//Trail Status mouse over Java // Show Posts - pedalpusher

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - pedalpusher

Pages: [1] 2
Racing...from the novice to seasoned / 12 Hr CIA Adventure Race -- 7SEP
« on: August 23, 2019, 11:26:13 AM »
Hi all, I'm looking for a race buddy for what looks like a fun day in the woods.  Anyone interested?

[/size] http://www.dinoseries.com/central-indiana-adventure/[/color]

Tech Bench / Light Touring Disc Wheelset
« on: December 10, 2015, 04:17:05 PM »
Hey Guys, I'm a bit overwhelmed by wheelset choices...so I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction.  I want to replace my tossed-together set with something more enjoyable to ride.

I have a Soma Cross Disc Frameset with mechanical BB7's.  I commute ~12 miles into work loading with nothing more than 5? lbs in the pannier, but it's been enough to snap spokes on my crummy wheels, so I swapped to (2) rear bags and put a Traillite/Xt wheelset I had in the garage from a previous touring bike with a fat Swalbe Marathon tyre.

I want something lighter that can accommodate smaller tire widths for a club ride every now/then, but can handle me (~170lb) and a couple nights change of clothes.  It would be helpful for a search to get something reliable without paying a whole bunch; I just don't know where to start, maybe look on stock CX builds for what they spec? 

Thanks for any thoughts!


Find a Ride / Columbus Bicycle Coop - Festival of Lights Parade
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:58:48 PM »
The Columbus Bicycle Co-op is once again preparing an entry for the Festival of Lights parade and are looking for additional participants this Saturday – Dec 6th. We have some unique and challenging bikes to ride including several tall bikes, a blender bike, a grill bike, 3 wheeled mini-bike, some industrial trikes and the Rumble Cart (v2.0).

Some of these need some pilots or this is a great time to dust off that unique pub bike, trike, tandem, unicycle, fat bike, recumbent, chopper bike, penny farthing or big wheel ..... anything that goes along on wheels. Maybe you want to show off that sweet ride you built at the Coop. Tape some lights on it and be sure to bring your helmet to join for a fun evening. 

Parade starts at 5:00 but we are riding out of the Coop at 3:45 to the COB parking lot on Brown Street. If you miss us there, be at the staging area before 4:30 (we’re entry #78).  This will give time to relax, sip some coco, and learn more about one of the coolest underground activities in Columbus. 

Any questions, shoot me a message or contact through the facebook page --

 See you Saturday!

Rants and Raves / I became a better rider yesterday
« on: June 15, 2014, 10:42:06 AM »
I became a better rider yesterday; though I’d share my training tips:
I stayed up too late and had a couple too many the night before.  I slept in and headed out later than planned
An oatmeal pie was in my jersey pocket - which wasn’t club-cut and didn’t match my shorts.
Electrical tape held my shoe together

I pumped out to the campground and encouraged newbies on the trails
I took trails I don’t normally ride.
I made a point to clean all bridges and rock gardens and turned around to do them again if I f'd up 
I went for the doubles on green valley
I practiced wheelies & tail kicks and flexed when I saw a cute girl

I remembered how awesome a solid turn feels when done right.
I leaned my bike over into turns and was surprised how my tires bit.  If they didn’t bite, I remained balanced and rode it out without flying into the woods.
When I was tired I took a break before I completely grenaded
I ate when I was hungry and had enough water when I was thirsty
My mid-ride snack had hot peppers on it and washed it down with a coke. 
I rode 20-some miles, and I’m not sure how long it took me to do it.  I worked hard but only when I felt good.
I rode home without a shirt, windows open, radio up with a big chocolate milk and a big stick of beef jerky.
I had a damn good time.  I had fun.  I had forgot how much fun mtbiking really is, and can’t wait to go again.

Rants and Raves / Thanks for finding my phone!
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:50:00 PM »
To the kind gentleman who found my iphone on Green Valley Friday -- thanks!!

Also, thumbs up to Ergon - even though they were out of warranty, they have been a big help to replace some grip locs on my grips that broke.

Rants and Raves / Surlyously??
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:09:35 PM »
I switched over my karate monkey from a single speed to a mulit-geared touring bike.  I now realize, though, that my horizontal drop outs will require removing bags/crap strapped on my rear rack, my entire rear rack, the wheel skewer, one of the caliper bolts, and perform creative shannigans just to get the rear wheel out! 
If you're walking along some morning and think you hear cursing off in the distance, it's me realizing I have a flat tire. 
I've read this morning that the newer frames have thier caliper mounts higher to help this.  I'm surprised this wasn't realized earlier. 
<end rant>

Find a Ride / Riding Ozarks in March?
« on: February 18, 2013, 05:14:13 PM »
Was thinking of throwing the mt bike on the car or motorbike and heading down to Arkansas next month for a little adventure, I'm getting restless.  Anyone interested in getting a group together?  Didn't make any plans, and would be interested in either a long weekend or a few days camping, hiking, riding, beering...etc.

We're looking for people to join a parade 'float' for the Columbus Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday.  It's sponsored by the Columbus Bicycle Co-op, and we're looking for unique bikes that have been built to ride along and have a good time.
Our theme is...um..well, we built a pull-behind music cart with a car stereo, 16 speakers, a car battery, and 3 subwoofers.
Then we put a giant jackrabbit on top.
Add some lights, some fire, and crazy music and it should give people something to talk about during dinner Saturday night.
We have 4 tall bikes, unicycle, a small bike (two kids bikes welded together), a chopper bike, some fixies... we're looking for more people to either pilot or bring a bike with lights.  A moonlander or pugsy might be fun to see riding around.  Wheelies and flip attempts are strongly encouraged.
If you have something in your garage that's been gathering dust because it was rediculous in the first place, duct tape some lights to it and come out.  Wear something stupid, and we'll have a good time.  Rumor has it that adult beverages will be enjoyed after.

