Bike Month Calendar!

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Events

Crank-Up Cincy 2017 The show celebrates bicycles and cycling culture in the Tristate by exhibiting selected posters from local artists on the walls of Coffee Emporium. On view through May 25. Free. Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown, facebook.com/crankupcincy.

May the Fourth Be With You  Cheviot’s “Slow Ride” Bicycle Group leads riders through the streets of Cheviot with a stop at a local canteen for food and drink. 7-10 p.m. May 4. Free admission. Harvest Home Fair, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, facebook.com/cheviotslowride.

Findlay Market BikeGarten — Each Saturday in May, Findlay’s Biergarten turns into a BikeGarten with special information about cycling and T-shirts and Queen City Bike memberships for sale along with craft beer. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6, 13, 20, 27. Free. OTR Biergarten, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike.

Brewvolution #1: The Northern Kentucky Ride — This is the first ride in a series of four to celebrate bikes and beer. Each ride visits multiple local breweries and is for adults 21 and over. This Northern Kentucky ride is 13.5 miles long and will start at Taft’s Ale House, then head across state lines to Bircus, Braxton, Wooden Cask and Darkness in NKY. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6. Free to ride; participants pay for their own food and drink. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike.

Bikes & Breweries  This flat and slow beginner-friendly ride goes from OTR to Newport and Covington for stops at Taft’s Ale House, Wooden Cask Brewing Company, Braxton Brewing Company and Rhinegeist. 1-5 p.m. May 7. Free. Leaves from Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, cincybikemonth.com.

Find the May Flowers Ride — April showers bring May flowers; see if you can find any on this ride around the farms and hills of Mariemont, Indian Hill, Milford and more with Fifty West Cycling Company. Ends at Fifty West Production Works for food, drinks and tom-foolery. RSVP to [email protected] 1-3 p.m. May 7. Free. Fifty West Cycling Company, 7669 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, fiftywestcycling.com.

Urban Bike Riding 101 — Hosted by SPUN Bicycles, this workshop teaches adults the basics of bicycle safety by riding through the streets of Northside. Build stamina and gain confidence while riding in an urban setting. Bring your bike and helmet. There’s a limited amount of Red Bikes available at the Hoffner Park station if you don’t have your own bike. 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 8, May 15 and May 22. Free. Hoffner Park, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/spunbicycles.

Left-Right Ride  Cheviot’s “Slow Ride” Bicycle Group leads riders through the streets of Cheviot in a left-right format; at each intersection, the group will decide if they want to go left, right or straight. 7-10 p.m. May 11. Free admission. Harvest Home Fair, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, facebook.com/cheviotslowride.

Ride for Reading — This ride asks participants to load their bikes and bags with provided books to donate to a local school. Bikes load at the Coffee Emporium roastery in Over-the-Rhine at 11 a.m. The bike parade leaves promptly at 11:45 a.m. and arrives at Frederick Douglass Elementary school in Walnut Hills at 12:30 p.m. 11 a.m. May 12. Free. Coffee Emporium roastery, 1200 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-541-0930, facebook.com/wordplaycincy.

Kidical Mass Clifton  Kids of all ages and their families are invited to ride through the streets of Clifton. Kids under the age of 16 must wear a helmet and be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. May 13; rain date May 20. Free. Clifton Plaza, 333 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, cincybikemonth.com.

Brewvolution #2: The Riverside Ride — This is the second ride in a series of four to celebrate bikes and beer. Each ride visits multiple local breweries and is for adults 21 and over. The Riverside Ride is 22.6 miles long and starts at the Moerlein Lager House, then travels to Streetside, Bad Tom Smith, Fifty West and Blank Slate. Participants pay for their own food and drink. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13. Free to ride; participants pay for their own food and drink. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, facebook.com/queencitybike.

MOBO Bike Sale/Plant Sale — This open house at the Village Green doubles as a bike sale and plants sale, plus an open house. MOBO will have great deals on bikes, priced $75-$200, and the greenhouse will feature a variety of veggies, flowers and herbs. Take a tour of the grounds and learn about the variety of programs at Village Green. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13. Free admission. MOBO Bicycle Co-op, 1415 Knowlton St., Northside, facebook.com/mobobicyclecoop.

Beginners Street Ride — A casually paced ride around Wyoming, Woodlawn, Glendale and Forest Park. There are three bike trails, quiet residential streets and short sections of major roads along the route. Learn how to ride safely in a group in city traffic. 10 a.m. May 13. Free. Meet at the parking lot at 420 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, cincybikemonth.com.

Clitoral Mass: Potluck, Clothing/Junk Swap and Bike Ride  A ride, swap and potluck for women, trans, femme and GNC folks. Potluck and swap 1-4 p.m.; ride 5 p.m. May 13. Free. MOBO Bicycle Co-op, 1415 Knowlton St., Northside, facebook.com/mobobicyclecoop.

