Alternatives to biking

Alternatives to biking

Postby Jaxon » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:44 am

It appears mountain biking is on hold for a few months, unless we can get an indoor arrangement set up or the snow melts and the trails are somehow dry and hard enough to ride on for a while, both probably unlikely events.

I wanted to see if anyone was planning any group skiing, snowshoeing or snow hiking. I do not own skis and currently don't plan to acquire any, but maybe I could be persuaded at some point if we were to have a few LAMBA group skiing events. I've been pretty happy with snowshoeing and hiking at Beverly and Palisades parks and on the Sac & Fox trail and I may show up at one or more of those locations this weekend so I don't go crazy sitting inside all weekend.

Here are photos of some snow adventures from last winter:

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Postby iLuvTechnical » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:49 am

Don't forget about snow rides :)
FORC goes out on the trails for snow rides all the time. When the ground is frozen and the snow isn't crazy deep, you can ride and not harm trails.
http://qcforc.org/Forums/showthread.php?t=77

Here is picture of some of or FORC friends.
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I did it in Montana once. It was a blast!

PS. studded tires can help on icy areas, but aren't really necessary in snow. I have never had studded tires and I manage.
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First Tracks

Postby Farmboy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:15 am

I laid down first tracks at Beverly on Sunday. It was very peaceful. I had raced Jingle Cross Rock in IA City the day before and planned to return that Sunday, but opted for Beverly instead. I was feeling reclusive, as I have been lately, and didn't want to spend the whole day away from my kids. So I loaded up the KM in the truck and headed for Beverly. Snowy hills, virgin snowy singletrack.

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The KM pointed down the trail. Can't remember the number of the trail.

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Rode across this bridge. Attempted the railroad tie skinny 3 or 4 times. 100% failure rate. It's doable, just not by me.
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Provisions in case of an emergency. :lol:
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Postby iLuvTechnical » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:33 pm

AWESOME !!
What's that shiny metal looking thing in your pack :wink:
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Shiny metal thing

Postby dfleck » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:51 pm

That’s probably water disguising what’s in the CamelBak. :wink:
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Postby Farmboy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:55 pm

Be careful, or the Forum Police will scratch this thread. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or on Beverly Park property.

To answer your question, Maker's Mark.
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Postby iLuvTechnical » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:35 pm

What are you talking about? I just thought it was a cool looking thermos with hot coco.
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Postby NoyzSource » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:33 pm

farmboy wrote:Be careful, or the Forum Police will scratch this thread. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or on Beverly Park property.

To answer your question, Maker's Mark.


Speaking of that. You are still the only person with a post in our LIMBO forum. Such a troublemaker.

I thought I saw a tire tread in the snow in front of your work. Have you been riding to work the last couple days?
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Postby Farmboy » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:27 am

I rode everyday except Friday. The ride home on whatever night it snowed was a trip. Had to stay off the streets so I didn't get pinned between two idiots bumping into each other.

I also got the finger from one dude who slid past his intersection while I sat at the stop sign and laughed at him. Guess he needed some one to be mad at.
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Postby Cole82 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:55 am

FarmBoy how many miles is that from your place to your work?
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Postby iLuvTechnical » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:54 pm

farmboy wrote:I also got the finger from one dude who slid past his intersection while I sat at the stop sign and laughed at him. Guess he needed some one to be mad at.

:lol: :lol: :lol: I almost fell out of my chair picturing that in my head :!:

Cole, I just want to take a guess at how far he rides b4 he answers: around 6 miles? I am curious to see how far off I am.
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Postby Farmboy » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:00 pm

It is just under 6 miles I think. Just far enough to get the blood cooking, but not far enough to necessitate a full gamut of cycling gear.
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