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  • ICYMI: Forbes rates Detroit #9 on its “America’s Most Creative Cities” list

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Summer Guide 2012

A Sample of Summer Cycling Fun

A list of reasons to get you up on two wheels this summer

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5th Annual Taco Tour. 17 mile bike ride to Ypsi's best taco joints. Price includes meat or vegan tacos, Taco Tour swag, a beverage at the Corner Brewery and the ride. See bikeypsi.org for details and registration. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, 734-262-4040. (9/16, 1 p.m.)

Americane Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival. A show and swap meet, bringing together vintage track- and road-cycling enthusiasts from around the country. Vintage bikes in multiple categories are invited, covering a full century of cycling. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-656-4673. (6/30)

Beat the Train. A 33-mile ride through the early morning streets of Detroit. Takes off every Saturday at 6 a.m. from Fort Wayne, April through October. Helmets are required. Visit beatthetrain.com for info. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (6/16-10/20, 6 a.m.) 

Bike Ypsi. This cadre of enthusiastic Ypsi riders holds weekly rides 52 weeks a year. Sunday rides depart from Recreation Park at 1 p.m. and last for about an hour or two, depending on the size and ability of the group. On Friday mornings, meet at Beezy's Cafe at 8 a.m. to take part in a group cycling commute to the office. Beezy's, 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-485-9625. (Saturdays and Sundays) Ongoing.

Birmingham Bike Festival. The fest features a criterium bike race (a race with a short course on closed-off city streets), family-friendly events, live entertainment and more. See BirminghamBikeFestival.org for details. Downtown Birmingham. (8/26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Colin Hubbell Memorial Bike Ride. This annual ride is held in honor of Detroit advocate Colin Hubbell. To continue the work Hubbell did for the city, funds from the ride benefit the Colin Hubbell Fund, which provides grants to projects and businesses that contribute to the physical infrastructure and community building of Detroit neighborhoods. See detroitmidtown.com for details. Departs from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 313-831-9470. (8/11)

Critical Mass. Large bike ride the last Friday of every month. Meet at the corner of Warren & Trumbull. All welcome. Detroit. Free. (6/29, 6:30 p.m.; 7/27, 6:30 p.m.; 8/31, 6:30 p.m.; 9/28, 6:30 p.m.; 10/26, 6:30 p.m.) 

Fender Bender Maintenance Classes. Learn the basics of bike care, from patching a tube to adjusting your seat. Just $5 and includes a free patch kit. Held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month through Oct. The group, geared toward women and the LGBT community, also hosts montly full moon bike rides and is working on creating a bicycle lending library for the city. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. $5. (Every other Tuesday 6/26-10/23)

Fitness Work Rides. Free 20 mile biweekly fitness ride. Pace is 12 to 15 mph, and the ride lasts about 2 hours. Takes off every other Wednesday from Wheelhouse at 6 p.m., with a rest and hydration stop at Fitness Works in New Center. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. (Every other Wednesday 6/20-9/19, 6 p.m.)

Green Cruise Bike Rides. This yearly event celebrates all things green, and especially human-powered automation. The day includes three different bike rides: a 40-mile Detroit ride, a 20-mile suburban ride and a four-mile family ride. All rides start at the Green Alley in Ferndale and require helmets and signed waivers. See michigan.sierraclub.org. Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale. (8/11)

J-Cycle II: A Bike Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit. A 20-mile ride that includes 10 docent-narrated stops at spots significant to the history of Detroit's Jewish community. The tour sold out in its inaugural year last year, so be sure to register early. This year's event includes an entirely new route. See michjewishhistory.org for info. William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, Detroit Riverfront at Atwater and St. Aubin, Detroit, 248-432-5517. $30. (8/19)

Mad Anthony Cyclocross Race. The only USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross bicycle race held in Detroit, this yearly event races over the walls, moats and trails of the 89-acre Fort Wayne Complex. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (10/20)

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours. A guided bike tour of Detroit breweries. Brewery History or Prohibition History tours available. Includes guided bike tour w/support staff, beer or soda at one brewery stop and lunch. See motorcitybrewtours.com for info and a schedule. Tours depart from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 248-850-2563. $27.99, bike rental options available. (Ongoing)

Slow Roll to Slow Jams. A weekly ride that departs from Woodbridge Pub at 8 p.m. to cruise around the city before returning for the sweet sounds of the weekly Slow Jams DJs. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, 313-833-2701. Free. (Mondays, 8 p.m.)

The Thunderdrome! A balls-to-the-walls race of mopeds, mini-bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, scooters, pit bikes and go-carts. Dorais Park, Intersection of Mound Rd. and Outer Dr., Detroit, 586-214-5964. $5. (6/30, 2 p.m.)

Tour de Ford Bike Ride. Fundraiser for the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care and social services to uninsured and underinsured patients. The ride features three routes: a 10-mile route, a 35-mile ride and a 70-mile ride. Visit henryford.com/tourdeford. Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-876-1031. $55-$75. (9/9)

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