“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~John F. Kennedy

Here at BikeTown we couldn’t agree more. We love riding our bikes and want to help as many people as we can love riding their bikes, too.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Buck Creek Trails Map

For those of you who don't know, we cyclists here in Abilene have a great off-road trail in the northeast corner of town. It's called Buck Creek Trails and it is located on East Lake Road just across from the water treatment plant. There are now 12 miles of trails out at Buck Creek, and they will accommodate anyone from the beginner off-road rider to expert level. You just need to know where to go on the trail to find the level that best suits you. The city owns the land that the trails are on, and has given Abilene Bicycling Club the right to use the land. Because of safety and insurance reasons, the trails are gated and locked, but any member of ABC has access to them. (An ABC membership is $15 per family per calendar year - extremely reasonable - enough to cover the liability insurance.) A lot of ABC members put a lot of work into developing and maintaining Buck Creek and it shows! More and more riders are giving it a try, and we have had several Abilene riders train on Buck Creek and then go on to make the podium at the national mountain bike championships for the last few years! You might also be interested to know that Buck Creek Trails have been reviewed by several Texas cycling publications and have gotten some really good reviews from all around the state. You can find some of them at http://www.trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/texas-trails/texas-all-other-cities/trail/PRD_170368_4579crx.aspx

To help you figure the trails out (or to take a look at them if you've never been), we've posted a map of them on our website. Just go to www.biketown.com and click on the BikeTown Forum tab. In the forum is a topic called All Things Buck Creek. You'll find the map in there.

For those of you who haven't tried off-road riding but want to, we lead a beginner group ride on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00. It is geared to beginners and kids, and no one is left behind. All you need is a bike and helmet and maybe some bug spray. If you want to give it a try, plan on coming out next Tuesday. If you have questions, give us a call at 677-BIKE (2453).

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