Amishland and Lakes August 1-3 Howe IN.



Amishland and Lakes August 1-3 Howe IN.
August, 2014
Michiana Bicycle Association
Amishland and Lakes
From the President:
Greetings MBA Members,
August 1-3
Well fellow riders, as you may have already heard,
July started with a bang for me. While we were all
about to celebrate Independence Day, I was struggling
to keep my mind as I had just suffered a mild heart
attack on Monday, June 30th. I wasn’t doing anything
strenuous at the moment just walking through the
house. There’s no damage and everything looks good,
just a whole lot of medicine for now.
Howe IN.
I’m looking at this as a wake-up call. Not something
to be angry about, but something I can learn from and
a positive event. I have gotten the same question asked
many times since this has happened. “How can someone that rides as much as you have a heart attack”.
Well bad diet and stress, can take down anybody. So,
I do feel fortunate that this was a small bump in the
road. And, I’m making the needed changes to correct
the diet and stress.
Rachael & Jason delGuanto
This life-changing event has inspired me to take stock
of what is most important in my life. My family and
friends have rallied to my side in support and I greatly
appreciate all the love. I was extremely concerned
about our AmishLand and Lakes event but rest assured the team came together in my absence. It is so
Mark mcdonnell
Beth teske
Susan wells
Bob & Janice schuelke
Ann creary
Bruce westphal
Continued on page 4
The Newsletter of the Michiana Bicycle Association
P. O. Box 182
Granger, IN 46530
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Greg Hicks (574) 323-5203
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Susan Dietzel (574)258-0125
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Club dues are $25.00 per year. 2014 membership expires on March 31, 2015. The hot-line
has been discontinued. Information on club rides
and up-coming events is available on our website
Larger Area Ride Information
Here is a list of some web sites that have schedules
of rides in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
(Illinois) (Michigan)
Look at the website for details of
rides for 2014 club season.
Ride maps are also on the site.
Amishland & Lakes Bicycle Tour
The businesses that advertise in the MBA Newsletter extend a 10% discount to members, generally on non
-sale items. You must show your membership card to be eligible for the discount.
Albright’s Cycling & Fitness
Niles, MI 49120
2720 Lincoln Way West
Pro Form
2202 South Bend Avenue
Lincoln Avenue Cycling
South Bend, IN 46635
Elkhart Bicycle Shop
430 W Lincoln Avenue
All About Cycling
Goshen, IN 46526
All About Fitness
401 East Jackson Blvd.
133 Easy Shopping Place
Elkhart, IN 46516
Elkhart IN 46516
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Metro run & walk
Outpost Center
Family Bicycle Center
3522 N. Grape Road
The Avenue Bicycle Station
3410 South Main Street
Mishawaka, IN 46545
2716 Mishawaka Avenue
Elkhart, IN 4651
South Bend, IN 46615
OutPost Sports
House of Bicycles
3601 N Grape Road
Cycle and Fitness
10140 McKinley Hwy
Mishawaka, In 46545
211 E Main Street
Osceola, IN 46561
Spin Zone
51345 Bittersweet Road
Granger, IN 46530
Wakarusa Pro Hardware
108 S. Elkhart Street
Wakarusa, IN 46573
health care, we have a greater opportunity to assist
people in obtaining a better quality of life. It is our
passion and our privilege to serve our community.
From the President (continued from page 1):
critical in any organization, that people work together,
share information and bring their best to whatever
needs to be done and this is what I see in our MBA
group. Thank all of you, from the bottom of my
broken heart. So what, I can still be funny!
What makes us unique?
As for my recovery, I really want to get to the point
where I can ride again, soon. My doctor tells me I
will, but I have to be patient. For now, I am watching
'Le Tour De France' to satisfy my passion for riding,
and I have the cleanest bikes in town!
love life and keep on riding!
Greg Hicks
I moved back to Elkhart in 1985 after serving 4
years overseas in the Navy. I met my wife, Christy
in 1985 when she was an instructor at Randy’s
Gym in Elkhart. Fitness has been a priority for both
of us and we have always worked out together
whether training for marathons or playing tennis.
