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  • 01-30-2013
    NicoleB
    so many freezes and thaws in the northeast. Still, this is my first winter riding and i'm so happy to get out! we have some easy trails very close to my house that are good for night and winter cruises with friends. Lately the canal and ponds have been frozen so navigating them on studs has been fun.


  • 01-31-2013
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ Looks fun out there. Hope some snow survives this rain.
  • 02-04-2013
    cyclelicious
    Weather here in southern Ontario has been variable. The window of opportunity for ice biking is narrow so we had to jump at the chance following a period of deep freeze temps. For this ride the ice was several inches thick and this made riding ideal














    I love the sights and sounds of the ice. Note in some of the pics, the paw prints of critters using the frozen river as a highway!
  • 02-13-2013
    oldbroad
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    Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post


    Russell Mill?
  • 02-13-2013
    mtbher
    Awesome thread! I love all the photos and stories of everyone out riding in the cold and the snow! We've had such a mild winter and have ridden some awesome (new to us) trails in the last two months (of course the tradeoff is awful snowboarding conditions - we've only been out once this season). We might be in Sedona/Flagstaff this weekend (boyfriend is buying a FS bike in Flag - good excuse to get in some rides), so I'll post up a pic or two next week. :)
  • 02-13-2013
    NicoleB
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by oldbroad View Post
    Russell Mill?

    yes!
  • 02-27-2013
    cyclelicious
    More perfect conditions for ice biking

    4 riders head out


    Some slushy sections but the river is frozen thick


    Studded tires are handy for those slick spots


    Took a rest


    Built a fire


    Warmed up. Saddle up


    Look up in that tree


    shhhhh! they're sleeping


    Posing by the old bridge


    Great day...time to head back


    Big push up
  • 02-27-2013
    Trailrider92
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    Due to slightly warmer temps here in upstate NY, I was able to hit the trails the last three days in a row! Couldn't believe how great it felt to be out riding again. We had a group of 8 go out and tear up the trails around our college..can't wait for better weather and more riding. :)

    This picture was taken at "Strawberry Fields" behind Hartwick college in Oneonta.
  • 02-27-2013
    petey15
    Great pic! I'm from Ithaca, and I hear ya, I cannot WAIT for better weather to arrive so I can properly hit the trails again.
  • 02-27-2013
    Trailrider92
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Great pic! I'm from Ithaca, and I hear ya, I cannot WAIT for better weather to arrive so I can properly hit the trails again.

    Thanks! I'm hoping come spring I get the chance to head up that way and ride Shindagin Hollow. I'm originally from Binghamton so it's not too bad of a drive from there. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Oneonta you should definitely check out the trails; we have about 40 miles of trail currently with plans to build more. :)
  • 02-27-2013
    petey15
    You'll definitely have to do that - check us out in Cycle-CNY. We have group rides there a few times/week during the season. Small world - I'm originally from Bingo, too!
  • 03-05-2013
    Trailrider92
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    Sunny and mid-30's today..didn't do much to melt the couple inches of fresh powder, which made riding difficult but oh-so fun. :) Did about 8 miles, but it seemed much longer considering we had to break trail.

    Here's a view from TableRock up behind Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Looking down you can see the snow is mostly melted in the valley..not quite warm enough to melt it up in the hills just yet.
  • 03-10-2013
    petey15
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    Spring Fever!
    With temps in the 50's and friends willing to ride, how could I not say no? Even though it was a road ride, at least it was on dirt. No trails were harmed or rutted during the making of this album. I can't say the same for the road :p

    First pic is Merlin beside a tree marking where a Bald Eagle's nest can be spied across the river. This was taken near the end of the ride.

    The next are my friends taking a break, giving me a photo op with their muddy bikes.

    Next is myself and friend showing off our matching "skid marks".

    The next pic was taken after we decided to use the lake overflow runoff to wash our muddy bikes. Worked great!

    And lastly, a very clean Merlin! He was towel-dried and re-lubed after the photo was taken.
  • 04-06-2013
    petey15
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    April Fun!
    Finally the northeast saw sun, mild temperatures and dry trails (at least where I rode- an hour's drive from home). My bike and camera were all the company I needed today!
  • 04-07-2013
    petey15
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    Got out again today, this time with some friends. I took the opportunity to get some action shots of someone besides myself.

