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I want to do a long term experiment on the last half Expert Trail #4. I blew the leaves and debris off the trail tonite. I want to keep this portion of the trail clear of leaves all fall, winter and spring. Hopefully, by keeping the trail clear, It will dry faster, freeze thaw cycles will not be as messy and provide a faster freeze and drying period do to the lack of leafy insulation. I have asked opinions about this! and as usual, I got a differing opinion from everyone. so it's time to find out first hand.
who want's to help me keep this short section clear over the next several months?
I cam across this Juvenile Ground Hog while weed eating today. From all indications! In my Opinion And from personal work experience with DNR in Washington State. This little guy had Rabies..
I hope this is an isolated incident and does not spread. This video is posted for Educational purposes only. If you see any animals in any park behaving in any maner other than we would consider "Normal" contact park officials. This post is only intended to Educate and not Disuade from using Westwood Park.
This is a very good read!
· Keep your weight back when going down anything remotely steep. You are less likely to Endo. If it’s really steep, lowering your seat is helpful and you should be far enough back of your seat that your seat is at chest level.
· When going over an obstacle, compress your fork first then pull up. Once your front tire is over throw your weight forward to unweight your back wheel.
· When climbing steeper hills slide forward on your seat to distribute your weight evenly over the bike. This helps keep your front wheel from popping up in the air and keeps you from putting all your weight on the back wheel, which causes you to lose control.
· When coasting always have your feet level (at the 3 and 9 o’ clock positions). You will be less likely to hit your pedal on something, which can throw you to the ground quickly.
· When going over bridges and narrow boards always look ahead to the other side and not down in front of your tire. Your bike will go where you are looking. Keep speed and spin fast.
· When trying switchbacks, try pumping your brakes rapidly when going around the corner. This helps you control the bike and maintains your balance. I find that standing slightly off the seat is helpful as well. Try leaning the bike into the corner as you remain upright.
· If you are having trouble maintaining traction on a climb try a harder gear. You will be less likely to spin out.
· Your front brake gives you most of your stopping power. Your rear brake gives you control.
· Your seat should be adjusted so that when you are on the bottom of your down stroke you should have a slight bend in your knee. The higher the seat the more extension you get from your legs. This is good for trails with a lot of climbing. The lower the seat the more control you have over your bike. This is good for technical trails.
· Momentum is your friend. It can get you over obstacles, carry you through mistakes, and helps you maintain your rhythm.
· Only stand up when you need to on climbs. Try to stay seated. If you need to stand – leaning forward over the bars will provide the most power, leaning back will provide the most traction – shift your weight according as the conditions change.
· When climbing steeper hills try zigzagging across the hill (side to side) if you start losing momentum. This helps keep your momentum and in essence makes the hill less steep.
· When approaching an obstacle or section of trail you’re not sure you can do, Ride it or Walk it! Do not second guess it. This is a sure fire way to get hurt.
· Always look where you want to go – not where you don’t. If you look into a ditch or at a tree next to the trail you’ll go there.
· Have confidence in what you are doing – if you prepare for failure you’ll almost certainly find it.\
· When approaching an uphill – down shift before you begin to climb, most drivetrains will not shift properly under a heavy load.
· When riding in sand or slippery conditions – distribute your weight evenly and maintain a good cadence (RPM), it’s the wheels turning that keeps you upright not the forward momentum of the bike.
For the HMBA Chainsawers!
If you own a Stihl? Look at this!!
During our vacation we decided to try out a few more Ohio trails.
These trails are within 3.5 to 4 hrs. If Indy.
1. Dillon State Park, Zanesville ,Oh. 26 miles
These trails Rock! Literaly. The trails are very well marked, you can't get lost or turned around here.
The red trails are excedingly difficult and rocky. The yellow trail is rocky,rooty and extreamly steep at times. With lots of bridges and elevated trail.
This is a MUST RIDE!
2. Mohican, Loudenville, Oh. 24 miles.
A little bit of everything, long and physicaly demanding. Well marked. Another must ride
3. Alum Creek, Columbus,Oh 14 miles
Phase 1 is now more technical than last time we rode there, it is well ridden in and rooty as all Hell with a lot of in trail goodies. Phase 2 is now the easier of the two trails. Fast and flowing with some in trail features. A must ride if in the area.
4. Vultures Knob, Wooster, Oh. 7 miles
Simply put! This trail kicks ass! Rangeline is child's play compared to this place. This place has some of the coolest bridges I have ever seen on a trail. Rite at the start is a very large Arch bridge at least 50 foot tall and 100 foot long. A cable suspended bridge 50 foot long and scary as all Hell and something I can only describe as a down the ravine over the creek and up the other side up jump. This place is NOT! for beginners, you must be adept at riding very technical trails & features.
Vultures Knob is privatly owned but open to the public 365 days. You must sighn a waiver and donate @ least $5 to ride. Currently there are several dedicated downhill runs being made. Can't wait for them to open.
Will post picts of the bridges and jump