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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    Is the sign marking the way to Dock Nichols park new or have I just failed to notice it till now? I love the idea of trail markings but have been worried about the tree people getting mad about them.
    I went looking for it. All I found is where it use to be. So some anti-sign person tore it off. And I doubt that a tree person would have a problem with how it was installed.

    I am undecided on the signage thing. I certainly wouldn't have had a problem with the one that got torn down. I might have a problem with a "Secret trail that really shouldn't be here" sign though. But the 'Dick Nichols" sign was certainly not pointing out that sort of thing.

    And if I was on some trail system that I was unfamiliar with, then of course I would be a HUGE sign advocate.

    It's always a dilemma with we trail riders. We hate when home owners say, literally, "not in my backyard." But then we start to have that same mentality about "our" trails. We don't want anyone on them but "us." I'm not sure what the solution is to perfecting that balancing act of having enough folks riding the trails to keep them clear but not having too many people that you are smacking into them on blind corners and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    That is how the rest of the SATN is. Yes it can be confusing to riders new to it. But it's not like you are going to get lost in the wilderness and die. Or even that you are going to get lost and be 20 miles from your starting point. You will always be able to pop up on a street and get oriented. So go explore TruDom.
    did just that today at stephenson preserve
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    I went looking for it. All I found is where it use to be. So some anti-sign person tore it off. And I doubt that a tree person would have a problem with how it was installed.

    I am undecided on the signage thing. I certainly wouldn't have had a problem with the one that got torn down. I might have a problem with a "Secret trail that really shouldn't be here" sign though. But the 'Dick Nichols" sign was certainly not pointing out that sort of thing.

    And if I was on some trail system that I was unfamiliar with, then of course I would be a HUGE sign advocate.

    It's always a dilemma with we trail riders. We hate when home owners say, literally, "not in my backyard." But then we start to have that same mentality about "our" trails. We don't want anyone on them but "us." I'm not sure what the solution is to perfecting that balancing act of having enough folks riding the trails to keep them clear but not having too many people that you are smacking into them on blind corners and such.
    It was back this afternoon. I also noticed a couple more over by the veloway.

    I gonna start looking into trail marking options. I would like to lay out a 10-15 mile loop out of DN for the noobs and another with as much trail as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post

    I gonna start looking into trail marking options. I would like to lay out a 10-15 mile loop out of DN for the noobs and another with as much trail as possible.
    That is not a bad idea. After the Big Southie, Greenblur and I were going to pick up all the flags that we had used to mark the routes. But several people asked us not to because they wanted to ride the routes again and told us they needed the flagging.

    Those two loops were both about 15 miles.

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    what is a more subtle way to mark a route that will stay put, but will not bother people because no one will see it unless they are looking for it?

    I have ridden these trails dozens of times and I am starting to enjoy getting lost and not knowing exactly where to go to get anywhere in particular. I just know a few landmarks that keep me oriented and make up the rest as I go along.
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    I was thinking just standard trail "blaze" marking painted on trees. Maybe blues and greens, natural colors.

    I'm not sure what paint is commonly used though. I want to avoid a similar situation to the eb marking fiasco of a few years ago.

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    if someone has a router, drill and a saw, Cedar arrows and or signs would be pretty cool for folks. I have always been a fan of small unpainted pottery markers hung on trees, but those make people slow down and watch.

    How about some QR barcodes for folks to scan with their iphones. jk

    I actually have never ridden with a guide and have ridden most of the trails by just exploring. I think that's the way to go. If you get lost, All you do is open up the MTB Project | Mountain Bike Trail Maps app and it will get you where you need to go.

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    wooden signs attached to the trees seems tasteful and would probably not piss off the neighbors. is there any point at which we can approach the city about making a designated route, the way Brush Creek did? or would that cause more harm than good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    what is a more subtle way to mark a route that will stay put, but will not bother people because no one will see it unless they are looking for it?
    Stacked rocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    wooden signs attached to the trees seems tasteful and would probably not piss off the neighbors. is there any point at which we can approach the city about making a designated route, the way Brush Creek did? or would that cause more harm than good?
    Williamson county approached the builders, not the other way around. Plus they seemed way cooler than Travis county would be.

