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Old 03-28-09, 03:32 PM   #1
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hello from detroit

Hello all. just trying to get back into riding again like i did before i picked up smoking. dusted off the trusty hoo koo e koo and and put a new fork (tora 302 sl) in it today. Man i was really surprised to see the leaps fork tech has made in the last 10 yrs. hoping to get out soon to test out how much better the tora is over the old indy xc.
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Hello all. just trying to get back into riding again like i did before i picked up smoking. dusted off the trusty hoo koo e koo and and put a new fork (tora 302 sl) in it today. Man i was really surprised to see the leaps fork tech has made in the last 10 yrs. hoping to get out soon to test out how much better the tora is over the old indy xc.
Hi mi dad04,

Welcome to the Forums. I'm a Detroit native from the East Side and I like to say Hi to fellow cyclists from Michigan. Whereabouts do you live and what kind of riding do you do?

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Thought i'd say hi and welcome to another Michigan rider. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
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Old 03-29-09, 07:36 AM   #4
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Hello Jim. i am on the north side of town. Rochester to be exact. I will ride anything that suits me. from the sidewalks to dirt roads but i ride mostly at Bloomer and Stoney Creek. i ride a 98 gary fisher hkek.

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Welcome Michigander.. So are your presently a 'smokin' rider..?... Welcome...You are in the process of picking up healthier habits.?.... We are in Mich much of the year.. I see far more people on bikes each day.. I need a Michigan bike bad to keep up my habit.. The riding west of Ann Arbor looks pretty good...From the opening credits of Gran Torino of the bike path on the river and from what I have read, Detroit is making strides to be more bike friendly.?..
So are you a roadie or what...?.
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ride a 98 gary fisher hoo koo e koo. Its stock save for the clipless pedals and the tora 302 sl fork. i do ride on roads but i mainly stay on singletrack cross country. as far as smoking goes i know this does not mean much but i havent had a cigarette in a week. i know there are some good trails at pontiac lake and bald mountain just have never gotten there. i dont really have to many friends that like to go riding.
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Mi Dad.. There are Detroit area bike clubs should you search for them. I had known of one friend who used to bike with the Ford Bike group out of Dearborn... Some think metro Detroit is anti cycling.. ?... I say ,there is safety in numbers... Do not all the metro parks have excellent bike trails..
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Does your username mean you've got four offspring? Do you get them all out for exercise?

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Hello. Michigan cyclist also. Hines Drive is very popular and safe too. You can ride from Dearborn to Northville which is 18 miles one way. Very wide shoulder. Turn around to head back and you have a 36 mile out and back loop. I live in Canton and will ride from home to the park. It is known as a park. With some add ons I can get a 55 mile ride in. Not too bad and if done early there are few cars on the road. Hines Park has a section of road closed on Saturdays from 9am-3p which is called Saturday in the Park. You can ride a 6.3 mile section with no traffic. You can get 12 miles with the out and back. Not bad for being so close to the city.
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A week off the smokes is significant. When you get the usrge to smoke, leap on your bike and take a sprint - however it will shortly become much more addictive. Good luck.
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the 04 in my name is the year i became a father. unfortunately biking is on a hold at the moment for a few reasons. no. 1 look out the window and see the beautiful 7 inches of snow. no.2 the differential in my car went friday so i am currently hunting for a new ride. going to look at a pretty nice ranger this afternoon.
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as far as smoking goes i know this does not mean much but i havent had a cigarette in a week.
It's been more than 20 years since I gave up smoking for a healthier lifestyle, the key is "don't quit quitting".

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i know there are some good trails at pontiac lake and bald mountain just have never gotten there. i dont really have to many friends that like to go riding.
Check in at the Michigan Mountain Biking Association website and you'll find a bunch of good folk who will become enablers for your new addiction.
I live near Ann Arbor but ride in your neck of the woods now and then. Definitely get yourself to Pontiac Lake, possibly my favorite of the many trails we have in S.E. Mich, ("Two Mile Hill" should finally put an end to your desire to smoke).
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A week without smokes is significant when you're quitting. Keep up the good work! It does get easier with time. I quit many years back and I still think it's one of the best gifts I gave myself

Hope the snow and car setback don't stress too much. BTW, I'm also from Michigan. Grew up in Ypsi and Lansing many moons ago. I still have family in the area and visit at least once a year.

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