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    San Antonio folks! Check in.

    Figured they need to start this for every major biking city here in TX. Austin etc...

    I will start because, hey I am in SA...(wishing I was back in Cali but none-the-less).

    My name is Rob. I moved here from SoCal and before that Golden, Colorado. I have been riding a while, but new to hill country riding.. but liking it so far.

    anyways

    Rob NW San Antonio
    Spots - OP Schnabel, Govt Canyon and soon Flat Rock.

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    Ne san antonio here!

    live in universal city. ride OP been to ...gov. canyon, mac, flatrock, mudcreek. lived in peoria IL before so this terrain is definately dif lol

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    Hey Rob!

    I'm a Trail Patrol out at Govt Canyon and ride it weekly. One of the best trails in south Texas. Lots of different ways to ride the canyon but here is my favorite.

    1. Enter back country on JJR (by the bridge) and head up to Recharge (first right)
    2. Take Recharge all the way out to Far Reaches (end of trail on your left)
    3. Far Reaches to Crossroads (intersection of Sendero/FR/Wildcat Canyon)
    4. Take a right onto Sendero Balcones and ride it to the end (very end)
    5. Sendero drops you out at the end of JJR, ride this down to Savannahs Loop
    6. Take Savannahs Loop and enjoy the downhill bombing run once you reach the top!
    7. Drops you back onto JJR, take a right and tear your way back to the asphalt

    Other notable local rides:

    OP Schnabel - start at the head end at a little park off of Babcock at the bridge
    Salado Creek 1604 to Blanco and back - start at Blattman Elem off 1604

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    If you ever get up to Austin, drop me a line and I'll give you a tour. My site has some san antonio stuff as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXGiant
    Figured they need to start this for every major biking city here in TX. Austin etc...

    I will start because, hey I am in SA...(wishing I was back in Cali but none-the-less).

    My name is Rob. I moved here from SoCal and before that Golden, Colorado. I have been riding a while, but new to hill country riding.. but liking it so far.

    anyways

    Rob NW San Antonio
    Spots - OP Schnabel, Govt Canyon and soon Flat Rock.
    Welcome to SA Rob,

    The Texas Hill Country is a little different that SoCal. We have some good stuff here. Living near OP and Gov't Cheese you are fortunate.

    You need to check out Flat Rock, 30ish miles of sweet TX singletrack.

    And if you enjoy Gov't Cheese you need to head out to HCNA

    Other notable links to check out include....

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    TMBRA

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    And lastly, on occasion several of us venture up to Austin. An hour in the car puts you at the Greenbelt or Emma Long/City Park. John (Austin Bike) is a good host for a Greenbelt ride. Pack a sandwich.
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    Hey Rob I'm here in S.A. I ride O.P. every Saturday. Look for the blond chick on the fully spec'd green and chrome Balance al-550.

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    Sweet, glad to see that there are a bit of riders out here. I was beginning to worry that the city was filled with the Bill Miller eating, non exercise, too hot and too lazy type. (I do not mean to stereo-type either). DJ Siryn. I ride on Saturdays as well. I usually either go do the Bandera Bridge loop or go up to Baumburger (sp?). Anyways, glad there are some riders here, Now lets get a ride together.

    SACanyonman. I will have to try that route, seems alot easier on the Sendero side. I usually go up JJR, then Across to Sendero, then down Wildcat Canyon.

    Austin Bike: I was going to go to Austin this Weekend for my friend is a Roadie and has a race this weekend for charity. That was till my church is having a father-son camping trip and what can I say, spend some quality time with my son is not ever gonna be passed up.

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    one more thing, can someone who is on the bikemojo.com site email the admin to get the registration working correctly, I cannot register for it continues to say I have not entered in the Spam verification correctly, even though I am 100% positive I did, have and continue to do so. Cleared cookies and tried again and still with same results. TIA

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    Im right here in Fischer! Just north of SA by about 40 miles on 281. About 18 miles from San Marcos and about 22 from Austin. But, I am about to head to New Mexico in 2 weeks for my summer job, rockclimbing instructor near Cimarron. I'll come back with an new Kona if all goes as planned!!! Ride gnarly!!!

