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Rants and Raves / Re: Vacation Spot
« on: May 02, 2016, 09:20:54 PM »
man, the strength required to throw the bike around like that...

Tech Bench / Re: dropper posts
« on: May 02, 2016, 09:13:20 PM »
I have 125mm. Thomson doesn't make a longer one. I'm not sure if a 150 would fit on my bike, as I didn't consider that fit. If it did, it'd be a very close fit, though.

To the best of my understanding, if you have the space, fit the most drop you can. I am unaware of any disadvantages in doing so, unless the inserted post hits bottle cage bolts, welds, or a bend in the seat tube of your frame, so you need to check the available space inside the frame, too.

I have a KS Southpaw remote fitted to my Thomson Covert. Took a little fiddling, but not as much as modifying a shifter. Several manufacturers now make a similar style remote. I'm a fan.

Tech Bench / Re: dropper posts
« on: April 30, 2016, 07:12:17 PM »
I have a thomson covert. Not quite a year of use yet but no issues at all. It just works.

Yellowwood State Forest / Re: Really dug the trails here
« on: April 17, 2016, 10:53:14 AM »
No official connection yet. Paul has been working lits of negotiations on that front and has a better idea of timing than any of the rest of us. Which may not be much better than any of the rest of us know anyway. Lots of politics involved there.

Trail D is going through the NEPA process with HNF. That will prob take longer.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:52:37 PM »
BUT, the trails they pay the permit fee for are NOT multi-use trails. Mountain bikers, hikers & runners, are NOT allowed on the trails they pay to ride.  So, mountain bikers are not being treated the same as equestrians. :(
We are only just over 3 whole months into it, so it is early to draw those kinds of conclusions. Like I said, the equestrians have had the trail permit for decades.

Tech Bench / Re: GPS
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:48:37 PM »
does anyone use a GPS watch like Garmin or Sunnto? I've been looking at them and was wondering how accurate or if you can load maps on them.

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Most watches cannot have maps of any kind. Some can display a breadcrumb path of where you've been. Take a look at the Garmin fenix.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: April 05, 2016, 11:35:58 PM »
Equestrians ALREADY PAID a trail permit fee. They have for decades. MTB use fees have been brought in line with equestrians.

I do not agree with the implementation of this, but mtb's were not singled out over all users. Yes, mtb's were singled out over hikers and runners, but that treatment is very much like how equestrians are treated.

The question is now what the DNR will do with it. The money goes to the general fund. But at BCSP for example, horses have their own entrance, their own camground, and quite a few of their own facilities. You better believe that if we get charged the same, we will start demanding improved facilities.

Like how about some bike-in backcountry camping at bcsp? Or a mtb-only campground? A restroom/changing area with water and a picnic shelter at the skillet/north trailhead? A couple workstands with public tools like you can find in a few spots in Indy like the bike hub or the monon? A paved path for family riders so they don't have to ride/walk on the park roads?

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: April 03, 2016, 11:10:08 AM »
Im not aware of any threats made in my post. I made a stement.
If they are in a buggetary crisis! Why not be more Fiscaly responsible?  Thats exactly the problem. Government mismanages the money. When they have a buggetary shortfall,  penalize the the masses by increasing fees because of their ineptitude.

Your posts suggest that you really don't understand what's going on with this situation. Which makes sense, since you moved here from a very different state.

You made threats about not purchasing a trails pass. wooo. Did you contact your state representative? The legislature (and governor) have repeatedly over many years passed new budgets that REDUCE the money going to the DNR for them to cover their operating costs. User fees have been part of Indiana state parks since their inception, so they won't ever go away entirely. Recently, due to a lot of stupid stuff, the legislature demanded that the DNR spend a rather large, specific amount of their existing budget on a specific project in a specific park. Which means the DNR could not spend that money where they otherwise would (probably spread out over many parks).

It is not the DNR's fault that the legislature screwed them over. Mountain bikers were NOT singled out for fee increases. LOTS of fees on DNR properties have gone up. Gate fees. Camping fees. The DNR website has a document that provides a pretty nice summary of all the fees that went up.

