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    For commuting and local riding I prefer gear saguaros, they'll last three times longer than a racing ralph, roll better, are not as prone to flats as the RR's are. They are a bit heavier though, it's a trade off IMO. The tubeless set up is really easy too.

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    Long shot question here, but I'm heading to Germany this week to live and work for 4 months (to the end of April). I will be near Stuttgart.

    My question is what bike would be best to bring along with me to get some riding in between January 10 and the first day of May? Something for pavement, or if I brought a mountain bike (geared or singlespeed) is anything in the forest even open during this time of year? Are the forest fire roads open or closed to bikes during the winter months?

    I've got plenty of warm weather clothing to cycle, so that's not an issue. It's whether or not a road bike or a mountain bike would be the wiser choice to get some training time logged in the mid-January to start of May time frame.

    TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    Long shot question here, but I'm heading to Germany this week to live and work for 4 months (to the end of April). I will be near Stuttgart.

    My question is what bike would be best to bring along with me to get some riding in between January 10 and the first day of May? Something for pavement, or if I brought a mountain bike (geared or singlespeed) is anything in the forest even open during this time of year? Are the forest fire roads open or closed to bikes during the winter months?

    I've got plenty of warm weather clothing to cycle, so that's not an issue. It's whether or not a road bike or a mountain bike would be the wiser choice to get some training time logged in the mid-January to start of May time frame.

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    I'm not familiar with the Stuttgart region, I live north of there near Frankfurt but... I ride through the winter with a mtb and cross bike, we don't get much snow here. I usually stay on the paved bike paths, boring maybe but its better than riding on a trainer and there are miles and miles of them. Probably like that in Stuttgart too.
    The forest roads stay open through out the year unless there is logging going on. If we get a lot of snow your best bet would be with a fat bike.

    Hope you enjoy your stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil_rad View Post
    I'm not familiar with the Stuttgart region, I live north of there near Frankfurt but... I ride through the winter with a mtb and cross bike, we don't get much snow here. I usually stay on the paved bike paths, boring maybe but its better than riding on a trainer and there are miles and miles of them. Probably like that in Stuttgart too.
    The forest roads stay open through out the year unless there is logging going on. If we get a lot of snow your best bet would be with a fat bike.

    Hope you enjoy your stay.
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    Thanks, Phil. I went with the road bike as I knew it would be muddy for the first couple of months even if I had an opportunity to hit some trails. It's the off season base building plan time anyway, so pounding out the road miles on all the paved bike paths is working thus far.

    I got about 6-7 hours in during my first week here, and am heading out today for a 2 hour ride now that I just finished work. I'm sure there will be snow from time to time that will have me inside at a gym doing weights, or cardio until the snow melts. Nevertheless, I'm here to work as the most important thing, ride/train when I can to prepare for the mountain bike race season which for me will begin in May.

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    That's probably your best bet then. Lots of paved bike paths to get in a solid base.

    Have a good one BB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    My question is what bike would be best to bring along with me to get some riding in between January 10 and the first day of May? Something for pavement, or if I brought a mountain bike (geared or singlespeed) is anything in the forest even open during this time of year? Are the forest fire roads open or closed to bikes during the winter months?
    Hi,

    first - welcome! I live south of stuttgart and currently the conditions are not too bad to bike, only little snow here. A front tyre with spikes is recommendable.
    In general forests etc. are not closed during winter.
    Just as a remark: there's a cycle track in a village nearby herrenberg, open for training on sunday morning and tuesday evening.

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    Just moved back to the Stuttgart, Boblingen area from colorado. So im more of a Enduro rider and want to hit the big stuff in the alps for sure. But until then here locally other than the typical German Commuter trails is their any good technical and well i guess XC trails around here for weekly rides?

    Thanks for any info, ive been hitting all trail apps and reading forums but from what ive learned in colorado its best to hit up the Locals or those that are in the know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcjonessnp175 View Post
    Just moved back to the Stuttgart, Boblingen area from colorado. So im more of a Enduro rider and want to hit the big stuff in the alps for sure. But until then here locally other than the typical German Commuter trails is their any good technical and well i guess XC trails around here for weekly rides?

    Thanks for any info, ive been hitting all trail apps and reading forums but from what ive learned in colorado its best to hit up the Locals or those that are in the know.

