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Advocacy / Re: Eagle Creek Mountain Biking
« on: October 04, 2012, 07:45:48 AM »
NUVO newspaper has a neat insert this week that has the names of
the City Council members and their email addresses broken down by district.
Find your council member and email them that you support MTB at Eagle Creek Park.
Got to keep up the fight.

Tech Bench / Abandoned bike
« on: October 01, 2012, 09:09:22 AM »
There is an older Raliegh rigid MTB that has been sitting on my street for about two weeks propped
up againts a street sign. Hasn't moved. In decent shape.
Should I try to rescue it and pass it on to someone?
Or leave it until the scrappers get to it on heavy trash week.
Most likely it is stolen and someone abandoned it there.

Rants and Raves / Re: Hey, what's up?
« on: October 01, 2012, 09:04:46 AM »
Ok, this seems like a good place to post this.
Mostly everyone in the MTB community is very nice and helpful.
Two exceptions this year. At BCSP Dino one Cat 3 racer did not even slow down while I was trying to help a crying
junior rider out of the brush after he had crashed. I have stopped my race to help others.
Others have stopped their race to help me. But not this chowderhead.
He kinda knocked us back off the edge of the trail into the weeds.
And at Westwood a few weeks ago a guy rode by my friend and I while we were
working on a tire problem. No "you guys ok"? Didn't even slow down.
We had to move to not get hit.
Also I have had roadies wave at me when I am in my car with my MTB on the rack.
Shows you can't tell just by the bike they ride.

Find a Ride / Speedway Trails Ride
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:49:26 AM »
Speedway Trails Ride & Walk is this Sat. 9-15-12.
It is a fundraiser for the Rail To Trail they are trying to build.
Info at Speedwaytrails.org.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:56:20 AM »
Hadn't ridden at night for over a year so the first part of my race was slow.
Then I got into it and had my best mtb race of the year.
Lots of fun! Hope the do it again next year.
But, I will need to invest in a better handlebar light.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Dino Race at Southwestway
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:41:31 AM »
I too had my most fun DINO of the year. ;D I like that the climb came later in the lap.
Rather than early at some of the other courses. Cleared all the small log crossings.
Which I had never done at SWW before. Seemed like there was always someone to race
all day.

Sorry, I missed too. Wife didn't get home early enough to take over
childcare. :(   Maybe next week, although the TRTP short track may call out to me.
I ride BCSP as much as I can.

Tech Bench / Re: Roof Rack or not?
« on: August 27, 2012, 06:29:21 PM »
I have Hidden Hitch brand hitches on both of our cars.
They are made to tuck up under the bumper on most cars.
You can barely see them on our cars.
I use a Sportworks rack which is now a Thule T2.
Kinda heavy but it works great.

Find a Ride / Re: 12 in '12
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:35:42 PM »
Almost there!
2. Warsaw
4. French Lick
5. Ft. Ben
6. North Vernon
7. Versailles
8. Avon
9. Logansport

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:01:03 PM »
Twelve now. We have had more than that at Thirsty Thurs. :o

French Lick Resort / Re: Confessions of a 1st time racer
« on: August 22, 2012, 06:57:53 PM »
That was me you talked to out on the trail.
Just found your post. Felt bad that day because I was going to take extra water
with me but forgot. I was out of water by the end.
I didn't even make it to the start line for my first races.
Warsaw 2003 was supposed to be my first race, but I crashed at TRTP and couldn't race.
Then the next race at Portage got postponed. Ok, more time to heal.
Next up was Valley Branch. Got there early to warmup on a preride.
Just thought I would have an 45 min. lap like at TRTP and then race.
Over an hour and a half later I came dragging in as the Experts started.
My wife was thinking I was dead in the woods somewhere.
I skipped the race and she had to drive us home.
Finally made the startline at Portage when it was rescheduled.
But the race was shortened because of mud and high water.
Had to ride through about six inches of water at one point.
Went into the woods last and somehow managed to finish second.

Did this ride yesterday. Not a beginner but the pace and ride was good.
Like the idea of helping out the beginners.
And while they were redoing an easy loop some of us went off and did some of the harder trails.
Did not know they had added some more trails to Avon.
Fun ride!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 21, 2012, 08:37:00 AM »
I'm in.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sand bag
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:43:25 AM »
I am glad someone put this out there. I wanted to start this topic but
was not sure anyone felt the same way. There simply are some people who should
move up but aren't. Also I think that some guys that are good have discovered mountain
biking and just started here. I am having a good season and setting my personal best times
at courses but finishing worse than last year. It is a little discouraging.
Maybe they were CAT 3 roadies and didn't realize that would be more like CAT 2 MTB.
Anyway, going to maybe try some road racing and charitiy rides and maybe a few Tri's.

Rants and Raves / Re: For those running tubeless...
« on: August 05, 2012, 10:20:51 AM »
Had a similar situation like Sharks while at Westwood yesterday.
Had a big thorn with about 3 inches of the thorn sticking out of my UST Kenda's.
I cut off the 3 inches of excess with my multi-tool and went on as it was holding air with the sealant.
Of course at the 5 mile mark the tire went flat.
Used one of my friends Co2 inflators but it didn't inflate.
The entry wound in the tread was still sealed.
I could hear air leaking somewhere near the rim.
Turns out the thorn had about another 3 inches inside the tire and had punctured the
sidewall from the inside as I rode.
Pulled out the thorn and waited a little and used the last Co2 cartridge.
The sealant did its job and saved us a walk back.
Should have pulled the thorn out when I first saw it when we were at the 1 mile marker and seen if
the tire would hold air.
Got the bike back home and found that the thorn had made 3 holes in the sidewall.
Not holding air at all now.
Not sure if I am going to try to patch it with the sidewall being damaged.

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