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    Rode a trail I hadn't been on in about five years.
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    Great shot!

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    Granite Bay

    Jeff on the Rocks at the top of the Jump Course.

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    did you ride today?

    Hey I can finally say ďI rode today!Ē Only just over 3 mile ride around the block but on January 27th in Michigan Iíll take it. Felt awesome to be on the bike again even if it was road


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    Any day riding in the depths of winter ❄️ in New England is a gift.

    Spanked out 13.5 miles with 913 feet of climbing. A lot of ice on the trails , but still a great day!

    Planning on another tomorrow.


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    Warm up for tomorrow's 16mile ride..did 8miles today..poor fueling this morning made it for a rough start. 1100' of elev.
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    Yup, ice free perfect grippy snow riding in southern Maine today. Studless skinny tire wholesome goodness.
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    Yup, ribbons of icy singletrack here in Eastern Canada.
    Studded FAT tire wholesome goodness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    ^^Dang Owen that doesn't sound fun at all, hope you're ok!
    Thanks, it's all good. The relief from not breaking anything with that impact outweighed a few bruises by far!
    I even had new grips on the way, already, since one had a tear that was irritating when I play around on the bike with no gloves on.

    You keep making me want to build my Yelli back up. Just don't know into what, since I won't be riding trails on a HT any more. Wish we had some smooth XC stuff to zip around on...

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    Was going to ride today, weathers been decent, no rain, no snow then
    bam, woke up to a good six inches of heavy wet snow, ugg not feeling it at all, didn't even get around to shoveling it.

    At least someone was enthusiastic about all the snow!
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    Rode 2.7 miles with a new kid on our NICA team today. Unfortunately he said he didnít like it and probably wonít ride off road again.☹️
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    11.4 miles on beach sand today. I'm paying for it now.
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    Yes We did an evening ride. Temps were mild and the trails were slick. It was a good one

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    Had an unexpectedly nice ride on the Shore today. Went up with a friend of mine from Toronto. He rode my Trek Fuel, and I rode the family Slash (seen below). Rain cleared and we had few nice runs on Bobsled.

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    Conditions have been dicey here in VT but the temps climbed enough to turn the firm snow into grippy, soft goodness. Nice surprise ride today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenM View Post
    Thanks, it's all good. The relief from not breaking anything with that impact outweighed a few bruises by far!
    I even had new grips on the way, already, since one had a tear that was irritating when I play around on the bike with no gloves on.

    You keep making me want to build my Yelli back up. Just don't know into what, since I won't be riding trails on a HT any more. Wish we had some smooth XC stuff to zip around on...
    Either put on some fast rolling semi-slicks for townie cruisin, or do what I'd like to do; Throw a 29x2.8/3.0 up font and either a 27.5x3 or 29x2.8 in back for a plush ride, SS or geared, your choice. I'd need a new fork tho, and rims/tires too I guess.

    Did some quick urban riding before the cold comes back, explorin the freeway tunnels.

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    We did a bit of brige underpasses as well.

    21miles of Funday!
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    We did a 15km ride-run funday pairing. Mixed road and trail. The trails were ice covered

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    Got in a quick ride before Honey-Do stuff. Been trying to ride 3 to 4 days per week but this dam job keeps getting in the way. Weather was a crappy 85 here today ;-)


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    Yeah had a great ride today, was super short, but 2 good things... took my ye oldie bike out today, i've been tying to get the brakes working right for ages (went through a bunch of different setups from 3 different sets) and finally got things working properly...it was seriously doing my head in, but anyway they are working great now. 2nd thing, its been stupid hot here the last month, I wouldn't normally do much in the way of activity at 30C, but to try the brakes, i made myself...it was 30C at the start of the ride, then out of nowhere starts drizzling, then raining, then poring down, temp drops to 21C in a few minuets...ah bliss

    And to top it off, even though some of the rocky sections (nothing too technical, but hey 1.95 tyres) were getting pretty slick by the end, was pretty close to my FS bike times on the descents, and broke a few PRs on the climbs...

    happy day indeed.
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    No mountain bike, but nice to get out for a little fresh air on the road bike here in Vancouver after the rain let up for a bit.






