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Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jsieber on February 18, 2009, 06:42:08 pm
This thread is for people to introduce themselves to the the community. Open to Adventure Cycling members and non members alike I'm hoping that this thread can break the ice and allow this board to help Colorado cyclists meet and get to know each other.

A quick self introduction. I'm John Sieber, the IT Manager/Web Developer here at Adventure Cycling Association. As I'm based in Missoula, MT I won't be a regular contributor to this board but wanted to get this thread started. Feel free to discuss any topics about cycling in Colorado.

-John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: janebeitler on February 19, 2009, 11:55:39 pm
Hi, my name is Jane. I live in Lafayette, Colorado. I am interested in knowing more about local tours. I have heard of the Tour of Colorado, but I'm not quite in shape for it this year. I am new to touring so I would like to know about different tours around or near Colorado. I am training this year for longer rides so that I can join a long tour next season.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FrankMoritz on February 20, 2009, 04:50:32 pm
Hi, all !

I am Frank Moritz, and I live in Centennial, CO which is just south of Denver. I am an Adventure Cycling tour leader and training instructor, and I'm also a member of ACA's Board of Directors.

Wally Werner and I have agreed to moderate this first-ever statewide Adventure Cycling member forum in the hope that it will respond to many requests from our Colorado members for a way to make it easier for members here to get together for local rides and other gatherings. The co-moderator of this forum is my neighbor, Wally Werner. Wally is also a long-time ACA tour leader, and is a primary instructor and curriculum developer for our training courses. Together, we hope to generate a lively exchange of cycling-related ideas and information among our members here -- and also with anyone who is interested in travel by bicycle.

We will look in on this forum on a regular basis, but it will be primarily up to the participants to keep the conversation and the exchange of information going. However, if you have a concern or a question for which you need an urgent response, I invite you to contact me directly:

frank.moritz@comcast.net
303.779.6135 (home)
303.880.4380 (cell)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: terryalexander on February 21, 2009, 09:52:09 pm
Hi, my name is Terry Alexander. I live in Salida, Co. My wife(Helen) and I moved here from Carbondale,Co. two and a half years ago. FYI.  There is a couple from Carbondale,Co. two days ago completed a 18,000 mile bike trip from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego two days ago. Their names are Ralph and Pat Wanner. You can visit their website and check out their amazing journey, which took them 614 days. Their website is ralphandpat.wordpress.com. Anyway, the weather is so nice here in Salida. We are even starting to ride. Happy trails,  Terry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aloha_Cyclist on February 22, 2009, 03:20:52 pm
Aloha,
I left one paradise(Colorado) for another(Hawaii). I lived on the western slope in the late 70's and early 80's (Gunnison and Crested Butte). Never imagined one day I'd be riding back through the old stomping grounds on the western express route while touring America. I so look forward to it.
I'll be passing through Colorado in mid september and hoping to share some miles with anyone who may be interested in riding along for a while. Looking forward to again seeing some of the west's best.

Happy Trails,
Jack
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jack Turner on February 23, 2009, 08:13:35 pm
Hi...

My name is Jack Turner and I have been involved with ACA since the 70's.  I have worked with the tours group for a number of years as mechanic and staff.  I have owned a couple of different bike shops in the Boulder area and work as a pro mechanic on both European and domestic teams as well as catering ACA tours.  I am married to Kathy Jordan, the caterer for most of the supported tours, and we will be catering 7-8 of the supported tours for 2011.  We had a great year in 2010 catering 11 tours.

Although I currently reside in Lake Stevens, Washington I am excited to see a forum deticated to Colorado.  Until late 2008 I lived in Colorado for 27 years and love cycling there.  Please feel free to ask me any questions about the bike, training or anything about ACA.

Keep the rubber side down...

