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    I been looking around on the forums awhile now and decided to finally say hi! My name is Matt from the Ephrata area. I'm totally brand new to mountain biking and just started this year. To keep it short I got bored one day and remembered someone had given my father a bike because he loves collecting them. What I found was an old probably from 90's Fuji 800sx hardtail. The bike was never ever used. So after "fine" tuning it I headed off into the mountains.

    So far I've ridden: Gretna (5 times), Mt. Penn (2 times), and Camp Mack about twice but only the bottom half towards to Pumping Station. Sometimes I ride solo and Camp Mack for some reason scares me riding solo. I don't know if its the times I go usually around 2-7 or I'm parking in the wrong places but I rarely see other bikers.

    I was hoping to maybe get some advice on trails from other locals. Of the trails I've ridden with such little experience I've enjoyed Mt. Penn the most. I'm eventually hoping to get better and ride more down hill type stuff (sorry I'm new if I use wrong terms please forgive me).

    I'm also looking at buying a new bike. I'm really liking the Specialized Enduro or the Specialized Stumpjumper. What do you guys recommend for the trails around us?

    Hope to see others out there, I'll be sure to wave as you guys zip on by me!

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    Hi Matt,

    Sounds like your getting out a fair amount. Hopefully that old Fuji doesn't hold you back. If you're a beginner, I'd really suggest looking at a 29er, and think about picking one up used. You might be able to get a used 29er locally for under $500 with front suspension, disc brakes, and a decent "kit" or even a mail order BikesDirect.com bike for $550 and shipping.

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    Out in these woods you don't have anything to worry about. Solitude is bliss. You're close enough that if something were to happen, people would find you, and but you're far enough away you get the trail to yourself (some days). If you see a bear, turkey, or deer, consider yourself lucky because they tend to avoid us as much as they can.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I'm from the Reading area and ride Mt. Penn often.... Some of the best riding around in my opinion. Also maintained and built by some great and dedicated people.

    Next time you're up this way you should check out Neversink.... It's the mountain adjacent to Mt. Penn.
    It's more fire roads than singletrack but there are some great sections and has a bit more traffic than Mt. Penn.

    If you'd like a local to show you around sometime just let me know....
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    That thing that scares me the most on the FUJI are the vbrakes. I don't totally trust it. Is there real advantages from a 29 to 26? From what I read on the internetz lol is that you have more control on a 26? I like control. I really like those hardtails you posted but I'm looking to move into a full suspension. For $500 I could be a quarter of the way to one?

    I finally explored more of Mt Penn yesterday Eckstream1. Where do I park to ride around Neversink? Same place as Penn? I got to the point of the gravity trail where it crosses List Rd but didn't know where it went so I just kind of went back down Penn and repeated. I really enjoyed finding trails and just heading down and exploring. Found some 4 foot drops but.....I'm not quite there on skill level yet and I feel the bike is holding be back from trying those.

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    V brakes are ok.... I rode them on Mt. Penn and Neversink long before disc brakes were on mountain bikes.
    Learn and progress on what you have and upgrade as you get faster and better....

    Neversink parking is on Klapperthal Rd just off Perkiomen Ave.... And a 6mi loop can be ridden from there.
    Here is a map from one of my rides there...

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    Rocky Ridge (20 minutes from Lancaster) in York... make right at Mt Zion road exit.. --just be careful when you come back out the main park road onto that street again (cars come flying if you try to make a left)---

    But hands down (Rocky Ridge is like taking the Wiss in Philly)--adding 5 miles (and doubling the rocks..)---also it is Impossible to get lost (go to YAMBA and see the map)---

    also YouTube the trails...

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    I_Am,
    Im from just East of you in Downingtown, let me know if you ever want to hit Marsh Creek or others out this way.

    In regards to the bikes you are looking at I suggest waiting another month. The new 2014 lines will be announced in July and there will definitely be some positive changes. I am currently looking at:
    Enduro 29 SE
    Stumpjumper FSR Evo
    Stumpjumper Carbon 29
    And a full suspension 650b most likely a Jamis or Scott genius.
    Im trying to find the best climber with the longest travel so I can do XC and some downhill.

