Trails were great today! I went on a short ride that covered Fox Trail and the Pines.
There was a fresh layer of snow (1-2 cm), since yesterday, making the trails smooth and flowy. Underneath the snow is a thin hard layer of coarse ice. However, the fresh snow softens the trails and smooths out the ice, while also adding additional traction. Fast, flowy, and fun!
Since the ride was going well, I decided to focus on Fox Trail. There was a lack of traffic from cyclist and hikers, resulting in undisturbed snow trails. It was easy to bike through the snow (1 cm) and the hills were climbable. Traction on the hills was not an issue compared to yesterday. My ability and conditioning, on the other hand, were the limiting factor . . . DOH! Thank goodness for the downhill portions making it all worthwhile.
The pines were well groomed. There were signs of at least three cyclists who also helped remove the larger tree branches obstructing the trails. It helped to make for a continuous fast paced loop.
Double tracks have been used by ATV vehicles. Stay in the middle of the track for best traction, as ATV tire tracks have loosened the snow.
Twin Ponds was busier this Friday afternoon. There were a number of cars in the parking lot and lots of hikers and dog walkers enjoying the sunny weather. I also came across two other cyclists.
Weather was warmish at around -5 °C, with lots of sunlight.
Bike was equipped with 2.3" tires (front and rear) at 10 psi.