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Tech Bench / Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:40:33 PM »

Two years ago I had to undergo some serious amputations - right lower leg, left toes, and parts of 9 of my fingers.

I have mostly adapted to riding, but my biggest remaining challenge is brakes.  My right hand only has finger nubs halfway up to the first knuckles and two knuckles of my thumb.  My left has fully up to the first knuckle for most of them and my entire thumb.

My right hand is fine for gripping the bar - I have developed significant strength there.  But, I don't have the reach for activating a brake lever without rotating my hand out and grabbing the lever with my pinky "nub" while staying hooked on the bar with my thumb remains.

My left hand can deal with a brake lever much better.

I have tried a set of Hope brakes with the lever reach dialed all the way in.  That didn't help my right hand situation much.

I have tried both brake levers on the left, but with the amputations there, both levers AND the bar are just a bit too much for me to juggle.

So, after spending lots of hours researching on Google without any significant "ah-ha" moments, I figured I'd reach out to my beloved HMBA community!

If you have thoughts, suggestions, questions, or even someone you'd recommend I talk to, I am all ears!

Thank you all - I miss being out there on the trail with you!  (I tried TRTP last fall, but I went from being a fairly advanced rider to being scared sh!tless due to complete lack of being "at one with my bike".)  Man, I miss my fingers!!

Thanks in advance!

Tech Bench / New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:43:08 PM »

I just got a hold of a new set of Avid Elixir 3 brakes (no judging, please!).

The original plastic shim was present in both brakes when I received them.

They were a tight fit getting them to fit over the rotors. As a result, the wheels do not spin freely.   I can ride the bike, but definitely with some resistance felt.

The pads didn't have to be pried open to fit the rotor, it's just that they were (and are) really snug.

They are installed with the correct mount for the rotor sizes present.

Since the Elixir 3s do not come with a pad adjustment capability, what are my options?

Thanks in advance!

Find a Trail / MTB Vacation Destination Suggestions?
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:47:07 PM »

I am looking for suggestions for places with enough trails and nearby amenities  (cheap lodging, great food/drink, an LBS) that are within roughly 8 hours driving time of Indy.

I may have a 5-6 day stretch of time in the fall to drive somewhere outside our Indiana borders and figure I would spend 3 or 4 days at the location, checking out everything they had to offer.

I (and my companion) are intermediate level MTBers who do pretty well with hills and would probably want to ride 3-5 hours a day. 

So, if you have suggestions for areas with sweet singletrack that could fill 3 to 4 days worth of a visit, please share!

Thanks in advance!

Fantastic 4 / Nebo tomorrow?
« on: April 09, 2011, 09:26:36 PM »

Anyone have any idea what Nebo might be like tomorrow (Sunday, 4/10)?    I figure if there are horse wallows that have water, but the rest of the trail is fine, then I'd consider the 2.5 hour drive.    (I'm not worried about ruts in horse wallows because they will be obliterated the next time a few horses cross through there).

What I don't want to do is leave ruts in areas that aren't already a mess.


Oh, and if the consensus is that the trail is ridable, any takers?   My timing is fairly flexible...   :)

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