About a year ago we purchased ALL ABOUT FITNESS from Frank Casella who founded the company as a bike shop in 1976.
Our Staff are Certified Personal Trainers,
through The American Council on Exercise
Our Staff has extensive fitness experience
We only deal with quality equipment
We take the time to listen.
We match our clients up with only the equipment that is best for them.
Delivery & assembly services available. We will
even remove old equipment
Quality entry level and advanced level fitness
Serving all of Michiana
Commercial and Residential
Service “help” after the sale, our main concern
is that you are happy.
We even have a Personal Training Studio in
our lower level (old GL Perry building), with
Boot Camp, kickboxing, & indoor cycling classes weekly. Taught by Christy Mishler @: 574370-6055
There is no better experience than having the
ride of your life. The sensation that all is right in the
world, the smell of fresh cut hay, the sun just making her way over the tree line miles down the hill
across the rolling fields, the mist of the morning fog
swirling around your handle bars cooling your
flanks, the gentle sway of new asphalt on the road,
the light drizzle on your back from the dew collected in the groves of your tires. The feeling of blood
pumping through well-tuned quads, the strength of
your triceps and forearms as you bend through another turn, the gentle nerve pulses rushing from
pelvis to shoulders, and your mind at ease knowing
your body is enjoying this ride because you did the
preparations, you did the cross training, you are
one with the road, with the world. Come into ALL
ABOUT FITNESS & we’ll set you up for the experience.
ALL ABOUT FITNESS is more than the name
implies. Not only do we sell fitness equipment, we
use it. We offer top names in treadmills, elliptical
trainers, home gyms, free weight equipment, inversion tables, exercise bikes, and more. We are dedicated to providing and servicing quality exercise
equipment for individuals who are serious about
their health and wellness. Whether you're training
for a marathon/decathlon, rehabilitating a knee, or
trying to shed a few pounds, we can help.
We believe as more and more people discover
the benefits of exercise with regard to preventative
Come see us! Ty & Christy Mishler
133 Easy Shopping Place Elkhart IN 574-970-1090
The Chain Gang
August 1-3: Amishland & Lakes is a three day bike tour of Amish countryside and Michigan
lakes. Utilizing The Howe School for ride headquarters, the tour is able to offer first-rate accommodations.
Friday evening has two warm up routes (14 and 32 miles) with the longer route going into Shipshewana. On Saturday the routes range from 25 to 100 miles, offering smooth, quiet roads,
where buggies are numerous and cars are few. There are wide open spaces, clean country air,
friendly people and lots of great food. There is plenty to explore, experience and ... eat. Amishland and Lakes is famous for great SAG food (watermelons, peaches, blueberries, bananas and
fresh baked cookies), and there are Amish bakeries, restaurants and homemade ice cream parlors along the route for riders who want to "get a taste" of the local flavors. On Sunday the tour
heads north into the lake country of southwestern Michigan. Here the route winds along quiet,
gently rolling wooded hills dotted with lakes. There is a choice of a nearly hill-free 22-mile route
and three more routes ranging from 34 to 62 miles. to register.
Saturday, August 16: Bloom and Zoom Bike Ride: 10-20-40-62-100 mile options; $25
individual and $50 family, early pricing. Bike the Gardens! A scenic, self-guided tour at your own
pace of local quilt and flower gardens! Benefits United Cancer Services and Habitat for Humanity
of Elkhart County. More information and registration links/forms:
August 22 - 24: Tour de La Porte: A weekend long event that includes running, cycling
time trails and road rides (Sunday). A variety of distances are offered; 5, 15, 25, 40, 60 & 100
miles. For more information and registration go to
Sunday, September 14: Bike Michiana for Hospice: This is great ride through rolling
hills with great SAGs. This ride has something for everyone– a family ride up to 200 k (124 miles).
