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    its not over yet

    the season keeps going
    saturday mono cliffs
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    and today at everyones favorite place
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    and the 2nd last one is still mono cliffs with Crash&bern
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    Good stuff, thanks for sharing.

    I finally got back on my MTB this weekend. Absolutely fantastic November weather. It was pretty windy, so being in the woods was ideal.
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    You ride with jeans on

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    You ride with jeans on
    They could be Hincapie.com: Men's Casual Clothes

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    November's been very kind to us so far and the forecast looks like it's going to finish off nicely too after we get through another mid-week cold patch.

    I got out yesterday for 3 1/2 hours on the cross bike and had a blast. What more could you ask for in November?

    Thanks for posting, that looks like a beautiful place to ride.

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    I recognise all those landmarks. Were there many hikers out?

    We rode Saturday and Sunday on local trails and also had a blast

    Huge oak trail blocked the trail so there is only one way and thats up and over. Will make a killer trail feature


    We returned to an old overgrown trail


    Singlesprocket scoping possibilities

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    nice pics
    did he do one big bunny hop to get up there?
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week

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    Nice pics. At least Crash & Bern wasn't wearing his Daisy Dukes.

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    He said that he would have but you won't give them back.
    don't know what thats all about and I don't want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week
    I sure hope it does. I work for an American company and with Thanksgiving coming for them this week, it's like a mini-holiday for me so I *might* make a little time for some morning rides later in the week.
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    great pics... and a great ride yesterday.. we are lucky we can still be riding in the middle of november...
    hopefully a lot more trial ridding still to come....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I recognise all those landmarks. Were there many hikers out?

    We rode Saturday and Sunday on local trails and also had a blast

    Huge oak trail blocked the trail so there is only one way and thats up and over. Will make a killer trail feature
    Nice find! Is it near your local trail there? Some of those little branch look threatening if you fell though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    You ride with jeans on
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.
    Anything is better then Sausage Suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Anything is better then Sausage Suit.
    Function trumps all. For many of my rides, it's full spandex FTW. End of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Haven't we all moved a bit past that yet?

    Ride what you want, wear what you want. To each their own so long as they're enjoying what they're doing.
    Amen

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    Had a blast in Durham Forest...

    I was invited for a group ride yesterday and even after a month without riding I couldn't say no....
    Had my a$$ kicked, and I had to bail after 25k to make sure I can get back to the car....
    The conditions were perfect, nice and tacky, good times.

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    Yep , that's me wearing jeans !!
    Just be happy it was cold out that day , and I was wearing pants at all : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    nice pics
    did he do one big bunny hop to get up there?
    looks like the weather's going to hold up most of the week
    The only spot to get up was about 5 ft off the ground, plus there were branches sticking out except for along the trunk surface... made a perfecyly natural log ride..
    Singlesprocket started at one end and rolled to the other end. It was do or die

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Nice find! Is it near your local trail there? Some of those little branch look threatening if you fell though.
    We plan to go back and a clean of the branches is a possibility. It was a fun weekend and hope for some more great weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    We plan to go back and a clean of the branches is a possibility. It was a fun weekend and hope for some more great weather
    Considering it's oak it might take a while to make progress... nice firewood though

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    The only spot to get up was about 5 ft off the ground, plus there were branches sticking out except for along the trunk surface... made a perfecyly natural log ride..
    Singlesprocket started at one end and rolled to the other end. It was do or die
    That's exactly the sort of thing I wouldn't attempt (at least the first time) in clipless pedals.

    Would be really cool to see that turned into a finished feature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I sure hope it does. I work for an American company and with Thanksgiving coming for them this week, it's like a mini-holiday for me so I *might* make a little time for some morning rides later in the week.
    Well, I didn't quite get out at the crack of dawn but I did manage to squeeze in a couple hours over lunch.

    It was my first MTB ride since the Fall 8 (actually had to cut off my number plate before I got going) and my third ride since the boy arrived. My destination was all the new singletrack at Christie Lake. Did I have fun?

    I'll let these pics do the talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'll let these pics do the talking.
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    Way to break 'em in in the mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    Actually, they've been on there since the Hamilton Endurance Ride. So far, so good although the rear needed a little truing when one of those spokes got loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    First ride on the new wheel set?
    The shiny new Crank Brothers wheels in the monster household that you may be thinking of belong to Nerdgirl iirc.
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    Got off work at 4pm today so decided to bring my light so I could have a bit of fun on a demo Norco Revolver the rep just dropped off for me (thanks Nat!) afterward. My light had conked out the last time I used it after an hour so I made sure it was charged fully. Figured it would be a pretty good opportunity to see how long the battery would actually still run (it's about 5 years old). Got about 6 seconds out of it before it died.

    Since I had already positioned myself in the Don Valley and was planning on riding the trails home anyway, I decided "screw it" and hit some dirt with my underwhelming Knog frogs lighting the way. The combination of a new-to-me bike, mostly-darkness, and unpredictably slick trails made for an interesting experience. The Slant 6 tires were not doing the bike any favours. But I managed to hack through Taylor Creek and the ridge out to the top of Bayview where I decided an exit was prudent.

