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    Well this could be interesting.... http://www.gtabikepark.com/

    http://www.gtabikepark.com/

    No real details other than it opens up for November.

    Anyone know anything about it?

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    90'000sq feet is a hell of a big place... hope they got a good deal on the rent.
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    They made an announcement about it at Mountainview yesterday too.

    No more long boring drives to Cleveland for me(although I'll miss the Saturday morning runs to the Farmer's Market)!
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    Maybe to through some stunts, which we know you're keen on, but not so much for endurance training.

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    90'000sq feet is a hell of a big place... hope they got a good deal on the rent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Maybe to through some stunts, which we know you're keen on, but not so much for endurance training.

    No but it's still a good place to work on those other skills that Enduro types tend to neglect.

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    Looks good..even a cross-country track!
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    Will save me the trip to Cleveland this year. I have wanted to go for the past 2 yrs and never made it but TO is far enough for me so that will be perfect. What would be really perfect would be if it was open 24 hrs for us shift workers that have nothing to do in the middle of the night. Can't wait to hear the rest of the details.

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    Looks good....

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    Wow, I hope they can pull it off ok. Rumored to be in Markham according to the site, given the cost of rent, I'm sure it's going to be out there a bit.

    I hope they have some sort of flow to the place, Ray's is a great template. Winter riding AND this would be hella fun

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    If it's in Markham that would be a plus since it won't be far from home. very interested to see what they're going to build.

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    If its in Markham, its not exactly GTA, its added-on GTA
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    not just me lol, but a large portion of the riding community considering the number of bike parks popping up. oh, they do have spin bikes...

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    Maybe to through some stunts, which we know you're keen on, but not so much for endurance training.
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    this is wicked awesome news...seasons pass here i come...

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    I've heard a little bit of the planning and it sounds AMAZING. If anyone can do it, and do it right, it's these guys. I LOVED Ray's. This has the potential to be even better. (And, you know, MUCH closer.)

    What's killing me is that they keep adding little teasers to their website a couple of times a day. I'm going back constantly! Damn them!

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    This sounds amazing, hope it comes through and lasts...

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    explosions rocked the park yesterday...

    ...quite possibly and exclusive tour coming next week.
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    I still feel a tremendous loyalty to Rays because he was the first and original and I consider him to be a friend. But this could do VERY well in TO. I'll definitely throw my support behind it.

    But at the same time, I'll still make the trip to Rays a few times each winter too

    Good luck to the guys doing this. They deserve all of our support.
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    I've been following progress on the website religiously. I loved Ray's, so if this can be anywhere near as good, I'll be so there every weekend.

    Anyway, they're asking for input about the most important feature in a bike park. I'm divided! I think the skills lines were the most useful for me at Ray's. But I loved the pump track (a new discovery for me!). And the cross country loop was great for a good warmup... I don't really care about the jumps (though they were awesome to watch), but the foam pit was pretty cool. Thoughts?

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    Well what they need is too build alot of what will draw the crowds or the place won't survive. I thin a good pump track with dirst jumps, a good XC track with some tech stuff is the way too go. Me thinks Rays is a good start.
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    At Ray's I loved the skills lines (if we're talking about the same thing, where you drop in and have ~10 lines to choose, some being skinnies/teeters/rockgarden/etc). I was REALLY impressed with the flow @ Ray's, I was expecting somewhat of a chaotic scene with riders weaving around eachother in all directions but the way it was set up was perfect. I think the key to this type of park is being truly friendly to beginners and experts alike, a separate room for beginner's at Ray's went a long way in providing a place for beginners to get into it without feeling intimidated and also a great warm-up zone...I'm super stoked about this place!

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    I was looking into a indoor park a few years ago. One big issue I was concerned about was the fact that a lot of people don't really want to pay entry fees! I was at Albion last week & there was nobody at the entrance & you r supposed to be a good person & pay via an envelope. Well the park ranger came around & asked to see my pass.No prob, showed him & went over to some other people in the parking lot & here we go. He had no money on him & his buddy was coming & will pay. Come on would you go out with no money on you!
    People have been sneaking into all these great trails around Ontario. Will they pay to ride indoor?
    One other point i bring up is that a lot of people cried that the King trails is too short! You think 90k sq feet will wet your apatite?
    I think for the bmx crowd this will be great, but for XC? I will definetly try it out.

