Rode tonight 7pm starting at Pottery Rd. The Ridge, Bunny Run, Boo, Swamp, Woods Gundy, Secret Hidden Trail were all very rideable. Surface was sandpaper like with scattered ice, but I never slipped or spun a wheel the whole ride.
Did a ride starting from pottery road and looping up towards the science center and back. Everything was frozen solid, with some light snow and sparse ice in sections. No problem with traction. Hopefully things won’t get too messy tomorrow, or later this week.
Conditions are possibly the iciest yet. On foot (or boot skates) this morning: BOT & PA were brutal so retreated to lower trails. Boo also a ribbon of smooth ice, most of Climbmax too. Bottom line – if it’s mainly in the shade, it’s scary icy. On the bright side, the Science Centre pond is perfect for skating. Heading there tomorrow after work!
Can confirm the brutal ice conditions. Ride catalyst north to fourplay. Ypu will need spikes on your shoes to climb the hills. It’s rideable with spikes but with the snow falling it might be even more slippy.
Beautiful in the valley but loose snow on ice this morning is definitely worse than yesterday. Plenty of evidence of walkers wiping out, myself included. Maybe skinny studded tires could cut through the snow down to ice? Maybe not. If you go out expect multiple seat-high body slams and dress appropriately.
On certain occasions the don has been known to serve up some straight up awful conditions for bicycle riding. Just thought I’d let any and all winter bikers who are desperate to get fat tires rolling to check out the Lesliespit / Tommy Thompson park. It’s flat as a pan cake and gets much less traffic than the don when things are snowy, so get your fatbike over there (or snowshoes) when things in the don are an icy mess. Tonnes of weird areas to explore and some great vantage points of the city. Was a god-send Saturday it sounds like. Fresh tracks all over and now icy hills to die on.
Pretty cool conditions tonight – deep packing snow all over the don. Was fun on all of the lower lines and crothers, though some climbs proved too much for half fatties. Should stay cold enough tomorrow to make for a really fast ride Monday night.
Turn that frown upside down – conditions have gone from worst to best! On snowshoes this morning around the Science Centre. Excellent bootpack on Boo and looks to be the same heading south on the Flats, and north on the Swamp. Tire size shouldn’t be an issue – get out there! No traffic coming off of PA or BOT suggests fresh tracks await the daring.
Mixed bag this morning. Trails are well-packed but highly variable: grippy crust, soft snow, super-smooth ice, and icy ruts, all depending on exposure. Parts of the paved path are deadly. Studs for sure if you go.