Ride Prep

Trips & Tips to Get You Ready for Bike the Barns!

Preparing for Bike the Barns is about getting you AND your bike ready for the big ride.

Local Bike Clubs and Ongoing, Weekly Rides

Bombay Bicycle Club – Weekend rides, Thursday night rides, and/or leisure rides

We Are All Mechanics (WAAM) – Mondays Around Monona (MAM)

Team LunaChix – Weekly rides on Thursdays

Wednesday Night Bike Rides

Capitol Velo Club


Former Bike the Barns Route Maps and Cue Sheets

Here are maps and cue sheets from former Bike the Barns rides. (As a reminder, the farms on the routes are not open to the public.) These are all scenic, circular routes. Great practice!

  • 2007 – The inaugural ride! West of Madison  – Download PDF
  • 2009 – SW of Madison, leaving from Elver Park – Download PDF
  • 2010 – NE of Madison, leaving from Token Creek Park – Download PDF
  • 2011 – East of Madison, leaving from Lake Ripley Park  –  Download PDF
  • 2012 – West of Madison, leaving from Reddan Soccer Park in Verona – Download PDF
  • 2013 – South of Madison, leaving from Lake Leota Park in Evansville – Radish Route: Download PDF, Rutabaga Route: Download PDF
  • 2014 – NE of Madison, leaving from Fireman’s Park in Columbus – Radish Route: Download PDF, Rutabaga Route: Download PDF
  • 2015 – SE of Madison, leaving from Rock River Park in Fort Atkinson – Download PDF 
  • 2016 – West of Madison, leaving from Badger Prairie County Park in Verona – Radish Route: Download PDF, Rutabaga Route: Download PDF

       REI Articles

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REI Classes


There are mechanics at each stop, SAG vehicles and on-bike support during Bike the Barns.

Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Fix a Flat
Date: TBA

Description: We’ve all had it happen…riding along the trail and now your tire is flat. In this Hands-On class, our bike techs will share tips and tricks for fixing a flat, changing your bike tube and getting back on the go. Participants should bring their own wheel, tire & tube to work on during the class. We’ll provide the tools. Register early, class size is limited.



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