    The first is my friend, Ray, demonstrating to his wife, Betty that it's all about momentum. The second shot is Betty, on her third attempt. She just started really riding trails last year and broke some ribs on another log pile last fall. Unfortunately I missed her first successful crossing. You can probably tell she's a little far forward and her front wheel is turned...I call this shot "Legend of the Fall".
    The third shot I give "two bums up" ;) and the fourth is her asking if I caught all that on my camera; she's a great sport and didn't break this time :thumbsup:
  • 04-08-2013
    NicoleB
    spent all weekend riding! 30 miles or so. i've got more pics comin, but so far...
  • 04-08-2013
    petey15
    Nice shot, Nicole! Where are you riding - those rollers look like fun!
  • 04-08-2013
    NicoleB
    Chelmsford MA
  • 04-08-2013
    Trailrider92
    Been out the last three days in a row. Friday and Saturday rode up here in Oneonta..the trails are a little muddy but starting to dry out. Worked on a particularly techy/loose descent..practicing for an enduro I'm considering doing this summer! :)

    Some snow still on the north facing slopes but this week's warm temps should take care of that.

    Rode Chenango Valley State Park in Binghamton, NY yesterday. Trails were dry, fast, and fun!

    Now I'm off to ride again! :)
  • 04-08-2013
    Trailrider92
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    Here's the view from what's know as "Strawberry Fields" behind Hartwick campus in Oneonta. Beautiful day for riding!
  • 04-08-2013
    mtbxplorer
    Great pix, all, thanks for sharing. And Nicole - great face!
  • 04-08-2013
    mtbxplorer
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    My friend's lab and me fatbiking on Sunday. The snow was retreating in the Northeast Kingdom, maybe 40/60 snow to bare ground. Kingdom Trails is hoping to open May 1st, weather permitting.
  • 04-14-2013
    OkieInAlaska
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    Finally was able to get out and ride today it was sunny and about 38 degrees (a heat wave for us), still snow on the roads. The slush was tricky but managable. Going to be a while yet before any trails are ridable.

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  • 04-15-2013
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Finally the northeast saw sun, mild temperatures and dry trails (at least where I rode- an hour's drive from home). My bike and camera were all the company I needed today!

    Awesome! Yes, you look like you were having tons-o-fun! So good to see people getting out.
  • 04-15-2013
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Got out again today, this time with some friends. I took the opportunity to get some action shots of someone besides myself.

    The first is my friend, Ray, demonstrating to his wife, Betty that it's all about momentum. The second shot is Betty, on her third attempt. She just started really riding trails last year and broke some ribs on another log pile last fall. Unfortunately I missed her first successful crossing. You can probably tell she's a little far forward and her front wheel is turned...I call this shot "Legend of the Fall".
    The third shot I give "two bums up" ;) and the fourth is her asking if I caught all that on my camera; she's a great sport and didn't break this time :thumbsup:

    More great passion. It's not the miles, it's the smiles.
  • 04-15-2013
    gmats
    Nice shot! Great determination on the face.
  • 04-15-2013
    gmats
    Aloha, great pic. Wowza, seems cold for me. Well, I take that back, I have ridden in colder weather from time to time. Great smile, so awesome to see you're getting out to ride.
  • 04-15-2013
    mtbher
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    Nicole - I love the photo!

    I had my first endo on Saturday. My boyfriend and I rode part of Mag 7 out in Moab and I ate it about 500ft from the trailhead! I usually don't have trouble descending technical bits (unless there's exposure), but my concentration was thrown off and I lost it going off one of the ledges/steps. Luckily, my face broke my fall. Sandstone isn't very forgiving.
    After I realized that my head was still in one piece and all my teeth were in place, we continued on one fun ride (minus our decision to listen to the shuttle driver's suggestion to exit on Gemini Bridges road - not only does the road just suck, but the winds were so strong that we were pedaling downhill back to town. We should have done the Portal route! Next time...).

