Ontario By Bike E-News: March
Perfect Pairings - Culinary Rides Through Oxford County

Photo Credit: Days Like This Photography

For those who love to cycle but who also love food, we hear you, we see you and we are you. If you are looking for the perfect adventure that pairs your love of cycling with first class culinary and farming experiences, your search is over. Oxford County created three tours for you to explore the beautiful county and its magnificent food stops all from the saddle of your bike. Whether you are a gravel grinder, trail lover or road cyclist, there will be the perfect ride for you. Now you will just have to pick which one to cycle first. 

Cycling in Ontario Guide 2020
- NOW AVAILABLE! -

We are happy to announce that our brand new 2020 Cycling in Ontario guide is now officially available both digitally and in print.

Packed with over 50 day trip and overnight itineraries for all ride types and so much more, our 8th annual Cycling in Ontario guide is a must have for all avid cyclists to find inspiration for and help plan their next biking adventure. 

Read it online in both English and French, visit OntarioByBike.ca/2020 

If you prefer a physical copy to read at your leisure or to take with you on your adventures, send us an email with your name and mailing address including  'Cycling in Ontario' in subject line to:   info@OntarioByBike.ca

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth at recent Toronto and Montreal shows to pick up an advance copy. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic riders and readers! 
2020 Ontario By Bike Rides 
- Hamilton Port Dover Rail Trail - 


Join us May 30-31 for  a weekend of fun cycling and great company on our first 2020 Ontario By Bike Ride. Explore the beautiful and quiet rail trails from Hamilton to the shores of Lake Erie in Port Dover  

Starting from Dundas and ending in Port Dover, this ride will take you out on the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail through the incredibly scenic Dundas valley, Escarpment country and dense forests, to flat farmlands that abut the trail. Day 1 will be followed by another great ride through the green parkland that snakes along the shores of the Grand River, a part of the Trans Canada Trail system. This fantastic ride will end in the beachside community of Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie. Total ride distance for the weekend is 108km (or 135km if you choose to do the Paris extension).

If you love to ride on traffic free trails and enjoy quiet and scenic small town communities this will be the perfect ride for you. Bus transportation back to Dundas is included for you, your bike and your luggage, and makes riding this route fun, convenient and affordable!

Our small group tours are suited to all types of riders, follow easy recreational ride routes and provide all the services that allow guests to ride in comfort. Hotel accommodations, some meals, van support and more is included.

Just bring your bike and ride! 

Our value-priced ride weekends sell out! Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Sign up for one of the Other 2020 Ontario By Bike Rides!

SOLD OUT!
June 27-29
3 days / 2 nights
Distance: 158km
Price: $389*
OBB Classic!
August 22-23
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 123 km or 162km
Price: $259*
New!
September 19-20
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 121km 
Price: $249*

For more information visit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides

or

With our TICO-licensed partner   OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
who offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and world-wide! 
               
*Prices per person based on double occupancy. HST not included. Single rider supplement, triple, quad and youth discounts available. 
Start Your Ride Season in Durham Region
Photo Credit: Oshawa Cycling Club

With warmer temperatures and spring just to be around the corner, many riders are looking forward to getting their bikes out and finding some new locations to ride. Just a short drive from Toronto and conveniently accessible by car and public transit, Durham Region offers a variety of great road cycling routes that are ideal for exploring on two wheels.

For a great day of road cycling take your bike out to Pickering and ride the 72km Pickering/Ajax Loop. The ride can be started directly from the GO Station in Pickering. Bring your bike on the train or park your car at the station. Fuel up with snacks and water before heading southwest onto the fully paved Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Head north over paved roads, through Pickering's picturesque rural areas. Experience the history and culture of Durham Region along the way as you enjoy smooth road riding into the county.  On the loop back, pause for a rest stop at Ajax's Pickering Village.

For detailed maps of the ride and more route options, check out Durham's Cycle Tours Map or visit Ontario By Bike's Great Place to Cycle page for the Durham Region.

If you are keen to get riding and looking to try something a little different early season, make plans to head to the annual Slush Fest in Haliburton, April 4. This one day only Fat Bike Festival will take over the ski hill at Sir Sam's giving riders lift access to trails suiting beginners to experts, including a 5km XC trail, cross track and technical single track.

Fat bike rentals are available with advanced reservations, and if you haven't yet tried this bike type this is a great chance to do just that. Make a day of it, ride or spectate. In addition to the in-the-saddle fun there will be live music, plus food and beverages on one of the sweetest hill side patio's in Ontario.

Get pumped to ride, view video on Facebook from 2019, here

For rental reservations, tickets or more info call Sir Sam's at (705) 754-2298 or contact randy@sirsams.com or visit SirSams.com.


Picture this: it is a bright spring day, the temperatures are in the double digits, and there is actually heat to those sun rays, further fueling spring fever! But a quick decision to make the most of the day and head out on your bike for your first ride of the season, is abruptly changed as you discover your bike is simply not rideable after a winter in storage. Determined to not miss the next great day, you finally get to your local bike shop and discover you need to book an appointment three weeks out for a spring tune-up and service! 

To ensure that this does not happen to you, we suggest the following:

Check on you bike now! Do a quick safety and mechanical overview and take it for a short roll.

Address any problems sooner than later, head to the bike store early and beat the spring rush!


What to look for:
Tires and Wheels - Check tread is sufficient for new season on existing tires, that the wheels are not warped and still spin true, and pump it up!

Breaks and Gears - Test brakes to make sure they still give you enough stop power, gears change smoothly and there are no cable issues for either.

Chain - Add some quality bike lubricant on chain and all moving parts. Remove any rust before doing so.

Clean - Show your bike a little love! Give it a wipe down removing dust and also any mud and road grime leftover from last ride season.

Gear - Make sure all the accessories you ride with are at hand and readily attachable. Inspect your helmet for any cracks, wear or tear - and don't hesitate to buy a new one if it's less than perfect or older than 3 to 5 years.

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2020 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2020 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling events coming up over the next couple of months.
  
Kin Vineyards Kermesse
April 4
Great Ride N Stride Burlington
April 26
 Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race
April 26
   Mike Ride
May 3
 The Weekender
May 2-3
   CN Cycle for CHEO
May 3
 BORCA Spring Chicken Enduro
May 9
 The Mother Ride
May 9
 Spring on the Trail - SOTT
May 9
The Canadian Tandem Rally
May 22
Ride of Silence
May 20

Now updated for 2020, be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search well over 100 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist! 

Do you know of an event that isn't listed on our site? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it!

From Louisa & Simon 

Ontario By Bike Network 
Project of Transportation Options 
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1 
Office : 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free : 1-866-701-2774 

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