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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Bicycling, Gear, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

lov Bikes –  Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

lov Bikes – Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

When life gives you lemons, make lemon-colored paint out of them and then go crazy creating the bicycles of your wildest dreams. That’s what Nate Picklo, Founder and Creative Head of lov bikes, chose to do after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma Cancer in 2008. When this dreaded beast bombed his otherwise healthy 28-year-old body, he took the sour setback not as dreary hopelessness but rather as the golden gift of a perspective shift. “There’s something about receiving the heavy-handed reminder that, hey, life’s short,” says the now 35-year-old Eagle, Colorado, resident. “What am I doing? Why am I here?  I couldn’t just sit back and keep going through the motions, so I started dreaming about exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” His vision for a boutique bike manufacturing company gave him renewed energy and purpose to fight the initial battle of extensive, exhausting treatments. During that time, he was not only helping his wife, Tara, run Yeti’s Grind, their hotspot coffee shop chain...

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Bicycling, MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Steamboat Bike Park

Steamboat Bike Park

  The Steamboat Bike Park is maturing with  three years under their belts and 50+ miles of trails built to accommodate riders from beginner to advanced. Downhill mountain biking has become the perfect summer amenity for ski resorts and the mountain town enthusiast has been catching on to the thrill the sport offers.   The Steamboat Bike Park trail crew maintains excellent Flow trails as well expert trails with features that include step down rollers, a wooden berm/wall ride, large dirt berms, a ten-foot wooden ladder step down – step up, rollers and a line of nine table-top dirt jumps. Plans for this summer include work on newer trail segments in the Steamboat Bike Park.       Outside of the bike park, the Steamboat Pump Track in Ski Time Square was redesigned and the finishes were made to the Zig Zag reroute. In the Steamboat Bike Shop, the rental fleet has expanded to include premium options from both Specialized and Scott cycles, boasting top of the line component packages and the latest...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Bicycling, Events, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Keystone Bike Park is Open for Summer 2016

Keystone Bike Park is Open for Summer 2016

Keystone Bike Park has opened for the summer season, offering downhill thrills for mountain bikers of all levels at one of the most renowned bike parks in the Rocky Mountains. The Keystone Bike Park is offering early season access from the gondola mid-station to the base of River Run, offering green, blue, black and extreme trail options. In addition, the Skills Park at the base of River Run is also open and is free to guests looking to practice their skills before heading up the mountain. The Bike Park trail crew will continuously be working to open up more trails as soon as conditions permit. Available trails include: Beans for Breakfast, Bluegrass, Boy Scouts, Celtic Way, Easy Street, Even Flow, Helter Skelter, River Run Trail, Sanitarium, Sleepy Hollow, and Wild Thing. The Bike Park’s trail crew is dedicated to maintaining and improving the high standards of theKeystone Bike Park, a variety of new upgrades and additions welcome riders for the 2016 summer season, including new features, re-worked trails, increased bike...

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Bicycling, Events | 0 comments

WinterBike 2016 at Copper Mountain

WinterBike 2016 at Copper Mountain

Now in its 5th year WinterBike is back January 23rd at Copper Mountain. It’s a family affair with Strider LittleBike and JuniorBike races capped off by the annual night time mountain bike race around the resort.   Kids ages 9 and under will gather at the start line at 4:30 p.m. to partake in the Strider LittleBike fun-ride through Center Village with prizes awarded for best flair and decked out bike. JuniorBike kicks off at 5 p.m., giving younger competitors ages 10-16 a taste of what winter biking is all about as they conquer the on-mountain course. Registration for both LittleBike and JuniorBike is free.   The main event begins at 6:30 p.m. when WinterBike racers take off into the night to conquer the challenging climbs and snowy 8-mile course throughout Copper’s Villages and on-mountain terrain. Registration for all races begins at 3 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza, Center Village. The cost to enter WinterBike is $20, with all proceeds benefitting Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers, a bicycle club whose mission...

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Bicycling, MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Fat Biking Fever in Crested Butte and Beyond

Fat Biking Fever in Crested Butte and Beyond

Fat Biking fever is sweeping through mountain towns around the US as winter destinations look to expand on activities other than skiing and the ever-loved après scene. It’s no surprise that Crested Butte is leading the charge considering the town is a bike mecca in the summer. It feels like a prerequisite to own at least 3 different bikes to live here. The town rallies around biking with Crested Butte Bike Week every June, Bridges of the Butte and the Chainless, not to mention spontaneous townie tours erupting for anything from full moons, fundraisers, parties, and even 4/20 when there isn’t snow on the ground. Some people have a summer townie and now a fat bike winter townie while some people are even riding fat bikes in the middle of summer on dirt trails, because, why not? Did you know the fat tires provide more natural suspension? Crested Butte, CO, a name synonymous with mountain biking, is one of many towns incorporating fat biking into the winter sports scene. with rentals available at...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Bicycling, Gear, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

Shredly – Functional Fashion and Fun Multi-Sport Clothing

Shredly – Functional Fashion and Fun Multi-Sport Clothing

Satisfying a niche and fulfilling a demand is exactly what Shredly’s owner Ashley Rankin did after recognizing the lack of stylish, fun and feminine biking and sportswear for women. They say that black goes with everything but after awhile it’s just plain boring. When it comes down to it a pattern is way more fun. Pair that with a product that fits great and your on to something. That was Ashley Rankin’s vision. Based out of Carbondale, Rankin researched her product idea. It helped that she studied apparel design at Colorado State University but when it came to funding she wasn’t entirely sure where to start. During some of the darkest days of the economic downturn banks were not interested in assisting a small business yet she still dared to launch her idea. She started a Kickstarter campaign raising $25,897 from over a hundred backers to fund their first production run. Shredly was launched January 11, 2012 and the business took off. Heading into 2015 her year sales are swelling....

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