    This photo was taken at the end of our ride, about 3 or so hours later. It didn't look so bad then. My lip is quite swollen now (I sliced up the inside of it pretty good with my teeth) and my cheek is a little purple. I'm also discovering other little aches on the rest of my body. :p

    It could have ended up a lot worse... I feel really lucky to come out of it relatively unscathed.
  • 04-22-2013
    petey15
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    Celebrating Earth Day
    I was on-call this weekend, so as luck would have it, my "weekend" fell on Earth Day. Even better, it was sunny and in the 50's (of course, it's Monday, right?). I enjoyed a few hours at one of my favorite haunts. I'm still working on jumping...I need to remember to shift my weight back a little more. I loved the turtles basking in the sun. You know it's Spring when they are out. The last is a trout lily that was growing next to the trail. Such an odd name for a pretty little flower.
  • 04-22-2013
    petey15
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    Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Wow, that's beautiful Petey. Sounds like you had a great time :)

    Thanks! I did have a great time - seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the day :)
  • 09-07-2013
    petey15
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    This thread has been far too quiet - where has everyone been? Ever since my first bike park experience and now looking forward to my first freeride clinic in October, I've been a bit obsessed with learning new skills, particularly with drops or trying to catch air. I built up a smallish drop (~1' or so tall) and worked on that today. Here's one shot I got with the self-timer. I wish I had it on video so I could see how it looked in the air (because it didn't seem like I went that far off the drop) but, today was my first attempt, so I decided to cut myself a little slack :thumbsup:
  • 09-07-2013
    formica
    Today's Pic or Story
    I'm in the middle of IMBA ICP instructor training right now. That is a story unto itself. 3.5 days total, one more to go complete with written exam. Whew! Exciting, fun, amazing and exhausting. It was pretty exciting to teach a complex skill with success to the other instructor trainees.
  • 09-08-2013
    mtbxplorer
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    Enjoying the reports!

    Just returned from 3 nights camping at Brighton State Park (highly recommended) with the new dog, and rode Kingdom Trails one day. "Keeper" slept really good that night. The bike tow leash (yellow thing in 2nd pic) worked great, except for on the narrow bridges, where we walked instead.
  • 09-08-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formica View Post
    I'm in the middle of IMBA ICP instructor training right now. That is a story unto itself. 3.5 days total, one more to go complete with written exam. Whew! Exciting, fun, amazing and exhausting. It was pretty exciting to teach a complex skill with success to the other instructor trainees.

    Congratulations, that's awesome! Please share more about your experience.
  • 09-08-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Enjoying the reports!

    Just returned from 3 nights camping at Brighton State Park (highly recommended) with the new dog, and rode Kingdom Trails one day. "Keeper" slept really good that night. The bike tow leash (yellow thing in 2nd pic) worked great, except for on the narrow bridges, where we walked instead.

    Looks like your new friend enjoyed the adventure, too! Looks like fun :thumbsup:
  • 09-10-2013
    SunnyNAZ
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    Flagstaff Two Weeks ago plus some night ride shots
    First couple of pics. First ever race in Flagstaff a couple of weeks ago. Next couple is our Friday night MTB ride. I really enjoy the night rides now that I have a good light:thumbsup:Attachment 831042Attachment 831043Attachment 831044Attachment 831045
  • 09-11-2013
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ Nice!
  • 09-22-2013
    formica
    Have to share this pic. I have been eyeing this roll down for a long time. It used to be a big gap jump and it was rebuilt a few years ago eliminating the gap. I always ride by it thinking, "I should come up here with the full face, next time, blah blah..." Sat I went riding with a bunch of guys and just followed them down. Let's hear it for not overthinking! Did it twice as we needed the photo.

    This was super awesome for me as it underscored the " just do, don't think" aspect of riding.

  • 09-22-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Have to share this pic. I have been eyeing this roll down for a long time. It used to be a big gap jump and it was rebuilt a few years ago eliminating the gap. I always ride by it thinking, "I should come up here with the full face, next time, blah blah..." Sat I went riding with a bunch of guys and just followed them down. Let's hear it for not overthinking! Did it twice as we needed the photo.



    This was super awesome for me as it underscored the " just do, don't think" aspect of riding.


