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    what is your riding plan for winter. any plan!

    you may include:
    - your winter bike, or your ONLY bike, that you will ride in the winter too
    - your winter riding trail. if it is Coppeland - don't say it. it is a secret.
    - racing cyclocross? which one - post experience
    - secret training with frequent phone calls to dr. ferrari - talk to us - we are your family...
    - planning on just watching hockey? well, sorry. there is NO hockey for you this winter. i think
    - trainer? what you got? what are you watching while mitigating pain from rear end blisters?
    - cross training? xc skiing? it's ok. we still like and accept you.
    - core training - share experience/benefits/experiments...
    - injured? anything to share on your healing process...
    - building a new rig for next riding season? confess.
    - got a great deal on bike components - let us know...

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    - Circlip - *** **** * ** **** ** ***** (legal counsel advice)
    - Unglued - must be on weight watchers program in order to post now that he is ripped to oblivion. Lapdogs extending your contract?
    - Arek - i'll get back to you on this
    - twenty6black - no beer over winter or else
    - nogearshere - noggs for the inner cult circle - you still have account with intrawebs?
    - smarty - limited only to armchair smart arse laywers comments. mostly
    - Captain - must get married again. why would you be any better than the rest of us.
    - mtbmeister - take off the final Ocup podium life size poster from your bedroom wall. bathroom poster is ok.
    - Louda - pictures welcome
    - BCD - more pictures
    - rkj_ - you still alive?
    - tommy - preparing for Paris to Ancaster already?
    - Phat TIred - come back in style
    - Trail Ninja - this dude kicked cancer's ass... now he is looking for whomever sent it, all while he is reaching 50 miles of his own built trails... any questions?

    there is more, but there ain't time to list it all... keep it fun folks... and keep it running...
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    All joking aside, my winter plan is to lose another 10-15lb. I am at 184 right now and would like to be 175 And you know what? It is through Weight Watchers. And it works.

    I will also be starting crossfit, commuting from Oakville to Toronto when the weather permits, and logging a lot of trainer time doing Sufferfests. I also have a couple of Big 6 DVD's I can watch for the first time for the sake of some irony. The question is whether, now Lance has been stripped of his Big 6, the DVD will just show an empty mountain road...

    And yes, I will be putting forth the idea of another MTBR xmas/new years ride for those of you wanting to hit the trails.
    Strava made me do it....

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    I'm going to say this once and once only. *** **** * ** **** ** *****. Count on it.

    As for activities, I have debated the merits of going full-time as a keyboard jockey and skipping the actual riding part. However, in the end I will probably ride some trails, ride some road, (gasp!) run some trails, run some road, and pursue my lifelong ambition to dominate the sport of Racketlon. EDIT: forgot to also throw in a smattering of XC skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    I'm going to say this once and once only. *** **** * ** **** ** *****. Count on it.

    As for activities, I have debated the merits of going full-time as a keyboard jockey and skipping the actual riding part. However, in the end I will probably ride some trails, ride some road, (gasp!) run some trails, run some road, and pursue my lifelong ambition to dominate the sport of Racketlon.
    RacketWHAT?

    i know i can google it, but care to elaborate? is it played in spandex? top mandatory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    RacketWHAT?

    i know i can google it, but care to elaborate? is it played in spandex? top mandatory?
    Just the usual gold g-string.

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    Hah! I got no restrictions!

    Since it never snows where I come from, I guess I'll have to learn how to ride in the snow. That should keep me busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    RacketWHAT?

    i know i can google it, but care to elaborate? is it played in spandex? top mandatory?
    If you must know, racketlon is to racquet sports enthusiasts (note the more elegant use of "racquet" in place of the crass "racket") what triathlons are to endurance athletes. In other words, jack of all trades, master of none. Of course, to be good at this sort of thing one needs to be pretty competent in all the disciplines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Hah! I got no restrictions!
    indeed. though i had to include a honorable mention... obvious injustice fixed.

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    Once the salt hits the roads, I'll be limiting my outdoor riding to my new carbon hardtail. I'll try to get out every Saturday and Sunday since that's the only time I'm able to ride in daylight, and the odd weekday night ride. I'll throw the studs on when it gets icy enough, probably January. I'll get up to Joyride with the ShortFuse a bunch of times. If we get a warm spell and the trails turn to mush and the roads get washed, the road bike might see daylight, or the jump bike used to do a little hacking around town.

    If i get desperate, I may put the road bike on the trainer, but I don't wanna.

    My main goal is to not fall through ice chest deep into a river with nobody around.

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    I bought a new toy. I blame Jouko for planting the seed when he bought his. I actually enjoy indoor training so for me it is a good investment, even if the cost is scary.
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    Singletrack, every Sat and Sunday all winter long!

