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    trail shots: don valley trails - toronto, canada

    here are some more of the shots i took from the ride saturday with mindbogger, vortec135 and hooligan.

    the don trails are pretty heavily trafficed trails - some more than others. most of these shots were taken on the well known trails that everyone and their mothers have ridden. lotta riders, hikers and dog walkers pass through these trails daily - hence the superwide highway look of most of the singletrack trails in the shots.

    long skinny over a fallen log, mindbogger rode this one, cleaned it first try (didn't get a shot of that though). near the end it's about 4ft up.


    one guy we met on the trails, chris, riding over a small up and over bridge over a fallen log just after the long skinny above.


    short, but tough uphill just approaching the redway loblaws (which was just behind me when i took this shot):


    steep hills sign by the redway loblaws trailhead:


    sign close up.


    a couple shots of one of the steep downhill decents around the redway loblaws (for those of you who've ridden the don before). you can't really tell how steep these are from the pictures...


    same steep, slightly different angle:


    part of the trail heading up to the steep above:




    singletrack just before the don DJs (DJs were directly behind me when i took this shot):


    if weather's good this saturday, i'll be going out for another ride. i'll try to take more shots if i do. mindbogger, vortec, down for another 3 hour (or more) romp?


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    Sweet riding!
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    Cool pics.
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    I am from Kansas, what's a "downhill"?

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    Remiinds me of some trails in Cleveland.
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    For sure. No doubt about it. But you realize it was more like 1 hour of riding and 2 hours of sitting around?
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    nice trail. Interesting technique on the one laddar. Weaving wood eh?...hmmm

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    Looks like lots of fun, we've been wanted to check out the Don for a while, but now even more !!

    I'll try to get some shots of waterdown posted in the next few weeks, they have done a lot of maitenance & building there recently.

    Anyone racing or checking out the downhill race at kelso this saturday? I hope is doesn't rain too much

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    some of the guys on dropmachine ride waterdown quite a bit. they're always raving about it. hopefully, i'll be able to come out one day and check it out.

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    hey, where did you enter the trail at? I want to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlfwy.thr
    hey, where did you enter the trail at? I want to check it out.
    there are a ton of different ways to access the trails. we entered through one of the trail heads in seton park. there's another trailhead we passed through by bayview & pottery rd. and another trailhead we passed by the redway loblaws. we ended back at one of the other trailheads at seton park.
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    I looked at some guys pics and he had like 60 or so. On one of the signs it said

    "XC=Fa*s" and "XC=Panties" I'm scared
    hahaha

    Some of that stuff looks very rideable for me though and for sure I'll hit up those trails at least once this year. Relatively close in the scheme of things.

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    I'm from Toronto as well. Bought a moutain bike a few weeks ago and I've been dying to go on the trails. I wanted to hit the Don Valley Trail this weekend but it's going to rain so I'll wait until next weekend or if it warms up again this next week. I have a Trek 3700 http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...3700/index.php

    I don't know much about trail riding but I hope my bike can survive these trails that I want to ride. Do you think it will hold up.

    Where exactly off of Bayview do I enter this trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swifferman
    On one of the signs it said

    "XC=Fa*s" and "XC=Panties" I'm scared
    hahaha
    haha, that's the steep hills sign i posted above. looks like they've tried to clean off whatever graffiti they could.


    Quote Originally Posted by mellikesbikes
    I'm from Toronto as well. Bought a moutain bike a few weeks ago and I've been dying to go on the trails. I wanted to hit the Don Valley Trail this weekend but it's going to rain so I'll wait until next weekend or if it warms up again this next week. I have a Trek 3700 http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...3700/index.php

    I don't know much about trail riding but I hope my bike can survive these trails that I want to ride. Do you think it will hold up.

    Where exactly off of Bayview do I enter this trail?
    your bike should be fine. the don trails are mix of easy, intermediate and tough trails. i'm hoping it doesn't rain this weekend. but if it does, i guess i'll just take my bike in to get serviced. it's in dire need of some love. i'll also see if i can get my new cranks installed (finally) if that's the case.

    if you're going to be riding the don for the first time, it'd be good to go with someone who knows the trail system somewhat. it's not very difficult to get lost because of all the intersecting trails.

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    nice pics good trails too

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    Im from Toronto too and i rode those trails last summer

    I'm a newbie, so i got owned.
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    Glad that they replaced the bridge in the first photo this year. The bridge there last year had developed about a half-foot of side-to-side sway, and I got pitched off of it fairly regularly.

    The trick with the don trails is that there are some steeper uphills mixed in with the stunts. If you ride a big bike they could be ugly little climbs. If you bring an XC bike the hills will be easier, but you may want to skip some of the stunts.

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    Hi!

    Just looking at your pictures reminds me of a cross country (5k running - not mountain biking ) high school county championship course I ran this year. We squeezed around 300 kids through a bunch of singletrack for the majority of the race.

    It was a heck of a race - but the most fun ever. Sadly, our team's fastest runner passed out at the finish line of heat exaustion.

    I know that it isn't the most relevent thing but still...

    Anyhow happy riding!
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    Whats with the ramps over the downed trees?
    Your supposed to go over them o'natural. Where i ride they just find smaller downed logs and make it so you wheel wont catch on the main tree. But then again, i think the forest workers would have a fit with a unnatural structure being out there, so maybe thats the reason.

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    If we had trails like that around here id own a Nicer bike.... LOL


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    just got back from a nice solo ride. hit up a secret freeride trail i rode last november... ended up walking the majority of it haha. then hit up some of the usual trails and took some more shots. enjoy

    these shots are all pretty much the same section of trail. mindbogger and that guy i met on my last ride, chris both cleaned these skinnies.

















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    Is that as steep as it looks?

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    Swiff which part looks steep?...Do you mean that one roll in style laddar that bridges over the log, thats looks sick.

    Gotta say I love the woodwork. Really nice to see the guys building using branches. I can stand skinnies and laddars made from flat wood. The difference in difficulty is huge between well made (like above) and a simple 2x4 slapped together. ..

    What are those trails like in November (1st week) and can they be ridden on a SS (I don't mind hiking cause my climbin blows) I might be doing a trip to TO (well Guelph) that week and might try to squeeze in a ride or two.

    Also Chris=mindbogger?

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    The 5th one down looks like it's way past 45 (btw, I can do the degrees sign. eat it lol) I'm going to hit those trails up at least twice this year.

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    Yeah thats the one I was referencing. Looks like fun stuff

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