Tagged: The Don
December 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm #814692
Checked out the trails tonight with the fat bike. The trail from Pottery to Cricket tree was mostly packed down with a few icy spots here and there. Had to walk a few hills but mostly due to not having figured out the optimum tire pressures for the first half of my ride.
Some trails have seen no bike traffic and looked impassible, such as the upper (harder) line near the sanitation plant. I decided to see if Rabbits Run was possible and it was obvious it had also seen zero traffic, but foolishly thought I would try to set trail (someone has to). Well I was quickly humbled and beat a retreat after the first 3 or 4 hills. Dropped down to Boo, which had at least seen some traffic and was mostly doable, but required concentration to stay in the track and not spin out on the uphills. All in all managed to get in 15kms but felt more like 30kms! We definitely could benefit from more riders getting out there and packing down the trails that haven’t seen any traffic… would be great to see Rabbits Run opened up!December 15, 2016 at 9:33 am #814693
Also rode there last night, on a normal bike (27.5 x 2.4″ full suspension ride, not the most ideal but it’s still fun). Not really easy sailing on the uphills with a season worn rear tire, but was fun anyway. Just did ridge and flats back and that felt like I climbed Everest.
Isn’t too slick, but we’ve lost the soft snow, it’s now crunchy and speed eating if you veer of line in the slightest.December 15, 2016 at 10:32 am #814695
LOL! Bunny Run indeed… I guess I’ve heard it called a few different things and I somehow got stuck on the name Rabbits Run.December 15, 2016 at 11:33 am #814697
Yea, I’ve heard a bunch of names. Marshal made it a while back and named it that. I’ll ask why it’s named that.December 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm #814716
Anyone been out? Thinking of taking out the fatty tomorrow. Maiden voyage for the season.December 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm #814717
Just got back…flats- perfect winter conditions… ridge needs more traffic, doable but it was a war on climbs…rode up to bunny but not a single track leading in as of 3:30pm and give up. classic winter riding with packed middle and fluff on the sides to suck your front tire off track.
2.35 hans front 2.4 ardent rear…December 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm #814718
Crothers (Pottery to Redway) is great thanks to a demo day, as well as the Sun Valley loop. Didn’t have a chance to check out beyond that, but I imagine all the way up to the Ridge is good by now. We’ll see tomorrow! Got a big group going out for some wacky-ness at 1pm from Evergreen Brick Works if anyone cares to join.December 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm #814720
Last night’s rain helped settle that fluffy snow. Second-hand reports say Crothers, Ridge, and Flats are all good to go. North of there the Catalyst low line makes a good riverside up-and-back, but all the high lines (Cat/RJ/PA) have seen little traffic. Lots of ski and snowshoe tracks everywhere across the fields by the Science Centre but sadly not along the Boo. I made two passes this morning on snowshoes. It’s still kinda loose but should firm up overnight. Swamp/Serena Gundy (not Woods Gundy)/SHT all have enough foot traffic to be passable. A pretty good winter loop is coming together! Advantage goes to fat tires, although I did see one cyclocross rider emerge from the Flats.December 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm #814726
Today was as good as Saturday but little better…boo is getting some first tracks but needs loots more fat tire traffic…bunny was untouched by tires…flats are fast and fun. It makes it feel like much longer trail with tons of technical fun…if you want to go fast.Its getting pretty epic in there.
Attachments:December 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm #814771
Got out this afternoon on the fattie. Was expecting it to be icier – traction was pretty great on Crothers, the ridge, and the flats. A new fence was put up on the flats near the tracks and makes it difficult to link things together. Maybe this is old news but it wasn’t there last Friday.
Attachments:December 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm #814776
Where is this? Right across from the sewage plant? It will probably be gone tomorrow seeing how quick these gnomes work.
Got out this afternoon on the fattie. Was expecting it to be icier – traction was pretty great on Crothers, the ridge, and the flats. A new fence was put up on the flats near the tracks and makes it difficult to link things together. Maybe this is old news but it wasn’t there last Friday.December 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm #814785
Where is this?
Two repaired sections of fencing on the Flats. One directly beneath the Millwood Bridge and the other just north across from the hydro substation.
Out this afternoon on 4.6 Ground Controls @ 8 psi F/R. Great traction but spun out on the Millwood Bridge climb 🙁
– Crothers / Ridge / Flats / Swamp / SHT / (new) Vietnam / Glendon trails all amazing
– Boo is tough going around the circle parking lot but very good everywhere else
– paved path is plowed from Eglinton down to the circle lot but VERY icy. I wiped out cutting across it from archery Boo to riverside Boo.
Can’t tell if trails are going to get glazed and glossy, or soft and rutted. Maybe a little of column A and a little of column B. Heads up and helmets on for variable conditions in the mild days ahead.December 30, 2016 at 10:37 pm #814830
Hey peeps, did anyone lurked in. I’m thinking that it should be doable, spikes might be needed…December 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm #814835
Walked Boo early this afternoon with the pooch. Followed a set of Ice Spikes and Dillinger’s of some variety up from Cricket Tree. It’s pretty hit and miss. Mostly hard packed/ice with a light dusting of snow. Some very soft spots where water or exposure to the sun has things melting. That said neither of those tires seemed to slip or have any issues making the trip up to Eglinton.January 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm #814860
Anyone been in the last day or so? Wondering if I can grab a ride this evening before the snow/rain comes to make a mess of things.
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