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    Mountain biking in reading

    Hey what up everyone I just got a mtb and looking for places to ride in or near reading pa. Also would like to meet new friends to ride with.

    I just got me my first mtb. Its a trek 29er. And im looking to get on this bike as much as possible. Thanks for the help and any suggestions.
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    Welcome to the Congregation of the Church of Dirt!

    You've a number of options ... the closest two groups I can think of to you are the Lehigh Valley MTBers ( Home | VMB - Lehigh Valley, PA Mountain Bike Club ) and SAMBA ( Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association - SAMBA ), both groups have trail listings on their web sites along with info on group rides and such.

    Obviously, calling out here on MTBR is another good way to connect.

    Other groups with discussion forums you may want to consider browsing for group ride connections include the York area MTBers ( YAMBA.org - The York Area Mountain Bike Association - York, PA ), Philly MTB ( Forums | [PMBA] Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association - PhillyMTB have a nice ride-location map on their site that covers a lot of the tri-state area), Jersey Off Road Bikers ( www.JORBA.org | JORBA - You Dig? ), Mountain Bikers of Michaux ( Mountain Bikers of Michaux - Michaux State Forest is just west of Gettysburg and has some tremendous riding opportunities, MBM has a ride-start location map linked on their site), MTB NJ ( mtbNJ.com ), and the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts ( Home Page | MORE-MTB - MD, VA, DC, etc. ).
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    Welcome to the sport. What type of riding are you looking for? Cross ****ry? Downhill? You have Blue Marsh Lake near Bernville which is just a little north of Reading. Trail goes all the way around the lake and can be stretched to about 31 miles. Or you can do an out and back ride instead of a loop. Mostly rolling singletrack with some climbs. You also have Mt Penn which has roughly (if I remember correctly) close to 40 miles of all types of trails. Mostly singletrack with log-overs, rock gardens, jumps, bridges, and some awesome downhill specific trails. All the trails aren't mapped but it is pretty hard to get lost. There is climbing involved. May try to get down there this Sunday if everything falls into place. There are plenty of riders in that area that can show you around. There is also French Creek near Morgantown which is again mostly singletrack and rocky. Within an hours ride from Reading there is a whole lot more destinations to ride. Check out spots near Allentown, Philly. And there is some great riding above Wilkes Barre. One in particular is Moon Lake. Hope this helps. Also if looking for rides just post up here as well.
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    PS. Almost forgot. Check out Bamba (Berks Area Mtn Bike Assoc). They are IMBA affiliated and are looking for members to spread the sport.
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    Re: Mountain biking in reading

    Thanks for all the help I will check them all out. Bamba sounds good and its local.

    Not sure what k8nd of riding I will like best. Im going to try alittle bit of everything to see what I like best.
    I know I will be doing some single track to ride with my wife every now and then

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98whitemax View Post
    Not sure what k8nd of riding I will like best. Im going to try alittle bit of everything to see what I like best. I know I will be doing some single track to ride with my wife every now and then
    If you're just getting (back) into dirt riding on a bike, start easy and ramp it up.

    Less challenging stuff like Swatara, Nockamixon, Blue Marsh Lake, Wissahickon, some of French Creek, et. al. will help get you and your bike working together without over-commitment. If your wife doesn't (want to) ride much and is very casually interested these are great locations.

    Getting more PA-normal (e.g. rocky, rooty) next - Rattling Creek, bumpier stuff at French Creek, Rocky Ridge, Allamuchy, Trexler(?), et. al. is a next step. I highly advocate riding with groups if you're working on building skills - you'll learn more faster, and be safer for people being around to help you figure out stuff.

