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    Looking for a group ride this week/end

    Looks like the weather should be nice from Friday on, does anyone have any group rides planned? Fri, Sat, or Sun work for me. Anywhere along the front range. Not looking for hammerheads as I'm not all that fast, but I don't mind being pushed.

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    I don't have anything planned, but let me know if you get something together or have anything in mind. I'll definitely be riding somewhere this weekend.
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    I like to ride bikes too.... and am wide open for anything that's not a hammer-fest

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    Well, what are you guys thinking? What part of town are you in? I'm down in Littleton, but don't mind traveling. What's it like in the Lyon's area? Marshall Mesa and that whole area should be pretty good.

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    Can we get a BC update from someone up there? I could be talked into a mtb ride around the Burn TT course if the conditions are right....riding on the road is getting a little boring again.

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    Sounds interesting. Look forward to seeing a plan develop.

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    I'm in.

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    I'm game for Heil to Hall via Pic Rock or anything at Buff Creek.

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    I'm up for a longer ride as long as the pace reflects the fact that it's only mid Feb!

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    So we have a lot of people hanging on the fence waiting for someone to organize something.... anyone going to take the initiative?
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    I'm up for whatever! I've only ridden Hall once, never been PR, Heil, or Buffalo Creek, so I don't know if I'm the person that should be organizing. When is best for everyone?

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    I'm "relatively" new to the area and only ridden a few trails. I have no idea where the best places to ride are, and what will be the best conditions. So I defer to someone with greater knowledge. BTW, I'm by no means a hammerhead. I'm as slow as they come on the climbs.
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    OK -- per the previous post on Buff Creek (still a lot of snow left). Lets meet at the Heil lot at 8 am on Sat w/ wheels rolling by 8:30 and ride Picture rock up to Hall with a Nelson loop.

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    PS -- here is basically the ride profile but add about 5 miles. (I didn't connect the Nelson loop last time due to time constraints) --> http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7549713

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    OK -- per the previous post on Buff Creek (still a lot of snow left). Lets meet at the Heil lot at 8 am on Sat w/ wheels rolling by 8:30 and ride Picture rock up to Hall with a Nelson loop.
    8 AM? Are you farking nuts? Come on man, I need to sleep in a little on the weekend. What about 10? There's no way I'm making it anywhere at 8 AM. Plus I live in Thornton, so I have a bit of a drive wherever we go so that means up even earlier.

    That route is 30 miles. How bad is the climbing?
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    OK -- I'm game to start at 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    OK -- I'm game to start at 10.
    Heh. You didn't answer my other question.
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    Sounds good! I'm cool with a 10 am start. I'll be there about 20 minutes early.

    So take a left on lefthand canyon to get to the parking lot, correct?

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    2 things. First, is the climbing really serious? I don't want to commit to something I can't handle and then just slow you guys down. I'm still getting used to it out here and getting my fitness level up. Second, can you post some directions to the trailhead you have in mind? I think I'll probably get out there and try to hack it.
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    Directions: West on Left Hand - North on Geer.

    http://www.bouldercounty.org/openspa...heil_ranch.htm

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    Heil - Picture Rock - Hall - Return the same way = about 35 miles. The worst climb is at Hall Ranch through the rock garden (a blast on the return downhill, however!).
    Plan on approximately 6 hours saddle time at a moderate pace (not including breaks, mechanicals, etc.).

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    I am in

    I am in. I haven't done that long of a ride in a bit, but you can't pass up a sunny weekend and a good group of guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1
    2 things. First, is the climbing really serious? I don't want to commit to something I can't handle and then just slow you guys down. I'm still getting used to it out here and getting my fitness level up. Second, can you post some directions to the trailhead you have in mind? I think I'll probably get out there and try to hack it.

    Don't worry about that, I'm hoping I can keep up with you! I'm slow too.

