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Events / Re: 2014 Brown County Epic
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:55:52 PM »
Quick question for this weekend....

In the past my wife and kids have joined me in the camping area on Saturday night to hang out, grill, etc. and then gone home to warm cozy beds that night. They have never registered for the event to do this, and it sounds like this year the registration fee is more for the entire event as opposed to just a ride.

Are "guests" still welcome in the camping area on Saturday night? Or is that registered participants only?

Thanks! Looking forward to a good ride and lots of fun.

Brown County State Park / Re: 2013 BCB - Thanks !!!
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:55:07 PM »
Thank you to everyone! It was a great, wet time.

I wanted to especially thank the guy next to me (maybe you Kirk?) that needed help with extra food. That was an amazing steak and some wonderful salmon.

I almost didn't brave the rain, but ended up riding my first ride of the year, my first ride on a single speed, and have a great ride up to hesitation point.

Another great event and I can't wait for next year!

Anyone figured out how to vote? I didn't see anything obvious on their facebook page.

Tech Bench / Winter Riding Gear
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:33:24 AM »
What is everyone using for winter riding gear? Can I use my skiing baselayers and be comfortable? I am just looking for others experiences. I want to get a decent setup so that I can try some winter rides, both on and off (when frozen) road.

Rants and Raves / Re: 2013 Sub-9 Event Dates
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:50:57 AM »
Any chance there will be a men's intermediate session at the clinic next year? I think there was one a few years ago, but I missed it.

Tech Bench / Re: Converting to SS
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:33:22 PM »

Thanks for the advice everyone.

I think I'll run one of the existing chainrings on my 2x, maybe the 27 and replace the 39 with a bash guard.

Then I'll go with a spacer kit (probably the surly) and figure out the gear ratio.

I have tested two SS bikes at BCSP now, and I have really enjoyed it. I've never ridden the good climbs though, although I have climbed Aynes without shifting just to see if I could do it.

I'll get it setup soon and give it a shot.

On another note, how do you know what the right amount of tension in the chain is?

Tech Bench / Converting to SS
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:31:57 AM »
I have a Salsa El Mariachi that I am ready to convert to SS. It already has adjustable dropouts so I have the chain tensioning figured out, but I am confused on what else I need.

I think I can remove the cassette, then add a single cog and some spacers to take care of the rear. Do I need to be looking for specifics on the cog and spacers other than tooth count?

For the crankset, I am really confused. Do I need a new crankset, or can I convert my 2x to a single? It is an FSA Comet which seems to have an odd BCD that doesn't match most SS specific chainrings (84 or 86mm and 3 hole). The current chainrings are 27 and 39.

I was planning to start with 32/16 or 32/17. I mainly ride BCSP. Is that a good place to start?


Rants and Raves / Re: 2012 BCB Mileage??....Post it up boys & girls
« on: October 22, 2012, 02:56:21 PM »
I rode the 45 mile route. Not exactly sure what my mileage was as my phone app decided to draw a straight line from the cabin back to the start/finish line.

I was pleased. Last year, I had a goal to ride 60 miles, but was spent after getting to the cabin and had to get a lift back in a car. (So I rode a total of 27 miles).

This year, I set out to complete 45 miles, and I believe that is what I accomplished. I was thrilled.

Next year, I need to add more so I'll be going for 65.

Events / Re: 8th Annual Brown County Breakdown
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:38:13 AM »
2011 - Salsa El Mar - Made it to the cabin, then begged for a ride back (learned that free beer the night before is a problem)
2012 - Salsa El Mar - Hope to make it to the cabin and back this year

Rants and Raves / Re: Ideal quiver/stable of bikes
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:53:40 PM »
Current Stable:
  • Salsa El Mariachi Steel HT 29er
Desired Stable:
  • Black Cat HT SS 29er - I have wanted this bike since last year's Breakdown when someone let me test ride his. I loved it and I want one.
  • FS 29er - Something that will soak up more bumps for long rides
  • Average road bike, geared
  • SS road bike for fun rides like the nite ride, etc.
I think I would be happy with the above. I really like my El Mar, but I need more variety.

Brown County State Park / Route Distances?
« on: August 03, 2012, 02:36:06 PM »
I am trying to put together a ride for this weekend that is about 20 miles. I thought there used to be a map here that had the distances for the various loops.

Does something like that still exist?


Events / Re: 8th Annual Brown County Breakdown
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:27:24 AM »
Can I use the HMBA-IMBA part of the registration to renew my membership or is that just for new members?

Doing it while I register for the breakdown would save me one step.


Brown County State Park / Re: I am curious about something
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:33:58 PM »
As someone who has asked this question recently, I don't feel comfortable trying a new location during my normal ride time (3:30-6) for fear that I may end up lost and in the dark (I have no lights either).

I would like to try these other locations, but I would feel better learning my way around on a Saturday morning when I have a lot of daylight to work with.

Until I have a chance to do that, I am forced to ask if BCSP is rideable, but trust me, it's not because that is the only trail I want to ride, it's just the trail I know right now.

More feedback is always welcome, so thank you.

A Garmin Edge and heart rate monitor are at the top of my Christmas list for this year, and I think that would help. Then I will at least know where I am when I ride and can start trying some of the many ideas mentioned here. I am hoping to get out this winter and ride some, but I don't like cold weather so I am not sure it will happen. Indoors would work though, but it's not as much fun.

I kind of like the SS idea, especially after somebody let me jump on their 29er SS that felt like as nimble as a 26" bike. I loved it. So really I loved the geometry, but there was something about the simplicity of the SS.

That would probably kill me, but it would force me to struggle through the climbs rather than hitting the easy button.

My bike has the option to go SS, so maybe I'll look at the cost of that over the winter.

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