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Old 05-13-07, 07:52 PM   #526
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Back in my office to do some work, but decided to take a few pics out the window first.


From the window straight on.


To the right...


And to the left.



... well, that's all folks. Hope you enjoyed the pics.
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looks like a nice trail, how long is it?
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i have no idea... there's so many different turns and loops that i got lost. i went in for 45 minutes, scared that i didn't know how to get out, so i turned around. i'll explore another day.
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I only lurk here, but I actually took some pictures today. This is the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest in Exeter, NH. Otherwise known as Fort Rock Farm.

This is challenging when you are fighting gravity:




climbing big boulders with biking shoes on is sort of sketchy:



boney hill. This part has been eroded over time and is now tricky to get traction on.


There's lots of other interesting sections but I got tired of stopping and taking photos.
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that trail is nice
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Hey Dmax, those are great looking trails.
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Old 05-14-07, 03:26 PM   #532
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Hey Dmax, those are great looking trails.
That's only a few pictures of a few small bits. There's miles of that type of terrain thoughout. I've been riding there for a long time but stopped for several years and have I have yet to explore all the new trails.

You can cross under a four lane divided highway through this big pipe thing to get to the second half. Ovr there is a lot more terrain as well as a neat, narrow bridge over a bog and a second bridge that's pretty long, maybe 200 feet? I'll get pictures if I'm out that way tonight perhaps, but I usually stay on the side of the highway that's closest to my house. The whole mess is a 5 minute pedal from my front door.

Edit: I did end up taking a few pictures. Here's the namesake Fort Rock:



small but steep drop, there's another one that's bigger right below it:


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Had a good ride todat with some friends and girlscout.Weather was perfect sunny and 75f. Took a few pics

A pair of Anthems for wheelhot......(my bud runs a shop the sells Giant)



That fragile XC bike on the trail.......



Girlscout.....

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Looks like the same kind of terrain we have here...what kind of tires do you run? I'm about to be in the market for a new set.
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Went 4 an awesome ride on Saturday. Was a bit tired after riding 70 intense kilometres in the morning. About 5 of us met in the Macca's carpark in town. There was me on my XtC2, a friend with a poorly maintained Trek with corflute "front and rear spoilers" zipped tied on the fork and seat stays (), a friend with his dad's XC Mongoose, another on his brothers GT and another, arguably more stupider friend, riding his DH bike .
We set out, aiming to ride to Mt Herbert's summit, a mountain some 20kms of wet, muddy trials away. My DH pal decided to bypass the 1st leg, which was pretty hairy single track parked next to a deep creek. So the 4 of us set off. The single trial was slippery, with roots and rocks everywhere. One particular corner contained what was deemed an invisible branch. Everyone hit it, but nobody saw it. My Trek riding friend fared the worst, with the branch attempting to spin him off into the creek. He over-corrected, plowing into a rock and falling off. Heard his cursing from a mile away .
We soon met our DH pal at the local Milk Bar..... and some soft drizzle from the clouds above. We once again exiting suburbia, and entered a dense gum tree forest. The lovely native walking track it once was know resembled a mud pit. We navigated it carefully, slipping and sliding through the muddy corners, and up the occasional hill.
Soon we stopped. the Mongoose riding fella had made a simple shift, only 4 the chainline to **** itself. We spent 30+ minutes trying to pull the chain out from between the BB and the crankset. We didn't hav a crank puller so the next best things were, in order; an allen key, a screwdriver and a large rock, then just the rock after we destroyed the screwdriver, then a chain breaker (partly successful- half the chain was free), then 3 screwdrivers and a rock, then a piece of wire snipped off a security fence next to the track, then finally, a ****load of elbow grease. We linked the chain back up then twisted out the unfree links (the culprit in the 1st place). The bike ran without a problem after that, altough the chain will probably need replacing .
Once again we got going, with it all going generally smoothly. We got onto a pretty tame firetrial, and rode its ups and downs for nearly an hour. We'd stop every 5 minutes to let our DHiller and the trek rider (his cleat was screwed, and cliping in was a rare occurance) catch up, then precede. We got to the end of the firetrial and decided that, after so many set backs, we wouldn't have enough light to get back home if we tried to climb the mountain. We instead took the most awesome single track I've ever rode on. Every corner was bermed, and was all basically flat ground. We flew through that single track, which included some woop de doos and some seriously deep puddles. The end came when the single track became a rocky creek bed, which hadn't filled up with enough rainwater to deem it unridable.
We came out of the forest and onto a road. Rode that 4 200m then back onto another trial. Got my 1st puncture here. Stopped and had the problem fixed in 10minutes. Got riding again and within 20 minutes I got another puncture ! It was a pinch flat, most likely from a 3 foot drop-off 300m down the track. Got a spare tube off a friend, then it starting pouring, Everyone jumped off the track and into the trees, while I changed my tube as fast as possible. Fixed it.....then it stopped raining .
We rode the rest of the way on a pretty generic route, with only one section being a standout. It was there my GT riding friend crashed. His front wheeled slipped through a berm and he barrel rolled through the air and onto his back. I rode past LMAO.....then nearly smashed into a tree . He was fine, with a small cut on his elbow.
Got back into town eventually, and chomped down 2 foot of Subway. Went to the car wash straight after and cleaned our bikes. Rode home in the dark with no lights (used the pavement) and was happy to have a hot shower when I got in the door

