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    It's a Festivus Miracle: The 2nd Annual Grinch Grinder

    Take a break from wrapping presents, mall crowds, and unwelcome relatives.

    The Grinch Grinder will take place on Xmas Eve day (the 24th) at 10am at a location to be announced (weather, moisture dependent), but top contenders for best trail conditions include Devil's Backbone/Blue Sky, Ginny Trail, and Hall Ranch. Just a ride to celebrate the Christmas Spirit (or escape from it), not a race, just an opportunity to freeze your toes and hang out with like-minded individuals who would rather ride bikes and get frostbite with near-strangers than hang out with their families.
    All are welcome, but bonus points for Santas, Elves, Cindy-Lou Whos, Reindeer sweaters, ect.
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    I'm in

    I wouldn't miss it for all the turkey and green bean casserole in the world. Last year the grinder was off the hizzy. I'll bring the Stranahans!

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    I'm there...keep us updated as to where.

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    Unfortunately, I'll be working. Crappola.

    Oh well, it beats spending time with relatives.

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    Sounds like fun. I might actually drag the bike down from the rafters and join in. I know where Hall is, but where are the other two possible trails? Another possibility is North Table Mountain. Not much snow and there are more trails up and around there than you might think. We'd need to park and start in Golden, but I can show you how to put together a pretty decent loop up there.
    What, me worry?

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    Sounds pretty sweet. Wanted to get a ride in either Christmas Eve or Christmas day to replace the T.I.T.S. ride. Unfortunately, I have to work a half day on Christmas Eve...

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    Will try to get a bike running by that time. Will try harder if it is at DBB or Bobcat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Will try to get a bike running by that time. Will try harder if it is at DBB or Bobcat.
    C'mon Mike... I'll bring you a bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    C'mon Mike... I'll bring you a bike!
    IBIS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    IBIS?
    Um....gosh..... (awkward)........ I was thinking more along the lines of my lovely red singlespeed Jenna..... but sure. Whatever you need.
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    Sounds fun. Not sure I got a costume. But I got a suitable name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    Um....gosh..... (awkward)........ I was thinking more along the lines of my lovely red singlespeed Jenna..... but sure. Whatever you need.
    Thanks!


    I have a SS running, but fear the legs and lungs will not be up to the challenge. However, I think I can get the Moots back on the trail this weekend. Keep us posted on location.
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    Sounds fun. I have to work that day, but there may be ways around that.

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    All righty boys and girls. Looks like the 2nd Annual Grinch Grinder will take place at Bobcat Ridge Open Space on the Ginny Trail.
    For anyone that doesn't know Ginny on a first name basis, I have a page with some info, maps, and a handy map widget that will get you directions (just click on the coordinates at the right of the page) from wherever http://www.subliminalshiver.com/Subl...ver/Ginny.html
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    Re-built the bike this afternoon. Will test tomorrow and then see you on Wednesday, most likely without costume.

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    Guess this is a good excuse to finally fix at least one of my bikes. And break out the Christmas sweater.
    See ya there.

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    Closer than the Fort?

    Any Denver area folks interested in doing our own (more local) version of this? I'd be willing to throw on the snow tires and try to find a local frozen trail...

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    How accessible is this trailhead for FTH (from the house) riders, considering one's house is in Fort Collins?

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    Anybody else riding from town to the start of the ride?

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    All depends on how far you want to ride.... you'd have to go up around horsetooth and back down into masonville to get to the trailhead. Completely doable. Personally, although Larimer county is my favorite stomping grounds I'll be coming from Westminster.
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    I'm new to the area but would like to join this ride. Any idea on trail conditions? In other words, will I be ok without studs? I've got decent knobbies for snow but wondering about ice. I assume studs are not necessary, but want to double check.

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llama
    I'm new to the area but would like to join this ride. Any idea on trail conditions? In other words, will I be ok without studs? I've got decent knobbies for snow but wondering about ice. I assume studs are not necessary, but want to double check.

    thanks.
    I'm going and I don't own studded tires.

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    Afternoon Sun: We can meet in FTC and I can give you a ride. Send me a PM for a convinient pick-up point. 9:15 am.
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    Carpool from Ftc

    I'll be coming from Ft Collins if anyone needs a ride to the trail. PM me for details. Oh, no studed tires here either, it's not a big deal just "run whatcha brung"

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    Who will be riding SS tomorrow? A friend is coming with me and his brakes on his geary have been giving him grief. He was thinking of bringing his SS, but didn't want to be the only one. I'm too fat and out of shape to ride SS this time of year.

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    Thanks for the info on the tires. I'll be there so you'll all have one recent east coast transplant on the ride. Be nice.

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    Singles welcome

    I think I'm going geared but tell your single speed friend to come along. The focus is on fun so come one, come all.

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    Anyone know trail conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Who will be riding SS tomorrow? A friend is coming with me and his brakes on his geary have been giving him grief. He was thinking of bringing his SS, but didn't want to be the only one. I'm too fat and out of shape to ride SS this time of year.
    After my test ride today I'm pretty sure the front brake on the surly is working again. Looks like I'll be pushing that up the hill tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medio-core
    After my test ride today I'm pretty sure the front brake on the surly is working again. Looks like I'll be pushing that up the hill tomorrow.
    Were you the guy on the orange Surly that I kept passing and getting passed by on Maxwell and Shoreline around noon today?

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    Yup, that was me

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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Anyone know trail conditions?
    Wish I was joining you guys. Trail conditions from my ride this afternoon:

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    Ginny Trail at Bobcat Ridge (1pm Tuesday)

    Mostly snow packed but not icy. Snow was an average of 1 - 2 inches deep. Short sections of dirt on the southern/western facing slopes only. The snow made for tougher riding conditions then DBB for sure, but still worth the trip.

    I only went as far as the top of the ridge. The trail down to Mahoney Park could be a little hairier due to less traffic and more west/north facing sections.
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    looks like fun. gonna try make it

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    jradin, did you get to the Mahoney Park section of the Ginny Trail? Trying to decide what bike to bring...to Pugs or not to Pugs

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    A few pics


    A little climbing...



    Looking down from near the top

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    Glorious ride! Thanks!!! Hope we'll repeat such nonsense more often. Once a year ain't nough.
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    Thanks again to everyone that showed for our little Holiday ride. It was great meeting those of you I hadn't met, and good to see those of you that I have. Gotta keep the rides coming throughout the winter!
    edit: A special thanks to NoCoMoFo for supplying the whiskey, and to Afternoon sun for the chocolate, and poetry. Cultured us up all nice.







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    Nice pics, looks like a good one! Have to get up that way!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Nice pics! Let's do it again!!!

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    I think there was some talk of a new year's day ride...
    Christmas shenanigans with the family won't be starting until this afternoon for me, so I'll be heading out for a ride this morning too if anyone's interested.

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    More pics

    Good times had by all! Sun, fun, singletrack, whiskey, poetry - what else could you ask for?

    I'm having troubles uploading photos rights now so here's a link to another site.

    http://gallery.me.com/ellmerc#100018

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    Great ride! Nice to ride with some of you again, and nice to meet the others. Look forward to riding with all of you more in the future. Merry Christmas!
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    Thanks for sharing the pictures. That was a fun ride. I'd definitely be up more in the future.

    Just took a quick ride over to Pineridge and Maxwell. It's damn windy!

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