Jack Turner
boulderbikeman@yahoo.com
303-579-0838



Hi, my name is Jane. I live in Lafayette, Colorado. I am interested in knowing more about local tours. I have heard of the Tour of Colorado, but I'm not quite in shape for it this year. I am new to touring so I would like to know about different tours around or near Colorado. I am training this year for longer rides so that I can join a long tour next season.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gjjmtnus on February 25, 2009, 11:23:14 am
Hi, I'm Jeff.  I've lived in CO for 7+ years, transplanted from MN.  I've done alot of long distance mt biking, and since moving here in 01', I've completed different sections of ridable trails of highest possible altitude.   As a family man, I haven't been as active or in as great a shape as in my bachelor years, but am still obsessed with riding, especially in the high country.  Always looking for someone of similar riding interest and background to join me in a summer venture. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: elenihan on February 26, 2009, 05:19:21 pm
 hi there, i'm ed lenihan, and i live in boulder, having moved here from new england 4 years ago.....i love the cycling here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rray on February 26, 2009, 05:19:36 pm
My name is Richard. I have a connection to Adventure Cyclist that goes back to the 70s. I worked on the radio in Missoula at KGVO and tried in vain to convince my boss that he should send me out on the road on my bicycle to do live updates of the 1976 bike centenial ride. I've done Ride the Rockies in the past and now that my kids have left home I'm getting back into bicycling more seriously. Well..."seriously" isn't probably the best word. Consistant fun is a better description. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and doing some longer rides along the front range.

Richard Ray
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BikeTracks on February 26, 2009, 05:26:14 pm
Greetings everyone!  What a great idea to extent this site for local networking!

My name is Kristal Kraft, I've been a member of ACA for a long time, but have never taken a tour with them.  I do variously enjoy each and every trip in the magazine!

In 2000 I rode Odyssey 2000 around the world (47 countries on 6 continents).  It was an interesting trip to say the least and a highlight of my life.

I haven't ridden much since, but would love to get back to riding more.  I live in Lone Tree, which is a suburb of Denver to the south.

Hope to connect with many here.

Somewhere on the road, planet earth,
kk
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mikaelbb on February 26, 2009, 08:11:15 pm
Hi,

My name is Michael.  My wife and I have been doing self-contained tours for about 20 years, but I have noticed that as our bicycles have gotten older, they seem to be slowing down :).  We live in Boulder would love to meet other ACA members to arrange/join day trips or short tours here in Colorado
Michael Chapman
303-443-2823
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TerryHowe on February 26, 2009, 08:54:29 pm
Hi all, I'm Terry and ACA lifer.  My wife and I went transam in '94 (Virginia to Oregon) and '96 (California to Florida).  Our first trip, we went by ourselves and our second trip we went with ACA.  Both trips were great, but I liked the group trip better.  The food was better for sure.

Virginia in '94 (http://www.jeeptech.com/~txh3202/bike/dt01.jpg)

Currently, we live in Durango and I mostly mt bike, the high altitude stuff being the best!  Give a holler Jeff if you are out in Durango.

http://www.spokejunkies.com/images/wc6.jpg (http://www.spokejunkies.com/images/wc6.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: herrmann.bill on February 26, 2009, 10:10:15 pm
Hi to All:

     (Especially Hi to Frank M and Jack Turner)  I rode B76 in 76 and have led and/or staffed a bunch of ACA self supported and events since then.  This year I am co-directing Relaxed Idaho and staffing Montana Divide.
     Moving to Colorado just last year (2008) I'm anxious to get on the road again.  Anyone passing thru Alamosa is welcome to stop for a chat or backyard camping and a shower. (But I won't be here too much in summer....I teach at Adams State).
     Today I did the eight miles south of Del Norte on Great Divide trail and it was Great!  Uphill and headwind for 1.25 hours.....back down in .25 hours.
     Saturday Night (Feb 28) I plan on being at Waterloo Icehouse in Louisville,CO about 9PM if anyone cares to stop by.  (Look for the short grey-bearded guy...ok so that applies to a lot of us but I will try to wear my ACA ball cap)
(309) 255-4014.

