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    Cleveland, Ohio area anyone?

    Come on, there's got to be someone as close to Rays as I am. It can't be more than a 20 minute bike ride from my house.

    It'd be cool to meet up with a fellow XCer for some rides around here (no idea where to go) or to meet up with some people at Rays when it opens.

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    Mmmmm bacon...

    Yeah, there's a few Clevelanders lurking on the forums here. I'm down in Akron.

    If I'm not mistaken, Ray's has just opened their dirt jump room that will be open all summer. It's more of a freeride thing, so I won't be going up there, but he is supposed to be extending the xc loop which will be nice for the winter.

    As for local trials, the closest to you would be the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. It's a short loop, but a blast to hammer through. And it's on the outskirts of downtown. Anything else you'll need to drive to.

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    I'm from Avon Lake, we usually ride Findley State Park, just went to Mohican yesterday. Never been to Ray's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bionic knee
    Mmmmm bacon...

    Yeah, there's a few Clevelanders lurking on the forums here. I'm down in Akron.

    If I'm not mistaken, Ray's has just opened their dirt jump room that will be open all summer. It's more of a freeride thing, so I won't be going up there, but he is supposed to be extending the xc loop which will be nice for the winter.

    As for local trials, the closest to you would be the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. It's a short loop, but a blast to hammer through. And it's on the outskirts of downtown. Anything else you'll need to drive to.

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    I've been the the Erie Canal Reservation one. Newburgh Heights, right? I was with my dad at the time so I just hammered through the beginner course real quick and rode on the paths with him after.

    I think there are some trails in Brunswick that I want to try out, but I have to wait until I get some platforms and shoes for that... not going through techy stuff for the first time with clipless.

    I'm down in Akron for school... not sure if I'll be staying on/near campus next year or commuting. I hate that place with a passion but I don't feel like going through the hassle of transferring because I've only got a year left. I think I'm going to just commute from Cleveland because I've only got class 4 days a week... $1,200 in gas for the year or $10,000 in loans. Saves me money for more bike parts.

    Quote Originally Posted by mat347
    I'm from Avon Lake, we usually ride Findley State Park, just went to Mohican yesterday. Never been to Ray's.
    I'm actually from Fairview Park, but living in Cleveland temporarily while my mom's trying to sell our house. Long story.

    I never knew Rays existed until I went to buy my bike. The seller was telling me about it so I went home and checked their site out. Turns out it's maybe a 10 minute drive from my house, if not less.

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    If you're down in Akron, you can go east 40 minutes to West Branch State Park or west 40 minutes to Medina Reagan Park. Both trails are fun and worth the trip. Wednesday nights are CAMBA group rides at 6:30 and Thursday nights are group rides at West Branch at 6:00. Me and forum member agm2 have been to both and they are a great time!! No drop policy, so the beginners are welcome, too! You can meet a lot of great mtb people from the area.
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    What's a no drop policy?

    I'm just getting into biking, so I think I'd prefer to ride by myself for a bit to get into a groove and get used to my bike before biting it in front of people I don't know. I'll definitely consider it though.

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    The no drop policy is when no matter your skill level, the group will not leave you on the ride. Everyone stays together for the whole ride. Usually, the group will break into 2 groups--expert and novice. The expert group will hammer through the trails whereas the novice group will take it a little slower. This way, no one is dropped from their group.

    It's looking pretty nice for Wednesday's forecast and Medina was already pretty dry today...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    Come on, there's got to be someone as close to Rays as I am. It can't be more than a 20 minute bike ride from my house.

    It'd be cool to meet up with a fellow XCer for some rides around here (no idea where to go) or to meet up with some people at Rays when it opens.
    I'll ride Medina, West branch, OEC, Quail Hollow, Vultures knob, and Mohican. Been riding for a year. Did Ray's every weekend last winter, starting at the end of december. I live in Hudson, and ride every weekend. Unless it's way too wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephe
    I'll ride Medina, West branch, OEC, Quail Hollow, Vultures knob, and Mohican. Been riding for a year. Did Ray's every weekend last winter, starting at the end of december. I live in Hudson, and ride every weekend. Unless it's way too wet.
    I'll likely be at Rays a couple times a month, finances permitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    I'll likely be at Rays a couple times a month, finances permitting.
    I probably won't be back until they open in october. I have no interest in the dirt room. I'll get a season pass for that. Good deal for the money if you go alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephe
    I probably won't be back until they open in october. I have no interest in the dirt room. I'll get a season pass for that. Good deal for the money if you go alot.
    Yeah, a noob like me shouldn't be dirt jumping and my bike's not really set up for it. I'll be going when they open the whole park in October is what I meant before. Season pass for me too, probably. Just have to ride what, 16 times and it pays for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    Yeah, a noob like me shouldn't be dirt jumping and my bike's not really set up for it. I'll be going when they open the whole park in October is what I meant before. Season pass for me too, probably. Just have to ride what, 16 times and it pays for itself.
    Exactly, I don't know how you'll find me then, but if you want to hook up. I mostly do the XC trail, beginner and Intermediate trails. I got hurt in the expert section, so I don't really belong there yet. Maybe a few years from now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephe
    Exactly, I don't know how you'll find me then, but if you want to hook up. I mostly do the XC trail, beginner and Intermediate trails. I got hurt in the expert section, so I don't really belong there yet. Maybe a few years from now.
    I'm just now getting back into shape after some rough semesters diet-wise at school... living across the street from McDonalds and a pizza place is a killer. I also had surgery in early March with strict "no physical activity for 6 weeks" orders so I put on some weight. XC for a while, maybe the beginner and easier intermediate trails just to see what it's like. We'll probably meet up there sometime sooner or later.

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    What's up Bacon.

