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While I like riding along a quiet gravel road, where I live (hour outside Toronto) we’re not as blessed with them, as as the mid-west for example, so part of the fun comes from connecting every foot of gravel and dirt I can find, mixed with pavement and gras to fill in the dots.
One of my favourite types of surface is what I call double track. It’s a pedestrian path intended for walkers in the burbs. Usually gravel or dirt. As wide as x-country ski trails. What I love is that it’s twisty like singletrack, lots of climbs in/out of neighboorhoods, and lots of trees and creeks. I just wish there was 100’s of km’s of this stuff! But the fun also comes in riding the same ol’bits as efficiently as I can, in both directions.
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Interesting. I live rural NH where we have many old farm and forest roads -- sometimes labeled Class A or Class 6 trails-- I'm not sure of the difference. These "roads" are not maintained by the towns; and depending on the season, are open only to off road vehicles, or snow mobiles and shared by hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. Some are maintained regularly by local clubs, land owners, and conservation organizations; or actively used for commercial logging, which is still a major industry in our county. As such, in addition to our network of Town maintained dirt roads (I live on a dirt road), and single track mountain bike trails, we have an extensive system of inter-connected "double track" trails to explore on 2-wheels. I guess you could say, these Class A trails are somewhere between true single track mountain bike trails and hard pack dirt and gravel roads. I've been hiking regularly on these trails. While I'm sure that they are rideable on a good gravel bike with proper rubber; I've shied away. I fear that I lack the skills on a gravel bike to handle these routes. Instead, I plan to buy a mountain bike this spring to do some exploring. OTOH, Salsa just came out with a new series of reasonably priced "monster cross" bikes (Journeyman All Road) which take either wide tire 700c wheels, or fatter tire 650b's. This type of bike may be ideal for our local Class A trails.
https://salsacycles.com/bikes/journeyman/journeyman_sora_700 The 650B version might just be my ticket to our flavor of "double track".