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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: BIke for 12 year old boy
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:21:42 AM »
Comfort is key.  My thoughts are at 50" he's small for a 12 year old so might not be comfortable yet on the 26" wheeled bike.  You'd need to find a 13" frame 26" wheel mountain bike to test ride and at an entry level a Trek 820 or 3-series is an option.  Also test ride a flat bar road bike such the womens 13" Trek FX series with 700c 32 tires (they are available in a non step through and gender neutral colors but the 13" is only available in the womens line).   My kids prefer the 700c flat bar road bikes for the neighborhoods as they roll a bit faster.  He wouldn't really outgrow the 24" wheeled bike until he's over 60" so he'd probably get two years out it so its not a bad option if he's comfortable and hence ride it more.  (I'm also the guy that doesn't buy the kids cleats more than a 1/2 size big)

Tech Bench / Re: Part identification?
« on: April 29, 2016, 08:33:04 AM »
I cant tell the size you need but you need to buy a crank bolt set to get the cap your missing.  You'll find the part you need on this page: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=9797

Find a Ride / Re: Washington DC
« on: March 21, 2016, 10:51:37 PM »
I consider DC to be among the best urban exploration rides and you don't need mtb skills (ie your friend) to enjoy and it must include a night ride (I bring my lights but many people are riding without lights) along the Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson monument, Capital, White House, etc (during the day most of these areas are terrible to ride due to tourists).  Also take a longer ride across the Potomac to Arlington and down to Mount Vernon.  On a weekend a ride up the Rock Creek Parkway starting at the Lincoln Memorial continue past the Kennedy Center, Watergate, and on up to Rock Creek Park all on pathways.  There are lots of pathways and bike lanes.  My favorite street bike lane in the USA is the center lane of Pennsylvania Ave that starts near the White House and leads directly to the Capital. 

Advocacy / Re: Questions on Permits and fees
« on: September 08, 2015, 09:20:52 PM »
Regarding the $20 bike permit, is this a wallet type card that is for the user or an actual sticker similar to the boat launch permits that is just for one bike all year? 

Tech Bench / Re: Problems with "Walmart bike" (imaging that!)
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:25:21 PM »
Your to old to refer to the third person "friend" when referencing your problems...aren't you ;)

Just call the manufacurer and I am sure they will send out anything you need for free.  As for receipt wasn't it a gift not used purchase...  It's a lot cheaper for the manufacurer to send out parts then getting charged back for a defective merchandise return.  It's some version of a pacific cycles which also shares the same owner as Cannondale...Dorel Industries. 

Find a Ride / Re: MoMBA
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:23:32 PM »
MoMBA has the most signage of any trail I have ever seen as in there are more signs in just a couple miles than all of brown county.   It is a bit tight so stay alert for head on situations.  Check out coramtb.org for more trails in the area and at the top of the list Caesar creek. 

With Kids at Dupont I would recommend parking at the Lake Imaging trail head as most of the trails in that vicinity are intermediate.  Check out the Ridgeline trails and Airstrip to name a few.  If you want a printed color map go to the visitor center about 1.5miles south of the Lake Imaging trail head.   There is one rock garden you can either climb, descend or avoid near that trail head.    Contrasting that the southwest area around Cornmill Shoals has the most difficult trails in the forest.   

Rants and Raves / Re: Terre Haite bike park design approved
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:38:03 AM »
Here is a higher resolution pdf of the conceptual site plan:


Rants and Raves / Re: Terre Haite bike park design approved
« on: March 26, 2014, 03:20:49 PM »
Someone needs to forward this to Fishers.  They are definitely upstaged comparing the 1.5 mile Fishers course vs 16 mile Bike Park.  The Terre Haute park total bill is still under the cost of one Carmel single lane roundabout.   Hope they get it done.  Further down on the page its great to see Pfizer giving away 822 acres for the token amount of $50,000. 

Riding on Pavement / Re: Condition of greenways in Indy.
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:01:46 PM »
Significant improvement today...excellent from Broad Ripple north to 465, Carmel has some slush, lots of puddles, a few road bikers riding but hats of to a guy riding in shorts with no shirt!

Tech Bench / Re: Helmet for cold weather?
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:32:52 PM »
Did a 32.9 mile urban ride this afternoon.  Factoring in temp, wind speed and bike speed I had windchill of -5 when riding north. Such fun!

My toes got a bit chilly at times.  How long do those heat packs last?

Put another layer under the bib tights and it was perfect. Added one layer under the jacket. The jacket continues to impress me.

No getting too hot with the Bar Mitts today. Just right!

My hydration drink turned into a slush that didn't want to come out of the spout!

Kind of an odd route, but fun.


Perhaps you should try to fit some hotronic ski boot warmers [size=78%]http://www.hotronic.com/[/size] ...perhaps route a longer wire up to waist high for mounting the battery pack. 

There is article in the IBJ:  http://www.ibj.com/fishers-plans-3m-park-with-zip-line-sledding-hill/PARAMS/article/42150 

Not sure what they consider a MTB or bike course.  I personally think Indy could use a bike park like Boulder, Colorado:  http://bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?Itemid=4890

Tech Bench / Re: Numb hands
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:38:47 PM »
Besides the sweep the bar's width can also impact your comfort fit.

Find a Trail / Re: Sedona, Arizona?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:18:05 PM »
If your renting a bike or want a guide check out bike-bean (Santa Cruz tall boys) and ask for Craig.  I can PM you his number.  He knows every trail in Sedona and Flagstaff. 

Find a Trail / Phoenix, Arizona trail recommendations
« on: October 21, 2012, 09:15:32 PM »
Hi, anyone knowledgeable about the Phoenix Arizona trails want to throw out their top two or three trail recommendations?  Going to be riding later this week with 80-82 degree weather.  Thanks.

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