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    Cool pix, Formica! Congrats on the jumping.

    The night ride looks like a blast, Asterope!

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    There was so much media there - a handful of pro photographers plus video people. Many of the photos were made available but you have to scroll though hundreds to find yourself.

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    I did some exploring this weekend. I finally found some trails in an area that DH likes to go for whitewater boating. Now I've got something to do besides being shuttle bunny.

    There was some of this


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    and on one trail, a whole lot of this:
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    Looks like you found the trail less traveled, Formica!

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    Volunteer day at the Sunnyside bike park (Toronto)

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    The park officially opened last weekend. I have just ordered my new DJ bike and will soon have it built up!

    In the meantime still DHing on weekends and trail riding during the week after work
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    The park officially opened last weekend. I have just ordered my new DJ bike and will soon have it built up!

    In the meantime still DHing on weekends and trail riding during the week after work
    Very Cool! And if you don't mind me asking - is that understructure a modular system? Or did you guys hand build it all? Very well done if by hand, and I want some if purchasable!
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    I was wondering if the black was some sort of template.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Volunteer day at the Sunnyside bike park (Toronto)

    The park officially opened last weekend. I have just ordered my new DJ bike and will soon have it built up!

    In the meantime still DHing on weekends and trail riding during the week after work
    Sweet!! That's so fun to see.

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    This pumptrack is an all weather modular, non slip surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    This pumptrack is an all weather modular, non slip surface.
    Sorry for the threadjack - thanks! I'll just leave this here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester View Post
    Sorry for the threadjack - thanks! I'll just leave this here:
    Love this video Wadester! The park was designed by Jay Hoots and I got to meet him during the volunteer day.
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    Out for a ride with the dog Saturday. Went back Sunday to do some trailwork on my adopted trail, and my adopted dog was not as good. I had to use his GPS collar (you can see the antenna) to find him almost a mile away.
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    We spent the week in Revelstoke BC checking out some mindblowing alpine trails. (all but one photo by kyle509, thanks for sharing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Out for a ride with the dog Saturday. Went back Sunday to do some trailwork on my adopted trail, and my adopted dog was not as good. I had to use his GPS collar (you can see the antenna) to find him almost a mile away.
    Oh, dear! Glad you were able to find him eventually.

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    formica, now I have a strong urge to go riding in BC. Those pictures are amazing!

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    ^^ Agreed, looks like a great ride Formica!

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    Here are the rest of the pics.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1031988...lstokeBikeTrip

    Keystone has been on my radar for years and we hit it at prime wildflower season.
    We went with another couple and had a blast. After four days of riding hubby and I were toast but the young'uns went down to Rossland for 7 Summits. That ride is pretty close to home so we are saving it for a different trip.

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    Love your pics Formica! Seems like an amazing trip

    Also love your Kona Operator, Stripes... I placed my order for a 2015 Operator... so stoked
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    First time on my new DH bike--2013 Kona Operator. I can even jump it!

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    Yeeha! Looks like a fun bike, and a fun park trip!
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    Nice!!

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    those are awesome pix formica! You look great in a FF. Revelstoke is on my bucketlist for sure now. I also got a new bike, 650b. Got me a devinci troy trailbike. From my first couple rides, it's a real DH ripper but climbs fairly good too. Got a reverb stealth and it's my best upgrade ever. happy happy new toys.
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    No real story behind this. We went out riding a little before work yesterday. Had to hustle back to beat out the storm.


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    The cloud approaches...
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    Spending this weekend building up the new enduro bike! Should be interesting, lots of firsts, first full squish, first internal cable routing, first dropper (and install), first hydraulic brakes (with bleed/shortening)...

    Either way, I'm super psyched. I got the frame over a month ago, and it's just been sitting there as I've been traveling for the past few weeks for work and waiting on the wheels. But I picked them up yesterday!!!! Sneak peek...
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    A lot of hike a bike crossings on a wilderness ride. Last blast for Long Canyon... turns into "managed as wilderness" next year.Today's Pic or Story-10704223_10100206105529943_1372940783651527125_o.jpg I am using the bike to hold myself up so I don't slide into the creek off the rock.


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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Last blast for Long Canyon... turns into "managed as wilderness" next year.
    Dang. I read about this one in one of my bike mags...sorry I missed it.
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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    The order hasn't been signed yet. A lot of us are holding our breath on a lawsuit that may or may not happen. ~LC got written up?

