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Rants and Raves / Re: For those running tubeless...
« on: August 10, 2012, 03:20:46 PM »
I just wanna know what the heck you guys are doing to get logs like those stuck in your tires?!?  Knock on wood (there's plenty there!!), but I've never had anything like that in mine.  Most of the time, I can't even find the item that caused the problem (still running tubes atm).

Tech Bench / Re: Looking for Recommendations
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:02:39 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions!  Plans have been delayed somewhat due to busy-ness, but I appreciate your help in creating some interesting starting points.

Tech Bench / Looking for Recommendations
« on: June 11, 2012, 06:43:09 PM »
Who would be your go-to person/shop in the Indy area for starting a mountain bike purchasing adventure?

I've been riding for about 7 years and still very much enjoy my 2005 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 120 that I had no idea what I was doing when I bought it.  However, my 18yo son is outgrowing his smallish Trek pretty badly.  His performance is suffering, and I can see why - we switched bikes for a short time a couple of weeks ago at BCSP and ugh...  He LOVED my bike.  I didn't like his much.

I'm looking for someone knowledgeable that likes to discuss fit (expert fitter a plus), style, components, etc.  Custom is not out of the question, but I'd need a lot of hand-holding there.

Ideally I'd find a bike that I like even better than my current Specialized.

So, if you're inclined, please "sell" your expert to me....   :)

Versailles State Park / Re: Route Advice?
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:23:36 PM »
Nope Draggon that was me and Mrs. Duder you saw, we were wearing matching CORA jerseys and you and I almost had a close encounter on Grandview  :o .

Ah...  sweet.  I think we both handled it well!  (I think you made a bigger girly-noise than I did though...   :P )

I saw orestespd5 & his wife as well, but we didn't have any interaction...  Wait - that's not true.  I think his wife took my picture as I was cruising along Grandview.  Looked she was setting up for him, but I passed him while he waited for her...  think he was wearing a light gray or blue t-shirt/jersey.

It's cool seeing couples enjoying the sport - my wife has so far shown no interest other than asking the obligatory "How was the ride?"...   ;D

Versailles State Park / Re: Route Advice?
« on: June 04, 2012, 01:22:39 PM »
My wife and I made our 1st trip to VSP today

Hey, I'm pretty sure I saw you out there - were you the couple with the matching (or close) jersies?  I think you and I and our bikes nearly got intimate when we met up on Grandview...  ;)

Tech Bench / Re: Broken spokes...lots of them
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:11:06 AM »
hub isn't wallered out (technical term).


Well, at least in Indiana it's a technical term...   ;)

Rants and Raves / Re: 2011 BCB - Post your stories, pics, etc
« on: October 11, 2011, 11:30:19 AM »
Well, I found out yesterday that I broke my wrist in two places on Sunday.  I endo'ed on the little two-rock feature on the HP uphill immediately before the two smaller rock gardens.  Been over that dang thing 100 times with no problem, but the front tire caught up on the 2nd rock (obvious weight distribution error), and over I went right onto the big rock surface.  It was either my wrist or my teeth, and I chose the better insurance option!   ;D

That was on mile 15ish.  Rode 35 more to finish at exactly 50 miles when we hit the north parking lot.  (We added another Green Valley loop to get the extra 5 miles.)   :o

I had my 17-year-old son with me, so I couldn't just stop & start crying!   ;)

Other than that one little fall, it was a fantastic day!!

Events / Re: A few pictures to share from the 2011 BCB
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:09:51 AM »
Nice shots!

Rants and Raves / Re: To the...
« on: October 02, 2011, 09:13:46 PM »
To the attractive young lady and her beau I passed on HP today - please take my comment seriously and protect that pretty little noggin next time!

Brown County State Park / Re: BCSP GoogleEarth Maps
« on: October 02, 2011, 10:58:25 AM »
Yea I think all GPS units leave the double track if you ride the same section twice. I do have an updated GPS map if you would like I will PM it too you. No GPS I have seen is acurate especially in mileage since it does not have a continues trace of your track just point after point after point.

