Area Group Rides

We get quite a few people asking about regular group rides happening in the area.  You might be surprised how many different groups are riding, even throughout the winter w/ the advent of fat-tire/ snow bikes.

Here’s what I’m aware of organized by type of riding:  (Photos courtesy of each group’s Facebook photo gallery – If I’ve missed any please drop me a line with a link to the group)


Casual/ Social/ Family:

Lansing Bike Party – LBP is a party on wheels! Casual slow roll cruise exploring town and nifty events. Food ’n’ bev stop. Nite ridin’ w lites. Boomboxes.  Depart Fridays 6 pm Broad Art Museum, MSU & 6:30 pm Bike Co-op, Kzoo St, Lans. (Easter > Halloween. 6p Co-op starts Oct.)

Roll Lansing – The intent of the group is to promote fun social rides while doing things safely. We may evolve into more as we go and the group grows.   Some Basics for Roll Lansing Rides: Have fun but not without being safety conscious. Promote Cycling.

Kidical Mass Lansing (MI) Area – A Family Bike Ride – This fun, open, and welcome group is for families (and family-friendly-folks) who want to ride bikes, build community, and enjoy the area together. We meet once per month on the weekend and start and end the ride at the same location.


MSU Cycling – MSU Cycling is a multi-discipline athletic club affiliated with MSU. As the oldest univ.-affiliated student-run organization, the club continues its long history of representing MSU through participation in regional and national cycling competition. Outside of the athletic world, MSU Cycling is actively conducting research in order to suggest the implementation of improved infrastructure on the MSU campus, as well as promoting the fight against skin cancer by partnering with the MSU Gran Fondo, the 4th largest such charity ride in the nation. As an athletic club that is highly involved in the community, MSU Cycling is continuously working to improve performance in sport and educate those interested in learning to ride safely and enjoy a healthy, active pastime.

Epic Mountain Bike -This group was created to help share information about mountain bike group rides, primarily in Mid-Michigan. Our regular group rides are on Wednesday night at Sleepy Hollow or Rose Lake.  (This group does regular fat-bike rides thru the winter)

Denny’s Central Park Mountain Bike Group – This is a group of employees, customers, and more importantly friends of Denny’s Central Park Bicycles (Okemos, MI store). This group of mountain bikers consists of a very, VERY wide range of ages for men and women that also have equally the same wide rage of skill levels. Every Thursday night (weather permitting) we ride at different trails in Michigan.

SPIN OFF-Road events – happening throughout the year – Hosted/ organized by Spin Bicycle Shop, Old Town, Lansing.

Capital City Cyclocross (CCCX) – A Facebook group that offers Greater Lansing area info. on CX training rides and races.



MSU Cycling – See listing above in MTB/Cyclo-Cross section.

SPIN Monday Night Ride! SPIN Monday Night Rides are an enjoyable, safe, cohesive social group ride of roughly 22 miles, at a 16-18 mph average pace.  Hosted/ organized by Spin Bicycle Shop, Old Town, Lansing.  Road ride season ends sometime in October.

Touring/ Road/ Family/ Other

Tri-Co. Bike Association – (Facebook group for discussion, sharing info; Facebook page for official announcements re: events, etc.) Largest and oldest club in the region, serves bicyclists in the Tri-County area surrounding Lansing, MI and beyond. Visit the web site ( for information about scheduled club rides and our organized rides.  Four organized/invitational rides each year including DALMAC, a nationally recognized multi-day ride from Lansing to Mackinac City. Group rides of varying lengths and speeds scheduled almost every day, weather permitting. Various other services to bicyclists.

The Detroit Randonneurs group – Rides around lower Michigan, with a ride out of Okemos, May 2018.  Full schedule here:



2017 MSU Bike Month Events

Banner for Natl Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and there are a number of events happening on or near campus to celebrate & encourage bicycling, improve bike safety, spread bike friendliness around MSU and have some fun along the way.

Approx. 25 people attended this 1st ever event and we had great open discussion about all forms of commuting to work (other than Single-occupancy-vehicles).

Archived Description:
Now that the weather has turned nice, have you ever thought to yourself, “It’s such a nice day! It would be the perfect day to bike or walk to work!” If that thought ever crossed your mind, no matter how fleeting, this event is for you!   Join us for a funny and informative brown-bag session from several “regular people” who walk or bike to work on campus.)

Download the event poster/ flyer here (JPG) / (PDF) and post/ forward along to friends, colleagues!

  • Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes!
    Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes!

    10th Annual Greater Lansing/ MSU/ E. Lansing Ride of Silence

    When: May 17, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
    Where:  Wells Hall Courtyard (near Starbucks)

    In almost perfect weather, on the evening of May 17, 2017, over 250 bicyclists participated in the nine-mile ride from the Wells Hall Plaza at Michigan State University campus to the Michigan State Capital in downtown Lansing.

    As in years past, we rode in memory of cyclists who have been killed or injured. This was the 10th annual event held on the MSU campus with the route going thru E. Lansing and Lansing finishing at the State Capitol building steps. It’s a signature event for the TCBA Advocacy Committee and supported with private donations and funds from TCBA.

    The post-ride gathering to celebrate the efforts of advocates and others who work towards safer roads and facilities for bicycling in the area was at the Lansing Brewing Company which is becoming one of the most bike-friendly establishments in the Lansing area.

    Media coverage:
    Lansing State Journal story & photo gallery
    WILX – 10 story – video archive
    WKAR story
    WLNS story
    HOM-TV story
    – More photos and videos on our Facebook event page

    Archived Description:
    MSU Bikes once again will host the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area.  Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event the last couple years that honors/ remembers bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles.  The evening wraps up with an after-party at the Lansing Brewing Co. to celebrate all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling.  The TCBA Advocacy Committee is one such group that has monthly meetings open to the public and needs more people concerned about improving our roads.  The Facebook event page for the ride has full details and links to photos from last year for your viewing pleasure.  There is also a Facebook page for the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence that you might want to plug into to stay abreast.

Approx. 40 campus bicyclists came together for the annual event to hear the thoughts and insights regarding the future of bicycling on and near our campus from the lead of the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer.  Thankfully, Mark Haas, Vice President of Finance & Treasurer, a life-long bicyclist and avid bike commuter, also attended and was able to answer additional questions related to the future of bicycling at MSU.

Archived Description:
Join your fellow campus bicyclists to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a free continental breakfast and get inspired by our guest speaker, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, who will update us on the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan and how it will positively impact bicycling and other non-motorized modes of transportation on and near campus in the near and long term.

Near Campus & Other Events – Activities



Darwin Award tips for Cyclists


So, you’re an aspiring Darwin Awardee and have a bike handy, what are your options to make history?  Here’s my top tips based on years of observation, listening to incredible stories of crashes and researching fatal crashes all over the country that will give you a pedal-up on your competing wanna-be awardees! *

Ride your bike while…

1. …staring at your phone and rarely look up, just go by “feel”.  You’ve been all over this campus so many times, you know every bump, bush, pothole;  who needs to actually see where they’re going?!

