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    Mojo Acupuncturist taodoc's Avatar
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    Question Day Trip Easy Trail Suggestions?

    My girlfriend got a bike recently, but is in no way interested in anything technical. Town Lake or Walnut (highways only) are about her skill level.

    Does anyone know of some nice easy trail riding in the countryside? Close enough to day trip from Austin?

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    McKinney Falls is super easy. That's where I took my daughter for her first off road experience.

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    i *may* have a Spicewood bias, but the beginner loop (6 miles) at Reimers, or the main loop at Muleshoe (7 miles), or a fun little combo at Pace Bend (5-6 miles) might be the ticket. all are in the Hill Country and scenic with good eats nearby and *other* stuff to do after biking (swimmng, hiking). McKinney is a good beginner trail, but there's not much of an adventurous feel to it. you could hit up one of these trails and feel pretty accomplished at the end of the day. if you choose one of these Spicewood trails, feel free to PM me for detailed route info that'll help preserve your relationship...

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    I would second McKinney (singletrack) for a new rider, as you have described her.

    Most of it is fun trail that winds through the woods. The climb and descent at the end can be a good introduction to some more challenging stuff. Let her walk down some of the sections the first time (after watching others ride them).

    Then you have the option to ride the walking trail around the park as well. It is paved and has some elevation changes. Great for basic balance skills and building up endurance. Kinda scenic too. A nice ride in the park.

    Personally, I think that she should probably get a little more confidence before trying out Muleshoe, Pace Bend, or Reimers. I know that I've taken beginners to similar trails and they have been discouraged. Better to start with a "sure thing" to get their interest and skills developed. Then move over to Walnut and be selective about routing to suit their skill level.

    After the realization of how much fun and healthy it is she'll soon be ready for a trip to the Hilll Country.

    Hope this helps.
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    'fool,

    your head is leveler than mine. good advice. if it really is a newb situation, the "sure thing" that John mentions is right on target. certain success = "i want to do it again!" once the skills and confidence are up, there are lots of options for a good beginner ride. i re-read the original post and 'fool's suggestion wins.

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    Thanks.

    I'll take her out to McKinney. I haven't been there so didn't know what it was like.

    Moojo: I really like Muleshoe and Reimer's. They would, however, be way outside her comfort zone. She has no interest in gaining technical skills and she's is practically a newb to bicycling. She's still getting comfortable with just being on the bike. Town Lake makes her nervous (mostly due to the crowds).

    Thanks, guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taodoc View Post
    I'll take her out to McKinney. I haven't been there so didn't know what it was like.

    Moojo: I really like Muleshoe and Reimer's. They would, however, be way outside her comfort zone. She has no interest in gaining technical skills and she's is practically a newb to bicycling. She's still getting comfortable with just being on the bike. Town Lake makes her nervous (mostly due to the crowds).

    Thanks, guys!
    right on. i rethougt after i reread. McKinney should be crowd free and it is a fun park to explore. baby steps...

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