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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
    AZ has the best mountain bike gathering ever

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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...



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    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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