March 2009 Issue
Chain Reaction Ride Shop
Ohio’s portion of the Historic National Road offers eclectic insights into the past.
In Englewood, northwest of Dayton, native Brian Verburg turns the bike wrenches at Chain Reaction Ride Shop, located just behind a historical downtown mural. It feels as if you could step right into the picture, and into another time.
Six years ago, a bicyclist traveling the length of the National Road had the good fortune of irreparably damaging a bike wheel in Englewood. The cyclist stayed in a hotel and Verburg stayed in his workshop, lacing up a new wheel overnight.
From downtown, follow U.S. Rte. 40 east over the treetops and across Englewood Dam — the largest in the Miami Conservancy District — to Englewood MetroPark. Even the most valiant road warrior needs to stretch his or her legs, and this 1,900-acre park, with 20 miles of hiking trails and three waterfalls, is the place to do it. Here you’ll find a remnant swamp forest — a State Natural Landmark — where a boardwalk leads to a stand of uncommon Ohio trees, including the pumpkin ash. Chain Reaction Ride Shop
, 9 N. Main St., Englewood, 937/832-BIKE Englewood MetroPark, U.S. Rte. 40 between Englewood and Vandalia, 937-275-PARK. www.metroparks.org