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    Questions about the Fruita Fat Tire Festival

    HI, I live in New York and I was thinking of going to the Fruita Fat Tire Festival in April and I hand a few questions. I was thinking for flaying in on Thursday April 25, I would rend a car, camp each night some where and flay home on Sunday.
    1. where is the best place to camp? where will the other mountain bikers be camping?
    2. I was thinking of shipping my bike there, where is the best place to do this?
    3. what is the best bike for these type of trails?
    4. what is the weather like this time of year?
    5. is it worth the trip out there?
    6. how much climbing is there and the trails? is it like 2,000 feet a day or 20,000?
    also what is the FTF like? and the trails at the fest or are the a few miles away? let me know what you think and thanks for the help.
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    I'm not an expert but I'll try based on previous FTF experiences (and we'll be back this year)....

    1) We rent a house but probably the 18 Road area, saw alot of people camping up that way
    2) Over the Edge Sports maybe? Theoretically, you could not bother and demo a new bike each day (for free) from all the vendors out there. My friend demo'd a $8K Tallboy LTc (2) days in a row last year because nobody was in line for them (especially friday).
    3) I rode my standard Tallboy and had a blast. Everybody has a different style but *for the most part*, a 4-6" travel bike will work just about everywhere we've ridden.
    4) It's always ben great for us, in the 60's? It was windy one day but that kept me cool
    5) Absolutely
    6) Everybody's different and I don't keep track but I'd guess 1500-2500'. The trails are NOT at the FTF (which is based at the town center)

    The festival there is pretty darn cool. We drive 14 hours to get there and pass some awesome riding in the process. Fly in as early as possible to register early as they have a 6 pm Mexican fiesta with "non-stop" New Belgium beer and great food for FTF participants. There are (2) blocks worth of vendors out there friday thru sunday. Friday and Saturday night, they have a beer party/concert in the park and saturday morning has a pancake breakfast. Just alot of cool people w/o any attitude is what I've experienced.

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    just an FYI, 18 road camping could very well be full every night in late April and May since it's peak season there. I would suggest having a contingincy plan if it is full.

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    So I got my plane tickets yesterday. cant wait for spring!
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    Now that you're committed....seriously, don't feel obligated to spend the money sending your bike out. The demos there were plentiful and top notch, at least the Niners, Felt and Santa Cruz stuff I saw. If it's like last year, you have your choice of ANY biek you want on friday as there were maybe 1/3 people as there were the number of bikes they had to demo. On saturday and sunday, just get there by 8 and you'll be fine. It was so slow on friday that the Ibis guy let us take a Mojo HD home over-night so we didn't have to wait in line on saturday morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDKeg View Post
    just an FYI, 18 road camping could very well be full every night in late April and May since it's peak season there. I would suggest having a contingincy plan if it is full.
    I would go as far as to say that you probably WON'T be able to find camping at 18 Road. Even with the new overflow camping they have, my wife and I got the the last open site they had when we were there last May (a couple weeks AFTER the FTF).

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    Hey Chevy,

    glad to see you are coming out, you are gonna have a BLAST!!! there will be a lot of new fun stuff this year, trails are super sweet, not much overall climbing, and weather should be just about perfect. the fat tire festival is pretty much just one huge party with riding involved.

    best bikes for around here are 5 - 6 inch travel bikes, but you can still have tons of fun on a hardtail singlespeed. so just about any bike you have will be good, don't sweat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyM14 View Post
    So I got my plane tickets yesterday. cant wait for spring!
    Hi chevy are you flying into G junc
    tion? I am up by lake placid and thinking about making the trip.

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    Booked it this morning. Me and four other guys coming out.
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    Remember the new rules on 18 Rd.... Bring your 5 gallon bucket for a shitter and a fire pan. I got a 'warning' last fall for camping without both of these items.

