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Cycling with Friends: Part 147 Bucket List Ride Through Harbor Springs, Michigan

No salt, no teeth… It’s not for the weak-hearted, though!  The water is CHILLY – even in August.

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The ride from Petosky State Park, through Harbor Springs, to the Tunnel of Trees into Cross Village and back is one of the most amazing rides in Michigan.  52-ish miles of the best Michigan has to offer.  If you ever find yourself in a camping mood, you can stay right at Petoskey State Park and ride right from there.  If you’re not into camping, try a hotel in Petoskey, or better, rent a house in Harbor Springs.  Pick a time between mid-June and the end of August for your best shot at phenomenal weather.

You can find the route on Endomondo by clicking (here)

You can fin the route on Strava by clicking (here)

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Specialized Turbo Pro 24 mm & 26 mm Tire 15,000 Mile Review

My first of bicycle tires were Continental Gatorskins.  I know one of their attorneys, and am good friends with her husband, so she was happy to set me up with a set at their cost.  I still almost choked at the cost.  I also had a lot of trouble with them.  Two flats and a busted belt rendered them useless after a couple thousand miles.  Then I went to Specialized Espoir Sport tires.  They were excellent tires, no flats.  Next, I went with Bontrager AW1’s.  Those featured spectacular flat protection but they were slow – so ridiculously slow you could feel the difference between those and the Specialized tire.

Then came the Specialized Turbo Elite, now the Turbo Pro… and salvation.  The Turbo Pro is only slightly less fast that the S-Works Turbo, but is vastly more durable.  They’re all I ride nowadays.  I’ve got tens of thousands of miles on Turbo Pro tires and I can’t say enough good about them.  I’ve since gotten a few flats, a piece of wire from a radial tire belt here, a piece of glass there… look, if you put enough miles on a bike, you’re going to hit something catastrophic – it happens.  What hasn’t happened, though, was wrecking a tire so bad it couldn’t be fixed with a patch and a Dollar bill.

Folks, if you want a solid, well built, fast tire that’s good on flat protection, you can’t go wrong with the Specialized Turbo Pro.  I even use them on my Trek (shhhhh… don’t tell Mike, he’s never noticed and he’ll flip his lid over putting Specialized tires on a Trek).

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Well, if I hadn’t properly staged my wheels in the top photo, you’d be able to zoom in and see the logo.  Unfortunately, with the stems properly in the 6 o’clock position and the tire logos correctly splitting the stem, well, that means the grass covers up the logo.  Cursed bike photography rules!

Anyway, 15,000 miles is short of what I’ve got on these tires, but I had to put something down for mileage…  Look at it this way; they’re what I put on my wife’s bikes because I trust them.