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    Yup. Homey don't do ice and studs are for dog collars. Maine today. Grippy snow or hero dirt. Nothing in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenM View Post
    I ordered a Magic Mary night before last. Heavier tire than I'm used to running, but that thing might save my life...
    All I can say is Hail Mary, for she is Magical! Off camber roots and rock slabs, leaves over pine straw, just unflappable. Love, love, love at first ride
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    Nice break in the weather today, so I got out to Delta (that's near Vancouver) for a quick ride!

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    s-moon over Lake Natoma, lights of Folsom in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeast View Post
    Nice break in the weather today, so I got out to Delta (that's near Vancouver) for a quick ride!

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    Does the Delta Watershed still have a bunch of wooden features?

    I haven't been there in ages.
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    Glorious. 25ish in the 19T(pretending I'm singlespeeding), except for a few jaunts into the higher gears where things were flowy or downhill. May have to go back to singlespeed as a measure of self-preservation, 'cause Mary is quickly proving to be a bad influence on me.
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    Not the best picture, but my son and I had a great time at the local bike park on Sunday. He had a load of fun following dad around and doing drops.

    He took the shot of me on the practice drop area. I'd like a better phone camera than what I have.

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    Looks like a lot of fun! Nice practice area!

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    Not the best picture, but my son and I had a great time at the local bike park on Sunday. He had a load of fun following dad around and doing drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    Does the Delta Watershed still have a bunch of wooden features?

    I haven't been there in ages.
    It still has a few! Some aren't in the best repair, but yes!

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    Got out for a quick one before sun down. Empty trail....good end of the day.

    Took the rigid for a spin.
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    Yup

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    Hurt my back in the very beginning of the yr. and have been slowly increasing the distance of my rides as I heal. Got my first 50 miler of the yr. last night on my Mukluk. Was still 57F when I got home @ 11:55pm. We haven't had much winter this yr.
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    In spite of this serene setting, this evening's ride was a rather technical trail.
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    Hung around long enough to catch the sun going down.
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    Fraser River Park in Vancouver on the road bike (again). Trying to find a few more interesting sports to take pictures....


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    Warm but not hot here, after some real hot days. Bit of singletrack fun and an encounter with a pissed off shingleback.
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    ^Amazing! Looks like a blue-tongued pinecone with legs I had to look up shingleback, I've never heard of this creature before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    ^Amazing! Looks like a blue-tongued pinecone with legs I had to look up shingleback, I've never heard of this creature before.
    Commonly known as a stumpy tail over here. The tail is very short and fat. They tend to pull up on tracks and roads to sun themselves.
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    Awesome snake shot.

    7miles at Chino Hills 90% ST

    I usually don't pedal strike much, not today! Come to find out I've been riding so much I neglected my rear shock! Gota go do some maintenance shortly.

    Beautiful SoCal morning. Also my buddy's new to him Trigger 29er, his first 29er has always been on 26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Awesome snake shot.

    7miles at Chino Hills 90% ST

    I usually don't pedal strike much, not today! Come to find out I've been riding so much I neglected my rear shock! Gota go do some maintenance shortly.

    Beautiful SoCal morning. Also my buddy's new to him Trigger 29er, his first 29er has always been on 26.
    Nice!

    By the way, thatís a lizard up there not a snake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice!

    By the way, thatís a lizard up there not a snake.
    Ah..goes to show my reptile expertise! Thanks!
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    ...nice marmot.
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    Trails are too muddy to ride around here this weekend, so the gravel bike saw dirt and paved roads today for a little over 50 miles and just shy of 4000' vertical. If I can get 1300' tomorrow, this will be my first 10000' week of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Ah..goes to show my reptile expertise! Thanks!
    Sorry, gotta laugh at you on that one, jcd!

    Waited until it warmed up into the mid 40s in the afternoon to ride. Drove to my nearby NPS trails that I usually just ride to. Had a good crash, good as in bike nor rider injured in any way; changed my line at the last moment over some roots followed by a turn, not sure if it was the roots or the muddy spot following but both wheels slid out and I went down, just sliding in the dirt. Got caught behind a group of slower riders, guy knew I was there but didn't offer to let me pass. It was too tight and twisty to blow by but then he hit a dip in the trail followed by a big root and he went bouncing off his seat and pedals and I shot past with a "you ok?" He was. We were coming to an intersection so I held back to see which way they were going as the way I was going involved some immediate climbing with weaving around some 6x6 waterbars and they seemed inexperienced. They went the other way.

