On Sunday, Kristy, Brent, and I rode out to the Centennial Trailhead (located behind the ball fields at Centennial Park) for some cold weather singletrack. After hooking up with the rest of the gang, we started the rocky ascent up into the deserty highlands above Carson City’s east side. This place was already pretty barren, but is even more so after a recent fire. There isn’t much cover out here as you can see, so this place is a better place to ride when the temperatures drop (although I hear it’s fun to ride at night in the summer!).
The Centennial Trail system is a stark contrast to the west side trail system. Although only a few miles apart, the dirt, rocks, plants, and animals are all quite different from each other. That’s one of the cool things about this area; if you get bored with one environment, it’s only a few miles to something completely different! You can go from THIS to THIS in no time at all!
For the most part, the west side of Carson City is made up of decomposed granite. Nice, smooth, sandy trails. Centennial has some nice smooth sections, but they lie between some fairly rocky sections. A full suspension rig is your best bet for the rapidly changing terrain. It’s not uncommon to come flying out of a fast, smooth corner into a rock garden! There are a lot of trails out there, and many can be ridden in any direction, making for plenty of options.
I hadn’t tried my full suspension rig, the Coiler from Kona, out at Centennial, so I decided to try it out. The five inches of free ride travel made the ride comfortable; however, the bike’s portly weight of 35 lbs made all the climbs much harder than they should have been. The geometry and handling were awkward for me too. It’s funny that a bike that I loved so much a few years ago can feel so foreign to me today! I’ve thought about it for a while now, but it’s time to sell it. I’m sick of complaining every time I ride it. It’ll make a great for bike for some shuttler/freerider. It will also give me some money to put towards what I think to be the ultimate bike. More on that later…