    Hoping that it's still not over until after this weekend so I can switch out the tires and really give the bike the thrashing it deserves. And contemplating exactly how much dough I want to drop on my next light. (unless anybody has L&M Arc HID spares they want to sell me cheap)

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    I decided "screw it" and hit some dirt with my underwhelming Knog frogs lighting the way.
    Ha, I rode home at 5:30 today with a Frog as my only headlight, as I did not realize I would be returning after dark. I was on lit streets though. I tend to always keep Frogs on my commuter bike just in case. Great product IMO, but certainly not suitable for trail illumination.

    The revolver looks like a pretty sweet ride too. It's not cheap if you want the fancy one though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Got the OK to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    The shiny new Crank Brothers wheels in the monster household that you may be thinking of belong to Nerdgirl iirc.
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*

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    So I was playing the martyr and working through lunch when Mrs. Monster and the boy came back from Domestique and they practically pushed me out the door and onto my bike. "It's WAY too nice to stay inside all day. GET OUT!!!"

    What a beautiful day! Wowee! And I had a fantastic ride too! The only minor interruption came when I took a matching chunk out of my other elbow after a rather awesome two-wheel drift into a leafy hairpin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*
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    Joely can confirm this. The more she bugs me about doing something the less I do. The less she bugs me about it the more I get done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    So I was playing the martyr and working through lunch when Mrs. Monster and the boy came back from Domestique and they practically pushed me out the door and onto my bike. "It's WAY too nice to stay inside all day. GET OUT!!!"
    While some will go on about balance. It's really more about the mental health aspect. It's easy at time to get all warapped up in gotta get work done, do this, do the right thing and so on. The last month has been like that for me.

    One thing I learned is take advantage of every oppurtunity... if all you can do is ride up and down the hill once go for it. Though it is easier for the first couple of years when all the baby wants is mommy.

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    So, just as a follow up, I made the effort to leave the 20 minutes early this morning required to turn my road commute into a mtb ride so that I could properly test out the above (post) mentioned bike. The weather was again beautiful and pushing double-digits even at 9am. At somewhere around the halfway point of the ride I saw a small log across the middle of a leaf-covered rock garden. "Great opportunity to really test out the suspension!" was the thought going through my head as I bombed through the section as recklessly as possible. About 50 meters down the trail I realized my front tire was going flat. I stopped, quickly de-Maxled the wheel and fully deflated the tire so that I could yank the tube out. While I was pulling off the bead, I noticed that I could still hear a hissing noise. Sure enough, it was coming from the rear wheel. My next move was calling my boss and telling him I would not be on time. After that, I contemplated the grave error I had made 40 minutes earlier when I hadn't put any more air in my tires because I didn't want to be late. Then I got to work double patching the pinched front tube while getting a crash course on the 142x12 rear axle. So I did manage to ride out to work, but had to cut some trail and it was a generally unenjoyable experience. So in the spirit of this thread: come rain, sleet or snow (knock on wood) - Norco Revolver demo, this ain't over!

    PS moral of the story always carry a patch kit as well as tube(s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post

    PS moral of the story always carry a patch kit as well as tube(s)
    We only need one practioner of the L Dyson methodolgy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawz View Post
    he wouldn't spend that much.....he's dutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    he wouldn't spend that much.....he's dutch
    I'm going to buy 2 orange soccer jerseys to wear biking. !!
    One for me & one for you : )

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    it may be over looking at the weather forcast
    unless i turn my old fire mountain into a winter bike.
    this may just work out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    And I've been nagging Mr. Monster to get them on my bike since before the boy. Got the OK to ride - maybe on Sunday? *cough*hint*cough*
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...



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    We had family in town this weekend so riding (and building) was out BUT I did get to take my nieces for a great hike in the woods along the Christie Lake trails. The gnomes had been out earlier in the day raking the second half of the Black loop. Should be open before the snow flies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...
    w00t! Hopefully I can get out before the salt hits the road...

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    The season never ends : )

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    BERR ! I SEE IT....I love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    An angel wins her wings (rainy days aren't *all* bad)...



    A little lube for you and a little lube for me...



    We had family in town this weekend so riding (and building) was out BUT I did get to take my nieces for a great hike in the woods along the Christie Lake trails. The gnomes had been out earlier in the day raking the second half of the Black loop. Should be open before the snow flies!
    NICE....750ml bottle of micro beer....good for you!

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    No good

    blizzard in Scarborough right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    blizzard in Scarborough right now.

    Only counts if it sticks for more then a day.

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    Bah, I took one look at the snow, ran upstairs to throw on my Winter finery and got out for a most excellent ride. I just love riding in a good storm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Bah, I took one look at the snow, ran upstairs to throw on my Winter finery and got out for a most excellent ride. I just love riding in a good storm!
    Okay.. now your doing better on the Jens scale.

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    Our 30cm dump from last week is almost gone and they're forecasting a bunch of rain and double digits tonight and tomorrow, so it looks like I'll get a bit more dirt riding in this season!

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    I, like Garage Monster, tuffed it out today. November Grand Total ~ 150k, which is a good month for me anytime. Thus, excellent November. As my birthday is just before Christmas, tomorrow kicks off Edcember in our house!!!!

