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  • #123940

    We’ll use this thread to share our struggles and successes as we endure through the 30 days of biking challenge together!

    Want to see who’s ridden all of the days so far, who’s ridden the most miles, or who’s logged the most hours in the saddle? Check out our 30 days of biking leader board here:
    http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

    In case you haven’t heard of it before, the challenge is simply to ride your bike every day for 30 days during the month of April. For more details, check out this article I posted: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … challenge/

    Happy riding!

  • #123941

    I’m signed up. I want to ride more this year and this is one way to kick start it.

    30 days of biking here I come.

    http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/1111

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  • #123943

    I’m in! Can it be April already?! 😃

    http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/1122

  • #123944

    All signed up! The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

  • #123945
    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

    Wait… it doesn’t rain in GJ, does it!? 😀

  • #123946
    "jeff" wrote

    [quote="mtbikerchick":17n54sy3]The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

    Wait… it doesn’t rain in GJ, does it!? 😀[/quote:17n54sy3]

    They’ve been talking about all this rain and snow they’ve been getting… and in Salida, I’m just like "our trails are too dusty" …. 😄

  • #123947

    Rain or dust would be a welcome change. Its 10*F right now. I sure hope its above freezing by April.

  • #123948
    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    All signed up! The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

    Every day I doubt a little more that mtbikerchick really lives in Colorado … 😆

    I rode at Ute Valley Park in Co Springs last week and it was dry and dusty.

  • #123949
    "jeff" wrote

    [quote="mtbikerchick":cg1y1ssp]The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

    Wait… it doesn’t rain in GJ, does it!? 😀[/quote:cg1y1ssp]

    A whole 8" per year — apparently it all comes in April 😆

  • #123950

    All signed up!

    [url:2qmk0wzv]http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/1109[/url:2qmk0wzv]

  • #123951

    http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/1399

    Time to kick some serious arse

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  • #123952

    I don’t know if I am just a glutton for punishment but I’m going to blog about it as well.

    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/

  • #123953
    "Irongrave" wrote

    I don’t know if I am just a glutton for punishment but I’m going to blog about it as well.

    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/

    Sweet! Be sure to share the posts with us when you publish them!

  • #123954
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="Irongrave":zwt0t9lm]I don’t know if I am just a glutton for punishment but I’m going to blog about it as well.

    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/

    Sweet! Be sure to share the posts with us when you publish them![/quote:zwt0t9lm]

    Thank you.

    little about me post today.
    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/ … ut-me.html

  • #123955

    You guys are soooooo funny 😉 this is the truth: when it rains here, whether at work or at home, everyone runs to the windows! "It’s raining!!"

  • #123956
    "maddslacker" wrote

    [quote="mtbikerchick":1bampr2m]All signed up! The first hard day will be when it’s 7:30, raining and I have get to work…will I choose the bike??? I hope so!

    Every day I doubt a little more that mtbikerchick really lives in Colorado … 😆

    I rode at Ute Valley Park in Co Springs last week and it was dry and dusty.[/quote:1bampr2m]

    Maddslacker you know Colorado Springs is waaaay far from GJ right??? 😆

  • #123957

    I wish I was closer to the two rides you guys have planned the look like great trails.

  • #123958
    "Irongrave" wrote

    I wish I was closer to the two rides you guys have planned the look like great trails.

    Yeah man, wish you could make it!

    Edit: forgot to post to this thread, but Jeff and I are each hosting a group ride on the 5th of April: one in Georgia, and one in Colorado. Check out this article for details: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … april-5th/

    Hope you guys can make it!

  • #123959

    They are having a 90 day healthy living challenge at work with multiple categories.

    I signed up for the exercise challenge (as well as the healthy cooking challenge). The period of performance is April 1 – June 30. It looks like I’ll be killing two birds with one stone for the first month 😎

  • #123960
    "skibum" wrote

    They are having a 90 day healthy living challenge at work with multiple categories.

    I signed up for the exercise challenge (as well as the healthy cooking challenge). The period of performance is April 1 – June 30. It looks like I’ll be killing two birds with one stone for the first month 😎

    NICE! And hopefully a little competitive edge ;)

  • #123961

    I am in it, can not wait to get started. I am training for races this summer and this will be a great way to help with that.

    http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/2935

  • #123962

    this is great, I plan on meeting at the Blankets ride. Look forward to meeting some forum members 😃

  • #123963

    Got a week to go before the start of the Challenge. Who’s ready? I know I’m not

  • #123964
    "Irongrave" wrote

    Got a week to go before the start of the Challenge. Who’s ready? I know I’m not

    That makes two of us! Really hoping the weather gets a little better!

  • #123965

    #30daysofbiking!! This is going to get interesting coming into our rainy season! I’m in!!

    http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/4166

  • #123966
    "Irongrave" wrote

    Got a week to go before the start of the Challenge. Who’s ready? I know I’m not

    Define "ready" 😀

    I’m planning to take Sunday and Monday off & rest so I can come into the beginning of april at least sort of refreshed.

  • #123967

    I may regret this but I am gonna try. Might not be more then a mile some days and maybe less but I’m gonna try!

    http://www.30daysofbiking.com/pledge/4764

    Check out my blog…www.thewvpedaler.blogspot.com

  • #123968
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Define "ready" 😀

    I’m planning to take Sunday and Monday off & rest so I can come into the beginning of april at least sort of refreshed.

    When you put it that way I guess I’m ready. I did give the bike a good lube and adjusted my cockpit a little some its more comfortable.

    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/ … s-and.html

  • #123969

    I have the bikes (BMX, Mtn, DJ, wife’s, and kid’s) cleaned and ready to go for April.
    Two of them need chains. I might try to fit it in Monday but if not, they’re good for the month of April.

    Now, just if the trails would dry out, this challenge would be a lot easier!

  • #123970

    #30daysofbiking begins tomorrow! I hope you guys are getting stoked–I know I am!!
    http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … -tomorrow/

    Also, be sure to check out our sweet 30 days of biking leader board! (Values will reset tomorrow morning): http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

  • #123971

    I’m ready to put some miles under my tires this April. Though typical April showers look to keep my off dirt for the first part of April.

    I can’t wait to share a round in spirit with every one on May 1

  • #123972

    I’m in. http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/5541

    Should be a nice way to get lotsa miles leading into the summer riding season, and good training for ORAMM. 😼

  • #123973
    "dgaddis" wrote

    I’m in. http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/5541

    Should be a nice way to get lotsa miles leading into the summer riding season, and good training for ORAMM. 😼

    Man, ORAMM sounds like a fun race! Maybe one of these years I’ll have to plan a trip back to the south and hit that up…

  • #123974
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="dgaddis":2bucs46q]I’m in. http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/5541

    Should be a nice way to get lotsa miles leading into the summer riding season, and good training for ORAMM. 😼

    Man, ORAMM sounds like a fun race! Maybe one of these years I’ll have to plan a trip back to the south and hit that up…[/quote:2bucs46q]

    60+ miles, almost 11,000ft of climbing. Yeah, "fun" 😆 I’ve been eyeing it for a few years, decided to finally step up this year. Paid my money the day registration opened, so I’m all in!

  • #123975
    "dgaddis" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":15wutayf][quote="dgaddis":15wutayf]I’m in. http://30daysofbiking.com/pledge/5541

    Should be a nice way to get lotsa miles leading into the summer riding season, and good training for ORAMM. 😼

    Man, ORAMM sounds like a fun race! Maybe one of these years I’ll have to plan a trip back to the south and hit that up…[/quote:15wutayf]

    60+ miles, almost 11,000ft of climbing. Yeah, "fun" 😆 I’ve been eyeing it for a few years, decided to finally step up this year. Paid my money the day registration opened, so I’m all in![/quote:15wutayf]

    Get your granny gear on!

  • #123976

    I am in!! I am picking up a new Cannondale CAAD8 tomorrow and the weather man says 70 and sunny! What a way to kick off the start of #30daysofbiking. I also have my Trek 29er so I will be mixing it up through out the month of April! Good Luck to everyone that has pledged!

