Category Archives: Mountain Biking

What makes a snapshot a photograph?

What makes a snapshot a photograph? While I’m not always a fan of sticking strictly to the rules of photography I don’t believe that you should be allowed to break them if you don’t know how to apply them. So here are 5 basic rules that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you pull out your camera. Try them one at a time, or mix a couple together to see the different results.

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Converting to Tubeless

I ran into an issue recently with the new +Borealis Bikes Carbondale Rims and converting them to tubeless. I have seen this before - so I thought this would be a good post for those that run across the same issue. The rims have a fairly deep concave inner surface and that made it very difficult to get the 25mm Stan's NoTubes tape to seat correctly without any wrinkles.

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Oil Well Flats

Oil Well Flats

"The trails at Oil Well Flats wind through a stunning, rough-and-tumble slice of high-desert breaks about 6.5 miles north of Cañon City in a Bureau of Land Management recreation area. Visitors are rewarded with vistas dominated by the Sangre de Cristo range to the south and pine-covered slopes and mesas all around - offering equal incentive for hikers and horseback riders, who are also welcome.

Experienced mountain bikers will be well-equipped for the relentless rock-hopping on twisting, moderately technical singletrack. Beginners will be sorely tested - even as they're awestruck by the scenery, which features a striking 200-foot cliff of pitted slickrock, a jog through a shaded patch of woods and an old burn area that's been transformed into an idyllic, rolling prairie." - gazette.com

Location Details

ELEVATION:  6,000 feet – 6,600 feet
LOCATION:  6.5 miles north of Cañon City
ALLOWED USES: Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
MILES OF TRAIL: 13 miles
TYPES OF TRAIL: Two-track roads, 8 miles of singletrack
SEASON: October-May (this area is closed to motorized vehicles during wet weather conditions)
FACILITIES: parking, informational kiosk
WATER AVAILABILITY: None
CAMPING: Dispersed camping is allowed throughout this area. Please camp only in existing sites and do not create new sites or fire rings. Contact the BLM office for information on current fire bans and please follow all fire restrictions.
DIRECTIONS From U.S. Hwy 50 in Cañon City, you can turn north onto Dozier Street (at Wal-Mart) or head North on Raynolds.  Travel north on either road as both will curve to the left and intersect Field Avenue.  Turn north (right) on Field and travel on this two-lane road for about five miles. It will join Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road) at a “Y” intersection.  From here, continue north for 3.5 miles to BLM road #5940 which will be on your right. Head up the steep grade to the parking area on your right.

When did you start cycling?

I got the nod form Singletracks.com for a photo of me from the 90s - this is form the 1997 NORBA Nationals Big Bear Lake, CA. I took 3rd at this race. Now I’m 51 and still just as hard on the trails as I was back then. But a wee bit slower, ha! I was sponsored by GT Bicycles, Bullet USA and Qranc USA to name a few. The ZZYZX Fork was one of the first tripple-clamp forks on the market and made by Dan Hanebrink - this was an amazing time to be Downhill Racing!

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My name is Chris, I am a Clydesdale!

We are not riders that you will typically find in the front of the pack unless it’s a windy day and others want to draft off us. Nor will you’ll see us on the podium of the Tour de France because we’ll be spending too much time at the beer tents along the route. When we talk about “shaving weight”, it’s typically not about shaving grams by swapping aluminum for carbon, more so about dropping pounds by swapping that ½ pound burger for a ¼ pounder!

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