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We got 4-5 inches a week or two ago and we'd got many of the lower loop trails packed down and rideable. Last Saturday we decided to venture a bit higher and see if we could make it over the pass and down into town from Murry Summit.

It was all pretty rideable eventhough we were busting first tracks most of the way.

Fun day in a slow, slipping and sliding kind of way.

Russell looks back as I struggle up to the first high point. The five switchbacks to this point were dispatched with surprisingly little difficulty. We'd had some pretty dry weather before this storm and it turned pretty cold after so the tires seem to dig down to pretty grippy dirt.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4187319092/" title="Winter09 007e by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2508/4187319092_3ce18d6292_o.jpg" width="675" height="900" alt="Winter09 007e" /></a>

The clouds briefly abated revealing some startling blue as we climbed a bit more.

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We had some tracks to follow for a bit. Just up around that turn. Then the truck had turned back and we were left to break trail again.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4186556791/" title="Winter09 009e by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2556/4186556791_d40efd107f_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Winter09 009e" /></a>

Back on singletrack (in more ways than one)

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4186556903/" title="Winter09 010aa by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4186556903_2d0aef6d7b_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Winter09 010aa" /></a>

Still heading up as the clouds began to regather. All still surprisingly rideable.

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Across the connector to the top of the Iceplant trails that would take us on a fun tobagany, slalomy 1500 ft descent back to town. Why is it no one ever stops to take pictures of the downs?

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4187319466/" title="Winter09 012aa by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2599/4187319466_d1ee0261dc_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Winter09 012aa" /></a>

Ten new inches of the white stuff later that night in town means a good 12-18" on these trails so we've dispatched fifty sherpas with snow shoes and shovels to clear the trail for our next ride.:thumbsup:
 

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Looks familiar, and like a lotta fun Kent! Thanks for taking the time to share it.

KRob said:
Ten new inches of the white stuff later that night in town means a good 12-18" on these trails so we've dispatched fifty sherpas with snow shoes and shovels to clear the trail for our next ride.:thumbsup:
Pffft--call 'em all back, send 40 home without pay, then the remaining ten back out sans shovels. Then tomorrow you'll *really* have some fun...

MC
 

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Nice shots. We've been seeing some white too.



















You'll never guess how this ends:



I'll give you a hint:



Give up yet?

 

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Good job Kent :thumbsup:

I know I had a good time and yea the bikes did hook up surprisingly well didn't they?

I was thinking 1 Sherpa with a flame thrower:madmax:
 

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mikesee said:
Looks familiar, and like a lotta fun Kent!
Yep, same loop you did, except we just started at the "top" and rode back to town.
Your AZ trip looks like more fun though. Snow riding is a suitable alternative to not riding but it doesn't hold a candle to real rock and dirt tech, as you know.


mikesee said:
Pffft--call 'em all back, send 40 home without pay, then the remaining ten back out sans shovels. Then tomorrow you'll *really* have some fun...

MC
So, all we really need are ten guys with snow shoes? We might be able to round up five and make them do it twice. Or one with a flame thrower like mad man suggested.
 

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tscheezy said:
I'll give you a hint:

Ah yes, I experienced that very thing once on our descent. Hitting the front brake more when coming into a downhill corner too fast did not equal more stopping. Unless falling onto my side into the snow equals more stopping.

Cool pics Phil. I gotta ask how some of those trails got that groove packed down into them like that. Do a lot of folks ride the fat tire bikes on them or did you go out and shovel?
 

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mad man said:
I was thinking 1 Sherpa with a flame thrower:madmax:
LOL. There you go! It was good riding with you Russell.

I've been relagated to the early morning "town loop" the last few mornings.. Sounds like I need to get me some XC skiis...... or one of those Cross-Country Snowboards.:D
 

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KRob said:
AI gotta ask how some of those trails got that groove packed down into them like that. Do a lot of folks ride the fat tire bikes on them or did you go out and shovel?
It's just snowshoe, ski, dog walker, and bike traffic. Right now we got another 6-8" of freshie and the singletrack is unrideable. Some folks need to go pack it out again.
 

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I want one of those bikes---the fatties look cool, but don't want the snow:nono:
 

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KRob said:
Cool pics Phil.
Yeah, he does a great job behind the lens. But he's pretty damn photogenic as well!;)





And the dude is so freakin' fast he outruns his own steam!

 

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EndoRando said:
Yeah, he does a great job behind the lens. But he's pretty damn photogenic as well!;)





And the dude is so freakin' fast he outruns his own steam!


I've never seen a tread pattern like that. That's awesome!
 

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mwayne5 said:
I've never seen a tread pattern like that. That's awesome!
Same manufacturer, same casing size, different tread. Does really well as long as you keep your bike relatively vertical. No side knobs, so leans can give some pucker!

Should be a great beach riding tire, especially since they can be had for less than half an Endomorph cost. Haven't personally tried one on sand, but appears to have potential.

 

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tscheezy said:
Here's some video from Friday's snow ride:
That does look pretty fun. It looks like that those fat tire bikes cruise through that type of snow pretty well (I think my regular tires would too). I've never ridden one but I wonder if there's types of snow they don't do well on.... or stuff they do well on that would not be good with regular tires.

Seems like the type of snow we end up with around here is what's left over for days and weeks after a storm. It may warm up into the 30-40s during the day melting the snow some then it compresses and refreezes.... making it almost impossible to pedal through it, but not hard enough to ride on top of it.

If it gets packed down when it's in its soft stage in an even, smooth pattern it's very rideable, but if it just gets only a couple hikers, or a quad going all over the road/trail criss crossing and fishtailing around it's almost unrideable when it freezes.

That's where I'm at now with this latest storm so I'm stuck riding road.
 

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The fat tires make a huge difference. Don't kid yourself, a regular bike wouldn't have made an inch of forward progress in the pics or videos we posted. There are plenty of conditions that can thwart a snowbike, like snow that is punchy (the old snow crust you describe) or poorly consolidated (new powder). But with the added footprint the big tires give, the range of conditions the snowbike can deal with is waay bigger than a normal bike. They do great in sand and gravel too. Definitely a bike to have in the quiver. :)
 

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Props to the hardcores and I would even like to try this once or twice, but to be perfectly honest this whole thread is exactly why I live in southern New Mexico... where the high will be in the low 60's today...
 
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