Cycling in Hamilton

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Bishop's Bicycles has becycled Cincinnatians for more than a century, offering two-wheeled steeds suitable for both slow, lazy glides and high-velocity speed trials. Whether using a soothingly saddled comfort bike with cruiser-style handlebars or a road bike built for rapid rides, daylong rentals include a helmet as well as a bike trail map upon request, ensuring renters can do more with their cycles than just watch game shows together.

313 Main St

Zoom Multisport Racing encourages triathlon and duathlon racing in the Midwest with events that welcome athletes ranging from average to elite. Its signature race series is the Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series, which hosts three races spread across the summertime. During each event, competitors swim through 1,000 yards of open water in Caesar Creek Lake (or run 2 miles for the duathlon), bike through 18 miles of Warren County, and run across 4 miles of dirt and concrete pathways in Caesar Creek State Park. Since each race is identical, athletes can track their progress by the change in time it takes to complete each race and number of hot dogs they can consume afterward without going cross-eyed. Zoom Multisport also teams up with Trimble Triathlon Multisport Coaching Services to offer the Couch to Competition training plan, designed to help chisel beginning muscles into Grecian works of art.

8570 Route 73

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.

648 Monmouth St

The YMCA of Greater Dayton branch began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community—babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.

4501 Denlinger Road

Urban Bike Adventure pits teams of two or three against one another in a combination obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and road race. Teams carry a clue sheet to solve puzzles and riddles to locate checkpoints around the city while also engaging in festive challenges such as bike polo, bike jousting, and locating Carmen San Diego. Teams have three hours to try to conquer all the checkpoint challenges and zip back to the finish line in one piece. Like VHS tapes of The Price is Right, the checkpoints can be finished in any order. Afterward, all participants are invited to an after-party at which the top 10 teams will receive medals and everyone will be festooned with a T-shirt, swag bag, and entry to raffle prizes and post-race giveaways. Challengers should tote along their own bikes, bike helmets, and cameras or cell phones to take pictures as part of the challenges.

423 W South St.

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.

260 W Carmel Dr