    My LBS (Loweriders) will be getting test bikes in to try out once the new bikes are released. I wont be able to make a good decision until i get on them and I suggest doing the same.

    In regards to wheel sizes 26" is on the way out and being replaced with 650b (27.5"). I would definitely look at the 650b and 29ers. I have a 29er hardtail and love it. The only time i notice a difference in handling is on tight switchbacks but the benefits more than make up for the reduction in tight turning ability. Please note that I have limited experience on 26" wheels.

    Also, I would expect the budget to start at around $3k+ for a full suspension.
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    New Guy from Lancaster Area

    I_Am, welcome board the dirt train.

    As far as new bikes go the best advice I have ever heard is try to demo as many different bikes as you can, in and out of your price range.

    29er, 26er, 27.5/650b, whatever. There are a ton of well made bikes on the market and it is more about the individual bike and how it fits you than the wheel size or anything else.

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    Ride the Fuji for awhile...so when you try other bikes you will have a good point of reference.

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    You're be able to get some deals on 26'ers. Look for a used one. Here is a nice prophet for a decent price and it's out your way (assuming the size is right). I ride a prophet so I may be a little bias It's been great though. The good thing about a used bike is that you can ride them for a year or 2 until you determine exactly what you want and recoup most of what you paid (if you bought smart).

    Super nice Cannondale prophet

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    Thanks all. Hit up Mt. Penn today. It was later in the day so I didn't want to venture Never sink and get lost. I think what I will do is ride thia Fuji until I save up about 2k for a bike. I'm only 5'5 and the bike is 19 inch. It does feel a little big.

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    Ebay or craigslist can be your best friend there. Ebay can be sketchy but just as a ton of questions and research the bike. That is a GREAT deal on that Prophet! I'd hop on that myself if I weren't broke .

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    Sometimes I ride solo and Camp Mack for some reason scares me riding solo.
    I ride solo exclusively, and last year the Ranger at Camp Mac got bit by a Copperhead snake..

    I would hate for that to happen to me (and have no cell reception)---

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    I use to ride the Wiss out in Philly daily when I was there for school, but since I've been back in lancaster the past year and half, I haven't really gotten much trail riding in. The only local trails I know well around here are Gretna and White Clay. I'm down to meet up sometime and get some riding in = especially around Camp Mack, French Creek, and Swatara if you know the flow of them (they're local trails I want to get to know better).

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    PA has copperheads? I haven't thought much of snakes at all as I assumed there weren't many poisonous snakes here.

    I passed swatara mtn this weekend. Wow it looks big. How are the trails there?

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    And some areas areas of PA have rattlers. Rode past this guy last year on broad mountain. It didn't even acknowledge us.


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    They're not everywhere but yeah PA has some poisonous snakes. The rattlers are pretty rare as far as my experience goes. Seen my fair share of copperheads but I used to live on a small farm and the small chickens and ducks would attract them.

    Ran over two snakes at Blue Marsh last year. No idea what kind but I didn't know what they were until they reacted. One tried to bite my tire. Just be aware like with any wild life.

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    I been pretty lucky to get out 2-3 times a week now. I love this sport and the work people put to trails around here. I am surely going to be looking for when there are trail clean ups.

    What I enjoy most about riding is every time I'm out I learn something new or pick up a new skill. My confidence is up now and I'm starting to feel the bike is holding me back. I want to ride harder and faster but stuff is breaking on this old bike.

    I also recruited like 4 friends. They found Mt Gretna more beginner friendly. I've yet to try Neversink how would that place be for my friend who I'm taking out for the first time this week?

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    I_AM, Swatara is a fun smooth romp. A few log covers. Easy to navigate (always turn right or left, don't mix it up, to hit everything and not get looped out). I believe SAMBA has a trail map on their site. Trails total about 9 miles.

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    Welcome! I'm pretty new to this myself. I'm from the etown area. I'd be interested in Merton up sometime and riding some trails. I really want to check out Swarta sometime soon. I've heard alot of good things about it. I need to find more ppl to ride with to. Currently I don't know anyone around here that rides. 😞 Lol.

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    pa9k, you should surf for the SAMBA and BAMBA bike clubs and see who is closer.

