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    You know its serious singletrack when. . .

    A fun poll

    You know its serious singletrack when . . .

    1.) There's enough rock that your pedals are being slowly but surely eroded by the strikes.

    What sets your standard?

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    2.) Seriously think about ditching singlespeed going 1x9 after a day on the trails. (True story; this past Monday)
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    3. At least one sock is glued to your leg with blood, and you didn't notice until you went to have a shower.

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    .....you can't stop thinking about that nice cold beer waiting for you at the end.

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    ...you're in your lowest possible gear and you're cussing at the trail.

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    Hikers cuss you for trying to climb the hill they are crawling up on all fours

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    ...you bottom out your suspension going 3 mph.
    ...when you are amazed you didn't die.
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    ...when you have to get up before the break of dawn to ride it.

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    when everyone in the group is wearing body armour, full face helmets, and carrying lights

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    you spend more time walking than riding.

    when you finish, the only things holding the soles of your shoes on are your cleats.

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    How can adults riding bikes with knobbly wheels in the woods ever be taken seriously?

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    ... there's a sign that says "3 bikers have died on this section of trail, get off your bike and hike NOW!"

    seriously serious.

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    ...throughout the ride your thoughts are only about what's coming up next and not about your everyday life. There's no time for life reflections.

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    i dont wanna sound like "that guy" but my skills have progressed to the point where i dont have anything but 1 or 2 sections i cant ride and none of em are downhills. just a weird lil bridge at the top of a climb, right after a switchback, with steep drop offs on each side. i need new trails to ride. i miss going otb and getting bloody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate.
    i dont wanna sound like "that guy" but my skills have progressed to the point where i dont have anything but 1 or 2 sections i cant ride and none of em are downhills. just a weird lil bridge at the top of a climb, right after a switchback, with steep drop offs on each side. i need new trails to ride. i miss going otb and getting bloody.
    Go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPinFL
    ...throughout the ride your thoughts are only about what's coming up next and not about your everyday life. There's no time for life reflections.
    Seriously good. That's what I ride for.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    when all you can think about is how long it would take someone to find your remains

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    ...when you don't even notice the yawning abyss next to you as you are so bloody intent on not falling into it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate.
    i dont wanna sound like "that guy" but my skills have progressed to the point where i dont have anything but 1 or 2 sections i cant ride and none of em are downhills. just a weird lil bridge at the top of a climb, right after a switchback, with steep drop offs on each side. i need new trails to ride. i miss going otb and getting bloody.
    I, on the other hand, am glad my skills have progressed to the point where OTB and bloodletting are the exception rather than the rule. You can keep it Mr "that guy" Nate... Or come ride in S. AZ where I am sure you would find what you are looking for...

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    ...you go OTB just thinking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprunghunt
    when everyone in the group is wearing body armour, full face helmets, and carrying lights

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    [QUOTE=roxnroots]A fun poll

    You know its serious singletrack when . . .

    Your cheeks hurt more than your legs, because of how much you've been grinning the whole ride.
    I drank the 29er koolaid- turns out it was POWERade :)

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    ...you take a floatplane shuttle to the trail head.
    ...you need a 4x4 to get to the trail head.
    ...you still have to climb another hour past the tree line.
    ...there is no cell reception on the entire trail.
    ...you have to carry crucial bike parts in your camelback because it would take you multiple days to walk out of the trail area and even then, the closest bike store is 60 miles away.

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    You know its serious singletrack when you're not 100% sure if you're covered in mud or if it's actually feces.


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    You need to rappel down the cruxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpressnall
    You need to rappel down the cruxes.
    You mean something like this

    Singin' I love hike a bike!!!

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    You know its serious singletrack when...

    you get back to the trailhead, and your bike looks like this....


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    ....when after a ride your arms hurt more than your legs.

    ....when you're bleeding and you've no idea why.

    ....when your entire focus on life is 10-20ft in front of you.
    It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPinFL
    ...throughout the ride your thoughts are only about what's coming up next and not about your everyday life. There's no time for life reflections.
    Exactly. This is one of the main reasons I ride.

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    You're itchin' to go ride it because it's so good, but you're hoping to wait for double digit temperatures to get out. I may not wait that long.

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    I love it! Where is that?

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    ..when you have ridden the same trail hundreds of times and you still get psyched thinking about riding it (plus its within riding distance of your house).

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    You wad out hard and get back on your bike fast before you realize how hurt you really are so you can keep riding. Then on the drive home you figure it out.

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    .. when there's skulls mixed in with the babyheads.
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    This....

    Quote Originally Posted by marzjennings
    ....when after a ride your arms hurt more than your legs.

    ....when you're bleeding and you've no idea why.

    ....when your entire focus on life is 10-20ft in front of you.

