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Old 06-22-07, 07:33 PM   #1
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Hi from Indiana

I'm a 59 year old married male who is getting back into biking, after a long hiatus, for exercise and fellowship. Nothing real serious, just some touring around the state and maybe a few rides outside the state. Currently, I'm riding an old Raliegh trail bike (did I mention nothing fancy) which I like because it is stable on the road and I don't have to worry too much about hitting gravel, soft spots, shoulders etc. I'm thinking about going up to Machinaw this fall and participating in the Big Mac 100. Note I said participate. I'd like to do the bottom 50 mile loop because it is so scenic. I think 100 miles would be a bit much on a trail bike. Can't keep up with those new touring bikes. Remember when they were called "English Racers"? Happy to be here.
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Macinac is a pretty cool place to ride! Hello fellow Hoosier! I just got back from a tour of the Upper Peninsula, and had a ball!

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Hello tzanka, not only do some of us remember when they were called 'English racers', but some of still have them . What kind of Raleigh have you got? Something like the C30?

Remember to visit the regional forums, there's more Hoosiers lurking over there. Tom is just the most venturesome of the lot.

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Old 06-25-07, 04:43 AM   #4
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Noblesville. I've ridden around the Island twice and did the 25 mile loop of the Mac 100 back in the day. Never rode over the bridge, which is one of my goals. Later. Tzanka
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That's exactly right, an M-30. Bought it in 1995 but haven't been on it much in the past years. I took it out Saturday and did a 12 mile ride and got a flat tire. Still have the original rubber which I'll be replacing. Marion
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Sorry, tzanka,

You can'r ride across the Mac! They shuttle cyclists across with a MDOT P/U truck. They won't let cyclists ride across.
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Hello tzanka, I don't know if I would be doing a century on an MTB either. It's not that it can't be done, but my husband and I went on the Tour de Pierce yesterday (50 miles) and his bum was pretty sore after doing it on his Trek MTB...

You could look into replacing the knobby tyres with slicks, though, which would help.

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Hi Tom

Actually, you can ride across the Mac twice a year. Once in June and once in September. The September ride will be September 16, 2007. It is part of the Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour scheduled every year. You have to register for the Saturday ride 9/15 to be able to ride across the bridge on Sunday the 16th. The bridge authority does escort the riders across and the Arnold Ferry takes everyone back. Part of the package.
I did a portion of the fall ride about 10 years ago. We staged at the local high school early Sunday morning. After waiting for an hour for the ride to start we were told it was cancelled due to high winds. Always a possibility. That's why I have the tour on my agenda. I still want to ride across. 1 1/2 milea up hill and 2 1/5 down. Now, that sounds like a lot of fun.
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Hi there East Hill! Where is the Tour de Pierce. 50 miles doesn't sound too bad. I did 22 Saturday and felt pretty good. The old bottom was bit tender though. Also, got my knobby tires replaced with smoothies. Made all the difference in the world. Have fun.
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Tour de Pierce is in Washington State, in Pierce County. We had a great time--here's the write up:

Soggy TDP

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