Contestants in the Urban Bike Adventure crisscross the city in teams of two or three, breezing through the choose-your-own-adventure race’s checkpoints in any order they choose. Along their diverse route, riders pause to solve clues and test their mettle in challenges; overall, the event evokes The Amazing Race more than traditional bike races, which test only speed and how successfully you taught your bike not to ride you. At the finish line, officials honor the speediest teams with awards that range from cash prizes to medals.
A 42-foot-long 3-D map of the Monon Greenway lines the walls of Carmel Cyclery, where a friendly team can equip and inform prospective duocyclists of all ages and levels to explore the gorgeous nearby trails or charming downtown Carmel. One of Carmel Cyclery's two-wheeled exerts will outfit you with a free area map and help you determine which rental ride best fits the curvature of your pedaling apparatus. The regal, back-friendly comfort bike dons smooth-riding tires, suspension seat posts, and cushy saddles to pad posteriors, while wrestling tag teams can perch atop the tandem bike for harmonious views of a spandex-free countryside. Travelers can then cruise to their right ventricle's content for up to four hours, during which they'll receive a healthy dose of the Indiana countryside and a healthy distrust of unicyclists.
When Jason Reser isn't pouring his energy into competitive mountain-bike racing and trail improvement, he's tending to his business—Reser Bicycle Outfitters, which was named one of America's best bike shops for 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer Association. At two stores, one of which earned a Best Bike Shop recognition from Northern Kentucky Magazine in 2012, he leads a team of competitive cyclists, technicians, and fitting specialists certified by the Serotta International Cycling Institute. At the Over-the-Rhine location, staffers match customers to city-friendly bikes and accessories; at the Newport, Kentucky store, they instead oversee a stock specializing in sports-focused bikes. Their inventory encompasses brands such as BMC, Civia, Orbea, and Ridley. The technicians service all makes and models in onsite repair shops, treating bicycles with everything from basic tune-ups to major overhauls to unproductive psychotherapy sessions. They also measure customers and frames at more than 30 points and swap out parts to complete custom fittings.
Cincinnati Bike Center pursues a simple mission—to encourage bike riding for transportation and recreation. They pursue this goal on multiple fronts, uniting the cycling community through events, interactive platforms, and collaborations with bicycle advocacy groups to improve local bike culture and elect a bicycle as the city's next mayor. The organization also makes a difference in bikers' lives on a daily basis, managing bicycle-commuter centers on busy thoroughfares and aiding bikers with repairs, ride shares, rentals, and guided tours.
Seven days a week, Jeffersonville Bicycle Company's fleet of cruisers stand at the ready. Hopping on one of the two-wheeled stallions, riders are free to explore the many sights and stops of Jefferson's historic downtown, where they'll find caf?s, restaurants, antique shops, and gifts, but unfortunately no Thomas Jeffersons. Rentals are available by the hour or by the day until 8 p.m., Monday?Sunday.