OHIO WHEELMEN
The Ohio division of The Wheelmen

Back to the Ohio Wheelmen HOME.

Please REFRESH this page to get the latest version.
This page was last updated on January 18, 2017.


photo of Wheelmen at 2009 Great American Brass Band Festival parade

   

Upcoming Events

   

Event Organizer: Please consult this page to request an appearance by the Ohio Wheelmen at your event.

Date City Event
Events in 2017
Various dates in 2017

Various parades & events

It's expected that regular events from past years will be attended by Wheelmen this year. These events include the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Minster Oktoberfest Parade, and many others.

If your local area has a parade, offer to ride your bicycle and help promote The Wheelmen.

March 18 (Saturday)

Ohio Wheelmen Memorabilia Meet

New Bremen, Ohio

Memorabilia Meet, swap meet, and Ride Around Town. Come see memorabilia from the Wheelmen era of pre-1932 cycling. Hosted by the Bicycle Museum of America from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The 2012 schedule is still available as an example.

Reserve a $10 table with an e-mail to Becky at the museum. Those with reserved tables get in at 8:30 to set up their table.

We expect a wide range of collections including cyclometers, lanterns, sheet music, badges, ribbons, tools, and more. In late morning, we'll have two presentations in the Lock One Theater. Presentations this year will include a discussion by Bob Jameson of his restoration of a 1890 Victor Racquet Frame bicycle and a presentation on Local Bicycle History in Northern Ohio by John Skocdopole.

Take a video virtual tour of the Bicycle Museum of America.

Depending on the weather that day, we will also ride around town again. So, if the weather looks favorable, bring a bike!

A set of photos from the 2012 Memorabilia Meet are on The Wheelmen website.
A set of photos from the 2011 Memorabilia Meet are on-line.
Check the photos from the 2010 Memorabilia Meet.

June 28 - July 2, 2017

50th Anniversary National Wheelmen Meet

Westtown School, West Chester, PA

Stay tuned for more information as this meet is developed. For information and to register, go to the Meet page. For contact info, check the event listing on The Wheelmen event website.

Founded in 1799, Westtown is the oldest coeducational boarding school in the country with a storied history including student inventors of the flexible flyer sled and the slinky toy. This Quaker school is situated on a beautiful 600 acre campus which includes a lake and a farm used to source produce for the dinning service.

This meet will provide opportunities to reminisce and celebrate the 50 year history of our club through a reenactment of the founding ride from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania to Hoopes Reservoir, Delaware. Included also will be a visit to the Marshall Steam Museum and a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad, a presentation by founders of the club, and shared memorabilia from the club's history.

The meet will also include a century ride, flea market and games among other activities.

August 5 (Saturday)

Charity Poker Run

Kelleys Island, Ohio

This summer there will be a charity poker run on Kelleys Island, Ohio. The poker run will be for golf carts, bikes, or cars. There are not many cars out there but a lot of bikes.

Who would like to join me with a high wheel, HTS, or pneumatic safety that day to ride around the island and have some fun? Here's a description of the event.

Kelleys Island is located in western Lake Erie just off-shore from Lakeside, Marblehead, Sandusky, Cedar Point, and Port Clinton. There is easy access from regular ferries in the summer and air flights. Where is Kelleys Island?

Hope to see you there!

There are many other activities in the area to make a weekend out of your trip. Cedar Point, Put In Bay, water parks, fishing, swimming, Cleveland and Toledo attractions, and more.

Contact Richard for details.

August 19 (Saturday)

Pemberville Free Fair parade

Pemberville, Ohio

Pemberville Free Fair parade - This is a big parade in a small town. The parade starts at 1:00 pm and we're expected to be in place at noon. Contact Richard for details.

Tell you what, after the parade we could re-assemble in historic Elmore, Ohio for a ride on the Northcoast Inland Trail. A 25 mile round-trip to Fremont is a rather pleasant trail ride or a short 11 mile round-trip to Lindsey. Let me know.

Where is Pemberville? That map will help but really, just head south from downtown Luckey! LOL Pemberville is just 10 miles ENE from Bowling Green, easily reached from I-75, US Rt 20, and the Ohio Turnpike.