For additional information and registration go to
Sunday, September 21: Harvest Bicycle Century Tour: Rolling Prairie, IN.; multiple
routes. Go to for additional information and registration.
Sunday, September 28: Apple Cider Century: The Apple
Cider Century (ACC) is an annual one-day 15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 or
100 mile bicycle tour of the orchards, forests and wine country in
and around Three Oaks, Michigan. The ACC is a recreational and
social tour for bicyclists. For registration and additional information
Cleaning Your Bike
Your bike is a collection of moving parts. When exposed to mud, grime and debris,
these parts begin to deteroriate. Your first line of defense against breakdowns is
proper bike hygiene.
How to Clean
Bike cleaning means more than just hosing it down occasionally and letting it dry. In
fact, water (especially when coming from a high-pressure hose) can cause damage
to sensitive bearing systems throughout your bike. So when washing with water, do
so carefully.
Most dirty bike components can be cleaned by wiping them carefully with a damp (or
dry) rag. Other components require occasional brushing, buffing and relubrication.
How Often to Clean
Base your bike cleaning schedule on where and how often you ride. If you spend a
lot of time riding in wet, muddy conditions, or if you ride hard, fast and often, plan to
clean your bike more frequently.
Very few cyclists clean their bikes after every ride. But a regular schedule of cleaning
(monthly, weekly or more often depending on your type of riding) is important.
Basic Cleaning Supplies
These simple items address most cleaning tasks:
Clean rags: Keep plenty of these on hand for grease, oil and wax-related tasks and
for general cleaning and drying.
Soap: Use diluted dishwashing soap or preformulated bike wash cleaner for frame
Water: Used carefully, clean water makes a handy cleaning tool.
Brushes: Have several sizes and shapes to get into hard-to-reach places to remove
the grime that rinsing alone can't get. Old toothbrushes work great.
Solvents: A general or bike-specific solvent (avoid kerosene or turpentine) will clean
up gummy parts like your bike chain. Choose a solvent that is easy on the environment (and you!). Dispose of all solvents properly.
Lubricating Your Bike
Keeping your bike parts properly lubricated is crucial for good performance. Lubrication protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, keeps them from
"freezing up", and keeps rust and corrosion from attacking exposed metal components.
Be careful, though. Over-lubricating can lead to poor performance and component
damage (excess lubricant will attract dirt and other abrasive particles). As a general
rule, excess lube should always be carefully wiped away before the bicycle is ridden.
Tip: When lubricating a number of parts at once, remember the order in which you
apply the lubricants. Wiping off excess lube in the same order will give the lubricants time to soak in.
Lubricant Options
Bicycle greases: Used primarily for lubricating bearing systems (such as those found
in hubs and headsets) and large-thread bolts. They tend to be thicker than oils. For
example, use grease on the threads of pedal spindles before installation into crankarms
Bicycle oils: Used to lubricate thin-thread bolts, chains and more actively moving parts
in brake and derailleur systems. Bike oils tend to be thinner than bike greases.
Choose bike lubes that are suited to your weather and riding conditions. Rainy areas require more durable bike oils and should be applied more frequently. Drier areas require
lighter oils that won't pick up as much dirt. Check with your local bike shop/mechanic
for recommendations on specific lubes.
What Needs to Be Lubricated?
The chain: Your chain is your bike's most "at risk" lubricated part. Lube it frequently to
slow the rate of chain wear. More occasionally you should remove the chain from your
bike to be thoroughly cleaned in a solvent and re-oiled. The more frequently you spotlube your chain, the less necessary off-bike cleanings (and chain replacements) become. In general, lubricate your chain whenever it squeaks or appears "dry." Lubing
after wet rides will help keep your chain from rusting. Avoid over-lubricating.
Brake and derailleur levers: Apply a drop or two of oil to the lever pivots and the
barrel adjusters periodically to keep them functioning properly.
Brake and derailleur cables: Check them frequently (especially in wet conditions) and
re-lubricate occasionally so that they can effectively translate your commands to the
component groups.
