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Mountain biking...anyone?

Anyone else interested in doing some mountain biking. I bought a mountain bike last year & only used it a couple times. I'm an avid cyclists but new to mountain biking & I wouldn't mind hitting some easy to medium skill trails.

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  • David B.

    Hey everyone, I finally uploaded pics! Sorry for taking so long. By the way, anyone want to mountain bike on the don valley?

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip! Marc thanks for organizing and giving a ride.And thanks to Oleg for leading. I hope we will go again when the bikes fixed and wounds healed

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • David B.

      Lol, I think everyone crashed. Maybe not Oleg, he is too pro!

      August 12, 2013

  • Oleg

    Stava until my gps ran out of juice: http://www.strava.com/activities/73983402

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • David B.

    Hey guys/girls, it was nice meeting everyone! It was a lot of fun! I posted 2 picture from my phone, I'll post the pictures from my camera tonight or tomorrow. Thanks Marc for hosting and Oleg for leading and Lucy was so nice to offer her bike.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jordan L.

    I would love to come if someone would be able to give me a lift and my bike there from a TTC station. I could share the cost of a rental/gas etc. let me know.

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, Jordan, but I'm full because I am taking Eugenia and Lev. I would love to have fit you too. I hope Marc can work something out. Hope to see you tomorrow!

      August 10, 2013

    • Marc

      Hey Jordan, I'll be able to pick you up tomorrow but you'll have to meet me at Church & Bloor at around 7:50am tomorrow. Please post, call or text me a confirmation message tonight if you are able to meet me. Please include a phone number just in case. Thanks!

      August 10, 2013

  • Dobie

    Sorry! Hope I can join your group next time. Enjoy a good day tomorrow.

    August 10, 2013

  • Marc

    Hey All: Just so that everybody knows, I haven't gone mountain biking since I was teenager so I'm basically a newbie at this. Worse yet, I haven't been to Albion Hills since I was a kid, so any knowledge that I have is from reading websites/blogs about it. We'll stop off at the park office to get some additional info about the trails before we ride. I do ride my commuter bike to work everyday during spring, summer & fall & my average speed is around 20km\h. I do ride up Kingston Road between Dundas & Main Street but I have to say hills still kill me. I'm assuming trail riding will be a little slower unless its downhill. I don't expect this to be a fast ride. There is only a 1000 character limit in this post....more to follow

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Marc, I am also a slow uphiller :) I pick the easiest gear and take my time :)

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can also rent a car (I have my own bike rack) and take 2 more people and 2 more bikes if the people are willing to share the cost of gas and car rental.

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Marc, I will email you my phone number closer to the day of the trip!

      July 29, 2013

    • Marc

      Hey Masha, I was thinking of picking you up at around 8:15ish am at Yonge & Davisville. Let me know if this works for you. Also, please text or email me your phone number just in case. Thanks

      August 9, 2013

  • David B.

    I'd like to join if someone has enough room for my bike (I don't mind spliting the costs for gas etc.) And if the trails are easy!

    July 17, 2013

    • David B.

      Hey Marc, I can probably ride to your place if that's easier for you. You're pretty close to me. Also, what time do you think we'll head back? Do you think we'll be back by 7?

      August 9, 2013

    • Marc

      Hey David, I'll leave it up to you but I'm able to pick you up. I have to pick up 2 other people (Masha at Yonge & Davisville & a buddy of mine that lives up at Yonge & Finch). If I do pick you up at your place, it would be around 7:30ish am. As far as being back in Toronto, I'm aiming for about 6pm. If things change, I'll make it a point to be back no later than 7pm. BTW, I still have your phone number so thanks for that!

      August 9, 2013

  • Nicky C.

    Hey all,
    Fyi, just 2kms north on Hwy50 is the Caledon Trailway Path, what is known as a rail trail. It extends 27kms south and 8kms north. Maybe if we have some energy left some can try it out? We can decide at the meetup Sunday.

    August 7, 2013

    • Oleg

      Albion is not Blue Mountain. You're much better off on a rigid bike.

      August 8, 2013

    • David B.

      Ok thanks Oleg!

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can take 2 more bikes if people need rides. I live in Mimico but could pick up at Royal York or Islington Subway.

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lucy. Am I able to take you up on that offer of a 'lift'? Just me & my bike. Both Royal York & Islington work for me. Let me know - then I can come with you and it won't be so tight inside Marc's van ...

      August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome, thank you! Will be there 9am on Sunday. I will text you my number as well, just in case.