    Any of the above mentioned trails would are great. They are all kept up by CAMBA and in great condition. Cleveland actually has it pretty nice and diverse trail system. Quails Hollow about 15-20 minutes south of Akron is going to be the easiest trail and flatest. Medina and West Branch are the next step up, more hill climbs and obstacles, still doable. OECR I think for a beginner is a little harder. The trail isn't that much harder it's almost all slightly downhill but it's on a slope so the drop can be daunting the first time around.

    Then Vultures Knob, a lot more climbing and more techincal, but don't judge it by the youtube video that's out there. A lot of that stuff, this is what I heard, got taking out during a storm and wasn't rebuilt. Some of that stuff is still around though. Mohican State Park is the mecca for riding. 24 miles of trail with the most climbing in the area.

    Every trail is pretty doable. I started mountain biking last year and I had hit every trail by the end of the summer except for Mohican. So once you feel more confident check out the trails.

    I want to second and highly recommend going for a group ride. You'll better yourself as a bike rider as you can gleam tips from the riders who know the trails best. I've learned so much from the group rides. I followed the ride leader and learned the lines. If there is something you need help with ask one of the other riders and they will teach you how to do it.

    More importantly you'll meet some of the nicest people. Bionic Knee and I met on the way to a group ride. I was driving to a group ride at a new trail and I passed him on the way up and the rest was history. Everyone is super nice. It's a great little community that even when racing everyone respects each other and is just out to have fun. Don't be afraid if you aren't the best, because you'll have fun nonetheless.

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    You guys have some fun trails up there. I was up in NE Ohio last week visiting family in Medina and S. Euclid. I was able to squeeze a ride in at Reagan Park and then Findley a couple days later. It's always fun trying out new single track and I have more rides planned next summer when I make my annual pilgrimage to Ohio. Good work up there.

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    Reagan Park is another I wanted to try out. How is that?

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    Personally it's one of my favorite trails. There are four trails that are connected and they get progressively harder as you keep going. It has a good mix of everything minus a humongous climb. It has a few but they are pretty short. Right now it's bone dry, not a mu puddle on the entire trail.The trail starts at the Huffman soccer fields just down the street, Reagan Parkway splits the trails in two. I highly recommend them.

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    I want to try it, but I'm trying to get into less round shape before going out and tackling some trails. Brunswick isn't that far from me and I have a couple days off next week. I'll give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    I want to try it, but I'm trying to get into less round shape before going out and tackling some trails. Brunswick isn't that far from me and I have a couple days off next week. I'll give it a shot.
    Hey bacon, don't worry about your physical shape and conditioning. Go to the CAMBA forums and look up "jeffk" and see the physical transformation he went through in one season just by riding. Ride and have fun and soon enough you'll be hammering through the trails. It will only get easier (and more fun) from here!

    Good luck!
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    Well, I'm perfectly capable of bombing the downhills and going downhill... the climbs still kill me. I would hate to tell people I'm into XC and then end up walking my bike uphill on some parts... it's a pride thing.

    I've had my bike only 2 weeks and I've dropped 8-9lbs, so I'm going through a transition for sure. Standing there clothed, you wouldn't guess I weighed 220 but I do. The losing weight is a personal thing I guess, just want to get rid of some and then head out there.

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    Just moved to Kent, Ohio from CT. I've ridden west branch a few times this week - great trail, thanks CAMBA!

    Looking forward to racing and meeting up with local riders and racers.

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    I think I'm going to try and hit Reagan Park in Brunswick next week sometime. I work Sunday, but I have Monday-Wednesday off. If someone wants to meet up there and deal with my newbness, let me know and I'll see if we can work something out.

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    Guess I should post in here as well. I'm from the Stow/Kent area and ride West Branch and Quail Hollow a couple times per week. Been doing more trail work than riding lately. The trails are looking great though.
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    chiming in from richmond heights. im surprised no one mentioned the group rides camba has wednesdays at medina and saturdays at WB. anyway if anyone is up for a ride, pm me
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepernesu
    chiming in from richmond heights. im surprised no one mentioned the group rides camba has wednesdays at medina and saturdays at WB. anyway if anyone is up for a ride, pm me
    Actually, the WB group rides are on Thursday

    I'm always up for a ride so if anyone wants to ride Quail or Westbranch, let me know.
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    Hey everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. The Marine Corps just moved me to the federal bldg in downtown cleveland and I'm staying in North Olmsted. I'm hoping I can find time to ride with some of you guys. I've been riding for a couple of years now, but still concider myself a noob becaus I usually ride alone. I'll try to make one of your Wed or Thur rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devildog
    Hey everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. The Marine Corps just moved me to the federal bldg in downtown cleveland and I'm staying in North Olmsted. I'm hoping I can find time to ride with some of you guys. I've been riding for a couple of years now, but still concider myself a noob becaus I usually ride alone. I'll try to make one of your Wed or Thur rides.
    I'm in Fairview Park, literally a 10 minute bike ride from where you are. I'm basically your neighbor.

    PM me and we can ride together. I'm pretty noob-ish myself too, so it'd be nice to have a noob buddy to ride with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    Guess I should post in here as well. I'm from the Stow/Kent area and ride West Branch and Quail Hollow a couple times per week. Been doing more trail work than riding lately. The trails are looking great though.
    I live in the tiny hillbilly town of Mantua--pretty close to Ravenna.
    There's a chance I've seen you at Westbranch if you've been there the past couple Saturday's glynis27.
    Two friends and myself are heading to Mohican state park this saturday. We're all noobish, so if you see someone crashing, it's probably us

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    Ahhh... if you guys were going Sunday, I'd be all over that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    Ahhh... if you guys were going Sunday, I'd be all over that.
    Are you a regular there? Today was my first time there, but it was pretty good.

