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Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: INFO on Flat Fork Creek Park
« on: September 23, 2015, 03:50:29 PM »
Honestly, I can't help but laugh at some of these comments. If that "rock garden" is giving you troubles, its obviously you that needs to improve as a rider before attempting it again. Don't blame obstacles for being "unsafe" You are the one that chose to ride it.




How are we going to improve the riding scene in Indy when everyone cries every time there is a somewhat technical obstacle or a jump. Like someone else said, have you been to a skatepark? the city will allow fun stuff on our trails if there is a legitimate demand for them.

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Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: INFO on Flat Fork Creek Park
« on: September 21, 2015, 04:52:19 PM »
I rode it for the first time last Thursday. Definitely has some great potential! I actually wish there were some actual jumps and hips...but the walls are nice and flow well! most of the berms flow well too given the amount of space. Good job to the team that built it  :)

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Town Run / Re: Skills area gone
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:51:58 PM »
^ that's what I was afraid of. It's going to take months (years) to get anything done with the parks department. Even if we get approval, it'll have to be dumbed down so much that it won't be challenging  for anyone that isn't a beginner.

All that effort for what? A small area in town run for some skinnies? I'd rather ride and improve current trails.  I wish we had more trails that weren't governed by the parks department.

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Town Run / Re: Skills area gone
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:55:08 PM »
I'll actually be at TR in about 30 minutes. If anyone is there and wants to scope out some stuff or ride let me know.

I'll be in a blue z06 or on my red specialized  SX

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Town Run / Re: Skills area gone
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:33:46 PM »
If we can get approval from whomever we need to and I can find a couple dudes who want to build I'll gladly plan work sessions and what not.

I've never designed mtb specific skill sections before, but I've probably built 20 wooden ramps throughout my childhood as well as ridden all sorts of mtb obstacles. I'd be great at the design and layout aspect, imo but it'd be great to have someone who is excellent at building wood obstacles and has the tools to do so.

My guess is though we'll have to jump through too many hoops and it'd be easier and better just to build in my backyard...

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Town Run / Re: Skills area gone
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:59:03 AM »
Don't see anything from a quick Google search on "blueprints etc"  Does anyone have a copy of this book:  https://www.imba.com/catalog/book-trail-solutions


Also do this forum Software allow a poll with custom entries?  My thought would be best thing would be to figure out what people want from a skills area, then what is feasible in the small space at TRTP. 
From what I saw in the "old" skills area


1.)  Balance beam
2.) some decking layered, not sure what technical name that would have....


add to that small drops where you can bunny hop up or drop off... maybe a teeter totter, small table top, curved skinnies, elevated skinnies, etc..


also, it might be better to relocate the proposed skills area to another area. That way you won't have to worry about traffic and we would have more space

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Town Run / Re: Skills area gone
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:45:23 AM »
I'll definitely miss the skills area. Sucks to see it go but I agree it was an eyesore.




For what it's worth, if anyone can get a build session together to build a permanent skills area I would love to help out.

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Town Run / Re: Dogs?
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:21:56 AM »
A couple of weeks ago I was riding and came across a guy with a dog. It was a blind corner and the dog wasn't on a leash. He grabbed it by the scruff of its neck and pulled it back. The dog yelped pretty loudly.  I told him he needs to have the dog on a leash for the safety of the dog, himself and riders. He said he had a leash with him. I told him it's a beautiful dog and I'd hate to see it get hurt. Iy hope he realized I was genuinely concerned for all involved.

Poor pup, in order to have a good "trail dog" you need to have a great relationship with your dog in which the dog recognizes you as the pack leader. If your dog tries to run in front of you (leading) on the trail,  or isn't calm and attentive, I would leave the pup at home. You will eventually run in to a problem

Also, if you haven't been on trails with your dog before definitely try a less traveled trail first! When I first started taking my dog (Jane) to trtp it was a bit of a culture shock for her.

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Town Run / Re: Dogs?
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:04:04 AM »
I bring my dog here on occasion but I prefer taking her to rnp. It's more private and less traffic. With that said, I've never had a problem and pretty much everyone I see says something positive about her on the trail.

If your dog is well behaved you should be fine but you should try Rnp or vbr/gnawbone like someone suggested.

I bring a leash in my bag in case I run in to a crowd of people or something but she never bothers anyone unless they call her. As you could imagine riding with a leashed dog is impossible and dangerous

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Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Trail Etiquette WTF
« on: October 12, 2014, 05:12:57 PM »
I don't think I've ever encountered a rude rider before.. Says a lot about the mtb community imo.

One time I did almost collide with a kid going the wrong way on lawrence Creek and he was clearly lying to me about not knowing that the trail is one directional

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Town Run / Re: Building on rarely used portion
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:45:57 PM »
4th street trails on the south side has some really nice jumps.  They flow really well from what I can tell.  I don't know where they are exactly, I have just seen videos of some buddies out there.


Here is a link I found.  I know they have done a lot of work out there since these pictures were taken.


http://www.monsterarmy.com/spots/4th-street-trails/


Can't believe I haven't heard of these! I'm going to try and find them today


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Find a Trail / Re: Pump track/dirt jumps
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:35:44 PM »
I think he is using SS as short for slopestyle, rather than the common usage of singlespeed.

I am quite shocked by that, though.  Surely the bmxers have local jump spots hidden away in the woods around indy.  Whether they are legal and publicly known is another question. 

No dig; no ride, right?

You are correct on both statements. I'm sure there are dirt jumps around but they are either in someone's backyard or in a hidden spot (probably not permitted)  where only a few people know of them and want to keep it that way.

Fishers is building a small bike park, and Terre haute is getting a (supposedly) decent bike park soon built by professionals. Also, the world's largest underground bike park will open January 1st in Louisville.

As we all know, TR has an area that is perfect for a skills section with some small roller jumps. There is even that steep but short roll in Hill that can be used to start a jump line. I understand the liability issues but if anything at all can be done to get some sort of building going on down there I will be MORE than happy to donate my time, money, blood, and sweat in to building it. I will even attempt to organize build sessions if no one else more qualified is interested in doing so.

I've wanted this to happen for so long.. Indy has an exceptional trail network despite our geographical disadvantages. If we had a small skills Park or something similar with some features it would attract a totally different demographic of riders potentially bringing more attention and money to our cause. Plus every mountain biker can have fun on obstacles like that no matter your riding style!

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Town Run / Re: Building on rarely used portion
« on: September 21, 2014, 03:45:35 PM »
I'll gladly help build/shape any jumps we can. We desperately need more obstacles and jumps. Sign me up for a work session



My Spesh SX needs more airtime!

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Besides Bcsp, in your opinion, which trail system has the most to offer?  I've never been to Versailles, French lick, or muscatatuk. I have the day off tomorrow and am wondering where I should ride. I love riding fast downhill and technical trail with jumps and drops.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks

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Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Rider Down
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:51:15 PM »
I hit the practice drops every time I go. Please don't remove them :( lol

The medium practice drop is tougher than the pier drop, imo

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