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Weekend Ride

December 1st, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

The weekend Ride and Breakfast has been added to the Calendar.

If you are  planning on attending breakfast, please let Johnny know.

 

Cheers

 

 

Ray’s Bike Park 2017

November 30th, 2016 by in Everything, Links

Hi All,

 

Well the planning is in place for Ray’s bike park 2017.

When:  February 17th – 20th, 2017

Where:  Cleveland OH

What:  Bikes, Beer and Concert.  Yes Concert!

 

If you have never been to Ray’s it is worth the trip to Cleveland.  Check out the link below for all the details on Ray’s itself.

http://www.raysmtb.com/#

 

Where to stay is easy, the Cleveland Hostel of course.  Book your room through the below website. We are currently booking rooms on the third floor (rooms beginning with a “3”).

http://www.theclevelandhostel.com/

 

As for the concert, July Talk is playing in Cleveland over the weekend on Saturday night.  Below are the tickets.

Here’s some vids to check out from a live performance at the CBC! The venue is a small 400 person capacity live music bar so it should be nice and intimate. A bunch of us already have got our tickets and are planning on a great night!  (I believe it is also all an ages show-best to call and make sure)

http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/12649/first-play-live-july-talk-touch-part-1

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1277127-july-talk-cleveland/

 

The above is the short end of the trip, but there are lots of things to do for sure.

 

Check it out and hope everyone can make it down.

 

Cheers

 

 

Dufferin Trail Report

November 28th, 2016 by in Everything

This past weekend was another great day out in Dufferin Forest!

The weather was amazing, but also the trail conditions were fantastic.  Over the course of the day, the sun made several appearances, which warmed you up, but you never really thought about the temperatures due to the trails and how much fun you were having.


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Overall, there was next to no snow on the actual trail itself.  There was snow in the forest, just the trail surface was packed leaves.  This gave some really good traction for sure.  A good chunk of folks were out on Fat Bikes, but for anyone heading out, you do not need them yet for sure.  Put on a set of aggressive tires if you have them, and go have some fun.

 

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The trails themselves are in fantastic condition, They will be logging Ken’s trail, do not know the condition of that as of yet, but once I know I will pass along for sure.

 

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Yesterday we just did the stick, lollipop and ridge trail, which works out to around a 16km boot through the forest.  This loop is in absolute great shape, worth the trip to Dufferin for sure.

 

Trail Rating:  4.75 out of 5

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

November 28th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi all,

 

Rides for the week have been posted onto the calendar.

 

Check them out, and come out and ride.

 

Cheers

 

Triple Birthday Ride-Sunday

November 26th, 2016 by in Everything

Birthday ride for Uber-awesome Mike, Tyler and Paul (that’s a lot of awesomeness!) will be at Dufferin on Sunday at 2pm.  Route/pace will depend on conditions and the B-day Boys requests.  See yo out there!

Dufferin Trail Report

November 24th, 2016 by in Everything

Well, with the snow that has fallen, we begin the trail reports for anyone on the fence about riding on a Wednesday or weekend ride.

 

This past Wednesday, we had snow, and snow falling during the ride.  The forest floor had a nice blanket of snow on it, which you would think would make it treacherous, but on the contrary, there was a lot of traction, better than the wet leaves from the week prior.

 

Ideally, putting a better knob or traction tire on the bike, or a fat bike would be the ideal choice.  Just ask Andy or Ross, with a combined impact angle of 7!  No one was serious hurt.

 

There are some logging happening still near Ken’s Trail, so your best bet currently is to ride the stick, lollipop and work out from there.

 

Photo stolen from Colin

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All in all, last nights ride was probably the best conditions for a winter ride!

 

Climbing hills, easier gear, sit over the tire to keep traction and just chug away.

 

Skinny Tire Trail Rating:  4.79 out of 5

Fat Tire Trail Rating:  4.99 out of 5 (need to leave some wiggle room)

 

Wednesday Night Ride – Update

November 23rd, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

For anyone thinking that tonights ride will not be fun, think again.