    How do I get my username added to the challenge list you have??!!

  • #123977
    "madmom12" wrote

    I am in!! I am picking up a new Cannondale CAAD8 tomorrow and the weather man says 70 and sunny! What a way to kick off the start of #30daysofbiking. I also have my Trek 29er so I will be mixing it up through out the month of April! Good Luck to everyone that has pledged!

    How do I get my username added to the challenge list you have??!!

    Hi madmom12, are you referring to this leader board: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php ? If so, all you need to do is connect your Singletracks account to your Strava account here: http://www.singletracks.com/gps/service.php , go for a ride tomorrow, and wait for your name to pop up on the board!
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    Alternatively, you can log your rides manually using the ride log in your user dashboard.

    Happy trails!

  • #123978

    I’m winning!

    But, for some reason my mileage is doubled what it should be, only ride so far was 10.5 miles this morning but the leader board shows 21.

    EDIT: Nevermind, it’s correct now.

  • #123979
    "dgaddis" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":1drpw86q]http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/30daysofbiking.php

    I’m winning!

    But, for some reason my mileage is doubled what it should be, only ride so far was 10.5 miles this morning but the leader board shows 21.

    EDIT: Nevermind, it’s correct now.[/quote:1drpw86q]

    I am interested to see who logs the most mileage, but since I assume most people will be doing a mix of road and MTB, I’m [i:1drpw86q]really[/i:1drpw86q] interested to see who logs the most overall saddle time. Oh, and you’ve already been bumped off the top 😀

    Won’t see me on this list until later today, I’m afraid, but I’m STOKED that April is here!!

  • #123980
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Oh, and you’ve already been bumped off the top 😀

    Yeah I knew that was coming 😆 Early morning commute + east cost timezone = getting the hole shot 😄

  • #123981

    1 down 29 to go. Its going to be a fun month.

  • #123982

    What about a logged the least amount of miles but still rode every day category?

    I don’t think the .5 miles I rode today will win me any distance challenges! 😆

  • #123983

    I am in!!

    Day 1: South Canyon
    Liking the idea!
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  • #123984

    First day: Rode Sick…. Slow 6.5 miles easy trail. Sadlers Creek in Anderson, SC

  • #123985

    Just a commute yesterday. It was 90*F on the ride home 😮 My cyclist tan is coming in nicely already LOL.

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    Stopped for some groceries on the way in to work.

    The SS is loaded and ready for some singletrack tonight!

  • #123986

    Looks like about 75 people rode yesterday which is a great start!

    Even if you missed the start, consider trying to bike as many days as you can in April.

    Maddslacker, how did you ride 116 miles in less than 3 hours yesterday? Or was that an April Fool? 😀

  • #123987
    "jeff" wrote

    Looks like about 75 people rode yesterday which is a great start!

    Even if you missed the start, consider trying to bike as many days as you can in April.

    Maddslacker, how did you ride 116 miles in less than 3 hours yesterday? Or was that an April Fool? 😀

    Haha I saw that too!

    You have some answering to do, buddy…

  • #123988

    We are in the worst drought in 100 years in California, and wouldn’t you know it poured all day on April 1? Mother nature pulled her April fools joke on us in Nor Cal!

  • #123989
    "gar29" wrote

    We are in the worst drought in 100 years in California, and wouldn’t you know it poured all day on April 1? Mother nature pulled her April fools joke on us in Nor Cal!

    So the question is, did you get out and ride in the rain?!

  • #123990
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="gar29":1h5cn7iq]We are in the worst drought in 100 years in California, and wouldn’t you know it poured all day on April 1? Mother nature pulled her April fools joke on us in Nor Cal!

    So the question is, did you get out and ride in the rain?![/quote:1h5cn7iq]
    Sure didn’t! I will have to do 2 rides on a day to make up for it! It’s going to be road riding for a bit out here while everything dries up. We do need the water, so I won’t complain. Too much anyways…

  • #123991
    "gar29" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":302ysxol][quote="gar29":302ysxol]We are in the worst drought in 100 years in California, and wouldn’t you know it poured all day on April 1? Mother nature pulled her April fools joke on us in Nor Cal!

    So the question is, did you get out and ride in the rain?![/quote:302ysxol]
    Sure didn’t! I will have to do 2 rides on a day to make up for it! It’s going to be road riding for a bit out here while everything dries up. We do need the water, so I won’t complain. Too much anyways…[/quote:302ysxol]

    Ruh roh, oh no you didn’t!!

  • #123992

    Ride report, day 1: Impromptu fat bike exploration: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-tr … ploration/

  • #123993

    I’m in Norcal as well… I commuted in the rain, got soaked to the bone, but had fun doing it. It made me realize I need a real rain jacket. A water resistant jacket lasts for about 5 minutes! 😆

  • #123994

    I got lucky today it was just in the low 30s and windy. The rest of the week doesn’t look so good for me weather wise rain threw sat with severe thunderstorms Friday. Oh well its part of the challenge right.

    Sunrise on day 1
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    Erie PA Bayfront still frozen day 2
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  • #123995
    "Irongrave" wrote

    I got lucky today it was just in the low 30s and windy. The rest of the week doesn’t look so good for me weather wise rain threw sat with severe thunderstorms Friday. Oh well its part of the challenge right.

    Way to be hardcore!

  • #123996

    Day 2
    Day 2: Commute (partially)

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  • #123997

    Day 3: canal trail MTB ride.

    Quick video here: http://instagram.com/p/mTjuUmSpv0/

    Ride bikes, be awesome.

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  • #123998

    Day 1: Rode with the family (they’re doing the 30 day challenge too). Trying to get the daughter to go from a balance bike to a pedal bike. It will happen on Saturday after we hit the bikepark. She’s ready, she just doesn’t know it yet.
    Day 2: Rode before work on frozen singletrack, rode with the family after work (one block, it was sleet/hailing), then rode some more singletrack!

    Now the question is, how do I get the ride I loaded to my Ride Log to show up on the 30 day challenge?

  • #123999

    The "challenge" part of the #30daysofbiking challenge just got real: almost an inch of snow on the ground already in Salida, and dumping hard:

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  • #124000

    I missed my commute this morning 😢 Slept in about 1.5hrs past when I should have, so no time to ride. I’ll get in a spin ’round the hood tonight.

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  • #124002
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    The "challenge" part of the #30daysofbiking challenge just got real: almost an inch of snow on the ground already in Salida, and dumping hard:

    One inch? that’s cute. 😃

    Good thing you have that fat bike in for review…

  • #124003
    "maddslacker" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":1vihvfvp]The "challenge" part of the #30daysofbiking challenge just got real: almost an inch of snow on the ground already in Salida, and dumping hard:

    One inch? that’s cute. 😃

    Good thing you have that fat bike in for review…[/quote:1vihvfvp]

    Up to 3, maybe more, now… and climbing…

  • #124004

    We had 6" when I rode this morning.. up to about 8" now. I may need to go ride some more!

  • #124005

    It was somewhere between 85-90*F on my ride last night 😎

  • #124006

    Got in a nice ride this morning. The trails are still thawing out so still on asphalt for me.

    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/ … day-3.html

  • #124007

    My view of the ocean on todays ride…

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    …bit chilly at 61F though

  • #124008

    "bit chilly at 61F though"????
    That’s getting close to the upper limit of my comfort zone.

    Summer is tough for me. I’ll take my 30 degree morning ride before an 80 degree afternoon anytime 😬 (and I’m not even a morning person)

    (yeah, I know I’m the oddball here)

  • #124009

    Day 3: ski "bike" so to me it counts!

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  • #124010

    Another near 90*F day here in the CSRA. I slept in so I wasn’t able to commute, and didn’t have time for a singletrack ride, so I dusted off the ol’ Rollfast and cruised over to a pond in the neighborhood to fish for a few minutes. Hooked a really nice size bass, but he got loose. I did land one little guy though. 😆

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    Wasn’t able to commute today either, gotta do some traveling ’round town for work. Gonna bust out the BMX tonight!

