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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Went on a group ride with the trail association yesterday, and decided to take the dog on his first group ride. As you may recall, my dog is not reliable, and apt to make his own adventures, so I told the group to carry on if I dropped off. There were 5 people and 3 dogs, and I was pleased that he got along with the dogs and did not get in anyone's way (he generally runs out in front). He did leave the group 3 times, but at least it was for 5-10 minutes, not 45. From his tracker collar I could tell he got about 350 yards away max, and his max speed was 25 mph.

    In the evening, I turned the BMX into E.T.'s ride by adding a milk crate to the front and a paper bag as E.T. I put on blue jeans and a hoody for a fun and easy costume. Riding to the gathering was fun.
    Love it!! One of my favorite scenes from that movie is the bmx escape from the police. Any pictures of you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Love it!! One of my favorite scenes from that movie is the bmx escape from the police. Any pictures of you?
    Why yes, there is one...
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    ^ Nice!!!
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    Congrats on the new ride! Where was this taken, and what do you think?
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    A much cooler end to the week in the northeast;hard to believe we saw a few days in the 70s. Even though it lacks suspension, I find myself constantly amazed at all it can do and how much fun it is on the trails. Twice in as many days I've made a steep, technical climb I'm hit or miss with on my 29er.
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    I'm still recovering for injuries but managed an easy ride with friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Congrats on the new ride! Where was this taken, and what do you think?
    This was taken in Croy Canyon in Hailey, ID. I've got 4 rides under my belt and the tires excel in the muck and packed in snow. The last ride I did had sections of 2-3 inches of fluff that I didn't get great traction on. It could be a function of the tread as well as my tire pressures. I need to pull the tubes out and convert to tubeless and play with the pressures. I don't forsee becoming someone who rides a fatbike all year, but it's definitely going to extend my season.

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    Ditto. Once the trails firm up in the Spring, I bring out my FS 29er. It's fun to be able to switch it up and ride something else for part of the year - makes it feel like I'm getting a brand new bike all over again - but in the end, I do like a more plush ride.
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    Here is where I wanted to turn around... right when we hit the snow but

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    Here's where I did turn around. Here is where trail goes close to the summit road and then we always climb the last couple of miles on the road. The summit down to the above junction is a descending trail.
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    I met him at the junction. The temp droppped about 20 degrees and I had all my warm stuff on; in theory we planned on this happening. To finish the story, I refused to go down the trail he wanted to go down due to ice and trees down. I made him gave me the key. I had a find ride down except I had to resort to two finger braking since my hands got so cold. I got to try out my new lights and that was great. It was pouring rain/snow mix when we got to the car in the dark lol. That is the last ride at this trail for the season.

    Don't say fat bike. I have several pairs of skis just waiting for Hour Glass to open.

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    Nice pics! Glad to made it back safe and sound .

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    Nice pix and story Formica, a nice adventure to end the trail season.

    I saw this guy on a trail walk Sunday, but wanted to share anyhow. An ermine already in his winter white coat...
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    Nice - that is a lucky shot to have captured him (her?) with your camera.

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    Wow - great pics, everyone! @mtbxplorer - I've never seen one of those in the wild before. Is it early for the white coat, or is it right on time?

    Beautiful day in the northeast - temps in the upper 40s to near 50 and lots of sun. It could stay like this all winter, as far as I'm concerned.

    Getting Ruby to take flight is challenging, which makes it that much more fun when the wheels leave the ground, if only for a moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Wow - great pics, everyone! @mtbxplorer - I've never seen one of those in the wild before. Is it early for the white coat, or is it right on time?
    I don't really know, because the only other one I've seen was a cheeky guy that came right up to my sliding glass door in mid winter while we ate waffles inside. I think it is right on time given the shorter days. They are pretty curious and brave, this one dove into the brush pile once when the dog got too close, but came back out to get another look, so I got another photo op.

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    Gorgeous pics everyone!

    Fantastic weekend weather in my neck of the woods

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    and the new bike is.....what?

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    ^ Ibis HD3!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Yep the HD3 is my new ride. The HD is getting converted to an XC bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Milkweed rocks! A monarch butterfly thanks your milkweed "farmer", they cannot survive without it!
    ^ Yup! That's a great shot - I've never seen so much milkweed in my life. What a beautiful day you had
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    Just another sunny day in Pardise. (My hub)

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    Not really. Maybe some of you have seen that my region got hit by a huge windstorm Tuesday. We got our power back after 24 hours, but there are still maybe 50000 folks with out power. It's a mess in some areas. It's getting really cold, and that makes it very serious. We chose this area for a ride as every other local trail has multiple trees and live power lines down! Yikes. No trees here. It was maybe 42 in the sun so we got to practice layer management.

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    The nice thing about colder temps is that the trails harden up so it's a great time to ride and do some trail building. We did both this weekend.

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    ^ Nice shots, formica and cyclelicious. We've had some back and forth temps in the northeast and I've definitely been able to practice layering already. But it's probably one of my favorite times of the year to be on the trails - cold enough to firm everything up nicely and a lot less people out and about. I hope things are better in your neck of the woods, formica.
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    Awesome Licious! Trail work always appreciated. Can't keep up out here.

