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    Is Stewart State Park cyclocross friendly?

    I was thinking of inviting my buddy who only owns a cyclocross bike to ride at Stewart but I don't want to if the trails are going to damage his bike. I know they're pretty smooth by mtb standards but that doesn't necessarily mean his bike can handle it.

    Sorry if this topic has been discussed before, I went back 5 pages and didn't see any mention of it.

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    last I was out, I saw some trails from cyclocross bikes through the mud. There are a lot of trails I think he would be just fine on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davecfd View Post
    I was thinking of inviting my buddy who only owns a cyclocross bike to ride at Stewart but I don't want to if the trails are going to damage his bike. I know they're pretty smooth by mtb standards but that doesn't necessarily mean his bike can handle it.

    Sorry if this topic has been discussed before, I went back 5 pages and didn't see any mention of it.
    It really depends on where in Stewart you ride.. There are lots of carriage roads with trails , both technical and fairly smooth branching off. Maybe you can find a trail map online. I think it would be fine, though since there's a good mix..

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    CX bike should be fine, but if you're riding soon, beware that a few parts are wet with some downed trees. Might still be like that, I don't know the current conditions. You could spend as much time removing the trees as you would riding.

    In the spring/summer/fall, the faster and more open you ride it, the easier it is and better the ride experience. Cruising gingerly and hitting the brakes cautiously makes for a poor ride experience on a CX bike. Braking through corners, on downslopes, and in the bumps is a good way to frustrate yourself.







    Don't have a recent pic of the easier stuff, but there are miles of road like this too:


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    Cool, thanks for the feedback everyone! I'm shooting for an early April ride, I'm sure it will still be muddy but maybe the downed trees will be cleared by then. As for my friend, I think I'm going to send him some youtube videos of people riding at Stewart and let him decide for himself. If definitely seems do-able though.

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    Stewart is notorious for being muddy through may, many of the trails skirt around swamps and wetlands and don't drain well. It is a rare year that I don't run across water somewhere, even in summer. But there are miles of old farm roads and snowmobile trails that would be good on a cyclocross bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davecfd View Post
    I was thinking of inviting my buddy who only owns a cyclocross bike to ride at Stewart but I don't want to if the trails are going to damage his bike. I know they're pretty smooth by mtb standards but that doesn't necessarily mean his bike can handle it.

    Sorry if this topic has been discussed before, I went back 5 pages and didn't see any mention of it.
    I ride mine there often just for a change of pace. I needed to upgrade to 40mm tires to avoid pinch flats.
    If he normally rides a cross bike he will do fine. Switching back and fouth between full suspension and a skinny tire is tricky.

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