  • #124011
    "Funrover" wrote

    Day 3: ski "bike" so to me it counts!

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    Was this at a ski resort, or just at a trail?

  • #124012

    Already failed due to an extra long day of work yesterday. 😢 I will try to make it up by doing two different rides today.

  • #124013
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Was this at a ski resort, or just at a trail?

    Just up in the hills, not a resort.

  • #124014

    Day 4: Waterton Canyon, The Colorado Trail was fun and snowy while the road was good to go!

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  • #124015
    "Funrover" wrote

    Day 4: Waterton Canyon, The Colorado Trail was fun and snowy while the road was good to go!

    Looks like a very nice place to ride!

  • #124016

    I didn’t get many miles under my tires today, but that was because I did a skills class. Somehow I am far more sore than if I had gone on a regular ride! Dunno how I’m gonna have energy to ride tomorrow…

  • #124017
    "swerverider" wrote

    [quote="Funrover":2nzuemuo]Day 4: Waterton Canyon, The Colorado Trail was fun and snowy while the road was good to go!

    Looks like a very nice place to ride![/quote:2nzuemuo]

    It’s a great laid back ride to the Dam. From there it does become a goo climb!

  • #124018

    So I am not doing the best with the picture number. Believe it or not I have been cutting shots out. Colorado is a wonderful place!

    Day 5: Berthoud Pass Ski-bike. So today was a first on a couple fronts for me. It was the first actual backcountry I have ever done and it was the first time I had ever been up on the hill tops around Berthoud pass. I am whooped but man I had a great time getting out.

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    Did I mention there is some fresh powder?
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    Found the soft spot off I went!
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    I love the high country!
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    I spent, time to head home
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  • #124019

    Funrover, that ski bike looks like a lot of fun!

  • #124020

    Great looking pics, Funrover!

    Day 5 of the 30 day Challenge: The kid learned to ride her bike! She’s been on a balance bike (regular bike with pedals and cranks removed) for the last two years. Finally built her confidence up enough to go put the pedals on and try it out.

    According to her, between learning to balance and learning to pedal, learning to pedal is [i:2fqjag4q]waaaayyy[/i:2fqjag4q] harder. 😆

    Totally stoked though, now our rides should be able to break the 1.5 mile mark.

  • #124021
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Funrover, that ski bike looks like a lot of fun!

    It’s a friggen blast! I love it.

    "Jared13" wrote

    Great looking pics, Funrover!

    Day 5 of the 30 day Challenge: The kid learned to ride her bike! She’s been on a balance bike (regular bike with pedals and cranks removed) for the last two years. Finally built her confidence up enough to go put the pedals on and try it out.

    According to her, between learning to balance and learning to pedal, learning to pedal is [i:1jh3is0i]waaaayyy[/i:1jh3is0i] harder. 😆

    Totally stoked though, now our rides should be able to break the 1.5 mile mark.

    Love that you are getting kids involved. Way to go!

  • #124022

    Day 6 — toughest one yet.

    Mechanical problems? Nope–still have a bike in perfect working order.
    Weather? Nope–40 degrees and calm is perfect riding weather.
    Motivation? Well, kind of. It’s hard to convince you knees and quads they should turn cranks after a full day of hammering moguls at 11,000 feet!
    Still got in about 5miles on relatively easy singletrack.
    Tomorrow, it’s back to riding to work 😐

  • #124023
    "skibum" wrote

    Day 6 — toughest one yet.

    Mechanical problems? Nope–still have a bike in perfect working order.
    Weather? Nope–40 degrees and calm is perfect riding weather.
    Motivation? Well, kind of. It’s hard to convince you knees and quads they should turn cranks after a full day of hammering moguls at 11,000 feet!
    Still got in about 5miles on relatively easy singletrack.
    Tomorrow, it’s back to riding to work 😐

    😆 😆 😆 😆 It’s going around, after my day on Berthoud Pass yesterday I ended up on rollers. Did 30 min or so.

  • #124024

    Hey guys, we just rolled out a 30 days of biking channel, which will collect all of our #30daysofbiking blog content, here: http://www.singletracks.com/channels/30daysofbiking

    Cheers!

  • #124025

    Some "proper" mountain biking today… Downhill single track – Motorway (AKA Silverado Trail) in the Santa Ana mountains. Nice & warm in the low 80s with a breeze at the top to cool…

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  • #124026
    "swerverider" wrote

    Some "proper" mountain biking today… Downhill single track – Motorway (AKA Silverado Trail) in the Santa Ana mountains. Nice & warm in the low 80s with a breeze at the top to cool…

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    That looks fantastic!!

    My report from days 3 and 4, here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … -the-snow/

  • #124027

    Day 7: Suburbia Stroll. I have no idea what the names of any of the paths were or if they had names. I had forgotten how fast this old 3 speed can be. Good times for sure. Not bad for a day I woke up to snow!

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  • #124028

    My report from days 5 and 6: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … sofbiking/

  • #124029
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    My report from days 5 and 6: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … sofbiking/

    Good stuff man!

  • #124030

    Day 8: I kicked my butt today. In effort to stay off the dirt I did a pavement pounder. headed out from my house to Meyers Ranch. From there to 285 for a short stint over to the road Flying J is one. Checked the trailhead. Yep, muddy. Back to the road, follow that to Evergreen Lake.Spend a little time cruising around the lake and then down to Kitteredge. Make a right turn up the hill to Pence Park. Stop for a break (or another..LOL.. Did more of those than I want to admit). Down Parmalee Gulch rd to 285 and over to Tiny Town. From there I headed back home. I am whooped almost as much as my day on Berthoud Pass.

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  • #124031

    "In effort to stay off the dirt . . . "

    :?: I don’t comprehend :?:

  • #124032

    Trainer ride the other day, and another fishing ride yesterday. MTB tonight!!

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  • #124033
    "Funrover" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":1myuv592]My report from days 5 and 6: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … sofbiking/

    Good stuff man![/quote:1myuv592]

    Thanks!!

  • #124034
    "skibum" wrote

    "In effort to stay off the dirt . . . "

    :?: I don’t comprehend :?:

    Sounds like it was still wet up there.

  • #124035

    Well I haven’t gotten any extra "dirt" miles under my belt…just weekend days mostly, but I am greatly enjoying the fact that spring is here and I can bike to work!

  • #124036

    Hopefully tomorrow will be my first day to get some dirt on my tires this year. Rain and the spring thaw as left everything mess here.

  • #124037

    A taste of my day #8:

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    Day #9. Because everyone rides their bike to the walk-up ATM right?

  • #124039

    I am gearing up for the 9th day. It has been a blast riding every evening during the work week. One thing I have noticed though is that I am so geared up from the ride after I get home that I have trouble sleeping. That has been a challenge, but I am hoping that a switch will get thrown in there that says "This is how it’s going to be for a while, I need to figure it out." I am glad I signed up for it.

  • #124040
    "wfool" wrote

    One thing I have noticed though is that I am so geared up from the ride after I get home that I have trouble sleeping. That has been a challenge, but I am hoping that a switch will get thrown in there that says "This is how it’s going to be for a while, I need to figure it out."

    I know what you’re talking about. I noticed this when I attempted 29 trails in 29 days a few years back. It’s like I would close my eyes to go to sleep and I kept seeing singletrack streaming past my eyes. Plus I usually need some time after a workout to get my heart rate back down beore I can sleep.

  • #124041
    "jeff" wrote

    [quote="wfool":37kgsemf]One thing I have noticed though is that I am so geared up from the ride after I get home that I have trouble sleeping. That has been a challenge, but I am hoping that a switch will get thrown in there that says "This is how it’s going to be for a while, I need to figure it out."

