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Labor day ride

Postby gandrimp » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:54 pm

Rode the northfork trail on labor day. New to Mtb so kept it short. I started at the CC trailhead and rode north to 14 hwy and back. Trail was in nice shape, it had very recently been trimmed.
To start my day I had a flat, before I left home. :oops: .
When I got to the trail head it started raining.
Being new to the SPD pedals I took a few spills.
Spider webs w/ spiders, gnats after the rain stopped.
Had a thorn cause a flat.
Met 1 couple hiking.
Tired, sore, bloodied and bruised when I made it back to the truck, I was already planning my next ride.
I'll turn 47 in a few weeks and may try to do some more of the trail for my Bday.

Thinking of going tubeless for the flat protection.
My walmart brand (camelback) taste terrible, any suggestions to help the taste?
Does anyone know the reason the south part of the trail is closed to bikes?
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Re: Labor day ride

Postby otstroller » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:15 pm

Baking soda water mix should help your camelback yukey taste. I treated my bladder a few years ago and it worked. May take a couple of times to get rid of the yuk. If I remember correctly I put 1 tablespoon of soda in then filled it with water then let it sit for a few hours and rinsed it out real good.
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Re: Labor day ride

Postby DirtRoadRunner » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:24 pm

Glad to hear you had a good trip. The North Fork trail is excellent. Are you from the area, by any chance? I grew up in Willow Springs.

I use a Platypus bladder. They cost about $30 and are much better than a Camelback, IMO. It adds very little taste to the water.

The trail south of CC highway goes into the Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area. Because it is a Federal Wilderness, any and all mechanized transportation (including bikes, carts, etc) is banned. Only foot and horse traffic is allowed.
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Re: Labor day ride

Postby gandrimp » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:07 pm

Thanks guys.
Baking soda,, I'll try it.
West Plains area, my whole life.

Wilderness area ban, thanks.
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