Thor's Day - Patapsco Lite

All the fun with half the calories.  A relatively informal romp from Rockburn Branch Park into Morning Choice Trail in Patapsco...and possibly beyond...  Slower than your average intermediate ride but more technically demanding than your average beginner ride, the vibe here will be pretty casual.  Wanna go fast?  Wrong ride.  Want to work on some logovers?  Bingo.  We'll do around 86 of them.

 

Ride Leader: Jose


Number: 410-nine05-0three41

Please call me or post here if you suddenly can't make it or are running a few minutes late. Try to be ready to ride on time (good idea to get there 15 minutes early). If you've never been here, it's a good idea to get here even earlier so you're not late and stressed out.  We will try to accommodate everyone, but will leave the lot promptly 15 minutes after the listed time.

This will be a relatively easy average pace with some technical terrain. Realistically evaluate your fitness and skill level.  We'll regroup at key spots and will break as needed.  Though this is a no-drop ride, be realistic, as there are some technical, rocky spots and lots of logs and roots.


Voluntary drop policy (borrowed from MORE):  This is a no-drop ride, and we’ll actively make sure to keep the group together, but you may get the stink-eye from the group if you are having recurring mechanicals or that all-you-can-eat Indian buffet is slowing you down.  Please be considerate that, for most of us, this is our only opportunity to get in a mid-week trail ride and we’d like to make the most of it before the sun goes down.

 

Directions: Follow the above address.  Upon entering the park, go to the end of the cul-de-sac and park.  That's where we hit it.


What to bring:

Helmet (no helmet, no ride)

Mountain Bike (hybrid bikes are usually sketchy on trails)

Water

Snack (salty will help avoid cramps)

Multi-Tool (although you can borrow one)

Patch Kit

Extra Tube

 

Note: Please read the document "Meetup Ride Waiver" (found under menu: More > Files > Meetup Ride Waiver) before attending this event. Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport, and by attending this ride, you acknowledge and have read, agree to and fully understand the aforementioned waiver.

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  • Jose T.

    I gave this ride a 5 stars only for everyone’s patience, this was my 2nd worst ride ever, during 1 jump my left shoe became unclip and caused me to go over my handle bars and slightly knock the wind out of me all ok get back on the bike and broke my chain then the master link did not want to go on Craig managed to installed it, from there my chain would not stay on gear then broke 2 rings off the cassette & my chain was jammed between the rings when going uphill so I had to run the bike to the top and ride the downhill section where everyone was waiting for me at the bottom and we also noticed the rear derailleur to hanger bolt was loose, so with all that said and after repairs I could only use the top 3 gears; great going up but man it was terrible. All this do to 1 simple jump and what hell I put everyone thru. The lesson here is to always be prepared; I took my light and all the necessary tools to get me out of the trail. I can’t say thanks enough for everyone’s help and patience.

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Ian

      Good lesson about being prepared: can you imagine what a pain that last stop would have been without lights? I think I'm going to have to add some pliers to my kit too.

      2 · August 30, 2013

    • Jose T.

      All parts on order, I also contacted shimano for the cassette and they told me to send it in since I got it by in july 2012, depending on your parts they have up to 3 year warranty. Fingers crossed cause they will have to determine if they will replace it.

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Kevin W.

    Sorry, I missed you guys at the start of the ride. I did have a good time exploring the park on my own. I will catch you on next weeks ride. Jose, hope you get the drive train fixed.

    2 · August 30, 2013

  • Tony

    Definitely time for a complete drivetrain Jose! Nice riding with all of you. The pace was perfect... actually faster than I had anticipated. Sorry I peeled off with the other group but they were my my old riding buddies that I've ridden with for at least 10 years. Haven ridden with then in quite a while.

    2 · August 29, 2013

  • Faith

    86 of them?? Lol.

    August 28, 2013

    • Faith

      =) Too funny.

      August 29, 2013

    • Jose T.

      I think we can improve on that, LOL

      August 29, 2013

  • Julio

    Can anyone bike on Fridays in the silver spring area?

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What trails did you have in mind? I'm not near there, but I'm curious.

      August 29, 2013

    • Kem C.

      The closest is fairland

      1 · August 29, 2013

  • Laird M.

    Sorry, work has gotten in the way.

    August 29, 2013

  • Jose T.

    Brian, How many miles do you regularly do and average speed for this meet?

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it's usually around 6 or 7 miles, but it just depends on daylight. Sorry for the late response.

      August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, bear in mind that it's getting dark faster...so be prepared for speed!

    August 28, 2013

    • Jose T.

      or bring lights just in case

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Note - I have another surprise gig Thursday night in VA, so Jose is hosting this ride. Thanks, Jose!

    August 28, 2013

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