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Membership / Re: HMBA-IMBA Membership Questions (if there are any)
« on: August 14, 2015, 07:34:55 AM »
As a former member who let his HMBA membership lapse without renewing, I thought I'd throw is out there:  I'll be renewing my membership this year.  I had many reason or not renewing for years: I don't ride as much, I did my share of trail building, I've donated to the cause, etc.  I have done a couple weekend road trips this year, riding many trails that HMBA have built and maintained.  they are doing a great job making trails for everyone to ride (many of them free).  I remember riding trails in southern Indiana back in the day when Youngs Creek, Shirley Creek,Gnaw Bone camp and Nebo (then known as Knobstone) were the go to trails and you weren't sure from one ride to the next what you were going to get.  Since HMBA started building and maintaining trails, places like BCSP , Ft Ben, SWW,  Obannon, Etc are go to trails for a lot of riders.  These trails are well groomed an very well taken care of by people giving their time and experience to give us sweet places to ride.  Well worth the cost of membership!

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: O'Bannon Woods Riders--Feedback Wanted!
« on: August 14, 2015, 07:07:20 AM »
A friend and I are on a 5 day road trip, riding 6-7 trails across the Kentucky-Indiana state line.  We rode obannon on the second day and loved it.  We weren't sure if we should ride there because of all the stories we read about it taking 8-10 hours and people recommending stashing water along the trail.  In fact, last year we  decided not to ride there because of those stories.  This year we decided to check it out anyway and were very impressed!  The new trail is incredible.  I've never ridden any trail like it in Indiana.  The new flow trail reminds me a lot of trails in Snowshoe with the big flowing berms and the sweet jumps (We even rode back to the top and rode down again).  We could still tell it's a work in progress and will only get better.  Getting to the flow trail was a treat for us too since the trail is far more rocky and technical than most trails we normally ride.  For sure not a beginner trail.  We were challenged the nearly the entire ride and we finished completely wiped out. A welcome change to the groomed fast trails at BCSP.  Stretch Walnut  (my favorite trail at BCSP) out for 10 miles and that would come close to describing it.  Not for everyone, but we loved it and plan to go back again.

We usually check the forums here for current trail conditions and maps.
Since we live in Indy I'm not sure we'd get down there for many group rides,  although I'd have a good reason to go back!

I think it's important to note that those stories of 8-10 hour ride with no way to cut it shorter refer to the Adventure trail.  The new trail is shorter and we were able to finish it in less than two hours at a fairly easy pace.

Tech Bench / Re: Anyone doing/willing to do Repair / Maintenance Clinic(s)
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:45:54 AM »
I'd be more than happy to help you.  I've worked as a bike mechanic for  25+ years, I'm factory trained by Rockshox and Fox and also hold Certificates from United Bicycle Institute on Suspension and disc brakes among others.  I'd be more than happy to show you how to find the information you need and show you how to do the maintenance on your bike yourself. 
If you're interested, let me know and we can work it out.

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