaign will go towards creating an amazing riding experience for cyclists of all ability levels. Every dollar helps, so if you can give, give what you can so we can all enjoy the best indoor riding experience possible! CLICK HERE to donate today.
Link celebrated the installation of three new stations to its existing network. The new locations in 2016 include one at RTA’s Longworth Campus, the Montgomery County Job Center and Tech Town.
Greater Dayton RTA installed their station at their Longworth Campus in mid-April. “We started offering wellness incentives to our employees that use the Link program, but many of them wanted to be able to use the bikes between our location at Wright Stop Plaza and Longworth,” said Mark Donaghy, Executive Director of Greater Dayton RTA. “We were happy to close this gap and encourage our employees to get some fresh air and exercise.”
The two additional stations were added this August. Commissioner Debbie Lieberman express her excitement for the station at the Montgomery County Job Center. “For the County, it was about providing access to our employees and users of the Job Center. With access to the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network right across the street, it was a no-brainer that Link should be one of the enhancements to the new facility.”
Executive Director Laura Estandia announced that Link recently launched a $10 Monthly Membership aimed at those users who responded on a feedback survey that they might prefer to pay for a membership on a monthly basis. “It’s a great low cost way for those considering an Annual Membership to try the system to see if it’s for them,” said Estandia. “We believe it will open up doors for new customers.” Link will also simplify its pricing structure with a flat rate of $3 per half hour for trips over 30 minutes in length.
“I know that Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and all of the Tech Town tenants are thrilled to add another transportation option to help our employees connect to downtown dining options and businesses,” said GDAHA President and CEO Bryan Bucklew. “We’re thrilled to be able to be a part of a network that’s changing how people get around.”
Station Total: 27
Bike total: 225
First Year Total Trips: 33,526
First Year Total Users: 5,025
Open Date: May 5, 2015
Link is a bike sharing program run by Greater Dayton RTA and Bike Miami Valley. For more information, visit linkdayton.org
This free self-paced family-friendly activity includes a 12- mile bike tour with stops at various artistic, cultural, natural, historical landmarks, & locally owned neighborhood business including: Esther Price Candies, Original 1948 Dairy Queen, Jane Newcome Park, Patterson Road Art Gallery, Belmont United Methodist Church, Truth & Triumph Tattoo, Angie’s Firehouse Tavern, Lohrey Rec-Center, Woodmen Fen, Kenzie;s K-9 Design, Dayton Firehouse #15 Ohmer Park House, Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Walnut Hills Park, Woodlawn Cemetary(Opitional), a scenic ride/tour through the neighborhoods & the new Dayton-Kettering Bike Trail Corridor. (The 2016 tour features 3 women owned/founded businesses!!
Maps, street markings, and volunteers along the route keep participants on track. Through the generosity of numerous local businesses, & individual’s donations there will be some free raffle giveaways items, bike helmets and free healthy lunch snacks provided for participants as supplies last. Pre-register now at our website or register in person the same day of the event from 9am-11am.
This bicycle-friendly, family-friendly event promotes the healthy quality of life in our city, various points of interest our neighborhoods offer accessible by bike, and is truly a Dayton Original!
The Dayton Rotary Club will host the Second Annual Dayton Rotary Ride on Saturday, June 11. Anyone is welcome to join Rotary on their ride. They’ll be riding from the Xenia Station bike hub in Xenia, heading out into Greene and Clinton Counties. There are three excellent rides mapped out for you:
A 7 mile route to allow kids and newer riders the opportunity to participate. You’ll ride the great bike trails that cross through Xenia Station.
A 50k for those with picnics, family gatherings, or those on their first bicycle tour. This route is largely flat to rolling, and takes you through the Greene County countryside.
A 100k for those demanding a full day of exercise and saddle time. It tracks the 50k in the beginning, but then breaks south into Clinton County towards the Caesar Creek Lake area. You can expect a few more hills, particularly in the later part of the ride.
Registration includes lunch and a t-shirt. The funds raised go to support the Dayton Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange Program, helping a local high school student study overseas for a year.
You can learn more on their website or by checking out their Facebook page. Ready to register? Click here to reserve your spot!
Oh, and one more thing. We’re working hard to spread the word about this great ride, but we could use your help. Could you share this with your cycling crowd, and like and share our Facebook page? If you can, we would really appreciate it.
Check in begins at 7:00 AM; we’re aiming to have everyone rolling by 8:30 AM. See you on June 11!
Bike Miami Valley is encouraging bicycle ridership across the region by hosting the local Advocacy Challenge of the National Bike Challenge. The National Bike challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists–and encouraging countless new riders. The challenge runs from May 1 through September 30, 2016.
Any person who rides a bike can participate to win great prizes just by registering and counting their rides each and every time. Riders are encouraged to make personal goals, compete with friends and coworkers, or just be part of the biggest group bicycle ride ever. But the National Bike Challenge is so much more than that. It is a community of people who all share a love of riding bikes. With competition possibilities on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy way to challenge yourself and the greater community to ride a bicycle more often.
Many bicycle clubs, workplaces, and businesses will have team challenges which are a great way to set-up a small or large group challenges to get people participating. Bike Miami Valley hopes to activate more than 1,000 riders, beating last year’s goal of 546 people. To make tallying your rides easy, you can use compatible smart phone apps such as MapMyRide, Endomondo, Strava and others. Just login and start riding – it’s that easy. Bike Miami Valley will automatically count your participation in the Advocacy Challenge when you enter your local zip code during registration. Visit the National Bike Challenge website at to learn more and sign-up today.
