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51st National Meet

July 25-29, 2018

Oberlin, Ohio

Sponsored by:

OHIO WHEELMEN
The Ohio division of The Wheelmen

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Oberlin, Ohio

The meet will include the usual OHWT, swap meet, public demonstrations, speakers, century ride, and the ever-popular BUSINESS MEETING!

Public viewing opportunities each day.

  • Thursday, July ’26 - Riders will be riding upwards of 100 miles (or 25, 50, or 75 miles) and looping through downtown Oberlin every hour and a half or so.
  • Friday evening, July 27 - A riding history of the bicycle will be presented on the south side of Tappan Square on W College St from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. This will be in conjunction with the Community Picnic and Concert that evening.
  • Saturday morning, July 28 - A formal group ride will be conducted from the Memorial Arch on Professor Street to Kipton and return via the North Coast Inland Trail.

Wheelmen, begin your REGISTRATION here.

The summary schedule (7/12/2018) will be updated as the meet is developed.
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Come for the MEET, but stick around for the FUN!
Come early and ride some quiet trails and rural roads in the area. Or plan a family vacation with the multitude of attractions in northern Ohio and nearby Lake Erie.

At the meet, we are planning several WORKSHOPS led by experts in their area to help pass along their knowledge. The workshop topics are listed on the paper and on-line registration forms. Check this page for short descriptions of the workshops.

NEW: Have you wondered what is done to nickel plate your handlebars? A tour of CUSTOM CHROME PLATING will be available on Thursday and again on Friday. CCP is located just 10 miles away in Grafton, Ohio.

We're going to have an evening showing of Le Ride movie where riders recreated the first English-speaking competitors in the 1928 Tour de France! In the movie, they are riding period bicycles and equipment. This movie has been popular in limited showings around the country and the world. Watch the official trailer and some views of the 1928 Tour (with French explanations).
What is the Tour de France you ask? Check an animated explanation.

A special feature will be a gathering of tall bicycles, ordinaries and safeties! Bring it to show or show AND ride. Do you have a 58" or 60" wheel? Or Bigger? What about a tall-frame safety, like a Columbia Model 38 or 39?

If you are wondering about where you will be riding at the meet, check this page for the OHWT and the century day route.

If you are considering riding TO the meet, check this page for some helpful local information. More will be added as it is developed.

C. W. Savage and friends at Oberlin College, ca. 1890

Oberlin College High Bicycle Club, ca. 1890

Visiting Oberlin

Visitor's information from Oberlin College. Find accommodations, local restaurants, transportation services, and more for your visit to Oberlin.

Area Attractions

Oberlin Heritage Center - to preserve and share Oberlin's unique heritage Guidebook for cycling tour of Oberlin historical spots. Reading it is a virtual tour of Oberlin.

The Hickories Museum, Elyria, a.k.a. the home of Arthur L. Garford (yes, the padded saddle guy).

More about Elyria's bicycle connections with Colson and Worthington.

The Lorain County segment of the North Coast Inland Trail goes through Oberlin!

The North Coast Inland Trail is a long paved (with some gravel sections) trail from east of Toledo to just west of Cleveland.
North Coast Inland Trail

Bikeways & trails throughout Ohio are listed and indexed on this page.
Ohio's Bikeways & Trails

Discover All You Can Do in Lorain County, the county visitor bureau. Lorain County Metroparks
* Splash Zone in Oberlin and many other county parks in the area!
Spirit of 76 Museum, Wellington Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin
Crawford Aviation & Auto Museum, Cleveland Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland
Cedar Point Amusement Park & Waterpark, Sandusky Cleveland Natural History Museum, Cleveland
Lake Erie Shores & Islands - The lakeshore area along with South Bass Island and Kelleys Island. Sometimes called Vacationland. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Toft's Dairy ice cream, Sandusky
* Ohio's Oldest Dairy
Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton
Memphis Kiddie Park, Brooklyn (Cleveland suburb), Ohio - This old-fashioned amusement park has ten rides that have been putting smiles on children's faces since 1952. A Christmas Story House, Cleveland
* The "You'll shoot your eye out" house.
The Int'l Women's Air & Space Museum, (downtown Cleveland) offers lectures, family nights, and kids events. The museum's collection includes artifacts, photographs, articles, textiles, art work and paper items relating to the history of women in aviation and space. USS COD Submarine Memorial, Cleveland
Bicycle Museum of America, New Bremen Bicycle Heaven Shop & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Time has been turned back to the 1880's at Slate Run Historical Farm, just SE of Columbus. Experience first-hand what life was like on an 1880's Ohio farm. Step back to the Wheelmen era on a farm on your way to or from Oberlin.
The gothic revival farmhouse was built in 1856 and restored by Metro Parks for authenticity. The multi-bay barn was built by Samuel Oman, the fourth owner of Slate Run Farm, and restored by Amish carpenters.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S.
The Memorial and Put-In-Bay (city) are on South Bass Island in Lake Erie near Port Clinton.

Some sweet NE Ohio history trivia. The Life Saver candies were invented just east of Cleveland. Read about the inventor Clarence A. Crane.

Tony Packo's Restaurant, Toledo, made famous on M*A*S*H. There are several smaller Packo's around town, but best bet is the Original on Front St at Consaul St just off I-280. Map location

Berry's Restaurant, Norwalk, with local turn-of-the-century photos on the walls. As far back as 1902, this was the site of a "Confectioners" shop known as the Norwalk Candy Kitchen. It has been in the Berry family since 1944. Map location
Also several antique shops on Main Street and in nearby Milan.

Bike Shops in the area

Swerve Bike Shop, 23 S Main St, Oberlin
Dale's Bike Shop, 43239 Oberlin-Elyria Road, Oberlin
Century Cycles Bike Shops, Medina, Rocky River, and Peninsula.
Bicycle Bill's Bike Shop, Vermilion.
The prices may not be as advertised now, but Cook Bro's bike shop was in Oberlin back in 1894.

Water parks in the area

Zoos in northern Ohio

Other Bicycle Events nearby

  • Dog Days Wine Tour Info - Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • More will be added as the Ohio bicycle ride calendar is developed.

Area Motels, B&B, and Campgrounds



For more information on this event 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.




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