Question for mountain unicyclists

What’s a single track?

How does it differ from, say, a double track? Or a triple track?

Explain yourselves.

Single Track is…

Single track is when a trail has only one GROOVE. Like what only a bike could ride on, or a simple hiking trail. (We can ride these to, of course)
Double track is when the trail has two Grooves. Like what a 4 wheeler or rail-buggy would drive on. (We can ride either track that looks the best)
Triple track… someone else will have to help you with that! --chirokid–

It is a trail through the woods that is just about wide enough for handle bars on a bike. Basically the path is worn down in the woods and is maybe a foot wide from the repetitive riding from bikes. Those that ride Muni take advantage of these well established trails.

Re: Single Track is…

Since you beat me to it, by one minute.:smiley: I would guess a triple track would be for a tricycle.:smiley:

A single track is just that:
A usually narrow path with only one lane.
Where I live (in Texas) a lot of the “single track” that we ride is usually animal paths that have been "ridden in.
We do cut in quite a bit of single track ourselves as this is the most challenging and fun way to get the trail to go where you want it to.
Double track refers to trails that have two paths running alongside of each other that are usually old “jeep roads” or somthing similiar that were made by vehicclar traffic.
Triple tracks??? hmmmm, never really thought about it, but I guess you could find those somewhere that is frequented by 3-wheelers:)

Re: Question for mountain unicyclists

It is single track or double track only, with history explained well above. It’s basically the history of of the trail…what formed it?

Triple track is a concept only relevant to those that market shaving razors… :sunglasses:

I’ve heard people refer to zero track too, being the sort of thing where your bars are hitting the undergrowth on both sides and you can only just tell where the trail is going.

Some of our trails are turning that way at the moment as there’s been quite a lot of summer rain and the undergrowth is growing really deep. Makes it interesting riding a trail with dropoffs and roots when you don’t always know what is coming up.


In addition to the above excellent comments: a single track is often much rougher because it usually started as an animal or foot path. A double track is often much smoother because it was engineered for automobiles at one time. Older double tracks may have significant washouts and have closed in to look like a single track, but still remain much straighter and will usually skirt the hills rather than climb them directly. Double tracks often have much harder surfaces than single tracks.

as opposed to those who market those other kind of razors…

I’ve heard it said that a ‘single track’ is a track you can bomb
down at reckless speed, taking all sorts of unholy risks. Whereas
the opposite is the ‘married track’, where your riding partner
keeps on criticising your riding technique and tells you to slow
down all the time.

Maybe I heard wrong.

Re: Question for mountain unicyclists

GILD wrote:
> tomblackwood wrote:
>> *Triple track is a concept only relevant to those that market shaving
>> razors… :sunglasses: *
> as opposed to those who market those other kind of razors…
>> confused:

You think straight razors are for shaving?!

You poor sweet innocent thing.

Knowledge is power.
Power corrupts.
Study hard. Be evil.

Re: Question for mountain unicyclists

chirokid <> wrote:
> Triple track… someone else will have to help you with that!

When the tractor tracks have a big ridge between and that ridge has its
own path along a top made by walkers or horses. Sometimes the middle
path is a bit dryer and less bumpy than the outer two, sometimes not if
its been horsed.


Union of UK Unicyclists
By and for UK riders

Re: Re: Question for mountain unicyclists

OK, I totally get it now. I had not heard the term triple track, so was writing it off without using my brain. Grew up in country where tractors reigned supreme, but moved away before their paths were taken over by bikes. Thanks for shedding the light on this one…

PS: If they’re old paths, chances are the center track was actually started by the tractor itself, not horse or ped. The newer tractors tend to have wide front wheel bases, but the older ones had those two small ones close together and centered.