Mountain-biking in Texas…

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  • Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    There’s a fair chance I’ll be doing some work in Houston in the near future, going out for a few weeks at a time. I know Houston is flat and surrounded by swamps, but I believe there are a few trails in various parks around the city.
    Is there anywhere near enough for a weekend road-trip? Big Bend Park looks fantastic but is 650 miles away!

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Have linked this thread to @onesockdan on Twitter I think he lives near those parts

    Premier Icon SimonR
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    Was looking for similar info earlier in the week and found these sites … http://www.biketexas.net/mountainbiking.asp and http://ghorba.org/trails
    Got some relatives out that way and was wondering about a stop-over (with bike of course!).

    Macgyver
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    Hoping to get some mountain biking in over Christmas when we visit the in-laws. That’s Austin where there are hills. Definately doable as a weekend trip from Houston. I don’t have any where to recommend as yet however.

    bristolbiker
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    <bookmarks thread for future over-weekend business trips>

    the wanderer
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    I too will be visiting the in-laws in Austin for Christmas! Austin has some great riding – Emma Long for tech, Barton creek for xc, Reimers Ranch is alright and I like Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville particularly when the saloon is open and you can grab a shiner at the end of the trail. Houston less so. Memorial Park just to ride but not really exciting.

    http://www.mountainbiketx.com/texas/trails/index.php Seems like a good source of info.

    Macgyver
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    My local trail when I am there is Bull Creek. Not that much to the bit I had a brief play on but some cheeky stuff above the office blocks on 360/ Pioneer Valley and a good stiff climb out on Spicewood Springs. I seem to remember pinging out of one trail into the bottom level of an office car park. 😮
    mmmmmm cold bottles of Shiner mmmmmmmmmmmm 😀

    scottfitz
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    <bookmarks thread for future over-weekend business trips>

    +1

    bristolbiker – Member
    <bookmarks thread for future over-weekend business trips>

    +1

    Macgyver
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    Bloody hell, its almost an exodus to Texas! That website looks quite handy. I’m going to have to check things out now that I will have a bike based there.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ve ridden my bike in Austin, in the city’s parks though. I didn’t have a car to do anything more, plus it was many years ago.

    I’ve never sweated so much ever, and it was only May!

    Macgyver
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    Aye, it can get warm there. Highs of 100 degrees every day for a month in the height of summer is common. Only way to get out is very early or late and even then its a bit much at times.

    bristolbiker
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    Bloody hell, its almost an exodus to Texas!

    Was doing it 4/5 times a year, for a week or so at a go, up to MiniBB No.2 being born last year and am now fighting hard to only be sent when absolutely necessary on red-eye trips. Do miss Shiner in frozen glasses, portions of steak/seafood I could live on for a week and the general feeling of being in a city that is itself a Disney theme park version of what a Texas city should be. Do not miss rush-hour traffic on Beltway 8, I45 or I10…..

    acjim
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    we spent a few days at Palo Duro Canyon (years ago!) – not close to Houston at all but good biking and a full on Desert experience.

    Tarantula in the tent etc!

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