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    I have ridden the Bauerle/ Slaughter/ Circle C/ Williamson Creek/ Stephenson stuff on my single-speed, but I am a bit worried about riding SS on the Greenbelt stuff. How much more technical is the route in the GB than the rest of it? if it's too gnarly for me, I want to put my 1x9 stuff on my bike tonight so I don't hold everyone up tomorrow morning.
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    Mack, the GB and Stephenson will have some stuff that is steeper and tech-ier than anything on the south loops. If it we're me, I'd go w/ gears. Then if you ride it w/ gears and you think its easy, you can always put the SS back on for the GB next time.

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    Hey Tip, sorry we could not keep up I was waiting for Sean and then got a bit lost. We went back to DN and did the West loop (skipping Slaughter Creek), by the time we made it back we were really hungry :P

    Any chance you want to do the full South one tomorrow? I just don't think I'm ready for the GB yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddy Salazar View Post
    Hey Tip, sorry we could not keep up I was waiting for Sean and then got a bit lost. We went back to DN and did the West loop (skipping Slaughter Creek), by the time we made it back we were really hungry :P

    Any chance you want to do the full South one tomorrow? I just don't think I'm ready for the GB yet.
    We had no idea we lost you. Weren't you behind us just as we were passing Whirlpool cave heading back south down Mopac? We waited for awhile but then gave up because I presumed you would find your way back to the parking lot. So sorry we dropped you.

    The Greenbelt is not that fun for me either. Too much walking because I am not that good.
    So what I am going to do Sunday is go to Dick Nichols at 10:15, then ride backwards on the official north loop, to Culver's on William Cannon right next to the bridge. I plan on meeting Greenblur and whoever else is with him, there at Culver's as they are on the official route, AFTER they have already done the Greenbelt.

    I am then going to lead the group, and whoever met me at Dick Nichols, in the five mile route through Stephenson Preserve. So if you want to learn Stephenson Preserve, and do not want to start at 9am with the BS pre-ride group that will tour the Greenbelt portion of the north route, meet me at Dick Nichols at 10:15 am instead of the 9 am start time. We will ride on trail to Culver's and wait for Greenblur's group. Be warned now that we might me waiting for them to show up for a little bit. We were trying to guess today how long it is going to take them to do the first part of the north route AND the 5 mile Greenbelt loop, and then to pass Culver's on the route. We guessed 1 1/2 hours. It probably will be a bit longer.

    After the Stephenson jaunt, we will then continue on the official north loop back to Dick Nichols. And yes, I would be happy to ride the south route again. So 2 miles to Culvers, 5 miles SP, 2 miles back to DN. 9-10 miles total. Then another 9-10 miles doing the south route guts (minus Bauerle loop). It will be a fun day. The trails are in great shape.

    I had a great time today. Y'all can't fathom how much I enjoy hearing, "I had no idea these trails were here." It just makes me smile knowing that now there is another human newly informed and able to share my joy of the South Austin Trail Network. And that is one of the major goals of the Big Southie.

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    I am going to shoot for 10:15!
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    Great!!! Thanks Tip, I'll see you at 10:15 DN. This time for real

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    I will be there at 9. One speed is all you need.
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    I'll be there at 9am as well.

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    Great rides Sat and today. Big groups, high amount of stoke. Met a lot of cool people.

    In case anyone was doubting the gnar factor, check out French dude's wheel. Totally cased it in a drainage thingy going down 1826. He barely has a scratch on him but that wheel is toast.

    We'll be doing rides next weekend if the weather cooperates.

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    I blame SRAM and plastic cable ferrules.
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    Hey, I still see spokes. The story I heard was they flew everywhere in the explosion!

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    Not sure that publically posting S Preserve group rides is a smart idea.

    Sunset Valley & Stephenson Preserve Trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I have ridden the Bauerle/ Slaughter/ Circle C/ Williamson Creek/ Stephenson stuff on my single-speed, but I am a bit worried about riding SS on the Greenbelt stuff. How much more technical is the route in the GB than the rest of it? if it's too gnarly for me, I want to put my 1x9 stuff on my bike tonight so I don't hold everyone up tomorrow morning.
    I have done the GB from 360 to travis country and back on a singlespeed with no issues.
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    Had fun out there today, was great being exposed to some of the trail network down south. I will say that Stephenson's Preserve is a huge tangle of trails, and we must have made 100 turns while we were in there. In my opinion, there is no way anyone is going to be able to follow that course without making mistakes and/or getting lost. Even a printed map isn't going to help much, as I doubt it has every single trail and intersection on it, and even if it does, some intersections are very close to one another. I don't really want to spend more time looking at a map versus actually riding. And you'd need so many signs to direct people that I don't think that's a viable option either.

    Even if you load the track into your GPS, I'm not confident that the GPS will be accurate enough or respond quickly enough to keep you on course.

    Navigating the trails/roads to and from each of the three loops is also an issue. We made many turns going from Dick Nichols park to the Greenbelt, to Culvers, to Stephenson's Preserve, and finally back to Dick Nichols. While not as bad as what we experienced inside Stephenson, it's still quite a bit to take in, and what we did today was just ONE of the loops..

    ..Al
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    Goodness.
    We think the north loop is the easiest to navigate! It basically is just a loop with two side tracks to the Greenbelt and the one up to SP.

    We know that following the route in SP is a super challenge. We have debated on whether to try and mark it, but decided there is no point. Just too many turns. Again, what we are trying to do is just introduce folks to all there is down south. So on the event date, we are sending you up the hill into SP. Try and do the route. If you get lost, ride around for five miles, or 45 minutes, then head back down the hill and continue on. No big whoop. Then you can get a good laugh when you look at your route that night on Strava or whatever.

    We are doing these pre-rides to try and train some ride leaders. We are hoping some will step up and say, "Sure, I'll try." We do have a few that are getting comfortable with it all. And we have two more weekends. We are crossing our fingers for good weather. This next Saturday we will do another "just the guts" ride that rides the entire route without the "glory" side trips (Greenbelt, SP, Slaughter Creek, Bauerle).

    And the available SP map is pretty dang accurate. But I know that it is so intricate that it is a challenge to follow, even when you are going slow, not trying to do a "good" time. I would suggest having a map for reference to find your way out though.

    And finally, this ain't no race. We aren't big time race organizers. We are just making a big ride call to attempt a fun ride that people can enjoy on whatever level they chose to enjoy it. No disqualifications, no judgments. If you miss a turn, or skip a part or two... no... big... deal.

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    Well, you say it's easy to navigate, but you are intimately familiar with these trails. And if you say today's loop is the easiest to navigate, I shudder to think about the others. I know it's not a "race", and I don't care about doing a good time. But I don't really want to get into SP and have no idea where the heck I am riding. Even finding the exit will be a challenge if you get in there and don't know where you are.

    So, I enjoy being introduced to this trail network, and I appreciate what you're trying to do. But you are going to have a ton of confused people out there on March 7th.

    ..Al

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    Thanks for coming out today.

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    Looking forward to this.

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    Ride calls for 2/21 and 2/22, both 9 AM rollout.

    2/21: West loop (minus Slaughter). Includes the climb up 1826 to Spruce Canyon, 12-13 miles. If anyone wants to ride more, we may do the South loop minus the paved Veloway and Bauerle, adds 8 miles.

    2/22: full South loop w/ Veloway and Bauerle, 20 miles.
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    Update re: North loop

    North loop is off the menu for this iteration. Williamson Creek is NO GO. Do not want to expound any further, just stay off it.

    We still have ~40 miles of awesome dirt to ride, so shifting our focus to that.

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