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    Damn. 35 Miles with lots of climbs. I'm going to die. Let's see how well I can hack it with how out of shape I am heh. So if I'm heading that direction from Broomfield on 36, how do I get to the correct trailhead? You'll have to excuse me, I'm a bit new to the area.

    So who's all in officially?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1
    First, is the climbing really serious? I don't want to commit to something I can't handle and then just slow you guys down.
    Hey Brendan, the climb up Heil isn't bad at all, but it is much more difficult than anything at Marshall Mesa that we did on the 7th.
    Where else have you ridden around here so far?

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    Oh I know. I'm not expecting it to be easy. I dropped about a pound and a half in my wheels recently (got rid of the downhill wheelset) and I feel like my bike climbs a lot better now. Before I felt like my wheels were robbing all my momentum. I also replaced my fork recently. I think my bike is down in the 30 pound range now, down from the 35 pounds I started with at the beginning of my build. Plus I'm slowly getting in better shape. The way I figure it, worst comes to worst, I can turn around and go back and let the rest continue on without me. My main purpose is just getting out there and seeing what the trails are like and where they are with people who know the area well. Then at the very least if I can't hack it, I can come back when I'm in better shape.

    If I don't get out there and try, I'll never get better. If I don't work hard, I'll never get in better shape. Ohio is a lot flatter than Colorado.

    BTW, it's Brandon if you were wondering. No biggie though.
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    Where are you from? What wheels? If you're going to be riding the Iron Horse, I'm going to bring my Enduro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    Where are you from? What wheels? If you're going to be riding the Iron Horse, I'm going to bring my Enduro.
    I recently went from some Azonic Outlaws I had on there temporarily (about 2500 grams) to some Easton AM Havocs in the 1900 gram range. Initial impressions are good! I also went from a Tora Coil with a spring that was way too soft for me, to an 09 Revelation Dual Air. I'll definitely be bringing the Iron Horse MKIII as it's the only bike I have.

    I'm from Cleveland, Ohio btw. Been out here for 6 months, but haven't had a chance to ride as much as I'd like yet.
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    I'd love to make the ride but I'll be working . Feel free to swing by the shop in Lyons for a mid ride beer or soda, though.
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    Nice, looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    Nice, looks good.
    BTW, I love your photography.
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    Okay, if I can get me rear brake fixed in time, I'll try to come, that is if you guys are still open to more riders. I can't make any guarantees that I'll be able to keep up all of the way, but I'll try. Does anyone know if there's mud/snow on the trail?
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    Brakes, who needs brakes???

    Come on out man, it should be a good time. The trails should be pretty nice I think.

    Thanks for the comments on the photography. It's kind of taken a back seat to mountain biking lately, but at some point I'd like to combine the two.

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    I'll try to join up with you guys. I'm fairly new to the area too and never riden there. If I can find it, I'll be there. I'll most likely be driving a silver GTO.

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    I'm still not sure I know how to get to the correct trailhead. I don't know the Boulder area at all.
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    I'm out for this one. This would be like a 9 hour day for me with driving up, riding and then the drive home.

    It is supposed to snow tonight also. Have not heard how much but that it should be here overnight. Be we all know how wrong weather people are here in this state.
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    Turn west on left hand canyon, and then the first right, which will be Greer Canyon.

    <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=40.13361,-105.287132&amp;spn=0.016996,0.038667&amp;z=15&amp; output=embed&amp;s=AARTsJqzARj-Z8VnW5pkPMLMmZbqrJcYpw"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=40.13361,-105.287132&amp;spn=0.016996,0.038667&amp;z=15&amp; source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1
    I'm still not sure I know how to get to the correct trailhead. I don't know the Boulder area at all.
    There are a couple options for you - here's one:
    Take 36 all the way thru Boulder - in S. Boulder, it turns into 28th St and heads N.
    Once into the Northern part of Boulder, it'll curve NW - stay on it, when it curves N again at the NW side of Boulder, it turns into 36 again.
    From that point it's approx. (5?) miles to the Lefthand Canyon turnoff.
    Turn left (west) and go approx 1 mile to Geer, then turn right, and Geer will take you to where you wanna be.

