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    Buck Creek Trails - Abilene - Novice needs a Guide

    Curious if anyone would be willing to show a Novice MTB'r around the Buck Creek Trails in Abilene.

    My dad is currently down visiting some family and paid his dues got the Combo, but was told not to ride them solo because of snakes and getting lost.

    He is far from being able to handle stunts or narly trails, just starting out in the MTB world.

    Here in Washington the local bike club www.bbtc.org has some novice group rides, but haven't been able to find anything similiar online.

    If there are group rides that will take on a Novice that would be great.

    Thanks for the assist.

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    I spent a couple of months out there a few years ago for work and rode the trails pretty often. I rarely saw other people out there in about 15 trips. I don't think the trails are used very often, but they are surprisingly good considering they are in the middle of nowhere.

    I got a map at the LBS and went on my own. If your father is a true novice, he might want to stay off the back side of the trails as they are definitely harder (the guys at the LBS can tell him about that). I would also recommend taking extra tubes and water. The cacti there are pretty bad and I would get flats at least every other ride.

    I'm not sure if there's a local bike club there, but the guys in the LBS that maintain the trails could provide more info.

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    Actually, the trails are ridden more than you think and are in the best condition they have ever been. Problem is, there has never been a set group ride. For whatever reason, it seems most go solo. Recently, we have been more diligent in promoting a biking community out at Buck Creek. A casual Wednesday evening ride started a week ago--all riding abilities welcome, just bring a helmet (for common sense and insurance reasons). We start between 6 and 6:30 pm after the guys at Biketown get off work. As for your other concerns--snakes, trail difficulty, and getting lost...there are snakes, just keep an eye out and yield to them, they live there full time; the trail has numerous difficulty options (you can pick up a trail map at Biketown and get the 411 from the guys); there are about 12 miles of trail on a 100 acres (give or take a few acres), so while it is possible to get lost, just stick to the trail and you'll get back to the parking lot soon enough. I hope this helps and encourages you to ride our wonderful trail.

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    Forgot...we do have a local bike club and web site, http://www.bicycleabilene.com/ The site was hacked a few months ago and will be up again soon (that's what the site claims at least). However, I will add that the best information on trail riding comes from the guys at Biketown.

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