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    ^^+1. have to agree there!

    Today's adventure was my commute, rain and freezing rain, both interstates were closed for a while due to all the accidents. Was glad I mounted the Conti Top Contact Winters Sunday night when I saw the forecast. On the way home I stopped for pizza and to sit in "Daddy's Chair" sculpted in "Barre gray" granite by Giuliani Cecchineili, II. That's my Fort Race CX bike, a generous gift from my brother-in-law when he was going to sell it.
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    This was a couple weeks ago here in SoCal. In search of the hidden singletrack ...

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    MM warm sunshine ...
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    Beautiful, mild weather continues in the northeast. I was able to get out of work early one day to ride with a friend, and took advantage again this weekend. Despite having a fat bike, I'm not eager for the snow to arrive (sorry skiers!); the last couple of winters are fresh in my still-frozen mind. No matter, Ruby loves logs and dirt, too.

    As it's still hunting season, my friend's dog, Kona, was sporting his blaze-orange vest and a zip tie made for a MacGyver-like fix for a broken buckle (I had duct tape with me, too). A new log pile to climb and a bowl to ip into complete the series.
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    Couldn't resist the call to ride when it was 68 deg and sunny in pa today. Mowed the yard yesterday! 25 miles on the Enola rail trail out and back was all I was up to. Gravel is a load on that distance. Pix will come when I get to loading the camera footage

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    Pre winter solstice ride

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    ^Nice!!!
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    Good stuff, fellow females!

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    Merry Christmas, kind readers and posters of the WL! Wishing everyone a flat-free holiday season.
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    ^ Ha ha ha (or should that be Ho Ho Ho?)! Merry Christmas to all!
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    3 days. 3 very different rides... holiday fun

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    Happy Holidays WL and a Fantastic New Year!
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    ^^Woohoo, good for you! We have a lot of trails closed, either due to closure dates on state land or concern about trail damage due to the mild weather/lack of freeze up so far.

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    ^ raining today... we were lucky with the weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    OMFG I jumped my bike. First time either on video or pics that shows the air under both tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    OMFG I jumped my bike. First time either on video or pics that shows the air under both tires
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    New Years Eve ride. First snowfall. It wasn't too cold and traction was good . Built a nice fire and enjoying the evening, ringing in 2016 with my hubby

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    ^ Great stuff, stripes and cyclelicious! I'm LOVING the energy and positivity of this forum!!
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    I haven't been around for a while. so I missed all these pice pics of you awesome ladies. Nice to see everyone is having so much fun!

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    Pedaling to work yesterday, 8 miles hovering at about -5F. Pic is approaching Montpelier VT along the Winooski River, the capital dome in the distance.

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    ^ Brrr! Even looks chilly! Wish I lived closer to work and on a more bike-friendly route. I live on one side of a valley and work is on the other. The commute would involve steep hills both ways, lol and a serious lack of bike lanes.
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    ^^ If you are interested in bikecommuting, options to consider or try are the occasional, multimodal, or 1-way bikecommute. My whole RT commute is currently 24 miles; because the last 4 miles to my house also gain >1000' elevation, I now drive that part and bikecommute the remaining 8 miles (16 round trip). Most of it is a bike unfriendly commercial strip, not bucolic VT byways or as pretty as the pic. I made this multimodal compromise when I adopted a dog, because that last 4 miles/1000' elevation gain made for too long of a day for the dog at home. For a while I was 35 miles from work, and would usually carpool, but occasionally ride one way and carpool back (as 70 miles/day plus work was not do-able). Another workplace was 25 miles away; I would routinely ride the first 11 or 12 and then take a bus the rest of the way. I find bikecommuting is awesome because you stay in shape year round and learn how to ride comfortably in all weather conditions.

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    Nice pic mtbxplorer ... yes that does look cold Winter commuting is not for whimps
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    First time on the bike this year - was able to get a ride in before warm temperatures and heavy rain hits our region tomorrow. Temps were hovering right around 40F (felt amazing for this time of year) and despite some remnants of snow here and there and rain showers last night, the trails were in remarkably good shape. I'm pretty lucky to have a place to ride that has good drainage. I decided to ride a couple of newer (or new to me) section of trails. The one section has a bunch of bowls created from blow downs; they have steep sides and are deliciously swoopy. I learned to carry some speed going in so my momentum would carry me up the other side. Fun stuff!
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    I've been sick at home all week, so I've finally had some time to surf the forums for the first time in quite a while. Since I don't dare go for a ride in my current state, I've been living vicariously through everyone else's photos and posts.

    I'm loving that Chromag you got there, cyclelicious! Badass!

    I have been making good use of my time while stuck inside the house, at least - I decided to thoroughly clean all of my bikes and bleed the rear brake on my fattie, among other chores. And it's a good thing, too - I can't believe I left one of my bikes in this condition!

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    (there's a thick layer of sand-infused grease spanning the distance from the jockey wheel to the cage!)

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    ^^ Hi, great to see you again, hope you are all better soon and out riding the newly spiffed bikes!

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