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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Endurance race
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:26:13 PM »
well, i was wrong then wasn't i ;) not a first...

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Endurance race
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:10:54 PM »
i believe the death march is exempt from the HNF fee because there is no set route requiring riders to use the trails...they can't charge us for the use of the roads as they are county...

Tech Bench / Re: shifting problems
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:58:35 PM »
i had a chain on a rocky mountain pipeline that lasted well over 5 years and had 7 powerlinks in it by the time i broke the frame on the bike...

Find a Trail / Bristol
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:02:00 AM »
any recommendations for trails in the Bristol, TN area?

Tech Bench / Re: Swelled spots (nots) in tires
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:05:21 PM »
i've had that same issue with some continentals...get a pin from your handy dandy sewing kit and lance the sucker...but not too deep, just the outer layer...if the sealant is fresh the layers will re-adhere and you can get a few more miles out of them...in 2011 i ran a tire for 6 months with those bubbles popping up several times...

Tech Bench / Re: shifting problems
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:44:21 PM »
this is going to likely rile some people up, but i don't really care...but chains and cassettes need to stay matched to one another as the pins wear grooves on your cassette with age...a new chain on an old cassette will not work the way you want it to as the distance between pins will differ on the new chain...some will tell you i'm wrong, and that if you replace the chain often enough this will not be an issue...i disagree...chains and cassettes need to be mated for life...

Fantastic 4 / Re: Combs Rd., etc.
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
i tend to ride there mainly in the winter when it's frozen as it can get really muddy...plus, i don't think meth cookers prefer temps in the 20s...

Fantastic 4 / Re: Combs Rd., etc.
« on: September 07, 2013, 09:55:46 AM »
if you want some more exploration climb the gravel from nebo parking lot through elkinsville...at the T intersection take a right (a left here would take you up and over combs rd) and cross the old bridge...that road leads all the way to crooked creek boat ramp...

Find a Trail / Re: Techy trails
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:23:13 PM »
if you plan on snowshoe call and make sure the western territory is going to be open...i was there the beginning of august and that side was only open on weekends, so i had to miss the longest runs they have...not that the basin side is shabby, but having both sides open is way more fun...

Find a Trail / Re: Dupont/Pisgah Route advise
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:54:24 PM »
at dupont park at corn meal shoals...big rock and cedar are right there but don't forget to ride the burnt mountain loop as well...those are very short and i typically ride them multiple times in a given day...as for pisgah, if i only had 1 day i'd park at slate cove, climb laurel mtn and descend pilot rock then finish that day with the slate cove/slate rock loop...i prefer black mtn rides in the winter when the bennett gap climb is open (it's seasonal, or at lest used to be)...

Brown County State Park / Re: Showers Available?
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:55:25 AM »
get a 10' section of garden hose and keep it in your car...

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Adventure Hiking Trail conditions?
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:25:23 AM »
i would definitely suggest dropping a cooler at old forest road parking lot...i second bentcranks suggestion on watching for ticks, and chiggers too...hopefully it's early enough they won't be too big of a problem...good luck and post up conditions after your ride...

Ladies Only / Re: Just got the wife a "new to her" mountainbike
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:45:26 AM »
it's not so much the saddle itself but the position and the bike fit...don't get in the revolving door of buying parts to alleviate pain, have her fit...i've had pelvic pain solved by a different length stem, or sometimes as little as raising or lowering the stem...there's also the fore/aft position and tilt of the saddle itself......a good fit will be comparable to the cost of two new saddles and way less headache than a wife with a sore crotch...check with jonathan or tania at bluegrass bicycle

Find a Trail / red river gorge
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:18:16 AM »
driving through the gorge this morning i saw 3 trails i'd never seen, or had never seen with the marking that they now have...numbered 3, 4, and 14 with a bike symbol...new-ish carsonite posts with stickers, not the normal carved wood signs...my internets-challenged self has not been able to find any info via google this evening, wondering if anyone knew anything...if it's legit the bottom of 14 where it dumps onto hwy 715 looks "ass-pucker, skip work" worthy...

Rants and Raves / Re: Kudos to all us mountain bikers...
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:19:04 PM »
none of yall can start crap like i can...just ask dean and paul how often they have to remove my posts...oh yeah, i just special ordered my next car...fully rigid single speed subaru forester...can't wait to take it on the gravel roads!...oh yeah, those 29" wheels are fantastic in the rock and roots, especially if you have no technical skills...

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