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TR - Shearer Road, Michigan

post #1 of 18
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Back before I broke my wrist, Volklgirl and I had planned on going to Shearer Road, which is a sweet mt bike trail system about 2 hrs drive south of where we live.
Since I'm healing well, I told her, we may as well keep our plans and I'd do. I decided to take the SS out and see what I could do on it.
MANOMAN it was fun!!
I Love the rock gardens!!

Kris' husband went with us, which was fun, because we needed someone to take abuse.


I'll admit, I was tentative, and didn't do some of the amazing obstacles that I really should have done, but I really don't want a set back in healing, and this was my first time on this particular trail.
Kris has some awesome pics, which I'll add later, but here are a few.

^^^^Dang TC, HEAD UP!!!!
Volklgirl on same rock.
See, she's looking up!




Volklgirl on the Rollercoaster Bridge.
post #2 of 18
That looks good TC, You should try to make it down here and try Potowatami. Or another long one is Grubers Grinder.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dean Wormer View Post
That looks good TC, You should try to make it down here and try Potowatami. Or another long one is Grubers Grinder.
On the ride home, we talked about heading to a couple other places down that way. You interested in meeting up with us some time?
post #4 of 18
Does that bridge move?
post #5 of 18
I see you brought the camera phone.
post #6 of 18
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Does that bridge move?
No, the bridge is stationary.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I see you brought the camera phone.
Smart a$$! I used my camera but didn't take much time to set up. We were having too much fun riding.
post #7 of 18
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I'll admit, I was tentative, and didn't do some of the amazing obstacles that I really should have done, but I really don't want a set back in healing, and this was my first time on this particular trail.
Don't let her fool you one bit! Here's the real story:
  • 4 weeks post broken wrist
  • first time on her new/any single speed
  • first time on anything even vaugely technical
She's one tough, determined cookie!! :

We parked at the Edwards Creek (intermediate to advanced trail) parking lot and rode the paved connector over to the Shearer Rd trail (beginner to intermediate trail).

After making final adjustments on the bikes, we headed into the trail:
Hubby finds the "panty tree" :

TC rides the rock garden dip while I ride rollercoaster hill just above her to viewers left


Then I do the log pile and she does the HUGE rock garden


Hubby rides the big rock


After all that, we took the paved connector back to Edwards Creek and took a quick lunch break.

Edwards Creek pics coming up next :
post #8 of 18
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Ooooo, don't forget the teeter totter!!!
post #9 of 18
Geeze, how could I forget that????
After early season crashes and last year's header off this

finally getting the guts to ride the teeter again was a big confidence builder.

So, after some relaxation and sustinence, we headed off to the last section of the Edwards Creek trail (trail map available here). This section starts with a ride along the bottom of a ridge through lots of swampy area and tons of tree roots. After some side-hill switchbacks, we jumped this


followed immediately by another switchback, then this


A couple more switchbacks and lots more roots leads to this

and then this (Rollercoaster Bridge)


TC was a little fatigued at this point, so she rode this instead


After all this fun stuff, the trail rises out of the swamp and follows the upper edge of the ridge back out (you can see the section we rode in on on the right side of the picture)


We then followed the remainder of the trail to the exit and did some jumping

and some logs


Of course, TC does this

the first time through, but then rode it later when no one had a camera ready. :
Here's what it looks like head-on


Even though we were all getting tired, we looped arond to do the beginning of the trail too. The first loop of the trail swoops through some woods then pops out into a field where there's a bunch of BMX-style berms and small jumps. After much fun, we took the beginner's loop cut-off and did the very last section of the trail again to the end.

We saw another family happily using the trail


Happy, hot, and tired, we packed up the car and headed down to Baldwin Lake City Beach for a cooling dip. A stop at DQ for sweets and A&W for food on the way home topped off a perfect day of fun and frolick with an awesome friend. This was by far the most fun and best company I've had on the bike all year!

I'm sure TC will be posting all the fun video she got soon.