Regards,

Bill Herrmann
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: 924285 on February 26, 2009, 11:49:36 pm
my name is roy leinfuss, i live in fairplay.my usual loop is fairplay to hartsel to trout creek pass back to fairplay.i switch directions every other day.it is the harsel loop.been a member of bikecentennial/adventure cycling,starting in 1987, took some time off and now have been a member for 11 years.so everyday i ride here i'm on the transamerica for 18 miles.i've had plenty of tourons,stay at the house on their journey.people have shown me tremendous kindness on my trips.i've lived in colorado since 1983, and have been "seen" by millons on this route,plus us 50 between co.114 and montrose and co. 125/127 between walden,co. and saratoga,wyoming.this winter has been great for riding,unlike last years fiasco.i used to ride us 285 to buena vista ,co.9 to guffy and us 24 to lake george.drives of cars have gotten more impatient, so i don't bother with those  really anymore.hoosier pass is the same way, really aggressive driving.i warn all tours comig through to really,really be careful.i've riden almost evey paved pass and a bunch of unpaved passes on my road bike, want  a good one engineer pass out of lake city...riden to california 4 times from here, 2007 biggest ride, 5200 miles via 5 routes of adventure cycling and 1 my own way. if colorado was summer year round, i'd be homeless.....such a great way to see the world
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: northboundtrain on February 27, 2009, 10:25:44 am
Hi, I'm Jeff, and I live in Boulder.  I got into touring last year, and I'm hooked.  There's just something amazing about traveling by bicycle.  I've done a couple of multi-week, multi-state solo tours, but I'd also like to do some shorter duration touring around CO this year, and I'm sure having other people to ride and camp with would enhance the experience.  Despite living here for 12+ years, there's still much of this beautiful state that I haven't yet explored.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bob&Jan_Boulder on February 27, 2009, 10:56:25 am
Hello --

I'm Bob.  Janet and I live in Boulder, and have been biking for some long time.  I've done a long solo tour in the distant past, we did short tours and Ride the Rockies on a Santana tandem.  After a break in the riding, we started again, on recumbents (Bacchetta Giro 20's).  Last year, we did about 2k miles each, including a four day tour in SW Colorado (Slumgullion Pass loop from Gunnison).  We hope to do some of the rails to trails routes this year. 

We also have a cabin near Fairplay, and we'll try Roy Leinfuss's route this summer, as well as the Buena Vista Bike fest in May,

Cheers
Bob and Janet

Link to Slumgullion pictures:http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=go8130y.8r9ke8s2&x=0&y=j1tj7n&localeid=en_US (http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=go8130y.8r9ke8s2&x=0&y=j1tj7n&localeid=en_US)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dnuss on February 27, 2009, 01:39:01 pm
Hi Everyone,
I'm Dave and am down in the Castle Rock/Larkspur area.  Have done a couple of supported rides and one self-supported/solo ride (was great!).  Also have a couple of older sons that are getting interested in touring as well.  That time of year to get back in shape and hope the weather continues to cooperate lol.  Would be great to meet other people in Colorado interested in touring, some training rides, or maybe a weekender sometime.  Pretty riding down my way if you need an excuse to just get out and ride.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mojo on February 27, 2009, 04:19:29 pm
Hi Fellow Coloradans,

My name is Joe Ramey, living for 10 years in Grand Junction, and a transplant form New Mexico and Oregon. Not much of an adventure cyclist, but ride regularly and am ready to do some overnighters. If you have questions about riding on the West Slope, feel free to contact me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jackpettry on February 27, 2009, 09:58:52 pm
This thread is for people to introduce themselves to the the community. Open to Adventure Cycling members and non members alike I'm hoping that this thread can break the ice and allow this board to help Colorado cyclists meet and get to know each other.

A quick self introduction. I'm John Sieber, the IT Manager/Web Developer here at Adventure Cycling Association. As I'm based in Missoula, MT I won't be a regular contributor to this board but wanted to get this thread started. Feel free to discuss any topics about cycling in Colorado.

-John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: YoYoSpin on February 27, 2009, 10:02:38 pm
Just came across this forum...good to know of another cycling resource. Ed from Colorado Springs - northeast side of town near Powers and Briargate Parkway. Driving a recumbent trike around town for the past year, lots of hills but no wedgies :-)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: valygrl on March 08, 2009, 04:42:50 pm
Hi all, another Boulder tourist here.  I'm 40-something, female, partnered with a man who doesn't ride - we share another sport, rock climbing.  I ride with a couple of local clubs, plus do mostly solo bike tours, mostly in the western US but have done a few first-world overseas trips.   I usually do self supported fully loaded tours carrying panniers on a road touring bike (trek 520), with camping and cooking.  I also do week-long group supported road rides, and am interested in possible small group credit card touring.

