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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    Anyone have experience and suggestions about wheelbuilders in Chico?
    You ride a 29er right? I would definately ask anyone who builds them if they have built 29ers before.

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    I was gonna post a negative comment about a certain bike shop, but the last time I did that, regarding a different shop in a different region, their star employee turned into a bleeding mangina and had a huge meltdown on the forum and I got banned for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theilluminati
    I second that, and might I add that if you throw in a six-pack they will do it with a smile.
    They've done me pretty well in the past with other repair work; I'll have to stop in this week to talk it through with them. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renovatio
    You ride a 29er right? I would definately ask anyone who builds them if they have built 29ers before.
    Ooh, good point. I guess that is the reason I was leaning towards builders well known on this forum for 29er wheels. Homegrown Chico wheels would be nice though

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    Ooh, good point. I guess that is the reason I was leaning towards builders well known on this forum for 29er wheels. Homegrown Chico wheels would be nice though
    I'm not saying there aren't builders in chico who couldn't build a good 29er wheel, but you ought to be careful who you choose. 29er wheels are inherently a bit weaker and a solid builder can overcome that. Check around with the main shops but I wouldn't go to Campus or Bike and Board expecting a master wheel smith.

    Oh if you want the wheels built by an idiot who has no experience, hit me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renovatio
    I'm not saying there aren't builders in chico who couldn't build a good 29er wheel, but you ought to be careful who you choose. 29er wheels are inherently a bit weaker and a solid builder can overcome that. Check around with the main shops but I wouldn't go to Campus or Bike and Board expecting a master wheel smith.

    Oh if you want the wheels built by an idiot who has no experience, hit me up.
    If I wanted that I would try it myself

    I was unclear in my last post I think. I was trying to say that I had been attracted to certain well known wheel builders specifically because I've heard great things about their 29er wheels, so it really makes sense to ask the local builders what they've done with 29ers too. I hadn't thought about asking that right upfront though, so thanks

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    I would ask Paul of Paul Components if he has any recommendations.

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    justin @ cyclesport builds a damn fine wheel, doesn't matter what size. throw in some coors light and he might even say you have a sweet 29er

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    I would guess you could find a master wheelbuilder at several shops in Chico, including a few you might not expect. For instance if you went to Bike and Board and got big Mike to build your wheel, he would build you a good wheel. He's been doing stiff wheels for bmx guys for like 30 years. Built me a set when I was a kid that was really nice. He's a big dude and I'm sure he knows what it takes to make a strong wheel. John at North Rim has a Wheelsmith certification from like 1969. I guarantee there are a couple of good builders at Pullins, Cyclesport, and Campus too. Maybe even North Valley, if anyone even shops there anymore. Mostly it's going to depend on how precisely even you get the tension while still maintaining trueness and roundness, on the right wheel components for the type of riding you want to do. Like everyone else on here said, just ask around and be nice and you'll get a high quality build.

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    Trails OPEN... and sweeeeeet.

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    get ready for the fight

    Hey,



    Iím sure a most of you have heard about the upcoming meeting on Monday to discuss Upper Park trails at the park commission. If not, hereís the time and date.



    Meeting for Discussion on Trail Conditions and Use on Monday Oct. 26th @ 6:30PM at the City Council Chambers - 421 Main St .



    Iím fairly confident that the meeting originated from a letter sent to the Park Commission by the Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance (Iíve included it below). Their concerns were primarily leveled at mountain bike use of the trails. Itís also noteworthy that the ďallianceĒ includes as a board member the person who originated the effort to remove disc golf.



    If you appreciate access to trails in Bidwell Park for mountain biking, this is a meeting you should attend. The best way to prevent your park use from being painted with a broad, and sometimes negative, brush is to speak up. Please spread the word to other park users so they have an opportunity to attend.



    Thanks,



    Lon Glazner

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    >LetterÖ



    May 19, 2009

    Dear Bidwell Park and Playground Commission,



    This letter is to express concerns the Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance has

    over trail erosion occurring in the vast network of hiking/biking trails in Upper

    Bidwell Park. Although foot traffic on the trails causes some erosion, the majority

    of the degradation to the trails is coming from mountain bike traffic.



    Erosion damage can most notably be seen on the Middle Trail, but erosion is not

    exclusive to just this one trail. There seem to be two main causes for trail erosion

    in Upper Park . First, whenever there is a geological pattern or outcrop, the area

    is used for jumping or veering off the trail to increase the challenge of riding over

    rough terrain. This mainly happens in the summer. Second, there is a lot of

    mountain biking while the ground is wet, even though there is a Park policy

    stating that the trials are closed during wet conditions. Mountain bike use during

    the rainy season, along with some irresponsible summer use, has created a

    widening of the trails and increased soil erosion.



