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    Where are best rides in Villanova, KoP, etc?

    Hey guys,

    What kind of trails are there around those parts?

    where do most people who live there ride?

    Thanks

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    Options

    Within an hour drive of there you have:

    Wissahickon
    Valley Forge / Betzwood
    French Creek State Park
    Woodlawn/Brandywine Creek State Park (DE)
    White Clay/Middle Run (DE)
    Fair Hill (MD)

    Plus other state/county parks and some covert stuff in various areas. Trails range from wooded singletrack to fields to rocky,rooty fun.

    If you feel like driving 90 minutes, you can get to Jim Thorpe and other spots.
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    thanks khill,

    If i were looking for some really technical stuff with big climbs/descents, where would one look? I imagine that Jim Thorpe is a good time and meets this description, anything closer?

    Thanks,
    Steve

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    French Creek or Wiss

    Quote Originally Posted by soulfly_NYC
    thanks khill,

    If i were looking for some really technical stuff with big climbs/descents, where would one look? I imagine that Jim Thorpe is a good time and meets this description, anything closer?

    Thanks,
    Steve
    Everybody's definition of "really techincal" is different but I'd say French Creek or Wissahickon are the closest trails which meet that description.

    French Creek has lots of rocky,rooty climbs and descents. Wissahickon has all kinds of trails and includes some technical sections. Most of the Philly riders on this forum could give you better info on where to find the technical stuff in Wiss.

    For some details on French Creek, see:

    http://www.chrisgroff.com/frenchcreek.htm

    and

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/statepar...enchcreek.aspx

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    The Wiss

    Best techincal in the nearby area is the Wiss. It is a rocky rollercoaster back there.... with a variety of other trails including some pure singletrack, fast downhill-almost fireroad trails, rock and log drops, and some long and short challenging climbs.



    Quote Originally Posted by soulfly_NYC
    thanks khill,

    If i were looking for some really technical stuff with big climbs/descents, where would one look? I imagine that Jim Thorpe is a good time and meets this description, anything closer?

    Thanks,
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulfly_NYC
    thanks khill,

    If i were looking for some really technical stuff with big climbs/descents, where would one look? I imagine that Jim Thorpe is a good time and meets this description, anything closer?

    Thanks,
    Steve
    Wissahickon is closer, but I prefer French Creek if drive-time isn't a major concern. Although I think they're more or less the same in terms of distance for the loops I typically ride (~15 miles of trail, w/ the option to do more if you seek out things less obvious), french creek takes ~45 min longer on average...~ 3 hrs total. The climbs and descents at french creek are generally longer than those at wissahickon. You suffer more going up, but get a bigger payoff.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Wissahickon and it's been one of my two "local" loops for as long as I've been riding. Wissahickon is more like a roller-coaster. You're almost always going up or down, but never one or the other for very long. Does that make sense?

    Oh, and French Creek has a lot more rocks. Some people (like me) love 'em, some absolutely hate them. Just FYi. Also, if you don't use downhill tires, bring a couple spare tubes. I've seen lots of people flat there, sometimes both tires at once!
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    other places to ride within 1 hr of KoP

    sewell - NJ
    ralph stover state park - PA
    mercer - NJ
    clayton - NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceh
    other places to ride within 1 hr of KoP


    ralph stover state park - PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Move along...nothing to see here. [cue crickets]
    i must have missed something

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceh
    i must have missed something

    i think he's trying to say you'd be better off at the choices mentioned before... and i must say i concur.

    french creek is hands down the best technical riding locally (wissahickon is right out my back door and i STILL prefer french creek even with the hour drive involved in getting there).

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    got ya. thought it may have been that ralph stover is now off limits to mtn biking.

    it's certianly not the best place in the area but there are some good trails there. i've been able to spend 2 hrs or so riding loops in that park. there are a few decent climbs most of which are longer than any climb at wissaickon.

    it's all about variety.


    [edit]changed 'french creek' to 'ralph stover'[/edit]
    Last edited by lanceh; 08-16-2005 at 09:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceh
    got ya. thought it may have been that french creek is now off limits to mtn biking.
    .
    Nah, really I was just being a selfish wiseass trying to keep *the masses* from taking notice of the sweet little gem that is my after-work regular...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick
    Nah, really I was just being a selfish wiseass trying to keep *the masses* from taking notice of the sweet little gem that is my after-work regular...
    now that makes much more sense. great little place to work up a sweat.

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