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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Detroit Thunderdrome - from their website

The Thunderdrome is our racing series for mopeds, pit bikes, scooters, geared road bikes, fixies and mountain bikes. It place on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at the Dorais Velodrome in Detroit, MI. The ‘Drome is steeped in history – this is its tale.

ack in August, a group of renegade landscapers calling themselves The Mower Gang hit Dorais Park in Detroit, MI with tractors, hand tools and a fistful of determination. They literally uncovered a relic of a Detroit passed – a Velodrome, or banked racing track, built in the late 60′s amid the tensions and trials of the riots that broke out in the city only a few years prior to construction.

In 1967 or ’68 Mike began the project that would become the Dorais Velodrome located on Outer Drive and Mound Roads. The facility was finished just in time for the ’69 Nationals to be held. In the same time frame when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, Mike stepped out on the infield of the Dorais Velodrome to return track racing to Detroit, another monumental feat by a determined individual. The Dorais Track had a useful life of approximately 20 years…By the 90′s that track surface had deteriorated to the point it was good only for BMX…Once again Detroit was without a Velodrome. —Link

In the 80′s, car gangs set upon the ‘Drome to hold illegal races at night. The heavy weight of the cars shifted the concrete pads and severely damaged the surface on the inside of turns, making it too costly to repair for such little use Dorais was seeing at that point. In the mid 90′s, a new Velodrome was being built outside of the city, far to the north in Rochester Hills – with that, Dorais Park was left to die.

Circleville Pumpkin Show Ride 10232010

15 riders
64 miles (TOSRV route from downtown to Circleville)
Averaged 14.5mph
Secure parking and snacks/drinks in Circleville provided by my friends. Thanks Dylan and Janet!
Weather was beautiful, cool in the morning and warmed to the mid 70's for the ride back. A little headwind on the way south, but it was calm as we headed north.
When we stopped at Rohr Rd a car drove by the group and yelled out, "nice legs ass." We were all confused yet amused.

Detroit Dequindre Cut Greenway

The Dequindre Cut Greenway, an urban recreational path, officially opened to the public in May of 2009. The 1.35-mile greenway, developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership, offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.
Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a below-street level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the Riverfront. Well-known for its urban artwork and graffiti, the first completed section of the Dequindre Cut is between Woodbridge Street and Gratiot Avenue. The greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Entrance ramps to the Cut are located at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue and at Woodbridge Street.
The Dequindre Trail Extension, which will connect the first section of the Dequindre Cut from Woodbridge Street south to Atwater Street near Milliken State Park and the RiverWalk, is under construction and will be completed in June 2010. Further north, beginning conceptual plans are underway for phase II of the Dequindre Cut, which would extend the pathway north from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue.
For a map of the Dequindre Cut Greenway, please click here
Need to rent a bike?  Visit for bike rental information and more!
ATTENTION - CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: The City of Detroit and Michigan Department of Transportation will be reconstructing the Larned and Lafayette Street bridges over the Dequindre Cut Greenway beginning Monday, April 19 through early October. The construction will shut down a section of the greenway between Lafayette and Woodbridge streets Monday through Friday, including some weekends. Detour signage will provide alternate routes to and from the RiverWalk and Greenway.
EDITORS NOTE: We rode past the Dequindre Cut Greenway several times during our time in Detroit and it looks nice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bike to Pumpkins on a Saturday (not Tuesday) Ride - Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday, October 23 · 8:00am - 6:00pm

LocationGoodale Park
Buttles and Park
Columbus, OH

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More InfoWe will be leaving from Goodale Park at 8am to ride our bicycles to the Circleville Pumpkin Show via the TOSRV route. We will return mid afternoon. The route is 31 miles one way. SAG is a possibility, but not guaranteed. Bike parking will be available In Circleville.

Facebook event page is here

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 10/19/2010

17 cyclists
1 roller blader
29 mile loop
Alum Creek Trail and Three Creeks
Headed west and then north up Parsons.
Great route and the weather was perfect
Hal and Al's for post ride food and drink
No pictures

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chicagoans don't mess around - Steal a bike, get cursed! - FROM CRAIGSLIST

That Riverside Schwinn bike you stole from me got YOU cursed - $200 (Boystown Cornelia and Halsted)

Date: 2010-10-18, 3:49AM CDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

My black and white Schwinn Riverside bike was stolen when I placed it and padlocked it at the bike stand next to Hydrate. This happened last Friday between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

I went to the police and they told me that night about 3 others were stolen around the same area. If you had yours stolen as well, I can get them cursed for free.

Unfortunately you have stolen from the wrong person. You must return that bike to me and you must also pay me for the trouble. I went to someone who has cursed, not the bike, but your families, and will never forgive your group unless I say so. You can get rid of the bike, but you will continue to be cursed. Your group and families will have unfortunate, terrible, unexplainable things happen to you from now on.

I'm going to be out of town for certain periods of time, so I won't even care about the bike or when you even care to email me back for forgiveness. I'll take my time while your group gets what you all deserve. You don't steal and think your families will continue to be okay. Be wary of people, fire and water. I will be gone this week, so you will have continuous bad luck while I take my sweet time with you. You have upset your families' karma and future.

  • Location: Boystown Cornelia and Halsted
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kokosing Gap Trail Ride Recap 10172010

Kokosing Gap Trail
29 miles roundtrip
Flat trail in a valley from Mt. Vernon through Gambier to Danville, OH

Lunch at Cafe 505 in Danville - Great food at good prices