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    Last weekend.







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







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






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    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





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    Back to the car by headlamp.



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    Hope you enjoyed the photos!


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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    Last weekend.
    Nice shots!

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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. : )
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    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.

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    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.

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    I've found myself doing a fair amount of riding on lakes this winter.


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    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?

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    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.

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    Thanks for the response Pisgah 2000.

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    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
    expensive cars are a waste of money. Expensive bikes...not so much!

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    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.
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    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.
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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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    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.

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    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.
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    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.


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    ... 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.


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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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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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    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!!

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    Awesome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroack View Post


    That's a great shot. Love it.

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    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.

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    2/17 at Brady's Run near Rochester, PA . . .

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    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)

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    This is one of my favorite spots to stop and "soak it in" - any season.

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    winter XC

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    +1. That looks like a blast for the kid! Heck, I want a ride.

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    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
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    If you don't get cold, you never see cool stuff like this.

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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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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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    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"



    (it is not my video, and I'm not in it either)

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    winter XC

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    Very cool videos and pictures in this thread!! Just waiting on my bike.

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    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.

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    A Little Blurry
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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!
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    5am before work ride

    FIFO (First In, First Out!)

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    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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    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.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19516547@N04/8541678059/" title="166 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8541678059_088ab8e925_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="166"></a>

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19516547@N04/8541670211/" title="168 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8374/8541670211_7af25211e3_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="168"></a>

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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!
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    2013 winter riding thread

    Nice 65 degree day here in Northern Ca.2013 winter riding thread-imageuploadedbytapatalk1363556612.284657.jpg2013 winter riding thread-imageuploadedbytapatalk1363556631.560510.jpg
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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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    Good video. That trail is wicked! Riding in the winter on snow covered trails is so intense, but you made it look fun!
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    Cool pic! Looks black and white! The snow enhances the textures of the foliage and the bike blends in! Nice effect huffster!
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