    And this.....

    Quote Originally Posted by JPinFL
    ...throughout the ride your thoughts are only about what's coming up next and not about your everyday life. There's no time for life reflections. .
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    when there's a near shear drop if you ride off the trail

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    When you have to look ahead cautiously and make sure the 12' gator isn't in the middle of the trail at the bottom of a hill sunning himself or waiting for dinner.
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    you need to pee really, really badly, but you're afraid to stop and dismount.
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    "You know the trail is good when you all can do is hear you way down it...."

    I heard it in person, then later read it in Bike magazine.
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    When you get in that zone of

    relaxed-focused-aggression and the trail just unwinds before you, the scenery blurs, all you see is the 30 - 40 feet of trail in front of you, all you feel are the endorphins rushing through your veins, you're gigglin like a school girl and ACDC is rockin in your head.

    That's single track.

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    Tripper, you got a laugh out of me; I assume thats in AZ.

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    ...an arachnaphobe will put up with cobwebs hitting their face just to be the first one on a great trail on a morning ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate.
    i dont wanna sound like "that guy" but my skills have progressed to the point where i dont have anything but 1 or 2 sections i cant ride and none of em are downhills. just a weird lil bridge at the top of a climb, right after a switchback, with steep drop offs on each side. i need new trails to ride. i miss going otb and getting bloody.
    Get a cross bike and start over. Really a great way to hone skills and find new challenges on the same old trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate.
    i dont wanna sound like "that guy" but my skills have progressed to the point where i dont have anything but 1 or 2 sections i cant ride and none of em are downhills. just a weird lil bridge at the top of a climb, right after a switchback, with steep drop offs on each side. i need new trails to ride. i miss going otb and getting bloody.
    I have new trails to ride every week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheotherH
    ...an arachnaphobe will put up with cobwebs hitting their face just to be the first one on a great trail on a morning ride.
    Reminds me of my first trail that I rode when I first moved to Florida. I couldn't take all of the webs anymore. So I rode the rest of the trails with a palm leaf attached in front of my bike to catch all of the webs and spiders.


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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I love it! Where is that?
    Quote Originally Posted by bpressnall
    Tripper, you got a laugh out of me; I assume thats in AZ.
    Yep Samaniego Ridge Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains North of Tucson.

    Here's another shot from the first zip line ride we had a better set up the second time around.


    This trail got a bad review here https://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-s...7_4513crx.aspx

    Everything he said is true or was true the Forest Service worked the trail from both ends and then the local MTB community with approval of the FS worked the middle section. It's still a long serious day with the bike plenty of hike a bike along the way as well as lots of fun down hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheotherH
    ...an arachnaphobe will put up with cobwebs hitting their face just to be the first one on a great trail on a morning ride.
    You know its serious singletrack when. . .-spider.jpg

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    You know it's serious singletrack when you have to tie your jersey around your leg to slow the bleeding while you ride out.
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    You relive it in your dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc
    Or come ride in S. AZ where I am sure you would find what you are looking for...
    A tour of the Tortolitas aught to do the trick. A jaunt of the Lemmon Drop should work as
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    And those are just a couple that come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkgriswald
    relaxed-focused-aggression and the trail just unwinds before you, the scenery blurs, all you see is the 30 - 40 feet of trail in front of you, all you feel are the endorphins rushing through your veins, you're gigglin like a school girl and ACDC is rockin in your head.

    That's single track.
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    You know it's serious singletrack when you keep involuntarily giggling to yourself as you come around the next bend and find more stuff that looks like this.....

    Not my photos... just some I've gleaned over the years here on mtbr. (I've tried to give photo credit in the name of the image if you want to click on properties)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    You know it's serious singletrack when you keep involuntarily giggling to yourself as you come around the next bend and find more stuff that looks like this.....
    If you're giggling, can it be that serious?

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    you know its serious when it kills you.

    has that ever even happened?

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    you know its serious when it kills you.
    has that ever even happened?
    It happened to me once. I sucked it up and kept riding.


    ... actually it happens a lot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RideFaster
    ...when you are amazed you didn't die.
    That's my metric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshman108
    when all you can think about is how long it would take someone to find your remains
    ^This has come across my mind a few times.

    And getting an adrenaline dump then re-experiencing the flashbacks later that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPinFL
    ...throughout the ride your thoughts are only about what's coming up next and not about your everyday life. There's no time for life reflections.

    On the nose EXACTLY. That's why mtb & whitewater appeal to me so much. Nothing else gets in - just you & the trail/creek.

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    .....your ultimate goal in life lies 20-30 feet in front of you....then you attain it.......then a brand new one presents itself immediately.

    ......you think about it some hours later and start chuckling
    Go ride your bike.

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