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    Wow, that's rough to lose bike access to wilderness designation. I imagine they got a lot of public comment against it.

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    I mostly ride the fatbike on snow, but I try to get to the beach a couple times in the off-season. This was a foggy day in September on Cape Cod MA with my buddy Keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Wow, that's rough to lose bike access to wilderness designation. I imagine they got a lot of public comment against it.
    N Idaho isn't a hotspot of activism... whether they were even listening to the public is up for discussion. There may be a lawsuit that will throw the whole ruling out. More on Long Canyon and the USFS here
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    Today's story:
    I will be 54 tomorrow. I'm convinced mountain biking keeps me young. I have a tradition of doing a birthday ride - just put it out there to the universe and see who shows up.

    Today is an amazing fall day. We met at the trailhead hubby and I + four other folks I know, one of whom brought some acquaintances. What can I say other than we had a super fun ride up to the towers, hitting all the fun little ridable rocks (some of the guys jump but not me), basking in the sun for a bit. Then back down all the bermed flow trails where I had cupcakes waiting for everyone.

    I'm sure my hubby thinks I am ridiculous in my Wonder Woman socks ( at least I tucked the capes in) with a tiara zip tied to the helmet. Methinks I missed a photo op with a dozen cupcakes, a tiara'd helmet and my socks.

    So much fun!! Maybe it's the sugar from that second chocolate chip cupcake.
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    ^ +1 Happy Birthday! I would have rep'd you but it says I need to spread it around some more. Would have loved to have seen a picture of that. I agree, mountain biking definitely keeps us young !
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    In retrospect, me setting up a photo shot with above mentioned accessories wouldn't have been any worse than the guys standing around comparing Strava data....

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    Whoa! - there are Wonder Woman socks with capes???!!! Sounds like a great time, Happy Birthday!

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    Why of course there are Wonder Woman socks with little capes on them. How we ended up with these socks is a story...

    My friend gifted me. She is recovering from a very serious brain injury that occurred with a weird little MTB fall; nothing major. She was a Cat 2 racer for Terry, extremely active and this was kind of life changing for her. I have been helping her get back into MTB. I let her set the pace - this was the first time to the top in about 4 years.
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    Those are FANTASTIC! So glad to hear your friend is on the mend and riding again.
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    ^^ ++++++
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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    I'm sure my hubby thinks I am ridiculous in my Wonder Woman socks ( at least I tucked the capes in) with a tiara zip tied to the helmet. Methinks I missed a photo op with a dozen cupcakes, a tiara'd helmet and my socks.

    HB, and I have to see these socks!

    edit I should scroll down farther before replying. Socks look great & that's a great story to go with them. <3
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    Happy Birthday

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    Aloha and Happy Birthday Formica. My friend says on a mountain bike you can be 9 years old forever. I agree. I just made my half-century last week Friday!! Still smiling and having fun on the bike. Another statement we use "Only monkeys have more fun (because they can throw poop at each other and get away with it)".

    Hope the celebrations continue..........

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    We are having a run of abnormally lovely fall weather... mid 60s-70s. It's really hard to work when it's like this. (I work in my basement at home) Today seemed like a good day to sneak out for a 12 loop at the state park by the river, especially since the fall rains are supposed to start tonight.

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    ^^Looks like a good call!

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    ^^ Ditto! And you color-coordinated your bike with the leaves - nice!
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    Two pics and stories today.
    1. I said goodbye to Stella today. I thought it would be difficult to sell this bike ( high end but "old"). I let a few people know I was selling it, and a friend of mine who used to borrow it every now and then bought it for her wife's mom. She (the bike) will have a new life down in Tahoe. I'm so happy I didn't sell to strangers.

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    2. Fall riding has been AWESOME. We finally go enough rain to get rid of the moondust and sand. Add goretex socks and warm gloves and good to go. This ride is up behind my house. It's mostly old jeep roads, but it is out the back door.

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    Luckily, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades..."Keeper" found this big porcupine today on our ride.
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    Nice!! Aloha!!

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    ^ @mtbxplorer - good thing it wasn't "Finder's Keepers"! Great picture - you should post in "Wildlife Seen on the Trail" in the Passion forum.
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    ^^Ha!

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    Beautiful day in Oneonta.

    Today was unseasonably warm and sunny for upstate New York. Visited my alma mater today with the bike in tow.

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    Nothing like finishing the ride by tearing up the stairs around campus!

