• 09-16-2012
    Texas Lew
    Just moved to Cheviot(Cincinnati,OH) where is the singletrack
    Just moved from Colorado and looking for the goods. I love singletrack technical steep and fast preferably but after almost a week out of the saddle...I am chomping at the bit. PLEASE help me! Need riding buddies too!:thumbsup:

    Cheers
    Lewie
  • 09-16-2012
    k_z
    Try joinomba.org/trails - (sorry for screwed up link but can't post entire one - have not enought posts on this forum).

    I personally ride at Hueston Woods and Harbin Park as it is shortest drive for me from West Chester. Harbin is almost entirely single track...
  • 09-16-2012
    endo_2012
    www.spokejunkie.com has some info on ohio trails! Some of the info may be a little dated, but still a good reference.
  • 09-17-2012
    jumpthestump
    East Fork, Mitchell Memorial are good ones.

    Good info at coramtb.org
    Cincinnati Off Road Alliance
  • 09-17-2012
    Texas Lew
    T hank you for the help gentlemen!
  • 09-17-2012
    gfs69
    Welcome! If you ever make it up to Columbus, we can show you around. Also, look for info on Mohican, it is about an hour from Columbus, and is one of the best trails in Ohio.
  • 09-17-2012
    jumpthestump
    Sure. I imagine it would be quite different than what you are used to in Colorado.
  • 09-17-2012
    Texas Lew
    I appreciate I will check it out and try and make it to Columbus soon.
  • 09-17-2012
    Texas Lew
    Yes it is different than Colorado but still fun. Very similar to riding in central Texas. Rode Mitchell Memorial today; fun, great quick little ride!....close too.
  • 09-17-2012
    endo_2012
    You may also want to check out Brown county in Indiana. By far, better than any trail system in Ohio. Versailles Indiana isn't to far from Cincinnati, so you might want to check that out as well.
  • 10-01-2012
    Rod
    Also check out Idlewild in Florence. It is on idlewild road. It is one of my favorite trail systems close to Cinci.
  • 10-01-2012
    Rod
    Cave Run would also be a good place to ride once the forest service segregates the trails. Right now they are shared with horses, but several of them are in great shape this time of the year. We could do a 50 mile loop. If you want shown around let me know. If you don't have a local you could end up on a trail that is destroyed and pot holed by the horses.
  • 10-12-2012
    Greeny
    I just rode at Devou Park in Covington, KY and had a great time.

    I don't have much to compare it to, but it had some technical stuff and some pretty fun fast parts that scared me into wanting to go back!
  • 10-24-2012
    Fishstix
    Cincinnati area trails
    - Mitchell Memorial has a good 8-mile singletrack, fast in some parts, technical/rocky in others. Overall a great ride.
    - Harbin park is a good after-work ride, where I'm just looking for a good workout. Lot of roots and rutted trail. I have a love/hate relationship with this trail.
    - Caesar's Creek has extensive trail system, but poorly marked. It'll take a few times out there to figure out where you're going. Decent trails, though.
    - Eastfork -- they've done a lot of work out here and it's actually some really good riding. Depending on where you live, it could be a haul to get out there, though.
    - MOMBA in Dayton -- best trail system in the area, IMHO. Great twisty singletrack. Fast. Good trail maintenance and great marking system/maps.
    - Idelwild, KY -- Another great trail system and marked fairly well. I like riding out here but never enough time to get out here more than a couple times a year.
    - I've heard Hueston Woods is good, but have not riden out there yet.
    - Versailles, IN -- Great trail system!! Worth the drive. Only been once this year, but we loved it.
    - Tower Park, KY -- Not trying to be rude to anyone, but these trails suck. Don't waste your time. Some people like them, for whatever reason. Never again.

    I think there's a few others in the area that I missed.
  • 10-24-2012
    Greeny
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Also check out Idlewild in Florence. It is on idlewild road. It is one of my favorite trail systems close to Cinci.

    Was able to get through the beginner, intermediate, and climbed the technical on my way back to the parking lot (accidentally).