    I know what you’re talking about. I noticed this when I attempted 29 trails in 29 days a few years back. It’s like I would close my eyes to go to sleep and I kept seeing singletrack streaming past my eyes. Plus I usually need some time after a workout to get my heart rate back down beore I can sleep.[/quote:37kgsemf]

    This is where post-ride beer comes in.

  • #124042

    COLORADO GROUP RIDE UPDATE:

    I’ve heard reports of vandalism and break ins at some of the lots outside of the park, so for safety’s sake, we’ll be meeting at the parking lot inside the South Shore Lake Pueblo State Park. There’s a fee required to park inside the state park, so if you don’t want to pay the fee, you can plan to park outside and ride in with enough time to meet up by 10am. However, please note that you do so at your own risk.

    I’m stoked to see and ride with everyone this weekend! It looks like it’s going to be warm and sunny… should be fun times!

    See y’all soon,

    -Greg

  • #124043
    "skibum" wrote

    "In effort to stay off the dirt . . . "

    :?: I don’t comprehend :?:

    Melting snow/ice. Trails get roughed up bad here. Colorado Springs area was much more forgiving.

  • #124044
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    COLORADO GROUP RIDE UPDATE:

    I’ve heard reports of vandalism and break ins at some of the lots outside of the park, so for safety’s sake, we’ll be meeting at the parking lot inside the South Shore Lake Pueblo State Park. There’s a fee required to park inside the state park, so if you don’t want to pay the fee, you can plan to park outside and ride in with enough time to meet up by 10am. However, please note that you do so at your own risk.

    I’m stoked to see and ride with everyone this weekend! It looks like it’s going to be warm and sunny… should be fun times!

    See y’all soon,

    -Greg

    Wait, what did I miss??? Hey MTBgreg1 on day 8 where is that at?

  • #124045

    Day 9: More concrete and asphalt. .Had to hit up some dirt. I feel that there is hope for some trails. Hmmm…..

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  • #124046
    "jeff" wrote

    [quote="wfool":1baspuzr]One thing I have noticed though is that I am so geared up from the ride after I get home that I have trouble sleeping. That has been a challenge, but I am hoping that a switch will get thrown in there that says "This is how it’s going to be for a while, I need to figure it out."

    I know what you’re talking about. I noticed this when I attempted 29 trails in 29 days a few years back. It’s like I would close my eyes to go to sleep and I kept seeing singletrack streaming past my eyes. Plus I usually need some time after a workout to get my heart rate back down beore I can sleep.[/quote:1baspuzr]

    I don’t have that problem at all, if I ride, I sleep really well. I do take some downtime to chill and whatnot before going to bed though.

    Yesterday was Weds, which means it’s MTB ride night at the canal with the Andy Jordans folks. Small crew this week since so many folks are out of town (it’s Masters week here in Augusta), but good God, the trail was amazing last night. Just damp enough to hold the dust down, packed well enough to roll fast, but enough fluff to give the knobs something to bite into. [i:1baspuzr]HERO DIRT[/i:1baspuzr]. Pure magic I tell ya. No matter how hard you push, the tires stick. The hardest part is convincing yourself to stay off the brakes. Seriously, it was religious experience out there.

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  • #124047
    "Funrover" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":39kz788b]COLORADO GROUP RIDE UPDATE:

    I’ve heard reports of vandalism and break ins at some of the lots outside of the park, so for safety’s sake, we’ll be meeting at the parking lot inside the South Shore Lake Pueblo State Park. There’s a fee required to park inside the state park, so if you don’t want to pay the fee, you can plan to park outside and ride in with enough time to meet up by 10am. However, please note that you do so at your own risk.

    I’m stoked to see and ride with everyone this weekend! It looks like it’s going to be warm and sunny… should be fun times!

    See y’all soon,

    -Greg

    Wait, what did I miss??? Hey MTBgreg1 on day 8 where is that at?[/quote:39kz788b]

    You haven’t missed it yet: we’re having a Singletracks group ride this Saturday at South Shore Lake Pueblo: https://www.facebook.com/events/223969847807416/

    And that Day 8 photo is from the Uncle Nazty Trail in Salida, Colorado.

    Day 9, Cottonwood Trail, Salida, Colorado, aboard the Niner RIP 9 RDO:

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  • #124048

    I don’t think I will be able to make Saturday now..Darnit. Hey MTBGREG1, if I make it to your town you willing to show me a few trails?

  • #124049

    Day 10: Lunch time spin. Found some nice paths near work and some nice neighborhood parks. Even found singletrack on the return trip!

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  • #124050

    Finally got a chance to hit dirt yesterday. Rode 2 new trails in mid 60* weather only down side was a nasty amount of wind.

    Dirty bike = clean soul

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    Today was a nice quick spin with the boss. Today is our 6th year together and what better way to celebrate then riding together.

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  • #124051
    "Funrover" wrote

    I don’t think I will be able to make Saturday now..Darnit. Hey MTBGREG1, if I make it to your town you willing to show me a few trails?

    Hey man, for sure! Of course, it depends on what my schedule looks like, but if I’m free then I’m down! You can always drop me an email at greg AT singletracks DOT com

  • #124052

    Recap, days 7-11: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … in-salida/

  • #124053

    Day #11. Today was a little bit tougher. One thing I definitely don’t want to happen is for this to become a chore. So today I did one of my favorite from-work lunch rides over to Connected Lakes on the Riverfront trail. It’s about 9 miles round trip, so it’s perfect for my one-hour lunch break! Frankie the bike and I even found some dirt!
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  • #124054

    I’m no where near as good as Greg with this blog writing but here is my recap of day 10 http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/ … -soul.html

  • #124055
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="Funrover":22qwrrbw]I don’t think I will be able to make Saturday now..Darnit. Hey MTBGREG1, if I make it to your town you willing to show me a few trails?

    Hey man, for sure! Of course, it depends on what my schedule looks like, but if I’m free then I’m down! You can always drop me an email at greg AT singletracks DOT com[/quote:22qwrrbw]

    Sweet, I will hit you up some point after May most likely.

    Everyone, there are some wonderful shots here. WAY TO GO!!! Keep them coming!

    Here is today for me.
    Day 11: Green Mountain baby!!! Gotta love it there for all the fun and quick trails. Was a beautiful eve for some miles. .Box o’ rocks is always a fun way down! Truly a wonderful evening!

    This will be a pic heavy post!
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    "Funrover" wrote

    Here is today for me.
    Day 11: Green Mountain baby!!! Gotta love it there for all the fun and quick trails. Was a beautiful eve for some miles. .Box o’ rocks is always a fun way down! Truly a wonderful evening!
    This will be a pic heavy post!

    Some great pics there! Enjoying seeing everybodys pics

    Ride 12, day 12, getting close to halfway now… Here’s a pic from todays ride – "Slow n Easy" @ Laguna Beach, the ocean barely visible under the fog/cloud cover…

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  • #124057

    Day 12: Did a little ‘splorin!! Was going to do a lunch ride but didn’t happen so on the way home there is a dirt trail that goes up the hill, I followed it. Had a great time. However this is a CLIMB. I will return with my geared rig next time.

    This picture doesn’t show the steepness…
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    Look is fla…err.. Nevermind
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  • #124058

    Day 13: Old Fenders(after today that is the 3 speed nickname) and I went out for a pavement pounding, fresh track making, and ice forming good time. I did do a "walk of warmth" on the last hill before I was back to my car. Needed to warm my toes up, since my shoes froze to the pedals a one point. Whoever honked, waved and gave me a thumbs up thank you for that! Made me smile. Enough of the blah blah..

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  • #124059
    "Funrover" wrote

    my shoes froze to the pedals a one point

    😮

    One word. Dedication

    Nice going…

  • #124060

    While Leah was at Sea Otter last week, I got to watch our 1-year-old and 4-year-old so the past 4 days have been the most challenging for me so far. On Thursday we took a quick spin around the block with both kids in a double bike trailer. On Friday we took the trailer to the playground. On Saturday, I took our 4-year-old to a birthday party in the trailer while her little brother tagged along.

    Then on Sunday, the 4-year-old wanted to ride her bike so we loaded everything up and headed to the nearby elementary school where they have a nice flat parking lot. I had the 1-year-old on the Tyke Toter up front, the 4-year-old in the trailer, and her bike hanging off the back! It was a tough pedal but we made it in one piece. 😀

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    A bike trailer with a bike hanging off the back–definitely a first for me!

  • #124061
    "jeff" wrote

    While Leah was at Sea Otter last week, I got to watch our 1-year-old and 4-year-old so the past 4 days have been the most challenging for me so far. On Thursday we took a quick spin around the block with both kids in a double bike trailer. On Friday we took the trailer to the playground. On Saturday, I took our 4-year-old to a birthday party in the trailer while her little brother tagged along.

    Then on Sunday, the 4-year-old wanted to ride her bike so we loaded everything up and headed to the nearby elementary school where they have a nice flat parking lot. I had the 1-year-old on the Tyke Toter up front, the 4-year-old in the trailer, and her bike hanging off the back! It was a tough pedal but we made it in one piece. 😀

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    A bike trailer with a bike hanging off the back–definitely a first for me!

    Dang, now that is dedication! How much weight do you think you were hauling? 😀

  • #124062
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Dang, now that is dedication! How much weight do you think you were hauling? 😀

    Well, just the kids + bike trailer is over 100 lbs. The kids bike weighs at least 20 pounds (no joke) so we were probably pushing close to 150 with the Tyke Toter up front. Elevation gain was minimal. 😀

  • #124063

    Woa, sounds like quite the workout! I’ve been wanting to get a trailer for grocery runs to Walmart, but I have no idea how riding with all that weight on the way back would go.

    Elevation gain was minimal. 😀

    😆

  • #124064

    If you can get into an easy enough gear, it’s no problem–just boring and slow. I max out my 9spd gear range and have to get out of the saddle on big hills but it’s still doable. Definitely makes the bike feel lighter and more maneuverable when I’m riding solo!

  • #124065
    "Funrover" wrote

    since my shoes froze to the pedals a one point. Whoever honked, waved and gave me a thumbs up thank you for that! Made me smile.

    You my friend are nuts, awesome but nuts. On the waves and thumbs up I got one myself the other day it dose make you feel warm and fuzzy. on 16 more days to go before we can share in a round of drinks for taking on this challenge.

  • #124066

    My Sunday rainy wet ride consisted of one lap around the park. I ended up with water running down my raincoat and right down the back of my jeans! I don’t know how FunRover made it out in the freezing cold and snow, but nice going man!

  • #124067

    Wow, Funrover and Jeff, that’s some dedication!

    Day 12 was a short ride, we were in the process of getting 5 inches of snow when we rode around the block.
    Day 13 was another ride around the block as the snow was melting. Different block though, gotta mix it up! 😆
    Day 14 was singletrack and hero dirt! I couldn’t believe it was dry so soon after getting that much snow but I’m not going to complain!

  • #124068

    Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Although less than one mile out of the five is on pavement, I managed to screw it up. Traffic was starting to crowd me a bit, so I swerved right next to the curb–just as I approached a sewer grate. It looked solid enough to ride, but looks can be deceiving. Next thing I know, I’m body slammed into the asphalt at 25mph.

    The bike took it well. Handlebars got about 30 degrees askew, easy fix. Front wheel’s gonna’ need trued, but I can do that when I get home.

    However, the impact busted my cyclocomputer, took out one elbow from my shirt, and absolutely destroyed the only both comfortable and warm pair of cold-weather riding gloves I’ve ever owned.

    I also did significant violence to my left elbow and right knee. Hungry coyotes are following the trail of blood all the way to my office.

    Good timing, too. Hope some of this heals before my first race, this Saturday 😕

  • #124069
    "skibum" wrote

    Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Although less than one mile out of the five is on pavement, I managed to screw it up. Traffic was starting to crowd me a bit, so I swerved right next to the curb–just as I approached a sewer grate. It looked solid enough to ride, but looks can be deceiving. Next thing I know, I’m body slammed into the asphalt at 25mph.

    The bike took it well. Handlebars got about 30 degrees askew, easy fix. Front wheel’s gonna’ need trued, but I can do that when I get home.

    However, the impact busted my cyclocomputer, took out one elbow from my shirt, and absolutely destroyed the only both comfortable and warm pair of cold-weather riding gloves I’ve ever owned.

    I also did significant violence to my left elbow and right knee. Hungry coyotes are following the trail of blood all the way to my office.

    Good timing, too. Hope some of this heals before my first race, this Saturday 😕

    OUCH! That sucks dude! Sorry to hear that 😢

    On the plus side, we’re officially half-way through the month, guys!! 15 days down (or at least, will be later), and only 15 to go!

  • #124070
    "skibum" wrote

    Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Although less than one mile out of the five is on pavement, I managed to screw it up. Traffic was starting to crowd me a bit, so I swerved right next to the curb–just as I approached a sewer grate. It looked solid enough to ride, but looks can be deceiving. Next thing I know, I’m body slammed into the asphalt at 25mph.

    The bike took it well. Handlebars got about 30 degrees askew, easy fix. Front wheel’s gonna’ need trued, but I can do that when I get home.

    However, the impact busted my cyclocomputer, took out one elbow from my shirt, and absolutely destroyed the only both comfortable and warm pair of cold-weather riding gloves I’ve ever owned.

    I also did significant violence to my left elbow and right knee. Hungry coyotes are following the trail of blood all the way to my office.

    Good timing, too. Hope some of this heals before my first race, this Saturday 😕

    Heal up quick

  • #124071
    "skibum" wrote

    Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Oh man, that sucks, skibum.

    Heal up fast and good luck on Saturday!

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    [quote="skibum"]Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Sorry to hear that, heal quick!

  • #124073
    "skibum" wrote

    Morning commute wasn’t the greatest.

    Although less than one mile out of the five is on pavement, I managed to screw it up. Traffic was starting to crowd me a bit, so I swerved right next to the curb–just as I approached a sewer grate. It looked solid enough to ride, but looks can be deceiving. Next thing I know, I’m body slammed into the asphalt at 25mph.

    The bike took it well. Handlebars got about 30 degrees askew, easy fix. Front wheel’s gonna’ need trued, but I can do that when I get home.

    However, the impact busted my cyclocomputer, took out one elbow from my shirt, and absolutely destroyed the only both comfortable and warm pair of cold-weather riding gloves I’ve ever owned.

    I also did significant violence to my left elbow and right knee. Hungry coyotes are following the trail of blood all the way to my office.

    Good timing, too. Hope some of this heals before my first race, this Saturday 😕

    Geez skibum! That’s awful! So sorry to hear about your crash. Yesterday I took a chance and took a busier route to the riverfront trail. It has pedestrian/bike paths across both bridges that I have to cross, but I missed the second one! Thankfully there is a very wide shoulder to ride on and no cars honked at me. Biking with traffic is definitely not for the faint of heart! Glad you’re (mostly) ok.

  • #124074

    Day 15, Ride 15, half way there…

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    Thanks everyone, the cold weather was fun.

    Jeff, I dig the train, that is cool!

    Skibum – sorry the back luck hit you, heal up fast man!

    Day 14: Rollers, nothing exciting.

    Day 15: Man it was a "taxing" day, paid my "dues" and had a great time. Head off to Mt.Falcon. Parmalee was a blast and not in bad shape, however right around the castle and on the main trail it’s a mess.

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  • #124076

    The past 2 days for me have been quick spins around the block Yesterday was 33* and raining today was 26* with a little ice and snow on the ground.

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  • #124077

    We had a good time on the Singletracks #30DaysofBiking Group Night Ride here in Atlanta last night. 13 of us braved cold temps and wind for a good 18ish mile ride. The best part: pizza and beer at Felini’s afterward!

