Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie

(Here’s the first MidMitten Cycling route of 2015. I’ve been a little slower getting going this season — writing a novel will do that to you. Remember, if you’d like to subscribe just to my cycling posts, fill out the form at the end of this page.) Distance: 24.5 mi one way (45 miles out-and-back) Start […]

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 […]

Subscribe to Mid-Mitten Cycling

Have you contemplated subscribing to this blog, but wanted only the bike-related posts? Now you can do exactly that, thanks to a widget called “Subscribe to Category.” Just fill out the form below with your email address, and check the boxes that represent your interest. You can subscribe to one or more types of ride, receive […]

Jackson Neighborhood Hills

Start Location: Sparks Foundation County Park Distance: 11 miles for one lap on each set of hills Elevation Gain: 500 feet for one lap MapMyRide Route Jackson Hills Cue Sheet

A Scenic Hill Ride, or a Hilly Scenic Ride?

Start Location: Augusta, MI Distance: 20 miles Elevation Gain: c. 800 feet MapMyRide Route Augusta Hills Cue Sheet This recreation-rich area west of Battle Creek doesn’t have the biggest hills, but the setting is undeniably pretty, with rolling farmland, MSU’s Kellogg Experimental Forest and Gull Lake as a backdrop. It’s also one of the few […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Climbing Tips from Joe Friel

I found these tips for climbing on the bike on the Training Peaks website. They’re geared toward racers, but the same principles apply to those of us who just want to feel stronger on the bike: Find a hill, go up it, repeat. Friel suggests a hill that takes 8-12 minutes to climb, with a […]

Get Psyched for Indoor Cycling

[UPDATE: since I posted this, the YouTube account Indoor Cycling Videos has posted a bunch of one-hour workouts. See details below.] Thirty-one degrees with freezing rain. Five above with a windchill of twenty below. Two feet of snow followed by temperatures too cold for the salt to work on the roads. Forty degrees and an […]

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