Jace Cooke @jacecooke

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  • jacecooke

    November 11th at 11:02pm

    ⚡️Stress relief ⚡️

    ovejanegrabikepacking

    23 days ago
    Can't beat a #makita grinder...

    jacecooke

    23 days ago
    @petesulick yeah, the topper will help when it arrives too. Ride quality is night and day! Even feels like more acceleration because it doesn't squat under shifting now.

    petesulick

    23 days ago
    Nice! Great work man. Give the leaf springs 100 miles to break in. They will settle.

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    ☝🏻️only way I know how to react to someone telling me they are lifting their truck.

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    Yeah boi!!

    jacecooke

    23 days ago
    All done! @ianoberholtzer @petesulick had Kroil on it for 12 hours. Keep in mind, the threads and nuts were fine and came off easily, the bolt heads though had basically welded themselves to the frame on each side. Interestingly though, I only had to grind them half through which left the heads so hot I could wrench them from the frame with a 3' cheater bar with ~200lbs of force. Lift should be around 2" (but looks like a lot more) and getting a set of 265/75/16s (a little under 32" in diameter)

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    Also, kroil

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    Also there is a nifty candle wax trick for seized bolts. But I haven't met a bolt that couldn't be beaten by the 3/4 impact gun and some deep creep ( I can't stand the odor of pub blaster )

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    What's cookin under there?

    ianoberholtzer

    23 days ago
    I guess I didn't phrase that in the form of a question.
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  • jacecooke

    November 6th at 6:54pm

    Moab Mornings

    gb

    27 days ago
    @jacecooke Yeah. I go to Moab for the riding and the solitude.

    jacecooke

    27 days ago
    @gb always been turned off by macho off-roading vibes, but SO excited to get remote out here in the truck.

    gb

    28 days ago
    Love that spot.
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  • jacecooke

    October 30th at 4:45pm
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    Extra crispy hash for the first breakfast in the brand new @fieldcompany cast iron skillet – a huge congrats to @stephenmuscarella and @christmasgorilla.

    jacecooke

    1 month ago
    @bryce totally worth it

    bryce

    1 month ago
    Can't wait for mine.

    borahm

    1 month ago
    Oh my god
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  • jacecooke

    October 29th at 8:34pm

    3 months of daily 9am Craigslist searches finally paid off.

    chrisbmerritt

    1 month ago
    😍😍😍😍😍

    jacecooke

    1 month ago
    @nick_jaffe actually the first year the US trucks and Hilux diverged (Tacomas have rack and pinion steering and more car-like frames)

    nick_jaffe

    1 month ago
    @jacecooke ahhh, like a Hilux right?

    jacecooke

    1 month ago
    @nick_jaffe '96 Tacoma, V6 5-speed

    nick_jaffe

    1 month ago
    What is it?

    shiflett

    1 month ago
    Trapper Keeper for life.

    gb

    1 month ago
    Hot damn! 👌

    petesulick

    1 month ago
    Nice! Congrats.

    jacecooke

    1 month ago

    petesulick

    1 month ago
    Taco?
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  • jacecooke

    October 13th at 5:49pm

    Colorado Trail, Epilogue Part 1 – waiting for the narrow gauge railroad depot to open I meet Tach, a 71-year-old biology professor who since retiring has run or hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim 86 times. Tach is short for TA-CHEE-NAY which means “red streak in the water.” Each time I’m taught a new word, he insists I repeat it aloud (“Navajo is not written you know, it must be learned with the mouth.”) Tach likes to think he was named after red desert canyon cliffs reflecting on a rippling river. The train will still be a few hours so we settle into some coffee. We talk about what it was like being the only Indian kid in a small Christian liberal arts college in the 60s, hitchhiking into LA each week to watch the Dodgers play. We talk about the two women he was engaged to before meeting his now wife of almost 50 years. We talk about his children, the suicide of his oldest son, and the climbing accident and subsequent surgery that brought Tach to Colorado: free-soloing in the Wind Rivers, his youngest son fell 60 feet onto a narrow ledge, breaking his leg and damaging his spine. (“It was truly a miracle, a group of nurse climbers saw him fall and after that ledge was just another 500 feet of air.”) We talk about his father, an orphan and medicine man, from a long line of medicine men, who fled his arranged marriage and joined the CCC, which registered him for the draft, which led him to be trained as one of the infamous Code Talkers. Soon it’s time to board, we say our goodbyes, and I promise to visit next time I’m pedaling through Flagstaff.

    rekoobj

    2 months ago
    Fantastic story! That kind of meeting is worth the whole trip.

    bobbyjgeorge

    2 months ago
    Amazing.

    thomasprehn

    2 months ago
    That's a great morning!!

    tylerneu

    2 months ago
    Thanks for sharing that.
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  • jacecooke

