for the perfect trail
used to think I knew what the perfect trail was. It
was behind my house, easy access, had lot's of rollers
and then ended with a big drop called "death hill",
followed by a huge jump. Of course I was 10 at the time,
living in Pleasant Hill, California, and my world had
a 15 mile radius.
20 years later, I still look for "rollers",
"big drops" and "huge jumps", but
I don't think that's all it takes to be the perfect
material: Soft but packed soil. The kind that has
just enough moisture to allow someone to follow behind
you without having to breath through a filter. Northwest
About 24" on the straights and increasing at varying
amounts for corners depending on need. Singletrack only.
If it weren't for fatigue, thirst and sore hands from
braking, I'd say all trails were too short. Trails should
end while you're still having fun, so you don't add
it to your list of trails never to ride again. (i.e.
Great Western Trail, Payson Bush Trail)
Trail should curve up slightly at each edge about 3
to 5 inches. Just enough to keep you on the trail, but
not so much as to be a trough that can toss you with
I think if I had my druthers, I would be in perfect
shape regardless of exercise and eating habits and all
trails would be downhill. I will say, although I really
hate climbing, I love how I feel after a long ascent
and believe I've earned the downhill. That said, I think
I'd still take a chairlift. Decline should be just enough
to keep you from having to pedal, but not so steep as
to force you to brake constantly.
3 or 4 turns in groups followed by long straight or
slightly twisting sections. Should have huge berms so
you can ride your bike at a 90 degree angle if you want.
You shouldn't have to slow down for them.
Rock beds, logs, boulders, rivers. Keep them together
in sections with long fast stretches between them. Should
all be rideable/jumpable without loss of velocity. Absolutely
no hikers, horses, or bikers going the reverse direction.
These should be much more frequent than obstacles and
come in all sizes. They should still come in sections
though. Neither should take you from your "riding
rhythm" and shouldn't require you to stop and prepare.
Both should have landings with downward slopes, but
airtime is unlimited, as long as the landing is smooth
and within your bike and body's pounding limits.
Right behind your house, but nobody else knows about
it except your closest friends. And they have to ask
you for directions every time they go.
80 degrees for descents and 65 degrees for climbs.
Green meadows, huge mountains, thick forests, aspens,
pines, lakes, rivers, moose, deer, etc. Lot's of variety.
you've found my perfect trail or have your own suggestions?