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    Moving to DFW area from UK

    Well, happy (sunny) days. Moving to the DFW area with work. Bringing my bikes too (even happier days) What's the riding like? Will 5 inches of travel be enough/too much? Is it a busy scene?

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    Welcome to Texas!

    The DFW area has one of the largest MTB interest in the state. There is about a dozen trails in the area and you're generally within 15-30 minutes drive time away from one. As for travel, 5" is more than enough for most trails while also being over kill on some. Check out DORBA for a list of trails and trail conditions: Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association
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    Thank you, i'm looking forward to it. I've become a fair weather rider in the UK (it's done nothing but rain and snow for the past 6 months) so really mad for some nice weather! Admittedly, summer looks d*mn hot! Would you recommend tubeless?

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    I haven't ridden any trails in the UK (or EU), so I can't relay comparable trails. I think 5" travel will be "too much" for most Dallas trails. Relative to the trails that I have ridden around the US, Dallas trails are generally more flat. A good list of Texas trails and directions is at Mountain Bike Texas.

    On tubes, they are not necessary for the Dallas area. I ride tubes and the only trail I had consistent flats on is Sansom.

    On busiest trails, in my experience, Northshore is the trail where I often pass, get passed, or come upon oncoming hikers. Isle Du Bois is where I come into the least contact with other trail users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bish View Post
    Thank you, i'm looking forward to it. I've become a fair weather rider in the UK (it's done nothing but rain and snow for the past 6 months) so really mad for some nice weather! Admittedly, summer looks d*mn hot! Would you recommend tubeless?
    Get ready for 100+ or mid 30s(C) with high mumidity in the summer. In the winter it can and will snow. I am about 4 hours west of Dallas, there are trails that a CX bike will work wonders on and others where my Ellsworth 5.5" is very nice. I haven't road out in the DFW area, but there is a place with a super D course near austin. Trail System & Map | Reveille Peak Ranch

    Welcome to the great state of texas!

    ETA: Tubeless is a must where I live.
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    Wow, sounds er, different! i have a cross bike, so that may get some use with that too. Cut nicely into my 'should i sell my Whyte E-120 and get a Santa Cruz Blur XC thread too (looks like i'll trade!)

    thanks for the replies, see you out there!

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    More importantly, you have to find the right pub!!
    If you are married w kids, the frisco/Allen/McKinney area needs to be looked at along with coppell/southlake/flower mound.
    If no kids...dallas proper or Addison are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike_Ninja View Post
    On tubes, they are not necessary for the Dallas area. I ride tubes and the only trail I had consistent flats on is Sansom.
    Agreed, the only flats I've received is from riding off away from the trail.
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    Yep, with kids (and wife) looking for decent schools at the minute, pubs can be ridden to ;-)

    Hoping i'll acclimatise to the weather (going to be a massive shock!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by salscott View Post
    More importantly, you have to find the right pub!!
    If you are married w kids, the frisco/Allen/McKinney area needs to be looked at along with coppell/southlake/flower mound.
    If no kids...dallas proper or Addison are good.
    Hah, my two engineering grad sons seemed to have done ok inside the loop in Richardson isd

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    I second the suggestion to the Frisco/Allen/McKinney area. It's a good, safe area, lots of new development still going on. Plus you're close to Erwin Park, Northshore, & Rowlett Creek Preserve. All really good trails, although Northsore is my favorite at the moment.

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    Moving to DFW area from UK

    There are several locations for the Londoner....a pretty cool pub/bar. There is a brewery in dallas called Lakewood, and so far I have loved what I have tried from there (the Londoner carries their beers).

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    Lots of good trails in the area,very active MTB scene. I am located in Denton, cool college town about 30 miles North of Dallas and Ft. Worth. 5" of travel is a bit much for most of our trails. The young fast guys seem to go really well on 29er hardtails. I'm older at 51 and my f/s Cannondale Scalpel 29er suits me really well. Fill up your Camelback and bring your sunscreen! It's a huge metroplex explore it thoroughly before you pick a permanent location. Enjoy! Doug

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    Cheers guys, currently looking at Keller ISD. Also looking to get tubeless as i have seen some threads about 'goat heads'! i had to google them,
    but needless to say-they don't look too, er, 'inviting'!

