Riding some janky trails in the heart of the city!

Riding some janky trails in the heart of the city!

Today’s video is the second half of my ride at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. This is the entrance to the Brownie Lake section. I think these are the most technical trails in the twin cities with hard ups as well as downs.

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0:00-0:24 Intro
0:25-7:39 Brownie Lake
7:40-9:10 SW Loop
9:11-9:45 Glenwood
9:46-10:23 South Loop
10:24-11:07 Outro


  1. Ride with Tenzin on September 21, 2022 at 3:28 am

    Buddy good work !👏👏👏
    let’s hit it together when you go next time 😎🤩

  2. Shad Life on September 21, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Brownie was rebuilt to keep that classic tough technical challenge we don’t find much of these days anymore. Some people like it, some don’t. You need to have balance, technique, power, and most of all fitness and endurance to clean those climbs. I actually do better on my fully rigid single speed (Surly Lowside) clipped in if I put my easy cog on the back than I do with my full suspension geared bike. I just don’t put in the effort to set the bike up for Brownie very often because that big rear cog sucks for all the rest of Theo.

    This is a great trail to work on those skills and if you like the challenging short technical descents it’s worth walking up most of the climbs as you did just to ride those. If any of you viewers do go to Brownie and end up walking up the climbs, just do the volunteers a huge favor and stay on the rocks and don’t go to the sides making the trail wider.

  3. Harry Grimley on September 21, 2022 at 3:48 am

    That place looks great. Not fond of rocks and skinnys. But I do like a challenge. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Pat Hoffman on September 21, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Brian, good stuff. I really like your videos. You and I seem to have similar riding styles. I totally agree on Theo. I like just parking at the trailhead and hitting all the loops. Also having a rest area right in the middle is perfect. I would love to ride out there sometime with you.

  5. vitaflo on September 21, 2022 at 4:05 am

    I’ve never ridden the optional black lines at Brownie, and seeing this I’m not sure I’d want to. They look steep, even with the gopro effect that tends to flatten things out. But I’m also just an average rider and know my limits. This is why I’ve always liked your vids, you’re not shy from showing the hard parts, needing to walk the bike, falling off skinny’s, calling out where you screwed up, etc. That’s a lot more relatable than just showing a "best of" bombing the trail at mach 10.

  6. Steve Crawford on September 21, 2022 at 4:17 am

    I agree with vitaflo’s comments. It makes us average skilled riders feel confident about progressing. And that learning is part of the fun! Keep up the good videos!!

  7. TKolbo on September 21, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Brownie is always a challenge, but good place to work on power production for the rocky climbs!

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