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    Bradbury Mountain (Review/Maps/Route)

    Here's a post regarding a recent trip I made to Bradbury Mountain in Maine, which has some maps and route information. If you haven't been there, this is a great place to go for a Fall weekend.

    Nor'Easter Backcountry: Bradbury Mountain State Forest: Maine Attraction

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    You seem to not like technical riding. I understand your top list consisting of mainly KT trails now.

    If you are more into flowy trails, which it seems you are, have you checked out Willowdale in Ipswitch MA?

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    Yeah. I think that is fair to say, although I like SOME technical aspects. I would say that the best trails allow flow, but also put in lines where you can incorporate technical aspects. If the Minuteman is a 1 on the technical scale, and Downhill Course is a 10.. with Burlington LLF a 2-3 and Lynn a solid 8 to a 9, I would say I probably prefer a 6-7 on the scale. I think Lowell-Dracut is just about my favorite. I hadn't ridden it yet when I came up with that list, and think my first edit will be to add the singletrack in the southern end as one of my top ten favorite trails.

    I rode Bradley Palmer, but not Willowdale about five years ago. Most of the stuff we saw were horse trails, and I remember it was muddy--- so I should probably go back at some point. I liked Boxford if the singletrack is similar.

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    Don't bother going to Bangor/Orono to ride.
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    Nice review! I will add though as a local to that trail network, I have found the best flow to be as follows. 51, 60, 63, 59, 58, 56, 55, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 76, 77, 83, 52. For the most part this will give you the feeling of going up for the first half of the ride, and then the down once you hit Ragan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    Yeah. I think that is fair to say, although I like SOME technical aspects. I would say that the best trails allow flow, but also put in lines where you can incorporate technical aspects. If the Minuteman is a 1 on the technical scale, and Downhill Course is a 10.. with Burlington LLF a 2-3 and Lynn a solid 8 to a 9, I would say I probably prefer a 6-7 on the scale. I think Lowell-Dracut is just about my favorite. I hadn't ridden it yet when I came up with that list, and think my first edit will be to add the singletrack in the southern end as one of my top ten favorite trails.

    I rode Bradley Palmer, but not Willowdale about five years ago. Most of the stuff we saw were horse trails, and I remember it was muddy--- so I should probably go back at some point. I liked Boxford if the singletrack is similar.
    Willowdale has a perimeter loop that is about 12 miles, and 90% singletrack.

    I also like techy trails that flow. Bachelor Street does a great job of that. HP is pretty cool like that as well. I don't know Lowell Dracut well but that one trail that kept flowing up and over boulders was a lot of fun.

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    I've added some video to the post if you're interested. Lots of shaky footage (sorry, loose helmet mount-- never again), crashes and children just standing around in the woods.

    Nor'Easter Backcountry: Bradbury Mountain State Forest: Maine Attraction (Scroll to the bottom)

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    Riding everything down gives the best flow. That loop you listed is basically the race loop which is all up and lacking flow in a serious way. Personally, I believe the race course hits everything in the wrong direction. Yes, that is my opinion and yes I like climbing. But if flow is what is desired, going in the reverse direction gives the best flow because a vast majority of it is down.
    Skipping Ragan and Lanzo and heading straight up to the beginning of Ginn(on the east side of the snomobile trail) is a great way to hit it. Then roll back up the snomo trail and hit Ragan and Lanzo and Island counter clockwise. Ginn is super fun down. Fox West is fun down(heading west.)


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    You hit the nail on the head, Indy. We were following the markings from a trail race that day when we rode the trails. There's one really fun rock section I like going that way on Ginn, but you're right on about Ragan being much better when ridden from east to west.

    And in my defense I was obligated to use the word downeast incorrectly at least once as my article was about Maine, and I am not from Maine. It's a rule. Look it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    You hit the nail on the head, Indy. We were following the markings from a trail race that day when we rode the trails. There's one really fun rock section I like going that way on Ginn, but you're right on about Ragan being much better when ridden from east to west.

    And in my defense I was obligated to use the word downeast incorrectly at least once as my article was about Maine, and I am not from Maine. It's a rule. Look it up.
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    You do an excellent post...why mess it up with "you'll also find the best fu#king mountain biking destination". I'm not a prude...spent 3 years with the Marines....I did learn when and when not to swear. It's the internet with millions of kids. Did you really need to use "fu#k" in your description? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddie53 View Post
    You do an excellent post...why mess it up with "you'll also find the best fu#king mountain biking destination". I'm not a prude...spent 3 years with the Marines....I did learn when and when not to swear. It's the internet with millions of kids. Did you really need to use "fu#k" in your description? Really?
    Ahh yes...the ever important Marine Corps lesson of tact. Tact, tact, tact. I remember the days when that was driven into us. Too bad I never really learned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddie53 View Post
    You do an excellent post...why mess it up with "you'll also find the best fu#king mountain biking destination". I'm not a prude...spent 3 years with the Marines....I did learn when and when not to swear. It's the internet with millions of kids. Did you really need to use "fu#k" in your description? Really?
    I do try to keep the blog a source of wholesome entertainment for children: something they can go read in between sessions of downloading midget donkey porn and trash talking unemployed meth addicts on Call of Duty 3. I may not always succeed though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    I do try to keep the blog a source of wholesome entertainment for children: something they can go read in between sessions of downloading midget donkey porn and trash talking unemployed meth addicts on Call of Duty 3. I may not always succeed though.
    I said I liked your attitude. I love your attitude. Too funny.
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