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Old 05-15-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Good and easy trail riding around Houston...

I'm new to Houston and my fiancee has expressed some interest in learning to ride. I've decided to start her out on a cheap dirtbike (gives me an excuse to pick up another one) and get her comfortable in the dirt before she hits the street.

Been reading up on the Sam Houston National Forest. Sounds perfect but I'm curious how difficult the trails are out there? And also how much "traffic" you hit on the trails?

Any other suggestions for light trail riding around Houston?

Any input is appreciated!!
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:27 PM   #3
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Looks like a cool place....had a privately owned place like this in San Antonio where I used to ride.

Do they let potential new members out for a free or paid one time visit?
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Start off by having her accellerate and stop in a straight line while going through a few gears. Once she gets comfortable with that, have her do some slow speed turns and get used to the bike a little. You can do this in any empty parking lot or field.

Just trying to save you a trip to the trails for nothing.
I know my girlfriend would give me the finger if I just gave her a bike and tried to take her straight to the trails.
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Start off by having her accellerate and stop in a straight line while going through a few gears. Once she gets comfortable with that, have her do some slow speed turns and get used to the bike a little. You can do this in any empty parking lot or field.

Just trying to save you a trip to the trails for nothing.
I know my girlfriend would give me the finger if I just gave her a bike and tried to take her straight to the trails.
Yeah, I have a place behind my house for her to practice on. Yeah, she wouldn't take it very well if I just tossed her the bike and said "have at it" hehe.

Thanks for the posts everyone!!
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Looks like a cool place....had a privately owned place like this in San Antonio where I used to ride.

Do they let potential new members out for a free or paid one time visit?
Yes, the owner will likely discount your membership fee the cost of the day ride if you want to check the place out.

I wouldn't recommend shnf as a place to take a new rider, it is illegal to ride anywhere but the trails (or directly to/ from where you pit) she will likely find the riding difficult (sand, roots etc...)

As mentioned Cherokee cycle park would prolly be your best bet, although its farther than the others it has open areas for beginners to ride as well as some decent trail riding. On weekends the place gets packed with quadtards who spend thousands pimping out their machine so they can tear up the kiddy track & camping areas (or do 3.5mph on the trails) but its big enough that you can usually have a good time.
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Yes, the owner will likely discount your membership fee the cost of the day ride if you want to check the place out.

I wouldn't recommend shnf as a place to take a new rider, it is illegal to ride anywhere but the trails (or directly to/ from where you pit) she will likely find the riding difficult (sand, roots etc...)

As mentioned Cherokee cycle park would prolly be your best bet, although its farther than the others it has open areas for beginners to ride as well as some decent trail riding. On weekends the place gets packed with quadtards who spend thousands pimping out their machine so they can tear up the kiddy track & camping areas (or do 3.5mph on the trails) but its big enough that you can usually have a good time.
Thanks for the advice!! I'm hoping to pick up two bikes by this weekend. I imagine places will be packed with it being the holiday....might keep her in the backyard for saturday and see how she does. If she feels pretty good maybe we'll try one of these places out on monday.

Thanks for the posts guys!!
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I'm new to the dirt and don't know much about anywhere, but there is a MX track (290 Cycle World @ 290 and FM2920) about 30 minutes NW of BW8 and 290. It was fun for me, but wouldn't suggest a noob try it out.
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I've done the MX stuff before....enjoyed it but I guess I'm getting old and looking mainly for trail riding this time around, hehe.
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Don't take her to Sam Houston. Sand, Roots, Whoops .. Not the easiest place around.
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Thanks for the advice!! I'm hoping to pick up two bikes by this weekend. I imagine places will be packed with it being the holiday....might keep her in the backyard for saturday and see how she does. If she feels pretty good maybe we'll try one of these places out on monday.

Thanks for the posts guys!!
Good luck, if you get set up shoot me a pm... There will likely be a few of us heading to cherokee this weekend. Or if you want to let her try it out before you buy her a bike let me know, I've got a ttr125 she can get her feet wet on.
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Good luck, if you get set up shoot me a pm... There will likely be a few of us heading to cherokee this weekend. Or if you want to let her try it out before you buy her a bike let me know, I've got a ttr125 she can get her feet wet on.
I appreciate the offer. I'm supposed to be picking up an XR100 from a moto member later on this week. We'll see how she handles it and, if she's comfortable, I'll send you a pm and let you know when we're heading out.
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Figured I'd follow up with my post in case anyone was interested.

Picked up a KTM 300EXC for myself and a TTR125E for my fiancee. We headed out to Sam Houston National Forest on saturday and had a blast. She did pretty well for her first outing. Trails were pretty easy for her except for a few spots here and there that we either loose sand or rutted.

Definately want to get back out there again and explore some more....so let me know if anyone goes out there regularly and can show me around a bit!!
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Nice! .. The KTM 300EXC = AMAZING. Rode one for the first time at a KTM Demo at Red River. Sam Houston is a fun place, what trail head did you take?
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Yeah I'm pretty impressed with the KTM....definately has a lot of snap to it and overall a pretty comfortable bike. It's a 96 so I won't brag too much about it...it's in good shape and it was CHEAP!!

We parked at Kelly's Pond camping area and went from there. Didn't go too far out....just kind of looped around the trails in that area. I'd really like to do a day of riding the trails out there....at a little faster pace than this last time
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Yea Kellys Pond is good. Once you get a nice pace going it gets good. First day the roots killed me but I got use to it as the more i started riding. I haven't ridden in a while and might go with ya some time if ya need someone to ride with.
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