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Discussion: Snow conditions

in: veinbuster; veinbuster > 2018-01-08

Jan 8, 2018 9:57 PM # 
Wow, if your extra-fat tires had no grip, it must have been really sloppy.
Jan 8, 2018 11:28 PM # 
I can just imagine your mind racing and jumping to conclusions! Nice of you to help, either way.
Jan 9, 2018 12:37 AM # 
@‘Bent: The conditions were quite unusual in that we had a decent amount of powder while it was too cold for many people to go out so there was a fair bit of 15-20cm of super light powder with 5cm of sloppy mush on top of it. Most winters there would be enough traffic to pack each snow down a bit, but today when I broke through the top layer, the tire fell right through the powder and my rubber just sprayed the powder out the back. In the extreme north I could barely even tell where the trail was. In a few spots the only hint was bits of weeds that hadn’t bent over and been completely covered in snow.

The funny thing is I had been thinking of a bike/skate/snowshoe triathlon. It turns out that if I had my snow shoes in a backpack, there was a decent stretch where that would have been the best way to travel. And one river rink had no one on it and the maintained rink had only one skater.
Jan 9, 2018 4:26 AM # 
Good idea! :) I packed my skates on Sunday in case there was time to stop at Palgrave Pond on the way home from fat biking. That would have made it a Pentathlon Weekend! But ironically, we were running late to go snowshoeing with our triathlon club friends.

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