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  • #819556

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey @cyclesolutions For sure. It can go south through Hilton falls and back.

    I’m happy to do that if it’s all heavy hitters that roll with us but the idea is a bit of an intro and social. Was thinking that maybe @cyclesolutions could do a bikepacking bag demo/rental program so that we could get more folks into it. Maybe even demo some Fargos or Trek gravel bikes?

    So yeah, i’m open to a bigger loop but want to make sure those trying to get a feel for this aren’t tuned off. Seems the biggest concern for most is number of night so trying to keep it friendly for all. Maybe the longer loop would be in the fall once we’ve had a chance to inspire some folks!

    Be game for a few of us to do the route but in shorter days to recon it.

    PS, check Blur thread 🙂

    #819557

    nyby
    Participant

    Hey @fasttimes that was me accidentally logged into the wrong account. We have a couple of bikes that might be appropriate for rentals. Let me discuss options with Matt once we get some more interest in the ride.

    #819561

    3hill
    Participant

    Be great to have you along @3hill. Study by the campfire? It wont be too rowdy 😉

    Lets go scout those ares together leading up to it brother.

    Haha could do some around the fire treatments. Freshen up them legs.
    Ya hollar at me when you want to check some area’s out. If im not on the travelling circus, ill join.

    #819562

    Tosh Weyman
    Participant

    I’m interested in the idea of bag rentals! Excited about the prospect of joining this trip, but don’t have much of the soft gear required yet. It sounds like my Rove ST would be better suited to the route than my Process 111. I’m curious what others will be using for bag setup. I’m thinking of getting a half frame bag and then voile strap a drybag to the front (for sleeping bag and tent) and possibly voile strap one to the seat too given how pricey seat bags are. I figure if I end up enjoying the trip, then its time to invest in better gear.

    Bikepacking.com has some interesting gear hacks: http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-hacks/

    #819571

    Dean.Campbell
    Participant

    Coming back around to this, I am still very interested. The bike used would be my question. Marc, given our ride two years ago, if I ran my touring bike with wider tires, that would probably do best, vs my full sus bike I’m guessing. I could swap on flat bars to the touring bike for better singletrack manners.

    #819572

    Mannwhitney
    Participant

    First-time poster, hi everyone! I’d love to come but unfortunately am busy that weekend. Anyone around for something similar on following weekend?

    #819603

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Got my Fargo built and rode a 70km section of the proposed route yesterday. Still plenty of water and snow but it will be gone in no time. It was all passable and mostly killer. Myself of the Fargo and neighbour or his MTB. Cross bike may have got bogged down a bit in the ofter parts. I was most concerned about wether a section in Caledon was actually rideable or not due to private property. I’m happy to report its good to go and a nice piece of singletrack.



    Going to need a head count soon so that camping can be booked. The only downside to this route is that the best campsite is halfway through the route. I need to know who’s in so that I can source two other sites at shorter intervals along the route.

    If it’s only going to be the more experienced crowd we can look at 2x140km days with camp halfway. But I really prefer this to be an intro and social with some camplife and pops each night.

    #819604

    nyby
    Participant

    Sweet bike! I’m in as long as we leave Saturday morning. I spoke to a couple of buds about it and they were really interested but not ready to commit until dates were set in stone.

    #819605

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Dates are set for May 19-20 leaving Saturday morning. Three days of riding, two nights of camping. Sites will go fast that weekend if we’re looking to stay at ‘official’ campsites. There is always the option to just pitch anywhere but a bunch of dirtbags and a bonfire isn’t the stealthiest. That would require a bit of a recon mission to establish.

    #819606

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Here are a couple of camping options.

    Option one
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Elora (80km)
    – Day three: Elora to Toronto (123km)

    Option two
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Rockwood (115km)
    – Day three: Rockwood to Toronto (88km)

    Option three
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Guelph Lake (100km)
    – Day three: Guelph Lake to Toronto (103km)

    I’d love to space out the first day a bit further but there is simply nothing decent (legal anyway) around the 100km mark. We could always do the route clockwise if people would rather have the biggest days first. There is more singletrack at the beginning, going counter-clockwise, so I think that is the better option. Humping a bit of road on the way back wont be a bad thing.

    If this isn’t doing it for folks, I can look at other routes but need to have some numbers before I spend anymore time on this. I think this is the best option as we can leave right from the city with little road. Most of the route is path and trail. I think a MTB suits this ride best.

    Other routes could be out and back to either Collingwood/Simcoe or east towards Peterborough. Collingwood and back is about 160km each way. Not much legal camping along that route. Peterborough back has some nice spots but is mostly rail trail.

    I still need to scout some of these sections, between Elora and Guelph, if anyone would like to join or help confirm route and quality/safety of roads.

    #819607

    nyby
    Participant

    If we want a longer ride on Saturday, let’s just add a few loops of Albion singletrack after we get there!

    #819608

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I can add a sweet section through palgrave as well. Makes both days longer. But your idea is good. Those who have energy to burn can do laps while the rest eat, drink and be merry.

    #819609

    nyby
    Participant

    I’m so stoked right now.

    #819610

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Yes!!! That’s how I want everyone to feel. This will be one to remember. There are some fun sections along this route and campsites are nice as well.

    #819611

    Nate Lessnick
    Participant

    Super interested! Just trying to make it work for that weekend…

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