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    Trails for snow bikes

    Hey folks,

    Just got my 1st snow bike and I've put it through a few rides to break it in. After the big dump last week, I rode it on bike trails, through fields of 6+ inches, and generally on flat stuff.
    This week - I took it out to Picture Rock a couple times. It was HARD to ride trails - I was really surprised how hard it was. I got tired before I ran out of time (interesting concept). It was certainly a lot of fun. I thought how it was a lot like riding a normal MTB on technical climb in that I really had to be super smooth with my pedal strokes and keep my weight low and centered over the bike. It will definitely be good training - between the resistance of the snow and the weight of the bike.

    So - I was wondering - what type of trails and snow conditions do you veteran snow bike riders prefer? Fresh snow? Packed trails?
    Thanks for the input!

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    The two places I have ridden my Pugs are Marshall Mesa and Bear Creek State Park. both are pretty decent for snow bikeing. I tend to ride there if there is maybe 3-6 inches of snow. More and its tough. Its nice if the runners or hikers pack the snow down. Extended climbing on it is tough.

    I tried Brainerd lake last year on some of the singletrack type trails. Its tough to ride in deeper snow. One thing I noticed is when you lose your balance and try to step in snow, you sink and ineveitably hit the top tube. This can be painful.

    I would think snowmobile trails would be nice, though I don't know of any. Fireroads could be fun too. I am hoping to find more places to ride also.

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    Hands Down

    the most fun you will have is a short drive away- Meyer ranch

    From this am- birthday solo ride!
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    Thank a snowshoer! for the perfect trails!!


    (all cheesy self timer shots!)


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    Evergreen will be just as fun tomorrow!!!

    here is a tip:

    get yourself one of these:
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    free from home depot- works great like a hoof pick to clear your cleat! Also comes with a handy opener for that post ride beverage!
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    two of my favorites

    1/6/2010:


    Sometimes Silver Creek can be ridden most of the winter.
    SILVER CREEK to EMPIRE PASS 2/24/2009
    We havenít had much snow this ride could probably be done now.
    Expect a few deep drifts past the Easter Seal Camp and some ice.
    The first part of the trail is usually packed down by hikers and dog walkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Evergreen will be just as fun tomorrow!!!

    here is a tip:

    get yourself one of these:
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    free from home depot- works great like a hoof pick to clear your cleat! Also comes with a handy opener for that post ride beverage!

    Peebs you should get the "MTBR Member of the Year" award with this handy piece of advice. Crack beers and clean my cleat, ooh you have no idea!

    Thanks!

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    From today...

    Lubes had never ridden Meyer ranch before- although hardly ever gets any attention- just because it is short i guess and not techy. But in the snow its Rad!

    crowded!
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    Look ma no jugs!
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    braaap!
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    wait a 69er?!!
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    all smiles!
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    lubes hacked up a hairball? or name that dung! im guessing CAT hairball!!
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    good ride!
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    its possible to get over 1000' of climbing at meyer!


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