The current political situation in the state means that this is going to continue to happen until priorities change at the state government level. Those priorities won't change until people who live here contact their representatives about issues they deem important (like this one), and vote for representatives who will represent those issues in the legislature. Want the DNR to receive more funding and reduce user fees? Vote for someone who supports that idea in the next election. Refusing to purchase the trails pass by itself isn't going to change the reason fees went up in the first place, and won't prevent fees from going up again.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: April 02, 2016, 10:21:52 PM »
Have fun with that. You are from another state with different state gov't priorities. The root of this problem goes to the state legislature. If you are not contacting your state reps, your threats are meaningless. The DNR in this case is just as much a victim as park users. Possibly moreso. They are mandated to do certain things by law but are given less and less money to do those things. Where else are they going to make up the budget shortfall but by raising user fees?

Find a Ride / 16 in '16
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:31:08 AM »
Surprised it's the end of March and one of these hasn't been started yet.

Here's mine (* is new to me):

1. Ft. Harrison
2. Town Run
3. Cottonwood, Blue Diamond, NV *
4. Southwest Ridge, Enterprise, NV *
5. Cowboy Trails, Blue Diamond, NV *
6. Hurricane Hills, Hurricane, UT *
7. Nebo Ridge
8. Southwestway Park
9. Brown County State Park

Find a Trail / Re: Indiana DNR Map
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:23:30 AM »
Pretty sure the horse trails near North Tower are part of the horse stables ONLY. Meaning they don't connect to any of the other horse trails, and folks who bring their own horses cannot ride them. Similar to the horse trails at Ft. Ben. So they're kept off the map to avoid confusion.

A few years ago, I met the guy who puts together this trails database. It started as sort of a personal project for him. I think he's still the only person working on it.

General Trail Information / Re: E-bikes
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:18:16 AM »
If you have a problem with it, report it to the park rangers.

I doubt they'll be too bent out of shape about it unless the ebike rider was behaving poorly on the trail, but yes, the current rules in Indiana prohibit the use of ebikes on nonmotorized trails on DNR land.

Tech Bench / Re: GPS
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:11:26 AM »
No, I totally agree about the speed sensor. At least for eastern mtb riding.

A LOT of trails out west are a lot less twisty, so GPS doesn't short you on distance nearly as much. It's an interesting comparison to make. I spent a week riding in NV and UT recently, and it really was remarkable how much closer GPS-only measurements are to wheel sensor-based measurements are there as compared to here in Indiana.

But yeah, the short of it is that if you're tracking mileage with anything more than a vague passing interest, you owe it to yourself to use a wheel sensor to ensure you're getting accurate distance measurements.

I have found a couple of issues I'm not so happy about. They're not deal breakers, but they're annoying.

First, switching bike profiles takes far too many button pushes.
Second, when using auto lap for every mile (I use it locally especially to see how my speed changes over the course of a longer ride where I might be doing multiple laps on a given trail), the little popups tell me "Lap xx, Time: xxxxxx, Distance: 17.6mi". No matter which lap, it always says the same thing for distance.

Bryton is aware of the problem, as well as my annoyance with the bike profile issue (it's the same thing with turning the GPS off if you're doing an indoor trainer ride), and they're supposedly working on a firmware update. They tell me they're thinking of adding a shortcut menu that you can access to change bike profiles and turn the GPS on/off without digging through all the menus.

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Are the trails widening?
« on: March 22, 2016, 11:15:09 PM »
Not only new riders go backwards out there. Saw a guy in a well known local team kit going backwards on camp glenn last year.

But yeah, I would also peg the widening on traffic and especially traffic skirting the edge of the trail when the trails are muddy and should not be used.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: March 21, 2016, 09:31:17 PM »
I have not been asked, aside from the staffer at ft ben at the beginning of the year who saw my bike in the car and asked if I needed to purchase one (when I was buying my annual gate pass).

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