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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby Bigtymer » April 12th, 2010, 8:59 am

This is a great trail. Love the climbs :)
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby shoe » April 12th, 2010, 9:07 am

Bkamphuis, thanks for the conditions update. I haven't even rolled a wheel on a mtb or been in the woods yet this year as I have been extremely busy with business. Your note has been forwarded to the Robinette Farm. If they don't get at it within a few days and clear the trees then I will. They are busy pruning in the spring etc, but we'll get it one way or another. It will remain technical as far as washouts and things go as that is part of the fun of Robinettes- It's not a smooth bike path, it's an adventure trail- but we'll get the downed trees out of there.
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby shoe » April 12th, 2010, 12:57 pm

Followup: Ed Robinette says he'll get out there and take care of the downed trees and the leave piles. Have fun!
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby GR_MtnBkr » April 13th, 2010, 8:10 am

Sounds Great! This trail is a great change from Cannonsburg and your right pretty technical, but thats the fun of it. Will definately buy an annual pass this year!! Thanks for the update shoe
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby GR_MtnBkr » April 30th, 2010, 7:24 am

Great ride! There are still a few trees down, but not as many as my first ride
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby kje » July 3rd, 2010, 7:25 pm

Can we ride Robinette's this weekend, July 4th? I'm from out of town, so I don't know the protocol. The lot for the MTB trail is roped off (on the north side of the road), and the shops were closed today (apparently for the holiday) when they would normally be open. I know how it normally works, but I haven't ridden up here in a few years.

BTW, nice work MMBA on cannonsburg sga. I haven't ridden that fast in a while

thanks
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby shoe » July 3rd, 2010, 9:14 pm

yes you can ride it. Park in the gravel lot on the south side of 4Mile rd.
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby kevin g » July 4th, 2010, 12:46 pm

The trail is kind of a mess right now (at least it was on Thursday). There is a downhill section in the 2nd loop out from the orchard that is so washed out that it is pretty much unridable (at least to me).
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby shoe » July 4th, 2010, 4:54 pm

Robinettes is a somewhat technical trail by intent. If anybody ever fixes that washout some of us will be bummed!
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby kevin g » July 5th, 2010, 9:34 am

Fair enough, but that washout has gotten significantly worse (better in your opinion?) over that past month or two with all the rain we have gotten this year.
Maybe you can help me figure out how to navigate that area, do you ride to the side of the tire grabbing ruts or right through them?
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby shoe » July 5th, 2010, 10:13 am

If it's dry you can ride the wall, pedal hard into it and let momentum carry you up onto the wall, put your weight on the downhill pedal to help your tires stick, and arc back down for the 2nd half of the downhill. It's fun. If it's wet you can't pull that off, you have to gingerly ride the rut...and if you have to walk it, or if you fall, that's not defeat! Hope that helps.
Caveat: there have occasionally been bones broken on that descent- so it's better to walk it than it is to hurt yourself- but it's really fun to have some technically challenging trail to ride. Most trails in Michigan require pedaling to get your heart rate up, Robinettes can get your heart rate up in a couple of places with just anticipation!
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby trout_smith » July 5th, 2010, 10:05 pm

The trail begins heading East along the edge of the Cherry trees, then heads North along the East Beltline. Follow the trail around the school and then the singletrack proper begins. Take care here to mind your pedals. The trail is a 6” deep rut and it’s easy to catch a pedal or let your tire ride up the side of it.

In this first 2-mile section, you’ll quickly see now what this trail is all about. Keep your climbing gear handy! With a lack of visibility due to the lush undergrowth here, the short steep climbs will surprise you. Very near the beginning of the singletrack, you’ll come to the top of a small climb and it will look like you can go left or right. Go right to find the older section that was re-opened last year. And – surprise, surprise – get ready to climb. There is a lot of trail packed into a small area here, and they’ve done it by winding the trail back on itself with plenty of switchbacks and tight turns. This isn’t a fast, open trail ala Cannonsburg State Game Area or Luton Park. This is a more claustrophobic experience. Some trails may lull you to sleep, but not here. You’ll be on your toes trying to see ahead of the next turn. There are some good climbs in this section. They’re not lung-busters, but you may need to stand up to grind up some of the steeper ones. Due to the “rough” nature of the trail, always be on the lookout for downed trees and limbs. The folks at the orchard are pretty good about keeping the big stuff off the trail if people let them know about it.

After this first gallop through the woods, you’ll get a little breather when you’re spit out into the orchard again. Follow the trail the best you can here. You’ll be travelling perpendicular to the rows of trees, through the heart of the orchard and heading South, until you see the small blue arrow signs. From here it’s easier to follow. The trail takes you almost back to where you started. You might be tempted to head back to your car. Don’t do it! Take a right at the two-track and enjoy the screaming downhill into the second forested section.

More tight, twisty trail and some bigger climbs (and descents) wait for you here. About halfway through this section, you’ll encounter a terribly rutted washed-out descent. Only the bravest souls will try to ride this out. If you go for it, stay right to avoid the wheel-deep washout, then stay high on the berms left and right all the way to the bottom. If you’re anything less than an expert technical rider, you’ll probably walk your bike down here. After this, there are some longer climbs. What they lack in distance, they make up for in pitch. As it should be, the last climb is the biggest. When you come out at the top, you’ll be riding behind a row of houses and from here, it’s an easy spin back out near the road, along the cornfield and back to your car. A second lap, anyone?

If you like technical trail, and want to improve your shifting and bike handling skills, Robinette’s is perfect. If you don’t like feeling like you’re in a Central American jungle and like your singletrack smooth and fast, this is not the trail for you. It’s probably not a good place to bring beginner riders either. It’s the “littlest toughest” trail around.
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby Guppie » October 5th, 2010, 12:22 pm

What's the status on this trail? Anybody ride it lately?
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby Bigtymer » October 5th, 2010, 12:39 pm

It's in good condition except for one really washed out descent.
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Re: Western: Robinette's

Postby kevin g » October 5th, 2010, 10:08 pm

As of this afternoon, there were several trees down. Nothing too bad though, except that descent.
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