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    James Reed campground in Fruita is not a bad campground to check out either. I camp there when I go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat View Post
    Remember the new rules on 18 Rd.... Bring your 5 gallon bucket for a shitter and a fire pan. I got a 'warning' last fall for camping without both of these items.
    you are talking about the "overflow camping" down by the cowpond, which is free and isn't really a camping area. you need those so there isn't sh!t everywhere on the trail and you don't start a brush fire.

    if you spend the $10 and camp in one of the designated camping areas, there are toilets and fire pits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynes View Post
    Hi chevy are you flying into G junc
    tion? I am up by lake placid and thinking about making the trip.
    Ya, flying in to GJ on Thursday.
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    Fruita Fat Tire Festival is quite cool. I live in Switzerland and come over to Fruita this April for the 3rd time. So you can see... if people join from Switzerland... this must be a really cool festival.

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    I went for my first and only time in 2010. Here are some pics and info you may find helpful and encouraging:


    Left from Houston, Texas on Thursday morning and DROVE to Fruita. I lived in Denver the year prior, so driving that far wasn't an issue and i knew what i was in for.


    What i lived off of for car ride snacks. Banana Runts are my favorite. Yours?


    I stayed in Trinidad, CO on Thursday evening (fact: i believe it's the sex change capital of the U.S.A.)


    Friday morning i took 69 through the middle of the state from I-25 north of Walsenburg, up through Salida, Gunnison, Monarch (pictured with snow) and into Montrose. Loving road trips so much, i picked up a young hitch hiker outside of Gunnison and took him to Montrose and we parted ways. Turns out he was just visiting his girlfriend at school and he was only in high school. Do that in Houston, you get raped. Haha


    I booked a spot at the State Park in Fruita two weeks before, but when i got there, weather was colder than I planned, so i got a hotel for the weekend. I paid a premium because of the festival, but it was worth it. Close to town it was, which was the 'base camp' for the festival.


    All the vendors should be there by the time you're there. They set-up bike for people to demo. Most locals bring their own, some rent from the shops and others demo. I took my own (Wahoo pictured above, with all my gear), but i demoed some dual-suspension, something i didn't need or own in Texas.


    Pivot Mach 5, i think. They'll set it up, put your pedals on or clips if you bring your own. You sign a waver and they say "come back in xx hours". There are maps or details on how to get to all the trails. Furthest i drove was 15-25 minutes. Living in Houston, that's a trip to the mall. Not far for me and i assume others.


    Forget the model, but it was carbon, LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT and a girls model. I was stopped SO many times saying that was the bike to have that year and were lucky to test it out. People were pretty cool, from all over too. I ended up riding with a group from Montana for a while on Saturday. Did some laps at one of the easier trail.


    Then in the evenings back at 'base camp' after you get cleaned up or finish with your ride, they have beer, food, music, games and silly events like a chariot race.

    I went solo and it was a blast. I enjoyed time for myself doing something that i love. It would have been awful if i brought a non-mtbr loving person. I met great people and got to ride some awesome trails.

    Take some pics for me, please!

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    Thanks for all the info. so how cold at night was it?
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    I'm going to have to check this out, this year! I've ridden Fruita/GJ a bit, but never made it to the festival. Guess that needs to change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyM14 View Post
    Thanks for all the info. so how cold at night was it?
    the table dosen't come out real good but you cans see max and mins for last April. An unusually warm month.