    Awesome pic! Congratulations on not overthinking - it's something I need to do less of myself. I think. :D
  • 09-23-2013
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kinsler View Post
    So old, but funny story about Hawaii's rain. About 2 years ago I was riding home from work- about a 13 mile ride one way and it starts pouring with about 4-5 miles home. So after about 5 minutes of getting drenched I'm getting pretty cold (I know- it's Hawaii) and then the thunder and lightening starts. This is actually a pretty rare event in Hawaii... So I pick up the pace only to discover my power is out. Unfortunately for me I used a key pad to get in through the garage. After about 30 minutes of avoiding sideways rain and sitting out the worst lightening storm in my 5 years on the island, I relent and call a locksmith. But the roads are flooded and he's stuck in rush hour traffic. Finally after 2 hours huddled on my porch the power comes back on beating the locksmith.... moral of the story- always carry a house key!


    Haha, just now read this story, great images. Yes, very rare to have electrical storms here.
  • 09-23-2013
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Have to share this pic. I have been eyeing this roll down for a long time. It used to be a big gap jump and it was rebuilt a few years ago eliminating the gap. I always ride by it thinking, "I should come up here with the full face, next time, blah blah..." Sat I went riding with a bunch of guys and just followed them down. Let's hear it for not overthinking! Did it twice as we needed the photo.

    This was super awesome for me as it underscored the " just do, don't think" aspect of riding.



    Awesome pic, really shows the steepness. Text book technique too. Great on not over-thinking. Just plain great picture.
  • 09-23-2013
    gmats
    So good to have this thread alive again.
  • 11-23-2013
    petey15
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    Getting one in before the snow
    Decided to take Stripes's suggestion and try jumping with my old 26"hardtail. I've only recently started to take flight using my Trance X 29er. Love, love, love that bike. But, I was curious to see the difference between a 26" hardtail and a FS 29er for jumping. I know a better comparison would be using a FS 26" bike, but I no longer have one, so the hardtail it was.

    I'll admit, I was nervous. I've never jumped with my that bike before and the lack of rear suspension, smaller wheels and steeper HT angle wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring. Was it going to feel harsh? Would I bounce around a lot on the landing?

    I rolled the jump a few times to reacquaint myself to the smaller bike before I started picking up speed to try to get some air. Trepidation turned to surprise as I managed to not only get some air, but land upright, on both wheels. I was pleased with my attempts and glad to get some riding in before the snow started falling here. I'm thinking I need to visit an indoor park this winter - too much fun!
  • 11-23-2013
    mtbxplorer
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    Originally Posted by formica View Post

    I missed that post somehow - awesomeness squared!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Decided to take Stripes's suggestion and try jumping with my old 26"hardtail.

    Looks great!
  • 11-25-2013
    cyclelicious
    Temperatures in Caledon, Ontario on the weekend dipped to -6c (windchill -12c)

    Follow me
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    Down the Humber River Valley
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    Across some flats
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    To the River
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    To the tower of mushrooms
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    Heading home
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    Nature inspired
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  • 11-25-2013
    petey15
    ^ Brrrrr! Great shots - thanks for sharing :)! Hard to believe it's that time of year again. Where did the beautiful summer/fall go?
  • 11-26-2013
    mtbxplorer
    Great to see you back out there, Stripes!

    Nice pix Cyclelicious! I would add some snow pedaling rep, but it seems I must spread some around.
  • 11-26-2013
    mtbxplorer
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    It was 2F when I started the 8 mile ride to work here in VT yesterday. Bikecommuting makes me look forward to every commute. You can start as a fair weather commuter, but I warn you, it is addictive. This pic is in the capital, Montpelier, less than a mile to go!
  • 11-26-2013
    petey15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Great to see you back out there, Stripes!

    Nice pix Cyclelicious! I would add some snow pedaling rep, but it seems I must spread some around.

    I agree on all counts - great to see you back out there, Stripes and it's so nice to see that a little snow doesn't keep people from getting out on their bikes and having fun. Bring on the stoke!
  • 11-26-2013
    NicoleB
    Stripes, do you have an Ibis now? Do you still have the ventana?