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France Park / Re: France Park Superintendent Resigns
« on: June 05, 2014, 08:24:40 AM »
As bad as the trails are out there right now I'd be hard pressed to say they will be ready for the race next weekend.


trees are down all over the place and the overgrowth has practically covered some of the trails.


Maybe they will get it together but so far not so much.

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Franke Park - Fort Wayne / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:19:42 PM »
I rode the trails last weekend 4/19.
the additions from last year survived through the winter pretty well.  not much has happened to them at all.
Some of the other areas are suffering however.

When I went there and parked in my usual spot(in the swimming area gravel parking lot) I noted a massive amount of wood chip mulch piled up.  As in about 7 foot tall mesa covering the majority of the parking lot.  Kind of made me wonder what they were planning on using all of that for.
Well, I found some of it out there in the 'Hacks super secret trail' section. about half of it is now 4 foot wide walking path lined with wood chips.  consistency of deep mud for bikes.  Makes me pretty worried about the rest of the trails if they have that much mulch to work with I could see the entire trail system covered and widened.

I think maybe they might be headed in the wrong direction there.

BUT, other than that the trails themselves were pretty dry and ready for riding.

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Tech Bench / Re: Loud nosy elixir brakes.
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:34:37 AM »
I have been running the Avid Mechanicals for years on multiple bikes (including my current hardtail) and love them. Never had any problems at all. Setup is fast and easy, changing pads is easy, and they are as quiet as can be....
 
Maybe it is a case of "pebcak"... as we say in the IT world...

Avid mechanicals ain't avid hydrolics.
I've got some BB7's and never had noise issues with them either.  Juicy 3's, well they just suck

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France Park / Re: Trail Work Day April 6th at 9:00AM
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:29:18 PM »
Just got done working for a few hours on the new sections.  thats about all my crunched up old arms are good for until they start to turn into jelly.


Got to ride a little bit as well.  Love the new trails, you guys do great work.


good stuff going on out there, everyone needs to go out and check it out.

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France Park / Re: Trail Work Day March 16th at 10:00AM
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:10:59 AM »
I will plan on being there.

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Unfortunately I will not be able to make it this time.
My Wife planned a family dinner for this Saturday     >:(

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Other- North / Re: Volunteers Needed, France Park Trail Work 1-19-13...
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:18:32 AM »
I'll plan to be there at noon.

Do we need to bring anything??

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Other- North / Re: Volunteers Needed, France Park Trail Work 1-19-13...
« on: January 03, 2013, 07:53:41 AM »
I should be able to help out.

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Other- North / Re: France Park Trails
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:43:31 AM »
Can't say i like the blurb about attracting horse riders.  That's the last thing we need out there.
Bad enough dealing with walkers with there dogs crapping in the middle of the trails.


As for all the signage questions; from what I was told they try to leave them up but being that it is a campground filled with idle teens they don't seem to last long or get pointed the wrong way.  You know fun stuff!!

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Town Run / Re: Danger around the fifth mile
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:47:12 AM »

Wow....are you a roadie??

Next time you ride the trail deanomag, concentrate on developing your handling skills and controlling your bike.  Hazards exist on every trail and at every turn. If you are riding too fast for your current skill level, you will crash and you may get hurt again.

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Other- North / Re: France Park Trails
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:24:05 AM »
yup, that'd be the one.

I always park at the beach parking lot at number 1 and start and finish from there.

I've modified the path a bit by removing some of the fourwheeler paths to do more singletrack but then I'm not worried about having two way traffic on the trails like a race course designer would have to consider.

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Other- North / Re: France Park Trails
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:00:48 AM »
They are ok, but i never felt like i had any idea where i was going.  It seems as if i spent more time looking for the single track then riding it.

You should either go out there when someone who knows the trails goes out so they can show you the best path or do what I did and get a copy of the map the DINO guys use for the race that is there in august and you can just follow that.

I went there the weekend after the race and they had plenty of maps left over.  I then just carried that around with me until I knew the way around.
This years race is 8/14 I think.

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Other- North / Re: France Park Trails
« on: July 16, 2011, 01:47:31 PM »
Trails were perfect today.  Couldn't have asked for anything better.

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Other- North / Re: France Park Trails
« on: July 08, 2011, 08:05:55 PM »
sorry about not getting back to you for so long but the trails are good.

Had some downed trees a couple weeks back but they have been cleaned up.


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Other- North / France Park Trails
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:18:48 PM »
The trails in France park are in very good shape even after all of this rain there has been very little impact on them.

Not sure why there is so little info in these forums about these trails, they are fun trails.

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