Bend trails (post snow)

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  • 01-04-2013
    TroyS600
    Is horse butte rideable on a regular bike now? Would like to go out there tomorrow. How much is a fat bike rental?
  • 01-05-2013
    sketchbook
    I just rented a FatBack from Crows Feet Commons. $35 for 24 hours. Prices are probably the same at Hutches.

    I would guess anything nice and packed down you could ride with a normal bike

    I rode up Ben's trail as far as I could. Was good for the first couple miles and then it turned into a XC trail. Too narrow and trails were going all over the place.

    The snow out there is like 12" deep, and very heavy and sticky, so unridable pretty much unless packed down.
  • 01-05-2013
    sketchbook
    and incase anyone wants a funny video of me trying to clear this obstacle on Ben's on a Fat bike...

    Trying to clear an obstacle on a fatbike in the snow. - YouTube
  • 01-05-2013
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sketchbook View Post
    and incase anyone wants a funny video of me trying to clear this obstacle on Ben's on a Fat bike...

    Trying to clear an obstacle on a fatbike in the snow. - YouTube

    Nice wreck!! Don't show the video to the rental folks!!
  • 01-05-2013
    shugarbear
    hahahaha... no kidding. Willem I met one of your neighbors randomly. small world.
  • 01-06-2013
    vulture
    Went out to Swamp Wells trail at CH and Bessie Butte. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anybody had been riding fat bikes out there to pack the snow down. That made for a short snow ride on the "regular" bike.
  • 01-06-2013
    TroyS600
    I just got back from Horse Ridge. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a fatbike.

    Pretty much all snow covered still, and not really that close to melting off either. I managed to get several miles in but that was by doubling up on some sections and it wasn't great. I think it would be good on a fatbike, but my 29 x 2.4,2.1 tires were not enough. Dropping air pressure super low helped. There were several fatbike tracks already, and where they all rode the same line it was pretty doable on a normal bike, but when they didn't pack it down well, it was rough going.
  • 01-06-2013
    Rockin
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Did you hit Maston, Rockin?

    Oops, sorry. Missed this one. Did go - only a couple inches and others have been out there packing it down a little bit.

    Sounds like snow level and temps are going to be heading up - should get nice and sloppy out there again.
  • 01-06-2013
    sketchbook
    Yeah - the snow is old everywhere and is just too wet and sticky for even a fatbike really. Need a pretty thick packed down swatch to comfortably hit a trail with the fat bike unless it's brand new powdery snow.
  • 01-13-2013
    hawkview1
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    Pine Mountain, Bend Oregon
    Excellent ride up to Pine Mountain Observatory. 8 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing, elevation 6,300ft, 14 degrees at the top, 16 miles round trip...fun!
  • 01-13-2013
    swolfe
    Nice!
    Did you start right off of Hwy 20? I was thinking about that place a few days ago and wondering what the conditions were. Perfect Fat Bike ride. I think I'll go again soon.

    BTW; anyone ridden out to Elk Lake Lodge in the past week? I did it 10 days or so ago and it was pretty good. It seems the snowfall has been minimal. Thinking another trip out is in order.
  • 01-13-2013
    hawkview1
    Yep, started of Hwy 20...nice grind to the top. Going back country skiing up there tomorrow before the weather warms up this week. The snow was perfect!

    Planning a ride to Elk Lake in the next month or so. Getting some folks together to rent a cabin for a night. Some will ski, some will bike (me)!

    The riding is perfect right now...going to warm up the next few days and could get soft. Go early!
  • 01-13-2013
    sketchbook
    awesome! This looks like a lot of fun. The elk lake ride would be a blast as well!
  • 01-13-2013
    shugarbear
    a few more sunny days and maston should be a good ride eh?
  • 01-15-2013
    sketchbook
    Just heard that Edison snow park snowshoe trail is super packed down and would be great for a fatbike.
  • 01-15-2013
    dirt farmer
    Damn, I kind of want a fatbike, but I just cannot justify the cost in getting one.

    Hurry up spring :madman:
  • 01-15-2013
    hawkview1
    Good idea...may give that a shot on Thursday. Thanks!
  • 01-16-2013
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Damn, I kind of want a fatbike, but I just cannot justify the cost in getting one.

    Hurry up spring :madman:

    Agreed DF. I am thinking of building one up in the Fall for use next winter. The designs will improve and more parts will be available as well. Looking forward to riding all next winter. :thumbsup:
  • 01-22-2013
    dualsport650
    I put some Nokian studded tires on my bike.

    Then hit Shevlin/Mrazek and then Ben's Trail.
    Trail conditions at both SUCK. The hikers put
    footprints in the snow and then it FROZE UP
    solid ice. Super-bumpy and LAME.

    Are there any trails around Bend that are
    HARD-PACKED SNOW? :confused:
  • 01-22-2013
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dualsport650 View Post
    I put some Nokian studded tires on my bike.

    Then hit Shevlin/Mrazek and then Ben's Trail.
    Trail conditions at both SUCK. The hikers put
    footprints in the snow and then it FROZE UP
    solid ice. Super-bumpy and LAME.

    Are there any trails around Bend that are
    HARD-PACKED SNOW? :confused:

    You can try out to Swamp Wells / Horse Butte area. Might be better. Please try to stay off the muddy areas so as not to leave ruts. FYI, Ben's and all the trails are also meant for hikers. If you are truly looking for hard packed snow trails then head up higher. Please view the other thread about riding in muddy conditions. There is a post about Fat Bikes that you might find interesting as well. Cheers! :thumbsup:
  • 01-22-2013
    dualsport650
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by willem3 View Post
    You can try out to Swamp Wells / Horse Butte area. Might be better. Please try to stay off the muddy areas so as not to leave ruts. FYI, Ben's and all the trails are also meant for hikers. If you are truly looking for hard packed snow trails then head up higher. Please view the other thread about riding in muddy conditions. There is a post about Fat Bikes that you might find interesting as well. Cheers! :thumbsup:

    Thanks Willem,

    I'll try the Swamp Wells stuff.

    No worries. I don't ride in mud or skid.
    In Spring when I see tire tracks in the drying mud,
    I often smooth them out with my shoes. :thumbsup: