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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    Hi,
    I just moved here (from Austin) and would like to learn what trails are ok to ride during/after a rain. Looking forward to starting off with more flow than super technical after a 10 month stint in Philly where I didn't get on my mtn bike at all - shame on me!
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    Most the stuff at DuPont is fairly sustainable.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Most the stuff at DuPont is fairly sustainable.
    And "flowy".

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    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    And "flowy".
    True

    Nothing there is really technical except for a little bit of on the Cornmill Shoals Parking side.

    Highly recommend Ridgeline, Airstrip, and Reasonover.
    (Ridgeline being my favorite by far along with most people I talk to)
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Great details for someone who's never been there before. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    True

    Nothing there is really technical except for a little bit of on the Cornmill Shoals Parking side.

    Highly recommend Ridgeline, Airstrip, and Reasonover.
    (Ridgeline being my favorite by far along with most people I talk to)

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    Depending on the amount of rain, the gravel forest roads in Bent Creek, N. Mills & Pisgah can be a good option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by readycpa View Post
    Depending on the amount of rain, the gravel forest roads in Bent Creek, N. Mills & Pisgah can be a good option.
    These are always good options. Little rain or big rain. Even no rain.

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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    I'll vote for bent creek, though turkey pen and mills river are a shoot down the road from the airport, literally.

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    Rode at Dupont today. Ridgeline was a blast to ride down. Every trail I hit was good, if a bit muddy in places. Thanks again for all the recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrimm View Post
    I'll vote for bent creek, though turkey pen and mills river are a shoot down the road from the airport, literally.
    Much Bent Creek is a total slop fest after a good rain.
    Same with those areas of Pisgah.

    Maybe you didn't understand the question.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Sarcasm, my friend, sarcasm.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Most of the good stuff out of Corn Mill Shoals parking lot at Dupont is surprisingly good despite the weather. I say MOST because there are a few really bad trouble spots. Cascade, Cedar Rock, most of pine tree and longside were all great.

    I know it's about the furthest option from Asheville though, so if I were you, I'd give it a day of dry weather then ride Laurel Mtn>Pilot rock. Laurel is well designed and fairly maintained and pilot is all rock so you won't be hurting anything.

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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Much Bent Creek is a total slop fest after a good rain.
    Same with those areas of Pisgah.

    Maybe you didn't understand the question.
    I ride in all conditions, regardless usually. BC was great today, the usual mud puddles and greasy lines, makes for great fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrimm View Post
    I ride in all conditions, regardless usually. BC was great today, the usual mud puddles and greasy lines, makes for great fun.
    You're awesome
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    You're awesome
    Rough life man, someone has to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrimm View Post
    I ride in all conditions, regardless usually. BC was great today, the usual mud puddles and greasy lines, makes for great fun.
    I ride in all conditions too, but I usually try to avoid the trails that are known for holding water/mud to hopefully limit damage to the trails. Not to be PC about it, but to protect my own selfish interest in the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick View Post
    I ride in all conditions too, but I usually try to avoid the trails that are known for holding water/mud to hopefully limit damage to the trails. Not to be PC about it, but to protect my own selfish interest in the trails.
    As I do as well, I ride the majority of the week yet like to come back the next day to a trail, not what once was. I seem to have an outstanding sense of common courtesy, knowledge and respect all while poking about through thy trails.

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    New to AVL - where to ride during/after rain?

    The truth of the matter is that we live in a place that sees a lot of rain. If you only ride when it's dry, you won't be riding much. You just gotta figure what to ride and what not to ride. It ain't rocket science.

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    I would suggest riding to Wedge Brewery, Asheville Brewing or Green Man. Or if you're feeling really ambitious riding all the way out to Oskar Blues.
    ​mountain biking is fun.

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