    Ran into an old acquaintance I hadn't seen in several years a bit later so we got caught up. And my drivetrain started making a lot of racket. I stopped several times trying to determine what it was but it was fine when spinning with me off the bike. Adjusted the front derailleur as that was what it sounded like but that didn't help and it was noisy in all combinations. I cleaned and relubed the chain when I got home, sounds a whole lot better but still sounds a bit ticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Sorry, gotta laugh at you on that one, jcd!
    Lol no worries, what I get for not doing my research.

    Edit: good to hear you came out ok from the fall.
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    Rode just under 22 miles today with the wife.

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    Got a good 60-70 mile training ride up in the mountains and around town in for the 100 mile endurance ride in a few weeks. Some good hoar frost in the shaded places.


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    We did an urban evening spin. -5c, snowy, blowy and ... 44 days til spring

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    I rode today. Funny thing happened. The snow that fell at my house five days ago is completely gone so I figured I'd ride the Krampus instead of the fat bike. I drove the five or six miles to the trailhead and was surprised to see so much snow.
    I was there and God hates a coward. I have to say, I was totally surprised by the amount of traction my Chupacabra had. There were some icy patches but the bike would only slide for an instant and gain traction as soon as I hit some snow. I made every climb and I didn't crash. Good ride.
    Gonna ride the fatty tomorrow.
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    No pictures because it was so wet. Yesterday I rode several intermediate trails at Tiger Mountain Forest about an hour away. It was a very heavy drizzle and the trails were soaking wet. So was I after a bit. It was the first serious climb of the year for me and went slowly.

    The new blue trail that was opened last year was a blast, even with all the mud. Lots of little kickers to jump along the way. It was also the first fairly rough trail with the new Ribbon Coil fork and I was completely blown away by how smooth it is over boulders and roots.

    At least I managed to stay warm for the ride. Wool jerseys rule.
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    Finally got out for a ride today. A few deep water spots from all the rain that required some pedaling through the water, got soaked. Practiced the bunny hops on the drier spots. All in all a fun ride, and home in time to watch the Superbowl!

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    Went out Sunday morning with the regular group of misfits. We came into a very ice section and Dave washed out hard and broke his Salsa carbon bars. It would have been a long walk back so we slid everything inside the break, removed a lock ring from the grip, whittled a stick so it fit tight and then tightened the grip ring down in an attempt to keep the stick in the bar.
    It worked. He was able to ride all the way back.
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    ^ genius, way to work that trail!
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Very short ride today. The operative word was "sessioning", as I rode up, down and all over a ridge that has a lot of small but challenging features that I've never gotten the knack of clearing all at once. So I worked on individual trouble spots in a way that set me up for the next, then putting them together.
    Kind of embarassing that I ride this trail so often without having mastered it, and this was a good learning experience. Found myself rolling right through places that I normally get stood up by pedal and/or crank strikes after doing them a dozen times.
    Not a trouble spot, but this is the first or last switchback, depending on which direction you're going, and kind of sums up what the climbs and descents are like:
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    Trail goes that way>>>>>>>

    I wondered awhile back when seeing people scoff at pedaling through corners on here. Maybe theirs are all downhill and don't have rocks and stuff...
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    Not the original plan for today, but turned out to be major fun.
    My bike is back to SS for the third time in 5 or 6 weeks, too. I can't make up my mind
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    This was one of those days when I seriously considered just rolling over and going back to sleep. My legs felt loaded up with gunk and it was 19F outside, with big flakes starting.
    Man, I'm glad I didn't!

    PRIME fatbike conditions since a few have already been out to break the trail. Ended up with a great morning ride and legs flushed out. Great way to start my day!

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    Went out Sunday morning with the regular group of misfits. We came into a very ice section and Dave washed out hard and broke his Salsa carbon bars. It would have been a long walk back so we slid everything inside the break, removed a lock ring from the grip, whittled a stick so it fit tight and then tightened the grip ring down in an attempt to keep the stick in the bar.
    It worked. He was able to ride all the way back.
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    Yes! The getting back to nature mod.
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    Just a little spin, nothing spectacular. Temps were in the mid 50's, so I felt it was the right thing to do.

