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I know we can do better

The 5th Annual ACDC Ride to raise funds for Associated Charities of Lenawee County is only three weeks away. Have you registered yet? Registration and sponsorship forms are available under the “ACDC Ride” tab on this website. You can also check out the routes.

Three years ago, this ride was on the verge of falling apart. Last year, we had a total of 43 riders (12 on the Kiwanis Trail, 21 on the 50K route, and 10 on the 100K route). The event raised over $2000 for the Charities. We’re making terrific progress, but I know we can do better.

Associated Charities does remarkable work for those in need in our community. What stands out to me most is the sense of dignity they help to provide and to nurture in their clients. The Charities is celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. Come out and celebrate with them.

The ACDC Ride is a great event. Highlights include…

  • Family-friendly 7- and 14-mile routes on the Kiwanis Trail
  • 50K and 100K routes in scenic Lenawee County, MI, that will be as challenging (or not) as you want them to be
  • SAG support
  • Rest stops with water and snacks about every 12 miles, two of which have bona fide bathrooms, so you don’t have to go wandering into the corn rows when nature calls
  • RoadID coupons for everyone and gift certificates for a few lucky folks
  • a 20% same-day discount for all riders at Adrian Locksmith & Cyclery, our friendly local bike shop
  • a classy event t-shirt
  • post-ride music with Jeff D. spinning the hot wax
  • a lip-smacking yummy lunch
  • great folks all around

…and more.

What are you waiting for? Grab some friends and family, check the air in your tires, and finish your season in style.

2012 ACDC Ride: time to speak up

Planning for the 2012 ACDC Ride will be underway very soon. Here’s your chance to take some ownership of this local community activity.

1. For starters, let us hear from you. What have you liked about the event in past years? What would you like to see change? What recommendations for you have for things that should be added? What are your suggestions for attracting more participants? Please post a comment and get some conversation going on this. Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.

2. Is there anyway you can help out in a more concrete way? Would you like to sit in on one or two of the planning meetings? Do you know any local business owners who might be willing to sponsor the event? Do you have any friends or family members who might be willing to volunteer to host a rest station, drive a SAG vehicle, or handle some other task? Would you be willing to help promote the event via Facebook or some other social media outlet, or by posting flyers and spreading the word in other ways?

Don’t limit yourself to these ideas; suggest some of your own. What do you have to offer? Just a small investment from a bunch of folks will produce exponential results. Thanks for giving it some thought.

What do I do? What do I do?

If you’re in the market for a new bike (aren’t we all always in the market for a new bike?), here’s a fairly helpful guide on what sorts of questions you should ask and things you should consider in the process: Buyer Be Wise.

And if you find yourself pondering whether it would be appropriate to ride naked, here’s a ridiculous tool to help you figure out clothes to wear.

Final preparations are underway for the 4th Annual ACDC Ride. This is going to be a great ride, with door prizes, music, and a free lunch. As of last Friday, we had only ten registrants. Pray God more than that show up. If the event draws fewer riders than last year, I fear this may be the last we see of it, which would be terribly unfortunate, in my humble opinion.

Don’t forget about the Hancock Horizontal Hundred on September 11, and the Adrian College Bulldog Ride on September 24. Also, be on the lookout next Thursday morning for a handful of Adrian College students who will be taking a bike tour of Adrian for the course I’m co-teaching this semester called “The Non-Motorized Path of Virtue,” wherein we’re discussing the ethics of transportation. Zack Furness, the author of One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility, will be on campus in October to meet with the class, and there will be a lecture that evening that will be open to the public. Just so you know, there is plenty of free bicycle parking available on campus, close to where he’ll be speaking.

Hope to see a bunch of you shortly for the Monday night ride.

Let’s Go Viral

Are you on Facebook? Why not do something productive with it.

 

Click here to spread the word for the 2011 ACDC Ride.

 

Thanks!

All the News That Isn’t

I think my blog is dying. Sigh. Alas, it’s becoming increasingly clear that (gasp!) I’m running out of things to say. I have more readers than ever (which is not to say a lot, but definitely a greater number), and it’s obvious that the blog has played a meaningful role in our cycling community. Hence, I’m loath to shut it down entirely. But if it’s to continue, much less improve, I’ve got to figure out some way to solicit more content and/or to recruit some writers. Any suggestions?

Speaking of things dying, when I last checked, this year’s ACDC Ride had only a handful of sponsors and a similar number of registrants. It pains me to say it, but the future of this event is looking grim. At this point, I’m beginning to question whether we’ll even pull it off this year, let alone next year and the ones to follow. PLEASE register for this event as soon as possible, and do everything you can to help spread the word.

Everyone who registers early is guaranteed a t-shirt in their size on the day of the event, and automatically in the running for a pretty cool door prize (your choice of a digital camera, an MP4 player, a 133-piece tool set, or a gardening set).

Many of you have been wondering about the routes. I’m happy to report that they were finalized this weekend. Click here for the 50K route. Click here to view the 100K route. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work Canandaigua into the route like I had hoped, but you’ll be pleased to find no 10-mile westward stretches into the wind. (Be forewarned, however: there some bumpy roads. We live in Lenawee County, after all, so the only alternatives are macadam and highways.)

Looking forward, I welcome (that is to say, I desperately petition) any ideas on what we can do (and how) to develop this into the premiere cycling event that it has the potential to be. And along with that, I invite you to be involved with the planning, promotion, and running of the event, no matter what sort of riding you do. In fact, a variety of interests and skills would go a long, I think, in making light work and a better event for everyone.