    I have lock outs/pro-pedal, so i'll probably use what i have for now. Shame i'm going to miss the Fat tyre event in june :-(

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    Keller is a nice area,have several friends their. Keller schools have a good reputation. A little crowded for me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bish View Post
    Cheers guys, currently looking at Keller ISD. Also looking to get tubeless as i have seen some threads about 'goat heads'! i had to google them,
    but needless to say-they don't look too, er, 'inviting'!

    I have lock outs/pro-pedal, so i'll probably use what i have for now. Shame i'm going to miss the Fat tyre event in june :-(
    All right brother man...but you now have to spell it t-i-r-e and use y'all. Enjoy..

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    I live right by Keller...and yep it s crowded..I still ride my 160mm bike on a lot of trails around here and like most have said it is pretty much over kill..but I can not bring myself to part with it..my 29er HT seems to fit the bill for most everything we have around here..I run tubeless in all my bikes but really only ever had problems at Samson Park...Isle Du Bois and Johnsons Branch just north of Denton are some good trails...the area up around Denton is a cool area as well for living I would imagine...the summers around here can be a beat down for sure...but we still ride em..I just take more breaks than usual when it is hot and drink a lot of water...welcome to the Lone Star State

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    TIRE? That's what my phone keep trying to tell me too ;-) looking forward to it, Can't beat arriving in late June to acclimatise properly!...I am looking forward to leaving overboots and goretex winter boots in storage though!
    Been checking the weather (daily) it looks a bit fresh in the evenings, but looks perfect right now in the daytime. See you all in June!

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    Unless you will be in your car travelling all day or working out of your house, I'd try and live relatively close to your work. Dallas traffic can be brutal and your commute can take several hours out of your day, especially if you have to get on any of the highways that seem to be in a constant state of construction.

    I looked at moving to Denton as one of the other posters did, found some great houses at fair prices, but I'd have to go in at 6:00 am and leave by 3:30 every day just to keep my commute at 40 minutes each way rather than 1:30 minutes each way.

    The good news is that just about anywhere you end up living, there will be trails in your area.

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    You also won't be too far from one of the best trail systems in Tx, Cameron Park in Waco. Definitely would not recommend 5" of squish for it--what's that about 13 cm? Welcome to the states!

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    Here's a list of the local DFW trails.

    Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association

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    Timely post.... Seems like I'll be joining by moving back to ole Tejas later this summer.

    Sadly I didn't MTb during my last 10 yr stint there. Instead i raced karts up in Denton by the drag strip.

    So what are the trail in and near benbrook ft worth and adjacent loop up around to Keller and or down around Arlington?

    I have both a 120 and 150mm FS bikes which from what I recall will likely be overkill for the terrain there.

    What would be the "technical" trails with hints of all mnt action if that's applicable to Texas... I have gotten used to north Georgia Alabama trail riding like mulberry gap and oak mountain.

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    Well just read the post above mine... Sounds like big cedar offers some of what I look for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcko View Post
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    What would be the "technical" trails with hints of all mnt action if that's applicable to Texas... I have gotten used to north Georgia Alabama trail riding like mulberry gap and oak mountain.
    Sansom is probably going to be your closest trail and is between your Benbrook and Keller drive. It probably has the most elevation change next to Big Cedar.

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    I just read about the east texas trail. It picks up in farmersville, which isn't far from McKinney. It is 140 miles long all the way to new Boston in deep east texas. I read a blog where some guys broke it up in three days and stayed in b&b's and ate in restaurants on the way. I'm interested.

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    Oh boy, I may be Texas bound as well, DFW area. I just traded in my hard tail 29r for a 6 inch travel bike . Had my first ride on the SB66 today, if it's overkill, I can live with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by salscott View Post
    I just read about the east texas trail. It picks up in farmersville, which isn't far from McKinney. It is 140 miles long all the way to new Boston in deep east texas. I read a blog where some guys broke it up in three days and stayed in b&b's and ate in restaurants on the way. I'm interested.
    Check out this thread when you have some time: Group ride on the NorthEastern/Chaparral Trail

    They have their own FB page, also: https://www.facebook.com/groups/netexastrail/

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    If any of you newcomers end up in the Frisco area, give me a shout. I'll bring by a locally-brewed six pack as a housewarming gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Check out this thread when you have some time: Group ride on the NorthEastern/Chaparral Trail

    They have their own FB page, also: https://www.facebook.com/groups/netexastrail/
    The article from the overnight blog is what caught my eye. I am very intrigued by this trip. I would be more inclined to do what the blogger did, stay in a b&b and eat Mexican food. I think for the first trip, not having to pack and camp would be a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Check out this thread when you have some time: Group ride on the NorthEastern/Chaparral Trail

    They have their own FB page, also: https://www.facebook.com/groups/netexastrail/
    The article from the overnight blog is what caught my eye. I am very intrigued by this trip. I would be more inclined to do what the blogger did, stay in a b&b and eat Mexican food. I think for the first trip, not having to pack and camp would be a bonus.

