Womble Trail

Womble Trail

Postby kevrider » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:17 am

has anyone ridden this trail end-to-end? i'm thinking about trying to ride it, maybe this fall, and was just wondering whether it's a hardtail or a full suspension kind of ride. the distance alone makes me think FS, but which bike would you prefer?

http://www.imba.com/epics/womble

also, would you ride east- or westbound? any other info you can share about this ride is appreciated. tia.
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby andrea » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:03 pm

Rigid singlespeed.
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby kevrider » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:21 pm

lol! :mrgreen: buff, you say?
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby joeycmsu » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:17 pm

Isn't the description for the Womble like 6 hours, 6000' of elevation?
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby andrea » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:09 am

I'm being slightly serious... the Womble is less rocky than the nearby Ouachita trail. A lot of the locals go rigid. 29er hardtail is probably the most common, though.
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby Memphis_Buckeye » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:27 am

andrea wrote:Rigid singlespeed.


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Re: Womble Trail

Postby WxMan » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:05 am

Singlespeed is good.

Think about camping at Rock Creek and riding out/back east one day and west the other. Rock Creek campground is at about 1/2 way point of Womble Trail. Rock Creek is primitive camping.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ouachita/recreation/wateractivities/recarea/?recid=13386&actid=31
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby the kid » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:25 pm

i have riden my ss there in the past and it is a great trail no need for full s!
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby Kermit » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:09 pm

I had a chance to ride the Womble with some friends this past weekend and dug up this thread for info and laughed at the recommendations of SS. I personally wouldn't recommend a Rigid SS to anyone wanting to actually ride the whole trail. A hardtail would be a good suggestion so you can climb everything but a good full suspension ( preferably one that locks out) and gears makes it a lot more fun and still allows you to ride everything.

There are a lot of screaming descents and some have fist sized rocks that are easier to handle on a bike with suspension.

Just my opinion, but I figured I would add it in case anyone is searching for info on the Womble in the future.

We were able to do the entire length of the trail in just under 5 hours of ride time but expect to stop for the views.
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby Special Ed » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:00 pm

Funny thing about hills. riding them in one direction gives you plenty of downhills, but then the next hill goes up. Going the other way, the downhills become uphills and vice versa. (see, this is why they call me Special Ed)

Actually, I love the Womble going both directions because of the various fast downhills and some challenging short/steep uphills. I have ridden it SS, hardtail, and FS -- my preference - 29 SS.

Another camping option along the trail is to camp at Two Spirits Campground. You can find them on the web, and their phone number is 8008413632. They have very nice small A frame sleeping structures on concrete pads with heat and air. the owner - Frank Klein, will also cook a great breakfast and dinner for you if you plan that ahead with him when you reserve your place.
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Re: Womble Trail

Postby Kermit » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:50 pm

Special Ed wrote:Funny thing about hills. riding them in one direction gives you plenty of downhills, but then the next hill goes up. Going the other way, the downhills become uphills and vice versa. (see, this is why they call me Special Ed)
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The faster you go downhill the more momentum you can carry up the next hill so you don't have to pedal up hill as much. My recommendation was for folks like me that are lazy and out of shape, not for guys with tree trunks for legs that love pain :lol:
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