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    its not over yet

    the season keeps going
    saturday mono cliffs
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    and today at everyones favorite place
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    and the 2nd last one is still mono cliffs with Crash&bern
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    Good stuff, thanks for sharing.

    I finally got back on my MTB this weekend. Absolutely fantastic November weather. It was pretty windy, so being in the woods was ideal.
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    You ride with jeans on

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    You ride with jeans on
    They could be Hincapie.com: Men's Casual Clothes

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    November's been very kind to us so far and the forecast looks like it's going to finish off nicely too after we get through another mid-week cold patch.

    I got out yesterday for 3 1/2 hours on the cross bike and had a blast. What more could you ask for in November?

    Thanks for posting, that looks like a beautiful place to ride.

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    I recognise all those landmarks. Were there many hikers out?

    We rode Saturday and Sunday on local trails and also had a blast

    Huge oak trail blocked the trail so there is only one way and thats up and over. Will make a killer trail feature


    We returned to an old overgrown trail


    Singlesprocket scoping possibilities

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    nice pics
    did he do one big bunny hop to get up there?
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week

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    Nice pics. At least Crash & Bern wasn't wearing his Daisy Dukes.

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    He said that he would have but you won't give them back.
    don't know what thats all about and I don't want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week
    I sure hope it does. I work for an American company and with Thanksgiving coming for them this week, it's like a mini-holiday for me so I *might* make a little time for some morning rides later in the week.
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    great pics... and a great ride yesterday.. we are lucky we can still be riding in the middle of november...
    hopefully a lot more trial ridding still to come....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I recognise all those landmarks. Were there many hikers out?

    We rode Saturday and Sunday on local trails and also had a blast

    Huge oak trail blocked the trail so there is only one way and thats up and over. Will make a killer trail feature
    Nice find! Is it near your local trail there? Some of those little branch look threatening if you fell though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    You ride with jeans on
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.
    Anything is better then Sausage Suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Anything is better then Sausage Suit.
    Function trumps all. For many of my rides, it's full spandex FTW. End of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.
    Amen

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    Had a blast in Durham Forest...

    I was invited for a group ride yesterday and even after a month without riding I couldn't say no....
    Had my a$$ kicked, and I had to bail after 25k to make sure I can get back to the car....
    The conditions were perfect, nice and tacky, good times.

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    Yep , that's me wearing jeans !!
    Just be happy it was cold out that day , and I was wearing pants at all : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    nice pics
    did he do one big bunny hop to get up there?
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week
    The only spot to get up was about 5 ft off the ground, plus there were branches sticking out except for along the trunk surface... made a perfecyly natural log ride..
    Singlesprocket started at one end and rolled to the other end. It was do or die

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Nice find! Is it near your local trail there? Some of those little branch look threatening if you fell though.
    We plan to go back and a clean of the branches is a possibility. It was a fun weekend and hope for some more great weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    We plan to go back and a clean of the branches is a possibility. It was a fun weekend and hope for some more great weather
    Considering it's oak it might take a while to make progress... nice firewood though

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    The only spot to get up was about 5 ft off the ground, plus there were branches sticking out except for along the trunk surface... made a perfecyly natural log ride..
    Singlesprocket started at one end and rolled to the other end. It was do or die
    That's exactly the sort of thing I wouldn't attempt (at least the first time) in clipless pedals.

    Would be really cool to see that turned into a finished feature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I sure hope it does. I work for an American company and with Thanksgiving coming for them this week, it's like a mini-holiday for me so I *might* make a little time for some morning rides later in the week.
    Well, I didn't quite get out at the crack of dawn but I did manage to squeeze in a couple hours over lunch.

    It was my first MTB ride since the Fall 8 (actually had to cut off my number plate before I got going) and my third ride since the boy arrived. My destination was all the new singletrack at Christie Lake. Did I have fun?

    I'll let these pics do the talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'll let these pics do the talking.
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    Way to break 'em in in the mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    Actually, they've been on there since the Hamilton Endurance Ride. So far, so good although the rear needed a little truing when one of those spokes got loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    The shiny new Crank Brothers wheels in the monster household that you may be thinking of belong to Nerdgirl iirc.
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    Got off work at 4pm today so decided to bring my light so I could have a bit of fun on a demo Norco Revolver the rep just dropped off for me (thanks Nat!) afterward. My light had conked out the last time I used it after an hour so I made sure it was charged fully. Figured it would be a pretty good opportunity to see how long the battery would actually still run (it's about 5 years old). Got about 6 seconds out of it before it died.

