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Old 05-03-07, 06:06 PM
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Pics from my Ride Today

I'm a student at Michigan Tech up in the UP of michigan and we have some sweet rides up here. However, the school year is rapping up and I am going to have a co-op next fall so I won't be able to ride up here for about a year. I decided to take my camera along and snapped a few pics.


Right after a little climb




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You take wierd pictures. Anymore?
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asmallsol -
hey - I'm doing a hike through Pictured Rocks next week. What's the weather been like in the UP? Curious if I need to pack all my thermal stuff or not.

Thanks.
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lol, hittin us with the myspace angles i see... at least u dont have the flash in the mirror of ur bathroom takin up the whole pic
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Although I was in a vehicle at the time I was in MI, I've always wanted to go back to the Irish Hills / Brooklyn area, and ride those roads. Seemed like endless miles of country bliss, and a little flatter than around here in SW PA.
Nice bike, and that last shot is really cool as far as I'm concerned. Something different from the norm.
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Nice country there in the UP.
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Nice pics!!! I used to have the same bike you have: Marin Argenta. When I saw the FROG stem in your 3rd pic I knew it right away...
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Originally Posted by BDS
asmallsol -
hey - I'm doing a hike through Pictured Rocks next week. What's the weather been like in the UP? Curious if I need to pack all my thermal stuff or not.

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Check the weather often. Last weekend, it was about 70, perfect biking weather, today it was a high of 62 and freezing. At least bring some arm warmers, and maybe a spare set of tights. We were actually warmer then Detroit today, but depending on the wind direction, your attire can change completely. If your doing hiking, bring a pair of jeans, and a softshell jacket, and you should be good.

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Nice pics. Always cool to see where someone else rides.

Fix that manual white balance on that SD630!
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Originally Posted by rich007
Nice pics!!! I used to have the same bike you have: Marin Argenta. When I saw the FROG stem in your 3rd pic I knew it right away...
yep, your right. The bike has severed me well, I bought it used (off ebay for 500) for my first bike and have put about 3000 miles on it. So far the only mods I have done are new wheels and tires, and a new saddle for a grand total of about 400 more. Since my co-op is going to be paying pretty good, I might be upping to a Scott CR1 or a Specialized Tarmac and demoteing this one to rain duty. Time will tell
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Originally Posted by Stray Cat
Nice pics. Always cool to see where someone else rides.

Fix that manual white balance on that SD630!
I must say, how did you know it was a sd630. I actually had to look on my camera to see if it was a SD630. For about half the ride, I had it on the tungsten settting, so those pics look a little blue.
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I went to Michigan Tech! Class of '96. Haven't been back since... haha

I occasionally commuted to class on my mountain bike in the snow from Nov-April. Talk about tough! eh!

Lived on Henry Street in Hurontown for a couple years. I actually walked from the bars downtown up to Hurontown staggering drunk my fair share of times. Those were the days.
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Originally Posted by asmallsol
I must say, how did you know it was a sd630. I actually had to look on my camera to see if it was a SD630. For about half the ride, I had it on the tungsten settting, so those pics look a little blue.
EXIF viewer. A tool myself and a bunch of photogs use to see others set ups and exposures.

2007-05-04 15:19:00 for the first pic?
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
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UP . I love it up there. May. It's now warm enough to not need a jacket. thanks. Possibly the ride was out Keweenaw Peninsula. Brockway Mtn Drive would be a worthy hill ride. Nice bike too.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
UP . I love it up there. May. It's now warm enough to not need a jacket. thanks. Possibly the ride was out Keweenaw Peninsula. Brockway Mtn Drive would be a worthy hill ride. Nice bike too.
During the day its manageable but it still getting pretty cold at night. Pack at least a sweat shirt.

How long of a ride are you planning? From MTU/Houghton, its a 110 mile ride round trip to/from copper harbor if you hit Brockway. For a shorter ride, drive up to where 41 and 26 meet, and do the 41/26 loop. Its about 40 miles with some of the most amazing views. Once on that ride, I was all alone without a car passing me for 20 minutes, I hear a russleing in the brush beside me, and I look over, this dear is paseing beside me for a few hundred feet. It was such a cool site.

If your going to be up here next weekend, there is a road ride I got emailed about (I'll cut and paste it) and a little FYI, Harbor house is by far, IS the best restaurant in the UP and on my list of favorites of all time (too bad its closed half the year )

The Copper Harbor Trails Club will be hosting the 1st annual Tour 'da
Keweenaw road bike ride on Saturday May 19. 82,44 and 20 mile routes
are planned, all starting and ending in the Harbor. The roads should
be clear from snow by then and will be light with traffic. SAG support
and a pasty lunch will be included.

Once you've burned all those calories, settle in for a great dinner at
the Harbor Haus for "first tracks", a week before they offically open
for the season on Memorial Day Weekend. The dinner is open to
everyone, regardless if riding on 'da Tour or not. Because this is
prior to their regular season opening, reservations for dinner would
be appreciated by May 16...contact info included on the attachment.

All profits from 'da Tour and the Harbor Haus dinner will benefit the
mountain bike & hiking trails in Copper Harbor. The CH Club has an
ambitous agenda for new trail development and existing trail
enhancements this season and will put the funds raised into action.

Attached is an itinerary of the day's events.

Hope you can be a part of what promises to be a fun-filled kick-off to
the riding season in Copper Harbor!

Please email or call (906)289-4303 for more info
I occasionally commuted to class on my mountain bike in the snow from Nov-April. Talk about tough! eh!
I actually rode to class every day this year, including the cold snap where it was -15 for a week.





Not the best pics but remember, it was about 10 degrees with 30mph winds and I had to take my gloves off to operate the camera (plus theres always lots of ice)

I got by the entire year riding this mountain bike that show up in my front lawn after a party, the same weekend someone stole my last POS bike. I just left it on the side of my house the entire year so if anyone wanted to claim it, they could. I've broken probably 5 sets of pedals so I just throw pedals off another parts bike lying around my house but there always plastic, so I brake them again. Oh well. Right now the chain is so rusted, I am surprised it still spins, the front shifter is broken so occasionally when I hit a bump, it drops to the middle ring, so I just pull hard at the downtube cable until it moves up again. Front brake cable snapped off, so I just ripped the whole assembly off.

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Originally Posted by Stray Cat
Nice pics. Always cool to see where someone else rides.
agreed!
thanks for sharing!
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Mich uses salt on it's roads still. And to think i don't like the stuff on my car. How does it affect ones' bike chains. deer? up there don't some worry about the beer. I am bear. Does MI Tech have a cycling team?
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Mich uses salt on it's roads still. And to think i don't like the stuff on my car. How does it affect ones' bike chains. deer? up there don't some worry about the beer. I am bear. Does MI Tech have a cycling team?
They don't really use much salt up here in the UP. Instead, they use sand. Since I don't ride my road bike when its wet out in the spring, I don't worry about it. As far MTU cycling team, no, only a club mountain bike team.

As for the second sentence, we love beer, with two walking microbrewys within walking distance from campus. No worrying there. If you meant Bear, I've only seen one black bear when I was driving.
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it wad a typo but decided not to change my mistake
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