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    Night riding the Ceran St Vrain Trail

    Last night I made my 1st ever pilgrimage to Lyons, Colorado. I had Dave over at Redstone Cyclery build me a Alfine(internal Gears)/ Stans Flow 29er rear wheel.

    Definitely a work of art

    New Alfine/Stans Flow 29er rear wheel

    After finishing up with Dave it was just after 6:30pm and though Hall Ranch and Picture Rock....rock as trails...I wanted something a little different. I wanted National Forest, Wilderness...some orienteering if you will.

    I knew the Ceran St Vrain trailhead was up off Left Hand Canyon past Jamestown but I saw on the map that I could also drive past Picture Rock. Even before I could ask Dave about it, he heard my intended trail to ride and directed me right to Raymond, Colorado. Thanks Dave!

    Ceran St Vrain

    Raymond is one of those cool little forks in the road that goes back to a time forgotten and its a place I can dig. Dave let me know the entrance to FS 252 would be hard to find, looks like a driveway he said and he was right.

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    oh yeah, on the right track

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    and so I began to climb

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    and climb

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    with some sweet views in the distance(Long's Peak?)

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    The confluence of discombobulation..I took the far right and rode up to Miller Rock

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    another view

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    a few turns through the woods on unmarked though legit trails and I ended up here and knew I was on the right track

    Ceran St Vrain

    Beyond was some good riding

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    funny how I made my way through all the rough stuff and come to this when the trail becomes buff

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    Crossing of the St Vrain

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    lighting was getting funky

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    Jamestown end trailhead

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    Crawling through tree tunnels...about a half a dozen or so down on the trail

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    Looking back the way I came

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    The bridge over the Middle St Vrain in Raymond

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    a pilgrimage can't be made to Lyons without hitting Oscar Blues...to be honest I tried to hit Cilantro Mary's 1st but they had closed 5 minutes before I got to back to town

    Oskar Blues

    a well deserved treat

    Oskar Blues Old Chub

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    Nice one Jeremy. Looks like a good ride was had. We'll pretty much be doing that same ride on our Tuesday nighter next week. Cilantro Mary's is ok, but unfortunately, no post ride beers or margs at that establishment
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    Nice ride.

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    Nice report Evil MGE - what about the wheel?
    Judging from the pic under the tree, I guess you just picked the wheel up, and didn't get it on yet?
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    Thanks for the tips on parking and finding 252, Dave...Rode around Raymond for about 5 minutes up and down the road before finding the turn. I didn't get to enjoy a brew till I go home tho.

    Thanks for letting me know Shtless. Mt Meeker it is. You can't tell I'm still new to Colorado can you.

    Bad Andy! Just got the wheel just before I went to do the Ceran St Vrain. Still waiting on the Alfine small parts kit and shifter which should be here today. I set it up tubeless this morning and if I get the parts in time I may go ahead and put it on tonight for my Tour De Mines this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Mt Meeker it is. You can't tell I'm still new to Colorado can you.
    No worries there - I am convinced some people I grew up with in Longmont still don't realize the mountain they looked at practically every day they grew up isn't Long's Peak. Meeker (13,911 elev. I believe) sits east of Longs (there is a high connecting ridge between the 2), and blocks a full on view of Longs from that area.
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    Please post back what you think after some time on this.

    New Alfine/Stans Flow 29er rear wheel
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser
    Please post back what you think after some time on this.
    Will do. Just got it installed tonight. Shimano wants the cable routing for the Alfine to be downtube routed. I can't stand downtube routing so I Macgyverized the cassette joint by switching the left and right horizontal non turn washers to get a 30-40 degree angle on it and then I had to bend it slightly to get the cable out of the chainline.

    Rode it around a little tonight on the neighborhood bike trails and it feels like a good gear range, surprisingly better then expected. The ultimate test will be this weekend's Tour.

    1st teasers of the Alfine

    1st teasers of the Alfine

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    I only rode Ceran St Vrain once but I loved it. the beginning part where you are riding through the really smooth singletrack through the pine forest without practically any vegetation on the ground other than pine needles is so beautiful. I remember riding through that and I literally had a huge smile on my face because it was such a fun, flowy, carefree trail and so pretty.

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    What's the mileage for the trail? I've ridden from the Jamestown side but never gotten to the other end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork
    What's the mileage for the trail? I've ridden from the Jamestown side but never gotten to the other end.
    I don't have a working cpu at the moment but I'm thinking the total ride is only 10-11 miles if that. I think if you do the Ceran St Vrain as a lollypop including the Miller Rock loop from the Jamestown end its only 6.5 miles. I'm figuring FS 252 added 2 miles or so each way. ignazjr and his crew may have a better answer.

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    Good stuff.

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    I haven't paid attention to mileage since I quit racing. To do the ride that MGE did is a couple of hours. Probably not too much mileage, though. Cerain St Vrain itself is only 3 or so miles one way I think.
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