Checkin before 5:00 at the Columbus COB parking lot (accross 5th from hotel indigo).  PM or post if you're able to come out, or if more details would be helpful. 
Invite page on FB

Riding on Pavement / Roadie pedals
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:41:11 PM »
I got suckered into a good deal on road shoes so I bought them and would rather put some pedals with a better platform than drilling them out to run spd's that I currently have on my road bike.
I can read reviews all day long and get conflicting results, so I'm looking for a practical suggestion on which is the best pedal for me.  I'm debating between the Time/Look style or Speedplays.  I've been looking at the Look pedals because they seem to have a wider platform and since I only clip in/out a couple times during a ride, the orientation doesn't seem that big of a deal (I won't be commuting on it).  But, I hear they wear quickly and sometimes can be a doosy to get in/out?
The speedplay pedals seem popular, but I don't know if they will have as solid of a feel as the Looks seem to have?
I want something at a good price point (wieght/$$) that won't wear quickly, and provide a good platform.  I'm not sure of the float I need - I've been using SPD's for the past 6 years or so without any problems.  Only on one century I started feeling some discomfort on the outside of my knee, which I think will be better now I'm wearing shims in my shoes.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Find a Trail / Trails or routes near Silverthorne, CO
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:04:07 PM »
I'm going to have a day to play in a couple weeks in the Silverthorne area (~30min west of Vail on HW70).  I'm wondering if anyone has experience in that area.  Haven't started looking through much details - it's a last-minute trip, but there seems to be a lot of bike rentals - one with a shuttle up to Vail pass..but would like to get a relatively longer ride in to use most of the day.  I have another day scheduled for mountain biking near Keystone, so maybe it's best to take advantage of some road riding?  Any suggestions on locations - road or dirt?

Tech Bench / Cree lights
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:52:40 AM »
Maybe this could spark another long discussion like the magicshine lights, but when the trail status is red, what else do we have to do.
I was told about CREE lights last night as a cheap commuting light.  When I looked on ebay, I'm finding 1000 lumen lights for $20, waterproof & aluminum...ha ha.   I'm thinking of picking one up for commuting in the winter to/from work.  Anyone else messed with these before?  I do have a magicshine on my head for mtbiking, and would like a ~200 l filler bar light, this is making me wonder if they will work as long as I have a dependable-ish backup.
I won't suggest the 1800 lumen light - it's only $50 bucks.  ;)
Let the 'buy american, buy quality discussions begin', but anyone have first-hand experiences with these shannanigans? 

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Fall/Winter Adventure Racing
« on: October 17, 2011, 01:36:20 PM »
Anyone know of any AR scheduled for the fall/early winter?  I was really looking forward to the Race for the Gnome from Planet Adventure @ BCSP, but doesn't look like they are hosting it this year? 
Besides the Gravel Gravel (which I'll be out in the Andes @ the time), my race/ride calendar looks really empty! :(   The hilly this past weekend, and then the Beer Ride in a couple weeks, and then nothing!
What am I going to do with my time/money/energy?  Anything I'm missing out on? 

Brown County State Park / Solo Riding @ Night
« on: September 29, 2011, 10:41:58 PM »
I picked up a light this spring, and have been out a few times now this fall as the days are getting shorter.  Seems as though riding buddies are also getting harder to find, and I was wondering if you guys thought that riding alone at night carries more risk or what-not.  I met a couple people out tonight riding alone, so maybe it's not that big of a deal.  I carry a backup light just in case my primary goes out; I do slow down - but, things are more hairy, especially tonight riding Aynes in light rain, & fog.  I just imagine bombing down and catching a shadowed tree and spending an uncomfortable lonely night in woods.
Another question - best/worst trails at BCSP for night riding?  Aynes was really tough with wet roots coming down hill(CCW), but NT and Green valley are fun at night.  Haven't made it south to try Limkiln/Walnut/HP.  Any thoughts?

Riding on Pavement / Destination Suggestion for a roadie weekend
« on: July 10, 2011, 10:52:23 AM »
My lady is getting her (first) roadbike on Thursday, and we wanted to go on a weekend trip to celebrate our anniversary this weekend.  My thinking is to toss bikes on a car and find a hotel/b&B (or even camping) and take a couple 30-50 mile rides SAT & SUN starting from the same point.  I was hoping for something good scenic stuff, good roads, little traffic...etc. within a 4-5 hour drive from Columbus/Indy area.  Riding the Hilly route came to mind, but I want to head out further away from home and being it's her first time on a decent ride, I'm not sure how much fun she'd have on the hills.  I'm thinking of rolling hills, maybe around southern indiana, northern KY areas.

So, I was hoping someone would have taken a similar trip, been in an area or have a better suggestion on how to search?  I've been looking through mapmyride, etc, but some first hand experiences would be awesome.


Wish I saw the race earlier, but I just saw it today.  I was planning on running the spring tune up, but i'd rather signup for the AR since it will go rain/dry.  

Sign-up deadline may be today!  If anyone is interested, please let me know!  

Shoot me an email or call at (812 three 7 seven zero five 5 4).  Or after work at (260 four five 0 2 six nine seven)

I'm not expecting to win or anything, but would like to be competetive ... it will be a fun day regardless!


btw, if anyone is interested in future AR events, I would be interested also!  


Pages: [1] 2

Important Links





Trail Guide