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Town Run / Re: Wood Chipper Wanted
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:30:30 PM »
Paul,


I have a portable chipper like the one at the link below that I'd like to donate to HMBA if you still have a need (and a place to store it).  Works fine, I inherited it and have no need.


let me know if you want it and I'll figure out when I can bring it down from the Lafayette area...


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Yard-Machines-3-in-250-cc-OHV-Tip-Down-3-in-1-Gas-Chipper-Shredder-24A-464M700/205441825?cm_mmc=SEM%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-Pro-Services&gclid=CjwKEAjwu4_JBRDpgs2RwsCbt1MSJABOY8anY8rh7xES_4beFdbgimwu1PxnUQiTOIkmiG8tHV_X1hoCw_jw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


Mick

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Tech Bench / Re: Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:02:53 AM »
Ed,


Thanks!  That sounds fantastic.  I will definitely have to tinker around with this!


Mick

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Tech Bench / Re: Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 28, 2017, 03:56:58 PM »
mbeaver - that is definitely something I'm considering - trying to figure out if I'd be inclined to accidentally twist the grip when the trail is gnarly and trying to rip the bars out of my hand.    Definitely sounds like a good possibility - thanks!


bobbydale - I see what you're suggesting in my head - as long as the cabling wouldn't be an issue, I can definitely give that a try!


Thank you both!

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Tech Bench / Re: Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:35:01 PM »
Thank you all for the great suggestions!  I now have some really good homework to do!


See you all out on the trails this summer!


Mick


p.s. I'll really know that I've made it "back" when I can get back to givin' Nebo (my personal favorite) all it can handle!    ;)

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Tech Bench / Re: Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:15:13 AM »
Thank you, Ed!


I'll experiment with orientation and I'll look into the links you posted.  The Hope V-Twin looks really interesting!


I'll also look for that user on MTBR.


I appreciate the tips!
Mick

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Tech Bench / Re: Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:59:37 PM »
Ah, thanks!  That makes me realize that I forgot some details:


I have hydraulics right now on my three bikes (a HT, a FS, and a HT 29er).  I'd prefer to stick with hydraulic unless I don't have a better option.


I'd also prefer dual controls so I can control modulation and distribution, if at all possible.  However, just like with hydraulics, I understand if sacrifices must be made...


I appreciate the quick response, LazyBeerNutz!


Mick

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Tech Bench / Finger amputations - need adaptive suggestions
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:40:33 PM »
Hello!


Two years ago I had to undergo some serious amputations - right lower leg, left toes, and parts of 9 of my fingers.


I have mostly adapted to riding, but my biggest remaining challenge is brakes.  My right hand only has finger nubs halfway up to the first knuckles and two knuckles of my thumb.  My left has fully up to the first knuckle for most of them and my entire thumb.


My right hand is fine for gripping the bar - I have developed significant strength there.  But, I don't have the reach for activating a brake lever without rotating my hand out and grabbing the lever with my pinky "nub" while staying hooked on the bar with my thumb remains.


My left hand can deal with a brake lever much better.


I have tried a set of Hope brakes with the lever reach dialed all the way in.  That didn't help my right hand situation much.


I have tried both brake levers on the left, but with the amputations there, both levers AND the bar are just a bit too much for me to juggle.


So, after spending lots of hours researching on Google without any significant "ah-ha" moments, I figured I'd reach out to my beloved HMBA community!


If you have thoughts, suggestions, questions, or even someone you'd recommend I talk to, I am all ears!


Thank you all - I miss being out there on the trail with you!  (I tried TRTP last fall, but I went from being a fairly advanced rider to being scared sh!tless due to complete lack of being "at one with my bike".)  Man, I miss my fingers!!


Thanks in advance!
Mick

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Sounds fantastic!

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Sounds fantastic!   Do you have an updated trail map?


Thanks in advance for all the work you guys have put into the park!

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Tech Bench / Re: New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: August 01, 2014, 01:08:03 PM »
Will do - thanks, David!


I've bled brakes and clutch lines on cars before - hopefully some of that translates.   

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Tech Bench / Re: New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:45:09 AM »
Thanks, Nate - I now have an Avid Bleed Kit on the way, so I'll be prepared.    :D

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Tech Bench / Re: New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:54:05 PM »
My rotors are Avid - a bit used, I had been running Juicy 7s before.


Based on the suggestions and the fact that I could barely squeeze the brake handles, I let out a bit of fluid (making sure I didn't release the handle with the tap open to suck in air).


This gave me exactly what I needed.   The handles now have travel and the pads are backed off of the rotors just enough to not rub.   They also don't have any sign of having air in the line, at least not yet.


I'll ride it a bit and see if I need to force the pistons back any.


Thank you all for your advice.   I knew the wealth of knowledge on this forum would come to my rescue!   :D
Mick

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Tech Bench / Re: New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:36:04 PM »
Thanks, guys!


Is that piston spacer block different/more advanced than the spacer that came inserted into the brakes directly from Avid?

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Tech Bench / New brakes too tight - advice?
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:43:08 PM »
Hello!

I just got a hold of a new set of Avid Elixir 3 brakes (no judging, please!).

The original plastic shim was present in both brakes when I received them.

They were a tight fit getting them to fit over the rotors. As a result, the wheels do not spin freely.   I can ride the bike, but definitely with some resistance felt.

The pads didn't have to be pried open to fit the rotor, it's just that they were (and are) really snug.

They are installed with the correct mount for the rotor sizes present.

Since the Elixir 3s do not come with a pad adjustment capability, what are my options?

Thanks in advance!
Mick

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General Trail Information / Re: Murdock Park Trail
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:10:57 PM »
Murdock is the trail that took my relatively beginner skills and bumped them to the next level.   I cursed the trail the first time or two that I rode it, but my skill improved so fast that it is my go-to trail for honing skills.   


Not to mention that the hills provide the workout I need to be able to tackle a full day ride at places like BCSP or Nebo.


Also, it was MUCH easier to tell your way before the disc golf people tore through like a tornado. 


Shark - it might have been when the above happened that we were able to start speaking of the place by name...  ;)

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