I like riding in the mountains, deserts and coasts the most.  I avoid flat routes whenever possible.

Keep me in the loop if front range tourist get-togethers get planned.

(That felt like I was writing a singles ad)
:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: freewheel on March 11, 2009, 01:27:15 am
Hi, My name is Gary and I live in Denver. I have been into self supported touring for over 10 years. My buddies and I have been all over the US and a little of Europe. We usually do 7 to 14 days and combine camping and hotels, hostels, etc. We recently did the Cabot trail on Cape Brenton Island last Sept. I am always looking for people to do day rides, short weekend overnight trips to week long rides. Contact me at freewheel101@hotmail.com.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Katiebikes on March 25, 2009, 08:02:28 pm
Hey there, especially Lafayette and Louisville folks,
I'm a touring cyclist in Lafayette,and I just got a Trice NT Trike so I do both. Have done 4 ACA Montana rides, various European tours, and now on the trike, we did a SE Utah tour last fall (Escalante, Bryce). Rode a 600 mile loop in CO a few years ago.

Been out and about exploring the Denver/Boulder trails as I just moved to Lafayette from Fort Collins last year. Nice rides and I'm always looking for suggestions. Say hi if you see two trikes going down the road. Did you know the biggest Trice dealer lives 1.5 miles from my house in Louisville?? I like the suspension and foldability and comfort.

I'm up for an OLI rendevous in Louisville sometime of ACA riders. (Old Louisville Inn). Did anyone else go to the reunion dinner and ride two years ago with Jim Sawyer in Boulder? Sorry I missed you BH at the Waterloo. I'm just new to this forum.

Katie

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tsteven4 on April 16, 2009, 09:36:18 pm
Hi,

I am Steve, and my wife Lin & in I live in Boulder.  I have managed to spend about 3% of my life on tour, starting with a Athens to London ride 30 years ago.  We have a set of local rides we like to do every spring to train for our summer tour.  You can see some of these at http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/BoulderRides/index.html (http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/BoulderRides/index.html).  If you would like to join us for some of these warm ups login and click the email link by my user name at the left margin.

Happy Cycling,
Steve
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bob&Jan_Boulder on April 17, 2009, 11:09:08 am
Hello Steve -- very nice presentation of rides.  Thank You

Hi,

I am Steve, and my wife Lin & in I live in Boulder.  I have managed to spend about 3% of my life on tour, starting with a Athens to London ride 30 years ago.  We have a set of local rides we like to do every spring to train for our summer tour.  You can see some of these at http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/BoulderRides/index.html (http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/BoulderRides/index.html).  If you would like to join us for some of these warm ups login and click the email link by my user name at the left margin.

Happy Cycling,
Steve
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftGeek on December 02, 2009, 03:22:32 pm
Howdy Folks,

I'm Sean and I'm a total noob. I just became a member of ACA yesterday. I have never toured, but I want to give it a try. The longest I have ridden in a day is 65 miles. I'm 53 years old and have only been peddling since September '08.

I ride a Trice T trike that I set up for cargo so I can use it instead of my car for errands within 30 miles or so.

Before I join a group tour, I'll build up to a point where I can peddle multiple days of 60 miles or more.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the months/years ahead.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bjjoondo on December 06, 2009, 11:34:02 am
Howdy, I'm B.J. Ondo and along with my wife Jo, we have just gotten back into bicycling in early 2009. We bought MTB's but found out we like path/rail-trail and road riding more so we converted our MTB's into more roadworthy hybrids. We are extreeme beginners, just looking into the touring riders world and will join ACA in Jan. 2010.