    Eagle's Peak is a sweet bomber downhill near my home and Canyon Lake! Its a hike to the top but a BC style slope into a bunch of sick switchbacks through cedar and a deep gultch that has swollowed more than one bike.

    Also, the North side of Canyon Lake dam...however smooth it may look, park at the lookout and ride across. Get pumped looking down the 4 terraces and madly weathered holes along your chosen path...then drop in off the edge and realize its about a 60 degree angle and your brakes had best be in great shape.

    Way back when, Smithville used to have a sick downhill course and it was relatively close to everyone in the HC but no more is what I hear.

    We also, built ALOT of trails along the penensula at Canyon Lake (the same one that Canyon Lake Marina and Papa Docks reside on) The trail heads start at the aprking area on the right about 1 mile down the road frm the gas station. Tightand technical with some high speed and up hill sections depending on your direction. In September, we will start work on a north shore style trail along the shore and through some toppled over trees! I look foward to that!

    See you guys out there, when I get back.
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    got ur pm

    Quote Originally Posted by TXGiant
    one more thing, can someone who is on the bikemojo.com site email the admin to get the registration working correctly, I cannot register for it continues to say I have not entered in the Spam verification correctly, even though I am 100% positive I did, have and continue to do so. Cleared cookies and tried again and still with same results. TIA
    fixed.

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    welcome to s. texas, i lived in flagstaff for a while so i know what it is like ti miss the mountains. i live near helotes and usually just ride from home to op and gcsna. i am at op at least 3X a week on a cannondale rush. what are you riding?

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    any mtb tandem teams out there?

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    Ha!

    Your situation sounds a lot like mine- lived in Ft. Collins/Denver, then Sandy Eggo, now S.A.
    I've been riding Salado creek more than anything lately, but do truly enjoy Flat Rock, Gubmint Cheese, and Madrone.

    Los (the less evil Carlos) on the blue Wily.
    Whiskey is my yoga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos
    Your situation sounds a lot like mine- lived in Ft. Collins/Denver, then Sandy Eggo, now S.A.
    I've been riding Salado creek more than anything lately, but do truly enjoy Flat Rock, Gubmint Cheese, and Madrone.

    Los (the less evil Carlos) on the blue Wily.
    So, how's life treating you with the spinny thing in the back?

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    I just recently moved to Boerne/SA as well from AZ. Ive mainly been riding on the road lately to get back into riding shape. I work at Sun and Ski in SA(281&bitters), so Ive met a few riders but Id love to meet up with a group to see the trails at Govt. Canyon. PM me for upcoming rides.
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    Lemme tell ya...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob
    So, how's life treating you with the spinny thing in the back?
    Riding with a freewheel is really freakin' weird.
    How's 'bout you? How is it non-freewheeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos
    Riding with a freewheel is really freakin' weird.
    How's 'bout you? How is it non-freewheeling?

    Los
    sorry for the delay.

    Uh... slow going. I've only tooled around in my neighborhood, I'm afraid any skillz I may have once had are long gone. The most challenging part so far is just clearing obstacles w/out a massive pedal strike. I'm learning the rear wheel hop right now. There's a little off road deal over by my place (Dry Comal Creek) that has a lot of soft dirt to practice on before I head out to Madrone.

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    What's up everybody?

    Schertz checking in! I

    I don't have a bike yet and I am the definition of a beginner. I have ridden on my brother in law's Cannondale and had a blast up in Austin. I was looking for an exciting way to drop a few pounds and pick up a new hobby. In a past life, I worked on cars and loved to go fast. With mountain biking the parallels are incredible between the two (it seems).

    I am currently shopping around both new and used so any suggestion is appreciated. I am heading to Ft. Worth to go ride with a buddy so I am hoping to have a rig by this weekend.

