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The Art of Shifting

Monday, April 30th, 2012

How much do you know about shifting? To make riding more fun and bike repair less frequent, check out these tips from seven-time Canadian national cross-country champion Andreas Hestler from Bicycling magazine for a better ride and a longer drivetrain life.

  • Is cross chaining the answer? Riding in a combo of the big chainring and big cog, or the small ring and small cog, is generally not a good idea. But Hestler says, it can at times offer the ideal gear and races set their bikes to handle it. However, it’s rough to shift into.
  • Think before you shift. Your eyeing that hill climb before you and it’s all about anticipation. Anticipate your next gear and when to accelerate. Shifting after terrain changes sets you back energy-wise and slows you down. Same goes for sand and water crossings—think before you get in gear.
  • Care for your chain. Changing the chain, Hestler says, keeps you from having to replace your cogs and rings as often. And be weary of wet-dry riding, chains weaken in these conditions. Check your chainring and cassette for burrs and nicks.
  • Go easy. Make shifting light, careful and timely to avoid breaking something. “If you love your bike it’ll love you—shift lightly and carefully,” says Hestler.

 

Seven Days in the Saddle: The Reward? Moab

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

You’ve made the trek to the mountain biking mecca and a well-deserved stop following 215 miles in the saddle. Now what’s next…stay a night or two and explore Moab.

Moab never ceases to amaze with its geographic wonder spanning slick rock domes, bowls and fins to high mesas and the La Sal Mountains’ 13,000-foot peaks. The gorge of the Colorado River provides its own beauty and recreation. And, don’t forget Arches and Canyonlands national parks…spectacular.

Best site for lodging options: Check out discovermoab.com .

 

 

215 Miles Later and There You are in Moab … We’ll Shuttle You Back

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Porcupine Rim Trail-Moab, Utah

Both our local Peak to Peak Bicycles and Moab’s Porcupine Shuttle pick up our riders in Moab and shuttle them to regional airports in Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango and Telluride, and also to Durango Mountain Resort and the town of Ridgway.

Slick Rock Trail-Moab, Utah

Generally, a flat rate from Moab to Ridgway or Telluride costs approximately $275 while Moab to Durango, Montrose or Grand Junctions runs approximately $325 to $425.

Call us for more info on shuttles and more. This summer San Juan Hut Systems is providing Ridgway-based travel packages so we got you covered from your arrival to your departure with transportation, lodging, bike shipping and bike equipment. Call us at 970.626.3033!

Why Let Us Carry the Travel-Planning Weight?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The logistics of putting together a bike trip from across the state to across the country are not always easy. There’s the bike debate: to rent or to ship? The lodging debate amongst Southwest Colorado’s unique small towns: Telluride or Ridgway or Ouray or Durango? Where to eat, shop, walk, drive and simply rest up before taking on the 215-mile bike route from the high mountain terrain to lower lying red rock country. Acclimating is also a concern especially for those traveling from low elevation or sea level.

Let us help you iron out the details. We have a slew of travel packages to choose from. One of the best choices is staying in our hometown of Ridgway. Ridgway is centrally located between Telluride and Montrose,  and as Telluride is in the heart of its very busy festival season during summer, finding lodging, parking and dining are more difficult. Ridgway is also located about 800 feet lower in elevation than Telluride so acclimating is easier here.

We will be working with Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa in the heart of Ridgway for lodging and dining discounts. We’ll also help you with shipping or renting mountain bikes as well as any of your equipment needs. Call us for details! 970.626.3033

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa, Ridgway, CO

Getting You from A to B Without Hassle

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

For many, beginning a bike adventure with San Juan Huts finds you first at one of our regional airports. Whether you’re flying into Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango or Telluride, we’ve got you covered. As part of summer 2012′s  travel packages, we’re offering all of the info you need to connect up with a shuttle wherever you find yourself.

Poison Spider Bicycles & Porcupine Shuttles shuttle you to and from Moab

Shuttle services and prices vary widely, but we’re happy to help you with just the right one. There are flat rates, group rates and individual rates. If you choose our Ridgway-based package, we’ll arrange for two nights of double occupancy lodging, airport pickup/dropoff, and trailhead or town-to-town dropoff/pickup. Call us for more info!

And if you choose to ride the shorter version, our 4 night/five day trip, we’ll set you up with a shuttle for your return from your ending destination at either Paradox or Gateway huts.

Let us take the hassle out of the shuffle with convenient shuttles.

Just Call Us the Original

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Outside Magazine rated San Juan Hut Systems #1 for the traditionalist hut-to-hut mountain bike trips. We also garnered the esteemed title as “the original hut-to-hut bike trip.” And, well, it’s true.

What’s Ready to Ride Regionally?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The best way to know what’s ready to ride is to just get out there and ride it. Snow can linger on north facing terrain and mud can last in the shadier zones, but hike-a-bike is just part of riding in spring in Southwest Colorado. And when it’s dry, fast single track is ready, you’re ready to ride it.

For single track conditions in Durango, check out Trails 2000. Currently, they’re reporting that both Animas Mountain and Dallas Mountain Park are good to go. Overend Mountain Park and Powerline are still a little snowy and muddy but in fair condition.

In Cortez, the word is the famous and fun Phil’s World is ready to ride, and at Boggy Draw and Bean Canyon in neighboring Dolores, fair conditions exist with areas of mud.