    Durham Forest, Walkers Woods, etc. until the snow gets too deep.

    Then Ravenshoe and Hilton Falls depending on the weather and how far I want to drive. Both Ravenshoe and Hilton Falls get enough traffic to pack the trails down throughout the winter.

    Honestly, I don't see any reason to stop riding in the winter. I love breaking trail through freshly fallen snow (as long as it's not more than 6" deep and not too heavy (wet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by i1dry View Post
    Singletrack, every Sat and Sunday all winter long!

    Durham Forest, Walkers Woods, etc. until the snow gets too deep.

    Then Ravenshoe and Hilton Falls depending on the weather and how far I want to drive. Both Ravenshoe and Hilton Falls get enough traffic to pack the trails down throughout the winter.

    Honestly, I don't see any reason to stop riding in the winter. I love breaking trail through freshly fallen snow (as long as it's not more than 6" deep and not too heavy (wet).

    i1dry?
    I forgot about the odd time I drive somewhere to ride, when I wouldn't be worried about the salt.

    Riding through fresh snow is the best part about winter riding.

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    Since I was called out....maybe a first in MTBR-EC history...


    Oggie, will you marry me? Take me Vegas, that will be 3 days you will never forget. Then WE can ride Hilton Falls together all winter long.

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    Well Snowggie, since you asked,

    I am stoked about my fall->winter->spring cycling plans. I even foresee a return to the P2A after a 2 year, poverty induced, hiatus.

    I just got hired at a place that does the 12 hour coninental shifts. That means every 14 days you work 7 - 12 hour shifts. As my kids are in school and Wifester works semi-fulltime, my days should be free to ride ( and vacuum, do dishes, laundry, blah, blah, blah). The remuneration is also palatable, so everyone here should be eating and playing hockey in quality gear.

    However, my Wife has me on a bike purchasing moratorium. SO I'll have to struggle with only my Misfit Fe, On-One Inbred 29, On-One 456, Jamis Exile SS and RM Vertex...
    Yes, you read correctly, I have no cx bike and my road bike is a 1988! Sucks to be me, eh?

    I think the vertex will be my winter weapon of choice.

    I had a physical for the new job and my weight estimate was low. I weigh 242 and guessed 230. ;(

    However, I feel I can still bench a full set of 1 Unglued(or the unit of mass he represents at gravity being 9.81 m/s^2 on this date in the year of our Lord, 2012)

    Anyway, I hope to return to my drug free finest and swear I'll never roll over on any of my fellow mtbr'ers, no matter your indiscretions.

    Hey Unglued, tell us the truth, did you join Weight Watchers because Jessica Simpson is the spokesperson?
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    Finish the Team NFI work shop

    Avoid turbo trainers as much as possible.

    Begin process of significant career change.

    Maybe a new bike....have heard a rumour.

    Will ride either bike in winter depending on mood or conditions.

    Recall where that Kettball got put during the move and start doing it again. And on the weekend pull the tire pull kit out of the mother in laws for the back yard.

    Maybe actually start running... Though since I will be moving up to the old timers division in a couple of weeks. Maybe it's time for a racing come back ala Dave Scott.

    Hope it snows so the back country XC skies get use instead of collecting dust. Have a couple of spots I want to explore.

    Oh.. and Oggie. You recall I'm Scots right? How did that rule setting work out fer the English?

    Edit,

    Thanks to the quick night ride and scaring the crap out of a Coyote... I will will try not to mow down any wildlife on winter night rides.
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    Beyond marrying Oggie and challenging Circlip to the world championship of Racketlon, pretty low key winter.

    I am currently rehabilitating a couple nagging injuries, but once the winter proper rolls around, I hope to be outdoor riding a couple times a week (mix of MTB and road).

    Beyond that, I am looking at ways to acquire a FS 29er that is under 23lbs for my 2013 race bike.

    Non bike related. Maybe some competitive squash, along with indoor rock climbing as cross training.

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    I'm sure there'll be some winter riding to do but what I want to do more than anything this winter is use my pristine 1 year-old snow shoes at Christie Lake.

    We got them for Xmas last year and there they sat all last season!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    I started to run again last month 3x week... run like I'm being chased by wild wolves. sometimes I pretend it's Osokolo. Running will be good for those days when I'm short on time or traveling for work.

    XC skiing on Saturdays for Ski Patrol at Horseshoe/Hardwood so come up and join me anytime!

    Just switched to my winter bike - Misfit SS belt drive - and likely ride mostly Hilton, Palgrave till the trail bunny boys pansy out - for skills/fun. Will try to get out to any trails really!
    Trainer rides for intensity. Will also ride cross bike out more if it's not disgustingly windy or blustery out.

