Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! HEARTWARMING

December's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

December's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


This month, ride leader Mark Spurgeon brings you the theme HEARTWARMING! Details are pending, but you can register now:


Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! FOLKLORE

November's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

November's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride! 


This month, ride leader Cassie Patterson will give us a taste of folklore in Columbus. What’s folklore, you ask? Folklore is everyday culture—practices that we often take for granted even though they are central to who we are. The American Folklore Society defines folk traditions as “the things that people traditionally believe (planting practices, family traditions, and other elements of worldview), do (dance, make music, sew clothing), know (how to build an irrigation dam, how to nurse an ailment, how to prepare barbecue), make (architecture, art, craft), and say (personal experience stories, riddles, song lyrics)." Through this ride, we will come to appreciate some of the unique folk traditions of our city!

Check out our draft route!

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Oct
8
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! THE 70s

October's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

October's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride! 


This month, ride leader Grant Summers takes us on the 70s ride, a nostalgic tour that will touch on television, music and roller skating!

Stop #1—The first stop will be at the Musicol Recording Studio. They have been in the business of pressing vinyl and music recording since 1971. Grant will be discussing at this stop the contributions made to soul music in the 70s made by the Capsoul label, which was rereleased on vinyl (and CD) by the music label Numero Group, based in Chicago. 

Stop #2—We head north to a roller skating rink called Skate 71. Roller disco, skating\dancing while disco music plays, was a fad during the 70s. Most skating rinks have dedicated nights where DJ’s play music during skating sessions. Skate 71 has some Public skating sessions with Hip Hop and R&B serving as the musical backdrop. They will give us a run down of the different activities they have available. 

Stop #3—Our last stop is Starbase Columbus, a Star Trek (and other sci-fi) memorabilia store. This business opened in 1992, and was purchased this past May by "The Federation" a 501 (c) 3 charity organization co-founded by Russ Haslage and Gene Roddenberry, after former owner, BJ Mitias announced her retirement. Star Trek was produced for three years during the 60s, but came to become the popular icon that it is through reruns in the 70s ultimately culminating in the first Star Trek movie released in 1979. We can look forward to hearing some good stories about Star Trek!

Check out our route (subject to change)!

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Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Tour de Brew

  • Lineage Brewing

A 10(ish) mile bike tour of Lineage Brewing, Elevator Brewery and The Land-Grant Brewing Company, led by yours truly.

10:30-11:30a riders register and pick up swag

11:30a-12:30p riders leave Lineage

12:30-3p riders travel to Land Grant, Elevator Brewery, then back to Lineage. The ride travels in small groups of 15-20 people with well trained leads and sweeps leading folks through on a tour of including some of region's newest bike infrastructure, some of our loveliest green spaces, and some of our most lovely architecture. Oh, and there will be beer tastings too!

3-3:30p riders RAFFLE! Be back at Lineage for the choosing of tickets and the awarding of fabulous prizes INCLUDING a NEW BIKE donated by PURE FIX Cycles.

All money raised at this event supports the advocacy work of Yay Bikes! and the important mission of Water for Good. What is not to love?  Register now!

Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! RESILIENCE

September's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

September's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


This month, ride leader Kathleen Koechlin brings you the theme RESILIENCE!

Dictionary.com defines “resilience” as the “ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.” In honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, this month’s ride leader, Kathleen Koechlin, is going to take us places that exemplify resilience. 

Stop #1: Our first stop will be at the Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO). The civil war in Somali, which began in 1991, led people to flee the violence, instability, disease, and famine that engulfed their country. They left all their belongings, and sometimes their families, to escape to refugee camps in the hopes of relocating for a better, safer life. Ohio has the second largest Somali population in the United States. Hassan Omar, President of the SCAO, will describe what it is like to be a Somali in Columbus, as well as talk about the Somali culture and the services offered by the SCAO.

Stop #2: We will then head to First Responders Park in Westerville. There we will meet Tom Ullom, retired firefighter and founder of the park. He will tell the story of how the piece of World Trade Center (WTC) Steel, known as C-40, came to find a home in Westerville. This piece, which measures 18 feet long, 8 feet wide and weighs 2 tons, was part of the federal investigation into the collapse of the WTC towers. It once spanned the 98th-101st floors on the north face of WTC 1, which was struck by a 767 aircraft at 8:46am on September 11, 2001. Tom will also describe his friend and inspiration for the park, fallen firefighter Dave Theisen, whose memory is honored at this site with a sculpture called "The Crossing", designed by Steve Geddes and Bob Moore. 

Stop #3: Nature is also resilient, so we will make a stop in Inniswood Metro Gardens. We will join Cindy Maravich, Senior Environmental Educator, at the Gardens Entrance to learn about Inniswood's history, wildlife, and plants.  She will share interesting tidbits about Grace and Mary Innis and the current mission of Inniswood Metro Gardens. Bring your questions and cameras for a visit to one of central Ohio's beautiful public gardens. 