    Great day overall, aside from almost losing my bike on the highway when one of the ratcheting mechanisms on my Thule rack came undone.

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    **almost**. Whew!!

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    Wow, great pics, Trailrider! I got out today - too beautiful not to. I think I've got the fatty where I want her with the new riser bars and stem.
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    Today's Pic or Story-img_0101.jpg

    Nice shots Today was so oddly warm. Started the ride with a long sleeve jersey and vest, ended with just the vest and tied the jersey on my waist, still sweating a little. Good for painting the house though.
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    Fall desert riding

    Some desert riding. A few pics from our ride/HAB up and ride down North Franklin (roughly 7200 ft).

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    ^ Looks warm - beautiful shots!
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    thanks for starting this thread, formica. High of 78 today following 4" of rain yesterday, so it was riding on the street and not the trail. all pics are wonderful, everyone!

    There's something about AZ that rings my chimes. Need to get over there for some winter riding.

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    well it's not really mountain biking...
    I just got back from three+ weeks in Thailand. One of the things we did was a four day bike tour, backroads, in N Thailand just below the Golden Triangle. There was a teensy bit of single track, lots of dirt road and farm roads and some pavement. Our bikes were 120mm travel hardtails and we had a blast! We rode 30-45K a day through rice paddies, villages and temples. We had a super guide and tons of fun. I was worried that the ride would be too easy but it was a great way to see the countryside.
    Pics coming soon. I have over 2000 to go through and get the best ones sorted out.
    Oh, we saw wild elephants in the jungle but that has zero to do with biking, I know.

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    ^^Must....see.....elephants! And a bunch of other pix from your trip.

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    From yesterday:
    The Pineapple Express has hit big time. Our ski areas are weeks behind in opening. The weather is unreal for this time of year. It has been raining some, but our sandy soil dries out really fast. Trails are in excellent condition. I went out yesterday, shortest day of the year and it was 55 when I got back to my car. Unreal.



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    Winter Solstice night and day ride (Southern Ontario)


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    Aloha Licious! Excellent post. Super coolness!

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    Great stuff Cyclelicious & Formica (where is that?). We have snow on the ground in VT, but sadly it changed from snow to rain today and is supposed to rain into Xmas! Ick!

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    ^ Feel your pain - same here! But it should clear up by Friday and I hope to get out for a ride then.
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    Great stuff Cyclelicious & Formica (where is that?). We have snow on the ground in VT, but sadly it changed from snow to rain today and is supposed to rain into Xmas! Ick!
    I am in eastern WA state, right where the basin meets the mountains. We don't always get snow in town, but certainly it's supposed to be a lot more wintry than it has been. We are having a frosty Xmas morning, but not a white one.

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    Happy new year everyone! The weather has been different for every ride... but we still managed to get out


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    Finally got a good chunk of my photos sorted and put into an album.
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    a few of us took our fat bikes to the beach in December on a warm day (in Massachusetts!).
    here is the Crane Beach footage. i'd say the lighting was pretty perfect.
    if you can make it until the end (hey it's only four min ) there are some lolz. (after the crab)

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    Nice Nicole!! Your sand looks more packed than the sand we have here. Aloha!!

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    Riding the shore ice on Lake Ontario.. yes it was cold. The rocks were icy and slippery

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    Way to hit the beach!

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    Finally some measurable snow to ride my fatty in! We had a good 4" that was packing down nicely in the 40-degree temps. My tires handled it much better than my shoes - I fell a number of times while just walking
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    Deep freeze temps prepped our local Humber River for ice biking. The ice was quite thick. A few open spots where we ride around but overall a beautiful day

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    Great pics, cyclelicious! Love how you have bonfires during your rides. Are your tires studded?
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    Nice ice biking! Saw this idiom on a list today and knew you would be able to use it:

    From Swedish translator Matti Jääro:

    The idiom: Det är ingen ko på isen
    Literal translation: “There’s no cow on the ice.”
    What it means: “There’s no need to worry."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Nice ice biking! Saw this idiom on a list today and knew you would be able to use it:

    From Swedish translator Matti Jääro:

    The idiom: Det är ingen ko på isen
    Literal translation: “There’s no cow on the ice.”
    What it means: “There’s no need to worry."
    Ha! Love it!