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    Got out for 8 pre-dawn miles and 1800' vertical feet of icy trails, fog, and freezing drizzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Got out for 8 pre-dawn miles and 1800' vertical feet of icy trails, fog, and freezing drizzle.

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    Nice pic, unfortunately I didn't get to ride today as it is wet and you don't ride the trails here when it is due to the damage it may cause to the trails.

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    It's been snowing all day. It should stop for our caturday ride... I hope


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    Last two days, been riding and clearing blow downs off the trails. 11 trees cleared in total. Rained on me both days too, which today for some reason resulted in me feeling pretty cold by the time I got back to the car. Steady rain - ended up squishing a little when I walked.

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    Yep short 9miles on the rigid..FS at the shop, nice and cool Saturday morning.

    We now have a new victim joining th e mtb madness. He did awesome in his little old costco bike! Now, he is shopping around for a better bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Got out for 8 pre-dawn miles and 1800' vertical feet of icy trails, fog, and freezing drizzle.

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    Jealous, jealous, jealous. Paint me green with envy.
    It was like that here this morning, everything shrouded in mist and fog, but it was warm. Would have been so cool to ride in, and my hitch rack was already on the car, but the rain had already started when I left work. According to the weather map, the worst of it is passing north of us, but we're still under flood watch 'til tomorrow night

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenM View Post
    Jealous, jealous, jealous. Paint me green with envy.
    It was like that here this morning, everything shrouded in mist and fog, but it was warm. Would have been so cool to ride in, and my hitch rack was already on the car, but the rain had already started when I left work. According to the weather map, the worst of it is passing north of us, but we're still under flood watch 'til tomorrow night
    I live in Sgltraks hood. That was yesterday, today weíve got 4Ē of snow in town and probably 7Ē up where that was taken. But, itís going to be in the 50ís and then the 60 degree mark by Wednesday. Another fleeting glimpse of winter.

    Great shot Sgltrak.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Went out and did a loop of Brown's ranch in Scottsdale. Me the wife and a friend. Was around 56 out when we got there. About 73 when we left. Nice 18 miles through the desert.

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    Another ride in the Delta watershed park. It was a beautiful day!

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    I went out today on my fatty. Thank god I rode that bike and not my plus bike. I expected some mud but I was shocked to find 70% of the trail to be ruined from people riding 2" tire bikes and just putting ruts everywhere.
    I spent the entire ride ironing out as much as I could. Felt like punching anyone I saw with skinny tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Great shot Sgltrak.
    Thanks DJ
    That crazy fog made for some really cool photos.
    We only got 2" of snow at my place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Got out for 8 pre-dawn miles and 1800' vertical feet of icy trails, fog, and freezing drizzle.

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    I love that picture. For some reason it reminds of the movie "Alien."

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    Really nice pic sgltrak!

    It hasn't stopped snowing. I did not ride today
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    yes, of course. I also ride every day. I am trying to ride at least 15 KM every day.
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    There are some who say that the Earth is not flat, but a disc, and at the ends of the disc is a giant wall of ice that keeps you from getting to the edges...

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    That ... is ... so ... COOL!

    (no pun intended).

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    That is absolutely awesome. Where is that?
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    I havenít ridden in over two weeks thanks to the weather.☹️
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    That is absolutely awesome. Where is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post

    Fixed that for you.

    Amazing shots up there by the way.
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    ^beautiful pics Jayem... looks like Superman's Fortress of Solitude!

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    Rode the North Shore (BC) today and had a great day! That is NOT me in the picture below, but a former downhiller who let me try out my Olympus tough TG-5 on him! Lighting was a little sketchy, but for what is essentially a phone camera sensor in a rugged body with a better lens, it's not bad.

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    It was a bit icy in spots under the fresh snow this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    It was a bit icy in spots under the fresh snow this morning.

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    What an awkward big snow smudge for a bike to make...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    It was a bit icy in spots under the fresh snow this morning.

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    Great pic!

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    Yet another fun day on the Shore! (BC) The weather was amazing!

