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Old 08-14-06, 05:46 AM   #1
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My first taste of some trails

I have little to no trail time on my new, cheap, Supercycle (with front and rear suspension).

So a friend at work tells me about a forest ravine under 1 hr from my place that has some decent trails I could check out. Off I went Saturday and I was surprised, these weren't neighbourhood trails; some parts of the run were downright hairy even at slow speeds with double humps, a high grass overgrown narrow path where you couldn't see further than the front wheel, steep ramp-like drops and hills, pools, puddles, loose dirt, and some path's that skirted the ravine's edge.

At one point there was a felled tree that I carried my bike around but I managed to break the trunk (it was dead and dry) and pushed/carried it out of the way so other's wouldn't smash into it.

I went both Saturday (going over the same trail 2x to get familiar with it) and Sunday where I found another even more treacherous trail where I had to carry that heavy bike down and up steep hills full of exposed roots. I was rewarded with cuts on ankles, hands and arms, sore legs (actually whole body) and Sunday I took my first wipeout where my bike went left and I went right (nothing serious). So am I hooked? Yes.

One thing's for sure; when this bike falls apart the next one will be with a lighter frame! I'll keep my weight lifting for my home gym.
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That sounds like some good trail riding. I have a few trail around my place but nothing like that.
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That sounds like some good trail riding. I have a few trail around my place but nothing like that.
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Next time, leave the felled tree. Hopping over them is fun for some of us. If you can't ride over it, there is no shame in climbing over, but please don't remove those obstacles from the path.
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Pics of your bike and the trail please ?

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Next time, leave the felled tree. Hopping over them is fun for some of us. If you can't ride over it, there is no shame in climbing over, but please don't remove those obstacles from the path.
Well that's a catch 22; had it been a trail meant only for moutain biking and adults I'd never have touched it. But I saw a number of young kids and that spot was just bad news. There were other trees down but not as bad as that spot.
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Pics of your bike and the trail please ?

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No pictures of the ravine (maybe next time I'll bring my camera). Bike is nothing special, didn't pay much for it, just enough to get me started and have some fun.
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