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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: Scott Scale Bike for sale
« on: December 21, 2015, 09:41:55 PM »
I can contest that this is a very sweet bike! It has also been rode very few times before he had a back injury that kept him off the bike for most of the year.

This is the ultimate racing machine!

Careful with descriptive words like those. Old school and some good climbs will have many not showing up. It might be too hard.  ::)

That sucks!! Hope you have some luck and find them

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2013 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:14:09 AM »
mine shows 4416

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2013 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:55:09 PM »
Any elimination of 2 way traffic especially in the narrowest part of the race course is a good thing.

That is the goal... called the forest, they haven't even started processing my event permit yet. GOOD TIMES!  Hopefully my call will push things along so we will get an answer in the next few days.

Just a heads up - if we DO go with this new route everyone will need to purchase a one-day HNF pass ($5 - not included in registration fee).  Since I added the chip timing and had not initially planned to use the national forest the one-day passes were not included in my budget for this year.

Not that I know anything, but if I was in the know, I would prefer option 2 or 3.  ;D

but, I am down for anything as long as there is beer to be found.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2013 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:21:53 PM »

I rode most of the route a couple of weeks ago and the only place that I saw new gravel was from Robertson Cemetery to the Maumee Bridge (which was welcome there). Has there been new gravel since then?

That is assuming you know the route right?

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2013 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:31:45 PM »
You will find people who are racing and others that are "racing". Lots of different kinds will find enjoyment in this event.

Do it! It will not disappoint.

First rest stop of the day.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Endurance race
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:28:46 AM »
I'm in

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:27:01 PM »

While this may be a valid statement for most of the trails listed above, Ferdinand has existed long before anything to do with HMBA was involved. French Lick paid to have their trails.

Just for the record, there was a point in Indiana mountain biking history where there was no legal mountain biking on DNR State Lands.  No State Parks or State Forests.  The Indy Spokebreakers , the precurser to HMBA, set out to change that.   We started a petition, led largely by Paul Lin, Monica O'Brien, myself and others, we gave then Governor O'Bannon 2500 signatures with the purpose to open up State lands to mountain biking.  The Indiana Bicycling Coalition led by Connie Schmucker and Rich Ries were instrumental as well.  From that effort 5 State Forests were opened up to mountain biking, with Ferdinand SF being one of them.  No trails were purpose built, so the riding experience wasn't top notch, but it was a very important start.

Then I stand corrected.  Several of us were riding there for years before that, with the approval of the land manager. Most trails are still not purpose built.

Find a Trail / Re: Dupont/Pisgah Route advise
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:17:34 AM »
There is a camp ground right across the street from the black mtn trail. There are also several free pull off camp sites along the road if you can find one open.

Black is not seasonal. Bennet is. They are seasonal to let bikers ride them, otherwise they would be hike only.

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:08:53 AM »
Without the membership dollars and volunteer hours none of the trails at the top of the forum would exist.

Paul, this statement was said by someone who is listed as a global moderator. Sorry for me misunderstanding that he does not have any authority. Maybe there is part of the issue. Other than you, I have no idea who is in charge.

Ferdinand may be listed under HMBA now, but it would still be here if it was not. The trail just may not be as easy as it currently is to ride. There were other trails out there too. I am sure Gnawbone, VBR, Story, Hickory and Youngs Creek are not as happy that HMBA has done such a good job building more trail. My statement was not pointed at anyone, just trying to make sure to keep HMBA grounded.

I am done stating my opinions and concerns on this. What happens will happen. I would just like to see the group grow and continue to get more volunteers to help with all the trails. If this becomes a member only thing that is fine. I will still be here. I have received info that I am expired, but my card says I am good till 9/12. If it stays public, I will still be here too.

I did not get in to this topic because I am trying to take either side.  I don't even know who half the people making comments are or where they are from. I am just taking my side and voicing my concerns. Paul, I know you do a lot of work and put in a lot of time and I thank you for that.

Bentcrank - aka Eric Gadlage IMBA/HMBA member #228828

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:30:48 AM »
If KYMBA is the example of what happens when a forum isn't active, then lets talk about KYMBA.  One of the first purpose built mtb trails is about to be built in Kentucky.  And Louisville is about to explode with a 100 mile metro trail system.  They have had a lot of success without an active forum.

and yet I see nothing or hear little about them to make me want to become a member. Not what I would call trying to grow the membership.

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:25:34 PM »
Something I think needs to be said. I think HMBA has done a great job with getting trails built and maintained in Indiana. I do not want to discount any of this. That is part of why I have made the comments above. I really don't want to see all the hard work go to waste. I think the organization has grown way more than what they thought it could have. This shows all the hard work done by some people.

But, I want to remind all of those in charge. I have seen statements and suggestions that would make people think that we would have no trails to ride with out HMBA. I agree that HMBA had helped make some great trail, but not all trail out there. There would still be trails to ride if HMBA never existed. Please don't let any ego's step up on to any higher places and lets all stay on the same ground. Continue to join forces and help improve the riding that is available for everyone to enjoy. We all need to be good trail stewards. We have enough enemies out there that we don't need to be fighting with each other.

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:24:36 AM »
Sorry, maybe wrong choice of words.

Censorship/moderation, no longer allowing someone to state their own opinion or feelings because it might offend someone who does not have the same opinions or feelings, in my experience is a bad thing. I do understand needing to keep the posts under control.

I fully understand not wanting the liability, but even on TV they state that the comments made by the announcers are not to be taken as the public stand that the network believes.

The opinionated posters are the ones who post a lot. A lot of posts help keep the forum alive. Just look at what the KYMBA forum used to be. It was huge, then they didn't like some opinions (I am not talking about posts that really do need to be deleted) and started banning users. Site is no longer alive and I feel the KYMBA membership hurts because of it, if there really is still a KYMBA.

HMBA may be able to survive, maybe not. But I am pretty sure there will still be people riding bikes.

I do not see a problem making people become USERS to post or see posts. I do see a problem making people pay $35 to post, even if it is for a good cause. If the numbers stated are close (20 - 30% users are imba members) then be prepared to drop your forum users down 70-80%. If they don't see a need to be a IMBA member now, I don't think this would change their mind.

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