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 on: August 16, 2019, 09:19:29 PM 
Started by samhian1031 - Last post by samhian1031
Hey y'all, I haven't posted in years but wanted to see if there was any interest in the below.

I'm going to be tearing up an old patio in the coming weeks and will have a few dozen 24" x 24" patio tiles to donate (or toss) if the club is interested. I'm in the NW burbs and don't really  have a way to transport them, so they would need to be picked up. I'll check back in a few days to see if there is any comments.

Kind of like these

Take care all and Ride safe!

 on: August 06, 2019, 11:03:47 AM 
Started by Red Snail Racing - Last post by Red Snail Racing
It was a great Meltdown again this year.   The volunteers were next level.  Everything got set up Saturday morning, the Demo and Festival went off without a hitch, the band was great and the beer was cold.  There were 77 racers in the short track series.  It looked like everyone had a great time. The racers looked hot, but I had fun watching them.

Race day was bone dry and a little on the dusty side (not like this spring).  We had about 650 racers for the Meltdown.  Great racing all day long.

Thank you to our sponsors and demo trucks for making this a success. A big thanks to Specialized for being the naming sponsor again this year, SRAM for the powering the event for the past 13 years. Don't forget to shop local.  The support form these bike shops - Spokes, Richards, Tailwind and REI play a big role in making the Meltdown happen.

And lastly, because they were the last ones on the site again this year, the clean up crew.  You guys are amazing.  After a full weekend of racing and festivaling, you all find some kind of magic and get us torn down in what seems like a blink of an eye.  You have no idea how much we appreciate your commitment to help get us trailered-up.  

The SRAM Group Set Raffle Winners, and this is strange as neither of them work work at Argonne Labs are:
Mark L. - AXS
Tom M. GX
(both have been notified, so happen to be a Mark L or Tom M and we have have not talked to you, it wasn't you.  But next year it could be, because look how close you were this year)

Thanks again and enjoy the trails.

 on: August 01, 2019, 09:56:02 AM 
Started by Trail Harpie - Last post by Trail Harpie
Just got back from a week at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. As far as I can tell they are the leader in the midwest for flow trails. Let me know if there is a better place. They have 3 beginner trails of 1 mile to 1.7 miles long. Happy Camper, Candy Land and the All Weather Trail. They are machine built and smooth and great for learning and improving your downhill skills. Anyone can ride those. But I saw a lot of advanced riders on them too because they are fast and so much fun. All depends on how fast you take it. They have lots of advanced stuff too but I cant do that yet. The campground is on top of the mountain so it is extremely convenient. The lift runs Thurs thru sunday and then there is plenty of cross country trails to choose from around Duluth. I recommend Mission Creek and Lester River Green for beginners. Both are fast and flowy. They have a mountain bike patrol there and they do a great job at the mountain. You dont even have to be in great shape since there is no climbing and you can get a lot of riding in before you get worn out. FUN FUN FUN

We stopped at La Crosse on the way and wanted to ride their new flow trail at the Human Powered trails up on the bluffs. But it was still drying out and was closed. If anyone has ridden it please let me know how it was.

There is also Welsh Village ski resort near La Crosse in MN. But they only run the lift on the weekend so we opted for spirit mountain instead. If anyone has ridden there let me know how it is too

 on: July 30, 2019, 10:51:43 AM 
Started by Wanahaka Loogee - Last post by DroppedMyWrench
The boyfriend & I will be checking this out this summer, almost certainly on Tuesday-Wednesday trip.

We have skied there many times.

 on: July 29, 2019, 10:01:30 AM 
Started by Wanahaka Loogee - Last post by Bikergeek

 on: July 29, 2019, 06:45:31 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by drbell
Meet at top of Grass Hill...needs some final touches

 on: July 22, 2019, 06:08:55 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by drbell
Final push to make sure Palos is ready for the Meltdown. Meet at top of Grass Hill

 on: July 22, 2019, 06:08:05 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by drbell
Meet at top of Grass Hill. Got some more work to do to get it ready for awesome short trace race!

 on: July 22, 2019, 06:07:31 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by drbell
Meet at top of Grass Hill. Got some more work to do to get it ready for awesome short trace race!

 on: July 17, 2019, 03:58:39 PM 
Started by pateo - Last post by Jewalicious
Never like hearing that situation.   A polite and sensible rider will allow someone struggling to get up a hill and not give them any more to worry about.   A polite and sensible rider will let a large group of fast riding enthusiasts come charging down the hill if they hear them in time and have time to move aside to let them go thru.     The rule is downhill bound should be prepared to yield by default - Or at least slow down ALOT and move far aside to let the struggling up hiller get by safely...(while apologizing profusely and owing them a beer)    Unfortunately people are not always polite nor sensible.   On busy days at Palos, you really do have to listen and make judgement calls.    Think of it like a busy day on  the lake.

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