    There could be others. ;^)

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    pa9k, you should surf for the SAMBA and BAMBA bike clubs and see who is closer.

    There could be others. ;^)
    Hey thanks for the tip! I've been on both websites before but never new they had forums or anything. Basically just looking at events and trail maps. Guess ill have to check their websites out a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa9k View Post
    Welcome! I'm pretty new to this myself. I'm from the etown area. I'd be interested in Merton up sometime and riding some trails. I really want to check out Swarta sometime soon. I've heard alot of good things about it. I need to find more ppl to ride with to. Currently I don't know anyone around here that rides. 😞 Lol.
    Hey. I live in Ephrata area myself. I ride usually afternoons as my wife works second shift and I head out to ride whe she heads out to work =).

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    CAMP MACCKKK!!! Rode Camp Mack today. Was pretty awesome. Ran into about 7 people out there. Weird. Must be the 95 degree weather bringing everyone out. 2 of the bikers stopped and chatted with me for awhile giving me tips to some fun trails. Met this awesome dude that told me he's been riding since '88. I was like sir I was born just a couple years before that!

    Found one of the more trails I've ridden so far. Switchbacks to multiple drops to two covered bridges. Fun fun fun. I was too happy and overconfident I fell on the jeep track coming back! Good thing no one saw it

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    It would be nice to see a video of CAMP MAC trails (cant find on Youtube ever)--

    when I tried in the past, but I just never went there cause everyone I have asked about it has a different answer.. I have talked to folks who went there (whether they had a pass or not)--but have said there were areas they could not ride (Boy Scouts/hunting)--and I could never find enough info about them (especially a map even) to justify driving there (and buying a pass...)

    It just seems to me there is a Select group of riders who know it (and ride it)---and I just know Nothing about it (just what I have heard)--people telling to go (OR NOT to go..)

    --I there is something that has dates for Boy Scout activities (because one of the 2 guys who rode there I have talked to said he was PISSED whatever happened when he was out there with the Scouts... whether it was parking, where or where he could not ride whatever??)

    There is not enough Usable information for someone who just wants to ride there once to see what it is like (cause I was told you had better be with someone who has a pass)--and I AIN'T spending $40 for one ride when THE WISS, Rocky Ridge, etc.. are free here.. Or FAIR HILL cost $3 (on the honor system in the wooden box at parking place) to rode each time...

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    Yeah I'll work on that. I'm saving up for a new bike first and then a GoPro. I'll have to venture out more as well. Most of the other riders seem to know where they were going I was the only guy staring at a map. I asked the guy I had a long talk to about how long of a loop He can do in there and he said he does about a 21 mile loop of weaving through the whole place. I'm still too new and haven't ridden enough areas around here to compare it to others but I will be keeping track.

    I'm thinking of starting a blog/guide for noobs like myself. I find it hard just to know where to PARK at a new trail yet alone which trail to take for fun stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    I find it hard just to know where to PARK at a new trail yet alone which trail to take for fun stuff.
    Heard that!!

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    Still want to ride Gretna around 6:30 p.m. tomorrow?

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    I posted in the other thread, Im feeling pretty tired and sore after riding today so im gonna take tommorrow as a recovery day. Sorry to bail out on ya, hopefully no hard feelings. If that offer still stands ill take ya up on it soon, probably next week.

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    No hard feelings at all. And its only like 95 degrees lol.

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    No hard feelings at all. And its only like 95 degrees lol.
    Yeah, we only rode 3.5 miles today. So I'm blaming this on the 95 degree 60% humidity weather. Lol. Sweating is an understatement.

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    Better to park at Pumping Station during the summer. Restrictions can be found on the map and date list on the following link (click here) Keep an eye on SAMBABIKER.com for more info.

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    Pumping station is the only place where I know to park.

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    Anyone wanting a free "tour" of the trails at Rocky Ridge or William Kain parks in York, come out for a YAMBA Monday evening ride. 6pm start time every Monday. Rides alternate between RR and Kain. Check yamba.org for ride info.

