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Find a Trail / austin?
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:51:31 AM »
so, if you were to take a last minute trip to austin, tx would you suggest taking a mountain bike or a road bike?...or just drive instead of fly and take both?

Riding on Pavement / Re: Longest climb
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:32:11 PM »
just drove a gravel road south of corydon between 135 and 111 on my way to new albany, called mosquito creek road...drove it from west to east, and the downhill on that west side is the steepest thing i've seen in a while...the east side wasn't as bad but both were still very impressive...i'ma take the mtb out there soon and try to ride them...

Tech Bench / Re: The benefits of SS vs. gears
« on: January 22, 2013, 04:27:45 PM »
yeah, i had the same question for the guys at the car dealership when i got my car...oh wait...they don't make cars without suspension or gears...wonder why?

Find a Ride / Re: phoenix
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:54:14 PM »
that's it rob...reds in goodyear, but the cubs are just over in mesa so i may go to a couple different games, try to stay somewhere in between...

Find a Ride / Re: phoenix
« on: January 04, 2013, 01:13:06 PM »
sweet, thanks!...the interwebs search lead me to south mountain pretty quickly...i'll ask harold too...

Find a Ride / phoenix
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:34:39 AM »
wanting to see some cactus league baseball this march and take a bike...any tips for phoenix area riding, will have time for 2 half day rides, and one "most" day...should i take mountain or road bike?...are there any urban parks or would i have to drive for trail?...that sorta thing...thanks...

Find a Trail / Re: In Asheville for one day.......which trail
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:09:06 AM »
climb laurel and come down pilot...add slate cove if you're feelin saucy...

Find a Trail / Re: Looking for recommendations in Western N Carolina
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:56:52 AM »
davidson fishing will be much tighter as far as proximity to the bank, so casting and accuracy will be more important (aka, if you're new to fly fishing you may snag some rhododendron)...french broad is just as it says, "broad"...as far as which will produce more/bigger fish i couldn't say...i usually just fish with a spinning reel in the small streams along the trail...and amen on daniel ridge/long branch/butter gap...that's usually my first day warm up ride when i get down there

Find a Trail / Re: Looking for recommendations in Western N Carolina
« on: November 03, 2012, 11:52:54 AM »
just got back last night...they did a big trout release the end of this past week on north mills river, restricted to fly rod only, no spinning reels...that said it was getting fished HEAVY on friday afternoon and i'd imagine that will continue thru the weekend...trails were surprisingly good given the amount of wind...laurel and pilot were clear, as was trace ridge...those are the only trails in pisgah we were on after the wind...dupont was perfect and away from most of Sandy's fallout...not familiar with many eating spots, i usually do the cooking

Rants and Raves / Re: Is it just me or...
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:56:21 PM »
i notice this on trail, but it seems to be more pronounced when i ride urban doing loading dock drops, etc...if the timing wasn't on within the first few i'd just tool around and ride steps, take it easy, and not risk nosing down on a 6 foot flat to flat...but on trail i always try to ride through it, focusing on looking farther ahead and not at the front wheel as well as concentrating on the center of balance over the bike from a fore-aft standpoint...just what i've had success with, although those days will always happen...

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Newbie Riding BCBD
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:32:12 PM »
that's a pretty good suggestion...the first few (or more) miles will be a train...the mtb trails are smooth and flowy for the most part, walnut a bit more technical and rocky...if you go all the way to the cabin prepare for ridgeline rolling double track and rattlesnakes (if it's warm and sunny)...if you've got the legs and lungs definitely try to get to the cabin and back as it's only open to riding on breakdown day...

Brown County State Park / Re: Sunday Strava Segment rider....
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:23:15 PM »
paul, when i put the stickers on the posts at BC we ran out before i was done...i'll check tomorrow or thursday and let you know what we still need to finish...

Rants and Raves / Re: Sub-9 Rave
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:31:44 PM »
we could start posing and get full face helmets and compression suits and try to make it into "Mountain Bike Fiction"...

Tech Bench / Re: Chain Maintenance ? Do's & Don'ts ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 09:11:50 AM »
i know this will stir the pot, but what the hell...as for maintenance, wipe clean and lube each ride...sometimes i stop and do it mid ride...i prefer white lightning clean ride...as for deep cleaning i remove the chain and put it in one of the large gatorade bottles, spray down with clean streak or simple green and shake the hell out of it...rinse, dry, re-install and lube...as for all this talk about replacing the chain "before the cassette wears" i don't buy it...the cassette was worn on the second ride...use the same chain until the whole drivetrain is shot and replace it as a unit if you want good shifting...will you have chain breaks?...sure, just put a power link in and keep riding...i had a chain with 7 power links before i replaced the drivetrain and it did fine...and yes, a sram power link will work on a shimano chain...

Other - Central/South / Re: Trails near Tell City
« on: September 09, 2012, 08:48:43 PM »
o'bannon woods state park is the closest must ride...highly recommended...

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