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    Valley Cycles Thursday Ride



    Who: Whoever wants to show up with a bike, helmet, and a light
    What: Ride bikes on trails
    Where: Start at Valley Cycles in Plains to Kirby Park
    When: Every Thursday Night
    Why: Food + Ride = Good time

    Thursday night is getting off the roads and into the trails for the fall. We’ll be leaving from the shop, and taking the levee to the very smooth and fun Kirby Park Trails. The trails are a lot of pedaling without too much technical. A good workout for more advanced riders, while still being a great spot for beginners. As always we will return to the shop and head over to the River Street Jazz Cafe for the post ride fun.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Looks like we're gonna have to cancel for tonight. All day all night rain put a "damper" on the trails down there! Pun intended... Check our FB page for next week. Looks to be dry...
    Some of us will prob just hit up the Moon around 6:30
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Awesome ride

    The weather finally held out for our ride.
    It was a great time riding the trails and motocross track by the river, the singletrack was tight and twisty.
    And you can't beat the FREE Pasta Buffet after the ride with homemade bread and Salad, and there's usually a band playing at the River street Jazz Cafe, good times, join us for a ride.
    A big bonus they usually open the shop after the ride, so if you broke something or need a part you can get it.

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    Good turn out! Be there next week!

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    nice vid never rode the tunnel under peirce st (i'm guessing)
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    Quote Originally Posted by t0pcat View Post
    nice vid never rode the tunnel under peirce st (i'm guessing)
    Yep, thats the one, it's pretty cool to ride through
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    Had a good time, thnx for hosting!

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    Spent more time than I want to admit (5 hours) working on the Nesbit Park singletrack.
    Weed wacked the trail
    Leaf blown
    Cut big head level trees
    Cut face slappers
    Logged and dirt ramped that big tree crossing
    Dirt ramped that other big tree in the turn
    Cut out the tree overhand in the big dip, filled it in with dirt, and cleaned out the upside.
    Orange marker paint on the remaining low trees and other trees
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    Thanks Chuck! Amy and I spent some time at the Moon today cleaning up some blow downs and flipping rocks here and there. I'd like to get down and cut some trail by the Hondas to keep us of the the moto trail and generally higher up to keep us out of the mud. Do like a perimeter trail then we can use the moto where it's dry to give is other loop options.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Forgot to say I put in a short new section also, in the begining instead of ducking under that tree, we go right just before the downhill, runs next to the river, over a double root crossing, then swoops back to the left, crossing the main trail go straight up the hill, quick right around a tree, down a short hill, and a off camber right turn, couple flowy turns then a left back out on the main trail.
    There's another whole loop we can open up (allready there) off to the left of the one we have been running, might take a little work, better if at least two people are there, I never felt comfortable over there all day, allways looking over my shoulder.
    Found the reason the trails are as open as they are, Wilkes cross country runners use it to practice on.
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    Where is the Nesbitt Park single track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardman27 View Post
    Where is the Nesbitt Park single track?
    Oh bearded one!
    Opposite side of the Market street bridge from Kirby park is Nesbitt park
    Go through the park towards Pierce street bridge, after you go under the bridge straight ahead is the woods, the entrance to the trails is the path on the right.
    Not very long but fun, I cleared the trail all the way down to the train bridge.
    I'll also ride this trail in the Winter when the snow flies it's a blast and close.
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    Valley Cycles Thursday Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Oh bearded one!
    Opposite side of the Market street bridge from Kirby park is Nesbitt park
    Go through the park towards Pierce street bridge, after you go under the bridge straight ahead is the woods, the entrance to the trails is the path on the right.
    Not very long but fun, I cleared the trail all the way down to the train bridge.
    I'll also ride this trail in the Winter when the snow flies it's a blast and close.
    Thanks, Chuck!!! Never knew that was there...I will have to check it out. Today, Brandon and I are heading up to da Moon!!!
    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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    See everyone tomorrow at 5:29pm!

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    Valley Cycles Thursday Ride

    Did someone say motocross track? Where is that?
    Waging war on my pedals every chance I get!!!

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by motoman465 View Post
    Did someone say motocross track? Where is that?
    Black Bridge!

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    Great turnout last night I think we had 13 or 14 riders.
    The refurbished Nesbit singletrack is now really fast and fun!
    Great time as allways.
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    Did a killer job Chuck! Was fast and fun!

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    Thanks, it was really fast and flowy going through there last night, now we need to make an upper loop.
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    Couldn't sleep this morning, so I put in a whole new section of trail.
    It looks like a mini motocross track but no jumps! Plenty of fast quick turns, even a couple high banked turns.
    Hope it survives the rain.
    I ran it in a bunch of times today, it is an absolute blast!
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    I guess we need to re-name the park! Estock Park it is!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Got-Bike!! View Post
    I guess we need to re-name the park! Estock Park it is!!
    It can be called Valley Cycle Trails, I just want everyone to enjoy them on Thursday nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Couldn't sleep this morning, so I put in a whole new section of trail.
    It looks like a mini motocross track but no jumps! Plenty of fast quick turns, even a couple high banked turns.
    Hope it survives the rain.
    I ran it in a bunch of times today, it is an absolute blast!
    That is awesome! Won't be riding it this week unfortunately, but can't wait to rock it!

