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    Three Bottle Technical trail extension and work on existing trail feedback.

    Interested on getting feedback on the work proposed to 3-B. What are riders looking for in features? What should go and what should stay, Generally what are we expecting this trail to be when it gets done? How do you feel about having to make everything motorcycle accessible? Think about your concerns are. Since this is where to tap lots of riders thoughts, a good open discussion on this should happen. I for one am excited about the possibility of a legit technical trail Going in. Concerned that what I think of as a technical trail and what the FS thinks are two different things. Don't want to get my hopes up to much quite yet. Now Ive heard that this trail will have to be Moto accessible. That I'm not at all thrilled with. And don't quite get.Will the features then have to be built fot motorcycles and not mtn bikes. Thought I was told that it would have to be signed as an advanced technical trail. MTB only. We know that the log rides are going. What about other features like Sub Rock or some know it as the Loaf. Things like that are kind of signature features on 3-B. So post your thoughts and ideas and perhaps Kerry can help clear some things up or answer questions before work starts.
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    I would like to see as many "features" built into the trail as possible. Logs, jumps, rock gardens, and the like. There would have to be round-a-bouts for those not wanting to hit such features (which the motos should be told to use as well) and should be labeled as such with signs and what not. The Albuquerque area has lost it's technical trails. Such features still exist as we all know but they are no longer on the main trial like they used to be. The more tech the better.
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    Don't hold back...

    Well, I'd like to see "it all" on there...

    • Logrides/skinnies. Some just staight on, others that are bent or segmented
    • Jumps of varying size and shape (some straight, some that hip one way or the other, step ups, step downs.) Anything but just straight on jumps that consist of a 2 foot tall lip and flat landing
    • Drops - not drops to flat though, drops to a transitioned landing. Maybe a zone, or a line with progressively larger drops as it goes on...
    • Techy lines that rider has follow over various rocks and logs, up and incline or whatever, similar to some things I've seen in the foothills.

    Though I'm not exactly thrilled to hear it - moto accessible doesn't bother me so much, if it doesn't bother the FS. Except of course NOT on any features.

    Moto access, really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post


    Though I'm not exactly thrilled to hear it - moto accessible doesn't bother me so much, if it doesn't bother the FS. Except of course NOT on any features.

    Moto access, really?
    Agreed. There is no point in having a feature that a moto will destroy with its 400-500 lbs mass and it's 40hp engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6bobby9 View Post
    Agreed. There is no point in having a feature that a moto will destroy with its 400-500 lbs mass and it's 40hp engine.
    More I think about it, the more I don't think I really like the idea at all. I hate to be exclusive, but what sense does it make?

    Why do the moto's get jump in already?
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    Quote Originally Posted by barleylegal View Post
    I'd like to see new trail cut into the existing landscape to incorparate large chunk.
    The motos need access too. So three bottles as it sits today might be gone. A new line for motos will get cut in. Its up to us mountain bikers to fight for the A-line. So theres a easy moto/XC line amd a nice and techy more difficult line made only for bikes. It wont happen if we dont fight for it. Anyone whos intrested should come to tje scouting workdays (still undetermimed dates at this time)

    Working together is important. If we dont want tunnel/otero to become a rockless moto friendly abomination it will take all us riders of difernt disaplines working together.
    Every one working together is key to get what we are expecting to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Moto access, really?
    I think this sums it up pretty well.

    I have no problem with motos, I am sure they are great people with just as much passion as us. But why does 3-Bs need to be a shared resource? I definitely do not see how a trail can be technical and progressive while also accommodating a motorcycle.

    Now if there were two different trails, as suggested, I can see that working out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Now if there were two different trails, as suggested, I can see that working out.
    Yes, this makes sense.
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    "Moto access, really?"

    I am no frequenter of Three Bottles, normally I've been too pressed for time to stretch my loop out in that direction, but of the handful of times I've been out there, I've encountered motos. Last time, over the summer, I came up on about five of them in a group heading north, so they already seem to have a foothold.
    Now, when it comes to the trail itself I have mixed feelings; technical trails are too few and far between, and while 3B has good bones, the majority of its features were built so poorly that it makes me more excited than trepidatious towards a bit of a rebuild.
    Of course I had no hand in the original incarnation of this trail or its features and perhaps this is why I have no particular connection to whether the current features (with the exception of the various stone features). If i had any say in how the trail gets redesigned I'd say it needs more:
    Flow- for a faster rolling trail.
    Drops/Jumps- for a techy trail, I'm always surprised at how few of these 3B has
    Extended-I see Skerry already has this on his mockup, which is good cuz who likes 2 track
    Clarification- 3B as it sits now is technically a 2 way trail. I'd rather see it designated as one way (if this is possible) from north to south, or, at least made more enjoyable as a two way.
    Anyway, I'd be in for Sun 3/3 scouting run.
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    3B needs flow. Not saying it needs to be buffed out ST, tech sections are important. They can flow as well. Good example is Holy Cross in Grand J, or many of the new trails in Moab. I think ABQ has the type of terrain that lends itself to a variety of trails that can satisfy most everyone.