    Hopefully I can get some good info from this site and find some friends to ride with here in SA in the process!

    GO SPURS GO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by copierdude


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    3-1 going back to L.A. .......things are not looking good for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron D
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    Hi,

    I'm very new to mountain biking myself, I just bought a bike a few days ago to get myself back into shape. I used to ride as a kiddo, but it's been a decade+. I just did 7 miles today of slightly hilly roads in Alamo Heights, and my legs are killing me, so I'm obviously not in the best of shape.

    That said, I'm looking for fun trails/etc that people new to riding could do, without killing themselves. I'm not in terrible shape or anything, and I've got a decent bike (trek fuel ex 5.5), but doubt I could handle climbing hills for 4 hours straight. At least, not now!

    If you SA folks go out with any regularity, I'd love to meet up with you and learn what I can learn. It'll make it easier for me to stay motivated to cycle around, too - and that's my goal.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ormandj
    Hi,

    I'm very new to mountain biking myself, I just bought a bike a few days ago to get myself back into shape. I used to ride as a kiddo, but it's been a decade+. I just did 7 miles today of slightly hilly roads in Alamo Heights, and my legs are killing me, so I'm obviously not in the best of shape.

    That said, I'm looking for fun trails/etc that people new to riding could do, without killing themselves. I'm not in terrible shape or anything, and I've got a decent bike (trek fuel ex 5.5), but doubt I could handle climbing hills for 4 hours straight. At least, not now!

    If you SA folks go out with any regularity, I'd love to meet up with you and learn what I can learn. It'll make it easier for me to stay motivated to cycle around, too - and that's my goal.

    Cheers,
    David

    David,

    since you are in Alamo Heights you should check out the Thursday Bike World ride. It is a social ride through downtown, leaving at 7:30pm from Bike World Broadway. But there is often a group that meets at 6:00pm and hits some of the trails in Olmos Basin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    David,

    since you are in Alamo Heights you should check out the Thursday Bike World ride. It is a social ride through downtown, leaving at 7:30pm from Bike World Broadway. But there is often a group that meets at 6:00pm and hits some of the trails in Olmos Basin.
    I'd love to, but i work 10pm-9am. Gotta love being a sys-admin... *frown*

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    Quote Originally Posted by ormandj
    I'd love to, but i work 10pm-9am. Gotta love being a sys-admin... *frown*
    you could still do the 6:00pm-7:30pm ride through Olmos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    you could still do the 6:00pm-7:30pm ride through Olmos.
    That sounds like a plan! Thanks for all of your help/advice/suggestions.

    Cheers,
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    sorry i'm late... zipper got stuck. i like to ride most anywhere in sa. from urban to creek beds, if i can get my bike there, i ride it. i've got a few mountain bikes witch is all i ride, but now i ride my haro extremes majority of the time. i tend to ride alone since i hate scheduling rides, and none of my friends are into riding. i like to ride in the middle of the day when it's the hottest. there's less hikers on the trails then. my father hunts just east of medina, tx and that’s an awesome place to ride. but you gotta watch out for mountain lions and don’t speed through town, sheriff’s an @$$hole.

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    I know this thread is a bit old but thought id add to it. I just purchased a bike with about a 10 year gap since I last rode. Im a lil out of shape(okay a lot) and plan on using this as a good platform to a healthy lifestyle and just to have fun as I remember how much fun it is to ride. With all that being said ive always hated riding by myself cause you never know what can happen to you. I have noticed a lot of people mention OP as place they ride. Is this a place where if something happens to me on the trails someone would eventually run into me. I havent been there in 12+ years and have heard they have added a ton since then. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb7225
    I know this thread is a bit old but thought id add to it. I just purchased a bike with about a 10 year gap since I last rode. Im a lil out of shape(okay a lot) and plan on using this as a good platform to a healthy lifestyle and just to have fun as I remember how much fun it is to ride. With all that being said ive always hated riding by myself cause you never know what can happen to you. I have noticed a lot of people mention OP as place they ride. Is this a place where if something happens to me on the trails someone would eventually run into me. I havent been there in 12+ years and have heard they have added a ton since then. Thanks
    There is a group that rides Wednesday afternoons, and Sundays...


