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    Riding on the cape?

    Where is there to ride and how to get a trail map?


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    http://www.nemba.org/chapters/ccnemba

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    You can check out OSM. It shows most all trails, but doesn't specify if they're legal to ride or not. Once you find trails on OSM, you can google to find more info on them. Also, call an LBS.
    Do the math.

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    Cape is a big place, and bigger this time of year when it takes forever to go places.

    Check out: Mountain Biking on Cape Cod | Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

    Find the NEMBA group on FB. Weekly ride at TOT Wednesday and Fridays typically.
    Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades.

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    I'll be staying in Orleans


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    A heads up on the Cape...Not many trails, although there are good maps, have signage of any kind.. even Trail of Tears has only Junction markers, but unless you have a sense of where you are, and the sun is out, your ride might be more adventure then you had hoped for...from a Newby on the Cape. Once you figure it out, lots of fun

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    What time is the ride on Friday?


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    usually saddled up by 5:30...

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    Also, check with Orleans Cycles. There's a Tuesday and Weds ride at Nickerson SP. at 5:30


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    Are there maps at the trail of tears parking lot?


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    Quote Originally Posted by summitrider2012 View Post
    Are there maps at the trail of tears parking lot?


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    Only a big one behind glass in the kiosk.
    Keep this in your phone.


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    Thanks


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    Brewster is not far. Tons of singletrack up by Wellfleet also. Look at a Strava Heat map and zoom in on Brewster State Park, Barnstable Town Forest and Wellfleet Cape Cod National Seashore areas. It's pretty good stuff.
    My name is Chris and I ride a Ripmo now.

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    TOT had Wednesday and Friday rides at 5:30pm from the Farmersville Lot with Friday having a kids ride and BBQ after in the lot during the summer

    Nickerson has Tuesday and Wednesday Rides at 5:30 with different starting points (summers usually have a swim and beers in lot after)

    Otis has led rides through Sail World as well.

    If solo rides are your thing then most of Otis, TOT, and Willow street are mapped out pretty well on Trailforks and MTB Project so you see exactly where you are on the map.

    Get on the Cape Cod NEMBA Group of facebook to get a tour and keep up with group rides or ask if anyone can take you out on the tour. There are way more trails than you would think if you know who to ask....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    Only a big one behind glass in the kiosk...
    Not local and never been there but found this:

    https://www.townofbarnstable.us/Cons...ides/WBARN.pdf
    Do the math.

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    Tot was good next time I need to make it to the lookout and try to find a good flow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by summitrider2012 View Post
    Tot was good next time I need to make it to the lookout and try to find a good flow.


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    Try to ride with a local or the club. Lots of flow and nice view from the platform. (Lookout)


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    Iím thinking of moving to the cape.....what kind of bike would you recommend? Iím used to riding fs (6Ē), and Iím guessing that would be overkill there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteblues View Post
    Iím thinking of moving to the cape.....what kind of bike would you recommend? Iím used to riding fs (6Ē), and Iím guessing that would be overkill there?
    You will get a bunch of different answers on this one depending on the rider. I know guys riding 6" travel rigs as well as others on full rigid single speeds who enjoy trails on the Cape equally.

    I would say a 120mm trail bike is perfect for most Cape riding but I would ride the trails here first on your current bike and see what works best for you. In the end it's all about if you're having fun on the bike.

    What part of the Cape are you looking to move to?

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    You will see mostly 29er's with 100-120mm travel. Probably 75% of the bikes you will see are people riding are 29ers with 2.2-2.35 tires mostly FS but some hardtails too.

    You will also see Single-speeds as we have a lot of short hilly type terrain that bodes well for SS riding.

    Lot's of fat bikes in the winter.

    Lately seen a lot of 27.5+ tire bikes too.

    150mm or 6" travel bikes might be okay for a place like Otis or to get through Badlands but generally overkill for the rest of the Cape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WATERBOOY View Post
    What part of the Cape are you looking to move to?
    looking at the osterville/centerville/cotuit/sandwich areas. Not really set on any specific place yet. Ideally more of a family neighborhood (we have 2 kids, age 3 and 7), less of a retiree or vacation rental neighborhood.
    Comments are welcome, though that might be better to PM to not hijack this thread too much.

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    Personally, I'd want a 29er hardtail with room for big tires (2.5-2.6), 120-140 of travel up front, and a Headtube angle that isn't overly slack (67-68). I'd bet that a true 29er Plus like the Trek Stache 9 would slay the Cape year round.

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    Whereís a good bike shop to get a bottom bracket pf30?


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    Is there also a ride on Tuesday nights at 530still at Nickerson?


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    Quote Originally Posted by summitrider2012 View Post
    Is there also a ride on Tuesday nights at 530still at Nickerson?


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    Yes. It starts at the end if Flax Pond Rd. Enter the park, after 5:00 is free, and take the first left. All the way to the end at Cliff pond is where they meet.


