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Monday, September 17, 2012

Grown Men on Bikes take their message to the streets [The Detroit News]


Grown Men on Bikes promotes Detroit unity through its snazzy party on the go. Riders may take years to customize their bicycles and the members pride themselves on their peaceful mission.
Grown Men on Bikes promotes Detroit unity through its snazzy party on the go. Riders may take years to customize their bicycles and the members pride themselves on their peaceful mission. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

Detroit — You can see them coming.
In fact, it's hard not to see them.
And in case you're blinded by their lights, you'll definitely hear them.
They call themselves GMOB, short for Grown Men on Bikes, and that is exactly what they are: a 30-member group representing Detroit's new sprawling, blinking, bicycle-customizing, road-roaming scene.
On a recent evening on the Detroit RiverWalk, Mike Neeley, also known as Bike Mike and founding member of GMOB, pulls in by the merry-go-round.
He's sporting a heavy necklace, Tigers cap, GMOB T-Shirt, and riding his signature bike: flashlights on both wheels, reflectors all over the frame, a devil's mask on the handlebars and a boom box hooked to a car stereo (plus MP3 player and DVD player) on the carrier.
"I like to play rock 'n' roll," Neely says. "I do play jazz, too. And old school. I play everything."
It took Neeley, who lives on Smith Street in the city's north end, nearly three years to customize his bike.


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120915/METRO/209150355#ixzz26jxzHzcP

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