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    Restrictions can be found on the map and date list on the following link (click here)
    OH LORD, folks were right! So for June, July and August (the best 3 months to ride) 1/2 the trails are Closed! And if you see any Scouts on the trails you can ride--You have to turn around and go back!! OH HELL NO!!!! And they want you to Drive to Ephrata Pa. to buy a $40 pass for This!?!?!?

    Then at other times you CAN ONLY ride on Sundays!!! --for $40 a year!?!?!?

    I will stick to THE WISS, FAIR HILL and Rocky Ridge, The Lakes, Mt Penn, Central Park in Lancaster (which is free to ride! AND I AM AN I.M.B.A. Member also!!)--also I have a residence in Philly so I ride the WISS for free also with my Trail pass... But in 5 years I have yet to EVER Even see Park Ranger, Anywhere there!!

    p.s. and FAIR HILL is on the Honor System (so guess it is free for anyone who goes also..........)

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    It's 25 for the pass, a small price to ride on private land. More than half the trails are open when when the scouts are there and they are the better trails. But if you don't want to pay anything there are other places to ride. Enjoy

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    I find $25 isn't bad for a pass at all. Camp Mack is the closest place to ride for me. Probably like 15 minutes away. I will be sure to post the more I learn about this trail but from what I've seen it has been fun so far.

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    heard it was like $40 (did price go down from a few years ago?)--that is when I asked around. ALSO is there any day you can ride for free? I saw 3 years ago they had a MTB day there with Bike companies (but I missed it then..)

    --Then, do you turn around when you see the Scouts (that would really KILL my flow!!!)----Then for how many months exactly can you ONLY ride Sundays??

    Then they have hunting season... We had an arrow fly by us at FAIR HILL a few years ago (did not know if they took a shot at us)--we looked to kill somebody after that but could not find anyone who did it!! Cause nobody yelled sorry!! So probably did it on purpose (So I try to stay away from hunting area..)

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    It was 50 and then SAMBA negotiated it to 25. The camp was also completely closed in the summer and SAMBA worked to open a portion of the camp in the summer.
    Scouts killing your flow....what happens when you encounter other trail users? Respect should be shown to all trail users...slowdown to pass and if you need to stop it not a bad thing.
    Check out the date on sambabiker.com for the dates you can ride.
    There is good and bad in every group. Personally I avoid the trails when open to hunting.

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    On the site it says turn around and go back (when seeing scouts)---

    THE WISS in Philly is Doubletrack (so enough room to pass there.) Rocky Ridsge I see few people, Fair Hill I see few horses (and 100+ miles of trails there, see few riders also..)

    But with Not being able to find any info about this place from anyone in Central Pa. (from riders I have ridden with, to local bike shops I had called..) The only map they Did Not have was for Camp Mac. I even called the Green Mountain place where you buy the pass (2 years ago) and they did not even know if/when there would be another trail day where you could ride for free. Just a lot of unknown there for folks, but seems like a real trail in the area (but I will just stick to Gretna--places everyone knows about..)

    Plus always wondered why no YouTube of any ride there? I have seen maybe 2-3 pics in 3 years of the trail there. BUT IT WOULD be nice to ride a free trial there sometimes?? Then I could make a better decision (seems like they WOULD do that is they were trying to attract bikers)--like most places do cause bikers spend money for local economy (but guess they don't need $$ in that area????)--I just don't know..

    But I got more info in this Thread than I ever got about Camp Mac before..

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    I agree and disagree with you on some points on Camp Mack. I agree that as a starter it was hard to get information on this place. But it wasn't impossible. Like others have said you can get a map off sambabiker.com. I also asked the shop owner about where to go when I did go there. He just said ride up then find your way down to Horse Shoe people like it because its very technical. I was kind of bummed out by his directions. But as I start to bike more I'm beginning to understand that is hard to give directions to someone completely new to a trail.

    Though it has been hard to find information on the web I will say however my last trip to Camp Mack on a Wednesday evening of all days I ran into 7 or so bikers out there. I had one quick conversation for directions and one lengthy conversation about the entire place with a rider. Everyone I passed there was really nice and respectful (as most places I assume).

    I'll post a map of where I have ridden so far. Which isn't much. But the one trail called Spring Trail has been one of the best trails I've ridden in my little time of riding so far.

