Mud Season

04/16/2019

It won’t be long until the peepers emerge in the AF, but what about the mountain bikers and hikers?

Won't be long now!

It won't be long until the peepers emerge in the AF, but what about the mountain bikers and hikers?Well, we know that you know what mud is and that you also know what dirt is. That means you can basically answer the question yourself! But… HAFTA will still remind people to respect trail conditions this weekend. It's going to be warm, but there is also going to be large muddy-sections on trails. Earlier this week lots of trails were still soft and had ponding; the ponding is something we're steadily trying to address. Come out to a build-day this year!Anyhow, in times like these we occasionally receive some creative feedback. Lets look at some typical excuses for damaging a trail (in good humor of course).- Read a "science" article (or a maybe it was a random bikeforum post from two decades ago) that said there is an exact depth of mud that makes for good riding. Just so happens that is the precise depth of mud the very day they're out.- "Only" damaged 50m of trail and then lily-padded across the rest.- rode off the trail and therefore avoided all the mud.- so what, there are stretches of mud allover this trail, the rest of it is perfectly fine. If i had to wait for that seasonal mud to dry it'd be like… Weeks!- Just manual through the mud because one tire on the ground = 1/2 the erosion.- I has a fat bike and everybody knows they float right over snow, sand and mud.- I hiked the mud sections that were too deep to ride; hiking is "Natural" therefore no impact.- Has ridden muddy trail for x number of years, nothing they've ever noticed has eroded, quit the clucking.Yadda yadda and so forth. :-)Hope one of those wasn't yours. When motivated people are very good at rationalizing actions, mostly as an excuse for ignoring the negative effects! We at HAFTA just want the single-track trails to remain single-track, not have baked-in ruts/footprints throughout May/June and growing mud-pits we have to drag rocks and stones into. Be thoughtful about when and where you ride. #pleaseandthankyou #filethecomplaintwithMotherNaturenotHAFTA#ridedirtnotmud #mudonheelsorwheelsturnaround

Posted by HAFTA – Halton Agreement Forest Trail Association on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Well, we know that you know what mud is and that you also know what dirt is. That means you can basically answer the question yourself! But… HAFTA will still remind people to respect trail conditions this weekend. It’s going to be warm, but there is also going to be large muddy-sections on trails. Earlier this week lots of trails were still soft and had ponding; the ponding is something we’re steadily trying to address. Come out to a build-day this year!

Anyhow, in times like these we occasionally receive some creative feedback. Lets look at some typical excuses for damaging a trail (in good humor of course).

  • Read a “science” article (or a maybe it was a random bikeforum post from two decades ago) that said there is an exact depth of mud that makes for good riding. Just so happens that is the precise depth of mud the very day they’re out.
  • “Only” damaged 50m of trail and then lily-padded across the rest.
  • rode off the trail and therefore avoided all the mud.
  • so what, there are stretches of mud allover this trail, the rest of it is perfectly fine. If i had to wait for that seasonal mud to dry it’d be like… Weeks!
  • Just manual through the mud because one tire on the ground = 1/2 the erosion.
  • I has a fat bike and everybody knows they float right over snow, sand and mud.
  • I hiked the mud sections that were too deep to ride; hiking is “Natural” therefore no impact.
  • Has ridden muddy trail for x number of years, nothing they’ve ever noticed has eroded, quit the clucking.

Yadda yadda and so forth. 🙂

Hope one of those wasn’t yours. When motivated people are very good at rationalizing actions, mostly as an excuse for ignoring the negative effects! We at HAFTA just want the single-track trails to remain single-track, not have baked-in ruts/footprints throughout May/June and growing mud-pits we have to drag rocks and stones into. Be thoughtful about when and where you ride. #pleaseandthankyou #filethecomplaintwithMotherNaturenotHAFTA #ridedirtnotmud #mudonheelsorwheelsturnaround

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