Perkiomen Trail Spring 2013 Update
Posted in the Phoenixville Forum
#1 May 25, 2013
The Perkiomen Trail has survived budget cuts...at least so far. But whether it will survive improper maintenance, regardless of the cause, remains to be seen.
They have been using gravel--some of it loose--to fill in low spots. That's not a big deal if you are on foot or horseback, but cyclists will tell you that's the last thing they want for a trail surface. It is a flat tire or crash waiting to happen, not to mention it makes a lot of noise.
Why can't those in charge of maintenance on the Perky Trail make a trip to Spring City and look at the trail that opened there in Fall 2011. Now that's how you build an unpaved trail and keep it bicycle-friendly. They call it "crushed stone" but it looks more like cinders to me. It they could put that surface on the Perkiomen Trail instead of the gravel-laden surface they have now, that would be great. It would also be substantially cheaper than paving the whole trail.
That said, the short section from Upper Indian Head Road to S. Reber Road should be paved. It is on a moderate incline, which expedites erosion and can make handling any type of bike an adventure, especially going downhill.
#2 May 28, 2013
it's all bike friendly, learn to be a better trek rider & you'll find the trails are fine. if you want paved drive to a different location & ride paved.
#3 May 30, 2013
Why don't you try Rt 422? Sounds like that's what your looking for. I don't see any other "TrekRiders" crying whle I wizz past them on mine.
1st world problem. How about being thanksful?
#4 May 30, 2013
Oh big deal with your stupid gravel. I ruined a $140 pair of biking sneakers riding through horseshit on the trail! You'd think these damn horseback riders would clean up after themselves!
#5 May 30, 2013
Why should it be paved? I've rode that spot numerous times without an issue. It's not the bike nor trail that's the issue. How much erosion do you see? Have you built a trail? let me guess you mulched it didn't you so it was softer?
Don't you know that's what biking is is an adventure? that's the reason for doing it, the reason for being out there, & the reason to do it MORE to get better at it. Challenge YOURSELF. Just because you can't ride a section smoothly doesn't mean it should be destroyed or redone to accomodate you. I see people take out trail features all the time b/c 1 person can't make it. You,as the rider,should take the steps to learn how to ride your bike & adapt to the terrain not the other way around.
#6 May 31, 2013
lmao! good one lance. me thinks his speedo is too tight
#7 Jun 2, 2013
This is a general response to all the comments so far. Let me reiterate that I AM NOT SAYING pave the trail! Just pave it in spots where erosion is a chronic problem, that's it. If I feel more comfortable using roads or other trails, I can and will.
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