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Grand Junction is still no good. Points south were brilliant on Sunday, but I think the weather pattern that just rolled in changed all that.
 

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Lunch Loop is awesome---if you have crampons and a trustworthy belayer. The rain/melt/refreeze bracketed by a warm day with lots of hikers and cold night have made most stuff below the widowmaker (aka 'the luge' ) tres sketchy. The wash coming into the lower lot would be easier to negotiate with ice skates than a bike.

Above the widowmaker hadn't seen nearly as much traffic (as of 10pm Friday night) and as such was still deeper snow. Methinks the new Tampon Trail could finally be worth riding... If only because it's the only thing out there that's currently rideable...:rolleyes:

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mikesee said:
Methinks the new Tampon Trail could finally be worth riding... If only because it's the only thing out there that's currently rideable.
How much do you spend at the store each week to feed that ego?

It must be tough living in this world that you didn't create.
 

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How much do you spend at the store each week to feed that ego?

It must be tough living in this world that you didn't create.
Oh--are you The Creator? Apologies for the slight. And Happy belated Birthday!

As far the cost... Hmmm... Generally I can get by with two Salted Nut Rolls per week--but they gotta be the King Size version or I'll just die. So, if there's a sale at Gopher foods (<-my favorite grocery store) I can usually spend somewhere under 2 bucks per week.

Toodles,

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Ice Screws

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I've begun half-seriously considering ice screws for my old set of Panaracer 2.4's.....
I'm a little late for this post, so sorry If you've already done the tire screw thing...

Bottom line, IMO, is that the tire screws that I put on before Christmas is the best 6-bucks I've spent on my bike lately. I rode the Lunch Loop several times last week and found the screws worked so well that I was riding down the center of the wash as you leave the parking lot heading up - aiming for ice just because I could. Great up hill and DH traction, and going down the Widow Maker was easier on bike than foot. Be sure to protect your tube with several layers of something. I used duct tape and Velox cloth, but next time I think I'd use another split tube (advice from a Canadian).
 

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Screws to use?

Dave
What size screws did you use and what placement pattern?
 

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tire screws

pivotpoint said:
Dave
What size screws did you use and what placement pattern?
I used 3/8" - but I think they are almost too long, as they stick out about 1/4". They prevent me from doing the short ride from town to the LL area -as I'm worried about unseating them and pushing the screws back into the tires. - but on ice and frozed dirt, the traction is outstanding.

I placed them on top of the tires, on every other pair of side by side knobs, mounted into the knobs for the most support. Each pair is about 3" apart.

These are my first attempt, so I'm no expert, but they sure work. I ride a red Spot, so you are welcome to ask me if you see me out there.
 

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Dave,

Pictures would be cool. I'd like to try something like that. If the sinus infection from hell will ever go away that is.

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Did this tonight!

Made some sweet studded tires using the link below as a starting point. I just used my drill with a 1/4" drive without drilling pilot holes with sheet metal screws and then ground excess screw off with a grinder. Tried them out on some icy spots around the hood and i can slash corners on pure ice. :thumbsup:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=369227
 

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Rode tabeguache to the squeezer and down kurt's lane on Sunday. Thin layer of snow helped out with the ice. Sketchy, but felt good to get out.
 
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