3/1 Just so you know
Just so you know where to find the trails around here, we are working on this map to locate the various trail locations. Trying to note all the pertinent information such as available parking, locations of maps, restroom facilities, and the like. Hand drawn lines to represent the some of the trails to get you going. Right now we are working on getting the links to specific trail maps, like the one for Kanawha State Forest. I hope that this will be a useful tool for your next trail outing.
View Barboursville area Mountain Bike Trails in a larger map
Meanwhile down south - Pine Mountain continues to be in the weekly rotation. No substitute for climbing elevation other than climbing elevation. Plus the trails are soft and muddy enough to warrant the post ride hosing - rinse, lube, ride, repeat, just gets tiresomely repetitive, so the mountain becomes a win-win.
And around here - The sunsets keep getting farther from the house, this one is on the Kanawha Trace, on top of baldy. Sweet mile 6 is an attitude checker ('cause it's all downhill).
Here is the bike that has been taking down all those hills lately.
Because you really can't tell from the photo below, I will put it out there
20:34 <-- I did type that right I won't apologize.
The 1 thousand Ona bike.
Beater if you like.
I like utilitarian, maybe work horse.
Maybe I am just proving to myself that I am NOT that guy. When I went to 29 inch wheels I said I didn't want to be one of those guys that says "I will never go back" . That is an easy road to go down. I know I was getting pretty far down it, almost too far to turn back. So while the Superfly sits all polished and pimped. Parts scavenging in the basement produces the steel machine; 650B X 26" with a 2X9 transmission typical 11X34 rear cog/32t and a ridicules Avid 20t granny. Fox TALAS up front with adjustable travel/geomentry. Freshly rebuilt (as far as use), a fork that I have spent a lot of time on, and has always been one of my favorite forks. Steel frame so I don't miss that carbon feeling. With at least 6 more pounds over my singlespeed - to make me strong on my singlespeed.
All that, with the moist Winter riding going on in my woods, has brought me back. For now. For now enjoying feeling the subtle difference in primarily wheel size. I had a 26" wheel that was a lot lighter that I was playing around with, till the bearings started letting go. Beside that big round 650 Nevegal and 150mm of travel up front feel real good going down.
I like the 2X9 setup. The 20 tooth chainring is almost impractically low, but it's there if I ever need it. I figure even if I don't use it to climb faces of building at an uber-low pace, it would function as a chain catch before it reaches the bottom bracket. Plus with a 1X9 you have to have some device to keep your chain on the front chainring. Which means usually a derailleur and if you are going to have a derailleur, you might as well have some cable and a little lever to move it around. Big chainring? I haven't missed it and I think it make the bike look better or at least more like a singlespeed, which always means looking better.
So when I am flying downhill this is playing in my head
The Graham Agassiz Profile from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.
2/19 Grayson Gravel Grinder part 3
I am happy to report that the "official" G3 route now contains singletrack
2/18 So Ready
These are busting out along the Adahi, always the first daffodils the bloom, that I know of. Spring may be just around the corner, even if it feels like it has already been around for somewhat some time already.
The Boy Scout trails the Kanawha Trace and the Adahi packin' and trackin'. Maybe getting a little spoiled with the blue skies and solid singletrack days
2/12 WVMBA Ride Guide
Yes It's out. at least in its digital form and right there on the front cover is a photo that I took on the Kanawha Trace of Chris Reed. Chris entered this photo into the cover contest with my permission and I never gave it much thought other than I wasn't going to enter another photo of mine in order to not split the vote. After some politicking then some technical glitches and what ever, I am pretty stoked to see my photo cred right there on the front cover. Hard copies are coming but for now you can click on the photo for the link to see all what is inside. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thank you everybody that voted, and to those that put this all together. I am looking forward to another exciting year of racing mountain bikes.
2/7 Pine Mountain Trail
This is such a good training ride - 1500' sustained climbing for 45 minutes (a little gravel a little way steep but mostly US route 119) to get to the top at which one could turn it back downwards and be back to the car in like ten minutes, perfect lunch ride. Or when it just so happens that I find myself in these neck of the woods at the end of the day, tack on 3-4 miles of ridge work then shake it loose down Scuttlehole Gap Road. A gravity fed rocker that make you second guess that "road" pressure in the tires. I usually readjust right there in the same place, right before I get launched off the side of the mountain. Town Hill Rd looks like a little tiny bump in profile comparison to Pine Mountain but it is a steep and loose and rocky deal that makes you work the lines from time to time all the way to the top. Easy Street finish right back into town, well it doesn't get any better that Easy.
Going up Perts Creek Road
Topping out on rt 119
Little Shepherd ridge
Scuttle Hole Gap
Near Full Moon
Town Hill Road
Mystery "bootleg" trail up from the marina at Greenbo Lake State Park. The first time I stumbled upon this rock outcropping on the hike-a-bike, I thought that would be a neat place to have a little trail to play in the rocks. Now there is a couple hundred yards of playground that puts you right in the middle of it. I had nothing to do with it, but it is pretty sweet, if you like that sort of thing - and I do.
As you can see here I have built up and have been riding a geared bike. So maybe you can now you can see why the blog has been a bit dormant. That time spent blogging is now spent cleaning and lubing gears, cogs, and chain-rings, or patching tubes. That is somewhat true, but really this glorious crazy spring-like winter weather calls for serious saddle time.
2/4 Grayson Lake/Deer Creek MTB
Grayson Lake State Park has official mountain bike trials, I know this because I have rode 'em. None of the following is on those trails.
Gloomy days means not a lot of folk out and about. I like that. I can sneak into the cracks for easy practice of "no trail riding".
Winter pools are fun areas to explore and this one had a path to the waters edge from the roadway. The trick is to look for the biggest piles of trash to ride through for the most productive trails to get you down. The smooth sailing is ruined by a road fill that crossed the low water line. A little hike back to the road to continue onward for the destination - the Api Su Aths trails.
Right on the commute home makes Grayson Lake a good place to ride that gets me on the bike quickly and hit the woods. Deer Creek is a WMA with most of the apparent road damage caused by equestrians. The soft gravel road that gets you up Deer Creek is close to traffic, and leads to some honest to goodness 3-5 miles of neglected single track on the ridge.
So much has been the riding at Grayson Lake I have gave them their own linkable page here.
go on back
Barboursville FAT Tire Brethren
Beech Fork Association of Trails
bFAT is an informal group of riders who appreciate the land and ride for a healthy well being.
Beech Fork is mostly a single track trail that follows around the lake leading into a combination of creek bed, hill climb, and fast downhill back to the lake. Barboursville's Park has some nice runs from the top with numerous scenic overlooks from the sheer cliffs and steep drops. The flat single track that follows the river and comes out behind the lake - is where the real fun can begin or end. Click on the link at top of page - above left to see a map! The Kanawha Trace and Adahi Trails are 32 mile and 17 mile multi user trails crossing over private land. Check with the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for trail information and registration.
bFAT email groupo<----click here Become a part of an e-group forum that will let all subscribers communicate (free!). Send an e-mail with the word "join" in the subject or body and you'll get hooked up with other riders, to do fun group rides, get trail info and conditions, technical advice, etc.
find us on facebook, somehow.
contact info administrator at bike bFAT