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kmcdon
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I'm going to be in beautifulhorrible Delaware :|

Looking forward to the campout next month though. Maybe I'll have a hunter/gatherer for it.

Barring a new Endpoint, would you reccomend:

a 29x3 tire mountain bike

or

byways on the grando

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:03
drwelby
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For the campout? It's all paved, we just ride up CO 14. Just take the bike that hauls your shit the best.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:07
kmcdon
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(Reply to #103)

Perfect.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:10
liquify
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Thinking of making a trip to Boulder with sup in September.
There is a conference at CU Boulder last weekend, and I may use that as my main academic trip instead of Reno in November. Always wanted the university to pay for my bike trip, but our locations/times of main conferences usually don't allow that. Looks like bike parks are usually open until Oct 1, so that should be cool. Plus other trails hopefully clear for some fun.
Will post again when actually closer to it becoming a reality.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:32
jamey
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Oh yeah, you will have a lot of riding options available in September. There are a couple of good mtb trails in Boulder, but a majority of them are in Denver's front range area, which are 30 minutes or less from Boulder. Going beyond the front range trails will be a little questionable at the end of September, it really just depends on the snowfall.

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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:08
kmcdon
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Looks like me, ladybiek, and our friend Eric are in for cold toes next weekend. Probably just drive up to FoCo earlier in the morning since we really haven't spent too much time up there. I might have a couple others coming up with, but they're all "but i'd rather go skiing instead"

what the hell is wrong with people.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:59
drwelby
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Co0l!

Logistical considerations to maximize your enjoyment:

Meet at Swing Station at noon for social hour, or hour and a half.
There is a pizza place across the street, some people grab a pizza, eat some for lunch, and take the rest with them. Across the other street is a grocery store if you're into midwestern hot bar selections, except their krautburgers are totally bogus.
Eventually ride up the canyon, frequent "safety checks".
The campsite is closed for the winter, so the water pump is disabled and the bathrooms are locked.
Sometimes we can get the hand pump to work however, and the campsite is right on the Poudre so there's water to filter/boil.
The next campsite up the highway (150 feet or so) is technically open and the bathrooms are unlocked
There is a fire pit and a big stack of pallets we be magically waiting for us.
Usually the river is frozen, and the afternoon activities are crossing the river and scrambling up in the rocks. There is hidden waterfall to ogle. Appropriate footwear may wisely influence your bike choice.
On the way up the canyon there is a little Kamping convenience store should you need to fine-tune lite beer supplies
A little bit further past the campground is the Mishawaka, if you want to continue drinking in a bar setting or need a cheeseburger. There often is an nightcap expedition to the Mish so bring lights if you're not dynolyfing.
In the morning Colin usually brings bacon and eggs for sharing. Some people head up to the Mish for breakfast.
If you're on fat tires, you can take a side trip (out and back lollipop) on the Hewlett Gulch trail on the way back.
Also on the way back is Vern's in Laporte if you want a big hunter's breakfast.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:39
kmcdon
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Quote:
Appropriate footwear may wisely influence your bike choice.

I'm most likely going to swap the pedals out on the grando to those sweet imrider flats, so that I can wear my winter boots. I do not want cold toes.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:46
JUGE FREDD
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The Drifter's Cookhouse on the other side of the pass is owned by my family

I spent a summer rebuilding the kitchen from studs and replumbing the whole thing when my Uncle first bought it

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 04:36
kmcdon
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Google maps says permanently closed :(

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:36
kmcdon
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Doc, what's the water situation up there? Should I bring a filter? Do you think the spigot might work?

I don't want to haul several liters of water up there if I can help it. Look for LB and me on white somas, and my buddy on some colnago crossbike thing. I was gonna leave Denver around 10am or so.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:05
dotMR
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I saw Steamboat mentioned earlier and it's fantastic. Great spot in the winter, even better in the summer.

I'll be out there visiting family mid Feb if anyone makes it out that way

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:20
kmcdon
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(Reply to #113)

I hear strawberry hot springs is rad as fuck, and I've got the coordinates for a primitive spring just south of Kremmling if it's not snowed in.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:24
drwelby
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(Reply to #114)

kmcdon wrote:
Doc, what's the water situation up there? Should I bring a filter? Do you think the spigot might work?