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    Yup ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    It was a bit icy in spots under the fresh snow this morning.
    Those are the worst conditions ever. Some people think snow is slippery, then there's glare ice, then there's water on ice, but if you truly want to know what zero friction is like, it's snow on ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Those are the worst conditions ever. Some people think snow is slippery, then there's glare ice, then there's water on ice, but if you truly want to know what zero friction is like, it's snow on ice.
    The ice in that parking lot was so smooth that it looked like a zambini had been working on it and there was about 1/4" of snow on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    The ice in that parking lot was so smooth that it looked like a zambini had been working on it and there was about 1/4" of snow on top.
    Yep... I slipped and broke my ankle three years ago on exactly that. a little snow on top of smooth as glass ice on a parking lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Those are the worst conditions ever. Some people think snow is slippery, then there's glare ice, then there's water on ice, but if you truly want to know what zero friction is like, it's snow on ice.
    Yep! A couple of weeks ago I was descending into a creek bed that was frozen. There was a small about of water running over the ice and a little fresh snow too. In the middle of the 10-12 wide crossing the rear of my bike came around and regained traction. I highsided. Luckily for me not into the creek! Haha!

    And then a few days later riding in today different terrain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
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    Last winter I put over 200 framing screws in each of my tires. I could ride places that I was unable to walk. It was 23į out, windy, and I was getting covered with snow from the pine branches. I felt like I was a kid again. I am trying to teach myself not to hate the winter.

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    I just finished my second set of tires. My first set was ok, but did not have enough screws in them. This set has about 160 screws in each tire.

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    Steps 2 and 3 might not be necessary - I found that on the most recent set (using Tioga DH tires) I could see the knob pattern when I turned the tire inside out, so I didn't need to mark or drill - that saved a lot of time.

    Step 6 isn't necessary if you are going to use the tires specifically for riding ice (i.e. pond or swamp) but is absolutely necessary if you are going to ride over leaves. The points of the screws will pick up leaves like velcro.

    1) Any old tire works - bigger knobs are better for the screws to bite into, wider tires are better for float over the snow. Rounder tires are better for lean (as I learned from this set of pics!).

    2) Use chalk to mark knobs where you want to install the studs, you want the studs to be on knobs, not between them. Ideally you should have 4 screws in contact with the ground at a time - its a lot of screws!

    3) Using a broken spoke as a drill bit in an electric drill, drill into the tire where you made the chalk marks. Doing this ensures your screws hit knobs where there is something for them to hold on to.

    4) Buy a box of screws. In some industrial settings they use metal instead of wood for framing walls. The screws they use to hold the framing together are 7/16" long and have a phillips, rounded head.

    5) Turn the tire inside out and using an electric screwdriver (or if you have really strong wrists - you can do this manually - the repetition's a killer!) put the screws in from the inside of the tire. Its advisable to wear work gloves for this step, as you get the tire loaded up with scews it starts to get kind of pointy.

    6) Use a bolt cutter to cut the screws off flush with the rubber knobs. As aggressive as it looks with the points of the screws sticking out, if you don't cut them off you will pick up massive amounts of leaves.

    7) Cut two tubes (or one heavy tube) lengthwise and lay it in against the screws, this will be a liner to protect your tube from the screw heads. I glue these in with contact cement. I've also heard people using duct tape for the liner, (or the old tire like those other guys were using) that would probably work equally well.

    8) Mount it up and ride...
    How am I supposed to pick a line through this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeast View Post
    Yet another fun day on the Shore! (BC) The weather was amazing!

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    What an awesome trail! You have some serious master builders there.

    I can't wait to get up to the shore to sample the goods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misterbill View Post


    Last winter I put over 200 framing screws in each of my tires. I could ride places that I was unable to walk. It was 23į out, windy, and I was getting covered with snow from the pine branches. I felt like I was a kid again. I am trying to teach myself not to hate the winter.

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    Thanks for that info. I've had friends making studded MTB tires the way your quote describes since we started riding in the mid-80's, but I don't ride on ice enough for it to be an issue. This brief section in a parking lot was on a short cut home from my morning ride. The rest of the ride was on packed snow, which has surprisingly good traction. Today it was 60F degrees, so much of the iceand snow is gone.

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    Good snow for the last 3 days following a cold snap. A mountain lion is active on one of my favorite trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    What an awesome trail! You have some serious master builders there.

    I can't wait to get up to the shore to sample the goods.
    You'll definitely have to get up here! Things have changed a lot in the last few years. But it's still the Shore!

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    Yup, been one heck of a winter for tracking and then lapping the untracked.
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    Yup ^^

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