welsh mountain goat wrote:maybe we just need a chairlift?!
roscoerider wrote:The one big difference Ive noticed to UK trails is the lack of signs- if you dont go to Fox with someone who knows it, you would miss most of it. Waymarkers make it much easier and also provide direction- Ive been told by a few poeple Ive ridden with up there that they'd only ever ridden the same sections in the reverse direction to me?
Hobbo wrote:Little Ol' Adelaide hasn't enough people or cash to make big things happen like NSW and Vic. We just have to make DH at Fox "a once a month event" and take turns with the trailer for the time being ?
rodman wrote:roscoerider wrote:The one big difference Ive noticed to UK trails is the lack of signs- if you dont go to Fox with someone who knows it, you would miss most of it. Waymarkers make it much easier and also provide direction- Ive been told by a few poeple Ive ridden with up there that they'd only ever ridden the same sections in the reverse direction to me?
DEFINITELY! After checking out Mt Stromlo, I think Fox (and everywhere in SA to be honest) could do with some new signage.
At Stromlo they have six loops to choose from, (Beginner to Advanced) and that means that instead of having to learn the name of each trail you're riding that day, you just pick a number and just "follow 2" until you're finished. Less thinking and more riding.
welsh mountain goat wrote:Hobbo wrote:Little Ol' Adelaide hasn't enough people or cash to make big things happen like NSW and Vic. We just have to make DH at Fox "a once a month event" and take turns with the trailer for the time being ?
BUT.... we have superb terrain within a short distance of the city, and a keen community, so we should be BETTER than other states. In the UK the best riding is NOT where the population is, but where the terrain is. People travel to Wales and Scotland to ride there (and spend their money)....it's not JUST about the locals or the local scene, it's about what you can do for your sport.
Melrose- population of 300. Trails to die for......and an attitude that of 'we build, they will come'!
Sounds like I need to start a regular shuttle day. I've got the trailer and van, room for 7 more. Who's in?! You can bring your DH bike Rodman...
29er wrote:Just wondering if they don't get ridden because a lot of people don't know they are there or think they are just DH tracks.
I haven't ridden steep for about 5 years, it was a rutted out DH track then. It was challenging towards the bottom on a Xc bike back then.
Is there a decent map of the trails at fox? The only maps I've seen are pretty average and hard to follow. Maybe a nice map like Forrest has with a numbering system? All you would need on the trails is a star dropper with a small sign attached with a number on it, if we are allowed to do that. A web link to the map is all that's needed so you print out the map and do your own tour.
A single track climb Pwt style would be great. The fire road climb are hard and boring.
barry wrote:We dont know the name of the tarcks or where they go. Have looked at the maps on the internet and on the signs, still dont know!
Anyway we started dropping down there in the last month. It is good fun, the first time was a bit of an adventure as we had no idea were we were going or how we were going to get back. Took us a bit of back tracking and a few dead ends but we have a little loop now.
Down some track where the top section is impossible to keep the rear wheel on the ground. some big wall corners and then a huge fallen tree or 2 (under one, over another), then through handlebar high weeds to the bottom of the climb. Recently a bulldozer has been up the climb and ripped sections of it.
The climb takes 20 mins, comes out near the section that was new for the last 24 (night disco), that has been redone with berms and the reworked tree section. With the rest of the the 24 loop it makes 14km and 330m of climbing so nothing too savage. With XC/AM bikes, it takes about as long as shuttles.
Anyway the first time down there it was an adventure, reminded me of riding 20 years ago, no idea where you are going, just your bike and a bunch of tools!
Signs would have got us down there sooner. Sure single track climb, or funky loops would help. To start with clear signs of where to go and how to get back would really help. But thats Foxes, its a maze until you know a loop or two, pretty intimidating to new riders unles they have an EPIRB.
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