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Rants and Raves / Laid up after knee surgery!
« on: September 15, 2012, 03:35:00 PM »
I thought while I was laid up after knee surgery this past Thursday, I'd post a pick of my new love, an On-One Inbred I built up this spring, in it's natural environment:

Rants and Raves / Rainy Commute!
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:57:50 PM »
Anybody else have a rain soaked commute home today (by bike)?  It felt pretty lonely out there, although I did see one other guy on a bike but he looked more like the "lost my license" type of bicyclist.  52 minute commute; rained every second.  My mom did say I'm not made out of sugar. 8)

Other - Central/South / Owen Putnam State Forest MTB Trail
« on: May 28, 2012, 11:25:07 AM »
Being a glutton for punishment and living fairly close, I try to ride this trail at least once a year when conditions permit.  With the recent dry spell, the trail is currently about 90% ride-able, if you count the section that is technically closed for logging.  I rode it yesterday morning so there was no logging going on plus there was plenty of evidence the horse riders had also been on these sections.

Surprisingly the sign at the trail head is still intact.

There were plenty of these four legged hardhats out on the trail.

Sign doesn't actually say anything about bikes. ;)

Some sections make it all worthwhile, even with the the horse bogs!
I like to post about this trail every now and then in the hopes of generating some interest.  A little armoring in the worst sections could make some huge improvements.  Of course it might not be worth it in the long run.  The trail was never built with sustainability in mind and the horse riders are going to ride in any conditions.  Still, as is the trail is a fun challenge when the conditions are right!  The trail is probably best ridden counter-clockwise from the trail head.  If you decide to ride the closed sections you'll want to steer left when you get to the clearing with the logging equipment towards the north section of the trail.  This will put you back on the main trail.  Avoid all the newly cleared logging paths.  They're probably doing their cutting during the week so stay clear of this section if you hear equipment or chainsaws.  Also, don't even bother if its rained within the last week or so, trail is really only ride-able during dry, summer/fall conditions. Post up if you decide to ride this unpolished little jewel.

Find a Trail / Deam Lake S.R.A.-Clark State Forest MTB trail?
« on: June 24, 2011, 03:47:44 PM »
I'll be camping at the Deam Lake S.R.A. of the 4th of July.  This is part of the Clark State Forest which is close Borden, IN and about 15 miles north of Louisville.  The DNR website describes a 5 mile mountain bike trail in the SRA and State Forest, but I haven't found any other info on it anywhere.  Anybody out there have any experience or knowledge of this trail?

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