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    COS 11/28 Epic Night Ride

    Back is feeling better and itching to crush some grus. A ride may already be in the works however if not I would like to make a suggestion. Shuttle Jones or Pipeline, I believe Chris and I could secure 2 drivers and seats for 8 electromagnetic radiation toting grus crushers. If this sounds like the direction we would like to go I will get a driver reserved.

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    Wow, that's a bold suggestion! When you talk about these drivers, are they people who would be willing to drive us up there and drop us off? I'm up for it if we don't need to retrieve cars after the ride. I assume we would drive up to the campground and then ride from there right?

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    We would not have to retrieve cars, the drivers would not ride. We would start at Rosemont and road (379) intersection, or we could start at Wye campground allowing for a little road climb warmup.

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    Dang!...
    I'll be out o town this week for work. You guys have a blast and wear pads!

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    Weather looks perfect, I am in this week no matter the route.

    What does the end of the route look like, CJ's to stratton or palmer, section 16 ending at rudy's.

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    I think I'm out for this one. My handlebar light is currently getting worked on and I don't think my helmet light would be enough. I also need to sand out a decent scratch in my Lyrik's stanchion. I guess that fall at palmer got more than just my wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO View Post
    Weather looks perfect, I am in this week no matter the route.

    What does the end of the route look like, CJ's to stratton or palmer, section 16 ending at rudy's.
    I would make the call that we end at Stratton--that might be more "battery friendly" than climbing Palmer and finishing at Rudy's. The bigger question is Pipeline or Jones. I'd be up for either.

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    Sounds awesome. I am in!

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    Looks like I'm a strong maybe now. Jay just told me my light is on the way. If I can smooth out this scratch I should be able to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    Looks like I'm a strong maybe now. Jay just told me my light is on the way. If I can smooth out this scratch I should be able to ride.
    I have the light that you lent to Robin in my car. Give me a call if you want to swing by and pick it up.

    BTW, in case I didn't spell it out in my original post, I'm in for this ride and would love one of the 8 magic shuttle tickets!

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    I am interested....count me in!

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    currently we are at 6 for sure and 2 on the fence. We may need to look for another vehicle and driver.

    Kristian
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    Jack
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    Nick
    Brian ?
    John ?

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    In, I vote pipeline so I can bring my big boy bike. I just have to be at the airport a bit after 10 to pick up RCJones so that he can start being on the ride group again.

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    This sounds very worthy of my time..........but my employer has another plan for my Wednesday evening.
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    Im in if there is still room. I have been wanting to shuttle this ride for ever.
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    Shuttled pipeline today, loose and dry as usual, some small ice patches on pipeline and some long patches in crankcase alley--no biggie. Molly got a flat on my vehicle on thr drive down which ruined her day. I need to wait a day toask if she will shuttle. I vote for pipeline just because of battery life. I prefer jacks to Stratton too. HTRN--if you ride your dh bike I might join you--not that it is a good idea really, but my bike is still down and so is Molly's . If we can get another driver besides molly, that would be best. My vehicle holds 4 bikes. As far as the drop off point I vote for wey campground, preferably at the top by the trail head, especially if I'll be on a big silly dh bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennubs View Post

    Kristian
    Joe
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    Brian ?
    John ?
    Adding my coworker, Jake, he has been trying to come on the night rides and hasn't been able until this week. My friend Andy is gathering lights and he might be able to add his vehicle to the fold.

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    This is getting to be a big group, hopefully there are plenty of seats or we can always just hit up the buckhorn jacks loop or something.

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    I'm going to put in an 'out' vote for the shuttle. I'd be up for the Jacks ride but riding Pipeline for the first time at night doesn't sound fun. Is this what happens when you turn 30? You get nervous about getting hurt all of a sudden??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    This is getting to be a big group, hopefully there are plenty of seats or we can always just hit up the buckhorn jacks loop or something.
    Agreed--it sounds like Molly had a bummer of a trip down so I'd hate to suggest another shuttle for her so soon. That being said, if this ride materializes as originally proposed I am SO DOWN for it (and I'm bringing the Knolly)!

    Regardless if it's a shuttle or or a canyon ride, either way wre gonna have a great time!

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    To keep things straight this is what I get from the posts:

    # Rider Vehicle # Riders Driver
    1 Kristian
    2 Joe
    3 Jay
    4 Jack
    5 Chris X 4 ?
    6 Nick X 4 Yes
    7 Brian?
    8. Arin
    9. Atergo76
    10. Jake
    11. Andy X ? ?

