Experiences are more fun when you share them with others, and biking experiences are no exception. There's nothing like a biking buddy to get you motivated to ride, to tour, to race or just to shoot the breeze about bikes. And bikers are generally a gregarious lot, almost always eager to accept others into the "inner circle" of cycling so they can share their own experiences.
The internet is a wonderful tool for building communities of people who have the same ideas. You don't have to live next door any more to discover good friends with the same interests and abilities. There are dozens on on-line forums on bicycling, covering every topic you can imagine, and whatever your bicycling passion, you'll find kindred souls and a wealth of information on-line. Whether you're into restoring vintage Raleighs or want to spend your weekends randonneering, you're not alone.
Open Event Rides
It's just plain more fun to ride with others. People who share your passion for riding and your outlook on life. People who can hold up their part of a good conversation. There are lots of bikers out there who feel the same way, and are looking for riding partners just like you! Open event rides are a great way to find biking acquaintances and build long-lasting friendships based on your common interests. TAB (Toledo Area Bicyclists) holds several group rides each week and sponsors touring events throughout the season - you can find out more on their web site. And Bike to the Bay has become an enormous regional biking event, attracting hundreds of riders each year. Don't sit around waiting, get out there and meet someone!
Bicycle Clubs and Organizations
Here are a few area biking organizations, most of which have activities you can get involved with in addition to riding. Most publish on-line newsletters, hold social events and welcome new members.
Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society conducts rides daily group rides open to all for road and mountain bikers.
Cascades Cycling Club supports cycling in Jackson, Michigan, and the communities in the surrounding area.
Black Swamp Bicycling Society is a group of riders in Bowling Green riding on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from City Park. They also host the annual Black Swamp Bicycling Tour.
Defiance Cycling is a group riding out of Defiance on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Downriver Cycling Club conducts rides and events for cyclists in Southeastern Michigan, including Monroe.
Flatlanders Cycling Club is a non-profit road riding club in Fremont which supports rails to trails and other community biking programs. They also host an annual event ride.
Hancock Handlebars is a road riding club in Findlay which offers regular club rides at all levels and hosts an annual event ride.
Maumee Valley Adventurers, formerly Hostelling International Toledo, offers a wide range of non-biking activities all year long, in addition to sponsoring four very popular area event rides each year.
Maumee Valley Wheelmen is a Toledo area racing-oriented club affiliated with USCF. They stage race events for club members but offer training and recreational rides open to all.
Northwest Ohio Pedalers is a group out of Defiance doing breakfast rides starting from different spots around northwest Ohio.
Team Defiance is a race team out of Defiance sponsored by the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
Team Toledo is a triathlon club which conducts events throughout the year.
Saturn of Toledo|Shell Cycling is a premier racing club.
Toledo Area Bicyclists is a club of non-racing road riders. TAB conducts group rides in different ability groups daily during the biking season and sponsors several event rides annually.
More detailed information on these organizations is available on the Club Activities page.
Black Swamp Bicycling Society
Cascades Cycling Club Jackson
Dayton Cycling Club
Flatlanders Cycling Club Fremont
Hancock Handlebars Findlay
Maumee Valley Adventurers Toledo
Maumee Valley Wheelmen Toledo
Northwest Ohio Pedalers
Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen Youngstown
Stark County Bicycle Club
Westerville Bike Club
Toledo Area Bicyclists Toledo
Toledo Bike Co-op Toledo
Silver Wheels Cycling Club Lorain
Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
Ann Arbor Velo Club
Cherry Capital Cycle Club
Downriver Cycling Club SE Mich.
Kalamazoo Bicycle Club
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Michiana Bicycle Association
Michigan Bicycle Racing Ass.
Michigan MTB Association
Ypsilanti Bicycling Coalition
Bloomington Bicycle Club
Calumet Crank Club
Central Indiana Bicycling Association
Indiana Bicycle Coalition
Michiana Bicycle Association
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|Open Event Rides
Lake Erie West Region
Bike to the Bay
Fall 'N Leaf
Hancock Horizontal Hundred
Mad Anthony River Rally
Red Flannel Metric Century
TAB Club Rides
Bike Ride Across Scenic Utah
Bon Ton Roulet NY
CANDISC N Dakota
Cross Ohio Bicycling Adventure
Cycling the Erie Canal NY
Festivelo S Carolina
Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
Great Hudson Valley Pedal NY
Greene Trails Cycling Classic Ohio
Hilly Hundred Indiana
Maine Lobster Ride & Roll
Maine Bike Rally
Michigander Bicycle Tour
NBTDA Comprehensive directory of open group rides in the US
Pedal Across Lower Michigan
September Escapade Indiana
Shenandoah Fall Foliage Festival Virginia
Tour of the Scioto River Valley Ohio
There are many more tours and events listed on the Events Calendar page.