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25233 Anza Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
Trailgrams tip of the month:
Each person on an epic-length ride
must have the necessary tools, spares,
medical supplies, food, clothing and
adequate water to take care of himself.
It could be the difference between
returning to the trailhead in the late
afternoon and walking back in the
Just picked up the February 2013
issue and was very happy to see the
Allegrippis Trail System at Raystown
Lake getting some props! I live in
northeast Ohio, and my son and I have
been riding there twice a year for the
last three years. We absolutely love it!
We also rode Ray’s Indoor MTB Park
ANOTHER RAYSTOWN FAN
for the first time last year and had a
blast there as well. Just wanted to say
thanks for the coverage of some of our
favorite places to ride. It’s great to
finally see a picture of a trail in MBA
that I can say, “I know where that is!”
I recently had the blessing of riding
Raystown Lake this past fall when some
old college buddies wanted to do a camping trip there. I brought an extra bike
I guess for some, 2x10 or 1x10 and
now 1x11 gearing is okay. However, I
still like my 3x10 setup. Sure, I don’t
use the small chainring much, but it is
there and gets me about two gears
lower than the middle ring will. The
small ring on a 2x10 setup is almost as
small, but then you are using a small
ring much of the time. It will wear out
faster than a larger ring, and so will
the chain (more tension with a smaller
ring). And what is so hard about shifting a triple? With Shimano’s ease of
shifting, I can’t see the big deal. My
Shimano XT triple shifts better than a
lot of rear shifters of years past. With
the low gear provided, I can ride up
short, steep hills I never could before,
and the rear suspension keeps the tire
stuck to the ground. At the end of a
ride, when I am tired, I sometimes
need those lows to keep on the bike. I
live in southern New England where
the hills can be rough and steep (
technical climbing), but there are no long
grinds like out west. I have been out
west, though, and sometimes on those
long climbs that never quit, it seems
you can’t have a gear that is too low.
Same as around here with short and
steep climbs. Remember the Mountain
Tamer Quad? There was a reason for
it, although it didn’t have the wide
range of gears a triple gives us now.
Anyway, I will stick to a triple, and I
hope they keep on making them.
Brockton, Massachusetts ;
along to get one of my reluctant friends
out on a mountain bike. He is by heart a
runner and owns a road bike, but has
only been on fat tires a few times ever.
The trails there were a blast for a seasoned expert rider, with all the rolling
jumps and tight, carving turns.
Moreover, the trails were fun and confi-dence-inspiring for my friend as well. I
don’t think I have ever ridden anywhere
where this has been possible for two
people with such experience gaps.
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Option adoption: Three is not a crowd
for the majority of trail riders.
Destination fun: Jeff Lenosky
has a “wheelie” good time on
the Raystown Lake trails.
THE OLD COLLEGE TRY
Just got my February 2013 issue.
Love the story on best colleges for
mountain biking. Totally agree with
Lindsey Wilson College as number
two. Looking forward to them moving
up to number one.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE HOOP
I got it! Let’s come up with a new
“perfect” wheel size for mountain
bikes every 10 years so bike companies
can rotate their inventory and there
will always be a strong supply of used
bikes on Craigslist. If that doesn’t
work, maybe we can change the drivetrain configurations every so often.
It was so good to read the “Three
Easy Tricks” story by Kirt Voreis in
your February 2013 issue. How many
former professional riders turn their
backs on the sport that made them? Too
many. It is great to see that Kirt is not
only riding, but it is obvious that he is
still having fun and passing on his hard-learned lessons. Hope to see more of
Kirt in your pages.
THEY ALL FLUNK
Educating riders? Are you kidding?
Most of the riders I encounter on the
trail don’t yield right of way to
climbers. I’ve lost track of how many
times I’ve been blown off a trail by a
too-involved-in-the-descent rider. It
ain’t the bike; it’s the riders. If a
rider’s only wish is to downhill, then
our local cross-country-style trails are
not the correct venue. Good luck with
Old ’n’ Slow
Silver Spring, Maryland