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    Swarthmore college trails

    Im looking for anyone who is willing to show me the trails at swarthmore college and smedly park. I've ridden here a few times. But I'm looking to find the best loop that I can make out of the two

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    Really guys? Nothing?

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    Maybe wissahickon then?

    Ok. How about wissahickon?

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    For the Smedley/Swarthmore trails, I don't think anyone you'd classify as regular riders there frequent this site.

    For Wissahickon, try the Meetup.com groups for the Philly area, plus the PMBA website. There are scheduled rides there every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. Plus the odd assortment of Saturday daylight rides.

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    I go there twice a week, and getting ready to head over now.
    I live in Brookhaven and ride the distance.
    I should be at the trail head behind the sports center around 10:30
    I stick to the main trail for the most part ( Along the creek). I do the loop thru smedley and ride the corkscrew then return back to swarthmore.

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    Won't be able to today. What do you mean by the main trail. Do you ride the technical stuff in behind the college where the railroad ties are.

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    Swarthmore College

    I'm not certain how many trails there are behind the college to be honest it's not as big as you might think.
    See below and attached. This is what I rode today.
    This is from my house in Brookhaven , thru chester park, wallingford leiper trailer, smedley park, thru the entire park into media, turned, around and rode back thru the park, along the creek thru swarthmore college, turned back around, went back to smedley, and then back thru the college, all using different trailers ( for the most part).
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    Nobody I know is too much into riding, and the few that are can't keep up...

    Always open to riding. .I ride year round.. Crossing Crum Creek in the cold is avoidable, there is a trail around the creek.

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    looks like a nice ride. looks like alot of the ride is on the road. is that right. what percent of that ride would you say is single track or at least in the woods on dirt.

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    Of the 18 miles I rode today..
    probably at least 5 or 6.
    From my house to the back of smedley via blue route trail is a
    pprox 7 miles.. I can make it there is 26 minuets..

    The blue route leiper trail is paved and at least a mile or 2

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    Is there any single track on that ride.I only have dirt tires and can't stand riding on pavement with them. I don't mind a little to get to the trail head. Have you ridden the trails at wissahickon( not forbidden drive)

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    The entire ride from Swarthmore College to Smedley is 100 % in the dirt.
    there is only 1 street you cross, and that's it...
    Wisahickon.. No,....
    Heading down to White Clay this weekend in DE.. Never been there before.. Heard there is a ton of technical to ride..

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    That's the section that I like to ride .

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    But I can never make a good consistent loop in smedley without getting lost & back tracking - or end up riding across the baseball fields - I'd be up for a ride after work one day this week or possibly Saturday if I don't have work, I'm good for about an hour or an hour and a half - any longer than that and my wife & kids are missing me too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrode View Post
    The entire ride from Swarthmore College to Smedley is 100 % in the dirt.
    there is only 1 street you cross, and that's it...
    Wisahickon.. No,....
    Heading down to White Clay this weekend in DE.. Never been there before.. Heard there is a ton of technical to ride..
    Are you going to white clay with someone who has been there before or are you just gonna explore on your own.

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    Night ride

    I plan to try night riding Tuesday around 6 PM on the trails off of Reed Road in Springfield. Let me know if you want to join me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikemcg View Post
    I plan to try night riding Tuesday around 6 PM on the trails off of Reed Road in Springfield. Let me know if you want to join me.
    Are they the don guanella trails across from the home depot. If so. I've been there once. Nice trails. Some creek crossings and steep short climbs. I'm not rigged for night ridding yet. I wanna learn these trails during the day first. Do you ride on the weekends.

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    DG trails

    Yes-usually at Brandywine but sometimes at Smedley and Don G if I am pressed for time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrode View Post
    Heading down to White Clay this weekend in DE.. Never been there before.. Heard there is a ton of technical to ride..
    They have a skills section but the rest is hardly technical. Miles of flowy trails.
    Bikes, lots'o bikes

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    to the person looking for a wissahickon guide:

    you really don't need one.

    there is one main bike legal trail that basically runs the length of the park on both sides of the creek. go explore! if you can't figure how to not get lost in the wiss; mountainbiking probably isn't for you...

    if you want a wiss trail map PM me and i can email you one i made a few years back but really it is not necessary...

