After months of work, I finally got to the point where I could ride my trail to test the flow. Very exciting!
Unfortunately, the reality didn’t quite live up to the excitement. Don’t get me wrong. I think it will be a pretty fun trail, but it’s not yet. Here’s the text message I sent to my buddy Rich after riding my trail:
“I’ve ridden my trail once in each direction now. Had to walk a few turns in one direction and even more in the other. That was on the singlespeed. Having the trail tread benched so I’m not riding on a side slope and having it compacted would both help but still, I’ve got some rerouting to do.”
That’s actually a pretty good summary. You could argue that riding it on a singlespeed might not be the best choice to assess the flow of the trail, and you’d be right if I wasn’t primarily a singlespeeder. But I am, and my intention is to have a singlespeed friendly trail. I only rode it twice, and the first time I rode it the direction in which I had visualized it. That was definitely the better direction, but sadly it wasn’t rideable on the singlespeed in either direction. 🙁
Admittedly, I’ve also been spending all of my time trail building recently rather than riding so my fitness is level is currently crap. Even if I have to walk a few sections at first, I hope (or maybe even expect?) to be able to ride it all once I regain some level of fitness.
Nonetheless, many of the turns clearly need to be modified if I ever expect to be able to ride it on a singlespeed. On the positive side, all I’ve done at ground level is rake it so far, so it’s not like I put in a huge effort for naught. The bulk of the work I’ve done to date has been clearing the property and the trail corridor, and that had to be done regardless. But I do need to give more thought to many of those turns…