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Thread: Trail Conditions - MN River Bottoms

  1. #971
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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-10-2013 @ 09:41 PM

    Details:  Snow is SOFT and STICKY. Don't waste your time with skinnies until it is packed in and frozen over. Saw a couple guys out there today on 2.whateva's having a horrible time. They made it about 100y in before they walk out.

    Fat tires are GTG, don't expect a fast ride if you are blazing trail. The stuff ridden over packed nicely and was faster.

    Conditions subject to change, hopefully it freezes up sometime this week.

  2. #970
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-09-2013 @ 04:12 PM

    Details:  Road from Mendota to the ferry bridge and back on 26x2.1 Nokian Extremes. Trail needs packing from Mendota to 494. Very slow going, especially as it warmed up. Fat bikes seemed to do better. Packed and fast from 494 to the ferry bridge. It felt almost like dirt; until it didn't and I ran into a tree.

  3. #969
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    Trail Condition: Needs Packing
    Date Posted: 02-06-2013 @ 09:14 AM

    Details:  Rode from Cedar to I-35 and back yesterday afternoon. 3-4" of new snow. First bike tracks of the day. A good workout from the bridge to the power line, better in the woods. Trail along the river is great. Other direction from Cedar east to I-494 was pretty trampled past the washout at the beaver pond, but thinned out further east. First bike tracks again. Trail holding up well, not much melting. Really could use some fat bike traffic. Better get some before the big melt comes.

  4. #968
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-05-2013 @ 07:41 AM

    Details:  Rode yesterday from I-35 almost to Hwy169 and back. The trail was as good as I've ever seen, smooth and fast in most places with about 2" of new son over packed trail. Rode the Pugs w/BFL's. There was ice in many places under the snow but it was no problem except on off camber turns or hillsides. Fresh tracks most of the way, west of BFB. New snow this a.m. will benefit from more fatty traffic.
    Think I'll get me some!

  5. #967
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-03-2013 @ 06:09 PM

    Details:  Rode today from Mendota to almost Lyndale. Trail in great condition. Icy in the beginning where it is always icy or wet. Made first tracks in a few places.

  6. #966
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-03-2013 @ 03:09 PM

    Details:  Rode yesterday and today, the trail is getting better and better with these small snow falls we have been having. The icy spots are becoming far and few between.

  7. #965
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-02-2013 @ 07:26 PM

    Details:  Rode Lyndale to Bloomington ferry. Trail was in great shape for any tire choice. There were a couple of icy spots but far a few between.

  8. #964
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-30-2013 @ 09:38 PM

    Details:  Went along with the Michael's Cycle group ride tonight. We rode from the Lyndale lot to Blackdog, turned around and went west across 9 mile creek and about half way back to the turn bridge and turned back to Lyndale. The recent snow has helped alot . It is packed good with occasional ice showing through. We had a mix of skinny tires and fat tires. All were studded except one fat tire with Nate's. He did pretty darn good without studs. So it is rideable on a fatty without studs if you have some decent tires.

  9. #963
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-18-2013 @ 06:04 PM

    Details:  Rode on 1.9" tires with no studs, started at maybe 3:40 in the afternoon at Bloomington ferry and by then most of the nice topical snow that made the ice so tacky had melted, leaving me with large portions of slippery ice made even slipperier(?) by the water above it. Tomorrow it will be frozen in the morning, so prepare for some soaked and sore times if you're racing without studs or fat tires.

    bleeauh

  10. #962
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-16-2013 @ 09:26 PM

    Details:  Ride it, the light snow today did wonders to the trail! I rode it on nokian 294's and it was PERFECT! Would have been a great ride on the fattie also. Fast fast fast.

    Be careful in the corners they are icy if you push hard enough.

  11. #961
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-15-2013 @ 09:20 PM

    Details:  Fatties unnecessary. Studs extremely helpful. Rode it from Bloomington Ferry Bridge to Sibley house tonight on 26x2" hakkepeliittas. Some sections that get good southern exposure were frozen dirt & great, fast riding; the rest is ice. If we get a little snow, beware of the ice under the snow - you will go down.


    Quote Originally Posted by journeyman View Post
    Thanks for the update. Just what I had figured. With the limited supplies of fatbike anything including studs and pre-studded tires......I predict a run on tek-screws at Menards and Home Depot after this rain we had.

  12. #960
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-12-2013 @ 01:49 PM

    Details: 
    Quote Originally Posted by Mk3Rider View Post
    Rode from Ferry to 35W and back, 99% ICE.

    You can do one of two things, wear studded tires or wear ice skates.
    Thanks for the update. Just what I had figured. With the limited supplies of fatbike anything including studs and pre-studded tires......I predict a run on tek-screws at Menards and Home Depot after this rain we had.

  13. #959
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-12-2013 @ 01:22 PM

    Details:  Rode from Ferry to 35W and back, 99% ICE.

    You can do one of two things, wear studded tires or wear ice skates.

  14. #958
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-06-2013 @ 03:53 PM

    Details:  Awesome ride this morning! Not sure conditions could have been better, Sunny, cool enough to maintain solid hard packed base. Rode full trail, Ferry bridge to Indian Mounds school and back. Smooth riding!

  15. #957
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-04-2013 @ 07:59 AM

    Details:  The main trail I'd say is beyond- packed. Wide highway.

    The LCR-Fish lines have fresh set on all things east of Eagle Log at 9mile creek.

    Sorry Youngblood we just stuck to our lines. Very difficult to get a herd of cattle to divert.

    Note to Penn Race Director. You should use what we call Chex Mix in the race. The worthy wood chip/ dirt pile prior to Youngblood trail (heading west from 35W into first singletrack).

    The giant piles of city snow removal snow has limitless options as well. Wouldn't take too much to bust in a track along the whole ridge. A bunch of hacks tried in the dark. ha.

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