Fat Tire Trail Report

January 6th, 2013 by in Everything

Wednesday Night Ride
Mono Cliffs Park
January 5th, 2013

Another great ride on Saturday, Tyler, Johnny, Jeff and Max made the trek out into Mono Cliffs park.  Mark Train cross country skied, Chris, Illona, Emily, Tracy and the boys, and Karen hiked/snowshoe.

The weather as probably everyone is aware of was perfect, 0C, partially cloudy and not a stitch of wind…. 

The normal Mono loop was surprisingly in great shape, there were a few spots where the snow drifts did dump a lot of snow on the trail, but overall trail was still in great shape. Over the last week the amount of snow shoe, hikers, skiiers etc has packed the trail down to the point where everything on the loop is ride able.

The rocky climb to the lookout is almost smooth now…

The bridge rideable for both skinny and fat tires alike!! The bridge does not judge on the size of the riders tires.

As for the switchback… probably the best part of Jeffs ride, and not the best part of Tylers….. below is the step by step on how not to recover a snowy corner on a fat bike…. I’d say the snow was soft, the rock/root that was under the snow on the other hand seemed to be a tad harder…

Who put the snow on the outside of the corner…..

The upper loop seems to be ride able, which will be tried on Wednesday’s ride…. Unfortunetly Tyler’s leg was a little too out of sorts to add the extra section in….

Overall impressions, skinny tire bikes can ride the loop, as long as the temperatures and the hikers keep doing what they are doing… Same as last Wednesday, if you veer off of the packed trail your front tire is either going to stop or make a funky turn whether you want it to or not…..

Comment of the ride: ” You just need to commit to the corners”

Fat Tire Rating: 3.9 out of 5

Skinny Tire Rating: 3.4 out of 5 (5 out of 5 when Tyler fell on the corner and Jeff made it)
It’s not the size of the tire, it’s the Girth!

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