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    Otis/ToT

    anybody got an update? how much snow? thanks

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    Didn't have a chance this morning to check out conditions..We got about 1" of slush/snow yesterday and now most of it seems to be gone. It's just getting past 35 at my house in Sandwich, so i don't foresee a lot of melting going on...If you brave the cold, it might be ok.

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    thanks gag: we'll give it a go tomorrow, i don't find this too cold at all.

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    Any updates? Would like to go down there this weekend.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    I'm close to ToT and we got enough snow in the driveway to use the snowblower. The last storm started and ended with freezing pellets. Most of the trails were clear last week after the big thaw except for some of the hillier terrain. Before the storm on Saturday/ Sunday, there were long sections that had 1"-5" of snow and you either had to try to bomb through it or dismount and go up cyclocross style. There were also a lot of bent over branches and thorns.


    Now all of that has been covered up by the last storm and as of today it's 100% snow covered. You could probably ride but you're not going to break any speed records. I would try to run some meaty 2.3's and some slime tubes or Stan's because of all the thorns lying near the trails.


    The fireroads are a mess - all rutted and frozen. Some of singletrack has been melting during the day but then refreezing at night. So it's ride-able but sketchy. The forecast is for it to get colder as the week moves on and not top 30 all weekend ;-(
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    The weather forecast is looking quite crappy starting Friday..Maybe they are wrong and it will be 50 and sunny.

    I just want it to be spring...this should be in the dirt..not in the living room.


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    Quote Originally Posted by newking
    I'm close to ToT and we got enough snow in the driveway to use the snowblower. The last storm started and ended with freezing pellets. Most of the trails were clear last week after the big thaw except for some of the hillier terrain. Before the storm on Saturday/ Sunday, there were long sections that had 1"-5" of snow and you either had to try to bomb through it or dismount and go up cyclocross style. There were also a lot of bent over branches and thorns.


    Now all of that has been covered up by the last storm and as of today it's 100% snow covered. You could probably ride but you're not going to break any speed records. I would try to run some meaty 2.3's and some slime tubes or Stan's because of all the thorns lying near the trails.


    The fireroads are a mess - all rutted and frozen. Some of singletrack has been melting during the day but then refreezing at night. So it's ride-able but sketchy. The forecast is for it to get colder as the week moves on and not top 30 all weekend ;-(
    Thanks for the update. Looks like conditions are pretty much what we have up here on the North Shore. I guess I'll stick to the XC skis for now.

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    Update

    Went for a ride today and it was acutally pretty good since I had low expectations. The temp was about 37 degrees and the snow was light enough to cut through without washing out. A few bare spots are starting to show up but overall the riding was pretty good.

    Some snow riding observations -

    >>>Shoe covers are a must due to the walking that you have to do up some of the steeper hills. I used Pearl Izumi shoe covers over my Specialized defroster's and that combo worked great.

    >>>Panaracer Rampage 2.3 is a great tire for the snow!

    >>>Fenders are helpful for keeping the spray/snow off your body and bike. I threw on cheap pair of Topeak's that I bought at EMS.

    >>>Don't go exploring - stick to the stuff that has already been tracked. I went exploring and had to turn back on some sketchy unridden trails. I ended up riding a 3.7mi loop 2x. The extra rolling resistance from the snow will make a 5 mile ride feel like 10!

    >>>Specialized pedals leave a little bit to be desired in the snow. They clog easily and are hard to dab the snow off the cleat. Something like the Crank Bros Eggbeater would probably work best.

    Here's some pics -
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    newking

    i see you did it without studs. i think i'll throw on the studs. appears those pics are from ToT-any idea if Otis got less snow? thanks

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    I haven't been over to Otis but my guess is that it may have a little less snow. Based on some posts last week, it sounded like it melted off a little better than ToT prior to the last storm. Both places drain really well. Only bad news is that they are calling for possible snow Friday and Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by terry
    i see you did it without studs. i think i'll throw on the studs. appears those pics are from ToT-any idea if Otis got less snow? thanks

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    Anyone been out in TOT in the last couple days? If so, how is it?

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    Shanks, sent you a PM. Rode yesterday and it was pretty good. Not 100% ride-able but not bad considering the weather. Should only get better as the temps (ahem) soar above freezing for the next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks
    Anyone been out in TOT in the last couple days? If so, how is it?

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    Shanks, sent you a PM. Rode yesterday and it was pretty good. Not 100% ride-able but not bad considering the weather. Should only get better as the temps (ahem) soar above freezing for the next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks
    Anyone been out in TOT in the last couple days? If so, how is it?

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    did Otis on sat. i had studs and was still losing traction on the uphills-i walked up alot, ran into a lot of drifts of about 6-8" which were kinda unridable. overall real slowgoing, not sure i'd go back unles we get some rain or a good warm-up.

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    We're supposed to have a heat wave this weekend, so I suspect the trails "should" be a bit better. I might be heading to Falmouth on Saturday, if all is good, I'll be on the trails.

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