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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » January 9th, 2012, 11:58 am

I am assuming that there is no snow. It's been pretty warm out here.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » January 9th, 2012, 5:24 pm

You might find some snow in spots where the sun never shines, but it might be all clear. Check it out and report the trail status.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby mtbyker » January 9th, 2012, 10:05 pm

Was at BR this morning. Ground was frozen, conditions were supreme! Maybe as good as I've ever seen. No snow anywhere.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » January 10th, 2012, 9:01 am

Wow, January 9th and you can still ride Bass. Awesome!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » January 16th, 2012, 12:05 am

I tried riding today but I only made it like 15ft. into the trail. Apparently I need a fatter bike?!

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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » January 18th, 2012, 9:32 am

You definitely don't need a wider tire to ride the trail( well a 2.4- 2.5 couldn't hurt). Just get some studded tires and you should be fine. Just ask the third coast snowbikers in Grand Haven. They've been riding in the snow for years.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Mike_D » January 18th, 2012, 9:45 am

You probably encountered a lot of "resistance" due to the heavy, high moisture content of that snow :!: Combine that with the depth and that must have been a real treat for that 15 feet :D Studded tires would be beneficial to give you traction. As far as a wider tire, I'm more inclined to think a standard 2.0 or 2.1 wide studded tire thinking of more like a studded pizza cutter would work better (less resistance and getting down to the sub-surface). A wider tire would give you, here again, more "resistance" on a "virgin" trail that has not been packed down. Now some would argue that the wider tire "floats" you above the snow but I have yet to "float" across the snow when I tried some 2.3's years ago but that's my opinion. I still think a standard width studded tire will give you plenty of traction and give you some stability when turning corners (less chance for tire to wash out).
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » January 18th, 2012, 4:17 pm

See Lucky Charm, I told ya. lol:) Get some studded tires thrown on that trek of yours and its bombs away time;)
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby dirtjunkie » January 19th, 2012, 10:19 am

Two phat bikes and three skinnies packed a decent line thru the snow last night. We cleared quite a few small trees/ downfall off the trail, but there are a couple of spots that have large trees down.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Mike_D » January 26th, 2012, 12:25 pm

With this snow, thaw, freeze cycle does anyone know the latest trail conditions? Just wondering if the trail is clear or if the packed down snow has turned to ice? Anyplace in my backyard that has been walked on and hasn't melted is extremely icy right now.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » February 20th, 2012, 5:50 pm

Bass is rideable if you don't mind getting a little muddy. Added ride around to the new logpile on the south loop. Haven't checked the east loop recently...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Elevated_Existence » April 9th, 2012, 6:45 pm

Just got back it is dry and fast. A buddy and I cleared a downed tree but couldn't move another one that was wedged between two trees.
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Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » April 15th, 2012, 8:02 am

It was perfect yesterday. The sand at the bottom of the uphill was in the best shape I've seen and there were no trees down anywhere.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » April 15th, 2012, 9:18 am

Ahh yes, B-River cruising!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ras220476 » June 8th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Rode the trail yesterday and it's riding fast right now! Not sure what I feel about the new log piles though. Some fit into the overall feeling of the trail, but a few don't seem to 'work' and they kinda break your rhythm. Also, how far is trail, North and South loop combined? I had my GPS ride app on, and it reckoned it was 4 miles in total but the trail map says 8 miles?
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