    Since I had already positioned myself in the Don Valley and was planning on riding the trails home anyway, I decided "screw it" and hit some dirt with my underwhelming Knog frogs lighting the way. The combination of a new-to-me bike, mostly-darkness, and unpredictably slick trails made for an interesting experience. The Slant 6 tires were not doing the bike any favours. But I managed to hack through Taylor Creek and the ridge out to the top of Bayview where I decided an exit was prudent.

    Hoping that it's still not over until after this weekend so I can switch out the tires and really give the bike the thrashing it deserves. And contemplating exactly how much dough I want to drop on my next light. (unless anybody has L&M Arc HID spares they want to sell me cheap)

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    I decided "screw it" and hit some dirt with my underwhelming Knog frogs lighting the way.
    Ha, I rode home at 5:30 today with a Frog as my only headlight, as I did not realize I would be returning after dark. I was on lit streets though. I tend to always keep Frogs on my commuter bike just in case. Great product IMO, but certainly not suitable for trail illumination.

    The revolver looks like a pretty sweet ride too. It's not cheap if you want the fancy one though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Got the OK to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    The shiny new Crank Brothers wheels in the monster household that you may be thinking of belong to Nerdgirl iirc.
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*

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    So I was playing the martyr and working through lunch when Mrs. Monster and the boy came back from Domestique and they practically pushed me out the door and onto my bike. "It's WAY too nice to stay inside all day. GET OUT!!!"

    What a beautiful day! Wowee! And I had a fantastic ride too! The only minor interruption came when I took a matching chunk out of my other elbow after a rather awesome two-wheel drift into a leafy hairpin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*
    Nagging... the most effective method known to man to make nothing happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    So I was playing the martyr and working through lunch when Mrs. Monster and the boy came back from Domestique and they practically pushed me out the door and onto my bike. "It's WAY too nice to stay inside all day. GET OUT!!!"
    While some will go on about balance. It's really more about the mental health aspect. It's easy at time to get all warapped up in gotta get work done, do this, do the right thing and so on. The last month has been like that for me.

    One thing I learned is take advantage of every oppurtunity... if all you can do is ride up and down the hill once go for it. Though it is easier for the first couple of years when all the baby wants is mommy.

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    So, just as a follow up, I made the effort to leave the 20 minutes early this morning required to turn my road commute into a mtb ride so that I could properly test out the above (post) mentioned bike. The weather was again beautiful and pushing double-digits even at 9am. At somewhere around the halfway point of the ride I saw a small log across the middle of a leaf-covered rock garden. "Great opportunity to really test out the suspension!" was the thought going through my head as I bombed through the section as recklessly as possible. About 50 meters down the trail I realized my front tire was going flat. I stopped, quickly de-Maxled the wheel and fully deflated the tire so that I could yank the tube out. While I was pulling off the bead, I noticed that I could still hear a hissing noise. Sure enough, it was coming from the rear wheel. My next move was calling my boss and telling him I would not be on time. After that, I contemplated the grave error I had made 40 minutes earlier when I hadn't put any more air in my tires because I didn't want to be late. Then I got to work double patching the pinched front tube while getting a crash course on the 142x12 rear axle. So I did manage to ride out to work, but had to cut some trail and it was a generally unenjoyable experience. So in the spirit of this thread: come rain, sleet or snow (knock on wood) - Norco Revolver demo, this ain't over!

    PS moral of the story always carry a patch kit as well as tube(s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post

    PS moral of the story always carry a patch kit as well as tube(s)
    We only need one practioner of the L Dyson methodolgy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawz View Post
    he wouldn't spend that much.....he's dutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    he wouldn't spend that much.....he's dutch
    I'm going to buy 2 orange soccer jerseys to wear biking. !!
    One for me & one for you : )

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    it may be over looking at the weather forcast
    unless i turn my old fire mountain into a winter bike.
    this may just work out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...



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    We had family in town this weekend so riding (and building) was out BUT I did get to take my nieces for a great hike in the woods along the Christie Lake trails. The gnomes had been out earlier in the day raking the second half of the Black loop. Should be open before the snow flies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...
    w00t! Hopefully I can get out before the salt hits the road...

