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Old 05-14-12, 01:15 PM   #1
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Boyne City, Michigan

We are the biking mecca of the Northern Lower. Anybody visiting us this summer?
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How are the roads for riding? Have any mtn bike or rails to trails conversions up there?
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are the ticks there? They're pretty bad in northern IL and southern WI this year.
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How are the roads for riding? Have any mtn bike or rails to trails conversions up there?
anman, I also live in Boyne City and the roads are great. Most are in good condition and the traffic is not a concern. We do have lots of hills and the ride in my signature starts and finishes in Boyne City. If you want to come up I can get you a list of group rides or help with routes.

MTB trails, well we have more than you can ride on your trip. Avalanche Mountain and Boyne Mountain are in riding distance and then there is miles and miles of the North Country Trail just to name a few. We also have MTB groups you can join in on if you want.

Ticks? what are those? All kidding aside I think we do have ticks up here but have never seen one or heard about a rider getting one and I ride a lot.

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I'll be passing through in August on the Shoreline West tour. At least this time I'll know more what to expect, but I do recall that Boyne City itself was one of the prettiest towns that the tour passed through a couple years ago, and that's saying a lot considering all the nice resort towns we visited!

That day of the tour there are actually 3 or 4 route choices. The worn-out folks can opt for the Little Traverse Wheelway (?) for a flat ride close to the shore, and the others have some selections that can even include a ferry ride. Last time, I opted to go through East Jordan since I was curious after all these years in Michigan to see exactly where all those manhole covers come from! I ended up taking the 2nd-toughest route that time, but this year I actually re-geared my bike mostly so I could tackle The Wall. I'm 65 and will be riding with some people 20 years my junior and don't want to be the only one who can't climb it :-).
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anman, I also live in Boyne City and the roads are great. Most are in good condition and the traffic is not a concern. We do have lots of hills and the ride in my signature starts and finishes in Boyne City. If you want to come up I can get you a list of group rides or help with routes.

MTB trails, well we have more than you can ride on your trip. Avalanche Mountain and Boyne Mountain are in riding distance and then there is miles and miles of the North Country Trail just to name a few. We also have MTB groups you can join in on if you want.

Ticks? what are those? All kidding aside I think we do have ticks up here but have never seen one or heard about a rider getting one and I ride a lot.

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Are your initials T.S.? At the No Boundaries shop? If so, your username is totally not true

I'm the older guy that rides the vintage racers riding the fogline. Last time I was there about a few weeks ago looking at your small parts/accessories rack.

ETA: I just saw your profile...should've check it first. Are you the owner of the NCCS (Trek dealership)?

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I'll be passing through in August on the Shoreline West tour. At least this time I'll know more what to expect, but I do recall that Boyne City itself was one of the prettiest towns that the tour passed through a couple years ago, and that's saying a lot considering all the nice resort towns we visited!

That day of the tour there are actually 3 or 4 route choices. The worn-out folks can opt for the Little Traverse Wheelway (?) for a flat ride close to the shore, and the others have some selections that can even include a ferry ride. Last time, I opted to go through East Jordan since I was curious after all these years in Michigan to see exactly where all those manhole covers come from! I ended up taking the 2nd-toughest route that time, but this year I actually re-geared my bike mostly so I could tackle The Wall. I'm 65 and will be riding with some people 20 years my junior and don't want to be the only one who can't climb it :-).
Gotta love THE WALL

I like the ride to EJ on the advance road, circle around the lake to Ironton for the ferry ride across and finish up with a 10mi brisk ride back to BC. My two vintage road bikes go no lower than 40/28 and 40/24.
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Are your initials T.S.? At the No Boundaries shop? If so, your username is totally not true

I'm the older guy that rides the vintage racers riding the fogline. Last time I was there about a few weeks ago looking at your small parts/accessories rack.
No, I own the store across the road inspired living and I run the Michigan Mountain Mayhem (MMM). Yes T.S. is a machine and is not a Fred as for me well I am a smart A$$ and am also not a Fred but maybe one day.

June 9th at Peninsula Beach Park We will have a big beer tent. It is the finish location for the MMM but will be admission will be free and open to the public. 2 Wheel Technique out of Traverse City will be there doing trials shows from 1-5 and then Loudmouth Soup will be rocking the tent from 5-9 maybe later. All beer and wine sales will be split between Bike 4 Breast Cancer and the Top of Michigan Trails council. Help spread the word and stop by.

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No, I own the store across the road inspired living and I run the Michigan Mountain Mayhem (MMM). Yes T.S. is a machine and is not a Fred as for me well I am a smart A$$ and am also not a Fred but maybe one day.

June 9th at Peninsula Beach Park We will have a big beer tent. It is the finish location for the MMM but will be admission will be free and open to the public. 2 Wheel Technique out of Traverse City will be there doing trials shows from 1-5 and then Loudmouth Soup will be rocking the tent from 5-9 maybe later. All beer and wine sales will be split between Bike 4 Breast Cancer and the Top of Michigan Trails council. Help spread the word and stop by.

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I'll be on The Ride Of Silence tomorrow night and doing the 42 on the Bikers For Breast Cancer Ride in June.

You probably know my daughter Mariah. She is 18, an artist that really likes your store and is opening the new art emporium/co-op on E. Main by the dentist office and barber shop (in the former home security shop).

Not sure we've met but it's good seeing another BC rider here on Bike Forums

It's nice to bump into you, Paul. My name is Ryp H (have been in town and throughout the north over the years. Presently I'm working with the Family Court under Judge Mulhouser as a compliance and transport officer).
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I go to a friend's cabin a handful of times every summer om Boyne Falls. I just started riding last year and had no idea Boyne was a big cycling attraction. I wish I lived up there, so beautiful.
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OldsCOOL, Every year for the last three i have ridden with a group called the Bad Bikers. We are a loose group that takes a three day ride every year from Cedar Springs to the Mackinaw Bridge. We always ride through East Jordan and Boyne City the day after the Michigan Mountain Mayhem. Last year when we climbed the Wall, about 10:30 AM, it was nice to see all the CAUTION signs out warning drivers that there was a bike tour in progress. Lucky us! We always stop at the gas station at the corner of East and 75. Our group is anywhere between nine and 25 riders depending on the year. I am training and looking forward to the ride again this year.
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Wife and I will be up for MMM and again later in the year to do the TC peninsula.
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I go to a friend's cabin a handful of times every summer om Boyne Falls. I just started riding last year and had no idea Boyne was a big cycling attraction. I wish I lived up there, so beautiful.
We have 3 bike shops in a town of 3500. Mountain biking as well as road riding are quite popular. Motorists seem to be more aware and cooperative in sharing the road, too. When the Boyne/Charlevoix road resurface is finished we will finally have another route to ride and will hook up Boyne City to the Little Traverse Wheelway. As it is, the road is a terrible and unsafe surface. We've had bikers hit by cars along that stretch.
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The Bikers For Breast Cancer ride (formerly known as the Pink Ribbon Ride) is coming in little more than 2 weeks. June 16 is the day, there are three rides: 20mi, 42mi, 60mi. The two longer rides have a good mix of hills in them. Let's hope for a nice sunny, warm day. Today, the temps were at 52deg and tonight down to 28-32deg with freeze warnings.
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