I took the day off and gave it a go yesterday. It was a good challenge and my first time out at Cross Plains and The Farm (other than fat biking once). I rode my hardtail counterclockwise and hit QP, PV, BH, CP, The Farm, QR, and Seminole. I had to fend off bonking with a carryout calzone from AJ's in Verona.
The stuff we have is all hand-me-down, so no plans, but it would be very easy to copy. I'd be happy to show you what we've got and you can figure out what you want to build; you can even borrow some to use while you work on yours. PM me and we can work something out.
Ride what you got and have fun! Lots of folks have front and rear suspension, but it's not a requirement. I ride a fully rigid Kona Unit which is a more hardy bike than the Dew, but it's proof that you don't need to have suspension to have fun.
You might want to start on easier trails and work your way up (which is really good advice for everyone). Give Badger Prairie a try and then maybe try out dizzy at Quarry Ridge and Seminole next. Check out our trail guides to get some ideas where to find the green (easy) trails. Once you've got those, move up, and when you feel your bike is holding you back, that's the time to upgrade.
Hi! I'm interested in mountain biking. I also do not have a ton of disposable income to buy a separate mountain bike and would like to see what it's about before committing. I originally had plans to replace my commuter but now I'm thinking about the mountain bike scene.
I do however have an older Kona Dew that I was considering taking on lighter trails to dip my toes in and see what's all goin' on back there. Is this a dangerous idea to myself or others?
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/48062918 This is my latest attempt at a CORP Epic. Todd and I did this last Friday on our gravel bikes (drop bars, rigid,40mm tires). We were able to hit 8 trails. Tried to add a little more mileage by riding more trail without riding things twice. Didn't know our way around Quary Park so not a lot there. Breaking it down: 23 miles of mtn bike trail ; 17.2 miles bike path; and 22.5 miles road. We did 2 rest stops, the Cenex station in Middleton and the Kwik Trip in Verona. Total time was 7:31 , riding 6:16 and stopped 1:15. Was a bit surprised at the stop time. Didn't think we were off the bike that much, but I guess the short stops to decide "what next" added up.