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Lowrey'sOrgan
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Anybody live near Steamboat? Sup is moving near there (Clark) for the summer so I will be visiting. Tarckup?

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 00:34
aerobear
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I don't think anyone on here is out that way. I'd like to check it out sometime, haven't made it out there yet.

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Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 00:37
kmcdon
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drwelby wrote:
Prairie Fireball Overnighter report

(I missed out due poor preparation)

Super bummed that I missed all of these rides. I still haven't even been to FtC yet.

Heading up to Pawnee for a weekend bike minitour again. Perhaps this time I actually get to have the ice cream.

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 01:11
drwelby
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Sup and I are camping Saturday night on the west end of the Pawnee, probably around 41 & 102.

I had to close my retail location when we got booted off the farm, but I have two stores scooping my ice cream right now: House of Windsor on 392 in Windsor and Farmers' Pantry in Greeley at 16th St & 10th Ave.

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:00
kmcdon
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Well if you see two people on loaded down bikes you'll know who it is lol, and I'll try to stop into the pantry. I will be in greeley Fri. and Mon.

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:46
jamey
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Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Anybody live near Steamboat? Sup is moving near there (Clark) for the summer so I will be visiting. Tarckup?

I went for the first time last summer, and it was pretty great. The riding is awesome, and strawberry hot springs is great. I'd be down for a tackup, since a return trip was already in the plans.

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 17:56
kmcdon
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+1

Haven't been to steamboat yet, but a couple of my friends won't shut the hell up about it. Def. want to go. I hear strawberry is a coed yolofest after dark too, so that might be cool.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:05
kmcdon
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My area is pretty blown out for camping, we were thinking about bikepacking up on Poudre Canyon. Once you leave FoCo does anyone have any recommendations on gravel road camping?

Need to get out of my bubble.

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:46
drwelby
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On the south side of the canyon going over Buckhorn to Pingree Park is a classic FoCo dirt road ride, and then you can cross over to the north side on Manhattan Road to get to the Red Feather Lakes area. There's a store in Rustic for snacks on the way. In that area is also Old Flowers Road but it got hammered by the big fire a few years ago. In the other direction you can take Crown Point Road and drop down the Dadd Gulch trail to the canyon.

On the Red Feather side there's tons of roads and places to camp. You basically have Deadman's Road running east-west on the south end, and Cherokee Park on the north end, and you can connect them at a couple of different places. Once you're at the Laramie River valley you can keep going west towards Walden and Steamboat Springs or north towards the Wind Rivers if you want to cover some ground. There's also good camping there at the base of the Rawahs. But there's plenty to explore just in the Red Feather area. You can eat at the Pot Belly, ride up to the fire lookout, or go out to the Mt. Margaret overlook. Down closer to town I know people also camp in the Cherokee SWA, and there's food at The Forks in Livermore. If you can time it for the aspens turning, bombing down Sand Creek Pass Road is an incredible experience.

The relevant routes on coloradogravelroads.com are: NoCo Gravelo, Manhattan Express Permanent, Red Dirt Randonee, and the Cinnamon Roller.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:27
kmcdon
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Perfect, thanks!

Also, did you know that strava heatmap is broken on that site?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:47
kmcdon
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http://yawpcyclery.com/bikepacking-with-surly/

It's happening again this year, but instead of Buff Creek (which is blown the fuck out ever since they built lil' scraggy), we're going to Salida.

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:33
drwelby
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2017 Winter Ralleye

This Seasons dates are as follows:

Wycolo Border Patrol Saturday November 11th 2017 at 7:30 am at the Poudre Trail and Taft Hill Road trailhead parking lot. Rolling at 8:00 AM. Meet up after the ride at Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publik House. Take gravel roads north and loop through Red Mountain and Soapstone Prairie open spaces. Some singletrack and sand washes. Optionally ride more singletrack and cross into Wyoming. "It's hella scenic!"

Pennock Pedaling Pow-wow Sunday December 10th 2017 at Bean Cycle at 6:30 AM at The Bean Cycle ~ 95 miles through Buckhorn and Poudre Canyons, traversing over Pennock Pass. 50/50 dirt roads and pavement, extended postholing possible depending on snow level.

Two Days of Cold Toes Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th 2018 meeting at Swing Station at Noon and roll at at 1:00pm to camp at Ansel Watrous campground up the Poudre Canyon. All pavement.

The Cinnamon Roller Sunday February 18th 2018 meeting at Bean Cycle at 7:30 and rolling at 8:00am. Gravel roads with a cinnamon roll stop at The Forks in Livermore with after ride meet up at Road 34. 75% dirt roads.

Weld County Waltz Saturday March 24th 2018 meeting at Bean Cycle at 7:30 and rolling at 8:00am Heading out east on gravel roads between 50 and 95 miles, weather dependent. Meet up after the ride at Brave New Wheel. Mostly dirt roads depending on route. This is goathead territory, bring your sealant!

Prairie Fireball Overnight Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd 2018 Appoximatly 50 to 150 miles either east to the prairie or west to Prairie Divide depending on weather. The Lyrid Meteor Showers are supposed to be near their peak. Route TBD.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:47
kmcdon
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I am going to make a more concerted effort to make at least some of these this year, and with LB now having a krampus, I'm sure she'll be into it as well (unless 42mm tires are acceptable)

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:50
drwelby
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42s will work on all the rides. The WyColo might present some hike-a-bike here and there but the majority of the route just on dirt roads.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:53
kmcdon
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heck yes. Maybe I'll put some byways on ladybiek's biek.

