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    I went out yesterday. I was going to just do a short ride.My husband dropped me off at the Armstrong connector tail head. Well I decided I had more time. I went 4 hours 21 miles and finished at my house thats the best part. It's so awesome these trails are all a bike ride away.

    I highly recommend this trail its Armstrong pass to TRT take that to Star Lake and go down Cold Creek. It was awesome! Once I got up it was all down hill for miles. If you are ever in South Lake check it out.

    Here is the top. My bike partner is in the shade.
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    Kinsler, is that your home turf? Wow. You also had much better light that we did for photos.
    It is now! I got an early start and brought the nice camera with me!

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    Today was a hard day in CB. A well known competitor in the Enduro World Series crashed on course (hit a tree) and died as a result of his injuries. The EWS canceled the race.

    I felt utterly sick to my stomach this morning...my husband had crashed into a tree downhilling just the other day and walked away laughing...those inches...how could this happen? Why? Maybe it isn't worth it...maybe it's never worth it...Then, I woke up to this:

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    100+ riders (competitors, visitors, race directors, and locals) gathered together this morning and rode Strand hill in his memory. There was no major announcement. A local doctor posted on his facebook that they would ride for Will this morning...100's of people showed up.

    This is a beautiful sport and an incredible community and I adore each of you. Ride hard, long, and always with joy. Be safe and keep riding. This community and the world needs your wheels and your passion.

    RIP Will. You are missed horribly by your friends, your family, and those whom you never met but touched through racing in some way... and I will never ride Strand or race again without thinking of you.

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    ^^Oh geez, sorry to hear about this. Good to see people coming together, though.

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    Snowgypsy-

    I can't imagine how hard this weekend must of been for the CB biking community. I did that race last year and had a few hard crashes that I walked away from. Definitely makes you really think about risk and how we live our lives.

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    A huge storm front rolled in while we were at the bike park on Sunday... we squeezed in about 8 laps.

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    The trails at the bike park were too greasy to ride the next day (Monday was a civic holiday) so we did something different and rode a local rail trail (approx 40km) At the half way point we explored and old railway yard


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    Cyclelicious - That storm would have made you ride quickly! hehehe I both love and loathe riding in storms - trees have a habit of losing branches.

    Also - That looks like an awesome little ride along the rail trail - loving seeing all these lovely summer photos of these scenic rides!

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    I tested my new rocket socks... they definitely helped me ride faster

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    Fantastic day of shredding!
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    So here's a few pictures from the past few days. If you have a chance to get to Idaho this summer, do it. These to rides are world class and will soon be closed to bikes.

    These are few are from my ride today- Antz Basin. I've been upset about the wilderness designation and decided I needed a "personal" day. Didn't see a soul once I turned off the main trail.

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    These two are from Castle Divide... definitely a top 5 all time ride.

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    Fortunately there is still literally 100s of trails to ride, but these two are definitely special.
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    ^^Wow, gorgeous photos and trails. Sorry about their impending loss.

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    I think, like most people, you love what you know. And if you don't get a chance to ride and love new trails, how are you supposed to want to protect them? I ride on a few multi-purpose trails in my area and the thing that always strikes me is it's the mountain bikers that maintain and build the trails - not the hikers and not the horseback riders. I feel like the land managers are doing themselves a huge disservice preventing mountain bikers from riding the trails. If you want people to appreciate the wilderness - expose them to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    I think, like most people, you love what you know. And if you don't get a chance to ride and love new trails, how are you supposed to want to protect them? I ride on a few multi-purpose trails in my area and the thing that always strikes me is it's the mountain bikers that maintain and build the trails - not the hikers and not the horseback riders. I feel like the land managers are doing themselves a huge disservice preventing mountain bikers from riding the trails. If you want people to appreciate the wilderness - expose them to it.
    Exactly. I don't need the government to tell me what wilderness is and I certainly don't need the Sierra Club or any other anti-bike conversation group to tell me how I should experience our public land. However, we certainly have a responsibility to move through these lands gently, just as I would if I were bc skiing, hiking or on a river trip.
    The assault on public land and the environment is constant and division among user groups only hurts the cause. Public lands are grossly underfunded. The wilderness act is does not offer absolute protection- take a look at the grazing map that goes with the new wilderness area or the impending mining to be done in the Frank Church Wilderness. To know a place is to love it.

    mtbexplorer- losing Castle Divide is like losing 401 and Doctor's combined.
    Fortunately we still have literally 100s of miles to ride... and there's a Teocalli ridge outside the wilderness border that is sure to put a ridiculous grin on your face!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Downieville!

