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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season

    I thought this would be fun as this time of year I am always thinking about what did and didn't go well for the year, and looking forward to and setting goals for the next.

    Three Questions:

    Without much thought, briefly tell us about one ride that stands out from this year?

    What was your best upgrade to your bike or gear this year?

    Did you get and new bike and if so what was it?
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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season-401-trail.jpgStand out ride is the wife (no she's not a Clyde) and I doing the 401 trail for the first time.

    Upgrades a pushed shock and used KS Lev post both are sweet.

    New well used bike is a Session 88 on the UPS truck today. Is it June yet?

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ID:	856044Stand out ride is the wife (no she's not a Clyde) and I doing the 401 trail for the first time.

    Upgrades a pushed shock and used KS Lev post both are sweet.

    New well used bike is a Session 88 on the UPS truck today. Is it June yet?
    Nice! I brought my wife on 401 for the first time this year, she loved it! My first time was way back in 1991.

    Best Ride.. Whistler!! without a doubt hitting the Dwayne Johnson line

    Best Upgrade.. Cane Creek Double Barrel

    New bike in 13.. 13 Demo 8 1.5

    Can't wait for 2014
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    For me:

    Memorable Ride.. Shuttling the Rio en Medio trail (Santa Fe) twice in one day last spring. When we were done with the ride the whole crew sat in the awesome southwest sun for an hour or two drinking beers and shooting the shit in no hurry to go anywhere.

    Best upgrade: 30t Race Face Narrow Wide chain ring on my Enduro. Its a game changer, ditched a lot of parts with this simple effective chain ring.

    New bike: Surly Cross Check. Urban cross rides are now a big part of my cycling.

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    Another memorable ride, the Karma bike for Kristian.

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    Memorable Ride: So many... This one stands out Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Dirty Century DNF Lollipop near Durango | Times and Records | Strava looking at storms up on the ridge, miles of exposure, legs and mind already shelled, retreat, some of the most beautiful trail ever, regret....

    Calm before the (literal) storm.
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    Best upgrade: 9 additional gears, there I said it.

    New bike: Not yet, soon...

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    Big year...

    Huge year, 2013:
    First New Bike/First 29er+
    2nd New Bike/First time attending Yeti Tribe Gathering
    First time riding in Crested Butte
    First time riding lift assisted downhill
    First time riding in Telluride
    First 3000+ mile year on 2 wheels
    First time building a wheel
    First big crash and facial scar (technically 2nd facial scar, but first really visible one)
    First time riding all of the Kokopelli Trail in one trip
    First time under 200 pounds since High School

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    Shoot, I should actually answer the questions.

    The One Ride would be the trip to Telluride for Tribe Gathering, no question. Epic trails out there, and a fantastic time overall.

    Best upgrade has to be the Lefty fork on the Krampus. The bike's stupid fast and grippy already, adding front suspension just makes it dangerous in the best way possible.

    Ordered the Krampus before the release date the Yeti SB-95c was announced. Then Yeti got their act together and a well timed but unexpected influx of cash got me one of the first ones on the front range. They're both incredible bikes. The Krampus makes trails the Yeti would be overkill for fun, the Yeti makes high alpine and chunder a blast.
    The correct number of bikes one should own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned.

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    12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - best ride of the year - maybe my best day on a bike ever.

    BME Keystone - honorable mention.

    Best upgrade...feeling pretty inadequate here....new set of Xt pedals?

    New bike? Nah, still trying to wear out the ones I have.

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    The standout ride for me was Section 16 in 6" of fresh snow with Tennubs, P_Dubs and JSJ3881. A close second was the first ride of the Karma bike though. Edit: the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde was pretty friggen cool too. You know it has been a good year when you can list off a couple dozen amazing rides.

    Best bike upgrade was ENVE rims. That's an easy answer because it was the only upgrade I did this year--they do make a very noticeable difference and now I want carbon wheels on every bike.

