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Brown County State Park / Re: Road Bikes banned?
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:40:06 PM »
Back in the '80s and '90s, my friend and I would park at the Kelp Village parking lot near Horseman's camp and ride out through Horseman's camp and make sure that the gate attendant saw us leave on our way to points south, Brownstown, etc.  Then when we returned they would always let us in even though they weren't supposed to.  I think some of the horsemen may have complained when a horse got spooked by a bike rider so they clamped down on it for awhile.  I know there have been special occasions on organized rides when it was previously arranged that a group could enter or leave on a certain day, but you always needed to have a pass or pay the fee.


Rants and Raves / Re: Good news on Public/Private Project at BCSP
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:45:31 PM »
My bet is on the 36" wheels.  If bigger is better than 36" should just be absolutely awesome.  You could just roll over all the obstacles and not worry about your technical riding skills or other handicaps.  :P
Wheels?  Why not a 3" wide caterpillar track in back and a ski in front.  Great traction for climbing.

Brown County State Park / Aynes House
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:07:24 PM »
There was a nice article about the Aynes House renovation in Sunday's Columbus Republic newspaper.

I also heard that the governor wants to try riding the mountain bike trails, so watch out if you see a large group of state troopers on mountain bikes and a medical helicopter hovering overhead in case he crashes.

Rants and Raves / Re: Keep it secret, keep it safe
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:18:23 AM »
Attach to the bottom side of the saddle where it wouldn't be readily visible or obvious.

Brown County State Park / Re: Helmets/ Ky mtb group
« on: August 21, 2013, 08:47:18 AM »
My helmet kept me gorgeous when I taco'd my front wheel this weekend. ...

Oh yeah....I was wearing a helmet...didn't hurt it at all.

Wearing a helmet shouldn't hurt unless you have it sized too small, although I once put mine on when there was a stinging insect of some kind in it.  That hurt. ;D

Tech Bench / Re: Decking for Wooden Features/Bridges
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:26:33 PM »
I think the rough cut cedar is the best for decking.  Alex had some specially made at a mill in Mitchell (I think).  It gives better traction even after several years.  Also, the stuff used at BCSP is about 2.5" think which is much stronger than a standard 2x6 treated lumber, which is really about 1.5" thick.  Consequently, you can space your stringers at 24" instead of 16". 

Nonetheless, I built a 100ft bridge on my property about 5 years ago and decided to go with the std. treated lumber.  It was about 1/2 the cost of using the cedar decking.


Brown County State Park / Re: Is Limekiln really a "beginner" trail?
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:22:34 PM »
I ride Limekiln with my 10 yr. old grandson and 12 year old granddaughter.  They love it.  Several times I have met people on the trail who say something like, "isn't this a great trail". 

It is an interesting design that is a lot of fun with very little climbing and nothing very dangerous.  It reminds me a bit of other trails I have ridden near Charleston (SC), or Santos (FL), or General Custer Park (MI) where they have had to make an interesting trail and where the terrain doesn't create an opportunity for big climbs.

Brown County State Park / Re: Rider down
« on: July 17, 2013, 03:54:27 PM »
With respect to fire roads, that is a tough one. If we make the fire road system too well known/visiable that we could end up with riders using the fire roads or getting lost on them.  Some fire roads take you farther into the woods and others on to the Stable Horse trails. 

I maybe staying at BCSP on Saturday night and working on emergency routes and signage on Sunday.

Handouts, signage, etc all cost money and then few people take the time to read them.

Last year, after the fire roads were bushhogged, they kind of looked like part of the trail system to some people.  Today, I drove my truck down to where the road from the Aynes house crosses HP.  The vegetation down in the valley was very tall.  No one would mistake it for a trail.  It was a little tricky even knowing where to drive in places.  Now, my truck tracks will identify it as navigible with 4WD.  A 2WD vehicle might have some problems at some of the creek crossings.  I only had to move one log to make it through.