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    I never knew there were trails at Swarthmore. I live in Philly and I'm a 20-minute train ride from the college (actually worked there a couple summers), would it be worth it for me to go out there and check them out?

    The Wissahickon is great. One important thing to know is that the closer to the city you get, the more technical the trails are. Further out there's more flowy stuff; down by the city there's a lot more big jumps and other tricky things. All fantastic trails though. And as was said, a map is not really needed. But I ride there from time to time with another guy (both on Surly Trolls), if you're looking for somebody to ride with feel free to send me a PM

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    On my own for now.

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    Damn
    Sat around doing nothing tonight.
    Wish I would have read this thread earlier..
    I would have joined.

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    Thanks for the heads up. I might just go for the heck of it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbphilly View Post
    I never knew there were trails at Swarthmore. I live in Philly and I'm a 20-minute train ride from the college (actually worked there a couple summers), would it be worth it for me to go out there and check them out?

    The Wissahickon is great. One important thing to know is that the closer to the city you get, the more technical the trails are. Further out there's more flowy stuff; down by the city there's a lot more big jumps and other tricky things. All fantastic trails though. And as was said, a map is not really needed. But I ride there from time to time with another guy (both on Surly Trolls), if you're looking for somebody to ride with feel free to send me a PM
    I would definitely go for a ride at Wiss. And yes in my opinion swarth more trails are very good and technical.not very long though. You can continue on into smedly park which is longer and more flowey but that's where I get a little lost and don't feel like I'm doing the best loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidrode View Post
    I'm not certain how many trails there are behind the college to be honest it's not as big as you might think.
    See below and attached. This is what I rode today.
    This is from my house in Brookhaven , thru chester park, wallingford leiper trailer, smedley park, thru the entire park into media, turned, around and rode back thru the park, along the creek thru swarthmore college, turned back around, went back to smedley, and then back thru the college, all using different trailers ( for the most part).
    I wanted you to know that I just completed the following workout:

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    Nobody I know is too much into riding, and the few that are can't keep up...

    Always open to riding. .I ride year round.. Crossing Crum Creek in the cold is avoidable, there is a trail around the creek.
    Thanks for the map. Helped me figure out how to connect smedley and the swarthmore trails.

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    Anybody want to ride today?
    I'm open for suggestions as to where..
    I was thinking of heading down to White Clay but could be convinced to stay closer.. Having problems with my middle ring on my bike + the added bald tire... Not certain I want to trek that distance until this is resovled.

    Let me know soon..

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    Im Working or I would be down. Sorry

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    Working too

    I would have but we were called into work and I just got home. Maybe next time...

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    Check out Ridebook on Facebook, Some locals can show you around the area, just post that you want to ride.

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    Heading over in a bit if anybody is interested.
    Was heading to White Clay but they have a deer hunt today so thats out.
    Get back to me soon, leaving the house in about a half hour or so.

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    Workin. Bummer

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    OK, no biggie, maybe another time

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    This saturday work is killing me. It helps with paying for Christmas though.

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    I don't have a map, but I will give you a tour, as I am one of the locals. The problem is, ski season is about to begin and my bike will be on the rack until Spring. If you don't find your way before then, keep me in mind and I'll show you around. You are going to love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfeaser View Post
    I don't have a map, but I will give you a tour, as I am one of the locals. The problem is, ski season is about to begin and my bike will be on the rack until Spring. If you don't find your way before then, keep me in mind and I'll show you around. You are going to love it.
    I will hopefully be riding Friday and saturday morning. I also snow board but the bike doesn't get hung up. It spends to much time on the rack as it is.

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    Anyone up for a ride tomorrow morning. I got off work. Looks like rain tonight though.

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    What time?
    I have to change a flat but might be able to make it..
    Ran over a thorn bush and perforated my rear tire.

