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    Whatís up Texas Folks! Might be moving there and have some ?ís

    Hey guys,

    I currently live in Colorado and there is a high chance I may be moving to Dallas soon. I actually spent 10 years in Texas in the San Antonio/Austin Area but was a roadie. So I have no clue of what the mountain bike scene is like.

    So since Iíll be living in Dallas is there anything within an hour or 2 that I can ride? Are day trips to ride in Austin worth it? Is it more XC than AM/Enduro? Not expecting Colorado type riding but any recommendations would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gios78 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I currently live in Colorado and there is a high chance I may be moving to Dallas soon. I actually spent 10 years in Texas in the San Antonio/Austin Area but was a roadie. So I have no clue of what the mountain bike scene is like.

    So since Iíll be living in Dallas is there anything within an hour or 2 that I can ride? Are day trips to ride in Austin worth it? Is it more XC than AM/Enduro? Not expecting Colorado type riding but any recommendations would be great.

    TIA
    I canít speak TOO much for it because I live in Houston, but I did live I Dallas for a short time when I started mountain biking. Iíve only ridden 3 trails in Dallas but from what I know and/or have read about, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has a pretty good mountain biking scene, definitely better than Houston. Waco and Austin are good for a road trip, but Dallas itself has some nice trails, nothing too crazy, maybe more XC but some good fun stuff. Big Cedar even has a downhill course I think. Or maybe Iím thinking of Marion Sansom. Either way itís a nice place to be a mountain biker. Youíll enjoy it and Iím envious down here in H-town.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    I canít speak TOO much for it because I live in Houston, but I did live I Dallas for a short time when I started mountain biking. Iíve only ridden 3 trails in Dallas but from what I know and/or have read about, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has a pretty good mountain biking scene, definitely better than Houston. Waco and Austin are good for a road trip, but Dallas itself has some nice trails, nothing too crazy, maybe more XC but some good fun stuff. Big Cedar even has a downhill course I think. Or maybe Iím thinking of Marion Sansom. Either way itís a nice place to be a mountain biker. Youíll enjoy it and Iím envious down here in H-town.


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    Check out www.dorba.org.

    I live in FtW, so I ride Gateway Park and Sansom Park most of the time. Grapevine and Big Cedar are also great. Cameron Park in Waco is worth the drive.


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    I have a couple buddies I met on a MTB tour in Oregon several years ago that live in the Dallas/Plano/Ft Worth area. They are big time into the XC & CX race scene, riding all over the state as well into neighboring states. One of them is now getting into Enduro as well. They are riding **all the time** with a decent size group so there has to be plenty of riding to be had. I know one of them is sponsored by Dallas Bike Works and the other is with PACC Racing (they are on Facebook)...
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    Check out dorba.org and fwmba.org for Dallas and Fort Worth trails. There are quite a few in the area but pretty spread out and they are going to be flat by comparison, I'm sure.

    There are a few that get kinda vertical and technical, though.

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    Solavaca Ranch is a nice, fast XC course. Dinosaur state park is also not bad for XC. Both are west of Fort Worth.

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    It won't be big mountain riding for sure but there are a lot of trails in the DFW area, most are XC but some do have good technical features (like Big Cedar and Sansom Park). Also venture out into Quanah Hill in Weatherford, it's worth the drive. Don't go selling all your bikes thinking you'll need a XC hardtail here, you can definitely find a little bit of everything.

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    If your willing to drive to Austin, Emma long is an old motorcross trail. Also hear about this Hill of Life (or Hill of Hell). Haven't rode that one yet, but cameron park in Waco is def worth the drive. Salado has some trail around Stillhouse hollow lake, more flowy, completely different than cameron park.

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    I haven't ridden in Colorado but have heard that elevation change and rock. As others have mentioned Dallas is mostly XC.