2. …wearing ear buds or better yet, full ear-covering headphones w/ music cranked up.  Your hearing is designed for awesome music not buses or trucks passing nearby.

3. … drinking coffee and going  no-handed for extra coolness just like the hip song “I can ride a bike with no handlebars!”.

4. … going no-handed in the bike lane just a few feet from moving motor vehicles!  What could possibly go wrong?!?!

BETTER YOUR ODDS!  Combine 2 or all 3 of the above for more  chances of a fatal crash!

Jump on your bike…

Extra points for non-working front brakes!

5.  …without checking whether your brakes are working; who really needs brakes?!  Maybe just take them off altogether to save weight and use your feet to stop?!

6. …with your fork mounted backwards (just the way it came out of the box!).  Assembling a bike is easy-peasy like walking and chewing gum.

7. …without making sure someone hasn’t stolen your front wheel skewer that holds your wheel on the fork.

8. …with your handlebars flopping around completely loose.

Don't be a Ninja cyclist!
If you can see them that’s all that counts!  Right!?

Ride your bike….

9.  … on the sidewalk, in the bike lanes, wherever is the fastest (against traffic)!

10. …at night with no lights and dark clothing.

11.  … through red lights, stop signs, whatever.  Street laws are for cars/ trucks and wussies.

* This article is satire and not intended to be a serious guide to your demise.  Please DO NOT do these things if you would like to continue livingRead this article for REAL tips that will help save your life.

Pedal for Platinum @ MSU

The League's Silver level award seal.
The League’s Silver level award seal which MSU received in Nov. 2015

After receiving the news in November 2015 from the League of American Bicyclists that MSU was upgraded to a silver-level Bike Friendly University award the MSU Bike Advisory Committee (BAC) decided that rather than just plod along towards gold we’d embark on a bold mission of jumping over gold and “Pedal for Platinum”.   “Spartans Will… Pedal for Platinum!” has a nice ring to it!

In true Spartan fashion, our mission launched with action.  We broke down the BFU applications of all the other platinum-level and new gold-level universities to see where the big differences were most apparent in MSU’s case (those comparisons can be viewed here for reference).   One of those that popped out at us were that other platinum universities had neighboring communities that were either platinum-level or gold, such that they were clearly working closely together to assure that the overall experience for their university community from home to campus would be a top-notch bike-friendly experience not just on campus.

We began thinking how we might be able to facilitate helping our neighboring communities in their journey to become more bike friendly.  Bringing in some experts to meet with the community leaders came up as an option.  The costs for doing that quickly made it apparent that we’d need help in covering those costs.  The concept of a conference where we’d invite not only our neighboring community leaders but area business leaders and university staff as well was born.

Click for a highlights video of the event.

Little did we know at the time, but we ended up leading the way with the country’s first-ever Bike Friendly America conference highlighting the League of American Bicyclists‘ entire award program to other universities, communities and businesses last May.  A wrap-up of the conference is here.

A host of other Bike Month events were also planned and hosted around the conference which all dove-tailed together to form a series of bike culture building opportunities.

Tour de MSU group shot

Over the summer the BAC focused their attention on developing a more detailed plan for how MSU will reach platinum.  The draft below has been incorporated into the 2016 update of the Campus Master Plan (which has yet to be approved by the Board of Trustees) which is our current Pedal for Platinum campaign plan.  Additional action items and projects are being discussed and debated within the BAC which will be finalized and posted soon.

If you’d like to suggest some changes or additions to the plan please email Tim Potter or attend one of our upcoming public monthly meetings.

3. Goals & Recommended Strategies

The university will continue striving to improve its standing from a silver-level to a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University based on the League of American Bicyclists’ ratings. Future goals and recommended strategies are organized around the League of American Bicyclists’ five essential elements: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation/Planning.  In addition, Michigan State University incorporates two additional elements, Environment and Economic, to form the basis for future actions.


Strengthen and expand campus infrastructure to support safe, effective, and efficient bicycling.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Design and construct all campus roadways as complete streets, complying with Michigan Public Acts 134 & 135 of 2010 and update university design and construction standards accordingly.
2.    Fund and construct the final segments of the MSU River Trail.
3.    Enhance and expand parking facilities within priority locations of the academic districts.  Incorporate a minimum bicycle parking ratio for new buildings and major renovations into the Standards for Construction – Design Guidelines.
4.    Increase parking supplies within the residential neighborhoods with a goal to accommodate 30% of the resident population.  Work with REHS to establish a prioritized strategy for implementation.
5.    Work with the lighting committee to assess and implement new night lighting in priority locations.
6.    Investigate traffic signal progressions per Campus Master Plan modality priorities (pedestrians first, bicycles second, transit third, private automobile last).
7.    Eliminate obstructions from potential ‘Clear Vision Areas’ to enhance safety for all users.


Develop and implement educational programs that promote bicycle usage and bicycle safety.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Continue working with, and providing information for, student and parent orientation.
2.    Continued cooperation on safety campaigns with MSU Police and other campus groups.
3.    Enhance and promote the MSU Bikes website.
4.    Continue sponsoring bicycle maintenance educational sessions.
5.    Continue to conduct campus rides to increase bicycle awareness.
6.    Analyze results of the parking permit test concerning campus policies.


Establish ongoing strategies promoting bicycling for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Create and communicate incentives promoting bicycle commuting for faculty and staff through Human Resources and MSU Police.
2.    Identify, map, and promote secure storage and showering/locker facilities.
3.    Develop an annual fall bicycle event to promote bicycle registration, appropriate use, and safety.
4.    Create engaging community outreach events centered on bicycling.
5.    Execute a campus version of the International Car-free City Day.


Clarify and reinforce observance of university ordinances, policies, rules, and regulations related to bicycle use on campus.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Clarify nomenclature of bicycle facilities and revised ordinances as needed.
2.    Work with MSU Police to increase enforcement of traffic rules and to identify areas of repeat safety violations.
3.    Monitor and adapt the bicycle impoundment practices as required.
4.    Strengthen university bicycle registration efforts.
5.    Encourage bicyclists to report all collisions to MSU Police.


Monitor progress on recommendations, working through existing protocols and standing committees.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Annually evaluate the progress on recommendations.
2.    Update the bicycle plan every five years as part of the Campus Master Plan update cycle.
3.    Work through AUTTC (All University Traffic and Transportation Committee) to draft position memoranda identifying bicycle system enhancements relative to new construction projects that not only benefit the project but the larger campus community as well.
4.    Continually assess existing and new recommendations through activity of the MSU Bikes Committee and AUTTC.
5.    Work with the Bike Collaborative initiative and other ad-hoc groups supporting bicycling.


