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Hayes Arboretum Trails (Coming Soon) / Hayes MTB Trail Update
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:31:46 PM »
We have done some extensive work to Hayes over the past few years and there are now about 6.5 miles of singletrack and 3+ miles of gravel fire roads open to mountain bikes. 

Check out our FaceBook page for trail status and updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HayesArbMBT/

And check us out on MTB Project:

Buy, Sell, Trade / Redline D660 Carbon 29er $1200 obo
« on: November 10, 2016, 07:18:37 AM »
Selling my carbon 29er, just doesn't get rode anymore.  17" frame, one season of riding, in really good condition.  New tires, chain and wheel bearing installed in May 16.  Currently set up as a 1x10, however all parts to convert back to a 2x10 will be included.  Full SLX drive train and brakes, WTB wheel set, Rock Shox Reba. See link to manufacturer website and spec.   I can send pictures via txt. 


Bike is in Richmond however I will travel to meet if serious buyer.


Hayes Arboretum Trails (Coming Soon) / Hayes Needs Help!
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:10:15 AM »
Hayes Arboretum did some preventative logging over the winter to take down Ash trees.  As a result, the trail system is in pretty bad shape.  Think massive tree tops, tractor tire tracks, and craters.  A small group of local riders has invested time in getting the trail back into rideable condition, but we still need help.  There is another big trail work day scheduled for Saturday March,28th.  We hope to have the existing trail completely cleared of debris by the end of Saturday.  Once the trail is open and dry, we need tires on the trail!  You can follow the progress and find trail conditions here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/186388321409113/   or search Facebook for Richmond Adventure Mountain Bikers

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Racing single speed
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:38:15 AM »
is there a single speed class in the DINO series?  Or are there any others out there raceing a single speed in the series? My first year racing and as of now I only own a singe speed bike. I am trying to decide on buying a new bike for racing or just committing to the single speed. Thanks

Versailles State Park / Re: Versailles Single Speed Gearing
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:37:05 AM »
Thanks for the info!

Versailles State Park / Versailles Single Speed Gearing
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:03:51 AM »
I plan to hit Versailles this fall, what gear ratio are the singlespeed guys running?  I currently run 32x18 on my 29er and it works for me most places. 

Tech Bench / Chain Tension
« on: October 11, 2013, 08:08:56 AM »
I am new to the single speed world and have been enjoying my Monocog Flight 29er this summer, the bike is almost totally maintenance free when comparing it to my geared rides.  However, I have a question about chain tension on a single speed, currently my chain has some play I can move it up or down about 1/4".  It doesn slip, slap, or skip so I have not added any tension.  How tight are the other single speed guys running their chains?

Tech Bench / Re: Seized Bottom Bracket
« on: September 13, 2013, 07:29:29 AM »
I spent two hours last night with the tool locked in a vise and using the bike as a lever and was able to work the non-drive side cup about 3/4 of the way out before the teeth in the cup finally gave out.  I am heading to a buddy's auto repair shop today to add some heat and see if there are any tools he may have that can help get it out. This has been a lesson in patience.

Tech Bench / Seized Bottom Bracket
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:15:05 AM »
My dad loves his '96 Giant Sedona which is a steel framed mtb that I have converted into a hybrid.  It needed a new bottom bracket, and that is where my problems began.  I can't tell you if the crank has ever been off this bike, so right off the bat the threads pulled out of the drive side crank arm.  I had to beat the crank arm with a dead blow hammer and in the process destroyed the crank, good thing I have a spare.  So now I can't get the bottom bracket to move, the non-drive side cup is froze solid. I have soaked it with PB blaster for the past two days and still no luck.  Any ideas?

The trails here in Richmond are in great shape today, if you are close by come ride.  The trailhead location can be found here:

Hayes Arboretum Trails (Coming Soon) / Re: Info?
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:52:35 AM »
It is open for sure, I ride there regularly.  Look for the facebook page, Richmond Adventure Mountain Bikers that is where they post trail info.  They are adding trails this spring. 

Tech Bench / Re: Winter's a-comin'! Gear suggestions?
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:57:54 AM »
I hate to suggest it, its still too early in the year, but an indoor trainer is an option.  Unfortunatly I spent an hour on mine yesterday due to the rain. If you do go that route I would suggest picking up a slick or pavement tire.

Tech Bench / Re: Chain Maintenance ? Do's & Don'ts ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:35:24 AM »
I like to wipe my chain clean after every ride with a dry rag until all or most of the grease and grim is off.  Then I apply TriFLow lube to the inner and outer plates, let it soak in a few minutes and wipe off the excess lube. Leaving too much lube on your chain will cause it to get dirty faster while riding and cause premature wear on your drivetrain.  I would also suggest picking up a chain gauge and checking your chain a few times througout the season.  Replace when the gauge says it's shot.
As far as don'ts I would say stay away from WD-40, it is a degreaser and will not do your chain any good.  And unless you have cleaned you chain first, any spray type lubes will just push dirt further into the chain and defeat the purpose of lubing your chain. 

Tech Bench / Re: Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:43:52 AM »
My dad has a hitch mounted rack on a Honda CRV and his wheel sits really close to the exhaust, on a long trip back from the DC area the heat melted the side wall of his tire.  It has not happened since then, and I doubt and hour or two would be long enough to cause that problem. Something to keep in mind.  That being said I have a hitch mount on a CRV as well and all of my bikes sit high enough that they are clear of the tail pipe.  I also have a snowboard rack on the roof and I will say that it does drastically take away gas mileage and howls in the wind at highway speeds.

Club News / Re: Prairie Creek Reservoir trails? Any info?
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:48:54 PM »
Yeah, it would probably fall along the lines of beginner/intermediate but I haven't checked out the new section yet.  It is being built by a group call the Richmond Adventure Mountain bikers, they have a facebook page if you want to check them out.  They have group rides on Wednesday evenings and have ran a couple of time trial events this summer. 

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