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Bicyclists bonded as 'Chain Gang' before crash that killed 5

They called themselves "The Chain Gang" — a group of bicyclists drawn together by zest for their sport, physical fitness and love of the outdoors whose day trip in the southwestern Michigan countryside ended tragically as a pickup truck plowed into them, killing five and injuring four others.

Stunned biking enthusiasts joined relatives and friends of the riders Wednesday in mourning them, leaving flowers, a commemorative "ghost bike" and a small wooden cross at the crash scene and gathering by the hundreds for a 5-mile "silent ride."

"We're all part of a community and this community needs to feel safe on the roads," Sheila...