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    Jim Thorpe Thursday Night Ride

    As the title states, this is a night ride to build a cycling community in the Jim Thorpe area. The ride meets and starts in the parking lot behind the train station in the historic district of Jim Thorpe. The route of the ride includes The Switchback Trail, Flagstaff Mountain, and a "secret" decent at the end of the Flagstaff Ridge. Distance is around 19 miles and ride time is around 2 hours. The ride rolls from the lot at 6pm.

    The ride itself is an intermediate level ride to draw riders from around the Jim Thorpe area. The goal of this ride is to bring riders of different skill levels together to have a fun night out on bikes. If you live in the area, or are passing through, it would be great to ride with you!

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    jim thorpe thursday night ride

    Bikergirl69 and myself r going to plan on coming. I use to live at the base of the broad and have ridden Jt many times. We r looking forward to meeting and riding with new people. C u Thursday

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    That extra mile must be the single track we didn't know about. Thanks for the tip, hope to see you Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker64 View Post
    Bikergirl69 and myself r going to plan on coming. I use to live at the base of the broad and have ridden Jt many times. We r looking forward to meeting and riding with new people. C u Thursday
    aren't you in Hazleton now?

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    Sounds good. See you on Thursday!

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    I am so hoping to get in on this sooner than later... we have a 3 week old baby so I might have to wait, but I am testing the waters to get out riding again, this sounds fun!

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    This is bikergirl69 replying for mtnbiker64. Yes, he lives in harley/hazleton now. Looking forward to finally meeting you to ride. See you thursday. By the way, im the one with the two yellow labs that walks up seybert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikergirl6923 View Post
    This is bikergirl69 replying for mtnbiker64. Yes, he lives in harley/hazleton now. Looking forward to finally meeting you to ride. See you thursday. By the way, im the one with the two yellow labs that walks up seybert.
    HAHA, we'll have to do a formal introduction next time! so you are familiar with my outback parked in front. How'd you know that was me?

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    Mtnbiker64 noticed your bike and made the connection with your posts from riding jim thorpe frequently.
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    XjaredX, whenever you can make it, we will be riding. I am looking forward to having more folks on the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Huber View Post
    ....Distance is around 19 miles and ride time is around 2 hours. The ride rolls from the lot at 6pm.
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    That's averaging 9.5 miles per hour. At night. That's what you could call hauling a**.

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    Hope this keeps going, it pains me that so few ride anymore in Thorpe....when I lived in town there were a good many of us who rode all the time....Strubinger and I rode every day.....Love it there.

    Next time I'm home if it's on Thursday I'd like to ride with you guys if possible.

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    The loop we ride is the least technical ride we got in JT, but it leaves from a good central location, plus we can hit up a pub afterwards to catch some free music. So far the average group size has been three riders, maybe we get movin' a little faster sometimes, but that was just my estimate of the ride data.

    I have been living, riding, and training for races here forever. I have grown to enjoy not seeing many riders on the trails, but trail maintenance is tough with a one man gang!
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    A pub would also involve some kind of adult beverage. At least that's what I've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XCoalMiner View Post
    That's averaging 9.5 miles per hour. At night. That's what you could call hauling a**.
    I did this ride last week with a different group in a light drizzle, which was a mist when we started with no rain forecast. Ours was 18 miles/ 2.5 hours / 8.73 ave speed. And that was on wet trails with one flat. Once you get the huge climb to flagstaff out of the way, it's practically all downhill from there, as they say.


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    Also, there is at least one "out", bob's option, on this trail which cuts off about 6 miles or so, I would estimate. It's pretty gnarly downhill though.


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    It doesnt matter if the ride is long or short, technical or easy, it will be a great ride and an opportunity to meet othet mt bikers in the area. Looking forward to the ride!!!""
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    The soul purpose of the night ride is to form a night out for riders in the area, link up with new people, get a ride in, use those lights, and chat about bikes over a brew afterwards. The loop is a fun ride with a group or at your own pace gig.

    I have been racing bikes since I was in Junior High School and have been living in the area for just as long. This area is in desperate need for a mtb/cycling community and this ride was set up to get the ball rolling with that community. I'm hoping to branch out the night ride into an outlet to get some future groups together for trail maintenance and some weekend group rides on some of the more technical and dare I say "secret stash" trails that I have been riding for years. Not many folks are aware that the JT locals have added at least 40+ miles of trail, and/or trail connecting other trail networks since the state has "cracked down" on mountain biking in the early 2000's.
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    My riding buddies for tonight just cancelled, so I'm going to try to re-arrange my schedule to make Thursday's ride. 'Fingers crossed' - see you Thursday!

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    Amen to all of this Huber! Full support from the CCC and will eventually see you at a Thursday ride! #makingithappen
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    Werd, next week will be Halloween themed! Be there!
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    Great to see one of Jim Throrpe's finest lead the way...