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    Great pics, cycllelicious! Love how you have bonfires during your rides. Are your tires studded?
    Thanks Petey. Yes tires are studded. It's almost impossible to ride anything icy (even flat) without them.
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    I love that I'm able to now ride year-round and finding reason to enjoy winter again! We haven't had enough deep snow for xc/backcountry skiing, so I'm even more grateful for my fat bike. We got a fresh dusting of snow this morning from a system that is supposed to be dumping much more along the New England coast and I couldn't wait to get outside and play I found a sweet little kicker on the park's perfectly "groomed" sledding hill that was blissfully devoid of people and decided to give that a whirl. A couple of my biking buddies who were on a ride caught up to me and decided they needed to do it, too.
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    ^^ Great stuff!

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    Nice pics petey. Looks like you have good conditions for winter riding. I've been riding in the winter since 2008... as long as the snow is packed down a bit and isn't too deep, it's a trill.

    Currently our local trails are ice covered because of fluctuating temps and no/very little snow, so studded tires are an advantage. The ice biking conditions are the best we've seen in years. A few pics from yesterday's Humber River ride

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    ^ Nice! I've done some winter riding before this, but was always inhibited by anything more than a couple of inches of snow. The ice riding looks like a lot of fun - I don't think we have any waterways in my area we could ride on, though I do have a pair of studded tires I scored from a friend who moved south.
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    Whoa, the ice rides look cool, we so rarely get good ice without snow on top here in VT. I may have to go poach some Nordic skaters' routes, I think they keep them clear for skating. When I lived in Maine, I took my DIY studded tires out on the lake, and it was hilarious to see the ice fisherman point and check their flasks.

    Fatbike race (for fun) today in NH, but I did not take a single pic. Good trails at Moose Brook State Park in Gorham, a shame they will get covered by new snow on Tuesday, but I'm sure the locals will repack them soon enough. It also looks like a fun place to camp when it's warmer and ride the trails right from the tent. Way warmer than last year when it was -20F and blowing like crazy. Still windy but in the teens during the race. The singletrack trails were less icy than last year, so I had no crashes and some fun speed on the downhills. Lotsa climbing, but hey it's in the White Mountains. Alot of the climbing was routed on the snowmachine trail, so that helped (a little).

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    Had another fun day out on the trails. The trails were a bit icy and crusty today thanks to the warmer temps yesterday and much cooler ones today - the trail was like a long, frozen rut of snow. I decided to hit up one of the log piles I like to session and see what jumping that in the snow would be like. It was a blast! Of course now I want a bit more snow so I can make the jump a bit bigger. Something about trying it in the snow does a lot for the confidence
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    Today's story (no pictures)
    We are unseasonable warm, even for a warm winter. The sun was out today, there are brown spots at the ski area (50 at the base!) and I decided time to go for a ride.

    I wish had pictures. Kingsley, my beautiful Intrigue, met her mate today. I parked right next to a truck that has a beautiful Trance leaning on. It is the same black and red color scheme, blinged out in a similar fashion to mine but slightly different. Hee hee, it looked like his and hers bikes. I have a red stem black grips, he had a black stem with red grips. I have red chain ring bolts, he had a red chain right. It would have made a fun photo. I had a nice chat with the guy and then went on my way.

    This riding area usually is pretty dry but the dry parts are dry enough, kind of tacky, and the shade is extremely mucky. Like, sink up to the rims mucky. If this weather keeps up it will all dry out really fast, but I couldn't in good conscience keep on this ride. So my friend and I aborted and went back down. Funny thing is, the trail head parking was as packed as I have ever seen it, and there were zillions of riders out, coming back covered with thin mud. We do not have a tradition in this area of not riding the mud, but I am wondering if that needs to change. Good luck with that, right? I am the only one I know in our riding community that makes the choice to NOT ride it.

    If it stays like this, above freezing and warmish, maybe it will dry enough to ride in a few days.

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    ^ Kingsley - I like it! That's cool running into her mate. Sorry you had to abort the ride. One of the places I frequently ride has some trails that consistently get pretty muddy and it's frustrating when people insist on riding them, creating deep ruts and widening the trail. There are plenty of other trails in the park that have great drainage and never seem to get muddy - so ride those, you know? Hopefully your trails will dry out soon!
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    I went out for my annual birthday bike ride yesterday. What made it extra special was that it was the maiden voyage for my (new to me) DH bike. I ran into some friends out for an XC grind and they took this photo for me... I keep inching my way higher and higher up that berm each time I hit it

    So good to be out in the Aussie bush on the bike (even though it was a million degrees!!)