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    The season never ends : )

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    BERR ! I SEE IT....I love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...



    A little lube for you and a little lube for me...



    We had family in town this weekend so riding (and building) was out BUT I did get to take my nieces for a great hike in the woods along the Christie Lake trails. The gnomes had been out earlier in the day raking the second half of the Black loop. Should be open before the snow flies!
    NICE....750ml bottle of micro beer....good for you!

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    No good

    blizzard in Scarborough right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    blizzard in Scarborough right now.

    Only counts if it sticks for more then a day.

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    Bah, I took one look at the snow, ran upstairs to throw on my Winter finery and got out for a most excellent ride. I just love riding in a good storm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Bah, I took one look at the snow, ran upstairs to throw on my Winter finery and got out for a most excellent ride. I just love riding in a good storm!
    Okay.. now your doing better on the Jens scale.

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    Our 30cm dump from last week is almost gone and they're forecasting a bunch of rain and double digits tonight and tomorrow, so it looks like I'll get a bit more dirt riding in this season!

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    I, like Garage Monster, tuffed it out today. November Grand Total ~ 150k, which is a good month for me anytime. Thus, excellent November. As my birthday is just before Christmas, tomorrow kicks off Edcember in our house!!!!

    Notable, was the temperature today. I froze! Even with 2 legs and chest embrocated I was cold. I even had on fall gloves. Time for the winter shoes and clothes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    Notable, was the temperature today. I froze! Even with 2 legs and chest embrocated I was cold. I even had on fall gloves. Time for the winter shoes and clothes....
    Because the snow was melting as soon as it hit the ground, I opted for the neoprene paddling gloves and winter riding shoes (along with a completely waterproof outer layer). Fairly toasty even with the pit-zips wide open.
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    Trail Trash, where were you last night...
    perfect snow conditions, lots of traction!!!!
    a good amount of snow... i'll try and get a picture up here soon..
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    haven't got my winter bike ready yet.
    glad you had a good one

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    here we go, that took a while to figure out....
    hindsight, shoulda put the studded tires on... but was good...
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    looks like you'd be getting clotheslined by those low branches and i'm sure Crash&bern would be shaking all the snow onto you everytime you rode under those.

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    i'm sure Crash&bern would be shaking all the snow onto you everytime you rode under those
    How did you know????
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    I could swear I saw that green heckler at the potato festival.

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    Dec 3rd and we got in 17km at dufferin forest in mansfield.
    conditions were great about 90% snow covered.
    10 of us made it out, hopefully one of them will post some pics as i forgot the camera.
    only experienced about 200 metres of damage due to logging and saw horse damage only on the double track. we rode about 95% single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alhazred View Post
    I could swear I saw that green heckler at the potato festival.
    you did

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    It's not over yet !! True , 10 riders out on saterday !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    Dec 3rd and we got in 17km at dufferin forest in mansfield.
    conditions were great about 90% snow covered.
    10 of us made it out, hopefully one of them will post some pics as i forgot the camera.
    only experienced about 200 metres of damage due to logging and saw horse damage only on the double track. we rode about 95% single track.
    Well that's not so bad as I thought,when I saw the logging I walked ahead and actually got lost trying to find my bike.It seemed a lot worse at the time...

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    The 30cm of snow we got last thursday all melted so I was able to squeeze another ride in yesterday.

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    The view:




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    Rain. Feh.

    I needed some fresh air. Trails were ridden, blood was spilled and humble pie was eaten in large portions.

    Note the waterfall in the background.



    Mud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Rain. Feh.

    I needed some fresh air. Trails were ridden, blood was spilled and humble pie was eaten in large portions.

    Note the waterfall in the background.



    Mud!

    Nothing like slippery trails to take one down a peg or two.

    From my last ride: frozen mud!


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    We had snow last night. LOTS - mixed with rain. In Hamilton, that can only mean one thing: waterfall peeping!

    My original plan was somewhat scuttled when I ran into some railway bulls. So, Plan B it was. After a harrowing descent, the target was achieved.



    Even all the ephemeral falls were running full bore. This one is barely more than a trickle 90% of the year.



    Alright, enough peeping. Time to get on with the show (you might note in the distance that some of the trail is actually underwater - yay, SPD winter boots kept my toes nice and dry).



    Here's one of the *less* techy sections (looks WAY more impressive from the saddle, ). I'd be lying if I said I cleaned everything but I didn't hurt myself this time either!