    Let them come to us. Their hands off approach has worked very well so far. No need to upset the balance.

    Plus, look at the VC fiasco on the GB; we lost trail, it was dumbed down and there was a huge spike in foot traffic and walmart bikes.

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    I urge you all.....NO SIGNS. NO MARKINGS.

    Part of the fun is putting in the time and exploring to find the good shit. You are 100 ft from civilization at all times. You really cannot get dangerously lost unless you're a total idiot.

    And if people want a tour, there are tons of ways to get one.

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    good point. I am far too lazy to have carried out such a plan anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    I urge you all.....NO SIGNS. NO MARKINGS.

    Part of the fun is putting in the time and exploring to find the good shit. You are 100 ft from civilization at all times. You really cannot get dangerously lost unless you're a total idiot.

    And if people want a tour, there are tons of ways to get one.
    Even though I threw out low key sign ideas, I do agree with Ryan. Plus, the way the trail system works with so many sporadic trails, you would be reducing overall exploration or just wending people on a small loops like walnut.
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    I'm interested in the ride tomorrow morning that's posted up on Meetup.com:

    Dick Nichols Park. Intermediate and Advanced Beginner ride(3 to 5 groups) 10 am - The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group (Austin, TX) - Meetup

    I haven't been down here in some time and am curious what trails we'd be riding? I'd be interested in riding as much as possible.

    Thanks,

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    I am leaving my house around 9. Might swing back theough dnp to pick up the group at 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I am leaving my house around 9. Might swing back theough dnp to pick up the group at 10.
    Do it Mack. They need ride leaders. Or a good sweep too.

    Al, we ride all over the SATN. In the past rides there has been at least three groups going at different speeds. The fast group sees more trail than the slow group. Sometimes a group rides longer than the other groups. It just depends on the group's desires.

    The weather is going to be perfect. The trails benefited greatly from the rain so they will also be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Do it Mack. They need ride leaders. Or a good sweep too.

    Al, we ride all over the SATN. In the past rides there has been at least three groups going at different speeds. The fast group sees more trail than the slow group. Sometimes a group rides longer than the other groups. It just depends on the group's desires.

    The weather is going to be perfect. The trails benefited greatly from the rain so they will also be perfect.
    Awesome. I'd like to see as much trail as I can. I will try to be down there at 10am. I had a blast last time, which I think was about a year ago! And I would love to learn how all these trails connect. I like going on very long rides, so the more unique trail I can connect, the happier I am! And the weather does look like it's going to be perfect!

    Thanks,

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    Fun ride today! Got over 16 miles in, and most of it was on trails I'd never seen before. Need to get down there more often and ride with people who are familiar with the trails, as I'd simply get lost otherwise. Tons of people showed up, but I didn't try getting a count (nearly 40 people were signed up on Meetup.com).

    Now to figure out where to ride tomorrow.
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    I have a question that I would like y'all to share your opinion about.

    For me, there are challenging trails, and then also annoying trails. For example, in Circle C Metro, on the southernmost trail, there are a lot of rocks. But somehow they are spaced just right so that there is a challenge in picking a line. You don't have to go over too many. This is a fun trail because of that.

    Now take your mind to the south Veloway loop, Coyote Trail on Strava, the loop that has "the Cliff" on it. Now think of the north leg of that loop, the one that parallels both the creek and the straight jeep track on the other side of the creek. It is very rocky too, but it is the kind of rock that forces you to go slowly over them. Yes it is possible, and there is a challenge in not dabbing, and sure, I get a small sense of satisfaction getting over all of it. But it is not a lot of fun. It's more annoying/work than fun.

    Am I in the minority? Or do most of you feel that way too? I'm not proposing changing anything, (Gawd forgive!) I'm just curious.

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    Just HTFU, Tip.
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