On much brighter notes, if all goes well, today I’ll turn over 3,000 miles on the year, just in time for ODRAM. And better yet, check out this wicked sweet video from the guy behind Performance and Le Velo. (Thanks to Dave for sending it in.)

Hope to see you all tonight at TECUMSEH MIDDLE SCHOOL for a 25-mile jaunt between Tecumseh, Macon, and Clinton. We roll out at 6p.

This and That

First, thanks! I appreciate everyone taking the time to vote for “Hadrian on a Bicycle” for the Circle of Moms “Top 25 Biking Families” contest. Here’s what I found in my inbox when I logged on this morning:

Congratulations Scott!

Your blog has been voted into the Circle of Moms Top 25 Biking Families!

The final Top 25 list will be featured on our editorial section, The RoundUp. There are several other Top 25 lists currently published on The RoundUp if you’re interested in seeing what the Top 25 Biking Families will look like.

Please keep a look out for an email from me over the next few weeks with interview questions for the Top 25 Biking Families on The RoundUp.

Congrats, again!

Best,

Julie

Cool.

Second, registration for the 4th Annual ACDC Ride is now open. Eager would-be participants can click here to register now. For those who want to think on it a bit (or who need to cobble together some pennies to cover the registration fee), you can click on the ACDC Ride logo in the right-hand column of the blog whenever you’re ready. We are also exploring the possibility of offering online registration.

The organizers are working very hard to make this a premiere cycling event in southeast Michigan, and to ensure that the ride raises as much money as possible for the Associated Charities of Lenawee County. We need your help. “I’m definitely planning to ride, but what else can I do to help?” you ask. Well, here’s the shortlist:

  1. Solicit sponsors (or be one yourself). Event sponsorships are available for as little as $100, which gets your name or the name of your business or organization on the wicked cool event t-shirt. (Trust me, folks, this is a shirt people wear long after the ride is over, with regular laundering of course.) But we are still desperately seeking some major event sponsors who will underwrite this event in a substantial way. If you or someone you know might be able and willing to help, please contact Ms. Delight Creech. We’re even open to having businesses and organizations host designated rest stops.
  2. Recruit volunteers (or volunteer yourself, if you unable to ride or planning to do a short route). We need route-markers, people to watch hazardous spots along the route, SAG drivers, people to help with registration and the post-ride festivities, and so much more. Contact me if you want to get involved.
  3. Spread the word. This ride has something to offer everyone, even non-riders (i.e., all those wonderful family members who tolerate and, dare I say, support our ridiculous obsession with bicycles. This year especially, the routes are worthy of a drive from Toledo, Ann Arbor, and elsewhere. So if you have friends or family outside of Lenawee County, or you frequent bike shops in nearby cities, or you can think of any public calendar of events where something like this might be of interest, please do your part to promote the event and to attract more participants.

Finally, for today, I’ve recently added some new links to the list in the right-hand column of the blog (e.g., Audax Club Parisien Randonneur, Les Randonneurs Mondiaux, Ohio Randonneurs, and Randonneurs USA) that you might like to give a gander if your the sort of person drawn to riding longer distances. (By the way, I’m planning to organize and categorize all of these links in the not-too-distant future.)

My love of and desire for touring and randonneuring grows, and my sights are becoming increasingly fixed on Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015. One might argue that surfing sites like these is akin to preliminary packing. Stay tuned for more on randonneuring, including a review of a terrific book I’m reading about a transcontinental journey from Virginia to California, just one of many such books I look forward to reading this year. Oh, and my write-up and pictures from GOBA is still on the horizon … honest.

For anyone interested, tonight is the Maple Wheelers’ monthly “Taco Ride.” We’ll be rolling out of the Highland Inn (3171 Round Lake Hwy, Manitou Beach) at 6p, and “recovering” afterward with food and beverage.

Got Bike?

Are you, or is someone you know, thinking about participating in one of the many upcoming charity rides planned this season in Lenawee County, but lacking the requisite two-wheeled contraption to do so and short on cash? Why not borrow one from the Re-Bicycle Lenawee Co-op? Here’s the scoop:

Re-Bicycle Lenawee is offering to provide refurbished bicycles to people that want to ride in local tours this Spring and summer, but don’t own the proper equipment.

Each rider will be fitted, given safety instructions, and will do a complete bicycle check with a trained Re-Bicycle volunteer BEFORE they take possession of the bicycle.  This is required of everyone receiving a bicycle. Persons under the age of 16 must have a legal guardian with them during this process.  Liability for the riders will be covered by event insurance if participants use these bikes in organized events.

Interested parties must contact RBL at least 5 days before the ride and make arrangements to get fitted.  The donation for a bicycle and helmet will be $5 for the one-day ride.  For a higher donation, based on the value of the bicycle, the participant can keep the bicycle and helmet.  For those that intend to train for the longer rides, they should make the higher donation and take permanent ownership before the ride.

Of course, it is RBL’s mission to help the needy first.  They will make arrangements for those with financial difficulty, with special consideration for single parents and children.  Anyone in financial need can apply for a bicycle through our normal Re-Bicycle Lenawee application process.  They can contact Re-Bicycle Lenawee for more information.

Jim Manley
Re-Bicycle Lenawee
216 S. Center St.
Adrian, MI   49221
(517) 759-1427
email:  rebicycle.leanwee@gmail.com
website:  https://velofolk.wordpress.com
ReBicycle Lenawee on facebook

Spread the word. Please note, however, for the time being, this service is only available for people registered for the organized rides Re-Bicycle is supporting.  Hopefully, it will develop into a full-fledged bike share system soon.