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    No good Too much rain?

    Oh the rain, still!!!

    Only good news is maybe they will lift the fire ban for campers.

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    Mainly south and east of the Denver metro. In Boulder/Larimer County we have had very little to speak of so far. Hoping to pick some more up tonight...

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    I don't think that it's possible that we get too much rain; june was brutal.

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    I don't mind at all, just so long as it lets up tomorrow when I get off work.

    Quote Originally Posted by JOEMTBR COLORADO
    Only good news is maybe they will lift the fire ban for campers.
    I've been waiting for a deluge to see how well last fall's trail work holds up.

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    There hasn't been much moisture down here, but it's been raining quite a bit to the west. I was up on Sourdough on the 4th. Peaceful Valley was still super tacky from all the rain. Parts of the 'dough south of Brainard Lake road had standing water and fresh snow from the night before. The forest actually looked lush!
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    I just moved here and it's rained everyday since I got here! If Colorado is suppose to average 300 days of sun a year I think it will be 300 consecutive days after this rain lets up!

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    Ignaz is right. Moisture appears to be off to the west. Crosier was damp and tacky on Monday, but Horsetooth was dry and dusty tonight.

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    We got nearly 5 INCHES of rain last night! A good section of highway 115 is completely gone about 10 miles south of my place.

    I did hear on the radio this morning that the National Forest Service plans to lift the campfire ban in a day or two.
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    The canyon should be good, maybe a shuttle ride this weekend

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    I'm stoked to see it! Although, I didn't even bother to pack my bike today since I'm betting on rain tonight. Next Thursday maybe?

    I'm curious to see how the Park is holding up. Joe, Vince and I rode on the 4th and things generally looked pretty good. However, now that the ground is saturated, there will probably be more erosion problems. Loudpawlz, what do we need to get an after work work group going again? As we mentioned, I would be happy to play tool jockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    I'm stoked to see it! Although, I didn't even bother to pack my bike today since I'm betting on rain tonight. Next Thursday maybe?

    I'm curious to see how the Park is holding up. Joe, Vince and I rode on the 4th and things generally looked pretty good. However, now that the ground is saturated, there will probably be more erosion problems. Loudpawlz, what do we need to get an after work work group going again? As we mentioned, I would be happy to play tool jockey.
    After the last couple days I would have to agree, I may take the boy's on a hike today and see what I can find, will keep you posted.
    Up north in my area it has been a steady rain every evening but the hard rains have stayed away, great for or northern rides as the area is mostly DG.
    Could be clear for a ride on Saturday as well, maybe shuttle rroeder, multiples.

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    I like the rain. Keeps the "Sally's" at home.

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    Never complain about too much rain. You will be begging for it again late July and August.

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    Rain ?? What's that ??

    Here in Ft.Collins we got a light sprinkle this afternoon, the first I've seen in weeks. We've gotten 1.22" total since the beginning of April. Trails here are bottomless dust and there isn't a green blade of grass anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBOASIS
    Never complain about too much rain. You will be begging for it again late July and August.
    That's when the monsoon flow really kicks in. Things will not dry out until late August/early September at the earliest I predict although I hope I'm wrong. Early June is just a happy memory right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moment
    I like the rain. Keeps the "Sally's" at home.
    I bet the Trails are empty today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Loudpawlz, what do we need to get an after work work group going again?
    I'm on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moment
    I like the rain. Keeps the "Sally's" at home.
    Well then, slap my butt and call me "Sally," cuz I ain't riding today.

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    Help?

    Does anyone know if Keystone will be rideable Sunday? I have not been there and don't know what the conditions would be like when wet.

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    Jeez. How do you guys ride in Colorado if you don't ride in the rain? I always have raingear in my CamelBak up here on the Western Slope.

    My friend was just whining about the rain. I said, "Have fun whining about the rain while I am having a great ride!" Hehe.

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    wet ride today!

    Gotdirt, Canyoncreek and I did Kenosha - Georgia Pass today, and it rained ALL DAY. Steady, Soaking Rain... Trail conditions were wet but ok when we left, by the time we got back the same sections of trail that were "just wet", are now underwater. Pretty long sections of the CO Trail are now mini-ponds... We even got a brief sleet-storm on Georgia Pass. Taking the West Jefferson Trail from Georgia Pass Summit down made it worthwhile, though
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Jeez. How do you guys ride in Colorado if you don't ride in the rain? I always have raingear in my CamelBak up here on the Western Slope.

