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  • #813496

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Had a good Cranksgiving rip with @braindamaged yesterday. Conditions were great. We also commented on that tree and as we passed by. It likely needs to get cut out.

    A few other items to mention:

    We came across two guys on motos on the trail between Dundas and the ball park. Took the time to speak to them and, as nicely as possible, explain why that section of trail isn’t the best place to be riding. Hopefully the respect our wishes.

    On a more serious note, There is a man who is sabotaging the trails between Rathburn and Burnhamthorpe on the east side. I’ve encountered him a few times and actually caught him in the act last fall. He is the one who closed the entrance to the low line heading north. Now he is sabotaging the little entrances to drop in along the high line. He’s laying branches across the high line trying to prevent riders from accessing the low line, where he has done that crazy branch/leaf web to allegedly ‘stop erosion’.

    Yesterday I actually fell as a result of getting the branches he laid down caught up in my wheel and drivetrain. On my way back home I encountered him, as I often have in that section of trail. I usually just politely say hi as I pass by as he is reluctant to give way to oncoming riders. Yesterday, I stopped and let him know that what he was doing was considered trail sabotage and that I had witnessed him doing so, knew who he was and that if anyone was seriously hurt it was a criminal offence. He seemed to know what trail sabotage was and even eluded to the fact that he’d been accused of this before. He claims mountain bikers are ruining the trails and eroding them somehow and this is why he does this. Problem is, this is not a trail closure, it’s deliberate to allow him to be able to go walk (and smoke) in the woods but to trip up riders. In speaking with him, he was very cagy and clearly has some strong opinions about those trails. I asked but he wouldn’t give me his name. Then he thru his cigarette butt on the ground. He wears a black jacket and a black ball cap,

    So please be aware and cautious along that section of trail.

    Happy trails!

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    #813761

    fietser
    Participant

    Wow. This is obviously very disturbing @fasttimes. Did you by chance make a record of your fall, the type of sabotage and the encounter with the ‘gentleman’ you described with the police?

    As our own @trail_head described in this article: (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/11/29/police_to_pursue_bike_bridge_sabotage.html) it is important to establish a record of these occurrences should they continue to happen or heaven forbid, increase in severity or frequency.

    I am sure many people have read about this situation on the North Shore:
    ( http://nsmb.com/rcmp-arrest-trail-saboteur/ ) not wanting to jump to any conclusions but many of the elements described by @fasttimes seem eerily familiar.

    Certainly not comforting given that the vast majority of my riding from here on out happens in the dark.

    #813762

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks @fietser

    I haven’t recorded the incident officially nor done anything beyond speaking to the gentleman in question. My elbow is banged up but I hope that my speaking with him will diffuse rather than escalate the situation. Now that we are aware of this and he has been informed of potential injuries caused by his actions, anything he does would be considered malicious. There is an earlier account in this tread as well by a rider, other than myself recounting a similar incident, so I think, should this happen again, there would be cause to begin to officially document the incidences.

    Be careful out there folks.

    #813822

    fietser
    Participant

    Healing vibes to your elbow @fasttimes – glad it wasn’t ‘worse’, not that a banged up elbow is good.

    We also commented on that tree and as we passed by. It likely needs to get cut out.

    I did some work on Wednesday night – I think I got the one you mean. Anyway, I started at Dundas and worked my way South. Took out about 4-5 low hangers before it got too late (it was REALLY dark plus I was tired). I basically stopped by the Sumac behind the container/ truck depot. There is another sumac there that may need some pruning.

    Probably won’t have a chance to get out this weekend but I will do my best to keep at it next week.

    We came across two guys on motos on the trail between Dundas and the ball park. Took the time to speak to them and, as nicely as possible, explain why that section of trail isn’t the best place to be riding. Hopefully the respect our wishes.

    Sooooo, not like this is news but they probably listened and then said, ‘Thanks – but no thanks’. Yesterday, evening on my wife’s way home from work she was riding under the bridge (QEW) when she was forced to ‘move aside’ due to a herd of 5 motos who were heading Northbound… awesome.

    Well, tomorrow looks lovely so hopefully people can get out and enjoy this weather (before the rain on Sunday).

    #813826

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Pretty much a perfect fall day in there today. Double digit temps and colours poppin’ Trails are nearly bone dry, specially the new ones, so some rain will help.