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    Thanks!

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    Thanks!
    good ride on Saturday - cool temps and lots of xc singletrack





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    Nice wish I could of made it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcjonessnp175 View Post
    Nice wish I could of made it!
    there is a bit of a home made dh/dirt jump park in the woods opposite the Panzer Kasern commissary. there is small parking area right off the main road then follow the train in about 25 meters
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    Ya I've been hitting that it's pretty fun. Good skills work area

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    So it's a 4 day weekend any cool rides this weekend? Had no clue it was 4 day really want to go to Ainsa Spain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcjonessnp175 View Post
    So it's a 4 day weekend any cool rides this weekend? Had no clue it was 4 day really want to go to Ainsa Spain!
    did you?
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    No we are looking at Veterans Day weekend for Ainsa Spain. My goal is to hit the trails from the EWS and specialized trail series videos. We finally got our Tacoma so we can do big trips with bikes and dogs now. Saw your post about Lake Garta that is another Mecca I want to hit on the Mtb also. Not this weekend but following we are going to Austria still scouting out what is close to ride their and such. I think the season is about over in the alps but not sure I'm use to the Rockies and ride year long back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcjonessnp175 View Post
    No we are looking at Veterans Day weekend for Ainsa Spain. My goal is to hit the trails from the EWS and specialized trail series videos. We finally got our Tacoma so we can do big trips with bikes and dogs now. Saw your post about Lake Garta that is another Mecca I want to hit on the Mtb also. Not this weekend but following we are going to Austria still scouting out what is close to ride their and such. I think the season is about over in the alps but not sure I'm use to the Rockies and ride year long back home.
    Yeah - seems there is a definite shift from mtb to skiing in the Alps. Not much over lap.

    Austria is awesome tho.. the mountains & the people. It is our fav country for sure. If you get a fat bike there is a big festival in Gstaad, Switzerland from January 22nd to 24th 2016...

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    Awesome thanks for info and ya I'm actually looking to get a fat bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcjonessnp175 View Post
    Awesome thanks for info and ya I'm actually looking to get a fat bike
    me too.. for about the last 3 yrs now, ever since I saw on in Durango when we were up there riding the train in the snow...
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    They are a blast in Colorado, pure fun

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    Schliersee

    I'm ex US military, living now on the edge of the alps in Schliersee, Germany for the past 4 years. The trails in this area are pretty awesome, if you like big 1 to 2 hour climbs of 1000 meters or more on forest roads, and then downhill on alpine singletracks. The trails are shared with hikers, so it can get a bit busy on weekends, but it's never really been a problem as long as you are courteous to others.

    Schliersee is 1 hour by train south of Munich, far enough off the beaten path to avoid big tourist crowds. Most of the tourist are other Germans.

    Serveral large bike parks in Austria aren't far away (Leogang/Saalbach/Hinterglemm and Serfaus Fiss Ladis).

    Anyone interested in more details (routes, etc), let me know, I'd be happy to provide them, or even join you for a ride.

    Lake Schliersee and surrounding mountains:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsrhoad View Post
    The trails in this area are pretty awesome, if you like big 1 to 2 hour climbs of 1000 meters or more on forest roads, and then downhill on alpine singletracks.
    Hi bsrhoad,

    I'm moved to München few months ago and I'm looking for a new trails and friends in Bavaria. I wish I could join you but I'm not sure that I can survive 1hour climb. Is there are any ways to avoid such long climbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GooglieS View Post
    Hi bsrhoad,

    I'm moved to München few months ago and I'm looking for a new trails and friends in Bavaria. I wish I could join you but I'm not sure that I can survive 1hour climb. Is there are any ways to avoid such long climbs?
    Hi GooglieS,

    Unfortunately, there's no lifts in the immediate area of Schliersee that allow bike transport, so some climbing will always be necessary. There are some lift serviced trails near Kitzbuhel / Wilder Kaiser, but I haven't ridden them yet (been meaning to).

    If you ever want to ride together, let me know. We can start out with some smaller climbs and figure it out as we go. I'm not the fastest climber, I take my time, it's not a race, and I'm not too proud to get off and walk when it becomes to difficult. I just like to ride and have a good time.

    Servus,
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    Hi Brad,

    I'm also not that fast and young. Check your PM.

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