Encourage bicycle use to reduce scope 3 emissions related to vehicular circulation, especially single occupant motor vehicle operations.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Incentivize bicycle use and other alternative modalities.
2.    Incorporate scope 3 emission savings into bicycle promotional advocacy.
3.    Continue the partnership between IPF, REHS and ASMSU to expand the existing bicycle share program.
4.    Continue to promote and strengthen CATA’s Clean Commute program and its Emergency Ride Home (ERH) voucher incentive.


Reduce university costs associated with building and maintaining a robust vehicular circulation system by increasing bicycle use as a core modality for students, faculty, and staff.

Recommended Strategies:
1.    Encourage and incentivize faculty and staff bicycle use as a means of commuting to, and moving around, campus.
2.    Invest in secure and weather-protected parking facilities at strategic campus locations.

Bikes at Work on Campus

Many people may not realize how much MSU departments and their staff use bikes to help make their work on & around campus more enjoyable, efficient and green.

In recent years MSU Bikes, Surplus and Recycling have all been utilizing bikes with large trailers to do even more work on campus that previously thought possible.  Their medium length Bikes at Work trailers allow them to haul up to 300- 600 lbs of cargo and with the help of electric-assist bikes staff don’t need super-human bicycling strength to haul those kinds of loads.

The newest addition to our work-bike fleet is this electric-assist trike that has been setup and customized in order to haul the BAW trailers (updated 4/25/18).  Here are some photos of it and then a short video of it in action too:

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Here’s a photo gallery of Cayden Bunnell (formerly of Surplus & Recycling) at work w/ our standard rig on a nice fall day on campus (2015):

This video
highlights the work by one of the Surplus/ Recycling staff who was the inaugural bike-trailer worker bee to start regular rounds collecting compost material and delivering recycling related supplies.

MSU Bikes has used the same type of trailer to haul its recycling materials, signage in parades and other special events, mobile bike repair clinic equipment and many other purposes. Some photos below show you the variety of cargo we’ve hauled over the years.

This past summer the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm students (part of the MSU RISE Program) began making pedal-powered deliveries of their vegetables around campus with a little help from MSU Surplus/ MSU Bikes.  This video shows their delivery bike-trailer in action.

For over three decades the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities department has had the largest fleets of work bikes on campus (23 in Aug. 2014) which are heavily utilized throughout the year for work trips that don’t require a full-sized motor vehicle.  Gus Gosselin, former Director of Building Services and current Senior Engineer with IPF and co-founder of the MSU Bike Project (which was the forerunner to the current MSU Bikes Service Center), was instrumental in building up that fleet and helping the modest bike get the respect it deserves alongside other wheeled transportation options for IPF workers.  He’s been riding his bike to meetings, lunches and other work trips around campus for many years carrying his helmet into meetings to strategically let others know that he rode a bike.  (This article gives more background on this history of bicycling within IPF).

bikeunitThere are other departments that also heavily utilize bicycles to help them with their daily work on campus. A couple dozen lease their bikes from MSU Bikes’ utilizing our fleet services for their staff use throughout the work day. The MSU Police Dept.’s Bicycle Unit has the next sizable fleet of bikes which help their team of bike patrol officers with a host of work from Community policing, routine traffic enforcement and other types of enforcement where a bicycle provides unique benefits (they’re quiet, fast and can go places motor vehicles can’t go).

Bike Month Events @ MSU


May was National Bike Month and there were a bunch of events that happened on or near campus to celebrate & encourage bicycling, improve bike safety, spread bike friendliness around the Midwest and have some fun along the way.


  • Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes!
    Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes!

    Greater Lansing/ MSU/ E. Lansing Ride of Silence
    May 18, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
    MSU Bikes once again hosted the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area.  Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event that honored/ remembered bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles.  The evening wrapped up with an after-party at the Midtown Brewing Co. with great entertainment provided by The Fabulous Heftones.  We celebrated all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling.  The TCBA Advocacy group is one such group that has monthly meetings open to the public and needs more people concerned about improving our roads.  The Facebook event page for the ride has many photos available for your viewing pleasure.  There is also a Facebook page for the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence that you might want to plug into to stay abreast.


  • Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU
    Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU ride around campus that wrapped up the Bike Friendly America Conference @ MSU, 2016

    MSU’s Bike Friendly America Conference
    May 19, 8 – 4 pm

    This first-year event saw 56 people in attendance for a full day of learning about how to encourage their university, business or community to become more bike friendly.  It featured many inspirational speeches and presentations and wrapped up with the Tour de MSU, a ride around the MSU campus and neighboring communities, to experience what’s happening on the streets in our area.

    Some of those speeches and presentations are captured on this video.
    Here’s a shorter highlights video of the event.  Additional articles regarding the event were published here and here.

    A few photos from the event are below.

    We’re looking forward to possibly doing a similar conference next year.  Stay tuned!


  • Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast
    May 20 – 7:30 – 9:30 am
    Twenty-six dedicated campus bicyclists got together at the Brody Cafeteria to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and were inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.Some photos from the event below:


  • Poster for 2nd Annual Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night event2nd Annual Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night
    May 20 – 7 – 11 pm
    Well over 100 people came out for an evening of 25 great short bike movies courtesy of the Tri-County Bike Association & their Advocacy Committee and other area sponsors.  Once again, thanks to the Kalamazoo Bike Film Festival organizers this series of shorts proved to be a blast and delivered many moments of the joys of bicycling of the entire spectrum of pedaling and human-powered machines!





Near Campus & Other Events – Activities



  •  Lansing Bike Party - April 2016 ride to Old TownLansing Bike Party weekly social, slow rides
    Every Friday evening, starting near campus (Peanut Barrel & The Avenue, Lansing), these are a great way to meet new friends and discover the hidden gems of the Greater Lansing area.






  • National Bike Challenge graphicNational Bike Challenge
    May 1 – Sept. 30, 2016
    Join in this national challenge to win prizes and bragging rights! MSU has a team (of sorts) who have done very well within the Big 10 over the past few years.  Join in the fun and jump on the MSU peloton!

MSU Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast

Twenty-six dedicated campus bicyclists got together on May 20, 2016, at the Brody Cafeteria to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and were inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.

Some photos from the event below:



Archived content:


Join your fellow campus bicyclists on Friday, May 20 – 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Brody Cafeteria (large group room) to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and get inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.

Final conference flyer graphic
Click here to visit the conference website and register.

Our guest speakers will be on campus for our Bike Friendly America Conference happening the day before; please consider registering for that too!

Click here to RSVP for the breakfast; limited to the first 50 to sign-up.

Valet Bike Parking will be provided outside the main SE entrance to Brody Hall.  Looking for a couple volunteers to help watch the bikes during the breakfast (volunteers will get breakfast!).

