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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: FREE: Trek MT220
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:22:22 PM »
If you still have the bike, I'll take it.  My son is a couple years away from a 24" bike so this will give us time to get it back in shape and on the road/trail.  I work in the Fishers area (Indy address) so I'm close to Castleton.


Thanks,
Chris

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Tech Bench / Re: What's Everyone's Favorite Tire
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:56:19 AM »
Racing Ralph EVO series for me.  I run them all year long but only hit trails between April and November.  Before we had our son I would run a Nobby Nic up front during the winter.  My buddy ran Ralph's and his current set is Pisgahs.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:41:59 PM »
Just finished all three trails. 99% of the trail surface is dry and in many spots dusty. There are quite a few small soft spots and a couple are still muddy. Camp Glenn has a huge mud spot rather deep. I would avoid that trail or walk around. Maybe 10 or so riders out and loads of hikers.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:54:03 AM »
Anyone checked the trail lately? MTB project says red. I don't get out there much and I was gone last week when it rained. Is it worth a look today or is it known that it would be too muddy with all the rain lately?

Thanks,
Chris

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2016
« on: October 29, 2016, 10:21:58 AM »
Thinking about trying the Fort later today. Any guess on what the conditions are? I'm sure there will be a lot of people in the park today.

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Events / Re: Brown County Epic - Oct. 7 - 9, 2016
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:34:06 AM »
I think it was discussed earlier in another thread but everyone that rides the Epic will need a daily or annual mountain bike trail pass, correct?  I have an annual pass but I wanted to post here to remind everyone that will be coming from out of town or riders that only mtb during the Epic.  I didn't see it listed on the registration page or anywhere else that a pass would be needed in addition to the entry fee and gate fee.  But, maybe I missed it.


Thanks, Chris

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Tech Bench / Re: wheels
« on: June 02, 2016, 01:53:04 PM »
I'll second the recommendation of the Arch rims.  I had Arch rims laced to Hope Pro II Evo hubs for about 5 years and just sold them as I went down to only one trail bike.  I'm on my 3rd or 4th set of Hope hubs and I can strongly recommend them.  The Arch rims were simple to tape and fit a tire over as they should be.  I don't know the model but I helped a buddy set his Giant Anthem wheels up tubeless and it was a quite a hassle.  I think he has had a couple times where he has lost a lot of air or flatted while off the bike since the conversion.


Speaking specifically about hub noise, Hope is one of the loudest if you are looking at the 24 point engagement models.  The newer ones have 40 points of engagement and are not as loud and the pitch is higher, towards the buzz of 72 point Kings.  The design internally makes a big difference as well, all my Shimano hubs are all but silent.


Good luck, you have a lot of options within your $600-$700 range.


Chris

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Find a Trail / Re: Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: May 06, 2016, 11:03:28 AM »
Now we are looking at the option of pulling a camper down or tent camping. Anyone have a personal recommendation for a park within an hour of Louisville? How similar is Obannon camp area to Brown county SP? I've ridden through it in the past and I remember it being more open. We would be looking to cook over the fire and have showers. Electric would be a bonus if it was a tent only area.
Thanks,
Chris

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Find a Trail / Re: Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: April 20, 2016, 01:43:31 PM »
Thanks everyone for the trail recommendations so far and the mtbproject tip.  We might have to check out Obannon again as it has been 3-4 years since we have been there.  Anybody else have a trail to hit in the area, post it up!


Are there fees or permits needed for Waverly and Cherokee Park?



Thanks,


Chris

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Find a Trail / Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:46:12 AM »
Me and a buddy will be heading down to KY in about a month if the weather is good for an extended weekend of riding.  We want to check out the Underground MTB park in Louisville for a half day but after that we are looking for recommendations.  We would like to stay within 1.5-2 hours of Louisville but if need be we can extend our travels.  We plan to bounce around so we don't need to have a base area to drive from each day.  I have looked briefly at Kymba.org and singletracks.com but would like input from riders around here that have traveled south to check the trails out.  I didn't see any big trail systems around Louisville, Lexington, etc.  We have ridden around the Laurel Lake area several years ago on our way to NC.  Looking for intermediate level trails overall but not opposed to technical sections here and there to keep us on our toes.  In the past we have ridden 15-30 miles a day with average elevation (BCSP for example) so if we need to link a couple trails together in the same day we can do that as well.