    This was a year of transition for me, and I transitioned to four (!) new bikes during the year. I am super stoked about each of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - best ride of the year - maybe my best day on a bike ever.

    BME Keystone - honorable mention.

    Best upgrade...feeling pretty inadequate here....new set of Xt pedals?

    New bike? Nah, still trying to wear out the ones I have.

    Jack, I never sent you this picture, but feel it really captures your spirit from the 12hrs of Mesa Verde race back in May.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hirschmj View Post
    Huge year, 2013:
    First New Bike/First 29er+
    2nd New Bike/First time attending Yeti Tribe Gathering
    First time riding in Crested Butte
    First time riding lift assisted downhill
    First time riding in Telluride
    First 3000+ mile year on 2 wheels
    First time building a wheel
    First big crash and facial scar (technically 2nd facial scar, but first really visible one)
    First time riding all of the Kokopelli Trail in one trip
    First time under 200 pounds since High School

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    "Be in the truck"
    - FullTrucker

    This is what I like reading! And not far off of mine...

    Most memorable day for me way a random day end of the year at Keystone. Raining all through CO, crappy all around. Left Denver in a thick cloud, raining by the foothills, HEAVY rain all the way up and over Loveland pass. 5 miles from keystone the clouds broke, partially cloudy with spots of rain that never hit me once for the entire day. Trails were beautiful, tacky and fast and had an amazing day.

    I got a lot of new parts. Most notable would be the dropper post. Like the cell phone or automobile, I seriously wonder how we got by without this before..

    2 new bikes this year, Jedi and The ONE, sponsorship thanks to Canfield Bros

    Thanks to all the factors and people that played a part, but I had the best summer of my life this past year. Had some amazing times in the parking lots at WP, Angel Fire, Keystone this summer, oh the parties...

    2 trips to Moab in the spring, every weekend trips to all the major resorts, first trip to CB (loved it), closed all the local resorts and then topped it off with 10 days at whistler. Followed up with another weekend in Moab and now trying to ride the local trails for the winter.

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    Most memorable ride of the year - Ring the Peak with my friend Dave. Pretty significant suffering, with beautiful scenery, and great trails.

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    Best upgrade of the year - My first set of decent hydraulic disc brakes (Thanks Scott!)

    New bike - Carbon 29er hardtail
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    2013 was awesome!
    New niner Rip 9
    8th overall in the BME series
    Riding with the kid at Angel fire, CB and Trestle
    The Captian Double D
    F50
    Growler (the half), so tough!
    259341 feet of climbing and 1800 sweet miles!!! What a killer year!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waafoo View Post
    2013 was awesome!
    New niner Rip 9
    8th overall in the BME series
    Riding with the kid at Angel fire, CB and Trestle
    The Captian Double D
    F50
    Growler (the half), so tough!
    259341 feet of climbing and 1800 sweet miles!!! What a killer year!!!
    Sounds like a great year! That's a ton of climbing, equivalent to summiting Everest from sea-level about 9 times. Which reminds me of an old goal I haven't achieved, 29,029 feet of climbing in a day. Hmmm...sounds like something for 2014.
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    Ring the peak looks sweet! Going to have to do that one this year. Sounds like a really tough race.

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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season

    Best 2013 upgrade - more good beer available in cans.

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    Best ride: Two Elks, Vail.
    Best part: Fox w/ Through axel, and Mavic SLR's for the Moots
    New Bike: Fatbike Motobacane, FB-4, winter fun!!
    2013 isn't over yet!
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    YEAR-TO-DATE
    Distance 2,915.0 mi
    Time 255h 21m
    Elev Gain 314,619 ft
    Rides 119
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    For me it was one of my first group ride of the season after getting under 240lbs, granted it was with a bunch of other clydes, but I was out in front the entire time, not a feeling I am used to. I upgraded my old heckler frame to a new one, which gave me a mostly new bike
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    Glad to hear that so many had a great riding year. For me, it was the season that could have been, as a separated shoulder on Father's Day pretty much took me out. Being fairly new to Colorado, I had big plans to hit some of the major alpine trails for the first time (Monarch Crest, 401, Kenosha Pass, Durango), as well as a "bike & brew" tour along the Front Range (traveling between the Springs and Ft Collins exploring the trails and micro-brews post ride). Oh well, it sets me up for the 2014 season! But for 2013:

    Most standout ride: First post injury OTB landing giving me confidence the healing process is working.
    Best mod: Realizing the benefits of going tubeless.