    Unglued, that holiday ride was a blast last year... looking forward to it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    challenging Circlip to the world championship of Racketlon
    I accept your challenge, but only after you return from your honeymoon with Oggie. We can even work in a points system from a mountain biking stage to keep it bike related. Or we could go collaborative and compete in racketlon doubles. I participated in a doubles racketlon tournament a few weeks ago - kinda fun. There's even have a racketlon doubles world championship. (packed an entire soccer stadium with spectators this year from what I understand. OK, not really)

    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    since I will be moving up to the old timers division in a couple of weeks.
    Out of junior finally? Congratz.

    Quote Originally Posted by Louda View Post
    I started to run again last month 3x week... run like I'm being chased by wild wolves. sometimes I pretend it's Osokolo.
    Any motivation to stay ahead of gratuitous ass-slapping sounds helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    I accept your challenge, but only after you return from your honeymoon with Oggie. We can even work in a points system from a mountain biking stage to keep it bike related. Or we could go collaborative and compete in racketlon doubles. I participated in a doubles racketlon tournament a few weeks ago - kinda fun. There's even have a racketlon doubles world championship. (packed an entire soccer stadium with spectators this year from what I understand. OK, not really)
    FYI, I used to school the current #7 Canadian Racketlon ranked guy at squash.

    Sure, he was 13 at the time, but whatever, I beat his dad too.

    I would actually like to try this, but I truly suck at table tennis. Unless it is on the wii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post



    Out of junior finally? Congratz.


    Well thank you old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    you may include:
    - your winter bike, or your ONLY bike, that you will ride in the winter too
    - your winter riding trail. if it is Coppeland - don't say it. it is a secret.
    - racing cyclocross? which one - post experience
    - secret training with frequent phone calls to dr. ferrari - talk to us - we are your family...
    - planning on just watching hockey? well, sorry. there is NO hockey for you this winter. i think
    - trainer? what you got? what are you watching while mitigating pain from rear end blisters?
    - cross training? xc skiing? it's ok. we still like and accept you.
    - core training - share experience/benefits/experiments...
    - injured? anything to share on your healing process...
    - building a new rig for next riding season? confess.
    - got a great deal on bike components - let us know...

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    Oh hai! I'm still alive, yup. Maybe a little lost. Can somebody show me the way to salvation? k? thanks.

    Plans? No idea. Might have to charge up the lights and do a few spooky solo night rides or something.

    Bikes, I have three. That should do.

    Winter trails, probably the same as summer trails - local.

    Racing? Yeah... no... yeah... no... no.

    Secret Training? No thanks.

    I might go watch a Jr Hockey game or two, maybe strap on the goalie pads a time or two.

    Trainer, that might get pulled out of the attic this winter. Maybe. If I get really bored and restless.

    Cross training? Not likely. Hiking does not count as training in my books.

    Injured? Not yet.

    New rig? Not unless I break something. I think the only money I've spent on bike parts this year was on tubes. I had a million flats, and somehow have still not switched to tubeless.
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    OK! more pics...

    they are worth 1000 words each, which saves me a lot of keyboarding! And that's a skill I don't have since back in the day it was called typing and was something only girls did. But I digress....
    I hope to do more rides with the ever growing number of fat bikers riding around Muskoka. Oddly enough I have not been on many summertime group rides in a few years now but have been on several great ones each winter...




















    So great as all this is, two things that I am really excited about and should make winter even better is a) my spouse has a Pugsley now and I'm hoping she feels well enough to join us...


    and b) I got a BikeTowLeash for my dog Blue. This gives me a lot more options. I can ride around town on the sidewalks now with him at my side. The walks are blown or plowed but still snow covered and make great fatbike riding. There are also some sled trails that run right through town and we can hit those too without my having to worry about him getting hit by a sled! Looks like this...




    So I think we are ready...bring it on!!
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    I love BCDs pix
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    No Hockey?

    There's still the best hockey ever - aka the juniors in the CHL to watch, and whatever hockey I can get myself involved in, I know there will be two invitational tournaments in 2013 I'm scheduled to play in so I should get in a few pick-up games or shinny before then....

    I might buy a stationary bike this year too to help keep the legs moving. I don't know.

    Overall it's hard to say because wintertime at work is an OT wonderland especially if it snows a lot and 98% of it is voluntary, so it's all based on how greedy you feel....
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    yep, it is way easier to spend time on this puppy... mentally that is... suffering is the same...
    congrats. good move.

    i guess we should be afraid for the next year...


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    My mountain bikes are getting parked all winter, I'll ride my commuting bike around a bit and that's about it. Winter is hockey season for me, unless we have another non-winter like last year where it didn't snow and the ice rinks wouldn't stay frozen. If that happens again I'll go for quick rips on my local trails.

