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    Conditions are just ...... right now

    Fantastic!


    I don't know about your area but the conditions in the lower Hudson Valley are just about freakin' perfect right now! A spot o' mud here and there but otherwise perfect. Sticky, tacky, rollee, turny, predictable goodness. Leaves are starting to turn and fall so the light is killer too.





    Thread may have some life, we'll see...

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    I'll let you know after tomorrow. I've been out of town for the past week but judging by my lawn and the stories I've been hearing we got hammered with quite a bit of rain over the past few days. I'll be riding Luther Forest in Malta and giving the Stables a shot for the first time tomorrow so we'll see how that goes. My gut says that my tires are not appropriate for the trail conditions I'm about to encounter.

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    Luther forest was pretty good. Grippy... until it wasn't. Was dry over wet so the whole surface tended to let go. Lots of deep mud in the few places there were mud pockets. Probably was completely dry today but as of Saturday morning it wasn't bad.

    Also, ended up busting up my rear derailleur on some fallen sticks. Luckily there is a bike shop close by and he took me in and fixed me up for cheap. Good guys. Ordered an X7 rear and am limping along on my beat X5 for the time being.

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    Oooohhh yesterday was so good.

    It seems every time I get out this year it's like riding fresh trails. It rains in between my rides and the trails heal and get washed clean then dry out just enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Oooohhh yesterday was so good.

    It seems every time I get out this year it's like riding fresh trails. It rains in between my rides and the trails heal and get washed clean then dry out just enough.
    That sounds like good stuff! It definitely feels like fall up here today and rained again last night so I'm not sure how things are doing. I probably won't get out again until October.

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    Rode SMBA tonight. The trails conditions are the best they've been all year. Not too dry, not too wet and plenty of traction.

    Go get some!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitchell13 View Post
    Rode SMBA tonight. The trails conditions are the best they've been all year. Not too dry, not too wet and plenty of traction.

    Go get some!
    Great to hear. They were pretty mucky on Saturday from what I understand. I'm a timid beginner so I guess its time to get in a bit over my head over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Great to hear. They were pretty mucky on Saturday from what I understand. I'm a timid beginner so I guess its time to get in a bit over my head over there.
    Join me on Monday, 5:30pm start. I've been hosting group rides sporadically through the season. I'll be riding this coming week.

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    Hit the Thacher Park trails on Sunday. Dry and fast. Awesome.

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    I think the trails are pretty damn good right now. Too bad I've been working my butt off and have no time to enjoy them.
    To appreciate the flowers you must also walk among s**t to know the difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitchell13 View Post
    Join me on Monday, 5:30pm start. I've been hosting group rides sporadically through the season. I'll be riding this coming week.
    Do you run them into later October? Have a few endurance events to get through the next two weekends so I'll be training and resting for those. October will be mountain bike month though. Thanks for the invite.

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    OOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love early fall riding! Cool temps, no dust and not too many leaves down yet. Why oh why do I have to work for a living?!

    Fatbike is on the way. Gonna be a good winter too


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    Loving life right now on Long Island. Best weather EVER!

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    Hammered ES today....

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Do you run them into later October? Have a few endurance events to get through the next two weekends so I'll be training and resting for those. October will be mountain bike month though. Thanks for the invite.
    I'll be riding Mondays as long as the weather and my schedule allows. I usually ride until the snow sets in.

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    Hitting up ESS (Shoreham) from the BMX track at 9am if anybody can make it.

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    I was gonna post last night and complain that it was starting to get dusty I think we got just enough rain this morning to get things back to perfect tack and traction. Sunset ride today should be great! Just watch out for slippery leaves down..

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    I am going back East Setauket tomorrow if the weather allows. Saturday it was hot in there

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    Awesome. Conditions are just awesome right now. Dry and tacky.

    Rode Luther Forest today with a couple of friends.

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    Trail conditions = Absolutely wonderful!


    Hunter stupidity is at an all time high though. Rather than a physical altercation with an armed moron I turned around and went home this morning. Fool threatened me and my daughter, said that she would make a great target and pansies like me should get a life. He needed a tow though because you can't drive with two flat tires...

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    That sounds like a death threat to me.

    As a hunter and outdoorsman of all type, behavior like that makes me ashamed.
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    Solved the problem with a super colorful sunset ride at a spot with no hunting allowed. It's been a great leaf season hasn't it?

    Methinks we need a little snow to moisten and soften things up cuz it's starting to get a bit dusty and to convince me to bring home the Farley in my shop I think I've got fat bike fever...

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    It most certainly has. This is a photo from the first weekend in October, not in NY, but on the 2nd day of a bike tour I did from NY to Maine.



    Leaves are mostly down now, around me, but it seemed long and bright this year. We've been getting spotty rain, enough to keep the trails tacky but not muddy. I'd like to get one ride in VT before the snow but after that, it might be interesting to ride some familiar trails with a little snow on them.


    I've been seriously contemplating going 29+ or renting a fat bike this winter, but my bike budget is spent for this year, so renting is about the only likelyhood...