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    A- Bikepacking the CO trial (sec 1-3) with my GF, who bikepacks with a SS karate monkey
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    B-RaceFace narrow/wide 30T and J.Paks. Both epic upgrades!

    C- Salsa Fargo frameset (fastest accumulated mileage on any single bike I've owned)



    2013 has been nothing but full of awesome and thanks for starting a great thread JayDude~!
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    2013 was my first everything mtbing. I started slow and small, and after 400 miles (yes, a mile stone compared to 0miles in the last 15 years ) i'm doing 30miles+ rides, having the fun of my life. I developed more skills, met and rode with great people, and got in my best shape. I enjoyed every rock that took me down, and then cleared, and every challenge that got me faster.

    Best ride: Riding with a buddy up Horsetooth mountain and then going down mill creek for the first time, clearing almost everything with confidence.

    Upgrades? My 2009 Stumpjumper and all of my gear . I'm running tubeless now and riding clipless, yes, I've came along way
    2009 Stumpjumper Comp HT.
    An old Trek 820 ST.

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    Highlight this year was a Shenanigans Trip which included Monarch Crest, Agate Creek and Starvation Creek.

    We had plans to do Green's and Fooses as well... but... well, snow.

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    *Can't pinpoint a single ride but did a week of riding/camping with an old friend in Winter park, 2 days at Trestle and 4 days of trail riding.

    *2 new rides this past year, a Covert 29 and a Reeb HT, love both the bikes

    *Turning 50 in Jan and also celebrating 25 years of riding. I hope to ride somewhere new this coming season, a BC backcountry trip sounds mighty nice.
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    I had two favorite rides this year. Vail to Minturn on the Two Elks trail and Free Lunch to Pucker Up in Grand Junction.
    I upgraded to 10spd this year and found my new favorite tire, Conti Mountain King 2's in tubeless ready. Maybe my new helmet
    The season ended early for me this year due to a facial fracture and TBI in September just a mile from finishing the The Whole Enchilda in Moab.
    Great year to that point.

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    I did my first 100 mile ride while "racing" the Tatanka 100 in the Black Hills, SD. It's a grand loop course with 50+ miles of great singletrack.

    I upgraded my Surly Karate Monkey to a Niner Sir and turned the Monkey into a monster cross gravel grinder.

    I'm still deciding which bike is more fun.

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    - favorite ride: I took a Monday off and set out into Cheyenne Canyon to get some miles in. I rode Chamberlin, Gold Camp, Buckhorn, 666, Palmer Trail, Section 16, Stephanies, High Drive(had to hike up most of it since my legs were dead), Capt Jacks, Chutes. It is awesome we can get so much riding in so close to town.

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    - the only upgrade I made was shortening my stem. Putting a 40mm on the Enduro really changed the handling for the better.

    - the 'new to me' bike this year is a '99 Trek 4500 that my neighbor found in the trash. It is the kid trailer puller and hopefully the commuter once I man up and start riding into work again.

    2013 was a great year. I was able to get in 106 rides and 863 miles. I also was able to get the two year old on a pedal bike without training wheels so she can ride around with her older sister. Next years goal is to see how they like riding on dirt. I can't wait.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblur View Post
    I had two favorite rides this year. Vail to Minturn on the Two Elks trail and Free Lunch to Pucker Up in Grand Junction.
    I upgraded to 10spd this year and found my new favorite tire, Conti Mountain King 2's in tubeless ready. Maybe my new helmet
    The season ended early for me this year due to a facial fracture and TBI in September just a mile from finishing the The Whole Enchilda in Moab.
    Great year to that point.

