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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby plaindave » December 31st, 2013, 9:38 am

eatworksleepdie wrote:I rode tree farm yesterday (Monday December 30th) and I highly recommend studs. It took me almost an hour to ride the first 5 miles, then had to bail so I wasn't late for an appointment. It's rideable, but not for the faint of heart. Very icy with 6-8 bike tracks from the 6-8 morons who rode during the thaw over the weekend. Luckily it's only snow deep. Plus side, I saw 4 cute young deer! :D


I didn't think the bike tracks were that bad. I thought that the footprints were much worse than the bike tracks.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Steve_Balogh » December 31st, 2013, 5:18 pm

Just got back from Novi, did not ride the entire trail, but went out to my favorite sections on the other side of the bridges, pines, etc. Used my DIY studded fatbike, no issues with the ice and ruts. Nothing worse than what I expected - Novi does not drain well, after a rain or any thaw it gets sloppy there. Pretty much any bike that rode over the last week their tracks have thawed and frozen, fellow fat bikes included, regardless of what conditions they rode. Nice thing about the ruts is that most people held their lines pretty well; no fishtailing serpentine ruts criss-crossing the trail. I did find one or two sections where there were clearly pizza cutters digging into the ground :evil: . So yes, some of the complaints are true. Even with studs, I don't recommend riding too fast.

So it's a mixed bag of all-frozen conditions, I did find a few sections untouched.

What I found interesting was one section of gentle rolling hills where there were a ton of frozen ruts in the low spots, but no ruts at all in the high spots. Tells me that those tracks were not laid in thaw, but rather normal tracks that thawed and refroze. Again, not something to be ridden at high speed.

Parkinglot of course is super icy, I recommend studs - but I did notice some fresh tracks from a normal MTB without studs and they held an impressive line. Whoever that was good job 8)
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby GHamilton » January 3rd, 2014, 4:24 pm

Looks like tomorrow might be a good day to go for a Tree Farm ride. I'm shooting for noonish and was wondering what to expect as I haven't done much riding through snow in a long time. 29er with spike tires and a front fork that doesn't like cold weather.

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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby 300hp » January 10th, 2014, 1:10 pm

Anyone been out today? How packed is the mtb loop?
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby ibisman » January 10th, 2014, 4:33 pm

It's 40? out and you want to ride in the slush? Shame.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Ti_fighter » January 19th, 2014, 9:42 pm

Rode today (Sunday pm). There's about 3 miles of well packed snow on the first portions of easy single track and the main doubletrack. That portion is nicely ridable on a fat bike but once you head into other portions of the singletrack the snow is still 10-12" deep and virtually unridable. All the technical features are buried.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby blurt » January 20th, 2014, 10:20 am

Found pair of glasses on Sunday. PM me with description and it's yours.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby ColorVoyeur » March 31st, 2014, 1:31 pm

Took a quick walk from Dixon to the pump track on the two-track.

2"-4" of ice over most of that surface.

1"-3" of dog *beep* on top of that.

I'm taking a steel snow shovel to the pump track tomorrow to get most of that ice cleared so I can get hoof prints fixed and maybe we can have something dirt to ride on in the next couple weeks.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby ColorVoyeur » April 5th, 2014, 4:01 pm

Pump Track is running awesome!

The 180 degree berm is still a tad wet (just shoveled the last of the snow off it today.) Everything else is tacky to dry. Certainly ready to ride.

I'll be back out there tomorrow (Sunday, 04/06) from about 3pm until I pass out. I'll be digging and riding... if anyone wants to have their best day of the year so far, come on out!
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Xtian1206= » April 6th, 2014, 4:37 pm

We initially were wishfully thinking to be able to ride Novi this coming Tuesday. So wanted to clarify. with what you said, are you saying we can go ahead and ride this coming Tuesday?
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby countryboy_mike » April 6th, 2014, 6:13 pm

There is no way that the rest of The Farm is ready to ride. I has got to be a giant mud puddle where there is no snow and ice. I believe ColorVoyeur is speaking of just the pump track section.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby b_b » April 6th, 2014, 6:54 pm

Xtian1206= wrote:We initially were wishfully thinking to be able to ride Novi this coming Tuesday.

More like "miraculous"! Also Novi isn't the earliest trail to dry and when the time comes Hick Glen is a better choice.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby jreyst » April 6th, 2014, 7:21 pm

I walked out there today. I didn't walk all of the actual biking trail but I did many sections and it was actually in pretty decent condition, or at least, the sections I was on. There is still snow in some spots and certainly muddy spots, but many parts are not much different than any other day after a rain during the normal season. My bike is in the shop right now but I should have it back on Tuesday and assuming we get some more sun sometime between Monday-Wednesday I firmly plan to give it a shot. I saw several guys out there today also but I didn't get a chance to talk to them.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Roy » April 7th, 2014, 6:45 am

How can you even think of ridding the "Farm" ?
Don't be fooled by a dry patches sitting on top of ice.


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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby ColorVoyeur » April 7th, 2014, 7:53 am

There is no way I'd even try walking the single track, it's guaranteed to be way too icy and muddy.

The only section I can vouch for is the pump track, and it's only because you can take the two track at 12 1/2 mile straight there.

**Edit**
There was another mountain biker at the 12 1/2 mile entrance getting ready, but I never even saw him make it to the pump track, so I'm assuming he didn't make it more than a couple feet before realizing the trail wasn't ready.
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