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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Roy » April 17th, 2010, 7:36 am

If Roger still works at Maybury, you could do some "bike patrol training."
Roger was very involved in many of the reroutes at Maybury. I think Roger is an expert rider.
Good luck, see you on the trail
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A bike would be a fast way to check out the trail - about 2 hours for a slow ride - walking about 4.5 hours.
You might be able to get a used Police Mt. Bike donated. I bet there are Police Bikes setting around unused,
and there are departments that have training rides at Island Lake.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby FrankenFuel95 » April 17th, 2010, 7:50 am

DNR Island Lake wrote:How many bike sizes are there?

Sorry trail conditions forum right?


Typically, XS 13", S 15", M 17", L19" & XL21" in stock sizes with 1/2" differences from manufacturer to manufacturer. Then there is the custom fit option that opens sizing to whatever you need through a standardized measurement/sizing method. The vast majority of us out there can get a confortable fit on a standard frame size with the easily adjustable components such as seatpost/saddle height and fore/aft positioning using the saddle rails. Then there's the *beep* that can be adjusted with headset spacers and different stem lengths and different handle bars with different rises and sweeps.

Like my PM said, you're between a medium and a large and you'll have to decide which "fits" you better by trying out both but neither size would be a bad choice if you're just borrowing a bike to do a ride-along with the Friday night group ride. Hope to see you out there.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Sparty » April 17th, 2010, 10:24 am

DNR Island Lake wrote:HEADS UP!!! In case you haven't noticed there is some work being done on the blue trail just before spring mill pond. They are improving the road back into the gravel pit. Have to watch out for vehicles, tractors, etc.

Trail looking OK out there?
I'm trying to con other dave into finding a bike for me to ride so I can check out the trails myself.

Dave


been riding at ILRA for 5+ years & never paid much attention to that road until i saw the work being done this week. does it somehow connect to the long gravel trail on the far south side of the park? looking to add a few miles to my usual blue-yellow combo.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby edhawk » April 17th, 2010, 11:18 am

Sheesh! Michigan weather! Iceman was 54 degrees and partly sunny in November and this morning's ride was windy, 30 degrees with occasional snow flakes!

Large tree down near the 7.5 mile mark on Blue loop. Chainsaw needed
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby deuxdiesel » April 17th, 2010, 6:20 pm

I rode at 3, only slightly better weather, but the trail is in excellent condition. Good thing I looked up, because otherwise that tree down would have stopped me cold. I was thinking it would be a great log pile.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » April 17th, 2010, 7:02 pm

That road runs around the old gravel pit. Extends all the way to Mc.Cabe rd. Doesn't really connect to anything.

I will try to get that tree tomorrow. Thanks.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » April 18th, 2010, 3:55 pm

Tree is clear on blue at 7.5 mile.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby uk chris » April 18th, 2010, 4:18 pm

Rode the trail for the first time this year today, super fast. Both loops in an hour, trail was well cleared of trees. Great job by DNR Dave. :D :D Only iffy part was the sand trap that is part of the two loops between the river and the split off. The sand causes great fun trying to get through. Great to see so many people out riding the trail too.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby froggyrider » April 18th, 2010, 7:47 pm

DNR Dave,

Thanks for your help. Stop by during our trail day next Sunday to meet some of the MMBA volunteers:

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » April 19th, 2010, 7:34 am

I will be there.

By the way Other Dave got some stone for the trails too. It is behind the park office. I put a small sign by it indicating thats its from the M.M.B.A. and its for trail use only.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Jayers » April 21st, 2010, 8:37 am

Is the water pump at the trail head operational? Last time I was there (October?) it was not.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby hockeydaddy » April 21st, 2010, 8:42 am

yes it works
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Apps » April 21st, 2010, 9:15 am

Jayers wrote:Is the water pump at the trail head operational? Last time I was there (October?) it was not.


It takes a few pumps to get the water to flow....I don't believe I've ever seen it locked or broken....
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby MikeBl » April 21st, 2010, 10:44 am

It worked fine last week :wink:
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » April 22nd, 2010, 5:09 pm

It was broke last fall for a while. But it is fixed and operational.

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