Edmonton - Autumn 2012

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  • 10-27-2012
    sherijumper
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jhtopilko View Post
    Are these from below Mcnally and towards the Muttart?

    East of Mcnally heading towards Gretzky drive
  • 10-27-2012
    sherijumper
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    ^ Finally found it! Long time coming!

    Got out today for a couple of hours. Random shots:

    What time were you out? There was a single track in the snow when I was there. You? I was there around 10:30.
  • 10-28-2012
    jkirkpatri
    I was out around 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
  • 10-29-2012
    jhtopilko
    I will probably try this after work Saturday 3:30. I hope to do Hinton on Sunday if it isn't too muddy.
  • 10-30-2012
    newfangled
    We're into the season of bait-and-switch weather forecasts. This coming saturday was supposed to be 9. But wait - now it's only supposed to be 0. But now Sunday is supposed to be 11! But wait - tomorrow the forecast will change again! :p

    I'm glad that I managed to get a good, long ride in on my new hardtail last weekend. I think it's probably done for the year, and I'll be on my winterbikes for the next 5 months or so.
  • 10-30-2012
    jhtopilko
    Hinton got a foot of snow. I'll be riding in town Saturday and Sunday

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  • 10-30-2012
    jkirkpatri
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I'm glad that I managed to get a good, long ride in on my new hardtail last weekend. I think it's probably done for the year, and I'll be on my winterbikes for the next 5 months or so.

    Yeah, "regular" rides look to be done this year. :( Too bad as last year we were riding into November without snow and two (three?) years ago it was into December.

    I think I'll be doing weekend rides only from here on out, and those weekends might be hit or miss.
  • 10-30-2012
    jhtopilko
    Sunday, I hope to ride longer than an hour, so I am looking for better options than Terwillegar.

    Saturday I will try the ride that was just mentioned going back to wayne gretzky. I may take it to goldbar, then closer to Esso refinery then to the Science park.
  • 11-03-2012
    Spike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post

    Things learned on today's ride:
    ...
    little kids have no depth or speed perception of approaching bikes
    parents are not in control of little kids at all times

    Oh God, that is SO true. As a parent of a little kid, I can tell you there is no way to control them all the time! I think people who do not have kids or aren't around them much don't realize this. I had one lady ream me out about not controlling my kid after she and another biker had a near miss on the pathway because of a bad decision my son made. I was riding right behind him and he ignored my instructions. Well, she and the other rider were adults and also have a responsibility to look out for danger and stay in control, just like I have a responsibility to teach my kid safe riding.

    I don't live in the Edmonton area so I haven't ridden the trails mentioned in this thread, but I think that one person's "trail building" is another person's "vandalism." I think it would be fantastic for kids to have skills parks to do jumps, but I have knocked down jumps and filled the holes back in when the dumb-heads have built the jump by digging a hole right next to the single track in order to put a jump in the middle of the established single track. The hole is ugly and dangerous for people who aren't used to a jump being there and maybe would like to avoid it - endo right into the hole a definite possibility.

    Courtney
  • 11-03-2012
    jhtopilko
    Too much snow. Just tried by mcnally school.

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  • 11-09-2012
    newfangled
    Anybody else having fun?

  • 11-09-2012
    jhtopilko
    No. Withdrawal

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  • 11-09-2012
    jkirkpatri
    Thinking about it for this Sunday. You are a braver man than I to be riding these past few days!
  • 11-09-2012
    newfangled
    Honestly, if I wasn't commuting I probably wouldn't be riding. The temperature is decent, and it's nice to be out, but conditions are pretty iffy. Wednesday was actually phenomenal and might be the nicest storm I've ever ridden through, but the extra snow since then is just shifting around on top.
  • 11-10-2012
    jhtopilko
    If there is hard packed snow, it would be worth riding.
  • 11-12-2012
    jkirkpatri
    Great day for a ride:



    Stay...good bike:









    Time to turn around:



    River Queen is taking a beating, the ice flows are moving pretty fast:



    Bridges are treacherous. The snow moves and shifts underneath you.