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    Hmmm... that's an updated forecast that there may be snow showers. If they hit Heil/Hall area I'm out but we'll know in the morning.

    Assuming we escape the snow, I'll see ya'll there at 9:30ish.. I'll be on an ibis mojo

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr
    I'd love to make the ride but I'll be working . Feel free to swing by the shop in Lyons for a mid ride beer or soda, though.
    Dave, I ain't riding this weekend but I'll be sure to take you up on the offer when i'm in town. May have a little wheel building project for you in the near future as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    Hmmm... that's an updated forecast that there may be snow showers. If they hit Heil/Hall area I'm out but we'll know in the morning.

    Assuming we escape the snow, I'll see ya'll there at 9:30ish.. I'll be on an ibis mojo
    Forecast looks great from what I just looked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    There are a couple options for you - here's one:
    Take 36 all the way thru Boulder - in S. Boulder, it turns into 28th St and heads N.
    Once into the Northern part of Boulder, it'll curve NW - stay on it, when it curves N again at the NW side of Boulder, it turns into 36 again.
    From that point it's approx. (5?) miles to the Lefthand Canyon turnoff.
    Turn left (west) and go approx 1 mile to Geer, then turn right, and Geer will take you to where you wanna be.
    Thanks again Andy. You always come through.
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    The weather looks good from what I've seen. Chance of flurries tonight with no accumulation is what I hear.

    Hall and Heil are both good to go with minimal snow/mud.

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    I was going to try to ride this evening after I got out of work, but this wind is freakin nuts. I think I'll pass for tonight and hope for good weather tomorrow. If anything, it's supposed to be really nice on Sunday so I'll ride then at the very least. Hopefully tomorrow is good though, but somehow I think I'll be cutting it a bit shorter than the full 35 planned. If the weather is good though, I'll be at the trail at 10.
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    The wind is supposed to be way down tomorrow. 5-10mph. I'll be there. Ford f-150 on an Enduro.

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    I'm most likely out for tomorrow. Some things I have to take care of tomorrow morning. I probably won't be able to ride till around noon. Have fun guys.
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    any updates on snowfall in North Boulder/Lyons?

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    We got less than a 1/2 inch and the skies are clear now. Heil and Hall were darn near bone dry prior. Conditions should be perfect tomorrow.
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    I still plan on showing up if someone else plans on being there. If not, post and I'll check in the morning and just ride locally.

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    Anyone still going today or you think tomorrow will be better? Looks like Boulder got about an inch based on the webcams...

    I was thinking I might let it dry out a bit today and hit the same ride tomorrow instead

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    yeah fellas, I really want to ride today too, but I think waiting a day, will make it perfect tomorrow. It is supposed to be between 40 and 50 all day today with less wind and a temp in 50's tomorrow. If everyone can still make it sunday, I say we push it a day otherwise, I can show up to ride so you won't have to ride alone.
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    I'm still willing to give it a try today, but I'll trust the judgement of others on trail conditions. I'll be driving in from Windsor so I would have to leave here by 8:30. I'm also open for tomorrow if that is better.

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    Bridgestone and anyone else, I'm definitely going to do it tomorrow. Same time (10) & trail combo.

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    I am in for tomorrow. Hiteck?
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    Tomorrow it is!

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    Well, if anyone makes the trek to Hall or Heil today, conditions should be ripe. There's just a little snow dust on the ground - enough to make conditions perfect once the sun hits.
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    See you all tomorrow.

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    I'm in Longmont and we got about an inch of snow, and the temp is about 20 degrees (at 8:15). I'm up for tomorrow as well.
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    Everyone still on for tomorrow? Should be perfect conditions.

