Saturday morning Tour de Troit

It’s a 30-mile jaunt through the ghetto, peeps. And it starts any minute now.


Posted at 8:02 am in Detroit life, iPhone |

25 responses to “Saturday morning Tour de Troit”

  1. caliban said on September 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Great photo, on my desktop.

    edit: ready the Tiger Balm. I do 30 miles pretty regularly, like twice weekly. It still chaps, and I have lean thighs.

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  2. Dexter said on September 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

    The beauty of a ride like this is the hodge-podge assemblage of bikers and their machines.
    The worst feeling is to be riding a cheap knobby-tired seat-too-low “mountain bike” with under-inflated tires , and watching the asses fly by on cross bikes and road racing machines , and all day all you hear is “ON YOUR LEFT!”.

    Every ride I have ever been on like this features some poor person disabled with a flat, just out of the starting gate.
    Bike sits all winter and summer, then air is inserted and the wheel rolls under pressure for the first time in a couple years and BAM! Blow-out.

    I would never ride in an event like this without quick-release hubs and a spare tube and a pump on my bike. However, these events bring out people with bolt-on hubs and when a tire flats out, the bike needs a sag wagon or a garage to get it back on the road.

    Still, this ride looks like a ton of fun and I will be on my bike for a solitary ride in about a half hour. I spent the morning with my dogs. They had a ball out in the fog, romping around.

    Last Sunday I was honored (birthday)with a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting. The damdest thing…all I craved this entire past week was another cake. The discipline I had to exert to avoid buying or making another chocolate cake…. This compulsive, addictive personality trait is a bitch!

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  3. Dexter said on September 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    David Byrne rode last year’s Tour De Troit.

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  4. Holly said on September 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    A very long long time ago when Sue and I had been in somewhat good shape, we decided to go on a bike trip. We decided to go to Vermont. We were very excited to do it. We drove out to Vermont with our younger brother. It was in the fall. The colors were so nice. Then the bike trip started. One week of 20 to 40 mile trips everyday. Sue and I would start out on our bikes with everyone. We were the ones that got to the next B&B dead last. Our younger brother gave up on us and just started biking with other people. It got to be a joke. Everyday all the people that finished before us(which was everyone) would be sitting around waiting for us. And they had to wait a long time. We would get lost. I got burnt really bad and I had to use nature as my bathroom. At the time, I did not enjoy myself. When I look back at the time in Vermont I did have fun. Vermont is so pretty in the fall. I will admit that by the time the trip was over our backsides looked really good.

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  5. Joe Kobiela said on September 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    We runners use mother nature all the time for a quick relief. I find the 3rd or 4th row in of corn gives a pretty good shield, the problem is if your wearing a reflective vest you stand out pretty good if a car shines on you.
    Pilot Joe

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  6. beb said on September 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    That’s Detroit’s historic train station, abandoned now for many decades but still a grand design. It’s probably too large to ever be rehabilitated and it sits in the middle of no where but what a lovely building and it would be a shame to just tear it down. Not that it’s in any danger of demolition. It takes money to implode a building and Detroit aint got none.

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  7. Dexter said on September 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    beb, the fact that Matty Maroun owns the building isn’t helping .

    Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen of bicycling telecasting fame call “it” a “natural break”. If you watch the entire Tour de France, for example, as I do, you’ll see guys hanging the hog quite a few times along the roadsides of France. In Vietnam you could not go a half mile without seeing a male just peeing along the road … it is their custom, and nobody even darts a glance. I wonder if that’s changed any.

    Holly, I am glad you got to ride in Vermont. For years, I threatened and planned to ride to Boston from Ohio. I never did buy the equipment I would have needed. I was riding an AMF department store bicycle at the time, and I needed a bike a lot better than that, and we had two kids in school and a baby. I never went, except in cars. I did ride quite a bit on that bike path on Cape Cod. It was fun, but it freaked my wife out a little bit for all the damn witchcraft symbols painted on the path as well as all the signs. All sorts of devils and pentagrams everywhere. A few assholes always spoil the fun.
    Fucking devil worshipers anyway!