    Route - 6:00 Stratton parking lot - Wey campground - pipeline - jones - jacks - Stratton

    It looks like we need to secure 3 rider seats and 2 drivers
    I will need to compensate my driver for his time so I need to ask for 7 bucks for each passenger in my truck.

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    $7 is a steal Nick. Do we have enough vehicles and drivers though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    $7 is a steal Nick. Do we have enough vehicles and drivers though?
    If Brian is still in we need 3 seats and 2 drivers. We will have to see how things shake out. I would not want to leave a rider behind. I am confident that if the shuttle falls through we can still put a sweet ride together.

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    If it comes to it, I will put on ski clothes and ride in the truck bed...just saying.

    HTRN and Kristian--I am definitely riding the big bike. I've been ridding every different bike I can lately and have been having loads of fun doing it. I will be demoing the new dissident full face from our specialized rep to see if I want one. It is the "shredded clown" color scheme....I am pre-apologizing for any convulsions it may cause; do not look directly at the helmet.

    Brian--You haven't ridden Pipeline, huh? Don't sweat it. It is rough and challenging in places but it is not as guh-narly as Templeton. I'm wearing a full face purely to try out the helmet. It's just an XC ride on steroids. You can get away with riding a dh bike but it is so not necessary. I usually ride it on my trail bike, an XC helmet and no pads. Given the fact that it will be cold and dark, I'm opting for knee pads and full face haha

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    Is there any room for one more??? I cancelled practice! Would hate to miss this ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennubs View Post
    If Brian is still in we need 3 seats and 2 drivers. We will have to see how things shake out. I would not want to leave a rider behind. I am confident that if the shuttle falls through we can still put a sweet ride together.
    I'm kinda thinking that this is going to be hard to pull off. I don't have any drivers to volenteer, so even if Molly is OK to shuttle, we're still one driver short.

    I don't want to blow the plan B horn quite yet, but unless someone has a driver to offer up, we're either going to have to do a smaller group, or we're going to have to ride the canyon. Where is Paul Chen when we need him???

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    I got us a driver and a truck that will fit at least 4 folks. I will however need to get him some cash for hauling us up there so 7$ each in the HTRN shuttle truck.. We can fix 5 total inside but it will be tight (paul chen size truck so people can fit in the back)

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    Ill lay in the back if it gets me up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    I got us a driver and a truck that will fit at least 4 folks. I will however need to get him some cash for hauling us up there so 7$ each in the HTRN shuttle truck.. We can fix 5 total inside but it will be tight (paul chen size truck so people can fit in the back)
    Yeah! Now we just need Molly to drive Chris' car and we should be good.

    Where and when are we meeting for this sillyness?

    I need to make sure the Delirium T is ready--I haven't ridden it since hitting Sol Vista back in July

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    I was thinking stratton parking lot at 6 and head out from there, would prefer to be ready and loaded up by as close to 6 as possible so maybe show up 10 mins early so we are only waiting on the 1 or 2 that cant get there till exactly 6.

    Knolly would be upset if they heard it had been that long K man.

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    This ride looks as if it is going to work out, and the way I calculate Jimmy may even have a seat!

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    Would my truck help with this, I am cool with it as long as we only drive up gold camp, maybe molly can drive it back down to stratton. If 2 sit in the back that is 8 people and 7 bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    I was thinking stratton parking lot at 6 and head out from there, would prefer to be ready and loaded up by as close to 6 as possible so maybe show up 10 mins early so we are only waiting on the 1 or 2 that cant get there till exactly 6.
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    I second that.

    Molly is a go!!!

    Joe--we are not driving up the rocky 379 road. The Wey Campground turn off is rock free, short and has plenty of turn around at the top which is only about 3/4 of a mile in anyhow. Charle's Cutoff is a fun single track that takes us over to 379 and dumps us right at the little dam waterfall spot, about 1 mile from Jones trailhead. Your truck would be most appreciated and not abused.

    So if we have Joe's truck, Jake's truck, and Nic's truck, where does that put us?? Andy is out but I have another friend Andy that wants to take his place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomethingRelatedToBiking View Post
    Molly is a go!!!
    Woohooo!!!