    As far as added trails, yes, there are miles of trail down in Leon Creek all the way north up to Baumberger Park and Bird 'O Prey area (NE of Old Babcock Rd.).

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...num=1&ct=image
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    Hey ladies and gents! OP rider here. Never been anywhere else. I work evenings and rotating weekends, so no one to ride with. I usually ride in the mornings.

    I'm off til Monday, so who's gonna show me Gov't Canyon?

    I've only been on approximately 10 rides with my 06 Specialized Rockhopper, so take it easy on me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by efinit
    Hey ladies and gents! OP rider here. Never been anywhere else. I work evenings and rotating weekends, so no one to ride with. I usually ride in the mornings.

    I'm off til Monday, so who's gonna show me Gov't Canyon?

    I've only been on approximately 10 rides with my 06 Specialized Rockhopper, so take it easy on me!
    Check with Rick at Sage Cycles, he has a standing Saturday ride...

    http://www.bikemojo.com/speak/showthread.php?t=67106
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    That's awesome! Thanks for the heads up. Question, though: since I don't know my endurance level or the typical mileage count I rack up at OP, do you have an estimate as to how many miles of trail I'd be riding from OP to Leon Creek (Pep Boy's area) and back?

    I don't want to join his ride if I can't keep up yet.

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    My name is Gil I live at a apt complex on babcock so i ride from there thru bamberger to o.p. every weekend mostly try to get out there Saturday mornings and sundays. I ride a ugly green iron horse full xt gruppo and fox fork. More of a newbie working on getting a fs rig.

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    Hi all. I'm on NE side. Mostly ride McAllister Park, but have found a new area in the Cibolo Creek area between Schertz and Universal City.

    I originally posted this in the Passion forum, but thought it could go here too, seeing as how it pertains to our general local. Has pics of the trails during my last ride:

    Cibolo Creek, Texas

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    Thanks for the tip. My friends and I are always looking to ride new trail. We have a regular ride Wednesday at McAllister and Saturday morning early at OP Schnabel. There is some disturbing new construction going on in the Leon Creek watershed right now. It will effect the OP trail system a bit. Would you happen to know anything about that? It must be a city project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmyj8
    There is some disturbing new construction going on in the Leon Creek watershed right now. It will effect the OP trail system a bit. Would you happen to know anything about that? It must be a city project.

    It is part of SA's Linear Parks project, including Leon Creek, Salado Creek, and Medina River. While some trail will be lost, the greenspace is secured.......forever.




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    Greetings All,

    Temporarily here in San Antonio...about 1/2 way through a two month stay for work. Originally from Reno, but moving up to the Puget Sound area shortly, also for work. Have ridden Gov Canyon, OP, and McAlister so far...hoping to make it out to Flat Rock soon.

    I wasn't sure whether it would be worth lugging the MTB down here for my brief stay, but I'm very glad I did. Everyone has been very friendly and obliging with trail advice, and the trails have been great. McAlister Park has been particularly good for after work riding.

    Thanks again to the great community down here!

    KiP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmyj8
    Thanks for the tip. My friends and I are always looking to ride new trail. We have a regular ride Wednesday at McAllister and Saturday morning early at OP Schnabel. There is some disturbing new construction going on in the Leon Creek watershed right now. It will effect the OP trail system a bit. Would you happen to know anything about that? It must be a city project.
    I was kinda p'd when I saw the entire cleared section from bandera all the way to op I hope they are maybe just making a path way but it looks like they are clearing for a road.

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    where does the ride go through during the weekly ride starting from bike world on broadway? if any of you are familiar with that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by qkkqc
    where does the ride go through during the weekly ride starting from bike world on broadway? if any of you are familiar with that...

    The group that rides at 6pm goes to Olmos Basin. There is a few miles of tight twisty trail.

