Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: 1961 Ideor, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 2017 Lynskey Backroad, Perfekt 3 Speed of unknown age, 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer for exercise. Several others are now gone.
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Originally Posted by freediver
I tried that this past summer and had to bail on the cheese country trail after 11 miles. The trail was too rough for my mountain bike with 1.5" tires and four panniers. ... ... ...
I would hate to have other readers see this and think the trails are mountain bike only type trails. I probably average about 700 to 1,000 miles a year biking Wisconsin trails that are maintained by the DNR. They are gravel and are maintained like most other rail to trail routes in other states. While I usually use a 2.0 inch tire, I ride with several other bikers that often use 32mm or 35mm tires.
Soon after major rain events or during spring or fall when you have daily freeze thaw cycles, the trail will be rough, but that is the exception and not the norm. I regularly see people riding Military Ridge trail or Glacial Drumlin trail with front and rear panniers on standard road touring bikes.
The DNR has had some pretty bad management (or mis-management) turmoil at the top levels over the past two years, but the staff that maintain the trails so far are still trying to do as good a job as before.
More trail info here:
I usually ride the Military Ridge, Capital (mostly paved), Badger State (some paved) Glacier Drumlin and Sugar River trails.
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