I don't want to haul several liters of water up there if I can help it. Look for LB and me on white somas, and my buddy on some colnago crossbike thing. I was gonna leave Denver around 10am or so.

The Forest Service takes the handle off of the pump when they close the campground for the winter. The rest of the mechanism still can be cycled, it's just not as easy. But I don't know if there are other circumstances that keep it from working this year. Colin should be hauling up pallets today, I'll ask him to look.

The one in the next campground up might work though, I've never gone and looked. And if you plan to go to the Mish you could fill up on water there and haul it downhill.

I'm not sure about snow to melt, they're supposed to get some today. If you don't want to haul, you should probably bring the filter to use river water.

Weather is looking perfect, tight temp range and not too cold.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:45
kmcdon
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(Reply to #115)

drwelby wrote:
snow to melt, they're supposed to get some today.

Are you thinking that slicks might be a liability in this case?

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:47
drwelby
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(Reply to #116)

kmcdon wrote:

Are you thinking that slicks might be a liability in this case?

I don't think so, the forecast isn't for much and the road gets enough traffic, but if I hear otherwise I'll PM you.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:50
drwelby
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Report is the water pump was winterized so it's haul, boil, or filter.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:51
kmcdon
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frig

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:55
drwelby
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Cinnamon Roller route has changed. Colorado State Patrol wanted $2500 to watch us cross Hwy 287. So the new route stays in the plains. ~55 miles, no long climbs other than some rollers. No cinnamon rolls.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:39
kmcdon
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what the fuck, that seems excessive.

may or may not come up with a few people.

can we BYOCR?

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 19:48
drwelby
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Yeah, that was for two officers in cars plus signs or something.

We lose out the official cinnamon roll stop at The Forks, BYO is certainly an option. It is quite possible that some good samaritan could appear on the side of the road with cinnamon roll handups - there have been bacon handups in the past.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 20:07
kmcdon
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Were you compelled by some third party to make the ride "official", or was this out of good faith?

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:38
drwelby
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I don't think there was an official request to go legit. The ride got big enough to get noticed, and the word got out that officials knew about it and weren't happy, so this year they went and got the permits and insurance. I also think the founders were getting nervous about personal liability. When you have 100+ riders and random people coming up from other areas the odds of accidents and misunderstandings go up.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:00
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Does anybody know anybody at Yeti (bikes not coolers)? Applying for an engineering job there and it would be cool to have a contact.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:27
Lowrey'sOrgan
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(Reply to #125)

Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
Does anybody know anybody at Yeti (bikes not coolers)? Applying for an engineering job there and it would be cool to have a contact.

Also does anybody know anybody at Moots or Big Agnes. Really trying to move to CO this summer.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:38
drwelby
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Can't help you with contacts at those three, but you may want to look at Oakes Manufacturing in Fort Collins - they do all the CNC work for Moots and some other bike companies. I know someone over there.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:06
dotMR
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No contacts but I was told that Moots only advertises jobs locally (Maybe worth checking the Steamboat Pilot newspaper)

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:06
drwelby
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yo yo yo

Valmont City Park Laborer

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs trail and feature maintenance of the bike park. Including trail surface maintenance and rebuild, maintaining transitions between trail features, maintaining jump landings and lips.

...

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :

• Work requires excellent knowledge of bike park maintenance, safety and design including but not limited to building and maintaining dirt jumps as well as regular inspection of current park features.
• Skills and ability to ride similar bike terrain including pump tracks, transitions to features, and etc.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:19
sparksflyhigh
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Might try SRAM if you have any experience designing brakes that work, lol

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:37
aerobear
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(Reply to #130)

drwelby wrote:
yo yo yo

Valmont City Park Laborer

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs trail and feature maintenance of the bike park. Including trail surface maintenance and rebuild, maintaining transitions between trail features, maintaining jump landings and lips.

...

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :

• Work requires excellent knowledge of bike park maintenance, safety and design including but not limited to building and maintaining dirt jumps as well as regular inspection of current park features.
• Skills and ability to ride similar bike terrain including pump tracks, transitions to features, and etc.

main dude who seems to always be working there is hella chill also. working at valmont looks rad..

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

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 00:15
drwelby
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Cinnamon Roller route here.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:31
kmcdon
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I think I'm going to be skipping next week, but I do plan to at least make it up for the next overnighter!

