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    Asheville trail recomendations

    My wife and I are going to be near Asheville this week. She brought up the idea of bringing the bikes with us. The problem is she is still pretty new at mountain biking so I want to ride somewhere that will be fun and a challenge but not scare her or go to far above her skill level.

    We're coming from Atlanta so were not used to large elevation changes. She doesn't mind a climb but I don't want to go too technical. Any advice would be great.
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    Bent Creek. Stop at Carolina Fatz on Brevard Rd. for a map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeter View Post
    She doesn't mind a climb but I don't want to go too technical.
    Here's an easy one I usually recommend for starters:
    Boyd Branch Loop Best Ride

    If you enjoy it and are ready for more, you could branch out from there on the many (generally easier) south-side trails in Bent Creek. Via Campground Connector and the gravel road going by the dam, try making a loop of Hardtimes Connector and Deer Lake Lodge, and then perhaps Deerfield, Pine Tree, and Explorer Loops back near the lake. Do bring a good map as suggested!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdvm View Post
    Bent Creek. Stop at Carolina Fatz on Brevard Rd. for a map.

    Carolina Fatz has been bought out and is no longer there.
    ​mountain biking is fun.

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    Yeah, but Jason and Marcus are still there, and frankly I don't give a crap who owns it, they're good folks.

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    Asheville trail recomendations

    Quote Originally Posted by docter_zab View Post
    Carolina Fatz has been bought out and is no longer there.
    Where did it go? It was still there yesterday.

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    It is still there, it is no longer Carolina Fatz.
    It is now Bike Street USA.
    Same people work there but new corporate ownership.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeter View Post
    My wife and I are going to be near Asheville this week. She brought up the idea of bringing the bikes with us. The problem is she is still pretty new at mountain biking so I want to ride somewhere that will be fun and a challenge but not scare her or go to far above her skill level.

    We're coming from Atlanta so were not used to large elevation changes. She doesn't mind a climb but I don't want to go too technical. Any advice would be great.
    thanks

    Kevin
    Bent Creek or DuPont.
    Bent Creek is closer.
    DuPont has more scenery and waterfalls.

    If you and your wife can pull 20-25 and don't mind spending a few dollars come do the Save The Trails Challenge. It will cost about $100 for both of you but a guided ride, stuff will be raffled, aid stations will be provided along with some food afterwards so it may be worth it to you.

    Pisgah Area SORBA Blog Archive Save The Trails Challenge August 24th, 2013
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I agree with the Bent Creek sugestion, it's where we always take people we're trying not to kill. If you're up for something a little harder, you might try to go up North Boundary and down Sidehill. (hard left at Ingles Field Gap)

    North Boundary is a fairly long climb with a few steepish places, but it's all gravel road/double track so nothing technical about it and your wife can stop as many times as she needs. There are also some nice views to the north. The Sidehill downhill is one of my favorites in Pisgah. The very top is the most technical, but if you take it at a reasonable speed, I don't think there's anything too bad. No drop-offs, no rock gardens that I can think of. And...when I rode it last week it was surprisingly dry considering all the rain we've had. Some of the very interior trails at BC get sloppy in the rain.

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