    I went to Downieville for the first time this weekend. It was awesome! Did a run on Sat and one on Sun and went down things I never thought I could do. I don't really have any action shots, but do have these!

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    nice pics and big smiles laine. I've heard Downieville is a great place to ride!
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    First DH race out of the way!

    I decided to give DH racing a crack. Our local mtb club hosted one of the regional races on a beginners track we call "beeries" - it's a fun little track that can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. There was a massive turnout for under 19's and a huge turnout for the ladies (7 signed up, but only 5 made it to the actual race - thats massive around here!)

    I got a good few practice runs in on the saturday and hit some lines that I had not done before (i.e. a rock ramp/kicker that shoots you into a rock garden... looked terrifying at first, but was actually really really really easy.)

    Had a tussle with another rider during the seeding run (she overtook me twice, crashed in front of me twice as soon as she overtook me - I got around her the first time but the second I had nowhere to go and we ended up with our brake levers tangled)

    I had a perfectly clean run for my race run and beat my seeding time by 28 seconds. I'm looking forward to having another go at this DH race thing in a months time... it's way more fun than XC racing! hehehe

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    Congrats on your race Asterope! Lookin so rad
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    Congrats Asterope! Great photos.

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    Woo hoo, Asterope - that's great stuff!
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    Thanks cyclelicious, mtbxplorer and petey15 - still feeling the stoke... can't wait for the next one!

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    And another weekend on the big bike!

    We got a neat little crew together to check out a commonly-used but not officially sanctioned track about 25 minutes from my house. It was my first time out there, and whilst the track itself is not technically difficult (probably the easiest I've ridden in terms of declination, obstacles and lines), the track substrate was the roughest I have ridden - I mean loose, gravelly and fine dust - the kind that slips out from under your wheels if you even dare to look at it the wrong way.

    All that lovely loose gravel ended me up in a ditch on my third run down

    Highlights: Being shown the ropes, all the good lines and getting a fun mornings social riding in with one of this countries best female riders. Also - watching her casually flying over the road gaps... like it was nothing...

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    As it's so close to home and the shuttle route is reasonably short, this is going to become a regular track for me!

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    Niiiiicceee!

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    I had a faaabbbbuuuulllloouuuss weekend.
    We kind of lost the month of August with the horrendous fires and smoke conditions. There was a couple of days of rain (ish, not much) so things are better. Much of the forest is still closed. Anyway....

    Off for another backcountry adventure. I feel very lucky that we have a friend who has a cabin in a remote area that that excellent trails that are off the radar. So only locals ride them, more or less. At three hours away I'm not really a local but I do support their club. There were four of us. JM linked up three different trails for an amazing ride. We ended up doing 20 miles with 5300 feet of descending on a point to point ride. The FS trail crew had recently reworked about 75% of the trail by and and mini ex this summer so it was fricken amazing. There was one section of hikeabike that was old fall line narrow deep rutted trail but hopefull they'll get that done too.

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    Second day we did a fun little local loop purpose built for mountain bikers by said local club. It was a fun fun trail. Ultra fun as one of our group is still nursing her baby and it was just her 4th time out this summer. Her hub had gone with us on the big ride so we all wanted to make sure she got out too.

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    I rode in clipless pedals for the first time today. (I normally ride in Freeriders and Spike Spank pedals.) I rode around on a field first - making small circles and just clipping in and out for 30 mins. Then I figured I'd try the trail. I was definitely slower, tentative, cautious - but i really could feel the difference, especially on the short steep little annoying climbs, where I would sometimes gas out. Did about 6.5 miles to get used to them, and felt pretty good. I did clip out on some of the downhill switchbacks, and I chickened out on a few technical things - but I'm fine starting off slow and working up to it.

