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    Official 2014 Winter Ice Biking Thread

    The official first day of Winter Solstice was hit (coincidentally) by Icemagaddon

    Pouring freezing rain altered our plans to ride yesterday evening, though we will sharpen the studded tires and ride today

    Backyard cedar trees are heavy with ice. Curious to see the condition of the trails and what trees crashed down

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    I could barely stay upright walking the dogs today, let alone riding a bike
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    So far seen 5 runners and 3 riders with good bikes out putting in the mileage.

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    I didn't get very far on my local trails. The doubletrack wasn't too bad since it was crust over crunch or half hardened slush for the most part. Singletrack? Forget about it, it was a river of polished ice that I would not even want to walk on. If I wanted to fall off a cliff to my death I'd take up wingsuit flying.

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    Perfect conditions for the studded tires.
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    We had an interesting ride today. The roads were icy/slushy, saw a lot of neighbourhood trees and branches down. The sounds of chainsawing and ice chopping was unusual but obviously necessary.

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    We made it to the nashville tract but we had to be very careful where we went in and where we rode. We stayed on top of the Humber ravine and rode in the open areas because of the fallen and falling trees. The continuous sound of cracking and crashing trees was unnerving

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    Glare ice at the school yard
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    Almost home Time to shovel!
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    If anyone is at Christie today or tomorrow, please post conditions. Hoping to get off work early tomorrow and get out. Wondering if it's just crusty or icy - or all rutted and un-rideable.

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    ^My dogs have trouble pissing in our own back yard! You guys are nuts!

    If the forest is anything like my neighbourhood, there's a lot of trees to climb over and a lot of overhead danger, not to mention the sharp jagged ice you might be wiping out into. Be careful out there if you bike in this mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckeieio View Post
    ^My dogs have trouble pissing in our own back yard! You guys are nuts!

    If the forest is anything like my neighbourhood, there's a lot of trees to climb over and a lot of overhead danger, not to mention the sharp jagged ice you might be wiping out into. Be careful out there if you bike in this mess.
    As we were riding, Singlesprocket was pointing out all the hangers above. We really had to be very careful. Even those pics we took when we stopped; the ground was hard and slippery like a skating rink... I really didn't want to get off the studded tires. It was safer to keep riding!

    On the ride back my glasses, helmet and especially pedals were icing up because the freezing rain was constant. My gear had a film of ice!
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    I would like to know as well. I am still on 26'' 2.25 tires etc. so I'm ok with a couple of inches of snow and/or packed trails. Are there any areas still accessible at this time? I have a few days off as well and it is killing me not being able to get out.

    All southern Etobicoke trails that I usually go to are covered with ice. The frozen ice/slush is uneven too so no way for me to ride it.



    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    If anyone is at Christie today or tomorrow, please post conditions. Hoping to get off work early tomorrow and get out. Wondering if it's just crusty or icy - or all rutted and un-rideable.

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    I was at Christie on Tuesday afternoon. There is a sign saying the trails are closed. The trees still have ice on them, I was surprised, the ice on the Hamilton mountain was mostly gone Monday morning.
    The trails are not really rideable. The crust on undisturbed snow isn't hard enough to support a fat bike. If you get enough speed up, you can skim along for a bit but then sink through. It's not too icy - I had no trouble with slipping.
    They have plowed the double track to just past the exit from Runway. That section of the double track is nice riding, couple inches of light snow.
    There are branches everywhere on the single track. They are frozen into the snow so you need a shovel or something to break them free. Some of the Trillium trail is rideable but hard work - gave up where it joins Happy Hawthorn. I tried Crash & Berm but had to walk most of it.

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    Tuesday afternoon. Downed tree branches and frozen ruts were the challenge. Ground was coarse ice with a light covering of snow, so it was like a rock garden.

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    December 25th ride in the Nashville tract. The aftermath devastation from the storm was wicked. Today we ventured further than we did on Sunday.