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    People will pay for an indoor park, no question. The difference between an indoor park and the outdoor trails is that indoor bike parks have little if any direct competition. Where else can you ride your bike in the dead of winter? These places aren't intended to be full-out XC trails - they can't be for obvious reasons - but they're still wicked fun and a great way to sharpen your technical skills. I was out at Ray's for one weekend last year and improved my balance and slow-speed handling tremendously.

    I was also looking into starting/partnering to build an indoor park after my Ray's trip but when I worked out the numbers it just didn't make financial sense for me. Kudos to the guys building this park, takes a helluva lot of hard work and time!

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    In the summer, it can be pretty hard to justify paying to ride. In fact, I'll avoid it if at all possible and the only time I do is for races.

    However, in the winter, not only do I pay to ride, I subject myself to a ridiculously boring drive to Cleveland AND pony up the dough for a hotel and meals.

    With a local park, I won't have the compunction to ride for 12 hours only to pass out in front of the fire place just to restore my sense of "value".

    It'll be super-easy to pop-in for a couple of hours, do a loop or two, hit the pump track and some skinnies and STILL have all afternoon to squeeze in a good 20 km of skiing.

    Way better than going to the gym if you ask me.
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    This place will be 10 minutes from me. The only annoying thing is that I bought a trainer a few months ago, thinking I would use it this winter. No way. Not with this place so close.

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    Last winter we went down to Ray's twice.
    It was surprisingly exhausting and fun!!!
    That place is really flows I hope they come up something really similar layout !
    Hopefully we'll see a lot of Demo days there...
    Finally we would have the chance to test the bikes on trail like conditions....

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    this look like its going to be sick cant wait to see what kindof stuff they're gonna have

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    Did car-less riders (teens, locals or eco-riders) factor into the business plan for the Park? Land values largely determined the siting of the park, but what are the chances of making the trek from various points in the GTA by transit/GO?

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    I hope the hrs are different to Ray's for us older and shift workers. Always nice to have something to do during the day and not have to wait until the evening. I can understand opening at 5 pm for the school kids and the day workers but how about the people with screwed up schedules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northside
    Did car-less riders (teens, locals or eco-riders) factor into the business plan for the Park? Land values largely determined the siting of the park, but what are the chances of making the trek from various points in the GTA by transit/GO?
    It's actually right next to a GO station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    I hope the hrs are different to Ray's for us older and shift workers. Always nice to have something to do during the day and not have to wait until the evening. I can understand opening at 5 pm for the school kids and the day workers but how about the people with screwed up schedules.
    As much as it's going to be a playground for riders, it'll also have to be a sustainable business. Having staff on-hand from 9am-5pm to handle the few riders that show up in that timeframe just doesn't make good business sense...that's probably why Ray's doesn't do it. It'd be nice if they had day-time hours once a week, maybe do a 10-10 thing on Fridays or something...

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    you would think with the number of shift workers now a days there would be more people out during the day. I understand they need to open when they will make money. I was hoping there would be enough people that are free in the day time that would warrant it to be open during the day. Like you said even if there is at least one day a week they opened early then that would be better then nothing. Shift work sure gets in the way of having some fun in life. But without it you can't have a life either. Oh boy i need to win a lottery.

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    Looks like Ray's MTB is stepping it up a notch with longer hours, lower prices and free rentals...

    - New Lower Price; $10 for all day (tax included)
    - Free Rental Bikes
    - Hours of operation: Thurs/Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat/Sun 12pm-11pm

    Just got their 'gearing up for the new season' emails...perhaps feeling the heat that Joyride 150's bringing?

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    That's odd. I thought they opened earlier than that on the weekend. I'd go first thing after grabbing breakfast and supplies at the West Side Market... drool...

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    Ray's is going to be unbelieveable this years. And the Joyride150 looks to be fantastic as well. Those of us in Southern Ontario will certainly be spoied this 'off-season'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    That's odd. I thought they opened earlier than that on the weekend.
    Yeah I could've sworn they were open at 10am on weekends last year...still not too shabby! Might make a trip to Ray's early in December, looking forward to some fresh stuff there - have to find that West Side Market - last time all we found in Cleveland was sketchiness...

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    Crop is a fantastic place for dinner. Easily the best in the Warehouse district downtown. We sit at the bar kitchen-side; the head chef is hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotrider
    Looks like Ray's MTB is stepping it up a notch with longer hours, lower prices and free rentals...