Brake and derailleur assemblies: These consist of a number of small moving parts.
Keep an eye on their arms, wheels and pulleys so they don't bind up or become rigid.
Apply lubricant to the pivot points.
Leisure Rides Continue
While we see these rides as a way to introduce new cyclists to the club, the casual pace also
makes them very sociable and pleasant for regular members.
Dates: Every Monday from June 3 to August 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Pinhook Park. 2801 Riverside Dr., just south of Cleveland Rd.
Routes: Length of rides varies from 10 to 15 or so, depending on the desires of the riders. Pace
is around 10mph. These routes include the Riverside and Northside bike paths, the Notre Dame
bike paths, and South Bend bike lanes.
August Weekend Rides
Most weekend rides do not have a host so bring your own map or ask another member at
the ride. You can download a copy from the “Weekend Maps” list on the MBA website at To obtain a complete set of maps and cue sheets contact Chris Vanden
Bossche at 574-234-1035, or [email protected], or at a ride.
Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, 2014
Amishland and Lakes
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Osolo East. These routes travel northeast and follow the St. Joseph River, then turn south towards Middlebury, returning via Bristol. Distances: 22, 37,45, 53. Meet at Osolo Elementary
School (24975 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN) on the north side of Elkhart at the intersection of
CR6 (Cleveland Rd in St. Joe county) and CR11 (aka Osolo Rd), east of Cassopolis St (IN-19).
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Wakarusa. These routes travel south and west through mostly flat farmlands, towards Napanee,
Bremen, and Plymouth. Distances: 12, 24, 30, 40, 50, 62. Meet at Wakarusa Elementary School
(400 N. Washington).
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Breakfast Ride: Cassopolis to Vandalia. This ride will take us to the Farmhouse Restaurant
outside of Vandalia. Distances: 20, 42, 49 (long leg out and 11-mile return for all routes). Cinnamon rolls, baked oatmeal, and farmer’s casserole! The ride starts from Cassopolis High School
(22721 Diamond Cove Street, Cassopolis, MI), which is south of Cassopolis center, and just
east of MI-62.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sumnerville Northwest. Head north of Berrien Springs along the river, then through orchard
country. Count on a stop at Tree-mendous Fruit Farm. Distances: 21, 31, 42, 48, 59, 67. Park at
Arthur Dodd Park, just west of Sumnerville, which is a village 7 miles north of Niles and about 1
mile west of MI-51. Take MI-51 north from Niles, go west on Pokagon into Sumnerville, turn right
on Indian Lake (by the tavern) and then immediately left. Take the first left onto Old Indian Lake
and then an immediate left onto Creek. The park will be about a hundred yards down the road on
your left. Distances: 21, 31, 42, 48, 59.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Bristol East. These mostly flat routes run east from Bristol to Shipeshewana, Middlebury, and
(on the longest) Howe. Distances: 20, 29, 35, 46, 51, 65. Park on Elkhart Ave east of Division in
downtown Bristol.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Warren. This route heads southwest toward Fish Lake. A couple miles of chip and seal near the
start/finish are more than made up for by the pleasant roads of La Porte County. Distances: 18,
25, 32, 39, 50, 61. Park at Warren Elementary School (55400 Quince Rd), which is in Lydick west
of South Bend, ½ mile south of Edison, 1 mile north of SR-2 (Western) & 2 miles west of the US20/31 Bypass.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Niles. These routes head north from Niles in the direction of Indian Lake and Sister Lakes. Distances: 21, 33, 42, 49, 59. Use the Riverfront Park parking lot on the northeast corner of Main
and Front in Niles, MI. (If there are special activities and you can’t park at Riverfront Park, start
from Ring Lardner School (801 North 17th Street, Niles, MI); all routes pass the school.)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Bristol East. These mostly flat routes run east from Bristol to Shipeshewana, Middlebury, and
(on the longest) Howe. Distances: 20, 29, 35, 46, 51, 65. Park on Elkhart Ave east of Division in
downtown Bristol.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Galien. Head north and then over to Lake Michigan and plan on a stop at the Swedish Bakery on
Red Arrow Highway; the long route travels down the shore to New Buffalo. Distances: 22, 29, 37,
49. Park at Galien Township Schools (22 Southeastern, Galien, MI) From US-12, proceed North
on Cleveland, take the first right (onto Southeastern St) and the school is a block further down.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Pinhook. These routes head northwest of South Bend into southwest Michigan, with the longer
routes then dipping into northern La Porte county. Optional start on the Riverside bike path up to
Darden Rd. Distances: 15, 22, 30, 43, 51, 64. Meet at Pinhook Park, which is at 2801 Riverside
Dr., just south of Cleveland Rd.