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    Love your pic Asterope. I'm counting down the days for my dh bike park opening day (85 days )

    I got a new dh bike as well and can't wait to do a shake down ride
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    A few more pics from some recent rides

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    Wow, that ice looks nice, Cyclelicious! Is it windswept or haven't you gotten much snow? Never seen a frozen-in muskrat before. I was surprised that on Sunday in that extended +/- 0F cold snap that 2 snowmobilers went through the ice on the Salmon River in Fort Covington NY (on the other side of Lake Ontario).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Wow, that ice looks nice, Cyclelicious! Is it windswept or haven't you gotten much snow? Never seen a frozen-in muskrat before. I was surprised that on Sunday in that extended +/- 0F cold snap that 2 snowmobilers went through the ice on the Salmon River in Fort Covington NY (on the other side of Lake Ontario).
    We experienced snow then deep freeze then thaw/rain then deep freeze again... creating a perfect skating/biking rink
    We've gotten more snow and really cold temps last weekend so conditions may be differnt. I'll have to get out there this weekend... curious what I'll find

    Actually it's a frozen mouse.... same species . Poor little thing

    We have seen a frozen raccoon stuck in the ice once.

    The really cool thing is seeing the mass amount of animal tracks in the snow and snow covered river. It's like a highway (something that can't be observed when the snow is gone
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    The really cool thing is seeing the mass amount of animal tracks in the snow and snow covered river. It's like a highway (something that can't be observed when the snow is gone
    I love that too, finally I can understand why my dog is going crazy, the deer are everywhere, and their main trails look like popular snowshoe routes.

    I saw a porcupine Sunday when skijoring (apparently during cold snaps with high winds they get an urge to hang out in the treetops), 30 turkeys yesterday next to a parking lot, and 2 deer tonight walking to the bus in the capitol of VT in the blue light of dusk (I was taking the bus, not the deer).
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    Porcupine! Awesome pic
    The night pic of the deer is aces too

    What type of birds in the trees?

    Sadly on a few of these rides we've seen some kill spots. Deer carcass. Most likely by coyotes.
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    ^^Those are some of the 30 turkeys.

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    I've never seen them in trees

    This is from last summer at the dh park. This group of "all ages" were out in the open and close to but not on the dh runs

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I've never seen them in trees

    This is from last summer at the dh park. This group of "all ages" were out in the open and close to but not on the dh runs
    Cute! I guess they roost in the trees, usually just overnight, but with all this snow and cold, it makes more sense to save energy sitting in a tree for a few days rather than try to scrounge for food under 3' of snow. I'm not sure why that complex is so attractive to them, there is a huge Blue Cross building and several other small office buildings and warehouses, and tons of paved parking. In better weather I went there near the end of the work day as darkness fell, and they were roosting in all the little ornamental trees adjacent to the sidewalks.

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    Our ski season went to s*it, but the biking has been awesome. It appears that the mud issue correlates to soil temps, and the day I posted about earlier was the very worst it's been.

    I have had some really fun times. I've been hooking up with riders that are better than me and it's been incredibly confidence building! One of the gals is coming into our classes program as an expert and I'd super stoked about that. It was fun breaking off from my other group (me, group leader for a bunch of second year riders) for 20 minutes of tech time on a new trail with her and another gal. It's so reinforcing to see the people you look up to dabbing where you dab!


    Yesterday I went out with two of the guys from our club. One of the guys was showing us the new trails. We rode the whole tech trail
    mentioned above - it's lots of fun with multiple lines for everything. He also showed us the new jumpline trail (waaaay too big for me) but there is fun singletrack with small rock and ladder rolldowns. Love following someone better than me! Yay me!
    I was hoping to find some vids of this new trail on youtube but no.

    Not that I don't love riding with the new gals, but it's a different experience to be pushed/puch myself just the right amount riding with people better than me.

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    Took the day off to celebrate the forecast high being > 10F, and rode Kingdom Trails on the fatbike. Conditions were a-ma-zing! Go as soon as you can.
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    Good report formica! I ride with my husband, and friends join us (mostly... 100% of the time males). My pace is a little slower but I challenge myself to ride faster and more technical. I see the results of my efforts everytime I ride either trail or dh.

    Gorgeous pic Mtbxplorer. I would love to visit the Kingdom trails one day soon. I've heard so much about that area!
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