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Club News / Re: Prairie Creek Reservoir trails? Any info?
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:27:19 AM »
Another option for us on the eastern side of the state is Hayes Arboreutm in Richmond.  They have about 2.5 miles of singletrack that is nice and broke in and just opened another 1.5 miles last week.  Last I heard there are plans to keep expanding the trails to 10 or more miles. Still 30 minutes or more from Munice but another place to ride.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Heart Rate Monitor
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:07:04 PM »
I have a Suunto T3 that has been great until last week when the chest strap stopped communicating with the watch.  But prior to that it was nice because it has a training effect feature that will tell you how hard your working out during exercise using a scale of 1-10. 

Tech Bench / Re: Bikes for Kids
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:30:21 AM »
I bought a 24" Performance brand mountain bike for my 9 year old daughter.  I think we paid less that $300 for it.  Its a good bike for the money.  Watch the sales and you could get it for real deal.

Rants and Raves / Re: Who is using the Strava App on their phone?
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:27:17 AM »
I just downloaded the app after reading this post.  I gave it a try last night on a short road ride and it seems to be spot on with mileage and speed.  Thanks for the heads up.

Tech Bench / Re: SRAM X7 vs. X9
« on: May 31, 2012, 08:13:49 PM »
I know him pretty well, I have bought a couple bikes from him and most of my gear. 

Tech Bench / Re: SRAM X7 vs. X9
« on: May 31, 2012, 03:57:01 PM »
I am going to stick with 3x9 for now.  And it looks like I can save $35 going the X7 derailleur and X9 shifter route over the complete X9 combo. 

Tech Bench / SRAM X7 vs. X9
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:38:16 AM »
I mangled my rear derailleur last night on a hidden stump along a trail at Hueston Woods.  I was able to bend it back and finish out my ride but I think this may be a good excuse for me to ditch the 2007 era XT derailleur and shifters.  I am looking at the X7 and X9 combos available online and there is a pretty sizable difference in cost.  Can anyone provide advice on these?  Other than a few grams in weight, what is the difference between these two?

Tech Bench / Re: Hands going to sleep/Numbness
« on: May 18, 2012, 07:47:53 AM »
I had the same problem last season, tried the ergons with no luck.  I switched to Oury grips and a wider set of bars, it seemed to take the pressure off my palms which was the reason for the numb hands.  I did have to play with saddle position a little bit as well, it all boils down to bike fit as these guys have said.  You might think about stem length too.

Tech Bench / Re: 20" Tubes
« on: April 26, 2012, 08:29:34 AM »
Sounds like using the standard schrader valve tube may be the way to go then? 

Tech Bench / 20" Tubes
« on: April 25, 2012, 01:42:45 PM »
I have deceided to give tubeless a try this season. I think I am going to give the cut tube method a try.  Anyone aware of bike shops in the area that carry 20" presta tubes in stock?  I hate to have to order tubes online.  Thanks

Find a Ride / Re: Heuston Woods trail system
« on: March 08, 2012, 08:17:31 AM »
I ride there almost on a weekly basis.  Its a great trail system and well maintained by the trail crew.  There is a nice loop in the back of the camp ground area that was completed last summer that was built with the help of a few HMBA members.  Great flow/pump track ending to the loop.  If you are going to be in or about Oxford it really is worth your time to stop and ride.
I am actually thinking of heading that way this weekend myself (if this rain doesn't put a stop it). 

Tech Bench / Re: Help choosing a wheelset
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:46:53 AM »
I currently ride XT hubs and have not had any problems with them over the past 4 years.  I have the tools and knowledge necessary to overhaul the hubs so loose bearings don't concern me too much.  I was thinking a Stans XT wheelset would be a pretty nice budget minded wheelset.  May have to look around for something like that.

Tech Bench / Help choosing a wheelset
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:22:31 AM »
I am in the market for a new wheelset for my 26" hardtail.  I built this bike to be my race bike last summer.  Right now I am running a heavy wheelset from my FS bike.  I am running a XT hub Rhyno Lite wheelset.  I have budgeted around $300 for this new wheelset and have been looking at the Easton XC Two and a Mavic 717/XT hub wheelset.  They both can be purchased for about the same price. 
My goal is something lighter than the Rhyno Lite wheelset.  Any thoughts or suggestions of other wheelsets I should look at?
Thanks is advance.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Winter Training
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:07:16 AM »
I would like to give crossfit a try, but there aren't any crossfit classes over here on my side of the state.  I would need the gym setting, I know myself and videos like P90X don't get my full attention and thus I don't get the benefits.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Winter Training
« on: November 15, 2011, 04:30:00 PM »
I was just wondering what everyone will be doing this winter to stay in shape for racing season next year.  I cross country ski when there is enough snow, snowboard every weekend at Perfect North, and run 3 or 4 days a week.  This year I purchased a trainer and plan to spend some time using it when its just too nasty to run.  Are there any free fitness programs available for cyclists?  I would like to tailor my training this winter towards mountain bike racing. 

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