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    Did you crash on the steps going down into the dry wash?

    Hopefully you're healed back up?

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    I've started shrinking so I switched to a 24" this year.

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    2013 was great year. Found my love of Endurance races and gravel grinders.

    Fave ride was the X100 which should be the X114 as their measuring stick was really off. The most suffering I have endured.

    The best upgrade to the bike was dropping 10lbs and properly training last winter.

    I purchased a Pug and 2014 S-Works Epic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Did you crash on the steps going down into the dry wash?

    Hopefully you're healed back up?
    Its been 11 weeks and I have a few minor symptoms left but I am mostly healed. Thanks for the well wishes. I crashed just a bit before the section you mentioned. I took the farthest right line here by the little bush at the top. Which is not the best line. I had ridden this a half dozen times and was going way to fast.

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    Best 'one ride': Not one ride, but many. Not epic, but the post-ride buzz was there. I'll explain. My wife and I live on the NE flank of North Table Mountain. It's a 3-minute pedal from the front porch to singletrack. On countless days this year, at a moment's notice, I filled a water bottle, threw it in the cage and took off for the new trails on NTM. No driving, no logistics, no delays. Just throw a leg over the bike and go. I'm addicted and spoiled by the feeling of freedom of having singletrack literally out the front door.

    Best upgrade: Wolf Tooth 28t narrow/wide chainring on my 1x10 bike. Took off the Paul's chainkeeper. Not one dropped chain. Simplicity at it's finest. And a low gear I can actually climb hills with!

    New bike: None. But, in 2014, I'll be building myself a 650b hardtail trailbike. "Building", as in fillet-brazed steel. Me. In my barn. Life is good!

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    2013 was my first real season on the mtb (and road) and I wish I started ten years ago.

    -I had a lot of great rides, but the one which stands out was a last minute trek to Hood River to rip up Post Canyon while out on vaca snowboarding Mt Hood for a month. Honorable mention would be Fruita (rd 18) on the drive back to Breck.

    -I didn't really upgrade much on the bike or gear this summer besides a new computer and heart rate monitor. Both helped a ton.

    -Sold my bike, so I am in the market for something new! I'm actually going to hopefully get a new XC race rig as well something more playful for all mountain.

    I'm excited

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    Did an Alaskan cruise in August. Most memorable ride was not on a mtn bike, nor even challenging. But from Juneau we rode about 9 miles to Mendenhall Glacier, and got to see a black bear eating salmon in a tree.

    No new significant gear this year. Unless finances improve unexpectedly to allow for a new bike, I will likely make due with the Marlin another year and hopefully get a decent front fork on it.

    Only about 1800 miles on the bike this year, lost big chunks of ride time with the Alaska trip in August and then the flooding in Sept. Hoping for 3000k+ in 2014.
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    So many great rides!! Keep the vibe going!

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    Flatlander. Old. First year mountain biking. A tad too heavy. That said, I came out to visit my daughter (and new granddaughter) in September. The plan was to bike and fish. I got one great ride in at Betasso-Benjamin - and then it started raining. By the time I left eight days later, I still had trouble getting to the Interstate because of the washed out roads. But the ride at Betasso (the altitude kicked my ass) got me fired up to get in better shape for my visit next year!

    I'll be back!

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    Twas a Good Year for Bikling

    Riding MTB's since 2001: Plenty of first's this year!!

    -Moved to Golden, single track riding across the street with neighbors who love biking as much, and some, more than me!
    -Wife back in the saddle since having kids: bought her a Trek Lush 29: she is ripping on it!
    -First solo single track night riding: deer everywhere.
    -First dropper post: Gravity Dropper Turbo LP: so far, so good.
    -First ride on Blackjack in buff creek.
    -First going over the bars twice in one ride experience, thanks Blackjack: pre-dropper post purchase, of course.
    -First experience getting the boys on dirt: Golden bike park and NTM we frequent.
    -First off road towing of said boys, Tiger Rd near Breck.
    -First enhanced descent, thanks Tommy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia View Post
    Nice! I brought my wife on 401 for the first time this year, she loved it! My first time was way back in 1991.