    Summary for CSU Fruita Expt Station - 04/2012

    Station Mon Day Tmax Tmin Vapor Solar Prec Wind Wind Soil Min Grow P-Kim ASCE
    Temp Temp Press Rad Gust Run Temp RH DgDy ET HLY ET
    degF degF mb Lngly in. mph mi. degF Pct F. in. in.
    frt02 4 1 75.5 43.8 4.29 510 0.00 26.7 261 53.5 11.0 256 0.286 0.425
    frt02 4 2 54.3 38.4 5.08 153 0.00 18.5 164 50.2 33.7 258 0.119 0.119
    frt02 4 3 65.5 27.6 4.93 515 0.00 11.7 79 44.6 22.6 266 0.166 0.213
    frt02 4 4 73.4 26.5 4.94 550 0.00 11.7 81 45.6 16.7 278 0.180 0.243
    frt02 4 5 76.2 33.3 3.69 484 0.00 24.2 167 48.0 5.7 291 0.223 0.350
    frt02 4 6 63.8 33.2 2.11 594 0.00 34.0 304 49.2 10.9 298 0.304 0.380
    frt02 4 7 66.3 17.8 2.05 611 0.00 12.9 96 41.5 5.9 306 0.204 0.254
    frt02 4 8 75.9 19.6 2.33 611 0.00 17.8 106 41.8 5.2 319 0.228 0.327
    frt02 4 9 81.4 26.4 3.15 603 0.00 12.2 90 45.5 7.1 335 0.213 0.322
    frt02 4 10 82.9 33.6 3.67 540 0.00 14.4 104 48.4 7.9 351 0.211 0.326
    frt02 4 11 83.8 40.9 4.69 480 0.00 35.6 194 53.7 8.4 368 0.269 0.402
    frt02 4 12 57.0 35.0 6.41 258 0.00 25.4 137 50.8 33.3 372 0.127 0.131
    frt02 4 13 59.6 26.4 5.15 393 0.00 20.4 122 44.4 20.3 376 0.158 0.188
    frt02 4 14 56.9 38.0 4.41 371 0.00 21.5 180 49.2 17.0 380 0.171 0.229
    frt02 4 15 57.2 34.5 6.95 393 0.04 22.6 177 47.3 32.4 383 0.136 0.141
    frt02 4 16 64.9 26.7 5.45 594 0.00 13.5 94 42.7 17.6 391 0.175 0.232
    frt02 4 17 70.1 32.2 4.73 489 0.00 20.6 120 45.8 13.7 401 0.185 0.273
    frt02 4 18 73.7 30.4 6.33 408 0.03 33.5 121 46.4 15.5 413 0.175 0.238
    frt02 4 19 67.6 38.9 8.24 534 0.00 25.4 109 49.2 27.3 422 0.169 0.239
    frt02 4 20 74.3 32.2 6.70 645 0.00 11.9 75 46.6 20.6 434 0.206 0.276
    frt02 4 21 83.0 36.5 5.99 657 0.00 11.3 89 50.5 11.2 450 0.239 0.331
    frt02 4 22 88.1 40.6 5.64 656 0.00 12.6 100 54.0 9.4 468 0.262 0.368
    frt02 4 23 91.1 45.0 5.39 655 0.00 19.0 118 56.7 6.4 486 0.288 0.403
    frt02 4 24 89.3 41.7 5.02 655 0.00 23.8 126 56.9 3.8 504 0.309 0.446
    frt02 4 25 83.8 51.8 5.88 448 0.00 23.1 142 61.3 9.6 522 0.260 0.370
    frt02 4 26 79.9 51.5 8.92 339 0.00 40.6 168 62.5 12.7 538 0.225 0.283
    frt02 4 27 66.8 40.2 6.15 644 0.00 27.8 212 57.7 13.7 546 0.288 0.368
    frt02 4 28 65.2 37.5 3.17 666 0.00 20.4 136 52.3 9.4 554 0.268 0.319
    frt02 4 29 69.9 29.8 3.70 642 0.00 18.8 116 49.1 11.8 564 0.252 0.310
    frt02 4 30 77.1 31.4 4.15 594 0.00 19.9
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    Last year was unusually hot. I was there for a bit over a week and daytime temps were as high as 100 in the sun at 18 road where I stayed. I've gone 3 years running and this was by far the hottest. The other two years I got at least one night of snow (around 2-3 inches) that was typically gone by 9-10AM and DRY. One year I got a mid afternoon squall that kicked up some grauple and made trails unrideable for 30 minutes, but things soak up really quick and all was well. Generally, it's warm (t shirt) weather during the day and chilly at night. If you are camping plan on guying your tent out for potential high winds from a quick afternoon thunderstorm. You'll have to buy campfire wood if you want a fire and you must use a pit/plate. 18 road camping gets SUPER packed and can be great or bad. I try to get there a few days early to get a spot and hope I don't have a camper of kids next door.