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    I'm gonna go around 11. Slept in. Haven't done that in awhile. I have time for an hour ride.

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    Check out my activity on Strava: https://www.strava.com/rides/33466033

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    I'll be heading to swarthmore trails around 7:30 ish. If anyone's interested. I might try and expire smedly as well

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    7:30 ?????
    I might be able to make it. I have to replace another tire
    Ill text you early of I get around to fixing it early enough.
    Personally i prefer around noon in the snow sounds better by ill try.

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    Ok. Looks like the snow should start early. It might b closer to 8 but no later. I try not to impose on the the family time to much if I can help.

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    dont wait for me, i wont make it by 8

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    Did you make it out there. I broke my chain on the smedly side

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    Nope, had a flat and decided to switch out to a new tire.
    It took me all morning to mount. Pain in the butt. Not to mention my. Jain needs a good cleaning . Might try Togo tomorrow depending g how long this snow lasts

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    Do u ride tubeless. We had a good ride untill my chain broke. It was at the seesaw near Baltimore pike and turner rd. I never knew that stuff was there

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    Snow ride Sunday?

    I couldn't make it today but I do plan to ride Brandywine on Sunday. Let me know if you are interested.

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    Never been there. How many miles? What kind of terrain? Single track?

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    Brandywine State park Delaware

    A normal loop is about 10 miles. The terrain is varied and you have a lot of choices-flat and wide by the river, hilly and lots of single track otherwise. It is fun in the snow-I rode every snow storm in 2011 (the year we had 75 inches of the white stuff).

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    Riding tomorrow at swarthmore/smedley again. Should be there around 8:30ish if any one is interested.

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    Working, but might go tomorrow depending on how tonight goes..
    Usually work M-F 9-5...
    My bike is good to go..

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    Ok. It was a good ride. Took it to pine ridge station. The guys at the bike shop on 252 said theres another trail to pick up down the rode. I'm having a good time exploring back there. I'll probably be there tomorrow too.

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    Once I hit Pine Ridge, I don't know of any other trails beyond.
    I normally will ride 252 out to Ridley Creek from there and back towards home. ( again as part of my road work)..
    If you should come across another trail near there,please let me know.
    The only others I know of are out near Don Guenella..

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    I've ridden don guanella. But not in a few years. I drove down the street on pineridge and then followed it up the hill. There's a little parking lot and a trailhead. Looks like it runs along the west side of 476 down back into smedley to the back of the park. You can see on the map where pineridge loops around next to the park. I'm not sure if this is the part they were talkin about but it what I've found so far

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    At the top of Hemlock is the trailhead..is a trail it brings you out to either the soccer fields at the back of Smedley or one of the small bridges depending on which way you travel. ( I grew up in Wallingford.) One of my best friends in high school lived right on Hemlock..

    I'm thinking of heading over in a bit.
    Let me know if you have intentions on riding today.

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    Just finished up. Great ride. Found some nice downhill. We'll meet up one of these times

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    Did you know about the trails behind Jane lownes park.

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    This was my ride. Not sure if link works. First time.

    https://www.strava.com/rides/35137645

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    It worked, I can see your ride..
    You know that you are able to cross the creek it's only 6-8" deep. I see you went around it both heading to smedley and when you returned..

    Even this time of year I cross it, it's not to bad

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    I crossed it the other day on the swarthmore side if that's what your talking about.

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    Anyone up for a ride tomorrow morning. I'll be starting at swarthmore colleges south entrance field house around 8-8:30. Let me know. I'm good for 1-2 hours.

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    Count me in.
    I have a new oversized rear tire that ( i think ) going to work out ok..
    Just in case it does not I want to make sure I have a vehicle near by.. So I will drive over.
    I'll be driving an xterra. Meet you around 8

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    Sounds good. I have a black dodge 1500. I park at the end of field house lane in front of the indoor squash courts. ( I never knew what the building was. I just checked out the google map).

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    so what time 8 or 8:30 its your call.

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    8:15

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    Take your time I'm already here.