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    Tom and myself cleaned the trails today after the storm, couple BIG trees down and one re-route, we even opened up a new section, the trail now starts right at the bridge on the right.
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    Thanks DR6 - looking forward to my Thursday night ride!

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    Is the start time 5:30? I have two bikes:
    Klein Attitude 26" Hardtail
    Gary Fischer Rumblefish 29er Full Suspension

    Have not ridden this year. But in good shape. Which bike do you suggest for this type of ride? Thanks in advance.

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    KPS: both will be fun, but being Attitude...I haven't seen one of them in years!

    I have not heard of a time change.


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    Me to, hope the weather holds out.
    Couldn't believe how nice and dry the trails were over there.
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    Ride is on for tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kps88 View Post
    Is the start time 5:30? I have two bikes:
    Klein Attitude 26" Hardtail
    Gary Fischer Rumblefish 29er Full Suspension

    Have not ridden this year. But in good shape. Which bike do you suggest for this type of ride? Thanks in advance.

    Most of the trails are smooth and fast, but the Rumblefish might be fun on the Motocross track section of the ride
    As far as I know the ride starts at 5:30
    When we do the new section, I would like to then turn around and run it backwards to add some trail time to the ride, it flows good both ways.
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    Perfect crisp night for a ride, I think we had 15 riders!
    Great turnout, fun ride.
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    always a good time nice job on the trails chuck

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    Thanks Justin, they are getting really fast and flowy.
    Dave made a sugestion of putting berms in the new section, if we get a few people together we can make that happen in a couple hours.
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    They keep getting better and better Chuck! Is it Thursday yet?

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    So apparently Chuck can't leave well enough alone. He has to make it even better!! Berms in the turns!! Theres no stopping him now. Guess we'll have to run the trail ride all summer too. We'll put in some jumps as well as some wooden features.
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got-Bike!! View Post
    So apparently Chuck can't leave well enough alone. He has to make it even better!! Berms in the turns!! Theres no stopping him now. Guess we'll have to run the trail ride all summer too. We'll put in some jumps as well as some wooden features.
    Not sure how the berms will work as I had no bike with me to try them, probably going to have to build them up more.
    It would be easy to add features such as rollers or jumps, the dirt is so easy to dig, I did add a mound to one of the uphills, that would be a small downhill jump running it backwards.
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    Bikergirl and myself are going to make it this Thursday. We should get right around 5:45, provided I don't run into any problems on my 1.5 hour ride home from work. Why do we have to work? Couldn't or shouldn't we be able to get paid for riding all day?
    LOVE THE RIDE!

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    The ride never leaves until 6 anyway! Looks like a bigger crowd this week! Should be fun as hell!!
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Gary another guy from my work said he is finally going to join the ride.
    He has a Pugsley that he bought after seeing mine.
    This is going to be an eye opening experience for him, as he is a casual double track rider, I'll probably hang back with him some of the ride and see how he does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Gary another guy from my work said he is finally going to join the ride.
    He has a Pugsley that he bought after seeing mine.
    This is going to be an eye opening experience for him, as he is a casual double track rider, I'll probably hang back with him some of the ride and see how he does.
    Im sure he'll adapt pretty quickly! If not there's plenty of booze after to mend his wounds...
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got-Bike!! View Post
    Im sure he'll adapt pretty quickly! If not there's plenty of booze after to mend his wounds...
    I have to take it easy on him, he's my boss! (and friend)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    I have to take it easy on him, he's my boss! (and friend)
    Get him drunk before-hand so he relaxes for the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    Get him drunk before-hand so he relaxes for the ride.
    There's an idea!
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    What a fun ride!!!!A nice change for a night ride!! The trails were fun even though it was wet and muddy!! Great job on the layout!! Looking forward to coming back. Next time we plan to stay for rhethe drinks and pasta and " aftr the ride" chit chat!!!
    Don't Limit your Challenges...Challenge your Limits!!!!!

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    I hung back with Gary all night to keep an eye on him and give a few pointers, for his first time on trails and singletrack he did great!
    On his first try at the big tree over he cought a pedal and almost endoed, on the way back he tried it again and went right over!
    Said he had a great time, hopefully he'll join us again.
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    Love those trails Chuck

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    Dave and Chuck, great ride last night. Could've used 4 wheel drive thru some areas but glad I made the ride. Will definitely do it again.
    LOVE THE RIDE!

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    I had no problem in the mud last night.

    What was the final count last night?
    I think we has 22 riders?

    Was really cool all the lights going through the woods on the switchbacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker64 View Post
    Dave and Chuck, great ride last night. Could've used 4 wheel drive thru some areas but glad I made the ride. Will definitely do it again.
    I have no mud on my bike!
    ahh...the sound of my hub when I coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got-Bike!! View Post
    I have no mud on my bike!
    You probably use so much cleaner and polish to shine that beauty up that the mud wont stick to it!
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