Detection programs, training for oncologists, and construction of new facilities. Those are just a few goals the organizers at Bike to Beat Cancer hope to achieve. Their rides also bring together cyclists, who zip through rides in a variety of lengths. The routes are generally dotted with mechanics, checkpoints, refreshments, and restrooms. The crew can help set riders up with training programs before the race, and afterwards they'll all feel better about helping those fighting cancer in Indiana and Kentucky.
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.
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.
Some athletes want to focus on endurance. Others want to unlock their competitive spirit. Still others hope to get their chakra energy flowing. At Cycle Bar, there's a spinning class for all those goals and more, each with its own light show and music. It's not just any music, either. Class playlists are high-octane, carefully-curated mixes of top 40 hits and indie tracks, starring artists from Iggy Azalea to Phantogram.
Regardless of theme and tunes, all sessions have one key thing in common: high-tech stationary bikes, which the Cycle Bar team dubs "intelligent." While not quite self-aware enough to be vain about their handlebars' symmetry, the cycles do store each athlete's workout stats, allowing for long-term fitness tracking.
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.