    Anyways, take a LOT of water or powerade if you're doing the whole thing... all three of us had 9 large bottles and ran out by the 8 mile point.... it was a hot hot day. We also all took some scrapes right where the trail leads off to the 4 mile return (doing some jumping on that large bump by flying down from the access road right past it lesson learned: leave the jumping for the bmx bike )
    We made it to mile 13 when a tree grew out of nowhere and took out one guy's left arm at the elbow joint. ouch. We followed the access road to the highway and rode back to the car from there. I ended up losing my lunch a couple times on the way home from a case of heat exhaustion.
    The uphills were pretty grueling for our not-so-in-shape bodies, but the downhills were incredibly awesome. That has to be the best and fastest downhill sections in the area!

    Despite the injury and the barfing, all three of us agreed our Mohican ride was awesome.

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    I've never been to Mohican... I haven't been anywhere other than the Metroparks here in the Cleveland area and riding around town. I just recently picked up biking again so I've been itching to ride with some other noobs so I'm not holding up the group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    I've never been to Mohican... I haven't been anywhere other than the Metroparks here in the Cleveland area and riding around town. I just recently picked up biking again so I've been itching to ride with some other noobs so I'm not holding up the group.
    Let me know if you wanna ride West Branch or Quail Hollow sometime. I am in no hurry to finish the trail. The longer I'm out there, the more fun things I find to ride on.
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    West Branch and Quail Hollow are in Stow? I'll be down commuting down to Akron for school in a week, but if I have a Monday or Wednesday off from work after school, I can bring my bike down and we can ride. I'm open after 2pm assuming I don't have work, and open all day Fri-Sun also if I don't have work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    West Branch and Quail Hollow are in Stow? I'll be down commuting down to Akron for school in a week, but if I have a Monday or Wednesday off from work after school, I can bring my bike down and we can ride. I'm open after 2pm assuming I don't have work, and open all day Fri-Sun also if I don't have work.
    West Branch actually is in Ravenna which is about at most 20 minutes from the University (I assume Akron) and Quails Hollow is in Hartville probably 30 minutes from downtown Akron.

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    Hmm... I could do both of those. I know I'm off this coming Monday (8/17) for a dentist appointment at 3:15, but after that I'm free if someone wants to squeeze in a short ride somewhere. It would just take me a bit to get there as I'm on the west side of Cleveland.

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    My week is filled up with doctor's and other busy stuff, then I head back out to PA this thursday for school, so I'm kind of done for the season.

    I'll be home for some breaks and long weekends throughout the year, and would love to hit up some trails with anyone near here.

    ( Also, I don't recall if it's been mentioned yet, but Vulture's Knob is very close to Mohican and the trails were in good shape as of July 4th)

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    Quote Originally Posted by notagain!
    My week is filled up with doctor's and other busy stuff, then I head back out to PA this thursday for school, so I'm kind of done for the season.

    I'll be home for some breaks and long weekends throughout the year, and would love to hit up some trails with anyone near here.

    ( Also, I don't recall if it's been mentioned yet, but Vulture's Knob is very close to Mohican and the trails were in good shape as of July 4th)
    I have long weekends every weekend (no classes on Fridays) but I'm working at a grocery store to pay for this hobby and to put gas in the gas tank and might have to work some weekends. If you're home, hit me up and if I don't have anything planned, yeah, I'd probably be up for a ride before it gets too cold. Otherwise, I'll probably be at Rays beating myself up on the XC course.

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    Give Mohican State Park a shot before the end of the season. The trail is long, but you don't have to ride the entire trail - you can bail out just about every 4 miles. If you bail at the 8 or after, there's a moderately difficult road ride back to your car. Only difficult becuase you've got to ride out of the river valley, after the uphill (20 mins or so) the ride back to your car is almost all downhill. The trail is not technical at all & the long downhill sections are incredibly fun!!

    You mentioned you're worried about your physical condition - MSP will get you into shape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorthirst
    Just moved to Kent, Ohio from CT. I've ridden west branch a few times this week - great trail, thanks CAMBA!

    Looking forward to racing and meeting up with local riders and racers.

    Rob
    I'm also in Kent. I try to get out at least once a week, depending on work schedule.

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    Hi guys, another local newb here.

    I've just started riding again after having my road bike hanging in the garage for 15 years. I tried riding my daughter's too small for me mountain bike, and enjoyed it a lot. Enough that I just picked up a bike for me today.

    I haven't been off road on a bike in probably 40 years, so where's someplace that an old fart can get his feet wet, so to speak? I hear there's an easy trail at Indian Hollow in the Lorain County Metro Parks. Anywhere else? I'm looking for basically a semi flat trail that's not technical at all; a stroll in the woods, basically. Someplace easy, 'cause my stamina isn't there yet! I've been riding the road bike on the MUP at Bur Oak and Rocky River.

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    try findley SP or medina reagan park, both are good to start with plenty bailout points. not too techy, rolling singletrack with some climbing. as mentioned here before, there are group rides wednesdays 6.30pm at medina, a great place for learning. have fun out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepernesu
    try findley SP or medina reagan park, both are good to start with plenty bailout points. not too techy, rolling singletrack with some climbing. as mentioned here before, there are group rides wednesdays 6.30pm at medina, a great place for learning. have fun out there!

    Thanks. I had heard that Findley SP was a bit more difficult than a raw beginner's course. I might still give it a try. Group rides? Not with my lack of stamina! Besides, I'm not good with groups. *I* don't even like being with me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smorris
    I haven't been off road on a bike in probably 40 years, so where's someplace that an old fart can get his feet wet, so to speak? I hear there's an easy trail at Indian Hollow in the Lorain County Metro Parks. Anywhere else? I'm looking for basically a semi flat trail that's not technical at all; a stroll in the woods, basically.
    This describes Quail Hollow exactly. The trail is just under 4 miles and all rolling. The highest point is only 20 feet above the lowest point. No climbs or technical sections. Very good for a beginner and still tons fun for those who are more advanced.

