2:00 pm - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Join us for a gravel ride to celebrate the fall season in the beautiful setting of Shawnee State Forest, also known as the Little Smokies of Ohio.

For this route we will be providing a map/cue sheet along with a complimentary lunch at mile 34 in the relaxing setting of Shawnee State Park Marina overlooking the Ohio River. We encourage riders to partner up with a group or another rider of similar pace, follow the map, and do your own ride whether that is a casual tour that includes a lot of stops for photo ops, or racing your friends to the top of the next climb. 

The route traverses 60 miles of mostly gravel state forest roads (95% gravel, 5% paved). The ride is a challenge with 5,500 ft of climbing. The climbing consists of primarily 4-8% grades, some 12%+ grades, and one big 14.5%). Don’t be surprised if you have to walk a couple sections of these! A ride of this caliber will take most folks 6-8 hours. 

Ride start time and location: Sunday, October 19 at 9:00 AM from The Weakley Homestead in Wamsley, Ohio

GPS Route: Click here.

There is a 22 mile route with 2,000 ft of climbing for those of you less interested in the amount of climbing and distance of the 60 mile route. This ride starts and ends from the Shawnee State Park Marina where lunch will be provided at the end of the ride. This route features milder grades than the 60 mile version, but still has a good amount of climbing! An average speed between 6-10 mph is normal for this ride. 

Ride start time and location: Sunday, October 19 at 9:00 AM from the Shawnee State Park Marina

GPS Route: Click here. 

NOTE TO RIDERS

Since we are providing lunch we are going to request a painless RSVP. Please let us know if you plan to come so we can appropriately plan the amount of food we will provide. This is a request, not a requirement. E-mail us at howdy@swallowbicycleworks.com

We are providing an opportunity to ride a challenging route in a beautiful place. We will supply a map/cue sheet and lunch for this particular ride. Please understand that aside from these few things, you are on your own. This ride is 100% free and self-supported which means we are not offering any form of ride services or sag. By voluntarily joining us on this ride you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for yourself and your bike. If you cannot complete the ride, be prepared to self-rescue or to navigate your way back. We highly recommend bringing a friend to ride with.

Lastly, Shawnee State Forest is very remote with limited to no cell service, and no opportunities to refuel on water and food. Riders should come prepared with enough food and water for the ride. **Water, food, and bathrooms will be available at mile 34 for the 60 mile riders and mile 22 for the 22 mile riders. 

We will post more details along with the route map/cue sheet closer to the date of the ride! See you on October 19th!

10:32 am - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
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Ride Destination: Maui, Hawaii

In a place with so much to do outdoors, it is easy to find activities to occupy your time instead of riding. Riding bikes in new places allows us to experience the culture, the terrain, and the scenery of the place we are visiting, while also giving us a little taste of adventure. 

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We decided to ride two rides during our eight day visit to Maui, Hawaii and would have done more if there weren’t so many other activities to do (i.e. surfing, snorkeling, hiking)! These two rides were some of the most scenic, and challenging adventures we have ever been on. So, if you ever find yourself in Maui… consider these rides on your list to do. 

Haleakala

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Ride a bike from sea level to the top of Haleakala Volcano (10,000 feet) then back down. On this ride you will enjoy a smooth and gradual ascent on well maintained paved roads for 35 miles through varying scenery until you are above the clouds looking down at a Mars-like terrain. It may take you 5 hours to ascend to the summit, and only an hour to descend. The key is to fuel your body and mind for the drastic change in elevation. Our challenge was to complete the ride within the open hours of the bike shop (Maui Cyclery) that we rented bikes from for the day (some of us were a few minutes late, but they stayed opened as our crew trickled in! Thanks, Dudes!) 

