Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

REI (Dublin) Bike Day

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Join us at REI Dublin for a fun Bike Day! There will be bike maintenance classes, a bike drive (bring your old bikes to donate!) and more. Stay tuned for additional event details. In the meantime, sign up below to help spread the Yay Bikes! gospel:

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Yay Valet! @ Grove City EcoFest

We're returning for one of our favorite annual events—Grove City EcoFest, now in downtown Grove City! Visit their site for where we'll be located, and all the many vendors and exhibits you can explore. Be sure to arrive early for the Bike the Mayor Ike! 

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Radio

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Kaitlin Clark

This month's volunteer ride leader: Kaitlin Clark

This month Kaitlin Clark will be taking us on a RADIO–inspired ride. Stay "tuned" for additional ride details and our route! 


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Studio 35 & REI Movie Night - Pee Wee's Big Adventure!

 Pee Wee's Big Adventure at Studio 35 brought to you by REI!

Pee Wee's Big Adventure at Studio 35 brought to you by REI!

Channel your inner 1980s self and join us at Studio 35 for a viewing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure- about an eccentric child-like man who embarks on an adventure to recover his beloved red bicycle. Tickets are $10 and 100% of ticket sales go directly to fund the good work of Yay Bikes! because our awesome sponsors REI and Studio 35 fare doing all the work organizing this shin dig! Tickets sold at the door beginning at 6:00pm. Movie starts at 7:00pm. But wait, theres more! REI is hosting a gear drawing following the end of the film! Yay Bikes! Yay REI! Yay Studio 35! Yay Pee Wee! Yay YOU! Yay US!

Channel your inner 1980s self and join us at Studio 35 for a viewing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure- about an eccentric child-like man who embarks on an adventure to recover his beloved red bicycle. Tickets are $10 and 100% of ticket sales go directly to fund the good work of Yay Bikes! because our awesome sponsors REI and Studio 35 fare doing all the work organizing this shin dig! Tickets sold at the door beginning at 6:00pm. Movie starts at 7:00pm. But wait, theres more! REI is hosting a gear drawing following the end of the film! Yay Bikes! Yay REI! Yay Studio 35! Yay Pee Wee! Yay YOU! Yay US!

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Aug
16
4:30 PM16:30

Yay Valet! @ Jay-Z & Beyonce Concert (OSU Stadium)

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There is NO better way to get to the show. We're just steps from the Shoe, at Woody Hayes Dr and the bike path! Here's how to park with us. And, if you're so inclined...

Volunteer for a shift to help park bikes!

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Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Oregon State

Game time noon, Yay Valet! opens @ 9:30. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

Yay Valet! @ Upper Arlington Arts Festival

It's time to enjoy some art and festivities at one of our favorite annual events! Ride to the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival and bring some big panniers to haul all those treasures home with you.

Volunteer for this event!

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Art Hop

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Stay tuned for ride details and our route!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Rutgers

Game time 3:30p, Yay Valet! opens @ 11. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

OSU v Tulane time TBD

Game time TBD. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

OSU v Indiana time TBD

Game time TBD. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Believe It or Not

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Meredith Reed

This month's volunteer ride leader: Meredith Reed

This month Meredith Reed will be taking us on a BELIEVE IT OR NOT–themed ride. Stay tuned for additional ride details our route!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

OSU v Minnesota time TBD

Game time TBD. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

OSU v Nebraska time TBD

Game time TBD. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Veterans

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Vonjia Shannon

This month's volunteer ride leader: Vonjia Shannon

This month Vonjia Shannon will be taking us on a VETERANS–themed ride. Stay tuned for additional ride details and our route!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Nov
24
9:30 AM09:30

OSU v Michigan

Game time noon, Yay Valet! opens @ 9:30. 

Everyone knows you NEVER drive to an OSU football game! Bike there instead! Our valet is right on the bike path where it intersects with Woody Hayes Dr, mere steps from the Shoe. Here's all you need to know about parking with us. And/or:

Volunteer at this event!

 

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! TBD

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Stay tuned for ride details and our route!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Flower Power

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Taryn Wilson

This month, ride leader Taryn Wilson will be taking us on a FLOWER POWER–inspired ride. First we stop to smell the roses at the beautiful Park of Roses, then head to Oakland Park Nursery to check out their biggest sale of the year, and finally we travel through the grounds of the Franklin Park checking out the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. The DRAFT route is here. Yay Bikes! Yay Flowers! Yay You!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! members

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot, in the parking lot directly across from the playgrounds and just south of the shelter house:

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Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Jul
10
5:30 PM17:30

Ride the Elevator AGAIN 2018

 This year's exclusive beer label, designed by artist Thom Glicke.

