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    ISO easy Flat trails fro my wife?

    I am waiting for my tax return and i am going to buy her a MTB at performance or Bicyle village but she has never done this and i know she cant do much but very flat trails or open space.

    Any one got any good idea's?

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    Trails for newbies:
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    Be patient it is so easy to make someone quit by getting them over there head to fast.
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    Marshall Mesa...

    Betasso, some climbs but you've got to start somewhere
    Centennial Cone, ditto

    I'd say start her out on the open space trails and when she get familiar with the bike take her to some actual trails.

    Don't push her too hard and don't make her ride stuff she doesn't feel comfortable with
    I had a friend take his gf to Walker on her very first ride EVER and on a new bike because he thought it was an easy trail...needless to say she hated every minute of the ride.

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    so far I've taken her down switzerland trail several times, all downhill which seems to be nice for the nOObs. This year I will try for some flat trails with a little up.

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    I'd be careful of Betasso and Centennial Cone until she's comfortable on narrow trails. They aren't hard, but the exposure can be disconcerting.

    Starting with double-track/dirt roads w/o traffic might give her some time to get the bike handling down. Then move to the buff single-track, as it's beautiful and fun.

    I've heard suggestions to let someone else do the technical instruction, and I'd support that. Be there for the fun bits, and let someone else encourage her to push her limits.

    The thread just a couple below this looks like a good oportunity as well:
    Attention Female Riders (or husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends of female riders

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    The very first MTB ride I took my wife on was the practice loop at Slickrock. Don't do that!

    Significant others are not always the best person to ride with the first few times. Maybe find her a group of women to ride with (like the group in this thread: Attention Female Riders (or husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends of female riders
    or Team BoB in Fort Collins). Women seem to be more supportive of each other when learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    I'd be careful of Betasso and Centennial Cone until she's comfortable on narrow trails. They aren't hard, but the exposure can be disconcerting.[/url]

    Good luck
    I agree, that's why I suggested sticking with open space trails first until she get's more comfortable with riding and the bike.

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    isnt there a pretty easy Meadow trail at Bergen Park in Evergreen? Just dont take her up the Bergen Peak Trail. that kicked my ass

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    Quote Originally Posted by weimie
    I agree, that's why I suggested sticking with open space trails first until she get's more comfortable with riding and the bike.
    Ok, I'm going to echo others advice- take her to the open space trails nice, wide and flat so she can learn how the bike handles and to get her butt used to the seat. Unless you are breaking up with her in two weeks you should have plenty of time to move up to trail riding. Good gawd man you've got the rest of your life (maybe) to spend riding with her don't push it.

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    Christopher,

    Are you in Boulder?

    Just ride south boulder creek out and back (easiest in Boulder, nearly zero elevation change). Or Teller farm from Arapahoe to Valmont out and back and see what happens (also near zero elevation change for this section alone). Or do the eagle Sage loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    I'd be careful of Betasso and Centennial Cone until she's comfortable on narrow trails. They aren't hard, but the exposure can be disconcerting.

    Starting with double-track/dirt roads w/o traffic might give her some time to get the bike handling down. Then move to the buff single-track, as it's beautiful and fun.

    I've heard suggestions to let someone else do the technical instruction, and I'd support that. Be there for the fun bits, and let someone else encourage her to push her limits.

    The thread just a couple below this looks like a good oportunity as well:
    Attention Female Riders (or husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends of female riders

    Good luck
    Ditto on Betasso and CC. I freak the hell out on exposed trails, and those two start to peg my anxiety meter.
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    Waterton Canyon is a great beginner experince. Pretty canyon, nice wide dirt road, almost flat. Marshall Mesa from 128 & 93 would be good. Some of the trails around Bear Creek Res. are good. If you can get her to walk a couple hundred yards up the steep part to get on top, once you're on top of South Table Mountain it's ideal. Once the snow melts, think about Flume and Northwest Passage near Frasier/WP, the Colorado Trail around Buffalo Creek (albiet not very flat, not very technical either), and Peru Creek road near Montezuma.
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    Here is a great trail review site:

    http://www.trailcentral.com/trail/tr...e.php?state=CO

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    Lower (south) portion of Green Mountain. And a 2nd on Marshall Mesa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Christopher,

    Are you in Boulder?

