2013 winter riding thread

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  • 02-05-2013
    cyclelicious
    Very subtle but so interesting, I want to follow those tracks!
  • 02-05-2013
    cyclelicious
    We have a friend who just got a Zero and rode with us last weekend. We took turns on it for a spin on the ice. I agree it was a hoot!
  • 02-05-2013
    tjdog800
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    2013 winter riding thread
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    Night riding in Michgan. A nice warm 24 degrees.
  • 02-06-2013
    huffster
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    I really need to stud some tires. Riding around on this reservoir was very cool, but I had to go slow without the studs.
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  • 02-08-2013
    trail-adventure
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    biking after snow storm
  • 02-08-2013
    veloborealis
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    Out and about on the Bering Sea
    Minus 5F with 10-12mph winds today. Comfortable enough that I managed to take a few photos. Unlike yesterday, when I was out riding in a ground storm (minus 3F/35 mph winds) and froze (not literally, but almost) my fingers after taking my gloves off for three minutes to adjust my goggles and balaclava. Hoped to get some shots of local fishers harvesting king crab through the ice, but did not find anyone pulling pots. Maybe tomorrow. My favorite part of winter is here: Longer days and packed trails could make for good riding through April.
  • 02-08-2013
    dru
    Part of an E-mail I sent a buddy after a ride at Puslinch on the 3rd.....

    Quote:

    Today was my sufferfest; hooked up with a faster guy (a brit) who was brave too. He took me through the sketchiest singletrack in the place on regular tires. I wouldn’t have ridden it myself because of not trusting my tires’ studs on rock.

    They actually worked really well, and were especially good on the roots.

    Surprisingly I was out-climbing the guy more than a few times on the tech stuff, but paid for that cardio-wise everywhere else as I was struggling with the pace the guy was pushing.

    I thanked him for beating on me.

    Good times!

    Drew
  • 02-08-2013
    cyclelicious
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by veloborealis View Post
    Minus 5F with 10-12mph winds today. Comfortable enough that I managed to take a few photos. Unlike yesterday, when I was out riding in a ground storm (minus 3F/35 mph winds) and froze (not literally, but almost) my fingers after taking my gloves off for three minutes to adjust my goggles and balaclava. Hoped to get some shots of local fishers harvesting king crab through the ice, but did not find anyone pulling pots. Maybe tomorrow. My favorite part of winter is here: Longer days and packed trails could make for good riding through April.

    Those pics are incredible! Wow the Bering Sea! Thank you for posting
  • 02-09-2013
    pointerDixie214
    Pretty awesome start to the weekend. Now time to thaw out with beer and clam chowder.









    First time on the geared bike in a while. Was actually pretty nice to be able to drop a gear or two in the snow.
  • 02-09-2013
    huffster
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    Suburban Snow Ride
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  • 02-10-2013
    Normbilt
    February We Finally Got Some Snow
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    Today
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  • 02-10-2013
    tjdog800
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    Breaking trail with Fat
    First tracks after a storm...
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  • 02-10-2013
    lubes17319




  • 02-11-2013
    cyclelicious
    We got 30cm/ 12inches of fresh podwer snow in Caledon Ontario. The snow was too deep for ice biking so we went down hilling instead!









  • 02-14-2013
    Pisgah2000
    Short, slow, and slippery, but the best ride I've had in a while.

    http://youtu.be/4xIlsOn-XCk
  • 02-15-2013
    lubes17319
  • 02-16-2013
    Cobra8d
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    Otay Lakes, Chula Vista, California
    Winter riding in Southern California, 80 degrees and sunny. Suppose to drop to mid 60s tomorrow burr...:cool:
  • 02-17-2013
    CannondaleF9
    Just got out yesterday on my F9 to ride up my steep driveway that had been completely freed from the snow, as it was 46 degrees on Friday.
  • 02-17-2013
    cyclelicious
    I envy your weather Cobra! Nice pics
  • 02-18-2013
    cyclelicious
    Ice biking today



    4 riders exploring the frozen river


    some slushy places


    some open areas, stayed closer to shore


    but mostly it was solid


    we stopped to build a fire


    and roast some marinated mushrooms


    late in the day


    heading back out again


    thank goodness wasps are dormant in winter


    another busy beaver


    Posing by the bridge foundation graffiti


    great day! 4 hour ride!