    I have seen families with small children, old people and long time riders there all the time. It is by far the "easiest" trail in the area.
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    Quail Hollow is by far the easiest trail around, but it is fun. It's the perfect place for a beginner to start.

    I'll be headed to West Branch after work tomorrow. I'll get there around 3:40. If anyone wants to ride let me know.

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    I went to Indian Hollow in Lorain County Metroparks last night for about two hours. A reasonably easy trail according to my mountain bike racing friend, but a real trail none-the-less, with roots, rocks, logs, a stream, etc.

    This was the first time I've had a bicycle in the woods since I was about 12, and it was a lot of fun. I eventually needed to take a breather, and after that, the breathers got more frequent and longer. I only fell once, when I got a bit overconfident and tackled a semi-dry creek bed and found the rocks were still slick. I only fell over and just got a small scrape. I'm more concerned about all the poison ivy I was riding through.

    This metropark is all around several abandoned sandstone quarries from more than 100 years ago. Needless to say, the entire area is pretty rock-strewn. This creek bed was no different. I actually did OK part way across. It was only after the front wheel slipped on one large rock into another that tossed me sideways. Really the only thing sore this morning is the scrape on my shin, a spot on the top of my foot that apparently landed on a sharp stone, and the muscles around my shoulder blades. Abs are a bit tight, too, but not really sore. I'm surprised I'm not, in the words of The Who, "achin' all over!"

    One section of this trail is through a rolling 2nd growth area, where all the trees are small and close together; handlebar width and a bit more, turning here and there to make a trail between them. I kept missing turns and having to fend off trees with my hands and feet. I finally realized that I was looking down and too close to me instead of ahead and planning my route. As an autocrosser and scooterist, I know the key is to look far ahead, but in the thick of the woods I was too concerned on what was right in front of my nose. As soon as I figured that out, the ride got a lot smoother and flowed better.

    I had a blast, and I'm ready to go again. I'm glad I didn't try Findley for my first time. I think it would have been too hard for a rank beginner, from the descriptions I've read. Quail Hollow sounds perfect, though.

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    Hello fellow NE Ohioians. I'm gonna try to make it home this weekend from school and (weather permitting) I'm gonna hit up the West Branch State Park bike trails. If anybody is gonna be down there, let me know--The friends that were gonna ride with me are probably all bailing out.

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    I'll be at my brother's wedding on Saturday, but I can ride on Sunday. Sunday afternoon, of course...

    Andrew, you out there?? Can we get another West Branch ride in??
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    I would love to join you guys, but I wont know for sure if I can go until Sat/Sun. Can yall post a time whenever you organize it, and I'll try to show.

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    I'm only good for a Saturday morning ride.. I'd like to start sometime between 9 and 10am.

    EDIT: If ya didn't make it down, you missed a GREAT DAY for a bike ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devildog
    Hey everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. The Marine Corps just moved me to the federal bldg in downtown cleveland and I'm staying in North Olmsted. I'm hoping I can find time to ride with some of you guys. I've been riding for a couple of years now, but still concider myself a noob becaus I usually ride alone. I'll try to make one of your Wed or Thur rides.

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    Anyone do the CAMBA trail at the towpath lately? Those leaves are killer! It was really tough to keep the on the track at some points...
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    For you westsiders, don't rule out French Creek. Not super tech but there's some pretty difficult lines in there if you know where to look. Bottom line, its fast, flows fairly well, is located in Avon, and is legal. Total loop takes a little under an hour. Its not the bees knees but its az solid ride for something 10 mins from home. FWIW, I live in Bay Village and we also ride Huntington Woods. Its not technically legal but they relly don't care as I have spoekn with rangers while on my bike in there. For me, Huntington is walking distance so convenience wins . It needs some work at the moment since my riding bud and I have not spent much time on maintenance this season (we generally do most of the work in tehre). There's a few miles of trail and some nice techy lines. Great for some quick fun if you live close but not worhtany kind of drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namaSSte
    For you westsiders, don't rule out French Creek. Not super tech but there's some pretty difficult lines in there if you know where to look. Bottom line, its fast, flows fairly well, is located in Avon, and is legal. Total loop takes a little under an hour. Its not the bees knees but its az solid ride for something 10 mins from home. FWIW, I live in Bay Village and we also ride Huntington Woods. Its not technically legal but they relly don't care as I have spoekn with rangers while on my bike in there. For me, Huntington is walking distance so convenience wins . It needs some work at the moment since my riding bud and I have not spent much time on maintenance this season (we generally do most of the work in tehre). There's a few miles of trail and some nice techy lines. Great for some quick fun if you live close but not worhtany kind of drive.
    Where is this trail in Avon? Same for Huntington Woods? I'm in Fairview.
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    Also interested- I'm in Rocky River.
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    I'm in north olmsted. I've been doing research online on where this one is with no success. All I can find is some gravel roads and very short (1 mile) runs in that area that are questionally legal. Can you give specific directions to the trail head?

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    Hey guys, sorry for the delayed response. French Creek is right on 611. There are a few alternate entrances but if you park in the lot for the nature center on 611 (maybe 3 mile north of I-90) you can easily access the trails by following the gravel path down (path is on the north side of the lot). Be careful since there are usually some pedestrians/hikers on this part but once on trail, you won't run into many folks. The trails are not well marked but are very very well defined. Explore and have some fun or drop me a pm and I'll come meet you. This is legal riding.

