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Have you ever road on the NCR?
I have ridden on the NCR. It is a nice ride and very beautiful, but all the miles I did were a smooth path appropriate for strollers and city bikes. I would call it a 'bike path' not to disparage it but to communicate clearly so people don't expect the kind of ride we look for in a 'mountain bike trail'
 

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I have been riding/running the NCR trail for years. That is not a MTB trail, not even close. It's a very scenic & relaxing trail.
I take the family on it sometimes, you can ride basically any type of bike you want on it.
I see a lot of hybrids and a lot of roadies also. My kids used to ride their 16" bikes on it when they were 6...
I have run marathons on it because it's hard packed gravel and easy on the legs.
Rail trail yes, MTB trail no.
 

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Have you ever road on the NCR?
This is the best Freudian slip I've seen in a while. :D

I've ridden the NCR many times and never on a mountain bike. It's not remotely like a mountain bike trail. Gravel roads are more technical. It's a great rail trail and a nice way to ride in nature traffic free.
 

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This is the best Freudian slip I've seen in a while. :D

I've ridden the NCR many times and never on a mountain bike. It's not remotely like a mountain bike trail. Gravel roads are more technical. It's a great rail trail and a nice way to ride in nature traffic free.
Okay, I didn't know we were getting that technical. I thought of a long trail close to Towson. I guess it's taboo to mention a trail.
But this puzzles me, gravel roads are more technical, but a large part of the NCR is gravel. Yeah, New Freedom, paved.
And you are going to have some issues riding it on a road bike. I road that trail for years, (Not in the last several) and was on it around the time it first opened.
Psst, I never road it on a mountain bike either.

Okay, flame away.........:madmax:
 

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This is the best Freudian slip I've seen in a while. :D
Thought the same!

Okay, I didn't know we were getting that technical. I thought of a long trail close to Towson. I guess it's taboo to mention a trail.
But this puzzles me, gravel roads are more technical, but a large part of the NCR is gravel. Yeah, New Freedom, paved.
And you are going to have some issues riding it on a road bike. I road that trail for years, (Not in the last several) and was on it around the time it first opened.
Psst, I never road it on a mountain bike either.

Okay, flame away.........:madmax:
Nobody is flaming and it's not taboo, you're missing the point here. I'm sure it's a lovely trail, but when someone asks me about a good Mexican restaurant in town I don't suggest an Italian joint.

To my knowledge the NCR is crushed gravel, very different from the gravel used on gravel roads... The wiki above calls it 'stone dust.'
 

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Okay, I didn't know we were getting that technical. I thought of a long trail close to Towson. I guess it's taboo to mention a trail.
But this puzzles me, gravel roads are more technical, but a large part of the NCR is gravel. Yeah, New Freedom, paved.
And you are going to have some issues riding it on a road bike. I road that trail for years, (Not in the last several) and was on it around the time it first opened.
Psst, I never road it on a mountain bike either.

Okay, flame away.........:madmax:

No flames coming but....gravel roads are not technical. I see little kids with training wheels on the NCR.
I see a whole lot of roadies and they don't seem to have any problems, they are usually flying past me at a high rate of speed.
I usually take my hybrid and it has skinny roadie type tires, no issues with it.
Maybe when you rode it last it was more loose gravel, not sure.
I do really enjoy the trail but don't take my FS on it, no need.
 

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lol. It's old, I know, but holy cow the NCR is not a trail. It is a very well groomed path. My dad and I used to ride (not road) it all the time. He on a Cannondale Hybrid, I on my old Specialized rigid hardtail. In no shape or form should anyone looking for a MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE be directed to the NCR.
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The NCR is a lovely way to get base miles in, and is a relaxing ride. Take it all the way up to the PA line, and the way back is mostly slightly downhill.

If you're taking people to the NCR for a "mountain bike ride", maybe next ride the B&A "trail". Now this one is fully paved, and has some super technical climbs over various roads and whatnot :rolleyes:
 

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Roadie/Gravel'r living in Bmore just got his first MTB and looking to ride some "Trails" Not the NCR (I can nearly roller skate the NCR) Sorry, I couldn't resist.. Need to poke fun in this new normal we are all dealing with lol

Okay, So I ride Loch Raven a lot, but haven't explored all the trails.. Im looking for fun up and down single track that isnt to technical (clarify: Im not looking to get air or big drops or go rock crawling)

Would you recommend Patapsco over LGP or vice-versa? Also, anything out west worth a 1 hour ride to?
 
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