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Off the Beaten Track

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KP a Cross Country Rider from Columbia,TN, USA

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2010

Strengths:    Written very well, very informative. Everything you need when venturing to a new area or getting to know your local area even better.

Weaknesses:    Not waterproof???

Bottom Line:   
Great book written by a great guy. Go out, buy the book, and support Jim so he can keep writing!

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Favorite Trail:   Black Mountain or Ridgeline

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Browsed at other books in store and they didn't seem to compare.

Bike Setup:   07 Stumpjumper FSR XO/X9 ex1750s etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris dusack a Cross Country Rider from atlanta, ga, usa

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2002

Strengths:    Consistent, easy to read maps. Newer books have mile markers listed on map. Simple but effective 2 page per trail layout.

Weaknesses:    Maps not to scale. Some loops would be better ridden as out and back. Bull Mountain should not be listed as advanced. Maps do not indicate trail tread [singled track, forest road, etc.] Area map not to scale. Elevation profiles lack detail.

Bottom Line:   
Buy the book. Buy one for your friend, then buy the rest of the series: NC, TN, etc. That fact that the maps are not to scale actually make them easier to read. I do wish that the maps showed where the singletrack or 2x track is located, although Parham does say how much of each terrain the trail has. The elevation profiles give a very rough shwoign of the terrain, but you can still see how much climbing is invloved. I really like the setup. Each trail has only 2 pages, so making a quick photo copy to take with you on the trail is pretty easy to do. Make sure you buy the latest addition. The LBS might try to sell you an older version. If you buy the GA book, make sure you get the one with 50 or so rides. Parham seems reluctant to include out and backs, so some of the rides have a good amount of non singletrack and in some cases pavement, at least I can test out my lock-out suspsension. Very few mistakes in these books. Trailhead directions are simple and accurate. 5 for value. You can't go wrong with the price of this book. 4 for overall due to my gripes with the undetailed tread and elevation profiles.

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Favorite Trail:   Bull Mtn, Bear Creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Falcon Guide series

Bike Setup:   2002 Spec Enduro Pro and 1998 Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Deadly Tedly a cross-country rider from Atlanta, Ga. USA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This series of books by Jim Parham has got to be the definitive trail guide for mountain bikers in the Southeast. There are several editions for different regions including North Georgia and two separate books for Western North Carolina. Each book contains 25 or so trails rated from Easiest to More Difficult to Most Difficult. Each trail has a short description and a detailed map, as well as driving directions from the nearest town, highway, or bike shop, and highlights such as spectacular views, stream crossings and whoop-de-doos. Local rules and regulations for off-road riding are included as well It also breaks down each ride into mileage segments telling you exactly how much singletrack, doubletrack, gravel road, etc are featured. Each description is not necessarily the best way to ride each trail, especially as trails change and new ones are built, but this is an excellent guide that will get you pointed in the right direction if you're looking for the best riding in the Southeast. The books are updated every two or three years.

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