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    I'm in. 10AM right? I'll be in a white Volvo station wagon. See everyone tomorrow!
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    Have a great ride fellas. Did that ride two or three weeks ago for my first time and it was a sweet trail. I'll miss you tomorrow though, as I'm heading to first leg of Co Trail with Canyon Rat. Hope to meet you all for a ride in the near future.

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    Ah cool. Guess it's still on for tomorrow at 10 then. I should be there tomorrow. I'll be in a black Dodge Charger with a green Iron Horse strapped to the back. Though I don't know if I'll do the whole route. We shall see.
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    I will be there 10 am heil ranch.
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    what's the number so far for tomorrow?

    I might be in....

    was the heil/hall both in order??


    I will be in a tiny lil ole (old) mercury lynx basically ford escort (white)

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    I can probably drag my butt up there too.

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    I'll be there. I'm looking forward to good ride today.

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    I think Velosprocket and myself are going to a trail South of you guys...if there is any interest.

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    We are actually meeting up at "Apex Open Space" at 10:30 (if anyone wants/needs to follow) and should be at Lair of Bear by 11:00am. This is in Golden off of Heritage Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playzNmud
    I think Velosprocket and myself are going to a trail South of you guys...if there is any interest.

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    We are actually meeting up at "Apex Open Space" at 10:30 (if anyone wants/needs to follow) and should be at Lair of Bear by 11:00am. This is in Golden off of Heritage Drive.

    look for a Black toyota 4runner

    Ciao.
    Playz and I had a great today! Lair was a little sloppy, also packed snow and ice in spots. Still a great day though. How was it north, good turn out?

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    It was awesome. I bit off more than I could chew(29ish miles), but good trail conditions, and a great group of guys. Thanks!

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    the ride comes secondary to the group of folks you get to ride with...

    nice ride today!

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    Smile Great ride

    To everyone I rode with from Heil Ranch. Had a great time, hopefully can do it again sometime.

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    Hey Guys - Great Ride! look forward to doing it again

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    Thanks for the ride. Great conditions. Great guys. Thanks for waiting up for me so many times heh. I definitely need to up the fitness level and my riding skills, but I feel like I'm progressing pretty well. I think I'm getting used to the altitude as well. Sorry I had to turn back early after we got to Hall. I didn't come prepared for such a long ride. I was beat and knew if I kept on much further I wouldn't be able to make it back. Apparently I hurt myself on that fall more than I thought. But I'm alright. My bike's got all the scars from that one.

    I haven't been able to stop coughing up yellow phlegm since I've been back. I wonder if I'm still somewhat sick. It just seems to keep hanging around. I usually feel fine until I start working out and then I can't stop hacking up garbage. Maybe it's time to go back to the doctor, I don't know. Any advice for how to purge this from my system?
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    Hey who on that ride had the pink Ellsworth with all the pink bling? My girlfriend is following me out here from Colorado soon and I told her I'm getting her a bike when she gets out here. She's a princess and would love some pink on her bike. If you have pics, I'd love to show her what it looks like.
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    I've been fighting my sinuses for a week. I just think it's the time of year. Mine usually clear up after a week or two.

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    pics

    Let me see if I can get some pics of my pink bike tonight or I will try to get some when the sun comes out tomorrow. Thanks for coming out. It was a great ride and a great group of guys.
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    Here are some pics of pinky, it was late in the day so I either had to bright a light or too many shawdows. I am still learning the photography thing.
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    My girlfriend got a kick out of the bike. She wanted to know why you were riding a pink bike though. I told her it wasn't my place to question since you were ten times the rider I was on your pink bike.
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    no offense, and everyone has different opinions, but that bike makes me want to vomit

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead
    no offense, and everyone has different opinions, but that bike makes me want to vomit
    Well can't say I'd ride a pink bike personally, but to each their own. That takes some confidence to rock that bike. The only thing I think really clashes on that bike though is that handlebar. All that orange and yellow. It doesn't fit the bike at all.


    Awww come on dude! You called me Beaker! I am not a muppet!
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