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Bike Trail Building - Part 2: Quick Update

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Part 1: Cannot Leave Well Enough Alone

I had planned to build a rough bike trail on my property. Over time, as the bike rolled over the trail, the trail would become more distinct. I then got carried away.

Here is the progress as of last night.


This segment is called "Upper Tomato Patch" and drops from my driveway. I widened this segment last night and smoothed the surface a bit.


This is "Lower Tomato Patch". I really did a lot of work on this segment. I smoothed the transition from Tomato Patch segment to the Rocky Wash segment.


I widened Rocky Wash to allow for some fast banking.


I dramatically reworked Rocky Gap. When I took my test bike over this area, I found that the direction of travel through the Gap required a near impossible left turn to stay on the trail when coming downhill. I built up the right hand side of the trail and whacked some roots off the stump to provide a more natural line of travel.


Scramble Hill looks smooth. But It is not smooth. This segment is uneven and rutted. This segment is going to pack down and be a lot like public trails in this area.


I worked over "Tree Bash" quite a bit. I widened the turn. If you try to go to fast through this segment - bash!! - you hit a tree!

Part 2: Test Bike - Specialized Hardrock Sport

I am using the least capable mountain bike at my disposal to test the trail. My son outgrew his large frame Specialized hHrdrock Sport. I got it by default.


This bike is alternately called Little Rocky or Little Blackie.


This bike is pretty much the lowest-end mountain bike that works around here. Little Rocky has OK shifters but weak V--brakes. The front fork is none too good. If this bike can navigate the trail, any of my bikes can.

Part 3: Proposed Route

Here are some undeveloped segments.


Here is the proposed site for Trampoline Cutoff.


This the proposed site for Slippery Slope.


This is the location for No Return Trail.


Here is a picture of the route for the Outer Loop.

Part 4: Time Well Spent?

I have spent over 10 hours working on this trail system. I am only about half way done. Then I am going to need to maintain the trail system or mother nature will reclaim it. However, I should have one full loop done tonight.

Got to go to work. Thanks for reading my blog.
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