The Rodeo Journal

Photos, words, adventures

Jun
28

That Buff Creek Feeling

Sometimes words don’t really sum up the feeling of a place, or a ride, or a trail. Buffalo Creek is a special place for us. It has one of the best trail networks in Colorado and the terrain is friendly to all manner of bikes. We’re all looking for that singletrack feeling, and sometimes we find it.

 


Jun
24

Rodeo x Via Rally – Video

The Rodeo Rally that we threw with Via Bicycle Cafe was too much fun for a single post, so here’s a second helping featuring our video edit of the day’s adventure. We had SO. Much. Fun. out there with everyone. See y’all soon!


Jun
21

Traildonkey Build: XTR Di2 / 1x

Every once in a while we complete a Traildonkey build that ticks all of the boxes. These bikes tend to be unique and nuanced in their build spec and it’s a great opportunity to showcase just how creative our build collaborations can get.

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Jun
20

Portraits of a Rodeo Rally

We smiled a lot at the Rodeo Rally on Saturday. Stefano of Via Bike Cafe and Phil from our squad put together a super imaginative and fresh combination of new roads, trails, and bushwacks on the first loop – and we hit one of the all time best climbs we know of on the second leg of the ride. Read More


Jun
14

Highline Midnight Rally

Beer, watermelon, cool air, way-past-midnight tacos, are the natural ingredients to fuel the night ride. When the light fades and the dark blankets the trail, some go to bed. Others heed the rally cries to pedal. We all came looking for something – what I’m not sure – but I reveled in mystery riding at night. Rarely do I feel lost while riding a bike. When your vision is dulled, your other senses heighten, and your sense of place is muddied. Throw in good company, old + new, and you have a night rally.

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Jun
13

The Gravel Ring Rally Report

Eighteen hearty souls attempted The Gravel Ring Rally; more than nine hours later only four would finish the full route.  The weather, the trails, and the route were near perfect.  The challenge, however, was slightly more than anyone anticipated.  Congrats to Ben Lepene and Britt Mason, whose solid performances earned them the titles of King and Queen of the Gravel Ring.  Next year I’ll be sure to bring a bit more food, a few lower gears, and an extra thru-axle for Dickey.  But if everything went as planned it wouldn’t have been an adventure, would it? Read More


May
09

Cinco De Grindo!

Endless climbing! Hero dirt! Banditos! Cervezas! Andy Kadlec took forty of us on a joyride-fiesta through the hills above Boulder Colorado on the day after Cinco De Mayo and good times ensued. Here’s a Black River Map if you’d like to ride it yourself. Just remember to bring a lot of water, your climbing legs, and a sense of adventure!

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Apr
21

Via X Rodeo Rally

Join Via Bicycle Cafe and Rodeo Labs for an unforgettable ride through Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Forest Service roads on June 17th.

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Mar
29

Stoney by Donkey

It’s been a really really busy year here at Rodeo. Working on bikes, kits, forks, wheels, rallies, and the Roundup has taken a huge bite out of miles ridden. They say if you work in the bike industry then you can expect to ride less. They may be right about that but we aren’t going down without a fight. We started Rodeo because we loved riding bikes, with friends, in the mountains, and we’re going to keep doing that until our legs have no pedaling left in them. The bike industry can wait.

Monday was a government holiday so Monday was a day for riding bikes. Geoff had a new Traildonkey that he hadn’t yet fully put through its paces and he had some time to burn. He extended an invite, I accepted, and into the hills we ventured.

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Mar
16

Highline Midnight Rally // June 9th, CO

Come ride one of Denver’s longest and most historic stretches of gravel with us… at night!

The Highline Canal is a gorgeous, serpentine gem of a route that cuts diagonally through Denver from Waterton Canyon all the way out past Aurora. The route is almost completely flat and promises to be a great time.

Details:

We’re riding south to north, meeting at Mineral Station in Littleton at 8:30pm.Feel free to ride down to Mineral station to the meetup just hop on the light rail and pop off to join up.

Josh is the ride leader on this one. His cell is: 303-807-6776.

Front and rear lights are a must. Perhaps a mid-ride stop for a quick beverage. Some general shenanigans along the way. And of course we will stop for every possible photo op imaginable…

The full Highline route is 75 miles with 1,400 ft. elevation gain, but with so many places to join or exit as needed you can tailor this ride to your ambition.

This is a “come one, come all” style rally. Speed isn’t the priority.

Extra style points for anyone dressed in rodeo-themed attire…