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Old 07-05-07, 05:06 PM   #1
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Looking for somebody to ride with in SE Michigan

I am looking for a riding partner.

I live in Shelby Township, and back up to the Macomb Orchard Trail.
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Old 07-06-07, 05:18 PM   #2
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Have you checked on the MMBA board yet?
http://www.mmba.org/

I was in contact with someone on there just a few days ago who was a fellow clyde and interested in riding Stony with me, he also lives in Shelby Twp. (was it you?)
Anyhow, he might be interested.

Personally I like riding alone while on the pavement but perfer to have a partner when riding trails.
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Old 07-06-07, 09:02 PM   #3
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No wasn't me.


I just moved to 25 & Shelby, I have been riding for about 6 weeks now.

I just purchased a new MTB, and am getting board with the paved trails

I have been doing all road riding, because I do not know anybody out here, and do not want to crash in the woods by myself.
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Old 07-06-07, 09:16 PM   #4
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I've become familiar with Stony Creek lately, it has a little bit for everyone. Check my week-old-thread in here about "passing out" there. hehe
I'd ride with you out there but there is one caveat, I'm car free and live in Clinton Township, so making it to Stony is a daunting task for me as I'd either have to catch a ride with someone or take my wifes truck which is sometimes a problem due to my very strange work schedule.
I don't know how well you ride, but there is a section of singletrack at Stony called "The Pines" which is just plain awesome in my opinion. It's a nice winding singletrack with a little of everything (logs, roots, sand, bridges, rock garden, etc) and anything that you don't feel comfortable with has a ride-around section it seems. My first few times through there I would pass up the rock garden but now I love plowing thru it.
I've been trying to find a ride out there on early Tuesday afternoon, if I manage to get one I'll send you a message... assuming of course you have the time.

I'll send you a PM here in just a minute with some info on the other clyde from the MMBA site who is interested in a ride partner. But hopefully we can work something out when both of us are off work (assuming you work, I have no idea how old you are) and maybe we can hook up for an introductory ride at Stony.
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Old 07-06-07, 09:52 PM   #5
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are there any decent paved paths up there?.. im a roadie from toledo looking for some new playpens, hills please?
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Old 07-06-07, 10:00 PM   #6
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are there any decent paved paths up there?.. im a roadie from toledo looking for some new playpens, hills please?
Hills? Not here in the heart of the glacier torn land. But further north you get plenty of them. But I don't know of any "paths" that would suit your needs. Maybe you should head south to the foothills of the Appalachian in Kentucky, only 4 hours down I75 then another 1 east on I64 will take you into Rowan County, which has some beautiful rolling hill roads around Caverun Lake.
There probably are some areas around here though, I just don't know of them since road riding is not in my interests (I get plenty of road riding in on my 25 mile commute every day).

sorry to not be of much help.
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Old 07-06-07, 11:38 PM   #7
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I just wanted to say hello to other Michiganders, I'm over in SW, Coloma and if I was in the SE I'd like to join you. I'm ready to start looking for other people to ride with.
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Old 07-07-07, 03:43 AM   #8
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Howdy, I'm up in Port Huron, sorry to say I don't get down your way much.
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Ann Arbor has a very successful touring club. Stay tuned to multi day rides. Michigan has several interesting organized multiple day rides. Like to join you sometime.
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Old 07-09-07, 01:59 PM   #10
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No wasn't me.


I just moved to 25 & Shelby, I have been riding for about 6 weeks now.

I just purchased a new MTB, and am getting board with the paved trails

I have been doing all road riding, because I do not know anybody out here, and do not want to crash in the woods by myself.
Skoper,

I live on the north side of Stoney Creek and have lived here for many a year...

What do you want to know? I've been all over - Orchard Trail out to Armada, Clinton River Trail to West Bloomfield, Paint Creek to Lake Orion, Polly Ann almost to I-69, Stoney Creek dirt - everywhere...

The dirt trails at Stoney are ok. I ride more road than dirt. I'll take my XC bike out once a week but I'm riding road about 3 times a week. There is a group ride that goes to Stoney on Wednesday nights from Stoney Creek High School. I went once with them last year but they kicked my butt.

If you want someone to go out with to show you around, let me know, I'll pass on my knowledge, but I'm not an expert. I'll ride the Pines all day at Stoney, but I don't like the Roller Coaster.
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are there any decent paved paths up there?.. im a roadie from toledo looking for some new playpens, hills please?
If you want hills, the UP is the place for thee!

Here's the top of an 800 footer I climbed with a 65 pound trailer full of gear


Here's a view of Marquette from about 18 miles out from a hilltop:


and a topographic map, excuse the poor resolution:


as well as a view of the great camping!
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We've got a whol;e group of Clydes that regularly rides those trails... check us out at clydesdalefitness.com we even have out own "Team Clydesdale" jerseys! Heading out right now, in fact.
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Old 07-12-07, 06:59 AM   #13
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Thanks to everybody that contacted me.

I had something come up, and am out of the stste now.
I will be back in 2 weeks, and try to get in touch.

I am ready to take on Stoney
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The kids and I ride the Metro parks all the time. At 8, 10 and 49 years the pace is leasurly and the distances moderate but we're working on increasing both. Round trip thru Oakwoods, Willow, Lower huron and back is 30 miles of paved trails. One of these days.

http://www.metroparks.com/parks/pk_willow.php
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I'm with you on the pines. That is some of the best singletrack I have ridden on. Not saying it's *the* best, but it is just my type of singletrack.
Every once in a while I'll head out there and just do the pines 4 or 5 times then run the doubletrack for a while.
Maybe we can hook up for a "pines" run some day...

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Skoper,

I live on the north side of Stoney Creek and have lived here for many a year...

What do you want to know? I've been all over - Orchard Trail out to Armada, Clinton River Trail to West Bloomfield, Paint Creek to Lake Orion, Polly Ann almost to I-69, Stoney Creek dirt - everywhere...

The dirt trails at Stoney are ok. I ride more road than dirt. I'll take my XC bike out once a week but I'm riding road about 3 times a week. There is a group ride that goes to Stoney on Wednesday nights from Stoney Creek High School. I went once with them last year but they kicked my butt.

If you want someone to go out with to show you around, let me know, I'll pass on my knowledge, but I'm not an expert. I'll ride the Pines all day at Stoney, but I don't like the Roller Coaster.
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I live in Port Huron and JUST did my first MTB trail yesterday. Had a freaking fantastic time, would like to try riding Stony with someone sometime. Lemme know if your interested
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