3:08 pm - Wed, Apr 9, 2014
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Join us on May 11 for the second annual Highlands Passage through Daniel Boone National Forest!
Date and Time: 9:00 AM on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Start Location: Miguel’s Pizza off of Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY.
Terrain: Paved roads with a 10 mile section of hard packed gravel. 
Statistics: 108 miles and approximately 7000 ft. of climbing OR 36 miles and 2,400 ft. of climbing. 
For more details about the ride, click here!

Join us on May 11 for the second annual Highlands Passage through Daniel Boone National Forest!

Date and Time: 9:00 AM on Sunday, May 11, 2014

Start Location: Miguel’s Pizza off of Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY.

Terrain: Paved roads with a 10 mile section of hard packed gravel. 

Statistics: 108 miles and approximately 7000 ft. of climbing OR 36 miles and 2,400 ft. of climbing. 

For more details about the ride, click here!

2:52 pm - Thu, Mar 20, 2014
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Tomorrows rider course topic will be chains! Join us at 6PM to learn all you would ever need or want to know about chains and chain care including installation, sizing, wear and damage, cleaning, and lubrication. BYOB and BYOB (bring your own beer and bike!).

Tomorrows rider course topic will be chains! Join us at 6PM to learn all you would ever need or want to know about chains and chain care including installation, sizing, wear and damage, cleaning, and lubrication. BYOB and BYOB (bring your own beer and bike!).

6:21 pm - Fri, Mar 7, 2014

A group of riders gathered together for what would be our first non-snow ride of the season. The occasion was the Ridgetop Ramble, a self-supported social gravel ride through Shawnee State Forest. There were two routes available for folks to choose from this year. The 100k route with nearly 7,500 ft of climbing was designed to show the diverse beauty of Shawnee State Forest, to reveal the full damage of a hard winter upon your fitness, and to highlight the climbing available in Southern Ohio. It is a brutal little route without a doubt. The second option was a 70K route with a 4,500 ft of climbing designed for those looking for a fun day of mixed terrain in a beautiful place. 

After the snow covered roads thawed for the first time in a month, we met at the Shawnee State Park Lodge on a beautiful nearly 50 degree morning with blue skies. We had a great turn out of folks from all over Ohio.

The ride started with spirits high to be spinning our legs outside under the sunshine. The soggy roads were evident from the beginning on lower elevation roads. This increased our efforts and decreased our speeds on the flats, making us long for the increase in elevation ahead, where the roads would be dry. 

We road on in a natural rhythm of climbing and descending, which is all you do at Shawnee. The further into the forest we got the rougher the roads became, the more flats occurred, and the darker the sky became. Rain was upon us and we needed to get moving. There were 20 miles to go. Our large group divided into three. The three groups would ultimately take various routes back to the parking lot as first, the rain rolled in, then sleet, then snow. Most folks finished the ride soaking wet in 30 degree temperatures. Only one group of four completed the entire route that day. 

The 70K group looked like they had a great time! Check out Matt’s photos here

Ultimately it was a terrific time to ride with a great group of folks willing to ride hard, for fun, in a beautiful place. Next ride up is, Highlands Passage, down in Daniel Boone National Forest! Save the date for May 11th, 2014. 

5:58 pm - Fri, Feb 28, 2014
We are selling off our demo bikes and you should check the upcoming weather! For inventory and pricing, click here. 

We are selling off our demo bikes and you should check the upcoming weather! For inventory and pricing, click here. 

2:06 pm - Wed, Feb 12, 2014
The Ridgetop Ramble has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 23! Click here, for more details about the ride. 

The Ridgetop Ramble has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 23! Click here, for more details about the ride. 

4:12 pm - Tue, Feb 11, 2014
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Join us this Friday, February 14 at 6PM for our second Rider Course! This Valentine’s Day bring your date (even if it’s just your bike), and learn how to wrap your handlebar tape so it lasts and looks good. Sound romantic? We think so! 
We encourage you to bring your bike to this course! 
For more info on our rider courses, click here.

Join us this Friday, February 14 at 6PM for our second Rider Course! This Valentine’s Day bring your date (even if it’s just your bike), and learn how to wrap your handlebar tape so it lasts and looks good. Sound romantic? We think so! 

We encourage you to bring your bike to this course! 

For more info on our rider courses, click here.

2:08 pm
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Ridgetop SNOW Ramble

The Ridgetop Ramble is best enjoyed as a gravel ride. Gravel rides can be mud covered, dusty, cold, hot, and any way you like, but when we arrived at Shawnee State Forest the gravel had disappeared. With a healthy 8-10” of snow covering the forest roads, we made the call to postpone the Ridgetop Ramble and make good use of the white stuff. 

The snow changes everything. The terrain develops a micro-character as tracks develop on the snow and ice. As your eyes drift over a landscape that will change before the next ride, a frozen mud rut, left during warmer days, calls your attention back to the surface under the tires. Tracks from four-wheel-drive machines are tempting. They offer the legs a bit of rest, but the deep ice-edged tracks, are just like a game of “Operation”, touch an edge and you’re out! 

