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My goal is to make a mountain bike guide book that is functional, beautiful, and goes far beyond the quality one expects.
My goal is to make a mountain bike guide book that is functional, beautiful, and goes far beyond the quality one expects.
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Update #1 · Dec. 21, 2012

Funding goal met in two days!

I'm so excited to have met the financial goal in two days! Thanks to all the mountain bikers, other trail users, and friends that supported me!

However, my goal was about 55% of what I actually need for the first print run.

Actual costs for the initial run will run closer to $2000 (I didn't know that artists want twice as much for their work if you want reproduction rights!) Any additional funds I receive up to $2000 will be used to fund the initial print run. If things keep going as well as they have, I'll probably push the initial print run from 100 to 200 books.

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I am writing a guide book for Kokopelli's Trail, one of the most popular multi-day mountain bike trails in the US. The project has come pretty far, but to make it the project I envision, I need to enlist Anne from Summit Ridge Studios for more maps, pay Ryan Krueger Photography for his amazing photo I want to use on the cover, pay COPMOBA for the rights to the Kokopelli's trail logo, pay for an ISBN number, pay for some additional design help, and finally, for printing the first batch of the book. I hope that the combined effort will produce a guide book that is accurate, easy to read, beautiful, helpful, and a model for future guides (hint hint). With your support, the guide will be everything I envision it to be.

Risks and challenges

The book will be published even if this kickstarter fails, but I will have to cut corners. Some of the maps will be simpler. The initial print run will be tiny and may happen a month or two later. I may have to eliminate parts. If you are even considering doing the trail in a 4x4, riding it on a dirt bike, running it, or mountain biking it, your support of this project will give you great return.

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    Any support is greatly appreciated! For a $2 pledge, I'll attempt to answer an email of questions about the Kokopelli's Trail.

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    For a $5 pledge, I'll send you my number and answer emails and phone calls with questions about the Kokopelli's Trail. If I don't know the answer, I'll make every effort to research it.

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    If you live in Denver, I'll come to your house and change a flat on your bike tire! I'll supply the tube if it's a 26", otherwise it's on you. If there's a goathead in the tire, I'll crush it so severely, it'll lose the will and ability to grow into a nasty weed.

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    A copy of the guide book and your name printed on a thanks page in the first edition.

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    A copy of the guide book and your name printed on a thanks page in the first edition along with two companion maps from Latitude 40° that cover the whole of the trail: Fruita/Grand Junction & Moab East.

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    Everything from the $40 level, plus a staple-bound pre-press copy of the book. Thanks on the publisher's website with a link.

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    Everything from the $50 level, plus receive updates to the guide for life.

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    Pledge $190 or more About $190

    Everything from the $40 level and join me on my three-day Kokopelli trip in May 2013. I'll transport you to and from Denver or Grand Junction, haul your gear, supply propane, mechanical support, and lunches.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Place a half-page ad in the guidebook for a related service or product and receive one copy of the 1st edition of the guidebook. If your ad is for something not related, or something I disagree with/don't like, I reserve the right to refuse it and refund your money. Ad design and layout is your responsibility or an additional cost. The ad will appear in the first test run of 100 books and the second run which I hope to be 1000 books.

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    Place a full-page ad in the guidebook for a related service or product and receive two copies of the 1st edition of the guidebook. If your ad is for something not related, or something I disagree with/don't like, I reserve the right to refuse it and refund your money. Ad design and layout is your responsibility or an additional cost. The ad will appear in the first test run of 100 books and the second run which I hope to be 1000 books.

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    Everything from the $40 level and I'll support a 3 or 4 day trip for you and your friends or club. (Hauling gear, supplying stoves and propane for breakfasts and dinners you provide and prepare, buying and preparing lunches for you, mechanical support, and a ride back to Fruita from Moab for up to 20 people.)

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