    Awesome day
  • 02-18-2013
    veloborealis
    Looks like a you all had a great time. Thanks for letting us 'tag' along vicariously.
  • 02-19-2013
    m10b
    Ticino Trails
    Winter biking ticino
    Tour 13th Feb 2013


    Pics tour Monti di Motti / Ticino:


    Monti di Motti



    Snow



    Singletrail



    Sun



    Lago Maggiore



    curve



    to Gordola



    all pics Monti di Motti:


    cu m10b
    www.Trail.ch

    edit: link was wrong
  • 02-21-2013
    cyclelicious
    m10b : I couldn't open your links. Is that Switzerland?
  • 02-21-2013
    m10b
    Switzerland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    m10b : I couldn't open your links. Is that Switzerland?

    Oh sorry. thanks.
    the link was wrong.
    I've corrected the link

    Yes, it is Switzerland
    Tour Monti di Motti




    Kinzig Kulm :)



    cu m10b
    www.Trail.ch
  • 02-21-2013
    DLd
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    I finally get to join in on this thread! From Tucson, AZ!
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  • 02-21-2013
    singlesprocket
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DLd View Post
    I finally get to join in on this thread! From Tucson, AZ!
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    i like that pic... snow and cactus
  • 02-22-2013
    rinseflow


    Just some riding around the city trails at night. Also found a walked path to and over a snowy roof/ledge of one the local university buildings. That was some bizzarre riding I'd never come across before.
  • 02-22-2013
    huffster
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    Riding the sometimes icy quad tracks

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  • 02-22-2013
    huffster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by meganXLR View Post
    How can I add images to my post? thnx 4 ur help in advance :) follow me on twitter: twitter com/tiny_megsmith]twitter com/tiny_megsmith

    You need to get 10 posts first. Then you can reply, go advanced and attach an image
  • 02-23-2013
    singlesprocket
    sketch

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  • 02-23-2013
    ParrotHead87
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rinseflow View Post


    Just some riding around the city trails at night. Also found a walked path to and over a snowy roof/ledge of one the local university buildings. That was some bizzarre riding I'd never come across before.

    Very cool picture

    Also, nice video Singlesprocket
  • 02-23-2013
    iperov
  • 02-23-2013
    cyclelicious
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iperov View Post

    Nice edits iperov. Very interesting landscape. Are you able to ride on that big frozen body of water?
  • 02-23-2013
    iperov
    cyclelicious, sure, 26club winter on Vimeo
  • 02-23-2013
    Just J
    Test ride :)


    Intense Tracer 275 by mrtransporter, on Flickr
  • 02-24-2013
    dru
    Psychic cleansing today.

    My jobs brings me into contact with people from all walks of life, and sometimes a little R&R is needed to set things right. In my duties I am sometimes working alongside people for hours on end. My employer purposely uses my freindly demeanour and skillset for orientation and training from time to time.

    This is tiring stuff but not because of the training.

    Without going into details I can say that more than a few individuals I've interacted with have less than stellar pasts. Beleive me, I've heard many a life story over the past few months especially, and much of what I've been privy to isn't very pretty.

    I really needed to ride today and let the trails wash all this stuff from my mind.

    As a plus, my boss thanked me profusely on Friday for my service and told me she'd be giving me a break from this stuff for a good while.

    She has no idea......

    Drew
  • 02-24-2013
    Fairbanks007
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Riding the sometimes icy quad tracks

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    Hey! That looks like my driveway!
  • 02-24-2013
    sooshee
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    Getting hit with a hefty storm here in Cheyenne, WY. My boyfriend and I decided to go out on the bikes and goof off in one of the large parks here. Ended up putting down over 6 miles, and I literally had one of the funnest days every on my bike! Mostly just a few inches deep, but there were lots of drifts well over a foot. 23 degrees, 22mph winds... no excuses not to ride here!

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    We were having too much fun to take a lot of photos. We found a long set of stairs on a walking path I wish I had a photo of me coming down... just because I am sure I looked ridiculous in my clunky snow boots getting all serious on the bike!
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Hi. New here. First post.

    I'm a mountaineer, do Colorado 14ers in winter. I ride every day I'm not on a peak, all year 'round. A little different this winter, I used the bike to help gain about 1/3 of the distance on 2 winter 14ers this season. Here's a shot from Mt. Lindsey, January 9, 2013. I was able to ride about 7 of the 22 miles round trip.


    Edit:
    Well... quite a welcome by the administrators of this site, I must say. I'm afraid, dear friends, that I can't share my photography with you, nor even a link to my trip report on 14ers.com.