August Tuesday Rides
Tuesday rides do not have a host so bring your own map or ask another member at the
ride. You can download a copy from the “Tuesday Maps” list on the MBA website at
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Pinhook. These routes head northwest of South Bend into southwest Michigan, with the longer
routes then dipping into northern La Porte county. Optional start on the Riverside bike path up to
Darden Rd. Distances: 19, 27, 38, 51. Meet at Pinhook Park, which is at 2801 Riverside Dr., just
south of Cleveland Rd.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Edwardsburg. Head north toward Dowagiac and Southwest Michigan College and expect a few
rolling hills. Distances: 16, 22, 35, 45. Meet at the High School (69410 Section Street, Edwardsburg, MI), the southernmost school on Section St, which runs south of US-12 and parallel to MI-62
(IN-23 in Indiana).
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Jackson Middle School. See map for route change owing to US-31 construction. This route
takes us southwest toward Potato Creek State Park and North Liberty. Expect a few rolling hills.
Distances: 17, 24, 30, 36, 44. Jackson School (5501 S. Miami Rd., South Bend) is at the intersection of Miami and Jackson Rds., just south of the US-20 bypass.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Mary Frank. Grissom Middle School (13881 Kern Rd.), which is at the intersection of Kern and
Elm, 1 mile south of US-20 and 2 miles east of IN-331.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Grissom. Travel on mostly flat roads in Indiana farm country. Distances: 12, 18, 22, 35, 42. Meet
on the north side of Grissom Middle School (13881 Kern Rd.), which is at the intersection of Kern
and Elm, 1 mile south of US-20 and 2 miles east of IN-331.
August Wednesday Evening Rides
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6 p.m.
POKER RIDE. Clay. Same Poker Ride. New Location. Ride west across the river and north towards Niles on routes that are mostly flat except for the climb up from the river. Distances: 16, 22,
25, 31. Meet at Clay High School (19131 Darden Rd) at the intersection of Darden and Juniper
Rds, north of South Bend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Edwardsburg. These routes take us east towards Garver and Eagle Lakes; the longer routes take
in a series of rolling hills. Distances: 16, 19, 23, 30. Meet at the High School (69410 Section
Street, Edwardsburg, MI), the southernmost school on Section St, which runs south of US-12 and
parallel to MI-62 (IN-23 in Indiana).
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Grissom East. These very flat roads take us east through farmland towards Wakarusa. Distances: 16, 20, 24, 30. Meet on the north side of Grissom Middle School (13881 Kern Rd.), which is at
the intersection of Kern and Elm, 1 mile south of US-20 and 2 miles east of IN-331.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Bertrand Township Hall. Enjoy the beautiful area southwest of Buchanan and expect some hills
in this area shaped by glacial moraines. Distances: 11, 17, 23, 29, 36. The hall is on Buffalo Rd
west of Redbud (from South Bend take the US-31 bypass and exit west on US-12 to Redbud then
turn south to Buffalo). NEW PARKING LOCATION: Park in the lot by the newer town hall on the
north side of Buffalo.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Horizon. These routes go north through Michigan lake country. Distances: 13, 19, 25, 35. Meet at
Horizon Elementary School (10060 Brummitt Rd), which is in northeastern St. Joseph County north
of Cleveland Rd and the Toll Road between Beech and Ash Rds.
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