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there! I like MTB-ing and would love to join, as I haven't been to Albion Hills for riding yet. Don't have my own transport though. Is there a room for me + bike with someone already going? I live at Keele & St Clair intersection, but I can get to any of the TTC stations to get picked up. Thank you!

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Marc. That sounds great! Don't want to be the one to create the 'tight squeeze' :). Let me see if I can go with Lucy like you said (I missed her comment). If not, I'll come with you from Yonge & St Clair.

      August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looks like she can take me! There will be room to breathe in your van after all :)

      August 5, 2013

  • Oleg

    I think I'll join in too. Didn't even ride offroad this year. I know that trail very well as I used to race there (very slowly) years prior. It's a pretty well marked trail with a 20km+ loop. Takes about 1.5 hours for me get through.

    August 5, 2013

  • Marc

    If whatever reason you need to cancel, please, if possible, do it ahead of time & thru Meetup so that we'll be able to figure out who still needs transportation to the park. Also, if you're going to be late, either send me a message thru Meetup, call or text. I'll send each of you an email this week via Meetup with my contact info just in case you need to get a hold of me. This is my first time organizing a group on Meetup so take it easy on me ;) however, there are a few basic things that everybody will need to bring for this ride: a mountain bike in good working order, lots of water, snacks/lunch, extra tire tubes & a helmet. If anybody has any questions or comments regarding this ride, please post them on the site. Looking forward to meeting you all. Thanks everybody!

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the way, it's $6.50 per adult at the gate.

    Also, Albion Hills' parking lot is pretty big, so how about we meet at the Chalet parking lot? ( the lot right after the bridge )

    And here's the map http://trca.on.ca/trca-user-uploads/trailMap-AlbionHills-Summer.pdf

    July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops. I cant go anymore. I forgot that I have to go to a corgi meetup at cherry beach that day. Have fun guys!

      August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope there's some of us who knows their way around Albion Hills very well, to make the ride much smoother for everyone.

    Last time I went there by myself ( thinking I knew my way around ), I got lost big time lol

    July 22, 2013

    • Marc

      I have a very basic map that is included in 'Rider Mels Mountain Bike Guide to Ontario'. I'll see if I can find an additional map in the next few days.

      July 27, 2013

  • Marc

    Sorry everyone, I just got back from vacation & I'm catching up on all the messages. I'll try to respond to all your questions about this ride.

    July 27, 2013

  • Judy P

    If someone in my life does not interfere as things seem to this year, I would love to try it.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a mtbike! Really love mtbiking. I will need a ride though, I live at Yonge and Davisville

    July 20, 2013

  • Judy P

    I have not touched my mountain bike in 4 years! I would love to come as long as they are easy trails

    July 11, 2013

  • Marc

    OK everybody, I proposed a location, date & time for mountain biking.
    Since its going to be difficult for people to get there using public transportation, I have a mini-van that can take 7 additional people but only enough for 3 more bikes. We can share the cost of the gas. If people are coming from Scarborough, East York or Downtown/Uptown, I'd be willing to pick them up. Hope to see you there!

    July 10, 2013

  • Marc changed the location to Albion Hills Conservation Area

    July 10, 2013

  • Marc changed the date and time to Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    July 10, 2013

  • Donald S.

    Hi guys. if you are just discussing when and where you would like to have a ride, can you move this to the discussion forums? I don't like to approve events that have no stated time and location, that are just meant to promote discussion on maybe doing a ride sometime, as they kind of clutter up the page and may never happen. If you can't make this a real event shortly, I'd like to delete it.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love mtb. I'm pretty new myself, so I cannot hit the 1-2 black diamond trails yet. Those scare me big time

    I usually go to Albion Hills/Kelso and sometimes Durham Forest whevenever my friends take me.

    I love single tracks. Not a fan of technicals though -- those scare me!

    June 29, 2013

    • Marc

      Hey Jeffrey, July is crazy busy for me. But I'm thinking of maybe going to Albion Hills one Sunday in early August.

      July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good to me! Just let me know!

      July 6, 2013

  • Marc

    Hey Oleg: I ride my bike to work everyday (spring, summer & fall) which is about 26km round trip. My pace is between 18 - 22km/hr.

    June 17, 2013

  • Oleg

    Sure. I know most of the trails in the area. Didn't have a chance to go offroad this year yet.

    What's your fitness level on a road bike? I find that cross country way more demanding than keeping the pace on a road bike.

    June 17, 2013

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