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  • #817729

    repack
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    Hell it seems like people are actually removing rocks from the trail in some spots!

    Seriously? Fucking annoying. If you can’t ride it stick to the road.

    It’s certainly an interesting phenomenon. Though I was later than most to move to 29″ wheels, I am still quite astounded at how much smoother the ride is, and what a different ride it is. I probably wouldn’t go back to 26. And yet the leap from 26 to 29″ wheels, and then to altering the trail itself, is just part of the same continuum. As for the pavement, I’d argue that generally speaking it’s getting rougher every year, and the active marketing of cyclocross bikes as urban commuters seems to speak directly to that. Since I still have 26″ wheels on my commuter, I’ll suggest here that my ride on pavement is now rougher than my ride in the don valley.

    #817730

    mcbain
    Participant

    And the fine weather continues…

    Heads up re: some new work in Crothers Woods at Redway Road. The penultimate CoT trail event today re-routed the west side descent. Problems with drainage (that mucky corner!), poor sight lines to downhill road traffic, and general inefficiency causing users to shortcut the corner were all addressed. The new line avoids the poor drainage area, faces uphill on the approach to the road, and the short bermed switchbacks control speed and (hopefully!) will keep all users on the trail both climbing and descending. Thanks to all the 20+ volunteers who came out – walkers, trailrunners, riders & high school students in search of hard earned hours.

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    #817741

    Matt Bingham
    Participant

    I’m down for a ride tonight in the Don.

    #817799

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Leaves are starting to fall… beautiful riding this morning! There was some work being done west of Redway on the lower part of the trail, but they were done by the time I came back through. Looks like they improved some drainage.

    #817839

    mcbain
    Participant

    Hot. Dusty. Crunchy leaves.

    Heads up on Boo & Beaver Flats adjacent the archery range: if you wondered at the bright green paint, there’s a 3-4 week project to address a failing trunk sewer line buried on the west side of the river. The omnipresent @trailhead made contact with the City workers yesterday and even showed them how to get to it! They’ll access it from the east side, crossing the riverside Boo, driving through the river (!!!), climbing the opposite bank, and across Beaver Flats. This morning they had already cleared the path to the head-height sewer and knocked it down. I’m guessing the urgency of a 5′ diameter sewer collapsing circumvents a few bureaucratic hoops. Not sure if they plan to block the trail, but they’re aware of them. The real danger here is the sewer – were you to circumvent the barriers and climb in without breathing apparatus you’d probably pass out and drown. Just sayin’. Like I said, 3-4 weeks with minimal digging and a promise to re-naturalize the area.

    Looks like someone got a new folding saw and is unnecessarily putting it to use on Catalyst. Of the 3 trees I noticed, 1 was a headhunter and needed removing , but the other 2 were actually keeping the twist in the trail and posed no hazard even to wide bars. Now this “black diamond” trail is straighter and the stumps are 10 cm high camouflaged tripping hazards. Think it through!

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    #817841

    repack
    Participant

    I believe three medium size trees have recently been cut out of Bunny trail as well. I’d assumed they were already tagged (ie ash trees)? but maybe it was just a question of flow.

    #817842

    dexter01
    Participant

    I’ve also been noticing all the newly cut trees. They are mostly in spots that I never noticed trees being in the way, not sure who decided they were a problem. Hopefully people will think before they cut down trees, we ride trails in the woods because we like the trees!

    #817843

    mcbain
    Participant

    Ventured down the Flats this morning. Love the new Metrolinx trail closure strategy of dropping cut trees into the fence gaps *sigh*. Now there’s a worthwhile job for someone with a saw…

    Trail pruning can get pretty OCD and it’s easy to go overboard – when you’re holding a hammer everything starts looking like a nail. Be a bonsai master: cut small, step back, consider the bigger picture. Often the tree is what bends the trail.

    If you stop for a rest below the east/west fork of the Don be on the lookout for monster salmon swimming upstream. Above the fork they’re more likely to head east… A sure-fire bet though are the mildly explosive seed pods on the orange snap dragon / jewelweed plants. Good times.

    #817844

    okay player
    Participant

    The short Gundy DH trail needs a “do not enter/wrong way” sign where it exits onto the main paved path. I love this jump line but people are always wandering up this trail (both hikers and riders) and I feel like it’s only a matter of time before someone gets really hurt. I always ring my bell and yell “dropping in!” but that’s obviously not a solution. Luckily everytime I’ve encountered someone coming up I’ve been able to brake in time to avoid a collision but sooner or later it’s going to be bad.

    Is installing signage here feasible? I’m worried it could attract the attention of anti-mtb folk and could lead to conflict. At the same time I feel like something needs to be done. Thoughts?

    #817845

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Agreed. I think most people take that section pretty full on and it has that one blind-ish corner at full speed – I’ve never seen anyone climbing up it but would be hard pressed to stop quickly if I did, especially if it was a group. I can contribute some cash if anyone wants to get signs printed noting that the trail entrance is just up the path – I’d do it myself but out of town until early October. I know there’s a sign shop on Eglinton just west of Laird but I’ve never gone in there to check it out.

    I’ve noticed the tree removal issue a fair bit since last summer – not a bunch in one place, but little spots here and there that were a bit awkward at low speeds. I’m all for widening trails at high-speed areas to accommodate wider bars, but low-speed tech stuff/climbs is all about angles and balance – no need to introduce more erosion by needlessly lopping off another slightly awkward tree just because it ruined your Strava climb…..

    #817847

    soban
    Participant

    Just ordered a “Do not enter” 12″ sign as requested above and pointed out by many. Should be arriving by Wednesday and will try to have it up by Thursday.

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    #817867

    mcbain
    Participant

    Trump Jump
    Born Sept 1, 2017
    Died Sept 25, 2017
    RIP

    Friendly dog walker texted me a photo of the remains. It’s a zero sum game in terms of user safety though; they left the run-in wide open so now it’s even more likely someone unfamiliar with the trails will ride into the chasm. If you get there before me please try to close it off.

    #817868

    Fred Barclay
    Participant

    Never got a chance to see the Trump Jump in person. RIP. ***Big heads up*** On BOT after the big berm turn is scaffolding for working on the bridge. It’s hidden from view until it’s to late and man I was lucky to not run right into it. Looks like they maybe put up some yellow tape but it had been ripped down and scattered around. Needs a proper closer back up at the top.

    Ride on.

    #817869

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Just ordered a “Do not enter” 12″ sign as requested above and pointed out by many. Should be arriving by Wednesday and will try to have it up by Thursday.

    Many thanks – I can EMT you a bit of money for that; just PM me! My long-term plan has been to design and put up a few trail signs at the beginning and end of the trails around the Sunnybrook/SG area with a couple basic common-sense rules like preferred direction, no shortcuts or modifications, uphill has right of way (a problem I’ve personally noticed) and sharing the trails with all users. And maybe get a dozen or so small arrow signs for various points to indicate direction.

    I started to design a sign this spring but didn’t save it in the cloud and lost it due to computer failure – I’m sure it may get some pushback from some folks but overall I think it would be a very positive development. Will share here for input before I go ahead with ordering of course.

    #817870

    davetober
    Participant

    What happened to the Trump Jump on party atmosphere? I discovered the murder scene where the jump used to be last night. Who would do this? Does the City patrol the trails and demolish the fun for our own good? So gutted…

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