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Offline okogood

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Best trail for young children?
« on: December 07, 2010, 07:53:37 PM »
Hi,
My family is thinking about trying one of these trails this weekend. We are all beginner riders and my son is 6 years old and rides a 20" mountain bike. Any recommendations for the best beginner trails for us to try out? We are used to riding the Preserves (mostly Robinson) over here in Bradenton. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 08:07:33 PM »
WTA Trails

Check out this link of some video from there:
http://proedgebiker.com/mountain-bike-hd-videos/wta/

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 08:39:03 PM »
Yellow trail at santos.  At 6 he is ready to experience some relatively smooth flat twisty trail.  I have been rasing mt bikers for 11 years, ;)

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 09:08:46 PM »
Both of these are great options.

Personally I'd take him to the Morris Bridge Road section and stick to the main trails.

The yellow trails at Santos would be good as well.

If you go to Boyette, take the two track to the first fireroad on the right and follow it down till you get to the Quads. If you feel spicy after that try Palmetto Cable and East/west Meadows.

At Alafia the River loop and Sandpine would be fun. If he does good on those, then look at rock garden (stay off the black loops!)

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010, 10:03:36 PM »
While WTA is good for absolute beginner children, no doubt alafia is even better cause it offers frequent breaks and a bathroom and a wider range of terrian. Rock garden  (easy loop) is the best because it offers elevation changes. The area around ( but not the actually on ) shelly's loop is great for teaching them how to climb and decend with their brakes. My boys did all that with 16 inch bikes and come christmas time they will be riding new 24 in bikes.

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010, 01:45:28 PM »
Morris Bridge/Trout Creek/Flatwoods parks, AKA Wilderness parks are the best for true beginners. bring plenty of water, and make sure Everyone wears a helmet, Adults included.
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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010, 12:05:07 PM »
Thanks for all of your help guys. We ended up going to Alafia on Saturday. Being our first time outside of the Preserve trail setting the "easy" trails were a little more advanced than we expected. Other than getting lost a couple of times we did alright. My 6 year old actually did better than my wife who has gotten out of biking shape and was very sore after riding her bike without front suspension. The people we met were awesome and extremely helpful both pointing us in the right direction and letting us pick their brains about bikes and local trails. We are going to try the Wilderness Park Trails next time. Santos is kind of far from Bradenton to take a one day trip right now. Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010, 10:45:27 PM »
Wilderness Main Trail is fairly easy (watch for sand traps!) compared to Alafia easy trails.
Alafia is a more advance MTB trail park (and awesome) in my opinion.

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2010, 09:13:17 AM »
What they all said above.  Yes Alafia EASY is very rooty and will put a beating on anyone.  If you rather go south, try Alva by Ft. Myers.  They ahve tons of lat very well groomed and well kept trails.  They also have a real nice pump track that is a sure hit with your kid.  Give them a try:  http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0253

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Re: Best trail for young children?
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2010, 07:16:33 PM »
I took my wife and 11-year-old daughter to Wilderness Park. Neither had ever done anything like it. My 13-year-old son is a novice. We had a blast, starting at Trout Creek (did a picnic; nice facilities) and made a big loop in about 3 hours including the picnic. We shortcut on the paved Flatwoods loop from the west end to the Y. And then cut over to Hole in the Fence via Eubanks to complete the loop on the south side of Morris Bridge.

As already mentioned, stay on Main and you'll have a great ride for kids. - PH

 

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