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Messages - davebik

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Find a Trail / Re: red river gorge
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:25:25 PM »
Awesome to hear you saw some trails in RRG. The fellow that runs Red River Outdoors (cabins/guiding) I know has been working on some mtb trails around the area. If you are wondering about riding down there, he should definitely know what's up.
I'll probably be adding some riding to my next climbing trip - looking forward to seeing some trails in that area for sure.

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Racoon Mtn by Chattanooga

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Rants and Raves / Re: platform vs. clipless
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:38:25 PM »
was all clipless for my first 1.5 seasons riding and then I tried Schooner.  getting clipped back in while starting in the middle of a pile of rocks was too tricky so I got some platforms to avoid walking my bike through sections that I got stuck on.  I ride platforms if I'm hitting schooner and clipless other wise now.  Maybe someday I'll be good enough to ride schooner clipless but for now I like being able to get my foot down quickly and then start riding again without having to clip in.

I do fear for my shins since I recently upgraded my platforms however!

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Tech Bench / Re: Hayes brakes
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:13:59 AM »
probably not the kind of feedback you are looking for but i bought a used bike three years ago that has Hayes first generation brakes on them and they have been totally problem free and work great.  I don't know if they build em like they used to but I love my old Hayes. I ride a hard tail with front suspension fork at BCSP and HNF.

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Tech Bench / Re: Lights for night rides
« on: July 11, 2012, 09:42:29 AM »
Chainlove.com has had a Lights & Motion stella 300 setup for under 300 bucks for sale lately - check out that site for some good deals.

I rode last night with an old L&M vega 120 on my bars and a nice Black Diamond headlamp on my helmet and it was great.  Got the vega for $45 bucks off chainlove.com last year.

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Fantastic 4 / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:41:06 PM »
Rode trail 20 to 18 to 4 last evening and conditions were superb! didn't have to get off the bike once except on some steep climbs  ;)
 
the make-over they did on 4 last year is hardening up and riding ok now.

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Fantastic 4 / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:22:40 AM »
Rode Nebo last week and it was glorious! I thought the trail conditions were excellent and it's a clear ride all the way.  not sure what you were expecting KKeg but that's as good as it gets out there and that's super duper in my book. 

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Brown County State Park / 10 Pack of Riders
« on: April 13, 2012, 11:52:26 AM »
On Wednesday I was on my way out off the trails, between GV entrance and North Tower entrance on the connector and I pulled over for a Mega Pack of riders just haulin down that fun section there.  It was about 6:20 and I saw this impressive train coming and the leader says with a smile: "about 10 back!"

I just have to know: who were you guys? are you a club, or just a big group of buds that hit the jackpot on hooking up at the same time? That was awesome stuff, seriously! I've not seen a pack like that before and my biggest pack of buds has been around 6 riders.

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Tech Bench / Re: Push Industies
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:47:17 PM »
Thanks for the feedback so far, sounds great.  I have a request in to have their tech call me before starting on the work so hopefully we can get it just right.


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Tech Bench / Push Industies
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:46:18 PM »
Anyone have any experience with sending a fork to PUSH for BCSP riding?

Just sent in my Fox 29er fork that came with my used Ventana hard tail I bought in Spring 2010. Didn't know much about it's history but I've ridden 2-3 times a week the past two seasons; I'd say I ride fairly hard. I figured it was a good time to make sure my fork lasts another few years, plus it had started to leak a little oil after riding some bigger rocks in Chattanooga a few months ago.

Interested in any feedback, or settings/results you looked for and received. I just asked for the factory rebuild - not sure I need the other stuff they offer, but I really don't know what I need honestly.

Thanks!

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Find a Trail / Re: Winter Trails
« on: January 11, 2012, 04:45:49 PM »
Just went to Chattanooga last weekend and had a blast riding Raccoon Mtn.  It's a bit of a drive (6.5 hours) and can be closed with lots of rain, but it's about 20 miles with all levels of riding including rock drops up to 5 feet tall.  We hit hamilton creek park outside of Nashville TN on the way back to Bloomington and that was also really fun/rocky.  It was so fun to ride on rocky trails where you can pick different lines to take. we were in shorts and tee shirts 8)

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Tech Bench / Re: What to buy???
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:24:12 PM »
If you keep your eye on Chainlove.com throughout the day, you can find the Sram PG 990 cassette for half price.  That site is a one-deal-at-a-time site and they've been running that cassette lately.

I've had no complaints with my KMC chains on road or mtb.

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When I rode by that bridge on Tuesday, the rails were both down

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Fantastic 4 / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: October 05, 2011, 10:53:40 PM »
Nebo was in wonderful shape this evening. It's down to a single spot where we had to lift the bikes over a tree. Even that spot was do-able for someone that can clear the types of trees you find on Schooner in BCSP.
Big Thanks and Kudos to the Folks keeping Nebo so clean!!

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: BCSP DINO
« on: June 08, 2011, 09:57:05 AM »
I have a question for you racers, just something I was wondering about:
Do you feel that your downhill speed is what separates racers, or is it ability to crank hard uphill, or is it just an overall, all-around thing?

I've been riding about one year now and have a bud that is so fast downhill that I can't even learn anything watching him; he's out of sight immediately. This guy's not too worried about cranking fast uphill like a few of my other friends, but when it's time to turn it downhill he's gone. This is a very experienced rider by the way, and I wouldn't consider myself slow but I know I have a lot of learning/experience to gain.

Is the downhill speed where it's at for racing?

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