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    Hayward Cluster -- Recommendations

    What's the word on the best ride in the Chequamegon Hayward cluster? I'm going up on the weekend of 10/3. Of course, if anyone says "Don't ride there, ride here," I'm up for that, too. Home base is east of Stone Lake. Thanks...

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    If Steve O' Punc saw your post he'd vote for the Rock Lake/Namakogan cluster. And I agree. This is a fine set of trails. They have that quality I call flow. There is plenty of twisty an d turning single track to make you grin from ear to ear. The riding is technical enough to be interesting, but not so difficult that you ahve to be one of those "free ride video" guys to ride it. The newly installed Wall Street section is really cool. With the Rock Lake/Namakogan cluster you can easily put together a five hour epic ride.

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    I must concur with Flyin' Bryan that the CAMBA system is phenomenal to spend riding for a few days if possible. The star is Rock Lake and combined with Namakogon trail can make one long epic ride easily by joining the trails at the south end in Patsy Lake area and then after riding Namakagon up to the parking lot ride west to the last maintenance building and up in the corner you will find the needed signage to get back on the Singletrack and ride back down to the Glacier trail area and reconnect to the Rock Lake trail and heading back north towards the starting point fill in all the crossover/connector trails and you will be satisfied when finished. 30+ miles. Right Flyin'? Then make sure you ride the Ojibwe over at Mt. Telemark Resort. 13 miles a really nice ride with some good climbing. And don't forget down in Hayward 2 miles east on 77 to Hatchery Rd. you will find the trailhead for the Hatchery Cr. trail and connects to Mosquito Brook trail and this trail connects to Makwa trail to really increase the mileage. Hatchery is a loop, while the other two are out and backs. They are constantly working on Makwa to extend it to County Rd OO. Last time there I got about a 26 mile ride in going to the last reach. I might actually be up there the same weekend riding and trying to catch a muskie on the flyrod. Simply respond if you are interested in possibly hooking up. Right now the weather looks like it might be rough but don't let that deter you those trails are always in top notch condition. Remember have FUN!
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    Thanks to Flyin' Bryan and Steve O'Punc for your responses. The Hatchery Creek trail, especially with its connection to the Moquito Brook trail sounds like the plan for one day. Freezing temps tonight should take care of bug-u-loids (and hopefully not the water pipes at the cabin). Is the New Moon bike shop the best place to get maps? The CAMBA web site doesn't have a PDF of the Hatchery Creek trail.

    Steve -- you meant 2 miles east on 77, not 70, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theGliberal
    Thanks to Flyin' Bryan and Steve O'Punc for your responses. The Hatchery Creek trail, especially with its connection to the Moquito Brook trail sounds like the plan for one day. Freezing temps tonight should take care of bug-u-loids (and hopefully not the water pipes at the cabin). Is the New Moon bike shop the best place to get maps? The CAMBA web site doesn't have a PDF of the Hatchery Creek trail.

    Steve -- you meant 2 miles east on 77, not 70, right?

    New Moon has maps or you can order them on the CAMBA website. If you're sticking to the Hayward cluster, do NOT miss the Makwa trail. It's fairly new, and fantastic. Not as technical as Rock Lake, but a whole lotta fun.

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    That Makwa trail is pretty brand spanking new, isn't it? There's a posting on the CAMBA blog (in Uncategorized) of 9/11/2009 stating it's done. Thanks for the tip.
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    Have never made it up there. :-( But I've been told Makwa and Fish Hatchery are where it's at.

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    YA, good catch it is 77 and NOT 70! As far as this being THE ride? While it is a worthy cruise it is not very technical and mellow in the climbing. The ride is Rock Lake and Namakogon combined epic. We are being pummeled with rain and cool temps right now and temps might not break 50 over the weekend, so be prepared with tights, sleeves, and rain gear. Might run into you up there. I'm riding a white Titus Racer-X.

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    My oh my was that a blast.

    I did two loops of the Hatchery Creek to Moquito Brook on Satuday. Then on Sunday I did the Makwa Trail from Mosquito Brook as far north as I could (under a time constraint, dammit) until I turned around.

    The Fisher Rig did well. A lot of time looking two feet in front of you and not enjoying the scenery.

    Only saw one other rider, and that was on Sunday.
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    The Rig would be perfect for that ride. Got my eyes on one myself and if I decide to get a new bike that will probably be it. Getting tired of putting a 600.00 dollar drivetrain on my FS geared bike every fall.

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    The only issue I have, and I do mean only, with the Rig is rear brake (Avid BB7). Until you get to full on, it squeals. I clean the rotors and the LBS adjusted it, but eventually it squeals. Maybe that's OK to keep the bears away, but I like quiet.
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    Manic Hispanics

    Couple of my buddies out in NM had the same problem and eventually kept the rotor, but upgraded the brake calipers. I've been riding with a little bird singing up front for a few years. I think you get use to it, but not sure how others enjoy it?

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    Yeah, the BB7's I have on my bike squeal a bit too. There is probably a fix for that such as going after the rotors with acetone or something. They do squeal more when conditions are damp. They are kind of a low-tech design as the calipers don't squeeze together at the same pace as a hydrolic brake would.

    Then again a guy I know ended up spreying caustic brake fluid in his face after he incorrectly tried to bleed some hydrolic brakes. We almost had to start calling him Helen Keller after the incident.

    However I think they are good brakes. You do not have to monkey around bleeding them. I guess it depends on whether you want to ride or spend your time in a Midas Muffler Shop.

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    Avid is sending the LBS some organic brake pads for the back and we'll see what that does. In general, I like the brakes.
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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/4024367994/" title="camba-nag (aka) ridapalooza 2009 by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2670/4024367994_1671822c79_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="camba-nag (aka) ridapalooza 2009" /></a>

    Last weekend was gorgeous up in Chequamegon.....the new singletrack is awesome up there! I can't wait to get back!

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    Last weekend was gorgeous up in Chequamegon.....the new singletrack is awesome up there! I can't wait to get back!
    Nice pic. If it wasn't for the orange ribbons hanging in the trees along the Makwa Trail, a person could get lost with all the leaves on the ground.
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    The Jimmies

    Hey can one change their mind about the CAMBA trails? Just spent a three day weekend riding them and I 'm thinking with the new extension of Makwa that Hatchery/Makwa has become a great epic ride. However, I am a little biased towards loop rides instead of out and back riding. Sure would like to think Makwa could be looped back to connect to the Sugarbush trail and create kind of a figure eight ride with capability of major miles ride. Saw over 30 riders at Hatchery/Makwa. One at Rock Lake. Man riding down a leaf covered Wall Street was a little unnerving, but after repeatedly riding it a few time the anxiety wears off. They did a really good job at building section 29. Lots of rock gardens and rock/boulder ride overs. Great job CAMBA, and did you know they will be adding more technical singletrack next year? Can't wait! Saw no one and little sign of anyone at Ojibwe/Esker. Snapped another derailleur hanger and had no spare, so I couldn't go back to do the Makwa one more time before winter hits. Should probably start getting the skis ready!

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