Ride FAQ

Bike the Cbus is a casual tour of downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods that exposes cyclists of all ages and abilities to 4 routes together totaling 25–30 miles . Several stops along each route are sponsored by businesses and community groups who provide snacks, drinks, restrooms, and/or mechanical support.

Bike the Cbus+ is a metric century (62 miles) lead and swept by the Lady Gnar Shredders and travels urban streets around Central Ohio at a pace of 15+ mph. Two rest stops are sponsored along the route. SAG support is provided.

Register today for Bike the Cbus!

Q: I just found out about this ride and missed the early registration rate. Can you get me in at that discounted rate?

A: No.

Q: What does my registration fee include?

A: All registrations include ride participation, including food and drinks at designated stops, plus lunch and one entry to the prize raffle. If you register before August 11, you will also receive an exclusive 2015 Bike the Cbus t-shirt.

Q: How do I claim my Yay Bikes! member discount?

A: Choose the Yay Bikes! Member ticket option. These will be verified. Not yet a Yay Bikes! member? Join today before you register.

Q: Can you tell me if I’m registered? Or, I can’t find my ticket, can you send it to me?

A: Fortunately, eventbrite.com makes it really simple to manage your own tickets and registration. Head to “My Tickets” after logging in and you will be able to find it. You can also search your email for the copy that was sent to you after registering. Important: this is why when you are registering, before the process is completed, we ask you to verify your email address. If it is entered incorrectly, you will be unable to retrieve your ticket and will not receive pre-ride emails.

Q: When and where do I pick up my rider packet?

A: Packets can be picked up Friday, September 4, 5:30–8pm at the Homeport Gallery at 779 E Long St. or the morning of the ride from 6:30–8am at the Lincoln Theatre, on Long Street in the King-Lincoln neighborhood.

Q: Can I register on the day-of?

A: Online registration ends at NOON on Friday, September 4. On-site registration is $45 for non-members (cash or credit card) and may be accomplished on Friday, September 4, 5:30–8pm or the morning of the ride from 7–8am at the Lincoln Theatre. Late registrants may purchase a t-shirt for $15 while supplies last.

Q: Where and when does the ride begin and end?

A: The ride begins and ends in the King-Lincoln neighborhood at the Lincoln Theatre. We will make announcements and take the group photo at 7:45am. Riders will roll out in waves beginning at 8am. Those participating in Bike the Cbus + will leave at 7am.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Your options are:

  • Ride your bike and park with Pedal Instead!
  • Park on a neighborhood street and ride to the start.
  • Park anywhere on Long Street east of Talmadge Street.
  • Park at the 750 E Long Street lot (accessible from N Garfield Avenue). Streets closed until 4pm though so you may not be able to leave.

Q: Can you change my t-shirt size?

A: We would be happy to swap your un-worn shirt for another size, if available, at the problem child area.

Q: Who should report to the problem child area?

A: Participants who;

  • would like to exchange t-shirts,
  • don’t understand why they are not receiving a shirt,
  • think they already registered but we have no record,
  • won complimentary tickets but didn’t register online,
  • complainers. Don’t be a problem child.
Q: Is there a rain date?

A: Nope. We ride rain or shine! However, during Yay Bikes! events there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions (for example: lightning, tornado, high winds, extreme hot or cold temperatures, blizzard, nuclear winter etc…). Yay Bikes! will do as much as we can to make the experience as safe as possible. But if there is severe weather, the event may be delayed as event organizers consult public safety officers. If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, event organizers reserve the right to shorten or cancel the ride. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check the website, email and social media before the event for any changes or cancellations. If you are already at the event listen to the announcer.

Q: What if something comes up and I can’t ride?

A: We are unable to provide refunds, but you may transfer your registration to another participant if you are unable to ride.

Q: Are kids allowed on the ride?

A: Kids of all ages welcome on Bike the Cbus, as long as they are accompanied by an adult! Yay Bikes! will not assume the responsibility of minor children participating without supervision. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 BY LAW. If a child does not have a helmet, one can be provided for them at no charge—just ask before September 4th. Children (under age 18) ride for just $10 each.  If you are riding with a toddler or infant in a trailer or in a child seat, it is not necessary to register the infants.

Q: What safety accommodations are there?

A: Bike the Cbus offers cue sheets and route marked with directional signs*, but no street closures or police escort. Bike the Cbus+ offers cur sheet and is lead and swept by experienced volunteers. Participants must share the road with automobile traffic, obeying all traffic regulations. Medical support, links to emergency medical services, marshals at key intersections and en-route support will be available. To learn how to safely negotiate urban streets by bicycle, you may want to take a How We Roll course before the tour.

*If the OSU students partied too much on Friday night signs may disappear in the campus area.

Q: Do I have to be a strong cyclist to participate?

A: Bike the Cbus is a ride, not a race, and it’s designed to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities, You set your own pace, there are stops along each route to explore and 4 shorter routes for those who don’t want to ride the full ride. You can do it! Riders in Bike the Cbus+ must be able to travel at a consistent pace of 15mph or more. Any rider falling under the pace will be removed from the group and offered an opportunity to return to the start with SAG.

Q: I am interested in joining the attractive, intelligent, successful, forward-thinking group of volunteers that put on this amazing cycling event. How can I become one of these world-changers?

A: We’d love to have you, especially if you are willing to setup or breakdown the event this year. Check this page for 2015 volunteer opportunities. Interested in assisting our planning team for 2016 email kathleen@yaybikes.com.

Q: How can I sponsor Bike the Cbus?

A: Sponsors make this event possible! Please email catherine@yaybikes.com and we will send you more information. Thanks for considering us!