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Find a Ride / Re: Moab this summer
« on: June 26, 2016, 09:43:32 AM »
jfish, I would not recommend riding Moab in the summer due to the fact that temps are usually in the 100's. I would find a place in CO where you are above 9,000ft. Temps will be in the 40-70 range with no humidity. If you do ride Moab I would recommend renting a bike from
Poison Spider www.
poisonspiderbicycles.com. Riding at night is fine, but doing it by yourself is not unless you are very familiar with the trails. Flash floods, heat and people getting lost are a killer out there and it happens every year. Good luck.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:58:34 PM »
She flat out lied to you.  Not a single PENNY goes to HMBA.  It all goes into the general fund.  That's the biggest problem we all have with the fee.  We don't see any of it.  I wouldn't have an issue if some of it went to HMBA.

Everyone, keep voicing your negative opinions of the fee.  Let the parks and your representatives know that the fee is unfair.  HMBA does the maintenance on the trails, unlike the horse trails where the parks take care of most, if not all of it.  Not to mention road bikes don't have to pay a fee to use the roads so why should mountain bikers have to pay to use the trails WE built?

ok...end of rant.

Went to Fort Ben today.  Not one word from the attendant about having a bike pass.

Well said Jason. I have also been told by park employees that mountain bikers generate no revenue for the park.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:06:10 PM »
I didn't know anything about the new mtb fee until today when I went to the park. I got my $50.00 annual pass at the gate as usual and then the guy ask me if I also needed the annual $20.00 bike pass (that you must carry on you at all times while riding or you will get a ticket if the CO's stop you). I honestly thought the guy was confused so I went to the park office. The lady there told me what I heard was correct and that the park has had a lot of complaints about the extra fee. I told her I wasn't really complaining, but I would like to know where my money is going. According to her it's going to HMBA for trail maintenance.

General Trail Information / Re: Going to Fruita , Moab
« on: August 30, 2015, 07:49:15 PM »
I really don't prefer one over the other, but if I was going to skip one it would be the 18 Road trails.

General Trail Information / Re: Going to Fruita , Moab
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:30:21 AM »
Rent your bike from Over the Edge Sports in Fruita. They are great and rent high end bikes. Riding the Kokopelli Trails is a must do. The views are over the top. The 18 Road Trails are fast and flowy. Lunch Loops are great and Rabbit Valley is awesome with amazing views. Great hiking can be found in the Colorado National Monument. Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria in Fruita is a good place to eat and Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom in Grand Junction has some of the best pizza I've ever had. Overall beauty is everywhere you look. You won't be disappointed.

So basically, its only going to cost me possibly $150 each time my dog gets caught being off the leash and chasing behind me.... I think ill take that chance!

Sometimes it isn't possible to leave him at home. When it isn't possible to leave him at home, then what do you do? Leave doggie on the leash and then man and doggie become a riding hazard? Biker holding onto leash, biker from behind startles leashed dog thus taking biker down, followed by the rider behind running over rider in front? I don't know to many hospital bills that are less than $150....

The last dog vs cyclist case I remember ended up costing the dog owner $165,000.00. So you might want to think about that.

Tech Bench / Re: Helmet for cold weather?
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:51:20 PM »
Wear a skull cap and put scotch tape over the vent openings on the front of your helmet.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Endurance race
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:43:59 PM »
Who do we specifically need to contact to remind them of the" Lost Revenue Potential"' ? 
In stead of driving hundreds of miles & out of state, Hotel, Food ect,  to participate in these types of races, I would rather give my money to You Brian, Tania, Don ,Ect.
They don't care, so don't waste your time. Been there done that.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Endurance race
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:02:06 PM »
Gravel Grovel  November 30, 2013~ The Sub-9 Gravel Grovel is a self-supported, solo riding excursion through the beautiful hills of Indiana's Hoosier National Forest and beyond.  Beginning and ending at the Midwest Trail Ride Horseman's Camp in Norman, Indiana, participants encounter a combination of gravel forest roads, some paved roads and old double track jeep trail creating "mother nature's cyclocross course".  Riders choose from a 62 mile, self-supported race or a shortened 25 mile fun ride.
Are you thinking of using trails only?

Find a Trail / Re: Kernville
« on: October 20, 2013, 01:41:37 PM »
I make the three hour drive from Manhattan Beach to Kernville at least once a year and it is well worth it. Just watch out for the mountain lions.

Fantastic 4 / Re: Combs Rd., etc.
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:05:39 AM »
Hasn't combs road been reclaimed and closed to 4x4's and all traffic except hunters?
Yes, several years ago and it is being somewhat maintained by a family that has property back there.

Fantastic 4 / Re: Combs Rd., etc.
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:46:27 PM »
Two questions is the jackson county side of combs road where it starts to get really rough (do to 4x4s ) open for bike riding and also is the road/trail going to the old browning bridge embuckment (Its the road following salt creek past robertson cemetery) open to bikes. I know these places are rough terrain but I llke to explore.
Everything you mentioned is in good shape, fun to ride and all open to bikes.

Brown County State Park / Re: Funny trail etiquette video
« on: August 25, 2013, 03:20:53 PM »
NEVER ride between horses and I mean NEVER. I have raised and been riding horses for years and can tell you they are one of the most unpredictable animals out there.

Tech Bench / Re: Decking for Wooden Features/Bridges
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:59:48 PM »
I have a question about the lumber used in the wooden bridges and features on the trails. We are currently building a new trail at Jaycee Park in Greencastle. There is one section of the trail that will either need extensive armoring or a small bridge built. What time of lumber is best used in building a mountain bike bridge? I thought some treated boards can become very slick when wet and was wanting to get some input on the best kind.

Building a bridge with treated lumber and attaching bird screen to it for traction works great. This is what they do in Pisgah and many other places I have been to.

Tech Bench / Re: Lights for night rides
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:50:59 PM »
You can't go wrong with Magicshine. I have the MJ-880 2000 Lumens for my helmet. Price was $175.00 from Amazon.

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