    Notable, was the temperature today. I froze! Even with 2 legs and chest embrocated I was cold. I even had on fall gloves. Time for the winter shoes and clothes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    Notable, was the temperature today. I froze! Even with 2 legs and chest embrocated I was cold. I even had on fall gloves. Time for the winter shoes and clothes....
    Because the snow was melting as soon as it hit the ground, I opted for the neoprene paddling gloves and winter riding shoes (along with a completely waterproof outer layer). Fairly toasty even with the pit-zips wide open.
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    Trail Trash, where were you last night...
    perfect snow conditions, lots of traction!!!!
    a good amount of snow... i'll try and get a picture up here soon..
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    haven't got my winter bike ready yet.
    glad you had a good one

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    here we go, that took a while to figure out....
    hindsight, shoulda put the studded tires on... but was good...
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    looks like you'd be getting clotheslined by those low branches and i'm sure Crash&bern would be shaking all the snow onto you everytime you rode under those.

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    i'm sure Crash&bern would be shaking all the snow onto you everytime you rode under those
    How did you know????
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    I could swear I saw that green heckler at the potato festival.

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    Dec 3rd and we got in 17km at dufferin forest in mansfield.
    conditions were great about 90% snow covered.
    10 of us made it out, hopefully one of them will post some pics as i forgot the camera.
    only experienced about 200 metres of damage due to logging and saw horse damage only on the double track. we rode about 95% single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alhazred View Post
    I could swear I saw that green heckler at the potato festival.
    you did

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    It's not over yet !! True , 10 riders out on saterday !!
    But when it is over , you should have one of these in your hands
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    Dec 3rd and we got in 17km at dufferin forest in mansfield.
    conditions were great about 90% snow covered.
    10 of us made it out, hopefully one of them will post some pics as i forgot the camera.
    only experienced about 200 metres of damage due to logging and saw horse damage only on the double track. we rode about 95% single track.
    Well that's not so bad as I thought,when I saw the logging I walked ahead and actually got lost trying to find my bike.It seemed a lot worse at the time...

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    The 30cm of snow we got last thursday all melted so I was able to squeeze another ride in yesterday.

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    The view:




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    Rain. Feh.

    I needed some fresh air. Trails were ridden, blood was spilled and humble pie was eaten in large portions.

    Note the waterfall in the background.



    Mud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Rain. Feh.

    I needed some fresh air. Trails were ridden, blood was spilled and humble pie was eaten in large portions.

    Note the waterfall in the background.



    Mud!

    Nothing like slippery trails to take one down a peg or two.

    From my last ride: frozen mud!


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    We had snow last night. LOTS - mixed with rain. In Hamilton, that can only mean one thing: waterfall peeping!

    My original plan was somewhat scuttled when I ran into some railway bulls. So, Plan B it was. After a harrowing descent, the target was achieved.



    Even all the ephemeral falls were running full bore. This one is barely more than a trickle 90% of the year.



    Alright, enough peeping. Time to get on with the show (you might note in the distance that some of the trail is actually underwater - yay, SPD winter boots kept my toes nice and dry).



    Here's one of the *less* techy sections (looks WAY more impressive from the saddle, ). I'd be lying if I said I cleaned everything but I didn't hurt myself this time either!



    Despite the blah weather, I'm having a great time this week, just poking around gettin' dirty!
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    Those falls near dundas ? Webster & tews falls ?
    Didn't know there were bike trails there !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    Those falls near dundas ? Webster & tews falls ?
    Didn't know there were bike trails there !
    Technically, they're not bike trails (especially not when they're wet, ) but with some skill and nerve, they can be ridden. On almost any other day, it would be thick with hikers in Tilley hats.

    These would be considered the "lower" trails. We rode the "upper" trails on a ride I led in October called the Dundas Monstercross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    The 30cm of snow we got last thursday all melted so I was able to squeeze another ride in yesterday.

    the trail:

    The view:

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    Sweet ! That's the kind of riding ( i mean hiking )we love to do !!
    Going have to check them out @ then a beer(s) @ the thirsty cactus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    Sweet ! That's the kind of riding ( i mean hiking )we love to do !!
    Going have to check them out @ then a beer(s) @ the thirsty cactus
    Oh there's still plenty of hiking to be done on this particular trail. Right now, with all the wet clay, I did my fair share of shouldering the bike and scrambling!
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    Started snowing on me on my way out but no pics today - I was on the hunt for top-secret stuff.

    Looks like some locals were busy pitching rocks this summer to rescue some long-forgotten trails (there are lots of century-old logging and quarrying trails crisscrossing a lot of the "natural" areas in town). Nice!
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    Sigh, another day, another waterfall.



    We only had a dusting of snow last night and you can already see how much calmer the falls have become since the heavy rain days.

    Things are firming up again out there so it'll probably be safe to go for a "proper" ride by the weekend though. Taking this week "off" to just go get muddy and bush-whack has been a blast. It's given me the time to poke around spots I usually skip because I have a hard time fitting them into a longer loop.

    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
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    There's still a few of us riding at Mono, coniditions last night were perfect. Not too cold, and the clear sky made everything just that much brighter with the snow. I'll try and put a few pictures up. Can't complain at all, still riding, and still enjoying the cold beer afterwards.
    Based on the weather looks like it'll be a nice weekend to head out to Mansfield for another good ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
    It certainly does. For much or the summer, I don't ride with a camera, because when I'm on my bike, I'm riding. For this reason, I have very few pictures of riding the trails in the St. Catharines area, where I've spent most of my recent summers.

    However, once racing season is done, I become less focused on riding, and lean towards just getting outside, exploring, whatever. And hence, my collection of pictures from the Ancaster / Dundas area is a little larger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Sigh, another day, another waterfall.



    We only had a dusting of snow last night and you can already see how much calmer the falls have become since the heavy rain days.

