Third-Hand Bicycle Co-op and Homeport

Third Hand Bike Cooperative at 979 East Fifth Avenue is the first commercial entity to benefit from Homeport's initiative to rehabilitate the Milo-Grogan community east of I-71. Here is the story behind the grant. (From Homeport)

Hungry? Where To Eat on the Pedaler!

Good morning Pedalers! The 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour is Sunday, and it's time to figure out where you want to get fueled up during the ride. There is food at each of the stops - use the chart below to plan your intake:

  • Seventh Son Brewing: Challah! Truck: Challah! combines traditional Jewish deli food with a farm-to-fork sensibility to create a fresh, homemade and most of all, tasty offering of sandwiches. The truck in not kosher but operates in a kosher-style.
  • Sweet Carrot: Enjoy craft libations alongside made to order meals - Smothered Corncakes, Sandwiches, Salads, and seasonal Soups. Curious about the cooking process? We prepare our food daily using fresh ingredients. All of our meats are house-smoked, our sauces are homemade and our bread, cookies and cakes are baked on site every day by our Carrot Crew.
  • Land-Grant Brewing: Moose's Mobile Kitchen: Sweet and savory crepes, pizza, sandwiches, and more!
  • Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart: Fresh brewed coffee based drinks and specialty pastries.
  • North Market: Dos Hermanos, Firdous Express, Flavors of India, Hot Chicken Takeover, Hubert's Polish Kitchen, Katzinger's Deli, Lan Viet, Little Eater, Market and Boar, Momo Ghar Market, Nida's Sushi and Thai, Pastaria, Sarefino's, Taste of Belgium, and more! Visit for more.
  • Pins Mechanical Company: Taquitos (12-5pm): For a great taste of Mexico and the best tacos in town, try the Taquitos Truck. Stop on a neighborhood near you. Zaki Grill (After 5pm): The very best in Middle Eastern Street food on four wheels!

Come hungry and eat often! There are both light and heavier options available at each of these locations.

The 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler: Supporting Transitions

October 9, 2017: We are excited to share our beneficiaries for the 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour - both of which offer young adults on the autism spectrum an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience designed to aid the transition to the working world.

  • Autism Speaks Employment Program: The Autism Speaks Employment Program allows young adults the opportunity to act as ambassadors at local events, including the Walk for Autism held yesterday. The participants draft resumes, participate in the interview process, and are given specific tasks during the event. In exchange for their work, participants are offered compensation packages - the Pumpkin Pedaler is proud to support the seven employees involved in the program in 2017. Several of the employees will be joining the team at the starting line at Elevator Taproom this year.
  • Community Computer Alliance: The Community Computer Alliance ( provides job and transition training for those on the autism spectrum while providing electronics recycling in the Greater Central Ohio region. I had the opportunity to tour their facility last week - I was floored. Participants in their program are individually matched with tasks based on their ability, and the facility is conscientiously designed to accommodate individuals across the spectrum. Their graduates have moved on to regular employment in several industries after learning skills, both physical and emotional. Our friends at the Community Computer Alliance will be joining us at both the start and finish lines this year - be sure to find out more about what they do for our community*.

As a rider, your registration fees support autism services like these in Central Ohio. Thank you for your support, and Join The Ride!

Pedaler 2.0 Results

October 30, 2016: When we ordered the t-shirts for Pedaler 2.0 the Monday prior to the ride, 58 people had registered - a modest increase over last year's 42. By the time the first group of riders left 400 West Rich, shortly after noon, there were 130 riders registered! Our goal was to break 100, with a realistic capacity of 150, so we knocked our goal out of the park. More importantly, with the help of our hosts, riders, and volunteers, we were able to gross over $2,800 for Central Ohio autism charities - THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 23 was the date we chose for the Second Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run back in March, and we couldn't have bought a better day in late October. Mother Nature did her part to make sure that the riders had a beautiful ride - we were all shedding layers as the day went on.

We've had the opportunity to review the post-ride surveys that have completed, and would love to see more come in. We took many of the recommendations from 2015 into consideration as we planned this year's ride, and still have some room to improve: we're already planning better defined routes with more extensive signage to help the 2017 ride go off without a hitch.

Thanks to all of our Pedalers for making 2016 a year to remember for our humble organization. We have some big announcements coming up in November, so stay tuned!


PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run (Pedaler 2.0)


The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation Hosts Second Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run

Back for a second round, the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation presents the second annual “Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run,” “Pedaler 2.0,” on Sunday, October 23, 2015, touring central Columbus neighborhoods.  Stops will include six of Columbus’s favorite shops and restaurants.  Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks and over $1000 in prizes will be awarded.

Columbus, Ohio, October 3, 2015: The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation invites Columbus cyclists and autism advocates to sign up for their second annual “Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run,” held on Sunday, October 23, 2015.  The event will include a 15- or 25-mile tour of central Columbus featuring stops at six of central Ohio’s favorite local businesses.  Multiple prize packages will be awarded totaling more than $1000.  Participants can register online at

The “Pedaler 2.0,” sponsored by CD102.5 WWCD, Traxler Custom Printing, and CSX Transportation, will benefit arts programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.  Registration is $25 and will include a “goodie bag” from the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation and its sponsors and a t-shirt.  Participants will also be eligible for one of four prize packages and door prizes valued over $1000.

The tour begins at noon on October 23, with registration at 11:00am.  Registration will be held at the 400 West Rich Street complex and Third Hand Bicycle Co-op will be on hand for last minute repairs and adjustments.  CoGo Bike Share will be providing daily rental for those interested in participating who do not have a bicycle.  Riders will collect a playing card at each of the six stops, and use the accumulated hand to compete in the prize categories.  Winners will be announced at the finish line, hosted by Land-Grant Brewing Company in Franklinton.