    Despite the blah weather, I'm having a great time this week, just poking around gettin' dirty!
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    Those falls near dundas ? Webster & tews falls ?
    Didn't know there were bike trails there !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    Those falls near dundas ? Webster & tews falls ?
    Didn't know there were bike trails there !
    Technically, they're not bike trails (especially not when they're wet, ) but with some skill and nerve, they can be ridden. On almost any other day, it would be thick with hikers in Tilley hats.

    These would be considered the "lower" trails. We rode the "upper" trails on a ride I led in October called the Dundas Monstercross.
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    Stunning.

    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    The 30cm of snow we got last thursday all melted so I was able to squeeze another ride in yesterday.

    the trail:

    The view:

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    Sweet ! That's the kind of riding ( i mean hiking )we love to do !!
    Going have to check them out @ then a beer(s) @ the thirsty cactus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    Sweet ! That's the kind of riding ( i mean hiking )we love to do !!
    Going have to check them out @ then a beer(s) @ the thirsty cactus
    Oh there's still plenty of hiking to be done on this particular trail. Right now, with all the wet clay, I did my fair share of shouldering the bike and scrambling!
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    nice pics

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    Started snowing on me on my way out but no pics today - I was on the hunt for top-secret stuff.

    Looks like some locals were busy pitching rocks this summer to rescue some long-forgotten trails (there are lots of century-old logging and quarrying trails crisscrossing a lot of the "natural" areas in town). Nice!
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    Sigh, another day, another waterfall.



    We only had a dusting of snow last night and you can already see how much calmer the falls have become since the heavy rain days.

    Things are firming up again out there so it'll probably be safe to go for a "proper" ride by the weekend though. Taking this week "off" to just go get muddy and bush-whack has been a blast. It's given me the time to poke around spots I usually skip because I have a hard time fitting them into a longer loop.

    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
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    There's still a few of us riding at Mono, coniditions last night were perfect. Not too cold, and the clear sky made everything just that much brighter with the snow. I'll try and put a few pictures up. Can't complain at all, still riding, and still enjoying the cold beer afterwards.
    Based on the weather looks like it'll be a nice weekend to head out to Mansfield for another good ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
    It certainly does. For much or the summer, I don't ride with a camera, because when I'm on my bike, I'm riding. For this reason, I have very few pictures of riding the trails in the St. Catharines area, where I've spent most of my recent summers.

    However, once racing season is done, I become less focused on riding, and lean towards just getting outside, exploring, whatever. And hence, my collection of pictures from the Ancaster / Dundas area is a little larger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Sigh, another day, another waterfall.



    We only had a dusting of snow last night and you can already see how much calmer the falls have become since the heavy rain days.

    Things are firming up again out there so it'll probably be safe to go for a "proper" ride by the weekend though. Taking this week "off" to just go get muddy and bush-whack has been a blast. It's given me the time to poke around spots I usually skip because I have a hard time fitting them into a longer loop.

    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
    i thought there were no bikes allowed there? i love those trails and years ago my wife and i hiked them all the time. i wanted to ride them but was told it was off limits so i respected that. in the summer now, the place is a zoo. i don't even bother going there now. it's so busy they have hired people to work the parking lots.

    so is it legal to ride there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbert2000 View Post
    so is it legal to ride there?
    In Hamilton, this is an almost infinitely gray area. Any land owned by the RBG is in fact illegal to ride per the legislation enacted to form it as a legal entity. On land the RBG only "manages" on behalf of another land owner (like Watedown), it's probably not illegal but it's not exactly "kosher" either. On land owned and managed by the HCA, cyclists are an accepted user group but their official line is that the Bruce is a "hiking trail". On land owned by the City, I believe anything goes. Add to this that Hamilton is a crazy-quilt of ownership and management, on any given ride you may be technically "poaching" dozens of times without even knowing it.

    Is that clear?

    That being said, I avoid a lot of what I've ridden this week precisely because most of the rest of the time, there are just too darn many people there to make riding practical regardless of "legality"!
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    Some pictures from Wednesday Nights Ride.




    have to love the studded tires... so much fun...
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    nice pics there Ty.
    hopefully we'll still be able to get out during the holidays , then i'll be able to join the wednesday night ride.
    Johnny and you the only ones with studs?
    If so how did the rest of them handle the conditions.

