SARATOGA SPRINGS — The community is invited to get active, stay safe and join together to take a slow roll bike ride.
Local biker Ian Klepetar developed the Social Distance Slow Roll bike ride through his own interest in bikes. He teamed up with two downtown Saratoga businesses to create this slow paced bike tour. The idea is to gather every last Sunday of the month and bike certain routes Klepetar has planned out.
“The ride will have a front leader and a rear leader. Any type of bikes are welcomed; electric bikes, road bikes, cruisers, anything,” Klepetar said.
The Social Distance Slow Roll is co-hosted with The Palette Café and Impressions of Saratoga. Each ride will begin at 10 a.m. on the last Sunday of every month. Facemasks and helmets are required as everyone in the community is welcomed to join. Klepetar mentioned the riders averaged 10 mph on their last slow roll.
Each tour will finish at Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream & Subs. Klepetar mentioned riders can use a buy-one-get-one deal on the ice cream after the slow roll. The next slow roll will happen June 28.
“A lot of people want to keep it safe out there. Being out in the fresh air where there is more air circulating is great. We try to keep our distance and ask all participants to wear a mask,” Klepetar said. “We usually play music and everyone is welcome to attend.”
Klepetar wanted to host the slow roll after being inspired through his monthly “Bike Talk.” The talk features different experts in the world of biking, covering topics from bicycling safety and trail riding. Palette Café teamed up with Klepetar and Maddy Zanetti, co-owner of Impressions of Saratoga, to start the weekly “Bike Talk.” They began this past May as a way to educate and engage the community in all things bicycle related.
“We hosted a slow roll at the end of last month as a celebration of the regular Bike Talks. The ride was such a success…we will continue doing the bike ride throughout the summer,” Klepetar said.