MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Razor Hoof » January 2nd, 2017, 10:04 am

I made it about 50 feet before turning around. Way too much ice for me.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby ihateplaindave » January 2nd, 2017, 2:12 pm

Too bad you turned around. The first 1/2 mile or so was the only really icy part. After that it is about 80/20 frozen leaves/crumbly ice. I did 100% of it at noon today on a fatty. I think most of it can be done skinny studded and prolly 85% regular MTB tires. One BIG tree done maybe 1/2 mile before the little drainage crossing that is sometimes like a stream crossing.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Shomegrown » January 2nd, 2017, 3:12 pm

Shomegrown wrote:Big tree down early on - basically straight from home plate just over the center field fences on the ball diamond next to the trialhead.


Thanks to whoever cleared this one! :D

There's still one left just before the center section with the BMX jumps.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Shomegrown » January 2nd, 2017, 3:14 pm

Razor Hoof wrote:I made it about 50 feet before turning around. Way too much ice for me.


Really? I didn't think it was bad.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Razor Hoof » January 2nd, 2017, 5:03 pm

ihateplaindave wrote:Too bad you turned around. The first 1/2 mile or so was the only really icy part. After that it is about 80/20 frozen leaves/crumbly ice. I did 100% of it at noon today on a fatty. I think most of it can be done skinny studded and prolly 85% regular MTB tires. One BIG tree done maybe 1/2 mile before the little drainage crossing that is sometimes like a stream crossing.


Figures.

I built up a 29+ wheelset and was eager to try that, so I was running 29x3. Had I been on 26x5 I might have stayed with it.

Or not, I don't like falling; and I don't have any studded tires (yet).

Thanks!
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby ihateplaindave » January 3rd, 2017, 9:48 am

That first section would have been brutal on non-fatty tires. A little puckerish on 4.6 inch tires. Also the last section.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Spinwheel » January 3rd, 2017, 5:17 pm

Shomegrown wrote:
Shomegrown wrote:Big tree down early on - basically straight from home plate just over the center field fences on the ball diamond next to the trialhead.


Thanks to whoever cleared this one! :D

There's still one left just before the center section with the BMX jumps.


I got both, thx for the locations
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby ihateplaindave » January 12th, 2017, 10:17 pm

I've been curious about the trails so a drove over and took a walk on the Hick. The good news: the woods look to be about 98% snow and ice free. The bad news: the MTB trail is an 18 inch ribbon of serious ice. I imagine that most, if not all, local trails are similar.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Shomegrown » January 13th, 2017, 3:46 pm

ihateplaindave wrote:I've been curious about the trails so a drove over and took a walk on the Hick. The good news: the woods look to be about 98% snow and ice free. The bad news: the MTB trail is an 18 inch ribbon of serious ice. I imagine that most, if not all, local trails are similar.


Thanks - do you think it's possible to ride off-center and keep off the ice or is it un-rideable (without studs) and this point?
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby ihateplaindave » January 13th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Nope. I thought of that, but no.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby reachchris » January 15th, 2017, 2:08 pm

Rode on Saturday. About half was unridable due to ice. The trail past the bridges seemed best.


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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby jreyst » January 16th, 2017, 12:47 pm

Rode 2 laps on Saturday also. Very good conditions in some spots, super icy in others. I cleared a medium sized tree in the middle of Disney thanks to the hatchet and handsaw I keep in my truck.
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Shaft » January 16th, 2017, 1:59 pm

With the freezing rain everything is rideable without studs. Go ride!!
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby ihateplaindave » Yesterday, 3:11 pm

Huh???
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Re: MCMBA: Hickory Glen (Commerce)

Postby Shaft » Yesterday, 4:44 pm

Ok so the relevance of my trail update was short lived. I rode just after the first round of freezing rain yesterday and the traction was really good.

Now......not so much fun I'd imagine.
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