    18 road is generally mellow, definitely low tech. Even the diamonds are mellow so far as tech is concerned.

    If you want more tech go to lunch loops, where it is way more rocky. I'd recommend Horsethief as well as a gorgeous destination with a nice rocky start if you feel up to it. A 5-6 inch bike is more than enough for most everything there. I've rode a bunch of the trails at 18 with a 7 inch bike and it was fun but sorta silly. They're also very rideable with a DJ SS hardtail if you want to have some real fun. Lunch loops/kokopelli les so.

    You can EXPECT the temps to dip a bit at night, as it's a desert. Also don't be surprised if storms roll in. Watch to the west, you'll see them coming over from Utah usually, some from the north over the bookcliffs.

    ETA: Demos are great and the companies are pretty understandable of time, just get there early. Definitely swing by Yeti, great folks with some great Colorado bikes for you to try out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiritualspatula View Post
    Last year was unusually hot. I was there for a bit over a week and daytime temps were as high as 100 in the sun at 18 road where I stayed. I've gone 3 years running and this was by far the hottest. The other two years I got at least one night of snow (around 2-3 inches) that was typically gone by 9-10AM and DRY. One year I got a mid afternoon squall that kicked up some grauple and made trails unrideable for 30 minutes, but things soak up really quick and all was well. Generally, it's warm (t shirt) weather during the day and chilly at night. If you are camping plan on guying your tent out for potential high winds from a quick afternoon thunderstorm. You'll have to buy campfire wood if you want a fire and you must use a pit/plate. 18 road camping gets SUPER packed and can be great or bad. I try to get there a few days early to get a spot and hope I don't have a camper of kids next door.

    18 road is generally mellow, definitely low tech. Even the diamonds are mellow so far as tech is concerned.

    If you want more tech go to lunch loops, where it is way more rocky. I'd recommend Horsethief as well as a gorgeous destination with a nice rocky start if you feel up to it. A 5-6 inch bike is more than enough for most everything there. I've rode a bunch of the trails at 18 with a 7 inch bike and it was fun but sorta silly. They're also very rideable with a DJ SS hardtail if you want to have some real fun. Lunch loops/kokopelli les so.

    You can EXPECT the temps to dip a bit at night, as it's a desert. Also don't be surprised if storms roll in. Watch to the west, you'll see them coming over from Utah usually, some from the north over the bookcliffs.

    ETA: Demos are great and the companies are pretty understandable of time, just get there early. Definitely swing by Yeti, great folks with some great Colorado bikes for you to try out.
    awesome first post, all good info right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snark7 View Post
    you are talking about the "overflow camping" down by the cowpond, which is free and isn't really a camping area. you need those so there isn't sh!t everywhere on the trail and you don't start a brush fire.

    if you spend the $10 and camp in one of the designated camping areas, there are toilets and fire pits.
    Yes, I am talking about the overflow camping. Sadly, a few dumb people ruined it for everyone and now we have to have official regulations. Anyone who has a clue can build a small fire there and not start a 'brush fire' because there is hardly any brush to catch fire. But I suspect the bigger issue was too many morons craping in the dirt and only burying their toilet paper an inch deep....

    It sucks. You have to have a bucket even though you can walk up a hill and go to the TH restroom which is only a couple hundred yards away.

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    Questions about the Fruita Fat Tire Festival

    I am going to register for the FTF tomorrow, looks FUN!! I will stay with my brother in Fruita... See ya there!!

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    Curious to hear how it was for the OP.
    I was there a few days before the fest, as well as a month prior. Immediately before the fest the weather was perfect and they were even making the road nice. Plus I got to go hit Lunch Loops for some Free Lunch fun.

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    Attended the 2014 Fruita Fat Tire Festival. Aside from inclement weather, we had a blast. Would definitely recommend checking out the event. Here's more about our Fat Tire Fest experience - Fruita Fat Tire Festival | Park City Mountain Biking

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    Also wondering how the OP liked the trip. Sounds like a cool festival. Missed it this year but I hope to make it next year.

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