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Find a Trail / Re: Ideas for trails in Michigan
« on: June 21, 2018, 09:26:57 AM »
While I'd concur that most Michigan trails aren't especially technical, unless I'm missing some steeper, rooty climbs and descents on green valley, then I'd have to disagree with that comparison.

Holdridge is a pretty good mix of flavors. The shorter west loop is pretty flowy, with little bits of tech. The bigger east loop is more challenging, with more climbing and more elusive flow.

Brighton would be a good choice, with good mileage and variety. Poto is well liked and has good flow mixed with a few steep, rooty climbs. If you like flow trails, the new DTE trail is a very popular choice, but starting to get a bit far from your location. More local to you would be Lake Orion High School trails, and maybe Bald mountain and Addison Oaks. They're all worth riding, but we generally lack true destination trails in lower Michigan.

Rants and Raves / Indiana Jonesin'
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:53:30 AM »
We all know the feeling. That thing you love to do; that place you love to go. But life, being life, pulls you away, and you're jonesin' for your fix. That's how it was for me. Being from Michigan, it'd been too long since I'd enjoyed some of my Indiana favorites. A couple weeks ago, I made it down for an almost week of perfect weather.

The following edit is part of a trip report for back home, and with the exception of the very first two clips(Maple Hill in Kzoo), features exclusively Indiana trails. Can you recognize them all?

Thanks for the hard work in maintaining the excellence of Indiana mountain biking. :-)

Brown County State Park / Re: Hobbs Hollow Update
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:01:52 PM »
Nice preview. And they caught me at 1:32 in the second video, setting up to shoot the section above.

Brown County State Park / Re: Hobbs Hollow Update
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:28:40 PM »
Glad to have the opportunity to ride this today(from mid Michigan)! Very well done. Fast and fun, and I feel it really completes the portfolio, in terms of trail styles at brown County. It gets my seal of approval.

Fort Harrison State Park / The Lenosky Line
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:38:05 PM »
I don't know if this is appropriate here, but I'm super stoked because today I attempted the Lenosky line(maybe it has an official/unofficial name?) at Fort Ben.

It took a few goes, but in the end, the boulder was conquered.  :) :D ;D :-*

Find a Trail / Re: Best option in KY/northern TN???
« on: October 07, 2016, 06:12:31 PM »
Sorry, I forgot which forum I was on. Sure you know about O'Bannon!  :-)

Find a Trail / Re: Best option in KY/northern TN???
« on: October 07, 2016, 06:09:28 PM »
I've ridden Youngers a few years back. Some memorable switchbacks on the way up(seven dwarves). As I recall, they weren't marked or easy to follow. I believe it got hit hard by logging. Not sure what's left there.

Cherokee Park is a worthwhile ride, right in Louisville. Quite a few road crossings, so takes a little bit of nav. Good flow and intermittent tech.

I think O'Bannon state Park is a roughly 30 miles west, technically Indiana, but right by the KY border. Love that place. Great riding. Expect a smallish use fee.

I always get ticks in KY, so do your checks.

General Trail Information / Re: Schooner Trail at BCSP
« on: August 15, 2016, 10:41:45 AM »
Schooner, and trails of that ilk, are necessary to provide incentive for unmotivated persons to self improve, to become more fulfilled riders, more productive citizens, and to better satisfy their wives.

Aside from that, if you were to create bypasses around a few rock gardens, you'd invite novice riders into a section with narrow, exposed benches that simply cannot be bypassed without destroying the character of the trail.

Just like intermediate trails may discriminate against true beginners, and advanced trails may weed out intermediates, expert level trails cater to the smallest, but most invested subset. It's a necessary part of any trail inventory. IMO, an expert trail with bypasses is an oxymoron.

Griffin Bike Park / Re: Curious about the lakes
« on: August 14, 2016, 12:25:37 AM »
The water is warm. Apparently deep, too. I was told something like 120 feet.

Those peaks and valleys and contours make for a fun and interesting mix of trails. From pumpy and swooping, to wide open and fast, to tight and challenging, it's all there. Massive slope jumps in the center of it all. Skills courses, a lake jump, and a floating trail.

I found what I presume to be an expert rated loop(i think it's a loop) that contains some very unconventional construction. You slalom unbenched turns on opposing walls, which would be unsustainable without speed. Steep drop ins to g outs between ridges. One leads into a climbing, tight right hander around rocks, dropping back down out of the turn into an off camber left, then onto a narrow bench. Pretty cool stuff, but not the place you'd want lesser experienced riders to wander into, both for sustainability and safety reasons.

I'd think it worth the drive. Just expect some exploring. Markings are makeshift and incomplete at this point.

Tech Bench / Re: dropper posts
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:01:19 PM »
At 100-125mm, I find the travel adequate for trail riding, but drop the seat to max insert(another 1.5 or 2 inches) if I am jumping or hitting a pump track. So I suppose 150mm would be nice.

I've used two KS, a Spesh, a DNM, and a gravity dropper knockoff. Both KS broke at the clamp. Needs more material at the back of the clamp support IMO. The DNM is my favorite as far as functionality, combining pneumatic operation and infinite adjustability. It's susceptible to dirt in the lever area, but overall works great. No idea on longevity just yet.

I activate my droppers with a modded front shifter, which should work for any cable actuated post.

Find a Trail / Re: Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:41:30 AM »
No fee at Cherokee and there is a lot of quality trail. Buff and fast with tech interludes, as I recall. GPS nav recommended, as there are several road crossings and fractured sections.

Fort Duffield is prolly close enough. Maybe a bit more tech than you're looking for?

I always get ticks when I ride KY. FYI.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Some MTB Project Love???
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:26:52 AM »
I use both apps, depending which has better maps for a given area. For someone only using one app, and using it to search for trails, they might just keep on driving, due to lack of awareness. If the goal is to put more people in parks, then more exposure is always better.

I use  MTB project, but am not sure if I've voted for anything yet.  I'll have to check it out.   

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Some MTB Project Love???
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:34:10 PM »
No trails have been added to O'Bannon Woods State Park.[/size]Help build the crowd sourced database by submitting a trail.[/color]

According to Trailforks, this trail doesn't even exist. 

Tech Bench / Re: Clipless or platforms
« on: January 20, 2016, 04:01:27 PM »
Clipless shoes require a stiff sole to spread the load.  Flat pedals and shoes CAN offer a more flexible sole and better hiking performance. 

For me, I value skill progression over a meager increase in efficiency, and find flats encourage me to stretch myself, but retain a higher margin of safety.  Certain things, like jumping, manuals, and most trials stuff- they are far better learned on flat pedals, as ease of bailout is paramount.  For maximum efficiency and lap times, clips have an edge.  I do think the efficiency is overstated, though.  I spent 3 years on clipless, and would bet money my lap times would be indistinguishable between pedal types.

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Find a Trail / Re: Any good trails near Grand Rapids, MI
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:55:34 PM »
I'm pretty fond of Merrell, in Rockford.  Mostly flow trail stuff, kind of akin to SWW, but more winding berms and rollers.  2-3 minute descents.  Some small jumpable tables and few rocks and tech features. 

Luton Park has some flowing XC trails of similar construction, but less sustained down/up. 

Cannonsburg Ski area has some more traditional singletrack along with a freeride area(haven't ridden it), and the state game area is right next to it.

All can be connected in a long ride if you are ambitious.  Merrell is my personal favorite in lower Michigan.

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