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Brown County State Park / Re: ??? Using Maprika In Case Of Emergency
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:52:01 PM »
For the record, ATT had good cell phone coverage this past week when I was at BCSP.  I just loaded Maprika this week though so didn't have a chance to try it out on the trails.

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Rants and Raves / Re: Article: Why You Hate Cyclists
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:12:44 AM »
Meech, I'm glad you read the whole thing, I wasn't trying to be snarky.  I think the title and the author's confessional tone from the start acted as a good "hook" for the reader.  I realize most of the article is basic Psych 101 type stuff, but as a cyclist it was a good reminder why people discriminate and prejudge others.  As a white, middle class male born and raised in the midwest I'm not used to being discriminated against and prejudged based on my appearance, but that is essentially what happens to me everyday when I'm riding my bike to work.  I'm weird and different from everyone else on the road.  Hopefully drivers that read this will realize that their preconceived notions and prejudices aren't really fact based. Everyday at work I face people who look only for information that confirms what they already believe.  It gets a little tiresome.  Thanks for reading this and the article. ;)

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Rants and Raves / Re: Article: Why You Hate Cyclists
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:01:20 PM »
I'm guessing you didn't read all of it?

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Rants and Raves / Re: Laid up after knee surgery!
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:15:02 AM »
BTW, that picture was taken in an abandoned quarry about a 1/2 mile from my house, where I go to "play". ;)

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Rants and Raves / Re: Laid up after knee surgery!
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:12:53 AM »
Thanks for the well wishes!  I really just wanted to post a pic of the bike.  I had ACL reconstruction 13 years ago on my right knee and it was never as stable again after that.  This spring I had an awkward backward fall off my unicycle (yes I said unicycle) and dislocated the same knee, which resulted in a non-dislocated tibial plateau fracture.  The subsequent MRI also showed a lateral meniscus tear, but my ACL was intact (yay).  Long story short,after weeks of physical therapy, increasing clunky-ness and binding in my knee, and a change of doctors I had arthroscopic surgery which corrected a number of issues including what the doc called a cyclops lesion on my ACL, worn and tattered cartilage, lateral plica trimming, and of course the torn meniscus.  Nice little tune up I guess. Hopefully I can get another 30 trouble free years out of it( I'm 47).  I got the dressing and stitches removed this morning.  The doc was pleased to see how little swelling I had.  BTW his name is Dr. Timothy Hupfer of Ortho Indy, I highly recommend him.  He is also the team physician for the Pacers.  So therapy starts tomorrow morning, oh joy!  I'm actually very pleased with how it feels.  Thanks again!

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Rants and Raves / Laid up after knee surgery!
« on: September 15, 2012, 03:35:00 PM »
I thought while I was laid up after knee surgery this past Thursday, I'd post a pick of my new love, an On-One Inbred I built up this spring, in it's natural environment:


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Rants and Raves / Re: Rainy Commute!
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:08:36 AM »
As luck would have it, I rode into a 13mph headwind and heavy drizzle the whole way into work today. ::)   What a change from the last couple weeks!

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Rants and Raves / Rainy Commute!
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:57:50 PM »
Anybody else have a rain soaked commute home today (by bike)?  It felt pretty lonely out there, although I did see one other guy on a bike but he looked more like the "lost my license" type of bicyclist.  52 minute commute; rained every second.  My mom did say I'm not made out of sugar. 8)

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Other - Central/South / Re: Owen Putnam State Forest MTB Trail
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:10:28 AM »
The main loop is around 7 miles.  There are plenty of side trails and fire roads also.  Plenty of opportunities to get lost but the main trail is still fairly well marked.  And yes the official map sucks!  Most of the trail markers still have horse and bike symbols on them, although some "pranksters" have removed the bikes from some markers.  Also at one spot a turn arrow had apparently been peeled off and turned the opposite direction causing many riders to take a wrong turn. Some kind soul had corrected that problem. All good fun!
If you head north from the trail head going counterclockwise, all the markers have a horse and bike.  Once you reach the far northern end and start to turn back south, the markers have a horse in a shelter symbol.  I don't mean to go on and on about this place but it is only 15 minutes from my house.  There wasn't a soul out there on a Sunday morning either, big plus to me!

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Other - Central/South / Owen Putnam State Forest MTB Trail
« on: May 28, 2012, 11:25:07 AM »
Being a glutton for punishment and living fairly close, I try to ride this trail at least once a year when conditions permit.  With the recent dry spell, the trail is currently about 90% ride-able, if you count the section that is technically closed for logging.  I rode it yesterday morning so there was no logging going on plus there was plenty of evidence the horse riders had also been on these sections.