    Huntington is another story. Not legal but you shouldn't catch much grief if you are courteus. As I mentioned, I spoken with rangers in there while on my bike with no problems. You can access these trails by parking in the lot on the far side of the fields across from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Just jump in the woods at any of the trail openings and tool around. You'll be looping back on yourself a lot in there but there's plenty to ride when you know where to look. This time of year, its tough since the leaves are down and the trails aren't well defined. If I have some time I may try to get in there and do some clearing before the snow but its not likely so French Creek is your best option now.

    Drop me a note on pm if you'd like to meet up for a ride and we can head out to FC.

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    ^^Thanks a lot.

    I'll prob skip Huntington, just like I skip the horse paths just past Puritas/Mastick - probably a lot of fun, don't want to tick anyone off.

    I know the general area for FC- I'll check it out... in the spring. I went out the other day down in the Metroparks (mid to upper 30's, dreary) and couldn't keep my hands or toes warm. I may pack it in for a few mos, and maybe keep it on the Metroparks paths intermittently when it hits 40 and the sun's out.
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    Next Weekend Ride?

    Anyone up for a ride at French Creek this coming weekend? Itf its dry and/or cold enough to be frozen we could get one in. Post back and we can set up a time and place to meet. I rode there this past Saturday and it was surprisingly dry (it can get nasty with very little rain). If not FC, maybe something a little more ambitious like the Knob or Findley Lake (even worse the FC when it comes to being wet but if it stays dry!!!).
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    What time are you aiming for? I may be available on Sat morn. I have been dying to try my new chain and SS chainring 1X9 setup. I got a 32T up front, but worried if I will be spinning out on the downhills or if it isn't enough for the uphills. How are the uphills there in FC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devildog
    What time are you aiming for? I may be available on Sat morn. I have been dying to try my new chain and SS chainring 1X9 setup. I got a 32T up front, but worried if I will be spinning out on the downhills or if it isn't enough for the uphills. How are the uphills there in FC?
    Saturday am is probably good. If it stays cold, at least things will be frozen. There's lots of stuff down right now but its still a decent little ride close to home. Some climbs are tough when the leaves are down since you spin out regardless of gearing. When its dry, all but two are not doable on a SS with one that I have never seen anyone clear on a fully geared rig, the top is just too techy. I ride a 32x17 gear fwiw and it seems to work just about anywhere in the NE Ohio area with just a few climbs that are too much. Maybe that helps?
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    If I can get some cold weather riding gear together (doubtful), I'd love to ride Thursday after a long week of finals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11
    If I can get some cold weather riding gear together (doubtful), I'd love to ride Thursday after a long week of finals.
    nothing fancy needed man. Put some flat pedals on there and wear boots! I usually just wear two pair of socks until it gets really cold. Winter gloves and lots of layers. For your melon, cut the leg off an old pair of lycra shorts and pull it over your head and ears. If not, a bandana will do as well.

    Thursday might work, I assume you have lights? I have not ridden FC at night but I'd be more than game to try it out. Night riding is awesome!
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    Hello everybody in the NE Ohio area... I'm a lifelong westerner currently living in Denver, but I'll be moving to Cleveland for graduate school this summer. Good to see there are fellow mountain bikers out there, too. And sounds like there are more trail options than I imagined...great!

    Question...What are the trails like? Rolling hills? Rocky? Flat and smooth? I ask because I purchased a Giant Anthem X 4" FS XC frame recently (before learning I'd be moving to Cleveland) and am now wondering if this kind of bike will be appropriate for the trails out there or if I'd be better off sticking with my hardtail with a 1x9 drivetrain?

    Any thoughts? What are most of you riding?

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    I'm riding a FS Haro Sonix, but I think most ride hardtails here. The CAMBA path is pretty much two miles of nonstop action - climbs, descents, rocks, roots, and ledges- its the only legal mtb trail in the county that I'm aware of.

    You'll find (I imagine you'll be at either CSU or Case) that you'll need to invest in a bike rack (or bus pass) to get to the trails, as most are out of the county. CAMBA.org is your best bet for plotting a course.

    I love Cleveland and will never leave (the suburbs, anyway), but I can't imagine you'll be too impressed coming from Denver - it is much, much nicer out there.

    Sorry to be a downer, it's the Cleveland mentality. Hey- on the bright side, we have Ray's Mountain Bike Park - which is world class.
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    I've already got a rack for two bikes...now I'll just need to find a friend... Denver's actually a decent drive from the mountains, so racks are necessary out here, too.

    Is the CANBA path the Huffman/Reagan Park trails?

    All I know about Cleveland is from the youtube Cleveland tourism videos ( I prefer the 2nd attempt)...hilarious that you love the acknowledge downer Cleveland mentality...maybe the video is right!?!

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    Huffman/Reagan trails are part of the CAMBA trails, but we have a few others as well. Check our site for maps and info on the trails http://www.camba.us/pn/ and http://joinomba.org/trails/index.php/Main_Page . I am usually at Quail or WB.

    As far as bikes go, I personally ride a 1x9 hardtail, but you are much more likely to see people on 2x9 or 3x9. FS is also very popular. The bikes you have should be fine. If you come to Westbranch, FS does make the ride more comfortable over the rocks.
    Once spring comes and the trails dry out, we would be happy to show you around.
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    Great! Thanks for the invite, Glynis27. Sounds like it will be worthwhile becoming a CAMBA member once I get situated...

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    SpokeJunkies is another great site for trail and ride info.
    http://www.spokejunkies.com/v4/index.php

    The trail info page:
    http://www.spokejunkies.com/reviews/index_ohio.php

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    Solon-little know trials we used to ride 20 years ago-I live in Florida now but we used to take rides starting on the corner of SOM Rt91 /and the Metro Parks toward Squaw Rock on the horse trails toward Chagrin Falls out to Woodland/Sulfer Springs come up Cannon Road/ 15 miles or so. Cannon to 91 is a killer hill. SO MUCH FUN. I attached a trail map. Lots of creeks, hills, and river crossings. We used to come home covered in mudd. The trails are not posted to mountain bikes and I am not sure if its ok(In fact the map says bikes are prohibited) to ride but we did it every week and no one bothered us as long as we shared the trails with the horses. The park dumps you out on Miles and you could head into Chagrin for some ice cream. Be mindful not to scare the horses.