This year's exclusive beer label, designed by artist Thom Glicke.

Dick at Elevator Brewing Company, who sponsors an annual fundraiser to support Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works, is asking us to do it again—without the tornado* this time!

The evening kicks off with a FREE ride from Goodale Park to Franklinton Cycle Works (FCW) and then the Elevator Brewery 13th Floor Taproom. We'll begin gathering at the park at 5:30pm, and leave at 6pm. Running late? Feel free to join us mid-ride at FCW (around 6:30). From there we'll converge on the Elevator Brewery (N 4th St location). Entrance here will be $10, which gets you a beer to pose with for our annual "mass cheers" photo at beer:30 (7:30pm). Then Dick will open the taproom and we can all hang out! 

 *A literal tornado warning occurred during our brief ride attempt on May 16!

*A literal tornado warning occurred during our brief ride attempt on May 16!

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Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

Yay Valet! @ Taylor Swift Concert (OSU Stadium)

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There is NO better way to get to the show. We're just steps from the Shoe, at Woody Hayes Dr and the bike path! Here's how to park with us. And, if you're so inclined...

Volunteer for a shift to help park bikes!

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Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

How we Roll with Smart Columbus

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education at the launch of Smart Columbus Experience Center (170 S Civic Center Dr)! During a How We Roll ride, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Meredith with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. If it will be cold, good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

How we Roll with Smart Columbus

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education at the launch of Smart Columbus Experience Center (170 S Civic Center Dr)! During a How We Roll ride, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Meredith with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. If it will be cold, good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Hills Market Downtown Happy Hour Fundraiser

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Join us for a happy hour to raise funds for Yay Bikes! A portion of each large pizza sale will go to benefit our work. And be sure to tip your bartender; 100% of all tips go directly to the donation! 

Single topping pizza = $9.99; each additional topping $1
Bottle of beer = $2.00
Glass of wine = $4.00

There will also be a full kitchen with a hot food bar, salad bar, sushi, custom sandwiches and a large variety of items in the chef's case.

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Simple Living

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Kathleen O'Dowd

This month's volunteer ride leader: Kathleen O'Dowd

This month Kathleen O’Dowd, along with her co-leader Craig Clark, will be taking us on a SIMPLE LIVING–inspired ride. 

Our first stop will be Franklinton Farms, a non-profit urban garden dedicated growing and sharing healthy food, creating beauty, and building community with neighbors

Our second stop takes us to Simply Living, a community organization that celebrates and connects people to learning opportunities that promote community sustainability, environmental awareness and our local economy.   


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. This year we'll begin and end our rides at Lucky's Market in Clintonville. 

Register for this ride!

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May
25
12:00 PM12:00

How we Roll For Yay Bikes! members

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Meredith with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot, in the parking lot directly across from the playgrounds and just south of the shelter house:

HWR start location.png

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer with Yay Valet! @ TOSRV

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Yay Bikes! provides secure, supervised bicycle parking at public festivals and events, and educates the general public about bicycling for transportation.

What's a bicycle valet? Imagine a coat check for bicycles, wherein you are one of the friendly coat-room attendants (only sweatier). You'll be doing one of three things: 

1 Checking bikes—people arrive with a bike, you give them a clipboard with a ticket on it asking for a few pieces of information, you  tear off the bottom of the ticket and give it to them (that is their claim check), attach the top part to the handlebars, and park their bike in the spot the ticket indicates.

2 Returning bikes—people will arrive with a claim check, you will take that and match it to a bike, then return the bike to them.

3 Setting up / Tearing down—a heavy-lifting gig in which you load and unload the van and set up and tear down the corral.

We'll train you on-site and you'll have a blast. Want more information about our bicycle valet? Here ya go!

Register for a shift:

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May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer with Yay Valet! @ WestFest: West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival

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The valet will open @ 10am and close @ 2pm. 

Help us park bikes at WestFest 2018!

Be a part of sustainability and outreach efforts with Yay Bikes!, OSU, and other community partners by volunteering with us at the OSU WestFest! WestFest will happen at the West Campus Quad (between Scott, Rightmire, Bevis, and Pressey Halls) on The Ohio State University Columbus Campus.

Yay Bikes! provides secure, supervised bicycle parking at public festivals and events, and educates the general public about bicycling for transportation.

What's a bicycle valet? Imagine a coat check for bicycles, wherein you are one of the friendly coat-room attendants (only sweatier). You'll be doing one of three things: 

1 Checking bikes—people arrive with a bike, you give them a clipboard with a ticket on it asking for a few pieces of information, you  tear off the bottom of the ticket and give it to them (that is their claim check), attach the top part to the handlebars, and park their bike in the spot the ticket indicates.