    #813876

    allantats
    Participant

    Got in for a loop today before the rains come. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous…
    Everything is in good shape and someone has been in with a chainsaw working on one of the downed trees between Burnamthorpe and the metal stairs.
    One path is opened but the tree with the “go around” still remains.

    Inaugural ride on my new (to me) Fatboy. Tons o’ traction and a lot of fun although a little more work hauling the extra 10lbs around. lol
    Now dreading inclimate weather slightly less …

    #813879

    braindamaged
    Participant

    Oh #allantats don’t fret riding a 30 pounder, I’ve been riding one all season and I’ve had to build up some strong legs. We will have to hook up for a plus/fatty ride.

    I took got out tonight for my first night ride with my new head light, it was a rush.

    The trails already have a thick layer of leaves in sections, and with the rain in the next few days the trails are going to get slick. Is anybody up for a good old fashion leaf rakeing sometime over the weekend? I’m aware that there are still more to fall but every little bit helps.

    #813881

    allantats
    Participant

    Ya that’s what I figured, the extra weight can only get me fitter.
    I’m hopefully reserving Sunday for a ride but could possibly hook up Sat. afternoon if that works.
    I wouldn’t be able to get out there until about 1pm though…
    We should swap phone #’s…

    #813883

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Glad to hear you pulled the trigger @allantats You’ll love it. 30lbs is nothing to worry about and while they can be a chore to get up to speed at times, the roll-ability and traction will keep you going. You’ll just need to get stronger and learn to carry that speed. Trust the tires, they wont let you down.

    If you can, make the move to tubeless (ghetto style), you can shave up to 2lbs off the wheels, which is substantial. If you have a good season on it, consider making the move to dedicated tubeless next season. It’s not cheap but easily the best upgrade.

    @braindamaged Theis rain should get more leaves down. I can’t rake this weekend but am into a future mission. Though I did find in years past that the ridges actually clear themselves pretty well. There are only a few areas that remain covered. Mostly in the northern loop.

    #813886

    fietser
    Participant

    Yup, yesterday was amazing. Ran into @aerius too! Seems like everyone took advantage of the perfect conditions.

    On a side note, yesterday was my first non-night ride in ages and I noticed this (see pic) on the roots on the low line between Burnamthorpe and Rathburn. It is possible this has been here for awhile and I just haven’t noticed when riding at night. However, given @fasttimes ‘discussion’ last week with the gentleman it seems pretty coincidental…

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    #813913

    braindamaged
    Participant

    today was a great day of trail work.

    This morning I spent a few hours in the low section under the Queensway. I drained out the puddles from the major ruts and then filled them with earth and packed them down. they were still a little soft when i left. Hopefully they will firm up before the moto’s pass through again.

    then this afternoon #allantats and myself cleared the Matheson loop of all the leafs. our estimate is about 90% of the leaves have dropped in that section so it should stay pretty good. also with this wind it is drying out very quick.

    We also met a rider doing his thing and he stopped to talk. we didn’t get his name, although he did express interest in helping out and we directed him to the forum. Hopefully he will find his way here.

    #813933

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Nice work @braindamaged and @allantats Thanks for the hard work as always. Thanks also for pointing a fellow creek rider towards our community here.

    Just a note to please not post any major trail work to this main forum. Thanks!

    Look forward to getting out for a ride with you lads soon!

    #813941

    braindamaged
    Participant

    No problem #FastTimes I’ve been told that I’m a workaholic, so anything that keeps my hands busy puts a smile on my face.

    For sure we should hook up for ride, either local or abroad. I would like to tag along to turkey point sometime since I’ve never been.

    #813943

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    No problem #FastTimes I’ve been told that I’m a workaholic, so anything that keeps my hands busy puts a smile on my face.

    For sure we should hook up for ride, either local or abroad. I would like to tag along to turkey point sometime since I’ve never been.

    Thanks @braindamaged and yeah, I am happy to take you on any ride anytime brother! Got a few gems in my arsenal.

    #813959

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    On a side note, yesterday was my first non-night ride in ages and I noticed this (see pic) on the roots on the low line between Burnamthorpe and Rathburn. It is possible this has been here for awhile and I just haven’t noticed when riding at night. However, given @fasttimes ‘discussion’ last week with the gentleman it seems pretty coincidental…

    I think it’s safe to assume that is the same gentleman. It takes a special kind of person to write notes on a root with a Sharpe. So I think this should again serve as a cautionary note to anyone riding through that section of the creek.

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