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    Edmonton Spring/Summer 2014

    Hopefully the trails will be ready soon. Can't wait to start riding on dirt again and in warmer weather.

    Fat biking is ok but riding in Edmonton's cold weather honestly sucks.

    Looks like there are many trail disruptions this season due to construction. Looks like there will be a need to carve out new single track to replace ones that were lost or going to be lost.

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    Excellent. Good to see a spring/summer thread up. I've only been on my fatbike once in the past couple of weeks as I really hate riding in the mud. Road bike ride planned for this weekend out in the country. Hopefully the warming trend that we'll see this week will continue and we can get some of the packed snow melting. I'm pretty anxious for the snow to be gone seeing as how we've had for so long this past season.

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    We've had some pretty big melting spells already. If we're lucky the North side of the river should clear up soon.
    Gave the cross bike a spin to work this morning, nice to be out after a winter of skiing!

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    The cold spell of the last two weeks has actually been okay, since it's meant two weeks of firm trails and not much mud. Next week we're supposed to get rain and temperatures in the teens, which will hopefully clear things up.

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    I hope it melts quick and dries out for you. I always found Spring hard on my patience.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    I should mention that Victoria Secret probably won't be affected by the bridge contstruction, since the second entrance is well south of the area they've cleared. And I assume the Groat Rollercoaster will probably be fine too - won't really know until they put the fences up, but I figure it will just have an extra steep drop/hike at the south end.

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    Is Victoria Secret any good? I think I've rode that trail once, based on directions I found on the Edmonton threads, but the trail wasn't very fun, and I think I ran over at least 2 homeless camps.
    Perhaps I had the wrong trail? It comes out of groat ravine on the east side and wraps around below the victoria promenade?

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    It's a pretty good trail for our river valley. Drop in / exit just south of the 102 ave / Grout road bridge. It rolls a tad on the steep side relative to the rest of the river valley trails, rooty and off camber. You will find the odd homeless camp up there, but no different than anywhere else. You've got a fair number of route choices in the middle.

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    Hey Newfangled, do you know when and where the new southside bikeworks shop will open?

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    ^ It's just a block away from the old location, in what used to be the Videodrome on 102st and 80ave. https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll...,47.31,,0,3.99



    Orientation for returning volunteers is next week, and the opening may be on Saturday April 12? But they're apparently still waiting for a permit or something from the city, so it might be delayed another week or two? If they make the official announcment I'll try to remember to repost it here. I'm eager to get back at it.

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    Excellent! Thanks for the update. I've got some miscellaneous part donations I've been accumulating and the south location is super convenient for me for drop off.

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    Took my "summer" bike out today for the first time this year, and got filthy. So much mud at the seatstay bridge that I locked up the rear wheel. Blah.

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    ^ Ya, I took my "summer" bike out a few weeks ago for a ride (the last nice spell before the latest cool/snow). Big Mistake. I probably spent more time getting mud out of/off my bike then I did riding it, and I've already put the fat bike away for the season. It's official the off season for me for the next week or two.

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    If I had looked on here before going out today, I might have stuck to a road ride. At least when things were cold, everything was relatively solid, I guess it comes with the changing of seasons. Been road ridding my new bike, thought I'd get off the concrete path a little today. Big Mistake. Slush, water and gobs and gobs of mud. This was just on the multi use gravel paths. I didn't even attempt any of the single track. Washed the new bike up and I think I'll stick to the old beater for the next couple weeks. It sure does feel good to ride in the nice weather though.

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    Not sure what to expect for the weekend, but right now things are pretty gross. Today the river suddenly has no ice left on it, though.

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    Another weekend, another road bike ride for myself. I think we're another good couple of weeks away from any good riding in the river valley.

    Saw that the river was almost ice-free this morning while crossing the low level bridge. Weird how it seems to happen all of a sudden.

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    Depends on the location though. There was still plenty of ice on the river by the zoo last night. From below, it looked like Victoria's Secret might be drying up, but I wouldn't count on anywhere else for a while yet.

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    Yeah, I walked the dog on Victoria secret this morning, and it's half dry/half mud. The couple of other northbank trails are probably similar.

    For southbank though, I was on Keillor yesterday and it's all ice and mud. And it's probably one of the sunniest of the southbank trails.