    ...planning to bring a group in the future to ride with you Jamie

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Huber View Post
    This area is in desperate need for a mtb/cycling community and this ride was set up to get the ball rolling with that community.
    Definitely agree, and applaud you for making something positive happen. I'm looking forward to joining this ride when I can. I'm not in JT that much during the week, but I'm going to make a point of arriving early for this. Also very interested in technical weekend rides and trail work.

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    Nice to see some interested parties! It's a good night out on the bikes...

    What Jamie failed to mention is that not only is there a secret downhill section, but also a super-secret downhill section...which, clearly, is twice as fun as the regular secret downhill.

    Hope to see 'yous guys' there...

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    What's up Doc!
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    Any ride that ends at a pub is a good ride, right Koval79?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipless in PA View Post
    Any ride that ends at a pub is a good ride, right Koval79?
    You know me well!


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    Hi folks,

    I wanted to confirm this ride was on for tonight (Oct 18). Also, silly question, but where's the train station? Ah, nevermind, it is also the "visitor's center" which is number 9 on this map:

    Directions to Jim Thorpe PA - Visitor Information

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    Say Hi to the gang for me Mark, there's no way I could make it to JT for a post-work ride, much as I'd like to.

    If it ends up being a very regular thing I may take a half day at some opportunistic point to do so though.

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    The train station is in the center of town on Rt. 209. The ride leaves the lot at 6pm every Thursday. Bring your legs and your lights!
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    Oh, and if Lance is reading this thread, you are not banned from this ride, but you may have to put down "The Ultra" for $1.75 Lagers to rehydrate afterwards!
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    $1.75 Lagers? Well I know you're not planning on hitting JT's for beer...

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    Broadway Pub, $1.75 Lagers from 8-10 and free music from 8-11. Tonight is Broskey & Meyers, a killer acoustic duo from the Lehigh Valley.
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    I hope you guys have fun tonight!

    I'd like to make it some time, but it will be tough to swing since it's about 1:45 from either home or work.

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    That's a far drive for a 2 hour bike ride!
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    Awesome...biking and brews..a great way to spend an evening!!!!
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    Thanks for posting the ride. It was nice to meet everyone. I hope we didnt hold everyone up. I guess my legs were too tired for a back to back ride. We rode moonlake wednesday night. We definately want to ride with everyone again. A weekend ride would be nice. It was a nice night to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikergirl6923 View Post
    Thanks for posting the ride. It was nice to meet everyone. I hope we didnt hold everyone up. I guess my legs were too tired for a back to back ride. We rode moonlake wednesday night. We definately want to ride with everyone again. A weekend ride would be nice. It was a nice night to ride
    Great to finally meet you too. That climb is a killer. We were regrouping, next thing you know, short 2 riders. Since you're about 5 blocks from me, we should get in an hour or two weekend ride from time to time.

    Thanks Jamie for putting it together, we'll do it again.


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    Sure! That would be great. I normally don't mind those killer uphills. Befire I started mt biking, all I ever did was rode rides on my mt bike. Lol, guess I needed a fresh pair of legs and a lighter bike. No worries though, It was a fun ride and great opportunity to meet other mt bikers and make connections for future rides.
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    Hey folks,

    Had a great time. Wasn't really expecting quite the length (or the hills .. ha!), but man it was a great friggin' ride. Jamie, thanks for organizing it. Good to meet some new folks, see some people I only see occasionally, and see a few Moon types. Jim Thorpe's a great town -- I'm sure I'll be back.

    It was also a great Halloween (late October) type ride: dark, windy, middle of nowhere, unknown trails, unknown group (mostly) ... good stuff, way to make the (Friday) work day go by.

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    Nice meeting you all! Nice ride, and thanks for showing that singletrack at the end of the fireline, it was really sweet stuff. Legs are feeling it a bit today.

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    Thanks everyone for coming out for the ride! No worries on bailing early or thinking you were holding the ride up. We will be riding every Thursday from the same parking lot for now to get people adjusted to riding the loop. If we change the ride, I will post when & where we will be meeting.

    I plan on heading out to do a little trail work on the Shoreline Trail that we rode from Boat Dock B to the Mauch Chunk Lake campground. Just clean it up a bit, make it more passable for future rides.
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    Can anyone post a link or tell me the name to find those lights most of you were using last night. I think they were called bright and cheap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Huber View Post
    Can anyone post a link or tell me the name to find those lights most of you were using last night. I think they were called bright and cheap!
    Here is one
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006QQ...dir_mdp_mobile

    Or just google cree 1200 lumen. For comparison google magic shine.