Great day. Great ride
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5/24 today I got home early from work, so I was able to get a good ride in. I basically stick to the same route when I know what time Im needed back home and concentrate on my beating my last average. 17 miles of mixed woods, roads (gravel and paved), atv trails with 1700 ft of climbing and downhills its a great ride. The mud and puddles are drying up and the beauty of riding during blackfly season is you dont need to bring any food, you eat enough bugs to allow you to skip supper. it's all protien right?
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Went riding in Lee, NH today.

My coworker found himself a Haro Vector abandoned behind his apartment building and wanted to ride on some of the trails he used to ride when he lived in Lee as a kid.

We left from the school parking lot in the center of town. There's almost like three different entrances to the trails from right there. One straight back behind the playground and ball fields, one away to the left through this dirt parking lot and one over by the entrance to the town's recycling center. We entered behind the ball fields. The trails back there are wide and flat, practically a side walk through the woods. After a few lefts we ended up on some narrow single track that quickly turned into an overgrown tunnel through low hanging branches and tall grasses, hardly a trail at all. Definitely disused these days. That actually came out over by Wheelwright Pond and a small recreational area that way. We returned back to the school parking lot by pavement and then reentered the trails to the left through the dirt parking lot thing. It became steep with large roots and looked like it was going to get interesting and then dead ended with the remains of a mostly sunken small dock down in the marsh.

I took this picture of the kickstand-equipped Haro with my Wojcik leaning on it. I have to give both my coworker and Haro a little credit. He's a really big dude, 6 foot 4 or 5 and upwards of 300 pounds. Not super fat (although out of shape, but so am I) but just an exceedingly large person. The Haro didn't snap in half and my coworker did ok with it. Once I pursuade him to go riding in the town forest near me that has challenging, rock-filled trails I anticipate that bike suffering a violent death but for the jogging paths or whatever are out in those woods it was sufficient.



It was actually a nice and scenic spot. Unfortunately the bugs think so too.

So we returned from back there by heading back into the lame trails and my coworker suggested we head over to the recycling center next door and ride the nature trail that circumnavigates it. I thought this was gonna be totally lame.

Important info: If you ever decide to go mountain biking in Lee, New Hampshire forgo all this other bull**** and go ride the yellow-marked trail that goes around the recycling center. The entrances to it are to either side of the gate out front of the place and there's a small sign that says something about the "Lee Nature Trail" or some such. We did it counter clockwise.

The trial features a few really decrepit bridges, some short steep ascents and descents, a cool section where you ride across the face of a steep hill weaving around a few trees, and one section we climbed that had a mid corner switchback with a very steep bump right after that makes for a tricky climb. Overall the trail is fairly smooth (it could use a few good rock gardens in my opinion) but does have some interesting parts...and after two hours of riding was the only worth while trail in the whole area haha. I'm sure with some exploration I could find a few more. Someone with some enthusiasm could cut a few trails off of that main loop that could potentially be very technical if they took advantage of some of those short steep hills.

So yea that's that. Only real bad news about it other then not discovering that decent trail is that my rear wheel had a little wobble to it (ok, a big wobble to it) when we started and while on the last leg of the nature trail decided it was no longer interested in retaining any of it's shape at all and went wacky enough to rub the seat stay. Super.
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I rode the henderson-swasey town forest in Exeter, NH today again and did stop for a minute to take a few pictures.

Because of my belly-dancing rear wheel, I borrowed my old man's chariot for this ride. He's almost 57 years old and has owned this thing since new, almost 10 years now I guess. He still rides it around town and on more mild trails whenever possible. I think I'd rather borrow his Guerciotti road machine but despite forgoing it completely for the Cannondale he guards it like an angry bear.

I entered from the same spot I usually do, but struck out for the tunnel to cross under the highway and ride the other half of the town forest today.

