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    visiting missoula with bike!

    We are bringing our oldest out to UofM and I want to ride some Missoula goodness. Any info would be appreciated. We will be arriving 8/24, staying at the Beavertail state park and staying the week. WOuld love to get in on some group rides or go solo with advice from you all. Also, any recs on a good bike shop in town.

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    big sky bikes...right across the walking bridge from campus
    hellgate cyclery..newest shop in town...downtown in an alley off of higgins
    bike doctor....on toole off of broadway
    bike works...on higgins(south side of the bridge) 5 blocks from campus
    bicycle hanger...on brooks

    when it comes to LBS there are plenty of options to choose from in Missoula.....just depends on what your looking for brand-wise The Rattlesnake offers some great trails and they are super close to town. I should be around all week if you were interested in going for a short ride up into the 'snake some evening that week.

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    Nice to see such a bike happy place. And thanks for the offer. I will see how the schedule works out and maybe drop you a line. I saw there is a thursday night ride somewhere-have you partooken in that?

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    yah i've seen those guys riding on thursday evenings but i like to take a little more relaxed approach to it for right now. i've got a heavy ass dh bike so going up is a bit slower for me. i tend to ride more with a much smaller group of friends. i've just been getting back into it this summer so next summer i'll probably try and get in on a few of those group rides

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    Blue Mountain has a network of trails. Some trails are off limits to bikers. Blue Mtn is good for a ride close to town. Also check up Pattee Canyon. Make sure to hit up a restaurant downtown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBigSky
    Make sure to hit up a restaurant downtown.
    Agreed... I work at Higgins Alley(on higgins between taco del sol and charlie B's), an Italian/Mediterranean-esque place with some pretty awesome pizza..awesome fresh food..tuesdays we have a pizza deal which includes a large 3 topping and a pitcher of pbr or bud light for 15$...if your feeling adventurous you can upgrade to a pitch of micro-brew(lots of local MT stuff) for $3 more...one of the best dinner deals in town imo.

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    Higgins Alley just made the list!

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    These guys have a moderately paced fun group ride.
    http://thursdaynightmtbr.org/

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    I live in Stevensville...

    about 20 min south of Missoula.

    PM me and I will give you a short list of better spots to camp. (A couple with ride out options!)

    Also, drop your email in there and I will give you my phone # and we can hit up a few rides while you are in town.

    Oh, yeah. If you ever wanted to Flyfish...this is your opportunity. I can hook you up pn that end as well.

    As far as resteraunts go, there are MANY other options than those listed, and don't believe the hype - There is NO DECENT PIZZA in Missoula. Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBigSky
    Blue Mountain has a network of trails. Some trails are off limits to bikers. Blue Mtn is good for a ride close to town. Also check up Pattee Canyon. Make sure to hit up a restaurant downtown.
    Too bad Deadmans on Blue Mountain is ruined from the motorcycles. I use to love that trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtmtbkr
    about 20 min south of Missoula.

    PM me and I will give you a short list of better spots to camp. (A couple with ride out options!)

    Also, drop your email in there and I will give you my phone # and we can hit up a few rides while you are in town.

    Oh, yeah. If you ever wanted to Flyfish...this is your opportunity. I can hook you up pn that end as well.

    As far as resteraunts go, there are MANY other options than those listed, and don't believe the hype - There is NO DECENT PIZZA in Missoula. Period.

    Well, we already have reservations at Beavertail... is there no riding out there?

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    I don't know of any trails being ridden out there...no doubt there's something off of those logging roads.

    Closest ride I know of would be @ 10 miles up Rock Creek. Which is 10 miles or so closer to town.

    I dropped you an email with another suggestion...I am assuming you are camping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtmtbkr
    As far as resteraunts go, there are MANY other options than those listed, and don't believe the hype - There is NO DECENT PIZZA in Missoula. Period.

    with all due respect...what do you know when you can't even spell restaurant correctly?
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    Listen skippy, I don't care to run spellcheck on a forum post.
    Nor do I care that you know not of what you speak.
    Higgins alley may be cleaner then when it was Zim's, but the product going out the door is not much better.
    Biga is barely better, and they can't make Pizzas fast enough to feed 1/2 of the people who would like to eat there.
    The Bridge is just plain dirty and disgusting. But I guess some folks like a little hair with their pizza.
    I walked out of Tower when I watched one of the ladies making pies blow her nose, look at it, and go back to making Pizzas without washing her hands. Now I know a Pizza cooks at 500+ degrees, but that is way past where I draw the line.

    If you want a decent Pizza, don't be such a ***** and I'll make you one!

    So, if you want to go for a ride and have a good slice afterwards I'd be happy to hook you up. Otherwise, continue to ***** and if you want a copy/edit fee post your address and I'll bring you a nickel.

    -G

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    first off i said with all due respect....
    second..don't call me skippy..you don't need to flex your internet muscle
    and lastly i don't believe i said anything to warrant you calling me a *****, that's just rude, i didn't call you any names.

    just because this isn't chicago or new york (thank god it isn't..but i guess those are the only 2 places where you can get a 'real' pizza) doesn't mean we can't produce a quality pie. having all of your ingredients (sauce, mozz, and dough included) made from scratch along with fresh toppings cut up daily should and does produce a FAR superior product than the stuff zim's used to put out.

    p.s. i don't need your nickel

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    Apologies for calling you skippy. I took your intro to be a disingenous platitude.

    I didn't say people here weren't trying to make a good Pizza.
    I just said they don't.
    For someone coming from anywhere other than Scottsbluff, Nb. or the like, they are bound to be disappointed.

    As you guessed, I am a native New Yorker. Born into and raised in a family that owned and operated numerous Pizzerias and Italian Restaurants.
    Like a typical punk kid, I even worked for the old man's competitors for a few years.
    I know my way around a pie and I can tell you that I made more Pizzas before my 18th Birthday than many of the joints here in town will make in the next 5 years.
    I get angry when people talk Montana Pizza.
    Can't help it.

    Again, apologies.

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    [QUOTE=mtmtbkr]
    I get angry when people talk Montana Pizza.
    Can't help it.
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    MacKenzie River Pizza is best pizza I've ever had.

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    Mckenzie???

    Really?

    They don't even rate high enough to get on my 'Bad' list.

    Seriously, I have to think you are baiting me on that one...

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    Pizza Pipeline... pesto sause with cashews and chicken or steak and cheddar cheese.

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    Bigga! Yes they're slow, but worth it. The Bridge too. Great pizza, hair and all.

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    Eat at the Bridge at your own risk...that place is filthy.

    Biga can be good enough to tolerate, but the more customers they have the less of a chance you'll get a good pie. The oven just can't maintain the proper temps to cook a pizza. The owner and I have discussed this ad nauseum as he could not get his Pizzas to cook properly. Once he learned that the stones needed to be cleaned to keep the carbon from filling the pores in his bricks, things rapidly improved.

    I'd rather make my own - Thanks!

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    apology accepted...pizza talked has ended..but ours is as legit as it comes in missoula... only thing biga had going for it imo was that you used to be able to bring your own booze in there and there was no charge...not so much anymore...

    now if i could not work as much and get out and ride more I'd be much happier. period

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    Heaven forbid we bring up Mexican food...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtmtbkr

    As you guessed, I am a native New Yorker.
    I'm sure there is plenty of room for you in New York still.

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    "I'm sure there is plenty of room for you in New York still."

    What and leave Montana to you sister humpin' hay-seeds??

    No way...If you want to keep others out of Montana I'd suggest an education and some hard work - Then maybe you could afford that trailer home you always dreamed of.

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