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    Getting the Pugsley ready for the winter now. I hope to get out once a week on it. I play hockey anywhere from 3-5 times a week so that's all I can really hope to get out riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    yep, it is way easier to spend time on this puppy... mentally that is... suffering is the same...
    congrats. good move.

    i guess we should be afraid for the next year...
    Thanks Osokolo! Training with power is new for me and will provide plenty of motivation, even though motivation has never been a problem for me (indoors or outdoors). My problem is my genes and unfortunately I cannot buy my way out of that.
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    I will continue to ride through the winter.
    I also play hockey at least once per week.
    I will also be riding the trainer Sufferlandrian video style...if Unglued thinks he should lose another 10 I'd better get on it myself!!

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    Ravenshoe and Hilton Falls for me too for trail rides. I have a Kona Stuff that I sacrifice to the salt gods and that is my road ride for the winter. I kind of use it as an urban assault vehicle on snowbanks and anything else that looks fun on the road, schools and Go Station parking lot. They pile up huge snow banks that are a bit of fun. I also put together a fully rigid ride using an old Brodie Holeshot frame for Joyride. With the seats folded down, I can easily put it in the back of my SUV and it won't get all mucked up on the drive to Markham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    what is your riding plan for winter
    My plan is to ride in the winter.

    There really isn't much more to it than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    My plan is to ride in the winter.

    There really isn't much more to it than that.
    Ditto
    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    I just want to ride more this winter.
    I have a slightly customized set of long stud fat bike tires, and am looking to try them in a low snow area, like Hilton Falls, or Kelso. Somewhere icy.
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    a few more teasers...

















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    thank you for generously sharing

    your plan to ride in the winter, on behalf of this forum!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    My plan is to ride in the winter.

    There really isn't much more to it than that.

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    you don't need studded tires at Hilton Falls... it is more fun without them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolishExperiment View Post
    I just want to ride more this winter.
    I have a slightly customized set of long stud fat bike tires, and am looking to try them in a low snow area, like Hilton Falls, or Kelso. Somewhere icy.
    Studded tires at Hilton is not such a good idea, people get quite upset about the extra scaring the roots and rocks get from them. And as Oggie said you don't really need them there any how.
    it tied the room together man!

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    Probably ride my Norco CCX1 into the ground both outside and on the turbo trainer.
    Not a lot of trail riding, mostly along the lakeshore path Guildwood to Oshawa style.
    Lots of Sufferfest videos. Nothing crazy in the bush just yet, shoulder isn't 100% after yardsale accident at the summer 8. Once I start feeling better strength wise, Joyride.

    Planned loss for 40lbs starting Oct, ending in Paris to Ancaster.. may put me out of Clyde but that's alright by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Haha, well I was going to trot out all the gear I bought for winter riding last year, but since "winter" was sunny and 5 degrees all year, the "winter riding" was pretty much just...riding.

    The studded wheelset was set up and ready to rock, and then just leaned against the basement wall from December to March.

    Well okay I used them once
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    Gonna try and hop on the trainer this winter. Last winter's cycling strike/video game binge had me rolling into the spring all pudgy and soft.

    I also got into boxing. Gonna get myself that upper body that years of soccer/cycling have neglected.

    New bike? nah, im into car tuning now that i have an adults job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
    Last winter's cycling strike/video game binge had me rolling into the spring all pudgy and soft.
    supersoftandpudgyracer ?

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    Indoor training only....

    This will be my set up for the upcoming months....

    I will follow an actual training plan for the first time in my cycling life. Planning to visit Joyride a couple of times,probably around March.

    Taking a break right now,working on a nursery;paint,furnish and getting ready for a new chapter in our life!
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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    This will be my set up for the upcoming months....

    I will follow an actual training plan for the first time in my cycling life. Planning to visit Joyride a couple of times,probably around March.

    Taking a break right now,working on a nursery;paint,furnish and getting ready for a new chapter in our life!
    Congratulations on the "new chapter".
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    Congratulations on the "new chapter".
    If she'll be sharp with her arrival, we will have our most beautiful Christmas present ever!!!!

    As the "D" day getting closer, I'm as excited as scared at the same time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    If she'll be sharp with her arrival, we will have our most beautiful Christmas present ever!!!!

    As the "D" day getting closer, I'm as excited as scared at the same time!
    Yup, it's like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    If she'll be sharp with her arrival, we will have our most beautiful Christmas present ever!!!!

    As the "D" day getting closer, I'm as excited as scared at the same time!
    Congratulations!

    Take it from me, it's awesome! And exhausting... but there will be time to sleep when she leaves for university.
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    For me, 2 hockey skates per week. I'll also ride through the winter 2 times per week, and probably try out cross country skiing at some point. Thinking of picking up a set of studded tires for the winter rides too...

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    wowww....

