Hmm, interesting. i was wondering why i was getting such good looks without binoculars and it didn’t click. Anyway, you’re gonna love this part. Yesterday as I was gearing up to head out from the parking lot, i was confronted by a feisty naturalist. This associate was spoiling for an argument, and introduced the a-bomb early in the exchange to…[Read more]
That is an astonishing slide. Hope there’s some kind of salvage possible. On foot this evening and while not a trail condition per se, I’m going to put it out there anyway: for some reason an unusual amount of bird activity drew my attention up from the trail and in no time i’d seen two warblers (yellow and american redstart), and a scarlet…[Read more]
Gosh, that’s not cool. Every year the UofT group has their cleanup day. I saw the pile of garbage bags last year and it was sizeable. While they can be highly commended for that initiative, as long as they do it for free no one’s going to be held accountable for anything. Last year I also happened to cross paths with the Don’t mess with the don…[Read more]
In lieu of much other activity here recently, I’ll elaborate on the above with an anecdote. I had a minor revelation of sorts on the weekend, when i went out without crampons, and that poor choice turned out to be the single worst read of conditions i’d ever made in my entire life. Without being a coureur de bois or anything, I have spent enough…[Read more]
Wow, been riding a long time and only saw them for the first time. I also saw two guys in the vicinity who weren’t riding, weren’t walking dogs, and weren’t trail running. They were scrambling down to the riverside (this was the stretch just south of the railroad crossing in the east don). I thought little of it. But then a short while later they…[Read more]
While checking out the construction in the east this morning, things couldn’t be better as far as the trail condition goes.
On a related note, I’ve only recently noticed what looks to be an outdoor bike repair station situated on the property of the self-storage business that is right across from Leaside arena. It looks like it’s on their…[Read more]
Not exactly a trail condition per se, except it is nevertheless quite relevant for trail users:
Forgot to mention, but a couple days ago trca posted that they will be starting tree removal for the new sections of the multi-path that make up Phases 1,2. As far as I can see, this will be primarily along or nearby STD, ie just across the river from where the current multi-path ends, on up to the junction with motown. Then also north of…[Read more]
Great conditions in the east and west. Currently there are scattered damp spots but 98% of the tread is solid and dry, though leaves are starting to accumulate in places. The single wettest thing I saw was that one chronically wet spot on the high line on the imba trail, which I haven’t ridden in a few years and nothing’s changed. With showers…[Read more]
Hahaha, I hadn’t caught your reply at the time @RenegadeHardware, but just saw it now. So I had my own little moment of discovery vis-a-vis the PanAm games this spring when I heard about the extension of the Gatineau hydro corridor trail to link up with the East Don and went out to see what it was. I was pleasantly surprised to find a very…[Read more]
No country for old men? Not at all. A paceline went ripping by me one day this summer on catalyst, all 50+. Speaking for myself only, some riders in the valley are older than they look. And I still have and occasionally ride my vintage bike as well, it’s all good.
If anyone recently lost a bike computer (the old school type pre-smarphone era) on quads, someone else spotted it and left it in the crook of a tree, where it is easy to see on the way by. It’s the upper half section south of the rock garden.
A couple of inconvenient deadfall have recently been cut out of the way on the north part of kitchen sink north of eglinton. The construction area is problematic as they have shored up the fencing so the hurdle is now about 4 or 5 feet high, while the homeless encampment in the ravine has been reoccupied making that outlet a little more awkward.…[Read more]
Dr. quads got a bit of a makeover, still a few things to go but it’s mostly rideable as much as it ever was. One ladder section is still off camber and the narrow slump at the bottom end is wider now and not yet bridged. I’m not sure of the status of the banked/curved structure that leads onto the last big bridge, but the bridge itself appears to…[Read more]
I took a crack at aligning the Phased 123 trail alignment with the trailforks. It’s the thick black line, not to be confused with the thin black lines of trailforks black diamond. Short of doing the registration properly, it’s good enough to show the main impact on Kitchen Sink.
Just back from a week away from the computer, thanks for your thoughts and looking forward to getting back on the bike. The tires are Bontrager XR1 they do seem quite lightweight so perhaps between some wear and thin casing to begin with that’s all it is.
I too passed through quads recently but I sure didn’t ride it. There’s been work going on the tracks all summer and that day they were on the bridge so I had to go back along that river trail and then ascend along quads. I too noticed that the vines were almost the worst part and many of the bridges could plausibly be repaired rather than replaced…[Read more]
I’m no luddite or anything, but am new to disc brakes as of last year, and have just reached the limit of the pads and rotors that came with the bike. I replaced with the identical units, but I did wonder if there might have been others to look at. It’s XT brakes and currently set up with shimano ice tech rotors rt 81 and metal pads G04S.…[Read more]
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