Contact Tim Potter if you have any questions about the event or would like to volunteer to help with the VBP service.

Lunchtime Rides Around Campus

Riding along Farm Ln., spring 2015 during Tour de MSU
Riding along Farm Ln., spring 2015 during Tour de MSU

Looking for something fun and a little different to do over one lunch hour a month?  Join some of your fellow campus bicyclists and take a slow, leisurely ride around MSU for fresh air, discover new things about campus, enjoy some conversation, etc.

We’ll meet up outside the MSU Bikes Service Center at noon on the last Wednesday of the month and ride for about an hour finishing up back at MSU Bikes.  Rides will feature several stops/ breaks, have a leader and sweeper (someone riding at the rear to help w/ anyone who might need assistance) and will cover anywhere from 3-10 miles at the most depending on the leader and route selected for the month.  Any bike type should be fine and air and mechanical assistance will be available at the start at MSU Bikes.

Brighter clothing, helmets, lights encouraged.  We’ll be following all rules of the road and the campus ordinances, so we won’t be riding on sidewalks, but will use the paths marked for bicycling.

Tim chatting about the Tour de MSU ride
Tim chatting about the Tour de MSU ride at the Sparty statue. The lunch time rides concept was birthed by this first successful organized ride around campus the spring of 2015.

If it’s pouring we’ll cancel the ride. If it’s light drizzle we’ll ride, Seattle/ Portland style!

We’ll continue riding throughout the year, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn about cold weather riding too by actually doing it!

Looking forward to riding with you!

The MSU Bikes Service Center's new exterior
The MSU Bikes Service Center’s new exterior – meet-up here.

Greater Lansing’s 1st Ever Bike Movie Night! – CONCLUDED (archived article)

Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night poster
Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night poster

MSU Bikes is excited to be teaming up with the Tri-County Bike Association and other supporters to have our first ever bike movie night on May 29th, 2015, the last Friday of National Bike Month.  The movies will be showed twice with the start of the first showing at 6 pm and the 2nd at 8 pm at the Midtown Brewing Company, one of Lansing’s finest brew pubs.  The movies will run twice so that if you’re late or helping out with the valet bike parking you won’t miss any of them!  No food or drink will be provided by the sponsors but MBC’s full menu will be available to order from.

The movies will be provided by the good folks of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival, an annual event that has been showing great bike movies since 2010.  It will be a show of 22 short movies spanning the entire spectrum of bicycling that you won’t want to miss!  The line-up of movies is listed on their website if you’re curious.

Check out our Facebook event for the show here.

A $5 donation is suggested in lieu of an admission fee.  Donations will be shared between some of our local community bike programs to be announced at the event. Supporters providing some assistance to make the event possible so far include:  TCBA, Go Green Trikes, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council & the Curmudgeonly Cyclist.  Mid-MEAC will be providing their Valet Bike Parking equipment for the event and volunteers from our community bike programs will be helping run the VBP service.

Thanks to Allison McKenna of allielune designs (online portfolio: for doing the artwork for our event poster (& for the original Kalamazoo Bike Film Fest poster)!!

Tour de MSU Campus 2015 – Inaugural fun, slow, social ride – (archived article)

Lansing Bike Party
Lansing Bike Party members riding on one of the new bike lanes on campus on W. Circle Dr. by IM Circle/ Music Bldg., summer 2013.

Join your fellow MSU bicyclists on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, for a fun, slow, social ride around campus to see all the newer bike-friendly facilities that have been installed in the past year or two that everyone might not know about. We’ll start at the Spartan Statue (Kalamazoo and Chestnut) at noon and stop occasionally to look and talk about different features.  This will be a good opportunity to discuss challenging aspects and features we ride past that remain for MSU to progress towards a gold and someday a platinum Bike Friendly University award. No RSVP or registration required; just show up and ride! Here’s a map showing where we’ll be going around campus in case you want to jump in at some point along the route (sorry, just don’t have a good way to know WHEN we’re going to be at different points along the route).

Our updated MSU Bike Facilities map (JPEG version) is here (updated May 2015) which shows you all of the bike-friendly features of our campus.  (PDF version of the MSU Bike map)

Highlights of our Tour de MSU:
– Ride down recently updated/ improved S. MSU River Trail
– Brief stop by MSU Bikes Service Center
– (quick peek @ outdoor air station/ DIY repair station)
– Stop at corner of N. MSU River Trail @ Bogue St. to talk about the upcoming resurfacing project
– Cruise down the 1st marked separated bike/ped pathway behind Owen Hall (which served as a model for renovating other paths on campus)
– Brief stop @ new DIY bike repair station outside NW Akers Hall entance

Poster for MSU Bike Week events
Poster for MSU Bike Week events.  Click image for PDF version of the poster/ flyer for your workplace/ cafes, etc.

– Pass thru redesigned Shaw Ln./Bogue St.intersection
– Stop by new DIY bike repair station outside NW entrance to Snyders- Phillips Hall
– Visit the MSU Bike (Parking) Garage inside the Grand River Parking Ramp #6
– Brief discussion of W. Circle Dr. being the 1st “Complete Street” on campus
– Stop by new DIY bike repair station outside E. entrance to Yakeley Hall
– Pedal over to the Brody Complex via the MSU River Trail w/ brief stop by end of MSU River Tr. behind Jenison to talk about the status of completing the connection to the East end of the Lansing River Trail at Harrison Rd.
– Visit the new DIY bike repair station outside Emmons Hall in the Brody Complex
– Stop by upcoming new residential/ retail building project at corner of Kalamazoo and Harrison to talk about planned bike facilities
– Cruise down Harrison Rd. to the new under construction Multi-Modal Transportation Center near Trowbridge/ Harrison Rd. and discuss new bike facilities going in there.
– Back to campus, brief visit to new DIY bike repair station outside loading dock on north side of Holden Hall
– Stop by the MSU Bike Garage in the Trowbridge Parking Ramp #5 – Pedal back to the Spartan Statue via Red Cedar Rd.

Mid-MEAC's Valet Bike Parking crew
Friendly volunteers will watch your bike while you enjoy breakfast! (Mid-MEAC’s Valet Bike Parking crew [Brandon and Julie Powers in purple shirts] w/ Tim and Lauren Olson, formerly of MSU Sustainability)

Click here to learn about the 3rd Annual MSU Bike to Work/ Campus Breakfast on May 15th, 2015, which is also National Bike to Work Day.

May is Natl. Bike Month! May is National Bike Month!

It’s the official kickoff to the bicycling season.  If you’re looking for materials to help promote bicycling in your work place the League of American Bicyclists have got a bunch of stuff here.

Sparty on bike - Beaumont Tower

National Bike Challenge Starts May 1!

