Just because you paid $3,000 for your new titanium-and-carbon-fiber ride doesn't mean the bike fits your physique. And having the right-sized cycle can mean the difference between hours of blissful injury-free pedaling and weeks of constant rehab for your clicking knees. Many bike shops now offer a bike-fitting service. But why mess around? Go to the guy who literally invented the concept: Andy Pruitt, director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. At $180 for a "performance" fit or $400 for a three-dimensional cycling analysis, Pruitt or one of his staff will customize your bike to your body's twisted idiosyncrasies. Ride on!

Everyone knows about the pernicious effect of money in politics: Fancy-cat lobbyists use gobs of cash to sleaze their evil corporate agendas into sweetheart legislation. That's exactly what Jenn Dice, the government liaison for the Golden-based IMBA, does...not. In place of the regular cocktail-party circuit usually plied by Beltway lobbyists, IMBA dispatches Dice, 33, to introduce legislative staffers to its bike-friendly agenda by convincing them to get outside and on a mountain bike. Each year, the organization sponsors spring and fall rides in Riverbend Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. A literal breath of fresh air, the muddy gatherings give the desk-bound policy wonks a saddle-side opportunity to see what mountain biking is all about. And it doesn't suck for Dice, a former lobbyist for Colorado counties, either. "It's really cool," she admits. "It lets me combine what I love doing with my government experience."


Everyone knows about the pernicious effect of money in politics: Fancy-cat lobbyists use gobs of cash to sleaze their evil corporate agendas into sweetheart legislation. That's exactly what Jenn Dice, the government liaison for the Golden-based IMBA, does...not. In place of the regular cocktail-party circuit usually plied by Beltway lobbyists, IMBA dispatches Dice, 33, to introduce legislative staffers to its bike-friendly agenda by convincing them to get outside and on a mountain bike. Each year, the organization sponsors spring and fall rides in Riverbend Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. A literal breath of fresh air, the muddy gatherings give the desk-bound policy wonks a saddle-side opportunity to see what mountain biking is all about. And it doesn't suck for Dice, a former lobbyist for Colorado counties, either. "It's really cool," she admits. "It lets me combine what I love doing with my government experience."

For years, Fruita was known for its orchards filled with fat peaches. Gradually it became know for its intoxicating vineyards. Not surprisingly, this heritage has fostered a love of fat-tire biking. Every spring, the town hosts the Fat Tire Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The fest kicks off with a marathon eighteen-hour ride on April 29, with single-trackers grooving in Highline State Park. Road-bike tours, prizes and other surprises make this event -- more than a week's worth of stuff -- a fat load of fun. Though Fruita is still a haul, it's closer than Moab.


For years, Fruita was known for its orchards filled with fat peaches. Gradually it became know for its intoxicating vineyards. Not surprisingly, this heritage has fostered a love of fat-tire biking. Every spring, the town hosts the Fat Tire Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The fest kicks off with a marathon eighteen-hour ride on April 29, with single-trackers grooving in Highline State Park. Road-bike tours, prizes and other surprises make this event -- more than a week's worth of stuff -- a fat load of fun. Though Fruita is still a haul, it's closer than Moab.

Slowly but surely, the pieces for this thirteen-mile route that cross the old Stapleton Airport site are filling in. Eventually, the soft-surface trail, which is open to non- motorized vehicles only, will connect part of a fifty-mile loop of urban trails, going from the High Line Canal Bikeway in Aurora to the Platte River Greenway. Riders have to adapt to some construction sites, but backers insist that there is light at the end of the tunnel -- and plenty of room to roam in the future.

Slowly but surely, the pieces for this thirteen-mile route that cross the old Stapleton Airport site are filling in. Eventually, the soft-surface trail, which is open to non- motorized vehicles only, will connect part of a fifty-mile loop of urban trails, going from the High Line Canal Bikeway in Aurora to the Platte River Greenway. Riders have to adapt to some construction sites, but backers insist that there is light at the end of the tunnel -- and plenty of room to roam in the future.

Founded by Colorado college buddies in 1999, trailcentral.com has evolved into a multi-faceted portal for riders throughout Colorado and beyond. Whether it's the reviewed Ride of the Month or a lively chat triggered by some flatlander looking for advice, the site gives savvy cyclists the goods to stay in gear.

Founded by Colorado college buddies in 1999, trailcentral.com has evolved into a multi-faceted portal for riders throughout Colorado and beyond. Whether it's the reviewed Ride of the Month or a lively chat triggered by some flatlander looking for advice, the site gives savvy cyclists the goods to stay in gear.

A former coal-mining town in southern Colorado is probably the last place on earth that skaters would expect to find a world-class skatepark. But ever since 2003, when this 14,000-square-foot concrete masterpiece was carved into a gravelly hillside above the city of Trinidad, skaters from all points of the compass have come to pump through its meandering snake run and vertical bowls. The Seattle-based skatepark construction outfit Grindline, which designed and built the creation, once again demonstrated how only a skateboarder's touch can master the subtleties that make a skatepark both fun and challenging. Some of the most engaging obstacles are the unassuming mogul-like bumps and the small spine ramp -- where both experts and amateurs can find a line.


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