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Find a Trail / Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:46:12 AM »
Me and a buddy will be heading down to KY in about a month if the weather is good for an extended weekend of riding.  We want to check out the Underground MTB park in Louisville for a half day but after that we are looking for recommendations.  We would like to stay within 1.5-2 hours of Louisville but if need be we can extend our travels.  We plan to bounce around so we don't need to have a base area to drive from each day.  I have looked briefly at Kymba.org and singletracks.com but would like input from riders around here that have traveled south to check the trails out.  I didn't see any big trail systems around Louisville, Lexington, etc.  We have ridden around the Laurel Lake area several years ago on our way to NC.  Looking for intermediate level trails overall but not opposed to technical sections here and there to keep us on our toes.  In the past we have ridden 15-30 miles a day with average elevation (BCSP for example) so if we need to link a couple trails together in the same day we can do that as well.

Looking forward to recommendations!



WTHR (Ch 13) just had a quick story on the news tonight about a project with Fishers Parks to add a zip line, MTB trail and another feature that I don't remember at the location above.  Anyone know any other details about this?  I don't remember hearing about this at the late winter HMBA meeting.  Will HMBA be involved at all or will the city hire outside builders for the project?  I can't imagine they would pass up setting down with our leaders to discuss general build and maintenance items to address beforehand.

Just curious...

Tech Bench / DIY - Carbon fiber frame repair
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:27:33 PM »
Guys and Gals,
Anyone made a repair to their carbon frame before?  I have a road bike with a cracked seat stay on the drive side about 4" up from the dropout.  Insurance replaced the bike/frame and they left me with the old broken one.  I'm thinking of attempting a repair as a project and see how it goes.  If it doesn't work out I'll only be out a little dough and I'm sure I'll learn a bunch.

Here's where I'm at so far...  I have worked with fiberglass before so the basics of the fabric and resin won't be entirely new.  I've researched directional and uni-directional patters of different tow size carbon.  I've found a few resin/hardner systems that are affordable, good heat threshold, flexibility, etc and get good reviews for bike frame repair.  Since I'm just giving this a try I'll skip the expensive vacuum bagging process.  I'll use the tape wrap method and will cure in a slightly higher than room temp area.

So far my plan would be to:
  • Sand the area down and clean the crack up without going into the good carbon
  • Mix graphite, carbon chips and resin and fill the crack and sand when ready
  • Lay 12k uni-carbon length-wise and scuff sand when ready
  • Lay one or two layers of 6k 2x2 fabric (one on 90 degrees and the second on 45 degrees) covering more area each time
  • Sand, fill if needed, primer and paint/clear.


Thanks All,


Tech Bench / Fox Fork Small Parts
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:46:38 AM »
I recently bought a used Fox F-29 100mm RLC fork and while inspecting and cleaning I found a few missing small parts.  These parts are all on the top right fork leg where you make lockout and low speed compression adjustments.

Items missing:

010-01-000       Steel ball .125" under the low speed compression dial
039-00-005-A    Spring .125" under the low speed compression dial
010-01-004-A    Steel ball .078" inside the lockout knob

I found most of the items on McMaster Carr but I was wondering if anybody knew if a bike shop in Indy or a local company that would have these parts in stock?  I plan to call Fox as well to see if they sell small parts like these.  Any information would be helpful in sourcing these needed parts.  Thanks!!

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