Struggling to be Resolute? This New Year, Choose Discipline

New Year's resolutions have a funny way of slipping our grasp. The concept has become so trite it's almost self-defeating. Fingers secretly crossed, we sometimes declare these lofty intentions with a giggle, knowing the burdensome new routines will be cast off in a few short weeks. However, there's a way to avoid these failures of … Continue reading Struggling to be Resolute? This New Year, Choose Discipline

Indoor Cycling – A Love/Hate Relationship

Latitude 45 doesn't sell LeMond spin bikes. We do sell True Fitness equipment, including bikes similar to this one. I'm a regular cyclist, but not a super adventurous one. I'm not a mountain biker, and I usually don't ride after the snow flies. I've logged almost 2,500 miles this year, most of it on paved … Continue reading Indoor Cycling – A Love/Hate Relationship

Late-Season Rides Often Chilly, But Also Fun and Exhilarating

For those of us who don't often ride bikes in harsh winter conditions, late-season rides - made possible by relatively mild temperatures - can inject fun and fitness into months when there ordinarily aren't many opportunities to enjoy bicycling. The last few weeks, for example, have been peppered with some really chilly, uninviting conditions. Yet, … Continue reading Late-Season Rides Often Chilly, But Also Fun and Exhilarating

Stress and Anxiety Got You Down? A Bike Ride Can Be Good Medicine

Bike rides have a way of helping clear out mental cobwebs, bringing enhanced clarity. Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, and that fluctuation often helps me think. It also helps me not think. Lately, I can’t decide which one is better. With everything going on – and not all of it positive – … Continue reading Stress and Anxiety Got You Down? A Bike Ride Can Be Good Medicine

FRESH EYEZ: Summer/Fall 2020 Cycling and Hiking Shots

Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Trip 2020

Latitude 45's fifth annual staff bikepacking expedition took place Sunday, Sept. 13, and Monday, Sept. 14 and featured a 150-mile route that included circumnavigation of Bois Blanc Island (Boblo). Inclement weather altered the trip itinerary, pushing departure back a day to Sunday. This year, only four staffers opted for the adventure, with each departing from … Continue reading Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Trip 2020

Ohio Native Brent Bolin Named New Trails Council Executive Director

   Sometimes seemingly small things can have a big impact on one’s life.    New Top of Michigan Trails Council Executive Director Brent Bolin grew up playing in the creeks around his childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio. As a high schooler there, his appreciation for the water nurtured a keen interest in environmental issues.    … Continue reading Ohio Native Brent Bolin Named New Trails Council Executive Director

Great (Local) Destinations: Oden State Fish Hatchery a Fun, Educational Place

About nine miles northeast of Petoskey is a great bicycling destination for the whole family. A day trip to Oden State Fish Hatchery, 3377 U.S. 31, can be fun and educational for everyone. Though the hatchery’s official visitors center and replica fish transportation rail car are currently closed due to the pandemic, the grounds, ponds … Continue reading Great (Local) Destinations: Oden State Fish Hatchery a Fun, Educational Place