Ride plans may change, but a proper day out, upon any terrain, is always worth the trip! We hope you were able to get out despite the change of plans and we look forward to riding the Ridgetop Ramble with you as soon as the snow melts. Stay posted! 

6:24 pm - Sat, Feb 8, 2014
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The Ridgetop Ramble will be rescheduled due to deep snow. Stay posted this week for the rescheduled date. We will still ride at Shawnee tomorrow! Join us for the Ridgetop Snowramble, a 36 mile ride over snow covered trails and roads through Shawnee State Forest. Meet us inside the Shawnee State Park Lodge at 10 AM tomorrow, February 9, for an all day ride that will look a lot like the picture above. The snow is deep and in the interest of fun, fatbikes are highly recommended. Click here for the route. Please ready yourselves for roughly a 6 hour challenging ride with no cell service, food refills, or water refills. We will see you tomorrow!

2:51 pm - Wed, Feb 5, 2014

The Ridgetop Ramble is still planned for this Sunday, February 9! Here are some details to help you plan for the day. 

**Weather Update: Like the rest of Ohio, Shawnee State Forest was hit with a significant amount of snow and ice over the last couple days. As we mentioned in our original post about the ride, this is a rain or shine bike ride which means regardless of the conditions, we will be meeting  at 10 AM on Sunday, February 9 in front of the Shawnee Lodge to ride bikes. We will be at the park on Saturday afternoon to post a final update on the road conditions.

The planned routes for the Ridgetop Ramble (the distance, the gravel to paved road ratio, etc.) are ideal for bikes with 33mm to 2.2” wide tires, which are not ideal and (certainly not as fun over a long distance) in deep snow. If on Saturday, we find that the roads are ridable with these bikes, we will continue the ride as planned. 

Assuming that the snow does not melt by Sunday, we will make this ride a fatbike ride (or any bike with wide enough tires to handle deep snow) with an adjusted route. Then, we will reschedule the original routes planned for the Ridgetop Ramble at a later, less snow-pocaylypse prone date. Again, we will make the final call on Saturday afternoon. 

For now, hang tight, keep riding, and familiarize yourself with some of the info below to prepare for your ride!

Advanced 100K Route / 62 Miles / 7,300 ft of climbing / 73% gravel, 27% paved.

GPS route, click here.

Route map and cue, click here.  

Intermediate 70K Route / 42 Miles / 4,500 ft of climbing / 52% gravel, 48% paved.

GPS route, click here.

Route map and cue, click here

*Note that there is a significant amount of overlap between the two routes.

Deep Snow Alternative Fatbike Route / 36 Miles / 4700 ft of climbing

GPS route, click here

Ride Start and Location

The ride starts at 10:00 AM from the parking lot in front of the Shawnee State Park Lodge

T-shirt

We have a limited run of Ridgetop Ramble tees available in the shop and at the ride. There’s a pocket on the left breast bearing our logo and it’s four season friendly in arctic-stay-fresh-white. 

For more info about the ride, click here

3:00 pm - Fri, Jan 24, 2014
Our first rider course is one week from today. In the spirit of the Ridgetop Ramble we have selected field repair as the topic for our first course. In this course we will go over creative fixes for the un-expected mechanical along your ride. For example, what would you do if the derailleur mounting bolt broke off of your bike, 50 miles from where you parked your car? Stop by our course starting at 6PM on Friday, January 31, to learn what you could do. By the way, it’s free advice!
For more information, click here. 

Our first rider course is one week from today. In the spirit of the Ridgetop Ramble we have selected field repair as the topic for our first course. In this course we will go over creative fixes for the un-expected mechanical along your ride. For example, what would you do if the derailleur mounting bolt broke off of your bike, 50 miles from where you parked your car? Stop by our course starting at 6PM on Friday, January 31, to learn what you could do. By the way, it’s free advice!

For more information, click here

8:52 pm - Tue, Jan 21, 2014
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Shawnee State Forest by Fatbike

Location: Shawnee State Forest, Scioto County, Ohio. 

Date: January 19, 2014

Route: 27 Miles and 3,600 ft of elevation on snow covered bridle trails and forest service roads. Click here, for the GPS route. 

10:21 am - Sat, Jan 11, 2014

A great article by our friend, Zach, on why you might be over-looking fatbiking in Cincinnati.

4:45 pm - Thu, Jan 9, 2014
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Get off your trainers and pull out your gravel-grinding machine of choice! This is a rain or shine bicycle ride on gravel roads through Shawnee State Forest on Sunday, February 9. For more details, click here!

3:19 pm - Tue, Jan 7, 2014
Join us!

Join us!

1:52 pm - Fri, Jan 3, 2014
It’s Swallow Bicycle Work’s anniversary today! To celebrate and to thank our customers, we are hosting an open house on Friday, January 10th from 6:00 PM - ??? Stop by to see the new space and learn about some of our new programs for 2014, including rides, rentals, and classes! More details to come! 

It’s Swallow Bicycle Work’s anniversary today! To celebrate and to thank our customers, we are hosting an open house on Friday, January 10th from 6:00 PM - ??? Stop by to see the new space and learn about some of our new programs for 2014, including rides, rentals, and classes! More details to come! 

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