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Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: INFO on Flat Fork Creek Park
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:24:42 PM »
It's a delicate balance of weight between the front and rear.  I like to call it floating over the rocks, I use the same technique over very rooted sections of trail.  Line choice is also critical so you are not trying to steer to much.  My 5 year old was able to cross 90% of it on his 20" Giant so I don't think it is too difficult, just requires an uncommon technique for most trails in this area.   

Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: INFO on Flat Fork Creek Park
« on: September 06, 2015, 11:12:24 PM »
Rode out there with my son today and he loved it, great little trail.  Upon leaving we were approached by a guy in a golf cart who I think lived across the street.  He was very friendly asking how our ride was but also informed us of multiple paramedic calls that have been made to the park, specifically due to people getting hurt on the man made trail features.  He told me one of the paramedics said if they have to come out again they would call the police!?  Which begs the question, are we actually allowed to ride the trail?  The last thing I would want is for the city to have to shut the thing down or remove the unique features here.  I understand the park is not finished but the MTB trail seems to be finished  and in my two visits it appears that it is frequented by many novice and inexperienced riders.  I saw a guy in flip flops today with no helmet on a very old school cheap bike.  This being said the signing is not adequate for the park.  I am not sure if they plan on adding to the signage but visitors to the park need to know that some of the features on the trail are only for experienced intermediate to advanced riders.  The features are well built and very safe for riders of appropriate skill level, however I'd hate to see any more issues between the city and the remaining construction of the park due to folks getting hurt on trails that may not be officially open.   


People who change the trail have no respect for the trail or public property.  Yes it belongs to all of us but anyone with common sense knows that there are people in charge of that property and making your own changes is basically vandalism.  Cheater lines are equally disrespectful and I think are not just caused by newbs who can't ride the trail features but more likely experienced riders that want a faster less technical ride.  I think they like the idea of riding fat tires and wide bars through the woods but really belong on skinny tires with drop bars.  More education will not help either one of the afore mentioned groups. 

HMBA Forum News and Information / Congratulations Brown County!
« on: August 05, 2015, 03:08:02 PM »
Ride Center Status...achieved!

Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 Southwestway Trail Conditions
« on: August 04, 2015, 12:10:06 PM »
We've always called out weed whackers for the trails.  The only time I can recall a herbicide being used is to eradicate invasive plants like Japanese silt grass in Brown County State Park. 

Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 Southwestway Trail Conditions
« on: July 27, 2015, 04:24:10 PM »
I took out all of the trees on the levee and the one between the first and second power line crossing (clockwise).  The small part of the trail I hiked was in good enough shape to ride unless it gets more rain.

Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 Southwestway Trail Conditions
« on: July 26, 2015, 06:52:38 PM »
I didn't get to the trees on Saturday, my wife trumped my plans.  I will definitely be out tomorrow.  Might not be until the evening though.

Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 Southwestway Trail Conditions
« on: July 25, 2015, 02:24:52 PM »
I'm planning on a trip to SWW this afternoon.  I can get rid of the trees, where are they down and will they need a chainsaw? 

Find a Ride / Re: Pisgah late oct / early nov
« on: June 23, 2015, 12:11:27 AM »
People will always defend the type of trails they enjoy most.  A point I'd like to make is, one reason flow style trails are popular is the fact that even though it may require great skill to ride them well and get the most out of them a beginner can still ride them with little or no skill and a small penalty for failure.  Rugged technical trails however are not friendly to beginners at all. 
Back to the original topic...
My wife and I are heading down over the 4th of July (no kids!) and I might try some of the ride options Fett gave as I am comfortable with tough trails.  However my wife needs beginner trails.  We are staying in Brevard right on the doorstep of Pisgah National Forest, any suggestions for a beginner / intermediate level trail, maybe with some nice scenic places to rest along the way?  (She loves waterfalls) 
Thanks guys! 

Avon has the terrain to have some great trails.  I think it needs a complete overhaul the way Mann hill was done at SWW.  The system needs a master plan and some experienced trail builders otherwise any work might be done in vain.

Tech Bench / Re: tips for getting the bead to seat.
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:05:13 AM »
                       SEAT (not seed) the bead.
Well that is a little embarrassing but thanks for the education!

Tech Bench / Re: tips for getting the bead to seat.
« on: June 15, 2015, 07:40:00 AM »
Sorry I wasn't specific enough, I am actually using tubes.  Usually I have to pump them up to over 60 psi and use soapy water to get them to seed properly in the rim.  Additionally I have stuck tire levers in between the rim and tire bead to help it get outside the deep inner channel of the rim.  I have used Kenda, Maxxis, and now Continental tires all giving me the same result so I think it is just the WTB rims.  I bought the bike with some laserdiscs and after tacoing a front I purchased some speed discs, both WTB and both difficult to seed using tubes!  What happens is some of the bead gets stuck in the lower middle part of the rim and with my hand pump I could not get enough pressure to pop it out.  Not really noticeable on the back tire but when it happens to the front I can notice it throws the wheel off balance.  I just wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions besides extremely high pressure. 

Tech Bench / tips for getting the bead to seat
« on: June 14, 2015, 08:51:11 PM »
Took a ride on Green Valley last Friday and got a flat.  I have always had trouble getting the bead to seed but it was impossible with my small trail pump and cost way too much ride time.  Does anyone have any tips, tricks, or suggestions to get a stubborn tire bead to seed?

Town Run / Re: First A frame Wood Feature
« on: May 25, 2015, 11:05:47 PM »
I don't really care to start a flat vs. clipped in debate but I'm interested to know if any of the unfortunate injuries were cause by someone who was clipped in, got into trouble and could not get out of their pedals fast enough?  You see it coming and think I'm gonna take it this time but nice and easy then stall out at the top and can't get a foot down?  I don't think the feature should be changed because there is a ride around but if the EMT's are reporting that it's causing problems that probably caries a little more weight with Indy Parks than our opinion about the difficulty of the feature.

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