Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Years Day Ride 2015 Thursday January 1st

2015 New Years Day Ride

The most epic hang over ride in town is closing in on us. The 2015 New Year's Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store. Tis' the season to make our annual homage to the birthplace of our savior, Randy's Bluffton Store. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday January 1st, for a casual ride to Bluffton, where we will eat, drink and be merry. The ride home will be even more casual as reindeer games often ensue. Be prepared to make a whole day of it, the route home can be tricky. This is the "most funnest" ride of the year.

Why not have the best ride of the year, on the first day of the year, so you have nothing left to look forward to for the rest of the year.

What: New Years Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store
When: Thursday, January 1st 10 A.M.
Where: Decorah Bicycles parking lot, 10 A.M.
How: Any damn way you want
What do I bring? Bike, Warm stuff, Money, Beer and Booze







Monday, December 15, 2014

nighttime-trail-dog-shred



Thursday, December 11, 2014

❄ ❄ ❄ Important Winter Trail Information ❄ ❄

❄ ❄ ❄ Important Winter Trail Information ❄ ❄ ❄

Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.
Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.

Winter weather is here and local trails will be experiencing freeze thaw cycles. This means trail conditions will be unsuitable for riding until the ground freezes solid and daytime temperatures stay well below freezing.


What's the big deal with freeze thaw cycles?


Dirt trails are extremely venerable to rut damage during the transition to and from winter because colder temps prevent the soil from drying. When soil freezes the growth of ice crystals push soil particles apart leaving large gaps that can fill with water when the ice melts. In a thawed state this dirt is much like a sponge and will absorb large amounts of water. It is also hyper sensitive to disturbance by foot/bike traffic and flowing water and will form ruts with little effort. Direct sunlight and above freezing daytime temperatures can thaw the top layer of frozen dirt and create an easily rutted, greasy, muddy mess on the surface. Overnight, lower temperatures refreeze the top surface of the trails, ruts included, and the process repeats when conditions allow (hence the name freeze thaw cycle).

Why are ruts bad for trails?


When ruts develop along a trail they channel water, causing erosion of the trail surface, and slow the drying process. Rain is highly erosive to trails when the ground is frozen and ruts greatly increase the chances of erosion by flowing water. When the soil is frozen, water can't soak in like normal and flows along the top in large quantities. Ruts on a trail can intercept these flows and divert them along the length of a trail. As the water flows down the trail and picks up speed it also picks up soil particles and washes them away from the trail. This can leave behind deep ruts tens or hundreds of feet long in extreme circumstances. Come spring time, ruts can also hold pools of water on the trail surface and prevent it from drying as quickly. If these puddles are disturbed by bike tires they can quickly turn into large mud pits. Fixing these areas eats up trail volunteer time that could be better spent on other projects. Wet areas like this also prolong trail closures.

Tips for riding during the winter months


  • Pay attention to the trail status
  • Don't ride frozen trails when the temperature is above freezing.
  • Ride frozen trails early in the morning before they have a chance to warm.
  • Don't ride if the temps are hovering around freezing and it is sunny. Wait until temps are below 25F and even then there may be thawed areas.
  • If after following all the above guidelines and the trails are still too soft, turn around and come back another time. A single rider can damage many thousands of feet of trail under these conditions.


Please respect the trails over the colder months so everyone can maximize their enjoyment come spring time!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turkey Day Snow ride

1st Annual CRANKSGIVING Day Ride

This will be the first Cranksgiving Day ride, which will hopefully turn into an annual tradition.  It will be a Fat Bike trail ride, in an easy moving, no drop group ride. Come on down and work some of that Thanksgiving meal off.


When: Turkey Day
Where: Decorah Bicycles
Time: 2:30 Depart
What: Fat Turkey guts on Fat bikes



Friday, November 14, 2014

Sunday Snow Ride

It is supposed to snow this weekend, so lets get out and play in it.

Meet Sunday

Noon

Bruening Garage, by the luge

Click here for pic of meeting spot









Tuesday, October 28, 2014

May I present, The new River Trail Entrance

The new River Trail piece is complete.  Thanks for all DHPT members that came out and participated.  A big thanks to the Luther College students involved in Students Helping Our Community.

SHOC

https://www.facebook.com/ShocStudentHelpingOurCommunity

SHOC provided 25 volunteers who where a huge help getting the trail completed.