    Best Ride.. Whistler!! without a doubt hitting the Dwayne Johnson line

    Best Upgrade.. Cane Creek Double Barrel

    New bike in 13.. 13 Demo 8 1.5

    Can't wait for 2014
    Yeah I liked my Cane Crik upgrade, and the local made bike it came with, and the time I spent Whistlering on it. Best line was Fade to Black and getting on top of the boxcar on Freight Train.
    So many good days, I'll post a recent:

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    ld have been, as a separated shoulder on Father's Day pretty much took me out. Being fairly new to Colorado, I had big plans to hit some of the major alpine trails for the first time (Monarch Crest, 401, Kenosha Pass, Durango), as well as a "bike & brew" tour along the Front Range (traveling between the Springs and Ft Collins exploring the trails and micro-brews post ride). Oh well, it sets me up for the 2014 season! But for 2013:

    Most standout ride: First post injury OTB landing giving me confidence the healing process is working.
    Best mod: Realizing the benefits of going tubeless.
    Man, I feel your pain, and am too looking forward to a fresh start in 2014. I broke both wrists at Pueblo in late February, and most of the season involved recovery followed by setbacks. Finally had to have a minor surgery on one of the wrists recently. And lets not forget the lacerated tendon that knocked me out for three months in the fall. Silver lining is that I've used the time off to fuel the passion, and will return hungrier than ever!

    Oh, and I also bough a Mojo HD in December 2012 (that still counts right ), and RS Pike 160 was the biggest upgrade. My favorite ride of the year was exploring new singletrack near Fairplay with some riding buddies just as the aspens were changing.

    Onwards and upwards in 2014!!
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    Two Elks, Fruita, Wyo, neighborhoodish and night rides. Wasn't the biggest year but I'll take it.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
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    We just ride...

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    Without much thought, briefly tell us about one ride that stands out from this year?

    way too hard to pick one, but i'll concur with the Dude: the rio en medio shuttle day in santa fe blew my mind

    trips down to ABQ/santa fe/angel fire were amazing, keystone & trestle obviously a blast, first time to moab (ups/lps/porc rim and amasa area), shuttle and non shuttle big rides locally (pipeline -> crank case alley on the hardtail was memorable... as well as my first all mountain extravaganza and the 8.5/macnealy loop), breckenridge (tiger run segment of CO trail), the captain double D race went great, insane snowy sec. 16 ride with tennubs/kristian/jsj, list goes on and on....

    Did you get a new bike and if so what was it?

    '12 sc butcher... lyrik 160, monarch rc3+, 1x10 with shadow+ derailleur/narrow-wide chainring, reverb post, monster tires, etc. simply wonderful bike & build so far


    damn, reflecting back... it was a great year. gonna be even better in 2014

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    2013 was the first 24 hour race I have ever done. It was an absolute blast. I had a great group of friends and I am so excited to do it again!






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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    ...Without much thought, briefly tell us about one ride that stands out from this year?

    What was your best upgrade to your bike or gear this year?

    Did you get and new bike and if so what was it?
    For me, 2013 will always be The Year I Finished the Vapor Trail 125. Did it as a self-supported Individual Time Trial. Just under 23 hours elapsed time.

    That said, my most memorable ride may have been the Durango Dirty Century. Last year I dnf'd it (I got caught on Indian Ridge in a full-on biblical thunder and hail storm Ingluis). This year I started early with a small group of others and got over that gauntlet before the clouds built up. That is one amazing goddam lap.

    Got a Giant Anthem to be my machine that turns watts into miles of singletrack. Very effective bike for that, but it got sold last month. Served its purpose, back to bigger bikes. Best gear that was useful this year, Steripen.

