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What IS Technical Singletrack?
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posted 10/10/2007
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I just returned from North Carolina, where I did a little mountain biking. I rode at Bent Creek and The IMBA Epic, DuPont State Forest. While in the parking lot at DuPont, I was talking to a local rider. I mentioned that the trails I've ridden here (in NC) were not as "technical" as those I ride at home. The rider responded by asking, "what is your definition of a technical trail?" Hmmmm, a great question I'd never really thought about. I quickly blurted out the first thing that popped into my head, " A technical trail would be any trail that causes your brain to tell you that maybe you should get off your bike and walk this section."
We hear the term technical singletrack used all the time. Since all riders have different abilities, and each area has different types of trails, what is considered technical for one person, would not be for another.

So how do YOU define a Technical singletrack?

(Note: I was in no way implying the trails in NC were easy or boring. Quite the opposite, they were great, fun trails. Just different than my usual trails.)

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posted 10/13/2007
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The last time I got asked this question about the trails near where I live, I told the guy that I could answer. He quicly blurted out "Haven't ridden them yet?" My reply was "Nope, but I've never ridden with you before, so I don't know your skill level and thus can't help you any." He kind of got quiet then said that he had to leave. I think I came across as a pro even though I really stink at single track, I love long roads with almost no shoulder and plenty of bad escape options!

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posted 10/13/2007
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Actually "Really technical singletrack" is NOT a trail where you might want to walk but rather a trail where it's safer to ride your bike across it then to try and walk it.

I've done a number of trails that ultimately lead to this conclusion.

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posted 10/13/2007
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So far, I agree with every reply. Keep 'em coming!
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