    Another Park policy that is often being ignored is the one stating the Yahi Trail is

    for pedestrians only, yet bike traffic is not an uncommon sight on this trial. Even

    when bikes are not visually observed on this trail, bike tracks can be seen. There

    is one portion of the Yahi Trail (located between Alligator Hole and Day Camp)

    that is now completely eroding into Big Chico Creek. This segment of the trail will

    most certainly disappear this summer, dumping a significant amount of sediment

    into the creek.



    We look forward to your response to our concerns over Park policy violations.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Colson



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    cue the rocky theme music

    I'll be there.

    Oh, and props to whoever cleaned up B-Trail after the storm, rode it last night and was pleasantly surprised to see the blow down was removed.


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    for my information and to get it out there more visibly, what are the group night ride options in Chico right now?
    Tues/Thurs Hooker Oak group still meets at 6pm right? Medium pace?
    I've heard something about rides meeting at North Rim downtown but wasn't sure about the pace and if they ride or drive to the park
    Any other groups?

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    Tue/Thur is always a standing ride, but don't think many people show up now that it is dark. I rarely ride that ride and only 1 regular showed up lastnight. Only saw 3 other lights in the park, 2 on South Rim and 1 on Upper trail.

    Wednesday from North Rim at 6pm, they ride up from the store. The pace is definetely faster than the tue/thr group on average, but again depends on who shows up. Usually about 18mph up the lower park trails to give you an idea of the pace.

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    figured id poke my head in here

    since i had veterans day off i decided to go and relive the old days and bar it up tuesday. Hit rileys, normal, ubar, the bear, normal again, and a few house parties

    this morning did north rim, btrail, middle to lower thru the hangover .... seemed to get worse when i was done riding ... damn that whiskey
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    I'd have to say that upper guardians is almost perfect. Super tacky, love it. Sure a bit of the trail is blown out but who needs it with dirt like this!

    Anyone ride Guardians at night? How sketchy is it?

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    Here's an action shot of me "shredding the gnar" today...



    Who's rollin' tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w00t!
    Here's an action shot of me "shredding the gnar" today...



    Who's rollin' tomorrow?
    Tomorrow night....

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    I'm thinking like 9-10-ish in the morning.

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    Did somebody (some group?) sanitize the rock garden on Middle Trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w00t!
    Did somebody (some group?) sanitize the rock garden on Middle Trail?
    what?? Which one? Is it in the long one maybe 3/4" from the lake that goes downhill and dips back up, right by a connecting trail to Lower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    what?? Which one? Is it in the long one maybe 3/4" from the lake that goes downhill and dips back up, right by a connecting trail to Lower?
    nah, it's a quite a bit further out than that.

    It's between the Valley of Death and Moonraker. I'll see if I have any pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by w00t!
    nah, it's a quite a bit further out than that.

    It's between the Valley of Death and Moonraker. I'll see if I have any pics...
    haha, you lost me there. Is this before Middle connects back to the road or after?

    I assumed the one I mentioned because I saw some middle aged lady out there last weekend trying to dig a rock out to "make it better for the kids"

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    Moonraker is right at or after the powerlines, if I'm not mistaken. This is right before Moonraker, similar but smaller:



    Now that I think about it, maybe you were referring to the one I'm asking about. I thought you were referring to this:



    But after re-reading your post, prolly not.

    The one in question had a lot of loose cobbles...smoover than the rest of the rocks typically encountered. I'd swear somebody came and cleared out a whole bunch of 'em.

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    btw, that second photo I just posted...that section is called "Triple Dip". Buy my book.

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    I think we slowly are deciphering each other. I think I was talking about the "Valley of Death" and you are referring to the long straight flat rock garden with a slight grade, right?

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    I'm pretty sure you had it the first time...it does do a little dip-down and the entry/exit are just cobble all over the place. It seems cleaner now.

    The Valley of Death is right before that and some dudes with more skill might just see it as two drops, but I ride through the little valley that runs diagonally between the two drops.

    Maybe my naming system is whack.

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    damn w00t have you named ever part of middle trail?

    I know what you're referring to, its right after the powerlines if you're headed towards B. Its in a little gully that is made of pure rock.

    Yes it has been sanitized a bit, its never been really hard to begin with but there is a cheater line to the right that goes around a big rock.

