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    Help me find what type trail I need!

    I just recently got back into biking which I'm loving but I'm having a hard time/change of heart with the single wooded trails here. Maybe I don't like this type anymore? I don't care for really tight areas where the trails are 12-24 inches in width with trees 2 inches from my handle bars. I don't like man made objects or having to ride over gnarly roots and rocks.

    I really like it when those types of trails open up into a good open clearing that seem fast and flow well. Do I not want to trail ride like this or would I like XC or Free Ride? I don't really know a lot of the differences but I do know I want to ride but not in what I described. What provides open area, flowing, hard packed smooth trail riding?


    Help me! This may not even exist where I live. If not, I'll solely road bike I guess.

    Thanks for all the help everyone!

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    Alligrippis Trails @ Raystown Lake, PA sounds like the trails for you...wide, fast, and fun!!
    Not sure where you're from, but they have a great web-site that may offer you advice for finding similar trails. Good luck.
    Only if I got paid to hang out in my garage and tweak on my bikes...

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    County parks are also good places to check. Often times you can ride even if it's slick by sticking to the roads for climbing and staying in the woods for flat and downhill riding.
    Only if I got paid to hang out in my garage and tweak on my bikes...

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    where are you from? Perhaps folks that live in your general area can lend some advise.

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    I am from Indiana.

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    Limekiln and Pine Loop at Brown County State Park.
    Sycamore Loop at Harmonie State Park
    Shadow Run at Versailles State Park

    These are all true beginner trails with great flow. Professionally built with volunteer Support.

    Each Park also has intermediate trails when you are ready for more.

    More beginner trails on the way at Fort Harrison State Park and Southwestway Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indytrekracer View Post
    Limekiln and Pine Loop at Brown County State Park.
    Sycamore Loop at Harmonie State Park
    Shadow Run at Versailles State Park

    These are all true beginner trails with great flow. Professionally built with volunteer Support.

    Each Park also has intermediate trails when you are ready for more.

    More beginner trails on the way at Fort Harrison State Park and Southwestway Park.

    Thank you sir, I'll definitely take a look and see what their all about!

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