Calling all MSU bicyclists! It’s time to start warming up for the National Bike Challenge again. If you’ve never participated in the past, it’s very easy to join the fun.  You’ll be eligible for great prizes and get to see how your miles compare to others at MSU and around the country!  Be sure you’re registered under MSU as your school and then our miles will all be counted together! (We don’t have a Team MSU per se as there are limits on how big a team can be and other logistical headaches) Here’s MSU’s summary/ profile:

3rd Annual MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast – CONCLUDED (archived article)

Poster for MSU Bike Week events
Poster for MSU Bike Week 2015 events

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 15, 8 am – 9:30 am, National Bicycle to Work Day, for our 3rd Annual Bike to Work – Campus Breakfast to honor and recognize those who bicycle to work/ campus and celebrate bicycling as an important part of MSU’s Bike Month activities.   Join us for a free breakfast in the large private dining room of the Brody Square Cafeteria.  Just give your name and the event name at the register.

Enjoy free bicycle valet parking provided by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council just outside the main entrance to Brody Hall.

Free food!
Free food! Yummm!

There is a limit of 56 people for the room so please RSVP using this form. There is a short survey on the RSVP form which we hope will allow us to have some interesting data to share during the breakfast regarding our attendees and their bike commuting.

We’re lining up speakers now and looking for volunteers to sit on a panel discussion.  There will again be raffle prizes.

News:  We’ve confirmed one of our speakers, Dr. Greg Holzman, who’s heading up the Healthy Campus Initiative, which is a program of the Provost.  HCI is assisting with pulling together all stakeholders on campus to develop some effective ways to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on the MSU Campus.  We’ll get an update on that initiative.

Download the PDF version of the poster for printing and hanging in your work place to help promote the events.

Click here to go to MSU’s inaugural Tour de MSU Campus information.

Mid-MEAC's Valet Bike Parking crew
MSU Bike to Work/ Campus Day 2013 – Mid-MEAC’s Valet Bike Parking crew (Brandon and Julie Powers in purple shirts) w/ Tim and Lauren Olson of MSU Sustainability.

May is Natl. Bike Month!May is National Bike Month!

It’s the official kickoff to the bicycling season.  If you’re looking for materials to help promote bicycling in your work place the League of American Bicyclists have got a bunch of stuff here.

Sparty on bike - Beaumont Tower

National Bike Challenge Starts May 1!

Calling all MSU bicyclists! It’s time to start warming up for the National Bike Challenge again. If you’ve never participated in the past, it’s very easy to join the fun.  You’ll be eligible for great prizes and get to see how your miles compare to others at MSU and around the country!  Be sure you’re registered under MSU as your school and then our miles will all be counted together! (We don’t have a Team MSU per se as there are limits on how big a team can be and other logistical headaches) Here’s MSU’s summary/ profile:

Sidewalk Bicycling vs. Bike lanes – the debate rages on

Joy ride on the newly updated MSU S. River path
Joy ride on the updated (summer 2014) MSU S. River Trail. Click pic for video.

There’s been considerable press in the State News and discussion especially in the fall of 2014 about bike safety and rules after some pretty serious accidents earlier in the semester and the subsequent launch of the MSU Police bike/ pedestrian safety campaign. Was even included in an Impact 89FM radio show with a MSU Police officer (Randy Holton) who coordinated the aforementioned campaign earlier this week (our part of the show starts at 18:45 (have to download the show and open w/ Windows Media Player or other player to see the time).

New video that quickly shows the advantages of riding in the road vs. sidewalk bicycling (Oct. 2017)
Chaos on the Campus River Trail, fall 2012.  Click for video.

All of this has caused me to reflect on where we’re at as a university in terms of improving bike and pedestrian safety; are we becoming a more ‘Bike Friendly University‘? MSU received a bronze BFU award in 2011, but what has changed over the past 4 years?

S. River Path near Erickson Kiva, summer 2012
Photo of the chaos during class change on the Campus River Trail near Erickson Kiva, summer 2012. Click pic to watch a video of bike/ped chaos from 2012 at Shaw and Farm Ln.

Well, on the visibly obvious front, we’re up from approx. 50% of our campus roads having bike lanes in 2010 to over 70% today which is phenomenal progress considering we had NO on-road bike lanes in the year 2000 when the university made the decision to adopt what has become known as a “Complete Streets” policy for campus roads (CS is now fully incorporated into our current Campus Master Plan).  MSU opened its first “complete street” at the end of the summer: W. Circle Dr.  After a massive construction project over last summer it’s now completely safe and designed for ALL legal road users!

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(Slideshow photos courtesy of Cycling Savvy – read more here.)

Casual observations along the corridors where the bike lane network is almost complete (Wilson Rd. for example) and wherever bike lanes exist, make it clear that if we build them bicyclists will start to use them.  We’ve also started adding “Sharrow” markings (aka ‘shared lane bicycle marking’) on roads where there’s not currently enough width for bike lanes (see this video that was produced fall of 2013 to inform the community of these new markings).

The most recent example of physical progress: there was a hugely successful safety improvement to our campus transportation system benefiting both pedestrians and bicyclists completed in late summer 2014.   A video I created, MSU Bicycling on Unmarked Sidewalk vs Newly Redesigned River Path” shows off the benefits and real life on the newly updated S. River path; you’ll quickly see the difference between riding on a crowded sidewalk vs. the new path.  With this segment of the S. river pathway completed only one more large segment is left needing the updating to this new, safer design; the path between Farm Ln. and Bogue St.  (More photos, including before and after construction, can be viewed here)

Bicycling in the road vs. sidewalk
Like riding slow and stopping all the time?  Sidewalks are for YOU!  Want to get somewhere faster than walking?  Ride in the road!  Click pic for video.

A companion video features the readily and quickly obvious benefits to riding in a bike lane on the road vs. riding on crowded, disorganized and chaotic sidewalks: Riding in a Bike Lane vs. Sidewalk Bicycling at MSU”.

Bear in mind that the benefits & advantages of riding in the road continue even on roads without bike lane markings.  Bicyclists also have a legal right to ride in the road and a legal responsibility to ride in the road (WITH the direction of traffic, AND obeying the same traffic rules as other legal road users) NOT on the sidewalks on campus.

Yes, we’ve still got plenty of work to do on campus (as this video of pedestrians and bikes mixing it up at Farm Ln. and S. Shaw Ln. shows).  There are some critical roads on campus without bike lanes remaining which abruptly start and stop; they’ll be getting bike lanes, or in some cases, closed to motor vehicle traffic altogether assuming the university’s 20/20 Vision continues to be the guiding document for the coming years.

Read our “Bike Safety Tips” post for a lot more information about this important topic to help greatly reduce your chances of being involved in a crash.

Stay tuned for more progress reports on our ‘Bike Friendliness’.

