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Meet Ben Rollenhagen: Champion for Bicycling Education

Ben Rollenhagen has worn many hats in the bicycling community, and many of his contributions will continue to have lasting impact on youth training and empowerment through bicycling. Having held many leadership roles in organizing Michigan bike races, teams, and developing a comprehensive bicycling education curriculum called Riding for Focus, Ben’s work has resulted in significant positive impact that continues to expand. While attending Central Michigan University (CMU) in 2004, Ben began racing while earning his Bachelor of Science in Education degree. He later returned to earn his Master’s in Physical Education Pedagogy and is currently working towards his doctorate...
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A Letter to the Michigan Cycling Community Regarding Michigan Bicycle Law

Dear Michigan Cyclists, For many years I have represented cyclists in the courtroom and volunteered my time for causes that promote cycling in Michigan. During that time, my law firm has consistently supported me and agreed to contribute time and money to Michigan cycling events, the sponsorship of teams, and co-hosted numerous events that give bike helmets (and bicycles) to kids. Approximately five years ago, I was asked to join a new group of lawyers that were starting a national network of lawyers who represent cyclists called the Bike Law Network. I valued being part of this group of bicycle...
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Velocity USA: Hand-Built Wheels and Accessories

Bicyclists looking for high-quality, stylish wheels and accessories need to look no further – Velocity USA has what you need right here in Michigan! Velocity manufactures numerous bicycle rims at its plant located in Grand Rapids. The Wheel Department takes these rims and produces hand-built top-notch wheels that come with a variety of rims, hubs, and spokes. “I am a big fan of Velocity wheels. I have used Velocity Major Toms as my go-to cyclocross wheels for years and am currently running Ailerons on my gravel bike,” says founder of Michigan Bicycle Law, Bryan Waldman, “I even have a coat hanger...
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ERG! Fruit and Nut Bars: Michigan-Made Energy

Traverse City, Michigan, is home to Dennis and Katy Bean-Larson; founders of ERG! Fruit & Nut Bars. Dennis is a long-time Michigan bicyclist who understood the need for good old-fashioned nutrition without unnatural additives or preservatives. In 2011, Dennis had this in mind when he grabbed a blender and a few yummy ingredients, not realizing that in just a few years that moment of inspiration would turn into a successful line of nationally distributed, wholesome energy bars. The ERG! Journey After a few experiments with the blender (and a few messes to clean up), Dennis shared his energy bars with...
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Will Bike Shops Stay Open During Michigan’s Shelter-in-Place and What You Can Do to Help Your Local Bike Shop During These Times

As most Michiganders know by now, in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, at 11:00 am on March 23, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a “shelter-in-place” Executive Order that applies to all residents of the State of Michigan. The stated purpose of the Order is “to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s healthcare system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective  equipment (PPE), and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to...
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Meet Henry Ford II

What does Henry Ford II do for the Michigan bicycle community? The better question is what doesn’t Henry do? It is hard to imagine a person who spends more of their time contributing to Michigan’s bicycle scene in a more positive way than Henry. Henry in a nutshell; Started and runs the weekly Palmer Park Ride based out of Palmer Park. The group leaves at 7:00 pm every Thursday night between April and October from the Palmer Park pool parking lot, located at 910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit, MI 48203. The ride typically attracts 75-100 cyclists and covers approximately 15-25...
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