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    Thanks! Found it.
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    Jamie, thanks for posting up the ride. Sorry we had to bail early. We will be in again for sure. I haven't ridden the ridge in about 5 years. Be nice to see again. Last time I rode the shoreline it still had a lot of stumps sticking up about 4 inches out of the ground. Any better now? Go on amazon and search Magic Shine or Cree. Super bright with several light settings and you can't beat the price. Mine and Debs put out 1600 lumen on high. Getting another 1200 light for the bars for the low cost of around $42. Can't be beat.
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    I'm in for this Thursday, 10/25.......I will be riding up from Slatington/Walnutport, doing the loop, and then riding back....Leaving at 5 from the Slatington Rail Trail lot......keep in mind, you'll need 3+ hours burn time on your light......If anyone wants to join up for the trip up and back, let me know. See ya Thursday.

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    Sending out the info for this week's Thursday Night Ride. We will be rolling out of the parking lot behind the train station at 6pm and heading out on the same loop that we have been riding every week. The loop consists of Flagstaff Mt, Fireline Trail, Switchback Trail, and possibly adding Shoreline Trail from Boat Dock B to Mauch Chunk Lake Campground. Ride starts with a 4+ mile uphill grade, total loop is 18-19 miles, ride time is 2ish hours.
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    Thursday Night JT Ride

    Is this ride happening tonight? Jamie, I sent you a PM

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    Yep, rolling from the train station parking lot at 6pm.
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    Not to speak for Jamie.....I know that I will be there.....Rain or shine...A buddy and I are riding up.....We know our way around JT so hopefully we'll see you there......Mike.
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    Thursday Ride

    We got stuck behind an accident on Route 903 tonight and then got detoured away from JT. No way we could make 6pm after that. Oh well - will try to meet up with you guys again next Thursday

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbxcrider View Post
    Not to speak for Jamie.....I know that I will be there.....Rain or shine...A buddy and I are riding up.....We know our way around JT so hopefully we'll see you there......Mike.
    You have a buddy?

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    Tonight's ride is a Halloween Ride! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.
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    Tonight's ride is cancelled! 11/1/2012.

    After talking to the other local riders, who are still dealing with power outages, we will resume the ride next week.
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    Forecast says 1-2 inches of snow in JT for tomorrow. Rolling from the lot at 6pm. Bring your winter shoes!
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    Riding tonight from the train station parking lot, rolling out at 6 pm. Temps should be in the mid 30's.
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    Doesn't seem like many folks are interested in riding on Thursday's anymore from the forum, but just in case, this week the ride will be moved to Tuesday night due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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    I haven't lost interest, my schedule just hasn't worked out.


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    Its a nice ride. Im sure when the time changes back and there is more daylight and the temps are mire comfortable...there will be more riders...I would like to do the ride again. And hopefully the entire ride.
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    Thursday JT Rides

    I haven't made it down there yet for one of these rides, but I am interested. Maybe I can make tomorrow's ride, if work isn't to demanding. I'll let you know.

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    Okay, I'm in tonight - same bat time, same train station?

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    After texting the regulars, most people are not showing up, so we are rolling from the lot at 5:30. Pace will most likely be a bit more brisk as well.
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    Guess that makes me one of the irregulars - ha, okay - see ya at 5:30pm

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    Thanks for the ride last night - good meeting you guys and I will be back for more JT riding. Joe

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    Good to have you along! I will be in contact for future rides.
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    I'm inviting a big group this week......Jim Thorpe is such a great bike destination....We need to spread the love. See ya Thurs.
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    How big we talkin' chief? Let peeps know that we currently have 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and it will most likely not melt by tomorrow night, hopefully it doesn't melt! You know the ride dynamic, I trust your judgement.
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    Bring your winter gear for tonight, it's going to be chilly! Leaving at 6pm from the parking lot behind the train station. Be there!
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    Will you be continuing these in the spring time?

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    Hoping to continue the ride sometime in the spring. Right now the conditions are super soggy and the night ride loop is under some heavy logging. Due to the amount of logging trucks driving on the soft ground, some of the roads that are used to link the trails are becoming too muddy. Bypasses are currently being configured to cut down on using these roads. I will post again a week before we start the ride back up.
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    Jim Thorpe Thursday Night Ride

    Is the logging affecting the main road that follows the ridge toward summit hill, or just the connecting roads toward the flagstaff end?


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    If you can picture it, the logging is affecting smack in the middle between Flagstaff the building and that mile long rocky singletrack. The duel tracks are being used by semi trucks to haul the logs so they are super rutted out and super soft mud. Heading up there later today to check out a route around that stuff, preferably cutting in a singletrack to keep us in the woods and out of the mud.
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    Jim Thorpe Thursday Night Ride

    Is this ride continuing yet?


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    Sure is, this Thursday, rolling out from the train station parking lot at 6 pm. Sorry for not posting earlier, but we will be there and be riding.
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    "preferably cutting in a singletrack to keep us in the woods and out of the mud."

    I would pay to see this. Until then, I will send a smoke signal to Dutch from Tunkhannock to bring this to his attention. Unless of course he is driving the skidders.
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    So is this still going on? I work for a local company and we have a lot of bikers in our ranks, I could probably show up with a couple people, some of whom have pretty intimate knowledge of the biking in this area.

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