July 3rd Ride – Wright Dunbar/Old Dayton/McPherson Town

Our next bike ride we’ll be visiting the west side of Dayton. We’ll ride by the location of the old Wright Brothers home and stop down the street at the Wright Cycling Complex. We will also visit the house where Paul Laurence Dunbar lived. Continuing our ride through Old Dayton to McPherson Town.

After the ride we’d like to hang out and enjoy First Friday – we’re open to suggestions of places to eat or have a drink. We’ll make an announcement the day of our ride of where we plan to meet. Hope to see you guys there. Ride out time is around 6:30 pm.

For more information about our group visit us on Facebook!

May 1st Ride! TIME CHANGE 6:30PM!!!

 

Ride time has changed – we’re now meeting at 6:30pm through September!

On this ride we will be visiting Old North Dayton. Our first stop will be at the The Salvation Army Kroc Center Dayton to see the Dunncarrick mansion.

Our second stop will be at the wonderful Evans Bakery.

The final stop will be by DATV.

June 6th Ride – West Third/ Dayton View

On this ride we will be exploring the West Third Street Historic District, Dayton View and McPherson Town. There are two points of interest where we will stop briefly. First stop will be the Wright Cycle Company Complex. Second stop will be at the corner of Arnold Place and Superior Avenue to see the original farm house of Dayton View. Come join this urban exploration!

 

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December Ride – Let It Glow

Visibility is everything, especially in winter months. Let’s deck out our bikes with lights, but not just your regular bike lights. Bring what you can find to light up your bike:
– glow bracelets
– bike glow
– portable holiday lights
– spoke, valve, and rim lights
Let your creativity flow.
Ryan Cappo, who is shooting a video about cycling in the Miami Valley (you might have seen the call for cyclists on our Facebook page before), will be there to capture the whole thing. Make it count 😀 Of course you are welcome either way, even if you don’t have a chance to go crazy.
One ride only, during winter, we leave at 5:30pm. If you are running late and want us to wait for you, feel free to call or text 937-212 9150
Freezing temperatures won’t stop us, but black ice will.
And here is the route.
RSVP to the Facebook event to stay posted.

Weekly Wrap Up

Did you see the weather forecast? We might get our first few snowflakes on Wednesday, or maybe we will not, this is the Midwest, after all.
We thought about shooting a video to show how to dress for winter rides, but then we found this video from Let’s Go Ride A Bike, and Dottie explained it all.

To sum it up:
– Stick with wool (cotton stays wet and you will get cold)
– Layer up
– Dress up right before you go outside, and take off extra layers as you warm up or go back inside
– take off wet clothes and let them dry before you put them back on
– If you decide to ride this winter, you should probably join our Winter Ride Challenge.
– You do not need to buy special cycling clothes for winter, but there is some really good equipment available. As always, your local bike shop is your friend.

It is suppose to lighten back up at the end of the week, though. Perfect, because Saturday you have a chance to do something for body and mind at the Bike The Arts, a ten mile guided bike tour through Kettering, starting at 10am at the Rosewood Art Center. The organizer asks that you wear a helmet.

And then it is almost time for the Dia de los Muertos Parade.
If you need a mask to wear, let us know. We have 5 unpainted masks to hand out. They are free, just contact us as courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com, first come first serve.
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That is all for today. Let us know if you have questions, ideas, or events that we should post here.

Bike Parking at the Oktoberfest

Wow, long day at The Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest, yesterday.
A big thank you goes to all our volunteers.
Here are some numbers:

  • We were ten volunteers
  • We spent seven hours at the fest
  • We parked 41 bicycles
  • We had one person ride 22 miles to the Oktoberfest (yes, one way)
  • We ate at least ten soft pretzels
  • We told approximately 5 gazillion people that they should ride their bikes to the Oktoberfest Sunday or next year.

Say hello to the first round of volunteers (photo by David Hurwitz):
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If you had no time to go to the Oktoberfest, yesterday, stop by today. The UD River Stewards will park your bike for you, from noon till 7pm.
Bicycle parking is located at the River Gate on the corner of Belmonte Park North and Riverview Avenue.

State of the Mass

As the saying goes: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans”, that is our way of apologizing for the lack of posts, recently. We are still alive and riding, just too busy to frequent the internet.

So, what is going to happen over the next couple of weeks and months? Here is a quick rundown:

September 28th:
We host bike parking, from noon until 7pm, at the Dayton Art Institute’s October Fest with the great support of volunteers and the awesome people behind Tour de Dayton.
Come by, say hi, we sill have some volunteers spots open. What do you get in return? Well, you get to hang out with us, ha! and you also get free admission to the October Fest for Saturday… but mostly you wanna hang out with us, right?
If you are interested, e-mail us at courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com

October 4th:
It’s First Friday, time to ride.
Please note that we are cutting down to one ride for Fall and Winter. We will miss our 7pm folks, we hope to see them again in May.
We will ride out to the Midwest Outdoor Experience, where you can test mountain bikes, thanks to IMBA, have your kids, ages 2 to 5, try a Strider, have your dog play, camp, and too many other things to list. For all activities click here.
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Our route will be longer, this time, about 10 miles, but we will take the trail home, so don’t worry about it, you won’t have to put up with traffic when you are already tired. We will ride to the main entrance, drop off whoever wants to stay and take the trail home.
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

November 1st:
Dia de los Muertos, The Day of The Dead, is having a parade. You know what a parade needs? Bicycles, d’uh! So we will join the folks of Missing Peace Art Space. We will meet at our regular spot, in front of the Dragons’ Stadium, then we head to the Neon to join the parade. Feel free to dress up accordingly. We hope to see a bunch of decorated bikes and riders.
The event is asking for donations at Indiegogo, here is the link.

Winter in Ohio:
Today is the first day of Fall, so let’s not talk about Winter too much, but here is a quick announcement:
We are in the process of creating a Winter-Ride Challenge. It is not about the miles logged, but the trips taken. We might add another for miles logged, we will see. There might even be a goody bag waiting for the winner.
We are currently figuring out the details on how we will have people join, mostly we are figuring out the legal part. You all know that we think your safety is your responsibility, if you are not comfortable riding in Winter, don’t. But if you are a used to freezing temperatures and snow, feel free to join us. Stay tuned for more info.

One more thing:
Recently, we have received several requests to organize other rides, beside the one on First Friday. Unfortunately, we are not able to do more rides, at this point of time. Maybe if we become a group with more volunteers, we can do that in the future, but right now it is out of our reach.
If you want to see a ride, organize it. Dayton is as awesome as the people who make things happen. If you don’t know where to start, contact us. We will gladly tell you how we plan our rides, where and how we promote them, share what we have learned, hand your fliers out, and announce your rides before a Courteous Mass and on our Facebook page and blog.
We are, as always, reachable at courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com

That is all for today. Let us know if you are aware of other rides and events that we should share.