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So I did the cowboy Trail on Monday morning on the advice of Big slacker.
I left at about 7am which was not nearly early enough for this Montanan, I got overheated fairly quickly and finding shade was next to impossible, I continued on, determined to find that glorious view that I keep hearing about at the top. I found the Cacti to be a bit annoying, stopping and putting my leg down in a bad spot while I was looking at the scenery and spent ten minuts pulling out thorns (stooopid) I also ended up getting off the main trail and trying some of the cut off trails made, arrrgg they go everywhere with no clear direction I wont make that mistake again, so I get back on the main trail, IM plugging along, 3.7 miles in, and I apparently found a Cactus with my rear tire, glad I had an extra tube as I spent the next hour picking thorns out of my tire with my fingers. Finally fixed I tried to finish the ride but decided do to my shotgun looking old tube, to head back down, The downhill was as expected and very fun, some of it technical, however my only close get off was when my tire hit a loose rock and kicked me over so for the new riders something to be aware of.
And without further Adieu.....
 

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The cacti can be brutal up there. On our last trip one of the guys had 3 flats. You have to go back again though. The view from the top is worth the trouble.
 

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Run tubeless if you can. Not a guarantee but I get maybe one flat a year out here. Almost a must have for desert riding. Cowboy Trails can shred your tire anyways as the rocks tend to be very sharp. Carry a spare tube and some Co2 if you can.
 

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If you don't have tubeless, the best way to go about it is to double wrap your tubes with an older (pinched) tube. You cut the old tube ("Gutted") and wrap it around the new tube (prefereably a tube fill with slime) apply plenty of powder so they don't stick to each other.
I haven't had a flat since I double warp my brand new slimme tubes. (Knock on wood) and now I am even running my tires at only 30 -32 PSI.
 
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