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Ride It. Love It. Buy It.

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We are finally escaping the 00s. It took a while, but it's happening. 

For too long, mountain bikers were convinced that a hardtail 29er was the only bike for Michigan trails. Sure, we don't have 2,000 foot climbs and the accompanying descent to look forward to. But what we do have is a dozen or so trails that offer a diverse range of terrain, elevation and needs, and more and more riders are realizing that there is more out there than a hardtail with 2.25" tires. 

Don't get us wrong, hardtrails rock. But we live in a time when brands like Kona and Rocky Mountain are making bikes that suit how more and more people ride, and that isn't always in a cross-country race. Full suspension, longer travel, smaller-wheeled and wider-tired bikes open up a different riding experience that puts the focus on fun, on big days, or just going a little but further than you're used to. 

Our demo fleet is hand-picked to help you find a bike that's just a little different than the one you've always ridden. From the XC or all-day ready Kona Hei Hei, the plus-tired Big Honzo, or the longer travel Thunderbolt and Pipeline, trying something new is as simple as picking a trail and see what suspension and volume can do for. 

Maybe the best way to hop in for a demo is by joining us at Dirt Church this Sunday, June 17. We'll have coffee at the shop at 9, then bust out to Richmond to ride no later than 10:15. You put your name on any of the bikes for Sunday right by filling out the demo reservation form here

Get signed up, try something new, and take advantage of our trade-in program this summer. There's tons of time to ride, and some great places to do it, too. 

 

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Dirt Church: Your June Schedule of Services

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We had a blast this past weekend at Maple Hills, so we're going to keep doing the Lord's Work right here in Grand Rapids. 

After a break for Memorial Day and the following weekend, you'll have two chances to join us in praising the gods of dirt, the saints of singletrack, with two new venues to give thanks and praise. First up, join us on June 10 at Wahlfield Trail. It'll work the same as we've just done for Maple Hills; meet at the shop for coffee and breakfast around 8:30, then get rolling around 9:15 to 9:30. We'll work out carpools and caravans, or you can plan to meet us at the trailhead around 10:15. 

These Dirt Church rides are a great chance to try something new, too. We have a selection of Kona and Rocky Mountain bikes to demo, but you do need to call ahead to reserve the bikes. We won't demo any unscheduled bikes on Sundays, because we're trying to keep things laid back and fun. We'll bring the bike to the trailhead for you and even get the pedals, seat height, and suspension dialed in; when you're done, we'll take care of it for you! 

Our demo fleet includes:

Kona Hei Hei
Kona Big Honzo
Kona Process 153

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt
Rocky Mountain Pipeline

Our second Dirt Church for the month of June will come a week later. We're heading to Richmond Park on June 17, with the same free bike demos, breakfast, and more grilling while we spend the day riding! If there's a little something you'd like specifically, bring it, but we'll have the traditional barbecue fare on offer. 

Sundays are for preserving a sense of reverence, and there's no reverence quite like that of riding bikes in the woods with friends. 

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Your Month In Bike Rides

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We're cooking up some serious fun this May. Here's where you'll find us. 

Central District Cyclery is whipping out some sweet stuff this spring, including two new weekly rides, plus a road trip south to Maple Hill. 

In case you were distracted by the run of Barry-Roubaix, Yankee Springs TT, and Fort Custer, your weeknights are getting a bit more spicy, too. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, you're busy. On Wednesday, we're chasing glory and tacos with our pals at City Built Brewing with the FUNduro. Two timed segments, two transfers, and 100% chance of tacos every Wednesday at 6, rolling from City Built. 

Thursdays, we're staying at the shop with Dirty Thursdays. Some of you hood rats already joined us last week, so you'll get it. If you missed it, don't miss out again. We ride the pump track, make it bigger, weirder, and incrementally more dangerous until it's dark. Interval training, but with beer. It's also a great chance to dial in your suspension, too. 

On May 20, we're taking the show on the road to Maple Hill. We'll carpool from the shop at 9am, or you can meet us down there. Maple Hill is a new trail that was just completed in August of 2017 at Markin Glen Park, just outside of Kalamazoo. We'll do a few loops of the 5.5 mile trail, pick some downhills to shred, and throw a little shrimp on the barbie, too. 