August 24 - 27

Mackinac Island Meet

Mackinac Island, Michigan

The biennial meet is a wonderful time to ride around with no car traffic. Watch out for the horses, though. If you want to stay at the Wheelmen "HQ" hotel, contact the Murray Hotel ASAP. Contact the Murray at 1-855-696-8772 and tell them you're with The Wheelmen. On-line, go to Murray Hotel. Contact Bill (contact info below) to get the discount code for the Wheelmen block of rooms.

Direct your inquiries to Bill Smith.

To see how much fun this meet is, check these pages of photos:
Mackinac 2011
Mackinac 2009

October 1 (potential) (Sunday)
OHWT rides at 10:00 am
Parade line-up at 1:00 pm

Oktoberfest Parade and OHWT

Minster, Ohio

We expect that he Wheelmen MAY be invited again to the Minster Oktoberfest parade in early October.

Oktoberfest Parade at 2:00 pm. This is a huge parade in a small town. We usually have about 15-20 Wheelmen (young, old, and in-between) riding! Mel's Decorating is our sponsor each year! Many thanks to Mel's for providing sponsorship as well as food and drink! Wheelmen participating in the parade are invited to Mel's Decorating at 106 W. 4th Street in Minster before and/or after the parade for food and drinks and conversation.

We are planning to have an OHWT 10 mile ride in late-morning before the parade. Be there are ready to ride at 10:00 am for the OHWT. A beautiful route has been found from Minster, through Fort Loramie, through Lake Loramie State Park along Lake Loramie, and back to Minster.

We meet in the parking lot at the corner of N. Cleveland Street and W. 5th Street. This is just around the corner from Mel's Decorating up on 4th Street.

Our line-up spot is usually on Cleveland Street, just north of Fourth Street. The parade organizers request that we arrive between 12:00 and 1:15 and be ready to go by 1:30 pm. Since we are near the front of the parade, we should be starting soon after the parade start time of 2:00 pm.

Events in 2018
July 25 - 29, 2018
Probable Dates!

51st Annual Wheelmen Meet

Oberlin, Ohio

Yes, that says OBERLIN, OHIO!

We have been asked by some in Wheelmen management to host the meet in 2018. Check this event website for information as the meet is developed. Discussions have begun with historic Oberlin College, located just southwest of Cleveland.

Preliminary and planning information will be updated on this page.

Come EARLY for the fun along the North Coast! Museums, amusement parks, beaches, water parks (indoor and outdoor), and more!

August 2018

Sauder Village Regional Meet

Archbold, Ohio

This weekend is the Ohio Wheelmen's big biennial Sauder Village Regional Meet hosted by Sauder Village. Riding demonstrations and exhibits will be in the village green. The meet will include a multi-lap century on Saturday and an OHWT on Sunday morning, both on quiet country roads. A great location for your first century (or your second or ...)

Been There, Done That in 2016!

March 19 (Saturday)

Ohio Wheelmen Memorabilia Meet

New Bremen, Ohio

Memorabilia Meet, swap meet, and Ride Around Town. Come see memorabilia from the Wheelmen era of pre-1918 cycling. Hosted by the Bicycle Museum of America from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The 2012 schedule is still available as an example.

Reserve a $10 table with an e-mail to Becky at the museum. Those with reserved tables get in at 8:30 to set up their table.

We expect a wide range of collections including cyclometers, lanterns, sheet music, badges, ribbons, tools, and more. In late morning, we'll have two presentations in the Lock One Theater. Presentations this year will include a review of the Cincinnati Cycle Club (one of the oldest continuous clubs) and a presentation on Bicycle Wrench Makers.

Take a video virtual tour of the Bicycle Museum of America.

Depending on the weather that day, we will also ride around town again. So, if the weather looks favorable, bring a bike!

A set of photos from the 2012 Memorabilia Meet are on The Wheelmen website.
A set of photos from the 2011 Memorabilia Meet are on-line.
Check the photos from the 2010 Memorabilia Meet.

April 12 (Tuesday)
6:00 pm

Blue Streak Time Trial

Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Fairborn (Dayton), Ohio

The USAF Blue Streak Time Trial is operated by the Dayton Cycle Club and is open to many types of human powered vehicles. These are conducted in the evening of the second Tuesday of each month between April and October. There are four high wheel bicycles registered to ride the April 12th race. We will show these modern cyclists what REAL fixed gears can do!

