I’m new here.. been riding aobut a year, but I have years and years of road and bmx experience. I am planning a roadtrip of the American southwest and northwest where I will be camping out of my truck and mountainbiking mainly. I will be going through TX, NM, AZ, CA, up to Lake Tahoe, and then Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Colorado.
If anyone has done anything similar or has any suggestions please let me know. I just have a few questions..
-Any specific trails I should hit where there are also campsites? (I can do intermediate, and by the time I’m westcoast I can do expert)
-Also what determines the different between intermediate, expert, and the double diamond expert?
-Any recommendations on a hydration pack where I can still pack small tools and nourishments?
-I ride clipless on road, should I consider it on my MTB for the terrain I’ll be Hitting?
-Also I’m going to be on a hardtail will this be a problem for the terrain I’m going to be facing?
When you hit the Tahoe area, trails to consider are the [url+http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/downieville-downhill.html]Downieville Downhill[/url], which is epic and a must ride, Flume Trail and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
For hydration packs, I prefer Camelbak. They’re pricey, but worth the investment. I have had mine for ~10 years and it is still in perfect shape even with all the abuse I’ve put it through. I would get a pack that can handle a 100oz bladder. If you don’t want to carry that much water for short rides, you just don’t fill it up…
Since you already ride clipless, I personally would say go for it on your mountain bike. Of course that is up to you and how you feel with them. I love my Crank Brothers Mallets, which are platform pedals you clip into. If you get into an area where you don’t want to be clipped in, you still have something to put your foot on.
For the terrain on a hardtail question, I ride lots of the northern California trails. I’m on a full suspension, but several of my friends ride hard tails. The full is nice and saves your body some abuse, but the hard tail will definitely do the job! Ride what you brung 😆
Intermediate trails have single track, rocks, and harder than beginner climbs and downhills. Diamond will include more technical riding, such as rock gardens and steeper climbs/decents. Double diamond should be considered on a downhill bike and a very experience rider. You’re looking at big drops, jumps, stunts and things like that.