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Find a Trail / Re: If you only had one trail to ride...
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:14:46 PM »
Versailles and French Lick are great trails but very similar to Brown County.  How about the original trail that's been ridden for years?  Nebo Ridge down by Story! It's a bit old school but still the most fun 8 miles(one way) around!  Grab a little lunch at the Inn after for a fun morning or afternoon...

Tech Bench / Re: tools to carry and how
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:43:47 PM »
Hey Mahk, I also carry a small leatherman's tool which has the plier and small blade tools.  Have used the pliers countless times, the blade not so often. If I'm carrying a small capacity camelback(50-70 oz.) for water or a bottle, I like carrying my tools in a small fanny pack, as it sits low on the hips and below my kit pockets, and stays below baggie shirts for air flow.  If I'm carrying a large capacity camelback(100 oz.), then I'll usually put the tools in the same pack.  Like to keep the bike as light as possible on trail riding but may use seatbag on long endurance rides for less stress on the body. 

Tech Bench / Re: shorts
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:54:03 PM »
   Hahaha!  Shark, I thought you just landed on your big "fat tires" to cushion your falls!

Tech Bench / Re: shorts
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:53:47 PM »
    Hey Mahk, Looked for you today on the trails at BC! I wore my new Zoik Padded undershort with cycling pad and it was what I was looking for.  Minimal padded protection around the hip area and a pad.  I will agree with RNP about the pad and this had just a foam pad, not a top quality, thick cycling pad like on my racing kit.  But it did the job although after almost 3 hrs of SS trail riding, after none the last couple of months, other body parts were hurting enough that I never noticed that area in discomfort.  It was nice however having just the one layer under my pants instead of the protective pads and the cycling pad separate. See you soon...

Tech Bench / Re: shorts
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:11:00 PM »
     Hey Mahk! Glad you asked about these as I've been wearing hip pads for 2-3 years now.  Have Troy Lee but no riding pad, so wear 2nd short with pad and it can get a little over heated at times! So I just ordered a pair of the
zoic Impact liners.  Minimal protection from falls with seat pad.  Look forward to hittin some trail with you this season!  Thanks for the suggestion Charles


Brown County State Park / Re: Mountain Bikers that OWN Road Bikes also
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:51:05 PM »
    Road riding is definitely a supplement to my mtn biking, as it helps me build up my endurance so I can go to Brown County, or wherever, and ride the trails longer than the drive it took to get there! I personally don't ride much on the actual "road" as I don't feel particularly safe sharing the road with drivers who aren't paying much attention to driving! Too busy with other distractions to actually "just drive the car"! That's another rant... I spend hours on the Monon training or just riding and checking things and people out.  My cross bike with road tires on it works great for me and I always feel like I'm benefitting  physically as well as having a good time.  Enjoy the ride!

Fantastic 4 / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:04:35 PM »
     For a few of us VBR has become our go to trail with all the rain this spring and summer.  You"ll pick up a little slop here and there, but never seem to do damage to the trail. Its so leaf covered that it remains firm even if wet on top.  Just beware of the slick roots and log piles out there, they are the only hazards when things are so wet! Have fun!  O'yeah, creek crossing might be a little more interesting also!  ::)

   I just did the same trip over the holidays and struck out in both directions!  Crappy weather, so I just kept driving and ended up driving straight through both ways!  After talking to a couple of people the trails I was targeting were Racoon Mnt. which is not far off the interstate in Chattanooga.  Supposed to be similar to Brown County, smooth and groomed.  A place called Snake Creek Gap  can be accessed right off the interstate at Dalton.  Dug Gap is the nearest access point and the trail is ridden as an out-and back.  Its apparently rough and rocky but very rideable, just takes awhile, like 6hrs to ride 30 some miles. It's also part of the Pinhoti system west of 75.  The other is a park just S.E. of Atlanta. The Olympic mnt bike comp was held there and its some horse park.  Check the web to find out if it's up and running at this time.  It rained as I went by Santos but hit Alafia River near Tampa and enjoyed it quite a bit. Very different from our stuff up here...  Just stay out of the water  ;)   Have done the Tanasi at the whitewater center and its fun, and the pihoti trails south of there near Mulberry Gap are awesome!  your just looking at a little more travel time to get to them.  Good luck with the weather and hope you get some good riding in!