Riding on Pavement / Re: Longest climb
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:26:06 PM »
My favorite is Skyline Drive in Jackson-Washington State forest, south of Brownstown. Enter from the East off of SR250.  It is the steepest road I have ridden, but I am not sure of the total elevation gain.

Riding on Pavement / Re: Now that's a bike friendly city!
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:23:48 PM »
The trails in BCSP all use geothermal heating.  They just rely on conduction rather than a heat pump.  It reduces the installation and operating costs.

Fantastic 4 / Re: Combs Road Background
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:04:10 PM »
The first time I rode on Combs road about 30 years ago, it was passable by a 2WD vehicle and I saw some doing it.  Then it quickly deteriorated as 4-wheelers started tearing it up.  I drove through there with my 4WD Nissan pickup several times in the early '90s.  Then it became all but inaccessible except to the serious 4-wheelers.  On occasion we encountered guys with broken driveshafts, blown transmissions, and other malfunctions.  One vehicle was abandoned for awhile and I think it was set afire later.
All this while it was a great mountain biking route and before it got closed and cleaned up, it could be quite a trick to pick your way through there without sliding down into one of the crevases. 
After closure, it was still a nice route, and I rode through there as a return route from Nebo Ridge 2 or 3 times a week.  After BCSP opened, I have hardly visited except on BCBD trips.
There were often campers in the clearing near the peak of the ridge and I think they were mostly 4-wheelers who spent the weekend.
The group I rode with a lot had this little joke.  We said it was only called Combs Road when it was dry, but most of the time it was called Combs Creek.  That was part of the fun, because half the time you were riding in a flowing creek bed.
Before BCSP we tried to ride Nebo at least once a week after work every Wednesday evening.  By the middle of September a light would be required on the return and by mid October a light would be required shortly after the start.  There were a couple of nightmare rides, one where a newbie fell behind just before dark, paniced about the situation and just before reaching the re-group point where everyone was waiting, turned back and then didn't make it back before dark and had to be rescued on Berry Ridge road where it was so dark the riders had to walk their bikes.  On another ride, everyone had lights, but a newbie had a flat shortly after entering the south end of Combs.  He was from the UK and had no clue where he was.  We were all waiting at the re-group point, but some had to go back after 15 minutes of waiting.  If you have been out there on Combs road at night you might imagine what was going through his mind as he walked his bike though that isolated area on a moonless night.  Neither of these guys ever rode with us again.

Rants and Raves / Re: Hilarious web site
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:50:18 AM »
I can forgive the poor grammar.  If that crankset can help me ride effortlessly, I'm sold!

Wait!  Maybe they were just referring to downhill?

Brown County State Park / Re: Old foundations on HP and Aynes loop
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:59:58 PM »
I don't consider it cheating - it's just a mechanical advantage.  We can use your broad axe to remove the saw marks if we think it's necessary.  We should be able to afford a few hours of Wood Mizer time.  You do have the funding all lined up, right?
I was only trying to line up the funding for the sign which shows what it used to look like, not funding to make it look like that again.  You will have to do that.

Brown County State Park / Re: Old foundations on HP and Aynes loop
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:01:27 AM »
Now that we have established that we both have froes and that at least one of us knows how to use one, how about other equipment?  I'm well covered in the foot adze department, but I'm short a broad axe and a Wood Mizer.

I'll let you use my foot adze if you'll loan me your Wood Mizer.
I have used a froe, but the darn thing would only make kindling.
Wouldn't using a Wood Mizer be cheating on a project like this?

Brown County State Park / Re: Old foundations on HP and Aynes loop
« on: August 29, 2012, 01:49:50 PM »
That's what I looked like when I was young.  Are you saying that splitting shakes is some sort of fountain of youth?
No.  I was implying that if you marry the right kind of women like you did and she makes you buy your clothing at WalMart instead of making your own like you used to, that it will improve your appearance a little.

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