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    Best places to winter ride in the area?

    Bought a set of 2.1 inch studded mountain bike tires this summer with the intention of getting into winter mountain biking. Currently live in Menomonie WI(an hour east of the twin cities) and looking for places to ride. Looking for places in the Menomonie, Eau Claire and twin cities area. Any advice on the gear that you typically wear in this climate is very helpful as well.
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    Fat Bike with 3.8" or wider tires.

    You won't have any trails available in WI to a ride a bike with 2.1" tires during the winter.

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    I believe the same rule applies for all the MORC trails in the twin cities.

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    In Southern WI near Madison, on most systems, as long as the trails are solid, you can ride on any tire you want. (I do have a fat bike BTW, and races are a different issue.) I am just going to say it: It is mostly about the conditions. Most trails, snow covered or not, have the surface damaged by fat biking yahoos who think that they can ride whenever they want...since they have a fat bike. No 2.1 studded tire ridden properly is going to damage a packed trail at 0 degrees F. Last winter two trail systems close together were some what ruined for the season by one guy on 5 inch tires who did a spin at 40 F. That was also the case, but not as badly, at another sytem a bit further east. Before that, the skinnies and fatties were getting along just fine. It is less what you ride and more when you ride. Muddy, then stay off; slushy, then stay off. Otherwise, go for it.
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    Best places to winter ride in the area?

    MORC trails allow standard mountain bike tires when the trails are groomed and firm. Like was stated above, it's more about trail conditions due to temps. With standard tires make sure it's groomed, firm, and you aren't digging the groomed trail up. If you are digging in, it is too soft to ride. Never ride above freezing temps.


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    Frozen lakes without too much snow cover are also an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB_rider View Post
    Bought a set of 2.1 inch studded mountain bike tires this summer with the intention of getting into winter mountain biking. Currently live in Menomonie WI(an hour east of the twin cities) and looking for places to ride. Looking for places in the Menomonie, Eau Claire and twin cities area. Any advice on the gear that you typically wear in this climate is very helpful as well.
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    Both Lowes Creek and Northwest Park in EC are groomed for fat biking, as is Hickory Ridge, north of Bloomer.

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