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    Riders of the Crust

    Who says that skiers get to have all the backcountry fun?Riders of the Crust-17966603_1420097901382007_4731134665867129904_o.jpg
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    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Beautiful pics!

    Fun times!

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    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Envy.

    We've had a warm winter and very little snow. The fatbike is pining.
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    Nice pictures. Looks like fun.

    Is there a bigger range of snow conditions that you can ride on a bike compared to skis? I can definitely picture being able to ride softer deeper corn snow than would be fun to ski. It has been a long time since I was a full time skier, but I remember that when the snow was still too frozen you could still get an edge in but you would get beat up so bad from the snow being rough that it was better to wait for softer snow. Seems like fat tires would take care of that part also and really extend the range of conditions you could ride in both directions.

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    Turnagain Crust was on all weekend.

    I didn't take as many pictures but the wife had a blast. Riders of the Crust-crust-small.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welnic View Post
    Nice pictures. Looks like fun.

    Is there a bigger range of snow conditions that you can ride on a bike compared to skis? I can definitely picture being able to ride softer deeper corn snow than would be fun to ski. It has been a long time since I was a full time skier, but I remember that when the snow was still too frozen you could still get an edge in but you would get beat up so bad from the snow being rough that it was better to wait for softer snow. Seems like fat tires would take care of that part also and really extend the range of conditions you could ride in both directions.
    I wouldn't say it's a "bigger range" of snow conditions, it's a pretty darn small range in reality, the riding is done by about 11am as the sun makes everything soggy and you start punching through or slipping. With as much sun as we get (now to around 10pm), the stuff just bakes and "resets" itself when it freezes again overnight. Get out on the trails by 6-7am, and it's great. Basically, this late in the season, the snow has compressed so much and the sun has backed it so much that during the clear cold nights, it forms a nice hard packed surface. No roots or rocks though, so there's not any small bumps to jar you. As I explain below, there is a little "give" to it.

    The one pic that I posted above of my "ski tracks" coming down the hill was pretty slow, that was one of the few places we were sinking in. There was some wind-blown/packed up higher and occasionally we'd sink into it. I could have still gone a lot faster downhill if I didn't make my "tracks", but it was fun to do so. I'd say 99.99% of the ride was the relatively hard crust. You get a little bit of give at the top where the crystals aren't as dense, which is where your traction comes from, so it's not like being on rock or an actual hard surface. In fact, as you can see in the pictures, we were able to "huck" some pretty neat stuff, including lots that didn't make it into the pictures because we were just hauling a$$ downhill and hitting everything in sight. Due to the terrain in these mountains, all sorts of little halfpipes, bumps with transitions on the backside, little cornice drops and other features abound. So you air down and you can get pretty darn aggressive and just rip it. Heck, I should have lowered my seatpost but I totally forgot

    It's also amazing because the stuff is like slickrock, in that you get massive off-camber traction for crazy traverses and can go "straight up" stuff that in the winter on packed snow trails you'd never have a chance on.

    There's an amazing amount of freedom with this kind of riding. It's about the most pure "freeriding" I can think of, where you can go almost anywhere and take any line.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    And nice pics Co-opski! I felt like a kid in a candy store coming down this stuff, just so ridiculously fun.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Thanks for the pics, no crust this year in Southern NH. Will try harder, travel farther next year.

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    That looks awesome! We had some great crust days here in upstate Ny this winter but I was waiting on some parts for my fatty build up so i missed the crust window.

    Thanks for posting. I imagine this type of riding being (one of) the best reason to own a fat bike!

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    Is that a gopro on your bars in first pic? Let's see some vid!

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    Our ski resort closes this weekend, might do some dawn patrolling on the fatty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkerik View Post
    Is that a gopro on your bars in first pic? Let's see some vid!
    No, I forgot the SD card so I left the GoPro in the car. I tried to ride it again the following weekend to get the video, but it was too warm and crust season was over! Needs to get down into the 20s or so at night with compacted snow baked sun. There are several weeks where this is possible, but outside of that it doesn't work. Still, well worth it.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Yeah! Looks like a blast! Maybe the next best thing would be riding frozen creeks but hard to top the wide open crust!

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