    If any of you is terribly motivated to see this, go to 14ers.com (will they let me post this website address?) and click on trip reports. Click on author = dancesatmoonrise. Then look for the Mt. Lindsey TR of 1-9-13.

    The 14ers.com site is quite liberal, user friendly, and the administrator is constantly making excellent improvements.

    I hope you enjoy seeing a 29er workhorse used to help gain a Colorado 14er in winter.


    Jim

    PS - I vote that the admin here changes the 10-post rule.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    deleted.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    OK, I know all you guys and gals are great folks and probably love this site.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    I'm not enamored with it yet.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    I tried to post my first post and it said "busy."
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    So as you can imagine, it would appear the administrators want new members to do a lot of posts.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    So as soon as I get ten posts here, I'll post a nice photo - assuming the site will accept 1000 or 1200 pixels.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Ah, only two more posts to go.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Believe me, I don't like this any better than you guys.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    May as well get it out of the way up front.

    Hey - should be able to post a photo next one...
  • 02-24-2013
    cyclelicious
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dancesatmoonrise View Post
    Hi. New here. First post.

    I'm a mountaineer, do Colorado 14ers in winter. I ride every day I'm not on a peak, all year 'round. A little different this winter, I used the bike to help gain about 1/3 of the distance on 2 winter 14ers this season. Here's a shot from Mt. Lindsey, January 9, 2013. I was able to ride about 7 of the 22 miles round trip.


    Edit:
    Well... quite a welcome by the administrators of this site, I must say. I'm afraid, dear friends, that I can't share my photography with you, nor even a link to my trip report on 14ers.com.

    If any of you is terribly motivated to see this, go to 14ers.com (will they let me post this website address?) and click on trip reports. Click on author = dancesatmoonrise. Then look for the Mt. Lindsey TR of 1-9-13.

    The 14ers.com site is quite liberal, user friendly, and the administrator is constantly making excellent improvements.

    I hope you enjoy seeing a 29er workhorse used to help gain a Colorado 14er in winter.


    Jim

    PS - I vote that the admin here changes the 10-post rule.

    Followed your links and saw your pics WOW! Get your post count up stat lol You have a wealth of awesome to share!
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    OK, some photos. Hope you enjoy them.

    Mt. Lindsey, winter 2013. The bike helped with 7 of the 22 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot, but slogging on snowshoes by headlamp after a 13-hour day, it's a real joy to see the bike waiting and ready to ride down to the car. It cut about 2 hours off a long winter's day.





    Dawn.





    The road swings to southern exposure and drys out - perfect for bike travel.





    Gaining the alpine after changing out to snowshoes. There was a ski track to follow up to this point.





    Nearby Mt. Blanca





    Mt. Lindsey summit, 14,042.





    Back to the car by headlamp.



    Full TR here:
    14ers.com &bull; Trip Report - It's Not About the Bike: A Winter's Day on Mt. Lindsey



    Hope you enjoyed the photos!


    Jim
  • 02-24-2013
    crashtestdummy
    Last weekend.







    Yesterday, 60°F at the start, 40°F at the end.







    Today, 20°F with 20 mph winds and 3" of new snow.





  • 02-24-2013
    cyclelicious
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dancesatmoonrise View Post
    OK, some photos. Hope you enjoy them.

    Mt. Lindsey, winter 2013. The bike helped with 7 of the 22 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot, but slogging on snowshoes by headlamp after a 13-hour day, it's a real joy to see the bike waiting and ready to ride down to the car. It cut about 2 hours off a long winter's day.





    Dawn.





    The road swings to southern exposure and drys out - perfect for bike travel.





    Gaining the alpine after changing out to snowshoes. There was a ski track to follow up to this point.





    Nearby Mt. Blanca





    Mt. Lindsey summit, 14,042.





    Back to the car by headlamp.



    Full TR here:
    14ers.com &bull; Trip Report - It's Not About the Bike: A Winter's Day on Mt. Lindsey



    Hope you enjoyed the photos!


    Jim

    You had me sitting on the edge of my seat ......and it was worth the wait :thumbsup:
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    Last weekend.

    Nice shots!

    I gotta get FAT.
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You had me sitting on the edge of my seat ......and it was worth the wait :thumbsup:

    Gosh, thanks!


    Here's another winter 14er attempt by bike. 1-23-13. Was going for San Luis, a 14er. Got Baldy Alto, a 13er, about 1.5 miles shy of the mark. Still, it was a 28 mile, 15 hour day. The bike helped a lot.