    In case anyone missed last night for whatever reason, we’ll have an unofficial makeup ride next Tuesday–same time, same place–completely different trails. So even if you did ride last night, come back next week for a whole new ride.

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  • #124078

    I know everyone probably has their preferred method for sharing photos via the forums but here’s a pro tip for those who might find this useful.

    You can upload all your photos to Singletracks using this form:

    http://www.singletracks.com/add.php?i=0&type=p&c=0

    Once your photo is uploaded (you can select multiple photos too), click the "share" button to grab the forum code. Copy and paste into the forum post form and you’re done!

    Uploading your photos to Singletracks (instead of photobucket or other solutions) also allows folks to comment on individual photos, add ratings, and you can even specify the trail or the exact location the photo was taken.

    Ok, back to #30daysofbiking. I’m loving all these pics!

  • #124079

    Went mountain biking on my lunch break today! We used the "Lunch Loops" for their intended purpose. 47 minutes later we were back at the car and on our way back to work. Pretty sure we don’t smell too bad…

  • #124080

    Today was a bust. Went home at 2 pm for lunch (yes, a very late lunch) and it was cloudy but no rain in the forecast until after 9 pm. I posted on the facebook group our weekly group ride is still on, not 40 minutes later we get a quick downpour! Then we get another two micro bursts within 90 minutes.

    Trails were too wet so I went for a ride with the family around the block when I got home at 6 pm. A very quick ride because it was cold and the food was ready. 0.4 miles still count, right? 😆

    All three of us have ridden every day in the month of April so far so I suppose I should be happy for that.

    Hopefully the trails will dry out by Friday night, we have some trail maintenance planned for Friday and Saturday night.

  • #124081

    Day 16: South Valley. I love this little park. The straightaways let you look ahead and on the downhill is a BLAST! The tech in the connector is always a fun little side trail. Got to watch the clouds close in as I rode tonight, sure was peaceful!

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    Don’t know why but I love this spot right here. I always stop and just think here.
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  • #124082

    Check out my photo blog recap from the Colorado group ride, here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … -the-lake/

  • #124083

    Been having good luck with my day off another great day today

    My blog post for day 17.
    http://30daysofbikingerie.blogspot.com/ … ntcom.html

  • #124084

    Day 17: Gotta love random neighborhood trails, they lead you to fun parks. The first stop I had to swing, you are never to old to swing! The Second one I stoped at just because the Colorado theme was awesome. I didn’t take pics, but the Climbing bar mountain was Mt. Elbert, the sand area was the Sand Dunes, etc etc. It’s a sweet little park!

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  • #124085

    I got a nice 20 miler in after work yesterday on some new-to-me gravel roads and singletrack, but now I feel like I’m coming down with a cold 😢 Just about the last thing I wanted!

  • #124086
    "Funrover" wrote

    Day 17: Gotta love random neighborhood trails, they lead you to fun parks. The first stop I had to swing, you are never to old to swing! The Second one I stoped at just because the Colorado theme was awesome. I didn’t take pics, but the Climbing bar mountain was Mt. Elbert, the sand area was the Sand Dunes, etc etc. It’s a sweet little park!

    Just curious (and a bit jealous!) Funrover. How many bikes do you actually own?! It seems like I rarely see the same one twice in your photo sets! 😃

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    Funrover, you are clearly having too much fun.

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    Funrover by name, funrover by nature apparently! 😉

  • #124089

    Sunset over Presque Isle Bay in Erie PA on Day 18

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  • #124090

    Testing, testing…

    Test pic from todays ride…

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    "jeff" wrote

    I know everyone probably has their preferred method for sharing photos via the forums but here’s a pro tip for those who might find this useful.

    You can upload all your photos to Singletracks using this form:

    http://www.singletracks.com/add.php?i=0&type=p&c=0

    Once your photo is uploaded (you can select multiple photos too), click the "share" button to grab the forum code. Copy and paste into the forum post form and you’re done!

    Uploading your photos to Singletracks (instead of photobucket or other solutions) also allows folks to comment on individual photos, add ratings, and you can even specify the trail or the exact location the photo was taken.

    Ok, back to #30daysofbiking. I’m loving all these pics!

  • #124091

    Change of plans for Day 20. We were going to go for a long mtb ride (25-30 miles) but we’re going to do a few hours of trail work instead. There’s a 180 degree turn that also rises about four feet in six inches. Needless to say, it’s a bit steep 😆

    Going down it’s rideable, going up, not so much. We’re also worried about sustainability in that section. We’re hoping some rock armoring and reshaping of the dirt will make it better.

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    -Jim.

  • #124093

    Day 19 was quite interesting. Ride of the day was the Rumble at 18 Road race in Fruita. Fruita, where it never rains . . . rained long and hard . . . race course was an unmitigated distaster 😬

    Full article coming. For now, here’s a teaser:

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  • #124094
    "skibum" wrote

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    Dude, that mud looks heavy. First a spill on the road, now mud… sounds like your 30 day challenge is living up to its name!

  • #124095

    Since I am down with a cold and had nothing better to do this weekend (although I got in a few townie rides for the #30daysofbiking challenge), I spent a while this weekend scoping trail maps and dreaming of dry, high alpine singletrack. I *think* I may have "discovered" the treasure trove of interconnected, utterly remote, non-wilderness singletrack near me, but it’s proving difficult to research since it’s at the overlapping corner of not one, not two, but three national forests (and I recently bought two of the national forest maps, but didn’t realize I needed a third until just now). So Singletracks and Neotrex map tiles to the rescue!

    Teaser shots… impossible to fit all the trails into one window with good detail level:

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    #2, located west of #1:

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    #3, even further west. I’ll stop now, but there are even more…

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  • #124096

    Met up with a couple of other Singletracks bloggers this weekend, cycling8r and delphinide. Both were out here with their spouses for the weekend doing some riding. Good times, good times! Only 9 days to go!

  • #124097

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    Couple of hours on the trials rig at the skatepark this afternoon. I put in 4 Centuries on the road bike during the first 2 weeks so this week I’ve been goofing around a lot more 😀

    -Jim.

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    "jim29er" wrote

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    Couple of hours on the trials rig at the skatepark this afternoon. I put in 4 Centuries on the road bike during the first 2 weeks so this week I’ve been goofing around a lot more 😀

    -Jim.

    Dang, I don’t have anywhere near those kind of miles in my legs right now! Kudos to you my friend!

  • #124099
    "John Fisch" wrote

    Day 19 was quite interesting. Ride of the day was the Rumble at 18 Road race in Fruita. Fruita, where it never rains . . . rained long and hard . . . race course was an unmitigated distaster 😬

    Full article coming. For now, here’s a teaser:

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    I had a friend in the Cat 2 group (she won, btw) and she said she pretty much ended up carrying her bike down all of Chutes and Ladders. Glad they called the race and then sent everyone to the doubletrack! That evening her BF rode Prime and Chutes and said Prime was still in pretty good shape and that Chutes was…well, like it usually is. If it’s not trashed by rain it’s trashed by cows ;)

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    "jim29er" wrote

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    Couple of hours on the trials rig at the skatepark this afternoon. I put in 4 Centuries on the road bike during the first 2 weeks so this week I’ve been goofing around a lot more 😀

    -Jim.

    Nice!

    @skibum
    Ugh, that does not look like it was fun to clean…

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    Nice quiet morning trials session this morning. Normally I wouldn’t log this type of ride, but for the sake of the 30 Day Challenge, I threw the phone in my pocket with the Strava App running. If nothing else, it makes a funny file 😀

    -Jim.

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    Nice afternoon ride at my local park. Conditions were pristine.

    -Jim.

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    Ghost Town Gravel Grinder for Day 17: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … l-grinder/

    Some photos and a quick overview of days 18-22: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ev … ays-18-22/

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    Another day in the books. Exploring some new singletrack.

    -Jim.

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    Chris from Loose Nuts invited me to hang with the Salsa guys at Blankets Creek yesterday. Rode a super nice Spearfish on Dwelling and South Loops. What a way to spend a Thursday afternoon!

