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GORC Vacation 2012 - Crested Butte - Hartman Rocks

DAY 6

On the second to last day, GORC piled into our respective vehicles and arrived in Gunnison, Colorado about forty minutes later. Today was a treat... Hartman Rocks!

This stacked trail network has been on many GORCers must-ride list for years and now they were getting to... Read more

Tags: Hartman Rocks, gunnison, gorc vacation, Crested Butte, ride report

GORC Vacation 2012 - Crested Butte - Rest Day? Nah, RACE DAY!

DAY 5

On what was the traditional GORC rest day - Wednesday - someone came up with the idea of attending the free Pinnacle Race Series held at Mount Crested Butte. Featuring both a cross-country and downhill event, costing no money, and get this, free beer and food at the finish, it was... Read more

Tags: gorc vacation, race, Crested Butte, ride report

GORC Vacation 2012 - Crested Butte - Trail 401

DAY 3

On this day, the GORC vacationers opted to ride from GORC HQ at Mount Crested Butte up Gothic Road to the 401 Trail. We rode the sweet downhill back to the house and never stopped smiling. Matt and Lisa headed out earlier than the group so I don't have any group shots in this photo... Read more

Tags: gorc vacation, Crested Butte, Trail 401, ride report, group ride

GORC Vacation 2012 - Crested Butte - Doctor Park

DAY 2

GORC reunited with an old friend from St. Louis, Ken Keister, and we all headed out for a long ride in the backcountry - this time the famed Doctor Park Loop. This 20+ mile ride consisted of a steady gravel road climb and turned to a steeper pitched jeep road before leveling out in... Read more

Tags: group ride, ride report, doctor park, gunnison, gorc vacation, Crested Butte

GORC Vacation 2012 - Crested Butte - Lupine to Lower Loop to Upper Upper

DAY 1

Most of us are tired so words seem hard to come by. Here's a quick photo dump of the day's events. The crew of 19 rode between 19 and 24 miles.

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Tags: gorc vacation, Crested Butte, ride report, group ride

GORC Vacation 2012 - Matt and Lisa Visit Phil's World, Discovers Still Way Awesome

DAY 0

Heading out a week earlier than the GORC crew, Matt and Lisa hit Santa Fe and Taos before basing out of Durango for a few days to catch up with Durango Doug and Dianna while riding the best stacked trail system in the region - Phil's World, located just outside of Cortez, Colorado... Read more

Tags: cortez, gorc vacation, durango doug, colorado, durango, phil's world, ride report

Gear Report: Homebrewed Components

Anyone who rides a single speed long enough will soon find themselves looking for replacement cogs and chainrings. I had since moved to a splined hub about a year ago and found swapping the rear cog to be much more friendlier. There is something about using a pipe wrench with a freewheel... Read more

Tags: freewheel, gear review, cog, Homebrewed Components, single speed, chainring, crankset, freehub

The Ogre Needed Bigger Shoes: A Review Update

Yesterday I went out to Greensfelder to see how the forest was holding up and to preempt any downed trees in case the work week picked up. I threw on the Dakine Builder Pack with chainsaw (not included) and rode Eagle Valley... Read more

Tags: ride report, gear review, Greensfelder, trail maintenance, duke of surl, ogre, surly ogre

The Duke of Surl: First Impressions of the Surly Ogre

Back in October or so Surly Intergalactic HQ dropped some photos and a dribble of information concerning their soon-to-be-unleashed do-it-all 29er bike - the Ogre. Recycling many of the attributes of last year's... Read more

Tags: 29er, gear review, ogre, gravel, touring, surly, rolling maintenance, bob trailer, cross, bike review

Get a Grip on Your Gravel: Salsa WoodChippers (#2)

I've been on about 10 rides with these bars and can't see myself going back to traditional cross bars, save for actually racing in cross events (slim?).

Unlike seeing them in person and trying someone's setup, reading about bar setups on a blog is about as useful as reading how to... Read more

Tags: monstercross, gravel, salsa woodchipper, cyclocross, adventure

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