    I have a few suggestions regarding packing for this ride (from a fatherly/boyscout perpective):

    Please bring at least one extra layer, even though the conditions should be nice(ish) weather. Between the coldish weather and the trail conditions, wear your armor. If you have a spare light, or a spare battery and room in your pack, please bring it in case there are any light problems. And most importantly: if you have any whiskey, you should definitely bring that too.

    I can't wait for this ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    Woohooo!!!

    I have a few suggestions regarding packing for this ride (from a fatherly/boyscout perpective):

    Please bring at least one extra layer, even though the conditions should be nice(ish) weather. Between the coldish weather and the trail conditions, wear your armor. If you have a spare light, or a spare battery and room in your pack, please bring it in case there are any light problems. And most importantly: if you have any whiskey, you should definitely bring that too.

    I can't wait for this ride!!!
    Dont forget beer!

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    You guys have me excited for this ride too. The only issue now is there is a bug going around our house. My wife and older daughter have it now. So I'll have to make a go/no go call tomorrow depending on how they feel. They way they have been down and out the last few days it doesn't look good. Who knows what a good nights sleep could do for them though.

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    Misread... Meant to say Joes truck and nics truck.

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    My calculations indicate that everyone has a seat! It took a little work but the ride is on! See you all tomarow to some crush grus

    # Rider
    1 Kristian
    2 Joe
    3 Jay
    4 Jack
    5 Chris
    6 Nick
    7 Brian
    8 Arin
    9 Atergo76
    10 Jake
    11 Andy
    12 Jimmy

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    Holy $h!t,,,, Its on like Donkey Kong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennubs View Post
    My calculations indicate that everyone has a seat! It took a little work but the ride is on! See you all tomarow to some crush grus

    # Rider
    1 Kristian
    2 Joe
    3 Jay
    4 Jack
    5 Chris
    6 Nick
    7 Brian
    8 Arin
    9 Atergo76
    10 Jake
    11 Andy
    12 Jimmy
    Is this with my buddy ben taking us up there or without? I got a bit confused during all this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Is this with my buddy ben taking us up there or without? I got a bit confused during all this.
    This list does not include the 3 drivers, I figured each vehicle would hold 1 driver and 4 riders.

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    I am so excited for this ride...

    and I am not even going!!!


    Sounds like you guys are going to have a heck of a ride tonight. Can't wait to hear the "after ride" tales



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    I'm hopeful about this ride still, but J isn't feeling well so I might have to bail if she isn't feeling better this afternoon. Everyone, please send healquick vibes to her and Brian's wife!

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    Ohhh Im pumped!!! Im assuming its gonna be quite cold up there.. you guys gonna be layered up pretty good?

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    Hey all, I don't have to leave for Durango until early tomorrow morning. If someone doesn't feel like driving one of the shuttle buses I'll volunteer to drive someones vehicle back down. Just let me know.
    I also have a great driving record! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitusCO View Post
    Ohhh Im pumped!!! Im assuming its gonna be quite cold up there.. you guys gonna be layered up pretty good?
    Yes, I'm dressing warmer than I would for a regular ride in ~35 degree temps. We will ride up about 30 minutes to warm up, but then it's (almost) all downhill so you're engine isn't going to be burning as many calories to keep you warm. Your outer layer should be fairly windproof because of the high rate of speed you'll get shredding the gnar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I'm hopeful about this ride still, but J isn't feeling well so I might have to bail if she isn't feeling better this afternoon. Everyone, please send healquick vibes to her and Brian's wife!
    My wife is feeling worse today. Add on to that both girls egging each other on to do everything they aren't supposed to and I am going to have an exhausted wife by the evening. I am going to say I am out for the ride. So, that leaves an open seat for SCAR or anyone else that is wanting to go.

    I hope you guys have fun. Take pictures please... I need some ride stoke.

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    That is good news but I am thinking you need to ride instead, with 3 trucks we have enough room for 1 more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    Hey all, I don't have to leave for Durango until early tomorrow morning. If someone doesn't feel like driving one of the shuttle buses I'll volunteer to drive someones vehicle back down. Just let me know.
    I also have a great driving record! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO View Post
    That is good news but I am thinking you need to ride instead, with 3 trucks we have enough room for 1 more.
    Ok Joe... You talked me into riding! I guess I'm in .
    Thanks Brian, hope your wife starts feeling better, yours too K-man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    Hey all, I don't have to leave for Durango until early tomorrow morning. If someone doesn't feel like driving one of the shuttle buses I'll volunteer to drive someones vehicle back down. Just let me know.
    I also have a great driving record! lol
    Bring your bike I bet we can fit you in