Hike it Baby – Bike it Baby  Hike it Baby, dedicated to getting kids outdoors, hosts a bike ride around Winton Woods. The loop is less than 2 miles. Balance bikes, training wheels, trikes, scooters and more are welcome. 10 a.m. May 16. Register for Hike it Baby to participate. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Woods, hikeitbaby.com.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Esquire — Celebrate Bike Month with this special screening. When Pee-Wee’s bike is stolen from the mall in broad daylight, he sets out on a cross-country adventure to find it. Wear your helmet for free popcorn; the coolest helmet wins a gift card. Fun fact: This film was Tim Burton’s full-length film directing debut. 7 p.m. May 17. $7.50. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.

Groceries & Grilling: Ride Your Bike Night with Gramma Debbie — Each Wednesday the market hosts a special Groceries & Grilling event: watch a food demo, grab a recipe card, shop for ingredients and then grill your own version of the meal at satellite grills. This week’s theme is Ride Your Bike Night and features merchant Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen. 5-8 p.m. May 17. Free admission. Findlay Market, 1810 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike. 

Cincinnati Ride of Silence  A memorial ride to honor fallen cyclists. At Sawyer Point, there will be speeches and a reading of the “Ghost Rider” poem. The ride is open to all skill levels and riders are asked to remain silent during the ride. 6-8 p.m. May 17. Free. Lunken Airport Terminal, 262 Wilmer Ave., East End, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Reese’s Ride  May 18 is “I love Reese’s Day” and Cheviot’s “Slow Ride” Bicycle Group will be handing out fun-size Reese’s to everyone in attendance. The course leads riders through the streets of Cheviot in a no-drop format. 7-8:30 p.m. May 18. Free admission. Harvest Home Fair, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, facebook.com/cheviotslowride.

Bike to Work Day — Cyclists across the area can commute for free on May 19, Bike to Work Day, via a partnership between Metro, TANK, Clermont Transportation Connection and more. May 19. cincybikemonth.com.

Breakfast on the Bridge  A celebration for Bike to Work Day. Features a commuter station, free food and a hangout. 7-9 a.m. May 19. Free. Purple People Bridge, Newport, Ky., cincybikemonth.com.

Brewvolution #3: The Eastern Hills Ride — This is the third ride in a series of four to celebrate bikes and beer. Each ride visits multiple local breweries and is for adults 21 and over. The Eastern Hills Ride is 17.4 miles long and is pretty hilly. The ride starts at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. and includes stops at Listermann, Nine Giant, MadTree and Woodburn. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 20. Free to ride; participants pay for their own food and drink. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike.

Bike Polo Beginner’s Day  Join Cincinnati Hardcourt Bike Polo to learn about the game. Bikes, mallets and instruction will be provided. 2-10 p.m. May 20. Free. 640 Evans St., Lower Price Hill, cincybikemonth.com.

Red Bike Station Prospects Ride  A slow, urban ride to check out some prospective new Red Bike station locations. Starts at The Banks and moves north to end up at Red Bike headquarters in OTR for an open house with drinks, snacks and socializing. 2 p.m. May 20. Free. Meet at the Freedom Center Red Bike Station, corner of Walnut Street and Freedom Way, cincybikemonth.com.

Canal Bikeway Ride — Join Tri-State Trails and explore the Miami and Erie Canal, one of Cincinnati’s most historic transportation corridors. The 13-mile tour, led by Danny Korman, takes riders from downtown to Northside and back with information about the canal and later a planned subway route that never happened. Ride is rain or shine. Helmets are required. A limited number of free Red Bike passes are available. RSVP to [email protected] before May 19.  10:30 a.m.; ride departs promptly at 11 a.m. May 21. Free; Meet at Sawyer Point Cincy Red Bike station, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, facebook.com/tristatetrails1.

Decaf Beginner/Casual Ride  A short ride, less than 20 miles, with stops for socializing. 1-3:30 p.m. May 21 and May 28. Free. College Hill Coffee Co., 6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Bike Infrastructure Ride  This casual ride is less than 12 miles with the purpose of discussing some local bike infrastructure. No race. No drop. Helmets and sign in required. 6:35-8:35 p.m. May 22. Free. Caldwell Playground, 338 W. North Bend Road, Finneytown, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Love the COV Ride — A slow and steady ride around Covington and Newport and into Cincinnati and back. 6 p.m. May 24. Free. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., cincybikemonth.com.

Geek/Nerd Ride  Break out your pocket protectors and suspenders. Cheviot’s “Slow Ride” Bicycle Group leads riders through the streets of Cheviot in a no-drop format. 7-10 p.m. May 25. Free admission. Harvest Home Fair, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, facebook.com/cheviotslowride.

