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Family Bike Overnight to Loch Leven

Saturday, March 28th was the official kickoff to trail season. We decided to get the season started right with a bike overnight. But instead of carrying all three children, it was time for the girls to ride independently and carry some of their own gear. It was a last minute plan, haphazardly hatched the night… Read more »

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Free Range Bicycle Commuting

A few weeks back we had a mid-winter warm spell. With nighttime lows in the 40s and daytime highs in the 60’s, we blissfully welcomed a few 3-season activities into our mid-winter routine. Warm bike rides, playing fetch in the river, we even went on an overnight backpacking trip. During the thaw, a couple of… Read more »

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Fat bikes ALLOWED on Forest Service Official Winter Routes

Early this winter, Mark and I purchased some beautiful Surly Ice Cream Trucks from Timber Trails  that we were anxious to hit the trails with. During the first snows of November we rode Mill Creek Trail south of Livingston. That day we ran into Brad Bolte, Law Enforcement Officer for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. He was… Read more »

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Tapping deep roots in Montana

More on this soon. Stay tuned…

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First family fatbike outing… nearly a complete success!

Our inaugural family fatbiking excursion was up Mill Creek Road, a popular Forest Service skiing and snowmobiling route south of Livingston. A combination of fatbiking, skijoring, sledding and hiking delivered our multiple family group up the road, with a respite of snacks and sunshine. Lesson learned: Seems we tend to get forgetful at the beginning… Read more »

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Fattening Up For The Winter In Montana

TFR has gained a few pounds this season with a couple of Surly’s new Ice Cream Trucks. Sporting massive 4.8 inch knobbies and a gearing combination that would make a mountain goat envious, these things are a bundle of smiles… and a heck of a workout! Mainly we have been sticking to town due to… Read more »

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Castle Mountain Bike Packin’ Over-Nighter

Last weekend we were feeling a little adventurous and with the absence of our two daughters (off to a family reunion and wedding on the other side of the country) we packed up the mountain touring/commuting rigs and headed for the Castle Mountain range. The Castle Mountains are a short distance east of White Sulphur… Read more »

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Seeing Red…. Ants that is.

When we were offered the opportunity to help a good friend and participate in the Red Ants Pants Music Festival this coming July we couldn’t resist the thought of changing everything and returning to one of our favorite places; Montana. The festival is a three day event based just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana…. Read more »

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National Bike/Walk to School Day 2014

Thanks to Bevin Campbell who organized this fantastic day at Mountain Sage Community School in Fort Collins. Mountain Sage is a charter school, so children don’t necessarily live nearby. To make it work, Bevin staged 6 ‘stations’ in different locations throughout the city where parents could drop off their children with a parent/bike train leader…. Read more »

Where did we lose the trail? (Part 2)

I owe all of you in our adventuring community a big thanks for your encouraging comments from the original post ‘Where did we lose the trail?’. I read over the comments many times and have benefited from the insight and perspective. It reminds me that this modern life can often be a puzzling balance of… Read more »

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    Keeping The Change

    In recent weeks there have been some pretty big changes. We moved out of our home and said a brief, less than ceremonial goodbye to Durango. In the last few months, Erica’s workplace has resembled a burning, sinking ship in the thick of a mutiny. Considering the general instability and perceived doom of this type… Read more »

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    Having a family makes you fat and (wide) tired.

    A little over a year ago we built a fat bike. Erica and I took turns exploring some local snowy single track on it. We dreamed of the many diverse landscapes of snow, mud, sand, duff and round rocks that we could enjoy navigating over with this kind of velo-weapon. Then, we started to ask… Read more »

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    Baby’s first ‘Endo’- When your kid totally wipes out….

    All three kids did some riding today as we ventured across town in search of cookies and good times. We did not anticipate what happened on the way home. My younger daughter Clara became tired and hitched a ride with me and our little guy Emmett was riding back with Mom. Our oldest daughter Eva… Read more »

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    Stranded.

    I’d say about one out of five times our family ventures out on bicycles we become stranded. When I say ‘stranded’ I’m not really referring to a mechanical issue. This is commonly due to an objection raised by one of our riders/passengers… the vertically challenged ones to be specific. Yes, when you’ve finished that evening… Read more »

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    Good things come to those who ‘weight’

    When riding my Surly Big Dummy about town, often folks ask, “How much does that thing weigh?” or “That looks heavy”. My go-to response is, “I’ve never weighed it”. I tend to reassure myself with my own twisted bias with such inquiries. Truly, once you get the thing up to speed it isn’t so bad. Hills are… Read more »