    Things are firming up again out there so it'll probably be safe to go for a "proper" ride by the weekend though. Taking this week "off" to just go get muddy and bush-whack has been a blast. It's given me the time to poke around spots I usually skip because I have a hard time fitting them into a longer loop.

    I've also never brought a camera with me riding before (as if you couldn't tell by the quality of the pics) and it really does change the pace of things.
    i thought there were no bikes allowed there? i love those trails and years ago my wife and i hiked them all the time. i wanted to ride them but was told it was off limits so i respected that. in the summer now, the place is a zoo. i don't even bother going there now. it's so busy they have hired people to work the parking lots.

    so is it legal to ride there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbert2000 View Post
    so is it legal to ride there?
    In Hamilton, this is an almost infinitely gray area. Any land owned by the RBG is in fact illegal to ride per the legislation enacted to form it as a legal entity. On land the RBG only "manages" on behalf of another land owner (like Watedown), it's probably not illegal but it's not exactly "kosher" either. On land owned and managed by the HCA, cyclists are an accepted user group but their official line is that the Bruce is a "hiking trail". On land owned by the City, I believe anything goes. Add to this that Hamilton is a crazy-quilt of ownership and management, on any given ride you may be technically "poaching" dozens of times without even knowing it.

    Is that clear?

    That being said, I avoid a lot of what I've ridden this week precisely because most of the rest of the time, there are just too darn many people there to make riding practical regardless of "legality"!
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    Some pictures from Wednesday Nights Ride.




    have to love the studded tires... so much fun...
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    nice pics there Ty.
    hopefully we'll still be able to get out during the holidays , then i'll be able to join the wednesday night ride.
    Johnny and you the only ones with studs?
    If so how did the rest of them handle the conditions.

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    thanks...
    i was the only one running studs on wednesday, worked great on the icier sections, but a lot of the trails were still somewhat bare...
    conditions were fantastic for a december ride....
    looking at the weather, saturdays ride at mansfield will be great too. anyones welcome to join, 2pm at the upper parking lot...
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    i'm on call this weekend but think i'll find a way to make it

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    Snoo!



    I personally find that this waterfall is under-photographed and it was well-worth getting there the "hard" way.



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    may have to put that area on our list to visit next year with the bikes.
    keep the pics comin

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    ...this is an almost infinitely gray area.
    Grey, with an "e". Unless you're secretly American or something.

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    Did a ride this morning with my friend on the local trails, the temperature change going from the sheltered parts to the exposed parts at the top was nuts. Down in the lower section in the sun with no wind it was almost shorts weather but when we got up top in the wind it was an instant deep freeze. Trails were great though, they finally froze & hardened up so there was plenty of traction.




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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post

    Really???

    Dirt was great, stickier than sand paper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Really???
    Well, she is a former pro...

    Dirt was great, stickier than sand paper!
    Yup, on most parts of the trail the tires stuck like glue. I almost stuffed myself into a tree when my bike railed around a turn instead of drifting wide like it normally does in the summer.

    Then parts of the trail started melting on our way back and it went from crazy grip to no grip.

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    We had a great ride saturday at mansfield, 5 people still riding. Conditions were perfect, a liitle snow covering the trail, but still plenty of traction.. Thanks to whomever started cleaning the trails after the logging, but only a slight bit left then its back to normal.. Looking at the forcast there is plenty of riding still to come..
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    After a day of building, shopping and Xmas partying yesterday, today was a designated "quiet" day.

    While Mrs. Monster was out riding, I busied myself making chicken stock.

    "

    Once she got home, it was my turn to suit up and head out into the bush. I started by following a quad trail into a Hydro line and soon found myself chasing deer through what I found out later was "Private Property". Like I said, Hamilton is complicated.



    Locals will be familiar with this landmark and though I've seen it dozens of times, I still don't know what it is/was. Maybe it was just some random house along Old Guelph Road, or maybe it was something cooler - if you know, please fill me in!



    The light was fading and I was nursing a slow rear leak but no Fall ride is complete without a visit to a waterfall. Lower Borer's Falls is icing up nicely!



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    was able to sneak a ride in yesterday at Palgrave while the rain turned into snow. a couple other riders out... great day and another great ride. a little bit of snow, but may be able to sneak another ride in on the weekend.... another great year of riding isn't over yet...
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    We rode yesterday afternoon while it was snowing. The dh trails were a little slippery. The ride started with a light dusting of snow. By the time we rode back we had to shovel off the sidewalk.


    The forest looked pretty

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    Even with the inch and a half of snow we got last night, conditions were great out today. Despite the warm temps and the 100% humidity, the ground was still frozen so there was plenty of traction to be had.

    I finally found an old local farm cemetery that I'd been trying to locate for a while.



    Google Earth hinted at this trail and again, I finally took the time to find it. I think I just laid out my new Crank the Shield training loop.



    Here's a graveyard of another kind - I believe these stunts were actively ridden before we moved here but they're pretty much just funky looking junk now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Here's a graveyard of another kind - I believe these stunts were actively ridden before we moved here but they're pretty much just funky looking junk now.

    Looks like old shore style.

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    Oh my god, that lasagna looks unreal!

    Rode to my parents yesterday on the road ~35k.....Temps were great but I need some fenders, big time! I had salt/slush spray across my face and half-way up my back, nasty!

    Heading out into the woods in about an hour with a few buds, should be a great ride.