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    Millcreek = mud
    Also whatever the city is doing down there ain't helping either as they have some single track blocked off and a huge mud fest where they are driving in the HD equipment.

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    The Mill Creek work is related to drainage. Last year (or was it two years ago?), there were a bunch of sinkholes by the big culverts and the City is fixing them, albeit at the expense of some trail carnage.

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    I actually did end up going for a ride today, and things weren't bad. I took lower ewok, which was a mistake - the northeast 3/4 was good, but the last quarter was terrible. Dirty mattress has some weird frozen ponds in the middle of it, but a lot of stuff was pretty rideable.

    And it turns out I was wrong about the groat rollercoaster. The city has put their staging area at the southend, so they've blocked off a really big area. So maybe it will be out of commission until fall 2015?

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    Did another road ride yesterday. With the cool temperatures and wind, my toes were frozen by the end of the ride. Worse than winter riding.

    First Hardcore group ride goes tonight. Will report back on the trails. I suspect we will be on the north side of the river, MUT and paved for the most part.

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    ^ I hear you on the cold toes. I wore my summer socks yesterday, and was hurting by the time I got home.

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    Has anyone been to Terwilliger? I was thinking of checking it out tonight, would it be worth a look?

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    I'd pass. Terwilliger has a lot of clay, so any moisture in the ground can clog up your drivetrain right away. The open area would be fine, but any treed areas (i.e. the good parts) are likely to be wet and sticky still.

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    Ok thanks for the update.

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    North side multis and single track pretty good. Some mud and water holes here and there in the single track on the north side trails from the Queen E to Gold Park. South side of the river has snow and lots of mud, so all paved paths taken on the loop back.

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    I was at Terwilleger on the Weekend, and It was pretty bad. Most of the large open walking paths are rid-able, but any of the single track is just muck.

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    Went out at lunch hoping to try Keillor and the equine centre, but I gave up pretty quickly. There wasn't enough mud to lock my wheel up or anything, but things were already pretty badly rutted. Stuck to the pavement instead.

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    Has anyone found any trails in SW Edmonton other than those at Terwilleger? Not sure what's in the south whitemud ravine. I know the blackmud creek is a nature centre (23 ave bottom of the hill) with tones of no bike signs but I'm not sure about whitemud ravine.

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    Edmonton Spring/Summer 2014

    There's a trail south of Henday bridge on along west river bank called "breathless" was good few seasons back but from what I've heard from others last season was that it was all grown in and difficult to ride without bush wacking. Probably cause no trail maintenance done. Also the fact that the trail ends on private property and sometimes met with unfriendly farmer with a sickle isn't to welcoming for fellow mtb ers.

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    Breathless was cleaned out a fair ways last summer. Last I rode it (Early November) it did end earlier than it originally did in a pile of downed trees, but it's still worth the trip from Terwillegar.

    I'm not sure if there's anything in Whitemud south of 23rd ave, or whether that's closed to biking too, but everything north of 23rd ave is closed to bikes.

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    So do you cross the Terwillegar bridge onto the Cameron Heights side to access Breathless or is the trail on the west side of the bridge still south of the river?

    This forum post is awesome. Got out on Monday and got a bit muddy but it was awesome.

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    You cross over the foot bridge underneath to the west side of the river. There's a retaining box around the pad on the west side of the bridge, and you should be able to see the trail heading south directly from the retaining box.

    Shows up pretty clearly here, and continues south along the west side of the river.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/53.46...!1m0!1m0?hl=en

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    Trails were great in the river valley for my fat bike today. No mud but it's going to get worse with the warmer temps. I took my studded Dillingers off earlier in the week and put on the Bud and Lou for the first time and it was a blast. I can't believe how big those tires are.

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    Did anyone get any rides in edmonton today? Looking at driving in for a ride tomorrow night. Rode in Fort Sask red carpet trail is clear.

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    I got out today. North side of river from muttart to science Park was good. South side was decent. All of this is MUTs. Probably another two weeks for the south side ST to dry out. Group ride tomorrow night and I'm sure they'll be more exploring then. I'll post back with trail conditions.

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    Thanks for the update! We're probably 2 weeks for the rest of the singletrack in the fort.

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    I was out of town on the weekend, but got out for a ride on Monday morning. I did almost all of my usual summer loop - down to Goldbar, and then west through mckinnon.

