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  1. #964
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    Date Posted: 01-30-2013 @ 08:38 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.

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    Date Posted: 01-18-2013 @ 05:04 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.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-16-2013 @ 08:26 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.

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    Date Posted: 01-15-2013 @ 08:20 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.

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    Date Posted: 01-12-2013 @ 12:49 PM

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    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.

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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-12-2013 @ 12:22 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.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-06-2013 @ 02:53 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!

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    Date Posted: 01-04-2013 @ 06:59 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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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-01-2013 @ 09:05 PM

    Details:  Pretty much paved (in hard snow) from Ferry Bridge to Indian Mounds (and everywhere else). Watch for the new trail sections added recently from RR bridge to just West of 35W -- really fun and getting packed-in nicely.

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    Date Posted: 12-29-2012 @ 08:51 PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk3Rider View Post
    Fresh snow is fat packed in and in great condition. Trail is fairly smooth also. Watch out for some icy spots.
    Ditto, rode today from about 4:15Pm until dusk. Covered the trail from the Ferry Bridge parking lot to 9 Mile Creek and back. It's as perfect as I could wish for. Didn't have too much problem with ice. The slew area between the turn bridge and Cargill has some frozen ruts that can get a little dicey but it doesn't last long.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 12-28-2012 @ 05:05 PM

    Details:  Fresh snow is fat packed in and in great condition. Trail is fairly smooth also. Watch out for some icy spots.

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    Date Posted: 12-22-2012 @ 10:11 AM

    Details:  Changing condition to packed snow. Was out on my suspension bike w/ 2.5's front and rear and was very comfortable. Very little ice but fairly choppy near the parking areas from foot traffic. Ride it with what you got, any thing will work at this point in time.

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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 12-22-2012 @ 07:35 AM

    Details:  Rode I-35W west to Hwy 169 and back yesterday on mtb with studs because of icy reports. Pretty uncomfortable and bumpy in many places, but lots of pretty good riding too in wooded sections. Trail needs a new dump of 6" to fill in rutted and bumpy areas. Passed 3 fatties on my way out and wished I had done the same. Not as icy as I expected, so fat would have been better. Heard about 9mile crossing...great job trail guys!

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    Date Posted: 12-20-2012 @ 05:51 PM

    Details:  Emphasis on Don's previous bumpy comment, but the fresh snow filled in some of it. Slick in a few spots, some drifted snow too.

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    Date Posted: 12-18-2012 @ 07:25 PM

    Details:  Rode from Ferry Bridge to Hwy 77 and back. Bumpy, Icy, and packed, with that order of emphasis.
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