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Old 04-30-07, 07:54 AM   #501
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These next couple of pics depict a section of the singletrack that forms a small loop off the main section. You are riding along and all of a sudden the trail turns sharp right and downhill and you feel like for a second that you are riding off the bluff into the water. Either way, it seems that you are a small mistake away from tumbling into the brush and down to the water and rocks below.

It's about 50-75 feet straight down to rocks and water past that brush in the first picture. the depth doesn't come through on the pics






After climbing back from the beach into the hills a bit, I took a few shots from a clearing back down to the beach





All in all, a good morning spent with the bike and mother nature.

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Old 04-30-07, 04:07 PM   #502
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Those trails look really cool. I'd love to have trails that were a little less twisty, makes climbing a ***** and decending not as fun. I guess trail builders dont have much to work with so switch backs and doublebacks are common to maximise the relativly small amount of good terrain to work with.



I'd love to rip down that full blast....the little variance looks like it would make it hella fun.
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yeah, these are old trails set up way before mountain biking. But they seem to be perfect for it. You can really blast through at high speeds even where it gets more twisty back in the woods
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I got out with Hambone for a nice ride in Pisgah this evening. Its been storming so bwe got a little muddy but it was fun. My trail dog Sara tagged along as well.

Sara was chompin' at the bit when we took off.......


...but I think she had enough when she flopped down in the truck at the end of Black mtn.
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Great action shot of Hambone!
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Great action shot of Hambone!
Thats as good as Hambone gets. He's not here to defend himself so fire away.He's at a wilderness first responders school at a local camp with a bunch of Aussies
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Poor guy...he's probably having flashbacks from late October! Damn Aussies!
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Thrilling Unfamiliar WV Trails - Ride Report

After a two hour drive of anticipation, we pull into the parking
area where the unfamiliar trails were calling to us. We had heard
about these trails from a friend and wanted to try them. We decided
to take one of the two trails that emptied out of the woods right
near the parking area. Within the first 1/2 mile we realized it
would be best to ride up the paved road like the trail map described
and just do one of the recommended loops until we got familiar with
the area. Going in reverse on the trail we were not seeing the trail
markers.

After a mile or so of blacktop my Son and I were ready for some sweet
singletrack. We were not disappointed with some of the immediate
challenges. A few fast sections coupled with some rocks and small
stream crossings. Every short climb seemed to bring another slight
downhill with some fast sections before another rocky area and another
short climb. The trail was such a blast in the first few miles I didn't
even think to take any pictures which is unusual for me.

As we grew closer to the top of the ridge we came to one of the
steeper climbs on the trail so we took a short break and I finally
got got out the camera. Here Scott24 munches part of a power bar
just before making the climb.




I made the climb with ease and stopped to get a couple more shots
of Scott24 making the climb. Here he nears the top and kept right
on going past me. Then it took me a little time to catch him.
I knew this day would come. Just figured he would be older than 12
when it did.



Some distance later I was finally on his back tire again when we
came to an intersection that wasn't shown on the map. It appeared
they had blocked off the usual trail and directed us onto a newer
portion of singletrack likely used in the WVMBA race held here the
week before. We decided to take the new section and see where we
ended up.

What a great section, it lead us through an awesome rocky area with
large boulders and technical manuvering to get through them. Although
it was short it was a great challenge for both of us. There was an
excellent spot, off a large flat rock with about an 18 to 20 inch drop
on the other side, for a wheelie drop. This was only the third time
out on my new HT, a Hardrock Sport Disc and I was pleasantly surprised
how it was handling. I usually ride my Giant AC.

Again, had such a good time through this short but fun section I didn't
stop to get a pic till I was through it and Scott24 was coming around
the last boulder. I was able to catch a little balancing act as he came
down around the boulder.




After that short section of boulder riding the trail led us into a row
planted pine forest. It was cleared between the trees and was a blast.
The trail zig-zagged around, through, back around, nice banked turns
and all this on a level plateau. After a few minutes of twisting and
turning we came to the edge of the forest at the top of an 80 to 100
foot cliff with an awesome view of a valley with the Mountains in the
background. Sorry there was a bit of fog that showed up bad in the
picture.




After taking a few pictures of the overlook, I turned and took a picture
of our bikes setting by the trail in the row pines.





Underway again, Scott24 gets a shot of Dad zipping through the pines.




After coming out of the twisting and turning trials through the pines
we were back in mountain laurel littered trails. Within a few minutes
we came to an awesome fast and somewhat technical downhill section.
What a blast ! It seemed to go on for a long time, however I'm sure it
only seemed that way because it was our first time on these trails. About
half way down the mountain a hard right turn led us onto a quite steep,
crazy fast downhill and then into a rocky hang on for dear life, nasty rocky
downhill. Man, I wished I had my FS Giant AC at that moment but the Hardrock
handled the beating well. Of couse I wasn't going to stop and take pictures
of this awesome few minutes. Just plain awesome is all I can say. As I
neared the bottom and a strembed I paused to let Scott24 catch up and get
some more pictures of him coming down the trail. However, by the time the
camera was operational he had already caught up. Now I can't even get far
enough ahead of him to get pics.