    Just ride south boulder creek out and back (easiest in Boulder, nearly zero elevation change). Or Teller farm from Arapahoe to Valmont out and back and see what happens (also near zero elevation change for this section alone). Or do the eagle Sage loop.

    Broomfield

    That sounds good as well.


    Thanks for all the help so far you guys rock

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    If you're in Broomfield, there's a perfect trail along a creek (Big Dry Creek?) but it runs from roughly Federal & 120th to the southwest all the way to Stanley Lake. Some is dirt, some is paved, but all is flat as a pancake.
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    I live in Broomfield, like to do Big Dry Creek as well for training rides, pretty flat but can get some miles in. I also like to do Coal Creek trail which starts in Lafayette and goes up to Superior. You can get on it at 287 and Public Road. Its a pretty ride with some short climbing and follows the creek. Trailhead for Big Dry Creek is at 128th and Zuni, just go east on 128th to the new recreation area they are building across from Safeway. 10 miles one way up to Standley lake.

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    Yeah, newbs on Slickrock

    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    The very first MTB ride I took my wife on was the practice loop at Slickrock. Don't do that!

    Significant others are not always the best person to ride with the first few times. Maybe find her a group of women to ride with (like the group in this thread: Attention Female Riders (or husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends of female riders
    or Team BoB in Fort Collins). Women seem to be more supportive of each other when learning.
    I remember seeing a lady rider turning around within the first 50 yards of Slickrock out of the parking lot. Her husband/boyfriend was pleading "come on, just a little farther" and she was like, pissed at him for putting her through this experience. So be careful!
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    It's tough for us experienced riders to know

    what a newbie is going to think when confronted with this thing we call "mountain biking". So many things to consider--to wit:

    I was guiding a friend of mine through his first few months of getting used to his bike. He never got the hang of downshifting before a steep climb (since his legs were kinda week I thought a lower gear would help). He just was so overwhelmed with the idea of steering the bike and pedaling and whatever that shifting took a distant fourth. He finally gave it up, sold his bike and went back to golf!

    I read in a review of Centennial Cone how somebody was freaked out by the "exposure" The next time I rode the Cone I tried to see where this exposure was and the only thing I could think of was where the trail cut across the area where the hill drops sharply down towards the highway (way down there). I'd never noticed that but that was a sticking point for the newb.

    I'm just saying that flat, wide, "no exposure" is key to get newbs into this sport. There's so much to learn (that we all take for granted) that VERY EASY (not Walker Ranch) is what it takes.
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    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Broomfield?
    Barr Lake. The perfect take a chick biking place. Unless your wifey can already jog >5 mile.
    Flat, great views, giant trees, every kinda duck, herons, hawks, and even a BaldEagle nesting.
    Take a Camera and binoculars... great excuse to stop and rest.

    Trail details:
    8.8 miles around the lake mostly doubletrack fast rolling hardpack dirt. First 5 miles clockwise from the Nature center is the best.
    The last 4 miles kinda suck unless u like riding next to the railroad track and crossing the dam can be a little spooky.

    There are goathead thorns on the trail so go prepared.

    hth
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    Depends on how much she wants to ride and learn the sport that you love. I wanted to be with my boyfriend so I would ride singletrack with him even though I was scared. I was weak too, so he would actually ride next to me and push me up the hills! 10 years later... I kick his butt and race expert. All depends on the person. Btw, we're married now and still riding...

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    Have her check out the Tuesday rides with the YetiBeti gals. www.yetibeti.com
    Also the meadow trail up in Evergreen is an easy ride; you can go as fast as you are comfortable.

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    I started out on singletrack as well. I definitely learned how to ride by trying to keep up with the guys (alot of tears and flipping over the handle bars). But for easier singletrack in the area, Green Mountain is fun and not scary!!! Centennial Cone is fun but the exposure could be intimidating. The Front Range is fun but can be tough for a beginner because it is so technical. Alot of fun, mellow stuff up in the high country once the snow melts!!!

