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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by awf170 View Post
    So does the riding look good enough for you to make a trip up here. *nudge*nudge*
    Some of those drops look a bit too much for me. But I will still make the trip out there to ride. I will be sure to bring some shin / knee pads, and will probably go with platform pedals instead of clipless for the day. Do you have a date in mind?

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by o3jeff View Post
    Or like CT. Austin is there any single track out there or is it mostly rocky?
    There is about 30 miles of "official", probably about 10 more miles of stuff that has yet to be added to the map or was cut illegally.

    Here's a map:


    Basically everything south of Walden Pond is Beginner/Intermediate and everything north of it is Advanced/Expert. The south side of the park really isn't anything special, it is decent singletrack, but not nearly as good as what you have in CT. It used to be a lot better, but it is now super eroded. So even the easier trails are pretty darn technical.

    Now the north side is where all the good stuff is. It is basically a giant playground as you can see by the pictures. There are 3-5 drops everywhere, tons of steep granite rollers, and lots of riding on rock slabs, hence the nickname "Moab of the east". The landing are usually flat since building any sort of landing ramp is prohibited (after an explosion of illegal building and cutting Lynn threatened to ban mountain biking in Lynn Woods). You don't have do any of these features though. You could go around every single "feature" in my pictures. The riding on this side isn't really XC at all, and you don't get the greatest cardio workout. We probably only covered 4 or 5 miles and we rode for 3.5 hours. You'll stop take a break, maybe try out of few drops/rollers, take some pics, ride a few hundred yard (usually of very technical singletrack) , and repeat. I mean you can ride it XC style, but unless you are a very, very good rider it would be frustrating because you have to walk a decent amount. This isn't to say that it is all about downhill though because there are quite a few very nice hill climbs. They are very technical and usually pretty short though. Once again they are the sort of thing you can keep trying as a group until you get it. So once again, not the greatest workout. Wow, yeah, I rambled quite a bit. Feel free to ask more questions, though I just started riding here so I really don't know much compared to some people.

    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    Some of those drops look a bit too much for me. But I will still make the trip out there to ride. I will be sure to bring some shin / knee pads, and will probably go with platform pedals instead of clipless for the day. Do you have a date in mind?

    Tim
    Maybe a weekend in September?

    Like I said earlier, you can avoid all the drops. Flats might not be a bad idea, since you will be clipping out a ton. I'm so used getting in and out of clipless now that it doesn't even bother me, but to each there own. Clipless cleats are pretty terrible when you have walk up steep rock though. Metal + rock = sketchiness.

    Yeah shin/knees pads are almost I must. I haven't seen one person up there without them (except me of course ) I'm definitely getting some soon.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by awf170 View Post

    Maybe a weekend in September?
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    That should work for me. Lets just pick a date soon so we all have time to make plans. Are you going to head out to Western MA for our AZ crew ride and Batchlor street? That is also looking like a september ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    That should work for me. Lets just pick a date soon so we all have time to make plans. Are you going to head out to Western MA for our AZ crew ride and Batchlor street? That is also looking like a september ride.

    How about Sunday September 14th? We'll make it a whole day ride. Heck we could even ride down to Rt. 1 grab lunch then ride some more after!

    Yeah I'm definitely in for a Batchlor St. ride. Just pick a date and I'm 90% sure I can make it.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by awf170 View Post
    T The riding on this side isn't really XC at all, and you don't get the greatest cardio workout. We probably only covered 4 or 5 miles and we rode for 3.5 hours. You'll stop take a break, maybe try out of few drops/rollers, take some pics, ride a few hundred yard (usually of very technical singletrack) , and repeat. I mean you can ride it XC style, but unless you are a very, very good rider it would be frustrating because you have to walk a decent amount. This isn't to say that it is all about downhill though because there are quite a few very nice hill climbs. They are very technical and usually pretty short though.
    I used to ride there a fair amount about 10 years ago. It's definitely not fast single track, but you can ride through without having to get off the bike too much. There's usually a way around the big drops. The big granite rollers are a blast even if you're not jumping. But if your hanging with the jumpers I guess you'll have to stop anyway.
    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

  6. #16
    You guys are nuts!

    Nice pics! Thanks for sharing them!
    "Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own." ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  7. #17
    Wow you guys are crazy it's amazing that you can ride over huge boulders on a mountain bike..steezy..

  8. #18
    Nice pics....looks like a happy place!!

    pow

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    Do people get stabbed in there too?
    Making sanity obsolete since 1982...

  10. #20
    Only when you don't have a bashguard...




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