    So I agree with you that it is near impossible finding information on this place. But with my interactions with the ones who have they are really nice people. Also if you look at the map below it says during Camp Season stay on the green trails. I don't know about you but to me that's plenty enough to ride for now.

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    Parking: Off 322. There's two places to park. One is by this big sign that says HUNT SAFELY or go across the bridge and there is a bigger parking lot there where most people park. Then ride back to where the HUNT SAFELY sign is. Go up the trail there and you will hit the first trail Explorer trail. Take a left and go up the mountain and find various ways to go down. I've only ridden Spring Trail. My bike was giving me issues so I had to turn around but it was great riding.

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    Anyone wanting a free "tour" of the trails at Rocky Ridge or William Kain parks in York, come out for a YAMBA Monday evening ride. 6pm start time every Monday. Rides alternate between RR and Kain. Check yamba.org for ride info.
    I was gonna attend the rocky ridge group ride tommorrow, but now it looks like rain. Thumbs down.

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    I think the next group ride at Rocky Ridge is August 5th as per their website calendar.

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    Just did Neversink today. Nice scenic trails. Not technical but great for beginners. I took two buddies who were either a first timer or second timer and they thought it was enjoyable. I think I took a wrong turn however as we had to make this climb up a super vertical route that was covered with loose rocks. Impossible to climb so we just carried our bikes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM View Post
    I agree and disagree with you on some points on Camp Mack. I agree that as a starter it was hard to get information on this place. But it wasn't impossible. Like others have said you can get a map off sambabiker.com. I also asked the shop owner about where to go when I did go there. He just said ride up then find your way down to Horse Shoe people like it because its very technical. I was kind of bummed out by his directions. But as I start to bike more I'm beginning to understand that is hard to give directions to someone completely new to a trail.

    Though it has been hard to find information on the web I will say however my last trip to Camp Mack on a Wednesday evening of all days I ran into 7 or so bikers out there. I had one quick conversation for directions and one lengthy conversation about the entire place with a rider. Everyone I passed there was really nice and respectful (as most places I assume).

    I'll post a map of where I have ridden so far. Which isn't much. But the one trail called Spring Trail has been one of the best trails I've ridden in my little time of riding so far.

    So I agree with you that it is near impossible finding information on this place. But with my interactions with the ones who have they are really nice people. Also if you look at the map below it says during Camp Season stay on the green trails. I don't know about you but to me that's plenty enough to ride for now.

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    Parking: Off 322. There's two places to park. One is by this big sign that says HUNT SAFELY or go across the bridge and there is a bigger parking lot there where most people park. Then ride back to where the HUNT SAFELY sign is. Go up the trail there and you will hit the first trail Explorer trail. Take a left and go up the mountain and find various ways to go down. I've only ridden Spring Trail. My bike was giving me issues so I had to turn around but it was great riding.
    I'm pretty sure that the SAMBA site comes up in Google for Camp Mack along with me. Under Mack contacts you can ask me any question you would like. I'm pretty sure the map and list of dates is as easy to follow and not really an issue with most reasonable people. The whole if you see scouts turn around is because one persons "I was not going fast when I past them" is anothers "these bikers blew past us".

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    The next group ride atRocky Ridge is Mon, Aug 5 at 6pm. Or join us next Monday, 7/29, at William Kain - aka the Lakes- at 6pm. We had a nice ride tonight just before the thunderstorms started.

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    Hey Dan,

    Good to hear the MNR's are still going on, the YAMBA forums has been pretty dead.

    How's the pace? Is it a true beginner pace, or just a no drop ride? I like to ride with a group/few people, but I don't want a begginner pace.

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    New Guy from Lancaster Area

    Is it open to anyone, or just Yamba members?

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    Anyone can attend a YAMBA ride for the first few times. If you are going to regularly attend, we ask that you consider becoming a member.

    As for the pace, we cater that to those that attend. If true beginners show up, we will have a slow pace. Last night was somewhat intermediate/social pace but the distance was more than most Monday rides. If we end up with a large group (which rarely happens) we would divide it into two groups -one beginner and one intermediate.
    Last edited by danw155; 07-23-2013 at 05:46 PM.

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    Thanks.

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