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Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Skyclad, Apr 16, 2010.
You can say that again
I hate it when the internet stutters.
Most of the places I ride off-road around here are still unrideable. I went out behind Tussey 2 years ago in January. I was riding a narrow track through the snow that was mostly clear but as I kept going it disappeared and turned to solid ice. I stopped and tried to turn around but the bike just slid right out from under me. I couldn't pick it up because of the ice so I just slid it across the road into the ditch and then I was able to pick it up and walk it back down to the narrow track I was riding.
If you find any place that is still rideable let me know. I'm dying to get out. Last winter was so mild I don't think I ever went more than 4 or 5 days without riding.
I can't find any pics from 2011, but on 12-31-10 I was still able to ride in the Tuscarora State Forest
Come on global warming I am routing for ya!!!
I did about 50 miles today! I'll post a couple pictures and y'all can decide if it's un-rideable!
Had a chance to get in some miles as well.
Baileyville area by the looks of it...
I'm impressed that you can find that much dirt that gets plowed.
kind of looks like the pa furnace road area along rt 45.
Happy New Year!!! ye Bastards
I came down that road in winter and had to turn around at the same place you did. There is a section that is always wet and in the winter always icy.
Your comment in the youtube video said you wanted to try chains on the tires. I don't know how well they work but I have studded tires for my mountain bike and they are amazing. I've been down climbing some of those steep fire roads in Greenwood Furnace on solid ice and they get astounding traction. I got off my bike and fell down. I literally couldn't stand up on the ice but on the bike I could climb. I'm changing the rear tire on the KLR today. I'm going to experiment with turning the old tire into a studded tire.
Thats a great idea, I did something similar years ago on my mountain bike. I also had a hack that I used to run DOT knobbies on that I put about 150 screws in each, that rig could go thru a few feet of snow easily. My only concern is on two wheels when I have to travel on clear pavement my experience is you have very limited traction with screws sticking out of your tires. I was thinking chains that I could carry in my boxes and install trail side when I get to a place their needed. I've seen some impressive homemade ones and am sure I will attempt to make a set soon. I need to continue to ride so i don't sucumb to a deep dark deppression.
Chains that you can take along and put on as needed seems like a great idea.
Do you worry about the salt in winter? Most people think I'm crazy for riding all winter. I used to try to rinse off the bike after every ride but I've been a little lax lately. I have to say I've been doing it for a long time without any apparent negative effects on my bikes.
A few winters ago when we had a particularly nasty spell of bad weather and I hadn't been on the bike for a month, I rented a motorcycle trailer from U-Haul. It was normally $20.00 a day but they gave it to me for $12.00 because it was just sitting there all winter. I loaded up the BMW and drove south until the roads were clear. I only had to go about 100 miles. I then parked the trailer and rode down to Charlotte N.C. where my brother lives (he also has a bike). We then rode into Asheville and then took the BRP back to Charlottesville Va.. Helped me retain a semblance of sanity.
I hope the salt doesn't tear up the finishes but not enough to park it for the winter. I have scratches and chips and will get more each time I drop it. I have a bike trailer, will carry three dirt bikes or two big bikes and your more than welcome to use it any time you need it. Ill even pull it with my truck if you invite me once in a while...Mike
Ya know, there are actually purpose built studded motorcycle tires...
Nice day for a ride. Tried to go off road around Spruce Creek but the bridge over the creek was solid ice.
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When I was a kid we would carry rope or bungy cords and rap the rear wheel through the spokes when we were stuck in snow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWBolLJtaHI Got a chance to sneak out for a quick ride and played with camera mounting. Going to try out a mount on one of my windscreen brackets tomorrow, hopefully find some cool roads as well.
What mount did you use for that one... and is the beak supposed to hit the fender like that when you hit a bump?
I used one of the flat adhesive mounts. The wide angle lens makes it look like the beak hits the fender but it doesn't, there's over lap and no contact even when the forks bottom out. I was surprised how much the forks move around though.
Found few other roads in the area. Some I have ridden this past summer. Mounted the camera to the wind screen bracket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqATB6IBnuc