    14ers.com • Trip Report - Baldy Alto in Winter - Dome Lakes Approach









    Running a FS CF 29er w/ Nokian Extremes here. Just got a pair of Michelin Wild Grip'r 2.25's and was able to ride them in 5-7" of snow on some steeper grades last week. They do well. Hoping to see if the new Surly Knard 29x3.0 will fit on this frame - it will be tight. LBS has some wheels built up and is willing to see if they fit. If not, anyone know of other currently available fat 29er tires that might work? Thanks!
  • 02-24-2013
    dru
    1st I had to look up what a 14er was (I was 90%), because I didn't think riding to the top would be possible. Your adventure certainly qualifies as "EPIC", even though the bike portion was commuting of sorts. Very cool.

    Drew
  • 02-24-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dru View Post
    1st I had to look up what a 14er was (I was 90%), because I didn't think riding to the top would be possible. Your adventure certainly qualifies as "EPIC", even though the bike portion was commuting of sorts. Very cool.

    Drew


    Oops! Sorry. We get a little miopic here in Colorado. For everyone that hasn't looked it up, these are peaks, mountains, which are over 14,000 feet above sea level, in elevation. Colorado has 58 of them. Four people, in all of known history, have done all 58 in calendar winter. This means they were all done, regardless of year, between winter solstice- about Dec 22 - through spring equinox - about March 20. A fifth person may finish this year. My count currently stands at 40. I don't think anyone's done any of these, or any portion of these, by bike, prior to the two I did last month. Finishing the list is difficult. I finished all Colorado 14ers in 2011, and currently working on doing them all in winter. There are some which are quite risky in winter.

    But mostly, it's my daily bike ride that blows up my skirt. : )
  • 02-25-2013
    crashtestdummy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dancesatmoonrise View Post
    Nice shots!

    I gotta get FAT.

    I think it would help your winter trips. Probably slower climbing at times, but you'd be able to ride more surface conditions.
  • 02-25-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    I think it would help your winter trips. Probably slower climbing at times, but you'd be able to ride more surface conditions.

    Agree.

    Can't afford another bike right now. So, any ideas on fatter tires that would fit a normal frame? There were a few DH tires at 2.5" that appear to be no longer available. I doubt the Knard 29x3.0 would fit, but I'm going to look into it.

    With a 2.25, it looks like there's about 5/16 clearance to the stays at sides and top. Rims are 26mm so that's a limiting factor as well.
  • 02-25-2013
    Stormwalker
    I've found myself doing a fair amount of riding on lakes this winter.

  • 02-25-2013
    Phil C
    Great thread!
    New to mountain biking, roadie.
    Do you need studded tires say for the ride on not too technical a trail or riding on the frozen lakes?
  • 02-25-2013
    Pisgah2000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Phil C View Post
    Great thread!
    New to mountain biking, roadie.
    Do you need studded tires say for the ride on not too technical a trail or riding on the frozen lakes?

    I can't speak for lake riding, but on most trails I've ridden, studs aren't really necessary. I've had good luck with aired-down (~20psi) 2.1-2.3" non-studded tires in up to 5-6". It works pretty well, but gear selection and smooth momentum are also important - not too low of a gear (otherwise it's easy to break traction) and keep up the momentum.

    Back in the early 90s, I did the sheet-metal-screw-and-duct-tape thing, and while it was fun to make sparks, I'm not sure they really helped. :)
  • 02-26-2013
    Phil C
    Thanks for the response Pisgah 2000.
  • 02-26-2013
    tartosuc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Phil C View Post
    Great thread!
    New to mountain biking, roadie.
    Do you need studded tires say for the ride on not too technical a trail or riding on the frozen lakes?

    for frozen lake its definately needed
  • 02-26-2013
    lubes17319
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dancesatmoonrise View Post
    Agree.

    Can't afford another bike right now. So, any ideas on fatter tires that would fit a normal frame? There were a few DH tires at 2.5" that appear to be no longer available. I doubt the Knard 29x3.0 would fit, but I'm going to look into it.

    With a 2.25, it looks like there's about 5/16 clearance to the stays at sides and top. Rims are 26mm so that's a limiting factor as well.

    The Knard definetly won't fit in the rear, and chances are it won't in the front either...what fork is on there.
    My buddy tried w/a RockShox & it rubs..they fit nicely on Surly KM forks.
  • 02-26-2013
    lubes17319
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Phil C View Post
    Great thread!
    New to mountain biking, roadie.
    Do you need studded tires say for the ride on not too technical a trail or riding on the frozen lakes?