For the route, click here

West Maui

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Ride a bike along the coastal bluffs of the West Maui Mountains. This ride features a stretch of single lane winding road that takes you in and out of a small isolated village called, Kahakuloa, where “Loraine’s” welcomes you in from the sun for some shaved ice and home-made banana bread (she also has tubes and tools for cyclists!). This ride was incredibly scenic and has many opportunities to engage with local Hawaiian culture. Beware of the trade-winds! Time it right, and you will get a killer tail-wind on your return trip home. The route that we did had a lot of traffic for the first third, consider doing an out-and-back along the north-east side of the mountains, rather than ride through Lahaina, along State Route 30. 

For the route, click here.

As we quickly realized, there were endless outdoor activities one could do on Maui, which made it difficult to fit everything in a short amount of time. These two rides offered a healthy dose of cycling to go along with the hiking, snorkeling, surfing, food eating, and beach lounging we also got into during our stay. Being the cyclist and planner that I am, I did map out a few other bike rides that I would have tried if we had more time… follow at your own risk!

Mountain Bike up and down Haleakala

Explore the dirt roads on the island of Linai

Tour the road to Hana

For more photos from our trip in Maui, click here

12:35 pm - Tue, Sep 2, 2014
Aloha! The shop is currently closed. We will be open for current appointments only on 9/12. Normal shop hours will resume on Saturday 9/13. 
Curious, where we are going? If the image above didn’t give you an idea, follow along on Instagram: @swallowbicycleworks​ or Twitter: @swallowbicycle 

Aloha! The shop is currently closed. We will be open for current appointments only on 9/12. Normal shop hours will resume on Saturday 9/13. 

Curious, where we are going? If the image above didn’t give you an idea, follow along on Instagram: @swallowbicycleworks​ or Twitter: @swallowbicycle 

4:14 pm - Mon, Sep 1, 2014
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When we woke up Sunday morning we expected the weather to scare everyone off. Some 20 folks braved the weather, despite the projected forecast, and were rewarded with cool temperatures with not a drop of rain! We fully enjoyed crushing hills and gravel through the Buckeye Mountains with this crew and a few others yesterday. Until next time, Ride on!

When we woke up Sunday morning we expected the weather to scare everyone off. Some 20 folks braved the weather, despite the projected forecast, and were rewarded with cool temperatures with not a drop of rain! We fully enjoyed crushing hills and gravel through the Buckeye Mountains with this crew and a few others yesterday. Until next time, Ride on!

11:36 am - Thu, Aug 28, 2014
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The Nitty-Gritty: Buckeye Mountains Gravel Road Ride

Date and Time: This Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 AM

Carpool: The SBW caravan and carpool is set to depart from the shop at 7:30 AM.

Location: Peebles High School, located here.

Distance: The full route is 70 miles (approx. 30 miles of gravel, and 40 miles of paved roads). We decided to post a bail-out route that is 40 miles, for those wanting the option. The bail-out will only include 8 miles of gravel (including the creek crossing) and some really nice roads. For those of you who have been considering using a road bike (rather than a cyclocross/gravel bike), or are intimidated by the distance, this is a really good back-up plan for you!

Food and Water Stops: There are two stops along the full route. One at mile 17.5 and another at 39. If you are doing the bail-out route, you will have the same first water stop at mile 17.5. 

Navigation: Everyone will be provided with a cue sheet and map. The files for your GPS units can found here: full-route and bail-out route

What to bring? Tubes, patch kits, inflation, tools, on-the-bike food, water, and money. REMEMBER you and your friends are the only support that exists on this ride. Come prepared!

Rain or Shine: The nice thing about riding on gravel roads is that they are actually pretty ideal in the rain. In fact, the last time we road this ride it was raining! We will be out there rain or shine! In the case of serious lightning, look for an update from us on Facebook. 

If you are new to gravel road riding or are simply looking for a “day-venture” this is a great ride to enjoy with some friends. We look forward to riding it with you! If you have any questions, shoot us an email at howdy@swallowbicycleworks.com

For even more (and some of the same) details about the ride, click here.

