April 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm #802405April 3, 2015 at 5:42 pm #802406April 6, 2015 at 11:31 am #802441
Another good one is to go pretty far up the Humber to Claireville Conservation Area. Most of the route is the same if you want to go to the Kortright Centre instead.
Going to Claireville, it looks like there are dirt tracks continuing North under Finch / 427 that might get you all the way to the dam. The map shows a route going around to skip as much riding on Finch as possible.
Attachments:April 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm #802445
That’s a nice loop too. I like it. Though I like the other a bit better. If I want to add a few more K’s, I can add Ashbridges Bay to Kingston Road and then head back through the Spit and Cherry Beach and all that. It might be a nice ride to explore and probably way less busy once past Eglinton as well. Thanks for posting these.April 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm #802447
If your legs are really feeling good you can do the bigger version of the loop, and take the Finch hydro corridor across.
This also gets you to G Ross Lord park on Finch between Dufferin and Bathurst. It is fun to ride around on a cross bike.
Attachments:April 7, 2015 at 9:51 am #802455
I am riding a road bike. I treat it like a cross bike anyway. That loop is about the maximum distance I ever do. One because I get bored on a road bike any longer than that, and two because my legs are just not used to doing this because I don’t do it often enough. I do like that loop. I live in Mississauga, so for my longer loops I tend to ride to Milton with all the other roadies. Over the years, the roads there have been busier and busier. Also there seems to be more and more cyclists. Since there are so many more people sharing the road, there seems to be less tolerance toward cyclists. These loops keep you off the roads for most of the distances. The ride I do from near Square One in Mississauga to Ashbridges and back is about that distance. You can do almost all of the Lakeshore portion on the Waterfront Trail or small back roads south of Lakeshore as well. I will map some of these rides. I have been doing them for so many springs and falls, I don’t even track them anymore. I basically know the distances to various locations by heart.April 7, 2015 at 10:37 am #802457
Road bike is perfectly fine for these. I used to ride all of them on my fixed gear, and my road bike when I had one.
I find that all the trails of various types help keep it interesting. But yeah, anything longer I would only do if I am riding to a destination.April 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm #802525
Martin Goodman along Queen’s Quay has sucked for awhile.
I found this interesting:
“For my newest blog post, I discussed Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing revitalization efforts, which includes a new Martin Goodman Trail segment in Downtown Toronto expected to open on June 19. I rode by the trail construction area to the Leslie Spit over the long weekend and progress is well under way.”
watch this video:
“The Queen’s Quay reconstruction will lead to the completion of the missing Martin Goodman Trail link from Stadium to Parliament; greatly improving cyclists’ safety in the area. While their promotional video above focused on the Spadina to Bay portion, work is under way along the remaining portions. When I biked to the Leslie Spit recently, I noticed the multi-use trail between Bay and Parliament is almost complete, except for a small section east of Sherbourne. Along the central waterfront, the trail zone is already visible, waiting to be paved.”
“There has been a significant problem of vehicles blocking the bike lanes on Queen’s Quay between Bathurst and Stadium, given the proximity to Billy Bishop Airport. To address this issue, the bike lanes will be converted into a bi-directional cycle track on the south side with bollards separating them from motor vehicles. The eastbound bike lane from Bathurst to Spadina will be converted into an off-road path.”
A welcome change. I’ll be excited to ride this when it’s finally done.April 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm #802526
I rode through there last Friday and it looks like they better get a move on. That whole portion has been a mess for over 2 years now! Should be nice once it’s finished.April 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm #802527
Hate to be so skeptical, but I’ll believe it when I see it done, ha ha.
I spent two years working at King & Duffering and it would have been amazing to ride bike lanes the whole way from Leslieville. It’s been a year since I quit that job and this construction is still not done – crazy.
What will be really amazing is(if?) the connection of the water front trail at Port Union to the martin Goodman trail. Would be an about 40 or so km (correct me if I’m wrong) of non-stop bike glory. I actually Hit the trail at the bottom of Bellamy last weekend and it was really cool to ride along the bluffs. Hope this finally comes to pass.February 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm #808955
Now that fat bike season is on hiatus, I decided to bust out my CX bike and try my urban loop. Finally got it dialled and it was a great ride. Tacked on a few more kilometres to my last attempt and eliminated more road. I am now ready to tackle the bigger loop, which will go to the top of the Humber, under the 427 and back down the full length of the creek. I estimate it will be roughly 75km which is what I am after.
Was a pretty wicked mix of dirt and path. So little road on this loop is what makes it great. Ducked into the creek for a peek and it was a mess. every kind of track/rut imaginable. Moto, Quad, CX, MTB. Guys just don’t know when to stay out. Few icy patches but really it was less icy then most of my spring rides along some of these trails. Great day!
February 3, 2016 at 8:51 am #808964
I too dusted off the ‘ol CX this week. Hard not to with the temperatures we have had. Sticking mostly to the paved and crushed gravel paths since the trails are WAY too wet.
If the rain holds off this evening I will hopefully make use of the record breaking temps and head out for a ride with lights. However, I wasn’t super keen on the wind down by the lake when I was riding yesterday evening – we’ll see.
@fasttimes be interested to join you on that big loop sometime. I really enjoyed the parts we rode last year!February 3, 2016 at 10:44 am #808966
I did a quick ride on Saturday. Decided not to use the CX bike since I couldn’t be bothered to clean it outside in the cold after. So I took my fixed gear commuter with 32c slick tires. It was manageable and actually pretty fun. I was surprised to find the Belt Line trail still covered in a solid layer of ice and snow, while most other trails were clear.
The paved trail / road going down into the valley from Rehab was surprisingly clear until I got near the bottom – and it was deep mushy snow and ice. Just let off the (only front) brake and skid through it!
Attachments:February 3, 2016 at 11:09 am #808968
Nice loop @micah356
I just picked up some 35c Schwalbe Marathon Studded tires to get me through the icy patches. I’ve always got by without them but it only takes one fall on ice and gravel to potentially hurt yourself badly. Rather just not have to worry about it. They are heavy but think that not having to worry about the conditions and being able to ride icy sections, expanding my reach, will be more than worth it.February 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm #809003
Hope you got out last night @fietser Was windy as heck but so warm and beautiful. Was leg day for me so that, on top of my loop the day before, wounld have mad it a tough slog to fight that headwind.
Hope to get out again tomorrow though. Snow is coming again so it will be back on the fat bike after that again. Pretty fun “off-season” so far 🙂
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