Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Carbon fiber, 5.5 or 6" of travel, 12x142 rear thru axle. Damn, this bike is sweet and rides every bit as nice if not nicer than the oh so awesome Tracer 2. After 12 hours of hard riding in the Phoenix area desert, this bike has been thru about everything I could throw at it. Incredible. Expect a full write up soon!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
State Champ Cross race in 2007. The original course was in the middle of Bohn Park. It would've been blazing fast and flat, but the big dump of snow a couple of days before the event set the park up for some great racing. Since then, promoters have moved the course to the high school allow for a better course, more parking, and better spectating. It was a good move.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Todays Favorite Thing - the Shimano XT Trail Pedal. This is a new pedal, part of the 780 series XT. Shimano introduced the XTR trail pedal early in 2011(reviewed in Bicycling here) with the new 980 group. By late summer, that had trickled down to XT level and fortunately, XT price point. Enter my interest!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Crack a can of beer and visit the site. Click on "You Say Somthing" to add what REEB means to you. Click on "Give Me More Said" to see what other people have said. REEB is you, you are REEB. REEB NATION!
Sat AM, 9-10ish. Who's in?
Monday, November 07, 2011
The mountain biking community has proven ourselves the best stewards of the land Boulder County has to offer. We spend more time building and maintaining trail, advocating for the passage of open space taxes, engaging in peer to peer education, partnering with County Open Space (e.g. Hall, Heil) and City Parks and Rec (Valmont Bike Park) to accomplish great things.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
That said, here's one of our first favorites. Anybody out there recently move to a 2x10 drivetrain? Did you notice that on rough sections of trail, the chain has a habit of coming off the front rings no matter what you do? Enter the MRP 2x Chainguide. The MRP 2x is the only chainguide out there made specifically for a 2 ring setup on todays modern 2x10 drivetrain. It is available for ISCG tabs or bottom bracket mount. We've mounted a few of both. The ISCG tabs make setup a no brainer. On the bb mounts, you've got to get a little more creative, but it can be done effectively.
|The MRP 2x before crank install|
|Inside chainring postion on the inside roller.|
|another shot of outside ring|
|outside chainring, outside roller|
Since that ride, I've put a bunch of hours on this chainguide. I can honestly say, it's one of the best and smartest upgrades I've made to my Intense Tracer all year. Good stuff. The MRP 2x Chain Guide msrps for $150.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Recently, Boulder City Council rejected a proposal that would've created a loop trail on Anemone Hill - basically Settlers Park on Mapleton. Tons of bike supporters called, wrote letters, and showed up for public comment at the city council meeting. Didn't even make a dent. What use is public comment at a meeting when city council people had prepared speeches and notes ready. Were they even prepared to hear what folks had to say? No. Like BMAs president Jason Vogel said, 99% of the people in that room had minds made up before they even got there. It's time to move on and give up on access west of Boulder. The time may come, but not until elected officials are voted out of office and city staffers move on. This cultural shift won't happen anytime soon.
In a recent Boulder Daily Camera Article read, "She [Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne] went on to say that she's "certainly sorry about the rancor" that the issue has caused, but she doesn't think the correct response is for the cycling community to leave the table. "We make tough decisions all the time, and it's really rare that the person or group on the losing side does a, 'I'm going to take my marbles home and I'm not going to play anymore,'" she said. "We have another vote on a mountain biking trail that at least to some people seems like another pretty good option. I don't get the strategy where you basically take no prisoners."
Really? What does she want us to do, come back for another pounding after receiving continual poundings since being banned on city Open Space since 1984? It think 27 years of being shot down warrants either not playing their game anymore, or a DRASTIC shift in how we, mountain bikers, policiticize.
The more we beat our heads against the wall where policy makers obviously don't want us, the more we're going to hurt our chances when it comes to a place where they might actually give us some leeway, like Beech and N Boulder Valley Ranch.
I think it's time to take a step back take a look at what's actually been accomplished. the High Plains and Springbrook area TSAs had great outcomes, but the West TSA was set up for failure from the get go. City Council and OS Staff reconfigured the public process to achieve a desired outcome. Was anyone surprised when the bike ban in the west was upheld? In the ashes of West TSA, council threw it back to staff and said "explore Anenome Hill" in an attempt to immediately appease bike peeps. It wasn't to appease us long term with real access. This last meeting wasn't entirely about access on Anemone, it was about a specific loop trail on Anenome - something BMA asked for but OS staff was against.
Open Space Board of Trustees will convene on 11/2 to discuss a connector over Anenome to 4 mile. Even if Council approves that, once again, they are setting mountain bikers up for a predetermined outcome. An out and back trail in an already crowded area will do nothing but further anti mtb sentiment. Head on traffic, user conflict and too many users on one trail will be the result.
Focusing on mtb access out of Boulder is great, but I think it's unrealistic to see access out of downtown anytime soon, especially given current leadership. Let's focus more on southern and northern access on city property. There is a LOT of potential in Boulder County OS. Walker, Hall, and Rabbit Mt management plans will be up for discussion soon. Let's start refocusing on attainable goals.
Want more and better access from downtown? Call for Mike Patton's resignation and vote those idiots on Boulder city council out of office.
Rant off. It's time to ride. Somewhere that's not governed by Boulder City.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
BUT... the race was held on our first crappy snow/sleet/muddy day of the year. And they ran the course thru pretty much all of the jumps at the Lyons Bike Park. Needless to say, 1600 people clawing their way up slick and muddy dirt jumps decimated the bike park.
