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  • #814616

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey folks,

    Just wanted to centralize the Ontario bikepackign discussion to it’s own thread.

    We kicked it off a bit here with our own RFG bikepacking debut: https://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/topic/rfg-backpacking-ride-from-toronto-to-collingwood/

    Couple of cool feature stories here:

    Ontario Bikepacking Trip From The Headwaters To The Shoreline

    and

    Solo Bikepacking the Central Ontario Loop Trail: COLT

    Let’s hear all about your gear, bikes, setup, routes and organize some fun trips together.

    Santa Cruz

    #814619

    giveitall14
    Participant

    This type of thing is something I want to do next season so going to be keeping my eyes on this thread for ideas. That colt loop looks great.

    #814621

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    The C.O.L.T. does look amazing and is on my list for next summer as well. But the more I explore the more I find. There is so much potential here. Ontario only sucks if you let it. The license plate tags don’t lie, it’s “Yours to Discover”

    What sort of bike and setup would you be riddig the C.O.L.T on @giveitall14 Seems like it would be a bit much on a gravel grinder/cross bike but perfect on a 29er or fat bike.

    #814665

    giveitall14
    Participant

    I’m planning on picking up a steel 29’er this spring to use for adventuring (also while I wait to test some trail bikes). I’ve thought of a grinder/cross bike but feel a 29’er would be better to take to the local loop as well.

    #814667

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I’m planning on picking up a steel 29’er this spring to use for adventuring (also while I wait to test some trail bikes). I’ve thought of a grinder/cross bike but feel a 29’er would be better to take to the local loop as well.

    Really good call on the bike choice. I loved my drop-bar bike for smoother gravel rides and it’s certainly more comfortable over long distances, but a hardtail 29er or 29er+ is the ticket if you want to ride some proper trails. 27.5+ and fatbikes are great as well but given that there is often paved or gravel segments to connect singletrack sections, maybe not the best overall. Definitely more of a trade off.

    A hardtail 29er makes a great Ontario trail bike, which is also is very well suited to some bikepacking trips. A full suspension 29er is also great, minus some lost real-estate in the front triangle for a full frame bag. But for overnighters and even 2-3 trips, they are great.

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    #814696

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    This Hayduke by Advocate Cycles is a pretty versatile ride for anyone looking for a fun hardtail they may want to take bikepacking. http://advocatecycles.com/product/hayduke/

    “By “versatile,” we mean it can be run as a 29er or 27.5+; 142mm or 148mm rear hub; single speed or geared; fully rigid or w/suspension fork. “

    Per the brand’s name, 100% of the proceeds go towards advocacy efforts. Pretty cool!

    “Advocate Cycles is a bike company that exists solely to create innovative bicycles and deliver 100% of profits from the company back to cycling advocacy efforts.”



    They also make a Ti (frame only) version:

    #814701

    micah356
    Participant

    I would also really like to do the so-called COLT. I was actually already looking at it before that (really great) report – but with this slightly different route. There is a rail trail connection for the south part. As far as I can tell, this route is 408km with only about 65km on road, and it looks like either only 2km or only 22km are paved.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13072430?privacy_code=el3amCSbdfveRKI8

    Note that the road part is all together – so that means almost 350km of uninterrupted trail!

    #814705

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Lets do it @micah356 You thinking of tackling it on your Honza?

    #814765

    micah356
    Participant

    Probably on the Rove Ti – from Miles’ report it sounds like the biggest issue is loose / soft surfaces? Also that way I can add a day and ride Toronto to Peterborough. Planning to base at my sister’s house there.

    #814767

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    If any of you are looking for some inspiration to either get out in the cold or plan your next trip, check out Iohan’s epic journey from the arctic to Argentina . Personally, I love stories like this and find this one in particular very inspirational. I’ve been watching the video series during down days while on the trainer and it’s been fantastic. Though so motivating I tend to just get off and go outside instead. Other than not wearing a helmet, Iohan’s story is amazing. Such an awesome spirit he has.