    Most Climbing In DFW
    Big Cedar, also short downhill skills section (South Dallas)
    Sansom (Northwest Fort Worth)

    Most rock in DFW
    Northwest section of Northshore

    Some Day Trips
    Dinosaur Valley, alright climbing, loose rock (Glen Rose, ~2 hour drive)
    Cleburne State Park, haven't been, but people mention loose rock, climbing (~Glen Rose)
    Cameron Park, climbing (Waco, ~2 hours)
    Tyler State Park, climbing (~ 2 hours)
    Lake Georgetown Trail, rock (Georgetown, ~3 hours)

    Map of most trails in Texas

    Traffic is terrible in DFW which leads to long drive times, possibly making post work ride daylight ride difficult. And there are some trails which may be most conveniently accessed by toll roads, increasing cost per ride. You might consider living where a trail is near/en route to home/work or find your riding curtailed.

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    Some good info mentioned above. The mountain bike scene in DFW is active. It is definitely more XC oriented with lots of short punchy climbs with moderately technical sections. You can install the DORBA app on your phone to check trail conditions and see if the trails are rideable (wet trails here are not rideable because of soil). There is around 200 miles of DORBA trails. One of my favorites is Grapevine Northshore - it's a 22 mile loop system with numerous places to get air and some challenging rock and boulder sections. No extended climbs or descents but still really fun. I've ridden quite a bit in CO (brother lived in Denver for a few years and I have friends in Highlands Ranch). CO riding is fantastic of course (Breckenridge is my favorite and maybe the Buffalo Creek trail system 2nd) but I still find the trails here super fun. I'll be up there again in September. Oh I also like the weekend trips here to Arkansas and central TX which has good riding. Summers are hot and humid and a little long for me but I still ride year-round. Best of luck and welcome if you do end up moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkC View Post
    Some good info mentioned above. The mountain bike scene in DFW is active. It is definitely more XC oriented with lots of short punchy climbs with moderately technical sections. You can install the DORBA app on your phone to check trail conditions and see if the trails are rideable (wet trails here are not rideable because of soil). There is around 200 miles of DORBA trails. One of my favorites is Grapevine Northshore - it's a 22 mile loop system with numerous places to get air and some challenging rock and boulder sections. No extended climbs or descents but still really fun. I've ridden quite a bit in CO (brother lived in Denver for a few years and I have friends in Highlands Ranch). CO riding is fantastic of course (Breckenridge is my favorite and maybe the Buffalo Creek trail system 2nd) but I still find the trails here super fun. I'll be up there again in September. Oh I also like the weekend trips here to Arkansas and central TX which has good riding. Summers are hot and humid and a little long for me but I still ride year-round. Best of luck and welcome if you do end up moving.
    I love riding around Buff Creek and Breck too! Thanks everyone for the info. Iím going to try and get in as many high alpine rides as possible and make the best of it in Texas. Hope to see you guys on the trails!
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    In all likelihood, you will be looking at the northern Dallas 'burbs, Plano, Frisco, Allen, Flower Mound, etc.

    The majority of the trails are up that way, but with the exception of the two around Lake Grapevine (North Shore and Horseshoe), they're pretty flat singletrack, with some minor exceptions.

    Central Dallas has a whopping two trails, one almost completely flat and the other a bit less so.

    The southern Dallas area and getting toward FW and parts west has the rocky, up/down stuff. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a fun little trail that's tight, twisty, and has a fair amount of loose rock.

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    You can find out about Austin riding, as well as most of central TX on my website. Don't have anything about Dallas area, never really been up there to ride.
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    A lot has already been said about DFW trails. I think there's ~200 miles of trails within 45 minutes to an hour (w/o rush our traffic!) depending on where you live. DFW is a big area covering over 9,000 square miles (metro area). Almost 7.5 million minions here, growing by 10k per month! And a lot of 'em ride bikes. More bikes shop than I've experienced visiting bike destinations. You'll find manufacturer support for just about any brand here (warranties. etc.) if you need it. More than enough different after ride brew houses available too. As already mention, DFW has a big bike scene (road and trail).