Here in Ridgway, the Rock Quarry (a.k.a. Angel Ridge, World Class, Mountain Lion Alley, etc.) is in good, dry condition with spots of mud.

Remember: It’s best to ride what’s ready as muddy and snowy single track makes rutted single track once ridden–and no one likes that.

Skiing on snow is much more fun than trying to bike it. Patience…

What Do You Take, What Do You Leave Behind? We Asked, You Told

Monday, April 9th, 2012

All you Repeat Offenders with San Juan Huts mileage under your belt, we heard ya!

What is absolutely crucial for a rider to take on the 215 -mile Durango to Moab or Telluride to Moab hut to hut trip, and what can you ditch?

Responses ranged from the very wise and simple-a Gortex windblock shell jacket-to the celebratory-wine in a bag, anyone? One rider brought too much gear as is the tendency for some folks and ended up shipping some unnecessary belongings back home from the tiny Gateway Post Office. Other advice was as straightforward as bring a change of clothes to avoid the 24-hour lycra adornment. Smart.

Our favorite: A solar charger for your phone or camera (there is no electricity at the huts) so that you can take photos and send them to us!

Thanks everyone for your input! And be sure to keep checking in on our Facebook page!

When Does Our Bike Season Begin? Ready to Ride?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Riding to the Gateway Hut mid-summer

Here in Southwest Colorado in spring it’s flip-flop weather one day, Sorels the next. With iffy spring conditions, summer sounds real appealing and perhaps far off. But it’s time to book your bike trip. Do you know when the huts are available?

Both the Telluride and Durango to Moab routes open in June, but dates vary due to high elevation hut locations where snow can fall and linger past the summer solstice.

Telluride to Moab: June 2, 2012 

(High elevation huts include Last Dollar Hut at 11,000 feet and Spring Creek Hut at 9,100 feet)

Durango to Moab: June 15, 2012 

(High elevation huts include Bolam Pass Hut at 11,411 feet and Black Mesa Hut at 10,625 feet)

Remember, too, when booking your hut trip to keep in mind winter can make an early appearance, as early as late August. But late September is generally the time we warn riders most about potential snowfall. Be prepared!

Our summer season is short, but oh so sweet!

Backcountry Pizza Hut, How to Make Gourmet Hut Pizza

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Mmmm…..pizza…..What could be better than a deliciously hot pizza after skiing in the backcountry all day? Nothing, no ifs, ands, or buts, gourmet pizza is definitely my favorite dinner to eat at a hut….hands down. If your mouth is salivating, but your mind is filling with doubt about the  feasibility of pulling off a gourmet pizza in a hut, rest assured Gentlemen and Ladies, YOU can do it. It’s actually quite simple and the ingredients can be lightweight too.

Gourmet Hut Pizza Ingredient list for 2 pizza lovers
~15oz bag of Pizza Mix
~1 packet of dried pasta sauce
~ 4 cups of shredded cheese
~1 cup olive oil
~toppings
~read directions below for creative ingredient additions

Step 1. Mix Pizza Mix with the suggested amount of water or until the dough just barely sticks to your hands.  I like to add a little mix, a little water, until I get the right consistency. The more flour you add, the less sticky the dough.

Step 2. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, i.e. mash and squeeze this big ball of dough until you are bored (which takes about 2 minutes for me).

Step 3. Divide the dough into fist sized balls to make personal pizzas (my preferred method), larger balls to make a large pizza.

Step 4. Sprinkle flour onto a plate or cutting board and smash a ball on this surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Then use a round object like a Nalgene or can as a rolling pin  to get the crust even thinner and more consistent.

Step 5.  Fry the crusts in a covered frying pan flipping them so that both sides are golden brown. I like to do all the crusts at one time.

Step 6. Prepare your toppings. This can be done simultaneously with making the pizza crust if there is more than one chef. Some of my favorites toppings are sundried tomatoes rehydrated in hot water or olive oil, onion, olives, garlic, and basil, and feta. Shredded mozzarella is my go-to cheese, but if you want to really impress your hut mates, you can add/replace it with gouda, feta, blue, or parmesan cheese. The topping options are endless and the more gourmet the toppings the more gourmet the pizza although more traditional pizzas like mozzarella and pepperoni are also sure winners.

Step 7. Prepare your sauce. Again there are many creative options here but the two I will recommend are a more standard red sauce or a pesto sauce. The lightest option is to get powdered pasta sauce packets and rehydrate them at the hut.

Step 8. Putting it all together. Heat one side of the already fried crust and as soon as you flip it over, add the sauce, then cheese, then toppings to the hot side. Cover and cook on low heat for about three minutes. If the crust starts to burn before the cheese is melted, turn the heat down or move it to a corner of the wood stove, add more oil, and spin the pizza in the oil.

Step 9. Remove from pan, place in mouth, and give yourself a pat on the back for you have just made Gourmet Hut Pizza.

If you liked this recipe, please pass it on to someone else who might as well.

Bon Appetite,
Kelly Ryan and the San Juan Hut Systems

P.S. What is your favorite backcountry meal? Any chance you will spill the secret here on our Blog? Do you have any suggestions on how to make this Gourmet Hut Pizza any better? Send me an email at kelly@sanjuanhuts.com or better yet post your comments.