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    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Let’s share some trail conditions for winter riding destinations.

    What’s rolling?

    #808669

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I rode Dufferin Forest on Friday on my way up to a ski shoot and found mixed conditions.

    From the main lot off Airport road to the back towards Concession 22 was a cross rutted mess. Riders had been in when the ground was soft and it was a rough start to the ride. Beyond that was pretty decent, though it was crust not pow so not the best. Blazing trail was a challenge and would have left more ruts. I still had my 4″ tire on which was fine for traction but not the best for float. I manages to follow fresh sled and quad tracks to get a good ride in. There is some good elevation in there and I got booking at times. 43km/h on crusty snow was a riot.

    #808672

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Albion HIlls now has a 6.5km groomed loop open to fat bikers. http://www.trca.on.ca/enjoy/activities/mountain-biking-cycling.dot

    Snow/Fat Biking

    Snow/Fat Biking on the Black Trail at Albion Hills Conservation Area is now open. Rentals are available at the chalet from Rocky Mountain at $35 for 2 hours or $50 for the day. Please note that there is a limited number of bikes available.

    Mountain biking trails remain open daily, weather conditions permitting.

    CSA Approved safety helmets are required. Tires must be 3” or wider and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi, no exceptions.

    Superfly Racing is also hosting a Fat Bike Festival/Race on the 16th of January to kick it off. http://www.superflyracing.com/race-series/albion-fat-bike-festival/


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    #808674

    secret agent
    Participant

    Hilton Falls/Agreement Forest is packed and hard and fast. It was good on Saturday and would imagine with the colder temps even better. Depending how much traffic it got, it could begin to get a little ice here and there. The Culham Trail system has hardly any snow on it and it is a bit iced over in the double track. I saw a CX bike doing that yesterday.

    #808675

    Neville Park
    Participant

    Durham has been great the last 3 rides i have been in over the last 10 days.

    all the single track is well groomed via bike traffic.
    the double track is lumpy with walkers / hikers boot prints.

    Can’t believe how much pace you can carry on snow through the trails there.

    Also – did a few things to my stock RM blizzard -10 via my old Devinici:
    hydraulic brakes
    wider, flatter bars
    lock on grips
    x9 shifter and derailleur

    Love the feel of the changes … and for costing $0.00 as it was all pilfered, I am way stoked.
    Thanks Elie @ Cycle Life for the bike.


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    #808706

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Rode Durham Forest Thursday afternoon. The single track is well packed but pretty slick in some areas. Logs Over Easy and Ogre and Out seemed to have the most icy spots. I was on my skinny tired bike so it might be a little better on a fatty.
    It is not looking good though with the rain we are supposed to get this weekend followed by cold temps. That could turn the trails into a track more suited to Crashed Ice than mountain biking. We were thanking El Nino before Christmas but may be cursing him soon.

    #808708

    EnduroRider
    Participant

    Finally got my studded tires put on, hopefully it will stay cool enough tonight to test them out.

    #808736

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Here is an update on Durham Forest from Terry posted on the DMBA Facebook page;

    “Well it’s close enough to being done! 95% of the single track in Durham Forest has been groomed. With just a little traffic, it will be awesome. Please choose your riding times carefully. If the trails are slushy ( from rain and above freezing temperatures), consider staying off of them, as your ride will ruin the trails until the next major snow storm. Also, the base is not set enough for anything other than fat bike tires, at this point. For those that don’t have fat bikes, please be patient until the trails are hard packed. If we all use common sense, we should be able to keep these trails awesome for the whole season.”

    #808749

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks for update @durham-rider

    AF, Guelph and Albion are all reporting icy and dicey conditions. This snow should help but watch for covered ice.

    SCMBC trails look to be amazing so I may head up later this week and roll through.

    #808781

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Rode Guelph Lakes today. Was damn near perfect. Well packed snow over ice. As things got warm the snow could break loose from the ice beneath but overall it was great. There is a 6km loop which I rode 4-5 times. Super fun!

    I am still on my Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tires but this was the wake up call that they suck in snow. I am resisting putting on studs and will try the Bud/Lou combo next time. If the freeze/thaw cycles continue I will have to mount the studded D4s. I was fine today but if I pushed it hard in corners, I ran out of traction.





    May try Puslinch later this week.

    #808803

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Rode Durham Forest today. Conditions were amazing. Tiny bit of crust over thick ice foundation. A few rutted areas but overall it was great. There were some areas that still had packed snow as well. Really fun mix of pretty amazing conditions.

    I did decide to toss on my 45NRTH Dillinger 4 studded tires this week and am glad I did. You could certainly get by without them but having the studs was amazing and removed any concern about sudden loss of traction. I was able to carry pretty good speed once I found their limit. I have them setup tubeless and ran them at about 5-6 psi. Definetly a game changer.

    I came across one of the DMBA group rides and tagged along with them for the remainder of their ride then did another loop on my own. Still getting my bearings in there but getting lost was half the fun. Terry, who is the master trail builder and leads many rides, offered to guide an RFG group ride if there is enough interest?

    I’ll likely head back in tomorrow morning and get another good loop in before the rain and thaw this week.



    #808804

    terrysinclair
    Participant

    It was great to ride with you today, Mark. Let’s do it again soon.
    Terry

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    #808808

    Tpratt
    Participant

    I rode some of the craigleith snowshoe trails this weekend. I’m not sure whether you’re technically supposed to or not but everyone I encountered was super stoked to see a bike out and had lots of questions, so just goes to show if you show trail etiquette then things should be ok.

    Some of the climbs (pretty steep ones in that area) were a huge challenge but the flatter and more gradual stuff had a ton of traction as they are super hard packed snow from all the snowshoe traffic.


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    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    That looks amazing @tpratt Some legit elevation in there. Might have to check it out myself next time I am up for a shoot at Blue. What tires are you running?

    #808815

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    It was great to ride with you today, Mark. Let’s do it again soon.
    Terry

    Welcome to RFG @terrysinclair Thanks again for all your incredible work and support of the sport we all love. Keep up all your great work! Very happy to have you join the community here.

    I was back in exploring today. Trails were amazing. Temps hovered around 0 during my ride but the ground remained nice and crisp. Had to shed some layers and even pulled the gloves off for a bit as it was so nice. Reminded me of some great days nordic skiing at a kid. Truly beautiful in there today. No issues to report.

    Hopefully we don’t get much of the rain they are calling for.


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