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    ^^^
    Agreed, I don't endorse a sanitization of 3B, just some more thought at how to make a flowing technical trail. For instance, Tio Juanito. I wouldn't call it technical and its been graded too shallowly, but it does present some fun little drops and lines and, for the most part, flow. If you want, that trail can roll pretty fast. I'd hate for it to turn into what the top part of Coyote has become, too slow, with awkward grade reversals, as well as a complete abandoning of the original feel of that trail. If nothing else, keeping a slightly more open, faster trail is less likely to be injured by throttle happy motos (again, see coyote reroute).
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    to Flow

    I guess we all have different opinions about flow.

    Tio Jaunita has none, and 3-Bs has plenty.
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    Flow simply means "not much peddling required" or "limited peddling or effort needed" to maintain no less than 10+mph for an extended period of time. Tunnel for example has good flow on the return, but lacks tech and has too many blind corners to really let loose. Which leads me to think 3B should be really be a one way trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barleylegal View Post
    Here is a link to Kerry's poll. (get your mind out the gutter) Vote for all you can attend and he will get back with the decided day(s)

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    Thanks for the link.

    Would be interesting to see what is possible using only hard scape linking rock to rock.

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    Just say Flow

    The terrain around 3-B didn't strike me as "flowy" at all (and that's fine).

    According to IMBA: (this is why the term"flow" makes me hesitant in regards to 3-B)

    Flow Trails take mountain bikers on a terrain-induced roller coaster experience, with little pedaling and braking necessary. This style of trail typically contains features like banked turns, rolling terrain, various types of jumps, and consistent and predictable surfaces.

    Flowy is like PBR in Fruita, or as mentioned above - Tunnel going down (without the blind turns). From my understanding, that's the opposite of what 3-B is about. Concentrating on "flow" - whatever that may be, is taking away from the spirit of the project. Foothills would be a great, no- awesome place for flow trail.

    On the one-way thing I agree, anything with jump/drop features poses a "hazard" for anyone coming up trail.
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    Perhaps I need to rethink the "flow" label. Perhaps what I actually meant was consistency and rhythm. I currently see 3B as being too disjunctive, too piecemeal to really achieve "rhythm" as it currently sits.
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    Thanks for that Hazard.

    I was thinking of Flow as being a trail that is consistent. The effort of the trail is the same throughout. 3B has flow in that regard, but of course it doesn't fit the IMBA's idea.

    Tio Juanita down has no flow because everytime you get a good rhythm going you come up on a sharp , blown out corner.
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    I just jumped to a conclusion regarding the term, sorry Just wanted to make sure I was on the same page...

    I thought that 3-B has a decent rhythm, didn't have problem negotiating turns fast or slow...
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    I put up some ideas with flagging (in pink) yesterday. They're just ideas to get us started. Of course with the snow, I'll most likely schedule for weekend after this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Well, I'd like to see "it all" on there...

    • Logrides/skinnies. Some just staight on, others that are bent or segmented
    • Jumps of varying size and shape (some straight, some that hip one way or the other, step ups, step downs.) Anything but just straight on jumps that consist of a 2 foot tall lip and flat landing
    • Drops - not drops to flat though, drops to a transitioned landing. Maybe a zone, or a line with progressively larger drops as it goes on...
    • Techy lines that rider has follow over various rocks and logs, up and incline or whatever, similar to some things I've seen in the foothills.
    That's what I'd like to have,if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Every one working together is key to get what we are expecting to get.
    Seem to be many expectations here. Bottom line is Skerry is willing to listen and work with us to improve the trail system and incorporate many unofficial trails. Whatever the path chosen, let's back him up and get er done. Not pick up our toys and go home just because specific desires aren't realized.

    Ok, I won't ride many of the lines I see RCC ride but maybe by supporting the effort I can persuade Skerry to think about one of my pet projects: a trail on the north side of the old dump road connecting the lower trailhead with the upper one and on to Coyote. I rode up there about 8 years ago (statute of limitations and all) and it could be done. Some rock ledges, nice swooping turns... I absolutely hate the gravel road to Coyote, up or down. Might even forgive Skerry the Birdhouse name...

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    Right now there is still about 75% snow coverage here in the Raven Rd. area. With the warmer weather expected Friday and Sat.,I have the feeling we will be trudging through lots of mud to even get to 3-B. Its up to Kerry but it would best serve our purpose to hold off for another week.
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    Just heard from Kerry. He agrees that it will be to muddy to go out and walk 3-B this Saturday. So right now he is looking at moving it back 2 weeks to the 16TH March. Weather and conditions pending. No one is more excited to get going on this project but conditions need to be much better. In the mean time , See you on the trail.
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    thanks for the update Steve, and good call on the mud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    thanks for the update Steve, and good call on the mud.
    +1. No need to stomp around in the mudd.

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