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    Re: Mountain biking in reading

    Thanks for the reply will check them all out

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    Mountain biking is an awesome way to meet a lot of people and build friendships. Group rides are the best because you get to ride with mt bikers of all skill levels. You learn alot and build confidence. No.one is left behind and its always a great time. Hope to see you on the trails!!!
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    Check out BAMBA Facebook page for rides! or www.berksareamountainbiking.org

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    I also live near Reading I bike at Blue Marsh most of the time they say Mt Penn is good too. I'm all way's looking for people to ride with I go out during the week and some Saturday mornings I work 2nd shift so I have to get out in the mourning.

    It would be great to get out with other rider's !

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    I live in Wyomissing and am looking to ride this weekend. I was thinking of settling for a road ride up mt penn and around blue marsh lake, but would rather hit the dirt, weather permitting.
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    Well as far as the weather is concerned this weekend will be snowy and rainy. Sunday may be clear but just above freezing. Brr. Soon though Ill be heading out no matter what Im getting the itch. Maybe since there are a few of us around Blue Marsh we should set something up. I can't get all crazy and jump off cliffs or anything, but Im always down for a group mtb ride.

    On a side note Im still new here too. I used to be on a forum with a car club and we often met up, went for cruises and cookouts. Had a real honest good time. I miss that.
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    BAMBA membership meeting Feb 19th at Canal St Pub 7 pm,come on out and meet other members talk shop and make connections for rides,and please join!

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    Is it just me, or does the http://www.berksareamountainbiking.org/ link not work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by techfersure View Post
    BAMBA membership meeting Feb 19th at Canal St Pub 7 pm,come on out and meet other members talk shop and make connections for rides,and please join!
    I guess this day-in-age I have no excuse for not googling something. Thanks for the heads up..
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    I would be more then happy to show you around at blue marsh I have ridden it the last two Saturdays it is a little cold now but the cold keeps the ground hard and it isnt to bad when it starts to warm up it will stay muddy for awhile. If u want to ride send me a message I never leave a rider behind and can ride a fast pace or slow its up to u.

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    Re: Mountain biking in reading

    Cool lmk when u are going out again. Im not afraid of the cold weather so just lmk and we can set something up

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    Sorry for jumping this thread! I am new to the forum and it will not allow me to start a new thread.

    I am just getting back into mountain biking and am building a new 29er SS. Trying to decide on tires and was wondering if there is a tire that works well in this area. Looking to do some XC racing.

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    Using Wtb Prowler SL 2.1 on my geared and a friend is using on his SS,medium tread but hook up well can take the abusive terrain we have here in Reading and rool nice.

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    Thanks techfersur, I have heard good things about the Prowler's. I will add them to my list of potential tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yz25086 View Post
    I would be more then happy to show you around at blue marsh I have ridden it the last two Saturdays it is a little cold now but the cold keeps the ground hard and it isnt to bad when it starts to warm up it will stay muddy for awhile. If u want to ride send me a message I never leave a rider behind and can ride a fast pace or slow its up to u.

    how would you feel about Blue Marsh in a couple weeks? what route do you take?

    Also, PASSMTBIKE, i use the conti X-King protection model 2.2. They work great.
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    Give me a heads up when you guys go out I would be interested if I don't have anything going on.

    Most of the time I go to the State Hill boat docks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NedsDead715 View Post
    how would you feel about Blue Marsh in a couple weeks? what route do you take?

    Also, PASSMTBIKE, i use the conti X-King protection model 2.2. They work great.
    Hey send me a PM we can set something up I am always up for a ride

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    I am 9 or 10 posts shy of being able to send PMs still. newish member to the forums.
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    I am riding Sunday meeting at 1030am church rd lot if u are up for a cold windy possible snowy ride

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    If you mean tomorrow, I will be at White Clay Creek State Park in DE. early start, 8 am
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    Re: Mountain biking in reading

    Anyone riding this weekend?

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    Looks like Bikergirl69, myself, Jkad and possibly a few others are hitting up Mt Penn Sunday, only day I can make it this weekend. Of course this depends on the weather. Keep you posted.
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    Sounds good I can do sunday

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    is anyone going out tomorrow?