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Congratulations!

    but there will be time to sleep when she leaves for university.
    Now that is a really long stretch,and I'm definitely not ready for that... yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    If she'll be sharp with her arrival, we will have our most beautiful Christmas present ever!!!!

    As the "D" day getting closer, I'm as excited as scared at the same time!
    Just sayin'

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    ... insert 18 years of great times here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Now that is a really long stretch,and I'm definitely not ready for that... yet.
    My wife and I adopted Unglued Jr. when he was 3 months old. He is now 5. The adoption happened very quickly - we had 2 weeks to get everything together (ie set up the nursery, buy a stroller and car seat etc etc) and then three days before he arrived I broke my leg.

    Basically, what I learned is that no matter how prepared you are, you are never properly prepared for the way having a baby changes things. And it doesn't matter - it's a wild ride and you just do you best. Everyone goes through it.

    Three random and unsolicited pieces of advice:

    1. Whomever is home from work with the baby should make a concerted effort to leave the house ,with child in tow, every day, even in the dead of winter, and even if it is just to go to the Starbucks/Tim Hortons etc on the corner for a coffee, otherwise you will go stir crazy within a month!

    2. To the greatest extent possible, make the child fit into your lifestyle, rather than changing your lifestyle to fit the baby. The best example I can think of for this is our very own Garage Monster and Nerdgirl, who take young Theo trail-building, on rides, to races, etc etc.

    3. No matter how great your baby is, there will be times when you just cannot get them to stop crying or calm down, and you will start to melt down yourself. When that happens, put the child somewhere where they are safe (ie crib, exer-saucer - playpen, bouncy chair etc) and go somewhere else in the house where you cannot hear the crying, just for 10 minutes, to calm yourself down. Trust me on this one.


    Anyway, congratulations and good luck. You won't need it though. it's gonna be awesome!
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    wowww....

    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    My wife and I adopted Unglued Jr. when he was 3 months old. He is now 5. The adoption happened very quickly - we had 2 weeks to get everything together (ie set up the nursery, buy a stroller and car seat etc etc) and then three days before he arrived I broke my leg.

    Basically, what I learned is that no matter how prepared you are, you are never properly prepared for the way having a baby changes things. And it doesn't matter - it's a wild ride and you just do you best. Everyone goes through it.

    Three random and unsolicited pieces of advice:

    1. Whomever is home from work with the baby should make a concerted effort to leave the house ,with child in tow, every day, even in the dead of winter, and even if it is just to go to the Starbucks/Tim Hortons etc on the corner for a coffee, otherwise you will go stir crazy within a month!

    2. To the greatest extent possible, make the child fit into your lifestyle, rather than changing your lifestyle to fit the baby. The best example I can think of for this is our very own Garage Monster and Nerdgirl, who take young Theo trail-building, on rides, to races, etc etc.

    3. No matter how great your baby is, there will be times when you just cannot get them to stop crying or calm down, and you will start to melt down yourself. When that happens, put the child somewhere where they are safe (ie crib, exer-saucer - playpen, bouncy chair etc) and go somewhere else in the house where you cannot hear the crying, just for 10 minutes, to calm yourself down. Trust me on this one.


    Anyway, congratulations and good luck. You won't need it though. it's gonna be awesome!
    Now that is a story to tell!!!

    Still have 51 days to get ready with everything so no need to panic.
    I will ask my other half to read your post,all 3 advice just make sense on every level.

    The GM family is a shining example what I'd really like to follow,both of us like to spend time outdoors,and hopefully the little one will enjoy it as much as we do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Now that is a story to tell!!!

    Still have 51 days to get ready with everything so no need to panic.
    I will ask my other half to read your post,all 3 advice just make sense on every level.

    The GM family is a shining example what I'd really like to follow,both of us like to spend time outdoors,and hopefully the little one will enjoy it as much as we do...
    BTW I cribbed #3 from "Babies for Dummies"
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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    The GM family is a shining example what I'd really like to follow,both of us like to spend time outdoors,and hopefully the little one will enjoy it as much as we do...
    Make no mistake, our lifestyle has changed a ton! It's a balancing act to be sure but it's SO worthwhile.

    I second Unglued's advice on getting out of the house. We all go out for big walk (cat included) every morning before daycare (where he goes out at least twice more a day, weather permitting) and then we get out after dinner every night as well (tonight was swimming lessons, for instance). He's at the point now that once we get his shoes on, he marches himself right out the door. It makes me smile every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post

    New bike? nah, im into car tuning now that i have an adults job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Make no mistake, our lifestyle has changed a ton! It's a balancing act to be sure but it's SO worthwhile.

