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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Sortaslow » October 3rd, 2013, 4:29 pm

I'd call them people on bikes that happened to find a trail that is way over their heads. But I wouldn't call them bikers. Do they think they are heading to a rail trail?

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby c0nsumer » October 3rd, 2013, 4:51 pm

Sortaslow wrote:Do they think they are heading to a rail trail?


Very probably, and then were in way over their heads. A lot of people think that "mountain biking" is anything that's not on a road, and their only experience with "trails" is rail trails.

There's been a number of times when I've mentioned to coworkers that I'm going for a ride and they ask if I'm going for a ride on the PCT or whatnot, and they mention how it's "pretty rough".

When I first started riding a handful of years ago I had no idea what proper MTB trails were like, I just knew that I wanted to ride a bike. Then I found MTB trails and that I liked them a lot.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Sortaslow » October 3rd, 2013, 6:15 pm

Except it takes about 1/10 of a mile to realize, holy *beep*, this aint a 'bicycle with a basket' ride. Lacking common sense I'd say.
But i do agree, tell people you mt bike and they say "oh, you ride paint creek trail?"
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby bgerlach » October 3rd, 2013, 6:24 pm

Regardless as a land manager I would prefer they do not leave with a bad taste in their mouth. Hopefully the novice trail will alleviate most of these instances and may help graduate more riders to the bigger trail once they develop the skills and confidence.

Sortaslow wrote:Except it takes about 1/10 of a mile to realize, holy *beep*, this aint a 'bicycle with a basket' ride. Lacking common sense I'd say.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Sortaslow » October 3rd, 2013, 6:27 pm

Yes, i do not envy your position with something like this.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby BForhan » October 3rd, 2013, 6:51 pm

I love the trail, I just need to ride it when I am not racing the Arcadian Grit and Gravel Race. Then I can take in more of what is around.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby c0nsumer » October 3rd, 2013, 6:59 pm

bgerlach wrote:Regardless as a land manager I would prefer they do not leave with a bad taste in their mouth. Hopefully the novice trail will alleviate most of these instances and may help graduate more riders to the bigger trail once they develop the skills and confidence.


Agreed, I think that's a great idea. I hope you didn't think I was arguing against it. Having trail for all levels of rider is ideal, as it really increases the park's draw.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby MLKuhl » October 8th, 2013, 10:39 am

Planning on heading up for a day of riding in a couple weeks as long as weather looks good. Will be my first time riding here, how is it during bow season? I read not recommended during gun season. Also, any problems with break in's recently. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby bgerlach » October 8th, 2013, 5:37 pm

MLKuhl wrote:Planning on heading up for a day of riding in a couple weeks as long as weather looks good. Will be my first time riding here, how is it during bow season? I read not recommended during gun season. Also, any problems with break in's recently. Thanks in advance.


There are a few bow hunters there but no instances of conflicts. No break-ins this year - Sheriff Department is pretty sure they caught the culprits last year.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby lunge bob sweatpants » October 8th, 2013, 9:14 pm

bgerlach wrote:There are a few bow hunters there but no instances of conflicts. No break-ins this year - Sheriff Department is pretty sure they caught the culprits last year.

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This good news! I hit this trail quite a few times during the summer and most times the parking lot is empty. Ever since the last break in, I've been paranoid that I'll come back to a busted out window or worse, a missing vehicle.
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