Looking forward to recommendations!


Thanks,


Chris

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Tech Bench / Re: Best car trailer hitch brand for paint durability?
« on: January 29, 2016, 09:35:25 AM »
I've had four different hitches (four different vehicles) since I have used a hitch mount bike rack.  I don't remember the first mfg but the others have been Curt, purchased from etrailer.  On the second vehicle I tried another mfg (don't recall which one) but the mounting and fit wasn't to my liking so I returned it for the Curt.  As far as the paint, I can't recall the process but it's below powder coating so after 3-4 years I could see some mild rusting around the received tube.  I had a little bit of paint chipping as well around the opening of the square receiver tube but nothing that looked too bad.  Unless I have a bad experience with Curt they will be my go-to for future hitch and accessories needs.


I will say that etrailer has been amazing with website info, customer service and fast shipping (just outside STL).  If they have the hitch you want at a good price I would suggest them.


Chris

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Tech Bench / Re: Rear Derailleur not shifting down very well
« on: January 08, 2016, 03:53:59 PM »
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When I manually shift the derailleur by hand it does shift well. I notice that when I shift it with the shifter it just doesn't want to go far enough but if I give it a little push with my hand it will shift into the correct gear.


Have you tried adjusting your limit screw yet?  Local hand pressure might be enough to shift but leverage and force applied by the shifter/cable might not be enough if the limit screw is right on the edge of allowing a shift.  This of course would only apply to the smallest cog shift you mentioned.

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Tech Bench / Re: Rear Derailleur not shifting down very well
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:25:53 PM »
Have you ever taken it off the bike and given it a good cleaning?  I only have experience with SRAM but every other year I pull all of the moving components off and clean the gunk out that I can't get with everything assembled.  Maybe with a good cleaning and re-lube you might get the original operation back.  Also, when I reassemble I go through the mfg setup guide and reset all of the adjustment points in the order they describe.  From what you have talked about it doesn't seem like you have anything bent and if your cables and housing are new and shifter is ok, then focus on the RD.  Do you or someone you ride with have a spare RD you could mount to try?


Chris

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Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 12, 2015, 03:04:06 PM »
I agree with everyone here, great event!  This year might be my favorite.  Thanks to all who put this ride together!!  Although I was only able to drive down Saturday morning and head out after a shower I liked the route to the Crooked Creek sag.  The new trail mixed in with the fire roads from the campground to the CC sag was a good time and everyone around me was saying the same thing.  I did what I think was the 45 mile route but skipped GV on the way back. I had 40.7 miles on my computer.  Anyone have an elevation gain for that route?


I asked about purchasing a t-shirt while checking in after the ride (didn't get signed up online) and I got a few different answers from the volunteers.
1. Check back Sunday (after the Saturday ride was closed)
2. Pay now, order your size and it will be shipped to you
3. Write your email down and someone should contact you


Not sure which person was right but I would like to get one purchased.  Hopefully there are some left over or enough people are in the same boat and we can place an order.  Size L mens needed here.  PM or email at chrisl.marlow <at> gmail.com (that's a lower case "L", looks like an "I" when I hand write it). Thanks!


Lastly, I hope the rider is OK that needed assistance while out in the Yellowwood area.  I passed the EM vehicles while returning to the campground area.


Chris

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Events / Re: Brown County Epic
« on: October 09, 2015, 10:34:40 AM »
Thanks Steve,
Earlier in the week the weather for Friday was rain and wind so hopefully others will see the good weather and head to the event.
Chris

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