MCMBA: Novi

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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby CWPspeed3 » October 29th, 2013, 9:58 am

trail was good last night, very few wet spots. lots of leaves but you can still tell where the trail is and they arent too slippery.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby mrbikester » October 29th, 2013, 8:14 pm

Trail was so very perfect today. The color is still spectacular out there.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby GHamilton » October 30th, 2013, 1:42 pm

Went out around noon today. Trail is in good shape. Leaves are abundant and slick in some turns. Had to turn back as I couldn't make myself ride through the giant clouds of bugs (mosquitos?). Where I couldn't see them, I could feel them hitting my face. Not something I enjoy.

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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Loren » October 30th, 2013, 3:48 pm

Yup, hoards of tiny little flies...
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby CraveSingletrack » November 3rd, 2013, 10:48 am

Anyone been out there? How is it?
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby GHamilton » November 3rd, 2013, 4:07 pm

Just got back. Wet in the usual spots, not enough to not go out, although there are at least 9 trees blocking the trail. 4 in the 754 loop alone.

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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Loren » November 4th, 2013, 1:45 pm

Thanks for the trail report. Will be a few days, but will address the the down trees before the weekend.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby WallEyed » November 4th, 2013, 3:55 pm

If I can get a fresh chain on my saw, I'll head out there ASAP!
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby berto2cj » November 4th, 2013, 4:21 pm

Loren wrote:Thanks for the trail report. Will be a few days, but will address the the down trees before the weekend.



There is also a nasty thorny branch sticking out near the double downhill segments (loose & rocky part)....took out my fav jacket
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby GHamilton » November 7th, 2013, 4:11 pm

Was out around 1 today. The city has closed the gate to the back parking lot. Took my usual warm-up ride on the main trail out to the 12 1/2 mile juncture and saw a rider going through on the trail. As I had noticed that there was only one other vehicle in the main lot and there were no cars on 12 1/2 mile, I decided to run some of the trail in the reverse direction. I would not normally do this but with almost all of the leaves down, you can see if someone is coming from quite a ways away. It was great. Made it through Loki's when I was startled by four deer standing 30 feet away from me just checking me out. I watched them for awhile and saw their ears perk up as they had heard a rider on the trail in the distance. Rode the rest of the way in the right direction. Watch out for roots covered with leaves. Two almost put me down. Wet in the usual spots.

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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby mrbikester » November 8th, 2013, 9:19 pm

Rode early afternoon. 39 degrees when I arrived but eventually climbed to a sweltering 41. Leaves galore on trail in expert loop. Slippery in spots.Trees down across trail at 1.5 mile, 2.5 mile and 3 mile. ( estimates)
As I was climbing hill up to the crater my chain snapped. UHG! Very disappointing and had to Hike a Bike back to parking lot. Nice day for a walk in the woods though.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Loren » November 8th, 2013, 9:36 pm

And no mosquitoes!

I'll get the trees this weekend.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby Loren » November 10th, 2013, 6:39 pm

Trees cleared!
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby jreyst » November 14th, 2013, 8:13 am

Rode here last night around 8:30/9:00pm and yeah, other than tons of leaves the trail was great. I was here a few days back and got my workout in lifting the bike over all the down trees but none of that this time. Thanks for keeping this trail rocking guys. Oh also, wanted to mention that my only issues with winter riding are cold toes and fingers. The rest of me is always perfectly fine, temperature-wise. This year I bought a pair of toe-warmers to put OVER my shoe covers AND I'm using toe-grabber adhesive warmers I stick to my toes. Now my toes are nice and toasty almost the entire ride. I learned a trick for my fingers. I wear a thin pair of gloves then stick a toe warmer to the back of my hands, then insert hands into thicker gloves. While my finger tips do still start off cold after 10 minutes or so the heat from the warmer seems to circulate down into the fingers and then I'm good for the rest of the ride.
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Re: MCMBA: Novi

Postby berto2cj » November 14th, 2013, 8:37 am

jreyst wrote:Rode here last night around 8:30/9:00pm and yeah, other than tons of leaves the trail was great. I was here a few days back and got my workout in lifting the bike over all the down trees but none of that this time. Thanks for keeping this trail rocking guys. Oh also, wanted to mention that my only issues with winter riding are cold toes and fingers. The rest of me is always perfectly fine, temperature-wise. This year I bought a pair of toe-warmers to put OVER my shoe covers AND I'm using toe-grabber adhesive warmers I stick to my toes. Now my toes are nice and toasty almost the entire ride. I learned a trick for my fingers. I wear a thin pair of gloves then stick a toe warmer to the back of my hands, then insert hands into thicker gloves. While my finger tips do still start off cold after 10 minutes or so the heat from the warmer seems to circulate down into the fingers and then I'm good for the rest of the ride.


I got some barmits at the Iceman Expo...really don't need warmers or super heavy gloves with them.
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