The Assenmacher 100 is a recreational and social fun bicycle ride through the farmland and villages of mid-Michigan. Started in 1980, it has become one of Michigan's premier century rides and is endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. It is held each year on the third Sunday in August. With routes from approximately 20 miles to 100 miles, there are courses for experienced cyclists as well as the casual rider. It has become a popular DALMAC warm up ride.
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Summer riding season is in full bloom. We have rides scheduled throughout the week for all levels of riders. You can check out local club rides and rides across the state by clicking above on the "Community" button. The "Knowledge" button above has some great links to information and contacts to get you going the right direction fast.
In all weather and temperatures it is important to stay hydrated. On longer rides always eat before you get hungry and drink before you get thirsty. It is much better to maintain energy and fluid levels then to try and recover after they are depleted.
The cell phone is one of the most significant improvements in cycling safety ever! Have yours with you on all rides. Keep it charged and have the phone numbers you need at hand. If you have a smart phone learn to use the navigation features and other apps that will help you stay on course and in touch. Many smart phones have tracking features, have someone close to you have their device set up to track you. In an emergency a couple of key strokes will pin point your location instantly.
Keep your your bicycle in shape. Be prepared for the unexpected. Check your tires regularly for wear and damage. Keep them inflated to the correct pressure for the type of riding you are doing. Make sure that you have a spare tube, pump, and you know how to use them. Always carry your cell phone!
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How To Wash Your Bike (And Keep It Clean Longer) - Before you begin, remove the high-pressure nozzle from your hose because a powerful spray forces water where you don't want it. Instead, just use the hose for rinsing, letting the water run over the bike from the top, never from the side (also, don't invert the bike). Then, fill a bucket with warm water and some mild detergent that makes lots of suds and round up an inexpensive sponge (you might also like some different size soft nylon brushes). If you have one, you can first spray a bike-cleaning solution designed to cut any dirt and grime on your bike finish and parts. To clean the bike, rinse first with the hose to loosen any dirt that would scratch the finish if you just started scrubbing, or use your bike-cleaner spray. Then dip the sponge in the soapy warm water and go over the bike cleaning it and all the parts thoroughly. If it's really dirty you may need to change the water and do it again. Rinse when done and then dry your bike with soft rags. Finally, lube the chain, cables and pivot points to expel any remaining moisture and keep things working smoothly. You can also apply a bike-specific polish to keep grime and dirt from building up as quickly.