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    Keith is bringing his new rigid SS for this one... lol

    glad your coming bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO View Post
    That is good news but I am thinking you need to ride instead, with 3 trucks we have enough room for 1 more.
    I have a T2 rack with the +2 extension, do any of the trucks need/prefer to rock the rack? 2" receiver, keeps your bikes from beating the **** out of each other. I live 200 meters from the parking lot and can drive it over with it on my vehicle. I have a 4 cylinder honda with 240,000 miles on it and sacked out springs. It doesn't like to climb gold camp with five people and 4 bikes. But, the rack is a champ, so let me know if anyone wants to utilize it. Takes 60 seconds to uninstall and reinstall.

    Kristian--Thanks Dad! Haha Yeah, gonna be chilly at that elevation. Bringing extra layer and my backup-backup light just in case. Got a 4 pack of Shift I bought last week just for this ride, too

    Oh, and THIS IS GOING TO BE KICK ASS!!!

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    Tonight should be a good time. Not sure if the Mal is going to come out tonight I hate to suffer right off the bat then kill myself trying to keep up with Chris. Plus after reading this The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion - Pinkbike and watching the movie I think he was talking about me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    Keith is bringing his new rigid SS for this one... lol

    glad your coming bro!
    Thanks Bro! but...
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    New rear triangle installed on the enduro last night. What better way to test it out! Mel offered to drive shuttle if a need arose (she's not riding or coming unless she's needed to drive). See you all at Stratton at 5:45

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    New rear triangle installed on the enduro last night. What better way to test it out! Mel offered to drive shuttle if a need arose (she's not riding or coming unless she's needed to drive). See you all at Stratton at 5:45
    Cool! You know how to get to the trailhead? It's pretty easy to find--just get off I-25 at Tejon and take a right. Follow Tejon until it ends at the 5 way and vier right onto Cheyenne Mt. Follow that about 3 miles to Ridgeway and take a right (the first right after the Cresta stoplight). The trailhead is on your right as you go up Ridgeway.

    It sounds like we have enough drivers without Mel, but that was nice of her to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Plus after reading this The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion - Pinkbike and watching the movie I think he was talking about me
    Dude, I just finished reading that as well. Good article. A couple hardtail lover coworkers ganged up on me yesterday and proclaimed full suspension isn't faster and DH bikes are worthless (not exactly their words but that is what I perceived). It was right at the end of my shift and I really didn't have it in me to argue. In the article, Mike mentioned something to the affect that all types of bikes will add, in some way, a skill that translates over to how you ride bikes in general. I fully believe that. Even a fixie can teach you something. For DH, the slack angles and long travel boost your confidence allowing you go faster, jump farther, and smash obstacles like never before. That confidence stays with you (as long as you don't let the DH bike collect too much dust) as you try for that roller to roller gap on the hardtail or go for a "Kristian line" on an XC ride. I'd also argue that if you can rail turns on a slack DH bike, you can make anything turn. Anyways, I plan on opening the idea up for discussion tonight during a beer break to hear what some have to say. BTW, I really liked the opening warning statement of the Pinkbike article. Apparently, Pinkbike authors do read the heated comment section

    That said, I think you should ride the big bike. Keep in mind we have a big crew tonight which usually leads to unavoidable regrouping for mechanicals, flats, first aid, sandwich eating, giggle fits, etc.; time to rest

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    Crap... I was already bumming about missing this ride but I had totally forgotten about the giggle fits!

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    Well reading Chris' response made me wish I still had my remedy.. guess we will see how my skillz hold up on my niner.
    Side note.. anyone know where to buy those Kate's Bars they gave us at the race. Fcking delicious but I don't want to drop $40 on a box on their website.

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    Crush Some Gruss!

    Crush Some Gruss!

    Crush Some Gruss!

    Crush Some Gruss!

    Crush Some Gruss!


    Can you tell I am excited for this ride?

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    **** i've been eyein this thread like a hawk... is there room for me if I can skip class? I'd pay $10 for a shuttle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitusCO View Post
    Well reading Chris' response made me wish I still had my remedy.. guess we will see how my skillz hold up on my niner.
    Side note.. anyone know where to buy those Kate's Bars they gave us at the race. Fcking delicious but I don't want to drop $40 on a box on their website.
    ProCycling has them. Those things are great but unfortunately not cheap.

