Michigan Mountain Biking Association
grinder wrote:There are no official rules posted...and it would be difficult to segregate all of the users (regular mtn bikes, fatbikes, walkers, snowshoe walkers, dog sledders, cross country skiers, etc.). And the park management does not want a hassle with the multiple users arguing over trail use.
With that being said, other trails systems that groom for fatbikes typically have some general guidelines that they try to adopt for the trail...3.7" or larger tire diameter, 10psi max pressure for tires, no riding of fatbikes if you leave an imprint deeper than 1" in trail, etc.
I am sure that some of the trail would handle a regular mountain bike tire at typical pressures...but currently, in my opinion, at least half of the loop would not be conducive to regular mountain bike tires. You just simply would not be able to ride it (too soft). A fatbike tire has an immense amount of "floatation" that allows those style bikes to ride on somewhat softer surfaces.
I plan on grooming the trails again on Thursday evening...then riding it again soon thereafter (maybe Fri/ Sat). I will post my honest opinion about the practicality of "regular" mountain bike use by the beginning/ mid weekend.
Conditions can vary so much in so little time...with the fresh snow that has fallen (and will continue to fall through Thursday according to forecasts) I really don't think "regular" mountain bikes would have much success until maybe Friday evening or into the weekend...again I will make another post as to the conditions soon.
If anyone does attempt to ride a "regular" mountain bike and notices that they are creating a "rut" or other indentation in the trail surface I would hope that they would turn around and not ruin the trail for other users. It is sort of like the trail etiquette for summer season riding when there is a lot of rain...if the trail is muddy and you are leaving a rut, please get off the trail. I only plead with users about damaging the trail because there has been many many hours put into not only grooming the trails (and the expense of gas, and equipment use) but also in fabricating the equipment needed to groom. Without sounding prude, just use a little common sense and have some respect for the trail surface at any time when riding.
I have been out there with my fatbike intending on riding, but noticed early off that I was rutting the trail, so I turned around quickly and stuck to the asphalt roads in the park to get my ride in. It is up to "us", the trail users, to self-govern ourselves for the betterment of the trail and the sustainability of the trail surface.
vette-ss wrote:Question for experienced snow fat bikers....I just got a fat bike and have only been once. I was planning to get over to Custer this weekend since it appears to be one of the prime trail destinations in southern MI. But looking at the weather forecast, I don't want to wreck the trail. Friday high is 40 with a low of 28. Saturday high is 33. Any opinions on how soft the trail will be Saturday morning since it's barely getting below freezing? Saturday low goes down a bit so maybe it would firm things up again and Sunday morning might be better, assuming it's not all rutted up from the warm weekend. Thoughts? Its about a 2hr drive for me so I'd hate to make the drive and not ride.
Green Giant wrote:Think I might try to get out real early on Saturday and hope that overnight it freezes back up, but guessing it's soft now.
If I get out, I'll post up.