After getting back underway, the trail took us down that stream bed for a
while, then off the side of it, to a hard switchback and then to another
creek crossing. We were back to some nice smooth singletrack for a while
before getting back into some technical rock crossings, creek crossings,
and a few more small climbs. There were several nice technical challenges
along this portion of the trail.




The last portion of the 12 mile loop had some of the first log crossings
we had found. As we were nearing the end of the 12 mile loop the trail
goes through an open area that appears to have been dozed. We took a few
minutes to get a little air time off a nice launch point.






Since it just didn't feel like we had ridden about 14 to 15 miles total, we
decided to do another short loop trail before we called it a day. This
trail remined me so much of Kennison Mountain trail in Pocahontas County WV
with several rock bridges through swampy areas, riding under and around
mountain laural, over a few boardwalks and several stream crossings.
Had to stop at one point for this awesome view of the swamp we were riding
mostly around.



After about 18 to 20 miles of thrilling, unfamilar trails we were ready
to call it a day. We stood around the truck for a while giving each other
high fives and discussing, over a nice cold drink of apple juice, our next
ride at this place.

If you ever have the opportunity to ride the trails at Big Bear Lake near
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, it is worth the drive and the $5.00 daily
fee to ride there.

I would suggest you at least do the 12 mile loop if nothing else. You can
add sections to make them longer or shorter as you decide. They have a
suggested 21 mile loop. Think we will do that one next time.


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Thats some mad stylie air Pop. Looks Like a good time.
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Got out with girlscout at Dupont. I had to make a few repairs to a drivetrain for a guy from Michigan. Trails were good and tacky the temps were areong 70f.




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Got out to Auburn last night with a few guys from the shop. We had a shuttle, so we got 4 runs in. Went on a super sweet trail with some gnar chutes.
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Nice pics though, looks like you're enjoying the Kona! By the way, what road bike you get? Any pics?
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Nice pics though, looks like you're enjoying the Kona! By the way, what road bike you get? Any pics?


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I took my brother's GT Team i-drive on it's maiden voyage yesterday after putting the entire bike together myself. I rode about 40-50 miles and it is Chinese silky smooth. It shifts like it should and the front and rear suspensions work great. Here is a pic.




I'll get some trail pics later...
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I took my brother's GT Team i-drive on it's maiden voyage yesterday after putting the entire bike together myself. I rode about 40-50 miles and it is Chinese silky smooth. It shifts like it should and the front and rear suspensions work great. Here is a pic.




I'll get some trail pics later...
Is this some kind of army recruitment strategy, or just a bad picture of a bike?
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Darwin award, here I come!!





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Is this some kind of army recruitment strategy, or just a bad picture of a bike?

...no, the pic is not meant to be an army recruitment strategy,..but.....if you feel like the U.S. Army is for you, then go for it


...well...here are some more pics I took. These were taken during my ride today at the home of the infamous Duke lacrosse team. Check out my Royce Union bike,...it might be just as infamous,..... but I doubt it






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Did Powderface/Prairie long loop today...a trail that usually isn't ready until June. The trail starts out with a lot of pretty steep climbing...for about 6km. There was lots of snow and wet sections at the higher elevations which made climbing difficult. But the steep rocky descent was dry and I was going pretty hard down it...so I killed two tubes on the descent and ran out of patches...serves me right for using lightweight XC tires and lightweight tubes! I had to ride the second half of the descent and all of Prairie Creek trail (about another 16kms) with a tire filled with grass, pine needles, and moss. Made it all the way, kept up a decent pace, and only broke three spokes.

And...no pics! I have resolved to take a lot fewer this year.
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Looks like a Kona Kickipu...2006 or 5.
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Cutler Park - Needham, MA
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I've been riding my bike for a while now, but mainly only on pavement around the city because I haven't had time to hit any trails.

Last week I was looking online for a place close by for me to ride besides the Charles River (I live right in the city of Boston). Anyway, as I was looking, I came across a place called "Cutler Park" from the Singletracks website. Being the slow person that I am, after looking at a map of Cutler Park on Google Maps for 15 minutes ... I realized that it's the park located right behind the building where I work.

I generally run around the lake behind my building (1.5 miles), but I had NO IDEA that it extended even farther in. I totally thought it was just a loop around the lake.

Today (Sunday), I had to go to work because my team was behind in some work, so I decided to bring my bike to check out the trail during lunch. I'm really excited about it because I can pretty much ride everyday during lunch at work. There's even a bike rack in my parking garage so I can just keep my bike there as long as I want.

Picture time:


This is the headquarters of the company I work for, PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). I'm a QA Engineer there. It's my first job since graduating college in May of '06.


Here's a sideshot of the building so you can see that the back is the lake and park.


Obligatory signage.


Back of the building. The green umbrellas is where our cafeteria is.


This is where it begins.


Building from across the lake.




I really do hope the frame doesn't break ...


I asked the nice bench to take a picture of me. Maybe I can make some friends soon to ride with me.

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Yeah, I definitely did NOT make it up this...














Back to work


Back at the car to put the bike away.
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