Here's our route!

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Sep
3
7:00 am07:00

Bike the Cbus

  • Elevator Brewing Co. 13th Floor Taproom
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ONLINE DISCOUNTS END SEPTEMBER 2, 2016!

Columbus' original city-wide ride since 2008, Bike the Cbus (BtCB) is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. The ride features four Neighborhood Routes of varying lengths that total approximately 30 miles, of which participants can ride as many or few as they choose. More seasoned cyclists can ride BtCB+, a unique SAG-supported urban Metric Century Route (62 miles) through Franklin County. Along each route there are stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment.

New for 2016!
Start/finish at ELEVATOR BREWING CO. 13TH FLOOR TAPROOM
165 N. 4th St
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Register now!

Sep
3
5:30 am05:30

Bike the Cbus day-of volunteering

You've always wanted to be a hero, haven't you? Well iron that cape you've got hidden in the back of your closet, because we need help to make Bike the Cbus the best damn city ride in the entire USofA. The good news is that many of these positions allow you to register and ride the ride as well. And the even BETTER news is that all volunteers will receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 27! Yay Volunteers!

Register to help!

Sep
2
4:30 pm16:30

Bike the Cbus pre-registration

  • Elevator Brewing Co. 13th Floor Taproom

Be one of the fantastic folks who helps Bike the Cbus have fewer "Problem Children" by helping riders with packet pick up and last minute registration on the evening of Friday September 2nd at Elevator Brewing Co. 13th Floor Taproom. If you've got an ipad and/or smart phone, please bring that and your charger. If not, don't worry, there are non-tech pre-registration job opportunities available. All volunteers receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and all are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 27! Yay Volunteers!

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Aug
31
6:00 pm18:00

Bike the Cbus sign posting

Do you want to be one of the six fabulous folks who ensure that none of our riders get lost during Bike the Cbus? Join Joel Spokas and his team on the evening of Wednesday, August 31st as they fan out across the route to post these beautiful signs guiding riders to turns and opportunities for rest, refreshment and bicycle maintenance. Bring a Phillips head screw driver if you have one. All volunteers receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and all are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 27! Yay Volunteers!

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Aug
13
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! LOCAL FOOD

August's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

August's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


This month, ride leader Alec Fleschner brings you LOCAL FOOD—where it comes from, how we make it, and how it brings us together.

Stop #1—The first stop will be at the Columbus Produce Terminal, where we’ll learn a couple of ways we get the fresh food we eat. Sanfillipo Produce Company will talk about their history, growing from an immigrant selling produce in 1899 to the produce distributor it is today. We will also be talking to Great River Organics, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group that delivers certified organic produce every week or two to members of the non-profit cooperative. Sanfillipo Produce will have sample bags for riders to take with them.

Stop #2—We head north to Coffee Time Bakery & Cafe, where they will discuss the role of a local coffee shop and bakery. In addition, Coffee Time sells specialized baking supplies and operates the adjacent Candyland Candy Store, which sells current and vintage brands of candy. Take some sweets along for the ride!

Stop #3—Our last stop is Nazareth Restaurant & Deli, a local Mediterranean restaurant where On Feb. 11, a man attacked and injured four people with a machete, making national headlines. Owner Hany Baransi wasn’t sure if the restaurant would stay open, but they just completed a remodeling and concept change. We will learn about the history of the restaurant, how they are moving past the horrible events, and where it hopes to be in the future. Samples will be provided. 

Check out our route!

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Jul
27
4:00 pm16:00

Yay Valet! @ ICC at the Shoe

International Soccer makes its way to Columbus on OSU's campus in the Ohio Stadium where Real Madrid takes on Paris Saint-Germain as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup. Kick off is at 7:30pm.

We are excited to offer valet bike parking for folks attending this event, Yay Bikes! Yay Valet! Avoid the hassle of driving a car in all that congestions, just pedal instead. Our bike corral is located at the southeast corner of Woody Hayes and the upper level of the Olentangy Trail (where we typically set up for OSU football games).

What's that, you want to volunteer to park bikes before or after the game? That's fantastic! Sign up for one of the open shifts below.

More event details can be found here, and info on parking at the bike valet is here.

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Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Year of Yay! AMERICAN HEROES

July's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

July's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride! 


This month, ride leader Theo White brings you the theme AMERICAN HEROES! Heroes are made everyday, from the smallest deed of kindness to those who have given their lives for our country. Their stories and histories are varied, their actions and deeds diverse, leaving their marks on every part of our culture and heritage. They are law officers, politicians, soldiers, inventors, explorers, artists, activists, writers, business people and ordinary folks. This ride will explore local people and organizations who serve as true heroes for our community. 