7:46 pm - Thu, Aug 14, 2014
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Details for Buckeye Mountains Gravel Road Ride: Sunday, August 31 

We have been exploring in this region all year and it is about time that we show off what we have found and enjoyed. Join us for a challenging, yet rewardingly scenic day on your bike with fellow cyclists, close to home!

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Distance and Terrain: 70 Miles and about 5,500 ft.* of climbing on paved and gravel roads (about 50%/50%). The terrain is hilly. The first 25 miles are full of rolling hills with some short steep grades. As we make our way South for the remaining 45 miles the the hills become longer and larger - gradual at the start then, steep toward the top. Note the famous saying, “what comes up, must come down.” Some of the steep descents on this ride, particularly the steep descents on gravel, are more technical than the hardest ascents. Two examples would be the descents down Dry Fork Rd at Mile 33, and Adkins-Hoffer Hill Rd at Mile 44. These are not opportunities to show off your descending speed… these descents are steep, uneven, and loose so your caution level should be very high on these!

*Ride with GPS claims 4,500 ft. 

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Suggested tire size: This is personal preference, however, we believe 30mm - 45mm tires are in the ideal range for this route. Could you do it on skinnier or fatter tires that that? Sure… but it will likely be less comfortable and more difficult for you, and who really wants to be less comfortable for 70 miles of hills and gravel?

Self-Supported: Like all of our rides, this is a self-supported ride in which case you are responsible for your own completion of the ride regardless of any mechanical, or physical issue you may come across. Your suggested emergency back-up plan should include a friend/family member to ride with, a friend/family member to call in case you need to be picked up, and/or some friendly people skills so you can convince a local for a ride/help. 

Navigation: Cue sheets will be provided. The GPS route link can be found here.

Food and Water Stops: There are two spots to fuel up along the ride. At mile 17.5 there is a nice gas station and an IGA, and at mile 40 there is a Marathon Station.

Creak Crossing: It is going to happen and it is going to happen within the first 10 miles. If you don’t want to have wet feet all day, come prepared. 

Ride Start Time: 9:00 AM

Parking Location: Peebles Highschool. If you need a restroom, stop by the McDonalds on your way in from State Route 32 as the school will be closed.  

Ride on!

2:40 pm - Sat, Aug 2, 2014

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6:51 pm - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
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Within A Weekend’s Drive: Ride Ten Thousand, Illinois

Event Details and The Route: 125 Mile Gravel Road Race over 10,000 ft of rolling hills through Northern Illinois. 

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For more photos from our ride, click here.

6:49 pm
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Within A Weekend’s Drive: Damascus, Virginia

Day One Route: Government Road to Holston Mountain.image

Day Two Route: Creeper Trail to Whitetop Mountainimageimageimage

Day Three Route: To Roan High Knob and BackimageimageimageFor more photos of our rides, click here.

Resources: Places to stay and things to do 

Woodchuck Hostel A hostel price for a bed and breakfast experience! Chuck is the best!

Virginia Creeper Trail for the the family bike ride!

Hey Joe’s Tacos Awesome environment with live music and great food!

Mt. Rodgers Outfitters A cool little outfitters with everything you need to experience Damascus to the fullest. 

Hike the Appalachian Trail The town is a hub for hikers along their journey to hike the Appalachian Trail. You will encounter people of all walks of life while getting to hike some of this legendary trail yourself!

12:07 pm - Fri, Jul 11, 2014
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We are off to spread some SBW ride vibes in Illinois! Because of this, the shop will be closed this Saturday, 7/12. 

We are off to spread some SBW ride vibes in Illinois! Because of this, the shop will be closed this Saturday, 7/12. 

3:10 pm - Wed, Jun 25, 2014

SBW Rides! This Weekend.