    I second Unglued's advice on getting out of the house. We all go out for big walk (cat included) every morning before daycare (where he goes out at least twice more a day, weather permitting) and then we get out after dinner every night as well (tonight was swimming lessons, for instance). He's at the point now that once we get his shoes on, he marches himself right out the door. It makes me smile every time.
    So true. The quantity of riding has decreased dramatically, but the quantity of fun boy time makes it all worth it. When I was home, I made a point of having two excursions per day (even through the winter). One could be in the car, but the other involved fresh air and some kind of exercise for me. It totally kept me sane. I also highly recommend baby wearing! (I started with a Baby K'tan, but there are lots of great options.) It makes hiking possible, gets you in shape faster and the baby loves it! Also highly worth checking out - Ontario Early Years Centres and Programs - they were fantastic.

    Also, sleep deprivation does tough things to a brain - try REALLY hard not to take it out on the baby or each other. Oh - and to your wife - labour is both worse and better than you fear. Don't be afraid to use drugs... Good luck!

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    Last week, on a rather cool and damp evening, my 3-yr-old daughter finished her dinner and casually asked "So are we going for a ride tonight?" Her brother immediately seconded the motion, as he always does.

    This week with evening downpours on wet leaves, I only managed to convince them to take a break with some difficulty.

    So yeah, the lifestyle change may be more.. fleeting.. than you expect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Now that is a story to tell!!!

    Still have 51 days to get ready with everything so no need to panic.
    I will ask my other half to read your post,all 3 advice just make sense on every level.

    The GM family is a shining example what I'd really like to follow,both of us like to spend time outdoors,and hopefully the little one will enjoy it as much as we do...
    I can second Unglued suggestions also on behalf of my wife who was at home with our kids for a few years. As some of you know, we have three, a seven year old daughter and four year old twin boys. So getting the troops out could be challenging sometimes. I know now it well as I do it every morning getting them to school.

    My wife and I have always hoped that we can get our kids into the lifestyle that we have adopted. Which for me is cycling. Bringing them out, exposing them to it, and including them once they are old enough is key. My daughter has participated in kids races and would hit the singletrack with me if there was some close by that wasn't so hilly, as she's not strong enough for that quite yet.

    Overall, you will adapt, because you don't have a choice. Making your youngsters part of your healthy lifestyle is key to getting them down that path too as well as you keeping some of the activities you love in your life too.

    While we all go through decreases in activities due to jobs, family, injury or other things that come up, having kids can be embraced as one of the life experiences that eventually enhances what you are already doing. I have friends that are "hockey parents" that have asked us on a couple of occasions being that we have twin boys, "aren't you excited about when they can start hockey?". They are usually surprised by my answer which is obviously more suited to getting the kids into what Mom and Dad do. We will support their choice regardless, but hopefully we can register a "family team" in an eight or 24 hour when the kids are old enough!

    Bottom line...It's all about balance. Enjoy the challenges and fun ahead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    I also highly recommend baby wearing! (I started with a Baby K'tan, but there are lots of great options.) It makes hiking possible, gets you in shape faster and the baby loves it!
    I spent 6 years with a kid on my shoulders. Everywhere I went.

    It took about 3 more years to stop talking to the kid that wasn't on my shoulders anymore. I'm sure a lot of people thought I had an "imaginary friend".

    17 years in pictures.

    Kids on the trail... no rant.

    Kids on the trail... no rant.

    Kids on the trail... no rant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Now that is a story to tell!!!

    Still have 51 days to get ready with everything so no need to panic.
    I will ask my other half to read your post,all 3 advice just make sense on every level.

    The GM family is a shining example what I'd really like to follow,both of us like to spend time outdoors,and hopefully the little one will enjoy it as much as we do...
    I agree with all that has been said by others. And your lifestyle will some what change as others said.

    Only thing I can say is invest in some good lights. If I didn't I wouldn't be able to get out half the time I do on the bike. And as I have learned even a 20 minute around the Lemoines Point sprint at 10pm is still better then nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    you may include:
    - your winter bike, or your ONLY bike, that you will ride in the winter too
    - your winter riding trail. if it is Coppeland - don't say it. it is a secret.
    - racing cyclocross? which one - post experience
    - secret training with frequent phone calls to dr. ferrari - talk to us - we are your family...
    - planning on just watching hockey? well, sorry. there is NO hockey for you this winter. i think
    - trainer? what you got? what are you watching while mitigating pain from rear end blisters?
    - cross training? xc skiing? it's ok. we still like and accept you.
    - core training - share experience/benefits/experiments...
    - injured? anything to share on your healing process...
    - building a new rig for next riding season? confess.
    - got a great deal on bike components - let us know...

    rules:

