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    Riding Rail Trails is not Mountain Biking. I'm Doing this Forum thing Wrong.

    Rail trails can be pretty straight, flat, and boring.

    But today, that's just what I was craving. A steady and smooth ride. Just a few climbs. No traffic. Views of vast fields, and farms. I needed a slightly longer ride. Since (Canadian) Thanksgiving, all of my rides have been short, mostly just occasional commutes, as I've been wrapped up in school work. But today, I escaped, and pedaled for about 60 quiet kilometers.

    It was fantastic. I'll take tractor crossings over busy intersections any day.





















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    Any idea what the round structure was in your last photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    I like this one best. I often think I should try some rail trails, probably fun just from the change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudhead View Post
    Any idea what the round structure was in your last photo?
    It was the foundation of an old water tower beside a train station. I did not take a picture of the plaque myself, but found it online:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    I like this one best. I often think I should try some rail trails, probably fun just from the change!
    The lighting was great for this picture. I took another one just a few seconds later (I wanted to get my bike on the level ground), and the clouds took away the nice golden light.
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    Rail trail on a Cross bike a very legit "mountain bike" ride. I have been using mine to explore my new residence in Calgary.





    Very nice pics by the way!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post


    Very nice pics by the way!!
    Ooh, mountains!

    //thanks
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    rkj, all this time I've been on here and you're still in school,
    what are you majoring in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmto View Post
    rkj, all this time I've been on here and you're still in school,
    what are you majoring in?
    Hahahaha. You seriously made me lol.

    I've been working on a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering since September 2006, just after you joined. It's been a long and challenging road. I've picked up 12 months of related experience along the way through co-op. I have not taken the shortest road to the end, but if all goes well, I'll be wearing an iron ring this spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Hahahaha. You seriously made me lol.

    I've been working on a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering since September 2006, just after you joined. It's been a long and challenging road. I've picked up 12 months of related experience along the way through co-op. I have not taken the shortest road to the end, but if all goes well, I'll be wearing an iron ring this spring.
    remember what they say, it's the journey not the destination.
    cheers!

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    but... but...

    isn't this an MTB forum...

    ;P

    tranquility... mmmm....

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    I see no beer from the ride picks. I'm going to go whine to the mod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    I see no beer from the ride picks. I'm going to go whine to the mod.
    I tend not to drink alone.
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    Ya know, I really like these photos, especially the trails drifting off into the distance.
    Very nice.

    Humph... enduramil, beer would have been a good addition maybe ( although the weather's cold so whiskey might be better eh?)
    Cheers, Dave

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    Rides definitely don't all have to be exciting or challenging or death defying or done at 70% VOmax. Riding anywhere in the countryside away from traffic and humanity counts toward ride karma.
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    very good point. however, some may construe this as harassment with serious legal ramifications. you know what i mean... careful...

    student forever... i know a few of these... but he must be itching to get the first fat pay check so that he can burn some serious cash on toys...

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    c'mon.. at least some mushroom then?

    no mushroom = pics ain't yours...

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    how's this not challenging... looks like false flat to me = challenging

    however, the scenery is well worth the unearthly effort to get to the top, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    how's this not challenging... looks like false flat to me = challenging

    however, the scenery is well worth the unearthly effort to get to the top, eh?
    This is false flat, the sign says so
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    ... but he must be itching to get the first fat pay check so that he can burn some serious cash on toys...
    Or to start the dreaded student loan repayments.

    Oh what a mess students of my generation made of the student loan system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    very good point. however, some may construe this as harassment with serious legal ramifications. you know what i mean... careful...

    student forever... i know a few of these... but he must be itching to get the first fat pay check so that he can burn some serious cash on toys...
    I'll match your systemic threats of harassment and legal ramifications with my own - you are harassing me and I'm assembling my legal team as we speak, Johnny Cochrane is en route.

    Its sad to see a forum completely built on good will to be dismantled by an egomaniacal nut. Hopefully, Circlip can see the common denominator in all friction on this forum.

    Ryan, you are on a distinguished road....
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    Great pics! Looks like you covered some good distance on that ride. I recognize all of those places, I have done the hamilton to brantford a couple of times. I would do it more often but I hate the backtracking on long trails. I always want to go further but I dread the distance I have to return. BTW, you have a great bike for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Hahahaha. You seriously made me lol.

    I've been working on a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering since September 2006, just after you joined. It's been a long and challenging road. I've picked up 12 months of related experience along the way through co-op. I have not taken the shortest road to the end, but if all goes well, I'll be wearing an iron ring this spring.
    It took me 6 years to get a BA in Economics.

    Problem courses:

    Calculus I:
    1st attempt: 15%
    2nd attempt:30%
    3rd attempt:45%
    4th attempt 60%!!!

    Statistics I:
    1st attempt: 15%
    2nd attempt:30%
    3rd attempt:45%
    4th attempt 65%!!!

    However, I still hold my head up high and fancy myself a mathamatical guy...
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    You rode a 'cross bike on rail trails and posted about it on a mountain biking board without getting banned?
    Man, the standards are slipping here, next thing you know we'll be talking about road biking...

    It's always fun to see ride photos, there are times when I forget how much great riding there is in the golden horseshoe area.

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    Oh what a mess students of my generation made of the student loan system.
    You can say that again, my friends made an artform out of profiting from OSAP loans.

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    Lovely. Perfect shoulder season riding. We did those a lot prepping for BC Bike Race. I also really appreciated them during the last month of my pregnancy. I suspect they'll be good for towing the mini-monster in the spring too. We're very lucky.

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