Saturday, June 28

Social Ride: Ride from SBW to the Hyde Park Blast

Join us for an evening of bike riding, bike spectating, beer, and food!  We are going to ride our bikes to the Hyde Park Blast! The plan is to depart from the shop at 4PM in order to arrive in time to watch the Men’s Category 3/4 Race, The Women’s Category 1/2/3 Race, The Pro Run, and The Men’s Pro Race. The 17-mile route that we will take includes the bike trail, roads with traffic, roads with bike-lanes, and some hills.

GPS Route: Click here

You are on your own for the ride home. Stay as long or as short as you would like, ride home, or meet a friend with a car. We will be riding home at some point in the dark. You are welcome to join us, just let us know you plan to do so, and bring your brightest front and rear lights.

We suggest bringing a lock for your bike, lights, a picnic blanket/chair, money, ID, and plenty of water. 

Sunday, June 29

Adventure Ride: Gravel road ride through Jefferson County, Indiana. 

Join us for a 50-mile gravel road ride in Southern Indiana. Carpool from the shop at 7AM or meet us at Camp Meeting Ground around 8:30AM for a roll out by 9AM. Be prepared to see some beautiful Southern Indiana scenery, cross some creeks, meet a dog named Holly, and enjoy a day out with other cyclists.

This is a self-supported ride in which you will be responsible for your own repairs, food, water, and ride completion. We will not be providing a map or cue sheet for this ride. Download the GPX file, or print off the cue sheet if you are concerned about separating from the group. This particular ride only has one opportunity to refuel, and it’s only a vending machine, and sometime it does not even have water… Bring enough food and water for a hot day (we can’t stress this enough, we have run out of water on this ride before and it sucks!). By joining us on this ride, you have agreed and understand the terms of the ride listed above. 

GPS Route: Click here.

If you have any questions, shoot us an e-mail at howdy@swallowbicycleworks.com. We look forward to riding with you!

11:41 am - Fri, Jun 20, 2014
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Soma Smoothie, so smooooth. #somafab #somasmoothie

Soma Smoothie, so smooooth. #somafab #somasmoothie

4:19 pm - Fri, Jun 13, 2014
Also back in the shop, are these @rivbike summer gloves. These are our favorite gloves and will keep your hands comfy for all your rides, long or short. Photo by @wildleaves !

Also back in the shop, are these @rivbike summer gloves. These are our favorite gloves and will keep your hands comfy for all your rides, long or short. Photo by @wildleaves !

10:42 am - Wed, Jun 11, 2014
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What to Expect

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Stinging Nettle Forest

Join us for a fun opportunity to engage in some non-competitive competition. Yes, this is a race. No, there are no prizes for first place.  Come out, ride hard, and have fun.

Expect to meet us at the shop at 6pm on Friday 6/13 for a casual roll down the bike trail to Milford (approx. 7 miles). We will get off the bike trail at the Milford trailhead and pedal up the hill to the North entrance of Valley View Park (between Club dr. and Cleveland Ave.). From there we will roll down the single track hill and gather at a picnic table and fire pit on the east side of the park which is where we will leave all of you, while we cone the course. After we are finished, we will preview the course as a group, before we line up to race. We will race 3-4 laps (depending on the length and difficulty of the course). The course will be rough, muddy, overgrown, fast, and fun. Bring whatever bike you have with wheels. After we finish we will casually get back on our bikes and make our way back to the Little Miami Bike trail, then back to the shop. You will want lights on your bike for this ride!

If you plan to meet us at Valley View Park by parking at the Elementary School, pedal straight into the park along the most eastern tree line to find the picnic table, with fire pit. There will be a trail entrance into the woods from the picnic table. We will get to the park around 7ish.

Waiver of Liability: This is a self-supported ride. By joining us on this ride you are assuming liability and responsibility for yourself, your bike, and anything that may happen to either one of you on this ride, or on the way to this ride.

See you there!

10:42 am - Fri, Jun 6, 2014
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Join us for some fun bike rides this June!

Join us for some fun bike rides this June!

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