Thursday, July 29, 2010

Next Tuesday Ride 8/3

Trying to give everyone advance warning for next Tuesday's ride. It will be LIGHTS MANDATORY. Not talking hiking/camp lights, but real lights you can ride technical singletrack with for a long time. Cause that's what we'll be doing.

Meet at the bike shop at 5:30 and expect to be out for a while. We'll be going up to Peaceful Valley and coming back late. We'll start riding in daylight and finish up in the dark. I don't have a route planned yet, but it'll be a biggie. Can't wait!

Monday, July 26, 2010

It was a Lion Gulch Monday

Going up there. And beyond.

Some technical bits, i.e. about 30% hiking to get to Homestead Meadows.

With some really nice terrain at the top of the gulch. The flowers were happening in a good way.

Lots of history.

I think I would've like to reside at this property. Beautiful.

The correct tool for the job.

Found a back to back 2 seater. Would that be a sedan?

This rock was pitched in a particularly unique way out by a ranch hand living quarters area. Weird rock or tombstone?

More history.

It doesn't get old, does it?
Not to mention the fine, fine singletrack leaving the meadows.
Lion Gulch is the busiest trailhead in all of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. I saw 3 people way up in there and a handful of folks by the trailhead. Nice. Hope you enjoyed your Monday as much as me. I love Mondays.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

South St Vrain TLC

If any of you can make it out next weekend to help with the reroute of South St Vrain, that'd be great. BMA and the USFS are looking for volunteers for this coming Sat or Sun or both. Food provided and camping available. Or something like that :) I'm going to try to make it but I have to shake out the schedule.

Here's the background. Upper SSV goes thru a small part of Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Forest Service has been gracious enough the last several years to look the other way while we enjoy SSV's rocky goodness. Now that they have surveyed the boundary and cannot look the other way any longer, rather than close that portion of the trail, the USFS has also been gracious enough to allow us to reroute the trail further to the south and out of the boundary so we can keep enjoying it. Work on the reoute has been happening for the last year or so and if they get enough volunteers this weekend, it might be able to open as early as this August.

Like mtbmike says, "The world is run by those that show up." If you want to have an influential hand in how a lot of this plays out, now is your chance.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New, lower MSRP on Intense!

I recently got this from Intense. Great news!
Hello Intense fans,

I am Intense Cycles proud Director of Operations. One year ago, I joined the Intense team because of their dedication and support of Made in the USA product. When I step onto the production floor each day, I am still in awe that we make these world class bikes right here in Temecula, CA. From CNC machining and welding to final assembly, Intense has truly made a mark on the bicycle industry.

I joined Intense for one reason: to improve their operations for you, the customer. Today, I have the pleasure to tell you that all of the improvements we have made have finally paid off. Three of our favorite models: The Uzzi VP, Tracer VP, and Spider 2 have all had their MSRP's reduced because of the savings we have made out on the floor. Here's the breakdown:

Uzzi VP Old MSRP: $2,420USD New MSRP: $2,199USD
Tracer VP Old MSRP: $2,280USD New MSRP: $1,999USD
Spider 2 Old MSRP: $1,999USD New MSRP: $1,899USD

I don't want this message to be taken lightly. This is not all we've improved at Intense. We continue to improve our product each and every day. We continue to develop new models for your enjoyment. On the back-end, we've increased the headcount in our customer service department to help our customers through any questions they may have. We've widened our domestic dealer base to service more demand than we've ever had before. And the list goes on...

I can't wait for Interbike this year so we can show you what we've got in store for 2011. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Jeff Moates
Director of Operations

Specialized Tarmac for sale

Good buddy of the shop Mike brought this baby in to be consigned. Turns out that Mike just wasn't into road riding. As it sits, I doubt it's even got 1000 miles on it. This Tarmac is in beautiful condition. It's a 56 and has the cool blue Gerolsteiner paint job on it. Looking to get about $1400 on this sweet carbon 105/Ultegra machine.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Weeks worth of riding.

Last week's Tuesday Ride took us up to Little Raven and South St Vrain. Shuttle, if you will. It was a great ride. There was carnage. It was good.

On Sunday late, Dirtydoug and I went bushwhacking again.
If you can call a ride with 3 major hike a bikes a success, it was a major success.
And today? Today I rode up Coney Creek Rd and down Buchanan Pass. Some parts were smooth.
And some parts were not.
But it was still great :) We'll see you on Tuesday. Jamestown.

