1. ## You betcha.

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Winter has arrived in our neck of the woods, bringing that which normal winters do: Highs in the teens, lows below zero, and an ever increasing snowpack. &nbsp;Valley floors are coldest, the heights are snowiest.</div>
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We've been getting out to embrace <i>all </i>of it with some regularity.</div>
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Despite the normalcy of the season and our efforts to enjoy it, we've fielded lots of incredulous questions.</div>
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Matronly bank teller: "Is that a...</div>
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...uhh...</div>
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...<i>bicycle</i> helmet?"</div>
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Urban cowboy, peeking into my car while topping off the tanks of his spotless turbo-diesel: "Is that a kayak paddle?"</div>
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Wannabe gangsta kid sweeping the 'frozen treats' aisle at the grocery: "Are those...</div>
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...<i>bike</i> shoes?&nbsp;</div>
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Fortysomething hippie chick lacing ancient leather boots to kick and glide atop a 40" snowpack, as I unload Fang and the Snoots: "You're <i>biking </i>up&nbsp;here? &nbsp;(pregnant pause...) &nbsp;With <i>HIM</i>?!</div>
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2. Sweet pics

3. Dude, that's amazing..... I can't stand the cold, I can barely handle riding in 40 degree weather.

4. Nice!

5. Beautiful. I went snowshoeing up in Rocky Mountain National Park two days ago, camped overnight.

Most of the trails we hit were pretty packed down, and I kept thinking to myself: Damn, this would be awesome fatbike territory.

Then again, a 30lb bike might not be so fun at 10,000ft and 5ft of variable density snow.

6. Great pics - the dog may be happier than the rider in this instance. Mtn bike dogs are great.

7. Fantastic photos. My wife loves taking shots but I hate waiting for her to get set up.

8. Wow. Fantastic shots. I tried Riding a few days ago with sub zero wind chill... Wasn't really the best Idea. Volvo heated leather seats never felt so good.

9. Wow nice! Here in California it hits 50 and I think it's cold! Good job

10. Love the "rawthic" finish on the Mammoth! My personal favorite of all the Lenz finishes.

11. It's always cool to see a different perspective on riding, being from the desert. Great pics...they're always breathtaking!

12. Mike, you are the reason I visit MTBR's 29er forum. Not kiddin'.

--sParty

13. Great pics, thanks!

14. Originally Posted by Le Duke
Beautiful. I went snowshoeing up in Rocky Mountain National Park two days ago, camped overnight.

Most of the trails we hit were pretty packed down, and I kept thinking to myself: Damn, this would be awesome fatbike territory.

Then again, a 30lb bike might not be so fun at 10,000ft and 5ft of variable density snow.
I've been wondering about the shoein' trails up there. Any bigger (more than 10 mile) loops you can think of?

Seems unlikely--no one wants to endure that much plodding with that much weight hanging off their knees...

Some of the best, most type-one-fun mountain biking I have ever done was on snowshoe trails, with fat tires, at night. The risk of departing the trail at speed is vastly increased, while the likelihood of landing in something deep and soft is virtually assured. So you just hit everything wfo and giggled like a schoolgirl.

Anyhoo...

15. Awesome pics!

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