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Sherman Branch ~ A new video by SBA

(updated: Oct 18, 2011)

I posted some trail info on Sherman Branch, which I finally got to ride a couple of weeks ago. I went on a short vacation with the family and snuck out at dawn for a couple of hours to ride these trails. I also rode some other private trails nearby called Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park, but a rider told me that they are closing it down and selling the land -- more on this later including a video for the archives.

Anyway, I shot some decent video after meeting one friendly rider named Michael in the parking lot, so it turned out a lot better than just me filming the trail. But things didn't go so smoothly, because about five minutes into the trail, right when I hit Roller Coaster, my seatpost snapped completely in half, and racked me pretty good also. Man I was pissed, and you may hear it in the video, because I put it in the beginning. But I should be used to it by now, because I break everything.

Rather than call it quits, I shoved the saddle and piece of the broken post in my pack and proceeded to just ride the trail without a seat. So in this entire video I am riding with no seat. It brought back memories of my single speeding days in CA, when I could ride for miles uphill unable to sit down, which then reminded me of why I don't singlespeed anymore.

I didn't get to do all of the trail -- I had to skip the Lake Loop. So that will give me something to do next time. I loved all the technical trail features along the trail like the skinnies, rock garden, and numerous tables. They made the ride. It's the simple things in life you treasure.

More info here, including a map: Sherman Branch Park

Music: Way Out West.

If video above is no longer available (as in I haven't paid my Vimeo bill), click here.

My broken seatpost. Who needs a saddle anyway? It's an optional part, just like gears, and pedals.

Nice long skinny:

Rock garden. Rider: Michael.

Another wavy skinny:

A small step-up:

A bridge:

Get a sense of the speed and flow of this magical ribbon of singletrack:

Some roots:

A nice table:

A long boardwalk:

A big rock I was supposed to go around.

Berms throughout:

The old silo:

The parking lot:



Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Charlotte


1. Michael said...

Thanks Erol, this is awesome!

Oct 18, 2011 @ 5:25 AM

2. Daniel C. said...

That's one of my staple rides when I go visit my mom in CLT ( I started visiting her a lot more once I found this trail near her house:) Love the flow, and riding this trail fast on a 6 inch trailbike feels like you're surfing...

Oct 18, 2011 @ 2:28 PM

3. Captain Morgan said...

Logpiles, Boardwalks, and Skinnies, Oh My!

I once knew a place that had that stuff.

Oct 18, 2011 @ 7:02 PM

4. Its said...

time for me to leave this place and live the life of a gypsy. Too many other nice trails and not enough time.

Oct 19, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

5. peter said...

time to get a stickel

Oct 19, 2011 @ 5:40 PM


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