    My friend was just whining about the rain. I said, "Have fun whining about the rain while I am having a great ride!" Hehe.

    uh, it's not the rain that is bad. it's what ridng on wet trails will do to them if riding them when they are *too* wet. more erosion problems + pissy hikers = potential closure problems.

    a lot of front range singletrack that used to be much tighter/narrower is now wide, partially from folks riding when things are still too wet, and partly barney types riding around wet spots, rather than through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    uh, it's not the rain that is bad. it's what ridng on wet trails will do to them if riding them when they are *too* wet. more erosion problems + pissy hikers = potential closure problems.

    a lot of front range singletrack that used to be much tighter/narrower is now wide, partially from folks riding when things are still too wet, and partly barney types riding around wet spots, rather than through.
    I guess so. I'm just so jaded to that mentality anymore. It is a waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    I guess so. I'm just so jaded to that mentality anymore. It is a waste of time.
    Is it raining a lot on the Western Slope too?

    There are a lot more people here though, that makes a difference. I don't mind riding in the rain in fact once I get started it's fun. But the trails at this point are gonna be at a point where damage will be easy to cause. Solid rain all day in Evergreen, sometimes light, sometimes heavy.

    I talked to my friend who did the Triple Bypass today and he said it was the most miserable ride he's ever done. Solid rain the whole route pretty much. It would let up a little but then come back hard. The amazing thing is how this rain in blanketing the entire southwest and all of CO.

    If only it were winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    Is it raining a lot on the Western Slope too?

    There are a lot more people here though, that makes a difference. I don't mind riding in the rain in fact once I get started it's fun. But the trails at this point are gonna be at a point where damage will be easy to cause. Solid rain all day in Evergreen, sometimes light, sometimes heavy.

    I talked to my friend who did the Triple Bypass today and he said it was the most miserable ride he's ever done. Solid rain the whole route pretty much. It would let up a little but then come back hard. The amazing thing is how this rain in blanketing the entire southwest and all of CO.

    If only it were winter

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    It is raining good right now. Just had a great ride in it. It was so foggy at one point, we could see like 10 feet. It rained big drops. Had full rain gear running. It felt great to mash the pedals in the rain and the rigid 29SS worked well on the slick roots. The Exiwolfs did amazingly well. I didn't expect it.

    I have been riding in Colorado and in Aspen in particular for over a decade now. The only thing that damages the trails up here are new houses and golf courses. I was an anal trail cop in my mind for years. After seeing how ridiculous it all was, I decided I would just start doing what I wanted to do without all the PC crap. It was the best choice I ever made even if it is a selfish one in other's minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus


    I have been riding in Colorado and in Aspen in particular for over a decade now. The only thing that damages the trails up here are new houses and golf courses. I was an anal trail cop in my mind for years. After seeing how ridiculous it all was, I decided I would just start doing what I wanted to do without all the PC crap. It was the best choice I ever made even if it is a selfish one in other's minds.

    that's the downside of many of the front range area trails - more users = more erosion when you get so much more traffic. the upside is they dry so damn fast. still, you get a ton of gumbys riding around wet spots, and a ton of taffic and it widens and erodes stuff.

    i have to say i miss some of the rain rides from williamette valley area in oregon. plenty of river trails that drain very well, so you can pretty much ride them any time.

    meh, until my hand heals up a bit more, i can't really ride a ton anyhow.
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    Bergen Park - Rain Forest?

    Uhgh.....Rain...Rain go away I would really like to play outside riding the Rig through some sweet singletrack....However, the Rig is parked, le Tour is done for today, and the kids are driving me insane

    Oh what shall I do...........I guees I'll just head to the garage and clean up the workbench.

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    Rain gear is definatley gettting a GOOOOD work out.

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    Rode Hall yesterday, rode 3 hours today.

