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First dirt miles seen on newly SS'd cowan.

Old 10-11-05, 10:39 PM
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And since breaking a couple of bones in my left hand. Didn't take too many pictures though because of threatening weather.



First a little back ground of the place I started the ride at.(Don't let the park name fool you, the trailsystem there is killer.

The trail actually starts off of the park entranceway, which is uphill, made the right and started to climb on slick and rooty and rocky trail(a trade mark of mtbing in Central NJ and up into New England is that the trails are really rooty and rocky.) The climb takes up about the first third of the ride, get to the end of the climb, you hit a short DH section that takes you into a section of trail that links two trail systems together. For the next 7 miles it was smooth flowy singletrack and low lying bridgework then back across same linking trail to get the second have of the trail and to start on more climbing. At the end of the climb have to pedal across a clearing which is the picnic area of the place. After the clearing there is fast tight and loose singletrack, followed by a short creek crossing and another climb. Did I mention that after 4 days of rain, things were a bit muddy? After this climb, you have the end of the trail which is all downhill.

After some road miles, came trail system number three, which is short and rather uneventful. a little more road miles this time climbing for about 2 miles at about a 14 degree pitch, legs are a bit tired, and finally get to the final trail system, which until last year was illegal to mountain bikes, but is now legal, more creek crossings and more climbs, but the pay off here is on the way back it's all downhill, natural berms and really smooth for the area, it was around now that it started to pour. Head back to echo hill where my car's waiting hit the one section there again, finally get to the parking lot, and before packing up it stopped raining, and here is something you guys rarely see on the bike, dirt.





Note pics were taken before the other two trail systems were hit.

Total Miles: 30

Trail Miles: 20

Time: 3 hours and 20 minutes.
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sweetness, I dig. What brake levers are you running?
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5 year old Avids.
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Sweet. That sounds like an awsome ride. Nice to see a bike with some mud on it.
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And yes I rode the whole time with the saddle that low, I never sat down the whole time.
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Why post pics of the parking lot. I thought this post was about the ride not the bike.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
Why post pics of the parking lot. I thought this post was about the ride not the bike.
I wouldnt want to waste time taking pictures on the trail when i could ride either, not to mention i usually forget because im having too much fun.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
Why post pics of the parking lot. I thought this post was about the ride not the bike.
Would you want to stop then lose momentum?
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You rode twenty miles of singletrack on your first ride on a dirt jump singlespeed with a recently broken hand without sitting down or stopping?

Unbelievable.
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Originally Posted by gastro
You rode twenty miles of singletrack on your first ride on a dirt jump singlespeed with a recently broken hand without sitting down or stopping?

Unbelievable.
Was cleared to hit the trails on Friday, sometimes I like punishing myself riding.
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What gearing are you running on the SS?
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What gearing are you running on the SS?
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Originally Posted by KonaRider24
And yes I rode the whole time with the saddle that low, I never sat down the whole time.
30 miles on a SS without sitting down???? You really should come to NC this weekend. Wow,gimmie a break
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
30 miles on a SS without sitting down???? You really should come to NC this weekend. Wow,gimmie a break
I sat down for the road miles. I would have loved to have come to NC this weekend, but I'm apparently getting dragged to NY on Saturday.
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Puffy looking seat you've got there.
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Originally Posted by madbiker555
Puffy looking seat you've got there.
I don't particularly care for it either, I'm ready for a new saddle.

This just amazes me though about here. We have people whose riding styles are completely different than each other, my riding style is different than everyone else' and that it works for me and here I am getting criticized for it, I'm the most comfortable when standing on the pedals, if I'm seated while riding for an extended period, I get rather antsy and impatient I need to stand to be comfortable.
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