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  • #814894

    FastTimes
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    Sweet photos! Did you need spikes in Durham?

    Thanks! You ‘could’ get by for sure but I was pushing it. Ate it in the very next corner actually. More snow has fallen and covered the ice, so it’s not obvious where you can go hard. Even with studs today, I pushed it too hard and slid out. I like to get it on edge so I’m sure if you took it easy you’d be fine. 80% of the trails are crusty snow, it’s spotting the other 20% that’s the fun part.

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    #814898

    Durham Rider
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    I rode in Durham today on the DMBA demo Norco Bigoot which does not have studded tires and it was no problem at all. You do have to be wary of the ice, mostly in Ogre & Out and Missing Link. Basically where ever the trails go through stands of pine there is a likely chance of encountering some ice.

    For the most part though it is just great. After grooming Superfly on Thursday and with the temperature drop, we have another trail added to the winter loop. It was a blast to ride and there was lots of traction climbing the hills.

    Get out there and have fun!

    #814920

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    So while there is still plenty of great fatbiking left this season, I have been craving dirt and to be able to just rip on my trail bike. Made the trek to Turkey Point today and got what I wanted. Still lots of sheer ice sections in the high traffic areas but plenty of trails that are in better than summer conditions. Was awesome. Felt so wicked to be on a full squish in the dirt railing turns and popping off roots.. Should almost feed my soul until the spring. Which from the looks of it is next week 🙂


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    #814928

    Atom
    Participant

    OH MY! That looks amazing! Jealous to the max.

    #815002

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Most of the fat bike trail network associations and clubs are asking riders to stay off the trails until things firm up again. Goes without saying the same applies to any dirt trails, which are complete slop right now.

    Get those grinders out folks! Still better than being indoors on the trainer. Check the “share your urban loops” thread if you need some routes or inspiration.

    #815080

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Another great day at Turkey Point yesterday. Was a bit greasy in spots where the remaining stubborn ice finally melted. Rode 25km, solely on dirt. The next few days of rain and snow will make it quite a bit muddier unfortunately, but I’ll post any updated trail conditions I receive.

    I’m working on my MTB selfies this year, to not post so many pics of just my bikes sitting in the woods. I much prefer being behind the lens however. We’ll see how it goes.



    Happy trails!

    #815090

    Atom
    Participant

    Looks like fun. How does one take a mountain bike selfie? Wireless remote on your bar programmed to take a burst?

    #815091

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Yes, that is pretty much the setup I am messing with at the moment @atom Working of some better ergonomics and ease of use for the triggers. I have some crazy setups with my pro photography gear but this prosumer stuff isn’t as capable or robust. Bluetooth and wi-fi also lack the range a radio trigger provides. It’s just for fun though and to get some slightly more interesting images. All part of the fun.

    #815136

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Durham Forest has firmed up nicely. Watch for ice in Ogres and Out and Missing Link especially if you don’t have studs.

    Starting this week they are logging in Durham Forest. This announcement is on the DMBA Facebook page:

    As part of ongoing forest management activities at Durham Regional Forest, sections of the Main Tract will be closed to the public between January 30th and March 31st, 2017. The Main Tract is located between Concession 7 and Lakeridge Road, south of Goodwood Road, in Uxbridge Township.
    The affected areas will include the following:
    – “The Maze” (section of trail);
    – “The Pines” (entire trail);
    – “Maple Gravy” (entire trail);
    – Various single-track trails intersecting the “Red Oak”.
    In addition to the closures, certain sections of the “Red Oak” and “White Pine” trails will be used as an active forestry haul route. Recreational users should expect to encounter machinery and industrial traffic at all times of the day. The haul route remains open to the public, but extra caution is advised if using these trails.
    Forest management has been occurring in the Main Tract since these plantations were established in the 1920’s, with the long-term goal of restoring natural forest conditions. This operation is the next step in the ongoing evolution of the property from abandoned blow sands to healthy forest cover. All revenues generated by the harvest are reinvested back into the ongoing management and development of the forest and trails at Durham Regional Forest.
    During the harvesting period, trails will be closed with temporary fencing and informational signage. Members of the public will be asked to stay out of the affected areas for their own safety and the safety of the forest operators and LSRCA staff. The closures will be monitored by LSRCA staff throughout the harvesting period.
    Trails will be reopened once the harvest period is complete. To ensure safety, it is expected that all affected trails will remain closed throughout the entire period between January 30th and March 31st, 2017.

    Check out the photo below for a map of the area to be logged.


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    #815138

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Love the action pics @fasttimes. I used to have a Canon 50D that I had Magic Lantern loaded into, which enabled me to use Trap Focus which was great for this type of shot. The nice thing about the Magic Lantern software was that you didn’t need to be depressing the shutter button to take the shot.

    #815233

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the updates and picture feedback @durham-rider What a bummer about the logging. I know it’s part of the deal but I find they make such a mess of things, damage the forest and trails more than they need to. Looking forward to figuring out a new loop in there.

    I am solo dad this week and by the time I wrapped up my dad duties and work obligations, my local trail had become mooch. I decided to roll the dice and hit Puslinch, my spring and summer go-to. I actually started winter riding there, way back in the skinny 26 days, but ironically haven’t been there on my fatbike, until today. Was a last minute call on the drive out, originally destine for the Hydrocut. Conditions were amazing, with first tracks on a fresh dusting over frozen dirt. The techy bits in the darkwoods section were the best, so good.

    #815239

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Made it all the way to the Hydrocut today and it was easily the best, proper, winter ride to date this season. They have much more snow than Puslinch, which is surprising given that they are fairly close to each other. Trails are raw and covered with dry, blower-pow. I managed to ride the whole place minus Adam’s Run, as there is some clearing going on that trail. Was only 24km but felt like a lot more in those conditions. Only not so great, but still super fun, sections were in the open fields were the trails were getting covered by drifting snow. My tracks from the ride in were buried by the time I rode out.



    When I go back I will definitely toss on the 5″ rubber. The 4″ tires were ‘ok’ today but I could have pushed it much harder with bigger tires. I was fully expecting dusted hardpack with ice but was pleasantly surprised to find the conditions I did. Love this place in the summer and happy to enjoy it like this in the winter. Flowed super well. All the climbs and bridges are doable.

    #815281

    Atom
    Participant

    Amazing Marc. I know I say I’m jealous each time, but Puslinch makes me double jealous. Glad to see you’re out there ripping.

    #815314

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Been a busy couple of weeks shooting for me. Between that and the crazy weather, I haven’t had a chance to ride. Reports are mixed for trails conditions across Southern Ontario, everything from glare ice to hip deep or crust on crust . Seeing as the dedicated crew at Durham groomed yesterday, I though that would be my best chance for a solid ride. It was pretty awesome, I had first tracks on groomers most of the way ’round. I ventured into non-groomed areas as well but that was a tough haul. Was an abbreviated loop compared to my goto but still great to be out on the fat bike in a beautiful forest.



    Back up north for more ski shoots tomorrow. Was hoping to hit SCMBC on the way up but they are reporting too much snow, unable to even get the groomer through. I may have to just bust out the sticks. 🙂

    #815315

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    That groomed trail looks great. Nice work DMBA.
    And as always great pics Marc. Thanks.

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