    We'd ride the rivers for 1/2 mile. Crazy fun.

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    Im in cleveland off of west 140th just bought a hardrock 29er couple months ago. Been to reagan and huffman park in medina few times. Let me know if you wanna ride ill tag along

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    Hey Bacon I'm in Fairview Park too. If anyone knows of some gnarly stuff for my DH/FR bike that'd be sweet. I know there's nothing much but I'll take what I can get even if its mostly XC. Unfortunately I only have two more days here before I move down to Athens for college.

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    mmmMmmMmm Bacon !! yum!

    Yeah, I'm down south of Kent. I usually go west to Peninsula or the tow path ...... ,,,,, but open to new places.... I have to heal up from an injury first.
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    I'm in Bay and looking for something close. Just getting back into mtb and have been riding mostly metroparks during lunch in Mayfield/Willoughby.

    My old Schwinn was stolen from my car rack last week overnight so I am waiting for my GT Avalanche 3.0 to be delivered. Will def check out the one in Avon and maybe Huntington too. Crazy that I never knew about the Huntington trail since I trailer my daughter to the Nature Center often.

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    Back from the dead...

    Anyone else around? A friend and I have been riding West Branch and the new Royalview trail almost weekly. I think I just grenaded my 50mile-old Shimano XT rear hub so I'm out until my new Hope wheels come in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11 View Post
    Back from the dead...

    Anyone else around? A friend and I have been riding West Branch and the new Royalview trail almost weekly. I think I just grenaded my 50mile-old Shimano XT rear hub so I'm out until my new Hope wheels come in.
    Yeah, been at West Branch at least twice a week all summer long (except this last weekend - with all the rain went kayakin' on Slippery Rock Creek). Also made a couple of other trips - Royalview, Quail Hollow, Beaver Creek, Kennerdell, Moraine, and up to the Allegheny National Forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
    Huffman/Reagan trails are part of the CAMBA trails, but we have a few others as well. Check our site for maps and info on the trails Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association :: Trail building - Group rides - Mountain bike advocacy and Main Page - TrailGuide ....
    Hey Bacon,
    All the NE Ohio chatter is over on the OMBA forum linked from the CAMBA mainpage above.
    You can catch up on new trail building projects with Cleveland Metroparks, the new Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park trail plan, the CAMBA Fall campout at Lake Hope SP, race updates, trail conditions, group rides, and other events.

    There are bunches of people riding Royalview these days, but Reagan/Huffman, OECR, West Branch, Vulture's Knob, Findley, and Mohican SP are all in fine shape.

    In response to some of the other (albeit older) posts, I should mention that riders are being discouraged (more than ever) from riding any horse trails or poaching in the valley as it is decision time for new trails in both CMP and CVNP. We're all trying to be patient. It would appear that there are more legal trails in our future.

    Maybe I'll see you out there. Look for a geared, rigid 29er or a camouflage 29er.

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    The CAMBA group rides are at royalview now, on tuesday evenings at 6. they are no-drop rides, and depending on the group you may not even be too far behind the lead group if you are a slow rider like myself.

    and i'll second the sentiment of not poaching park trails- too much work has been done by too many people to get the royalview trail in place, and it is going to be used as a barometer for future trails. and the US park service will certainly use the cleveland metroparks experience with royalview as a barometer for proposed mtb trails in the cuyahoga valley national recreation area, so good behavior by mtbers will only reflect positively for us all.

    fleas is one of the faster guys, swampboy and i are of the slower variant. any of us are up to riding with new folks. probably easier to keep in touch on the OMBA forums, but if you arent already registered then theres no chance of doing it now- OMBA is apparently going to be phased out, retired, put out to pasture...many of the main ohio mtb clubs are leaving, or have left, OMBA in favor of IMBA affiliation, so the OMBA forum has ceased accepting new registrations. there is allegedly another site planned for ohio mtbers, but details are sketchy at best right now.

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    I'm still around, but haven't ridden much (at all) since going car-free... if anyone is willing to pick up a new riding friend from Cleveland Heights I would be more than happy to reimburse the expenses...

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    whew... you are smack dab in the middle of hard as hell to get anywhere without 20 minutes of bvllshit traffic. yo steve, whatcha got out east to ride that wouldnt put this fella 10 gallons out of the way? any RBR trails ready to roll yet?
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    Hey everyone, I finally joined this forum and this seems to be the place to introduce myself. I'm Kyle and I'm currently living in Fairview Park. I'm always down to ride and I would like to find some travel buddies for future trips.

    I just built up my first mountain bike which is a Gunnar Rock Hound 29er in May and raced it 4 hours after putting it all together, since then I've been addicted and I regularly visit all of the NEO trails and venture to Columbus on occasion. I'll be hitting up the Canaan valley (WV) after the 331 west branch race this Sunday and I was wondering if anyone has been there and if so has any information to share.

    I definitely look forward to participating in the Forum and maybe eventually meeting up with some enthusiasts like myself. -Kyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by big terry View Post
    im the big dude driving a white explorer, riding a motobecane hardtail and sporting a nice handlebar 'stache. if you see me, feel free to holler. ill gladly ride with ya as long as i can keep up
    I've got a black Jetta sporting a neon blue roof rack. If you see a retina-searing green Kona, that's me. I usually ride Royalview after work on Friday with a friend and then around town (Kamm's Corner area in Cleveland) with my girlfriend during the week.
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    Cleveland Hts. is indeed not a great place to bike to singletrack from. O&E is your closest, but I'm sure you knew that. I'm afraid none of the current Rust Belt projects is going to be much help to you either.