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    More hippity hoppity bike riding. Exploring a little after work for some new areas to play, I ride by here all the time on the Fat Bike but never really noticed this rock foundation of some kind.

    -Jim.

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    Just a few days left now. Nice and easy commute into the shop today. I also realized all but one of my bikes are single speeds. Not sure when that happened.

    -Jim.

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    It was SO windy in GJ today and there was a 70% chance of rain, but some friends and I got our butts in gear and managed five miles at Lunch Loop with dark clouds hovering overhead. Something about the wind must’ve added some urgency and confidence tommy riding because I cleaned three spots on Pet Y Kes that I don’t often make!

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    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    It was SO windy in GJ today and there was a 70% chance of rain, but some friends and I got our butts in gear and managed five miles at Lunch Loop with dark clouds hovering overhead. Something about the wind must’ve added some urgency and confidence tommy riding because I cleaned three spots on Pet Y Kes that I don’t often make!

    Very Cool! Those days of first accomplishments are always a joy 😎

  • #124110

    Day 26 was the best yet.

    Today’s ride was not meant to be functional. Not a commute to work, not a goal of any kind in mind. Just go out and ride.

    We didn’t worry about training. No concern about how many miles we would do. No thought about covering a certain course. Not one neuron expended thinking about whether we were making the most of our time. We just went with the Yogi Berra philosophy; "When you come to a fork … take it" And so we did.

    Of course, there’s no better place for this sort of hard core whimsy than Palmer Park. We made up our route as we went along. When we saw some cool rocks, we took the time to session them until we felt like moving on. We hadn’t been there in a while, so it also seemed brand new.

    And speaking of brand new, I was also demoing a rippin’ new Rocky Mountain Instinct 999 (be on the lookout for a review in a few weeks).

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    Miniskibum hitting a rock garden

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    One of a hundred or more rollers

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    One of a hundred or more hucks

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    One of a hundred or more step ups

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    The big huck at the top of Improv, Part one–the takeoff

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    The big huck at the top of Improv, Part two–the landing. That suspension is totally bottomed out. Miniskibum must be growing–and he’s hitting bigger hucks. Time to put some more air in the shock!

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    75 miles with the team today. We started with 40-something people and ended with 4…Many hammers were dropped, I am very tired now.

    3 days left?

    -Jim.

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    Day 27: Gunny Loop. Man I love that trail! If you haven’t tried the "Gunnector" option (after the initial Gunny Loop climb from Little Park Road you’ll come to a split; Gunnector is the lower option) check it out. It’s one of my favorite trails! So we had an impromptu photo session out there yesterday. Even though Fat Tire Festival was still happening we ran into only one person on our entire Gunny ride!

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    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    Day 27: Gunny Loop. Man I love that trail! If you haven’t tried the "Gunnector" option (after the initial Gunny Loop climb from Little Park Road you’ll come to a split; Gunnector is the lower option) check it out. It’s one of my favorite trails! So we had an impromptu photo session out there yesterday. Even though Fat Tire Festival was still happening we ran into only one person on our entire Gunny ride!

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    Great pics! In all my trips to the Lunch Loops, I’ve never hit Gunny. Must rectify that!

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    "John Fisch" wrote

    Great pics! In all my trips to the Lunch Loops, I’ve never hit Gunny. Must rectify that!

    Yes! You must! There are several great ways to ride it and, depending on how fast you are, it can take anywhere from a super fast 1 hour to closer to three. Mileage varies from 8.5 miles to 11.5 depending on which parking lot you leave from. It’s an awesomely fun ride!

  • #124115

    What an amazing day to ride… the weather was lovely, a nice 77(ish) degrees, but when you reached the tops, there was a nice breeze. A couple of pics from Aliso in Laguna Beach, CA – [url:2o3l691g]http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/aliso-creek-woods-canyon.html[/url:2o3l691g]

    Part of the rock garden on Rock-it trail –

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    and one of the (year round) stream crossings on Wood Canyon trail –

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    Only 2 more days to go…

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    And another pic… bottom of 5 Oaks trail

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  • #124116

    Today was a horrible day for riding here. To be honest I just didn’t want to. I was tired, not feeling great, and it was cold and windy outside. I put on my bike pants, but left on my sweater from work and my thin "dress" socks. I threw on a jacket and figured I’d go for like a mile around the park. I had to scrounge for my old bike helmet because my good one was in the BF’s car. I stuffed my keys and phone in my jacket pockets and headed out.

    Within 50 yards my mood changed. It wasn’t so cold…windy, but not awful. I turned and headed for the river trail, which meant committing to at least five miles. That doesn’t sound like much, but I was originally planning on ONE! I crossed the train overpass on the pedestrian bridge with the wind threatening to knock me over. Would that chain link fence hold?

    Finally I hit the river trail and the muddy and fast flowing Colorado came into view. The river trail is always windier than other parts of town, so at times I had to lean to the side to combat the wind. Still, I was having a great time! Then…I turned north to head home, having forgotten the forecast that said the wind would become north northwest with gusts to 25 mph. Who knows what I inhaled on the 2.5 miles home.

    Finally, out of desperation, I began a two blocks north-one block west pattern to give myself breaks from the headwind. At least heading west I could look up. It was like I was pedaling through mud every time I turned north! By the last half mile I had to just picture the 90 Shilling beer I knew was waiti ng in the fridge.

    Then, when I turned in the driveway and checked my time I realized I had hit 150 miles! All was right with the world again. Some days biking are definitely easier than others but they are all worth it.

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    Short one today. Just rode to school with my son. It’s supposed to rain here the next few days. Should make for a soggy ending 😢

    -Jim.

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    Day 29. Hardest day yet for me. Rain + a steady 20+ mph wind. I did just a quick spin around the block. dodging all manner of things being blow around. Tomorrow’s weather looks like more of the same. Oh well not going to quit now only one more day left.

    Cheers to every one who took on the Challenge we can all use a round tomorrow.

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    Finally I hit the river trail and the muddy and fast flowing Colorado came into view. The river trail is always windier than other parts of town, so at times I had to lean to the side to combat the wind. Still, I was having a great time! Then…I turned north to head home, having forgotten the forecast that said the wind would become north northwest with gusts to 25 mph. Who knows what I inhaled on the 2.5 miles home.

    Fought the winds here in Moab too… 35mph, with gusts up to 44 according to weather.com, but it felt way windier on the trails than in the town of Moab. While the head wind was brutal, the tailwind was awesome!

  • #124120
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Fought the winds here in Moab too… 35mph, with gusts up to 44 according to weather.com, but it felt way windier on the trails than in the town of Moab. While the head wind was brutal, the tailwind was awesome!

    Forecast for today – winds up to 85mph… should make todays ride… interesting…

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    "swerverider" wrote

    [quote="mtbgreg1":2hhegtm7]Fought the winds here in Moab too… 35mph, with gusts up to 44 according to weather.com, but it felt way windier on the trails than in the town of Moab. While the head wind was brutal, the tailwind was awesome!

    Forecast for today – winds up to 85mph… should make todays ride… interesting…[/quote:2hhegtm7]

    Wow, that’s crazy!! Let us know how it goes!

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    85mph! Those Hurricane Simulators at the arcade only get up to 78mph and it costs $2 for a minute inside. You gotta take advantage of all that free wind!

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    OK, I lied, the 85mph gusts are tomorrow…

    I don’t think it got up to 80mph today (despite what weather.com and the local news claim), well, here anyway… We’ve recently had onshore winds that have regularly been up to 30mph and I’ve been routing my rides so the wind has been behind me on the way home.Today was off-shore, and while not in the "brutal" category, was certainly more than that on the way home.
    As I’m slow, I really only use Strava to log my rides and keep a running total of mileage done. I notice I got a KOM where I was a full 20 seconds faster than the last KOM. I suspect more people will be taking advantage of the wind today!

