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Spoke Talk is a weekly column by the Routt County RIders.

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Spoke Talk: Control key to biking safely

I’m a classic example of ,“Came for the winter, stayed for the summer.” Though there are many reasons Steamboat is a fantastic place to be in the summer, I stayed for the mountain biking.

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Spoke Talk: Bike Week heats up in Steamboat

We’re right in the middle of the third annual bike week, and things are just heating up in Steamboat Springs.

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Spoke Talk: How do you use your bike

Bikes aren’t just toys; they’re a useful tool.

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Spoke Talk: Routt County offers great road, gravel rides

As a spring road ride special, we’re highlighting five road/gravel rides to get you started.

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Spoke Talk: Hayden's Ride the Cog a great event

The Hayden COG ride is a great event, low-key and simple affair, and the snacks, food and entertainment are all put together for a great ride. The volunteers were fantastic, and regardless of my initial reservations on bike choice, it’s a ride on my to-do list next year.

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Spoke Talk: It’s a wrap!

This week wraps up a summer of Spoke Talk columns — yet another sign that cycling days are dwindling and snow soon will be flying.

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Spoke Talk: Bell-built Bear River Bike Park story continues

Steamboat Springs' Bear River Bike Park is not just news to us residents here in Steamboat. Thanks to the Bell Built grant, the park has received and continues to garner national and even international attention.

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Spoke Talk: Take a hike or bike to school

The Steamboat Hike and Bike to School program kicked off two weeks ago and encourages students to walk or ride to their schools on Fridays, weather permitting. The program is sponsored by the Safe Routes to School Initiative and Bike Town USA.

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Spoke Talk: The hidden meaning of MTB talk

Every culture has its own language, filled with acronyms, jargon, made-up words and proper names that have become mainstream parts of speech. Google “mountain bike slang” and you’ll discover dozens of websites dedicated to the cause.

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Spoke Talk: New map navigates Steamboat’s trails

Routt County Riders, Bike Town USA, the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in partnership have created a waterproof and tear-proof trail map that covers all types of trails and suggested routes in and near Steamboat Springs.

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Spoke Talk: World bikers focus on Steamboat

Next week, hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders, thought leaders, bike industry reps, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world will convene in Bike Town USA for the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit. This is big stuff!

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Spoke Talk: Steamboat Bike Park launches new tricks

Steamboat Bike Park, now in its second year, continues to grow in popularity and in trails. The resort’s dedicated trail and bike crew, headed by pro-rider Trevyn Newpher, always are looking for new ways to introduce and progress riders in the park.

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Spoke Talk: A roadie favorite — the P’burg loop

Want to see some different scenery from the saddle of your road bike? The “P’burg loop” is a short, fun loop that begins and ends in the South Routt community of Phippsburg.

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Spoke Talk: Fun facts about the Tour de France

To many cyclists and fans, July is the month of the Tour de France, one of the largest sporting events. Here is a collection of interesting facts and figures about the world’s most famous bicycle race.

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Spoke Talk: Parks for the bikes

Steamboat has a bounty of community parks. We have parks just for ball players, parks especially for dogs, parks with playgrounds for kids, a botanic park for nature lovers…and we have parks for our bikes.

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Spoke Talk: The A to Z of cycling

We have several fantastic aspects of cycling represented here in Steamboat.

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Spoke Talk: Big week for bikes

This week already has been a big one for bikes, and the best is yet to come. As part of Bike Week, the Ride the Rockies cycling event swung through Steamboat, there have been bike clinics, races and factory tours, a bike-in movie and special bike-centric happy hours.

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Spoke Talk: Love the dirt but mind the mud

Mountain bikers rejoice! Trails are drying out and opening up. With most of the lower elevation trails open and rideable and the gondola set to run next week, it’s time to start enjoying our vast and growing trail system.


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