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    There is about 8 of us leaving from the fire tower lot at 11am. We r all trail riders. No big jumpers or downhillers. Welcome to join us. We r from the hazleton and wilkes barre areas.
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    Be aware that conditions are muddier then traditionally on Mt Penn,please choose trails with care!

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    Cool,I'll meet you guys there.

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    I'd like to say thanks to all the riders who showed for sundays ride at mt penn. Thanks to our ride leaders. Great job by all and looking forward to the next ride. To jkad and friends : sorry u got there when we finished. We give u a guided tour next time. Lots to see.
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    For our first time there it’s obvious there is a passion for biking in the reading area, trails are well maintained. There was a lot to take in, and many trails to choose from, we rode to Rotory park and from there made a nice loop back to some sick skinnys & techy rocks.
    A broke seat post made for a looong standing climb back to the cars, but it was worth it. 7.11miles
    Looking forward to riding it again with someone who knows the terrain. If there is ever a “work day” my friends and I would definitely be willing to drive down to help.
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    had a blast on sunday cant wait to ride there again

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    I had a good time Sunday! Rocks, Rocks and more Rocks! Also went over the handle bars for the first time "GREAT"

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    Lol!!!!!Ive gotten used to doing that. Definately a great ride for this time of year. It was nice to meet more mt bikers who braved the cold. Thanks to our tour guides and BAMBA for the nicely groomed trails..Kudos!!!!! Lookng forward to our next MtPenn ride!!!!

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    Jim, sorry didn't get back to you I'm going to go over to Blue Marsh.

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    Re: Mountain biking in reading

    Hopefully I can join next time had alittle problem at my shop.

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    Does anyone know where I can find a map of the Mt. Penn Trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98whitemax View Post
    Hey what up everyone I just got a mtb and looking for places to ride in or near reading pa. Also would like to meet new friends to ride with.

    I just got me my first mtb. Its a trek 29er. And im looking to get on this bike as much as possible. Thanks for the help and any suggestions.
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    Also check out swatara creek state park some nice mtb specific loops there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeter44 View Post
    Jim, sorry didn't get back to you I'm going to go over to Blue Marsh.
    Berks County Parks has mostly spur road mapping for Anitietam side,couple single of track.Mt Penn is mostly ride and explore and is intended to stay that way.there are some marked trail like the Gravity Trail and can get a map from the Conservancy and a few others but no maps that I know of.best to contact BAMBA and coordinate a ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by techfersure View Post
    Thanks for the link as well. I'm a Wyo. grad from many, many years back and sometimes browse the PA forum. Following the link, I discovered that an old high school friend is listed as the contact for BAMBA, Fred.
    It is great to see that mountain biking has become popular in Berks County. In the early 70s, my dad was one of the founders of the BCBC (Berks County Bicycle Club), when I caught the biking bug. That was so long ago, Motobecane was a very high end ride. Now-a-days I'm nearly 100% dirt, and living in Durango Colorado makes that pretty easy.
    PM me if any of you Berks folks find yourself out here, I just may be able to show you a ride or two ... but I won't be responsible for supplemental O2.
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    Guy's, I'm going out to Blue Marsh tomorrow,starting at State Hill boat docks (top parking lot)I'll be there at 9:30. If anyone want's to join me your more than welcome!

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    Hey Jeter, which loop do you plan on doing? The whole thing, or just the bigger half?
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    you guys sure those trails are not hub deep in mud right now?

    i'd check before making the trip...

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    I thought I would start behind the rest rooms and loop around to the top where we started then maybe go over to the spill way and back.I can only stay out tops 1 1/2

    I biked it Tues.it wasn't 2 bad.

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    Hey a few of us are riding blue marsh sat 3/9 Meeting at church rd lot 10 30 am if any one wants to join us they are welcome we might do the whole lower lake loop approx 24 miles depends how we feel first chance at a long ride this year for most guys.

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