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Find a Ride / Re: Park City Trails
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:59:12 PM »
They're all good.  I remember going downhill on Spiro from above mid-mountain was a blast.  You can take a free bus from downtown to the start of the Mid-Mountain.  That'll save on some climbing.  When are you going in July?

I think it will be the second week of July. My wife and I are meeting some friends who are there for a three week conference/workshop so the exact timing is to be determined. Is the shuttle through a local shop or a city thing? I'm considering whether to try to rent a bike there, or taking a hit and boxing one of mine up for the flight or Shipping via FedEx.

Find a Ride / Park City Trails
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:13:28 PM »
Looks like Iíll be spending a week in Park City, Utah in July and Iím trying to plan out potential biking (XC only) to be done while there. Iíve found several good sources of information online, and was thinking of having the Mid Mountain Trail as being the centerpiece of a few rides.  Iím expecting the altitude and the climbing to be my undoing, but I figure the resultant rest stops will allow me to take in the views.   
Anyone had any experiences with the trails surrounding Park City or have any suggestions for specific routes?

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: 2012 Sub-9 Death March
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:49:02 PM »
Uh oh, Lutes is going to add some miles. Wonder if there is a viable route from Elkinsville to Lutes while bypassing some or all of Combs.....
Guess it is time to get back to the route drawing board!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: New to Racing/Biking
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:19:35 AM »
DINO has a Intro category geared towards first time racers that you could try. I tried my first race at Brown County last year and entered into that division. Gave me a good taste of how racing works and gave me confidence to try a few Cat 3 races later in the season.

Per a DINO Mtb Facebook page post from a few days ago there is still one venue that is being finalized. Also looks like there will electronic timing with instant results this season.

Tech Bench / Re: rain pants
« on: October 20, 2011, 08:50:02 AM »
I was in Chicago this past weekend and bought a pair of Novara Express 2.0 pants from REI. Thanks to the weather this week I have used them the past three days during my commute and thus far they are working great. Comfortable, keep me dry, and block the wind. Once it gets colder I'll wear a base layer, but for now they are working very well.

I had been toying with the idea of riding this for the past few weeks. It now appears Thanksgiving plans will put me in Bloomington the night before, which works out perfectly. I may treat this as a ride more than a race, but it seems to be a good training goal heading into winter.
I was wondering about times.  Beyond a few blog postings and a few references to the times placed by top riders, does anyone care to share their finish times? It looks like the course has changed from previous years, but getting a range of times would still be interesting for inquiring minds.


Newbies Corner / Re: Beginners trails at BCSP
« on: August 04, 2011, 03:16:16 PM »
I noted that the difficulty levels seemed to have changed at BC before my trip there last weekend. I had looked at http://www.browncountymountainbiking.com/ to see if they had an updated map and noted that NT Loop was listed as intermediate (More Difficult) instead of beginner and  HP was also More Difficult although I thought it used to be  listed as a Most Difficult along with Walnut. NT Loop seemed slightly tougher and rootier than I remember.  Of course, I could be just making this all up and nothing has changedÖ..


Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: France Park
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:57:26 AM »
This where I started my Mt. Biking back in the late 90's.  I grew up about 5 miles from there, less than that as the crow flies...  Anyway it doesn't have near the flow or elevation change that BCSP has, but it is pretty fun for flat northern Indiana.  There is rocky singletrack, rooty singletrack, at least in the Xterra the race course uses quite a bit of doubletrack trail, so there is room for acceleration and passing.  The race course goes around the quary and you climb to the top there is 1 little downhill section that is a little scetchy so they "warn" people about it but it's honestly easily ridable.  Part of the course goes through a dry quary which makes you feel more like you are in Arizona than Indiana (at least that's what I think when I ride through it)...

Not sure if this helps or not, but since I'm pretty familiar with it I'd throw in my $.02...

Very helpful information, thank you. Doesn't sound like France has anything that I have not run into before at the other trails in central and southern Indiana. Think I will give the Cat 3 a shot.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / France Park
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:48:43 PM »
I did my first race earlier this summer in the intro division at Brown County DINO but unfortunately have been unable to get free for any races since then. However, it looks like the France Park race on 8/14 may be a possibility although I won't have a chance to get up to Logansport before that weekend. Can anyone provide any insight on the type of trail or if it is similar to any other Indiana trails?


Tech Bench / Re: The 29er Thread
« on: July 05, 2010, 07:29:01 PM »
Normally Iím a lurker around here but since I just finished building my first 29er I felt compelled to add to the discussion. Finished the build on Saturday (with many parts coming from the buy/sell forum here) and took the bike for a shakedown at Town Run this afternoon. From the outset I could tell my speed was much improved and more than once I carried a bit too much into turns which I was used to doing slower on my 26 inch bike. Additionally, roots and rocks seemed to disappear, although the log piles were still noticeable.

I had been a little worried that the steering would not be as sharp as my 26 inch bike, but I couldnít tell any difference. The final verdict will be after I take on some hills, but  thus far the 29er seems to be working out quite well.

Alright, excited rambling over. -Ed

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