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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2018
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:05:56 PM »
With this only the most deaf will stay in your way.  All the pedestrians say the really like it.  It gives them plenty of warning, they don't get startled, and then they don't slow you down.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2018
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:58:40 PM »
Trail is in fair condition.  Some wet spots.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Recent unauthorized trail work
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:05:56 PM »
The individuals involved threw themselves under the bus. It's between them,  DNR and the lawyers. Why would HMBA have anything to do with it? They are busy building and maintaining trail. We get what we are offered through building relationships. Serriptitious trail building and herbicide application in an area declared preserve won't help that relationship.

Also ... I think that you should consider that antagonizing DNR while they have your friend over a legal barrel might not be a good thing for your friend in terms of negotiating a plea.

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Looks like a tight pack. More trail is good ... but tight pack lead to cheater paths. Glad to see they are moving ahead. Looks like this will have more to offer than flat fork.

I no longer work in Zionsville... so I won't be volunteering.

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Tech Bench / Re: Cold weather gloves
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:59:36 PM »
Pogs are overkill for this region.

Layering works well. I will use standard gloves to winter gloves along with an Outdoor Research glove shell. It works really well as if you find you've overdressed you can just take off the shell. Likewise if you need to stop and do maintenance you can briefly remove the shell and you still have a gloves hand.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Trail Need - Wrong Way Signs?
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:14:23 PM »
Same here! Love the idea! I have thought this for a long timeā€¦ I love how at Southwestway park you can switch up directions and it feels like a totally different trail.

It's very different ride when oncoming riders are constantly gumming up rides.

I vote to keep it one way.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Trail Need - Wrong Way Signs?
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:12:23 PM »
People read signs?  Naw....Really?  Had no idea.
In all honesty, more signs wouldn't stop wrong way riders, but I'll get with Paul and see what we can do.

Lol .... Obviously one can't help the deliberately ignorant.

But good sign placement can help those who want to do the right thing. The first few times I road Schoen I went the wrong way ... The arrows at the 3 way are ambiguous. Similarly the arrows near the West trailhead are also ambiguous.

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General Trail Information / Re: New Geist Waterfront Park
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:51:47 PM »
There is a nice little beginner trail down the road at Flat Fork Park. There isn't enough room there to cram so much stuff in. It's a tragedy that there is no public access to the reservoir.  It would be a waste to put a stinko MTB trail there.

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Trail Need - Wrong Way Signs?
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:46:54 PM »
Some places need another sign immediately "after" the intersection to reinforce the entrance signs. Some of the arrows out there are ambiguous.


Also some don't really get the arross with bike vs hiking blaze notation. A primer sign at trail entrances explaning the notation would clarify.

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Southwestway Park / Re: Redbeard the blockader
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:11:30 AM »
I'd expect "Readbeard the Blockader" to carry something like a battle axe or claymore.


He was armed with far more powerful weapons ... poor judgement teamed with a lack of self reflection and/or rationalization.

WillyJayBob's perspective is well written and I agree with everything except the dismounted rider. As a dismounted rider ... you get out of the way of anyone still on the bike if possible. You certainly don't turn yourself into an obstacle.

Had that been a pedestrian, I would have expected that they would act from naivete and stopped. I would not expect the dismounted rider on a full suspension bike to suddenly stop where the trail narrows.

I don't scream ... I have a policy against it. But after being landing on your head and having someone feign concern and take no responsibility ... one can no longer contain themselves.

On edit: This is not from a standpoint of privilege... but courtesy. We are out there to have a good time. I'm frequently dismounted and it would never occur to intentionally force another rider cyclist to dismount. In general almost I'd say 99% of all trail users are trying to stay out of each other's way and avoid conflict in the sense that everyone is yielding to each other.. This was an extreme exception where there was plenty of space until someone deliberately stopped at a singular point where the trail narrowed between two trees that left me with three bad choices...
1) hardship and potentially tip over ...
2) attempt to pass in a very narrow gap ...
3) slam into the individual and use them as an airbag

Of course option 3  would not occur to me when when this individual decided to blockade the trail. I was more angry for this guy sticking to "I told you there was a tree down... " rather than listening to why that was an uncool move ... the first I've ever scene it in MTBing for 20 years.

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Southwestway Park / Re: Redbeard the blockader
« on: May 29, 2017, 08:28:42 AM »
What is your half of the trail?

Typical trail corridors have room for riders moving in opposite directions to pass without having either party dismount. In almost every encounter each party chooses the right. That is unless someone deliberately chooses to stop exactly at a point where the corridor narrows (between two trees) and forces the other party to choose between a hard stop or attempting a pass ... both being bad outcomes.

Such an encounter is especially irritating when the other rider is dismounted.

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Southwestway Park / Redbeard the blockader
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:38:33 PM »
This is a general alert an warning regarding an individual riding Southwestway. On 5/28 a squat individual with a red beard and a full suspension bike blocked an area and formed a blockade. I tried too get around this individual.  As opposed to continuing past the two trees and making way, he stayed put and I believe grabbed my bar end causing me to endo and crash hard.

I believe this individual was acting out of some sort of altruism albeit stupid and reckless as there was a tree down further down the trail. This is what he said to me when I caught up to him. He feigned concern for my well being but road off back to the parking lot following his polite riding partners.

At the parking lot I did scream at this individual. But he kept talking nonsense and pretending as if he had just saved me from a great wreck I would have had. It isn't his place, and when he blockaded the trail he took responsibility from the results. If you are reading sir, the tree was no threat to me ... You were. I had a right to be angry. I apologize to anyone else there I alarmed.

Beware of this individual. And if you ard reading sir, should I encounter you again I will assume you will do me harm through stupidity and act to defend myself accordingly in my half of the trail. Please don't ever try to stop another rider again. It is not your place and you have no right.

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General Trail Information / Re: Good trail for kids?
« on: March 07, 2017, 07:20:07 PM »
Flat Fork

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Club News / Re: New HMBA website 2017
« on: February 05, 2017, 09:35:25 PM »
Looks awesome.

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Sounds like an opportunity. If they can't finish it ... let the MTBERS take it over.  There is PLENTY of room in that area. Cyclists don't seem to discourage hikers and do% walkers based on the numbers I see on Schoen and Lawrence Creek trails.

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