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    Heading out saturday morning if anybody wants to join.
    Thinking around 8 or 9 to start.
    Let me know.

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    I may or may not be in. I dropped a weight on my big toe and fractured it. I might have to take a week off.

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    Smedley is trashed

    County is tearing down the Smedley ramps and trails.
    Right now!!
    Spread the word.
    This is unfortunate but true

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    Are you kidding. I was just there this morning

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    county tearing down trails?

    Do you mean that they are closing the trails to biking? If so, have they posted signs or notified the public?

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    I don't think they are shutting it down, I just think that they are back there leveling all the ramps and anything deemed dangerous..
    Sad day for Smedley,

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    boooo. :-(

    do you mean the pump track area with all of the berms & jumps?

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    Not sure about the berms yet. But the jumps, seesaw and log ride are leveled. I'll chech it out later this week and see the total damage

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    Quote Originally Posted by emaisch1080 View Post
    Not sure about the berms yet. But the jumps, seesaw and log ride are leveled. I'll chech it out later this week and see the total damage
    f@¢£!!! that trail was a work of art.

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    Better craftsmanship than in my house.

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    Update

    All,
    We did a ride thru yesterday.. How could you not, it was perfect weather for a ride..
    The corkscrew is demolished and so are the ramps at the pine ridge trailhead..
    But that is it, the dozer seemed to stop their,
    The TRAILS beyond were untouched, it's an easy walk/ride.
    Wanted to throw this out there for those who once enjoyed these parts.

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    On saturday I did swartmore to smedley to Jane lownes. I didn't get a chance to ride through pine ridge. Thanks for the update.

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    If anybody is interested, I'm heading over to swarthmore trailhead now...
    Just thought I would throw this out there..

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    Heading over now if anybody is interested.

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    I went out Saturday afternoon. It's shocking to see the devastation @ pine ridge. Really sad, but at least they haven't killed all of it. yet.

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    I work right by swarthmore college , friend central high school. I've been riding at wisk and Belmont. Where does this trail start.

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    it depends on where you want to start. you could pick the trail up behind swarthmore, but the trail is rocky, rooty and quite technical, which could be fun or not, depending on your skill level. The bulk of the singletrack is in Smedley park. there are some wicked climbs, treacherously rooty sections and areas with great flow. you've gotta dig around to find the trails, they're not marked & it's not quite obvious that they're there.

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    Yea that is what I'm used to riding. Belmont to camelback to wisk, I ride everywhere. I just never knew there was a trail behind swarthmore. I'll check it out soon.

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    do some exploring on strava to find the trail. to connect from Swarthmore to Smedley, you need to cross a road & bridge to the other side of Crum Creek.

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    Thank you! Ill see how it goes next week

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    If anybody is interested I might go out tomorrow and or Sunday. I'm trying to get down to white clay time permitting .. Regardless I plan to ride one Swarthmore at some point this weekend since it's 2 secs from my house.

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    I might be down if it doesn't rain too much. Otherwise, I'm going to the Endurance Sports Expo in Oaks, instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I might be down if it doesn't rain too much. Otherwise, I'm going to the Endurance Sports Expo in Oaks, instead.
    I was there last year. Not driven towards mtbr . All road gear // runners..

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    yeah, I figured, but I've got free tix and it looks too wet to ride.

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    Went out today....
    All I can say ..........
    Muddy!!!!

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    that's why I stayed home.

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    I thought I had already posted this, uncertain if anybody has been back on the pine ridge, they finally demolished the remaining jumps.... happened about 3 weeks ago..
    Actually in my opinion, it's more dangerous with the way they left it then when it was maintained by the riders...

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    did they remove the berms, too? Bass-turds!!!

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    Everything!
    I'm heading over tomorrow morning just to do a ride thru again..

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    what's the point of even riding there anymore?

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    So... are any of the Swarthmore/Crum Woods/Smedley trails worth riding anymore?

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    there was a meetup there last week & supposedely a meeting with Delco Parks officials. Was anyone from here there?

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