    Was a nice afternoon, but my skills were lacking to take full advantage. Just felt like whenever I was getting in a good rhythm there would be 2 really close trees to pass through or a hill I had to hike. :p
  • 11-14-2012
    tlransom
    Little off point, but wanted the opinion of people who ride in my area. I am looking to purchase my first mountain bike. So much info out there that has my head swimming. I am 37 years old and consider myself to be in good shape and pretty athletic guy. I would like to spend around $1000-$1500 dollars. Looking for best bang for buck. I'm looking to ride to stay in shape. No racing or anything like that. LBS carries Giant, Cannondale, and Specialized. I will probably stick to one of those brand since I will be using their services. Any opions on which bike is the best bang and suited for local trail. FS would be nice, but in my price point, quality issues? Also, considering this bike in a 26. Have a 9 year old son that may end up getting this ride after a few years if I decide to upgrade. 29 be to much for a teenager???

    Thanks
  • 12-22-2012
    coloskifreak
    In cincy for 8-10 day from Golden, Co. I brought my Yeti with me. Anyone want to ride in the next week. Looking to explore as much as possible. Let me know.
  • 12-24-2012
    sxshep
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by coloskifreak View Post
    In cincy for 8-10 day from Golden, Co. I brought my Yeti with me. Anyone want to ride in the next week. Looking to explore as much as possible. Let me know.

    I'm off Wednesday, but it's looking like crummy weather... I just bought my first bike and am not in the greatest of shape but may be up for a ride somewhere (I live 10 minutes east of Caesar Creek, 20 south of MOMBA, but work in downtown Cincy).
  • 12-26-2012
    swade
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by coloskifreak View Post
    In cincy for 8-10 day from Golden, Co. I brought my Yeti with me. Anyone want to ride in the next week. Looking to explore as much as possible. Let me know.

    I ride a Yeti(s) also and would love to show a fellow member of the tribe around, but the trails in the area are closed right now. There are a few that can only be riden while frozen solid. The dirt here is a little different, becomes very thick mud that leaves bad ruts and destroys the trail.

    Do you come here any other times of the year?
  • 01-31-2013
    gregers05
    just moved up here to northern kentucky from atlanta, live about 10 mins from idlewild. I just got my first bike back in November, but have only gotten a chance to ride idlewild twice. also looking for people to ride with. my skills are basically beginner level as i have two rides under my belt. i also suck wind pretty quick lol. just keep that in mind.

    also heard devu(sp?) park had some good trails but are fairly technical.
  • 02-07-2013
    bc3xx0
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gregers05 View Post
    just moved up here to northern kentucky from atlanta, live about 10 mins from idlewild. I just got my first bike back in November, but have only gotten a chance to ride idlewild twice. also looking for people to ride with. my skills are basically beginner level as i have two rides under my belt. i also suck wind pretty quick lol. just keep that in mind.

    also heard devu(sp?) park had some good trails but are fairly technical.

    EI is a good one to live close to!

    Devou is my favorite in NKY. It has some good climbs though! If you can muscle the ten minute climb on the incinerator trail, the loop at the top is pretty intermediate, but flows really good.
  • 02-08-2013
    gregers05
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bc3xx0 View Post
    EI is a good one to live close to!

    Devou is my favorite in NKY. It has some good climbs though! If you can muscle the ten minute climb on the incinerator trail, the loop at the top is pretty intermediate, but flows really good.

    sounds fun, but will have to work up to that 10 min climb lol.
  • 02-08-2013
    Chainsaw77
    Im a 10 min bike ride from ei. Absolutely love it. Cant get enough. I had a Rocky Mtn Vertex 29er hardtail last year but am getting a fs any day. I dont know anyone who rides (the way i like to). Im definately down when the weather lets up for sure!
  • 02-12-2013
    Texas Lew
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gregers05 View Post
    just moved up here to northern kentucky from atlanta, live about 10 mins from idlewild. I just got my first bike back in November, but have only gotten a chance to ride idlewild twice. also looking for people to ride with. my skills are basically beginner level as i have two rides under my belt. i also suck wind pretty quick lol. just keep that in mind.

    also heard devu(sp?) park had some good trails but are fairly technical.