    Crush Some Gruss!!!

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    Dude, I just finished reading that as well. Good article.
    Agreed! I don't think there is any question for me--I would be faster riding the Shinobi on Pipeline than I would on the Delirium T. For me, it's mostly a matter of accelerating out of the turns, and that is SO much easier on a ligher bike. The 120mm of rear travel is plenty for any line on that trail and the 29" wheel would roll right over the chunkiest lines with almost as much stability as the 170mm Delirium.

    All that being said, I'm going to have a lot more fun tonight riding the Knolly than I would on the Norco. Sometimes it's not about the full out speed--it's about the invincible feeling that riding a burly bike gives you. Since we're shuttling, it's basically a pain free decision about which bike to bring. In fact, I'll get a better work out tonight with my bike of choice because I'll be dragging a heavier bike up the hill.

    I'm stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked stoked for this ride!!!

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    thinkin becca & I will just meet at the trailhead on the chance that there's room for us... anyone have the latest count of cars/drivers/riders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitusCO View Post
    Well reading Chris' response made me wish I still had my remedy.. guess we will see how my skillz hold up on my niner.
    Side note.. anyone know where to buy those Kate's Bars they gave us at the race. Fcking delicious but I don't want to drop $40 on a box on their website.
    Criterium sells them: Grizzly, Tram, Handlebar, and the Stash. They are pricey. If you want a box, let me know and I'll get you a better price. I agree, they are delicious and consist of real food ingredients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p_DuBs View Post
    thinkin becca & I will just meet at the trailhead on the chance that there's room for us... anyone have the latest count of cars/drivers/riders?
    I think there are 12 riders and three drivers as of Nick's last count.

    # Rider
    1 Kristian
    2 Joe
    3 Jay
    4 Jack
    5 Chris
    6 Nick
    7 Brian / Keith
    8 Arin
    9 Atergo76
    10 Jake
    11 Andy
    12 Jimmy

    That would be 4 riders plus 1 driver in each truck. I'm pretty sure that Joe's truck actually fits 6 people so that would be one extra space. If any other trucks fit 6, there would be room for both of you.

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    Ok, ok, I give I will ride my 140 bike instead of my hardtail.....haha

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    I'll have a Kuat 2 bike 2" receiver we could move over to a shuttle vehicle with me.

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    T minus 3 hours.....time goes sooooo slow.

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    Jake and Andy are out. That's two seats for P and B is you guys are still in?!

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    I feel like a middle aged woman waiting to watch breaking dawn.. Antsy as hell!!!

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    Crush grus
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    Crom!!! I wish I was there for this ride!! Have fun brothers

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    Now that was a fun ride!!! Hope everybody made it past all that ice after crank case alley, I had a few I'm going to die moments. Thanks again to our drivers.

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    The grus has been crushed!
    Best night ride of the year!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    The grus has been crushed!
    Best night ride of the year!!!
    Something about a shuttle just makes me happy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    The grus has been crushed!
    Best night ride of the year!!!
    No, that was the best night ride EVER!

    I can't believe we rode that trail in the dark top to bottom with only a few seemingly minor crashes, and no ride ending mechanicals! I also can't believe we rode that trail in in the end of November with only a few spots of ice and no real snow.

    Thanks to Nick and Chris for organizing, thanks to the drivers/truck owners, and thanks to everyone for showing up and making it a great ride!

    That ride set the bar pretty high--now what are we going to do to top it????

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    Well done ladies and gents. Pretty impressive that such a large group of night riders could conquer that much loose wicked DH. Oh and having Pipeline beer on Pipeline trail was Win!

    I will have pics up this evening.

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    That ride was bonkers...had a blast though. I slept real fitful last night--dreams of wrecking mixed with being really tired. Pretty gnarly ride. So glad we all made it out under our own power.

    Can we maybe do a Sante Fe ride next? Haha

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    I know how to top it K, sadly it will have to wait till summer.............Can anyone say the peak shuttle wait at the summit till the sun goes down then turn on the lights and head down barr!! Just like those crazy guys across the pond do in all the videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lubes17319 View Post
    Meh
    Are you angry this morning lubes?