All the dates have been added to our shared calendar. Some of them we might need to camp/airBnB the night before to avoid leaving Denver at 5am

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:55
drwelby
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You could probably crash at my place.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:08
drwelby
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NoCo Gravelo

October 7-8

Red Feather Lakes area, 50 and 70 miles loops of dirt and 4wd roads, possibly a shorter 'sup ride. Ride the 7th, start and end at base camp, then enjoy the #campvibes.

PM me for more info.

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:36
kmcdon
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Probably staying in town that weekend, it's in between two huge trips I'm planning

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:42
drwelby
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I just realized I'm out of town that weekend anyway.

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:44
sparksflyhigh
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Does anyone who reads this thread have contacts at Niner? I just put in an application to work for them in engineering. I'd really like this job, but I know these applications often go unseen unless someone tells them to take a look. I think I've seen some photos from some of the Colorado tarckers of poopbarning rides with people from Niner.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 00:51
drwelby
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Ha, I applied for that too. My main Niner contact left last year unfortunately. I've ridden with some guys from there but don't know them too well.

I haven't heard anything either, and didn't set up anything to track if they're looking.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 01:03
sparksflyhigh
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Oh, lol. When did you apply?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 01:30
drwelby
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Like a week ago.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 01:33
sparksflyhigh
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I guess we'll see what happens lol. Good luck

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 01:36
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:30
kmcdon
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Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

I haven't been to Granby specifically in the winter, but I've been to Winter Park many times. There are a couple big ski resorts there so they make a point to keep that road plowed. You'd be going over Berthoud Pass, which does get closed from time to time in the winter for avalanche blasting, but generally speaking they plow the everloving shit out of that road to keep ski traffic going.

Get some blizzaks and you'll be golden, but also keep food, water, and a blanket in your car AT ALL TIMES in the mountains, because it can get fucked up real quick.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:55
kmcdon
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Re: winter ralleye

I met a guy yesterday at the cutty bandit cyclocross race in Denver who said he's been going to these for a few years now. I didn't catch his name.

I actually should have the gunther/ditherer built up by the time the series starts, and yesterday I verified that if we de-fender ladybiek's buena vista, we can in fact put byways on it. So we should be good to go.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:58
aerobear
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Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

i wouldn't call granby in the middle of nowhere. it's on a major highway (40) and has a ski resort. it's only a few miles down the road from a major resort in winter park. should be easily accessible in winter. the traffic will be hell in winter due to people going to ski at winter park in particular, but it's not as bad as other spots. you won't have to go over loveland or vail pass to get there, which is a plus as both of those passes get pretty nasty during storms. granby also has easy access to the other side of rocky mtn nat'l park for winter adventures also.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:28
drwelby
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Cool, there was some uncertainty about the first ralleye but I think that was more about the route. I guess Fort Collins Open Space wasn't thrilled with a large group of riders on their trails without an event permit. There's an alternate route that's been used in the past that goes into Wyoming that it might fall back to. It's an out and back on dirt roads, no singletrack.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:35
drwelby
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Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

Just in the event you look at the Fort Collins area, Highway 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park is closed during the winter, so you'd have to go around to get to Granby.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:37
aerobear
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drwelby wrote:
Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

Just in the event you look at the Fort Collins area, Highway 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park is closed during the winter, so you'd have to go around to get to Granby.

oh yeah, that'd be a loooong go around. i'd look at golden before denver. close to denver for commuting in to the city but much better trail access and easy access to i-70 to get to granby. or look at idaho springs if you wanna get weird.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:42
kmcdon
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I'm excited. I think that hearing from whoever that guy was that we met yesterday that the rides are mellow enough and not stupid elevation gain put her at a little more ease. She likes hearing it from someone besides me :)

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:42
jamey
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aerobear wrote:
Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Who has been to Granby in the winter? Sup is thinking about getting a job there, I would live in Denver or something and hopefully visit often. How accessible/inaccessible would it be with snow? Looks like it's in the middle of nowhere

i wouldn't call granby in the middle of nowhere. it's on a major highway (40) and has a ski resort. it's only a few miles down the road from a major resort in winter park. should be easily accessible in winter. the traffic will be hell in winter due to people going to ski at winter park in particular, but it's not as bad as other spots. you won't have to go over loveland or vail pass to get there, which is a plus as both of those passes get pretty nasty during storms. granby also has easy access to the other side of rocky mtn nat'l park for winter adventures also.

It's worth noting that if you don't have a typical 9-5, getting out there in the winter won't be much of a hassle.

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:22
drwelby
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kmcdon wrote:
I'm excited. I think that hearing from whoever that guy was that we met yesterday that the rides are mellow enough and not stupid elevation gain put her at a little more ease. She likes hearing it from someone besides me :)

With the exception of the Pennock Pass ride that's true, and for a lot of people it's more a social thing. There's plenty of fatbikes and flannel and forties.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:38
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Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:32
kmcdon
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Def. looking like I'll be going to border patrol, pennock powwow not so much.

Any idea on the mileages?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:53
drwelby
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The classic Border Patrol is about 80 miles, but the exact route is up in the air this year. One alternate route we've used was around 90.

Pennock Pass ride is about 95.

Cold Toes is 25 miles each day.

Cinnamon Roller is 50.

Weld Waltz could be 50-100 depending on the weather.

Prairie Fireball: Last year was 60 per day, but also weather dependent.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:57
kmcdon
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Sweet. I don't think that LadyBiek is up for 90 miles, so there's a chance I might be doing that one by myself / or with some friends that are more conditioned to distances.

Toes/Roller/Fireball I'm sure she'll have no trouble with.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:07
drwelby
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The Waltz is out east on the prairie so since the roads are on the grid it's easily shortened.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:11

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