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  1. OK I'll play. Years ago I tried a lot of different tires. Things may be different now but this is what I found works for me. YMMV. I LOVED the traction of the Nevegal. Even on cross sloped damp rocks like Elephant Butt or near the entrance to Thumper - Nevegals maintained traction. I put Nevegals on front and rear (29" is all I ride). DeBlurBlur saw that at a race and told me that the rolling resistance was too high. He was right. Nevegals have a very high rolling resistance. That is part of how they maintain the great traction. He suggested (and was riding) Ardents. He said even if you want to maintain the traction on the front, switch to a lower resistance rear. I kept the front Nevegal and changed to an Ardent rear. Huge improvement. I had the traction up front where it counts more and much lower rolling resistance. Since then (8 years?) I have generally kept the front Nevegal and swapped the rear many many times. At times I tried different front tires, like Ardent on both. I generally come back to the Nevegal on front. I have not found anything that gives me a better grip when a slip could be a major problem. There are some tires I won't even try. I ride heavy rocks. Where sharp pointy rocks like Cheese Grater are everywhere. I don't want to ride a tire that gets cut up in the sharp pointy rocks on trail I like to ride. Flat tires are one thing. Cut sidewalls that Stan's can't seal are a non-starter for me. On the back, I have tried all kinds of tires other people have recommended. I could not tell much difference. I have even tried 'give away' tires. (Samples, raffles, and something somebody tried and didn't like). I have not found many rear tires I could not live with. Some I could tell small differences but nothing I could not live with. But coming from a motocross background might have something to do with my perception. When you are use to riding with the rear wheel spinning constantly and never really hooking up - a little slippage on the rear tire doesn't upset me much. And yes it has bit me when the rear tire let go on a slick cross slope and never caught traction again. Come to think of it, I think that tire is still on my rear wheel.
  2. Lots of good advice in this thread. Especially the "braaap" part ;-). Planning is key. Just like Honey Badger, rushing to build keeps getting me more work to redo what has been done. That should be pretty clear in any of the links I posted. Since you mentioned 'sandy soil' - there some issues. First, sandy soil in central Texas is unusual. Either that is currently a 'low spot' (water drains to it) or it was in the past. If it is currently a low spot - run away now. It would take many truck loads of clay soil to mix with the sand to raise and harden the tread to make it a rideable trail. If the earth has moved so that is no longer a low spot, it might still be workable. Look for nearby clay rich soils that could be mixed into the sand. You are trying to move toward the upper middle of the soils pyramid (google it). Silt and loam will 'add themselves' with time and nature. You will have to add the clay. If you can't make a 'mud pie' that holds together while you roll it between your hands - the trail tread won't hold together either. If it is really sandy soil - I have walked away from several potential trails. LCRA offered a great location inside of Muleshoe that I started laying out a trail. One day when it was too wet to ride I was flagging the first cut at a trail. When I tried to put my shovel into the dirt so I didn't have to hold it while I tied a flag - the sand would not hold it. I buried the entire head of the shovel into the 'dirt' but the shovel just fell over when I let go of the handle. I started poking around and found the entire hill top was nothing but loose sand. Even LCRA said they didn't think they could afford that many truckloads of clay to make that location into a trail. And did anybody mention that keeping water off the trail is key???? That is the reason for many of the IMBA rules for trail building. For example, the half rule is to make water run across the trail instead of down the trail. Yes downhillers want fall line trails but it takes tons of work to keep a fall line trail from eroding away. Take a look at the Hill of Life if you want a good example. There are between 25 and 30 concrete water bars across the Hill of Life where the City of Austin has tried (unsuccessfully) to control the erosion of a fall line trail.
  3. Use the IMBA guide to sweet single track. You can find other people (National Park Service, US Forestry Service, etc) have books based on the IMBA book available for free online. Here some links - https://www.nps.gov/noco/learn/management/upload/NCT_CH4.pdf https://www.nps.gov/noco/learn/management/ncttrailconstructionmanual1.htm https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf07232806/pdf07232806dpi72.pdf Nothing beats experience because all the reading gets you started but seeing what works and what fails makes a bigger impression.
  4. I always get those Creek Rock places confused too. But I can tell when I am riding in Central Texas or New Orleans. Oh wait - different thread jack.
  5. Sometimes called a thread hijack. Nobody in their right mind would ride Reimers on flat pedals. (See how I kept it at least close to on topic???) 26" wheels are where it's at. Anything larger is 'just a fad'. Reimer's doesn't do fads. (still on topic) But the Mississippi River trail are just fads too. (Opps - now off topic again.) Anybody riding in Colorado this week? (Opps, off topic again.) No - I'm heading to Moab next week. (Opps - where is the Moab thread? Oh wait - we don't even try to use threads on here. My bad.) Anybody know if the trails are dry in Norleans?
  6. I have a fair amount of 2x4's if you need some. PM me if you need some. I can even deliver given some advance notice and a drop off location.
  7. You guys are do L O N G rides from Reimer's Ranch to Gulfport???? DAMN! If not - why don't you start a thread on the area you are talking about? Or PM each other. Or change the title of this thread to "Reimer's Ranch and Mississippi River Related Trails"?
  8. You may not actually live any longer that you would have without those changes. But it just seems longer...
  9. You spend Saturday morning working with a group of volunteers then go back on Sunday to do the heavy work you did not want volunteers to be around. Like volunteers being too close to me swinging a Pulaski to chop out roots. You might be a trail builder...
  10. Damn! I forgot to ask permission...
  11. Sorry you did not get a formal invitation. PM me your email address and I will send you an email. (Don't post your address in the clear because it attracts spammers.)
  12. Be careful using Siri. That bitch took Mrs CX to the Colorado River end of Country Club Creek instead of the trail.
  13. The ledge up looks doable. So you can start hucking it now.
  14. I went back out there today to pick up a missing tool. While I was there I opened up the trail a bit more. Still lots to do but it keeps getting better and better. And we got some good press - https://www.fox7austin.com/news/buzz-mill-coffee-hosts-my-park-day-cleanup-at-the-country-club-creek-greenbelt?fbclid=IwAR38xtxFvRhvC-363hLR7lzv153I3lzk-3ptHBMysV0D0M1IE7t8nRLiLGg There is supposed to be more on the Fox7 Blog but I have not found it yet.
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