    Flourecent yellow gloves. Yes, they are awesome.

  • 11-13-2012
    newfangled
    Today was the first day that I managed to make it out again, and things were much better than last week.

    The worst stuff I rode was actually the residential areas like Crestwood and Glenora on my way home. Other than that I took the mups from downtown to Dawson, up Roland hill (to discover the trail that jkirkpatri and sherijumper were talking about a few weeks ago) down the paved mup, and back around riverside on the lower trail which was pretty slow. Middle Ewok was good, and then the only singletrack I took was the not-quite-a-pumptrack on the southside of the river by the Mckinney park bridge. Took the doubletrack by the oldtimers cabin and then mups through to mckinnon.

    So yeah, it was easy to put a nice route together, but almost none of the singletrack was broken in enough to ride on - I'd hoped some of the fatbikes around would start tackling that stuff by now.
  • 11-17-2012
    Val Garou
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I'd hoped some of the fatbikes around would start tackling that stuff by now.

    There are some fatbikes out and about. Ride report here.
  • 11-17-2012
    newfangled
    ^ that was the two of you on the white pugsleys - I think I saw you on Victoria promenade?
  • 11-18-2012
    newfangled
    Did my usual central loop today, and rode a lot more singletrack than last week. Was the first bike on some of the stuff around shaw and the riverboat, but on the Canada Cup course I was following the fresh tracks of at least 2 fatbikes and a few other bikes. Between that, the x-country skiers, and general traffic I'd say the CC course is pretty rideable - any sort of climb is iffy, any sort of downhill probably means dabbing a foot for stability, and even the flat sections are a lot of work, but it's doableish.

    The best singletrack I was on was the one above Mckinnon on the southwest. It was in fantastic shape, and I was able to maintain a pretty decent speed. Bobsled has some footprints but no obvious biketraffic, which is probably for the best but is also kind of surprising.

  • 11-18-2012
    jhtopilko
    Sounds great. Good reconaissance. I did some riding around home today. Concrete bike trails in the burbs.

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  • 11-19-2012
    sherijumper
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Bobsled has some footprints but no obvious biketraffic, which is probably for the best but is also kind of surprising.

    Where is Bobsled? I'm sure I know of it just not the name...

    Cool picture btw. iPhone 5?
  • 11-19-2012
    newfangled
    ^ bobsled, or bobsleigh...I can never remember. But it's the "downhill" run on the northside of Mckinnon ravine. People have gone crazy there this year with building, and jumps, and new lines, so I'm surprised that nobody has been out enjoyed their new handywork in the snow.

    And no iphone 5 - it's just a bunch of shots from my pointandshoot stiched together at home with AutoStitch
  • 11-19-2012
    Val Garou
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ that was the two of you on the white pugsleys - I think I saw you on Victoria promenade?

    Quite probably. I don't think there are enough fatbikes in the wild here to be forming random packs. Yet.
  • 11-25-2012
    newfangled
    The central trails were great today. Last week I'd met a x-country skier on the CC trail by the old timers' cabin. I was struggling a bit, so he was able to be quite a bit faster (and a lot more consistent) than me. If I'd bumped into him again this week it wouldn't even have been a contest - that section was firm and fast and you could just fly through there. Most of the cc trails were like that, through past the university and mckinnon. I forgot to try riding down the gallagher park toboggan hill, though
  • 12-10-2012
    newfangled
    No exciting updates from me - still commuting, but wasn't able to hit the trails much this week.

    Just saw this in the journal though:

    Queen Elizabeth Park to be rejuvenated

    Quote:

    EDMONTON - The century-old Queen Elizabeth Park is about to undergo a facelift, with proposals for expanded trails, art, a mountain-biking course and a new toboggan hill.

    A draft master plan released by the city last month envisions the North Saskatchewan River valley park east of the Kinsmen Sports Centre as an accessible, well-connected gathering place providing great views of Edmonton’s skyline...