Since it is conducted on an Air Force Base, there are some strict requirements for registration and base access. Check the information on the Blue Streak page linked above. Cost is only $5. If you do not have base access credentials, the deadline for registering for the April race has passed.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A WHEELMEN-SANCTIONED EVENT.

Nearby is the Air Force Museum and in Dayton is the Carillon Historical Park that includes a bicycle exhibit.

May 22 (Sunday)

May Promenade Home Tour at Dayton Lane

Hamilton, Ohio

The homes in Dayton Lane Historic District were built between the mid 1800s through about 1920. The architecture and styling vary as much as the number of years or decades. With over 200 structures, you will not find any two homes that are identical. Even homes that were built at the same time, by the same owners are different in detail and character.

History comes alive when Dayton Lane Historic District of Hamilton, Ohio hosts the Bi-Annual Historic Home Promenade from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The streets are closed to car traffic.

The festival organizers have asked for some Wheelmen to once again ride in the lane and provide a bicycle exhibit. Ride around Dayton Lane and visit historic homes! If you would like to participate, please contact Richard DeLombard, Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

May 28

Opening Day at the Ohio Village

Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Village, a site for the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) is switching their time period from the 1860s to the 1890s for 2016. They would love to have Wheelmen participation in the opening day on Saturday, May 28.

Who would like to exhibit their bicycle(s) or other material? Send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

June 4

River Festival

Munroe Falls, Ohio

River Fest is an annual community celebration of the heritage, culture, and history along the Cuyahoga River. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Brust Park - FREE to attend!

June 26, Sunday

Unity Days Festival Parade

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Unity Days festival parade.

July 6 - 10, 2016

The Wheelmen Annual Meet for 2016

Elmhurst, Illinois

A wonderful meet on the edge of Chicago. You couldn't really tell we were next to a major US city!

July 16 (Saturday)

Archbold 150th Celebration Parade

Archbold, Ohio

Archbold is celebrating their 150th anniversary. The parade will be divided into three sections covering 50-year time spans. The Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the parade on Saturday and would fit neatly in the 1866 to 1916 time span.

Who would like to ride in the parade? Send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

August 6 & 7, 2016

Sauder Village Regional Meet

Archbold, Ohio

This weekend is the Ohio Wheelmen's 21st Sauder Village Regional Meet hosted by Sauder Village. Riding demonstrations and exhibits will be in the village green. The meet will include a multi-lap century on Saturday and an OHWT on Sunday morning, both on quiet country roads. A great location for your first century (or your second or ...) This year is also the 40th anniversary of Sauder Village!

Details necessary for Wheelmen participation are contained in the Invitation Letter and the Registration Form. Both files are PDF format.

The Century Run map is available from ridewithgps.com and may be downloaded for use in your bicycle navigation device. This new 12 mile loop includes miles of shade trees and goes past the Homestead Ice Cream Shoppe.

If you have questions about Sauder Village, send a note to our Sauder Village host.

A few photographs from the 2008 meet are shown on the Ohio Wheelmen photo gallery. A large selections of photos from the 2010 meet are on The Wheelmen website. There are additional extensive collection of photographs from past years on The Wheelmen photo gallery.

Some photos from 2012 by Ty Brown are in his photobucket account.

How do we get to Sauder Village? Use this map to get directions.

August 7

Second Annual Chautauqua Heritage Day

Lakeside, Ohio

To celebrate Lakeside Chautauqua's rich history and many traditions, the community's Heritage Day will take place on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. The Wheelmen have been requested to provide a bicycle exhibit and to demonstrate riding.

We are looking for just one or two additional Wheelmen for this event. If you are interested, please contact Richard .

August 14, Sunday

Annual Corn Festival Grande Parade

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Corn Festival parade.

Rain forced riding by the Wheelmen in 2016.