The little snow will make it interesting, but no need to fret about riding a fat bike or anything like that.   Bring out your normal bike.

Dress for the conditions.

 

Cheers

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

November 21st, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Rides for the week have been posted up on the calendar.

Cheers

 

Bike for Sale: Kona Cindercone

November 20th, 2016 by in Buy & Sell

Hi all,

 

Selling the old Kona Cindercone, below are the details.

 

Kona Cindercone

Price: 600$ obo

 

Size Large

Colour: white

Sram X9 drivetrain

3×9

26″ wheels

Carbon fiber seat post

WTB Vulpine Tires

Rock Shox adjustable travel front suspension

Aluminum frame

Shimano hydraulic brakes

 

Great all around bike

 

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Contact Tyler

Hollema@hotmail.com

705-734-6811

Sat Update

November 19th, 2016 by in Everything

Well, it’s raining….Karen is going to run and I am going for a forest drive/hike/trail work (log cutting). We’re going to move it to 10:30 so we can enjoy another coffee. Hope everyone has a great day! Johnny

Sat Ride

November 18th, 2016 by in Everything

Depending on the weather, a 10am ride.  It is suppose to be raining so we will see.  I’ll post at 9am if I’m still heading out.  Karen may do a run…we’ll see. Stay tuned….

Winter Riding Gear – Pants/Bottoms

November 17th, 2016 by in Links, Product, Tech Info

This is the second of a series of winter riding gear that I personally have run through over the last several years.  It is a personal take, but to be honest seems to be pretty accurate if I do say so myself.  Looking at the long range forecast, we are due for some snow in the coming days, so why not get all psyched up for winter riding.  Who is with me!!!

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Last time we discussed footwear, well we are slowing working north, and talking pants and bottoms.  Legs can be a little tough to figure out, cause with biking, you are using them, and using them a lot in winter biking.  One thing you will find out if you are new to fat biking / winter biking, your poor legs never get a break, even on the downhills, you are constantly spinning… But you will have a smile on your face for sure!!  But I digress.

 

Temperature:  2-5 degrees C

Some folks in this temperature range continue to wear their normal riding shorts (Paul!).  Others will start the layers.  Personally in this range, I will put on a thin base layer of Merino wool.  Again I will use MEC as my guide as to what to  look for.  A lot of the gear you can buy at other shops like Sojourn, or any outdoor shop.

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The above photo from MEC, https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5043-956/Merino-T2-Long-Johns  is a nice thin layer of Merino wool long johns.  The ones I ride with were actually from Costco, and they work great.  These are used more to break some of the wind, and they do keep the legs nice and warm.

One note for this, daytime 5C, and nighttime 5C feel much much different.  You may want to skimp down a little bit on the daytime 5C, and go with something more like a leg warmer, that in the case you start to overheat, you can pull them off easily, and not do a full strip tease in the middle of the forest.

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Something like the above would work perfectly in those situations.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5029-982/Calefaction-Leg-Warmers

 

Temperature:  2 – -5 degrees C

In this range I still tend to continue to wear the Merino wool long john’s.  I personally have 2 different types of long john, a thinner one from Costco, similar to the above mentioned, and also a thicker set, which if memory serves correctly, they came from a store in Ohio.  But regardless, in this temperature range you will start to notice the cold on the legs.  The temperature will start to suck some of the energy out of them, making them feel heavy.  Hence a thicker pair of long johns will work nicely.

 

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https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5034-425/Merino-T3-Long-Johns

These slightly thicker long johns will provide a little more warmth, as well as blocking more wind.

Another option, if you have leg warmers, and the thinner base layer bottoms, is to double them up.  This will give you a nice warmth, and again cut the wind very nicely.

 

Temperature: -5 degrees C and Colder

Once we dip below the -5 mark, is when I just switch to a thin baselayer, and a pair of cross country ski pants.  The nice thing with the cross country ski pants is that they are able to move easily, as well as block the wind and keep your legs toasty warm.  Usually at this colder temperature, you are not breaking any land speed records, due to the bitter cold, and the possibility of your eyes freezing open. If you watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation you will understand that reference for sure.

