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Living in Finale Ligure whe have a mix of steep technical rocky trails
and ancient roman stones singletracks
how is your ideal ride?
what's best on a SS?

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I'm a big fan of Palmer Park, right in the heart of Colorado Springs. Good mix of some technical stuff, pretty good drop-offs, short tough climbs. It doesn't really have long descents or ascents due to the confined nature of it being in town, but just about everything else is there, I really like it.
 

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I like trails with plenty of variety and multiple personalities. I feel lucky to live in a state (Oregon) where there's plenty of this. Meanwhile, here's a photo of Middle Fork Trail (I didn't take it) that captures something else... Oregon's prehistoric rain forest scenery. That's another facet I like about a trail -- the beauty along the way.
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My favorite since I started riding has always been the tahoe rim trail from kingsbury summit to spooner summit.

Its 7 miles up (1300 or so vertical feet) and 6 miles down. Starts out with some technical climbing and then most of the way up is easy/moderate singletrack with some boulders and such to clear. You ride in the shade of pine trees, see stunning views of lake tahoe from on high, good traction, not heavily traveled but you'll see a few friendly people along the way.

Its pretty close to perfect.
 

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My favourite trail has hot kickass mtb babes leading me up every climb and others handing out cups of gatorade at the top.

I haven't found it yet, but when I'm struggling on a ride, I certainly have imagined it!
 

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My favorite is a coastal trail on my single speed which is fast and tight with epic views and only a few minutes spin from my house or work. Has some fun technical drops and steep exposure. I can hit it day and night.

Can see a bridge peeking out from the fog.
 

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Are you asking for my favorite or the one I ride most?

Local everyday ride is wide open desert single track. Lots of mileage, lots of up and down but nothing sustained.

Mountainous landforms Landscape Soil Mountain Terrain


Recent fave would be the Rainbow Rim. 36 miles on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Vegetation Nature Natural environment Natural landscape Plant community


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I love those that challenge me

be it climbing a technical terrain or descending fast on the flowy ones..

There are some examples at my YouTube page (I'm the one with the cam, the 'models' are obviously singlespeeders)

http://www.youtube.com/user/IlanCarmel#p/u/3/onGQjTra3fQ

Naturally most videos are of descents, for some reason people don't appreciate videos of guys standing up and pedaling.. real...slow...

Helmet-cam videos are still new to me, so better clips should follow.
 

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Mike, you really live in Finale ? It's one of my favorite spots. I hope to be there in March and ride all those sweet trails.
 

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Under the trees with well drained volcanic soils ... plenty of variety nothing too scary unless you really want it and best of all not too many people ... only 72.2kms from my front door.
http://www.riderotorua.com/
 

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Colo Springs E said:
I'm a big fan of Palmer Park, right in the heart of Colorado Springs. Good mix of some technical stuff, pretty good drop-offs, short tough climbs. It doesn't really have long descents or ascents due to the confined nature of it being in town, but just about everything else is there, I really like it.
sounds good ,you mention different terrains ,that means a SS bike is fine for almost anything it's only a matter to get used to and stay with open mentality?
Hope so ...
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After reading all the replys (and beatiful photos )you guys send
would say:
you mention different terrains ,that means a SS bike is fine for almost anything it's only a matter to get used to and stay with open mentality?
Hope so ...


Mike
PS I really live in Finale Ligure ciao
 

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Mike ridefree.it said:
Living in Finale Ligure whe have a mix of steep technical rocky trails
and ancient roman stones singletracks
how is your ideal ride?
what's best on a SS?

Mike
After reading all the replys (and beatiful photos )you guys send
I would say:
you mention different terrains ,that means a SS bike is fine for almost anything it's only a matter to get used to and stay with open mentality?
Hope so ...

Mike
PS I really live in Finale Ligure ciao
 

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Mike ridefree.it said:
sounds good ,you mention different terrains ,that means a SS bike is fine for almost anything it's only a matter to get used to and stay with open mentality?
Hope so ...
Mike
I'm 47 and in only slightly-better-than-average shape, and I can seriously make just about anything on my SS that I was able to make on my previous geared mtn bikes. To be honest, the only thing for me that's a little frustrating, is pedaling on flats or slight descents... That is the lone time I long for a tougher gear to get some speed going. Most climbs I'm okay with and technical drop-offs and stuff... I don't need gears for that!
 

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thanks to everyrider who joined this thread

I positively impressed by your comments
Single speeders seem to look around and enjoy nature and wilderness.

post more photos and keep riding.

Mike ridefree.it f
 

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Really like Bobsled. Not too bad of an ascent, and the dh part has a long section of pretty much like a half pipe. Few jumps over rocks and cars (yes, cars!), but I'm too old to be taking those anymore. :D
 

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Mmmmm.... Finale Ligure....

I'd love to go back there someday! It's where you can start out here:



Ride through here:



End up on old cobbles:



And follow the cobbles into town for a an amazing cappuccino on the shores of the Med.:



Please excuse the gears and suspension, it was a borrowed bike.

As far as my favorite trail? Hmmm.... That's tough, so many choices. One of my favorites is where I first rode a singlespeed:



Yep, there's a singletrack ribbon down there. When you ride this trail, that has some great flow and technical on it, you may come cross something like this:



I love that trail:

 

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Bogus Basin in Idaho. Rolls great, hit Hulls Gulch and slide around and make a big mess on all that dry dirt. When you are done hit the street and ride right into Boise.
 
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