Metro West weekly rides.

  • September 1, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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Is anyone interested in starting a weekly or bi-monthly ride in the metro west area? I'm in Marlborough, but I'm willing to travel pretty much anywhere for a good ride! Not a hammerhead ride, just a casual, group ride on a regular basis. Any takers? Anybody? Beuller? Beuller? ;-P

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  • Andrea

    Thank you!!! What a great place, Belmont isn't do far after all!

    September 1, 2012

  • Domenic

    This was my first official MTB ride. Paul, thanks for posting this ride. Matt / Craig, thanks for watching my back. Bet you've never seen a bike go vertical /back wheel over front like that. LOL

    September 1, 2012

  • Matt

    Paul,
    Thanks for showing us a new trail, I thoroughly enjoyed today's ride! Andrea, I hope you make the ride next time, it was a lot of fun.

    September 1, 2012

  • Matt

    It was a great start to weekly rides.

    September 1, 2012

  • Paul

    I texted phone number, call, or use map for GPS.

    September 1, 2012

  • Andrea

    I will catch up, thank you

    September 1, 2012

  • Paul

    Sign that says Rock Meadow on Mill Street.

    September 1, 2012

  • Andrea

    SORRY I'm lost do you have a Street address

    September 1, 2012

  • Paul

    Missing a few, leaving in 5

    September 1, 2012

  • Archee

    Thank you for organizing this. Fall is great time for rides, so hopefully there will be more rides to choose from for our group. Again thanks for putting this together
    Stay safe there
    Archee

    1 · August 31, 2012

  • Paul

    Yes, parking in the lot near the public garden. The terrain is has some obstacles that probably qualify as expert terrain, so wearing a helmet should be a no brainer. One other warning, there's lots of poison ivy along the trail that you will probably come in contact with, so those allergic to poison ivy may want to put on some ivy block.

    August 31, 2012

    • Domenic

      P Ivy?? Well, when you see someone sealed in a huge zip lock bag climbing out of a black Subaru, that would be me!

      August 31, 2012

  • Matt

    This is turning in to a pretty good groupride! New riders, make sure have a helmet, maybe some gloves wouldn't be a bad idea either, if you have them. I don't know what the laws are here. In California, you can't ride any public/state park lands without a helmet, or you get ticket. Plus, every once in a while rocks like to get up close and personal! Paul, I was looking at a map. It looks like there is a parking lot right before the address posted, with a public farm/garden and a trailhead. Is this where we are meeting?

    August 31, 2012

  • Domenic

    Thanks for the feedback! Will see you there!

    August 31, 2012

  • Paul

    Hi Domenic, I just checked the specs on the Crosstail, it looks like you should be pretty well-equipped for this terrain. Tires are the main thing and your Crosstail seams to have some fairly fat tires. There's a little bit of everything on the Western Greenway including some rock gardens (inflate to max pressure to prevent pinch flats) and muddy sections (some tread and width are needed), but since it hasn't rained much lately there shouldn't be much mud to deal with. If it's the bike you're more comfortable riding, bring it out. If you find some sections difficult, there's several bail outs and/or bypasses available since the trail is in the suburbs. I look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow! BTW, we have one more joining us from the C.H.A.O.S. MeetUp group.

    1 · August 31, 2012

  • leslie

    I'm by no means an expert with bikes but if the hybrid has shocks and fits you better i'd go with that. Just make sure you have plenty of extra tubes. My guess is hybrid tires are thinner than your average mtb tires and might be more prone to flats.

    August 31, 2012

  • Domenic

    I'm a beginner MTB skill wise, packed with patience and fortitude, but I don't want to hold anyone up. Got a Crosstrail Sport Disc hybrid and an old Schwinn MOS Impact ProMTB (no shocks). Is this doable w/ the hybrid? The Schwinn is a bit small for me, but it's what I have at the moment.

    August 31, 2012

  • leslie

    Looks like a good ride.

    August 30, 2012

  • Matt

    Sweet! Let's do this! Although, after 10 miles, I might whine a little... LOL!

