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Fort Harrison State Park / Trail Need - Wrong Way Signs?
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:40:52 AM »
Yesterday on two separate occasions I came across people riding the trail in the wrong direction. This doesn't happen often, to me anyway. But one of them was at the start of the decent on the LC side. Fortunately, the two guys were already off to the side. I was able to stop and inform them that they were riding in the wrong direction. They had started on the Lawrence woods side and missed the right hander, then ended up going backwards.  I offered to lead them back to the turn and show them where they missed it.  The other was a group of guys (5-6) their 'leader' thought it was a bi-directional trail. They came in on the connector and made a left to ride clockwise.  First time I've had this issue this year, 2x in one day. Go figure.


Perhaps some "Stop Wrong Way (MTB)" signs like we had in the Epic (Awesome Event by the way!) this weekend would help. 



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Tech Bench / Phone Mount for MTB?
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:48:40 PM »
I searched and found very little on this form, so here goes...


I have an app for my Android phone that links to a heart monitor (forearm) using Bluetooth.  The apps can track time distance HB etc. When I do indoor rides for exercise it's great.  Tunes integrated, tells you to speed up etc. I'd like to mount it to the handlebar on my mountain bike to monitor HB at certain points of rides.


(Save the flames -- no music, emails or text on outdoor rides.)


Is anyone using something that works and is not huge?  I'd hat to buy a Garmin GPS when my phone does what I need.


-Mike


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Tech Bench / Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:10:25 PM »
I need help from those that use the roof racks on cars.  I drive a Charger.  I take very good care of it and am not getting rid of it. I use a trunk rack now (Thule).  MTB frame on it are not that slick.  I have the adapters, but am considering moving to a roof rack.  I'm trying to find-out if those with cars hear much wind noise with them.


I'd likely get a Thule Aero if I do it.  The rack is also not something I would leave on all the time. Mostly weekends when I would ride more often (Fri-Sun). Is the install quick enough that it would make "any" sense to take on and off?  Part of the reason is that the clips for the trunk make enough marks on the paint to make me consider the conversion.








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Rants and Raves / Biking People - Through the eyes of an 11 year old...
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:39:08 PM »
1st post to the forum, greetings to all.
My 11 year old son wants to take up mountain bike riding. I'm good with that. I did mostly road biking for many years. Been out of the saddle as the kids got older due to coaching and lots of other excuses.  Anyway, I was glad to hear of his interest and he was due for a new bike anyway.


We spent a few days riding his new bike on the streets getting comfortable and checking him out on it. Then we go off to a local trail Town Run for his first trail ride.  Only regret is I should have checked it out first and perhaps taken him to the FHSP trail first.   Anyway, I took time to explain to him the challenges ahead and that we would need to pull off to let others go by as we'd not be going fast today. We walked some of the more difficult sections.


Without exception, everyone we passed was great. Not one complained or made a fuss. As they approached, We would pull off as soon as we could and let them go by. I said hello and explained that today was his first time out on the trails.


On the way home he said to me. "Bikers are nice people." and also, "If more people rode bikes the world would be a better place."


So, to all those of you out there, keep it up and when you see a young rider encourage them... It does the sport well.


-Mike




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