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Forgot how much fun these trails are. Front trails are pretty thick with leaves making it a bit tricky due to the hidden roots and trail debris. Spent 20 minutes of my ride clearing some fallen trees and branches and I think nearly all is rideable now. I was also surprised to see all the new (to me) buildings and pavement. Will be back soon and hopefully it will get more riders to pack the leaves down. It's a great place for the winter and to work on some skills.

Maybe a chance for some motor-pacing through the woods  :)

I get out to Kickapoo fairly often & it's a great place to ride.  Definitely more hills in the mix than there used to be that could be included in the course.  And there are some short, steep climbs that can be pretty tricky to climb.  It primarily has a great mix of mid speed and lower speed twisty singletrack.  This will be another great race venue for DINO.

Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Trail conditions - 2013
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:46:44 PM »
Trails were really good early this morning.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Trainer training.
« on: January 03, 2013, 05:42:00 PM »
Hate to be the lightweight, but no matter what your gear, winter road rides are hard, hard, hard.  Lots of prep time, hard to manage daylight, extra dangerous due both to daylight and even less aware drivers.  And it's hard to stay comfortable if you're working hard.  From my experience, I'm far more likely to be burned out from the effort involved with regular winter road rides than from spending time (although admittedly not all that much time) on a trainer. 

On the other hand, it's hard to beat winter mountain biking.  You tend to be out of the wind and speeds are slower, so it's much easier to stay comfortable.  Unfortunately for us, our freeze/thaw weather doesn't tend to allow most of us to spend much time off road...hopefully this year will be an exception and it will stay cold enough to allow a good stretch of riding.

Tech Bench / Re: Sram XX1
« on: December 24, 2012, 06:18:20 PM »
I think a good 1x10 would be a XX1 crank with the 32t ring and XX1 chain (I've read that a 10sp chain is ok) coupled with a XO or XX shifter, 11-36 cassette and XO type 2 derailleur.

Tech Bench / Re: Sram XX1
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:49:05 AM »
10-42 cassette and chainring choices from 28 to 38 in 2 tooth increments.

Requires a special 'XD' freehub for the 10t sprocket.  Many manufacturers offer, or will soon offer, the freehubs for retrofit to current hubs.

Find a Ride / Kickapoo
« on: March 18, 2012, 08:48:19 PM »
Just putting in a good word for Kickapoo, off I74 just over the Illinois border (about 1h 15 mins from west side of Indy).  Highly recommend adding it to the mix -- especially for those of us in the central/west portion of the state.  They've always had some good trails but conditions were often poor.  I made a trip there this weekend thinking there was a fairly good chance I'd find a bunch of muddy holes and general disrepair.  Turns out the trails were perfect.  They're really doing a nice job on maintenance and have done a great deal of rerouting, adding drains, etc. to make it hold up much better to rain.  And there is also some new trail getting ready to open.

The trail system has a bunch of turning on moderate speed singletrack, several little jumps (with alternate routes), short ups and downs and some higher speed sections.  Also, they've got a couple of sections with steep switchbacks and companion nasty climbs.

Well worth a visit.


Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Poaching the start line?
« on: October 23, 2011, 04:26:39 PM »
Could be worse.  I remember doing a race many years ago in Michigan where there were multiple start-waves.  I went off with my class, was first up the start hill and didn't get passed the entire race.  Sadly, I ended up in third place!!  No clue when 1st & 2nd actually started.
Along similar lines, there used to be a older guy who raced DINO who was famous for cutting cut the course.  He wasn't in my category, but I remember passing him twice on the same lap at Wapehani.

Westwood / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 11, 2011, 11:53:23 AM »
Just got off the phone with the ranger....too muddy to ride today

Avon - Washington Township Park / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 12, 2010, 03:01:06 PM »
Too wet to ride.  Did not even bother to check the lowland since the initial entry is really saturated.

May be rideable in 24 hrs if we're lucky enough to avoid more rain.

Westwood / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 12, 2010, 12:02:21 PM »
Called Westwood an hour ago & found out it's closed.  Mr. Ranger said they got a ton of rain yesterday and it was raining there when I called.

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