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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May
2
5:30 PM17:30

Yay Members! Appreciation Night - volunteers needed

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You're the bee's knees, the shiznit, the best of the best, without you we wouldn't exist! Save the date and roll by to 600 Goodale in the Community Room, conveniently located between the Harrison West Trail and the Olentangy Trail. Find out what we have been up to and what we have planned for the year, plus eat, drink and be merry! 

We could also use a few people to greet members in the lobby and direct them to the Community Room, and a few volunteers to work our mini bike valet in the parking lot. The shifts are only an hour and you will be rewarded with food and drink!  Sign-up below!

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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

For this month’s theme - The Future Is Electric! - 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. 

Register for this ride!

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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.

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
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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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
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
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
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:

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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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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. Stay tune for additional ride and route details!


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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Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

Volunteer with 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...

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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's volunteer ride leader: Taryn Wilson

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, a bike, and a little flower." —Hans Christian Anderson

This month Taryn Wilson will be taking us on a FLOWER POWER–inspired ride. Stay tune for ride and route details!


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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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 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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Aug
16
4:30 PM16:30

Volunteer with 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...

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Art Hop

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Bethel Yared

This month's volunteer ride leader: Bethel Yared

This month Bethel Yared will be taking us on an ART HOP–themed ride. Stay tuned for additional ride details and our route!


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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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! Clowns

 This month's volunteer ride leader: Shyra Allen

This month's volunteer ride leader: Shyra Allen

This month Shyra Allen will be taking us on a CLOWN–inspired ride. Stay tuned for additional ride details and our route!


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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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 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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Dec
8
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 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
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! 

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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:

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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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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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

FCW Bike School: Brakes

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the fourth of a 4-class series that also includes “Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat”, “Drive Train Maintenance & Derailleur Adjustment” and “Wheel Truing & Hub Overhaul”. Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! WINTER SPORTS

 February's ride leader: Sarah Riegel!

February's ride leader: Sarah Riegel!

Winter fun, 1-2-3 go!

Stop #1: Columbus Blue Jackets' Winter Park! Here we'll learn about the fun planned for Winter Park in the Arena District this February, and hear about how the Columbus Ice Hockey Club is making the sport accessible to all our local youth. 

Stop #2: Columbus Curling Club! Here we'll learn what the heck is curling, and about the club.

Stop #3: We'll return to Lucky's Market and then those who are up for it can congregate with the group at Acre restaurant, which is practically next door!

Stay tuned for our route!

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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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

FCW Bike School: Wheels

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the third of a 4-class series that also includes “Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat”, “Drive Train Maintenance & Derailleur Adjustment” and “Brake Maintenance & Adjustment”. Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

FCW Bike School: Drive Train

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the second of a 4-class series that also includes "Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat", "Brake Maintenance & Adjustment" and "Wheel Truing & Hub Overhaul". Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

FCW Bike School: Tires

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the first of a 4-class series that also includes “Drive Train Maintenance & Derailleur Adjustment", "Brake Maintenance & Adjustment" and "Wheel Truing & Hub Overhaul". Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! STRETCHING

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The new year has this month’s ride leader, Catherine Girves, thinking about stretching. This month we will discover ways to stretch our bodies, minds and civic involvement. Join us on this 4–10 mile (depending on weather) ride with three stops where we’ll discover the diverse types of films available at the Gateway Film Center, how easy it is to communicate with your state legislator from former legislative aide (and Yay Bikes! member) Erin Synk and some lovely stretches for cyclists from yoga instructor (and Yay Bikes member) Michele Waderker Winship.

Check out our route (which will decrease to 4 miles if we need to modify for weather)

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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Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

FCW Bike School: Wheels

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the fourth of a 4-class series that also includes “Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat”, “Drive Train Maintenance & Derailleur Adjustment” and “Brake Maintenance & Adjustment”. Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

FCW Bike School: Brakes

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the third of a 4-class series that also includes “Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat”, “Drive Train Maintenance & Derailleur Adjustment” and “Wheel Truing & Hub Overhaul”. Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

How We Roll for members

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All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Deo with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

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 month's 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.

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! Each child must be registered.

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! THE ART OF GIVING

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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 2017 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!


Get in the spirit of giving by supporting local crafters and locally owned businesses, and helping out those in need. 

Shopping opportunity! First we will stop at Celebrate Local, which sells products from over 300 Ohio artisans, small businesses and farmers, where we'll have the opportunity to sample some coffee and enjoy a treat while exploring the store. Bring cash for your holiday shopping!

Giving opportunity! We'll then head to the Gillie Senior Center, where we can drop off cards and toiletries for the seniors who visit there. Bring toiletries for giving!

'Tis the season!

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Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

FCW Bike School: Drive Train & Derailleur

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by a United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic. 

This is the second of a 4-class series that also includes "Tires, Tubes & How to Fix a Flat", "Brake Maintenance & Adjustment" and "Wheel Truing & Hub Overhaul". Check the FCW calendar for more about these classes and when they are offered. 

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

OSU vs Illinois

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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 Yay Valet!. And/or:

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! BIRDING

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 2017 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 will take us to see and learn about BIRDS. 

Stop #1—The first stop will be at Inniswood Metro Gardens, where we will discuss the basics of birdwatching—what’s needed, when to do it, and how one can attract birds to their backyard.

Stop #2—The second stop will be at the Hoover Dam Reservior, where we will talk about the bald eagles that live along the shore. 

Stop #3—The final stop will be at Blendon Woods Metro Park, where one of the naturalists will talk to us about the wild turkey population that lives in the area.

Check out our draft route and then:

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Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

How We Roll for members

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All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

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 month's 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.

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! Each child must be registered.

View Event →
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

FCW Bike School: Wheels

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Our partners at Franklinton Cycle Works offers bike maintenance courses, collectively known as FCW Bike School, for adults and teens 16 and older. Classes utilize the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair and are led by United Bicycle Institute-trained mechanic Jonathan Youngman. 

This is the fourth of a four-class series (click to view more and register):

  1. Tires, Tubes, And How to Fix a Flat (Oct 2)
  2. Drive Train Maintenance and Derailleur Adjustment (Oct 9)
  3. Brake Maintenance and Adjustment (Oct 16)
  4. Wheel Truing and Hub Overhaul (Oct 23)

Yay Bikes! members receive 15% off all classes with the code YAYBIKES. 

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Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Candidates Forum

 Last year's Meet the Candidates Forum with Yay Bikes!, DRAC and Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

Last year's Meet the Candidates Forum with Yay Bikes!, DRAC and Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

For the second year running we'll be joining DRAC (the Downtown Residents' Association of Columbus) and the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government for a Meet the Candidates Forum that introduces you to Columbus candidates for City Council, City Auditor and City Attorney—all people who will be determining what Columbus looks like over the next decade. Questions come from the audience, and we want lots of questions to be about how we can make Columbus bike friendlier! Venue is the Columbus Idea Foundry and snacks will be provided.

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