For pants, you do not want to skimp out on what you get, as the pants do take a good beating over the winter.  Another thing to look at with the pants, is the cuff.  Ideally you find a pair that have the cuff tight against the leg.  The main reason for this is that it could get caught in the chain rings.

A way around getting caught in the chainrings is to put a reflective strap around you leg, similar to the below.

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https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5050-143/Ankle-Strap

 

As for the pants themselves, the below from MEC are a nice softshell pant.  Look around at other places, see what people have, just make sure you get something that will keep you warm, and allow you to move your legs for pedaling purposes.

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https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-949/Equipe-Softshell-Pant

 

With another edition in the books, we get closer and closer to the winter riding season, and you have to start thinking of your legs, not just for strength and conditioning, but for warmth and comfort.

If you have questions or comments please let us know, send an email through the contact us tab.

Get out there and ride your bike!

Cheers

 

Beer Review: Nickle Brook Equilibrium ESB

November 15th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews

Well yet again, another new beer that has been tried, tested and ready for a review.  This edition of the Team Van Go Beer review will look at the Extra Special Bitter (ESB) from Nickle Brook Brewery.  Nickle Brook Brewery is based out of Burlington Ontario, which is also sharing space with Collective Arts brewery, which you may have remembered some of the reviews of their beers.  But this review is solely on the Equilibrium ESB.

 

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Right on the can, it shows an IBU of 43 so that will give you a good starting point as to how hoppy the beer will be.  Pretty much take a Boneshaker from Amsterdam Brewing and cut it in half on the hop scale.

 

I did pour this beer into a glass like a civil human being, mainly because it was not after a ride, and I had access to a glass!  Fancy I know!  But I didn’t take a photo of the poured beer, so you will have to use your imagination, and the following description… ready… it had a copper coloured body to the beer, with a foamy almost beige head on it.  The head poured out nice, sitting with about 3/4″ of head in the glass.  Looking for carbonation bubbles, there was a few, but not overly carbonated like carbonated water or something like that, more like pouring a pint from a tap.

 

The next and probably most critical, would be the taste, and to be honest, for me and my taste buds it went very very well!  Overall it was smooth, served at around a 5-7 degree C temperature.  This is an assumption, but it was nice and cool for sure!  There was more of a malty taste rather than a hoppy taste, with a mild bitter hint throughout the drink.  There were slight spice/fruit hints, but nothing overpowering.  It was really well balanced throughout.  I’m trying to be more descriptive…

 

Overall, this has been one of the better beers tried over the last couple of months for sure.  Remember, that this review is very critical based on my taste buds, so I do recommend going out and trying this as well as other beers from Nickle Brook for sure.  This will be one of the beers I grab for sure if I can track it down at the local LCBO.

 

Rating;  4.49 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  Not hoppy no, a good balance of malt and hop

Would you recommend this to a friend:  For sure I would.  This would be a great one to let others try.

Would you buy a case of this beer:  Yup, but currently can only buy single cans through the LCBO, unless you can get down to the brewery itself.

What is Pteronophobia? Fear of being tickled by feathers

Upcoming Ride Guide

November 14th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Rides for the week have been posted up to the calendar.

Take a look, come out to some or all

 

Cheers

 

 

Sunday Birthday Ride!

November 10th, 2016 by in Everything

So it’s Karen’s Day-Before-Her-Birthday ride on Sunday. The plan is…11:00 late breakfast at The Rosemont General Store. Ride at Dufferin likely by 12:30-1:00ish. Apres tasty beverages at the team van go club house (haven’t called it that in awhile!)  Every part is optional, do one, some or all.

If you plan on breakfast please let me know by the end of Friday so I can let them know our numbers.  We may even preorder to make their lives easier.

Should be a great day!  See you out there.