2 Returning bikes—people will arrive with a claim check, you will take that and match it to a bike, then return the bike to them.

3 Setting up / Tearing down—a heavy-lifting gig in which you load and unload the van and set up and tear down the corral.

We'll train you on-site and you'll have a blast. Want more information about our bicycle valet? Here ya go!

Register for a shift:

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Central Ohio Ride of Silence

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced processional (8 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

We will gather from 5:30–6:30p at the steps of Columbus City Hall to prepare for the ride. A brief presentation will begin at approximately 6:30p. At 7p, the Ride of Silence will begin. Following the ride, we welcome you to stay and visit with one another.

Learn more about the Ride of Silence.

 

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May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Ride the Elevator 2018

 A rockin' good time was had last year! 

A rockin' good time was had last year! 

Join us for the 8th Annual Ride the Elevator fundraiser, sponsored by Elevator Brewery in support of Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works.

The evening kicks off with a FREE ride from Goodale Park to Franklinton Cycle Works (FCW) and then the Elevator Brewery 13th Floor Taproom. We'll begin gathering at the park at 5:30pm, and leave at 6pm. Running late? Feel free to join us mid-ride at FCW (around 6:30). From there we'll converge on Elevator Brewery. Entrance here will be $10, which gets you a beer to pose with for our annual "mass cheers" photo at beer:30 (7:30pm). Then Dick will open the taproom and we can all hang out! 

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Sideswipe & Lineage Collaboration and Bike Ride
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Sideswipe & Lineage Collaboration and Bike Ride

Join Sideswipe Brewing and Lineage Brewing in celebrating their Columbus Craft Brew Week collaborative release with a bike ride! The bike ride will launch from both Lineage and Sideswipe at 2pm, when each group will proceed to the other brewery. Max 20 riders on each ride, tickets will only be sold in advance (purchase them on the Facebook page).

Both breweries have worked together to create unique beers for the occasion—a grain bill using Jasmin rice as the focus. Each brewery will put their own spin on the beer by choosing their own yeast and hop bill. 

In the event of pouring rain or a massive snow storm, the ride will be canceled, but the T-shirt and tasting will still go on.

Proceeds from this event benefit our advocacy work!

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! The Future Is Electric!

 This month's volunteer ride leader:  Louise Perry

This month's volunteer ride leader: Louise Perry

This month we’ll be taking a close look at the up-and-coming star of the future personal transport arena: the electric bike. Regular riders will know that my co-leader, Casey Nickles, and I are passionate about using ebikes for our day-to-day travel needs, and we’re excited to share how they save money, reduce environmental impact and add immense fun! 

Our first stop will be Orbit City Electric Bikes, where owner Tom Bennett will introduce us to his extensive range and explain how ebikes can be used to revolutionize trips currently done by car or regular bike.

Next on our route, we’re going to learn how the power for our ebikes can be made even more sustainable. Kevin Eigel of Ecohouse Solar will be showing us a solar-paneled house in Grandview near Northwest Boulevard and 5th, outlining how solar works, and sharing his thoughts for the future of the industry. 

Finally, we’ll head back to Lucky’s, where ride members will be able to try out several different styles of ebikes while we socialize post-ride. 

Returning members and new riders, welcome to the future! Join us by registering below—there is no charge for members or first timers—bring a helmet, and let May 12th be the first day of YOUR personal transport revolution!


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. This year we'll begin and end our rides at Lucky's Market in Clintonville. 

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Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Blessing of the Bicycles

Join us for a Blessing of the Bicycles at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church! Regardless your religious affiliation, you'll find something here to inspire you and rejuvenate your soul. Here's more about the event from our friends at the church:

Imagine you are riding a bicycle.

Where are you going?

Why are you going by bicycle?

Who is riding with you?

How does the world look to you?

We invite you to join us for an interfaith "Blessing of the Bicycles" ceremony, a celebration of our diverse cycling community and of our various experiences with bicycles.

This will be a time to reflect on the reasons folks in our community choose to bike and to talk about our view of the world from the seat of a bicycle. Remembering how biking has affected our lives and transformed our lifestyles, we will bless and encourage one another. Prayers and good thoughts will be offered for peace and safety in our streets and for respect among diverse modes of transportation.

And, through this time of blessing, we will declare that, regardless of motive, our decision to bike matters. It matters to the earth. It matters to our city. It matters to our bodies. It is a sacred decision.

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Apr
22
8:00 AM08:00

Yay Valet! @ Columbus Earth Day Celebration

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The valet will open @ 11am and close @ 7:30pm. 

