Michigan Mountain Biking Association
Toaster wrote:Alright everyone you can put away your lead pipes. Haven't road BM yet, that's why I asked.
c0nsumer wrote:It's important to realize that there's also a big difference between the summertime wet area mud and the thawing-trail mud we have right now. While on first blush they appear similar, what we have right now is muddy areas (often entire trails) that are soft because the ground is thawing from the top down. Ruts and damage done this time of year will quickly dry in place once the ground finishes thawing and the water can drain out the bottom, leading to crappy, dried-in ruts that often remain all year. These ruts then allow water to pool or flow, adding to erosion. People then tend to ride at the edge widening the trail, etc.
Because this pooling doesn't happen in summer time the top layer doesn't get nearly as saturated, mud isn't as deep, rutting isn't as bad, etc. This is evidenced by often being able to ride a day or so after the heaviest storms.
Toaster wrote:Alright everyone you can put away your lead pipes...
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