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Little Dunckley: A Gravel Bike Ride in Oak Creek, Colorado

Start & Finish: Oak Creek, Colorado Miles: 44.2 Climbing: 4521 ft. View Route HereStarting and finishing in Oak Creek, Colorado, the Little Dunckley gravel ride gives you a real taste of the gravel riding out of the "OC!"  The ride starts at Decker Park, which has...
Gravel Riding Around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley

Gravel Riding Around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley

When I ride in the Roaring Fork Valley some part of my mind wanders to Hunter S. Thompson tapping away, gritted teeth around a cigarette holder, crucifying Nixon for the violent, lying, paranoid state he’s creating. Enough current history though, because when I ride here the beauty and the effort pulls me out of my head pretty fast.

The Gravel Gruel

The Gravel Gruel

The Gravel GruelThe Gravel Gruel is an all time favorite here at The Dirty Roads. Named after the legendary road ride called the Gore Gruel which takes in Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass and Yellow Jacket Pass; the Gravel Gruel starts with the same ascent up Rabbit Ears...

MULTI-DAY RIDES

Steamboat to Craig: The Credit Card Tour

Designed as a simple two day overnight tour it could be extended to a four day trip for the mileage adverse by staying in Hayden

California Park and the Little Snake

California Park and the Little Snake

The tour of California Park and the Little Snake River is a Northwest Colorado classic that takes in a series of sparsely traveled dirt roads through Routt and Moffat counties with a brief excursion into southern Wyoming before returning to Steamboat Springs through...

The Tour of the Flat Tops

The Tour of the Flat Tops

The Tour of the Flat Tops is a multi-day tour that provides a complete circumnavigation of the Flat Tops mountains in northwest Colorado.  The long loose climbs and descents, the rough forest roads, hike-a-bike section and generally demanding conditions found on this...

THE COLORADO ROUTE

Colorado Route: The North and the South

Each portion includes the same wide open backcountry splendor broken up with bursts of civilization and as much of Colorado’s best gravel road riding as we could splice together.

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #2

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #2

Marshall Pass is part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and when I saw other cyclist I realized that I hadn’t seen another cyclist since Silt and was all sorts of excited but they had obviously seen a lot of other cyclist and just kept rolling along. I like...

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #1

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #1

While I have ridden the majority of the Colorado Route before in bits and pieces over the years dating back to my first ever bike tour in 1992, I had never attempted to ride the whole route in one go before until this year. Riding the route all at once has given me a...

TDR STANDARDS

The Climbing Index

Any time that we ride or plot out a new route there is a ratio of miles traveled to feet of vertical gained that we always pay attention to and would like to share with you.  A ride that exceeds 1000ft of elevation gain per 10 miles traveled qualifies as "climby". Any...

Quality vs. Quantity

We here at the Dirty Roads are committed to bring you the very best rides and routes that we know and ride. We are not trying to be a clearinghouse for every possible dirty road ride that could be put together, but instead trying to provide you with the best, or at...

UNIVERSAL

Routes and Recipes Towards Nirvana #1: Glory Be Thy Trudge

When you feel you can’t go on
But go anyway

At the Time We Just Called It County Road Riding

At the Time We Just Called It County Road Riding

It was the spring of 1998, my roommate and close friend Doug Demusz had already been putting in some base miles on the frozen backroads around our hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I had modified a Trek 770 road touring bike with a flat bar and some lower gearing and installed a set of the original Moots Mounts, which enabled the use of cantilever brakes.

Winter Accessory Guide

Winter Accessory Guide

The important thing to remember when dressing for winter conditions is that the clothes don’t make you warm, you make you warm and the clothing is there just to hold it in.

The Climbing Index

The Climbing Index

Any time that we ride or plot out a new route there is a ratio of miles traveled to feet of vertical gained that we always pay attention to and would like to share with you.  A ride that exceeds 1000ft of elevation gain per 10 miles traveled qualifies as "climby". Any...

Quality vs. Quantity

Quality vs. Quantity

We here at the Dirty Roads are committed to bring you the very best rides and routes that we know and ride. We are not trying to be a clearinghouse for every possible dirty road ride that could be put together, but instead trying to provide you with the best, or at...

Bike Setup

Bike Setup

The last few years have seen an explosion of new bicycles and bicycle equipment aimed squarely at riding dirt roads.   While most of these bikes are called “gravel bikes” and are meant for “gravel grinding” we shy away from that term since some of our road...

Kenda Happy Medium Review

Kenda Happy Medium Review

Kenda Happy Medium 700x40c I am a man who used to have a serious tire fetish. I would show up to mountain bike races with a trunk full of tires always trying to put on the perfect tire combination. I had tires for fast and dry courses, tires for loose and rough...

Recommended Tire Size

Recommended Tire Size

In order to bring you a more informed riding experience, we have developed a new metric to let you know what to expect once you are out on the road. All of our rides include a minimum recommended tire size in the ride description. This size should refer to how wide...

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