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Old 09-03-2009, 09:00 AM   #12046
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Post a ride report when you get back.. That's one of those trail systems I keep hearing about. It'd be good to hear your perspective on it.
Actually, since this'll be my 5th trip there in the last 2 years, I can already give you my perspective. I think it's a pretty great trail system. (Kind of obvious from the fact that this is my 5th visit, right?)

Qualitatively, the Kingdom Trails mostly remind me of the Michigan Tech Trails, but with a lot more miles of singletrack. Both systems are much faster, flowier, and less rocky than the trails around Boston. When I was visiting Houghton a couple of years ago, I was pretty new to mountain biking, and the MTU trails were a bit of a revelation. At that time I didn't have the skills to deal very well with the rocks on my 'home' trails, so the Tech Trails were a lot more fun for me.

I came back from that trip to the UP wondering if there were any trails closer to home that were like the Tech Trails. Then I visited KT for the first time, and had my answer.

I've gotten a lot better at dealing with the chunk of my local trails and come to enjoy it a lot. But I still like KT and figure I'll keep going at least a couple of weekends a year. Mostly for the qualitative change from the local trails (variety is always good) and for the fact that at KT I can spend most of a weekend riding without necessarily repeating any trails other than a few connectors. And I enjoy the more extended climbing and descending. And the area is beautiful, especially in the fall. And it's fun visiting a "mountain biking mecca" and being surrounded by a lot of other MTB geeks.

I don't know that I'd drive halfway across the country just to ride at KT, the way I have a couple of times for Colorado and Utah mountain biking. But if you're considering visiting the area anyways, KT is a good additional reason to go.

BTW: I'm enjoying the tour report on your blog, but hurry up with the next entries, wouldja?
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:14 PM   #12047
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Cool, thanks for the KT info. Sounds like my kind of place. I've got some family now out east, so there's a pretty good chance I might head out that way with some bicycle in tow someday.

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BTW: I'm enjoying the tour report on your blog, but hurry up with the next entries, wouldja?
I'm gonna have to go ahead and have you get in touch with my boss about that. I disappear for two weeks, and they, like, expect me to work when I get back.

Gotta get 'er done tomorrow night though. Just finished putting a rack on the MTB. Gonna ride up to Copper Harbor on Saturday, race Sunday, and ride back home Monday. Not exactly my dream "bikepacking" setup, but I should be able to handle two tracks no problem. Should have my self a whole round of dumb new stories.

Of course, I've been outdone already. On my ride home from work, I met three dudes coming in all the way from Marquette. Showoffs.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:18 PM   #12048
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Oh, and this is fucking awesome: http://adrianshort.co.uk/2009/08/24/456/

But please don't get a helmet debate started here. That's not what it's about.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #12049
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Oh, and this is fucking awesome: http://adrianshort.co.uk/2009/08/24/456/

But please don't get a helmet debate started here. That's not what it's about.
I like it!

Doesn't jive with that DJ Spandex video, though.

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Old 09-04-2009, 02:20 AM   #12050
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Well I went to buy the Giant 29er today and instead put a deposit down on a 2009 Reign 1.



I couldn't resist the deal of $1300 off the retail price
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:40 AM   #12051
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Nice, I have put approx. 800mi. 07 Reign since new (as pictured)



.. it's a trusty steed. I had 24 in. rear wheel for DH runs.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:59 AM   #12052
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:09 AM   #12053
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If anyone needs parts ,I am the head mechanic/sales person at a shop so just PM me.
I need a pair of these:



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Old 09-04-2009, 06:20 AM   #12054
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I need a pair of these:


hook a brotha' up

Do you want those with a Shimano or Campy free hub? What frame size are you?...I will throw the wheel set on a Colnago Ferrari edition bike for you..They need a proper wheel price to bike price ratio to make them complete....
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:01 AM   #12055
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Do you want those with a Shimano or Campy free hub? What frame size are you?...I will throw the wheel set on a Colnago Ferrari edition bike for you..They need a proper wheel price to bike price ratio to make them complete....
Either drivetrain would be ok, just need the wheels.. maybe a pair of TUFOs.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:33 PM   #12056
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Kingdom Trails Day 1

This won't be too coherent. I'm fried and suffering from permagrin.

The trails and scenery are as spectacular as I remember. I broke down and bought a lot of gel packets to bring along, and though they feel like a ripoff, they sure are convenient and effective. I felt like I could pedal forever today as long as I kept pouring sugary goop down my throat at regular intervals. Perfect weather helped too -- sunny, low humidity, cool but not so much so that long sleeves were in order.

The high point of the day came right at the end, when my girlfriend was done riding and I was close to stopping as well. I asked her to go ahead and drive down the hill to the town and meet me there, so I could take one particular short-and-sweet route down, known as Kitchel Run. The Kitchel Run I rode in the spring and in years past is fast, smooth, and curvy, with small quasi-natural berms that help you maintain speed. It's my favorite way to end a day at KT. But it's not hugely different from any of a dozen other trails there except for those small berms and the fact that it's marked one way.

So I started down it today, flew around the first few turns and then OH MY GOD WHAT HAPPENED HERE?!?!? The bottom half of the trail had been completely rebuilt since I visited 3 months ago. Curves and S-curves with huge, smooth, beautifully built berms. Table tops and doubles. It was the sort of trail that I've previously only seen on YouTube. It was amazing, and the fact that I wasn't expecting it made it all the better.
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:12 PM   #12057
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Dood. My Dura Ace stuff does that if you don't lube it up right away. It ain't he machine, its the mechanic!



Now go lube up yer shit and quitcherbitchin!

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Old 09-06-2009, 05:38 PM   #12058
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Got back in the saddle a week or so ago after a long layoff with broken ribs then a vacation... With healing ribs.

We rode to the beach for coffee, 64 miles round trip.


Sat at Kean Coffee in Newport Beach and enjoyed the company of a couple of ADV'rs.

Now, home, my lovely campy super record seat post is stuck in my frame. It also allows the seat to slowly rotate the nose up, over the course of fifty odd miles.

If I can't free the seat post, I'm going to spend a ton of money and buy a new bike.

What a pain. But the ride was great. Started out warm and humid at about 7 and got very hot and humid. Sitting on the patio at Kean Coffee there was an amazing sea breeze.
When I got home, I weighed myself. I had not dropped a pound.
I guess I have to work even harder.
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:23 AM   #12059
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Why doesn't my motorcycle rust after being ridden in the rain?
You must have a magic motorcycle.

Leave it out in the rain, then let it sit for a day or two, you'll see rust in your fastener heads and any unpainted/treated parts as well. Shaft drives are enclosed, so maybe you just don't remember that your older motos had orange chains too after days in the rain. True, it may take more time, bigger moto chains hold more oil/lube, and for a bit longer than a tiny bicycle chain which is jumping cog to cog about a thousand times each ride.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:29 AM   #12060
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You must have a magic motorcycle.

Leave it out in the rain, then let it sit for a day or two, you'll see rust in your fastener heads and any unpainted/treated parts as well. Shaft drives are enclosed, so maybe you just don't remember that your older motos had orange chains too after days in the rain. True, it may take more time, bigger moto chains hold more oil/lube, and for a bit longer than a tiny bicycle chain which is jumping cog to cog about a thousand times each ride.
The motorcycle gets wet, I park it indoors, 8 years and zero rust.

I ride the bicycle in the rain once, park it inside, give it a brief wipe down, rust the next day.

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