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Old 01-07-05, 11:23 AM   #1
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Cryo and Pwrd...Knoxville riding?

Just noticed that you two live in Knoxville and ride together. I'm just getting back into cycling (read: I'm overweight and out of shape) and live less than 2 hours from Knoxville in the north Atlanta area.

How are the trails up your way? I'd certainly make the drive up for a good ride on a weekend if you guys have some good trails and are looking for folks to ride with. I haven't been on the dirt in 10 years so I need something relatively sane
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there is actually a pretty good trail over in concord park that cryo liked alot, and we didn't get to explore it all. We're going to go back over there sometime in the near future. I wasn't able to ride alot of the trail due to me being very uncomfortable clipped in, I've got some platforms now, so we'll see how it goes. Cryo can probably give you a better idea. he's been to haw ridge? He'll be on later I'm sure
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Other than Concord Park, we have IC King park, which is mostly flat singletrack... also we have Haw Ridge which has everything ranging from positively hairy down to downright mundane. Haw Ridge is wonderful with the exception of the fact that you have to go up a huge hill no matter which entrance you choose. I've ridden it once quite awhile ago and it was my first time off-road and I didn't have TOO much trouble. The guys from the Bike Zoo get together and ride on occasion too. There are other places to ride in the area but they're a little bit longer drive (Chuck Swann & Panther Creek)
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Are all those places actually in Knoxville? Or they on the edge of town?
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around knoxville. like concord park is in farragut, and a few others are on the edges. we don't exactly have trails in downtown There is a ncie greenway though
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Haw Ridge is in Oak Ridge, Panther Creek is just outside of Morristown, Chuck Swan is in Sharp's Chapel
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We(Me and bbarend** ride at Norris more than anywhere. Night rides every Tuesday and Thursday. It stays dry even after hard rains.Some nice little singletrack but mostly fire roads and lots of hills. The first 2 miles are climbing. It is a great interval training trail.Haw Ridge is fun but stays wet pretty much all year. It is flat except for one hill and it is big. It is called the "Hill of Truth". It is rough especially on a SS. We will only ride SS there because the mud junks up the cables, etc. IC King is pretty fun but is totally flat. Make sure you take a friend, the lot lizards can be pretty sketchy. Same with Concord(the flat part). If you want to ride some of the sweetest singletrack on the east coast got to Tanasi. You can camp and ride. The trails are some of the best I have ridden.
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Hey cryo, do you have to pay to get into those places?

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I couldn't see Cryo paying to ride his bike somehwere....
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You have to pay to get to any real trails around here. Admission if you will. But there's lots and lots of smooth gravel trails that are kind of hilly and twisty and sometimes ppl build short stretches of trail that's kind of fun.

Take pics of these, I wants to see what you guys get for free!
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Pay to ride trails? Seriously. Thats freaking stupid. I could see paying to ride a dh course because of the costs of lifts...but a trail. Better be the best trail in the world.
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swifferman- how much do you have to pay? thats rediculous unless they have trailbuilders tha keep the trail in excellent condition
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At Tsali in NC you have to pay and here's the kicker Tsali sucks!
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At Tsali in NC you have to pay and here's the kicker Tsali sucks!
Why do you think Tsali sucks?
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Yes, trails are usually in excellent condition, but so are the free paved gravel ones around town. Those are usually just hardpacked gravel which I think is maintained twice a year.

Here's a description of one of those one's you pay for:
Most of Kelso's trails are hard-packed clay, but there are rocky technical sections, rooty sections, technical ups and downs... a lot of single and double track variety. As an added bonus, all the trails have to be earned by climbing up the ski hill first!

Nothing much, no north shore bridges to speak of, no lifts, just mostly XC, hardly any drops, few logs nothing special.

Admission is usually around $6 or $7 Canadian Which would probably come in at about $4.50 US.

This place for trail pass is $8 Canadian, $7 american, $12 for one lift ticket and $29 for a day pass which is unlimited.

http://www.bluemountain.ca/mtnbike.htm#
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At Tsali in NC you have to pay and here's the kicker Tsali sucks!


Not one of the 10 best trails in America! Nooooo!!!!!

Har-har, all kidding aside, I did find it kind of strange to have to pay to ride the trails there, but I wouldn't say they sucked. I thought the singletrack bordering the drop offs along Fontana lake was fun with the percieved sensation of danger/speed, and there were some fun rooty climbs and descents on the right loop.

Obviously, it's nothing like the technicality or looooooooong ups/downs at Pisgah, but 'suck' might be going a little too far It's fast and flowy, and I'm used to central NC where we derive tech sections from short gullies, man made obstacles and muck, so it was a welcome change.
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O.K., suck may be a little strong but I can be riding in Pisgah in 15 min. from my house. Theres just nothing scary in Tsali.I like to get the heart pounding ,if you know what I mean. Don't get your hackles up. It's just my oppinon and I'm an idiot so there you go.I just like a little more of a challenge.
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Tanasi is better than Pisgah and Tsali. I am talking XC not the freeride junk that people think is mountain biking.
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Come on feltup...no love for the other disciplines of mountain biking. Considering mountain biking is a butchered sport from another I am always surprised when people need to hate the others. I love being on two wheels whether its my dh/fr bike and pedalling up a 3000ft mountain then coming down, on a lift or on my xc bike. Its all still mountain biking.

Curious you have any mountains near you?
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Yeah we have a few mountains here. You ever heard of the Smokies? Where did I use the word hate? I think that mountain biking is about riding up and down trails as fast as possible. I don't think it is about the other stuff. Hey if you want to do it I ain't hating ya, but please don't call it mountain biking.
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I have heard of the smokies, didn't know where they were

Its been a long time since I spoke with someone who wants the sport fragmented. Most want it the other way. Oh enjoy the trails, I know I do on any of my bikes doing anything.

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I'm calling BS on your generalizations. All your precious XC is transplanted road in the first damn place. True XC is what is now known as Trail Riding. I've ridden Tanasi and to be quite honest it sucked. Want a challenge head up to Holliston Mass and try out Vietnam, head to Kingdom Vermont, take on the Kingdom trails, the riders on these trails have integrated freeriding skills into the trail riding there. With that being said how in the hell can freeriding not be considered a form of cycling, freeriders pedal an object that has two wheels, a fork a frame a set of cranks, pedals, deraillieur and chain. What is that? It's a bike rookie, live with it. The Evolution of the sport is obviously light years ahead of your self created timeline.
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I'm calling BS on your generalizations. All your precious XC is transplanted road in the first damn place. True XC is what is now known as Trail Riding. I've ridden Tanasi and to be quite honest it sucked. Want a challenge head up to Holliston Mass and try out Vietnam, head to Kingdom Vermont, take on the Kingdom trails, the riders on these trails have integrated freeriding skills into the trail riding there. With that being said how in the hell can freeriding not be considered a form of cycling, freeriders pedal an object that has two wheels, a fork a frame a set of cranks, pedals, deraillieur and chain. What is that? It's a bike rookie, live with it. The Evolution of the sport is obviously light years ahead of your self created timeline.
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