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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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The Rough Riders of 2 Wheel Technique

Erin Crowell - April 4th, 2011
The Rough Riders of 2 Wheel Technique: Are you ready to take on the ‘Pipe of Death’?
By Erin Crowell
“Like riding a bicycle.”
It’s a comparative statement we use when describing life – the revisiting
of something we thought once forgotten, but relearned as if second
nature…easy peasy, you could say.
Think about it. How many 30-year-olds do you see swapping spots with their
child after teaching them how to ride? Little Tommy cautiously holding the
back of the bike seat as giggling Dad rides nervously down the driveway?
Hopefully zero; because riding a bike is something you only have to learn
once, right?
Jonathan Pool believes there’s more to riding a bike than just pedaling
forward, and many of us could use a refresher.

STAIR-CLIBING ENVY
2 Wheel Technique is a Traverse City-based group dedicated to the art of
balance… on two wheels. Pool, an avid cyclist, started the group after
moving to the area in 2003 from southeastern Michigan.
“When I moved here, I was the only one in the area with trials
experience,” said Pool about the biking discipline where mountain bikers
attempt to cross terrain, using any obstacle such as boulders or logs,
without putting a foot on the ground.
Observed trials are also known as technical mountain biking.
“I started mountain biking seriously in the early ’90s,” he said. “I had a
friend who could ride over anything. He could even ride up stairs without
putting a foot down. I was so envious.”
The group meets every Tuesday during the summer and rides at local spots,
as well as across the state (Marquette) and out-of-state (Ray’s Mountain
Bike Indoor Park in Cleveland).
“Hardcore” members tackle obstacles such as the boulders in Clinch Park
and the break wall rocks on West Grand Traverse Bay. Another favorite spot
is “The Pipe of Death,” as Pool says the kids have nicknamed it – a
200-foot-long pipe near Union Street Dam.
Sometimes the obstacle can be an available parked car—with permission by
the owner, of course—or a ledge.
“ I can get over a two-foot-high ledge pretty easily,” said Pool.

STATEGIC ADVISOR
As a strategic advisor, Pool shows his clients their potential.
“I help someone identify who they are at the core, then provide a personal
core statement that helps them to see and achieve what they can do… some
things they may never thought were possible.”
It’s a mission that has flooded other aspects of his life, including 2
Wheel Technique.
“I live out my core purpose of helping people accomplish goals. I help
them get over that log.”
When it comes down to it, getting over that log is all about breaking down
to the basic components and taking the process step by step, according to
Pool.
While not everyone may be interested in learning how to traverse a river
by fallen tree or riding over Lake Superior boulders, 2 Wheel Technique
allows cyclists of all abilities to become better.
“Our group is about learning to ride the bike with confidence and control,
whether it’s off a trail or on the road. While our sport may be labeled
‘extreme,’ our techniques apply to safety. That includes riding in
traffic, maneuvering curbs, making turns… knowing how to control your bike
can dramatically improve your safety.”
Pool points to one common obstacle in the area: sand.
“We have a lot of it and not everyone knows how to ride through it,” he
explained. “We teach you to ride with light hands and heavy feet. When you
pull all those subtle things together, it opens a whole world of
possibilities.”
Riders range from eight to 15 on a given day, and are a variety of ages.
“One of the best things I love about 2 Wheel Technique is that there are
no age barriers. There will be teens teaching six-year-olds, then working
with 60-year-olds,” said Pool.
Whether you’re looking to improve your biking skills or just hopping on
for the first time, 2 Wheel Technique can help make your bicycling
experience easy peasy.

2 Wheel Technique will host demos at several events throughout the summer,
as well as their weekly rides (day subject to change). For more
information, visit them online at 2wheeltechnique.com.


 
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