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LindLTaylor RichardCunningham's article
Aug 8, 2014 at 4:37
Aug 8, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Fatbike Racing is Inevitable
tl;dr Stopped reading after "If you ride bikes, you race bikes"- mostly because I ride, but I certainly don't race.
LindLTaylor RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 14:33
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
I see your point, but you're mistaking secret-keeping for that so-called "holier-than-thou" attitude. The builders aren't trying to bully or snub you by not inviting you, they're probably afraid you'll get their stuff torn down- especially if your town is as small as you say it is. I lived in a small town too, where that nice little secret trail network lives, and we just can't afford to tell all our friends who happen to like mountain biking about the network. There are too many douchebags, too many 'free land' idealists, and too many people who simply won't clean up after themselves. I've been where you are, man, and I was afraid to 'poach trails' in the small town because people don't put up with crap around here. Everybody is friendly but protective of their property and their families, so they all either have guns or train their dogs to be a little mean at first, and I was stuck trying to ride the crappy 'public trails' until one of my neighbors invited me to ride- ONLY if I swore I'd dig after I rode. Local builders aren't all like the pros who are given money to build and ride. I was the youngun in the group when I'd go and try to help them clean up after storms and riding. They're way more likely to be dads with jobs and families and not a whole lot of time to go out and ride the trails, and frequently they don't ride them to build new features, they build to keep things ridable and fun, but most importantly they build out of respect for the land and the land owners, regardless of whether they own the land or not.
LindLTaylor RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 11:12
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
That's exactly right. There's an area at another local trail that one simply can't ride because it's always muddy due to the amount of snowmobile and moto traffic we get. It's been like that as long as I can remember, and there are always tire marks or other evidence of motor vehicles.
LindLTaylor RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 10:18
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
I know of a secret trail network that I love riding at, and I prefer to keep it secret. I didn't build it originally, and a skinny guy weighing barely 145lbs on a good day can hardly lift his own weight in bike, much less wood, so I'm not nearly as helpful as I wish could be. A small handful of riders who work hard to maintain the trails themselves go and enjoy the hours of singletrack that are waiting to be explored. Most of the land is privately owned, and the owner himself has expressed but twp concerns; no motos - and keep the trails in good condition- and he'll keep the land open to us. I know of three people who ride in there, myself included. The only reason I can come up with that it's still open is because nobody else rides it and everybody who rides it maintains it, and nobody rides moto on it. Respect is the key word- we respect him, he respects us, and all four of us are happy. Also, none of the four of us are dumb enough to say exactly where it is.
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