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    Passion for Leafy Trails and Seasonal Variability

    I love it that my local trails receive little maintenance and so accumulate leaves during the autumn. Riding the same 30 miles of trails 80% of the time can become boring, so seasonal variations in the terrain are welcome, even though they might make for a bit slower riding at times.

    Apparently not all feel like this. The local mtb non-profit likes to wage war against the leaves and rather than riding or building new trails, they'll walk around with noisy gas powered leaf blowers. They say that leaves can obscure bumps...

    Anybody else enjoy seasonal changes in terrain?

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    I hate leaves...
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    We had a movement this year to leave the leaves on the trails in our area. It went well. I like the seasonal variability, too.

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    Seasonal variability for the win. Leaves - not so much. Funny though, I don't seem to mind them when I'm on a fatbike.

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    I'm not crazy about riding in them when they first come down, mainly because it is dangerous riding. Unless they are in a spot where the wind accumulates them I see no reason to remove them. Usually after 2 or 3 weeks the busy trails are burnt in, a little longer for the lesser used trails.

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    Leaves on the trail, just the way fall is here..

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    The leaves aren't too bad. It's when it rains on those piles of leaves that it gets interesting (read: really, really slow...).

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    There are about 45497598347987 MTBR threads on this right now.

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    It's been so wet here, the leaves actually help. Better than riding in mud! I have been falling more, but at least it is on a soft slick surface.

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    Not so much this fall. Repeated rains are making my nearby trail unrideable. But definitely enjoying the pops of color here and there from the red oaks and sumac.

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    I like the variation and don't mind the leaves unless I'm running the trails which I do all the time. I just have to slow down and pay attention to avoid twisting an ankle. Still beats the gym.
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    Ban the leaf blowers!

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    This article doesn't talk about seasonal variability, but it's right on!
    The McDonalds of Trail Building: Standardizing Mountain Bike Trails | Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

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