The Urbanist Book Club  The book club discusses Pedaling Revolution by Jeff Mapes, as well as the role of cycling in our city. Reading is encouraged but not necessary; it will mostly be a bike policy convo. 6:30 p.m. May 25. Free. The Brew House, 1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills, cincybikemonth.com.

Brewvolution #4: The Hamilton Ride — This is the final ride in a series of four to celebrate bikes and beer. Each ride visits multiple local breweries and is for adults 21 and over. The Hamilton Ride is 22.5 miles long and includes one long hill. The ride starts at Rhinegeist and then visits Urban Artifact, Brink, Fibonacci and Rock Bottom. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 27. Free to ride; participants pay for their own food and drink. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike.

Super Slow Beginner Ride — A flat route for new riders who want to learn how to ride safely in city traffic. Visits low-traveled roads in Wyoming, Hartwell, Lockland and Reading. Children older than 10 are welcome with a parent. 10 a.m. May 27. Free. Meet at the parking lot at 420 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, cincybikemonth.com.

CPC’s Preservation Ride  May is both Bike Month and National Historic Preservation Month. Take a slow and steady bike tour, then wind through OTR. 1 p.m. May 28. Free. Meets at 220 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, cincybikemonth.com.

Bike Month Summer Cinema — Wrap up Bike Month with Cincinnati Cycle Club and Washington Park’s Summer Cinema series with a screening of Breaking Away (1979), a coming-of-age tale about working-class friends in Bloomington, Ind., one of whom is obsessed with professional cycling. Join the group before the movie for a casual ride around downtown and OTR. Movie begins at dusk May 31. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/cincinnaticycleclub.

Bike Safety Rodeo  The Blue Ash Police Department, VeloFix and Target host a bike safety rodeo. There will be obstacle courses to ride through, lessons on bike safety, bike safety inspections and bike giveaways. 10 a.m. June 3. Free. Blue Ash Target, 9099 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, cincybikemonth.com.

May Bike Month Celebration — Join other area bicyclists for a remembrance and celebration of May’s Bike Month festivities. 6-9 p.m. June 5. Free admission. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencitybike.

Ride Cincinnati — The 11th-annual Ride Cincinnati family cycling event benefits cancer research at the Barrett Cancer Center. Rides includes distances from eight to 100 miles, plus a 5k run/walk. Features a celebration at the finish line. 6 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11. $35-$75. Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, ridecincinnati.org.

Recurring Rides

BioWheel’s Tour de Indian Hill — A 24-mile intermediate and advanced ride through Indian Hill. Headllights and taillights and helmet required. Rain or wet roads will cancel the ride. 6-9 p.m. Mondays. Free. BioWheels, 6810 Miami Ave., Madeira, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Monday Night Wyoming Ride  Base route is approximately 29 miles and runs downtown and back. Helmets and CCC sign-in required. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. Wyoming Tennis Court Parking Lot, 1038 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Tuesday Evening Ride — This ride leaves every Tuesday from the Fifty West Cycling Company parking lot. Geared toward intermediate riders, the ride starts on the Little Miami Scenic Trail and heads toward Milford/Terrace Park/Indian Hill. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Fifty West Cycling Company, 7669 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, fiftywestcycling.com.

Tuesday Night Urban Basin Bicycle Club Ride — A leisurely group ride around the urban core. 6:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, cincybikemonth.com.

Tuesday Nights at Nisbet  An intermediate ride with multiple speed groups. Route changes every two weeks. Rain will cancel the ride. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Nisbet Park, Karl Brown Way and Harrison Street, Loveland, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Bishops Bike Shop Ride — An intermediate group ride. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Bishops Bicycles, 313 Main St., Milford, cincinnaticycleclub.org

William Henry Harrison Tomb Ride — A self-paced ride that travels 17-27 miles through North Bend, depending on which route you want to take. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Free. William Henry Harrison Tomb, Cliff and Brower roads, North Bend, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Trek Tour de Villa Hills — This intermediate ride features one big climb and one fast descent. Road bike and helmets required. Please bring a flat-repair kit. Rain or wet roads cancel the ride. 9-10:30 a.m. Sundays. Free. Trek Bicycle Store, 1999 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Trek Blue Ash Shop Ride  An intermediate 24-mile, no-drop ride. Features three good climbs. Helmet and well-maintained road bike required. 10 a.m.-noon Sundays. Free. Trek Bicycle Store, 9695 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Riverside Roll — An intermediate ride that goes approximately 30 miles from the bike shop. 9:30 a.m.-noon Sundays. Free. Montgomery Cyclery, 8483 Beechmont Ave., Beechmont, cincinnaticycleclub.org.

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