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! 

5:11 pm - Sat, Dec 28, 2013
We are still working on making magic happen inside, but some of the paper is down! We’ll be back open on January 2!

We are still working on making magic happen inside, but some of the paper is down! We’ll be back open on January 2!

2:18 pm - Sat, Dec 21, 2013
Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

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