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Old 03-25-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Can't wait. Then back in June for a vacation & family reunion, a real pig roast).

Family reunion in Durango?
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I just got home (to Grand Jct) from a weekend in Durango. I was there for an archaeological conference for my job. Stayed downtown in the Strater Hotel. Had a great time mingle-ing with other professionals. Wish I had brought my road bike!!

Drove home via Cortez (visited Crow Canyon archaeological area), Dove Creek, Naturita, Gateway. I have bike toured that route and I love that area.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Family reunion in Durango?
Yes, we have an annual family reunion that alternates between east (usually in PA where most of the family lives) or west (in Colorado where a number of family members have moved over the years).

We have relatives in Durango, Fort Collins, & Denver. This year is the year for the reunion in the west and it's being hosted by our Durango relatives. One of the reasons we chose to retire to Durango (and Colorado in general) was the number of relatives that seem to have accumulated over the years in the various areas of the state.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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It would seem Winter's coming to an end here, so here are a few shots of my preferred winter (outdoor ) activity this year.




"Fatbikes" are like the first bike you ever rode as a kid. Kind of goofy, but you just can't stop smiling when you're on it. And you can go just about anywhere.

They're a farily new thing in the bike world - still few people make them and it's hard to source parts - but Durango seems to be an early adopter.

This past Sunday, Purg' (Durango Mountain Resort) let fatbikes take the lift to the top of the mountain for the last run of the day. Required was a 50 cent donation to Durango DEVO (the youth cycling development program). And 40+ fatbikes showed up. Fun was had by all! (Which brings up another thing I love about this place - where else would a resort let people do this? Or let a sanctioned MTB race course pass through an open restaurant for that matter...it's pretty laid back around here!)




I do feel a little guilty for moving here...it's just an awful environment for a child to grow up in!

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Old 03-29-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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Is it worth having gears on that thing? Would SS be better? I can imagine Durango being a pioneer, everywhere you can actually ride your regular mountain bike most of the year . I would get exactly zero days a year on one of those. Though they would've been cool on occasion when I lived in Fort Collins.

Are you running 10psi in those tires?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Is it worth having gears on that thing? Would SS be better? I can imagine Durango being a pioneer, everywhere you can actually ride your regular mountain bike most of the year . I would get exactly zero days a year on one of those. Though they would've been cool on occasion when I lived in Fort Collins.

Are you running 10psi in those tires?
There is no shortage of single-speeds around here, but zero SS fatbikes that I'm aware of. The resistance riding in snow demands tiny gears - too low for a practical SS setup.

I was running 4 psi at Purgatory, because the "snow" was closer to slush. I would normally run 5 front / 6 rear on snow, and 7/8 psi when riding it in Summer on dry singletrack (a lot of the local guys are essentially riding their fatbikes year-round as their primary bike - they're that much fun. But I'm old...I like suspension!)
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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I notice most have flat pedals? Common?
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Great pics, everyone! The Colorado trail is one of my favorite world-class backpacks. Got to keep a watch on those notorious afternoon thunderstorms up there, tho. It's one of the most beautiful trails in the world.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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I notice most have flat pedals? Common?
Flats seem prevalent. I was dead set against them and tried to run Time clipless for a full season. But the issue was footwear - i tried every available "winter" cycling shoe option, inculding heated footbeds in Lake's warmest shoes, and none were up to the task. Having ridden on flats a few times with full-on winter boots (Keen Summit County), I'm convinced they work better in snow.

I'll switch back to clipless for dry singletrack.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Ahhhhh. The cyclists that make my drive home up CR 250 a total nightmare
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