Of course, it's also a great time to help get the trails ready for summer. WMMBA has a number of opportunities to donate a pint of elbow grease to help Luton, Cannonsburg Ski Hill Trail and Ionia Rec get all polished up for the rest of the season. Remember, we'll make a donation to WMMBA every time you buy a mountain bike from us! 

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Do You Even Enduro, Bro?

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Enduro isn't just a lifestyle or a hashtag on Instagram. It's a real way to ride bikes fast, but conveniently, with friends. Let's dive in. 

Starting in May, Thursday nights are dedicated to our FUNduro MTB Series, rolling from City Built Brewing at 6:30. Enduro racing is a series of timed segments with check points that you need to reach in between, but with only so much time to get there. These segments, or stages if you're really into enduro (and you look like you are), are either transfer stages or timed, with your timed stages adding up to a total time, and transfer stages not affecting your total as long as you arrive inside of the allotted time. 

So here's how we'll do it. We BUST from City Built (try to the Fresh Ass Salad when we get back) at 6:30, with 30 minutes transfer time to get to Richmond Park Flow Trail. You can do it pretty easily, it's not that far. Then, we'll do two timed stages, both of the Flow Trail, before meeting up and heading back to City Built, which will count as the final transfer stage. We'll have MAJOR AWARDS for first, second, third and DFL, of course. The winners will live with glory forever, and get a taco from City Built. So, really, pretty good incentive to send it. 

Win once? Good. Twice? Impressive. Win the most this May and you'll be crowned King (or Queen) for the month by hitting all the events! We will not make our King and Queen dance slowly around the bar listening to Endless Love

Looking for a better description of enduro racing, or at least one with a more exotic accent? Watch the video below. 

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Back to Big M: Snow Church, Part Deux

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With Winter Rush's Big M Fat Bike Race just two weeks away, we're loading up and heading north again this Saturday, January 6 for one final recon of the course. 

The first of one, two, THREE Great Lakes Fat Bike Series events in the Mitten, it's Big M's big debut. The 17 mile lap has a bit of everything; fast flats, big climbs, and stunning scenery. After some heavy snow over the weekend, much of the forest looks like something out of a postcard. The local groomers are hard at it to make sure the course is fast and fun, and we'll be doing everyone a load of good by getting some additional traffic on the trails. 

We'll be meeting at the shop at 9:30 and working out carpool options, packing up, and grabbing any last minute supplies. On the road by ten, we should see the parking lot by noon. Depending on numbers, we may split into two groups, or the more adventurous among us can take off. We'll meet back at the lot at around 2 pm and make a family decision on more riding or more getting-in-the-car. 

There is PLENTY more about the Big M race at winterrush.com. You should also check out GLFBS for more about the whole series, the other Michigan races, and make sure you support the folks who support fat bike racing in your neck of the woods. We'd also love to see some Grand Rapids and Central District colors do well at the Farmhand Fat Bike Race at Cannonsburg on 1/27, and again in February at Polar Roll! 

To stay in the proverbial loop, RSVP on MyFace and let us know if you can make it. That will make carpool coordination a bit easier, and it'll make Mitch feel even cooler. 

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Down and Dirty (Kanza) on June 3!

This Saturday, our very own James Gunderman is heading out for another run at the Dirty Kanza! 

The 200 mile race takes riders through the rolling hills of south of Emporia, Kansas. It's early June date means the weather is always a toss-up, with rainy years turning the race into a muddy, slow slog. Dry years can offer clouds of thick, choking dust for hour after hour, mile after mile. 

The race has become the iconic gravel road race, with hundreds of cyclists from all over the country flocking to Emporia for the race. There are all 100, 50 and 25-mile options, ensuring there's something accessible for all skill levels. 

Dirty Kanza also offers some interesting bike choices. You'll see riders on road bikes, gravel and 'cross bikes, mountain bikes, even fat bikes. In muddy years, lots of racers opt for singlespeed to avoid potential drivetrain disasters, grinding out a massive day without shifting. 

It's a big deal. You can follow James LIVE! on the Athlete Update website on Saturday, and don't miss his recap on Thursday from 7-8pm at the shop, where he'll tell us how it all went down! 

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