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Eight out of Ten

Eight out of ten turns modified, that is. 🙂 I’m just plugging away, probably averaging a little more than an hour a day and four or five days per week. Flag a circle, adjust the center and/or radius, rinse and repeat until I’ve got it dialed, rake the trail, and move on to the next turn.

Modified turn

Modified entrance to modified turn (old path can be seen in the foreground)

Another big advantage of making the turns into perfect circles (or parts thereof) is that it will go a long way toward making trail maintenance trivial. For example, in the turn I modified today I had originally made the first part of the turn as a shallower arc (longer radius) and the second part a steeper arc (shorter radius), just because I didn’t measure it out. While it still would have been completely navigable on a mountain bike, even at decent speed, that transition from one part of the turn to the next would have required changing the angle of the front tire obviously, which would have caused some side slip and erosion there, especially considering it’s location in the downhill half of the turn. By making the turns very circular, I should be able to spend my trail building time creating new trails or technical trail features rather than just maintaining the turns. 🙂

As I mentioned in my previous post (Dialing in the Flow), I wasn’t very thoughtful when I went about laying out the last two turns. Therefore it’s possible, if not likely, that the last section will have to be completely rerouted and, in the process, two turns may become three or four, or even more if I (have to) reroute drastically. So 8 out of 10 turns modified may become 8 out of 12, give or take. Regardless, with a little less than three weeks to go before my crazy Ride 365 goal officially gets underway, I’m feeling pretty good about the progress on the trail. However, one downside of that riding goal is that it’ll definitely cut into my trail building time. 🙁

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