Some rocks on the way to the tunnel:

I think the other half of the forest is more challenging than this, but the terrain is a little different and I rarely ride there so perhaps with a few more trips I'll get used to it

Not even 50 yards further on I was descending a section similar to that that ended in a bridge. I came off a rock a little awkwardly and caught the edge of the bridge (maybe a 3 inch lip?) harder then I wanted to. At this point I learned about some of the limitations of that old Rock Shox Indy fork that's on this bike. It bottomed out faster then you can say OTB and I was too out of position to save it. I took this picture while sitting down after getting off my face from where I landed:


That was seriously the last (and easiest?) obstacle before this:


This passes under a 4 lane divided highway.

So from here on out I didn't take any pictures. I was too busy pedaling furiously and wishing I was riding my own bike. I got a little lost, and by a little I mean completely. Finally I came out under some power lines and then found this:


That's like really horrible swamp water under there, so if you boink for some reason and go swimming you'll probably never be seen again. A short distance down the trail there's another, much longer bridge:


The swamp is actually really serene. You can see all kinds of fish, frogs, and what have you:


after this there was a T in the trail. I apparently chose the wrong direction because it smoothed out into what seemed like a sidewalk. That's where I came upon this:


I ended up in a housing development maybe 4 miles as the crow flies from where I started and just road back on the pavement.

All in all, interesting. I'll go back to that half of the forest soon, on my own bike. I don't care how you guys argue, I like my full suspension hahaha.
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amazing simply amazing^
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country park

havent tried those DJ's there yet. how are they. also havent rode the owls roost. how is that one.
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Crap, Derek I didn't realize you'd been posting here.

*I've known this guy since we were like.... 8 or something.

Ol Crono and I went up to the ountains for memorial weekend. We grieved for fallen soldiers for like three days straight and then rode a bit. He's a real shutterbug and got pics. I bug him to post the ride report.
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just a few photo's from laggan wolftrax





you have to love these burms, they are so huge! the pic doesnt do them justice


The wooden walkway that runs 240m (i think) through the forest


finaly, on the way home, this pic has nothing to do with biking, but i like it
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well...I lost my camera for a week and as such wasn't taking any pictures. I've been riding at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH lately and enjoying some of the smooth fast singletrack.

I like to park in the lot near the Deerfield end:



The Bear Brook Trail. I went OTB in a really big way on this trail last week and managed to kung-fu myself a decent landing right on the trail. As you can see it's a long, steep drop down to the brook if you happen to pitch it that way. Yes, I know it's smooth haha. I was in a BIG hurry and hit a root funny going around a blind corner. Rear end booted sideways enough to bounce me off the hill on the right side and that was the beginning of the end haha.



Probably my favorate trail in the park is the Cascade Trail. It's narrow, fast, and features a few spots you can take flight a little bit. It's the kind of trail that really makes you want to pedal down hill. Plus if you bin it you're going to get destroyed falling into the stream, so that adds a little extra zing as well.





There was a lot of other places I should have stopped and taken photographs today but I couldn't bring myself to pull over for a minute.

I do a lot of helmet cam video on my motorcycle. I'm going to rig up the same type thing for the bicycle and do that for a few trails, that might be fun.
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There was a lot of other places I should have stopped and taken photographs today but I couldn't bring myself to pull over for a minute.

I do a lot of helmet cam video on my motorcycle. I'm going to rig up the same type thing for the bicycle and do that for a few trails, that might be fun.
As long as you post video.
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Shots from Teetertown Ravine. Will be back with more pictures tomorrow.
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Went out to the town forest trail complex in Groton for the first time today, what a blast. Felt like a mouse in a maze, dozens of intersections had me turned around it took me three hours to find my way out, old cart roads mixed with single tracks intersecting everywhere and every intersection looks the same. Lots of fun! Going back tomorrow!
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There was a bone.
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Some sand.
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...and this idiot who took his own poser shot
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I should have taken more photos of the more interesting sections, but I was having to much fun riding. Here's some older pics of the same area.









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Not today, but the two prior. Tuesday at some fun stuff a little bit northwest of me. Yesterday at more fun stuff a little bit west of me. One hardtail day, one squishy bike day. Nice, after a couple stressful days spent visiting the family in the void of eastern Washington.


Ride #1 entailed a bit of pavement climbing up, one of my favorite local not-quite-legit singletrack loops, followed by a most excellent descent on singletrack back to the patiently awaiting scrubmobile. Saw not a single person.


Ride #2 was another local favorite of mine. Another loop, but much burlier in it's technicality. Substitue a little bit of dirt road climbing for the pavement at the start. Again with another most excellent descent to the car. Seen: one herd of boy scouts heading out for a couple days.



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Made it back to Teetertown Ravine yesterday. Will put in the commentary tonight.

















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