Posted by CANbike on Tue, 12 Feb 2013

Trail Report: Puslinch Tract/Twin Ponds (02/12/13)

Went for a bike ride around Puslinch Tract (Twin Ponds) today. Was not expecting much due to the excessive snow, and ended having quite the workout!

Temperature was around -2 °C, skies were cloudy.

In direct light, the snow was wet and heavy.

The double track snow trails were 100% ridable thanks to the snowmobile trails and heavy foot traffic. The snow has been packed down nicely, but flotation can be a problem in the open areas exposed to direct sunlight. Packed snow was about 2-4" deep, but wet and heavy in the direct sunlight. The snows trails are bumpy.

Originally, my tires were at 12-15 psi and the rear tire struggled to float on the snow. Once the pressure was lowered to below 10 psi, flotation on the snow was greatly improved. Moreover, the softer tire also helped cushion the bumpy ride.

The single track snow trails were poor and roughly 33% ridable. There's been little to no traffic, and the snow is 3-6" deep. In addition, the snow is loose, wet and heavy. Flotation was not possible. Under coverage from the trees, it's possible to bike through the snow on flat surfaces in straight lines. However, the slightest incline became too difficult to bike through the snow with regular tires. As a result, the pines were skipped. Wider tires are recommended for this and I'll probably switch to 3" knobby tires on Large Marge rims (65mm wide).

As a result, focus was primarily on snowmobile tracks and double track trails as they were 100% ridable.

There were a few trail users this afternoon. I only encountered one cross country skier and we chatted for a while. According to him, the snow trails were not ideal for skiing but provided a good workout.

Bike was equipped with knobby tires (2.3" front, 2.4" rear) at less than 10 psi.

Trail Conditions: Poor

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