    Only when the surface is glassy smooth.
    I've ridden quite a bit on ice, and if the surface is wind-blown, or covered with snow, regular tires have never let me down.
  • 02-26-2013
    huffster
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    Studs would've been handy on this section of my ride today. But, I didn't have 'em. I figure this is great skills building for balance, line selection, etc. I find that you can get decent traction on the lakes without studs if there is a thin layer of fresh snow. If its like glass, you need studs.

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  • 02-26-2013
    Stormwalker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Phil C View Post
    Great thread!
    New to mountain biking, roadie.
    Do you need studded tires say for the ride on not too technical a trail or riding on the frozen lakes?

    Depends on snow cover. I've never personally run studded tires. In the pic I posted above riding the lake, the snow was pretty powdery and around 10 inches deep, in which case studs don't matter at all, you need float (i.e. a fatbike). If you live in a state that sees a lot of icy conditions in the winter, then homebrew studs are necessary to ride off road. If you live in a snow state, then you can get by without them. I live in MN, and we typically seem to have a week or two throughout the winter where trail conditions get icy. I just sit those days out which is fine to me, as that's pretty much the only time throughout the year I take a break from biking. It's not often you get the sweet spot to ride lakes. Oftentimes with little snow, the wind blows it off and it's just sheer ice (studs needed), and other times the snow is too deep to ride in. Also, one thing I should add, is that lake ice is never safe. Be sure you are familiar with ice thickness in the area, and never go alone. Have a plan in place in the event someone breaks through.
  • 02-26-2013
    cyclelicious
    Glad you got out for a ride sooshee. Cool pic. Thanks for sharing!

    We got hit with rain today and now it's snowing/ Should make an interesting ride.
  • 02-26-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stormwalker View Post
    Be sure you are familiar with ice thickness in the area, and never go alone. Have a plan in place in the event someone breaks through.

    Scary. We don't ride on lakes here much in Colorado. But I could see it being fun if you knew the ice was thick.


    studs
    ... I've been running them here for a couple months in winter every year for the last four seasons or so. They've saved my ass a few times.


    Knards -
    Front fork is a Fox Float CTD 32, 29er. I'm thinking now maybe something like the old 2.5 Weirwolf for this bike, unless I can find a 2.5-2.7 that's more aggressive.
  • 02-27-2013
    rinseflow
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Test ride :)


    Intense Tracer 275 by mrtransporter, on Flickr

    That seat's too high for me but damn, I want a ride in that weather right there!
  • 02-27-2013
    Just J
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rinseflow View Post
    That seat's too high for me but damn, I want a ride in that weather right there!

    LOL it was a demo bike that was too small for me! The weather's been like this on and off for the past 2 months and we're all pretty sick of how it's wrecking our trails now, this bit of trail is very sloppy mud right now so we're praying to the sun gods! :)
  • 02-27-2013
    Zeroack
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    A few weeks ago I got out before the snows had come thru. Got in 20 miles on my single speed. It was just gravel roads with a little pasture single track thrown in, but it was on a bike when I could have been on a trainer.

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  • 02-27-2013
    Stormwalker
  • 02-27-2013
    millsdal
    Fat Bikes are legit!
    A buddy and I just took a couple fat bikes out to see what all the fuss was about and was totally blown away!! I live in Aspen, CO and fat bikes are becoming more and more popualr around town. We hooked up with one of our LBS's and grabbed some fatty's for the day! We hit the same trails we ride all summer long and were amazed at how well the bikes performed. To say we were skeptical at first is an understatement. They climb like a beast (surprised we could even get out of the saddle for the steep stuff!!). Nothing to be left wanting because the downhill experience was just as rewarding. The only thing I can say about winter fat bike riding is that they do require a bit of hard pack for the best performance but I know people out breaking trail in 8 inches of snow with the ultra beefy 4.0 tires!! Get out and try it if you get a chance!!
  • 02-27-2013
    millsdal
    Awesome!!
  • 02-27-2013
    dancesatmoonrise
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Zeroack View Post



    That's a great shot. Love it.
  • 02-28-2013
    Pisgah2000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by millsdal View Post
    A buddy and I just took a couple fat bikes out to see what all the fuss was about and was totally blown away!!

