MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 10th, 2015, 2:48 pm

b_b wrote:Ok for skinnies?


Give it a shot...run your tire pressure very low, so low that you almost bottom out on the rim if you bounce on the bike. Snowmobiles are starting to run thru the area too - on the snow covered paved paths and Walled Lake School System property west of the cell tower - after a few passes by the snow machines those trails become excellent riding as well. Expect to go slow and work hard at it and you may like it!
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 10th, 2015, 7:02 pm

Out there just now and snowmobile tracks are well packed, lots of traffic. Single track had fresh fat tracks and I added some. Unfortunately some *beep* on a 4 wheeler is mucking up sects 6 and 10, and possibility others I didn't cover them all. I threw a few logs on the trail in a meager effort to discourage ..
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 12th, 2015, 11:03 am

Anyone go out there Sunday? Wondered if there was any more 4x4 activity ripping up the groomed single track?
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 14th, 2015, 11:40 am

Tuesday about half the single track loop had 1 or 2 fresh sets of fat tracks and rode very slow. Paved path snowmobile tracks we quite a bit easier to ride and might be ready to support skinny tires.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby jreyst » January 16th, 2015, 11:36 am

I'm riding today SOMEWHERE, but need to know what in SE MI (from say Island Lake in the west to Addison in the north range) is most do-able for a skinny... I did Island Lake last weekend but the trail was very well packed and frozen so the skinny rode very well. With the warmer temps today I'm wondering what trail is my best bet.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 16th, 2015, 12:15 pm

Snowmobile tracks might work for skinny. HG single track is not groomed enough for skinny tires. Not even close, was there last night.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby steveracer » January 17th, 2015, 3:28 pm

Tried the skinny this morning before temps rose above 32. Let psi down to maybe 18 - 20 and then it rode kinda ok. But it was tough sledding for a 29er. It was a *beep* of a 30 minute workout (that was good in itself) Now with the temps above 40 don't ride the trail perhaps maybe kinda unless you have a real fattie or double wide.

I only rode a few feet of the trail then bailed to ride the pavement, but that bit the bag for a skinny. The trail itself will be nice once it gets cold again, as it is about one foot wide where the traffic has tamped it down.

My accu-trail prediction (isn't that an oxy moron?) is the snow level will go down this weekend, perhaps an inch from where it is now at about 5 inches, and then cool off a bit to make the trial great for riding whether fattie or possibly studs. Hopefully it will ice over and the studs will make it a nice ride next week with lights and all kinds of fancy winter riding gear.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby jbone » January 19th, 2015, 12:59 pm

Very rideable today on a fat bike. Lots of frozen footprints. Some ice but nothing treacherous, no studs required.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 21st, 2015, 9:58 pm

Easy to ride on fat tires tonight, if I had skinny tires I'd probably opt for studs, but don't think they're required
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » January 24th, 2015, 1:28 pm

If you happen to see fresh 4 wheeler tracks on the single track areas, and you have time, please shoot me photos so I can build a case with the township. Just let me know the date and which section they're on if possible. Currently, they're ripping up most of the sections north of the cell tower. In the image below, the center tracks are fatbike tracks on the singletrack.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Shaft » Yesterday, 8:53 pm

Rode the 29er today. Trail is in great shape.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby steveracer » Yesterday, 10:05 pm

And same for the 26er Sunday. Perfect for winter riding enjoyment.

Cold temps will keep this ready to ride all week.
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