MSU’s Bicycling History

Late 1800s-MSU bike-scene
Scene from campus in late 1800’s. Click photo to enlarge. Click here for high-res. version for printing.

MSU, like many older universities and communities around the country, has a long and storied history around bicycling.  Read on for what information we’ve been able to collect over the years thanks to some good customers, MSU’s University Archives and others.  Have more historical information you’re willing to share?  Please contact Tim with your submission via email.

It’s a fact! The Cycling Club (Team) at MSU has ruled the competitive bicycling scene longer than… well, for a heckuva long time. Read on… The book, “Michigan State, The First Hundred Years”, written by Madison Kuhn & published in 1955 by MSU Press, notes on page 192:

Did you know that the MSU Cycling Club is over 100 years old?

Early MSU Club members standing with high-wheeler
Early MSU Club members standing with high-wheeler circa 1894

“A companion development was the bicycle fad, fostered when the high-wheel type was replaced by the modern, chain-driven, “safety” wheel. Students and faculty formed the M.A.C. Cycling Club in 1894, with a Captain to lead and a Whipper-in to follow each club ride. The club used dues and contributions to build a gravel path to Lansing along the north side of Michigan Avenue. Bicycles and street cars scattered the students in their idle moments and encouraged men to move from the unsupervised dormitories into Lansing homes or into those that were springing up in the Collegeville subdivision that Beal and R.C. Carpenter laid out at the west entrance in 1887.” This rich history of the Cycling Club makes it one of the oldest student clubs at MSU if not the oldest.

MSU’s Sesquicentennial Exhibit – Bikes Rule!

The MSU Museum displayed a spectacular Sesquicentennial exhibit in 2005 to commemorate the 150 years of MSU which features three bikes that you can read about below covering the late 1880’s, early 1900’s and current cycling. The following information relates to these periods and the 3 bikes on exhibit. It’s also encouraging to note that the main display that greets visitors to this exhibit features 3 bicycles in 3 different photos out of 8 or so photos. Let’s hope the importance of cycling wasn’t lost on the thousands of visitors (especially university VIPs) going thru this exhibit.

This special exhibit was a rare glimpse at some of the bikes in the museum’s vast collection that dated back to the late 1800’s.

The following pics show:
– an American Light Champion high-wheeler leading the parade of bikes awaiting their place in the Museum’s Sesquicentennial exhibit (this high-wheeler was made by the Gornaully & Jeffrey Mfg. Co. in 1887; nothing seems to capture this period like the high-wheeler; it is quite the work of art when viewed up close; the rear fork looks so much like current carbon-fiber forks it’s amazing);
– a Deluxe Flyer from about 1927 that was used for commuting to campus by a student from ’49 – ’51 (Note the closeup of the Flyer’s tank & the small clip-spring for the door to the secret compartment; this is a Trail Blazer brand Flyer model is dark maroon with black & gold outlining; a tool compartment is attached to the cross bar; the “Flyer” logo is on a sliding panel; the push-button horn on the handlebars sounds a bit like the old police car horns of yore)
– Ernst “the Can Man” Lucas and his last bike used for collecting cans around campus (Ernie’s Magna was lined up behind the museum’s Flyer). “Mountain” bikes have come to rule the MSU campus since the 1990’s for many obvious reasons and some not so obvious (to us purists). Apparently the beefy tires/ wheels, upright riding position, shocks, etc. are ideal for the hazards of campus life and area roads. A good example of these bikes is one of Ernie’s last used bikes, which is also on display at the museum. Ernie, a friend to many & seen regulary on campus collecting cans using his bikes for hauling his precious cargo, passed away Jan. 2004. Here’s a couple links to more information on Ernie. – State News articleMemorial notice in MSU News Bulletin. The Bike Project donated some parts and time to tune-up Ernie’s bike (left) for the exhibit to make it more presentable.

Early Promoter of Bicycling for Conservation @ MSU

Dr. Milton Muelder, a champion & architect of many important aspects of MSU as we know it today, and recently announced awardee of the 2005 MSU Philanthropist Award, was apparently an early proponent of bicycling to conserve gasoline. This photo was discovered in a book celebrating MSU’s Centennial, “Michigan State: The First Hundred Years” by Madison Kuhn, published by MSU Press in 1955. Caption reads: “Early in WWII, Tom King, Milton E. Muelder, and Karl T. Wright, when gasoline was scarce.”

Milton Muelder-on-bike in '50s
Dr. Milton Muelder riding with friends on the MSU campus
Milton-muelder-cycling-w-friends on MSU Campusiends
Another shot of Milton and friends from University Archives, probably from the same shoot as above.

Other Historical MSU / E. Lansing Bicycling Pics

Here’s more pics from MSU / E. Lansing area cycling history for your viewing pleasure:

MSU-women in early 1900s

Another early photo of a group of MSU women bicyclists. (source: University Archives)

MSU-50s kinesiology bike-based testing

Photo from the 1950’s of early VO2 testing in the Kinesiology dept. possibly? (source: University Archives)

crossroads-imports-storefront One of the many bike shops in E. Lansing during the 1st bike boom in the ’70s: Crossroads Imports & Cycle (source: University Archives)
weathervane-storefront-Un Another shop in E. Lansing selling bikes in the ’70s: The Weathervane (source: University Archives).

If you have a historical story or photo related to cycling at MSU please email us.

Famous MSU Cyclists

MSU’s long tradition in competitive (club) bicycling (see article below on the MSU Cycling Club) has produced a number of world/ national-class bicyclists. Here’s a list of those we’re aware of:

    • Roger Young, '72
      Roger Young, pictured in ’72; photo hanging in Jenison Fieldhouse stairway.
      Roger Young racing on a board track, early '70s
      Roger Young racing on a board track, early ’70s, Wolverine Sports Club kit.

      Roger Young, MBA, Business, ’69, was a member of the ’72 & ’76 Olympic track teams & member of the gold-medal winning US National Team in the Mexico City Pan Am games of 1975 in the 4,000 m pursuit event. See references in “The Evolution of American Bicycle Racing” about Roger’s racing in the ’75 Pan Am games. He was also 6-time national sprint champion and a member of the 1st national track team in ’73. Roger was also the first track director for the Major Taylor Velodrome when it re-opened under that name in 1982. Roger’s sister, Sheila Young, was the first athlete (male or female) to hold world titles in both bicycling and speed skating; both their parents were competitive cyclists and speedskaters (read more about Sheila’s remarkable career); their step-mother, Dorothy, ran Young Originals, a sports clothing company which made jerseys for many sucessful bicyclists over the years especially those in the Wolverine Sports Club.