    August 29, 2012

    • Paul

      There's some great single track there, I've gone over the handle bars two out of my last three times there....and the other time I ran into a tree! :)

      August 29, 2012

    • Matt

      Well, we HAVE to feed the trees....

      August 29, 2012

  • Paul

    Alright then, thanks Matt for getting the initiative started! I'll volunteer to lead a ride around the Western Greenway Trail starting at Rock Meadow Conservation Area in Belmont, meeting at the parking lot near the community garden. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. works for me. If you check out the link to the map below you'll see the southern part of the loop isn't complete, so there will be some road riding and possibly stopping to check GPS and maps. I've mapped the loop anywhere from 10 - 12 miles with some variability in the route on the southern part of the loop, but the first 8-10 miles is very fun, winding, technical singletrack I can confidently lead through! Here's a link to the map:
    http://walthamlandtrust.org/open-space/the-western-greenway/

    I'm a mediocre bike mechanic and carry a few tools and a patch kit, bring lots of water!

    1 · August 29, 2012

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    August 29, 2012

  • Terry

    Working graveyard shift this weekend. I'll catch up another time. Enjoy!

    1 · August 29, 2012

  • Matt changed the location for this Meetup

    August 29, 2012

  • Matt changed the date and time to Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    August 29, 2012

  • Matt

    Ex smoker, new, broken and slow (That would be me...), are we all not just Mere Mortals? Hahaha!
    I've ridden Callahan now enough to do a pretty good loop through it. I've never ridden The Western Greenway Trail though, so I'm definitely up for that. I will be riding both Saturday and Sunday mornings this weekend, so if anybody wants to ride either of them, let's set a time and place. If we do the Greenway, maybe Paul could lead it. If we do Callahan, I would be willing.

    August 29, 2012

  • Paul

    I live in Natick and am looking to find some new trails. I quit smoking in January and am a little low on endurance and lung capacity, but I love riding some rocky technical downhills! :) When? Weekend mornings would work best for me. Where? I'm familiar with The Western Greenway Trail in Waltham/Belmont/and Lexington; it has some fun, winding, technical single track....would be glad to show some folks around there sometime. I've rode Callahan State Park a couple of times to, but am still finding my way around there.

    August 29, 2012

  • Matt

    Are we seeing some traction? A mid week ride would be great, but I would be fine with just about any day. Saturday or Sunday is ALWAYS good, as I ride those days anyways.

    August 29, 2012

  • Karen

    Depending on the day of the week!

    August 29, 2012

  • Karen

    My bf mountain bikes, I haven't in years though since I got a road bike (nice KHS!) We'd be up for regular rides.

    1 · August 29, 2012

  • khal v.

    I would be interested in any ride meetup.......I am a beginner....and willing to learn new skills.....

    1 · August 28, 2012

    • Matt

      Khal, I don't care if you're a beginner. If you're up for a metro west ride, that's great! Where are you out here?

      August 28, 2012

    • khal v.

      Lowell,ma

      August 28, 2012

  • Matt

    Terry, is there something halfway in between us that I might be able to make after work? I would really like to get a regular group ride started during the week.

    August 13, 2012

  • Matt

    Terry,
    I live in Marlborough and work in Sudbury. I would absolutely come over a do a ride with you there on the weekend, but there is now way I could make an evening/afterwork ride there. I am stoked that someone responded though, so thanks. I'm starting to think that people don't really mtn. bike here, which is really weird, considering all of the woods and excellent trails in this state. Maybe it's like the posers in California that ride around with surfboards on their cars, but don't actually surf. ;-P

    1 · August 13, 2012

  • Terry

    Will you consider the Ponkapoag Loop at the Blue Hills, Canton? The loop is a 4 mile single track and fire road circuit, the first counterclockwise 3 miles rated beginner, the last mile intermediate (interspersed rock gardens). It's a good benchmark to discuss difficulty levels suitable to the goals of MTB members. I park at the intersection of Route 28 and Chicktawbut Road, which adds another 4 miles paved surface and include a spur of abandoned roadway (old Route 28) to provide about 1 1/2 hour total run.

    My ride is a Montague Paratrooper, which is a foldup MTB. I'm happy with it.

    August 13, 2012

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