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Fantastic 4 / Re: Conditions of Hoosier National Trails??
« on: August 28, 2019, 10:24:20 PM »
Good to know. thanks. Wasn't sure if I might be wasting my time but I'd like to ride some new-to-me stuff. Sounds worth checking out.

Fantastic 4 / Conditions of Hoosier National Trails??
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:35:12 PM »
Does anyone here frequent the area and ride these trails (the Hoosier National ones)?

I'm considering taking a couple days to come down and explore, possibly even a short bikepacking trip. But since nobody has even been active on this forum regarding these trails for over a year now I have no idea if they are passable by bike or not. What kind of condition are the trails in? I'm familiar with Nebo and Combs but not these other trails that seem to criss cross all over the forest. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Events / Re: 2018 Big Woods Brown County EPIC Registration is Open!
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:27:13 PM »
I love the Epic. It's a great day being supported with food and water (and beer) throughout the day and riding as much as I can handle. But, ... don't mean to be negative here,.. it's $95 now? I remember when it changed from the Breakdown it was explained as the same great event but at a more affordable price. I think it was like $70. I wonder if, in the future, there might be a "ride only" for those non-HMBA members that don't stay for the beer and music and etc. I look forward to it each year but the price has me second guessing now. Feel free to delete this comment but just wondering what happened.

Tech Bench / Crank arm flew off! Hollowtech ii XT
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:22:59 PM »
Riding at the fort the other day and came up on the rooty section on Schoen near pipe dream and whooops, my left crank arm flew off onto the ground. Hmmmm. I also noticed the preload end cap thingy was missing as well but my understanding is that it doesn't hold the crank arm anyway. I tightened the pinch bolts back up and, you probably guessed it, it went loose again.

 I made it home after some mostly one-legged pedaling and inspected the crank arm. The splines were nicked up a little bit but the main spindle looked good. These are 9 speed XT Hollowtech ii cranks. Do you think a replacement left crank arm would be sufficient or is the whole crankset done?? I can't even find a left one at a reasonable price at the moment. Does anyone have a spare arm they would be willing to part with? Or possibly a whole crankset? I mean, you guys don't even ride the historic 9 speed anyway right? Thoughts, comments?   

Advocacy / Re: Reggie Miller
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:01:18 PM »
You should follow him on Instagram or twitter. He has some pics from recent races. I heard him on the Dan Patrick show maybe a year or so ago saying he'd like to take time off and race cross country mtb. Dan and most everyone were taken by surprise. But he does it. You can even check out his rides if you follow him on Strava.

Tech Bench / Re: Wide Bars
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:33:16 AM »
I was going to post a question on bar width as well.

 I broke my bike awhile back and started to ride my sons bike for the interim. I was initially riding with 660 bars and when I hopped on my sons bike they were 635. I got used to those narrow bars as these were my old bars anyway but immediately noticed the steering was pretty squirrely, ... twitchy, ... too quick maybe is the word? After awhile it didn't seem as bad. But I did build up a hardtail frame (my back groans..) I had in the shed because it's all I have at the moment. Put my bars back on and felt back at home. The steering was a bit slower but seemed right.

So I guess the question I have is what benefits would I see with wider bars? I can't imagine 800 but maybe it has a specific purpose?? I already clip my bars on trees on occasion. I'm not a jumper or daredevil and just like to ride XC kinda stuff. Nothing too technical. What's the deal with wide bars?   

Tech Bench / Re: Light question
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:08:40 PM »
I've always ridden at night, including several races, with just a bright helmet light. I'd put the brightest light on the helmet as it will shine where you are looking, ... and where you want to go.  Currently run an old Light N Motion ARC.

Events / Re: 2017 EPIC Registration is OPEN!!
« on: September 27, 2017, 08:42:42 PM »
I just found out that I won't be able to attend. Bummer! Not sure if it's a pain in the butt but thought I'd ask if there is any way to still get my shirt and swag??

Tech Bench / Re: 135 QR Rear wheel to 142 12mm frame??
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:57:49 PM »
Great! Thank you guys. Found a set for the DT Swiss. Wasn't sure.

Tech Bench / 135 QR Rear wheel to 142 12mm frame??
« on: September 17, 2017, 05:41:37 PM »
Help me out please as I'm a little confused what I can do here.

 I broke the rear triangle of a  Salsa Spearfish frame. The rear end is spaced 135 and is quick release. I have someone who is selling another Spearfish frame that I'm considering but it's a newer year with 142 12mm thru axle. Can I use some adapter with my current wheels to run them on the 142 12mm frame?? I have two rear wheels, one is a Sram x7 hub to stans arch and the other is a DT Dwiss 350 hub to Stans Arches.  I don't want to buy a different frame only to find out I need a new set of wheels as well.

I get a little lost in what I can convert.


Westwood / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:07:03 PM »
First time out there today and really enjoyed it. I kinda expected a rougher feel from the descriptions I read. There were a lot of leg grabbers and face slappers but I'm thinking this might be normal for this trail. Anyway I think I cleared out all the spider webs for everyone. 

Thank you. Dang $7.50? I mean, I won't go broke or anything but thought I read it was like $2 last time I looked at this place. Hope it's worth it.

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There is a locked thread on the second page titled "Directions and Information" but it just redirects to the HMBA homepage. This is near New Castle right? Thinking about riding it tomorrow so looking for the info on it since I've never been there. Any help with the directions and trail info?? Maybe I'm missing it somewhere. 

Seems trail conditions are good now?

Rants and Raves / Re: All on the Same weekend
« on: August 06, 2017, 12:33:17 PM »
This happens quite often and is really a bummer. I've got people wanting to do the Epic with me but they're already signed up for the Hilly. My understanding is that there is some collaboration within the Hilly group and Epic group for scheduling purposes (don't know about the Cure) but the IU football schedule, for some reason, seems to put a jinx on things working on opposite weekends. Still not sure why it can't be worked out so we can all enjoy the premier biking events in the state. Instead the proceeds are probably split somewhat as to the amounts they could raise if they were on staggered weekends so I'm not sure why this isn't more of a priority if the Epic is trying to raise maximum money for trail funds and so forth. Maybe it is but they can't get it to work?? I don't know but it's frustrating to say the least.

Rants and Raves / Bells on bikes..
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:17:46 PM »
I found this bear bell at Goodwill and strapped it to my handlebars to make a little noise as I ride as I didn't have a normal bike bell. It's has a magnet to help mute it when I don't need the sound but it pretty much just jingles as I ride the trails.

The only reason I'm writing this is because you would not believe the amount of positive comments I get from it. Numerous people, many times, have thanked me for having it. Often times people are completely out of the way on blinder turns allowing me to pass and thanking me as I pass. I was really shocked that such a little thing helped so much.

I'm not sure what you all use, if anything, but thought I'd pass along my experience. I believe once I had a few bikers that may have been annoyed with the jingling but it's so worth it that I'm keeping them on. The only thing with a normal bell is that you have to ring it manually. Sometimes you may not know hikers are present and may come up on them faster than you'd like because you didn't know they were there. The constant ringing seems to alert people that may be hidden from view. Like em or hate em, just thought I'd share.

The ironic thing is that I rode in Michigan by myself recently and came up upon a bear that I don't believe heard the bells. Go figure.

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