    - Enduramil - limited to ONLY 1 post per day. in case it is not clear, that means one post per day.
    - Monsters - it is OK to invite us to your Christie Lake and guide us around
    - Biggie - no Lance worshipping in this thread. OK, maybe once per week
    - Circlip - *** **** * ** **** ** ***** (legal counsel advice)
    - Unglued - must be on weight watchers program in order to post now that he is ripped to oblivion. Lapdogs extending your contract?
    - Arek - i'll get back to you on this
    - twenty6black - no beer over winter or else
    - nogearshere - noggs for the inner cult circle - you still have account with intrawebs?
    - smarty - limited only to armchair smart arse laywers comments. mostly
    - Captain - must get married again. why would you be any better than the rest of us.
    - mtbmeister - take off the final Ocup podium life size poster from your bedroom wall. bathroom poster is ok.
    - Louda - pictures welcome
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    - rkj_ - you still alive?
    - tommy - preparing for Paris to Ancaster already?
    - Phat TIred - come back in style
    - Trail Ninja - this dude kicked cancer's ass... now he is looking for whomever sent it, all while he is reaching 50 miles of his own built trails... any questions?

    there is more, but there ain't time to list it all... keep it fun folks... and keep it running...

    OSOKOLO, What trouble are you starting over in this sub forum?
    Who gave you permission to be AWAL from the O/C thread..
    Everywhere i look you are takin the piss n starting Trouble
    Circlip, keep your eye on this bloke.
    Im going to have to pop in here from now on just to keep my eye on his activities for the management here,
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    Not to mention i see the ''Rogue trail builder'' Trail Ninja seems to be your partner in crime here when he is not tearing up national parks with bulldozers n chainsaws, this sub forum seems to have some real Canadian ''bad seeds'' floating around in it.....
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Im going to have to pop in here from now on just to keep my eye on his activities for the management here,
    Alert : Aussie invasion!

    Welcome.

    Maybe we just just merge the Eastern Canada and Aus/NZ subforums to confuse the heck out of everyone?

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    This thread is going to confuse the heck out of Tone's. F'rinstance:

    Tone's, welcome to November:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja's Son
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Alert : Aussie invasion!

    Welcome.

    Maybe we just just merge the Eastern Canada and Aus/NZ subforums to confuse the heck out of everyone?
    Pass...

    they don't have enough MTB riders combined to make for a good forum... Why the heck would he frequent the snow-belt forum... really...

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    let me translate this

    post to the english speaking EC forum members:

    "hey osokolo, how are you baby? i miss you a lot. everywhere you go i have to follow you until you give me your phone number..."

    I told you mate i am still married... i am sure you are cute but you just aint my piece of cake... but we can be friends... brb to OT forum...


    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    OSOKOLO, What trouble are you starting over in this sub forum?
    Who gave you permission to be AWAL from the O/C thread..
    Everywhere i look you are takin the piss n starting Trouble
    Circlip, keep your eye on this bloke.
    Im going to have to pop in here from now on just to keep my eye on his activities for the management here,

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Pass...

    they don't have enough MTB riders combined to make for a good forum... Why the heck would he frequent the snow-belt forum... really...
    Pfft... like we have any snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    I agree with all that has been said by others. And your lifestyle will some what change as others said.

    Only thing I can say is invest in some good lights. If I didn't I wouldn't be able to get out half the time I do on the bike. And as I have learned even a 20 minute around the Lemoines Point sprint at 10pm is still better then nothing.
    Yepp,lights will be my next investment for the next season, and with the trainer and the road bike,I think I'm set for any possibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    post to the english speaking EC forum members:

    "hey osokolo, how are you baby? i miss you a lot. everywhere you go i have to follow you until you give me your phone number..."

    I told you mate i am still married... i am sure you are cute but you just aint my piece of cake... but we can be friends... brb to OT forum...
    Never a dull moment around you Osokolo!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Time is really flying......
    You guys should form a thrash metal band. You have the look down. All you would need to do is learn how to play your instruments really, really fast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    You guys should form a thrash metal band. You have the look down. All you would need to do is learn how to play your instruments really, really fast
    I don't know. You sure they have the look right? The half-head shave my son did brought my ex-wife to tears. I was so proud of him.
    They call it Death Metal and they do play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Not to mention i see the ''Rogue trail builder'' Trail Ninja seems to be your partner in crime here when he is not tearing up national parks with bulldozers n chainsaws, this sub forum seems to have some real Canadian ''bad seeds'' floating around in it.....
    I just wanted to mention.
    Almost 80km of singletrack and not a drop of gasoline or diesel used.
    what is your riding plan for winter. any plan!-tools.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja's Son
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    I just wanted to mention.
    Almost 80km of singletrack and not a drop of gasoline or diesel used.
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    LOL, im just takin the piss trail ninja, ive a very dry sense of humour mate, you know i love n respect your work, Traildoc uses the word 'rogue trail builder' i think its gold so ive borrowed his phrase from him lol.
    your a trail building machine mate, the work you do benifits thousands and i havnt forgotten the kids you take out on the trail, the worlds a better place with you here mate...

