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    Hello from Missouri :-)

    Hey guys/gals. My name is Tyler and I'm new to the forum and mtn biking.. I wanted to stop by the Midwest section and say hello :-).

    I'm 25 years old and I am from Central Missouri. I just recently got into biking again ( last time was when I was a kid ) and purchased my first non Wal-mart bike. My purchase was a 2014 Specialized Hardrock 29er Disc hardtail.

    I am looking forward to learning a lot from the forums, and I hope that you all don't bash me too hard :-)
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    Where are all the Missouri'ans at? :-)

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    Welcome to the forums. I'm actually an Illinois'an, but do a lot of my riding and racing in Missouri, the St. Louis area specifically. There is a ton of great information on these forums, so you've come to the right place being a new rider. And congrats on the new bike. Now get off the forums and go ride that thing

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    Peace from Hell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid_Mo_Biker View Post
    Where are all the Missouri'ans at? :-)
    Welcome to the forum!
    I'm in the Springfield area. Lotta good riding in this part of the country if you ever get down here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyTom View Post
    Welcome to the forum!
    I'm in the Springfield area. Lotta good riding in this part of the country if you ever get down here.
    Would love to go down there once I get in good enough shape, and tear those trails up!

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    Kansas City Missourian here! Welcome to the forums and +1 on the Ozark riding - lots of great trails down there - the new one in Branson (White River Valley Trails) is pretty fun and right there in town. Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs Arkansas is a sweet system as well.

    Kansas City has over 100 miles of singletrack to ride from easy to advanced and Crowder State Park up in Trenton, MO has some sweet trails as well.
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    St. Louis here. If you're ever at Lost Valley, Matson Hill, Castlewood, or Greensfelder you may pass me on the side of the trail gasping for air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyTom View Post
    Welcome to the forum!
    I'm in the Springfield area. Lotta good riding in this part of the country if you ever get down here.
    Life is taking me to Missouri. When we land we will be near Joplin. Can anyone point me to some good trails/areas to ride? I have been researching but finding very, very little. Compared to P.A. it would seem no one Mt bikes there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Life is taking me to Missouri. When we land we will be near Joplin. Can anyone point me to some good trails/areas to ride? I have been researching but finding very, very little. Compared to P.A. it would seem no one Mt bikes there.
    There isn't much for trails in the Joplin area, pretty much only rail and greenway trails. Local bike shop link..Bicycle Specialists.. that has a list of everything in the area. Mostly all privately owned farm land around there, and not much in the way of terrain to work with. In order to find trails, your going to have to travel up toward KC, toward the middle of the state (Columbia/Jeff City), or over my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyTom View Post
    There isn't much for trails in the Joplin area, pretty much only rail and greenway trails. Local bike shop link..Bicycle Specialists.. that has a list of everything in the area. Mostly all privately owned farm land around there, and not much in the way of terrain to work with. In order to find trails, your going to have to travel up toward KC, toward the middle of the state (Columbia/Jeff City), or over my way.
    Traveling is not a problem, I love to explore new areas. What about in the south? I see several conservation areas and Roaring River State Park? I maybe further south of Joplin around Neosho. Thanks

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    Re: Hello from Missouri :-)

    New trail in Nixa area just south of Springfield, Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park. I haven't been but looks fun from the YouTube videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anom View Post
    New trail in Nixa area just south of Springfield, Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park. I haven't been but looks fun from the YouTube videos.

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    Thanks Anom, that looks like a nice option.

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    I'm at Two Rivers every weekend, great place. Springfield area also has Sac River, Busiek, and Table Rock State Park trail.
    I don't know of any trail systems in the Neosho area really. Did a race at Camp Crowder one time years ago, but I don't think it's an open to the public trail system.

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    Hey all! Hit castlewood this morning around 10:30am-11am til about 1, trail rides great but damn is it dusty!! We need some rain badly, I was on my Burnt Orange 06 Diamondback Response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Traveling is not a problem, I love to explore new areas. What about in the south? I see several conservation areas and Roaring River State Park? I maybe further south of Joplin around Neosho. Thanks
    You're not too far from all kinds of crazy good trail in Arkansas. There's some good stuff around Bentonville (1 hour drive) and an epic amount of sweet trail in the Ouachita National Forest (3 hour drive).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mesome View Post
    You're not too far from all kinds of crazy good trail in Arkansas. There's some good stuff around Bentonville (1 hour drive) and an epic amount of sweet trail in the Ouachita National Forest (3 hour drive).
    Thanks I will keep those in mind. Ouachita would be good for a weekend trip. We have friends in Arkansas and family in TX so we would be going right through that area.

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    Two. Rivers. Bike. Park.

    I started riding in Colorado in '99. I am a VERY spoiled Colorado rider. Have lived in/near Springfield for three years. Was VERY disappointed with Little Sac River.

    I went to Two Rivers last weekend. Will be there again this Saturday. I can not say it plainly enough...this is a paradigm shift in Mountain Bike riding in this region - it is that good, so well planned out and supported.
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    Two. Rivers. Bike. Park.

    I started riding in Colorado in '99. I am a VERY spoiled Colorado rider. Have lived in/near Springfield for three years. Was VERY disappointed with Little Sac River.

    I went to Two Rivers last weekend. Will be there again this Saturday. I can not say it plainly enough...this is a paradigm shift in Mountain Bike riding in this region - it is that good, so well planned out and supported.
    And we haven't even started phase 2

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    Yeah, you don't want to go to Sac River this time of year. I rode there a couple weeks ago and got eaten alive by chiggers. Was like a monkey scratching fleas for the next few days.

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    Simpledesign....who 'dat? You'd know me as Keith Donaldson from the Freeride Syndicate or Trailspring.
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    I'm Kelly with the Santa Cruz, not Kelly with the fat bike.
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    See you tomorrow?
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    I am also moving to Joplin from Mid Missouri. I will be looking for the occasional trip for a mtn bike ride.
    If the path ahead looks dangerous ------- it probably is!

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    Re: Hello from Missouri :-)

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    See you tomorrow?
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