Biked around Palgrave single track, inspired by a slew of insulting, uninformed comments on Facebook about Palgrave mountain bikers. A biker (not me) dared to write a letter to the local newspaper
about horses leaving piles of poop on the bike trails - where horses actually aren't supposed to be, although the biker didn't mention that.
Mountain bikers were referred to as "Citidiots", which is a common class of insult in Caledon. It means you are from the city - not from the country - and you are complaining inappropriately about country things. I make similar (less rude) comments privately when new neighbours move in and decide that our dirt road should be paved.
Anyway, even though Caledon supports two busy bike shops, all their customers apparently come from outside of town. And if you believe the commenters, it seems that none of the equestrians are city people who board their horses in the country; I guess wealthy Torontonians keep their horses in their back yards.
I know from past community discussions that many people believe that mountain bikers are kamikaze, untrustworthy young men from Toronto, while equestrians are community-loving, tax-paying, respected citizens who contribute to the local economy, care about nature and have a long family history in the area. They would be surprised to know how many local bikers are age 40-70 and can afford 5-figure bikes so they're probably paying lots of property tax too.
I don't usually get into debates on the Internet but I felt sorry for this poor biker who was being pummelled by people who don't know what they're talking about. I mentioned that it's unpleasant to get horse feces flung up onto our water bottles and another commenter (obviously a bike expert) set me straight: "A tip: I would not be having a water bottle EXPOSED in any forest or anywhere in the streets for that fact with all the spitters out there. It is just gross!"
So just so you know, if you have a water bottle carrier on your bike frame, that is just gross. :D
Anyway, it was a great ride. The trails are in excellent condition with only a couple of muddy spots. I still love my bike. But news flash: I can't get away with regular bike shoes and socks at +1C. At least not for longer than 40 minutes. After that, I was riding with Popsicle Toes.
Bike computer time/distance.