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    You know me well!
    I'll try to make up for missing that ride by pedaling Ridgeline tonight.
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    Missing a killer ride is like going through the 5 stages of grief. First there was denial. 'I bet it wasn't that great...'. That stage ended once I read the thread this morning. Next came anger. Pissed that my wife was sick, that I am feeling the early effects of whatever it is she has. That gave way to depression. Thoughts like 'I'll probably be sick for this Sunday's ride...' So that is 1-3... Not sure what stage comes next but I guess I'll find out once I make it there..haha. I am hoping depression turns to excitement. 'Ok, I missed that killer ride but what killer ride should I plan to make up for it'. Then that should lead to acceptance. 'Eh, I missed that ride but there will be plenty more'.
    ok... enough rambling I guess I better get back to work.

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    I would love to ride down the peak at night! Ill rent a bike for that one though.

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    That was some EPIC GRUS CRUSHING. Thanks everyone for making last night my all time best night ride. Everyone rode fantastic and kept their bikes together. I am forever indeated to Beca for finding my phone, thanks Beca.

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    So I just read this entire 4 page thread. No pics? Now I have blue balls.

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    Brian--So sorry for your loss. Group counseling session next Wednesday. Plenty of addicts ready to share their heart breaking stories of missed rides and how to cope with loss, depression, and giggle fits.

    Ringing in on the Barr Trail idea, as much as I like bashing down Barr on my DH bike, I have no desire to do it at night. But that said, I would be totally be game to do ride my trail bike on Elk Park to Barr and then down either of the four ways I can think of after that. And, I do believe that is still possible for this year?!

    On a previous discussion on suspension bikes, hard tails, and such, I had a lot of fun on the DH bike last night. Haven't ridden it since season's close at Winter Park. It took about five miles before I remembered how to ride it. It reminded me of more arguing points for why learning to ride a DH bike is important. Straight lining rocks is the obvious plus. Confidence building in those situations builds upon itself when trail riding. Relearning how to turn that slack head angle eventually came back to me which allowed me to break the rear end around without brakes..such a sick feeling. Big bikes drift like no other. The ability to manual though a quick section of rocks so you can put down the front wheel in the only safe spot on the trail is a ninja move more easily learned on the DH rig--precise handling is something most people would not imagine was something a burly big offers, but with their stiff wheels, frame and fork, it has it in spades. Preloading into 8" of squish sounds like a down side, and it is when you are going slow, but lifting the bike out of that travel at the right time with all the force you have gives you extra air time allowing you to land her farther down the trail, past that root, over those rocks, setting you up for the next turn with more speed than if you tried to plow through. And, pulling up and out of 8" takes milliseconds longer which lets your body find its balance before your wheels leave the ground.

    It takes time to reveal the abilities of a DH bike, but the nuances learned will transfer to your other bikes. Every type of bike has a secret. Makes me want to go break a huffy riding down Jacks haha Ok, off the soap box, sorry =)

    Jay--sorry to forget the camera again leaving you the sole cinematographer as usual..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomethingRelatedToBiking View Post
    On a previous discussion on suspension bikes, hard tails, and such, I had a lot of fun on the DH bike last night.
    Man, it was a mixed bag for me. I had a lot of fun every time the trail was pointed down, but I really was hating all of the flat and climbing sections.

    I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do for my next "big bike" when I retire the Delirium T, and that ride had me thinking that a 160mm Chiltocin with a 180mm fork might make me a lot happier than a 200mm Podium.

    Regardless, I think I would have had a riot last night on any of the bikes that I own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post

    I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do for my next "big bike" when I retire the Delirium T, and that ride had me thinking that a 160mm Chiltocin with a 180mm fork might make me a lot happier than a 200mm Podium.
    I recently built a Chiltocin 160 with a 160 lyric for a friend. It came out pretty sweet. Barent really loves it, it takes care of him well as he relearns to ride (been out of the saddle for six months or so). I bet I could arrange a "test ride" with him if you like. He lives right near Palmer too.

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    So stat wise we did:
    15.03 miles
    4300 ft difference in min/max elevation
    3 hours 32 minutes
    25.4mph max speed
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    Wow, that was the hardest 4000+ feet of DH I have ridden in a while - not technically although there was plenty of puckering going on at times. Other times my eyes were telling me I was going downhill but my legs were working just to keep moving - like pedaling through 4 inches of wet snow. Lots of sliding, drifting, railing, jumping and plenty of fun! The re-entry/endo onto Gold Camp Road was the low point of the ride for me but but all it cost me was a helmet and a few advil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    Wow, that was the hardest 4000+ feet of DH I have ridden in a while - not technically although there was plenty of puckering going on at times. Other times my eyes were telling me I was going downhill but my legs were working just to keep moving - like pedaling through 4 inches of wet snow. Lots of sliding, drifting, railing, jumping and plenty of fun! The re-entry/endo onto Gold Camp Road was the low point of the ride for me but but all it cost me was a helmet and a few advil.
    Good to hear that you did no damage to yourself or bike, I caught a glimpse of the endo and it made me cringe. It was good riding with you again.

