March 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm #815582
did you build that shelter? Looks like a good firespot for coffee breaks.March 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm #815583
Not mine but I love a good fort 🙂May 29, 2017 at 9:23 am #816753
I finally connected my upper and lower loops. This route takes me through Mimico Creek, Etobicoke Creek and the Humber River. I still cant hit some of my favourite dirt sections of the loop due to the crazy spring we’re having. I typically go a hair further north through Claireville Conservation Area but had to cut that section out.
As is, the loop reaches 80km, but I was really hoping to make this an even 100km. So, I added a few short loops at the end to reach my goal. Once I can hit all the fun dirt connections, she’ll be 100km. I also have a new 115km loop I hope to try soon. These are pretty fun for what they are. With the spring we’ve had, these have saved my sanity a few times. Best part is, little to no road. Safe with nice scenery and some cool spots to take a break.
Considering my urban loops started at 21km, this is pretty awesome. All to be ready for some bigger rides later this summer. Also hope to crack the metric century (160km) this season. Was pretty hurting after this one, so still have lots of work to do.May 29, 2017 at 10:06 am #816755
Thought i’d share a metric century loop for the east end that I mapped out this winter.
Half of the ride you take the Waterfront Trail from Scarborough to Oshawa and then head up north to do a bit of road riding. The second half takes you on Rossland, then to Finch via Duffin’s trail. Finch takes you around the Toronto Zoo and on to Meadowvale. Finally heading back to the start point via the bike lane on Sheppard and Milner.
I did this on a full squish MTB but it would be a lot more fun of a CX/Road bike.October 30, 2017 at 10:17 am #818068
Been binging on singletrack lately while the getting is good but as things deteriorate I will be back at the urban loops., I am looking to do the Guelph to Goderich (G2G) rail trail as an overnighter. Think it’s roughly 130km each way and there is a cool inn/pub to stay.
Reports indicate that there are a few inconsequential detours but that its in good condition overall.
Anyone done it, or parts of it, this year? Any takers?
.November 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm #818246
Looks like tomorrow will be a beauty of a day. Thinking of banging out my urban hundo (route posted above) if anyone is interested. Fun pace with food and drink stops as needed.November 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm #818260January 22, 2018 at 9:30 am #818546
Anyone get out for an urban loop this weekend? With the trails being soft but the roads being clear, it seems like one could put together something descent. Wondering about any paths and or gravel that might be clear. With more rain today followed by sun, things could clear up quickly. I’d like to get out later this week and put in some KMs if anyone has any suggestions or would like to join.January 22, 2018 at 10:56 am #818548
Not really, just a bagel run. But I stopped by the Belt Line and it looked like a brutal mix of ice, slush, and mud. IMO anything other than pavement will be nasty. The paved trails might be melted clear wherever there isn’t too much tree cover.January 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm #818549
Thanks for update. Slush isn’t pleasant. I’d push through a bit of it but not the entire loop. I’d roll the dice on some ice with studs. Was even looking at the rail trails. You’re right that the streets are the best option. Just wish the CoT wasn’t so heavy handed with the salt. Sounds like I need to suck it up one way or the other.January 22, 2018 at 7:29 pm #818550
Haha. Sounds like you need to buy a shittier bike that you don’t mind getting covered in salt. That’s what I do.January 23, 2018 at 11:46 am #818552
I am going to take a gamble with the temperatures hovering around freezing tonight and ride the path between Holland Landing and Aurora.
Its a pretty good path, with smooth pavement for about 70% and gravel the other 30%. With the cool temperatures and wet weather, there usually aren’t too many people out on it. But in the summer, its like playing Russian roulette with the dogs on the path and the grumpy walkers. Riding on it at night is a blast, as you can absolutely haul ass with no one on it. Only 3-4 street crossings, too.
As for the salt, yeah it sucks… Until the spring time, if I’m traveling with a bike it goes into the back of the car. And they’ll get a good hosing afterwards if they get salt on them. I’d rather deal with the water than the salt. Applying grease liberally and making sure the bearings and stuff are coated in grease goes a long way to prevent corrosion or water getting in places it shouldn’t. Corrosion on the bolts, cables and stuff is a little harder to prevent, in my experience.January 29, 2018 at 9:10 am #818576
Got out with my neighbour yesterday and banged out a 100km snirt. My neighbour slid out on some black ice early in the ride and cut his face. I slid out later in the ride and also fell though some ice on a hike-a-bike section. There was a mix of everything out there: mud, slush, dirt and lots of ice. Was awesome! Overall, it was much better than expected and the ground was nicely frozen. Don’t think I could have put together anything meaningful on dirt alone as anything well trafficked was glare ice.. The more primitive and less used trails were the best routes. Was great to be outside and putting in some KMs on the curly bar bike. My Neighbour looped back home after about 45km and I pushed on along my 100km loop.
The Open U.P. continues to impress. I rode it in the 700c configuration with Nano 40 non-studded tires. Studs would have been nice in the icy spots for sure but 90% of the ride was free of ice, so think it was the right call. That 10% was pretty dicey however. Tap and die pretty much.February 20, 2018 at 4:49 pm #818750
Might be possible to bang out a big urban loops over the next few days.
Tomorrow afternoon looks warm. Thursday looks sunny but back around freezing.
I might try my luck if anyone is interested. I’d aim for 100km but can go longer or shorter to suit. Could also go escarpment way if hills are of interest to anyone.February 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm #818758
Watch out for the water if you get out there. The path I ride in Newmarket is pretty much flooded. The river was raging pretty good last night..
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