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    Hey where's the trail? Oof! This wind is burying he trails around here in a thick carpet of leaves. Gonna give it another go this afternoon. Fatbikes in deep leaves are fun

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    I went to VT and while the leaves were down it was awesome riding. A little slick, but great none the less. Have fun!
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    Peak fall foliage in NYC area right now.
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    With the temps in the low 50's it was a perfect weekend for MTB'ing

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    Even while it was raining today the traction was still (surprisingly) good. One new trail about a mile long was blown clean and was riding exceptionally well. Maybe it's me, maybe it's having a new fatbike to play with but this has been a great couple of months stretch hasn't it? Lotsa rain the first half of the year but then a nice slow drying out period and now it's cool and those long sight lines through the trees are back and my kid pretty much keeps up with me (cuz I'm old and fat and slow .)

    Get a fatbike, it's fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Even while it was raining today the traction was still (surprisingly) good. One new trail about a mile long was blown clean and was riding exceptionally well. Maybe it's me, maybe it's having a new fatbike to play with but this has been a great couple of months stretch hasn't it? Lotsa rain the first half of the year but then a nice slow drying out period and now it's cool and those long sight lines through the trees are back and my kid pretty much keeps up with me (cuz I'm old and fat and slow .)

    Get a fatbike, it's fun!
    What a great post! ^5

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    Snowing now then high 50's again this weekend. Gotta love this

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    Woohooo! Fatbikes in snow

    Trails are gonna be deliciously tacky by the weekend. Git some kidz!!

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    Saturday morning I went to GR, we are so lucky to have great trails and great conditions!

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    A little wet and slippery yesterday but the next few days should be great.

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    They were really, really good on Saturday morning. Super grippy except on the wet leaves, but even those weren't bad.

    Riding is so good right now. As someone returning to the sport after a 15 year break and feeling completely out of his element, it feels awesome to see the progression, to clear stuff that you couldn't clear before, to fear the crash a little less. So glad this season has lasted this late... and I have no plans on stopping until the snow is too deep for my 2.4's.
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    Get what you can get now! Chance of rain this weekend and a Nor-Eastern next week.

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    I was out Tuesday and Wednesday and it was great but dusty. We actually need a bit of rain right now to soak the topsoil. There's so much air in it that it's crunchy in the frozen spots. I think the sequence coming up should be just about perfect, rain for a day then instant freeze and coat with a bit o' snow to lock it up for the winter. Should be prime fatbike conditions soon.

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    Rode my new fatty at Great Bear Springs yesterday morning. 38 degrees and empty trails. I had a riot! Super fast with crunchy leaves and frozen mud spots. It started to thaw by the time I left so I did get a little mud on the tires.

    Conditions are just ...... right now-gb-11-21-13.jpg

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    Luther Trails was definitely drier than I was worried it would be. My toes, especially on my right foot, were numb by the end of the morning ride, but that was only part of me that was cold once we got going. Very glad the weather cooperated as much as it did, it looked like there was going to be a lot more rain when I looked at the forecast earlier this week.

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    gcappy - Where is that? I saw some of your beach pics too and want to go check the place out.

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    Too icy to ride at Luther Trails right now. :-(

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    What a nice day to ride yesterday was. Upper 40's with a bit o' frozen crunchies still in the shady parts and very little/no mud elsewhere. I love how quiet it is in the woods this time of year.

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    Great Bear Springs is South of Oswego in Fulton, NY.

    Google is a wonderful thing.

    Maps and all are here: Friends of Great Bear, Fulton NY / Phoenix New York

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Great Bear Springs is South of Oswego in Fulton, NY.

    Google is a wonderful thing.

    Maps and all are here: Friends of Great Bear, Fulton NY / Phoenix New York
    FYI. Great Bear is now closed to Mnt. Bikes and horses for the winter! Please abide by their request. It is listed on their web site.

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    Zing! Fast and frozen. Good stuff. I have a little problem though, my winter gear doesn't fit as well as it used to

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    Yesterday, Luther Forest was GREAT! A little mud on top of the frozen dirt but riding was great! Patches of snow, wood and roots were a little slick, but no worse than a wet day there. I bet its all very frozen right now. Looks like despite the weather coming through tonight next weekend will be another great weekend for riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Looks like despite the weather coming through tonight next weekend will be another great weekend for riding!
    I'm hoping you are right!

    Sorted my foot insulation issues, I'll have thicker gloves, and I think our friend with the new 29er will be ready for his first trip on the trails on a 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Zing! Fast and frozen. Good stuff. I have a little problem though, my winter gear doesn't fit as well as it used to
    I just dug out my winter gear last night, ready to go here now

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    Re: Conditions are just ...... right now

    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    I'm hoping you are right!

    Sorted my foot insulation issues, I'll have thicker gloves, and I think our friend with the new 29er will be ready for his first trip on the trails on a 29er.
    I have a sneaking suspicion the trails are going to be all ice now. The snow then rain then freeze is not a good combo.
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    At least it's covered with snow so you can't see how icy it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    At least it's covered with snow so you can't see how icy it is
    It was surprisingly good, actually! 9F to 11F ("Feels like" of 4F to 5F) this morning, and I was surprised at the number of different cars I saw in the parking lot between when I arrived and when I left.

    Got some very good riding in, got some first hand experience riding in extremely cold weather.

    The Five Tens are not quite suitable, even with plastic wrap between base and wool socks, so I'll have hiking boots the next time it's this cold, but even with the cold toes, today was extremely enjoyable, with much better conditions than I expected, and man is that frozen dirt grippy!

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