’14 – ’15 winter season (so far)

As I write this it is March 1st and I’m reflecting back on the winter riding season to date.  Certainly a few things stand out: the snow came late, the ice has been plentiful, the number of fatbikers is soaring, we’ve had a couple of social events, trail grooming is about to start happening, and lots of people have upgraded their fatbikes after only buying their first one a year ago (and some people have upgraded even quicker than that).

SBR Feb'15

We have seen a lot of icy trails this year. Multiple thaw/freeze cycles and periods of heavy rain have made the trails “challenging”.

Studded tires have be a must-have this winter.

Studded tires: a must-have this winter.

A first for me this winter was seeing a pack of coyotes (3) as I rounded a corner on the back roads in The Goulds.  I have seen individual coyotes but never a pack.  I managed to capture of picture of this one - the other two scattered quickly.  Click on the image and enlarge it for a better view.

A first for me this winter was seeing a pack of coyotes (3) as I rounded a corner on the back roads in The Goulds. I have seen individual coyotes but never a pack. I managed to capture a picture of one – the other two scattered quickly. Click on the image and enlarge it for a better view.

Coyote tracks. Coyotes places their back foot in the print made by the front foot, creating a single, straight line of prints.

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Pugsley tracks. Sometimes the rear wheel follows the front wheel and makes a single set of tracks; sometimes not.

We've had a lot of group rides with great turnouts.

We’ve had a lot of group rides with great turnouts.

Dean The Machine leading the way.

Dean The Machine leading the way.

Jason and his new Norco Sasquatch.  Lots of Bluto suspension forks are appearing on bikes, another trend new this season.

Jason and his new Norco Sasquatch. Lots of Bluto suspension forks are appearing on bikes, another trend new this season.

Mel in stealth mode.

Mel in stealth mode.

Yours truly about to take the plunge on a ride to Witless Bay Line.

Yours truly about to take the plunge on a ride to Witless Bay Line.

Sean all smiles on his new Surly Pugsley.

Sean all smiles on his new Surly Pugsley.

There have been a number of riders who have put together beautiful builds around the new 9:ZERO:7 Whiteout frame this year, including:

Mark...

Mark…

...Dwayne...

…Dwayne…

...Jason, and...

…Jason…

...and Darren.

…and Darren.

Tim, Ross, Darren and Dan on the way to The Spout.

Tim, Ross, Darren and Dan on the way to The Spout.

See Ross go!

See Ross go!

See Ross stop!

See Ross stop!

Dean demonstrates, for our amusement, what German engineered road sedans *can't* do.

Dean demonstrates, for our amusement, what German engineered road sedans *can’t* do.

More insight into Dean's world.

More insight into Dean’s world.

Blue skies, firm trails and fat tires make Dan smile.

Blue skies, firm trails and fat tires make Dan smile.

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Dan looking pro.

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6 thoughts on “’14 – ’15 winter season (so far)

    • Thanks everyone. Jason & Sean – I was really happy with the teddy bear/fat tire picture. I thought it captured the two parts that many of us have – our family and our passion.

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