I will try to keep everyone updated of the progress.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Montana road trip was great.
Later in the summer, we rode from Eldora Ski Resort outside of Nederland to Winter Park,
had beers and lunch in WP, took a lap on the ski lift to get a downhill run in.
Got in a road trip to Nebraska to see some family. And some uber sweet awesome dirt tight and twisty lovin kind of singletrack.
Oh, can't forget BMA's sufferfest. That was a killer day in the saddle, too. Big ride with lots of climbing and other fun stuff.
Hmm, let see what else? Got a doggie in March, Bella the Heagle. Part Heeler, part Beagle, all awesome. And awesome trail dog, too. Bella and I got more than a few hours in. Couple of loooong ones too. She'll go longer than I will, that's for sure. Yo Bella!
That's all I got for now. I'm going to finish this beer and head to bed. Part II will be coming soon. Really!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Check this beauty out! Price will be right in with Transitions 26" Trans Am frame - it's a super smokin' deal on a good all mountain 29er hardtail frame. Want one? They're due in Jan and we're taking preorders now.
Anyway, tonight, 10/4, we'll be heading to Jamestown! Make sure your lights are charged. Meeting at the shop at 5:30pm and rolling over to Jtown as soon-ish as we can get it together.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Transportation Department is seeking volunteers to take bicycle counts at locations around the county.
Volunteers will be rewarded with a one-year Boulder B-cycle membership and a custom thermos.
When: Saturday and/or Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Throughout Boulder County. A map will be provided with assigned location.
The deadline to volunteer is Sept. 22. Contact Brandon Smith at 720-564-2667 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for more information.
A location map and a simple spreadsheet will be provided to volunteers to hand-write the counts as they happen.
The bicycle counts will provide the Boulder County with useful information in five areas of study:
- Conditions and trend analysis – documents the number of people currently bicycling, how this number is changing over time, and characteristics of the cyclists.
- Network planning – helps prioritize improvements and find locations needing attention.
- Demand forecasting – allows for improvements to be ready before they are needed.
- Safety – pinpoints areas of concern between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians
- Usage – identifies shifts in seasonality or times-of-day
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Meet at the bike shop at 7:30am on Sunday 9/25. We'll shuttle folks up to the Peak to Peak and make everyone ride back to Lyons on as much dirt as possible. It's about 55 miles, lots of climbing, lots of technical singletrack, some jeep roads, some county roads, and a little bit of pavement.
Here's a last years effort. It's an all day thing. We'll end up back at the bike shop where we will have beers and grillin fixins waiting. Hope to see some of you out!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
This bike has maybe 300 miles on it. The only thing not new when we built this up was the crank and bb but we installed new chainrings to go with the rest of the new drivetrain.
Tomac Diplomat, $3100
*Large frame with a Fox RP23 rear shock
*SRAM X9 3x9
*Formula RX brakes
*handbuilt wheels on Mavic TN719 rims (Hope Pro2 Evo front, Am Classic rear)
*120mm Rock Shox Reba with 20mm thru axle
*Race Face carbon Next bar and Deus stem
*Even the tires are in near new condition. This bike has been immaculately maintained during its short life span.
Shipping is included in the price as long as you are lower 48 states.
We can take credit cards or paypal. Call the shop if you have any questions 303.823.5810
Monday, September 05, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
We put a Race Face Atlas bar on it and Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro wheels for that little bit of bling.
26.25lbs as pictured. And the grips won't add that much weight when we throw them on ;)
Thursday, September 01, 2011
I revisited the area this morning and it seems to be shaping up nicely.
We are planning another workday for this fall, probably a Saturday affair so we can get more people and work a little bit more. We are definitely open for feedback on what Picture Rock could use and could not use as far as trailwork and maintenance goes. We would definitely love some feedback!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
We rode Buchanan Pass a few weeks back. It was late in the day and a little muddy but all in all a good day. We went up Middle St Vrain and down BP, a good and efficient way to do the loop.
I was once again feeling the call of the Indian Peak and BP. Fueled by a stressful weekend and a need to hurt more than normal, I took my REEB Cycles singlespeed up to the peak to peak for a little Buchanan Pass lovin. It did not dissapoint. The skies and temps were perfect and the trail was in fantastic shape. The loop proved to be quite good on a 29er SS, although I walked more than I care to admit on Coney Flats.
A great day in the high country today. Better get some yourself, too, cause our time will be limited before you know it!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Tuesday 8/23 - anyone have suggestions? We haven't been to Ned in a while, or maybe we could do Lion Gulch?
Tuesday 8/30 - Trail work on Picture Rock. Ride in around 5 and we'll work til dark. We'll be working near the quarry.
Tuesday 9/6- open to suggestions
Tuesday 9/13 - This will be our annual RMNP cross bike ride. Up Fall River Road and down Trail Ridge Road. In the dark with a full moon. Should be sweet.
That's the calendar as far as we've got it figured out. Try to make it for one or all of the rides!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Maverick Durance, medium. Comes with Thomson post, Saint crank, headset and front der. $675.
Santa Cruz Nomad, small. This baby is tricked out, too. $2800
2010 Ibis Mojo SL, medium. Full XT, Fox fork with 15qr and Easton Havoc wheels. Oh yes - $2900
Giant NRS, large. An oldie but a goodie. This'll make a fantastic starter bike. $525