Jeff_Pierce racing in Pro-Am Criterium in '84 in Detroit
Jeff Pierce racing in Pro-Am Criterium, 1984, Detroit. Photo by Tim Potter
  • Jeff Pierce, ’82, BA, Business, Operations Management – Jeff raced as a professional from ’85 – ’97 (according to this site) on the 7 Eleven Team and then later with the Chevrolet – L.A. Sheriff team. Here’s a photo taken of him the summer of ’84 in Detroit Pro-am crit (by Tim Potter).
  • John-Novitsky-2009-podium at World Championships
    John-Novitsky-2009-podium at World Championships

    John Novitsky, Lyman Briggs, ’81, started to race bicycles mid-life (1998); 2 consecutive US national championship in the individual time trial, for men aged 50-54.   Raced in ’08 & ’09 world championship race.  Has also raced in four US national senior Olympic bike races (two road races, two time trials), and the world time trial championship. Full USA Cycling race record here.

  • Wolfram Meingast, ’79, BS, Mechanical Engineering
  • Christoph Meingast, ’80, BA, Natural Science, Physics Christoph and his other brothers ruled bike racing in Michigan, throughout the midwest and even nationally. See a nice photo of Christoph in the article below about the 6-day Madison races that were held at MSU in ’81.
  • Herb “Always in the Money” Meingast, BS, ’84, Mechanical Engineering. Raced very successfully throughout Michigan and around the country.
  • Klaus_Meingast in 1984
    Klaus Meingast in 1984 Pro-Am Criterium race in Detroit. Photo by Tim Potter

    Klaus Meingast, ’84, BS, Civil Engineering; Here’s a photo taken of him the summer of ’84 in Detroit Pro-am crit (by Tim Potter).

  • Here’s a couple State News articles from the spring of 1975 about the long-running W. Circle Criterium where some of the best bike racers in the country came to compete against our very strong Spartans.  Before race articlePost race report article
  • If you know of other accomplished MSU bicyclists please drop us an email with their information and any photos you have.

Historical Campus Bike Related Files

  • Bike count data and reports (1960- 1993, Campus Planning & Administration archives)
  • Campus bike path map (1974, courtesy University Archives)
  • Bike safety educational 4-H Extension Svc. grant press release (1979, courtesy University Archives)
  • News Bulletin article featuring Phys. Plant employee riding bike for work (1978 – courtesy of Main Library archives)
  • MSU Alumni Magz. article about the first campus bike paths (Oct. 1960, courtesy University Archives)
  • MSU’s bike ordinance (1974, found on back of 1974 map, courtesy University Archives)
  • MSU Bike Ordinance – Notice circa 1949 (first known ordinance, courtesy University Archives)
  • MSU Bike Ordinance – Notice circa 1954 (courtesy University Archives)
  • Bicycles out-pace autos in commuter race (MSU State News, 05-1971, courtesy University Archives)
  • 90 more pages of bike-related articles from the 70s/80s, (courtesy University Archives)
    • Some highlights culled from those articles:
      • The problem of too many bicyclists on sidewalks terrorizing pedestrians has been a big issue since the early ‘70s.
      • The EL Police Dept. appointed their first “bicycle safety director” in 1973 to address the growing numbers of bike-related accidents; in ’73 there were 31,000 registered bikes in EL and 9,700 on campus. (“Police Confront problem of bikes”, Oct. 29, 1973)
      • There were 72 reported bike accidents on campus in the ’72-’73 FY w/ 46 being bike-car accidents. There were 29 in E. Lansing.  (“Police Confront problem of bikes”, Oct. 29, 1973)
      • In ’72-’73 campus police wrote 346 tickets to bicyclists, up 32 from the previous year . (“Police Confront problem of bikes”, Oct. 29, 1973)
      • “The MSU Police have no future plans for educating the campus public on bicycle safety”.  (“Police Confront problem of bikes”, Oct. 29, 1973)
      • The MSU Police Captain quoted said that ticketing will increase with the implementation of a new “improved ticket making it easier for patrolmen to ticket (bicyclists)” that was being reviewed by the St. of Mich. (“Police Confront problem of bikes”, Oct. 29, 1973)
      • There were a total of 156 accidents involving bicycles from 6/73 – 10/74 up from 112 in the same 16 months in the previous year. (“Campus Cycling Risky Business” , 11/13/74)
      • There were about 12,000 cars driven/ parked on campus in ’74 and approx. 12,000 bicycles (“Campus Cycling Risky Business” , 11/13/74)
      • There were an estimated 28,000 bicyclists on campus in Nov. ’75 when a ‘crackdown’ by MSU Police was underway; tickets were a “minimum of $9”. (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)
      • There were 14,000 bicycles registered in ’74 (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)
      • 145 traffic citations to bicyclists were written for moving violations from 7/74 – 7/75 (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)
      • MSU DPS (Police) were working on to “develop a citation form acceptable to both courts that would be used specifically for bicycle violations.” (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)
      • There were 60 bicycle – car accidents in the ’74-’75 school year w/ 44 resulting in personal injury. (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)
      • There were 77 bike-bike accidents in ’74-75 school year  (“Bikers Face Crackdowns”, Nov. 4, 1975)

Historic Bike Safety Commentary

A fellow MSU cyclist dropped off this copy of an old State News article (May 1980) on the topic of bike safety (riding on the road vs. sidewalks) on campus which is very interesting for several reasons.  (Would be nice to see the other editorial referenced here, but we can imagine what it said) You might enjoy reading it to see how things have changed and other things haven’t on our campus.

The most interesting point is that MSU apparently had a mandatory side-path law at the time requiring bicyclists to use sidewalks/ paths and not the roads.  Since our campus (and national safety/ design standards) has evolved and shared-use paths have been developed, designed, installed and marked it makes sense to modify our ordinance again to allow for the safe and responsible use of the paths by bicyclists, but we still are faced with the challenge of encouraging more bicyclists to ride on the roads where they’re safest.

MSU’s Demonstration Hall 6-day Madison Track Races

In the spring of 1980 a track-cycling uber-enthusiast, Dale Hughes, (the designer of the Bloomer Park velodrome track as well as many others around the world incl. the Atlanta Olympic velodrome; here’s a great article about that track and others;  he also organized and ran the Tour de Michigan for about 10 yrs. or so; what a great national pro series of crits those were in the 90’s) came to MSU with 3 tractor trailers loaded with a portable wood velodrome track. Dale was hauling this velodrome circus around the country putting on some of the most exciting 6-day Madison races the country had seen in over 50 yrs. The whole thing, 125 m approx. in length, fit neatly inside your average hockey rink with a little room leftover. This was the first track that I had seen and got to ride in person; as a 16 yr. old it left a huge impression on me and I continue to love tracks and the machines that are designed for the banks (I also ended up marrying the daughter of a former Japanese pro-track (keirin) racer). One of the extremely steep banks had the Schwinn logo on it and the other Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” album cover art; very suitable for those banks as they were well over 45 degrees and would feel like a wall if you hit one head-on!