    Canaan Valley is a great place to ride. Lots of variation, from easier gravel/singletrack loops to difficult tech like Moon Rocks. But the whole Nat'l Forest down there is practically chock full of great trails - enough that picking one area to concentrate on is difficult. I do have a copy of the Canaan Mountain map, the CVI map, and the Canaan Valley NWR map if you want them (send me an email at swampboy62"AT"yahoo.com and I'll get them to you). But if you stop at Blackwater Bikes in Davis they'll have maps and recommendations for trails to fit your skill levels.

    Also, if you've tried out the NE Ohio trails you should check out a couple of the better trails across the line into NW PA. I'd recommend Moraine and Kennerdell for sure. This may help some if you're looking over that area:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11 View Post
    I've got a black Jetta sporting a neon blue roof rack. If you see a retina-searing green Kona, that's me. I usually ride Royalview after work on Friday with a friend and then around town (Kamm's Corner area in Cleveland) with my girlfriend during the week.
    if you are gonna be at royalview this friday i may run into ya. i *should* be getting new shoes and pedals friday (goin clipless) and was gonna use royalview as my guinea pig trail. not sure if they are coming us mail, or ups/fedex.... if its the latter i likely wont ride because neither of them show up here til around 6.
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    Nah. It's been raining for half the afternoon, and on top of that, I've got something wrong with one or both of my hubs, or my frame. I get a howling sound out of my bike while pedaling, braking, and coasting. I'm thinking it's the rear hub, but it's a 50-mile-old Shimano XT. I've realigned the disc caliper and checked the rotor bolts numerous times for proper tightness. I'm thinking the XT hub was misadjusted from the factory (heard it's common on them). If I slide in my new Hope Hoops (Hope Pro2 Evo with Stan's Crest rims) and the howling is still there, I'm afraid it's a cracked frame. I'm going to check again tonight, but I never saw anything.

    The sliding drop outs (Kona Explosif) are adjusted perfectly inline with each other so the hub isn't crooked in the frame. I'm not sure what else to check.
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    Im headed down to alum creek sunday morning. picking up a new rack, and if i get there soon enough im gonna help the combo guys with some trail work on p1 before i ride.
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    Of course, the Post Office tried to deliver my wheels while I was standing in line at the BMV renewing my driver's license. I think The Man is conspiring against me because I imported something from the UK. I can't pick them up until after work on Monday at the earliest.
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    @ Terry, did you get your pedals how did you like them if so also how was Alum, that place is a blast. All I have to say is West Virginia is F**ked but I like it... I'm certain some of the trails were dry creek beds, my 29er got beat on pretty bad but it was definitely a learning experience and an eye opener for single track options.

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    Spokes N' Jokes (Berea, OH) - Meetup

    Thats my biking group I formed. We do casual mt bike rides and all sorts of fun things..
    I like to ride my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecube89 View Post
    Spokes N' Jokes (Berea, OH) - Meetup

    Thats my biking group I formed. We do casual mt bike rides and all sorts of fun things..


    Saw this before... I'll have to get in on it. Sounds great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theironpusher View Post
    @ Terry, did you get your pedals how did you like them if so also how was Alum, that place is a blast. All I have to say is West Virginia is F**ked but I like it... I'm certain some of the trails were dry creek beds, my 29er got beat on pretty bad but it was definitely a learning experience and an eye opener for single track options.
    oh, i got my pedals all right i have drank of the clipless koolaid, and it was good as a matter of fact my flats were donated yesterday to an intense M9 getting built up for a race at snowshoe this weekend (no, not mine). clipless is so much better than flats.

    alum was fantastic. i helped combo do some trail work on p1 in the morning, then rode all of it- beginners loop, p1 and p2- in the afternoon. flatter than im used to, but some more technical stuff than i was used to as well. p2 was so much fun that i went back out for a second lap.
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    Going to see if I can get out to Royalview tomorrow sometime if anyone's interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11 View Post
    Going to see if I can get out to Royalview tomorrow sometime if anyone's interested.
    I am watching the weather because I teach a Cleveland Metroparks mountain bike class there. I will probably roll in at 7:30am. Class is 9-11 (sorry, no same-day sign-ups). I might stay after, but the family schedule for the rest of the day might prevent that. Look for my orange shirt.

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    Cleveland Metroparks have added trail closings for Royalview to their parkway alert line. Call 440-331-5963 to see if the trail is open/closed. The alert line is updated every evening and will only mention if the trail is closed so if the weather is good you can assume the trail is open.


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    Awesome, glad they added the hot line feature. Now they need to have it on the Web somewhere... You know, so I can use my phone to go to the webpage and see if it's open or not

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    I hope this isn't seen in a negative light but...

    Last time I went out to Royalview a couple weeks ago, it started raining at maybe 4pm, and finished around 4:30. I got out of work at 5 and drove straight to the trail, meeting a friend there from Canton. While waiting for my friend, I walked from the trail head to the first bridge, noticing that the trail was mostly hard packed with the thinnest layer of slime/mud on it possible. There were a few sections of softer stuff, but nowhere did I find anything that resembled pudding or anything that would cause irreparable damage. I walked out noticing that there were FRESH mountain bike tire tracks (at least a half dozen different tread patterns) and...

    There was a hiking group assembling there and one of the hikers made it very clear to me (was waiting on my friend) that the "Trail Closed" sign was posted and that we should leave. I waffled about the parking lot on my bike when my friend showed up. While changing one of his tubes out, two more guys showed up from Medina I think. I told them what the hiker told me (now numbering about 30 people) and they said "NFG" (no f...s given) pretty much and started riding the red line. Finishing my friend's tube change, I saw a cyclocrosser come down the hill from the yellow exit I'm assuming. He was filthy, and I asked him how the trails were.