    Huh, I just had the totally opposite experience with a 4" fat bike. We had somewhere around 6-8 inches on the trail, and it just wasn't working (semi-packed or totally untouched, didn't really matter). It couldn't dig in and get grip. Maybe it was the type of snow and trail conditions or tires, but 'floating' on the surface wasn't going to get you anywhere uphill or even level. I dropped the pressures from ~8-9psi when I picked it up to quite a bit less (I'd guess 5-6, but no gauge), but no dice. I'd guess on a nicely groomed and compacted trail, they'd be a blast though. On a good surface, that extra width is fun.

    I went back out in my ~20psi 2.1" 29er, and bam, much better... sink a few inches to compact the snow, and the rear dug in and would bust the front right through the crust ahead. Still hard work and slow going, but more rideable in depths up to almost the bottom of the rotor. Much above that, I think it's hopeless on whatever bike you're riding. Plow into a 2' deep drift at speed, and you just endo into a pillow of fluffy cold. :)
  • 03-01-2013
    B-Mac
    2/17 at Brady's Run near Rochester, PA . . .

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    Another snow ride coming up tomorrow morning!
  • 03-01-2013
    Necktie Killer
    I just got back from 12 ish miles at Horse Ridge, about 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon. WHAT A PLACE! Tons of technical climbing and downhill...mid 60s today. So amazing (until I was riding on an old cattle trail and somehow a piece of wire got jammed into my front disc brake and I went over the handle bars. Ugh)
  • 03-02-2013
    huffster
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    This is one of my favorite spots to stop and "soak it in" - any season.

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  • 03-02-2013
    Rehuel
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    Binghamton, NY
  • 03-03-2013
    iperov
  • 03-03-2013
    huffster
    +1. That looks like a blast for the kid! Heck, I want a ride.
  • 03-04-2013
    cyclelicious
    bike towing sled looks like fun!

    I remember as a kid being towed on a sled behind my parent's snowmobile. I'm amazed that I survived my childhood ...youth and adulthood :)
  • 03-04-2013
    kjlued
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    If you don't get cold, you never see cool stuff like this.

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  • 03-04-2013
    huffster
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    A couple of pics at different points along the Weldon Brook from my ride today at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation (Sparta, NJ).

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  • 03-11-2013
    perttime
    I found a video of a little loop that some of the guys have been keeping open through the winter (It isn't the only winter trail here, but has become a regular part of many rides).

    "The Ikea Track"
    http://vimeo.com/61481888


    (it is not my video, and I'm not in it either)
  • 03-11-2013
    iperov
  • 03-11-2013
    dRyk
    Very cool videos and pictures in this thread!! Just waiting on my bike.
  • 03-11-2013
    tjdog800
    2013 winter riding thread
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iperov View Post

    I made one of those when I was a kid. Bolted a "snurfer" board to the fork and dang near killed myself. It was fun until the crash.
  • 03-11-2013
    Fourstringsquire
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  • 03-11-2013
    cyclelicious
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    Ice and snow is starting to melt

    Snow is softer


    Rideable on the flats
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    and down hills


    riding in the old river oxbows


    Still frozen under the water


    I can do it!
  • 03-13-2013
    scar
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    5am before work ride
    FIFO (First In, First Out!)

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  • 03-14-2013
    Keski
    Took a weekday off work a few weeks ago and went to a small provincial park. I was the only human soul there..........

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  • 03-14-2013
    KRob
    I'm at that time of year when it's still winter on one side of the mountain and spring on the other. I ride up a 3.5 mile service road that's mostly south-facing then HAB up the last mile or so as it wraps around the back of the peak and up to the summit.

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    Then from here, just over that edge..... it's all steep, downhill, South-facing, mostly dry goodness.

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  • 03-16-2013
    JeffSkisMontana
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    Bare Brown to fluffy White.....
    We were set to ride to day on bare ground for the first time all winter......it started snowing 3 hours before the ride and we found ourselves in 2 to 3 inches of new snow...absolutely beautiful out in the woods today....here are a couple of pics...Ride On!
  • 03-17-2013
    borbntm
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    2013 winter riding thread
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  • 03-17-2013
    huffster
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    Got a fresh dusting yesterday and managed to get first tracks on a few trails this morning. Tell me that doesn't look inviting...

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  • 03-17-2013
    cyclelicious
    Good video. That trail is wicked! Riding in the winter on snow covered trails is so intense, but you made it look fun!
  • 03-17-2013
    cyclelicious
    Cool pic! Looks black and white! The snow enhances the textures of the foliage and the bike blends in! Nice effect huffster!