Posted by CANbike on Wed, 26 Mar 2014

Ice Biking: Guelph Lake (03/26/14)

Bitter sweet bike ride this afternoon at Guelph Lake. Trails were in fantastic shape and the weather was great. But this might of been the last ice biking day of the season! Long term weather forecast predicts warm temperatures and rain. Has spring finally arrived? Will all the snow and ice melt?

With a temperature of -10 °C, partially cloudy blue skies, the opportunity was taken to have a blast mountain biking and to venture onto the lake!

Extra photos were snapped for the possible end of this ice biking season.

Bike was equipped with studded tires. Tire pressure was 17 psi.

Single track and double track trails were in fantastic shape. It was either hard packed snow or ice. The heavily trafficked trails were fast flowy and fun. The lesser trafficked trails were continuous bumpy fun. Even better was the flotation on the snow making previously unrideable areas awesome.

The lake was awesome too! It was still frozen solid with a few ridges for added fun. Around the lake edges, snow was still deep but provided plenty of flotation. Further out onto the lake, the ice was smooth and slick. Oddly enough, the boundary edges were slightly sloped making for some off-camber icy turns. Studded tires were necessary for those sections!

Based on the long term forecast, this may of been the last ice biking day of the season, and it was a blast. Fantastic weather, fantastic trails, and a fun frozen lake.

Alas, it is probably time to tune-up the urban bike and patiently wait for the ground to thaw out and dry for a warmer season of biking.

Trail Conditions: Excellent!


Speed River Trail Entrance Off of Woodlawn Road

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Making Long Skid Marks on the Ice

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Bumpy Slopes

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Smooth Slopes

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Lots of Hard Packed Snow Trails

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Macro Shot of Studded Tires

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Slippery Steep Icy Slope

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Close-up of the Icy Slope

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A Road Bike and Urban Bike Locked Up on Top of the Dam

  • They both have racks and fenders too!
  • The Kona has disc brakes

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Semi-Icy Slopes Next to the Dam Slopes

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Making Tracks on the Packed but Still Deep Snow

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Making Even More Tire Tracks!

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Debating About Going on to the Lake

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Right Side Angle Portrait Close-up

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Left Side Angle Landscape Close-up

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Some Ridable but Deeper Snow Near the Lake Boundaries

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Gratuitous Close-up Photograph

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Small Icy Ridges and Cracks on the Lake

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Making Snow Tracks on the Lake!

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Icy Obstacles on the Lake

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Ice Must of Melted, Cracked, and Refroze to Form These Ridges

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Close-up of Ice Cracks on the Lake

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This Lake Ice was Smooth and Slippery

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Photograph of the Front Wheel on the Lake

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Final Close-up of the Studded Tire on the Ice

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