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Old August 29th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Novi City Park Bike Trail

I think it is called Lakeshore Park, right by Walled Lake.

I'm contemplating on going there to hit the bike trail tonight.

Has anyone been there before? Is it any good?
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I ride it all the time, it's good fun. Fairly flat, has a lot of options to make it longer/shorter harder/easier.

It can be as long as 10 miles, it's pretty easy to find the main trail back to the parking lot if you run out of steam (just look for the areas that point to the trail head (TH) and follow those) otherwise you can either take the green options or the black options (harder) in a few sections to add some distance.
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I ride it all the time, it's good fun. Fairly flat, has a lot of options to make it longer/shorter harder/easier.

It can be as long as 10 miles, it's pretty easy to find the main trail back to the parking lot if you run out of steam (just look for the areas that point to the trail head (TH) and follow those) otherwise you can either take the green options or the black options (harder) in a few sections to add some distance.
Sounds good. I will take my bike up there tonight then.

My wife is playing a volleyball tournament there and I don't feel like sitting and watching them play all the time. I usually have my kids with me when we go there and they always want to hit the beach and I can't just leave them to hit the trail, but no kids tonight :) .

Thanks for the input.
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My wife is playing a volleyball tournament there and I don't feel like sitting and watching them play all the time.

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Do not want to watch womenz play volleyball????

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Do not want to watch womenz play volleyball????

It's co-ed, so only 2 women on a team. I prefer to play with womenz than to watch them :)
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It's co-ed, so only 2 women on a team. I prefer to play with womenz than to watch them :)
Makes much more sense now...
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Sounds good. I will take my bike up there tonight then.

My wife is playing a volleyball tournament there and I don't feel like sitting and watching them play all the time. I usually have my kids with me when we go there and they always want to hit the beach and I can't just leave them to hit the trail, but no kids tonight :) .

Thanks for the input.
I can do the full 10 miles in 45-50 minutes. When I take my kids it takes just over two hours.

Just to give a heads up on how long it may or may not take. We do the full loop each time.
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Wow, that's a nice trail. I guess this was my first time on a mountain bike trail. I usually was riding on paved bike trails. What a difference. I think this is my new favority sport.

With all the humidity yesterday, I was soaked in sweat after the 3rd mile. I didn't know what to expect, so I took the first hard trail on the route. I got used to all the turnes and obstacles after a while but I found out that I just don't feel comfortable on this bike.

I wonder if riders wear gloves. I could hardly switch gears or hold on to handlebars with my sweaty hands.

Mile (5 or 6) is a bit confusing with all the criss-crossing trails (hard trails and easy trails). I think I may have looped in there for too long.

Around mile 6 I took a fall. I felt comfortable enough to ride faster but my hand slipped on the brake and it was either go into a tree or take a fall. It was a good point to take a short break anyway.

Once I passed mile 9 marker, a bit down the road I confused my gear selections and stepped hard on the pedal when it was switching gears. Broke my chain.

Had to walk back to the car for a bit over half a mile, but it was a good cooldown.

I guess I need more water, I ran out of water around mile 6 and there is nowhere to replenish.

In other news, my wife's team won 1st place in the volleyball tournament!
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broken chain. Oh, it took me 1:22 minutes to ride until I broke my chain. It was past mile marker 9, but my gps said I rode 8.14 miles.



Is this anyone from here? Saw this at a parking lot half way through the trail:

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BTW, Kickstand, can you provide me some links to mountain biking trails?

Is there anything around Howell/Brighton area?

edit: P.S. Keep in mind that I'm a newb at this, I don't want to die before my kids grow up. :)

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BTW, Kickstand, can you provide me some links to mountain biking trails?

Is there anything around Howell/Brighton area?

edit: P.S. Keep in mind that I'm a newb at this, I don't want to die before my kids grow up. :)
mmba.org There is a trail guide on the front page somewhere.

Murray Lake - Brighton State Rec - 10 Miles of fun. (Torn Shirt is likely a bit too technical as a newb, but its short at 5-6 miles and you could step up to it when comfortable)

Island Lake - 2 different loops, not technical enough for me to enjoy. I haven't been there in years.

Milford - Near the YMCA and baseball fields off commerce road, crosses the paved bike path that runs from Kensington into downtown a few times 6 miles of fun tight and twisty trails.

Maybury state park off 8 mile - 6 mile trail, tight, twisty, flowy fun, a few tough climbs in the beginning, but my 8 year olds can ride it.


*Gloves or dorky looking sweatbands are very useful.
*Camelbak or similar hydration pack that holds 2 liters of water is not a bad start
*Multi Tool with chain break tool (to fix pesky broken chains when you have a bad shift and break your chain, you can also carry a magic link and put the chain right back together when it brakes)
*Helmet, Helmet, Helmet....most everyone who MTB's wears one, and it's not worth smacking your head on a tree or the ground.

Mountain biking can be a ton of fun. I'm highly addicted.
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Thanks for the tips. I checked out mmba website and they have a nice list of trails with links to discussions on the forums about those trails.

I do have and wear a helmet.
I need to get the other items on the list, too bad the season is almost over

Off to youtube to find out how to fix the broken chain.
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Thanks for the tips. I checked out mmba website and they have a nice list of trails with links to discussions on the forums about those trails.

I do have and wear a helmet.
I need to get the other items on the list, too bad the season is almost over

Off to youtube to find out how to fix the broken chain.
The end of the season is a great time to stock up on stuff. Markdowns/close outs for all the new inventory.

Gloves and padded shorts are both helpful.
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Off to youtube to find out how to fix the broken chain.
Chains are cheap, you're appears to be a 7/8 speed chain. Just get a new one, ($20), you're probably due for a new one anyway.

Plus repairing them is a pain int he ass and they are never as good as new, the repaired link will often stick and cause other issues.
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This time of the year till late october are great times to ride as its not to hot out. Island lakes is a great place to ride and not to hard.
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When I ride Island lake, I ride out of the JCpenny parking lot off of Lee rd. this keeps you from having to drive all the way down to the park entrance off of Kensington rd. I really like to night ride at Island lake, I ride it backwards (clockwise) changes it up and the trail is really fast in this direction.
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Thanks everyone. I went to Dunham's and picked up riding gloves.

I looked at multi-tools but wasn't sure which to buy. I was leaning towards this one: http://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Woodsie...ie+minitool-11

Where do I get a new chain? I guess Howell Cycle is my only option?

Oh, and where do you keep the multi-tool? A pouch/bag that attaches to a seat?
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That looks similar to the multi tool I carry. I carry mine in a Camelback along with a Leatherman to pull any thorns out of my tire (if I pick one up).
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Thanks everyone. where do you keep the multi-tool? A pouch/bag that attaches to a seat?
Pick up a Camelback, it will carry everything....Tools, water, snacks, phone/wallet/keys to the Jeep......The seat pouches always seem to come un-zipped spilling the contents on the trail, I always find all kinds of stuff on the trail including an entire seat pouch....full of tools!

REI has a pretty good selection of tools and "some" parts.

Hometown bikes at the east end of Brighton is pretty good for service/parts as well.

Backdoor bikes near Doore rd and grand river in Howell seems to be mostly service, but Pat's shop is fairly new as of this year. He is also real big into DH bikes.

I see the staff from both shops on the local trails all the time, so they are using and backing up the stuff they sell.
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