    And p.s, im just takin the piss outa osokolo too, hes good for it, just keepin him on his toes lol. somebody has too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    LOL, im just takin the piss trail ninja, ive a very dry sense of humour mate, you know i love n respect your work, Traildoc uses the word 'rogue trail builder' i think its gold so ive borrowed his phrase from him lol.
    your a trail building machine mate, the work you do benifits thousands and i havnt forgotten the kids you take out on the trail, the worlds a better place with you here mate...

    And p.s, im just takin the piss outa osokolo too, hes good for it, just keepin him on his toes lol. somebody has too.
    easy with TN bro... now that he moved to Ontario he's become a celebrity. there ain't no way one can screw around with our celebrities. capisce?

    on a positive note, since you have become one of the instant MTBR celebrities, do you have more success with ladies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    easy with TN bro... now that he moved to Ontario he's become a celebrity. there ain't no way one can screw around with our celebrities. capisce?

    on a positive note, since you have become one of the instant MTBR celebrities, do you have more success with ladies?
    I have a lot of success with my sister
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    I have a lot of success with my sister
    Us too! Small world huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    easy with TN bro... now that he moved to Ontario he's become a celebrity. there ain't no way one can screw around with our celebrities. capisce?

    on a positive note, since you have become one of the instant MTBR celebrities, do you have more success with ladies?
    Celebrity? Nope.

    This guy is a celebrity.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45214020?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/45214020">Ladies Only 20th Anniversary</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/rsgca">Richard Greenwood</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    You may be happy to hear that my dad has kicked cancer's ass. Now he's looking for whoever sent it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Us too! Small world huh?
    sister or brother... just for clarity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Celebrity? Nope.

    This guy is a celebrity.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45214020?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/45214020">Ladies Only 20th Anniversary</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/rsgca">Richard Greenwood</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    That he is.

    By the way at 3:25 you see Will Craig on the Teeter. If one looks closely he nailed riding with a prosthetic arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    sister or brother... just for clarity...
    Tone's sister.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Tone's sister.
    The internet demands proof of said sister.

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    ah you don't want to see her...

    she is da bomb... seriously...

    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    The internet demands proof of said sister.

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    per Oggie's request...

    keepin' it going
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    hell yeah.... ^ ^ ^

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    hell yeah this ^ ^ ^

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    keepin' it going
    absolutely keep it going....


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    Poll: Which is more fun a Surly bike or a surly Irish barmaid?
    "I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad", by Guillaume Blanchet

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    My sister is one of those chicks thats so smokin that guys are to scared to go up n talk to her, im serious, thats why i get all the action with her
    We keep it close to home us Aussies.....
    As i said in another post, our kids have a few birth defects but they will get over it..
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    Muskoka Outfitters fatbike rentals

    Looks like Muskoka Outfitters in Bracebridge has 4 fatbikes as rentals for this winter ( Surly Pugsleys & 907s). I was asked if I would guide some rides on weekends, but I have too much on my plate as it is. One of our local riders has taken that on and I know he will be great at it! MO is also trying to get a group fatbike ride up and running on Wednesday nights throughout the snow season, should be fun! This could make for a great weekend escape/getaway for any citybound cyclists sick of spinning on their trainer






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    ^^^ Whats a "trainer"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Todd- View Post
    ^^^ Whats a "trainer"?
    Isn't that what they call those stationary stands that hold a bike, you sit a spin away..not going anywhere?? I don't know...never looked into it
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    I'm just messing with you Bert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Todd- View Post
    I'm just messing with you Bert!
    I figured as much Todd! But then again, maybe it was a cycling faux pas for all I know about spinning
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    We have been talking with Hardwood & it looks like there may be a possibility they will open some of their trails to fatbikes. Nothing has been confirmed but there should be a definite answer within the next few weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merdoff View Post
    We have been talking with Hardwood & it looks like there may be a possibility they will open some of their trails to fatbikes. Nothing has been confirmed but there should be a definite answer within the next few weeks
    That would be sweet! Once the season gets rolling I'm going to ask Paul C. of Gravenhurst Nordic Trails (aka Buckwallow) to see if he will let fatbikes onto the skating lane of his xc-ski trails. I know he already allows snowshoers with the caveat that they keep off the set tracks. Same could apply to fatbikes. I'm also a skier and I find the fatbike makes a great compliment. Great ski days are often not ideal for the bike, and vice versa. Best sking is usually late Dec ->Feb and best fatbiking is mid Feb -> early Apr.








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    I rode 43km on my CX bike today. It took me over 2.5h, and I was totally wiped near the end. lol

    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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