We went to a presentation for the ACA in Colorado Springs on Dec. 4th. and fell in love with "idea" of becoming touring riders, now the hard part comes, working our way UP to be able to tour :-[ So we plan to start with easy overnighters in 2010 and start working towards "multi-day" tours towards the end of the summer. Being 50+ riders and Jo working retail we don't get a lot of time to "train" so we will do the best we can and work towards the goal of riding from CO. to Maine 8 years from now when we go on Social Security, put all our stuff in storeage and head out for as long as it takes! :) Hope to meet some of you along the road in the future!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: xizang on February 25, 2010, 12:46:01 am
Hey, you can call me Xizang.  Actually, that's the name on my mtn bike, which I've had since new in 1995.  I used to live in the Castle Rock area - back 40 years ago when it really was just a tiny little town way south of Denver.  After working and living in California and the Atlantic Coasts, I'm currently in Greeley.  No palm trees, sandy beaches or surf to ride in here!

I never have felt really comfortable riding along narrow, heavily travelled highways.  I've always enjoyed bike trails away from cars and (cough) exhaust. 

Anyway, there are lots more trails to ride in Colorado than in Florida or Georgia!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: miles2go on April 28, 2010, 02:57:58 am
Ron and Nancy - Eagle Valley Colorado

Hello to everyone I know, mostly from other virtual places and fellow Colorado residents.

My wife and I have been touring for a long time and I'm happy to have made at least a couple of lasting positive impressions on the touring scene, statewide and worldwide.

Tailwinds and miles of smiles, or as I used to say so many moons ago on the touring listserv...

sMiles2go
Smiles to go
Smiles and smiles to go.
Title: Introduce Yourself - how fun
Post by: 10speed on June 25, 2011, 11:25:58 pm
Brian
 -Born in 1984
  -Currently in Fort Collins, CO
   -Originally from Ohio.
    -Riding bikes since age 13: BMX, Trials, XC, Commuting, Touring (in that order)

     -Did a fair amount of bike repair at some local shops. Had to quit; don't mix business and pleasure.     
      -Sold my truck and motorcycle after BP Horizon. Bike or bust.
       -Single, no kids, no mortgage, no debt, no restrictions.
        -currently have 4 bikes but that changes alot.

ACA member for over a year (only know b/c I keep getting re-subscribe mail. I will, just hold your horses.)

 - First time in this Forum, usually just lurking in General Discussion.


 :) posted from a Mac on neighbors Wi-Fi. 
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gjjmtnus on February 21, 2012, 12:52:32 pm
Its been a year since I've checked the Adventure Cycling forum, so I don't know if I've dropped a spot on this page.  For the record, I'm Jeff and I live in Littleton, CO.  I have a major obsession with mountain biking 100 mile stretches of the highest possible paths and roads through the state.   I do a lot of solo runs, but have met others now and then to ride with.  My work schedule is unconventional, so the times I go are usually week days, unless I take a weekend off.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: drfloog on April 25, 2012, 01:17:57 pm
Hi,
My name is Chris. I am moving to Colorado Springs in June. If anyone wants to bike this summer let me know. chrisr.bayer@yahoo.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Saguache on October 26, 2012, 03:02:10 pm
Howdy ACA folks,

I'm a native son, born and raise on the Western Slope.  My name is Matt Thyer.  About a year and a half ago my wife and made the opportunity to move back to the high country and we now live in Cersted Butte, CO.

I started touring back in 1986 after meeting a fellow on a transcontinental.  Since then I've run my odometer up quite a bit.   Love this as a way of life, and I don't drive so it's all that much more likely I'll see you on the road.

Happy trails!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wolfen on February 02, 2013, 02:54:29 pm
Roy here.  I cycle in the Deer Creek area.  Love the riding there.  good to meet all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bicycleadventurer on February 25, 2016, 03:35:07 am
Hi, my name is Tim Paynter.  My riding partner, Jimmy Salazar, and I are planning on riding the Pacific Coast route in a few months.  Last year we rode Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs twice and loved it!  We stealth camped right next to the bike path on the Colorado river, what a blast!

We are looking forward to meeting like-minded cyclist as we advance our riding experience!  Although we are still thinking, we will probably start our Pacific coast bike trip by riding our bikes to Seattle. (Thinking, Breck to Steamboat Springs, then North to Rock Springs, Pinedale, then up to Yellowstone...)  We expect to spend 4 months, maybe 5, riding 5,000 miles up, down and back to Breckenridge where we live.

See you out there!