Monday, June 26, 2017

Pennsylvania Back Road Tour

I had a week off so I decided to check out some back roads in rural Pennsylvania. I had some tracks of legal State Forest roads to narrow down my search, then I used the Garmin USA Topo map to simply explore.

I found paths that crossed numerous rivers, roads up and down the mountains. It was a great trip, PA is a great state to ride in. I need more time to explore there.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Park to Park Trail

The Park to Park organization graciously offered a free trail pass to motorized users this weekend (May 13 and 14, 2017), so I took them up on their offer!

I was a little bit hesitant heading up there... the Park to Park trail often has patches of standing water, and with the rainy spring we've had I figured those patches would be large and deep. That, and the forecast called for rain all day meant it could be a very wet day indeed.

I parked at the community center in Sprucedale and headed East as I hadn't done that portion of the trail yet. The morning had some drizzle, but nothing too bad. It cleared up later in the day:

I spent about five hours riding. Most of that time I was exploring logging roads and ATV trails between Kearney and Algonquin Park.

Here is a Google Photos compilation of my videos for the day:

Here is an example of some of the water I encountered on the trail:

And then a bit of mud:

It wasn't all like that though... most of it was straight rail trail with a lot of whoops or East of Kearney were a lot of logging roads:

Overall, it was a great day of riding. Lots of fun; I highly recommend paying the fee for the pass and riding the trail. Most of it can be done with larger adventure bikes, but it is still a lot of fun on smaller, more dirt orientated bikes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A simple idea for trail-side maintenance.

I saw a post on reddit today asking about how to lift the wheel of a bike without a center stand or bike lift.

I got this idea from Dualsport Bob while out on a tour during which I got a rear flat... take a piece of 3/4 or 1" conduit, cut off the female end with roughly 6" or 7", then cut another piece, put them together and measure against your dogbones to see exactly long they need to be, trim accordingly.

You'll end up with two pieces like this:

And with those two pieces you can turn your front wheel away from the kickstand, push the bike up on the kickstand, and place it under the closest dogbone... there you have it, a simple, cheap lift for trail side maintenance.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Was going for Creemore, got side-tracked to Bethany.

I ended up waking up way earlier than I intended to, and since there were no responses to my Creemore ride I decided to do the Bethany run instead. It was a tough run... a lot of snow in the forests and a lot of downed trees. Fortunately the ground hasn't completely thawed yet so the mud holes weren't too deep, but most of the ride was done in 1st or 2nd gear due to the slippery conditions.