Thanks for the update @canadmos Was curious how Duffy was holding up.
We rode The AF yesterday and it was all-time. Perfect pack with just the right amount of exposed rock. We managed a 22km loop before the snow started to fly. Our tracks in were covered coming out. Should have been possible to do a 25-35km loop but we just ran out of…[Read more]
@micah356 was kind enough to share his amazing adventure bikepacking New Zealand’s famed Old Ghost Road. You can read all about it here:
Definitely another bucket list ride added to my list.
It’s so rad you did that trip! Love to hear more about it on a ride or over a pint.
You seem to have a pretty dialled setup. With my smaller frames, I haven’t tried mounting a 1.5L Nalgene bottle. Under the downtube is great place to carry one if you can get away with it. It fits easily on a fork but I like to keep the steering light and…[Read more]
Chainline is a good start for sure. Are you using the SRAM chainring? If not, does your ring have the correct offset? What cranks?
The chain length looks ok, could perhaps lose a link yet. Unless this is a dually, where you need to account for dynamic ride position vs static. B-tension is clutch on the 12 speed stuff and every turn to…[Read more]
I was recently asked by someone else about bags as well.
I went lightweight for my first set of gear, mostly for the CX/gravel rig, and went with the Apidura stuff. It’s well made, reliable, water resistant and thoughtfully designed. They have full-on waterproof stuff now but, at the time, it was only water-resistant. Fitment isn’t optimal as…[Read more]
Welcome back @micah356 !
I’ve been super happy with my Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2. Light, roomy, packs small and is quick and easy to set up. The poles can be a challenge to pack depending on your frame size and bags. It would be nice if they compressed more, shorter sections. It’s a very well vented tent yet has a good fly to keep you dry.…[Read more]
Congrats on the new bike! Full on road machine or can it take some bigger adventure-sized rubber? Be cool to take you on some of my loops. Most are still pretty mint right now. Distance can be whatever ya like. My riding buddy and I are looking at an overnighter in the next few weeks.
I’ve always had a pretty good idea of what to do for…[Read more]
Anyone jump on or off the training bus over the holidays?
I had to reschedule a few days as we had family in town but other than that, I am still on track. Conditions have been so good that I’ve opted to ride outdoors more than I should but I also don’t want to lose sight of why I do this. There is no doubt a slight loss in quality but I am…[Read more]
Glad you are getting out @carpetbomber
Yeah, someone is getting out when it’s soft ’cause it’s a cross-rutted mess in the south. Most is still good but judging by the rut left behind, is was way soft when buddy decided to ride. North is mostly untouched and rolling great. I was in and out before the sun hit the permafrost. It was really…[Read more]
Decided to go find some winter wonderland riding this week. This frozen dirt has been amazing but I was missing the beauty of a snow covered forest. Per @canadmos suggestion, I hit the SCMBC trails. It’s been a few years since I’d ridden there. They had a recent dump and I got my wish – snow covered trails. I was the coldest day of the year…[Read more]
Temps were above zero today in the 6ix so @dirtseeker and I rolled the dice on getting some frozen dirt at Puslinch. It was frozen alright – like a rink. It was frozen dirt with a layer of icing on top. Studs would have been great but likely been all torn out. Rode the Tallboy with plus size rubber and only went down once. Should be better…[Read more]
Other than a few rutted areas left by those who rode the trails soft, the creek is in good shape. Foot and dog traffic has pitted some high use areas but that’s unavoidable I think. We can put up signs so….
Went out when it was -7 and the trails were nicely frozen with no ice. We rode both the south and the north loops, It helped that it…[Read more]
Agreed, it’s been mint. I’ve dialled in a 35km loop that is killer. I’ve been running both the fat and mid-fat depending on ground firmness. Both have been terrific. It was nice to ride on actual snow this week. Cool to have dirt in the city and snow a bit further north. Kinda perfect.
Some freezing rain in the forecast but looks…[Read more]
Got the 45NRTH Wrathchild tires mounted and they have already become my favourite new tire. Rolled the dice on the mid-fat setup yesterday but was blow away by the performance. Felt like better overall traction than the 4″ studded Dillinger tires. Certainly felt way more fun to be on a nimble trail bike. Was at 12/13PSI and could have gone…[Read more]
Thanks for the update @canadmos Looks great!
I got out to Duffy yesterday for a quick loop. Temps were too warm for anything in the city and I wanted to be in the forest. You never really know what it will be like there and its always a gamble. You have to be prepared to get skunked and find an alternative in the area. Luckily conditions…[Read more]
I don’t think so and I am not certain what the star power will be. Haven’t really seen anything specific about prize purse or details of individual events.
There are still lots of questions to be answered, such as inclement weather for dirt events. The name has history and prestige so lets hope they can build something as impressive here.…[Read more]
“The Sea Otter Classic, the world’s premier cycling festival has been a favorite cycling festival in North America for almost 30 years, and in 2019, it grows even more, expanding with Sea Otter Canada set to take place in Blue Mountain, Ontario, just 90 minutes north of Toronto. The multi-day festival, expo and race will run from July 4 to 7, 2…[Read more]
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