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Wonder Goods: Designing Wonderful Goods for Active Michiganders

Friendship is powerful, and friends Nick Stygstra and Aaron Schaafsma have used theirs to build a Michigan-based company from the ground up. Created through connection and many cups of coffee, Wonder Goods designs and crafts high-quality bags and bike accessories that support an active lifestyle. Their popular handlebar bags are the perfect accessory for cyclists, in addition to an array of other cyclist accessory options! What Makes Wonder Goods’ Bike Accessories Wonderful? Based in Grand Rapids, Wonder Goods offers a variety of products including handlebar bags, snack bags, fanny packs, apparel, and bike accessories. Made from quality materials, we at...
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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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Meet Nate Phipps – Co-Founder of Bike Alliance of Washtenaw

Nate Phipps is a co-founder of the Bike Alliance of Washtenaw and a board member of Common Cycle. In 2014, Nate and his wife, Michelle Bellino (who commutes on a Brompton), moved from Boston to Ann Arbor. Nate had been involved in cycling advocacy in Massachusetts through work with Bikes Not Bombs and the Boston Cyclists Union and saw the positive impact of community-based cycling organizations. When he relocated to Ann Arbor, he was encouraged by the high number of cyclists and bicycle organizations. However, there was a missing piece – a central organization that could harness the energy, connections,...
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Meet “Mr. Michigan,” Jon Ornée!

Jon Ornée is a cyclist, musician, health coach, wine label designer, triathlete and one of the most motivated people you will meet. He exudes positive energy and has chosen to do so in a way that motivates others to join him on a quest for a healthy and active lifestyle. Jon created a program called “30 Days of Awesome,” a free 30-day program that helps people explore better habits, such as better sleeping, eating, drinking, and moving, in order to feel more awesome. Jon also shares his love of being active and exploring the outdoors through a campaign called “The...
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Meet Jenny Acker – Michigan GPS Artist

If you’ve been involved in Michigan’s bike community, there is likely no more than a few degrees of separation between you and Jenny Acker. Whether you know it or not, you have probably benefited from or seen some of her work along the way. Jenny works behind the scenes to help with numerous popular Michigan biking events, including Barry Roubaix, Lumberjack 100, Fargo Sub-48, and the Michigan Gravel Race Series. She races gravel and mountain bikes, plays bicycle polo, and alongside her husband Matt, has taken some of the most enviable bikepacking trips we have seen. Jenny is also a...
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