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    thanks...
    i was the only one running studs on wednesday, worked great on the icier sections, but a lot of the trails were still somewhat bare...
    conditions were fantastic for a december ride....
    looking at the weather, saturdays ride at mansfield will be great too. anyones welcome to join, 2pm at the upper parking lot...
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    i'm on call this weekend but think i'll find a way to make it

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    Snoo!



    I personally find that this waterfall is under-photographed and it was well-worth getting there the "hard" way.



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    Nice hover bike in picture #3.

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    may have to put that area on our list to visit next year with the bikes.
    keep the pics comin

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    ...this is an almost infinitely gray area.
    Grey, with an "e". Unless you're secretly American or something.

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    Did a ride this morning with my friend on the local trails, the temperature change going from the sheltered parts to the exposed parts at the top was nuts. Down in the lower section in the sun with no wind it was almost shorts weather but when we got up top in the wind it was an instant deep freeze. Trails were great though, they finally froze & hardened up so there was plenty of traction.




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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post

    Really???

    Dirt was great, stickier than sand paper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Really???
    Well, she is a former pro...

    Dirt was great, stickier than sand paper!
    Yup, on most parts of the trail the tires stuck like glue. I almost stuffed myself into a tree when my bike railed around a turn instead of drifting wide like it normally does in the summer.

    Then parts of the trail started melting on our way back and it went from crazy grip to no grip.

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    We had a great ride saturday at mansfield, 5 people still riding. Conditions were perfect, a liitle snow covering the trail, but still plenty of traction.. Thanks to whomever started cleaning the trails after the logging, but only a slight bit left then its back to normal.. Looking at the forcast there is plenty of riding still to come..
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    After a day of building, shopping and Xmas partying yesterday, today was a designated "quiet" day.

    While Mrs. Monster was out riding, I busied myself making chicken stock.

    "

    Once she got home, it was my turn to suit up and head out into the bush. I started by following a quad trail into a Hydro line and soon found myself chasing deer through what I found out later was "Private Property". Like I said, Hamilton is complicated.



    Locals will be familiar with this landmark and though I've seen it dozens of times, I still don't know what it is/was. Maybe it was just some random house along Old Guelph Road, or maybe it was something cooler - if you know, please fill me in!



    The light was fading and I was nursing a slow rear leak but no Fall ride is complete without a visit to a waterfall. Lower Borer's Falls is icing up nicely!



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    Chicken... good!

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    was able to sneak a ride in yesterday at Palgrave while the rain turned into snow. a couple other riders out... great day and another great ride. a little bit of snow, but may be able to sneak another ride in on the weekend.... another great year of riding isn't over yet...
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    We rode yesterday afternoon while it was snowing. The dh trails were a little slippery. The ride started with a light dusting of snow. By the time we rode back we had to shovel off the sidewalk.


    The forest looked pretty

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    Even with the inch and a half of snow we got last night, conditions were great out today. Despite the warm temps and the 100% humidity, the ground was still frozen so there was plenty of traction to be had.

    I finally found an old local farm cemetery that I'd been trying to locate for a while.



    Google Earth hinted at this trail and again, I finally took the time to find it. I think I just laid out my new Crank the Shield training loop.



    Here's a graveyard of another kind - I believe these stunts were actively ridden before we moved here but they're pretty much just funky looking junk now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Here's a graveyard of another kind - I believe these stunts were actively ridden before we moved here but they're pretty much just funky looking junk now.

    Looks like old shore style.

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    Oh my god, that lasagna looks unreal!

    Rode to my parents yesterday on the road ~35k.....Temps were great but I need some fenders, big time! I had salt/slush spray across my face and half-way up my back, nasty!

    Heading out into the woods in about an hour with a few buds, should be a great ride.

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    I used yesterday's crappy weather to get our snow bikes in proper working order... so glad I spent all that time cleaning mine...

    Variable would sum up the conditions nicely. Left in full sun; returned in a blizzard. Avoided Monarch because it was swampy; nearly lost it on some ice on the Main Loop.

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    Jens Factor 5 FTW! It's exactly as cold up atop this ridge as it looks in this pic. BRRR!



    As far as Hamilton waterfall pics go, it doesn't get much more cliché than this but I've never been one to shy away from a good cliché. So pretty at this time of year!

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    It was decently cold out there today, but the sun helps.

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    Dec. 27. Amazing conditions for this time of year.




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