August 20 (Saturday)

Heritage Days in the Village - Vintage Car & Bicycle Show

Mount Blanchard, Ohio

The Heritage Days in the Village show features vintage automobiles (i.e. not hot-rods or muscle cars). The Wheelmen have been requested to provide an exhibit. Bicycles before 1955 will be featured in the show, so bring your earlier machines also. There also may be other bicycle groups there for the more modern age machines. Mt. Blanchard is just a stone's throw south of Findlay.

Find them on their FaceBook page.

As more details are developed about the Wheelmen participation, we'll post them here. At this time, I imagine a static display of machines, tools, lanterns, etc., as well as riding demonstrations during the day.

Please contact Richard if you would like to staff the exhibit and/or provide a wheel or two.

August 21
1:00 pm

Bremenfest Parade

New Bremen

The Wheelmen have been asked to ride with the bicycle crowd. If you are interested and available for this event, please contact Richard. If you want more information, check the festival page.

September 4 (Sunday)

Milan Melon Festival Parade

Milan, Ohio

This year will be the 58th annual Melon Festival. Come join the parade at this popular festival! Try some Watermelon Sherbet & Cantaloupe Ice Cream!

Who would like to ride in the parade? Send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

September 10 (Saturday)
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival

Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Dayton, Ohio

This Wright Brothers-oriented event is sponsored by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and will be held at Huffman Prairie Flying Field located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The Aero Carnival celebrates the general time period of the Wright brothers going from the 1890's to the 1930's and 40's. The event showcases the work of the brothers in the development of practical flight and highlights some of the changes that have occurred since then. The event provides a fun way to explore the Flying Field, its environment, and the time period the brothers lived in.
The Aero Carnival website has 2015 dates and information at the present time.

Because the Wright brothers were bicycle riders and manufacturers, bicycles are a natural connection to this event. Any Wheelmen interested in exhibiting their bicycles and/or performing riding demonstrations at this event? Please contact the Ohio Wheelmen Captain for more information or to indicate your willingness to participate.

September 10 - 11 (Saturday 9a-9p and Sunday 9a-5p)

Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan

A large gathering of about 800 classic, pre-1932 automobiles takes over the village for the weekend. About 100 Wheelmen machines on display, demonstrated, and ridden around the village. Casual games are played and ice cream is served. Early Sunday morning, an OHWT is ridden through the quiet streets of Dearborn. Come join the fun, it's just a bit north of the state line! Old Car Festival Info . Wheelmen need to pre-register their machines.

October 2 (Sunday)
OHWT rides at 10:00 am
Parade line-up at 1:00 pm

Oktoberfest Parade and OHWT

Minster, Ohio

Oktoberfest Parade at 2:00 pm. This is a huge parade in a small town. We usually have about 15-20 Wheelmen (young, old, and in-between) riding! Mel's Decorating is our sponsor each year! Many thanks to Mel's for providing sponsorship as well as food and drink! Wheelmen participating in the parade are invited to Mel's Decorating at 106 W. 4th Street in Minster before and/or after the parade for food and drinks and conversation.

We are planning to have an OHWT 10 mile ride in late-morning before the parade. Be there are ready to ride at 10:00 am for the OHWT. A beautiful route has been found from Minster, through Fort Loramie, through Lake Loramie State Park along Lake Loramie, and back to Minster.

We meet in the parking lot at the corner of N. Cleveland Street and W. 5th Street. This is just around the corner from Mel's Decorating up on 4th Street.

Our line-up spot is usually on Cleveland Street, just north of Fourth Street. The parade organizers request that we arrive between 12:00 and 1:15 and be ready to go by 1:30 pm. Since we are near the front of the parade, we should be starting soon after the parade start time of 2:00 pm.

October 5
11 am - 2 pm

Wright Brothers Day
at Wright State

Dayton

The Wheelmen were requested to provide an exhibit at this annual event.

For more information on these events and/or to indicate your intentions to participate, please send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

The Wheelmen national organization has an extensive event list.





NOTICE: This is a page for the OHIO WHEELMEN. This material is used with permission. Most of this material is copyrighted by The WHEELMEN or the Ohio Wheelmen.



Comments or questions regarding this website should be directed to
the Ohio Wheelmen webmaster.



This page was created and maintained using a
Macintosh computer, MS Word (text mode), Apple Safari, Firefox, and Fetch.

Apple Logo