    I love it. Great change. Sounds like summer may be back for the coming week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calzonical
    Uhgh.....Rain...Rain go away I would really like to play outside riding the Rig through some sweet singletrack....However, the Rig is parked, le Tour is done for today, and the kids are driving me insane

    Oh what shall I do...........I guees I'll just head to the garage and clean up the workbench.
    Hey calzonical, you should have joined us today. I saw that rain-free window in the radar at 5:30am today and we got an early start. Rode from Will 'o Wisp where my friend Spike lives, met Mateo on the way down to Buff Creek. We rode about 6 hrs., 80% of the ride was dry, no rain and the trails were, well ummm how do you describe perfect. If you'd ridden today, you'd have experienced perfection. I love it when the BC trails are damp. No mud at all. No one out there that I saw, just some tracks (looked like a ss'er).

    Pouring rain just as we got back to house at about 2pm. During the ride it sprinkled a couple of times and a good shower happened for about 20 mins. that got us wet but that stopped and we actually saw blue sky and I saw my shadow!! So glad we got out.

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    Beautiful day

    Well, this forum seems to be moving right along.

    Went for a 15 miler today and had 5 minutes of rain 3 times during the ride, conditions were perfect. Ground was a good DG which needed to be riden, couple mud puddles but easy to negotiate with little damage. I am still in the belief that you need to know your trail before you go out, palmer and ute are out as they are mostly clay, but the canyons are perfect for rainy days.

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    ...not a total wash out

    Well, I may have missed some great riding in BC...

    However, I was able to finally mount the On-One fork to the Rig.

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    I removed the Reba which was set at 100mm, this made the Rig steer like a Bus. So, I'm going to reduce the travel to 80mm and install a PopLoc. In the mean time I'll be riding rigid, and who knows I may even like it

    I'll probably take her out for a spin tonight around the meadow - rain or moonshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calzonical
    Well, I may have missed some great riding in BC...

    However, I was able to finally mount the On-One fork to the Rig.

    Attachment 179667 Attachment 179666

    I removed the Reba which was set at 100mm, this made the Rig steer like a Bus. So, I'm going to reduce the travel to 80mm and install a PopLoc. In the mean time I'll be riding rigid, and who knows I may even like it

    I'll probably take her out for a spin tonight around the meadow - rain or moonshine.
    Nice!!! But are you nuts, this is mountain biking not road cycling you need suspension, it's required

    Seriously, I hope you enjoy the new setup. Funny, I spent the rainy day yesterday working on the bike.

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    We decided to ride Palmer Park today, and when we got there, the trails were mostly just damp....
    But the rain seemed to follow us, and the trails & rocks got soaked fast.
    This was not a problem on the north/north-east sections of the park, as the trails are mostly sand & rock....

    But as we were following Palmer Point trail, we got to where the soil turned to clay. This wouldn't have been so bad, except the trails were totally destroyed by some people riding horses in the rain. Within minutes and about an 1/8th of a mile, our bikes were so clogged up from clay, horse droppings, and grass that they were unridable.
    We got to a non-clay section of trail, walked down to a neighborhood, and gave our bikes a bird-bath to get rid of the sticky stuff.
    By then, the drizzle had made the previously ridable sections of trail a quagmire, so we cut our day short.
    I'm getting really sick of this weather. At least the trails in Germany held up to moisture better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calzonical
    Well, I may have missed some great riding in BC...

    However, I was able to finally mount the On-One fork to the Rig.

    Attachment 179667 Attachment 179666

    I removed the Reba which was set at 100mm, this made the Rig steer like a Bus. So, I'm going to reduce the travel to 80mm and install a PopLoc. In the mean time I'll be riding rigid, and who knows I may even like it

    I'll probably take her out for a spin tonight around the meadow - rain or moonshine.
    Any chance I could rent that Reba for a weekend at the end of the month?

    That's a mighty fine fork you got there. You should upgrade the rest of it!
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    Rigid ride in the Rain

    Well, I was able to get out on the rig with the On-One last night. And, it did Rain the entire time - started out as a mist then turned into bonified Rain. The bright spot of the ride was the turning ability of the fork. The On-One fork should come as OEM on the Rig. I was able to take turns without muscling through them and as for "point and shoot" - this fork can make it happen. I'll definitly need to experiment with tire pressure for future rides too minimize the Teeth Chatter

    As for the Reba rental....

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