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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011

    Looking for beginning/intermediate riders around Austin

    Hey guys,

    I just moved here from Tallahassee, and haven't really ridden in about 6 months. I would say I was an intermediate level rider there, but the trails there were mostly hardpack clay with a lot of roots and some embedded limestone, so the loose rocks and gravel out here takes a bit of getting used to.

    I like riding fast, flowing trails with a lot of turns and short technical climbs and downhills where you won't end up in the ER if you screw up. Unfortunately I haven't found much of that around here.

    So far I've ridden Barton Creek Greenbelt, and found the sections that I tried to be above my skill level. Basically I could ride for a little while, then had to get off and walk the steep big rocky sections. The stair like rocks more than about 2 feet high I'm not really comfortable climbing or descending.

    I rode Walnut Creek and there were some fun sections of single track with good climbs through the woods, but they were all pretty short.

    I found St. Edwards yesterday and rode the side on the parking area of the creek, it was fun but really easy.

    Today I rode part of Thumper but the loose rocks kept giving me trouble. I had to walk up Jack's section, and then almost cleaned Katie's climb until the top section. I explored for a little while but couldn't ride a whole lot consistently, so I went back to St. Edwards. The far side of the creek was a lot more fun, but still fairly small. The long rocky climb up to the Balcones preserve was fun, and a couple small downhill runs as well.

    Anyways, I'm looking for riders around the same skill level as me or a little bit better to ride 1-3 times a week or whenever you can to get out on some of the trails around here. It's not all that fun trying to keep up with people a lot better than you, but hopefully after riding here for a couple months I will be able to hang a bit better.

    I'm on the north side of town at 183 and 620, and have a flexible schedule, so I can ride during the day when it's less crowded.

    Let me know if you would like to get together and hit a few trails.

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    You should post up in bike mojo:
    Austin VooDoo

    And check out the meetup group:
    The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group (Austin, TX) - Meetup

    When you are intermediate/early advanced, ping me and I can show you some things around town.

    My site has all the detail you need on trails.
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  3. #3
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    Sep 2012
    Sunday we are goin to greenbelt all the fun stuff. Most uphills we walk though. Maybe you could get more comfortable seeing a few go down first.

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  4. #4
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    Feb 2009
    I recomend attending an Austin Ridge Riders group ride. They break into skill groups and a good place to meet riders to ride with.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2011
    Muleshoe sounds like it would be right up your alley. Also Pace Bend park is in that same area. Both are great trails with flow.

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