    I went with SPDs for the first purchase, and there were times where I was struggling to find the clip-in, but I assume that will get better with use/practice? My boyfriend swears by Time Atacs, but the guy at the shop said the SPDs were a good place to start.

    Excited to try again either tomorrow or next weekend!

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    Make sure to set the release is set loose and to keep it lubed

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    Did some bikejoring on my camping vacation in Maine. Biked to hiking trailheads from the campsite on the old paper company roads and explored other lakes via ATV trails. My dog loves it and it keeps him from getting in trouble with moose. Paddling, hiking, and lake lounging were also on the agenda.
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    Even tho it's October and the light is fading fast, our riding group Biking Betties is going STRONG! Ten riders last night! Last night we mostly noodled around for an hour just playing on big and little rocks.

    They think I'm crazy 'cuz I'll nab a nameless rider to take a group photo, every time.

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    Beautiful pics mtbxplorer! Your dog is a champ! I used to have to keep my dog, Rocky (a JRT) on a long leash because of coyotes.

    Nice group shot formica. Everyone looks stoked
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    mtbxplorer, those are some great pics. You live in a beautiful place.

    formica, those are some happy ladies. I miss riding with gals. It's the best!

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    Thanks for the pic and dog compliments, cyclelicious & Fuzzle! Leaf peepers are suddenly out in full force, and our trail crew will be leafblowing soon, it goes so fast.

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    ^^Looks like a playful rider, too. Enjoy!

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    @mtbxplorer...did any of those paper company roads take you to Baxter State Park? It's been close to 20 years since I enjoyed that area. Great pics!
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    ^^The Nahmakanta state lands I explored are just south of Baxter state park. I picked it because I love the area, but Baxter has a strict no pets policy for the wildlife's sake per Gov Baxter's bequest. Adjoining Nahmakanta are many acres conserved by the Nature Conservancy & Appalachian Mtn Club. Before I got the dog I did a super bikepacking/hiking/kayaking trip in Baxter. It's in installments here if you scroll down My first bikepacking adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    First ride on the HD3. Definitely a playful bike.
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    Awesome Pic! I wish I could do that. Enjoy!

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    ^ Rockin' the HD3, Stripes!
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    Quite the changes in the northeast, and I'm not just talking about the leaves. Temperatures were in the low 40s (Farenheit) and low 30s today with snow! Still, I love riding this time of year. The park is virtually empty and I get the trails practically to myself without the fear of hunters.
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    ^ That was a 6-point buck that was just ahead of me on the trail. I stopped, hopped off my bike and backed up quite a bit before taking the shot.
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    ^^Nice shot of the buck! And nice air too! A little snow here in VT also, and 18F tonight! A chilly bikecommute tomorrow, I think the pogies are coming out to keep my hands warm.

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    ^ I think my fat bike will be coming out soon. Damp leaves don't do much for traction 😉
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    Those are great shots petey! Nice air!

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    Yeah!!! Ibis featured your photo on their Instagram account. Such a great shot!

    Petey - love the fall color! Miss the eastern US.

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    ^thanks, Shredchic and Fuzzle! I do feel fortunate, although I would love to get out west sometime to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzle View Post
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    https://youtu.be/bxJR39sBj2o

    I played here today. I just did little jumps and worked on my pumping skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah Ireland View Post
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    I played here today. I just did little jumps and worked on my pumping skills.
    Looks like fun! I still have yet to learn to jump.

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    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.
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    Beautiful 1st of November day in the northeast. Wasn't able to ride last weekend, but today's temperatures in the 60s made up for that. We've had rain and strong, gusty winds this past week, which took down a lot of the leaves and covered the trails. I brought the fat bike out to play, but was pleasantly surprised to find conditions were pretty dry. Quite a change from my full-squish 29er...I have to think a bit more and use my own suspension .
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    Beautiful pictures Petey! I' quite impressed with your suspension. I wish my full-squish 29er work so well .

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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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    Just joined the tribe...

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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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    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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    DH was determined to hit the summit and come down the upper portion of the trail. I knew I would hate it so I went down the road, took a few pictures on the way. You can see that mostly, there's no snow yet.

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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.

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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.

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

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