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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » January 20th, 2013, 7:39 pm

Ugh. Rode HC after a handful of laps at Rolling Hills. Made it to the far back end of the red section (between R5 & R6) when I got my 2nd flat tire. There are tons of twigs, vines, and other smallish debris on the yellow and red sections. Wrapped around my rear cassette and derailleur a few times, and then thorns got the better of me.

Stupid me - was able to fix the 1st flat but the spare CO2 cartridge I brought didn't fit properly in my inflator and I didn't have a pump on me, so I had to hike-a-bike all the way out of the park and all the way back to Rolling Hills where I was parked.

Ran across several hikers and dogs. One of the dogs had stepped on a thorn and was howling terribly until it was pulled out. Poor little pooch. Thankfully the guy passed me in his truck on Merrit Rd while I was hiking to RH and gave me a lift the rest of the way. Nice.

I typically catch a thorn in the tire about every 3 or 4 rides through HC, but after today's ride I'm gonna stay away until I set up for tubeless.

Good news is the trail was completely frozen; even the section near the boardwalks that are often swampy.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby sally_2000 » January 20th, 2013, 8:24 pm

ChrisInYpsi wrote:Ugh. Rode HC after a handful of laps at Rolling Hills. Made it to the far back end of the red section (between R5 & R6) when I got my 2nd flat tire. There are tons of twigs, vines, and other smallish debris on the yellow and red sections. Wrapped around my rear cassette and derailleur a few times, and then thorns got the better of me.

Stupid me - was able to fix the 1st flat but the spare CO2 cartridge I brought didn't fit properly in my inflator and I didn't have a pump on me, so I had to hike-a-bike all the way out of the park and all the way back to Rolling Hills where I was parked.

Ran across several hikers and dogs. One of the dogs had stepped on a thorn and was howling terribly until it was pulled out. Poor little pooch. Thankfully the guy passed me in his truck on Merrit Rd while I was hiking to RH and gave me a lift the rest of the way. Nice.

I typically catch a thorn in the tire about every 3 or 4 rides through HC, but after today's ride I'm gonna stay away until I set up for tubeless.

Good news is the trail was completely frozen; even the section near the boardwalks that are often swampy.




Chris, I got a thorn flat at HC last last Nov.. Never got a thorn flat before on any other trail :|
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby dnale » January 21st, 2013, 10:42 am

I haven't gone tubeless yet but I run the liners in both of my wheelsets. They have dramatically cut down my flats from thorns. I used to get alot of flats at HC.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » January 31st, 2013, 8:24 pm

Ypsi Twp is seeking community input on the future of their parks. Hewens Creek is a township park, and it might be a good idea to respond to their survey and use the success and high usage of Hewens (and Rolling Hills even though its a county park) as a reason to recommend even more MTB trails in the township. Just posting here to get the word out to area MTB peeps.

Nice background summary today in AA.com, and a link to the survey is at the bottom of the article: http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ ... _ypsilanti
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 5th, 2013, 6:32 am

Trees down from heavy snow this week. Cleared yellow loop from Y10 to parking lot, plus the orange loop. Rest still needs to be checked.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 9th, 2013, 2:06 pm

@BikeHewensCreek: Cleared the rest of the yellow loop. All the remains is the eastern red loop. Trail surface is starting to thaw. http://t.co/mCIppuWYNj



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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 9th, 2013, 2:08 pm

@BikeHewensCreek: Its that time of the year again; time to stay off the trail from the mud. Please avoid riding until it dries out.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 10th, 2013, 1:04 pm

@BikeHewensCreek: Cleared the red eastern loop today. Lots of smaller limbs were down from the heavy snow. All clear now for hiking, but wear boots.

As of today the trail surface is 100 % free from dead fall. There are lots of patches of grapevine and briars on the trail surface at the moment. When the trail dries a bit these will be raked up. But in the meantime be careful of the thorns.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » April 7th, 2013, 12:24 pm

Yellow loop completely open and mostly dry, however the usual stretches from Y1 to Y4 are muddy and being ripped up by some bikes. Please avoid this section until it gets a chance to dry out.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » April 28th, 2013, 2:35 pm

Checked out hewen's yesterday and the trail is pretty wet still, and may need the rest of the week (or longer) to dry out. The yellow loop was mostly wet, the red loop had a few wet spots mostly in the southwest corner. I think it is even too wet to mow at this point. I didn't check out the orange loop. There was also alot of small debris down mostly on the red loop. Temporary plan is to head out next weekend with a rake to do some cleanup and see how it is drying.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 4th, 2013, 7:59 pm

Replaced some of the old or mangled trail markers in the park today, along with cleaning up the eastern RED loop. Trail is not bad. Ride on!

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 5th, 2013, 7:10 pm

A little more work today, taking out another widow-maker north of the pond and a few trees to make things faster. All the trail markers have been placed or updated.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bk246 » May 9th, 2013, 6:30 pm

Regarding the "widow-maker" mentioned in the previous post, being somewhat new to mountain-biking, I have to admit that I wasn't totally clear about the meaning of this term, until I saw the photo posted at "http://www.twitter.com/BikeHewensCreek"... which prompted me to share the following YouTube video, in which Ben Stiller is a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsHMnjIk-o8

If the link doesn't get you there, you can find it easily by searching on the YouTube home page for “Ben Stiller Night Mountain Bike Ride”. The actual title of the video is “Night Mountian Bike Ride”, with ‘mountain’ misspelled, but you’ll see Ben Stiller sitting on the Tonight Show couch in the thumbnail photo.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 11th, 2013, 7:55 pm

Red loop raked and cleaned up today. Also took out some trees and over hangers to open it up a bit more.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 15th, 2013, 7:58 pm

Spun thru Hewens tonight. Very fast right now. The boardwalks area is a little soft as usual, but other than that the trail is dry.

I find it amazing that the grass is still growing over the trail in the meadow sections. Seems like after several years it should be packed dirt by now, but the grass doesn't want to give it up. I'd guess about half the trail is grass covered right now. More traffic will surely help to ride it in.

I found 3 ticks after my ride tonight. I also did Rolling Hills so I'm not sue which trail I picked them up, but I'd guess it was Hewens due to all the ankle slappers on the trail. Get out there and ride, but be sure to check yourself well for ticks.
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