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Old 01-09-2015, 10:07 PM   #1
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Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

Tried to get out of the house in a hurry and left all my kit on the back porch. Discovered when I was unloading my bike from my truck at the end of the road. Oh well, if you really need it, it should be on your person. Only thing I really missed was my water ...
Rode a ways on the closed road- not fun... turn the cranks.. pretty boring pushing through six inches of powder- thinking about skiing.
Turned off the road into some campsite areas- I could tell they were well used- not a branch on a tree within reach- did some free riding along the crick- up some knolls , through the woods... snow not as deep but still hardback underneath... back out to the road and continues...
Signs Signs every where a sign- private property- posted- state signs - private signs all kinds of directions- look ahead stay on the trail-
Around the back of the mountain and back to Stoney Creek... blow downs- wind fall and trees down , a bath robe.
Road to Wilcox Lake Outlet confluence , or about there, and turned around.
Easier breaking trail than riding the single track...
No harm done.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:33 AM   #2
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Looks like a nice ride. 6" can be work depending on conditions! You running the 8spd setup?
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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Looks like a great ride. I just looked at my snow covered bike and the thermometer and wimped out
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:29 AM   #4
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Thanks Mike & JimB, Temps were in the high teens not too bad. I see where the bar mitts are gaining in popularity. Have you considered them JmB?
Mike- made the conversion to 8 speed- that folks at Salsa really dialed in the Dingle Speed gearing. I spend much of the time in the 22X28 range and tweak to 22X32 for some climbing and 22X26-21 for cruising. I haven't had it up on the 30t chainring yet in the 'D8' mode. I'm pretty sure I will convert back to the Dingle gearing in the summer.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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I got some cheap ATV mitts off Amazon a couple of years ago. Work pretty well, thin gloves for most riding, thicker for when it gets into the single digits.
A little floppy, but I've been lazy about adding a stiffener to them.

For anything under 25 or so I use them.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:57 PM   #6
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Looks like a really fun time. 6"? I tried that on my first time out. I could barely peddle. Coming back out on my track was a heck of a lot easier.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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I have pogies on mine that I bought for 5 bucks at a vintage sled meet. They work pretty good on my Jones bars. Today I walked around my loop with snowshoes so it will be rideable this week. Thinking about grooming it with a tire drag to make a fast surface. I find that riding in conditions like you had that it becomes an exercise in balance, like trials riding. Not fast but still a great workout and fun. What is your seat bag and handlebar bags?
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Revelate Feed bags off the bars and their larger seat bag.
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