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Mountain bike trails

Post by gots_a_sol » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:39 pm

Recently picked up a new to me bike for tooling around the race pits but I now want to actually try some trails on it. Been googling for areas to go around here but would like to hear some DAMN opinions on areas to check out.

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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by Bucho » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:08 pm

It seems like there are mountain bike trail freaking everywhere. I'd just go hit the nearest ones.

Living in Frederick, Gambrils and the Watershed are very close to me. Rocky with some steep bits, they are difficult to me.
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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by smdub » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:13 pm

Where are you?? Frederick vs La Plata makes a big difference.
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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by gots_a_sol » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:17 pm

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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by juddspaintballs » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:00 am

Go talk to the owner of Ridersville. Harold is big into mountain biking and I'm pretty sure there are a ton of trails around here, especially in Sleepy Creek.
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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by Marylander » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:46 pm

Seems like there ought to be some place to go in jefferson county... I bet you could get Sam to take you out to the frederick watershed.

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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by juddspaintballs » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:50 pm

For what it's worth, I've ridden a few of the gated trails at Sleepy Creek. I suck at pedaling, so I didn't go too far, but they aren't bad trails. The gates are currently open, which means I can take the 1090 or 450 on the trails if I wanted...
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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by Marylander » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:48 pm

I looked up gambrills and I think that's one of the places a rode a tiny bit when I was in my 20s. It was pretty tough although mountain biking can be a lot of work, seems like you're always going uphill, and I was there with the road racing bicycle club I belonged to. I was not great at climbing on the road compared to those guys and they just killed me on the uphills off road.

You could do the downhill thing. There are ski lodges that'll take your bike to the top and then you ride down. Adam would know a lot more about that than me. Downhill gear is like lightweight dirt bike gear.

I bought a bike myself a couple months ago and plan to play around a little bit on trails over here but mine's not a mountain bike (they call it a gravel bike, kind of like a dualsport equivalent) and doesn't have the high bottom bracket or flat bars like a mountain bike. It's got pretty fat tires though. I got it to replace some running with cycling.

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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by aai » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:00 pm

a buddy of mine grew up in Elkridge/Ellicott City on Landing Rd. We used to ride in this area, parking is limited on Landing Rd but there are other places to park. His backyard connected to the trails so we didn't have too much issue.
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Re: Mountain bike trails

Post by juddspaintballs » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:01 pm

Here's mine. It's sat in the garage the past year and a half without getting out...


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