Category Archives: Mountain biking

This week on Barton Creek Greenbelt

I took a short ride yesterday on the Barton Creek Greenbelt to check on the creek after last week’s rains. The creek is still relatively full with good flow around the high spot just downstream from the Mopac bridge, and … Continue reading

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GF Sugar back in action on Barton Creek Trails

I originally started this project 2 years ago when I bought a new (used) 29er and decided to rebuild my old Gary Fisher Sugar. For some reason I thought that a new paint job was a good idea, and after … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Update

It’s been over a week since I’ve been down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and much longer since I posted any new pictures. Last trip down I had a bad fall which resulted in some pretty impressive bruises, (sorry no … Continue reading

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Fun with Strava

I just started using Strava┬árecently on my Barton Creek Greenbelt rides after my son Orion recommended it. They’re advertising heavily on the Tour de France, so most cyclists have probably heard of it already. Like Map My Ride┬áStrava allows you … Continue reading

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Sugar news isn’t so sweet

I was looking forward to getting my Gary Fisher Sugar back from the painter with a new coat of primer when I got a call from the shop with some bad news. During prep they managed to sand through the … Continue reading

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Twin Falls at Barton Creek Still Flowing

I headed out on my mountain bike to the Barton Creek greenbelt yesterday expecting to see the crossing at the Mopac bridge dry, but the creek was still flowing there and the crossing just downstream was still deep. It looked … Continue reading

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New wheels for my sugar

I got a great deal on a set of AC hubs and Crest rims for my Sugar rebuild project. They even came with tires!! Now that I have new parts I need to get back on the job and start … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 8

Here’s the final 1/2 mile of the main greenbelt trail. This is the notorious Hill of Life, which is about 300 feet of loose gravel, steps, and ledges. There are several alternative ways up, including a nice single track that … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 7

This is a relatively easy section between Sculpture Falls and the based of the Hill of Life. It’s a gentle uphill grade with no technical obstacles and few options. There’s an alternative trail on the south side of the creek … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 6

This section starts just past Twin Falls and ends just past Sculpture Falls. This is a relatively smooth section that climbs gradually. Along the way there are some trails to the right that head up hill to 360. No access … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 5

This section starts at a creek crossing just downstream from the Mopac bridge and ends just past Twin Falls. Hikers can stay on the left side, (heading upstream) to experience the cliff side trail that provides a chain for security. … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 3

I just realized that I posted mile 4 before I had mile three posted. Here’s the missing section, a relatively easy stretch which passes the Gus Fruh access point and then continues to one of the most difficult creek crossings. … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 4

Mile 4 of the greenbelt passes by the Toy’s R Us trails and the Loop 360 trail head, under the loop 360 bridge and then leaves the walking trail for some slightly technical sections. We end this mile at another … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mile 2

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Barton Creek Greentbelt Mile 1

Sometimes new riders ask me about the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail conditions. How hard is it, how long, etc. I decided to do a series of videos, one for each mile of the trail. My equipment is pretty limited, and … Continue reading

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Watch Jim Ride, watch Jim Fall!

I’ve been making a few beginner mountain biking videos and went out this morning to do another on one of the more challenging obstacles in the greenbelt near my house. Here’s the result. You won’t want to miss the outtake … Continue reading

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Hill of Life Alternatives

A couple of alternate trails up the Hill of Life on Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt For any mountain bikers here are a couple alternatives to a direct assult on the Hill of Life at the end of the Barton Creek … Continue reading

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Crash on Barton Creek Greenbelt

I headed out at 7:00AM yesterday for an early morning ride. This is one of the perks of living on Barton Creek. I can be on the greebelt in less than a minute. I headed downstream to make a couple … Continue reading

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Hill of Life Triple Step

One of the reasons that my wife and I moved to a Barton Creek home in Travis Country is because I was riding the green belt, a lot. It’s a joy to be able to roll out of the house … Continue reading

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Another day at the office

Got out on the new bike yesterday with my new tire. Much better, but still didn’t get up the hill. Too hot for one. Ran into someone more or less my age and we rode together for a while which … Continue reading

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