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    I used yesterday's crappy weather to get our snow bikes in proper working order... so glad I spent all that time cleaning mine...

    Variable would sum up the conditions nicely. Left in full sun; returned in a blizzard. Avoided Monarch because it was swampy; nearly lost it on some ice on the Main Loop.

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    Jens Factor 5 FTW! It's exactly as cold up atop this ridge as it looks in this pic. BRRR!



    As far as Hamilton waterfall pics go, it doesn't get much more cliché than this but I've never been one to shy away from a good cliché. So pretty at this time of year!

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    It was decently cold out there today, but the sun helps.

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    Dec. 27. Amazing conditions for this time of year.




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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    Dec. 27. Amazing conditions for this time of year.
    It's funny, last night driving home, on the CBC news they were interviewing the last surviving Canadian "Occupy" camp in St. John's. The mayor seems perfectly content to let them stay there for "as long as they can survive a Newfoundland winter." Made me chuckle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    It's funny, last night driving home, on the CBC news they were interviewing the last surviving Canadian "Occupy" camp in St. John's. The mayor seems perfectly content to let them stay there for "as long as they can survive a Newfoundland winter." Made me chuckle.


    If they didn't blow away last night, they'll be there for the long haul. Winds were gusting in the range of 120km/h, which of course probably means a walking trip to the trails with a chainsaw for me to clear deadfall.

    The "Occupy" camp is pretty small and they don't seem to be making a mess or causing trouble, so there's no real reason to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    If they didn't blow away last night, they'll be there for the long haul. Winds were gusting in the range of 120km/h, which of course probably means a walking trip to the trails with a chainsaw for me to clear deadfall.
    We had one great big ugly tree fall across our trail during the last wind storm too. For me, that means a trip into the woods with a bow saw and a Pulaski. Ugh!
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    Still a fair amount of snow hanging out in the shadowier spots. This has been a great winter for trail hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    We had one great big ugly tree fall across our trail during the last wind storm too. For me, that means a trip into the woods with a bow saw and a Pulaski. Ugh!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post


    Tempting but it fell across the Beginner loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Tempting but it fell across the Beginner loop.
    It's called speed control.

    That one is on BHRT's. definitely extreme on the extreme end.

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    with the beautiful weather today, 4 of us were able to get out for a ride today in Palgrave. trails were in great shape for the studded tires, icy sections and some slushy snow that decided to throw my bike into the shrubbery, but all in all it was a great outing.
    and looking at the forcast, we have a lot more trail riding yet!!!
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    hopefully i'll get my drywalling ang painting done soon so i can join you guys again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    hopefully i'll get my drywalling ang painting done soon so i can join you guys again.
    For sure, you gotta get your stuff done so you can come out and play!!!
    lets hope for more rides to come!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    We had one great big ugly tree fall across our trail during the last wind storm too. For me, that means a trip into the woods with a bow saw and a Pulaski. Ugh!
    Pulaski: 1; Big Ugly Downed Tree: 0.
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    Just got back from a rip on the rockcliffe red loop, what a crazy winter we're having... A little soft in the sun, nothing to complain about!

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    It was a great Sunday to be in the forest in the Milton area.

    Here's jcr1 rockin' the trails with no suspension


    saw philshep out having a good time as well
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    Where ^^^ Specifically is that?

    Kelso, Hilton or agreement?

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    Ha! Phil your bike perfectly matches the heltmet!

    As is our recent modus operedi, Mrs. Monster gets the "early" ride and I get to ride "afternoons". Google Satellite didn't disappoint...

    This thing was amazing. Two lanes of sandstone along a babbling little creek. Who knew this was here. What does it do?



    My adventures took me across the coolest water crossing, which was handy since an earlier foray through a farmer's field left me with tons of frozen mud on my swingarm. I probably crossed this three times just for *****s and giggles.



    The light was fading fast. If this looks blurry, it's because the auto-ISO on the camera was screaming "tripod!". I dropped into my favourite section of the Bruce to cut a quick line home. By the time I got back, it was dark as pitch out (yay, MEC's new USB lights FTW! )



    Crappy winter for skiing; great winter for riding.
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    Nice seeing everyone out enjoying the trails in the agreement forest! We just need to get a few cm of the white stuff to pack down over the icy spots.

    As for the matchy matchy, I definitely need to get a new helmet! I'm not one for the color coordination, but it's actually a perfect match. Someone out there said 'hey Phil looks like you got a bike to match your helmet!'
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    We had one great big ugly tree fall across our trail during the last wind storm too. For me, that means a trip into the woods with a bow saw and a Pulaski. Ugh!
    I always carry a folding saw in my camelbak so I can take care of small stuff. Anything that can't deal with usually requires a couple of bodies and a big saw. Trail building here requires a chain saw because the woods is so dense.

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    Around here downed trees typically end up caught in other trees and don't actually make it to the ground. Often the only way to get them cleared is to cut them up with a saw. The forest here is very densely packed. Any trees that end up on the ground are left as obstacles, because we really need things to make the trails more tech.

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    Jan. 7. My first ever January ride. I made the promise to myself that I will ride year round from here on out. I usually give up before Christmas. I started riding with some folks who go all year round this spring so they inspired me to do this.

    We had a bunch of rain and warm temps late last week which melted all the snow. Then temps dropped to -10 friday and stayed cold. This actually made for awesome trail conditions as frozen duff and moss is quite grippy and quite a lot harder than when it's not frozen. It made a palpable difference to how much pedaling effort was required on those sections. There was a scattered patch of ice (more on the ATV trail we use to get into the singletrack) which was good for keeping me on my toes.