About Bike Miami Valley
Bike Miami Valley has deep roots in SW Ohio. It drafted one of the nation’s first regional bikeway plans in 1973. This proved instrumental in the development of much of the recreational trail system you might be familiar with today. Today Bike Miami Valley is focused on current cycling movements and the region’s growing cycling community. They are the founders of the Miami Valley Cycling Summit, an event held biennially that focuses on rallying communities around the economic development benefits of cycling. The latest accomplishment to our record is hiring full-time staff and launching Dayton’s bike share program, Link, in May of 2015. Bike Miami Valley is recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
PeopleForBikes is the movement to make riding better for everyone. PeopleForBikes operates the National Bike Challenge. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, we’re uniting people to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits. Our goal is to make every bike ride better, whether that ride takes you on trails, down to the grocery store, or all the way across town. Why? Because when people ride bikes, great things happen for our bodies and our minds, and our local and global communities. We are casual riders, weekend warriors, and commuters. We are parents and grandparents, neighbors and friends. We are business owners and industry leaders. We are people who enjoy riding bikes, just like you.
Do you ride the bike trails out towards Yellow Springs? Perhaps this news will give you some inspiration to do so. Every Wednesday when you ride out to Young’s Jersey Dairy and let them know you’re there for Wheel in Wednesday you can get a free extra dip of Young’s Homemade Ice Cream on any ice cream purchase at The Dairy Store or a free mini-dessert at The Golden Jersey Inn with the purchase of your meal.
Or you can use their parking lot to drive out to Yellow Springs with your bike on car rack, unload your bike and make Young’s your starting point. One of the nation’s premier bike trails less than a mile from their location and think about wahat a reward a nice homemade ice cream cone would be at the end of your ride.
It’s also a great way to train for the Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Ride July 16 & 17. The ride starts and ends at Young’s, with 28 mile, 56 mile, 83 mile, and 100 mile options which head up to Ada, Ohio. Two-day participants stay overnight in great accommodations at Ohio Northern University. Riders of all ages and abilities raise money for charity and have a good time riding the well-marked routes. Food and ice cream is provided to all volunteers and riders. Each charity provides volunteers to staff the rest stops along the route.
Do you enjoy riding a bike? Do you enjoy camping or traveling? Put the two together! Come learn how to plan your very own self-supported road cycling adventure! Great Miami Outfitters offers this FREE class to help you get started bike touring and to introduce you to the latest apparel and equipment!
Great Miami Outfitters’ instructors will cover trip and route planning, apparel, shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food and nutrition, how to pack, and more! Join us for this great opportunity to learn more and ask questions about bike touring in a friendly, casual atmosphere.
Link’s first winter season called on all of those brave enough to battle the cold weather to become the Winter Warrior Champion. Link launched the Winter Warrior Challenge on December 4, 2015 and recruited over 50 participants to take trips during the winter months. The competition ended on Friday, February 26, 2016.
On opening day, Tom Jagles started racking up trips at 5:00 AM and kept the pace up throughout the competition. The runner-up, James Muhammad, gave Tom a run for his money racking up 180 trips in a 24-Hour period, which is the most trips taken in a 24-Hour period by not only Link riders, but also by any B-Cycle (the bike sharing supplier for Link and other systems) rider. Things heated up on the final day with both riders racing the clock. But Tom’s early lead earned him the grand prize of a brand new cruiser bike donated by New Belgium Brewing Company and a new trophy designed by Links and Kinks to back his bragging rights. Tom finished with a total of 796 trips. The runner-up totaled 616 trips. All Warriors totaled 2,674 trips.
“The Winter Warrior contest was a fun way to keep in shape during the cold winter months. The competition was fierce at the end. I had a blast!” said Tom at last night’s award ceremony at Oregon Express. New Belgium Brewing Company and Bonbright Distributors were on hand with door prizes and swag to celebrate the Warriors.
Other participants walked away with the tiered prizes. The Second Street Market donated $50 in Market Bucks to the First Tier Prize, and UD Athletics donated four UD Men’s Basketball tickets for the 2016-2017 season to the Second Tier Prize. Third Tier Prize winner took home a free Link Annual Membership and Link swag. Link also offered mini challenges throughout the competition featuring local favorites: Ghostlight, The Neon, Confetti, and RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink.
“We’ll definitely be bringing the competition back next year,” said Chris Buck, Business Development Manager for Link. “The program was a huge success. Watching the whole thing play out was very exciting, and we hope to inspire even more members to ride next winter.”
This is a warm up for Saturday’s – Gobbler Gives Bike Tour 35 mile Ride. We will be hosting a lunch time ride in downtown Dayton with Tom Foolery Outdoors to collect more food, energize downtown and get people on bikes. The ride will leave at Noon from Courthouse Square in Downtown Dayton. Riders will load their bikes with food they wish to donate to the Foodbank Dayton. Our ride will travel to Foodbank Dayton for a food drop, weigh in and refreshments. Ride back to downtown with a sense of pride that we helped feed the hungry in the Miami Valley! Day of registration only. Food and cash donations welcome.