    Local bike groups have been mentioned (DORBA, etc.). Also check the Texas State Parks site(s). Texas State Parks are a proponent of bike trails, as well as multi-use trails that include bikes.

    One note about climbing. Sure Colorado offers heck of a lot more climbing.. duh. I ride Colorado a couple times a year (live in the DFW area). But honestly, the climbing can be less stressful in Colorado, given shuttles and lifts, if you chose to use them. No such thing needed in Texas, obviously. I'm feel the short loose rock and rooty technical climbs on some of our DFW trails are satisfying enough when it's 100 degrees with 80% humidity. Isle bu Bois and the black diamond loop at Johnson Unit come to mind. I seem to huff and puff more on those punchy climbs than I do climbing the steady 3k to the top of Vail mountain from the village (riding, not gondola). Maybe that's just me (in my head )...

    And the best part of MTBing in DFW? You can ride all year 'round!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredcook View Post
    A lot has already been said about DFW trails. I think there's ~200 miles of trails within 45 minutes to an hour (w/o rush our traffic!) depending on where you live. DFW is a big area covering over 9,000 square miles (metro area). Almost 7.5 million minions here, growing by 10k per month! And a lot of 'em ride bikes. More bikes shop than I've experienced visiting bike destinations. You'll find manufacturer support for just about any brand here (warranties. etc.) if you need it. More than enough different after ride brew houses available too. As already mention, DFW has a big bike scene (road and trail).

    Local bike groups have been mentioned (DORBA, etc.). Also check the Texas State Parks site(s). Texas State Parks are a proponent of bike trails, as well as multi-use trails that include bikes.

    One note about climbing. Sure Colorado offers heck of a lot more climbing.. duh. I ride Colorado a couple times a year (live in the DFW area). But honestly, the climbing can be less stressful in Colorado, given shuttles and lifts, if you chose to use them. No such thing needed in Texas, obviously. I'm feel the short loose rock and rooty technical climbs on some of our DFW trails are satisfying enough when it's 100 degrees with 80% humidity. Isle bu Bois and the black diamond loop at Johnson Unit come to mind. I seem to huff and puff more on those punchy climbs than I do climbing the steady 3k to the top of Vail mountain from the village (riding, not gondola). Maybe that's just me (in my head )...

    And the best part of MTBing in DFW? You can ride all year 'round!

    If you move here... Welcome to Texas, ya hear?
    I have little basis of comparison, but definitely agree that a short punchy climb, with an adrenaline-soaked descent, followed by another climb, rinse-repeat is a pretty serious workout. Especially if its 95+ with 60+RH.

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    The biggest hurdle for me back there would be the humidity but I guess if you live there, you can get used to riding in it. I know my buddies and their friends swear that wearing race kits/spandex is cooler than baggy shorts & jerseys that most MTBR's out west wear. The other issue they deal with more often than folks out further West is rain closures. My daughter lives in San Antonio and it's crazy how often they get some severe weather that soaks/floods everything out. I know up in the DFW area that my buddies races have been cancelled the past couple weeks as well.
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    swear that wearing race kits/spandex is cooler than baggy shorts & jerseys that most MTBR's out west wear.
    Ha this sounds right - I did a group ride last year in San Francisco (north up in Marin) and I showed up in a racing kit and I was the only one not in baggies.

    The other issue they deal with more often than folks out further West is rain closures. My daughter lives in San Antonio and it's crazy how often they get some severe weather that soaks/floods everything out.
    I think this is just part of living in an area that gets 40"+ of rain a year. We got 14" of rain this past *February*. This is a little more than total annual rainfall in Denver.

    I've known many riders who relocated here and some get acclimated to the heat and humidity and others don't. Most of the trails in DFW you are in the trees the majority of the time and not getting direct sun which definitely helps. I still sweat profusely from June-September.

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