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Old April 19th, 2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Mountain bike ride next weekend 29/30th

alright input on which day and which location
Saturday 29th or Sunday the 30th

Island Lake Brighton (beginner intermediate)
Trails are clearly marked. A large map is posted at the start of the trail. The seven mile loop is generally level and good for most beginners. The five mile loop is rated as intermediate, involves steeper slopes and includes a scenic stretch along the Huron River.

Pontiac lake Waterford (intermediate/advanced)
One of the best known and most used trail in the Detroit metropolitan area due to it's location (just 11 miles from Pontiac and 38 miles from downtown Detroit) and challenging terrain, Pontiac Lake has been providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of this auto building community for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers for years.

Stoney Creek Shelby twp (beginner/intermediate)
Hills, gravel, rocks and ruts - heaven to mountain bikers - can be conquered on the mountain bike trails at Stony Creek Metropark. Nearly 14 miles of dirt paths with tight curves and steep hills take you through deep woods and tall pine trees, and along clear streams of the west branch of Stony Creek and hidden ponds.

Well these are the 3 that I think would best suit the most people (pontiac is on the difficult side, but most should be ok giving it a try, especially with others familiar with it)

so whos in for what and we will take it from there
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Old April 19th, 2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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Island Lake would be cool just cuz it's nice and close to me and I can start easy since I haven't ridden yet this year.....but I may not even be able to make it....hopefully I can. If anybody wants to go this Saturday I may be up for it as well.
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I will be out of town that weekend but would like to get togetwith some of you all after that "sooner the better" to ride harder stuff, like Highland Rec. Ect...
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I'd prefer Stony, I don't want to ride any sissy trails. I ride at Bloomer usually and those trails can get real tough.
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Old April 19th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #5
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I'd prefer Stony, I don't want to ride any sissy trails. I ride at Bloomer usually and those trails can get real tough.
Eh, island lake is very close to being on par with stony, except it actually has loops, not just a bunch of random trails mixed with fire roads. Bloomer isnt all that much harder than island lake either, and this time of year it is a mess waterwise (might even be closed)

I also chose next weekend cuz it looks like this weekend will be crappy, and I have a race at yankee springs
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Old April 19th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #6
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i'd like to join in on this... gettin more and more in to mt. bikin all the time... i was at bloomer riding last weekend...

it was a mess but it is open... and i've already riden stony about 6 times this year... warming up doin the 6 mile loop 5 times and once out on the back trails
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im in

whats the difference between levels? Obstacles? More uphill?
to me, uphill is the most challenging thing. But ive only been out a couple times
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it was a mess but it is open... and i've already riden stony about 6 times this year... warming up doin the 6 mile loop 5 times and once out on the back trails
Damn.....I don't even have the TIME for that, let alone the fitness.
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Old April 19th, 2006, 10:13 PM   #9
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I'll be out of town, I'll catch the next one.
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Damn.....I don't even have the TIME for that, let alone the fitness.

lol... iam not in shape...

6'3" and 185 lbs... gr i should weight alot more... if i was like 220 or something damn i'd be an animal

living at home.. working full time and going to school at night and gettin out of class at 8... i ride a couple times a week from like 8-10
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lol... iam not in shape...

6'3" and 185 lbs... gr i should weight alot more... if i was like 220 or something damn i'd be an animal
dude, im 6'2" and 170. its all in your mind. My vote is for island lake on saturday, but Ill ride anything once. The advanced trail may not be the best thing early in the season, but Ive been swimming 3+ days a week for 4 months now, so I shouldnt be in too rough shape. Ill just have to ride this weekend and see how bad I am.
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Count me in too! Not the advanced stuff though
downhill --> <--me
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yeah I don't think that weekend will work for me now, let me know when the next one is

I rode last weekend at bloomer, it is really wet. On the trail that runs along the river, I'd say 15% of it was river, that was fun though
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so whats the deal? is it a go? when?
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I might be in too depending on the time and day. Keep it on the less advanced side? Early in the season, and havent gone since last summer. But Saturday would be a good day to go.
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Old April 25th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #16
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eh, just found out I will be in midland this weekend, so I guess someone elsecan pick it up from here. sorry, lol
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Old April 27th, 2006, 08:49 PM   #17
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anyone??? im still game to ride! even if its only 3 or 4
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me too, but i dont know my way around anywhere
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Old April 27th, 2006, 09:36 PM   #19
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The stubway just west of midland in sanford is an awsome place to ride
Really helps to have a local though. I'll go out saturday night or sunday if anyone wants to go... can either meet on burns road or in pinehaven.... Midland city forest is too swampy this time of year

Let me know i'll lead a group
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Great ride but be careful of the last hill, it is steep fast and a sharp turn at the bottom. Almost killed me 8 years ago, no joke The Dr said that my helmet is the only thing that saved my life. Island Lake is nice last time i rode there there were some tight areas, so if you are new to the trails go alittle slower. If you are ever in the up go to the west side and ride the porkupine Mountain trail, eat you wheaties and have lots of energy drinks

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