    Iohan’s site with stories and updates. http://www.bikewanderer.com

    His route from from the Canadian Arctic, through Alaska, along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route to Argentina. His journey took almost three years and he covered roughly 40,000km

    Here are the videos in his series.

    SEE THE WORLD 1: The North (complete) 2014 (APRIL-JUNE)

    SEE THE WORLD 1: The North (2 of 2)

    SEE THE WORLD 2: ALASKA (COMPLETE) 2014 (AUG-SEP)

    SEE THE WORLD 3: The Great Divide In Winter (COMPLETE) 2014 (OCT-DEC)

    SEE THE WORLD 4: NATIONAL PARKS (COMPLETE) 2014 DEC-2015 MAR

    SEE THE WORLD 5: WHERE THE MOUNTAINS GO
    2015
    (JUL-OCT)

    SEE THE WORLD 6: COPPER Canyon and the backroads of mexico
    (OCT 2015 – DEC 2015)

    SEE THE WORLD 7: Chasing Volcanoes
    (DEC 2015 – Jan 2016)

    SEE THE WORLD 8: Guatemala, El Salvador
    (Jan 2016 – FEB 2016)

    SEE THE WORLD 9: NICARAGUA
    (FEB, 2016)

    SEE THE WORLD 10: COSTA RICA
    (Mar 2016)

    Simply amazing!

    #814768

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    wow, pretty awesome route. I’ll be watching those later.

    #814805

    CycleSolutions
    Participant

    Hey Marc,

    Great idea to consolidate this thread info and hopefully we will see some more action on this for 2017. Advocate Cycles look great and very similar to the Salsa line up. The Woodsmoke is another awesome bike to take bike packing and has a lot of versatility. As for steel bikes that can do everything the Fargo is the go to and a great option with lots of ability to pack on and carry gear.

    That Ti bike is really cool. Marc, did you get a Ti bike for gravel?

    #814807

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks @cyclesolutions

    Salsa is bikepacking and adventure bikes, no question. I wanted a Warbird last year and a Cutthroat or Fargo this year. There just weren’t any when I was looking to buy. I’m still looking at maybe getting one of those however. I opted for the Hayduke Ti because I wanted something that was a great trail bike for the the rest of the year, when I am not bikepacking on it. Like the Fargo, it has a modular dropout system and I can run 27.5+ or 29er wheels in 135, 142 and 148mm spacing. I think with a Salsa Carbon Firestarter fork, it will be a great bikepacking rig. But for everyday use, I will have a Fox 34 on and it will be killer trail bike.

    I did get a Ti gravel/bikepacking bike as well. I plan to try and ride more singletrack for my bikepacking trips this year but I also plan to ride a bunch of gravel and redo the trip we did last year to Belleville, but continue to Kingston or Ottawa. I went for Ti because of the ride quality and durability. I also find it’s better suited to bikepacking as far as strapping and clamping kit to the frame. I will always keep the Open but think it’s going to be for day trips and races/events more than long distances, loaded down. I sold my Kona Jake The Snake. Amazing bike but I have always wanted Ti and the gravel geo suits me better on long hauls than pure CX geo. Plus the tire clearance, thru axles and all the other aspects that just make more sense for my needs.

    Here is the Lynskey GR 250 I got. I added some Salsa Woodchipper II bars and am digging them so far. I’ll likely add them to my Open as well. There is a ton of clerance on this frame. It fits 700x45mm or 650bx2.1″ tires, though it looks like it could fit 29×2.0″ and 650bx2.2″ I’ll try it soon,

    #814851

    Craig Ross
    Participant

    I’ve decided that I want to ride the Loop of Lake Ontario. My plan is to start in Trenton and ride counter clockwise, crossing north at Wolfe Island. I hope to stick to trails, bike paths and sideroads as much as possible. Has anyone done a similar route?

    #814855

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey @craig_ross Welcome to RFG.

    I have not done the Lake Ontario Loop myself but it sounds promising. I would like to do the Lake Simcoe loop however. Nice 2 day ride.

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