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Hi MB1 and the group, nice pictures! Would love to try that orange dirt road on my cyclecross bike. What road is it or what is it near? I will try to find it on maps.google.

Thanks, Axlenut
 

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MB1 said:
Those are 5 Mile Road, Shell Pond Road and Schofield Road between Avalon and 27 near Lake Louisa.

5 Mile Road was in good shape, Shell Pond was really soft and somewhat hard to ride with out fat tires but the conditions are always changing.

I say go for it!

BTW this is Shell Pond, we had a hard time slogging through this.
Hi MB1 and the group, thanks for the info and the picture of Shell Pond Rd. Looks like a very pretty area and another on my must ride list.

From what I can see in the picture it looks like a grader may have been down the road recently - (the shoulder looks turned up). On another ride recently I caught up to a slow moving grader and it was stunning how soft the dirt road was behind the grader. When I got in front of the grader the road was rough but much harder packed and must easer to ride on.

I recently picked up a full size frame pump for use on my old full stiffly MTB. I have huge 2.2 tires on it and run about 40 PSI in them for the trip on the pavement to the off road area then dump the pressure down to about 15 PSI. Makes a big difference on the off road section then when it's time to head home I pump them back up. Works so well that I might have to try it on my cyclecross bike. Don't think I can drop them down as far as I do on the MTB bike but I will have to play around and see how much it might help if I run into a long soft section of dirt road.

Take care, Axlenut
 
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