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    'Ello from Michigan

    Representing Michigan here . 22, been riding since I was a teen (mode of transportation to school for many years), stopped for awhile, started back up awhile ago. I am currently riding for many reasons, including the fact that it's very fun, but also I am going to ride in next year's RAGBRAI in Iowa with some buds so I'm starting early for the heck of it and to get ready (early I know, but can't hurt ). I also enjoy trails on my mtb when I can, but not too many around the flat lands of southern MI.

    I have a Giant Rincon mtb all stock mostly, it's a nice bike as is. I also have a Scattante r330 road bike which I just picked up, got some Forte cr150 look pedals, will upgrade to nicer ones later however. I dislike the LOOK cleats, though I find the ride very comfy (2000x better than straps/flat pedals). Strapped for cash so I can maybe upgrade it later when it's feasible .

    I'm having the black beauty tuned up since I bought it off Performancebike recently. 2 weeks later I've only gotten to ride it a few times before sending it in for tuning. The waiting sucks lol. But I would like it in tip top shape.

    In the mean time I figured I'd introduce myself here, I know I will be frequenting it a lot for advice, expertise and general fun. Already read the forums a lot so I figured I'd register and see if I could bask in the knowledge a lot of you have.

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    Welcome to Bike Forums. Do you have any photos of your bikes?
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    Sure do. Don't mind the out of place montain bike seat, my stock seat felt like a slab of metal and I couldn't stand it. I'm waiting for my new E3 Form Gel saddle to come.

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    Very nice.

    You might want to check out the Long Distance and Touring forums for tips on doing RAGBRAI.
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    Thanks! I love any tips people can give, I'm already finding great info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumblebelly View Post
    Representing Michigan here . 22, been riding since I was a teen (mode of transportation to school for many years), stopped for awhile, started back up awhile ago. I am currently riding for many reasons, including the fact that it's very fun, but also I am going to ride in next year's RAGBRAI in Iowa with some buds so I'm starting early for the heck of it and to get ready (early I know, but can't hurt ). I also enjoy trails on my mtb when I can, but not too many around the flat lands of southern MI...

    In the mean time I figured I'd introduce myself here, I know I will be frequenting it a lot for advice, expertise and general fun. Already read the forums a lot so I figured I'd register and see if I could bask in the knowledge a lot of you have.
    Welcome to the Forums. I'm a native of the East Side of Detroit, and lived in Ann Arbor and learned to appreciate the cycling lifestyle there in the 1970's, so I always like to say Hi to Michigan cyclists. Currently, I'm a year-round commuter and occasional centurian here in Boston, and previously a bike tourist, including in Michigan, Ontario, and a cross-country trip. We visit Michigan about three times a year and stay in Fraser, so most of my riding is in Macomb and a bit of Oakland counties.

    I noted you also posted to another newcomer, Triola regarding the Ann Arbor ride, so you may have see my standard Michigan greeting above. Whereabouts in Michigan are you and what kind of riding are you doing now? RAGBRAI has always sounded cool, but do you know about the DALMAC ride in Michigan?

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    Welcome aboard.

    Michigan is my home state,too. Southern Michigan, to be exact. Hillsdale County. You mentioned flat-lands. Maybe Monroe County?

    In any case, have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Welcome to the Forums. I'm a native of the East Side of Detroit, and lived in Ann Arbor and learned to appreciate the cycling lifestyle there in the 1970's, so I always like to say Hi to Michigan cyclists. Currently, I'm a year-round commuter and occasional centurian here in Boston, and previously a bike tourist, including in Michigan, Ontario, and a cross-country trip. We visit Michigan about three times a year and stay in Fraser, so most of my riding is in Macomb and a bit of Oakland counties.

    I noted you also posted to another newcomer, Triola regarding the Ann Arbor ride, so you may have see my standard Michigan greeting above. Whereabouts in Michigan are you and what kind of riding are you doing now? RAGBRAI has always sounded cool, but do you know about the DALMAC ride in Michigan?
    I live in the Lansing area. I've been riding my mtb around some flat park trails and around the city mostly for the past few months, finally got around to grabbing a road bike and once it's back from the shop I'll be riding a lot around the country sides over here. Planning some trips and routes now with a friend of mine who is also going to RAGBRAI.

    Never heard of the DALMAC, but upon googling it, I'm pretty interested. I love Mackinaw city and Mackinac! I rode all around the island last year hehe. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumblebelly View Post
    I live in the Lansing area. I've been riding my mtb around some flat park trails and around the city mostly for the past few months, finally got around to grabbing a road bike and once it's back from the shop I'll be riding a lot around the country sides over here. Planning some trips and routes now with a friend of mine who is also going to RAGBRAI.

    Never heard of the DALMAC, but upon googling it, I'm pretty interested. I love Mackinaw city and Mackinac! I rode all around the island last year hehe. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Thanks for your reply. My girlfriend (now wife) and I did two rides from Ann Arbor to East Lansing while in college; I remember going through Mason, where as I recall Malcolm X had lived part of his childhood.

    I think the first DALMAC ride was in the early 70's because I recall phoning Dick Allen himself when I first read about it.

    FYA, I have previously posted about my Michigan rides:

    Some of my favorite short trips from Ann Arbor were out Huron River Drive to Dexter, or Whitmore Lake Road to Whitmore Lake, My very first tour, with no preparation, was a weekend loop out Pontiac Trail to Waterford, about 50 miles one way. Some touring we had done in Michigan when we lived there in the 1970's were: out to Port Huron and to Sarnia and along the the Lake Huron shore to Tobermory and on to Sudbury, then train to Toronto; through Windsor to Kitchener; to Midland, then through Saginaw to Port Austin and back to Detroit through the Thumb; and some short 1-2 day tours out of Ann Arbor, including to East Lansing and to Pontiac Lake. The only riding my wife and I have done in western Michigan was a round trip ride from Cheboygan to Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Traverse City and back by way of Douglas Lake.

    Most of my riding currently when visiting Michigan is in Macomb and Oakland counties. When I have done some long training rides (> 60 miles), I have taken the bike to Stony Creek or Kensington and done laps as well as occasionally ride outside the park. Once I did a loop from Fraser (where my mother lives) down Jefferson, around Belle Isle, then out Woodward to around 14 Mile Road and back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumblebelly View Post
    I live in the Lansing area. I've been riding my mtb around some flat park trails and around the city mostly for the past few months, finally got around to grabbing a road bike and once it's back from the shop I'll be riding a lot around the country sides over here. Planning some trips and routes now with a friend of mine who is also going to RAGBRAI.

    Never heard of the DALMAC, but upon googling it, I'm pretty interested. I love Mackinaw city and Mackinac! I rode all around the island last year hehe. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Welcome!

    I'm in Lansing too. Born in GR, grew up in Highland Park. I spend a lot of time in Traverse City, so that's my opportunity to climb some hills.

    I've never done the DALMAC but friends have loved it. It starts from East Lansing, so you can just ride your bike there. It's the only time that you can ride a bike across the Mackinac Bridge. That alone would make the whole ride worthwhile, IMO.


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    Welcome to bike forums...

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    Nice bike.

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