Rans Designs will mark milestones
By The Hays Daily News
Rans Designs Inc. is celebrating the first of two milestone anniversaries this weekend.
The Rans Rally, "celebrating 40 years of bikes" in Hays, will include several activities Friday and Saturday, starting on the grounds of the local factory that has been manufacturing recumbent bicycles since 1973.
Bicyclists plan to meet in the parking lot early Friday afternoon for a ride around town that will include visits to historic sites, followed by dinner at a local downtown restaurant.
Saturday's events begin with a ride through the countryside that includes stops at Antonino and Ellis, then back to the factory for bike races and demonstrations. Following a catered dinner, there will be fat tire time trials on Rans' mountain bike track at 7 p.m.
Then next month, Rans -- located a half-mile south of Interstate 70 exit 157 on U.S. Highway 183 Bypass -- will celebrate its 30th anniversary of making kit planes.