The Best Real Mountain Bike Races in Michigan

Let me preface this piece with the fact that I think mountain bike races should be tough, technical, fun, and not extraordinarily long. If you look at World Cup XC races the winning times are usually right around 90 minutes. Also, many of the racers are now riding full suspension bikes and using dropper posts … Continue reading The Best Real Mountain Bike Races in Michigan

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All About Snowshoeing

We did a short interview about snowshoeing for a newspaper downstate. After giving ourselves a hearty pat on the back we thought you all might enjoy learning a bit more about the benefits of snowshoeing. Enjoy! Please tell me a little bit in general about snowshoeing in Michigan. What makes snowshoeing the perfect winter activity? … Continue reading All About Snowshoeing

Caring For Your Bike During Winter Riding

For many riders snow doesn't mean an end to the riding season. Whether you ride in the white stuff for recreation or commute on sloppy roads and sidewalks; your bike is going to need some extra care to survive the winter. The combination of cold, moisture (or ice), and worst of all salt can wreak havoc … Continue reading Caring For Your Bike During Winter Riding

New Products That We Kinda Like A Lot Part 1

Every fall we get visited by sales reps from a variety of companies in the cycling industry. Sometimes there isn't much new to see and things are kind of business as usual. Other times they have new and exciting products that make us rethink or reorganize entire product categories, or create new ones! As fall … Continue reading New Products That We Kinda Like A Lot Part 1

Bike Commuting Tips Part I

With the Emmet County Smart Commute just a few weeks away we thought it would be great to share some of our thoughts and tips about commuting by bike. Our staff has several year-round bike commuters and all of us ride to work regularly in the summer. If you would like to change your commute … Continue reading Bike Commuting Tips Part I

The Giro Privateer R: A Long-Term Love Affair

Through 7 months of use, the Privateer R from Giro has not let me down. With its stiff nylon outsole, grippy rubber lugs, and very comfortable upper, my experience with the shoe has been very enjoyable. Fit: Fit varies from rider to rider, but for me these shoes took some time to break in I’d … Continue reading The Giro Privateer R: A Long-Term Love Affair