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4/11/12 11:17 A

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Usually it's yield to the person coming down the hill. Someone must of gotten there first, so whoever is the most 'committed' to their descent/ascent, should be given favor. For example, if you approach a short downhill and someone is huffing and puffing up hill, then stop and give way to them (and give them room to get up and over). It is not a hard and fast rule. I think it's a hard one to assess because someone always yields depending on tiredness, ability, cellphone ringing, water break, waiting for someone else, etc. so I wouldn't worry about etiquette. Just remember, it's easier to stop going up, then going down, which is the real reason for the yield issue. It's sketchy to try and stop on a rocky, steep hill halfway down. Always yield to hikers. Put a bell on your bike and ring it far back so they know you are coming. Don't just assume they know you are there and try to pass them. Same for another bike. If you are going to pass someone make sure they know you are going to do so. Nothing is worse than swerving to the left to miss a rock or turtle and you hit someone that didn't announce their passing. "On your left" is the common one.

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4/10/12 1:15 P

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot. ALWAYS yield to equestrians and ask how they want to handle passing. If you get startled, your ride won't buck you off headfirst (at least, probably.)

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4/10/12 8:23 A

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This is a great question. I agree with KA_JUN. I generally yield when I can yield. I carefully survey the trail before starting any segment that is difficult or very narrow to make sure the way is clear.

This goes without saying, but if you have to stop, try to find a place where you can get off the trail. I came flying around a corner on a mild descent and found two riders side-by-side stopped in the middle of the double track trail. I saw them just in time. The only way to avoid a head-on collision was to go off the trail and lay my bike down!

They where on hybrid comfort bikes and were an older couple. Nice people. They apologized. They were trying trail riding for the first time.

Have fun and be nice to other riders, hikers, runners or anyone else you meet on the trail. That is really what it is all about.

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4/9/12 4:59 P

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Thanks to all for your input. Much appreciated.
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4/9/12 10:30 A

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YMMV, but from what I've learned, it's dependent on if the trail is directional (one way). That said, I generally agree with the previous poster who indicated yielding to riders ascending. If I see another rider attempting to clean a difficult climb, I won't start my run until they pass, or if they indicate (maybe after not clearing it, that I can proceed). I also will not yield to riders proceeding downhill if attempting to clean a difficult to climb section of trail, but I won't start an ascent if I see riders nearby coming down. If on level terrain, both riders can just slow it down and work it out. No problem. Ride on!

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4/9/12 8:54 A

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You could be right. The trail would dictate the etiquette, where one is riding. Our local trail is a fast moving, up and down single track, with much yielding going on to the faster riders. Our southern hospitality is about a flat out yield, to whomever gets to do it first and many thanks. It could be dubbed 'the gracious hospitality track'. It's not so crowded, yet as it is about 3 years old, but word is out and we get people from all over coming again and again.

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4/9/12 8:12 A

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I must say I am surprised at the answers... Because if the trail is steep, and there is two way traffic, if the cyclist trying to climb stops, he/she may not be able to start cycling again! The only logic to yielding to the cyclist descending a hill is if he/she may not be able to stop, but in a narrow trail with two way traffic, nobody can ride fast, it is flat out dangerous.

So, I would yield to the cyclist climbing, and if I am climbing, would not stop for a descending cyclist.

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4/9/12 7:18 A

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If I am going slower and someone passing, then I pull over. If coming downhill, the other cyclists usually yield the right of way, like the previous person noted. Hikers see us coming down hill and yield to us, although, I've had to come to quick stops. If a steep drop off all, take caution and yield respectively.

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4/8/12 11:26 P

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Good question but I don't know this one?
I unusually yield to those going downhill, when I'm riding uphill, since it's easier to stop when climbing.
Most of our mt. bike trails are cross country ski trails so they have the direction of travel posted for the skiers. (one way trails) Most bikers also follow the one-way flow, so there isn't much directional conflict.

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I'm new at mountain biking and would like to learn "etiquette" on the trails. On a narrow single track, who has the right of way when one is biking toward the other?
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