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  8. Deborah said on September 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I watched the DVD “The Trouble With Harry” last night just because it was set in Vermont in the fall. I’m a sucker for goofy shows like that. I’m stll grinning abou it.

    My husband and I got back from our dinner out for our anniversary. After having been on a diet for 17 days my stomach hurts. The wine was good though. I’m happy.

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  9. Holly said on September 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Deborah, I looked up the trailer for “The Trouble With Harry”. It looks like the kind of movie I would like. Jerry Mathers was soooo cute. Im going to have to try and get a copy and take it up to my sisters house on one of my weekend trips to Wisconsin. This is the kind of movies we both would like. Send the hubby’s out to the bars, pop some popcorn and enjoy a good movie.

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  10. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

    beb, it is a gorgeous building. What governmment puts up. The Trouble with Harry is absolutely hilaraious, if you have a Hitchcock funny bone. If you don’t, fuck you and sorry.

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  11. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Dex, What sensibleand sensitive riders say is “track”.

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  12. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Beyond gorgeous, and a ridiculously beautiful voice: Pretty close to perfect, in a small package.

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  13. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

    What is it about taxing rich people is beyond alleged conservatives?

    Republicans are looney. Herman Cain? Seriously? Could Florida just go out the door after Tejas and close it behind them? Who’d miss either?

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  14. nancy said on September 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    What Dexter said about the station. It’s privately owned, and the billionaire who owns it has shown little to no interest in improving it, or any of the other properties he owns in the city. His sole focus is on protecting the Ambassador Bridge and its related cash flow, which is wholly owns.

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  15. basset said on September 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I don’t know why those hunched-over spandex riders have to be so damned obnoxious… the head end of the Natchez Trace is about three miles from my house, I quit trying to ride on it after one too many encounters with packs of high-speed Type As who apparently think of themselves as the Tour de France peloton or something and that everyone should clear the road for them.

    The usual approach seems to be to swoop down on slow-moving traffic yelling “Move!” or nothing at all, then charging past at top speed. Last time out I heard “Outa the way, fatass!” and realized I was not enjoying the ride. My response was, of course, “You better not stop!” and they didn’t; too bad, running over a couple of ’em would have turned the day right around for me.

    Joe, the idea of running for recreation is definitely beyond me. I have done some running just to try & get in better shape and have had to force myself every step – would much rather play basketball or ride the bike, although the first is no longer an option. I have drained the dragon in quite a few cornfields, though; did it once outside Des Moines with the state capitol dome in sight, I knew then that I was really in Iowa.

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  16. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This is undoubtedly class warfare. So how do they continue to vote for fucking morons? Basset, running is fun when you have a golf course with no golfers. Been over and back the Ambassador Bridge many many times. I love bridges in general, and that one is wonderful. Tappan Zee is the absolute finest. And the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is right up there. The Mystic River Bridge was great. Brooklyn Bridge. Golden Gate.

    As for bike tires? Get them Armadillos, made of Kevlar. I can fix a flat in two minutes, but with these tires, I’ll never have to.

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  17. Joe Kobiela said on September 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Who said it was, a draining the dragon??? I always carry paper, if you know what I mean.
    I understand people don’t like to run thats ok, as long as your doing something. My wife dosn’t run but we did get 10 miles on the bikes in Sat before the rain, that was after I ran a hard 9 and had breakfast with my running buds.
    Pilot Joe

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  18. caliban said on September 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Stafford rules. Loins are the real deal.

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  19. Joe Kobiela said on September 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I know some on here will dismiss it because its sports, but watch how the people in Detroit and Buffalo walk a little bit straighter and with a little more pride this week.
    Pilot Joe

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  20. basset said on September 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Well, Joe, I definitely will. IU and the Tennessee Titans both played this weekend, I don’t know whether they won or lost and I do not care either – never have understood how people can identify with a bunch of steroid cases who wear uniforms denoting their connection to a city or a university, I went to IU and live in Nashville but I feel no connection to either team. IU went undefeated and won the basketball NCAAs when I was there, the campus and the city were full of people swelled up with pride about how “we won,” never felt like it was anything to do with me though.