Surprisingly the sign at the trail head is still intact.

There were plenty of these four legged hardhats out on the trail.

Sign doesn't actually say anything about bikes. ;)

Some sections make it all worthwhile, even with the the horse bogs!
I like to post about this trail every now and then in the hopes of generating some interest.  A little armoring in the worst sections could make some huge improvements.  Of course it might not be worth it in the long run.  The trail was never built with sustainability in mind and the horse riders are going to ride in any conditions.  Still, as is the trail is a fun challenge when the conditions are right!  The trail is probably best ridden counter-clockwise from the trail head.  If you decide to ride the closed sections you'll want to steer left when you get to the clearing with the logging equipment towards the north section of the trail.  This will put you back on the main trail.  Avoid all the newly cleared logging paths.  They're probably doing their cutting during the week so stay clear of this section if you hear equipment or chainsaws.  Also, don't even bother if its rained within the last week or so, trail is really only ride-able during dry, summer/fall conditions. Post up if you decide to ride this unpolished little jewel.

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Tech Bench / Re: dropping to 1 chainring in the front
« on: July 14, 2011, 08:21:57 AM »
So do you use a dummy rear derailler instead of a dummy front derailler??

Aye, like this:  http://www.paulcomp.com/melvin.html

As in this thread:  http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=255166&highlight=mountainboat

I like the the quote I saw recently:"Anyone with two hands and a few tools can make an endless experiment out of bicycles".

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Tech Bench / Re: dropping to 1 chainring in the front
« on: July 13, 2011, 12:53:48 PM »
Road RD's also have a different geometry to match the smaller range of road cassettes.  On my main bike, when I upgraded my drivetrain and converted to 1x9 I went with a mid-cage X.9 RD, although the short cage would have worked I didn't want to limit my options too much.

Are you suggesting that a road cassette and road rear der would not work in a 1X9 or 1X10 mountain setup?  Maybe you're not but if you are I would probably challenge that assertion.  I know several people that use a SRAM 970 11-26 cassette on their 3X9 mountain bike drivetrain.  Works just fine.

Frankly, three pages of discussion on something as staggeringly simple as a 1X9 or 1X10 conversion is rather humorous.  ;)  

Step 1.  Take superfluous s#*t off bike
Step 2.  Ride bike
Step 3.  See if you regret removing superfluous s#*t off bike
Step 4.  Punt front derailleur and front shifter on eBay.  Use phrases, "like new", "works great", and "sorry no International bidders"

I'm suggesting mixing and matching road and mtb cassettes and derailleurs may not work(http://www.sheldonbrown.com/deakins/lowgears.html). Of course, if you have the parts laying around it's fun to experiment.  If we've exhausted the 1x9 subject let's talk about the pros and cons of the 3x1 set up I've seen used. ;)

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Tech Bench / Re: dropping to 1 chainring in the front
« on: July 13, 2011, 08:14:33 AM »
I believe the benefit to a 1x7 setup would be reduced rotating mass.
As Bentcrank said, a shorter derailleur cage would reduce chain slap but I don't think a short cage road derailleur will wrap around anything larger than a 28 or so.  Maybe a mid cage?

Road RD's also have a different geometry to match the smaller range of road cassettes.  On my main bike, when I upgraded my drivetrain and converted to 1x9 I went with a mid-cage X.9 RD, although the short cage would have worked I didn't want to limit my options too much.
Here's an interesting article on a custom 1x6 drivetrain built using a single speed hub:
http://www.pvdwiki.com/index.php?title=Six_Speed_MTB

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Tech Bench / Re: dropping to 1 chainring in the front
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:34:12 AM »
Please post additional details of your 1x?? setup. For example:

1. What brand chain guide, bumpstop, ring, etc.
2. What is your gearing? I'm thinking about either a 32 or 34 chain ring and have an 11-36 rear cassette.
3. Has anyone done a 1x10 setup using a SRAM XX crankset and rear DR?
4. I've seen people use a rear road DR and drop down to a 1x7 setup. Anyone else done that?
5. How do you modify a front DR to use as a chain guide?

Lot's more questions, but that's a pretty good start.


I'm currently running 11-32 and 11-34 with 32 chainrings on both my bike.  If and when I upgrade either chainring I'll probably go to 34 just to get a little more top end.
As far as the front DR on my son's bike, all I had to do was install longer limit screws then lock it in place to act as a chain-keeper.
The drivetrain section of the MTBR website forum has tons of info on 1x conversions.

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