Dogs at trail centres. What's all that about then?
A couple of months ago i tagged along with a chap at Cannock who had his young black lab with him. we had an awsome ride at full tilt and the dog outstripped us on all but the fast downhill sections….the thing was unstoppable and he still wanted to play in the car park even after a lap round both trails. He never once got in the way and we only had to stop to give him a drink and cool him down a bit. If your in the area look out for Si (on a SS) and marly (the lab) as they will no doubt be pressing to get past you. 😆Posted 7 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
See loads at Swinley, I think its a good thing, and to be honest I'd rather people were having fun with their dogs than worying about some percieved 'flow' in my head because at the end of the day if you let something as fun as dogs and bikes worry you what are you going to be like in the future when really important things go wrong like;
*You run out of milk just as you really want a cup of tea.Posted 7 years ago
*You can't find your lucky pants before a night out.
*You'r valves and logos slip out of alignment under heavy braking.grummMember
It's a nuisance. Dogs and bikes are a dubious mix at the best of times. Dogs and trail centres is just a plain silly combination. High cyclist densities, high speeds and loopy canines just don't mix.
This – I've had a few near misses. Some people are just selfish/inconsiderate.Posted 7 years ago
My dog is more trail trained than most mtb'ers I come across at trail centers, he also rails the berms better than most
I know what you mean! I've yet to encounter a dog that decides to take a rest in the centre of the trail on a corner of a downhill bend. Amazing how often that happens…Posted 7 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
Used to take ours with us. Mostly mid week stuff though. Having said that, not many people passed us while we were actually riding and I've never met anyone faster than my dog (was, he's getting on a bit now).
I can see how some might object but I never let him dump on the track, always bag it up and put the bag in an old tupperware box don't want to crash and split a bag). I'm patient with slower riders when I meet them, I think it only reasonable that people show me the same consideration if ever then did catch me. The dog has a good trail head and doesn't chase other bikers or bite tyres.Posted 7 years agotaxi25Member
Deffinite no from me at trail centres , and I'm a dog owner to. Maybe ok during quite midweek times but not at w/ends. There's thousands of miles of natural trails you can ride with your dog on, how about keeping just a few bits of trail ( as much as possible ) for bikes only.Posted 7 years ago
and to be honest I'd rather people were having fun with their dogs than worying about some percieved 'flow' in my head because a at the end of the day if you let somethign as fun as dogs and bikes worry you what are you going to be like in the future
Why you…hm, actually, I'd better check the milk situation because it IS nearly tea time.Posted 7 years agoLucasSubscriber
I was riding glentress the other week and had to stop my awsomeflow as some numpty had brought their kids to a trail centre!! One of them was not even old enough to ride a bike and was being dragged round in a trailer (which filled the whole track meaning I could not rip past them).
The other kid had stopped, was off his bike and wandering around the trail – he was not under control at all.
I don't know how families have the nerve to ruin my ride. 🙄
I'm looking forwards to taking my dog round whinlatter on early weekday mornings, I'm also looking forwards to taking my one year old son out round the blue in his weeride. The dog may even come with us!!Posted 7 years ago
I was riding glentress the other week and had to stop my awsomeflow as some numpty had brought their kids to a trail centre!!
That's another topic! A few weeks ago I ran up behind a proud father filming his..five year old son (could have been younger) as he coached him down…Spooky Woods! I had a number of thoughts about that, but the main was 'I wish my dad had been like that'.Posted 7 years agoneninjaMember
There were 2 women walking a pair of massive Rotweilers on part of the black route at Hamsterley the other day.
My mate pooped himself and almost binned it when he rounded a blind bend at speed to be faced by 2 pairs of large toothy jaws (and that was just the owners). We then had to wait while they tried to control the dogs before passing them.
Dogs have no place on trail centre bike routes. Mainly because I've had to wash their stinking fetid poo off my bike, helmet, camelbak, clothes etc etc when they've not cleared up after them before enough times.Posted 7 years agoLucasSubscriber
My post was tongue in cheek, not ridden at GT for 9 months or so. Anyway the point I was making was is there too much difference between well trained dogs (I'm not talking about the ones that bite etc) and children (I'm not talking about the ones that bite etc). I'm sure most people would not be pissed off if they had to stop to go round a kid, but if it's a dog then they get upset? Both have the same effect on the ride.
Isn't MTBing about getting out and enjoying yourself – isn't seeing someone else enjoy themselves (men, women, kids or dogs) part of the fun? I'd have thought so. As I said I have a dog and small child and would take both to a trail centre. I would of course show some consideration and not bring the dog to GT on a sunny Saturday afternoon as I know it'd piss off some of the radcoredudes.Posted 7 years agoCheeky MonkeyMember
Certainly in the Forests of Yorkshire managed by FE there are no bike specific / exclusive trails. FE's policy is not to prohibit use by walkers (and therefore their mutts) and other legitimate users (I think this excludes horses and, almost positive, MX). I suspect it's the same in Jockland.
Tough titty really. I'm prepared to share and share alike. As always there's a time and place but generally I don't care.Posted 7 years agorichmtbSubscriber
So long as the dog is well trained I don't see the problem.
I've seen a couple of dogs at Glentress and it was great fun to watch them betling down the singletrack. Followed an owner and a black lab once down a couple of bits of singletrack on the red route. The dog was really quick, despite its low bottom bracket and steep head anglePosted 7 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
So do we think there's room for trail centres that are biking only? Is it reasonable to expect the World Cup downhill course at Fort William to have only bikers on it? Should you have to ride that at a speed that allows you to avoid a dog/child around every corner or under every jump? Hardly making the most of the track, is it?
We're (mostly!) all getting faster and faster on our MTBs and we all like to ride singletrack. Surely there is an argument for at least some of it to be bikes only, is there not?Posted 7 years agoglenpMember
Dedicated downhill tracks I guess it would be sensible to expect speeds to be higher and attitudes to be more single-minded, but when it isn't a competition in progress they aren't marshalled…
Regular trail centre singletrack I think you just have to accept that expecting the unexpected is part of good riding, and if you can only go faster by leaving that element out of the equation you might be riding faster, but you ain't riding "better".Posted 7 years ago
Over the last month, I've had to cycle behind (and dodge) dogs being 'walked' by their mountain bike-riding owners on the actual trail (Glentress on this occasion). Without wanting to be too judgemental, it did rather break the flow of my ride…
So, what's the general feeling about this? Hm?Posted 7 years ago
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