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    Thanks Iíll have to try to make it Iíll be down from tomorrow till Friday


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    How late do they ride till? Is a light needed or recommend?


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    Quote Originally Posted by summitrider2012 View Post
    How late do they ride till? Is a light needed or recommend?


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    They start riding at 5:30 and make it back before sunset. So no lights needed.


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    Great sounds good


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    Where is the group shop ride Thursday night on the cape I forgot to get an exact location.


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    Sea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor in Hyannis. They ride from the shop Thursdays at 5:30pm

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    The wife and I are planning to go down after labor day weekend Iíll have to go again, I had a great time!


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    I'll be down on the cape for the next several days, if anyone wants to do an early AM mtb ride.

    Unfortunately I wont be able to make any of the group rides--does anyone have a good gpx of singletrack at nickerson? 20ish miles? Plan was to ride there, ride for a few hours and ride home. I dont have the handydandy facebooks otherwise I'd ask on nemba there.

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    So all of a sudden (so it seems) some folks are super offended by the trail network name Trail of tears. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HacksawReynolds View Post
    So all of a sudden (so it seems) some folks are super offended by the trail network name Trail of tears. Lol.
    More offended by people who don't recognize the name as problematic.

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    We call it TOT now. Keeps everyone happy


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    Quote Originally Posted by cantdog View Post
    More offended by people who don't recognize the name as problematic.
    So are you offended by Vietnamas well? Surprised you rode trail of tears since the name offends you so much. I personally know the guys that gave trail of tears its name. Super nice guys.

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    The name isnít problematic. Itís history. Over and done with.

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    I might be in the Wellfleet area in the next several weeks to visit some friends with the wife and kids, and have been trying to figure out if it's worth bringing my mtb. I saw above somebody mentioned the national seashore area near Wellfleet and I've been trying to figure out what routes on Strava aren't on roads, but not having much luck. Can anybody tell me if riding in this area is any good (I know there are hills at least), and what areas/roads to look for trails/trailheads?

    Thanks guys.

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    The riding between Nauset light beach and Pamet in Truro is very good. ďThe GauntletĒ in South Welfleet across from the rail trail parking lot is pretty fun tight singletrack and you can ride fun stuff right up to Newcomb hollow beach. Then head north from there. Fvck Strava. Just go explore. Take any singletrack you find and enjoy. Tough to get lost with the ocean on one side and rte 6 on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HacksawReynolds View Post
    So are you offended by Vietnamas well? Surprised you rode trail of tears since the name offends you so much. I personally know the guys that gave trail of tears its name. Super nice guys.
    I've never ridden Vietnam nor have any idea why its called that, so no, the name doesn't offend me. Care to elaborate?

    One can be a 'nice guy' and not appreciate the impact names have on those around us, the two aren't mutually exclusive. I'm not questioning whether the people who crafted the name are nice or not, or even if it was appropriate at the time, but whether it is appropriate now.

    Given the status of the majority of mountain bikers, it's not surprising that its hard at times to appreciate what its like to be in a marginalized group. I don't think its difficult to understand that naming a network Trail of Tears such because its hard and made some guys on univegas cry, while also evoking the forced removal of indigenous people that lead to thousands dying, isn't in the best taste.

    I guess that since you've taken my comments elsewhere and brought them up here this topic must of hit a nerve with you. I'm always happy to engage in a conversation since you seem to know who I am, next time you can try and engage me elsewhere instead of on a forum where I post once and ask a question about Nickerson Park.

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    ďIsnít in the best tasteĒ haha. Go on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrc2006 View Post
    I might be in the Wellfleet area in the next several weeks to visit some friends with the wife and kids, and have been trying to figure out if it's worth bringing my mtb. I saw above somebody mentioned the national seashore area near Wellfleet and I've been trying to figure out what routes on Strava aren't on roads, but not having much luck. Can anybody tell me if riding in this area is any good (I know there are hills at least), and what areas/roads to look for trails/trailheads?

    Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HacksawReynolds View Post
    ďIsnít in the best tasteĒ haha. Go on now.
    Whatís so hard about understanding what heís saying? I said understanding, not agreeing, so weíre perfectly clear (you and I).
    For the record, I can see that things named for persecuting a group of people being poor form in 2018. You donít have to agree with it, but you could lend an ear to the conversation and actually tell the rest of the web why those OG cats used that moniker, or you could continue acting like a db.

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    Oh I understand where heís coming from and I find his offense to the name of the trail network as laughable. We know why those ďcatsĒ named the trails ď trail of tearsĒ 35 yeas agoĒ its written in the paragraph that I wrote for the Cape NEMBA group page in the mid 90ís. Itís on their website have a read if you donít know the history of how it got itís name. They arenít Native American haters I can assure you of that haha.

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