Ride to enjoy Columbus' Earth Day festivities this year at Genoa Park downtown for a day-long celebration. Then, while you're there you can give a big fat smooch to the Earth by helping us park bikes! Yay Bikes!/Yay Earth! 

Register for a shift:

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Bike Bingo!

 April's Volunteer Ride Leader: Marie Rineveld

April's Volunteer Ride Leader: Marie Rineveld

Each 2018 Year of Yay! Ride this season will be lead by a female, and B-I-N-G-O! I'm the lucky lady for April (get it?). Hi! I'm Marie Rineveld (www.facebook.com/marie.rineveld).

Looking for a casual stroll learning how to ride safely for transportation and pleasure on Columbus city streets, but nervous to try it alone? Haven't been on a bike in a bit and looking to Pass Go and Collect $200? We can get you back in the game! Roll with us on this "C-pace" (8-10 mph), everyone welcome ride, co-lead by the kind, and fearless Ride with GPS guru, Nicolas Binger.

We'll take a break mid-ride for fun and merriment  to visit with female-owned and operated Kingmakers in the Short North, because nothing brings people together like board games, except maybe bicycles! Kingmakers provides a open concept atmosphere for gathering with friends, family, and perhaps new friends to partake in the latest and greatest board games that you may not even know existed. Yay Bikes! BINGO riders will be treated to our very own game of Bicycle Bingo, and help show you why everyone's a winner when bikes and community are involved.

NOTE: Your first ride with Yay Bikes is completely FREE (consider it our BINGO gift to you). Members are also free.

Please sign up in advance here so that we can plan for a safe group size accordingly. Helmets, properly inflated tires, and any additional riding accoutrements are requested to ensure we have a safe and enjoyable group experience. If you have questions or need help, please feel free to reach out to me prior to ride day, or come a bit early to Lucky’s Market for assistance. You are welcome here!

Riders must register in advance, so that we can plan our leads/sweeps accordingly. When you arrive see the person with the clipboard to check in and secure your space. Every rider gets a commemorative Year of Yay! BINGO button.


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. This year we'll begin and end our rides at Lucky's Market in Clintonville. 

Register for this ride!

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Apr
14
8:00 AM08:00

Yay Valet! @ OSU Spring Football Game

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Game time 1:45pm (lacrosse game 11am), valet will open @ 10am. As always, we close 30 minutes post-game.

There is NO better way to get to the OSU Spring Game. We're just steps from Shoe, at Woody Hayes Dr and the bike path! Here's how to park with us. And, if you're so inclined...

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Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

How We Roll for Yay Bikes! members

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Meredith with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot, in the parking lot directly across from the playgrounds and just south of the shelter house:

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Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

Ohio Bicycle Swap Meet

Yay Bikes is happy to support the 4th Annual Ohio Bicycle Swap, hosted by the Westerville Bicycle Club!

Is it time to clean out your garage, basement, house, or even shop? Or perhaps it's time to add something vintage to it. Whatever you favor, its time to get together and socialize, check out some great bikes, parts and accessories and maybe find that thing you just can’t live without.

While you're there, come by the Yay Bikes! table to say "Helloooooooo!" and find out what's going on with us in 2018.

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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! WINE

 March's ride leader: Bertie Ford!

March's ride leader: Bertie Ford!

This month we'll be visiting Columbus' hidden treasures....urban wineries!

Our first stop is Camelot Cellars Winery, which is owned by Janine Aquino, a fourth-generation wine professional. Originally located in the Short North, now it makes its home in Old Towne East. We will experience tastings and receive an overview of what Camelot has to offer. 

Next we head to Signature Wines, which is really hidden in the east Columbus area. This winery specializes in traditional small scale wine making and the largest selection of personalized wine in Ohio. Kelly Harvey, the founder, passed away in 2016, but the winery continues to honor her memory with excellent wines.

Lastly we head to Brothers Drake Meadery, whose specialty is meads, which feature honey as their sugar source. Love the vision and mission of this winery: "Opportunity matters...we're all better off when we're all better off."

The route of our map is HERE.

As wineries can't give wine away, and we don't want to take up a lot of time buying tastings separately, I will purchase the wine tastings to be ready ahead of time so we can enjoy the presentations and return in a timely fashion.  Don't forget to dress warmly and bring helmets, water and SNACKS for the trip.  

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. This year we'll begin and end our rides at Lucky's Market in Clintonville. 

Register for this ride!

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

How we Roll For Yay Bikes! members

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Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Meredith with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot, in the parking lot directly across from the playgrounds and just south of the shelter house:

HWR start location.png

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.).

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle?

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride!

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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