The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride


Annual Bike Ride



For 2021, we are pressing pause on both the Annual Dinner and Bike Ride. We know this may feel disappointing for some of you, as these events have been a staple of our community for over 20 years!
But the past year and a half, while challenging, has given the Friends of the Pumpkinvine the unique opportunity to focus our resources exclusively on building the final sections of Trail.
The extension into downtown Shipshewana is expected to be complete late this year, and completion of the final gap between County Roads 35 and 20 in Middlebury is expected next fall.
We’re so close, but there is much work yet to be done. We hope we can count on your support as we work to build these final connections. So for now, get out and enjoy the trail with your friends and family. And if you have the means, follow the link below and make a lasting investment in our community.
See you out on the trail!
Brittany Short—Board President
Phil Mason—Bike Ride Co-Chair
Tim Dresher—Bike Ride Co-Chair
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Pre-Ride Checklist



Here is a checklist of things you find helpful before you ride. If you have more ideas for the checklist let us know, we might add them.
Disclaimer – Consult your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise routine.  Also, schedule time to have your local bike shop check over your gear and equipment.
The following is meant to be a reminder to inspect, check and repair. It isn’t comprehensive and may not cover all essential items for you. You may not need some items and some items that you need might not be listed.


Bike Equipment

  • Brakes, gears, cables
  • Wheels – wheels, tire pressure, spokes, axles
  • Handlebars, seat
  • Water bottle, water reservoir pack
  • Bike lights
  • Bike bag: tools, spare tires, small bike air pump, plastic bag, rag snacks

Clothing & Protection

  • Extra change of clothes for after the ride, especially socks
  • Check the weather – we’ll still have the ride in a light rain
    • Light windbreaker or rain jacket
    • Biking shorts, shirt
  • Helmet, biking gloves
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen

Energy & Hydration

  • Snacks – extra snacks for between SAGs
  • Plastic bag to keep your snack trash from gunking up your pockets

Training

  • Check all gear and go for a 10+ mile bike ride 2-4 weeks before the ride.

Pumpkinvine Bike Ride Featured


Ride Rules



The Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, INC is required to enforce certain rules for legal and safety reasons. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day.

  • A parent or legal guardian must sign for and accompany children age 17-and-under.
  • All riders must wear helmets. A CPSC or SNELL approved or equivalent helmet must be worn by all bicyclists.
  • All riders are required to respect traffic signs and rules of the Pumpkinvine Nature trail and public highways.
  • There will be two-way traffic on the trail so try to stay to the right so faster riders or on-coming riders can pass safely.
  • Be attentive.  There may be others on the trail (bikers/pedestrians/families) who are not taking part in the PBR. They may not be aware of our rules.
  • This is a family-friendly ride and not a race. We reserve the right to ban without refund anyone who behaves dangerously, obscenely or rudely.



Equipment, Repairs, Clothing

  • Your bicycle must be in good repair. Bring extra tubes, air pump, tire repair kit, tools, etc.
  • A roving sag will perform emergency repairs.
  • Temperatures are normally moderate in June but be prepared for anything from chilly to hot. Rain gear may also be needed.

Assumptions For All Riders


Riding longer distances offers some challenges and rewards.  Here are some assumptions and ideas for how to have a successful ride.


We assume that you:
  • can be flexible when it comes to routes.
    • Routes could change the day of the ride if there was a recent storm or major changes to road or trail conditions.
  • have recently ridden your bike at least 75% of the distance you plan to ride.
    • When you ride this distance you discover the condition of your bike, your body and your gear.
  • know basic biking rules, like ride on the right, pass on the left, use a bell or sound to alert people when you are advancing from behind.
  • are able to be aware of path hazards and of others on the path.
  • will bring a good water supply and a “just-in-case” snack.
    • Water bottles or bladders, like Camelbaks, are a must. Avoid dehydration or becoming peckish as it is difficult to recover while riding.
  • know road biking rules, like no more than 2 abreast
  • understand that road budgets are limited, therefore county roads can seem rough, have potholes and gravel/road hazards may exist if you choose to ride on road routes
    • This is why trails, like the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, are so important.  We need safer and smoother options for recreational and commuter rides.
  • know that wind and hills can build character or be a blessing.

Gallery From Past Years