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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    It was a great Sunday to be in the forest in the Milton area.

    Here's jcr1 rockin' the trails with no suspension


    saw philshep out having a good time as well
    This looks awesome!

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    With a belly full of coffee and french toast, I saddled up and headed out into the bright, sharp cold. The clock was ticking so I marched straight up the escarpment.

    First on my to-do list was thumbing my nose at some new "NO BICYCLES - THIS AREA PATROLLED BY POLICE ON MOUNTAIN BIKES!" (WTF? ) signs. I'd mention the name of these falls but then I might incriminate myself...



    From there, I made a bee-line for the same sandstone path I found last week. Despite the silly amounts of ice, I made it to the heart of Waterdown relatively unscathed. (Along the way, I inadvertently did some more trespassing and found some cool rubble from an abandoned farm and a huge flock of wild turkeys!)



    Onward I went to another gorgeous winter scene. These two pics are from the same spot, 180 degrees apart. Wow!





    Locals will recognize this spot too but again, I'll keep it to myself since "the man" is ever vigilant...



    LOL (best "no bikes" sign, evAr!)!



    So there you have it. Nearly 4 hours of riding, almost all of it technically poached. Sigh.

    Now, with a bowl of rabbit soup in me and a cat on my lap, I'm holding down the fort (mainly just trying to keep quiet) while Mrs. Monster is out on her ride.
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    I can't help but stop and take a moment to enjoy this view each time I pass by.



    Judging by the tracks, there were a handful of mountain bike riders who made their way through Iroquois Heights this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    LOL (best "no bikes" sign, evAr!)!



    So there you have it. Nearly 4 hours of riding, almost all of it technically poached. Sigh.

    Now, with a bowl of rabbit soup in me and a cat on my lap, I'm holding down the fort (mainly just trying to keep quiet) while Mrs. Monster is out on her ride.
    Lol - you're cool unless you were time trialing it.

    P.S. Everybody should collect them all and you'll get a free shirt from the IMBA.

    I still get a real laugh out of the BTA's "environmental" policies. I think MTB'r are about the most respectful trail group i've seen, everytime i'm hiking they yield and i've yet to see a mtb'r toss garbage or let their dog chase the wildlife and that severe erosion has yet to happen in spite of mtb'r being around for ages. However, there is no changing some organization's attitudes when they're rooted in simple irrational prejudice.

    I've also yet to see the "police"(riding the BTA on bikes no less) patrolling the BTA for mountain bikers, what a waste of money that would be. They BTA should hire a helicopter instead. They'll find a way to piss away all the money they have on stupid things that have no meaning or only serve to create prejudice instead of trail maintenance or actual conservation.

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    Night ride #14 of the year done.

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    I thought those signs meant no black hardtail bikes !
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    January has been a travel month so far for me. This week, I was "stuck" in Detroit - not all bad, at least I got out to the car show... but it's been kinda sucky for riding. Enter my pent-up desire to get out on two wheels.

    So,with that in mind, once Mrs. Monster got back from her ride, I knew light was limited so I shot right out.

    First on my list, this:





    Again, if anyone knows what this thing is, please fill me in. It's a massive concrete THING just sitting there out in the middle of the bush. Why does it have those ramps? What does the tank do?

    The weather was EXCELLENT and I did my best to do it justice.



    I poked around a bunch and found all kinds of cool stuff.



    Wow, 1911!



    Neat!

    Still haven't used our shiny new snowshoes but the riding's been great!
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    I managed 5 hours of great MTB this weekend.

    Actually make that 4.5. Between fighting off a cold, a Saturday devoid of quality calories and a solid winter pace, I managed to bonk on the Short Hills ride this morning and had to limp back to my truck without the rest of the group.

    I've put in 15 hours of outdoor riding (all MTB) in the past 3-4 weeks. That's pretty good for me, especially consider 2 weekends were 100% squash with no thought of riding.

    Looks like this week might melt all the snow, lets just hope it gets cold again for next weekend!

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    your picks are great
    we got to use our new snow shoes for the second time this year up in the dufferin forest yesterday
    not really enough snow for it up there either but we did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    we got to use our new snow shoes for the second time this year up in the dufferin forest yesterday
    not really enough snow for it up there either but we did it.
    lol

    When I was at Christie Lake CA on Saturday, I noticed some ski tracks, even though there was little more than 3 cm of snow on the ground.
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    I rode waterdown on sat and sun. conditions were great with studs. no so great today. wish it would stay frozen for a while!!
    Can't wait to check out Christie lake

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    The forecast today called for "light flurries". Given that the week had included a ton of rain, things were going to be slippery. Snow would only add to the unpredictability. Best to keep things local.

    Tough to see in this shot but this big hunk of stuff is the neatest pile of sediment I've ever seen. There are probably thousands of years of strata right there.



    Did I mention the ice? Things were going great to this point. I was feeling pretty smug and then just after I took this pic, I fell over and slid down the trail, just praying I'd slow down before I fell into a ravine.



    Hey! Deer!



    I took this picture to try and capture just how much snow was falling. It didn't work. By the time I got home, there was an inch of snow accumulated on my helmet!