    EDIT: Wait, scratch that, my new Rockshox Pike and its deep, darth vader blackness is the best upgrade. Sadly I only got a half dozen rides on it before this pestilence of coldness descended upon us.
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    Teh High

    2013 will be the year that I first got Teh High.
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    Seale Pass
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    Georgia Pass

    My favorite upgrade... (technically; installed late 2012, but I didn't get to use them until 2013)
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    My new "Robot Parts"

    No new bikes, but I did get reacquainted with the road bike this year.
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    and rode in some places I never thought I would..
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    but mostly this year was less about one big thing and more about lots of little things like..
    Epic Thunder Storms
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    Riding new places
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    Riding more with the family
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    but mostly, slowing down a little and taking more of these..
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    and these...
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    and these..
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    but mostly these..
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    ok... these too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilburKookmeyer View Post
    2013 will be the year that I first got Teh High.


    but mostly this year was less about one big thing and more about lots of little things like..



    but mostly, slowing down a little and taking more of these..
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    Awesome Shit! Lets not take the little things in life for granted!!

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    2013 was a tough year for me. A factory recall of products my company produces caused epic hours at work but I did get in some memorable rides even if it meant I suffered....more then usual..

    It did start off with a new bike that opened up the winter possibilities...Kenosha Pass East in February

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    introducing my daughters to the Shinglemill Trail in Buffalo Creek, a new father's day tradition

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    Riding the Georgia Pass, French Pass loop is always a favorite but adding in the huge amount of humidity that was in the air that day Canyonrat joined me for the ride made it spectacular!

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    and another new bike to replace the Jet 9 rounds out the year along with a December full of miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    Yeah I liked my Cane Crik upgrade, and the local made bike it came with, and the time I spent Whistlering on it. Best line was Fade to Black and getting on top of the boxcar on Freight Train.
    So many good days, I'll post a recent:


    The boxcar is a fun one.. was very sad that it was closed when we were there this year.. Fade bo Black is certainly one of my faves as well, almost landing on my riding buddy on that one trying to ride too close and making a video, oopss..
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    Good idea for a thread. 2013 was good to me on my bike.

    I put in 3,381 miles on bikes between road and mountain. I climbed a total of 283,448 ft this year. My single favorite ride of the year may have been Reno / Flagman / Deadman in South Crested Butte. It is so hard to say with an amazing year of riding. Honorable mentions would be doing White Rim in a Day self supported for the first time, finishing my second Leadville 100 just 5:00 minutes over my goal of 9:00 hours, and hitting up Monarch Crest for the first time. I made it out to Moab 3 times and experienced Captain Ahab and the Portal Tail for the first time - think it will be my last Portal Trail. We are lucky to extend the season with a few more rides super late in the season here in Denver.

    My best upgrade would be swapping out my Aluminum Framed Yeti Big Top for the new Yeti ARC Carbon 29er. The bike has been a great climber and all around fun bike. I am hoping to swap out my 575 for a Bronson Carbon early next year.

    We are having our first baby in a few weeks. I hope to have the time get in 1/2 the amount of riding next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmurrow View Post

    We are having our first baby in a few weeks. I hope to have the time get in 1/2 the amount of riding next year!
    you will be fine. i was able to average 2,500 last year and 2,700 this year with baby in the house. my daughter is 19 months now. before i was doing just above 3,000 a year. babies tend to sleep a lot , but they cry a lot too, lol. I just needed to change my schedules around, most of my rides are very early in the morning now, so i can be home before noon and still can go for a hike with family afternoon. it works out fine. started commuting more often too.

    anyways, i started riding CT, segment by segment this year and i always thought my favorite ride was the segment i just finished.

    my best upgrade would have to be tossing front derailleur.

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    Every year I continue to ride my bike is a good year, and 2013 continued that streak. No new bike, no upgrades, no injuries. Lots of great rides with great people, but none stands out above the others. 2700 miles of dirt and 230k feet of climbing, mostly on a 17 year old bike.

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