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Adventure! Into The Wild with James, Chris and Dave

While Nate put on the Short's Brewing MTB  Series opener in Suttons Bay, James led a fearless expedition into the wild with Dave and Chris. 

After a long spring of Adventure Series bikepacking nights, James led our first bikepacking trip of the season. Scheduling anything in May is an adventure in and of itself, but aside from some seasonably chilly nights, it was warm and dry for the three brave explorers. 

Some special propers for Chris T., who showed up and joined in as a first-timer. Mile for mile and pedal stroke for pedal stroke, he was up for anything and made two new friends and brought a spark of eagerness that was greatly appreciated. 

The trip started with 42 miles to the first campsite, taken at an easy pace to open up the legs. After setting everything up, the guys rolled out for another 27 miles of fun, exploring the Hardy Dam and Coolbough Natural Area. It was tough pedaling, but the views and terrain was totally worth it. 

After an evening at the local public house and a night of much-appreciated rest, the guys rolled out on some season roads that went from smooth and fast to deep, soft and sandy. It was a goo mix of 'cross bikes (including a Kona Jake the Snake) and Chris' well-chosen Rocky Mountain Blizzard, which proved a great option for the bushwhacking and sand-crossing of such an adventure.

All in all, over 110 miles of exploration and fun, and three pretty tired but happy dudes! 

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Choose Your Own Adventure: A Busy Week with Central District Cyclery

This week, spring is finally here and we've got a full slate of fun things to do. Choose your own adventure, 'cause there's a ride for every taste. Whether you're looking to race, ride, or bikepack, we've got some killer options for a terrific weekend! 

Thursday night, get your weekend appetizer with our next Adventure Series night! From 7-8pm, join us at the shop as we go over our checklist ahead of the BIG bikepacking adventure of the weekend. James will run you through what to bring, what to wear, and what to pack for your first bikepacking trip. 

That trip leaves the shop Friday, and you can see all the details here. Join for the full trip, one night, or even one leg of the ride! If you have any questions, give us a call at the shop and we can give you the full itinerary and work with you to make sure you get out there and give bikepacking a try! 

Ready to drop the hammer? We're heading north to beautiful Suttons Bay for the first race of the 2017 Short's Brewing MTB Series. The Barrel Roll takes place between the vines of Forty Five North Winery, with a 3 mile World Cup-style lap race that is a blast for riders and a treat for spectators. Nearly the entire lap is in view, and what an incredible view it is from one of the higher points in Leelanau County. The race offers multiple categories ranging from 2 laps to a 5 on a course with almost 300 feet of climbing per circuit! 

The final kick of the 45 Climb! It's STEEP! 

The final kick of the 45 Climb! It's STEEP! 

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The Adventure Series: New Places, Tremendous Stories, Unforgettable Trips

This spring, CDC is rolling out an entire series of shop nights dedicated to the art of bikepacking. Find out about a fun, inclusive, and endless adventurous way to take your bike new places. 

The bike is a vehicle to so many things. From just getting around to world-class racing, somewhere the aspect of adventure tends to get lost in the shuffle. We lead busy, hectic lives, too, and we don't take the time to look at the bicycle as a way to escape the city limits, our daily habits, and our dedication to routine. 

With that in mind, we've put together a couple of nights a month to invite you to the shop, have a beer, and learn with us. We'll go through what can make a bikepacking trip more fun, less stressful, and perhaps a little safer, too. We'll cover what to bring and how to bring, how to find your way, and what to do if things get a little wet and wild with weather. 

Of course, preparation with a chance to put what you've learned into action is pointless. We've earmarked a few weekends that we'll meet up and head out for an overnight ride. Get somewhere new, spend time with wonderful people, and breakaway from the expected routine. Once you're prepared, we think you'll find it's something you absolutely love. 

Head over to shop calendar and look for all the Adventure Series events, starting with March 30's first intro to bikepacking from 7-8pm. After that, we'll spend a few nights preparing ahead of our first overnight from May 13 to May 14. There's also info on the Rocky Mountain Demo days, and plenty more. 

We hope you'll join us on a trip or two! 

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O24 recap

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O24 recap

Our first Overnight 24 hour camp out by bike by all accounts was fun. And for a few, a test of equipment and self fortitude.

Off to a great start

Off to a great start

We started at Pioneer Park, a county campground on the north side of Muskegon. The water level in Lake Michigan is high, but the first 5 or so miles along the Lake were relatively easy. I settled in at 8 and 10 lbs of air pressure in my tires and spun on. 

 

High and not so dry

High and not so dry

Around 7 miles in we encountered the first set of seal wall and old dock pilings. Usually these can be rode around and through, not so much this year. We walked and floated a good mile of the Lake.  As the dunes flattened back out the beach was rideable again and we speed off to Duck Lake. After a brief refuel, we decided to ride on the Lake rather than riding the scenic road into Whitehall. The next few miles were mostly more walking and floating until we abandoned the route at the invite of a friendly innkeeper. From there we rolled into Whitehall. Well almost. Charlie's pedal fell off and he one legged into town. 

In Whitehall we met up with the other half of our group, the roadies. Deeply involved in a game of jenga, we chilled at Fetch Brewery while Charlie hooked up a pedal fix at the hardware shop. A bit of dinner and we were off for our campground destination Meinert Park. The 7 miles of beach were fantastic to ride after the long slog after Duck Lake. Hard packed sun and no obstruction. Perfect. 

Rise and shine coffee

Rise and shine coffee

Meinert Park proved to be a perfect bike packing campground. Hot showers and beach access.

Beautiful  

Beautiful  

On the ride back we rode the beach to Whitehall and then rode scenic drive to the White Lake Inn for second breakfast.  

After second breakfast we decided to ride it out on scenic drive to get back for Father's Day.  

Our next trip is to Marquette over the 4th of July.  

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O24 June 20-21

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Overnight, 24 hours camp out by bike. A simple journey along the coast of Lake Michigan. We will travel north out of Muskegon on one of two travel plans, one on the beach (we recommend a Fatbike) and the other option, lakeshore roads. All to end the ride at Meinert Park campground. (We have site #59 reserved). Along the way we will stop in Whitehall for refreshment at Fetch Brewery. We will return the following day via the same routes.
Estimated travel time is 3-4 hours each way. Limited sag will be available. One small bag, like a tent, can be hauled for you. But this is an overnight of self reliance. Plan to carry most of your gear by bike. We also ask you to consider if this journey is appropriate for kids. Although the distance is not great, please note the emphasis on self reliance.

Want in?  There is no cost for the O24, but you will need to pay for your camping and foodstuffs along the way.

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