    Three hours, two complete yard-sales, dozens of smiles: another great Sunday out on the bike.
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    I was out riding the roads yesterday, trying to break in my new BB7's i installed friday night. Rather slick in some areas but it was an enjoyable ride. I need to get out to Halton agreement forest to check out the trails there, I work right around the corner from there and haven't been yet.

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    Was hummin-and-hahing all morning as to what the conditions would be at the Agreement Forest... then finally went. Glad we did! Best winter conditions I've seen in a while. All the icy patches were covered in 1/2" of packed down snow. Stellar day today.
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    Sorry..what is this snow you speak of?

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    garage monster, nice pictures!!!
    we managed a 16km ride in dufferin forest on sunday. stuck to the snowmobile trails, but the snowshoers have packed down a loop that seems ridable.
    it was a perfect day yesterday for a spin, the sun was nice, and the snow was perfect.
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    First tracks!



    Apparently, we're getting another 5cm starting any time now...
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    For the Agreement Forest, I understand you can park at Mohawk, where do you go to find the trailhead from there? I have a map of the trails, but it does not show where to begin from the parking lot at Mokawk. Are studded tires a must?

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    For the Agreement Forest, I understand you can park at Mohawk, where do you go to find the trailhead from there? I have a map of the trails, but it does not show where to begin from the parking lot at Mokawk. Are studded tires a must?
    There is parking at the trailhead, however there are reports of break-ins, so everybody parks at the race track. Park in the North-East corner, then ride across Guelph line and North on the shoulder 100m or so, you’ll see the road leading East into the forest.

    Conditions can be tricky, but studs are prohibited in the Mohawk Agreement Forest and Hilton Falls (which adjoins it). If you cross into Hilton Falls, you are required to have purchased a season’s pass. You can also stop at Hilton Falls on your way to Mohawk to buy a day pass.

    This video shows the ride into the forest:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    the snowshoers have packed down a loop that seems ridable.
    glad we could contribute to your fun

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    Thanks for the video Raganworld. I guess I just have to follow the tracks. Looked like you had a great time there. I was thinking of heading out this weekend, but with the conditions the way they are, it will probably be a huge mess in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Thanks for the video Raganworld. I guess I just have to follow the tracks. Looked like you had a great time there. I was thinking of heading out this weekend, but with the conditions the way they are, it will probably be a huge mess in there.
    Quite a few of the trails are rideable no matter what, they are so rocky that they drain extremely well. These are the same trails to ride when everything freezes back up, they won’t be as icy as the double track.

    Best to go with a group who know the trails well...

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    So what trails do you think will be mostly ice free for this weekend?
    Normally I'd try Puslinch but was wondering about trying Turkey Point out. Never been there.
    Haven't been out since shortly after New Years - wasn't impressed with the ice then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    So what trails do you think will be mostly ice free for this weekend?
    Normally I'd try Puslinch but was wondering about trying Turkey Point out. Never been there.
    Haven't been out since shortly after New Years - wasn't impressed with the ice then.
    No idea. I do know that there are two rides on Sunday morning at Mohawk. The Puslinch F.A.G.s leave the parking lot at 9:30 for an intermediate ride, approximately 2 hours at a moderate pace. The hardcore group leaves at the same time for an intermediate-advance ride, 3-4 hours. Two Sundays ago that ride included the Notorious Bent Rim *and* Baby Head rides back-to-back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    So what trails do you think will be mostly ice free for this weekend?
    Normally I'd try Puslinch but was wondering about trying Turkey Point out. Never been there.
    Haven't been out since shortly after New Years - wasn't impressed with the ice then.
    I think pretty much all the trails will be ice free by the weekend but judging from what I've seen over the last couple of days of riding, it'll be more a matter of what's not too soft to ride.

    If we get a good freeze things would be OK but I don't really see that in the forecast. I hear Turkey Point is quite sandy so it might be decently dry. I think anything clay will be gross.
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    So Palgrave was snow/ice last weekend....it rode perfect because the snow came down on wet ice and it got custy....traction was perfect.


    HOWEVER....our latest warm spell anf freeze up was different....I would guess ICE and no crusty snow.

    So where to ride, thats my question......thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by twenty6black View Post
    So where to ride, thats my question......thx
    My answer remains Mohawk Agreement Forest. It’s really rocky, which is good in the Winter because the snow compacts between the rocks and you ride over the tops of the rocks. As posted above. next ride is Sunday at 9:30, two groups going, one intermediate and one advanced/intermediate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I think pretty much all the trails will be ice free by the weekend but judging from what I've seen over the last couple of days of riding, it'll be more a matter of what's not too soft to ride.

    If we get a good freeze things would be OK but I don't really see that in the forecast. I hear Turkey Point is quite sandy so it might be decently dry. I think anything clay will be gross.
    The original forecast for the weekend was -6 overnight and -1 for Sat. so wouldn't have been too bad. With the weather we actually got, I ended up on the rail trail.
    Wow, what a workout. It wasn't that soft, just left treadmarks, but if I stopped pedaling the bike would roll to a stop in a few feet. Glad I was on a 29er. No problem keeping the heart rate up.

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    Rode Ravenshoe this morning and it was stellar. Bright sunshine, no wind and all the trails iced up so much you could have skated the entire place with ease, and I'm not joking.

    Everyone there had studded tires, a few with studded boots too.

