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    would you want to know what your riding?

    If your about to tackle a route that you know is not all singletrack, but is going to have good portions of 4wd, dirt and even paved, would you want to know what percentages are of one surface or another? What brings me to this question you ask???? I'm in the final stage of formatting a mtb trail guidebook, and trying to get an idea of what would be preferred.
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    For a guide book, the more information the better. A rough % of the various terrain types would only benefit readers. The only down side I see is people potentially getting too caught up in the %s to determine whether a trail is worth riding. For example a trail with 70% fireroad climb to the top and single track to the bottom could be better OR worse than a trail thats 100% single track. But the guide book would likely include enough other info to help in that decision.
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    Thanx 4 the feedback
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattirefreak View Post
    If your about to tackle a route that you know is not all singletrack, but is going to have good portions of 4wd, dirt and even paved, would you want to know what percentages are of one surface or another? What brings me to this question you ask???? I'm in the final stage of formatting a mtb trail guidebook, and trying to get an idea of what would be preferred.
    You're (see what I did just then?) writing a book and you can't work out the difference between "you are" and possessive your? Not a good start.

    Busting balls aside, if you have the information then I would put it in. I find that when I reach for a guidebook that I haven't seen one of any activity that has presented me with too much information. More often than not it is too little information so I could see that on a multi surface trail that giving a breakdown would be a nice addition. I've certainly been on a new trail where it has been different than my expectations where more than I thought has ended up as double track or jeep road (I'm looking at you, Poison Spider); it could be based on a lack of me consulting multiple sources but if I'm reading a ride summary I would like to know as much about the ride as possible from one source. I'm becoming redundant, I'll stop now.
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    You're (see what I did just then?) writing a book and you can't work out the difference between "you are" and possessive your? Not a good start.
    I would of pointed that out but your to quick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msu alum View Post
    i wood of pointed that out but your to quick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    You're (see what I did just then?) writing a book and you can't work out the difference between "you are" and possessive your? Not a good start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattirefreak View Post
    If your about to tackle a route that you know is not all singletrack, but is going to have good portions of 4wd, dirt and even paved, would you want to know what percentages are of one surface or another? What brings me to this question you ask???? I'm in the final stage of formatting a mtb trail guidebook, and trying to get an idea of what would be preferred.
    I am floored that someone putting together an mtb guide book even has to ask this question (I realize you may not be the author).

    OF COURSE you want to know this. At the very least I would want to know what is paved, dirt/fire road, or trail. I don't need an exact number, but at least a general idea (rounded to the nearest 10%). Doubletrack vs singletrack can be a little hard to be exact on, but some reference in the trail description would be nice.

    Shouldn't this be pretty clearly indicated on the map which I would assume is included?
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    YES. Include the percentages of trail types. I did a ride once in Australia that was described as "one of the best rides in Australia with stunning scenery." It was 90% fire road...I was pissed.

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