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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: New 26" Schwalbe Hans Dampfs
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:02:14 PM »
Where are you located?


East central IL, not far from Kickapoo State Park.

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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: New 26" Schwalbe Hans Dampfs
« on: December 23, 2017, 07:43:18 PM »
Yep, still available.

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Buy, Sell, Trade / New 26" Schwalbe Hans Dampfs
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:53:42 AM »
3 new 26" Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires. 2.35" Snakeskin TLR models. 2 in Trailstar compound, 1 in Pacestar.
$20 each.
Thanks

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Tech Bench / Re: Cold weather gloves
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:48:04 AM »
10-15 degrees is about my limit and I find that a regular full finger glove and a quality wind/ water proof liner style glove over the top works pretty well. Dexterity and feel are still really good and as long as my hands are warm when I start, I haven't had to cut any rides short due to frosty fingers.

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Tech Bench / Re: Wide Bars
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:39:03 AM »
Don't forget to look at the stem length if you go wider. You may want to reduce that.


^^^^ This. If you're going with significantly wider bars, you'll want to shorten the stem as well. As bars get wider, weight bias moves forward and needs to be accounted for. Not to mention wide bars and stems longer than 70mm can make for some funky handling.
6'1" and haven't run anything narrower than 750 in a long time. I ride all across the midwest and can count the legit tight spots on one hand. IMO the handling benefits of the wide bar/ short stem combo far outweigh the downsides, especially if you're looking to improve your technical riding skills.




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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Downhill Races???
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:49:08 PM »
Seems like some of you are looking at this the wrong way. The assumption that you need lift access, super gnarly terrain, and full on DH bikes to host a fun, successful event is a bit short sighted IMO.
As Kirk stated, You have to make the best with what you have. And you folks have a whole lot more at your disposal than most midwest trail systems.
Something along the lines of the Sub 9 Super D minus the lame flat and uphill parts, or the Panting Deer series with a less stupid timing system would be perfect and would draw lots of riders; riding trail bikes they already own on existing sections of trail.
Emphasize the "fun" factor of the event and keep the entry fee reasonable, and you're good to go. All the best parts of trail riding without the suffering associated with all of the more XC oriented races.



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Find a Trail / Re: Bloomington/Normal Illinois
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:04:10 AM »
Comlara is just north of B-N; pretty nice trail system.  http://www.comlaramtb.com/
Peoria has several nice trails as well; Farmdale, Independence Park, and Dirksen Park are the closest with Black Partridge, Wildlife Prairie Park, and Jubilee College State Park a little further. [size=78%]http://www.pambamtb.org/[/size]
Lots of good stuff over there.

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Find a Ride / Re: Kickapoo
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:22:11 PM »
Thanks for the kind words. A ton of work went into the trail system last spring to deal with the trouble spots and so far things have held up nicely. We're hoping to have the new section dialled in and ready  to open soon.
Please check the forums and/or the facebook page for conditions and group rides.
Thanks Again
Jason
KMBC

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The Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club is holding their annual Fat Tire Fest August 27, 28 at Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood IL. Saturday there will be a short Super D/ Time Trial at noon with group rides and general goofing around to follow. Sunday is the XC race as part of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series.
Details can be found here: http://www.kickapoombc.org/racing/
Thanks, Jason

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