    I skipped rowland because it looked too snowy, but everything else was pretty good. Mostly snow-free, pretty dry, no big ruts or mudholes, and generally nicely rideable. The trail in the worst shape was the natural pumptrack by the mickinney bridge, and even it was in decent shape. I took the ss and stayed pretty clean, but it was first thing in the morning, so things were still chilly.

    I wonder what's with the homeless camps this year? There are a lot of them which isn't unusual, but so many of them have garbage strewn for 100' in every direction. It's not just the dirty mattress guy, because I saw 3 others that were comparable to that. The amount of filth this year is really depressing.

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    So were you on the south side of the river?

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    Yeah, the 2-part goldbar trail, cadillac, upper ewok, birdhouse, the pumptrack, oldtimers, dirtymattress, that trail off 90ave below QE hill, kinsmen, and around the uofa. I skipped Rowland and completely forgot about skyline.

    I started around 8:30 and finished by 11, so things were warming up by the time I got home. I didn't really have any issues, beyond the fact that I was trying a bigger gear on my singlespeed this year, and it turns out it's too big for a couple of those trails.

    There's one big puddle in the middle of dirty mattress, random snow here and there, a couple of greasy sections, and lots of downed trees.

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    Cool I think we'll head that way tonight then. Thanks again.

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    I hear you on the homeless camps. Dawson area is pretty bad, so bad that the Edmonton Sun has a couple of write ups on it. Our group ride last Monday ended up going through an abandoned homeless camp that had garbage everywhere.

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    ^ I started at dawson today, and that's what blew me away. Dropping in at Alex Taylor road it's pretty much solid garbage for the next km.

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    I did a loop around some of the single track out at sunridge this afternoon. With how open it is out there things are nice and dry. You still have to avoid some of the wetter low lying areas, but was quite impressed with the conditions overall. Still a few water holes along the multi-use south of the river in Goldbar. It's nice to see things drying up.

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    Trails were all good yesterday. Stuck to the north side of the river between Queen E and Goldbar Park and all ST was good. South side of the river on the way back was pretty good as well. Old Timer's Cabin area is not too bad, but still some snow/ice sections in some of the ST areas. Mill Creek on the upper east bank is all good, but the trail is very soft. Mill Creek trails down by the pool are a bit muddy still.

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    Southside of the river from Goldstick to QE Park was ridable. We needed to be mindful of some of the lower covered trails as they were still greasy. I don't know the trail names but did check a few singletacks and they were in good shape. Needs a few weeks to dry out completely (especially after the rain tomorrow) and most of EDM trails will be good.

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    Rode from Leg to Henrietta Louise Park and found that conditions were pretty solid on Monday, better on the N side of the river than S in my opinion. First time I had been though so please correct me if I am wrong.

    As I am a newbie, I was trying to figure out something: someone built a table top ramp over a tree on the trail at Irene Parlby Park (Rossdale) just before the 98 ave bridge. I really like that trail as I am a novice rider, but how to do I navigate the ramp? It looks too steep to simply jump, and I tore my shins up good and proper making a few passes at it Monday.

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    Rode the southside from Capilano to downtown, and everything was in great shape. Birdhouse was pretty slimy, and a couple of climbs were a little slippy, but hey, that's Edmonton.

    First real ride on the summerbike, and it came home pretty clean which is nice. Now that everyone is on fatbikes in the winter, does anyone else find it weird to go back to suspension? I ride my rigid bikes all winter, and in the spring it usually takes me quite awhile - like a couple of weeks - to really get the hang of my hardtail again.

    bodmanza, I'd like to help, and I know what trail you're talking about, but I don't know the tabletop. You say you're a newbie, but how much of a newbie are you? If you're completely new to this, there's some simple stuff like standing up, leveling your pedals, leaning your butt back, popping up the front and unweighting the rear...but if you already know all that I'm not sure what to say.
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    There were lots of people out on the trails today. Rode through all the single track just east of Walterdale. I don't know what this area is called (the singletrack that runs between the multi-Use gravel and the paved path?) No kidding about the homeless camps. There has to be 3 or 4 of them in this area. Then I swung over and did what I think everyone calls canada cup? (the singletrack loops between Emily Murphy park kinsmen. A little slippery, but not a lot of deep much. Good day for a ride

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