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Old 02-02-19, 07:01 PM
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Look out for that ice, Where !

Today I went out after a snow fall from the other day. It's been pretty easy riding on the ice for the last month, but cover it with snow and look out. All the ruts created from the snowmobiles, snowshoes, and hikers are now hidden under the snow. It's impossible to pick up the ruts and at times they can just throw the bike in a total different direction, or grab your wheel right out from under you. Thank goodness I have cat like reflexes (lol) because it threw me 6 times, but I landed on my feet each time. The hardest ride of the season, but I had so much fun can't wait for tomorrow.


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Right on! Any given day there’s a new surprise during the winter. Was talking to a skier telling him I prefer straight ice over gravel. Gonna watch your vid when I have WiFi. Some day some way gotta beg borrow or steal a studded fat bike
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The solution: suspension.

At least a fork. I’m an old mountain biker and is very familiar with riding rigid. It sucks. Once I put a suspension fork on my mountain bike, I never looked back. A suspension fork allows the front wheel to float and follow the terrrain. A rigid fork will just plow into whatever ruts are there and trap the wheel. Even fat tires won’t float and follow terrain like a suspension fork will.
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Geez, I hope that tresspasser was not one of those "no wave" types, you might have ruined his whole week. Loved the regional accents, clip could probably have been used as a "This Old House" segment on winter MTB riding.
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10 degrees warmer & the ride would completely different cuz sticky snow provides traction. the XC skier I spoke to on my trails said the skiing was very fast & nothing was sticking to his skis. looking at my tires, I noticed the same experience
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
Today I went out after a snow fall from the other day
finally watched. those ice cakes on the trees showing how high the water gets when flooded is so surprising! falling while standing ... lol ... I did the same when I got too close to a river & slid down the embankment. stayed upright but flung my handheld camera onto the river so I had to venture out just a little to retrieve it.

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
finally watched. those ice cakes on the trees showing how high the water gets when flooded is so surprising! falling while standing ... lol ... I did the same when I got too close to a river & slid down the embankment. stayed upright but flung my handheld camera onto the river so I had to venture out just a little to retrieve it.
Every year they flood the area and once they open the dam again you get the crazy ice rings on the trees. There are spots where I can stand and I would have been under water, just crazy how high it can get in area's. Now you have some spots where there is ice but nothing under it, so that can be tricky. Knowing the trails I know where most of these hazards are, but they did issue a warning for the area because someone fell into one of these false ice traps. They didn't get real hurt but they did have the fire dept. come to help treat them.
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Every year they flood the area and once they open the dam again you get the crazy ice rings on the trees
wow, so curious, is there any warning before they flood it? how long is it flooded for?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
wow, so curious, is there any warning before they flood it? how long is it flooded for?
This is only my second year cycling outside in the winter, and I didn't see any posting or heard anything before hand. I think this is right around the same time as last year, and it seems like it's takes place over a week or two. I'm going to ask the rangers next time I see them, to see what I can find out about this yearly occurrence.
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I'm thinking about a fat trike for the winter:

https://www.industrialbicycles.com/i...fat-trike.aspx
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I'm thinking about a fat trike for the winter:

https://www.industrialbicycles.com/i...fat-trike.aspx
That looks pretty cool, and could be a lot of fun.
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