the skinny

The Adrian Maple Wheelers — the unofficial cycling club of Lenawee County — enjoyed a splendid (though sweltering) ride Monday night, from Blissfield to Deerfield and back again. If you’re free, why not join us tonight for a ride from Sand Creek High School to Canandaigua and back. Rider turn-out this season has been very strong, and we’re always happy to have more. The full list of rides is available to the right of this post (“Local Rides”).

Mark your calendars and plan to be part of the Bicycling Focus Group meeting on Tuesday, July 20, at 7p, at the Christian Family Centre. Rory Neuner and John Lindemayer from the League of Michigan Bicyclists will be present to talk about the work of the LMB, what’s happening in our community, and ways we can work together to promote cycling in Lenawee County. A bike ride will precede the meeting. Further details to follow.

Check out the story about Revs. Jim and Kathleen Splitt of Adrian First Presbyterian who will be riding in the Habitat500 (Sandstone, MN) to raise money for Habitat for Humanity generally, and for Lenawee County Habitat for Humanity specifically. This will be Jim’s 14th Habitat500 and Kathleen’s 11th. If you believe in safe, decent, and affordable housing for all, please consider making a donation on their behalf. I’m happy to say that Adrian First Presbyterian is my home church, and that bicycling is rapidly becoming a chief characteristic of our corporate identity.

The 3rd Annual Associated Charities ACDC Ride continues to take shape, and things are really coming together nicely. The band is confirmed. Registration and sponsorship forms will soon be available. And a wicked sweet event t-shirt is in the early design stage. Our goal is 150 riders (plus plenty of others who just join us for the music and cheap eats). If you’re not planning to be there, may you be plagued by unidentifiable squeaks from your bicycle for the remainder of the season.


2 responses to “the skinny

  1. Is there a link with the maps of your rides? I’m tempted to take the one that starts at sand creek high school but I couldn’t find a map of how far you go or how long it takes.


  2. The majority of these rides have not been mapped beforehand. I’ve been making an effort to map the rides afterword on Map My Ride, with the caveat that the routes are somewhat fluid. Click here to see the map of last night’s ride (best as I can recall).

    All of the rides are roughly 20 miles. Last night’s was a bit shorter due to the excessive heat. The Onsted ride a few weeks ago, on the other hand, was a bit longer (just shy of 26 miles). The rides typically take around two hours. We average around 14-15m.p.h., but it’s usually after 6p when we roll out, and we almost always break for ice cream.

    As I’m able to get these routes mapped, I’ll begin providing links to the maps beforehand whenever possible so folks can get a sense of what a given night’s ride will be like.