Brian's sweet new Intense Tracer 29

Check out Bstiff's badass new Intense T29! The Tracer 29 so far has a few rides on it and Brian is loving it. Even with the Rohloff, snicker :). As pictured, it's just about 34 lbs and has eaten everything in it's way.

Lots of Congrats in order

National Championships were in Sol Vista this weekend if you hadn't noticed.

Our own Joe Christiansen got 2nd in his Junior XC race.

The one and only Sam Powers won not one but TWO national titles this weekend! First title was Four Cross and the second title was Downhill, both in Junior Expert. Way to go man.

Also, let us not forget our off road tri brethren. Racing for Redstone sponsored, MORF racing, after spending most of the season in a cast, Greg A placed 1st in his category at the Xterra Tri at Beaver Creak. Our favorite County Trails guy, Mike Rutter, got 4th in his age group, and Vanessa C placed 3rd in hers.

Damn. Good job y'alls!

And we'll have some podium shots of Joe as soon as he turns them over. :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tuesday Ride 7/20

7/20 Jtown here we come! Redstone at 5:30 or the Jtown post office around 6:15ish. Looooong climb and some good singletracks. Bring lights if you got 'em. We may finish up in daylight challenged conditions.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

trolls and rants

I typically don't respond to anonymous trolls but this one was worth repeating.

-----Original Message-----


Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2010 2:27 AM


Subject: Redstone Email (gen)

Redstone Email

From: j

bummer ur not talking about any of the local trails these days. i remember when i first moved to lefthand i got turned on to the way to really experience the area through u talking about stuff like gillespie and elk mountain access... now its like a members only thing. i wouldnt wanna give the goods to any old gaper either but the lack of trail talk and the stupid prices at ur store make me wish ud move to boulder... remember ur roots much?


Hi "J," thanks for the tips. If you've got any more insight, I'd love to have you come in to the shop to discuss in person, non-anonymously. If you're looking for a deal, tell me what you're looking for and I'm happy to help out.

Not talking about any of the local trails these days? Well, maybe not blogging about it so much lately, but I don't ride anything but local trails. I took a stroll thru the logs of the blog and it looks like pretty much everything up there was local and called out to which trails I was on. Except for one. "Late Sunday Bushwhacking" was me and 2 buddies doing some recon up by the Bunce plane crash. The goods? I think everything around here is the goods, that's why I live here. You want the goods - pick up a map and explore. There's some really good maps out there and a few show about 99% of the riding in these parts.

Prices? Don't know where you've been the last few years but everything is up. My wholesale prices are up so much it's not even funny. I typically eat the difference to a point, but there does come a time when my margin gets to thin and I have to raise my prices accordingly.

My roots? I remember starting the bike shop as a 2nd job. I remember going out and doing trailwork and local advocacy, showing up to policy meetings, etc. I remember working until 2am in the shop because resources are tight and I need to make ends meet. I remember there being some tough ass months where it was difficult to pay my mortgage or my rent. You know what else I remember? I remember folks being stoked on all of the riding around here. I remember showing people the hows and whys and whatnots of how their bike works or how it doesn't. I remember giving sound advice and, oftentimes, recommending that people don't spend money on their bikes unnecessarily. Yeah I remember my roots. I'm still there. I started Redstone in my garage from the ground up. I didn't buy into an existing business with Mom and Dad's money. I remember my roots. Their still growing. And there's still tough ass months where I don't know how I'm going to pay my bills. Welcome to the bicycle business. None of us are getting rich here.

Boulder? No thanks, I left there years ago and have no plans to leave Lyons. Left Hand, though seems pretty attractive...

Anyway, thanks for the email or is that jjh? You've given me something to reflect on. Come on over one of these days and we'll discuss it over beers. They're on me.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Craig B, the Mountain Biking Across the States guy stopped in the bike shop today. I remember first running into him and hearing about his adventures about 2 years ago in the Slickrock parking lot. I was impressed then. I'm even more impressed now.

2 years later and he's still going. He sold his house in Spokane, retired, bought a Sprinter van and decided to tour the country. In those 2.5 total years of traveling and riding, he's acquired quite the dashboard collection of curiousities.
If you see him around your parts, extend a hand and a beer and show him your local goods. Craig is the real deal. Thanks for stopping in Craig, there's always beer in the fridge for you.

And remember...

Buchanan Pass was the goods

Thanks to everyone that came out for last Tuesday's ride. The cherry on top of the Peaceful Valley network. It's got it all.

creek crossings
alternate lines
and some techy stuff not pictured.

Oh, and some cool rocks over the river, too.
I can't wait to get back! Next week will be our annual point to point ride. Stay tuned.