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Old 02-19-07, 08:30 PM   #1
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Weatherford/MineralWells Railtrail good on roadie?

Can one get away with riding the MineralWells to Weatherford rail trail on a road bike? With the skinny little road tires? I've done it on my mountain bike, but I'd like to see how my new (to me) road bike is on distances. Will the crushed gravel shred the tires?
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Old 02-20-07, 09:01 AM   #2
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I ride that trail often, every other month or so. The smallest I have ridden has been 1.5' slicks on MTB, equating to 700c x 37. For myself, I think you can ride it on 23 or 25 tires, and I have seen a few people doing so, but I don't think it would be particularly comfortable. Its rough in some places and has a good deal of loose gravel, not to mention horse crap, particularly the eastern part.

Could one get away with it? Probably. I just don't think it would be much fun on a road bike. It probably won't shred the tires, but there are a lot of better places to ride a road bike with very little traffic.
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Old 02-20-07, 08:31 PM   #3
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Can anyone tell me about this trail. Starting point, distance, hills, break points. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-20-07, 11:34 PM   #4
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Can anyone tell me about this trail. Starting point, distance, hills, break points. Any info would be appreciated.

The trail runs about 20 miles, from west side of Weatherford to downtown Minerals Wells. At the 10 mile point is the Garner community trailhead, which has a nice little cafe if its open. There is another trailhead at the state park, but its a huge climb to get up there. There are several places to get on in Mineral Wells and plenty of places to stop and eat.

On Saturday morning the drug store cowboys can really be a pain on the eastern part of the trail. I stay off that part most of the time. I have had them refuse to yield or allow me around them at all, and I've seen as many as a dozen riders together. Its a real pain, not to mention the turds you have to dodge on the trail.

Trail is crushed gravel, crosses several FM roads, and runs mostly downhill (slightly) from Weatherford to MW. The high point is about 4 or 5 miles west of Weatherford trailhead.

Its a $2 fee to use the trail. You can get a ticket for not paying if the TPWD is patrolling it, which they do every day.

Check the link and go to the Texas State Parks Bike Trails http://www.texasoutside.com/hiking.htm
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Old 02-21-07, 07:38 AM   #5
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The trail runs about 20 miles, from west side of Weatherford to downtown Minerals Wells. At the 10 mile point is the Garner community trailhead, which has a nice little cafe if its open. There is another trailhead at the state park, but its a huge climb to get up there. There are several places to get on in Mineral Wells and plenty of places to stop and eat.

On Saturday morning the drug store cowboys can really be a pain on the eastern part of the trail. I stay off that part most of the time. I have had them refuse to yield or allow me around them at all, and I've seen as many as a dozen riders together. Its a real pain, not to mention the turds you have to dodge on the trail.

Trail is crushed gravel, crosses several FM roads, and runs mostly downhill (slightly) from Weatherford to MW. The high point is about 4 or 5 miles west of MW trailhead.

Its a $2 fee to use the trail. You can get a ticket for not paying if the TPWD is patrolling it, which they do every day.

Check the link and go to the Texas State Parks Bike Trails http://www.texasoutside.com/hiking.htm


Thanks for the info, I'll have to try it soon.
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My wife and I rode it today. Great ride, GREAT WEATHER, trees budding, cardinals flying evey direction. We rode from the Weatherford trailhead to Lake Mineral Wells Park and back - almost 30 miles. Saw only 4 other cyclists and no equines or hikers. Highly recomend this ride.
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Great. It's really a fun place to ride if you bring a snack and drink. I think you'll find weekends on the Weatherford side can be frustrating with the horsemen. Did you get lunch in Garner?

Maybe we can all meet up sometime.
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Great. It's really a fun place to ride if you bring a snack and drink. I think you'll find weekends on the Weatherford side can be frustrating with the horsemen. Did you get lunch in Garner?

Maybe we can all meet up sometime.

Not knowing what to expect, we packed a lunch and used the church picnic tables in Garner. The cafe/store seemed to have a lot of lunch business when we were there.
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Great trail, at the right time, you can have it to yourself. You'll pass horse pastures, streams, fields of flowers. Great stuff. I would not ride on skinnies, though.
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I've done it on both single & tandem with regular road tires. I've seen more Boy Scouts than horses on the trail. It's a deceptively hard ride heading back to Weatherford. Those 2-3% 'railroad' grades kill me!
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I've done it on both single & tandem with regular road tires. I've seen more Boy Scouts than horses on the trail. It's a deceptively hard ride heading back to Weatherford. Those 2-3% 'railroad' grades kill me!
And the worst of that grade starts at Garner, going east. I agree, it can be a little deceptive.
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I tend to go from Weatherford to MWells and back...SEEMS easier that way...except that the high point is about 3 miles away from Weatherford...I might be remembering completely wrong. But I agree with y'all, the grades are killer unless you're used to climbing a hill for an hour or so...It's a LONG route.
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