CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby elangley » January 15th, 2016, 10:33 am

I road from the main lot into the mtb trail yesterday late afternoon. I did follow the ski tracks, but as mentioned we got a bit more snow after that. It was a slow few miles, and I only made it to the horse/hike trail intersection about 4 miles in. I did need to walk the hills, and caught some rocks lurching me sideways on the short downhills. Good news is, there was another fat biker in the lot when I was leaving, and 5-6 sleds were also heading out. As long as no one ruts up the trail today and the sleds get a chance to get into the singletrack area - next week should be great!
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Ti_fighter » January 18th, 2016, 8:53 am

Rode PLRA Sunday about noon. Managed to get around the entire single track but it has large sections covered in ice.

Riding fat but no studs, I went down half a dozen times; my buddy with studded tires stayed upright.

First and last miles are especially bad where snowmobiles have turned the trail into sheets of ice the entire width of the trail.
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CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jumbo » January 24th, 2016, 12:48 pm

Perfect winter conditions at PL this morning around 8:30 am. Trail base is ice but we've had just enough snow to cover it up and provide traction. Days like today are why you bought that fat bike.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » January 24th, 2016, 7:48 pm

jumbo wrote:Perfect winter conditions at PL this morning around 8:30 am. Trail base is ice but we've had just enough snow to cover it up and provide traction. Days like today are why you bought that fat bike.



Days like yesterday and today are why I got hooked on trail riding in the winter two decades ago when we thought MTBs with 2.5 tires were fat bikes.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jumbo » January 24th, 2016, 7:59 pm

Ha, two decades ago I was in the basement riding rollers this time of year. I guess I'm a slow learner.


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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » January 25th, 2016, 10:47 am

jumbo wrote:Ha, two decades ago I was in the basement riding rollers this time of year. I guess I'm a slow learner.


I was lucky enough to learn about winter riding from the likes of Todd Scott and Mike Curiak via internet mtbing groups which were just in their infancy in those days.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby smartblast.org » January 27th, 2016, 5:40 pm

Rode part of the trail this afternoon as it was a sheet of ice. The little bit of snow made the ice bad even with studs. Park road was WORST ride ever. Need a little more snow a melt to get rid of extra slip on top of the ice.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » January 27th, 2016, 5:52 pm

smartblast.org wrote:Rode part of the trail this afternoon as it was a sheet of ice. The little bit of snow made the ice bad even with studs. Park road was WORST ride ever. Need a little more snow a melt to get rid of extra slip on top of the ice.


Were those your fat tire tracks I saw when I stopped to check out the trail by the RC flyfield? Looked like studded Dillingers.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby smartblast.org » January 29th, 2016, 12:25 pm

Not me. Bailed at the road. Just riding 29" studded tires was not enough for all the ice.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jumbo » February 6th, 2016, 10:59 am

PL was frozen and fun this morning. A little ice, but it is obvious due to the snow being a thicker on top than spots with no ice. There is ample evidence (frozen ruts) people were out riding this past week when they shouldn't have been.


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