Stop #1—Our First Stop will be the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. Part of the century-old settlement house movement, the Clintonville-Beechwold CRC was organized in 1971 to promote a positive quality of life for residents of the Clintonville-Beechwold area, particularly its youth and senior citizens.  

Stop #2—Next we will hit the road toward Directions for Youth and Families. Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became part of the National Crittenton Foundation family of agencies in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children. We will also have opportunity to cool off with an ice cream treat at this stop. 

Stop #3—For our last stop we will take a short trip over to the Hale Black Cultural Center.  The Center was established in October 1989 and named in honor of Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. who fought to increase opportunities for minority students at The Ohio State University. The Hale Center is considered one of the finest Black Cultural Centers in the country. It is housed in an almost 20,000 sq. ft facility on OSU’s south campus.

Our route is here for your review!

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Jun
26
8:00 am08:00

ComFest (Day 3)

Happy ComFest, everybody! It's our biggest bike valet of the year! You do NOT want to drive to this event. Ride down and find us at the corner of Buttles & Dennison. 

Volunteer at this event!

Head to the ComFest site to sign up for shifts at the bike corral. All volunteers receive a ComFest tee (florescent yellow for the bike corral) and tokens that can be exchanged for beer or food—for each shift worked! 

Jun
25
8:00 am08:00

ComFest (Day 2)

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Happy ComFest, everybody! It's our biggest bike valet of the year! You do NOT want to drive to this event. Ride down and find us at the corner of Buttles & Dennison. 

Volunteer at this event!

Head to the ComFest site to sign up for shifts at the bike corral. All volunteers receive a ComFest tee (florescent yellow for the bike corral) and tokens that can be exchanged for beer or food—for each shift worked! 

Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

ComFest (Day 1)

Happy ComFest, everybody! It's our biggest bike valet of the year! You do NOT want to drive to this event. Ride down and find us at the corner of Buttles & Dennison. 

Volunteer at this event!

Head to the ComFest site to sign up for shifts at the bike corral. All volunteers receive a ComFest tee (florescent yellow for the bike corral) and tokens that can be exchanged for beer or food—for each shift worked! 

Jun
19
2:00 pm14:00

Buckeye Country Superfest (Day 2)

We'll be boot scootin' and bike parkin' all day and night (2–11:30p) for Buckeye Country Superfest, at our usual location overlooking the Shoe at Woody Hayes Drive and the Olentangy Trail. Ride there! One day of car parking can cost UP TO $60...not making that up...!!!

Volunteer at this event!

You know you want to, Maybe you were thinking of going to the concert but couldn't afford the price of a ticket, and realized "I could listen for free from the bike corral!" Maybe you were looking for a chance to hang out with one of our wonderful supervisors (Charis from 2-9p, Catherine from 9-midnight). Maybe you just like bikes and bike people and you know you'll have your fill of both. Whatever your reason, sign up now!

Confused about what to do next? First select the date you want to volunteer from the drop-down menu, and then you'll be able to select a shift.

 

Jun
19
12:00 pm12:00

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival (Day 2)

We're are so excited to be invited back for Saturday and Sunday of the lovely Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (but sorry, not Friday!). This year we are in a brand new location at the entrance on High and Town on the the lawn of The Olde Gahanna Sanctuary community center (82 North High Street between Granville and Town). Oh and next time you see someone from the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation, give them a big smooch on the cheek for brining us back!

Volunteer at this event!

You know you want to. The only thing that makes you happier than being on your bike, is meeting new people and talking bikes. Or, maybe you just love hanging out with Yay Bikes! people (or are looking to become a Yay Bikes! person). Or, maybe the judge said you had to. Whatever your reason for wanting to volunteer, SIGN UP NOW!

Confused about what to do next? First select the date you want to volunteer from the drop-down menu, and then you'll be able to select a shift.

Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Buckeye Country Superfest (Day 1)

We'll be boot scootin' and bike parkin' all day and night (2–11:30p) for Buckeye Country Superfest, at our usual location overlooking the Shoe at Woody Hayes Drive and the Olentangy Trail. Ride there! One day of car parking can cost UP TO $60...not making that up...!!!

Volunteer at this event!

You know you want to, Maybe you were thinking of going to the concert but couldn't afford the price of a ticket, and realized "I could listen for free from the bike corral!" Maybe you were looking for a chance to hang out with one of our wonderful supervisors (Charis from 2-9p, Catherine from 9-midnight). Maybe you just like bikes and bike people and you know you'll have your fill of both. Whatever your reason, sign up now!

Confused about what to do next? First select the date you want to volunteer from the drop-down menu, and then you'll be able to select a shift.