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    Treetops were bent
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    riding into the abyss
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    Heading into the Humber Valley... the hill was glare ice with a light dusting of snow
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    We hit several tangled spots like this
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    I made it safely but super studded tires would have steadied my ride down
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    rode in and cleared some trail today. sharpened some tools for the job (Gransfors). was still too dangerous in some areas of the forest. as soon as the wind picked up more branches came crashing down. had to always check what was overhead. got one section done, took about four hours. included some before and after pics.



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    Great work! That tangled section of fallen trees is 1 km long. It will be interesting to explore the trails in the valley once it's safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    we will sharpen the studded tires . . .
    Do you really do that? How do you sharpen them, and is it really necessary? Am I just naïve and oblivious to sarcasm? My studs came pretty sharp, and scratched some skin off when I rubbed them all over my cheeks to test their traction.

    Thanks for all the great pictures. I almost wish the weather was worse in my elbow of the forest 'round here. The only ice we've had was before the winter solstice. Since the official start of t'winter, it's been globally warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gritter View Post
    Do you really do that? How do you sharpen them, and is it really necessary? Am I just naïve and oblivious to sarcasm? My studs came pretty sharp, and scratched some skin off when I rubbed them all over my cheeks to test their traction.

    Thanks for all the great pictures. I almost wish the weather was worse in my elbow of the forest 'round here. The only ice we've had was before the winter solstice. Since the official start of t'winter, it's been globally warm.
    don't panic, it's just a metaphor... though longer studs will be nice but crappy on the ride over to the trailhead.
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    New Years Eve night ride, Palgrave. The trails were hard packed ice with a light dusting of snow.

    Riding the frozen pond
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    Frosty air
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    Cool climbs
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    Did I say it was icy? We all hit the ground once
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    cool descents
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    Beautiful starry night
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    Was that a UFO?
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    End 2013 and start 2014 with fireworks!
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    New Years Day 5 km ride to the Humber River was a cold -13c. But once we reached the river valley it felt a "little" warmer. We rode for 2.5 hours non-stop.

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    Conditions were awesome
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    Crossing a natural ice bridge
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    Many down trees spanning the river
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    Track stand
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    The river was riddled with paw prints (and now bike tire prints)
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    Heading home
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    Official 2014 Winter Ice Biking Thread

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    The mains were packed down thanks to snow shoers and skiers and the entire ride was pretty much clear of fallen trees.



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    Rode a few k on the Rouge river today. Frozen solid from 401 to the lake. My rear suspension started freely bobbing from the cold so I figured I'd cut it short to be safe.



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    Had to constantly pedal to stay warm as it was -18 °C this afternoon at Guelph Lake.


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    Ice bike ride on the Humber River with 11 awesome riders! 5 hours of thrills and spills.

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    Conditions were absolutely perfect. Temp -1c and the river was a mix of glare ice and light snowy areas
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    Some open areas
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    Some washed out areas
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    Some trees down
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    Under the bridge
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    met up with a one legged deer
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    Swingin good times
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    Warm up before heading back
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharklasers View Post
    Had to constantly pedal to stay warm as it was -18 °C this afternoon at Guelph Lake.

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    Such a great ride yesterday. Can't wait for the next one

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    Following last weekend's perfect conditions. This weekend should be interesting: snowfall, freezing cold and mild forecast.

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    ^ This weekend will turn everything into wet over ice. It's going to be almost 10 degrees on saturday. I'm packing it in as of tomorrow unless my tires miraculously sprout spikes.
    I was on the rouge today and hoping to get out tomorrow for a trail ride before this all becomes a slick mess. Rouge was frozen solid from Twyn rivers to the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckeieio View Post
    ^ This weekend will turn everything into wet over ice. It's going to be almost 10 degrees on saturday. I'm packing it in as of tomorrow unless my tires miraculously sprout spikes.
    I was on the rouge today and hoping to get out tomorrow for a trail ride before this all becomes a slick mess. Rouge was frozen solid from Twyn rivers to the lake.