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    I planned on doing the same thing. Work schedule is currently preventing me from doing so. It's still on my list, though.

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    The article from the overnight blog is what caught my eye. I am very intrigued by this trip. I would be more inclined to do what the blogger did, stay in a b&b and eat Mexican food. I think for the first trip, not having to pack and camp would be a bonus.

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    Moving to DFW area from UK

    Well that was reply fail x 3. Ugh.

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    Moving to DFW area from UK

    Lol, sometimes the site times out on me and I end up double posting. No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    If any of you newcomers end up in the Frisco area, give me a shout. I'll bring by a locally-brewed six pack as a housewarming gift.
    Beer......mmmm, Yum yum. Not clear where we will end up yet, Richardson, Arlington or Irving. Looks all to be close enough to Frisco though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joel63 View Post
    Beer......mmmm, Yum yum. Not clear where we will end up yet, Richardson, Arlington or Irving. Looks all to be close enough to Frisco though.
    Looks can be deceiving.

    I can name several good things about each of those locations. However, each is 45-90 minutes away from the far north suburbs of Frisco.

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    Just watched a you tube of the big cedar free ride area. Yeah! It will do.

    Actually the other videos for the rest of the trail system seem to show an overall terrain that is very friendly 29er country. Might have to trade my single track sled fuel for a Supefly or Tallboy 😉

    Keeping the remedy for that free ride area

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    Moving to DFW area from UK

    PSA for the day. If you partake of the local trails, please take a moment and become a paying member if DORBA(.org). Those trails are a direct result of DORBA and countless volunteer hours. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Looks can be deceiving.

    I can name several good things about each of those locations. However, each is 45-90 minutes away from the far north suburbs of Frisco.
    Ugh...... I'll be dealing with metro traffic again
    That little bit on the map is nothin here.

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    Take a road trip down to Austin some weekend. Better trials and a high concentration of really goos pubs and microbrews.

    There are plenty of reviews of texas trails on my site: AustinBike.com - Your home for Central Texas Mountain Biking - including some in the UK (I get around.)
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    http://www.austinbike.com

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    Cheers and as you know get prepared for sunblock and a sunny disposition. I have a soon to be brother in law moving to Dallas from Portsmouth, so we'll be visiting pubs, too. You can find through the dorba forums other blokes that like to tailgate after a ride in case that is your thing.

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    Not sure if 'tailgating' is my thing either...what is it?!!

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    Tailgating could be following someone in your car too close, but here it is drinking beer after your ride while still in gear and in the park.

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    Phew, that nearly got lost in translation! Sounds good in that case mmccurdy!

    @austin_bike, nice site. having a look now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joel63 View Post
    Oh boy, I may be Texas bound as well, DFW area. I just traded in my hard tail 29r for a 6 inch travel bike . Had my first ride on the SB66 today, if it's overkill, I can live with it
    I ride an SB95 and really enjoy it on most of the trails I ride in the DFW area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 50calray View Post
    I ride an SB95 and really enjoy it on most of the trails I ride in the DFW area.
    That's encouraging 50cal, yesterday was my first real good ride on SB66 after getting things dialed in, it's a killer bike and if I end up in Texas I'm hoping to find some decent trail with some speed and jumps.

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    I am possibly moving to the DFW area as well. I checked out some of the trails on the link above, but I didn't see a lot of information on elevation. I am not a big climber, but I do like to bomb down a few hills!

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    There are a wide variety of trails here, mostly concentrated in Dallas and Austin area. That's not to say there aren't others around the state that are awesome though. I've lived in Austin and Dallas and I give the Dallas area a slight edge over Austin though because of the length of the trails and that the majority of them were purpose built for mountain biking.
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    Most people who ride in DFW have hardtail 29ers. Including me. And I would suggest for everyone to go tubeless. Your missing out if you don't

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    Ok, so i made it. Going to live up in Keller, nice weather! Went tubeless and should get my bikes this saturday ;-)

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