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    • You climbed a mountain, technically that counts as mountain biking.
    • This article only mentions hiking:  https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/rgk-ranch-new-travis-county-park-nature-conservancy-land-deal/
    • Non-mountain biking friends (in the 60 to 70 yr old range) who have done extended bike touring in Europe, New Zealand, Japan bought e-bikes this past year.   Their bikes are Specialied S-Works somethings, they swapped out the drop bars for flat bars and added 1.9" tires with a smooth rolling tread.  They set it up so the battery is external and not inside the frame.  This lets them  pack the battery in a carry on when they fly with their bikes.  At day's end,  one can carry the battery inside a hotel room for charging.   We did a partly gravel (caliche!) road ride with them in the  Round Mountain area a few weeks ago, and I picked up one of the bikes -- it's 30ish pounds, if  that -- feather light.   They are in Spain/Portugal right now and reported that the bikes are doing  great on some incredibly steep roads.  They anticipate getting about 60 miles from one charge, depending on terrain.  Side note: Google "e-bike + solar panels".  Lots of interest on the topic of charging e-bikes with solar panels for self-supported bike touring. 
    • "Too much trail" is an oxymoron. So this will be a good thing. Even better if they can get an easement to connect both parks. I've read a couple of articles about it. One just said "trails" but another one specifically included "mountian biking trails." Hopefully they won't slap the dreaded "preserve" designation on this tract. Sad but true, now when I read things like this, I seriously hope that it can happen "in my lifetime." lol Like the Great Springs Project. https://www.tpr.org/environment/2023-07-30/like-texas-appalachian-trail-great-springs-project-working-to-connect-austin-and-san-antonio The Violet Crown Trail was first envisioned in 1999. Here we are 25 years later and it is still not complete. I onced asked the VCT head project manager how long it would be before the section from the south end of Purple Tiarra to the parking lot at 45 and Mopac opened. This is on Water Quality Protection land, like Maxwell Trail. He said, "Not long, not long at all." When pressed for a time he said, "Maybe five years." Five years! The point being that trail buidling isn't so hard, but getting land owners permissions and agreements to build are. Oh, by the way, that conversation happened over five years ago. And still...no trail there.
    • Travis County is buying RGK Ranch, which is close to Reimers. Maybe another mtb trail system that close would be redundant, but has anyone here heard if that might be included in the plan? Too early to say? https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2024/05/15/rgk-ranch-austin-park.html
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