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    How Long is Long Enough?

    I am almost afraid to ask... but I'm still relatively new to the area, so, HOW LONG IS LONG ENOUGH for trails in BC or Pisgah to dry out after 40 days and 40 nights of rain? Anyone willing to admit they've ridden at Bent Creek (trails) today? IF SO: How are they? I'm wondering if almost 48 hours of no rain is enough to ride in good conscience.

    With the understanding that lower trails (like the bottom of wolf/laurel branch and lower sidehill etc...) are going to remain wet for many many days...

    thanks.
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    How Long is Long Enough?

    What are you waiting for? Go ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    What are you waiting for? Go ride.

    waiting to get off work! BUT, I feel guilty tearing up trails that I have yet to help maintain.
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    How Long is Long Enough?

    It is my opinion that the majority of trail will be mud free. Go forth.

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    Ingles is definitely good to go. Til the next flood of biblical proportions.
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    How Long is Long Enough?

    I rode yesterday with a buddy, a couple sketchy lines and puddles but most all are avoidable. Wasn't bad at all and actually felt nice with the breeze.

    Today is horrible.

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    24 hours for each inch of rain. Outside of the first 24 hours, multiply x3.

    What does this mean?

    Rains 1"= wait 24 hours.
    Rains 4"= wait 48 hours. [1"+(3"x1)]= 48 hours

    If you're in the middle of this cycle and it rains another inch, return to go.

    Generally, this pattern works.

    Of course, sometimes, you just have to ride. When it happens, it happens. I did yesterday, but it was the first time on trail since before the 4th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Brown View Post
    24 hours for each inch of rain. Outside of the first 24 hours, multiply x3....
    That seems kinda complex, and honestly, it's hard to know how much it actually rained WHERE you are going to ride, and how that affects the trails (did it all happen in a downpour and run off, or did it soak in and make muck of things?)

    My rule of thumb is this:
    If it rains a little, wait a day.
    If it rains a lot, wait a couple or few days.
    If you just can't wait, go for it! You're gonna get muddy anyway.

    It's the old 80/20 rule...the trails dry out 80% in the first 20% of the time, but take forever to get to bone-dry...there's just no point in trying to wait for that.

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    I promise you, although people may be riding a little less, almost everyone here is riding.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbwnc View Post
    That seems kinda complex, and honestly, it's hard to know how much it actually rained WHERE you are going to ride, and how that affects the trails (did it all happen in a downpour and run off, or did it soak in and make muck of things?)

    My rule of thumb is this:
    If it rains a little, wait a day.
    If it rains a lot, wait a couple or few days.
    If you just can't wait, go for it! You're gonna get muddy anyway.

    It's the old 80/20 rule...the trails dry out 80% in the first 20% of the time, but take forever to get to bone-dry...there's just no point in trying to wait for that.
    Agreed, about the same thing, different words.
    Speaking of different words, you may or may not care, but somebody pointed out the origin of "rule of thumb" to me recently, I found it interesting.

    Rule of thumb

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    I'm definitely at that point! I haven't ridden this little since march.
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    Lately if you wait a day or two for the trail to dry out after a rain, you probably won't ride at all for another month or more.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Brown View Post
    somebody pointed out the origin of "rule of thumb" to me recently, I found it interesting.
    Rule of thumb
    I must admit I laughed...

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    Heavy rains can dry a trail out faster than a slower rain.

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    IMO, all trails should be "crafted" w/ run-off as th #1 priority in this day & time. The rain is gonna get worse as time goes on, if trails are built w/o this in mind they are going to stay closed more than they stay open, like the new Jacobs Fork trail in Catawba Co. It stays closed more than it stays open...waste of trail & effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    Heavy rains can dry a trail out faster than a slower rain.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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