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Brown County State Park / Re: Hobbs Trail Work Days 3/13-3/14
« on: April 05, 2019, 12:55:41 PM »
4/13 & 4/14, I assume you mean?

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2019
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:26:13 PM »
Whoever helped with constructing Trail Gates at Fort Ben, Thank you! This is a great idea. It will keep bikes off the trails when they are muddy.
Good Job :D

Hopefully they will keep ALL off the trails when they are muddy, not just bikes!

Other - Central/South / Re: Proposed NEW TRAILS - Owen Putnam State Forest
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:16:21 AM »
How'd it go?  I'm in Indy, but with enough advanced notice I'd be interested in coming down for some trail-building sessions!  Prior experience at Southwestway Park (Indy), BCSP, & Crooked Creek trail in Yellowwood St. Forest!!

Below is the ONLY City-County Councilor I heard back from (I contacted ALL).  If Jared is your rep., maybe drop him a quick line to thank him for responding.  If YOUR rep. is any of the others, please contact them...maybe you'll have better success.
NOTE: I contacted all of them a month+ ago.

the only other people I can recommend are the committee members on parks, as well as a candidate running against Councillor McHenry, Crista Carlino. She could be an advocate if she were to win. I don’t mean to get you involved in politics but sometimes it helps to inform candidates so you can get them to help you if they should win.

Do you know Greg Midgley of the Vandalia Trail and Heritage National Road Trail? He might be able to help. I am working with him on getting the Vandalia Trail built out in my district. I used to ride mountain bikes a lot.

Also, I chair an infrastructure commission and in the spring we will be evaluating how we can get additional revenue for our roads, sidewalks, trails and bridges. It would be nice to have more organizations and people attending to show how important this is.

Jared EvansIndianapolis City-County Council Member Jared.Evans@Indy.GovConstituent Concerns (317) 327-4241

It's an idea, but my thoughts are that people that ride trails when they are soft/too wet/muddy are the same people that won't buy the pass, aren't members of any mtb'ing association, do no trail work, and generally don't care about the damage they are causing.
People that MIGHT consider buying such a pass are already buying state park passes, off-road MTB passes, and maybe even HNF passes, in addition to MTB association dues...so I doubt they'd be willing to fork over whatever such a pass might be sold for.
Maybe more could just watch the weather a little more closely, get up earlier to ride while the trails are frozen/before they thaw, and bail if conditions warrant.  Again, I like the "out of the box" thinking but in my opinion I don't think it would work for the reasons stated.  We'll see what others say/think though!

Advocacy / Re: Eagle Creek West Side Hiking Only Trail Announced.
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:00:03 AM »
Eagle Creek Next Steps.
A core group, some new to advocacy and some long time advocates, met after the meeting. There are several actions being taken. Some we will not be discussing on Facebook.
But the next actions that you can help with is reaching out to Indianapolis City Council. With Christmas next week, we are suggesting that you wait until Jan 1st to start reaching out. We will be posting information and guidance on reaching to public officials. The most important thing to remember is that we need to win over enough City Councilors to make a difference. We need their help. Please be polite, let them know your connection to their district (work, live, volunteer), why mountain biking is important to you and your family, and that the mountain biking community wants to help make Indianapolis a better place to live.

Just wanting to see if some guidance information to contact the City-County Councilors is forthcoming.  I am relatively new to advocacy so would appreciate a little direction.  Thanks in advance!

Advocacy / Re: Eagle Creek West Side Hiking Only Trail Announced.
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:42:04 AM »
REMINDER: Attend if you can---the more the merrier!

Tech Bench / Re: Wheel Builder recommendation
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:24:43 AM »
Scott Irons>>>Indy Cycle Specialist

Advocacy / Re: Eagle Creek West Side Hiking Only Trail Announced.
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:34:16 AM »
If you are as upset about this as most of us are, here is the contact info for the mayors office and Indy's City/Countyu Council:
Indianapolis Area Legislator Contact Info
Mayor Contact Info: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/mayor/Pages/home.aspx
City/County Council Contact Info: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Council/Documents/CURRENT%20Public%20Council%20List.pdf

Please take a minute and call or email.

I emailed EVERY City-County Council member just now.  Took a little time but wanted to make sure EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM got it!
I also attempted to email the Mayor but got the "spinning circle of death" when I click on the "Contact the Mayor" link on the website, so I'll try again later or will call if email doesn't work.
Thanks for the links, Fett...definitely made it a lot easier!

Southwestway Park / Re: 2018 SWW Trail Conditions and Issues
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:04:09 AM »
Tree down on levee.  Small enough to be cut up with folding saw but a chain saw would make quick work of it.

Yeh, I had my folding saw with me when out there Sunday but was getting short on daylight AND there are about 2-3 branches that would need cut.  Two are about 4-6" in diameter and the other branch is about 2-3".

Southwestway Park / Re: Paint
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:13:13 AM »
It was done for a Marian Univ. race, lots of toxic flaming on the FB page.

French Lick Resort / Re: Where can I find info about French Lick Trails
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:10:57 AM »
To add, my understanding is that you no longer need to sign in/sign the liability waiver at the pro golf shop any longer either.  Someone can correct me if I’m wrong about that.

Won’t be able to make BCSP tomorrow, needing to stay local with Father’s Day activities.  Maybe another time/location...

Rock Shox Recon 140mm tapered steerer (8.125 in) - two rides - new bike take off (27.5): $150
Serfas bike case: $75
Tires (new) - Schwalbe Nobby Nic 26x2.25 and 26x2.35: $25 each. Continental Mountain King 27.5x2.2 (Qty 2): $20 each
Seatpost - Thompson Elite 31.6x410 (setback): $30
Small Niner Air Nine w/Lefty and 1x11 drivetrain: $1000(send me a message for additional details)

Maxxis Minion 27.5x2.3 (used but good tread remaining)
KS LEV Dropper post (Disassembled, needs main internal component replaced).
Hope Mini Pro brakes (well used, probably need to be bled), got some new pads that can go with
Saddles - Selle Italia, WTB, Gobi, Ibis (new), and San Marco (new)

Depending on where you’re located, I’d take all the free stuff...got a couple projects in mind!  I’m on the SE side of Indy and got to SWW & Ft. Harrison frequently, but could also meet at Town Run, BCSP, etc.  Just let me know!

Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP Trail Conditions
« on: May 08, 2018, 02:40:02 PM »
Green Valley was in very good shape yesterday with just a few small seeps in a couple areas.

Hobbs I would say had the most/worst spots of what we rode---several seep areas with some ruts, and several "dips" in between jumps that were holding a little water as well.

We didn't go on Pine, Bobcat, Schooner, or North Gate and only a small section of Aynes/North Tower.  Walnut & Limekiln had just a few spots with small puddles, very minor.  That was earlier in the day, so by the evening things had probably dried even more.

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