The tour includes stops at Fusian: Grandview, Seventh Son Brewing, Staufs: German Village, the Big Room Bar, the North Market, and Land-Grant Brewing.  Joining the tour at the Big Room Bar will be local band Blue Spectrum, performing a free show throughout the afternoon.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Poker Hand, Worst Poker Hand, and Most Interesting Wheels.

For more information or to register or donate online, please visit

About the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation
The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation uses events like our signature ride to promote autism awareness while supporting arts programs for children and young adults with special needs.

Media Contact:
John Esterly, Founder and Executive Director
(614) 238-8300

Ichabod’s Birthday Party and Raffle

Fellow Pedalers, it's been a wild ride, and as of Wednesday, July 27, Ichabod and the team will have been incorporated as a non-profit for a year. We're celebrating, and we want you to join the party! Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Where: DareDevil Hot Dogs & Village Idiot (on the patio), 1437 North High Street in Columbus.

Come join us for food and drink specials, cake (from the Angry Baker), and a raffle benefiting our September Arts & Autism programming at Independents' Day and the Walk for Autism. Raffle tickets will be sold prior to the event (email Ichabod) and at the party: $1 for 1, $5 for 6, $20 for 25. The drawing will be held at 9:45pm.

GRAND PRIZE: 50/50 Cash Drawing
2nd Prize: Family Pack of Passes to the Columbus Zoo
3rd Prize: Dinner for Two at DareDevil Dogs

We will also have apparel for sale at the party - our new 2016 Pedaler shirts will be available in orange, blue, purple, and pink for $20, and our 2015 Ride Shirts will be available for only $5. See you there!

May 19th Kiva Zip Funding Update

I wanted to take a moment this evening to thank everyone who has contributed to our Kiva Zip campaign so far. Less than a week of public fundraising and we are nearly to 40%! Thank you to the generosity of Capital One, who has been matching individual contributions up to $100.


Tonight I wanted to share a bit of our story with you. Our daughter, pictured here, will be eight in September. Last March, she was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as high functioning, or what was previously called Asperger's Syndrome. As she has grown as a young lady, we noticed some of her social interaction was odd or forced and had worried about some of her compulsive behavior. The autism diagnosis was a shock to us, but it was also a relief. Fortunately, with applied behavioral therapy and special care, she is thriving at school and enjoys a variety of extra curricular activities. Cycling is something she loves, and Halloween is her favorite holiday - so the Pumpkin Pedaler was born out of her favorite things.

Our event is more than a ride - it is a way for our Foundation to engage Columbus in a discussion about autism awareness. So many people who have a child with special needs seem afraid to acknowledge it or discuss it - this needs to change! Our ride gives an opportunity for the autism community and the cycling community to get together and enjoy a casual, late fall ride in support of autism awareness, education, and research. Last year, I financed the bulk of the ride myself, with help from several key private donors. This year, I'm asking for YOUR help! Share this Kiva Zip Campaign with your friends, let's get it funded and make Pedaler 2.0 one for the record books!

FUSIAN Joins Pedaler 2.0 in Grandview

Ichabod and the Pedaler Team are thrilled to announce that FUSIAN ( will host the Grandview stop in the 2016 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run. Their Grandview location on 5th, one of four in Columbus, is easy to find and easy to fall in love with. The sushi slingers will have a VIP tent set up for the pedalers out front with samples of their amazing rolls.

Childhood friends Zach Weprin, Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman love sushi. It was during their college careers that they saw a need for a simple, fresh, and affordable sushi dining option. With this as their inspiration, they set out to create that experience. FUSIAN opened in May of 2010 as a place where discerning diners can customize sushi rolls in a fun, interactive, and energetic environment.

FUSIAN: Grandview is located at 855 W 5th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43212. They will be open from 11am until 10pm on the day of the Pedaler.


The North Market Signs on a Second Year

Ichabod and the team got confirmation this week that our friends at the North Market ( will be hosting the final stop on the 2016 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run. As with last year, the volunteers will be found in the parking lot near the east entrance to the Market. From Hot Chicken Takeover to Jeni's Ice Cream, and dozens more, the Spruce Street staple is home to many of Columbus's favorite merchants. We couldn't be happier to welcome this landmark back for a second year!

Founded in 1876, the North Market is Columbus’ only remaining public market. It is the historical home of local butchers, bakers, fishmongers, greengrocers and farmers. Over the years our merchant offerings have expanded to include ethnic foods, gourmet groceries and unique gifts. The Market is managed by North Market Development Authority, a 501(c)(3) organization. It is a true public market that preserves and renews a unique experience for all members of the community by nurturing local merchant entrepreneurship, providing fresh and abundant food and food-related merchandise, sponsoring seasonal festivals and through the preservation of a historic public facility.

The North Market is located at 59 Spruce St, Columbus, Ohio 43215. They will be open from 10am until 5pm on the day of the Pedaler.


Blue Spectrum Performs at the Big Room Bar

Everyone at the Pumpkin Pedaler is thrilled to announce that the CD102.5 Big Room Bar ( will be hosting the Brewery District stop for Pedaler 2.0. Not only will the gang at the Big Room be serving brunch from 11am to 4pm during the ride, but we have a very special treat. Our great friends at Blue Spectrum will be performing all afternoon. It is truly a pleasure to announce this collaboration to benefit autism awareness in our community!

This show will be provided free of charge. We invite the general public to join riders in the Pumpkin Pedaler to rock out to the blues riffs of Zayne Harshaw, Brandon Williamson, Amelia Walsh, Clarence Bowles, and Alan Jefferson. The Blue Spectrum family lives by their mission statement: "Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose."

The Big Room Bar is located at 1036 S Front St, Columbus, Ohio 43206. They will be open from 11am until 4pm on the day of the Pedaler.