    I know "Valley of death" too, just roll down the far left side. I have a hunch where "Moonraker". You're naming system is a bit whack. Next time take a picture of what your talking about

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    I name everything. Names just come to me.

    I thought that rock garden felt totally sanitized...I hit it like 3 times on Saturday. You're right, it wasn't that hard to begin with, but now it's just nothing.

    Here's a very poor pic of the Valley of Death...



    The black lines are approximately where the two small (12-18") drops are and the red line is the line I usually take (the "valley")...



    And now that rattlesnake season is over for sure, I think I'll take my riding buddy out there this weekend...


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    yep, I guessed right.

    If you go on the far far left (almost out of the picture) you can roll right down with all your speed. Never tried the two drops, I'll do that next time.

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    Y'all recognize "Brainiac"?


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    Quote Originally Posted by w00t!
    Y'all recognize "Brainiac"?

    Lower trail, really really close to the beginning/end.

    Hit it hard and hit fast between the rocks on the left side and try not to hit the bush up top. Never tried hitting far right tho

    I have only seen one snake this whole year. And I never saw it, jsut heard it. I started taking my dog about a month ago because finally got to the temperature where it doesn't kill him...sucks for a dog to be 90% black.

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    rains came/coming...lets get some people together to do some LEGIT/legal trail work soon, possibly w/ help of park rangers?
    S.Rim side is getting all kinds of side ruts running off the side of the trail...poor SOBs who fell off the edges...
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    I'm down for some trailwork, but I don't give a rat's ass about anything on the South side (unless it's removing the disc golf course and repairing all the damage).

    I'm interested in B Trail, but in working on a trail like that, how do you determine where the line is between "maintenance" and "sanitation"?

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    North Rim Sports has B Trail "adopted"; get in touch w/ them?
    The rangers/park commission determine that line you speak of...as far as I know, unless you wanna "go rogue" which I would not advise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theilluminati
    North Rim Sports has B Trail "adopted"; get in touch w/ them?
    The rangers/park commission determine that line you speak of...as far as I know, unless you wanna "go rogue" which I would not advise.
    Tim and Tyler at North Rim are the ones to talk too. I think they are the ones who pretty much made all the banks and smoothed out the switch backs.

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    please illuminati let me know a day or two in advance if possible.

    Peter

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    Sweeeeet.

    Trails open just in time.

    http://www.chico.ca.us/General_Servi...dwell_Park.asp

    Gonna hit it tomorrow.

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    O Yea !! now I am Thankful ( trails open )

    ( Trails Open ) Thanks for the heads up ... Now I am thankful and the trails are giving-
    Going out morning or afternoon ???? Hope the trail sweepers have not redesigned my favorite spots into sidewalks like I have been seeing..... cheers

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    Keeping the thread alive.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37232499@N08/4164814043/" title="fall 2009 123 by tingers1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2697/4164814043_daf9f24a41.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="fall 2009 123" /></a>
    Went out yesterday and rode northrim and back down middle. Trails were perfect.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37232499@N08/4165574898/" title="fall 2009 126 by tingers1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2790/4165574898_abbac02483.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="fall 2009 126" /></a>
    A couple new bikes on the ride.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37232499@N08/4164814747/" title="fall 2009 124 by tingers1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/4164814747_df5b300519.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="fall 2009 124" /></a>
    The third new bike on the ride broke a chain.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37232499@N08/4164812197/" title="kodak 077 by tingers1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2676/4164812197_8152d33e0d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="kodak 077" /></a>
    And last but not least, this picture is from summer.

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    Looks like Norcalchico's GT in the 2nd picture.

    I'm digging the Paskenta video. But I thought you had to po*** it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctownposse
    Trails were perfect.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Surrounded by green again and overflowing with grip

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctownposse
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37232499@N08/4164812197/" title="kodak 077 by tingers1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2676/4164812197_8152d33e0d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="kodak 077" /></a>
    And last but not least, this picture is from summer.
    not least!
    (I like bike girl)

    I'm not sure
    Like it fukkin matters what I type! HAHQ!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    ooo
    Last edited by ctownposse; 12-07-2009 at 07:59 AM.

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    Not my GT. Bryan purchased one from the Rep I know. I sold my old blue and have a carbon GT now.

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    South Rim

    The rooted area on south rim has been fixed
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    Quote Originally Posted by norcalchico
    The rooted area on south rim has been fixed

    That's GORGEOUS. About time too....but maybe they sanitized it a bit too much? For the longest time I couldn't get up that rooted section and just got cleaning it after I watched timmel's line on the bump.

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    It's a nice fast line going both ways now.

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