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    anyone been on dakota ridge?

    just a wondering the conditions..thanks
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    Why, yes

    up the east side
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    Ridge is good 2 go, mud/slush on the saddle
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    but the rest is good
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    DanO luvin it
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    DanO hating it. The winter ales have taken their toll
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    when asked how the hill climb was, DanO had no reply
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    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    when asked how the hill climb was, DanO had no reply
    That's because DanO couldn't hear you and should probably take off his iPod on the trail.

    Obviously he expects others to hear his little pepper bell.

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    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    That's because DanO couldn't hear you and should probably take off his iPod on the trail.

    Obviously he expects others to hear his little pepper bell.
    Oh, but he keeps the volume low.

    DanO will learn when he careens around a corner only to find a 6'3" 250# former linebacker riding with his girlsfriend on a 50 pound steel frame beast. Or better yet, someone rides up behind him, yells boo, and DanO goes careening off the side of Dakota Ridge.

    Christ folks! I frigging live music half my life, but I know where it doesn't belong. I've seen plenty of accidents (mostly on the road) caused by blairing in-ear acoustics.

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    Wow...you must really love your music WKD-RDR. I wonder who's the real child here...the one who doesn't want to give up his toy or the one who respects other trail users by doing so.

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    Since DanO is my boy and not a mtbr blogger, I feel compelled to tell his side.
    Most folks will not have a chance of passing DanO on the downhill, and the uphill is straight doubletrack. Dakota ridge does not have any big blind corners.
    The trail is surrounded by freeway, and there is a dirt bike track and a shooting range below . The wind was also quite loud.
    If there was ever a time and place to wear headphones, this was it. I was proudly jammin my tunes that day, too. (I dont everyday) AC/DC was a great alternative to the sound of cars/semis/motobikes, and it helped drown out the wind.
    So before you dorks start flamin away about what somebody else was doing somewhere where you weren't....take a look at whats goin on.
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    ear buds are the new apex shuttle


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    To each his own- I like the sound of crunching dirt, chirping birds, the paws of mtn Lions, and the footsteps of crazed mountain people if possible

    I'll hit Dakota Ridge soon. I am dreading the first ride anywhere though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    ear buds are the new apex shuttle

    Do we get to Clothesline people with iPods now?
    I'm making enemies faster than I can kill them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    That would make a great avatar...
    Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    That's because DanO couldn't hear you and should probably take off his iPod on the trail.

    Obviously he expects others to hear his little pepper bell.


    This train has been derailed by an evil little ipod.

    Btw, nice pics and thanks for the trail update. I havent been on DR in a while. I need to charge up my ipod for that ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Phase
    This train has been derailed by an evil little ipod.

    Btw, nice pics and thanks for the trail update. I havent been on DR in a while. I need to charge up my ipod for that ride.
    Hey thanks 3P
    Thats all I wanted to do was give trail update on one of my faves....not get in a flame war with the trail Nazis about what I can and cant do, sheesh. The trolls are lurking, I shoulda known.
    MW side is still a mess in spots, especially in the little canyons, but the Ridge is muy bien, senior
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    I'd hardly call my comment trolling. If you and DanO want to wear iPods, that's totally your right. Heck, if you guys want to wear thongs while riding, that's also your right. I just don't think it is fair to expect anyone else's attention if they can't get yours, though the thongs would probably just get you extra attention...

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    I don't ride with my iPod, but after this thread I now feel compelled to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzsean
    I don't ride with my iPod, but after this thread I now feel compelled to.
    Me too.

    FWIW, I used to hold some fairly stong beliefs against wearing iPods on the trail, mostly due to many run-ins with completely oblivious (yet ironically indignant) startled hikers who wear them ... but a very wise person (who also happens to be one of the most considerate riders you'll ever meet) clued me in on the notion of riding with only one ear bud in. If you do that, and keep your volume in check, I promise your hearing and trail attention is more than sufficient to ride responsibly. Try it, you'll see.

    I'm liking the whole riding with music thing these days. Thought I'd hate it, but come to find out, I don't at all, and sometimes it's just the compromise I need to get my lazy ass out the house and on a real bike. So if you see riders/runners doing their thing with only one earbud in, preferably on the ear that's to inside of the trail, you might wanna give 'em a little slack because they're prolly much less attention-impaired than you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    I'd hardly call my comment trolling. If you and DanO want to wear iPods, that's totally your right. Heck, if you guys want to wear thongs while riding, that's also your right. I just don't think it is fair to expect anyone else's attention if they can't get yours, though the thongs would probably just get you extra attention...
    You have posted ZERO about DR conditions, which was the thread topic, originally.
    Just writing about what you think other riders should do, and babbling about some fantasy you have about seeing guys ride in thongs.
    I call troll.
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    DanOs 0.02

    Not to leave the villain out, I sent ol' DanO a link to this thread.
    His response....

    [SIZE="4"]'WTF who are these tools???'[/SIZE]
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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    [SIZE=4]'WTF who are these tools???'[/SIZE]


    Hilarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    You have posted ZERO about DR conditions, which was the thread topic, originally.
    Just writing about what you think other riders should do, and babbling about some fantasy you have about seeing guys ride in thongs.
    I call troll.
    Look, I'm genuinely sorry for leading the thread astray. Didn't mean to troll.

    Here's where I had already posted about DR conditions:
    Mathew Winters trail report - 02/28/08

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVC15
    Me too.

    FWIW, I used to hold some fairly stong beliefs against wearing iPods on the trail, mostly due to many run-ins with completely oblivious (yet ironically indignant) startled hikers who wear them ... but a very wise person (who also happens to be one of the most considerate riders you'll ever meet) clued me in on the notion of riding with only one ear bud in. If you do that, and keep your volume in check, I promise your hearing and trail attention is more than sufficient to ride responsibly. Try it, you'll see.
    +1.. I find the one earbud method works nicely when I'm riding alone and want some tunes.

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    Yes, Dakota ridge is fine right now, rode it yesterday, there is mud, but both the ridge and red rocks are totally ridable. green mtn though is bone dry as long as you stay on the main trails. I think i'll be turning my ipod up even louder now. most of you guys couldn't catch me on the downhill to tell me to turn it off anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtgrl
    most of you guys couldn't catch me on the downhill to tell me to turn it off anyway.
    That's not when I pass people...

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    eagerly awaiting trail reports of Dakota after last night's little snow. keep us updated if you go out there.

    Ive got tentative Friday afternoon plans to just ride the ridge out and back instead of connecting with M. Winters but dont want to ride in a bunch of mud and screw up the trails.

    I imagine it will be pretty nice since its so sandy up there usually anyways. Hopefully the water makes it a little tackier than normal

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    I ride with my portable music device in my camelback everytime:

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