For more pics of both trails at Greenville, MI (including the crazy scary stuff in the advanced loop at Edwards Creek), check out these links:
http://www.putfile.com/album/103030?pos=top
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...&id=1030482850
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'll admit I took a lot of the bail out stuff. One thing was getting used to maintaining speed for the obstacles without the torque of gears.
Anther thing was the annoyance of the wrist brace.

All in all a good day.
Here is one more video of the Big log
post #11 of 18
I like buff a rama real dirt single track with bits of fun in between.

just curious Volklgirl why do you and you husband use those painful flat no sweep handlebars, and you chet bike has basically a inverted stem. Gawd my back cringes in mercy thinking about riding those bikes.

all of you guys would love the Uintas riding we have here but bring gears and FS
post #12 of 18
What happened to the videos?
post #13 of 18
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just curious Volklgirl why do you and you husband use those painful flat no sweep handlebars, and you chet bike has basically a inverted stem. Gawd my back cringes in mercy thinking about riding those bikes.
Actually, both of us are using the Titec Hellbent bars (uncut for the SSs) with 9deg of sweep on all our bikes except my FS. That one has the low-rise Hellbent, but it's paired with an inverted Kore stem. I've found that for the fairly balanced combination of climbs, downhills, and stunts around here having my bars level with or just below my seat is perfect. Lower bars hurt my back and higher bars move my balance point too far back for efficient climbing. For doing lots of stunt riding, I lower my seat anyway, so why give up a powerful and balanced position the rest of the time?

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all of you guys would love the Uintas riding we have here but bring gears and FS
Have gearie FS, will travel!

Oh, and I almost forgot my favorite part of the trip!!!

While at Shearer Rd, we got passed by a group of regulars, 2 of whom I know through the MMBA site. We meet up with them again at the trailhead picnic table and we start chatting about the SSs. Jeff (one of the regulars) asked TC about her Klein and if it was a conversion. She said it was and that I had done all the work on it. He looked at me funny and said, "Really? You?". I said (pointing at each of our bikes) "Yup, and that one, and that one too." He looks at me for a little longer then looks at hubby and says "I guess it doesn't suck to be you, does it?". We both thought that was pretty funny, but then he's never experienced my talent for "housework" or "cooking" either.
post #14 of 18
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What happened to the videos?
Right here!
There is more video but I don't pretend to have Bob Barnes talent.

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I'll admit I took a lot of the bail out stuff. One thing was getting used to maintaining speed for the obstacles without the torque of gears.
Anther thing was the annoyance of the wrist brace.

All in all a good day.
Here is one more video of the Big log
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Ooooo, don't forget the teeter totter!!!
post #15 of 18
One thing about Cannondale Headshocks, they raise the headtube more than suspension forks. Less rise in the stem and bars is needed. The heightened headtube was perceived as a problem with Cannondale Headshock bikes back in the day. Smaller riders like Tinker Juarez and Alison Sydor used negative rise stems to compensate for that.
post #16 of 18
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One thing about Cannondale Headshocks, they raise the headtube more than suspension forks. Less rise in the stem and bars is needed. The heightened headtube was perceived as a problem with Cannondale Headshock bikes back in the day. Smaller riders like Tinker Juarez and Alison Sydor used negative rise stems to compensate for that.
I hadn't thought of that, but you're right.
post #17 of 18
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One thing about Cannondale Headshocks, they raise the headtube more than suspension forks. Less rise in the stem and bars is needed. The heightened headtube was perceived as a problem with Cannondale Headshock bikes back in the day. Smaller riders like Tinker Juarez and Alison Sydor used negative rise stems to compensate for that.
tinker also runs 60 psi in his tires and doenst use padded shorts, so should we do that as well? :P
post #18 of 18
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tinker also runs 60 psi in his tires and doenst use padded shorts, so should we do that as well? :P
I met him a few weeks ago when he came in for the 24 Hours of Adrenaline, and I can vouch that he's an odd guy. Hell of a mountain biker though.
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