    1 more day to go… 😬

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    Early morning trials session to beat the rain. The last day is gonna be WET!! The cops kicked me out of the parks this morning so I went and played on the train tracks instead. You ever want to work on riding skinnys, train tracks for days!!

    -Jim.

  • #124125

    The high winds can’t keep me down! Steady at 25-30 and gusts above 50 and I still rode the bike to/from work yesterday.

    Tomorrow will be different.

    Remember that bad crash I had early in the challenge? Ever since then I couldn’t get my brakes to stop rubbing (old school linear pull). Every adjustment was to no avail.

    Funny thing how you sometimes don’t see what’s right in front of you because it’s not what you’re expecting. The rubbing got worse today and I finally saw what I’d been overlooking for the last two weeks while fiddling with the brakes — the arch on my fork was cracked!

    The ol’ hardtail is down for the count and I won’t ride my nice all mountain rig to work, so I’m back to just trying to get in lunch or after work rides when I can until I can scare up an 80 mm fork for the ol’ beater. Do those even exist any more? Maybe I’ll go rigid. I’ve been riding to/from work with the fork locked out anyway.

  • #124126
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    35mph, with gusts up to 44 according to weather.com

    That’s a slight breeze in Great Falls! 😆

    Anything below 15 mph I consider calm. I have to admit, it is pretty awesome when there are 40+ mph winds and we do a wind shuttle. Ride with the tailwind, drive back with the headwind. It’s AMAZING.

    Day 29: "Quick" ride before work, then the first BMX race of the season!
    If I’m lucky, I’ll break 200 miles on tomorrow’s group ride (or the equivalent of two rides for Jim29er 😆 )

  • #124127
    "Jared13" wrote

    That’s a slight breeze in Great Falls! 😆

    Which is why, since leaving there, wind never keeps me down. In Great Falls, if you don’t ride in the wind, you don’t ride! I used to live on the west side of town–some days I’d ride to work and it would take me 15 minutes to get there and an hour to get home! There’s nothing like standing up, full weight on a pedal, on level ground, and going nowhere 😬

    Wind? I don’t even notice it anymore 😎 .

  • #124128
    "Irongrave" wrote

    Day 29. Hardest day yet for me. Rain + a steady 20+ mph wind. I did just a quick spin around the block. dodging all manner of things being blow around. Tomorrow’s weather looks like more of the same. Oh well not going to quit now only one more day left.

    Cheers to every one who took on the Challenge we can all use a round tomorrow.

    Yesterday (day 29) was only the second time that I made ONE lap and called it quits. It was cold and windy, so I feel your pain! Today looks to be pretty nice though 😀 Happy 30th!

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    Super rainy and gross out this morning. I found this little hideaway and pushed a couple tables in the to hop on. Rode for 15 minutes or so before I got kicked out again, the 5-0 are onto my little trials spot…BOO!!

    Anywhoo, thanks for throwing this party and giving me some motivation to get out on the bike everyday. If you’d like to see more pictures from my #30DaysOfBiking Challenge adventures, here’s a link. Enjoy.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set … 99fa71dfd1

    -Jim.

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    Day 30!!!! It was windy and not very warm, but I set a Personal Record on PetYKes and the entire "Lite Lunch" loop!

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    Day 30 is in the bag! (It’s also day 33 of riding every day for me, I accidentally started the Friday before this kicked off 😳 )

    So how many people are taking tomorrow off just because they can? 😆
    I would, but we have a 30% chance of rain or greater Friday through next Thursday so I’m going to ride while the riding is good!

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    I DID IT!! WOO HOO!!! I am so stoked!! Well it ended with a double feature, here we go!!

    Day 30: COMPLETE!!! Did a lunch run with a few suburbia single tracks thrown in the mix. After work (had to stay later than anticipated) I headed over to Deer Creek to play with the FS. I love this trail, why oh why do I not go here more. The climb is wonderful, the tech is sweet. It does work me over pretty good, but the downhill is such a wonderful reward. Unfortunately I did not make the upper loops due to time. I got just above the wall and returned. Enjoy the pics, I know I had a great month, thanks for all the encouragement along the way!!

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    Post work awesomeness!!!!

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    That is a wrap on my 30 day challenge!
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  • #124133
    "Jared13" wrote

    Day 30 is in the bag! (It’s also day 33 of riding every day for me, I accidentally started the Friday before this kicked off 😳 )

    So how many people are taking tomorrow off just because they can? 😆
    I would, but we have a 30% chance of rain or greater Friday through next Thursday so I’m going to ride while the riding is good!

    I’ve lost 3 pounds…why stop now???

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    30 days in the bag! I’ve been a little slack on my reports lately… mainly because I was so busy riding! I finished up the last 4 days of the challenge with Moab mountain biking. Sooo much fun!!

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    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    [quote="Jared13":24mnvob3]Day 30 is in the bag! (It’s also day 33 of riding every day for me, I accidentally started the Friday before this kicked off 😳 )

    So how many people are taking tomorrow off just because they can? 😆
    I would, but we have a 30% chance of rain or greater Friday through next Thursday so I’m going to ride while the riding is good!

    I’ve lost 3 pounds…why stop now???[/quote:24mnvob3]

    I’ll be riding today for sure. Weather’s perfect and I’ve got that sweet new Rocky Mountain Instinct 999 to review. I just reset the geometry for downhill, so it’s time to hit up The Chutes!

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    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    [quote="Jared13":15f34xkx]Day 30 is in the bag! (It’s also day 33 of riding every day for me, I accidentally started the Friday before this kicked off 😳 )

    So how many people are taking tomorrow off just because they can? 😆
    I would, but we have a 30% chance of rain or greater Friday through next Thursday so I’m going to ride while the riding is good!

    I’ve lost 3 pounds…why stop now???[/quote:15f34xkx]

    Saddle sores, for one reason 😆 😆

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    Did anybody take a screen shot of the final list yesterday at –

    http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

    :?:

    Just went there to take a screen shot for posterity and I see its reset/updated for May and all last months totals have gone 😕

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    "swerverider" wrote

    Did anybody take a screen shot of the final list yesterday at –

    http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

    :?:

    Just went there to take a screen shot for posterity and I see its reset/updated for May and all last months totals have gone 😕

    I was going to, and then the day got away from me 😢 I’ll check with Jeff to see if he can pull that data.

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    Jeff is the man: it’s fixed to just show April: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

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    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Jeff is the man: it’s fixed to just show April: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

    😃

    Thank you!

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    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    Jeff is the man: it’s fixed to just show April: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bi … biking.php

    Woot! Look at us! Just made day 31 btw…it was so nice out when I went home for lunch that I figured I should ride my bike back…I didn’t track it today though 😉

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    "mtbikerchick" wrote

    [quote="Jared13":32qay3sp]Day 30 is in the bag! (It’s also day 33 of riding every day for me, I accidentally started the Friday before this kicked off 😳 )

    So how many people are taking tomorrow off just because they can? 😆
    I would, but we have a 30% chance of rain or greater Friday through next Thursday so I’m going to ride while the riding is good!

    I’ve lost 3 pounds…why stop now???[/quote:32qay3sp]

    Because now people can wake up and say "Cool, I don’t [i:32qay3sp]have[/i:32qay3sp] to ride today, but I [i:32qay3sp]want[/i:32qay3sp] to!" 😄

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    75 degrees today and wind under 15 MPH, a PERFECT day for a ride. The plan was to leave work right on time (not early, but not late either) and ride a 30-plus-mile route I’ve been eyeing…it’s right from my door step and only 2 miles to dirt! Unfortunately, work had other ideas and I got out over 2 hours late so instead I got a 9-mile ride in…longest ride of the month! 😆

  • #124143

    Can’t wait to get the new fork on my old beater so I can resume bike commuting to work (I’m not locking up the carbon fiber beauty to a city bike rack unattended all day).

    The 30 days started a good habit here. And I lost 6 1/2 lbs in April–would love to keep the momentum going 😀

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