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New Year's Day Ride, Jan 1, 06 at 8:30am (hangover cure, get up and ride). BYOB meet at the Flume Trail Park Lot, near Rockerville, SD to ride in the Storm Mt system. A little bit of fun for everyone. If you show up late, just start pedalling, you'll catch up eventually. Trails are dry and perfect. www.acmebicycles.com
 

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New Year's Day Ride, Jan 1, 06 at 8:30am (hangover cure, get up and ride). BYOB meet at the Flume Trail Park Lot, near Rockerville, SD to ride in the Storm Mt system. A little bit of fun for everyone. If you show up late, just start pedalling, you'll catch up eventually. Trails are dry and perfect. www.acmebicycles.com
That early in the AM?

Bummer. I'm singing in church at 8:30 (Canyon Lake UM) and I even brought along 2 Gary Fisher Sugar (big wheels of course) on this trip. Can't back out of the singing gig, but I'll get a few rides in at Storm this weekend provided there is no snow.

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I've got more than one ride in my legs, BB. Slow, but steady. We can set up a ride later. Storm Mt was dusty and dry at 9am today, now about an inch or 3/4 of snow covers that. It'll soak in fine. Should be good riding. There is a nicer way to climb up after **** Hollow that adds nearly 2 miles of riding.

M Hill is in the same dry boat. Done that loop? We could ride that around 11am if you are in Rapid.

So the moisture will make for a little slop, but nothing to worry about trail-damage wise (except maybe **** Hollow, if so, we can ride out the road).
 

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Want to post Northern Hills rides?

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It's snowing as I type in Sundance and it is headed your way.. pray for rain....I have to work... :( got new pedals and HRM would be fun to use them....
If you want a password for posting Northern Hills group rides, drop an email at the address at www.blackhillsbicycling.com It would be good to have some more groups posting stuff on there.

HRM? You training?
 

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Lucky skunks! I sure miss the Black Hills. Im coming up in the spring and Im bring my new bike!
 

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If you want a password for posting Northern Hills group rides, drop an email at the address at www.blackhillsbicycling.com It would be good to have some more groups posting stuff on there.

HRM? You training?
Thanks a lot man?? I am in the snowy north until Sunday night :mad: Did ride a Pug this week. I will stop by the shop this week.
 

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If you want a password for posting Northern Hills group rides, drop an email at the address at www.blackhillsbicycling.com It would be good to have some more groups posting stuff on there.

HRM? You training?
I have a cool wife...HRM, and training video...I want to keep losing weight, and I want to finsih the Enduro....I will make it...I will post rides as soon as weather allows...it snows then rains then snows....It gets a little out of hand...We drove past rockerville prior to Xmas looking for stuff at the Mistletoe ranch...I looked near there and it was absolutley stunning the little snow you do have...I will make a trip out there and drag along a couple others...
 

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Ride is still on....

..... just about an inch of snow, mucho melting today. **** Hollow may be best avoided, but we shall see. Really bone dry before this little skiff, so the riding will be fine. And, at 8:30, any mud (and there is probably very little) should be frozen for the most part.
 

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Hey all, good to see some SD boys up in here. I haven't gotten to ride NEAR enough there. I'm down here in Yankton. I'm primarily aggro freeride and stupid stuff, but only because we HAVE NO TRAILS HERE! We lack the open land to make it possible.
I was at the Little Hope DH race there in july and I roll with Jake Rau, Rory, and a few others, and i'm slightly familiar with Cronin through my little brother who climbs with him(Bo), but I've yet to get to run even Bone Collector, so please shoot me a heads-up if you hear of any rides??? An d so you know, I live to build and my crew will test run ANYTHING, so let me know when you need a hand up there. ~Cody
 

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Hey all, good to see some SD boys up in here. I haven't gotten to ride NEAR enough there. I'm down here in Yankton. I'm primarily aggro freeride and stupid stuff, but only because we HAVE NO TRAILS HERE! We lack the open land to make it possible.
I was at the Little Hope DH race there in july and I roll with Jake Rau, Rory, and a few others, and i'm slightly familiar with Cronin through my little brother who climbs with him(Bo), but I've yet to get to run even Bone Collector, so please shoot me a heads-up if you hear of any rides??? An d so you know, I live to build and my crew will test run ANYTHING, so let me know when you need a hand up there. ~Cody
There is usually a group going out almost every Sunday. If you are in town stop and talk to Josh or Dan at Two Wheeler or Tim at ACME.
 

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..... just about an inch of snow, mucho melting today. **** Hollow may be best avoided, but we shall see. Really bone dry before this little skiff, so the riding will be fine. And, at 8:30, any mud (and there is probably very little) should be frozen for the most part.
How did the New Year's ride go? I figured it was raining up at Storm Mtn. since it was raining down in Rapid. Regardless, after church and the requisite brunch at Millstone, I went up to Storm Mtn. parking lot with my wife and dogs in the afternoon about 12:30 PM. It was actually quite warm up there compared to Rapid and we ended up hiking the Flume for a couple of hours with the labs. After 2 days of skiing, the hike was exactly what the doctor ordered for my knee. (Too bad they don't allow bikes on the Flume. It is very scenic and would allow a lot of familes and beginners to participate in the sport.)

I did get 2 days of pretty decent skiing in at Terry Peak on Friday/Saturday, so the trip out for New Year's was not devoid of mountain recreation.

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pretty good ride was had by all!

It was clear up there, and as you noted quite a bit warmer than in town. No precip until we finished up the ride, inversion going on I suppose.

Yeah, rebuild the bridges here and there on the Flume and put together a scenic ride (even just a short section of it) and it could be a draw for riders from all around. The Flume is a real gem, and gets little use. Heck it covers near 26 miles from Sheridan Lk to Rockerville!
 

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It was clear up there, and as you noted quite a bit warmer than in town. No precip until we finished up the ride, inversion going on I suppose.

Yeah, rebuild the bridges here and there on the Flume and put together a scenic ride (even just a short section of it) and it could be a draw for riders from all around. The Flume is a real gem, and gets little use. Heck it covers near 26 miles from Sheridan Lk to Rockerville!
I wonder if there is a way we could get it opened for bikes? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D Might be worth looking into?
 

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I wonder if there is a way we could get it opened for bikes? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D Might be worth looking into?
No way. It's a National Recreation Trail that has "fragile artifacts" scattered here and there (wood from the old flume itself) - and therefore is hiking only. I think the energy, resources and effort required to allow bikes on the trail would end up being misspent in the end as the resounding answer would be "no way". Even if the trail doesn't get much use by hikers as is.

Regardless, because of the gradual incline/decline of the trail - it would certainly be an easier "off road" ride for a certain segment of cyclists which would make a wonderful introduction into riding out in nature in the middle of the woods. That's why I made my comment. "But we have The Mickelson Trail for that" would be the answer if one was trying to gain access for bikes on the Flume. But, as we all know, the Mick rides basically the same as a gravel road through the hills and is primarily wide open the entire way. It does not provide the same surface and closeness to nature (trees and rocks) as the Flume does - or would - if you could travel on it, or certain sections of it, by bike.

In spite of that, I found the Flume to be a very beautiful hike - at the least 2 sections my wife and I hiked (an hour at the Sheridan end and 2 hours at the Rockerville end).

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Yes, the flume is a nice walk. And yes it does get poached either intentionally or unintentionally. We used to get folks in the shop talking about riding the Flume, they had no clue it was off limits till I told them!
 
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