    - New Lower Price; $10 for all day (tax included)
    - Free Rental Bikes
    - Hours of operation: Thurs/Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat/Sun 12pm-11pm

    Just got their 'gearing up for the new season' emails...perhaps feeling the heat that Joyride 150's bringing?
    Smackers. Their website hasn't changed yet. It still says $10 for rentals; $22 for a weekend day and
    M-F: Noon - 10:00PM, SAT-SUN: 9:00AM - 10:00PM. Weird, 'cause everything else seems to be updated. It does look pretty sweet!

    (And JoyrideOne50 looks STELLAR. Love the name too.)
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    I happened to drive by on my way from a site visit to ensure Markville Mall's parking structure doesn't fall down. The building isn't exactly much to look at from the outside, but it is quite large. Looking forward to what they do with it.

    I considered peeking inside, but I figured sombody might shoot me, so I drove away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    The building isn't exactly much to look at from the outside
    Have you seen Ray's?! Looks like a decent storm can knock the place down...if I remember correctly it was once used as a parachute factory during WWII...anybody know what the building housing JoyrideOne50 used to be? SUPER stoked for it to open up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotrider
    Have you seen Ray's?! Looks like a decent storm can knock the place down...if I remember correctly it was once used as a parachute factory during WWII...anybody know what the building housing JoyrideOne50 used to be? SUPER stoked for it to open up!
    Structurally, I have no idea. I never went inside. If they want me to come and analyze any new or existing structural elements, maybe we can work something out

    The building used to be occupied by "Liloy International Group" - importers.

    The entire building is 140,000 sq.ft. Joyride150 isn't occupying the entire space. But with 46,000 sq.ft. having a clear height of 24 ft., they have some head room to work with.

    My only dilemma is that a new indoor ski training centre opened at 401 and Dufferin. I demoed it 2 days ago. That was a blast as well. Pricey at $45/30 minutes, but even 5 minutes had my legs burning. I need those muscles back before the snow flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    My only dilemma is that a new indoor ski training centre opened at 401 and Dufferin. I demoed it 2 days ago. That was a blast as well. Pricey at $45/30 minutes, but even 5 minutes had my legs burning. I need those muscles back before the snow flies.
    Do you know they're using as snow-turf? I just saw something about Snowflex (artificial snow turf) on the Discovery channel yesterday, the stuff looks pretty good. They were showcasing it at a grand opening of a year-round ski slope in the States (I think mid-west)...amazing the kind of stuff people come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotrider
    Looks like Ray's MTB is stepping it up a notch with longer hours, lower prices and free rentals...

    - New Lower Price; $10 for all day (tax included)
    - Free Rental Bikes
    - Hours of operation: Thurs/Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat/Sun 12pm-11pm

    Just got their 'gearing up for the new season' emails...perhaps feeling the heat that Joyride 150's bringing?
    i'm not sure where you got that...attractive as it is.
    this came today...
    Rays.jpg
    seems much more fiscally responsible.
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    wacky...

    that's strange...I got the same email today, but last week this is what was sent over:



    Maybe that's only for the dirt room?

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    No, you don't use your skis or slide down a rolling ramp. This is all lateral. Here's a vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9LZbBoBHRI

    My progression was a lot like the guy in the video. Slow turns to start, then you figure out how to angulate more, which means the machine goes faster. You can ski short radius or long - the machine reacts to your input. It's bloody amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdotrider
    Maybe that's only for the dirt room?
    i went back in my trash...same thing...not sure why it didn't phase me.
    must be the dirt room.
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    Oooh! Lookit Joyride!

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    In the words of the kidz these days, SICK!

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    Any idea if they're still on track to open this month?! From the clip it looks like there's plenty of work remaining...

    On another note, I'm curious to know how many of you guys/gals own a DJ bike? I'm thinking I might throw wider handlebars and a singlespeed kit + tensioner on my wife's spesh hardrock and use that at the park until I decide whether my interest in dirt jumping warrants the purchase of a new ride...
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    The website now says "We're opening in 0 months", and from the pics, it looks like a lot of the time-consuming structural work is done.

    Mr. Monster has a DJ bike, which I'm going to be stealing quite a lot. Tried the 29er thing at Ray's and it was great for the XC stuff and getting comfy on the technical lines, but kinda sucked for the pump track. If they offer a DJ instruction clinic, I'm so there, but I'm a bit of a wuss on my own.

    I'm pretty sure they'll have rentals too.

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    looking nice gawd thats a lot of work, at least it's indoors and you are not getting rained on. glad i got my cromag stylis on the way... hope there will be a backbacon beer lounge or at least a tiki bar for us older folks...
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