I’m wanting to try some trail riding with my 9-year-old son who loved a visit to Gateway Green. I’m out of shape and have no experience.
We live in downtown Hillsboro and I am thinking about trying trails at Hagg Lake, Chehalem Ridge, and Stub Stewart.
I also see gravel options: CZ, Reehers, and Tillamook Forest.
There are also plenty of paved country roads, multiple scenic bikeway options, and the paved car-free Banks-Vernonia trail.
If we can get in shape, I am dreaming about a bike-camping trip to Stubb Stewart.
For myself, I think my interests are likely gravel bike: I want to “hike” through the woods on a bike. I also have dreams of bike touring and bike camping. I want to go off road, but I’m not particularly keen to go really fast or jump.
However, I am sure my 9-year-old boy definitely wants speed and jumps. I would like to be able to ride with him and make this a shared adventure.
My question is: do any of these places (especially Hagg and Stub Stewart) require a mountain bike? Would a gravel bike prevent me from being able to tag along with my son for the kind of riding that interests him? Or could I manage okay with a gravel bike at these parks? I would hate to get a gravel bike and then realize I can’t ride at these nearby parks.
I was thinking a gravel bike might be more multi-purpose…I could use it comfortably on the paved scenic bikeways and Banks-Vernonia trail?
Or … should I just look for the cheapest old mountain bike I can find, to try it out?
Recommendations for bike shop to purchase recommended bike?
And lastly…after I buy a bike…how do I start? I was thinking we’d head out to Gateway Green to practice? And maybe I could ask other 10-year-olds for lessons…