    Lovely pic Chuck! Is that your dog?
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    Thanks! Yup, that's Remy. She tags along for trail rides sometimes too. My puppy (Ruger) is still too young to be out off leash. I can hardly wait to get team Dumb and Dumber on the trail together.

    This was earlier this week at DF.
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    And with her new partner in crime today after a good run.


    Good luck and be careful riding this weekend.
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    We got out for a ride today. Snow was soft and it was slow going. The river wasn't rideable so we stayed on top of the valley

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    Puslinch was icy today. Icy. Remnant Fad-Bike Tracks (2) along with foot traffic packing made for a reasonable tightrope. Deep, deadly deep snow bankage 3mm off piste. Needs more traffic (c'mon, Faddies!) Predicted cold and snow flurries will greatly improve the chances.

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    I haven't had an opportunity to ride in Puslinch but I've read a few posts from people who enjoy riding in that region. Thanks for reporting on this location KOALApOW. Are there any frozen ponds?
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    Official 2014 Winter Ice Biking Thread-dsc00004.jpgYes, Puslinch-aka"Twin Ponds"- has at least that many water features, all frozen over; the Lake has already been colonized by ice huts.
    Conditions continue to improve-snow is firming, ice is getting coated with snow. Haven't seen any tracks other than mine from yesterday, as of 09:30 today. Counter-clockwise loop today was sig. faster....C'mon down!!!

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    Under bridges
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    Under trees
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    I see fish!
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    A glorious winter ice biking day
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    I didn't get very far this weekend before the river did this and there was no more ice to be found.


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    Since the ice has returned thanks to the thaw/ freeze I thought I'd share a few pics I took on rides this week.

    Canada eh!















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    Thank you Chuck for sharing your latest beautiful winter ice biking adventures and landscape pics! I especially love the playful dogs ... I can sense their excitement. Singlesprocket and I will probably squeeze in one more Humber River ride before the ice is completely gone. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Great thread and some awesome pics throughout! Surviving winter with sanity intact is all about getting outside and having some fun IMHO
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    Got the puppy (Ruger) out for her first ride, just under 10k on the beach today. She's a natural.



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    Gorgeous pics and such sweet dogs! I love the lakeshore.

    I'm curious that the dogs can tolerate the cold ground without booties! When I used to take Rocky out his feet would get cold but he would not wear the booties. I would have to stop and warm up his little paws. So maybe some dogs are just heartier!
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    Nah. They're fine being the breeds they are. The white one has a coat so thick she's happier sleeping in a snow hole in the yard than being inside. It's more dangerous running her in warmer weather.
    I keep my eye on the puppy as her coat is still thin and pads still soft.
    Depending on the breed they will react differently to the cold. My cousins boxer is good for 15 min before he starts to shiver and raise his paws off the ground.
    I started Remmy young too lol. (Insert shameless puppy pic here)
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    ^ Beautiful little face... dem eyes ! Our little Jack Russell Rocky (17 + years old) passed in August. I miss him dearly. When the time is right and we are ready, we'll consider another dog. Love your pics, keep em coming!

    We are planning to check out the Humber this weekend
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    We got to ride frozen mighty Humber River again today. We crossed under 6 bridges. The ice was quite thick and most sections were snow covered. Given the number of trees and tree branches spanning the river, it will be a very interesting spring thaw!

    Ride to the Humber
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    One set of XC skis, footprints and lots of paw and hoof prints
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    Bridge #2
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    Heading home
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    Damn, I have to get in on one of these rides!

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    I actually went up Duffins Creek from the Lake to Bayley this afternoon, and in the process which I was able to establish that I am quite the chicken once I see any patches of open water.

    If I hadn't been following the tracks of two other bikes (who appeared to be heavier than me) I would have bailed at the first little cracking noise.


    Now, someone had recently driven what appeared to be a small tractor up the ice on the Rouge, so I wasn't so worried there.
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