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Old July 11th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Used to love biking, but sold my MTB 9 years ago and hadn't ridden since...

...until a few days ago


Weif has been talking about getting mountain bikes since we moved. Well, we decided it was time. And after riding the last few days, I can't believe I gave up riding for so long.


Picked up a decently spec'd ride for her (being her first non huffy bike). I just had to try a 29er, so I grabbed an '07 Raleigh XXIX off eBay. Wasn't sure about going single speed, but so far I'm liking it a LOT. Prolly will end up making it a dingle speed eventually.







BTW, the Allegan Game forrest has lots of mosquitoes

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Old July 12th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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I heart Christmas tree farms. While riding by one today, I had a great idea...


I want to sneak out and decorate some random tree in the middle come December




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Old July 12th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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This makes me wanna fix my POS bike and ride again
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Old July 12th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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29er single speeds are sweet

Looks like a great place to ride
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Old July 12th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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i miss my mtb bike, it was a cheapo but my road bike isn't nearly as fun to ride
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Old July 13th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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29ers kick ass.

My Weirwolf 2.55's just came in the mail today!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 01:15 PM   #7
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I just bought i diamondback response yesterday, lookin to take up biking
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Old July 13th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #8
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There's a pretty decent MTB trail just north of you in Middleville at the Yankee Springs Rec Area. My inlaws live just a few minutes from the trail. There is also a pretty good trail on the east side of Kzoo at the Fort Custer Rec Area.

I used to ride a lot in college and worked at the bike shops in Kzoo. Put away the bikes for a long time but just got back into it as well. If you want to go for a ride some time let me know. I'll actually be up there this weekend.
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Old July 13th, 2009, 02:05 PM   #9
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Yep, Yankee and Custer are cool. Custer is definitely more beginner friendly.
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Recently just heard about Yankee and Custer while searching around mmba.com the other night. Certainly want to check them out soon.


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I thought Vincent D'Nofrio was busy shooting a movie?
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Old July 13th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #12
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I just started riding again myself. I went for a ride the other day and ended up falling over over a log because I couldn't get unclipped. It used to be so easy...
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Old July 13th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #13
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I have been thinking about climbing back on mine for the past few weeks. Its been a year or two since I have been out, and I miss it. I just wish there were more trails locally, here in Monroe...we are pretty much limited to the little trails at Munson Park (if they are even open and maintained anymore).

I picked up my bike from a shop out in Portage a few years back, its a Specialized Rockhopper...pretty nice bike for the price. I was out there working quite a bit one summer, and needed something to do after work every day (that didn't involve drinking because I was on-call) so me and a few co-workers hit the bike shop and started riding a bit. We did hit some trails in Portage, out off of Milham Road (may be K-zoo that far west, not sure)...the guy at the bike shop said they were called the milham trails, or the old boyscout trails. Either way, they were pretty simple but a damn nice ride. I always wanted to make it over to Custer, but it never worked out.

Hopefully one day I will get back into it enough to start taking weekend trips with my ol' lady to do some riding...its just so easy to be a lazy ass, so its hard to get started.
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I think Yankee Springs may be my favorite trail in Michigan. Right in Kzoo is the Al Sabo trail, its not much, but it definitely has a special place in my heart. Its very beginner friendly, and its right in town.
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Just got my new shoes tonight. I feel like a real boy again now that I can run my old clipless pedals

Although I grabbed some cleats from Zoo City (since Breakaway didn't have any in stock) that were supposed to work and couldn't figure out why they were releasing so fawking easy. Further webernet research has indicated the evil truth behind these "multi release" style cleats. Translation: They suck ballz and will be returned for something a bit more positive locking I don't need my shoes to release by pulling up sharply on the heel or any other god damn movement besides a definite lateral torque Oh well, that's what I get for not knowing exactly what I needed upon entering the store...



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Where abouts is it? Beginner friendly sounds about right for a nice ride with Weif
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Just got my new shoes tonight. I feel like a real boy again now that I can run my old clipless pedals

Although I grabbed some cleats from Zoo City (since Breakaway didn't have any in stock) that were supposed to work and couldn't figure out why they were releasing so fawking easy. Further webernet research has indicated the evil truth behind these "multi release" style cleats. Translation: They suck ballz and will be returned for something a bit more positive locking I don't need my shoes to release by pulling up sharply on the heel or any other god damn movement besides a definite lateral torque Oh well, that's what I get for not knowing exactly what I needed upon entering the store...







Where abouts is it? Beginner friendly sounds about right for a nice ride with Weif
hmm... ive been gone too long to remember street names. I think its on Texas Dr. between 12th st and Texas corners.

Stay FAR away from Zoo City. I cannot believe they are still in business.

Breakaway has always treated me very good, as has Alfred E. bike. If you ever get out to ride the Ft. ,Custer cyclery is top notch also.
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I just bought i diamondback response yesterday, lookin to take up biking

buy the warranty i've had one for a year now and i'm on my 3rd derailleur and 2nd crank but i ride kinda hard... and the pedals will be breaking any day now!
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Right in Kzoo is the Al Sabo trail, its not much, but it definitely has a special place in my heart. Its very beginner friendly, and its right in town.
I just thought about this and came back to post it. Good call.

Nuzzy, it's right around HERE on the north side of the road, just a bit west of 10th Street I think. It's just a small parking lot tucked back in the trees, just east of a Boy Scout building or something.

For your clipless pedals, I swear by Time ATAC. You can get them used on eBay or MMBA for $30. They're a thousand times better than SPD.
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For your clipless pedals, I swear by Time ATAC. You can get them used on eBay or MMBA for $30. They're a thousand times better than SPD.


i dont use anything else but ATAC's. love the free float and very easy to get in and out of. even have TIME road pedals on my road bike.
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Glad to see you have gotten back into it. I really enjoy riding my stumpy.
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