    I have been riding some fun stuff. Harbin Park has made for some really fun snow rides. I haven't ridden Devou; EI is awesome Tower Park is fun as well. When the weather allows for more riding I will be doing either Tue. or Thurs. night rides on a weekly basis Sundays will be longer ride days for me. There is some really fun riding around here
  • 02-12-2013
    tangaroo
    Devou is a blast. I wouldn't say they are technical, just fast and flowy. They have some "downhill" runs, which are a blast.
  • 02-12-2013
    gregers05
    this weather is killing me. it is either raining on the weekends or snowing or the snow is melting. It is hard for me to ride during the week because i dont have much daylight left after I get off work. When the time change comes around, hopefully that will change. I will be doing Tues or Thursday as well since MWF are my gym days.
  • 03-26-2013
    Katie785
    I agree. Even if you suck it up and want to ride int he cold, the trails are all not rideable. Road riding in the cold is awful.
  • 03-27-2013
    sasquatch rides a SS
    This weather has been terrible! Local trails are usually a disaster after this time of year from riders who ride in the mud, so that'll be fun (yay)..
  • 03-27-2013
    Katie785
    yyyeah i saw someone post a very muddy SS in one of the photo threads... It looks like it may be at MOMBA.. that would really piss me off, given all the funding they poured into that trail.
  • 03-27-2013
    sasquatch rides a SS
    If I'm thinking of the same picture/member that you are, he is a responsible rider and I believe he had an excuse for it. I'm referring to the larger population of riders that are not on mtbr. They have no knowledge of proper trail etiquette and just ride whenever they please. These are the people that skid, litter, do not yield to climbers, etc... It's ironic that you find the "serious" mountain bikers are the ones that sometimes don't ride as much out of respect for others and the trail.
  • 03-27-2013
    tangaroo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    If I'm thinking of the same picture/member that you are, he is a responsible rider and I believe he had an excuse for it. I'm referring to the larger population of riders that are not on mtbr. They have no knowledge of proper trail etiquette and just ride whenever they please. These are the people that skid, litter, do not yield to climbers, etc... It's ironic that you find the "serious" mountain bikers are the ones that sometimes don't ride as much out of respect for others and the trail.

    I agree. And I think it comes with experience too. I can fully admit that I have ridden when it has been extremely muddy before I knew proper trail etiquette and what ruts can do to a trail. And you'll always have some rides that start out with the trail solid and end in a muddy mess, sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. But it does piss me off when you hear the people say I don't care if its muddy, I'll ride whatever. Its mostly ignorance, but sometimes people just do not care.
  • 03-27-2013
    tangaroo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Katie785 View Post
    yyyeah i saw someone post a very muddy SS in one of the photo threads... It looks like it may be at MOMBA.. that would really piss me off, given all the funding they poured into that trail.

    That was me by the way. The ride started at 20F with the ground frozen, ended an hour later with the sun thawing most of the ground out. That's why my bike was covered, not because I don't care, because I tried to get out to ride while the ground was still frozen and it thawed quicker than I could get back to my car. So easy on the early judgement there...
  • 03-27-2013
    Katie785
    yeah i totally agree. There is a trail in VA that has the gates to the lot closed and a seperate gate for the mtb trail with a description of what happens when it's ridden while wet. People still manage to go on it while it's closed, Clearly ignoring signage and not respecting the hard work and money put into these places. I do have to admit we got stuck on Cesears creek because it started out frozen and the temp rose slightly above what they were calling for (to 31). The trails quickly became wet, but our bikes surprisingly didnt create any ruts. I think it was so soon after freezing that only about 1/4in down was thawed.
  • 03-27-2013
    Katie785
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tangaroo View Post
    That was me by the way. The ride started at 20F with the ground frozen, ended an hour later with the sun thawing most of the ground out. That's why my bike was covered, not because I don't care, because I tried to get out to ride while the ground was still frozen and it thawed quicker than I could get back to my car. So easy on the early judgement there...

    My bad... Im sure you can imagine that anyone seeing that mud at MOMBA would assume that the trails were being ridden wrecklessly, not accidentally as you described.
  • 03-27-2013
    tangaroo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Katie785 View Post
    My bad... Im sure you can imagine that anyone seeing that mud at MOMBA would assume that the trails were being ridden wrecklessly, not accidentally as you described.

    Oh I know. When my buddy and I were packing up, someone pulled in and we told him it would be best if he didn't ride today, showing the muddy mess that we were. He just said "ahh mud never hurt anyone" and continued on... The thing that sucks about Momba and john bryan is they're so flat that water just collects and the ruts make it so much worse.
  • 03-27-2013
    Katie785
    exactly, it seems that some riders think it's more badass to get all muddy and gritty, but they don't seem well-educated on how that might effect the well-maintained trail systems.... P.S.... anywhere within 4 hours with single track that's rideable?! I know the soil here is awful. We were thinking WV?
  • 03-27-2013
    tangaroo
    It will probably be the same as here unfortunately. The midwest has the same soil pretty much everywhere, clay based. It holds water and turns to snot.