    Caliban, running for its own sake is not ever fun, no matter where you do it. It is work and drudgery and boring, plenty of time to think about how you want to just get it over with. I used to run because I had to and hated every minute of it, was a test of will just to make myself put the shoes on and get out there.

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  21. Dexter said on September 26, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I am loving this discussion on running. As a kid I had to run track as well as cross country because the basketball coach made us do it to stay in shape. I am an endomorph
    and that’s the non-athletic body type, and I always struggled with rope climbing and running fast.
    The ectomorphs are the cross country runners, the mesomorphs dominate the skill positions in sports, and the endomorphs are the offensive linemen and the guys who have to diet constantly and lift and run if they have any chance to get laid. It’s the endomorphs who are making the gastric bypass surgeons rich.
    The forced running I endured helped me to make the baseball team that I played on after high school a couple summers before Uncle Sam grabbed me, and Basic Training was not hard at all for this in-shape endo, but man, I did see other endomorphs suffer. The ectomorphs have it easier in training exercises simply because it requires little effort to pull a 125 pound body up a rope or over a scaling wall.
    Caliban, I have been over the Tappan Zee and back about ten times. It is a nice long bridge but in horrible disrepair and there has been talk of the need to blow it up and build a new Tappan Zee. It’s just plain old and worn out.
    The Hudson is so beautiful there around Nyack, isn’t it? I love it up there. I have a memory etched in my brain for all-time, that’s going slowly over the Tappan Zee in a rental Ford Taurus and turning my head to the right and pointing out the World Trade Center Towers to my daughter and the little grandkids back in 2000.

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  22. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

    How ’bout them Lions? (Let’s not talk about the Bears.)

    And the Stillers kept me up past my bedtime last night! Gotta go run this endomorphic pile of pre-ectoplasm and then try to convince a variety of parental units of the error of their ways. Happy Monday, youns.

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  23. coozledad said on September 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Ross Douthat’s ad rectum defense of the death penalty demonstrates the dilemma of the pro-life movement in the Republican party: if we don’t allow governors from southern/midwestern backwaters to execute adult innocents, how will they get the votes of slobbering hateful dreck necessary to make it to national office and reform the court system that ain’t killing them that’s killing Umbilico-Americans, say what.
    In other words, what babbling right wing tool would the New York Times refuse a sinecure on its op-ed page?

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  24. brian stouder said on September 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

    So the funny part of Perry’s pitfall in the Florida straw poll is the resurrection of the canard that Chris Christy is somehow more ‘qualified’ then anyone currently in the Republican field. (!!)

    And another chuckle is the odd spin from the weekend’s “straw poll” that would blame it on Perry’s poor debate performance. He DID get all turned around on (what should have been) his big recitation of Romney flip-flops, but another big thing he’s getting hit for is his strongly expressed defense of education benefits for the children of undocumented residents of his state…which I thought made him sound like he DID have a brain (and a soul) underneath that Hollywood hair of his.

    But compassion for people – and especially “those” people – is apparently so completely out of step with the Republicans who participate in these “straw polls” that it essentially disqualifies those who would embrace it.

    Another “wow” moment, as events continue to unfold.

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  25. Dexter said on September 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    JmmO: I recorded the last 20 minutes (scoreboard time) because the game was obviously lost and I wanted to walk the pups again.
    Imagine my joy to hear of the Vikings’s collapse and the Lions win! My recording stopped just as the OT field goal went over, but I had already seen that on SportsCenter.
    As Craig Ferguson tells us nightly, “It’s a great for America!”

    These fish tacos are a pain-in-de-ass but they are dee-lish!

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