Anyway, we just rec’d some old treasures by a local former bike racer, Bob Pratt; they’re newspaper clippings and photos that he kept from the 6-day Madison races in Demonstration Hall.

Additionally, MSU’s Cycling Club & IM Sports (with support from the ASMSU) also hosted a big criterium race that attracted some of the best bike racers in the country and collegiate race teams; the race course went around West Circle Dr. and they were called the MSU Criterium/ IM Race; Bob gave me some scans of a program, an actual ticket from the races and a news article from the 1980 (approx) race, but so far I have no action photos.  Help!  Here are two articles (before and after reports) from the May 1975 State News about the races that year that were discovered in the MSU University Archives.

Here are the scans!

Captions:  Yes, that’s local cyclist Lenny Provencher officiating one of his first international pro races.  That’s a very happy Christoph Meingast (lower left); Chris was one of 5 Michigan brothers and MSU student who dominated bike racing in the mid-west and nationally for a long time.  MSU 6-Day Indoor Cycling Classic, Schedule of Events, April 15, 1980 (2 pgs).  Notice all the other big national names on the yellow program!

MSU’s West Circle Criterium Races

Not certain what years these happened but they were big deals attracting some of the best bike racers in the country, and not just collegiate racers, both men and women as early as 1971 as you can see below from a collection of photos recently found in the MSU Archives.  Unfortunately there were no names recorded with these photos, so if you happen to know some names please email them to us so we can identify them here.  I did hear from one of our local alums who used to race that at some point the races were moved to south campus for liability reasons and then only happened a couple more years before dying out sadly.  Our MSU Cycling Club continues to host a spring classic bike race each year which I believe is the first big race on the Big 10 collegiate racing schedule.



Here are some articles and flyers from the races:

MSU Cycling Club hosts spring bike race
MSU Cycling Club hosts spring bike race, May, 9 1975, MSU State News article, courtesy MSU University Archives
Colorful Cycle Race on Campus compliments spring day at MSU, May, 12 1975, MSU State News article, courtesy MSU University Archives
(MSU) Cycling Club races results from May, 1980
msu-crit-race program
MSU Cycling Club’s MSU Criterium Race program, circa late ’70s early ’80s



E. Lansing Bike Co-op

For many of us old-time bicyclists in the area our introduction to bicycle mechanics was courtesy of the E. Lansing Bike Co-op, which used to be located in the building on Grand River just West of the alley next to the old Taco Bell (which sat at the corner of Bailey St. and Grand River). This co-op was a treasure trove of experienced bike mechanics (some paid, some volunteers) who helped others work on their bikes. Unfortunately, I can’t locate a photo of the Co-op (if you happen to have one please send it to me). One of the first mechanics, Donald Ayers-Marsh, recently contacted me and has this to share about the Co-op.

“To let you in on some history, The Bike Co-op was founded in 1974 at a meeting of people who were mostly already involved in the housing co-ops. We were founded as a member owned not-for-profit with a goal of offering the best service and fair pricing. The store first opened in the middle of winter in a tiny brick building about 10 ft across on Evergreen Ave just behind the Gibson’s bookstore building. I remember Ralph Ellis, Tom Moore and Chris Johnson as well as myself being among the first people involved.
By 1976 we had moved to 547 E. Grand River Ave, occupying part of two floors in the back of the building and eventually storing used bikes waiting for repair in the basement. The Bike Co-op had the best repair turnaround in town and close to the biggest volume. We had a paid mechanic staff, some of whom completed a 60 hour Bicycle Technician Course, as well as some volunteers who helped with stocking and sales and the bike clinic. We were very proud of our repair quality and tracked all guarantee work. We actually had a 7 day no-flat guarantee on tire and tube repairs.
The Co-op had a large market in used bikes (many of which were produced at our winter mechanic courses) and sold new bikes as well. We also sold and rented cross country skis for a time. We offered a winter storage program, one option of which was free storage with a complete overhaul. The Co-op offered the only public repair clinic in town and did a lot of bicycle and safety education on and off campus.”

Discovered an article in the MSU University Archives stash from the State News in 1976.  Check it out here or click image below.

E. Lansing Bike Co-op article, Jan. 1976


1950 MSU Alumna Donates Raleigh Bought in ’47

Ed Farmer (1950 alumna and former Kellogg Center Conference Consultant – retired 1989) bought this bike used in 1947 at a bike shop that used to be located where the current day Brody complex sits. He traded a 1-spd. Schwinn plus $75 for it. It was stolen 3 times while on campus. Lights/ generator worked fine. Rear wheel had never been off! This bike was sold in 2013.  Click here for more pics of this fine machine.

Mr. Farmer's 1936 Raleigh
1936 Raleigh donated by ’50 grad, Ed Farmer.  Click pic for more details of this lovely old bike.

MSU’s Bicycle Racing Theme Yearbook – 1978

Recently discovered in the MSU Alumni Assoc. library of old yearbooks is this lovely yearbook apparently designed by a bicycle racing enthusiast, but who didn’t have enough editorial clout to get much more than a design theme. There’s nothing in the content about the MSU Cycling Club which surely had to have been very active during this hey-day of bicycling in the USA. Anyone know of other MSU yearbooks that feature some of the bike racing action in the 60’s-70’s? Drop us an email (include a scanned image if possible). The West-Circle Drive criterium race was a huge event for a decade or so until the insurance/ liability issues forced it off campus and then to obscurity according to our sources (former Cycling Club advisors).

MSU Bike Polo Fridays

After playing on January 11, 2013 in the IM West Turf Grass Arena.
After playing on January 11, 2013 in the IM West Turf Grass Arena.

Come play bike polo in the best (only?) indoor bike polo arena in the Midwest!

Right in the middle of the MSU campus at the IM West indoor turf grass arena every Friday evening from 5:45 pm – 7 pm for spring semester 2014!  Unfortunately all participants/ attendees have to be MSU ID holders (students, faculty/ staff, etc.) to get into the IM facility.  Sorry. I’ll be looking for an off-campus site to open things up more.

MSU Bike Polo Fridays poster
Print out and post this poster wherever you can!

We can provide a limited number of loaner bikes if you don’t have a bike to play on (or would rather not risk damaging your nice bike).  Helmets are recommended.  Polo mallets are also available to borrow if you don’t have your own (here are some DIY instructions for making your own mallet).

If you can please come to the MSU Bike Project workshop at Demonstration Hall at 5:30 pm to help bring the loaner bikes and mallets over to the Turf Arena. 

Memories from World CX Championships

Jonathan Page rocking a Fuji Altamira CX 1.0
Jonathan Page rocking a Fuji Altamira CX 1.0 in the World CX Championships 2013

Tim had the good fortune to be able to experience this event and took a bunch of photos of these world-class athletes in action.  Take a look at his fav pics here on  For Facebook users, check them out here.