February 21, 2018 at 3:33 pm #818759
Thanks, we are in similar situation here. Given that my ride follows creeks and rivers, I may be eff’ed. What a mess.
What bike it that? Looks like it has some meaty tires on it.February 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm #818760
Its a Giant Revolt and has some Giant branded 38c tires on it. The tires have actually been pretty great; have not had a flat and the tread has held up after lots of pavement riding. I hit a hole hard enough to twist the bars last night, but the tires held up.
Only sketchy thing is that they are only rated to 60 or 65psi, but I’ve been running them at 70-80psi.February 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm #818761
I’m at 30psi or less for most of my rides on the Open. Those WTB Nano 40c are crazybgiid. I don’t ride much tarmac but it’s fine on that as well.
Michelin just released a new gravel tire as well.
Gravel bikes are moving to 148 with 12x over the next season. Pretty capable machines. Nearly drop bar 29’ers at that point.March 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm #819135
Trails are a mess but gravel and paths are in great shape. Looking to crank out a fun ride tomorrow (Good Friday) if anyone cares to join. Leaving west end around 10:00-11:00am. Chill fun pace, hope to explore and cover some ground. CX, HT 29 sort of thing. Either do an actual urban loop, drive up and ride rail trail or ride here to rail trail and back sort of thing. Love to grab singletrack along the way but it will be peanut butter soup.April 21, 2018 at 7:46 am #819584
I’m impressed with the amount of gravel and incidental dirt that has been turned up in this thread. While not having much gravel to speak of, the gatineau corridor is still worth a mention. With the recent funding announcements in the news I decided to give it a look and it exceeded expectations. Between Eglinton and Ellesmere is now largely complete, while north of Ellesmere to the rouge is largely incomplete but will be filled in over the next few years. So it will eventually get you from midtown to open countryside beyond the rouge, off the streets. Of course much like modern glaciers the outer gta green space is also fast receding, and what little currently remains to the east sandwiched in between Markham and Pickering may be gone by the time the gatineau extension reaches it. For today though what most surprised me most was that the numerous road crossings weren’t that big a deal. Although they now all have user activated crossing signals, in fact the traffic in scarborough seems not too busy and can generally get a gap even before the signal activates.May 6, 2018 at 10:48 am #819738
Really loving my new Fargo (gofar) The CX and eventually the gravel/all-road bikes were game changers for a guy like me, who never rode very far. The Fargo is simply the ultimate adventure bike, as comfortable on dirt as on tarmac. This thing slays singletrack and is well suited for long days in the saddle. The bike is way more capable then I am, others have taken it on some proper missions, like the Tour Divide.
Really enjoyed this 125km loop yesterday. Bit of everything. Amazing how easily you can get out of town and explore. Lots of strong winds and down trees, must have gone over/around at least 20.July 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm #820115
Amazing all the cool stuff you can link up in the city. Here is my Tour de Six from today.November 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm #820571
With the trails being a sloppy mess still, a buddy and I are planning on doing a big urban adventure loop. If you’ve never done one, you really should give it a try. 80% of the loop is off-road/path and there are some pretty epic (sneaky) areas we ride through, you’d be shocked. We’re uncertain which loop we’ll be doing but it will be either the 130km ride up to the rail trail and down or up through Claireville, which is 90km. Either ride leaves from the west end around 10ish if anyone is interested.December 17, 2018 at 8:50 am #820678
Warm weather and soft trails have me back on some of these urban loops. Anyone is welcome to join if you’re looking to get some vitamin D and base miles.February 6, 2019 at 9:17 am #820866
With the trails being a total mess, we decided to hit the paths and connecting trails to see what we could put together. As expected, there was a lot of ice and flooding but we did manage to link up a 50km loop that was 80% clear. This was our route incase anyone is interested.
This rain should help clear the rest of the snow, though it could also turn the entire city into a skating rink. I rode without studs yesterday but it was dicey for sure. Still great to be out and ride a somewhat decent length, for February anyway. It was bordering on adventure and that’s always what we’re after. Would have been nice to put together a century but any of the paths leading north we explored were just too traitorous.
Happy trails!March 18, 2019 at 8:54 am #820915
Trails are a mess, better off on skates, hopefully for the last time this season. Looking to start hitting some paths, rail trail and connector bits to get some longer rides in. Anyone been out on the paths? How bad is it?March 21, 2019 at 2:06 pm #820918
Don path had a few patches of granular ice in the usual spots (south of Millwood and under the brickworks rail viaduct) but the rest was dry pavement.
Studded tire wheels are back in the basement, probably for the season.March 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm #820920
Thanks for update. I plan to get out tomorrow after the rain and see what I can bang out.March 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm #820930
Got out for a bit of an urban recon mission yesterday. We headed up the Creek up to the top, just below the rail trail, for a total of 85km. Was pleasantly surprised to find the paths and dirt sections free of snow and ice, completely clear in fact. Some water-saturated, energy-robbing gravel bits but that was better than Bambi on ice elsewhere.
Dropped into the creek for a peek at the singletrack and it’s a complete mess still. Wasn’t expecting otherwise but though id take a look at how far along things have come. The construction under the 401 is ongoing but they have opened up the gates so we can at least pass.
Rail trail is mostly feee of ice but really soft. We contemplated ridding across the top on the rail trail and back down the Humber but it was just too muchy. Wont be long now.October 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm #821443
I’ve done many different urban loops mixed with some rural gravel routes. On of favourite rides that I do sometimes is 165 km long. I am an early riser and like to start my rides early in the morning. I leave my home early and ride form Mississauga to Hamilton and then ride the Rail Trail from Hamilton to Brantford and then come back…I also had few other routes between Mississauga and Ancaster which are about 120 km -140 km long … I’ve also ridden about 80% of Caledon Rail trail….I do all my long distance and adventure/exploration rides on singlespeed mountain bikes…Most of my riding over the last few years has been on the west side… What I want to start doing now is exploring some areas to the North and East which I am not very familiar with…There are hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of bush trails and gravel/dirt roads up north just waiting to be explored.
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