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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by special View Post
    So this is weird but...anyone find some fox shorts out there after Tuesday’s ride? I changed at my car near the Clinic and cannot find my shorts. Impressive and sad at the same time. If anyone has any info on the wearbouts of my shorts, please contact me via pm.

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    Went out this afternoon to trim face slippers and found the trails in decent shape. After a couple hours of work I actually high tailed it home to squeeze a ride in before dark. Trails were soft but rideable. Should be mostly fine tomorrow morning and almost perfect in the afternoon.

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    I concur. I did a road ride with a small bit of "testing." Today should be good most places.
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    I just met 2 older females at the wooden bridge near sunset valley. Their names were Lucy and Hellen, and they had just removed the wooden bridge completely. Just a heads up to anyone coming thru that area.

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    Did Lucy have a dog with her?

    I don't think I like Lucy.

    And thanks for the heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydizz View Post
    I just met 2 older females at the wooden bridge near sunset valley. Their names were Lucy and Hellen, and they had just removed the wooden bridge completely. Just a heads up to anyone coming thru that area.
    I'm free tomorrow if anyone want to head out there and put them back up. I don't have tools but can lift and drag stuff.

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    Neither had a dog with them. As soon as I confronted them they started packing up their goods. They said the reason for tearing it down is because they don’t want riders coming thru sunset Valley. And also that “you aren’t allowed to build a structure in a spillway” (i.e. the creek) they have flooding problems down from there. BUT THEY DISPOSED OF THE BRIDGE IN! THE! CREEK!! Their solution for bike is that “eventually” Brodie lane will have bike lanes and the “evenutally“ the violet crown trail will connect close.

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    Yeah, because people want to ride mountain bikes on Brodie Lane.

    I am under the impression that the snobs of Sunset Valley are the reason why the bike lane ends right there. Why does the bike lane end right at SV anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydizz View Post
    BUT THEY DISPOSED OF THE BRIDGE IN! THE! CREEK!!
    It was proposed tonight to cut down the Gates of Mordor and throw them into the creek bed too.
    "Good news Sunset Valley, the creek bed is now COMPLETELY blocked. Yay, right?"

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    I'm thinking my wife and I will just spend a lot of time riding the trail in Sunset Valley... Push hard and you can get a quick five miles (two or three loops) in every morning/evening.
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    Everyone make sure you talk loud and maybe even sing as you go down Oakdale. Maybe the residents will say, "It was better when those bikers were out in the woods."
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    Quote Originally Posted by attaboy View Post
    That snake is not poisonous.
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    Me: No little one, this snake isn't poisonous at all

    Snake bites boy and boy immediately starts to spasm and foam at the mouth, leaving the other kids watching, horrified

    Me: However, this snake is venomous. Venom is always injected, poison is ingested or absorbed through the skin. Let's get it right next time lads
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydizz View Post
    They said the reason for tearing it down is because they don’t want riders coming thru sunset Valley.
    There you have it. As we suspected/knew "it's a preserve" has nothing to do with our banning. A typical "environmentalist" maneuver. At the city council meeting one of the councilmen even asked, "Why is this a preserve and who made it one?"

    It so illustrates one of my favorite jokes. But lately the more I tell the joke the more angry I become.

    Q: What's the difference between an environmentalist and a developer?
    A: A developer wants to build a house on protected land. An environmentalist already has a house on protected land.
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    I'm not following you, Tip... Who said that mtb are banned from Sunset Valley greenbelt? Or are you referring to a specific part of the greenbelt?

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    Bikes are definitely not allowed in the South Hills Conservation Area, which connects to the Sunset Valley trails. South Hills can be accessed through the big gates, which were erected specifically to deter bikes. I think this was a selfish, greedy move by the snobs in the neighorhood, but I previously only rode through there a few times and have not crossed the gates since they went up. The trail there was not very exciting, but a good connector to make a contiguous loop from Wm. Cannon to Indian Grass. Now the route is convoluted, so I hope those grinches are happy with their special land "preserve" aka old relapsed hippie country club.

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    Lame trail, but great connector to continue the loop. I walked through it once with the bike soon after it closed and it was very sad. The state of the preserve without mountain bikers moving trees and handling damage was dramatic.

    Thank goodness you can now ride up Pokémon and ride down WC to hit Brodie. This was a hit to me because I am coming from the north to ride Southie trails and used to come through the preserve. Now that the bridge is gone, Its a huge bummer. I am looking forward to the new line that goes form the creek bed right up there. I see that the vandalism will all be in vain and that trail may naturally get a serious GB style line now using that area. My favorite direction is to drop in from WC at the hill and ride out to washtub.

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    I went out yesterday and began reconstruction of the bridges. I didn't have nails and such so I just piled up a, literal, ton of rocks and layed them in place. The first one is rideable but didn't have the means to build the bridge needed for the second stretch.

    I was thinking about it today and don't know that I want to put in the effort to build something that can be easily destroyed so I'm thinking about looking into a path in the creek bed.

    To be clear, I only want the ability to get to the GOM, not into the preserve. As much as I'm annoyed by having to ride down Brodie it's only a short jog and bikes were never allowed in the preserve anyways. I'm actually pretty annoyed at the people who ignored the gates that drew attention to the bridges getting them removed.
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    When I came to Austin in '07 I moved into an apartment complex on Brodie Lane that backs up to the area being discussed. I started riding in Sunset Valley because it was easy for me to access, and at that time there was no wooden gate stopping you riding up the hill. There was a swing gate at the end to the flat trail that stopped you from going on the east side of the hill, behind the homes (not a part of Sunset Valley). The entire hill ride was maybe a kind of five minute loop (or a few more minutes depending what part of the trail you included) and it was a short but nice addition to the rest of the Sunset Valley trail. And I must say I never saw more than a couple of walkers over the few years I rode there.

    The first sign that things were changing was the placement of a sign saying that the hill trail was not open to bike or horses. This sign was right at the trailhead to go up the hill.

    The wooden gate came after I stopped riding for a few years.

    Around '11 I moved to an apartment complex on William Cannon that also backed up onto the same area, and would ride down behind it to the riverbed, and then along the riverbed to a somewhat fenced off area that would take me to the southern part of the Sunset Valley trail area. You could ride alongside the riverbed to the southern side of the hill, and then either skirt the hill keeping alongside the riverbed, or head up the hill. I think the land that had the old fence was sold as some years ago as I saw a notice sign on William Cannon (opposite the church on the hill by Stephenson's Preserve) regarding changing zoning requirements. But I haven't seen anything being built there, so not sure what happened.

    By my estimation, Sunset Valley proper (not west of Brodie) can take about five to eight miles of varying mtb trail potential, including gnarly stuff through riverbeds, and great flowy but flat single track (I never rode the wooden bridge side). And one day I hope it's opened up.

    Regarding Stephenson's Preserve... It's unfortunate that it's not open to mtb, as it's the only area in the SW with any sort of potential for sustained hill climbs/downhills. And if properly developed, it could be a destination that would certainly help the community.
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