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

FRESH EYEZ: Spring/Early Summer Cycling Shots

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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

Precious Cargo

If small children and cycling are a part of your life it's natural to want to combine the two. With the proper gear, and planning you can have amazing adventures with your little one. After two years of cycling with my daughter I want to share some of my thoughts and tips. Hopefully they can … Continue reading Precious Cargo

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

The Little 500 Bicycle Race: ‘The World’s Greatest College Weekend’

  Though it’s obviously not connected to anything Michigan, Indiana University’s celebrated Little 500 bicycle race is nevertheless an interesting story, especially for cycling enthusiasts.   The event would’ve seen its 69th installment this weekend, had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s race – for the first time in its history - … Continue reading The Little 500 Bicycle Race: ‘The World’s Greatest College Weekend’

FRESH EYEZ: Summer ’19 Cycling Shots

What an incredible year it was for cycling in Northern Michigan. As you know, I'm a little new to the area. But, it's been a truly moving adventure discovering just how much natural beauty there is here. Most of these photos were taken between June and September 2019, mainly along the Little Traverse Wheelway and … Continue reading FRESH EYEZ: Summer ’19 Cycling Shots

Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Part Two

(This is the second in a two-part series detailing a recent bikepacking trip taken by seven Latitude 45 employees.) Seven Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness staff members enjoyed great weather and good times on an annual, two-night/three-day bikepacking trip that departed from the shop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and returned Friday, Oct. 11. This year's … Continue reading Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Part Two

Scene from the Wheelway – Part 2

Checking the weather radar just before departing on a ride is a very good practice. But, sometimes storms can appear faster than modern technology can predict. I'd checked the weather radar repeatedly recently prior to embarking on a 30-mile ride, an out-and-back to the outskirts of Charlevoix along the Little Traverse Wheelway. There was rain … Continue reading Scene from the Wheelway – Part 2

The Regret of Rides Not Taken

By Eric Cox Gun metal gray rain clouds loomed over the bay. Trees swayed in a chilly, late summer breeze. A cool mist speckled car windshields all over town - less than ideal riding conditions for sure. While I could've employed the inclement weather as a suitable excuse for avoiding a ride … I didn't. … Continue reading The Regret of Rides Not Taken