    So much fun

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    rode mansfield forest again on sunday... same think, icy, with some snow in sections. stayed on the snowmobile trails.
    out in the forest for a few hours so couldnt complain at all. perfect day to be outside on the bike thats for sure!
    two of us had studded tires, which was the tire of choice... the other two had a lot more different fun, trying to stay upright..
    all in all a perfect day again. let's hope we can keep riding all winter in the forest!
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    First real ride since the new baby arrived yesterday. It was a beautiful day so I got off the trails and onto the ponds. Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pros FTW!


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    we were able to get out for a fun ride on Sunday in mansfield forest. singletrack was too soft to ride on, but the snowmobile trail made for some fun. the weather and company was fantastic!

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    last couple of times going snow shoeing we said we would have been better off with the bikes due to lack of snow.
    this time we bring the bikes and we should have brought the snow shoes.
    still agood time.

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    I was hoping we might get some snow shoe weather yet but it looks like less than 8cm. Sheesh! We haven't even taken the name tags off our Xmas presents yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I was hoping we might get some snow shoe weather yet but it looks like less than 8cm. Sheesh! We haven't even taken the name tags off our Xmas presents yet!
    Oh geez, it's not even snow - just sleet! Ugh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Oh geez, it's not even snow - just sleet! Ugh!
    thats too bad, it is snow up towards alliston and beeton.. I think a snowshoe is in order this weekend instead of the bike....
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    snowing pretty good here in mono mills

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    snowing pretty good here in mono mills
    Shouldnt you be working???
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Oh geez, it's not even snow - just sleet! Ugh!
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    This weekend is the first since summer I didn't ride ( outside )
    Went to " joyride 150" an indoor bike park for the first time. Not what I expected !! What a blast : )
    I looked a little out of place with a full suspension xc bike on the pump track but it was fun !! They had tons of skinnys and stunts for all levels. I recommend giving it a try.
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    Hlaton Agreement Forest / Mohawk was superb yesterday, just a few icy spots in some areas. I thought it would be crowded, there were about 40 cars in the Mohawk parking lot!, but it wasn't busy at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    This weekend is the first since summer I didn't ride ( outside )
    Went to " joyride 150" an indoor bike park for the first time. Not what I expected !! What a blast : )
    I looked a little out of place with a full suspension xc bike on the pump track but it was fun !! They had tons of skinnys and stunts for all levels. I recommend giving it a try.
    At least your mom didn't drop you off and watch you waddle to the door in your tight jeans... Like everybody else there!

    At least.. i'm hoping not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    At least your mom didn't drop you off and watch you waddle to the door in your tight jeans...
    What's wrong with tight jeans?


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    Haha , no tight pants or bike pants for me.
    Actually there were some moms riding, wearing tight jeans........wow : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    What's wrong with tight jeans?

    For starters you're no MILF. What is that on your sweater?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crash&bern View Post
    Haha , no tight pants or bike pants for me.
    Actually there were some moms riding, wearing tight jeans........wow : )
    Hahaha. Try not to get distracted and crash and burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    For starters you're no MILF. What is that on your sweater?



    Hahaha. Try not to get distracted and crash and burn.
    That's how I got my name !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    With a belly full of coffee and french toast, I saddled up and headed out into the bright, sharp cold. The clock was ticking so I marched straight up the escarpment.

    First on my to-do list was thumbing my nose at some new "NO BICYCLES - THIS AREA PATROLLED BY POLICE ON MOUNTAIN BIKES!" (WTF? ) signs. I'd mention the name of these falls but then I might incriminate myself...



    From there, I made a bee-line for the same sandstone path I found last week. Despite the silly amounts of ice, I made it to the heart of Waterdown relatively unscathed. (Along the way, I inadvertently did some more trespassing and found some cool rubble from an abandoned farm and a huge flock of wild turkeys!)



    Onward I went to another gorgeous winter scene. These two pics are from the same spot, 180 degrees apart. Wow!





    Locals will recognize this spot too but again, I'll keep it to myself since "the man" is ever vigilant...



    LOL (best "no bikes" sign, evAr!)!



    So there you have it. Nearly 4 hours of riding, almost all of it technically poached. Sigh.

    Now, with a bowl of rabbit soup in me and a cat on my lap, I'm holding down the fort (mainly just trying to keep quiet) while Mrs. Monster is out on her ride.
    Police on mountain bikes ??
    To keep mountain bikes off the trail ?
    Sounds counter productive. !!
    At least they're not Mounties .
    Their horses would really wreck the trail.
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    So with the warm weather coming in early, where is a responsible place to ride while the trails dry out? Are there any rocky areas locally that can handle the abuse?

    Or

    Do i mount street tires and roll the dice on the asphalt?

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    rail trails are always an option

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    Still winter out here! -7 today.



    Loving the studded tires.

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    sorry to be off topic, but what size are those ice spikers? I have ice spiker pros also, and thought they only came in 2.1" I would love a beefier set when these wear out.

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    Yes it is over !!!!!!!!
    Winter that is : )
    Though that didn't stop many riders from riding right through the winter.
    Here's to a good season everyone !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stew325 View Post
    sorry to be off topic, but what size are those ice spikers? I have ice spiker pros also, and thought they only came in 2.1" I would love a beefier set when these wear out.
    No worries, I'm sure no one minds a quick offshoot into gear talk.

    Mine are 2.35" and definitely on the large or at least accurate side of that. They're considerably larger than the 2.35" Minions I ran last Fall. Excellent winter tire, I couldn't be happier with them. I bought them from CRC because I couldn't find any in North America in January.

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