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Reaching 20,000

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

It seemed fitting that a milestone of 20,000 miles should be celebrated with an epic ride.

I bought my Giant back in 2005 when I was living in Colorado. I was riding a lot, and it was a huge upgrade to the bike I was riding at the time. I remember the first month I had it, I put one thousand miles on it. Since then, it’s done countless mountain ascents/descents, a little bit of racing, normal road miles and a fair amount of commuter miles. Each year, I even celebrate its birthday – the day I picked it up new from the shop. I don’t have a dog or kids, so something needs to be doted upon, right?

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Staff Picks: Winter Tires

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

It’s finally Ypsi’s turn to get the snow dump. With a slow Saturday in the store, Juan and Jesse set out to find their new best friend.

Up for the test: Continental Tour Ride; Continental Top Contact; 45 Nrth Gravdal; 45 Nrth Xerxes.

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Staff Build: All-City Macho Man Disc

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Like most of the staff here, and I suspect many other riders, I tend to use bikes well outside of their advertised purpose. So when I started looking at options for a cyclocross build, what I really wanted was a bike capable of commuting, dirt roads, light touring, rail trails, and even a bit of singletrack. I don’t actually race cross at all, I just wanted a bike with wider tire clearance and a sturdy build, and cross bikes are gaining popularity as some of the most versatile rides available. Thankfully, many brands recognize this, and as the race-day bikes get stiffer and twitchier, many other models are keeping a more utility-oriented geometry that still knows how to get up and go. This is what I was after: a bike that’s zippy enough to make it to work on time, but also comfortable enough for an all-day excursion on unknown dirt roads.

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8 Reasons Why Cold Weather is Cool

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Summer is great. It’s so easy to just hop on a bike and go for a ride. Once the weather turns colder, however, a bit more preparation is needed. It can be daunting to gather up an arsenal of extra gear just to extend the riding season for a bit, so some of us cold-weather crazies put together a list of cold-weather goodies that we’ve tried, loved, and still use regularly. Aside from looking awesome in stretchy neoprene, there are several other advantages to four-season cycling. Let them be your reasons to keep riding.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Every-Other-Friday Night Lights

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

We’re still riding!

Join us through the cool season.

We’ll meet every other Friday for a few miles of road riding and 6 – 12 miles of trail riding. Riders of all skill levels are invited, and extra lights can be provided, if needed.

Who’s invited?

Everyone. From new riders to the more experienced, we’re here to support each other to ride.

Where will we be riding?

Rolling Hills in Ypsilanti.

How will we get to the trail?

Meet at the shop at 6:30 for a ride to the trail.

What do I need?

Bring a bike, a helmet, water and a headlight/taillight.

I’m new to trail riding. What else should I know?

Take a visit to the Michigan Mountain Biking Association‘s home on the web, where you’ll find information about the trails, trail conditions, introductory basics, as well as all things as they relate to trail riding in this great state.

Still have questions? Just give us a ring at 734-484-9999 or shoot us a message. Be sure to find us on Facebook to catch updates on trail conditions, ride start times, and more.

See you there!

2013 Blowout: Online Now

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Help us clear out those shelves!

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I’ll take the beast, please.

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Previous commuter:

Current commuter:

Ride quality: Shocking close.

Total savings: $900

Final thoughts: Yes.

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First Impressions: 2013 Salsa Spearfish 1

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

When I took home a sleek black Spearfish, I also took home a lot of firsts for me: first full-suspension, first 29er, first hydraulic disc brakes, first 2×10 drivetrain, and first Fox fork. That provided me with some very exciting first few rides, but not with an abundance of useful opinions. I was riding the top-shelf offering, which comes with X9/X0, Fox CTD fork and shock, Pro Moto 1 carbon cockpit, and Stan’s Arch EX’s spun to DT Swiss 350′s. Those features are nice, but the two upgrades that caught my attention were the sleek black anodized finish — which is lighter, tougher, and a good deal sexier than their painted frames — and the 12 x 142mm rear thru axle. Salsa locking grips, a WTB Silverado, and Conti X-Kings round out the spec.

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Announcing a hotter Tree Fort Bikes

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

All right — it’s nearly October, we’re heading into fall, and that means winter will be knocking soon enough. So here at Tree Fort, we made some plans to keep it hot.

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