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    New question here. Need a trail to get the g/f into the sport....

    Hey everyone....I'm currently trying to get my girlfriend hooked in the sport. Probably should have BEFORE buying her a bike, but that just means I can't mess up. I need a trail that will be fun, but pretty quick. (See: girly girl-ish). Any recomendations would be greatly appreciated. I've ridden Lewis Morris and Patriot's Path....they are getting kind of boring haha.

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    Is it for you or for her? Lewis Morris and Patriots Path is excellent for beginners. Taking her anywhere that is more difficult will mean the dog house for you

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    I agree totally....this is absolutely for her. I was hoping there was a trail or two on par with that, possibly a little easier even just for variety. I don't want a rail trail, but a nice tight smooth single would be sweet. Anyone have any advice about the easy side of Allamuchy or Kittatinny State? I've heard good things.

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    I always take beginners to Allaire. Lots of nice rolling single track and over to Point Pleasant for a beer at the Tiki Bar after.

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    Clayton

    Clayton is smooth (for the most part) flowy and not too long- I usually lap the place several times to get in a good ride. There are no rock gardens to speak of and the log piles are pretty spread out and usually have options to ride around.

    Although I live very, very close I have very little experience with six mile run although my guess is that would be a good place as well.

    Allamuchy (Deer Park Section?) the easier section would not be too bad as well but this time of year it might be buggy which is something to consider..
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    Kittatinny is where mtn2sea and I lead our all girl beginner rides. IMO It is a great choice. There is a rail bed there that goes through some beautiful rocky areas, and one can venture out a bit onto the trails and test one's self gradually. Just think baby steps. It is a fantastic sport for the ladies. Good luck and check the jorba calendar for girl rides.

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    There is always the happy trail. It can be easy or hard to follow at times . It depends or her mood.You wont even need your bike.

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    I say take her to Clayton. That's where I took one of my ex gf's when she wanted to get into riding. The ground is firm and the climbs arent too steep. The trails are also wide and all of the little obstacles have places where you can just ride around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcajones
    There is always the happy trail. It can be easy or hard to follow at times . It depends or her mood.You wont even need your bike.
    haha

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    i'd do allaire before 6 mile - 6 mile has a good amount of obstacles in a couple spots - which could make for a lot of stop and go frustration... most of it is for cruising, but there are a couple stretches i could see frustrating for a beginner.

    my wife is pretty much a beginner, and she loves allaire. she also likes lewis morris, but she gets sketched in the rooty spots.

    i say hit allaire, and hop over 35 into spring lake and grab some ice cream when you're done... or drive a bit north to off the hook for some crab cake sandwiches and beers afterwards... its a cool spot with an ocean view by sandy hook. it's a big hit with my wife. after a frustration-ridden ride at hartshorne with her (logs sketch her out) a visit to off the hook totally saved me and future wife-attending rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcajones
    There is always the happy trail. It can be easy or hard to follow at times . It depends or her mood.You wont even need your bike.
    Last time I was there my little buddy puked up all over the place. I tried to rub it in, but the ranger kicked me out. WTF?

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    Thanks for all the helpful advice guys. I really appreciate it. Keep it coming cause I'm always looking for some fun trails to bring her to. Going to to Try Kitatiny today. I'll let you know how it goes....It's going to be me, her and her little sister haha.

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    Flat

    i use to take newbies to Mercer. Pretty flat and twisty enough for a beginner to learn brake control and handling.

    allaire, would be my second choice.

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    You've got good advice here so far. When i started riding with GF we used to go to Clayton, Allaire, and Kittatiny. We used to do Allaire a lot, just avoid the sandy parts. Once she's comfortable on the bike and the concept Kittatiny is a great place to introduce rocks. I would avoid technical riding for a good while.

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    no joke

    put her in clipless pedals and take her to someplace moderately technical, like hartshore...it worked for me at least I ended up marrying her. she only went over the bars once!
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    Was a mistake on my behalf to take my wife to Ringwood the first couple of times we went riding?

    Now she usually says she doesn't come with me when I go riding...

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    you cant really blame her..Ringwood isnt the most "fun" place for a noob

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    I learned at Ringwood, and I'm a "girl".

    Sometimes I wonder why I went back after my first ride, but I did and I love it.

    The right bike and the right attitude are necessary for this sport, now if I could just find some trails that made my BOYFRIEND happy I'd be all set.


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    hartshorne or mercer

    I would try hartshorne, smooth, some climbing but not intense, nice ocean views, if it goes really well, try to get her to the sandy hook clothing optional beach for a refreshing swim after the ride. Or you could try mercer, fun trails, no climbs, and if it goes bad you can try to make it up to het at quakerbridge mall 5 minutes away. Hope it goes well. Also, Clayton is a great place and if it sucks you can take her to great adventure.

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    Lewis Morris or Tourne.......Great for beginners...

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    i second 6 mile.

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