Out this morning on the boot pack and it is softening up. Today will be crucial with the temperatures dropping, whatever is rutted today is likely to remain rutted until this time next week (if one is to believe the forecast). If you can shuffle your day to ride after the temperature drop the reward should be real. Expecting fast and smooth…[Read more]
Fresh snow on glazed ice now. Studded tires (and footwear) are highly recommended.
It was slick to say the very least yesterday before the snow started and this is not likely to make it a lot better without a bit of packing. Expect conditions to be extremely slippery, not dissimilar to the wet leaves on slick clay effect we get in the spring and fall.
I recently did the Old Ghost Road in New Zealand. It was a hell of a ride to choose as my first ever bikepacking experience. Certainly will be hard to follow in Ontario, but it did totally sell me on the overall bikepacking idea.
I was staying in huts so didn’t need a tent. The middle part of that trail is pretty rocky and technical, so…[Read more]
A lot of my camping gear is due for replacement, so I’m using the downtime this winter to piece it all together with an eye to the light and compact for bikepacking.
What have you guys been using so far?
Can’t really say it’s got to do with the holidays, but got a “road” bike and back to the trainer for some structure over the winter. I’ve got my time split with about 75% of my time on the bike still occurring outdoors. I’m hoping to do some bigger longer rides out in the snow, but life tends to get in the way so getting the 2-3 hour rides in has…[Read more]
BT700 looks cool. Although I think calling it “great divide style” is probably a bit of a stretch! Hoping to do at least 2 or 3 good bikepacking rides this season, this will be on the list for sure.
I’ve been using a pair of these. They weren’t cheap, but three years later they’re still killing it..
One on the helmet, one on the bar. The remote is really handy for managing the battery. Flipping it to low while climbing or medium while just spinning along really helps. The high…[Read more]
FYI – this flyer showed up in my mailbox yesterday and a matching sign has been posted on the hill down from Horner.
It says the trail will remain open on evenings and weekends – I hope so because this is…[Read more]
Ha, Outside Van, drool…. we saw quite a variety of ‘rigs’ out West this Summer that had made the trek across the country. Those are by far the cat’s meow!
We opted for the Outback due to the 3.6 vs. the older 2.5 or 2.0XT in the Forester (the new 2.5 wasn’t out yet). Fully loaded with people and gear we felt that the extra ponies would come…[Read more]
Hey @sangerasongsong – training! Ha, probably not the best person to ask about training. My training ‘regime’ is not exactly what I would call very regimented. I don’t have Strava or any other ride/ fitness apps. Quantitative training data isn’t exactly something that turns my crank so to speak. The other reality is that I choose not to ma…[Read more]
If you want to race – race. I for one don’t have much interest in racing. The whole premise of an experience for me is actually, well, experiencing. I think you are on the right (single)track by doing the experience in a self-guided manner with some good buddies.
My last two trips out West have loosely followed the BCBR in that we arrived a d…[Read more]
Got out on the Fat Bike last night and again this morning.
Cleared of a few felled trees (thanks hydro!) and running frozen, but well rutted from our CX friends doing what they do, not much concern on the big tires, but regular mountain and CX bikes may get hung up a bit.
Same as the Flats. Frozen and fun.
Still free of the ice sheet that it…[Read more]
@fasttimes – Make sure you follow the directions about bedding those studs in. I’ve got two friends that didn’t and had studs flying out of them in a real hurry.
@soban that looks super fun, but I think that pace may have something to do with all your effort over the last year!
My rig is really just an evolution this season. Elliptical chain…[Read more]
Out on the Fat Bikes last evening and the trails were thoroughly frozen up by 7:00 last night. If the forecast holds tonight and Thursday are going to be pretty much perfectly frozen dirt as well.
Prime. Everything has wholeheartedly died back, sight lines are as good as they get and even the frozen ruts aren’t too bad. Worth noting the Bell…[Read more]
I’m reading between the lines here and assuming you mean you’re contemplating the new M685’s…
I’m a big fan of the 3.8’s this time of year for all the reason I mentioned above about hard packed… There’s not much in the way of snow, so it’s more or less magic carpet season on the Farley EX until we get our first real good snow storm.
I did…[Read more]
You bet. I’ve got some time scheduled to go through a season debrief later this week and I’ll be sure to express the continued and growing desire to see more TTF’s. I’m certain the ladder skinnies of old are thoroughly out of the question between their maintenance requirements and the nightmare that bruce county went through with theirs, but…[Read more]
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