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    Woah there folks, When jaydude is not riding bikes, romancing women, and climbing rock walls he can find time to post pictures from last nights ride! lol!



    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230915429/" title="IMG_3610 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8489/8230915429_d834c572e3_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3610"></a>
    Lets start with my favorite pic from the ride









    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231981236/" title="IMG_3576 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8231981236_909f1ca98a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3576"></a>
    Bikes and riders were loaded with care for the shuttle




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230917623/" title="IMG_3583 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8066/8230917623_2fc6f6fc27_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3583"></a>
    We all unloaded and got our grins on for the upcoming fun








    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230917485/" title="IMG_3584 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8230917485_1a6e38edfa_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3584"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230917361/" title="IMG_3586 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8058/8230917361_98b122efd1_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3586"></a>
    And a quick traverse over to FR 379 and the top of Pipeline







    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230916925/" title="IMG_3592 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8230916925_5c5b5db8f2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3592"></a>
    There were reports of bird flu, swine flu, and SAR's on this ride





    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231979792/" title="IMG_3594 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8478/8231979792_220f93059c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3594"></a>.
    Die hard Inflexables!




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230916497/" title="IMG_3597 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8480/8230916497_d9d1ed0b77_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3597"></a>
    (In my best texas accent) You gots to take the thingamabob and connect it to the wachamacallit Nick.






    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231979398/" title="IMG_3598 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8231979398_2408f51de7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3598"></a>
    Well, Kristian doing what he does best, being Kristian.





    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231978752/" title="IMG_3605 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8346/8231978752_3423a5d889_b.jpg" width="793" height="1024" alt="IMG_3605"></a>
    jsj3831 negotiating some trees




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231978242/" title="IMG_3611 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8201/8231978242_aae9a0e293_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3611"></a>
    TitusCO got up close and personal with this frozen waterfall.




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231978004/" title="IMG_3612 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/8231978004_06af877305_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3612"></a>
    Good thing we brought backup lights.






    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230914851/" title="IMG_3614 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8339/8230914851_1c1efa66dd_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="IMG_3614"></a>
    Bottle neck




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230914747/" title="IMG_3615 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8484/8230914747_048a9beda6_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3615"></a>
    HTRNs friend who likes trees





    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230914625/" title="IMG_3617 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8206/8230914625_53f1508e98_b.jpg" width="1024" height="771" alt="IMG_3617"></a>
    Kman chasing UFOs on Jones Park Trail







    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231977306/" title="IMG_3618 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8231977306_08bd2d01cc_b.jpg" width="1024" height="807" alt="IMG_3618"></a>
    JoeMTBR on Jones Park Trail




    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230914373/" title="IMG_3619 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8208/8230914373_730ed5d381_b.jpg" width="1024" height="707" alt="IMG_3619"></a>
    Becca on Jones Park Trail







    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8230914071/" title="IMG_3626 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8478/8230914071_934f2039e3_b.jpg" width="1000" height="1024" alt="IMG_3626"></a>
    The crew finishing up Captain Jacks






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    STRTB and Joe WTF?





    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydude/8231977034/" title="IMG_3620 by jaydude_72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8490/8231977034_2441f880b0_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="IMG_3620"></a>
    And what a way to celebrate Pipeline Trail with some Pipeline Porter!




    We will be talking about this one for a while. Great riding everybody!





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    Nice Pics Jay!! Great framing. I didn't realize that you took so many photos. Proof positive that we pulled this off. Promise to bring my camera next time.

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    Great pics Jay. Thanks for taking the time from riding bikes, romancing women and climbing rocks to post. haha.

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    Yeah Jay! You should X-post them on the night riding forum with the thread title: Best Night Ride EVER!

    You captured the mood of the ride perfectly--lots of fun riding and a fair amount of fun hanging out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    TitusCO got up close and personal with this frozen waterfall.
    I have to give it to Jimmy, he wrecked in a beautiful spot Glad you turned out okay, Jimmy.

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    Great pics Jaydude!

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