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    Missin' the mountains

    Just moved back to Texas from NM and I'm really craving those mountain trails! Anybody feel my pain? Got a quick fix for my withdrawals?

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    i moved from wales to texas. i feel the same way.

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    i know what you mean .i am originally from Colorado and lived in New Mexico for awhile and loved the mountain riding.

    i still have fun down hear though.

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    I just got here (Frisco) from AZ last week. Has anyone been up to Mena, AR? Is it worth the drive as far as "mountain" riding?
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    I was in AR last weekend and rode the Womble trails... It was excellent singletrack with more elevation change than you will get in TX. I'm sure you can find some good stuff out there as there are real mountains, not just big hills like we have here in Central and North Texas.

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    Mena is supposedly not as fun as the stuff in Northern AR, but sounds ok. I have not been there. I have been to Devil's Den and it's good stuff.

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    I miss themountains too and I have lived in Ft Worth since I was 1....

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    I drove through texas twice in June and that is enough for me to miss the mountains. I refuse to live there. Here is an interesting link though: Oklahoma mtn biking
    I'm not sure where you are in texas but I was surprised to find this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasbiker
    Just moved back to Texas from NM and I'm really craving those mountain trails! Anybody feel my pain? Got a quick fix for my withdrawals?

    Umm, move back?? Just kidding.

    Funny, I made a trip to Colorado in June. My first time in the mountains. It was a great trip with wonderful riding.

    And when I got back to Texas, I had a new appreciation for the skills that our trails require. True, the scenery isn't as pretty (though some would disagree with me), but I think the experience of our XC biking is much more intense and demanding.

    So I guess my suggested "quick fix" is: love what ya got.

    Happy trails!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionwoman
    but I think the experience of our XC biking is much more intense and demanding.
    I'm with you Clair, I've gotten to be a much more technically capable and confident rider since moving here in 2000.

    When I ended up going to Utah (Moab) the first time in '02 I only had two issues to grapple. 1) Believing in slickrock; and 2) vertical exposure.

    Technically speaking, I didn't find it to be a problem. Of course, how it's four years later and I've grown more and would surely be more comfortable with even more stuff.

    Disclaimer: I am not into, or will ever be intentionally, working the "big" obstacles and drops - just not my thing.

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    The penalty for failure is lower in TX than the mountain states. You go off the trail at Rockledge and at worst, you fall maybe 8 feet. Do that on some of the better NM tracks and you'll find it's a lot longer drop.

    All I miss about Santa Fe is the riding and the summer temps. All the rest is better here.

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    I'm missing Austin.

    Just moved to SoCal. A little north of LA in Ventura county. There are a lot of trails out here so I have a lot of exploring to do. Climbing mountains is crazy. Its a lot of work (exercise?) but coming back down is a lot of fun. But man I miss my trips from shoal creek, to Lake austin, to barton creek greenbelt and back. Oh, and stopping for lunch along the way.

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    Austin is a great place to live if you're a mountain biker. I swear I think that at least once every time I'm out riding.

    But I bet that after you get used to the climbing and get to know the trails, you'll discover a similar enjoyment where you are now. Have fun!
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    Another option in Ark is the Syllamo Trail System. The web site looks good.


    Quote Originally Posted by loco-gringo
    Mena is supposedly not as fun as the stuff in Northern AR, but sounds ok. I have not been there. I have been to Devil's Den and it's good stuff.

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    I think that if you can clear everything in Cameron Park on SS when it is 100F outside + humidity then you can do anything, anywhere, anytime.

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    I s it just me---

    but we do have at least two super duper easy trails I can think of---lake lake and rocky Hill---yeah there's some climbing at Rocky Hill but the last 2 times out there--well it's about the only trail i can think of where there's no drops/ledges to speak of--for that i'm thankful.

    Quote Originally Posted by bear
    I'm with you Clair, I've gotten to be a much more technically capable and confident rider since moving here in 2000.

    When I ended up going to Utah (Moab) the first time in '02 I only had two issues to grapple. 1) Believing in slickrock; and 2) vertical exposure.

    Technically speaking, I didn't find it to be a problem. Of course, how it's four years later and I've grown more and would surely be more comfortable with even more stuff.

    Disclaimer: I am not into, or will ever be intentionally, working the "big" obstacles and drops - just not my thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poff
    I think that if you can clear everything in Cameron Park on SS when it is 100F outside + humidity then you can do anything, anywhere, anytime.
    That is some fun trail! And all that new stuff! You guys in Waco must be really happy about that.
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    I just left the hill country this weekend and hit up mule shoe bend north of austin. I must say after doing 6 miles there memorial in houston is a ride in the park. I'll be here all week. Please tip your waitress. thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poff
    I think that if you can clear everything in Cameron Park on SS when it is 100F outside + humidity then you can do anything, anywhere, anytime.
    I agree with this statement.


    aLaN <-- did not clear everything at Cameron Park.... But sure as hell tried!

    Had a blast going downhill though...

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    Looks like Vertex, fun place to climb too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poff
    Looks like Vertex, fun place to climb too.
    it is the downhill run before the Cave of the Minotaur. (?lil Colorado?)

    I bet it would be fun to climb, but I woudn't want to meet anyone headed down...
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    kind of missing also (the looong downhills)

    but I'm adapting myself to what I have, totally different but fun anyway (Hell, it's always fun to ride my bike!!!)

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    Mountain riding in El Paso Texas

    Texas is a big state. There are several 45 min+ sustained uphill singletrack rides in the Franklin mountains in El Paso, Texas. It can be high risk riding with sharp limestone and various cacti that can cheese-grate and impale you if you blow off the trails. But to answer the no mountains to ride in Texas complaint, it aint so.

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