    He mentioned the slime and said that he kept riding even though the sign was up. He said while he was getting his bike out of his car, that he asked a passing park ranger if it was okay to ride. The ranger said that it would be fine as long as he avoided the soft stuff (use common sense) as to not make ruts. He rode regardless of the sign.

    My friend and I rode anyway, and while riding, noticed that the trail was still as hard packed as ever. The vast majority of filth on us was from riding through the stream and not from mud flinging off our tires. As far as I know, trail closed means trail closed to everything... we ran into the hiking group on the trail too.

    I really wonder what purpose the "Trail Closed" sign serves, other than keeping people off the trail that don't know skidding and sliding the rear tire out to steer is bad, especially in the wet.
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    having the 'trail closed' sign up, is like having locks on your doors. it will only keep the honest people honest.

    the hikers were not only arrogant (who are they to tell anyone to leave a public park?), but just as in the wrong as everyone who rode. the trails are being kept on a tight leash because the tread is fresh and susceptible to damage that an otherwise seasoned trail might be able to handle. we've been lucky with weather this year in that we havent gotten a lot of rain, which has meant the trail gets to stay open a hell of a lot more, and thus get ridden and packed down that much more.

    i rode yesterday afternoon before the rain came in. the last time we had any rain was overnight monday into tuesday, and that was enough to cancel the camba group ride tuesday night. as of yesterday there were still wet spots, but nothing of note that would be problematic. point being, at this point in time the trails are reaching a point of saturation and cannot soak up rainfall like they were able to a month ago.

    the only people that are going to stay off the trails are those of us that are paying attention to online forums or the metroparks website- sadly, that probably accounts for 2% of those who ride the trails. i care, mainly because royalview is the closest trail to home for me, as well as the fact ill be spending a lot of time working on it this fall...so i dont want it to get shredded so badly that we have to spend a ton of time repairing what the careless riders have trashed, instead of finishing the out-and-back that didnt get completed in time for the grand opening (as well as the other projects slated for this fall.)
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    For what it's worth, I was planning on riding today but here I am at home.

    When I rode a couple weeks ago, the trail was slimy at the worst. I would go as far as to say most of it was damp, not even wet, let alone muddy.
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    Rays MTB in Cleveland. Big thumbs up for this place. Season pass is on my agenda for this year, for sure. (As is a new bb/crankset, which rays saw fit to push me to replace lol.) Such an awesome place, great guys in charge, and an excellent layout to ensure an assload of fun, not to mention a great workout. If you havent been there, wtf are you waiting for?

    Ray, I owe you a beer or 3 for what youve done. kudos, my man, kudos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacon11 View Post
    For what it's worth, I was planning on riding today but here I am at home.

    When I rode a couple weeks ago, the trail was slimy at the worst. I would go as far as to say most of it was damp, not even wet, let alone muddy.
    There has been confusion over the inconsistency of the closings and openings. So much so that THEY emailed me with an explanation (and I'm nobody - maybe I just whine louder...):

    Quote Originally Posted by CMP
    Monday, Sept. 24th

    Greetings-

    I just wanted to reach out to you because I have caught wind regarding your
    frustrations with the recent trail closures at Royalview. I understand that
    the conditions appeared rideable despite the heavy rain we had over weekend.
    The way this trail was designed, the majority of it it is never going to
    appear to be holding much water- it has that exagerrated outslope and for
    the most part, it will often appear the way that it did most of this
    weekend- soft and tacky, but a still rideable surface. However, if the trail
    isn't given some time to completely reharden, it is still susceptible to
    damage in these conditions- especially when you consider the amount of
    traffic we get from hikers and bikers on a given weekend. By just giving the
    trail a little extra time, we can maintain long-term integrity. It is
    amazing to see how fast these small trouble areas can be blown out into
    major maintenance projects. With just a little self-policing, we can avoid
    that and my crew can spend more time working on new trails instead of having
    to maintain these spots on our existing network. As an IGO instructor, it is
    very important from my standpoint that you respect the philosophy of the
    park in terms of trail closures. In teaching the fundamentals of riding-
    it's really important that new riders understand the importantance of trail
    stewardship and respect these rules. I will admit that we have been working
    some of the kinks in regards to communication and eduction of our fellow
    employees throughout the summer (establsihing the PAL line, and trying to
    have quick turnaround on flipping the signs- which can be challening on an
    understaffed weekend) - but it's better for us to be on the more
    conservative side right now, especially because Royalview was a big
    investment for us, particularly in terms of project and volunteer hours.
    However, a morning like this Saturday would be pretty standard for closing.

    Feel free to contact me with your questions. Perhaps you could come out and
    meet me during poor conditions so we can take a better understanding of what
    I am looking for when we close the trail. As fellow represenatives of trails
    at the parks, I'd really like for us to be on the same page.
    Call it a period of adjustment.
    What most MTBers regard as "borderline" rideable conditions, CMP calls "poor". Reason being is to protect the 5% of that trail that doesn't drain perfectly. The other 95% would otherwise be rideable in a monsoon.

    Upcoming trail projects will likely correct those minor things, thus rendering them a non-issue in the future - as long as they are not degraded further.

    On the flip side, this past Tuesday I was sure it would be closed, but it wasn't. There were deeper puddles than I'd ever ridden in, but yet the trail remained open. So, try to respect the signs and use your best judgement. I think the target keeps moving so we all keep missing it.

    -F

    PS - Ray's is awesome. If you've never been, you really must go. Weekends are crowded. Weekdays it's usually wide open.
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