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Rants and Raves / Re: Who is using the Strava App on their phone?
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:09:57 AM »
I have been using Strava for the past couple of weeks with my Droid. Unfortunately I usually use it on my commute so my rides aren't terribly interesting (for example, 8 miles on the Monon with 98 feet of elevation gain....wow). It seems to work fairly well on the few trails I have ridden with it, although it does come up short when compared with my bike computer.
One thing I have noticed is that there is some issue when going under bridges. I noted on my Monon commutes there were massive elevation spikes near 10th St. When looking at the map, I realized these spikes came when I went under the I-70 bridges. Same thing happens on the Canal Towpath when I go under I-65 and 38th St. Iím sure there is an issue with a signal while under the bridges, but it was interesting to see that it results in an elevation spike.
The spikes may be due to the terrain database that Strava is using.  That is to say that the Strava app is tracking your horizontal location and then using that position to read your elevation from an existing terrain database.  When you go under a bridge, the elevation that is assigns to you at that time is base on the bridge, not on your actual elevation on the underpass.

 
Thanks for the explanation. I think that hits the nail on the head and makes sense, considering the spikes going under I-70 are much higher than those along the Towpath. The I-70 bridges are a couple of times higher than than the bridges for I-65 and 38th.

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Rants and Raves / Re: Who is using the Strava App on their phone?
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:19:04 AM »
I have been using Strava for the past couple of weeks with my Droid. Unfortunately I usually use it on my commute so my rides aren't terribly interesting (for example, 8 miles on the Monon with 98 feet of elevation gain....wow). It seems to work fairly well on the few trails I have ridden with it, although it does come up short when compared with my bike computer.
One thing I have noticed is that there is some issue when going under bridges. I noted on my Monon commutes there were massive elevation spikes near 10th St. When looking at the map, I realized these spikes came when I went under the I-70 bridges. Same thing happens on the Canal Towpath when I go under I-65 and 38th St. Iím sure there is an issue with a signal while under the bridges, but it was interesting to see that it results in an elevation spike.

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Muscatatuck Trails / Re: Beginner Trail
« on: June 13, 2012, 10:44:22 AM »
I'm visiting my in-laws in NV on Saturday and was planning on turning a few laps. Are all the trails listed in red on the map posted earlier in this thread open? Do the red X's at the northern property line indicate that those sections have been retired? Thanks to all who help with these trails. They are a nice bonus whenever I'm in town visiting family. -Ed

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I purchased  a pic from William Snyder's site, but was wondering if anyone else posted photos to a Flickr or smug mug account. Saw a lot of cameras out there on Sunday.

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Rants and Raves / Re: Interesting Ebay listing **laugh snort**
« on: June 05, 2012, 04:42:35 PM »
I didn't see a size listed.....

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Nice photos, thanks for posting. That crash that was detailed frame by frame near the end of the album looked pretty nasty.

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: TRTP TuneUp Pics 2012
« on: May 05, 2012, 08:33:46 PM »
There was a post about that photographer on the DINO mtb Facebook page. The photos are on a Flickr page described in the post. Pretty nice pics.

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: DINO Warsaw
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:35:46 AM »
Thanks for the great replies everyone. I think it will be an interesting day. I like that the landmark names range from down right nice sounding (Sweet Darlin' Trail) to rather ominous (Deadman's Curve, Caution Trail). Should be fun!

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / DINO Warsaw
« on: May 02, 2012, 03:28:29 PM »
I was thinking about heading north for the DINO race at Warsaw in a few weeks. I have never ridden there before (and won't have a chance to before race day) but in looking at the course map I noted quite a few branch offs from the main trail which appear to contain technical sections. How many of these sections are used during the race? Also, which Indiana trail is this most similar to? Based on a GPS track I found via Google, it seems kind of like TR.
 
Thank-Ed

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Rants and Raves / Re: Looking for opinions...
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:16:43 AM »
I'll say road, although the worst incident I had when I owned a road bike was tipping over when I could not clip out immediately, but I have seen plenty of bad wrecks occur around me.
 
I remember the first time I took a ride south of Bloomington down SR 446 in college. As the road dropped to go across Lake Monroe, and the speedometer increased, I thought to myself all it took was one small small rock and I would go down quite hard. Luckily all the riding I did in college never resulted in any accidents that did not involve a cinder track.
 
I've wrecked many times since taking up mountain biking three years ago, but it seems most ended with me landing in a relatively soft patch of weeds or underbrush. The one exception being a crash at TR last year where I clipped a tree and was slammed onto the late August hard pack. Only result was a few bruised ribs.
 
Ed
 
 

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Advocacy / Re: Eagle Creek Mountain Biking
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:20:47 AM »
I was out of town on the date of the annual meeting and was unable to attend the Indianapolis advocacy meeting. Is there a plan in place to lobby the city and/or open a dialogue with groups that may oppose such trails?
Iím not familiar with the previous arguments (or the groups behind them) against the potential trails, but I had assumed it had to do with the nature preserve. But in looking at the planning documents for the park, there is still a significant chunk of property west of the preserve and north of the golf course, which is where Iím guessing the trail(s) would be located. What were the arguments against the use of this land? Was golf course expansion an issue? 
Thanks,
Ed

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2012 Sub-9 Death March
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:50:41 AM »
I'll echo all the positive comments thus far. Saturday was a fun day with perfect weather. The one memory from this race that will stick with me is taking Buffalo Pike/CR 800 W from Houston to Pike Road and seeing the road going up and then turning and curling over the ridgeline. That climb was somewhat demoralizing.
 
Anyone have any GPS tracks? I'd be inetrested in seeing the various routes teams took.

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Find a Ride / Hills in Indianapolis
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:52:14 AM »
With a busy work schedule and living in the middle of a mostly flat county, I have been seeking out hills in Indianapolis that are relatively close to home to try to be somewhat prepared for climbing this year.   
 
So far I have been using the following:
 
Crown Hill Cemetery
Hills around Butler U, including the hill going from the Canal Tow Path up to the IMA
Skiles Test Park hill
Paved bike trails and roads at Fort Ben
Gravel double track at Southwestway
 
Granted these pale in comparison to the hills down south in HNF and BCSP, but I figure they can't hurt. Anyone have any other suggestions?

 

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2012 Sub-9 Death March
« on: February 20, 2012, 09:24:34 PM »
Online registration for the 2nd Annual Sub-9 Death March begins this Sunday, January 1.  Over $2000 in cash and prizes available!  This year we have four categories; Men's Division, Women's Division, Co-ed Division and Tandem.  Grab a partner and get signed up for the first Sub-9 Productions event of the 2012 season!
 
The Sub-9 Death March is a race for teams of two to be the first to reach a select list of historical cemeteries in and around the Hoosier National Forest.  Teams will race to five mandatory check-points, two of which will be drawn and announced the morning of the event.  Check-points can be reached in any order, using any route.
 
Go to www.sub9deathmarch.com for all the info and a link to register.  The 2012 event is only open to 200 teams!
 


I'm seeing 214 teams registered?!  What's the point of registering early if your letting it stay open for the folks banking on the weather?  Time to close eh?


Is it 214 teams or 214 individuals registered?

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Fantastic 4 / Berry Ridge Road
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:21:54 PM »
Can anyone tell me the surface material of Berry Ridge Road? I've ridden past it several times on Nebo but never really paid attention to it, except as mental note for a potential emergency bail out point. I'm assuming gravel.....
 
Thanks-Ed

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