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:37
Lowrey'sOrgan
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sup everybody
got a job designing hitch racks in Boulder
I'll be in CO as of April let's hang out

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:15
kmcdon
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HY!

I don't get up to boulder very much, but the access to the mountains is awesome.

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:58
aerobear
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welcome to CO! HMU when you get here and we will get some beers.

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

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:37
oogens
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Hy, also bike park tarck ups

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 00:59
jr.early
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Who are you designing racks for? Rocky Mounts? Welcome to CO! the riding is too good in Boulder.

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:25
kmcdon
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(Reply to #138)

jr.early wrote:
Who are you designing racks for? Rocky Mounts? Welcome to CO! the riding is too good in Boulder.

Just got home from riding the Gravelanche. There's some cool stuff up there. Too many tri-dorks for my taste though.

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:37
jamey
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(Reply to #139)

oogens wrote:
Hy, also bike park tarck ups

Dude, we need to meet up and ride real trails this summer.

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

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:37
jamey
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Also: It'll be good to have another tarcker in the area.

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

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:38
aerobear
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(Reply to #141)

kmcdon wrote:
jr.early wrote:
Who are you designing racks for? Rocky Mounts? Welcome to CO! the riding is too good in Boulder.

Just got home from riding the Gravelanche. There's some cool stuff up there. Too many tri-dorks for my taste though.

they come out in droves on the weekends. saw so many tri bikes weaving around the shoulder on 36 today. its not faster if you ride 30% further due to being unable to ride in anything that resembles a straight line..

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

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:10
jr.early
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(Reply to #142)

kmcdon wrote:
jr.early wrote:
Who are you designing racks for? Rocky Mounts? Welcome to CO! the riding is too good in Boulder.

Just got home from riding the Gravelanche. There's some cool stuff up there. Too many tri-dorks for my taste though.

You just gotta learn where they do not congregate. But yesterday was an exception for sure, we had secret groad yesterday and the amount of large group rides and over serious roadie bros we encountered was too damn high.

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:26
kmcdon
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what is a secret groad?

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:29
jr.early
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groad.cc

sort of an alley cat-ish race but connecting as much dirt as possible. No route, just points and you make your own way. It was rowdy as all hell and just down right fun on bicycles.

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:42
kmcdon
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Oh nice.

The gravelanche we did was full of, dare I say, somewhat stuck-up over serious roadie bros. There were certainly people who didn't meet that criteria, but the whole thing left me pretty underwhelmed.

I'd come up to Boulder more often if I knew where the dirtbag shit was. Dirtbags, these lads and lasses were not.

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:53
jr.early
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Yeah I think everything up here has some sprinkling of that crew, and even the type of folks who like doing dirt bag shit but still take it too seriously.

Working for Rapha I get the full brunt of that world most of the time, but it makes finding those types of things all that much more important. Plus our core crew of people in the clubhouse really are rad as hell and down to earth 90% of the time. We are trying to branch out and do more ride/events that appeal to us and step away from that "Discerning" crowd; things like sub 24 overnighters, bringing back the gentleman's rides, Morning coffee rides, explore series rides where we string together as much french lines as possible, and just really making it more about the social and fun rides than about "training". Yes it is Rapha and it always has that undertone but there is a huge push to just have more fun within the whole company which is radical.

Ill keep you posted about some of the more fun stuff coming up as we pick dates and whatnot.

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:19
drwelby
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Up in this direction:

Winter Ralleyes:

March 24: Weld County Waltz ~75 miles of gravel in the plains

April 21 & 22: Prairie Fireball Overnighter s24o either up at Prairie Divide (Red Feather Lakes) or Pawnee Grasslands depending on weather

Also:

May 19: FoCo 102: The Saddle Sore War try to ride more or less every trail in FoCo in day. 102 miles over 5 loops, 14.5K feet of climbing. .

Not Colorado but close enough of a drive:

May 19: Robidoux Quick and Dirty 75 mile gravel ride/race around the Scottsbluff National Monument

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:48
kmcdon
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Fireball is what like 60 miles?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:08
drwelby
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40-60 most likely.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:53
drwelby
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This Saturday the 24th: Penultimate Winter Ralleye - Weld County Waltz

route here

80 miles in the plains, run tubeless or sealant!

Meet at Bean Cycle in downtown FoCo at 7:30, roll at 8. Or meet me in Windsor and intersect the ride ~ 15 miles in.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:11

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