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    Hey guys,

    I would like to know if anyone has ever crossed the entire bruce trail by bike? Tobermory to Niagara. Or even partially. I have it fixed in my mind that this summer I will do it.

    So, im putting it out there to see if anyone would like to join me.

    Tobermory to Hamilton is the plan.


    I just recently felt my desire crushed when I read that bikes were prohibited on the trail, especially the sections that went through private land. I even emailed the brucetrail website asking for permission and still I was denied. However, I am still thinking about it and would like to find another nutcase that would join me.

    bike on!

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    I have personally hiked the portion of the bruce trail from owen sound to tobermory.

    I really dont think this would work. Hate to burst your bubble but many sections of the trail would be highly unpleasant by bicycle. There are many sections that were quite difficult by foot.

    While hiking the trail it was difficult (although still possible) to find places to stay aswell. I used campgrounds, and backyards a few times, although most nights were spent in random patches of bush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesmach View Post
    I just recently felt my desire crushed when I read that bikes were prohibited on the trail, especially the sections that went through private land. I even emailed the brucetrail website asking for permission and still I was denied. However, I am still thinking about it
    Really? Landowners say no, but you are going to do it anyway? No wonder we have to fight so hard to get land to ride on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satan2 View Post
    Really? Landowners say no, but you are going to do it anyway? No wonder we have to fight so hard to get land to ride on.

    Where is a moderator when you need one?
    I find this ironic considering how all the trails with SCMBC were created and broken in. Rather than ripping on other members perhaps you should reply to:

    Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club

    And explain why you mislead everyone regarding permit required.

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    Haha. Nothing to see here Bambi.

    Nice hi-jack BM. I fail to see where anyone has been mislead nor do I care to engage in that discussion. There is a lot of information out there for everyone to see. If you read it closely, you will see it clearly. If anything, we have been nothing but open and honest with the mtb community, maybe to a fault. It has certainly opened us up to a lot of criticism and even a few threats.

    Happy trails.

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    Stating the county requires permits and the county being approached to boost members/fees are two very different things last I checked. Seems more like empire building than working with the community/county. Not sure why you are ducking an explanation. I think the community here deserves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satan2 View Post
    Really? Landowners say no, but you are going to do it anyway? No wonder we have to fight so hard to get land to ride on.

    Where is a moderator when you need one?
    I, too, find this comment extremely ironic considering the fact that a board member of your SCMBC has ridden almost every section of the Bruce Trail from Niagara to Tobermory.

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    hmmmm, getting juicy

    OP, I've hiked a few short sections of the trail and it would be hell on a bike in some areas. Lots of hike-a-bike and / or carry-a-bike-on-your-shoulder type stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonstonemarv View Post
    I find this ironic considering how all the trails with SCMBC were created and broken in. Rather than ripping on other members perhaps you should reply to:

    Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club

    And explain why you mislead everyone regarding permit required.
    six post in total and all of them bashing SCMBC... man on the mission with axe to grind...
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    six post in total and all of them bashing SCMBC... man on the mission with axe to grind...
    Clearly your feeble spamming mind can't seem to grasp the concept of concerning lobbying that is not be addressed formally. If you can take to the Internet to promote your group - then you can respond to valid criticism via the same methods.

    Do you believe everything our Governments do is correct? Should we put blind faith in all organizations... Well why should everyone have blind faith in regards to a direction that WILL impact an entire community. Bird of a feather....

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonstonemarv View Post
    Clearly your feeble spamming mind can't seem to grasp the concept of concerning lobbying that is not be addressed formally. If you can take to the Internet to promote your group - then you can respond to valid criticism via the same methods.

    Do you believe everything our Governments do is correct? Should we put blind faith in all organizations... Well why should everyone have blind faith in regards to a direction that WILL impact an entire community. Bird of a feather....
    SCMBC held their AGM late last year. Check their website for all relevant info.

    You could have been there deciding on the direction. The majority of membership decided on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesmach View Post
    Tobermory to Hamilton is the plan.
    Land access issues aside, I have a friend who tried to bike the northern portion of the trail and had a miserable time. Having hiked it, I can understand why. There are quite a few portions where you have to crawl up six feet of rock, and hauling a bike up that (repeatedly) would be no fun. Up there, it really is a challenging HIKING trail, not like down by us in Hamilton.

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    Particularly when you get towards Devils Monument. That is a very challenging ridge to hike. Might want to buy the bruce trail book and consider some detours. A quality pair of hiking boots is also recommended for the harsh hikes if you plan to haul the bike thru.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesmach View Post
    Hey guys,

    I would like to know if anyone has ever crossed the entire bruce trail by bike? Tobermory to Niagara. Or even partially. I have it fixed in my mind that this summer I will do it.

    So, im putting it out there to see if anyone would like to join me.

    Tobermory to Hamilton is the plan.


    I just recently felt my desire crushed when I read that bikes were prohibited on the trail, especially the sections that went through private land. I even emailed the brucetrail website asking for permission and still I was denied. However, I am still thinking about it and would like to find another nutcase that would join me.

    bike on!
    This topic has come up before, there is (at least) one member is who quite knowledgeable about it. Of course the BTA will tell you not to do it, but they only control about 50% of the trail, so the other 50% is entirely at the discretion of the landowner, some of whom are openly receptive, others need to be asked.

    Here's an angle which I haven't seen mentioned previously. Think about tackling it during the first week of November. During that week, the BTA actively discourages hikers from using the trail. It being the annual deer season. The season used to be just the five days Mon-Fri, but I guess that wasn't enough time for the hunters and a few years back they got the saturday tacked on as well. Twelve riding days over two years would probably get you most of the trail, and you wouldn't really be pissing anyone off in the process. Is it risky? I've encountered hunters on the trail during the season, and it is intimidating, but I don't think too dangerous. They all know that other hunters are all using the trail for exactly the same reason, to get to the deer yards. You wear blaze orange, and a bell might be an idea too.

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    Perhaps one of these would help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_2 View Post
    I have personally hiked the portion of the bruce trail from owen sound to tobermory.

    I really dont think this would work. Hate to burst your bubble but many sections of the trail would be highly unpleasant by bicycle. There are many sections that were quite difficult by foot.
    I hiked from the trailhead in Tobermory to my campsite at Cyrpus Lake campground. It was pretty epic. There was a lot of climbing up and down rockfaces. I couldn't imagine traversing that section with a bicycle. I had a pretty hard time on foot (and hands too in places).
    As for the rest of the trail conditions and permissions, etc...I refrain from comment.
    I love riding my bike!

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