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Fort Harrison State Park / Trail Need - Wrong Way Signs?
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:40:52 AM »
Yesterday on two separate occasions I came across people riding the trail in the wrong direction. This doesn't happen often, to me anyway. But one of them was at the start of the decent on the LC side. Fortunately, the two guys were already off to the side. I was able to stop and inform them that they were riding in the wrong direction. They had started on the Lawrence woods side and missed the right hander, then ended up going backwards.  I offered to lead them back to the turn and show them where they missed it.  The other was a group of guys (5-6) their 'leader' thought it was a bi-directional trail. They came in on the connector and made a left to ride clockwise.  First time I've had this issue this year, 2x in one day. Go figure.

Perhaps some "Stop Wrong Way (MTB)" signs like we had in the Epic (Awesome Event by the way!) this weekend would help. 

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:40:42 AM »
Schoen is pretty good. Couple spot to ride around. I'd say yellow. Just did two laps. Not leaving ruts or picking up dirt. Grass area is a little greasy and has one mud hike to avoid. Rideable.

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: December 08, 2015, 03:59:44 PM »
Tried to ride around noon today. Too wet in my opinion. (Schoen side)

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: December 04, 2015, 11:44:04 AM »
I just checked Schoen. Low areas near first two bridges are real damp, but no puddles. 'Could' ride around I suppose. High areas are great.  I bailed out. Maybe tomorrow.

Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: Grand Opening
« on: December 02, 2015, 10:11:49 PM »
I am planning to go...


3:30pm                 Arrival Ribbon cutting set up at the shelter.
         Shelter will provide some coverage if weather is bad.
         Serves as an accessible, centralized location for all attendees.
3:30pm                 Welcome and acknowledgements Tony. Introduce Mayor.
3:35pm                 Remarks Mayor.
3:45pm                 Ribbon cutting with Mayor, Leah, Tony, Pete and/or John, Carl Kincaid (REA), Rick Moore (Hoosier Mtn. Bike Association), and 1-2 youth from the crowd.
3:45 5:30pm    Park open for exploration and use.
                                (Note: Mountain bike trails will be closed if they are really wet/saturated)

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: November 26, 2015, 11:59:27 AM »
Trails are great this AM, Get out and ride before it rains!

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: November 23, 2015, 11:03:39 AM »
Did a easy, mostly urban, ride yesterday. Rode SC trail, it was in great shape, two spots where some mud was not fully frozen, easily avoidable.  There is a tree down about a quarter mile in, just past the second bridge.

Tech Bench / Phone Mount for MTB?
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:48:40 PM »
I searched and found very little on this form, so here goes...

I have an app for my Android phone that links to a heart monitor (forearm) using Bluetooth.  The apps can track time distance HB etc. When I do indoor rides for exercise it's great.  Tunes integrated, tells you to speed up etc. I'd like to mount it to the handlebar on my mountain bike to monitor HB at certain points of rides.

(Save the flames -- no music, emails or text on outdoor rides.)

Is anyone using something that works and is not huge?  I'd hat to buy a Garmin GPS when my phone does what I need.


Club News / Re: HMBA vs Isaac
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:15:49 PM »
I took today and tomorrow off to get some outdoor time and riding in on the new bike. Today Ft Harrison was great.

Hopefully Isaac Fillmore through faster thank expected and decrease the rainfall amount.

Oh... lots of scuba gear here if needed!

Tech Bench / Re: Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:24:55 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. I'll start looking into the hitch options.

Tech Bench / Re: Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 26, 2012, 10:42:15 PM »
Thanks for the input.  I'll have to look into how a hitch would fit and how low the base would be on mine.
Any concerns on the heat from the exhaust?
My son's DB sits high enough that its not an issue. On mine Trek EX8 (trunk mount) the tires are moderately close to the exhaust. It appears a hitch mount would move it back a foot or more from the trunk mount location.

Tech Bench / Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:10:25 PM »
I need help from those that use the roof racks on cars.  I drive a Charger.  I take very good care of it and am not getting rid of it. I use a trunk rack now (Thule).  MTB frame on it are not that slick.  I have the adapters, but am considering moving to a roof rack.  I'm trying to find-out if those with cars hear much wind noise with them.

I'd likely get a Thule Aero if I do it.  The rack is also not something I would leave on all the time. Mostly weekends when I would ride more often (Fri-Sun). Is the install quick enough that it would make "any" sense to take on and off?  Part of the reason is that the clips for the trunk make enough marks on the paint to make me consider the conversion.

Rants and Raves / Biking People - Through the eyes of an 11 year old...
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:39:08 PM »
1st post to the forum, greetings to all.
My 11 year old son wants to take up mountain bike riding. I'm good with that. I did mostly road biking for many years. Been out of the saddle as the kids got older due to coaching and lots of other excuses.  Anyway, I was glad to hear of his interest and he was due for a new bike anyway.

We spent a few days riding his new bike on the streets getting comfortable and checking him out on it. Then we go off to a local trail Town Run for his first trail ride.  Only regret is I should have checked it out first and perhaps taken him to the FHSP trail first.   Anyway, I took time to explain to him the challenges ahead and that we would need to pull off to let others go by as we'd not be going fast today. We walked some of the more difficult sections.

Without exception, everyone we passed was great. Not one complained or made a fuss. As they approached, We would pull off as soon as we could and let them go by. I said hello and explained that today was his first time out on the trails.

On the way home he said to me. "Bikers are nice people." and also, "If more people rode bikes the world would be a better place."

So, to all those of you out there, keep it up and when you see a young rider encourage them... It does the sport well.


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