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Garfield and Pitkin county road bike rides: Rio Grande Trail, Glenwood Springs to Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: The Rio Grande Trail climbs gently along the Roaring Fork River 42 miles and 2,100 vertical feet from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. There are many entry points along the way; visit rfta.com for more information. Trail talk: The section east of Carbondale between

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Pitkin County road bike rides: Owl Creek and Brush Creek, Snowmass Village

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From the Aspen roundabout, take CO-82 west for 1.4 miles, then turn left onto Owl Creek Road. You'll stay on it for 6 miles, and it turns into Brush Creek Road. At the next traffic circle, take the third exit onto Wood Road.

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Pitkin County road bike rides: Maroon Bells, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From the Aspen roundabout, take the Maroon Creek Road exit. Parking is available at Aspen Highlands ski area. Trail talk: This pair of mountains are the most photographed in the country, and it's easy to see why. Immerse yourself in the scenery by

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Pitkin County road rides: Castle Creek Road, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From the Aspen roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. This will take you directly to Ashcroft. Trail talk: This ride ends at Ashcroft ghost town, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is $3, and dogs are not allowed. CASTLE

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Pitkin County road bike rides: Independence Pass, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From Aspen, continue through town by heading east on Main Street. Remaining on CO-82 will quickly take you to Independence Pass. Trail talk: The pass closes for the winter, typically October to May, so make the most of it during the warmer months.

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Pitkin County bike trails: Hay Park, El Jebel

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From Carbondale, take CO-133 south and turn left on Prince Creek Road. After a few miles, the road turns to dirt. You'll top out at an intersection; from there, turn right and proceed a few miles to the parking lot. From there, you'll

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Pitkin County bike trails: Sky Mountain Park, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: Park at Buttermilk Ski Area and hit the Buttermilk Connector Trail, which leads to Owl Creek Trail. As the path veers away from the airport runway and starts to climb, make a right on Airline Trail to begin your ascent. Trail talk: Note

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Pitkin County bike trails: Smuggler, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: Head to Smuggler Mountain Road to access the trailhead, which is on the city's northeast corner. There's parking up the dirt road and to the right. If it's full, there's an overflow lot nearby on Park Circle. Trail talk: Smuggler Mountain Road itself

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Pitkin County bike trails: Snowmass Trails

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: There are a number of ways to access the Snowmass Trail system, including the gondola. For the loop, start at the Snowmass Recreation Center and ride on the Brush Creek Bike Path until you cross Brush Creek Road. There you will hit the

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Pitkin County bike trails: Lincoln Creek, Aspen

April 10, 2018 —   Getting there: Start on CO 82 in Aspen and head east toward Independence Pass and Lincoln Creek Road. You'll parallel the creek until reaching the reservoir. Once you reach the reservoir, if you continue ahead, you'll reach the Ruby ghost town. Depending on the

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Pitkin County trails: Buttermilk Bowls, Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: Begin at the base of Buttermilk on the Tiehack side and start your ascent on the right side of the summer work road. Take a left at the fork on Oregon Trail. The trail will begin as a double track and become single,

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Trail efforts invite cycling and hiking enthusiasts to pitch in

April 9, 2018 — Mountain biking is a passion, and for many, that goes beyond the time spent on the bike. Join area groups to care for local trails (some of them hiking, not biking) during these trail maintenance days. Keep an eye on area bike groups, as well,

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Show us your favorite cycling trails

April 9, 2018 — What are you going to do with that GoPro footage? Submit it to go@postindependent.com along with your name, the date and location of your ride, and we'll share it at postindependent.com. Want to tell others more about why this ride is your favorite? Visit tinyurl.com/pitrailtalk

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Ride the bus with your bike in Garfield and Pitkin counties

April 9, 2018 — Ride the bus upvalley, then cruise back down on two wheels. Or start your ride in Rifle, and hop on the bus midvalley. Whatever your pleasure, RFTA offers racks that hold two to four bikes on each valley bus. Bikes ride for $2, and can

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Commute via bike in Aspen and Basalt

April 9, 2018 — Want a more environmentally friendly way to get around town? While you're in Aspen and Basalt, WE-cycle is the answer. This program isn't meant for all-day rides — call your nearest bike shop for that. Instead, the bike share program is ideal for short point-A-to-point-B

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Watch for mud before cycling

April 9, 2018 — This recommendation isn't just about keeping your boots in Instagram-worthy shape. Hiking and biking in mud can damage trails. When users walking or riding around muddy sections, trails become wider, Red Hill Council President Davis Farrar told The Aspen Times. This also results in trampled

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What’s the deal with ebikes in Colorado?

April 9, 2018 — Ah, that question seems so simple. The answer is not. Here's where things stand: Colorado trails that are authorized for bicycle use are, by default, open to e-bikes. However, local jurisdictions can prohibit them. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, which manages a portion of

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The Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys offer several bike parks

April 9, 2018 — Want to hone your mountain biking skills? Head to one of the region's bike parks. Vix Ranch Park, New Castle Features: Pump track, tot track, jump lines, paved bike path Learn more: rfmba.org/nct North Face Park, Carbondale Features: Mountain bike skills course, flow line descent,

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Join a cycling group in the Roaring Fork Valley, New Castle or Mesa County

April 9, 2018 — Whether you're a local looking for riding pals or a visitor hoping to find a local guide, area cycling groups are a valuable resource. Aspen Cycling Club Although Aspen is in the name, ACC aims to grow the cycling community from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

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No riding buddy? No problem, thanks to these group bike rides

April 9, 2018 — These casual group gatherings are often as much about socializing as they are about riding. Riding in a group increases visibility, but don't let your safety precautions fall by the wayside. Tuesday Cruiseday, Aspen Join the Facebook group for up-to-date information about this weekly cruise.

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