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Town Run / Re: First A frame Wood Feature
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:49:54 AM »
With daylight savings is night riding such a big deal?  One could really only take advantage of it during the 16 coldest weeks of the year.  I know there are die-hards that would but what percentage of the user group are they? 

As for the feature I bet too many riders get a bike and just focus on speed never really learning a lot of technique on their bikes.  Indiana does not have a lot of riding that demands you learn technique over fitness and one of the results of that is people get spooked on obstacles because of bad form and / or too much speed for their handling skills.  The best thing is to get off your seat and learn to let the bike move under you.  Pump tracks are great for this.

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My only problem with the proposed off-road cycling permit is the trails are open to hikers and runners however there is not off-road hiking and running permit?   I understand that mountain bikers are by far the largest user group but it seems a little unfair seeing that the trails were built with volunteer labor or money raised by mountain bikers.  What are the chances that paid IMBA / HMBA members can get this permit fee waved (if the proposed permit is approved)?  Something like that may boost membership as well.   

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Find a Trail / Re: Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri
« on: April 22, 2015, 01:28:42 PM »
Park City had days of riding and you would never be on the same trail twice.  The vast majority of trails are not real technical, much like a lot of local riding + a lot more elevation and great views.  But with 400 miles of trail you could find riding of any flavor.  Steamboat Springs, CO is about a 4 to 5 hour drive east on US 40.  We stopped there on our way back and although I didn't ride they hosted the IMBA world summit so I'm sure there are a couple trails to choose from.  I've also hear Breckenridge, CO has some good alpine riding.   

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Spent a weekend camping in the park with the family last year and rode for the first time.  I absolutely loved it!  Living in Indy it's a haul for a day ride, especially with Versailles and Brown County so much closer, but I plan to make at least an annual trip down there.  The terrain has so much potential. 

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Southwestway Park / Re: 2015 General Trail Work Thread
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:11:22 AM »
I should be able to meet you out there Al.  I can't stay late so that works better for me as well.  Oh yeah my munchkins will be tagging along if you don't mind.

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Advocacy / Re: HMBA-IMBA Action Alert: Indy Parks Master Planning
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:39:46 PM »
I plan on going to the one @ Garfield Park.

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Rants and Raves / Re: Winter workout
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:20:55 AM »
I don't swear by this guy but I have gotten some helpful exercises and riding tips from his website and blog.
www.bikejames.com

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Avon - Washington Township Park / Re: Avon Trail Work
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:37:10 PM »
My experience with the Avon trails is that they were very confusing and sometimes unusually difficult to ride.  The trails had many unmarked intersections, a lot of which were unofficially made, and hardly any flow whatsoever.  Flat sections would turn sharply into a nearly impossible climb and you could go from difficult trail to really easy without even knowing.  I'm sure folks would ride there if the trail system were better designed.  I really think it would need a big overhaul, planning, and some capitol.  The terrain is nice and has some potential but in my opinion needs a master plan so the bad trails can be reclaimed and the good ones connected in a way that makes the ride more flow better.  This is kind of the same thing that is being done at Southwest Way. 
Unfortunately like bbeohman I have 4 kids and a demanding schedule.  I don't have the time or experience to lead such a project.  If I remember correctly this is not an official HMBA trail either so like RNP, Wapehani, or Muscatatuck the trail work needs to be organized with Washington Township Parks independent of the HMBA. 

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If you have ever seen guys like Jeff Lenosky or Danny McCaskill ride then there really is no log that is not clearable with the right technique.  IMOP it is extremely important that BCSP had a wide variety of trails to draw riders of all types and ability.  If the goal is a ride center status then we need trails only a small percentage of riders can ride, just like we need easily accessible beginner trails.

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Southwestway Park / Re: Former double log hop was dismantled
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:49:15 AM »
No worries man, your good!

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Brown County State Park / Re: Basic etiquette
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:44:57 AM »
2) How about making the trail direction one-way at all parks going forward. With the growing traffic it sounds like it might be time to consider that now.

One way = half as many trails to ride.  The trails in BCSP were designed to be ridden both ways and provide a unique experience ridden in each direction.  Why limit the direction when there really are only a handful of days in which the traffic is as heavy as it was last Saturday.  Think about it a perfect late September weekend day in which the trails were 100% dry and ride-able.  If you really want to get out there and hammer out a bunch of fast miles without having to be annoyed by other more leisurely trail users then think about when you choose to ride.  Early or late in the day significantly reduces traffic, or if your schedule allows ride the weekdays.   Other wise just suck it up and be nice.

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Tech Bench / Re: Goin' wide (bars)
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:04:56 PM »
I went from 640mm bars to 720mm and shortened the stem from 90mm to 60mm and I have to say I've been pleased.  I do clip the occasional tree but the more I ride the less it happens.  I had read about the difference in handling and cornering but I wasn't sold until I went to Ray's last winter and rented a jump bike with really wide bars and a really short stem.  You just have more control especially when putting some body English on the bike and throwing your weight around.  Physics say that you have more leverage and stability but since we are all unique humans with individual riding styles it really just is a matter of preference.  I also prefer platforms and FiveTens which initially caused more pedal strikes however after becoming more aware of where my pedals are, just like my bars, it rarely happens any more.
Go to bike demo's and ride different rigs or occasionally rent one.  Even if you aren't in the market for a new bike you get a feel for how you might like to update or modify your own so you can command every feature on the trail!

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Southwestway Park / Re: Anyone met Charlie?
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:03:51 PM »
I want to be Charlie when I grow up!  Let's see...(math math math)  that would mean 33 more years of shredding single track!  SWWWWEEEEEEET!

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French Lick Resort / Re: Building new trails at FL
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:03:40 AM »
I'm sure that many riders, myself included, would gladly pay a small fee to ride especially if it meant a longer more varied trail system.  From a business aspect I wonder what approach would be best, to charge making the trails more private or keep them free and see if you could get sponsorship $.  I know one thing for sure, when mountain bikers travel to ride they spend money.  IMBA research has proven that.  Any way you slice it I will always try to ride FL at least once a year.

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French Lick Resort / Re: Building new trails at FL
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:06:12 PM »
Is there any way we can voice our support of an expanded trail system to the resort? 

Maybe some sponsorship money can be raised from other local businesses?  For example my family has never stayed at the resort however we have stayed at Big Splash Adventure more than once and I'll ride my bike over to enjoy the trail.  I know it may sound a little unorthodox seeing that the trail is on private property but since it is open to the public many local businesses stand to gain exposure from trail users coming in even for a day.

Another point to consider is right now both trails can easily be ridden in a day by a regular mountain biker.  If the trail system were expanded so as most folks (experience or not) would spread the riding over two or more days they would be more inclined to make a weekend or multi-day trip out of it. 

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