Riding in the rain/ wet trail conditions.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2019 at 11:58 Quote
I recently moved to Alberta and it seems like there’s a real distaste of mountain bikers who ride in wet trail conditions. I’ve been called out for riding in damp trail conditions ( no pooling water/ mud but light rain/ drizzle falling. Or, after a shower ...

Talking to fellow riders people won’t entertain trails which are higher elevation, rooty and drain well in the wet.

There seems to be a pretty black white culture these days with respect to riding damp- wert trails.

While I can clearly understand not riding when conditions are the equivalent to a mud bog for obvious reasons .. I think this culture might be going to far.

Coming from the west coast, it rains a TON ! If we chose not to ride Seymour or Fromme on a wet a day we might as well sell our bikes... in winter most days are wet.

Again, I’m not advocating riding in where there’s large amounts of standing water, slush, recent freeze thaw combined with rain for obvious reasons. But getting social media bashing’s/ verbal tongue lashings for riding a well drained trail with no standing water, running water, standing mud seems like a bit of overkill.

For example, loamy or clay steeps which turn to mud once weight is applied.. I’d stay off that for obvious reasons after a thunderstorm or extended wet period..( if I can)

When does common sense kick in vs black and white thinking? Or, am I missing something? Or have I run into a few people who are a bit overzealous.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 at 13:57 Quote
Different dirt out here compared to where you are from.
If you are talking about WBC area, they are pretty protective of the trails and the work put in to make those trails.
There are some rides around Moose that should be go to rides in wet conditions.
I love the dirt on the coast and in some of the interior locations that washes off with a hose easily.
The clay based soil in these parts is a pain where you don't need an ache to clean off the bike and drive train.

It has been an unusual year here with the amount of moisture that has fallen.
The anti suicide forecast is that the weather will smarten up and trails will dry out.

Welcome to "Blue Sky" Country! The riding will be better tomorrow! Tomorrow! The sun will come out tomorrow.....

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 at 23:01 Quote
Being from Scotland we don’t understand not riding wet trails, no one here seems to be able to build these dry trails people speak of

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 at 12:23 Quote
I've ridden a lot in NC and in MA. In both places riding wet trails is frowned upon. Riding wet trails widens them and can make pit and ruts and mess. That becomes an issue with the politics of using conservation land, state parks, and multi-use trail systems. If you're out in the middle of nowhere with low bike traffic i can see why no one cares.

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