    Then they return for the start of the downtown ride at 7:30pm
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    thanks. anywhere else to ride in san antonio besides olmos basin and OP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qkkqc
    thanks. anywhere else to ride in san antonio besides olmos basin and OP?

    There is McAllister Park near the airport.

    Also if you are near OP, just a little further is Gov't Canyon.

    And a little further out, but WELL worth a daytrip is Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort.
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    Hey all, first time poster, but I have been lurking around here for a few weeks. I just purchased a Cannondale F5 from Bicycle Heaven, and I could not be happier. Like several other posters, I just started riding again for the first time since my old mountain bike was stolen during my first year of college.

    Anyways, I live in Stone Oak, and have done all my riding at McAlister or Mud Creek. I think Mud Creek is a great newbie spot; trails are slightly technical and good practice for a beginner, and there is usually no one else there.

    I plan on hitting Guadalupe State Park or Government Canyon this weekend, but I know those trails are a bit more technical than I am used to. Anyone have any pointers for a newbie hitting those trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster Cogburn
    Government Canyon this weekend, but I know those trails are a bit more technical than I am used to. Anyone have any pointers for a newbie hitting those trails?

    Thanks.
    The trails in the Front Country are a good place to warm up. Lytle's Loop and Savanah.

    In the Back Country Joe Johnson is a jeep road trail in the bottom of the canyon. All other trails go up, and are quite rocky.

    GC pdf trail map

    My suggestion is to ride with someone* and take PLENTY OF WATER.



    *Rick and his crew from Sage Cycles lead a weekly ride at GC, drop them a line....

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    Well not in san antonio but pretty close. I am in Floresville and travel to SA often. I just picked up a Marin Bobcat Trail from Cycle Logic and love the bike. Weeknight rides in SA are kinda hard since I live in Floresville and I am a vol. Firefighter here. I do ride locally with a few other firefighters. I am planning a ride at McAllister on the 30th of this month with a few friends, will anyone else be out there? Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    The trails in the Front Country are a good place to warm up. Lytle's Loop and Savanah.

    In the Back Country Joe Johnson is a jeep road trail in the bottom of the canyon. All other trails go up, and are quite rocky.

    GC pdf trail map

    My suggestion is to ride with someone* and take PLENTY OF WATER.



    *Rick and his crew from Sage Cycles lead a weekly ride at GC, drop them a line....

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    Hey BikeMojo,

    Thanks for the advice. Ended up taking a trip out to Government Canyon on Saturday morning, pull up to the gates around 11:00 a.m. Would have been there sooner but I kind of got lost, thats what I get for trusting the directions in my head and not bothering to double check before I hit the road, but anyways.

    Ended up riding both Lyttle's Loop and Savannah, and found them very comparable to the trails at McAlister and Mud Creek. Since I am still kind of new to this, and I am still working on my conditioning, I ended my ride after just those two. I did bring plenty of water (mostly drained my 100oz Camelback, but I was unable to grab a riding partner. My brother, who often rides with me, is training on his roadbike for the MS150 and did a road ride instead of hitting the trails with me.

    I spent a couple hours at Mud Creek late Sunday afternoon. Does anyone here know where the park boundaries end and private property begins? It looks like most of the single track back there actually extends off from the park property, but it is not clearly marked. Can anyone clear this up for me?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster Cogburn
    I spent a couple hours at Mud Creek late Sunday afternoon. Does anyone here know where the park boundaries end and private property begins? It looks like most of the single track back there actually extends off from the park property, but it is not clearly marked. Can anyone clear this up for me?

    Thanks.
    most if not all the area along mud creek is public land.... be it in MacAllister or not.

    Eventually it will all be part of SA's Linear Creekways.


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    I just moved to Boerne, not really San Antonio but close. I have been living in Colorado for the past 7 years and I know the riding will be different down here.
    I am looking forward to checking out the local trails. Anyone else live out in the Boerne area that wants to ride?

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