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Jul 17, 2018
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Jul 10, 2018
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ikswoldar evo's article
Mar 13, 2018 at 19:51
Mar 13, 2018
The Fun-Suffer Divide: Bikepacking the Continental Divide Trail - Video
That entire stretch of the CDT from the Wilderness boundary of the Pintlers all the way south to (and beyond) the Italian Peaks is in the crosshairs of the Wilderness movement. If you haven't looked at the maps to NREPA, google it and have a look at what will be the end of backcountry mountain biking. They have pulled down most of the maps but here is a link to the Wilderness that would be created in the Big Hole if NREPA passes:
ikswoldar FreehubMag's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 16:33
Nov 17, 2017
Montana Treasures: Missoula with Ben Horan - Video
This summer was the worst I have ever experienced in Missoula! The Mill Creek trail and surrounding areas are closed - the whole area is a charred hellscape after the Lolo complex fire this summer. Lots of work to be done to stabilize the trails in that area before recreation can resume. I fear the work we will have to do to clear that trail in the coming years. 8 guys with saws were easily able to clear the trail then shuttle back up to ride it in a day. I suspect we will be lucky to cut it out over an entire weekend (or two).
ikswoldar FreehubMag's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 16:29
Nov 17, 2017
Montana Treasures: Missoula with Ben Horan - Video
@Visicypher: That is true, IMBA did rehire Melson. One of the hardest working dudes in access advocacy in my opinion - really glad he's back at it.
ikswoldar FreehubMag's article
Nov 9, 2017 at 7:53
Nov 9, 2017
Montana Treasures: Missoula with Ben Horan - Video
@Visicypher: so true! We have lost access to close to 800 miles of prime back country trail here in MT in the past decade. Sucks. We are ground zero for access issues. Anyone thinking of moving to MT better be prepared (and willing) to advocate fiercely for continued access.
Sep 14, 2017 at 11:33
Sep 14, 2017

Surly Karate Monkey

$900 USD
This here is my Large 2009 Surly Karate Monkey. The bike has been well used over the last few years and it has some scuffed paint and missing decals to prove it. But it's a Surly so order up a new decal kit or re-powdercoat it in your favorite color. No dents or dings in the frame. It's been my commuter, my singlespeed trail bike, and most recently I've used it as a dedicated bikepacking rig. The only reason I'm selling it is because that was the deal I struck to buy myself a fat bike. I'm sad to let this steed go and excited for whoever ends up with it. I've done my best to show the wear and tear on the frame in the pictures. If you have questions let me know. Price includes shipping within the Lower 48. Build is as follows: -Large KM frame with ECR fork. -Cane Creek 40 headset -XT hubs with generic rims. One rotor screw in the rear hub was drilled out poorly by the previous owner and I have never had a problem using only 5 screws -WTB nine line 2.0 tires -BB7 brakes with Avid Speed Dial levers -GX rear derailleur, 10 speed cassette, and chain are new. -X9 shifters -LX front derailleur -Truvativ Stylo crankset with nearly new BB, 24/36 chainring combo -Crank Brothers Cobalt seatpost and Iodine stem -720mm Specialized bar -New WTB Volt 135 saddle -frame has a set of monkey nuts installed I also have a Surly Tugnut Chain tensioner that I will include so you can make this thing a singlespeed.

ikswoldar vernonfelton's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 15:59
Jul 29, 2016
Banned in the USA: Part 3
2 thoughts...first is that protecting wild natural landscapes and mountain biking (recreation) don't need to be mutually exclusive but the conservation community promotes this division with their Wilderness-at-all-costs approach to land protections (see the Boulder Whitecloud Wilderness debacle that took place last year) Second, one could argue that the Human Powered Travel in Wilderness bill has demonstrated the need for the conservation community to register the MTB community on their radar. As has been said before, this bill wouldn't exist if the MTB community was actively and meaningfully included in land management decisions. Not just as an afterthought but as equal and willing partners in the process - across the board. This situation we find ourselves in was entirely avoidable. Unfortunately things are likely to get worse before they improve.
ikswoldar vernonfelton's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 13:16
Jul 29, 2016
Banned in the USA: Part 3
@TFBikes: thanks, man. For all of the fear mongering and hatred toward one another between the mountain biking and conservation communities (which are really one and the same), I think people miss the actual "bigger picture" that this bill could be used as a "grandfathering" tool. I have no interest in riding my bike in the horsepacker filled Bob Marshall legacy Wilderness, there really aren't very many good biking trails in there anyways. But the trails in the Monture Creek area are great riding trails with decades of use. As it stands today, MTB folks have had to push way harder than they should need to in order to keep access as the conservation community pushes to expand the Bob Marshall Wilderness boundary into Monture Creek. We finally got our voices heard to preserve some access, yet we are still likely to lose access to Monture Creek...this wouldn't have to happen if we could grandfather in existing human powered uses.
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