Find a Ride / Re: 12 in '12
« on: January 05, 2013, 06:11:39 PM »
  • Town Run 
  • Westwood
  • Winona *
  • Versailles
  • Maskatatuck
  • French Lick
  • Brown County
  • Nebo
  • Hickory
  • Valley Branch *
  • Yellowood* BCB
  • Southwestway
  • Mohican St Pk *
  • Mohican Wilderness *
  • Tanasi, Tn *
  • Pinhoti, Ga *
  • Pisgah, NC *
  • Dupont, NC *
  • East Fork, Oh *
  • Devou, Oh *
  • Harbin Park, Oh *
  • Alafia River St Park, Fl *
  • Caloosahatchee Reg. Park, Fl *
  • Lovers Key St Park, Fl

Brown County State Park / Re: Age of riders @ BCSP ?
« on: October 07, 2012, 10:40:08 PM »
Hey Webby,  Welcome to the sport!  I'm 56 and into my 4th year of rideing!  Loved it ever since I rode my Hybrid at Town Run.  Got a mnt bike a week or so after.  I get down to BC at least a time or two a week (from Indy) weather permitting.  Can't get enough, in fact I now cyclocross, do a couple endurance events, and even did a few road crits last year!  Body doesn't let me play many sports anymore but I can still roll...   ;D  ... Me riding my bike!  Enjoy!

Tech Bench / Re: The art of fixing fat flats....
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:17:40 PM »
Unbelievable!  You get a few more sticks in there and you"ll have yourself a studded snow tire!  ;D 

Fantastic 4 / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 11, 2012, 10:40:16 PM »
Happened to ride Nebo(and a good chunk of Hickory) yesterday and havn't had that much fun since the last time I rode out there. Usually get out there a half dozen or so times a season, and love it every time!  No, it doesn't get the same amount of use as the park but that is a big part of it's appeal.  Not groomed, a little overgrown in spots, a little deadwood here and there to keep you on your toes.  Even a little erosion here and there keeps it changing a little over time.  All these things and more make it a unique ride every time.  We ran into two riders finishing in the lot and two horse riders in Hickory all day.  Love the isolation and solitude out there.  Funny thing was, when we got back to the lot two ladies from the ladies clinic at the park pulled in asking about riding Nebo, and we did our best to inform them about the trail.  Hope they had a great ride on an epic trail.  To me there is not a more fun 8 miles of trail (16 out and back) in Indiana. Really too bad more people don't get out there to ride, but maybe that just "preserves"it for those who like to explore!  All this from just a fourth season rider!  Good rides to ya!!

Rants and Raves / Re: My "new" 29'er Hard Tail build up
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:54:05 PM »
Nice build, but something odd about that fork... :o

Tech Bench / Re: Tire Choice?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:57:03 PM »
Good eye and memory!  Last summer I ran Bontys 29-3 rear and 29-2 front, both TLR.  Liked them well enough.  This fall and winter setup, when I'm not concerned with speed, I'm running nevegal rear and Bonty 29-3 front.  Both are heavy, knobby, and secure in the looser stuff, and not bad on frozen.  I almost went with the ignitor last summer but wanted to stay with an all TLR setup.  Hope to ride with you sometime, and have a great season!!

Tech Bench / Re: Tire Choice?
« on: February 29, 2012, 11:48:14 PM »
Hey Griffey Jr.  Good to hear your rides coming along... Thought I'd chime in since I know you...  Several guys run those aspens front and rear as they are light, very low rolling resistance, and decent side knobs to help with washouts.  Just got a couple for my next and last new ride  due in a couple of weeks. Look forward to seeing you on the trail!   P.S.  Hope your Dad pays me! ;)

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