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The closest "okay" trails to my house are a 20 minute drive away. Slightly better ones are approx 35 minutes away and much better ones are a 1- 2 hour drive away.

I'm kind of getting sick of having to drive so far to get to the good trails. Anyone else in the same boat? Does it impact your riding? Sometimes I "settle" for the lesser trails because I don't feel like driving to or can't find someone to go with me to the trails that are farther away. I often end up regretting this.
 

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I often ride about 50 minutes to trails.
Or, drive 20 minutes to the same trails.

Or, drive 30 minutes to a different set of trails.

Or, drive 0.5 - 2.5 hours for a race.
 

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Closest single track is literally directly across the road - a nice little 8km loop through a rural towns wildlife, bush park.
Next up would be a 15 minute drive to a forrestry area with trails every where.
I have an eight hour endurance race 1/2 away in two weeks
Closest specific MTB park is on the coast an 1 1/4 away - but worth the drive.

I really am spoiled for choice up here
 

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I'm very new to mountain biking, but the nearest trail to me starts in my driveway. :) I have a 2.75 mile double track ATV trail around the 300 acre farm my family owns. It starts with a 1/2 mile 270 ft climb that kicks my butt. It's not a very impressive trail, but 2 laps makes a pretty good 45 minute workout and includes climbing loose sandstone, roots, rocks, down trees, and even a stream crossing.

Drive 30 minutes and I can get to 3 or 4 10+ mile single track rides through state parks/forests.

Drive 1 to 1.5 hours I can be in Raystown PA or Davis WV, which I hear are some really great places to ride.

I have no idea why I just started riding a mountain bike 2 months ago. I've lived here for more than 20 of the 42 years of my life. But I'm enjoying myself now!!
 

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I drive about 25 miles to get to the closest set of good, lengthy trails. The next closest ones are like 50 miles.

It really sucks sense until may I lived 4 miles from ~30 miles of absolutely sick single track.
 

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7 minutes by car or 20 by bike. Yes it would affect my riding if there were no trails close, but I mix bush with road and trail and beachside riding so it is all good anyway.
 

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I ride there. Usually between 7 to 26 miles to get there, depending on the trail. It’s nice to be able to warm up properly before hitting the trails, you know?
 

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80 miles from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff. Takes about 1.5 hrs but feels like 30 mins. Such an ecologically diverse drive that I'm fully distracted for most of it. And let's be real, I gotta get that fix.
 

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4 miles to the nearest at San-Lee
15 miles to Governers Creek
23 miles to Harris Lake County Park
40 miles to Lake Crabtree County Park
 

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I've got hours of singletrack starting w/in a half mile of my house, as do most folks who live here in Los Alamos. The restaurants are crappy, the women are plain, but if you like rocky singletrack right out your front door, we've got you covered.
 

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Drive? Naw, I've got a bicycle. I sometimes drive to town if I've got a lot of stuff to haul.

I can ride singletrack from my backyard for 150 - 200 miles in a straight line in 3 directions. If I go north, I hit ocean at 15 miles.
 

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10 minute drive to a simple and easy 6 mile loop. I ride there once or twice a month.
25 minute drive to a rec area with 32 miles of loops ranging from beginner to advanced. I do this 5 times a week.
45 minute drive to a 12 mile loop thats intermediate to advanced level. I ride there a few times a summer.
1 hour drive and there are two parks within 5 miles of each other. Intermediate to advanced. Both are a lot of fun.
1 hour + and there are all kinds of parks that I've yet to explore.
10 hours away is Copper Harbor which I will be riding next year at some point.

I have it pretty damn good.
 

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I ride my bike 2-3 miles up some residential streets...and I'm there. Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, TX.

I consider myself lucky.
 

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I have four main trail systems all within 12 miles of my house. The first one starts a couple of blocks away. The other three are either a 10-15 minute drive or an hour ride.... and literally thousands of miles of jeep roads and quad tracks heading in every direction pretty much right from my door as well. Yes, I feel very fortunate.

Yes, it would affect my riding if I had nothing that close. I ride trails every morning before work which would be impossible if they were an hour away like yours. Mountain biking would become a two or three times a month hobby instead of a daily lifestyle. That would stink.

Hang in there. Hopefully you'll get a chance to be closer to trails at some point. It's still worth it.

A few of my local trails.




 

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The first pieces of single track start about a minute's ride from home. Then I keep connecting them until I have a loop that is a good length for the day.
 
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