I see - makes sense now - GPS obviously some interpolation routines.

I'd be happy to take a look at your GPS map - is it already GoogleEarth friendly?


Brown County State Park / Re: Tech Tips for HP
« on: October 02, 2011, 10:55:42 AM »
This will probably out me as a total nerd, but what the heck.

I made this pic a while ago to illustrate line choice to some newbie riders. It just so happens to be that big rock garden on HP (which I also struggle with somewhat, for sure).

Nerd or not - that is awesome, heartland!

I enter at the same place as your green line (i.e. over the first set of rocks) and drop onto the lower rocks a little shy of where the red arrowhead is.  That still leaves some twistys to maneuver around, and I had to laugh at the red "X" on the rock.  That rock and I are pretty intimate!  I also believe he's the one that finished off my pedal during last year's BCB.  Looks like I've got the idea - just need to stay left a little longer.

Thanks everyone for the tips - I'll keep them in mind today.

Brown County State Park / Tech Tips for HP
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:35:05 AM »
I've been riding out at BCSP for several years, but I still struggle with two locations on the HP climb.

The first is the "uphill switchback over the double-roots between the trees" which I've managed to clear maybe 6 times in the years that it's been out there.  I managed it again Friday, but only through sheer will.

The second is the biggest rock garden area before the super-tight switchback.  Again, I've managed to clear it maybe 10% of the time, but it's got my number.  Ironically, when I do clear it, it seems easy enough - it's usually in a lowish gear and following the "curves" of the feature at a slowish pace.  Some tell me there's a line on the left along the top of the rocks, but I can't see it.

Neither of these is much problem going downhill though I've had some hairy moments with the rooty switchback!   :o

This is probably a loaded question, but does anyone have any pro tips for increasing my success on these two features?

FWIW, I ride a Specialized FS Stumpjumper.

Brown County State Park / BCSP GoogleEarth Maps
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:24:52 AM »
Any way to get my hands on the GoogleEarth files for the BCSP maps as depicted in the "Green Valley Info & Map" thread?

I downloaded the GE files from browncountymountainbiking.com, but they are outdated and have a bunch of double-line errors (no offense to whoever put them out there, they just mess with my engineering mind).

Tech question - what causes the double-line & loopy errors?  I'm assuming this map was created by someone riding their bike with a GPS unit on it.  Is GPS really prone to that much error? (I have never used GPS, but had it in my mind that it was pretty darned accurate).

Rants and Raves / Re: unofficial names of trail sections or obstacles
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:26:57 AM »
anyone else have any clever, funny, stupid names for stuff on the trails?

On the second half of Town Run, before a major rerouting, there was a steep, short downhill followed immediately by a gravelly right turn.  Was riding with my boss (his name's Al) and the poor guy did an endo coming over that hill (too much brake - not enough weight shift) and ended up with a nasty lump on his shoulder.  That area became known as "Al-sildur's Bane" (yes, I'm an LotR geek).

Nowadays, you approach the same spot from the other direction and turn right before going up the hill that used to be part of the trail.  They've tried to hide it, but I know it's there!   :P

Rants and Raves / Re: unofficial names of trail sections or obstacles
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:21:48 AM »
There is a section @ BCSP on Walnut which includes a short climb & rock garden next to a rather steep drop-off to the right (heading south).  It seems there is one step/rock which I meet with my front wheel everytime stopping me, fall over, slide down, and have to scramble back up the hill.  I'm not the only one who does it, there is quite a bit of unnatural errosion at that spot. 

I creatively call that section  "!#$#@$(@$*(@ section"

So it's not just me!!!

Two weeks ago, I did a backwards roll down that slope - trying to use my bike (still sort of attached to it) to stop the roll - luckily (?) after 1 full revolution, I landed ungracefully against the two trees laying on my back with my head downhill and my bike on top of me.  Took several minutes of maneuvering to figure out how to get out of that jam.

That section is really no problem, but it's in my head now...   :'(

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