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    Yeah, I have to agree with PL that Green Mtn is a lot of fun. Keep your wife to the lower sections of GM to get use to her bike, and take her up the access road for some conditioning work too.

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    Well we picked out her first MTbike and it fit's her well. I hope to have the bike in a week for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831
    Yeah, I have to agree with PL that Green Mtn is a lot of fun. Keep your wife to the lower sections of GM to get use to her bike, and take her up the access road for some conditioning work too.
    Again, with all respect, I'd take the wifey up the access road only if she begged him for something steep. Remember, we all grind up that because it's fun...for us. Another story: this was another friend who claimed he rode a lot. "We need to ride together sometime" he said. I said, OK, Green Mountain. We headed up the access road. I stopped and looked back and he was already walking his bike at the first climb. When he caught up to me I said "I thought you rode" and he said I do! I waited for him forever, everywhere and finally said I have to go. See you at work Monday. Just imagine if I'd talked him into this ride for his first time.

    Of course, there's always that magical moment when a newbie is sweating and grunting and smiling at the same time. They get back from the ride and exclaim "that was hard but I had a great time". You just keep your fingers crossed that that will be their reaction.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Good deal. Be sure and post a pic of your wife riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    I read in a review of Centennial Cone how somebody was freaked out by the "exposure" The next time I rode the Cone I tried to see where this exposure was and the only thing I could think of was where the trail cut across the area where the hill drops sharply down towards the highway (way down there). I'd never noticed that but that was a sticking point for the newb.

    I'm just saying that flat, wide, "no exposure" is key to get newbs into this sport. There's so much to learn (that we all take for granted) that VERY EASY (not Walker Ranch) is what it takes.
    I can see how this might spook someone.



    For a tight singletrack experiece with no steep drop-offs, I think the High Plains trail (access from trailhead at highways 128 & 93) is a good introduction to singletrack.



    It's contantly rolling, but there are no steep climbs. The views are great and for stronger riders, you can connect it to Doudy Draw and Marshall Mesa for a good 20 miles of non-technical riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelninja
    I can see how this might spook someone.



    For a tight singletrack experiece with no steep drop-offs, I think the High Plains trail (access from trailhead at highways 128 & 93) is a good introduction to singletrack.



    It's contantly rolling, but there are no steep climbs. The views are great and for stronger riders, you can connect it to Doudy Draw and Marshall Mesa for a good 20 miles of non-technical riding.
    I've never been on the High Plains trail. Could someone post up a map or directions to do this 20 mile High Plains/Doudy/M Mesa ride? Maybe it's on a map at the trailhead...??
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    I've never been on the High Plains trail. Could someone post up a map or directions to do this 20 mile High Plains/Doudy/M Mesa ride? Maybe it's on a map at the trailhead...??
    Sorry I don't have any maps, but I've heard the High Plains trail also referred to as the Coulton trail because you can access it (via doubletrack) from the open space trailhead at the intersection of McCaslin Blvd and Coulton Rd in Louisville.

    Edit: Here's some more info: http://www.trailcentral.com/trail/tr....php?trail=189
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Well we picked out her first MTbike and it fit's her well. I hope to have the bike in a week for her.


    OK I'll ask, do you ride a HARDtail?
    No matter what trail you select in CO your wifey will really thank you for a FS bike, and yes
    5 inches is better than 4.

    Remember the tax payers stimulus package $$$ of 1200 is coming to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackLovr


    OK I'll ask, do you ride a HARDtail?
    No matter what trail you select in CO your wifey will really thank you for a FS bike, and yes
    5 inches is better than 4.

    Remember the tax payers stimulus package $$$ of 1200 is coming to you.
    No i don't ride a hard tail but for my wife it's all about riding around here on the open space for the most part that is why i waned flat trail's


    For the tax payers stimulus package I am going to use half of it for my trip to SLC UT to see the Dave Matthews Band

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