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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!

What Kind of Ride to Rent …

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

If renting a bike will take the load off of your upcoming Telluride to Moab or Durango to Moab trip, well we’ve got you covered. San Juan Hut Systems is working with bike shops in Durango, Moab and Montrose to set you up with the perfect ride.

Pedal the Peaks 

Cascade Bicycles in Montrose is offereing Trek, Specialized and Yeti full suspension mountain bikes, prices TBA. In Durango, Cliffside Ski & Sport offers NORCO mountain bikes in both full suspension and hardtail ranging in price from $350-300 per bike per week. Another Durango shop, Pedal the Peaks, carries Iron Horse and Raleigh full suspension bike for $455 per week. Pedal the Peaks also offers custom-built demo rentals ranging in price from $475-$675. Second Avenue Sports, also of Durango, offers Yeti 575 full suspension for $440, Kona full suspension for $320, and Scott/Kona hardtails for $240.

Cliffside Ski & Sport

We’ll get you set up with a bike, bike tunes and equipment, shuttle services and lodging–just give us a call. New this summer, San Juan Huts is offering Ridgway-based travel packages, to even further lighten your load. Call us! 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

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 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!

Time to Think Bike Season—Is Your Trip Booked?

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Okay, we’re not trying to jump the gun on summer season, but biking season is just around the corner. Have you booked your Durango to Moab or Telluride to Moab trip? Many have and it seems even mid-winter, biking is still on the brain. Check out videos on our site for a little visual inspiration.

Also, let us help lighten the load in travel planning. New this summer, we are offering full travel packages to get you here, get you settled, and get you on the trail, at discounted prices. Everything from shuttles to bike rentals to lodging are being offered via our travel packages. Simply give a ring to see how we can help. 970.626.3033

Our Google Earth images give you a picture of winter

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

While we wait for a snow scene like this one, spend some time mapping out your excursion. We now have Google Earth imaging that brings you up close and personal with our winter huts. 3-D images zoom you into our five destination hut and from there you can check out the ski terrain surrounding. Whether your hut stay will include couloir skiing, summit seeking or simply long, easy traverses, our Google Earth images can help you plan your routes. Use in conjunction with our topo, satellite and terrain maps to map out your trip.