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  • #808245

    fietser
    Participant

    Thanks @carpetbomber I thought that might be the spot you were referring to. If anyone happens to run in to these folks perhaps we could steer them in the right direction ie. not cutting off access to the actual trail that runs through there. A little education between users groups can go a long way.

    Further to that, if they are building right off the main walkway through there, the one that goes over the bridge, they are likely going to attract unwanted attention. I would wager that they may have also been the ones responsible for the ‘removal’ of the wooden fencing along there a few times over the summer – not a good way to be incognito.

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    #808316

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Amazing in there on the fat bike today. They missed the mark when marketing these as fat bikes, should have call them fun go explore bikes for all seasons. I am in love with this thing!

    Found another almost 1km of trail today exploring on the Les Fat.

    Trail fairies have installed a second new bridge to match the first one. Needs a bit of love to get the on/off smooth but better then the g-out for sure. Love to know who this is. If you’re reading this, THANKS! Beer is on me if you find your way here.


    Ran into @aerius and rode a bit together, showed him the new trail.

    Best November EVER. So pumped!

    #808329

    wArden
    Participant

    They missed the mark when marketing these as fat bikes, should have call them fun go explore bikes for all seasons.

    That’s problem: everybody sees fatbikes as a “snow and sand” bike. The big companies tend to market them that way, too (so it doesn’t cannibalize their regular bikes?).

    Except Surly. They don’t narrow the use of their fatbikes to winter or sandy conditions.

    When I talk to people about fatbikes I tell them they are good for every condition. Who says you can’t ride it in the summer? I rode mine all year.

    They are so much fun.

    There should be an article about that.

    Ran into @aerius and rode a bit together

    That’s not surprising. I think he lives on those trails. đŸ˜‰

    #808364

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Conditions were as good as they can possibly be, given the date. Frankly they were good for any date. Trails have dried up considerably over the past few days, dry and velcro like in most sections. No real wet areas to report along the Northern loop. I’ll likely even go in with my regular bike on Monday. But today was Global Fat Bike Day so I rolled the big wheels through. Really, really digging this bike! Perfect fall bike really.

    Ran on to a few fellow riders, Mike and Allen. Nice to meet you both and hope you find your way here.

    I also left a few notes for the other builders in the hopes that they will find their way here and we can come together to make the trails as good as they can be. If you do find your way here, please send me a message. Cheers!

    #808487

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Great day in there today on the fat bike. I got in early to beat the rain. Trails are in good conditions. Greasy but no wet spots worth mentioning.

    My note was taken from the bridge but a bit too late as it seems that some rungs have collapsed. Think we could have prevented this by shoring up that side a little better. Was hoping to make contact with the builder and not have to alter their work, but now it’s a safety issue and risks being torn out.

    There are also some not-so-great skid bridges being placed in random places just past this area. Adding splinter trails for no apparent reason. I can’t imagine it’s the same person and suspect it’s more likely the BMX or Pinkbike kids now that the trails have been posted on Trailforks.


    There are also some new fallen trees that have been built up with other sticks rather than cut out. Some are “ok” but others are a rickety mess and won’t last. Worse, someone will go OTB. I’ll go through with the saw later this week and remove/repair them properly.

    The good news is that others ride here and want the trails to be better, the bad news is unless we can work better together as trail users, the trails will go to hell. The current trails need to be better maintained before others can be added. These braided lines are never a good idea.

    #808569

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Was through the northern loop yesterday, was pretty sweet. Hovering around zero with the ground still frozen under foot. Fat bike kills it in there right now. So good!



    Came across a fellow barricading a trail with sticks. Caught him in the act just as he was scurrying away when I rolled up. I simply walk up and tore out the branches he had placed while he smoked his cig’ nearby. Was between Burnhamthorpe and Rathburn on East side so keep an eye out.

    The bridge pictured in post above has lost more rungs and is a danger at this point. If it’s not repaired it should likely be moved off to the side until it can be. Be nice to get this repaired before it come to that as it completes that sections nicely.

    #808586

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Maybe one of my favourite rides of the year today simply based on the date and the temps. Was all-time. Riding in shorts on Christmas Eve. Loving the Fat Bike. Best 4 season bike ever.

    #808588

    aerius
    Participant

    Decided to try the south loop today after seeing how good the north loop was. Big mistake. Pretty big mess in there, especially the west side, at least half of it is mud bogs and it looks like the dirt bikes and ATVs have been in there again. South loop is definitely done until it freezes up.

    Also not liking the modifications taking place on the trails. The braids south of Matheson are going to get skidded to crap and washed out, and the log-overs are completely unnecessary. Saw the changes on the south loop as well, I’m not liking them either.

    #808591

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Definitely greasy in there today. Wouldn’t want to be rolling on anything but the fat bike. Kiddy, tweener and zombie wheels could be dicey. Even the big wheels broke loose a few times today. Be great once the ground freezes. No major ruts to report.

    @aerius agreed on the braided trails. Please post in private forum so that a solution can be found.

    The real tragedy however is watching that newly built bridge bust rung after rung and no one making an effort to fix it. People seem to be able to make time to ride the trails, why not maintain them.

    #808597

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Crispy, crunchy goodness today.

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    #808605

    allantats
    Participant

    Man you sure get to ride a lot…jealous.
    When people refer to the south loop is that QEW to Dundas?

    #808607

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Man you sure get to ride a lot…jealous.

    After some dedicated years pursuing my photography career and time consuming hobbies such as this site, I’ve really made a push to make riding a priority in my life again. It’s required some major sacrifices but I have had one of the best seasons of my life this year, so it’s definitely been worth it. Having the creek nearby has also been a godsend, allowing me to eliminate drive time and bust out a solid ride from my door.

    When people refer to the south loop is that QEW to Dundas?

    That is correct, south of Dundas is what we call the Southern loop.

    #808633

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Was in for a hike today and see the bridge has been repaired and the on/off bench cut to prevent it from breaking in the future.

    Before

    After

    The fresh cut is still pretty soft so please only ride it when frozen and help pack it down when you can so that it will set well.

    I’m thinking of doing an early morning ride (when the ground is still frozen), maybe Friday.

    #808697

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Was a mixed bag in there today. It was pretty chilly this AM so I waited a bit later to head out. For the most part it is pitted and icy from hikers. I was shocked to see how much foot traffic there was past the Matheson loop. Still lots of dirt sections, even some soft spots on the West facing ridges. Some ruts from skinny wheels guys going in when it is too soft. But hey, its ridding in January so I’ll take it.

    New bridge fix is holding up well so far.

    Tough winter so far as far as tire selection but had a few close calls today and may have to toss on the studded tires if this is a sign of conditions to come.

    #808741

    aerius
    Participant

    Tree down on the downhill behind the compost pile, almost plowed into it at full speed last night. I didn’t get a good look at it, but I think it’s small enough that I can clear it out in the next couple days.

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