    There are also plans for a mountain-bike skills area that might feature moguls, teeter-totters, rails and jumps, although design won’t start until at least 2015.

    It might also include parts of a nearby 1950s sewage treatment facility slated for demolition, Norman said.

    “There was great support to having the bike skills park there, I think because of the single-track trails that already exist in the river valley … People (don’t) have to drive down.”
    More details from the city:
    Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan :: City of Edmonton
    http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...inal-Part3.pdf

    Looks like the skillspark would go where the big grassy hill currently is (Dantzer's Folly), and in the city compound that's down there. So some of the existing singletrack would get altered. But of course none of it's going to happen until the new Walterdale bridge is finished.
  • 12-10-2012
    jkirkpatri
    Some of the clubs sent out emails to get riders to attend the open house a few weeks back to give support for the skills area. The redevelopment might help move out some of the people that join up in the park at night for drinking, drugs, etc. I kind of seeing this as a long term development plan that'll take a while to get going. When it's all said and done, it could be a success or an area to avoid when riding the trails (due to congestion). I'm thinking it'll be an area to avoid myself.
  • 12-10-2012
    newfangled
    ^ I'm not worried about trail congestion. I'll just ride the skinnies when it's -20C out. :thumbsup:

    I really would love to be able to practice jumps on some tabletops, though. The various ghetto gapjumps that I've seen scattered around the rivervalley scare the crap out of me. I'm going to have to make an effort to hit the Devon or Strathcona bike parks next year...even if it means all the kids there will laugh at me.
  • 12-10-2012
    jhtopilko
    A bike skills area in edmonton would be nice, but the Sherwood park one isn't too far.
  • 01-04-2013
    newfangled
    Looks like we're losing a popular section of trail:

    Photos: Trees come down near Walterdale Bridge



    With the replacement of the Walterdale bridge that whole middle bit of the former CC course is probably going to be pretty messed up for a few years.

    Walterdale Bridge :: City of Edmonton

    Quote:

    Pedestrian/Cyclist Detours

    January 7, 2013 - The area around the existing Walterdale Bridge will be affected by construction activities for the new bridge, including trail closures and detours. Portions of Queen Elizabeth Park, Kinsmen Park and the area around the EPCOR generating station will be affected. To ensure public safety, please stay away from the closed areas during construction.
  • 01-04-2013
    sherijumper
    Saw that on the Journal last night. That's quite the detour they are taking. Some good trails closed for two and a half years! Ouch!
  • 01-04-2013
    newfangled
    Yeah, I forgot to put a link to the detour map:

    http://www.edmonton.ca/transportatio...Detour_Map.pdf

    Luckily I was able to go through there a few times during the holidays. It will be missed. :(

    And I guess that means I should stop checking if the path around the power plant is finally open again, because it's not gonna be for a long time.
  • 01-05-2013
    jhtopilko
    Other trails will get more use. maybe a little more trail building will result.
  • 01-28-2013
    jhtopilko
    Anybody use a garmin 500 or 800? I am curious about GPS ability in the river valley.
  • 01-28-2013
    jkirkpatri
    I use a 500. No issues with the GPS. Doesn't do mapping, but I didn't need that feature. I'd buy it again.
  • 01-28-2013
    jhtopilko
    That was what I was leaning towards, with the heart rate monitor as well. I am looking for speed and mapping history that I can refer back to.
  • 02-01-2013
    jhtopilko
    Bought the edge 500.
  • 02-21-2013
    HankMcCoy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Yeah, I forgot to put a link to the detour map:

    http://www.edmonton.ca/transportatio...Detour_Map.pdf

    Luckily I was able to go through there a few times during the holidays. It will be missed. :(

    And I guess that means I should stop checking if the path around the power plant is finally open again, because it's not gonna be for a long time.

    Wow, just saw this. This is ****ty news - that section will likely be altered significantly by the time it's reopened. It was one of my favourite shorter sections of trail in town...
  • 02-22-2013
    newfangled
    Yeah, they've had excavators building out into the river under the bridge already. Should be interesting to watch during the big spring breakup.