Mid-Mitten Cycling Map

Introducing the new Mid-Mitten Cycling Map on GoogleMaps. Now you can quickly check if there’s a route close to you. Click on a bicycle icon to get the name of the route, a short description, and a link to my post describing it. Right now there are fourteen routes: nine hilly rides, three scenic, and […]

Climbing in Kzoo

Starting Point: Kal Haven Trail parking lot on 6th St.,  west of Kalamazoo Distance: 23 miles Elevation Gain: 1,100 MapMyRide Route 6th St. Hills Cue Sheet It doesn’t take much searching through southwest Michigan cycling forums to discover that 6th Street in Kalamazoo Township offers the biggest hill for road cyclists in the vicinity. Even 20 miles east, at […]

Falling Waters Trail

Starting Point: Teft Road Trailhead (directions below)* Distance: 9, 13, or 22 miles Elevation Gain: negligible MapMyRide Route The Falling Waters Trail is emblematic of so much in Michigan: beautiful on the surface, with just a soupçon of industrial ruin beneath. Yet it’s well worth an outing, whether you want to do just a portion of it with […]

Gull Lake Loop

Start Location: Ross Township Park Distance: 12 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet MapMyRide Route Gull Lake Loop Cue Sheet I decided to ride around Gull Lake on a lark after doing a bunch of hills to the south. From its south end, the lake looked small, although the number of boats docked at the marinas should have been […]

Kent Lake

Start Location: High Ridge Rd. parking lot, Kensington MetroPark Distance: up to 9 miles Elevation Gain: up to 350 feet MapMyRide Route Kent Lake Cue Sheet I was surprised by the number of hills on this short jaunt around Kent Lake in South Lyon/Milford. The paved Kensington Metropark Hike-Bike Trail encircling the lake climbs 350 feet in […]

Kensington Road

Start Location: Kensington Rd. Park-n-Ride off I-96 or Kensington Metro Park Distance: 13 miles or more Elevation Gain: 700 feet or more MapMyRide Route Kensington Rd. Hills Cue Sheet My heart beat faster when I saw the elevation profile for Kensington Road on MapMyRide. This hill east of Brighton has a 160-foot climb in half a mile, making […]

Lansing River Trail

Start Location: Hawk Island Park, Lansing Distance: as short as you want, up to 25 miles MapMyRide Route This is the first post in the series, “Best Family Rides of Mid-Michigan.” And what better place to begin than the Lansing River Trail? With a splash zone, a historic swimming pool, playgrounds, lakes, paddling, fishing, Potter Park Zoo, […]

You Don’t Have to Go Up North to Find a Tunnel of Trees

Distance: 27.5 miles Elevation Gain: 450 feet Start Location: Mason Courthouse Square MapMyRide Route Mason-Dansville Cue Sheet Mid-Michigan is known for its flat farmland, but we do have some pretty scenery, especially where roads pass near rivers, lakes, and state recreation lands. We even have roads overhung by canopies of oaks and maples so we can feel like […]

Detroit Bike City Expo

Had a great time at the Detroit Bike City Expo on Saturday. Lots of made-in-Michigan bikes, ranging from the pieces of art you would never want to ride built by the Detroit Bicycle Company to the very functional and affordable A-Type built by Detroit Bikes. Beth Savan from Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank gave […]

Rides of Spring

Start Location: Woodbury Rd. Commuter Lot, Laingsburg Distance: 11 miles or more Elevation Gain: 300 feet, plus 100 feet for every  repeat of Barry Rd. east MapMyRide Route Riding the trainer in the basement over the winter, pretending I was following the pros on the TV, it was easy to imagine I was a hero […]

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