    September 9th at 8:17pm

    Colorado Trail, Part 10 – it's all downhill from here. 3 miles of carved singletrack to Molas Pass, followed by 6 steep miles of asphalt down the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton. In town I shower at the hostel then feed: two Blue Moons, a large green chile and sausage pizza, a pint of double dark chocolate ice cream, a medium bag of Doritos, and a Perrier. I decide to call it. Silverton is my last easy bail option before another week of remote and unsupported riding, and I'm still just too weak, too slow. While the last few days have been hard, at times damn hard, they've never been unpleasant – but it would only take an inevitable stint of nasty weather to trip the needle into a full-on Type III sufferfest. And truthfully, I've plenty of better things to do than spend the next 14 days in pure survival mode. Like meet my two week old nephew for the first time. Or finally launch a new company. #COtrail

    saidchelsea

    3 months ago
    👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

    l1nda_lyly

    3 months ago
    😄

    chrisbmerritt

    3 months ago
    You are a camp and a wise man. Play it safe and ride another day :)
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  • jacecooke

    September 9th at 5:53pm

    Colorado Trail, Part 9 – An update for the bike nerds: I'm 110% sold on 27.5+ for this style of riding, particularly when mating wide 50mm carbon rims with lighter weight (sub-800g) but durable (at least so far) tubeless rubber like Maxxis' Ikon+. The two words that most epitomize the HotTub are sure-footed and playful and no doubt the wheelset is playing a big part. Yeah, I wish the Pike weighed a pound less and had more mud clearance under the arch. And I could always use a smidge more front triangle space. But honestly, this is a bike almost entirely without fault. Gear-wise, I have plenty of tweaks and improvements to make. A 30x42t low gear felt great section riding the CT unladen, but loaded up I've been wishing for a tooth or two fewer upfront. Generally I strongly prefer clipless riding but this trail all but demands platform pedals. And lastly, I need way more on-bike storage. A custom frame bag is definitely in order. The current bags performs well, and have almost no effect on handling, but I have zero space for 3-5 days worth of food. #COtrail

    jacecooke

    2 months ago
    @mikeabiezzi it's really really bright

    mikeabiezzi

    2 months ago
    That color looks stunning in its surrounding.

    jacecooke

    3 months ago
    @petesulick we'll get in some riding next time I'm out east!

    petesulick

    3 months ago
    My Velo Orange Piolet runs 27.5+ and I heartily concur with your statements here... Also awesome trip journal. Once again I'm jealous as all hell.
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  • jacecooke

    September 8th at 11:28pm

    Colorado Trail, Part 8 – waiting out a hail & lightning storm on my 3rd morning. Dead legs aside, I'm finally feeling almost human after 10 hours of sleep and a lazy cup of @suddencoffee. I've camped near Bolam Pass, just uphill from two other groups of cyclists (a bachelor party of 6 enduro bros and a couple in their 40s.) They're all westbound for Durango and each about to start their second day ever bikepacking. It's mostly quiet as everyone packs up, a mish-mash of heavy or improvised gear, a few concerned murmurs when thunder booms in the distance, faces silently registering exhaustion, then excitement, then a healthy dread. God, I'm so psyched for them. #COtrail

  • jacecooke

    September 8th at 6:29pm

    Colorado Trail, Part 7 – as much as I've tried to ignore it, my complete lack of base miles is starting to bleed through. Each day there's at least one ~12k' pass to push over, and I get about 30 feet at a time before having to stop for breath. My shoulders, neck, quads, and core are all phoning it in and I have maybe 5 good standing pedal strokes in me before the lactic acid surges and I want to collapse on the bars. And if we're just here to complain, I'm carrying way too much weight on my back: 12lbs of food, water, and camera pounding my sit bones down onto a narrow road saddle with each bump. #COtrail

    saidchelsea

    3 months ago
    character building as hell..! 😳😬🙌🏻

    mattercycles

    3 months ago
    Way to suffer man. Looks amazing though!

    laelwilcox

    3 months ago
    Will you be in Salida soon? Nick and I are here. Hope to see you!

    justin_reiter

    3 months ago
    👍🏻🎣

    jacecooke

    3 months ago
    @justin_reiter thanks! And bringing a fly rod next time sounds like a great idea.

    justin_reiter

    3 months ago
    Enjoy the journey! It's a #SufferFest for sure. Best of luck for good weather and good vibes.
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  • jacecooke

    September 7th at 9:07pm
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    Colorado Trail, Part 6 – A much needed descent after gaining Blackhawk Pass. Guys. The San Juan's. If I wasn't breathless, I'd be speechless. The chalky grays, the oxide reds, the electric greens, and forever blues. I'd put even odds on these views matching any in the world. #COTrail

    hoboarchitect

    3 months ago
    Favorite part of the country

    stephendalton

    3 months ago
    This is fantastic. Keep up the great work with these trip updates @jacecooke And be well.

    cdneu

    3 months ago
    @chelzeann follow this account - updates are good
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