Team cogsnob

As we roll into Spring here in Broomfield, it is time once again to dust-off the bike and get ready for another season of cycling in the North Denver Suburbs. Starting its sixth year, the CogSnob ride club based in Broomfield, offers the perfect venue for serious cyclists to bond and enjoy the outdoors while pushing the limits on both road and mountain outings.

Composed of riders of all ages, CogSnob has grown from 4-5 members, to over 50 at the beginning of the 2014 season. "It has been a way for men and women in the Broomfield community to get-out and do what they love in an environment with other riders that share the same perspectives on the sport," said Jarrod Krug, CogSnob founder and Broomfield resident. "We continue to grow and add new members that keep the dynamics of the outings fun and competitive."

The 30-40 mile rides are primarily on the weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) with an average pace between 17-18 mph. All routes are posted each Thursday at the team website: team.cogsnob.com with ride announcements delivered to each member via email.

If you are interested in joining, the membership is completely free of charge with no commitments for entry. Registration can be found here: HERE.

Fun-Bags

This past August I completed a 147 mile mountain bike ride in the SouthWest corner of Colorado called the San Juan Hut-to-Hut trip. Starting in Telluride Colorado and finishing in the lovely little town of Gateway Colorado, the ride leverages a fortified hut system stitched between miles of forest access roads and light single-track.

(click the link here to view the ride video)

Preparing for a 5 day trip like this eventually came down to loading your bike up with panniers OR loading your upper-back up with a massive bag. Water and protection from the elements came first, with bike parts and sundry maintenance items not far behind. A close third was food and a flask of Gentleman Jack. In total, we were expecting to carry an additional 25-30 pounds of gear (which included daily water needs).

Foundry auger

It has been a few year's since we have formally reviewed any kind of bike worth mentioning. Not because we haven't bought, ridden our tested new bikes, but more that we haven't found anything that deserved a mention here on CogSnob. We were tempted a few times (Niner EMD, Cervelo R3), but they fell into the "ho-hum" category of nothing new or revolutionary.

Enter a new Cyclocross specific bike called the Auger from the QBP upstart - Foundry Cycles. Haven't heard of Foundry yet? Guaranteed you will. In the US bike world, wholesaler QBP is a major force and a adaptive marketing presence that can easily throw its weight around when needed.



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