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Tech Bench / rain pants
« on: October 20, 2011, 08:28:36 AM »
any suggestion for a nice pair of pants for riding in the rain...not so much worried about insulation as i'll layer with wool, just something to keep the booty dry

bentcrank is right in that a lot of people are just out for a ride...we'll have volunteers at the fire tower, and at the Story Inn if you need help...and since a lot of people are just riding i would be surprised if you had a mechanical and no one offered help...in fact, if you have mechanical trouble and people DON'T offer to help remember their numbers and let me know ;)...i'm in the red truck with the camper in the back...

I've never done anything like this (more of a road rider who just got into MTB'ing recently) and am wondering how to know if I am ready for it or how to prepare. Any advice is welcome! :D
i'd say you'll be just fine...the only part of the course that resembles "trail" is the traverse across combs road and it is steeper than it is technical...everything else is on gravel road...

Brown County State Park / Re: Solo Riding @ Night
« on: October 03, 2011, 08:35:02 AM »
ahhh the solo ride...one of my favorite stupid things to do...my advice for solo riding (whether day or night) is to make sure someone (preferably someone who knows the trails you are riding) has your route and time frame so that if you don't contact them by a pre-determined time they can alert the appropriate emergency personnel...long story short, solo ride in pisgah, mid-forties, raining, wrecked, concussed, bike not rideable, 10 miles from the truck, body temp in the low 90's, confused, fell over walking on gravel, etc...made the cutoff call by about 10 minutes before the park rangers were notified...turned out all right, but if i'd hit my head in a different spot, or a bit harder i could have laid there for a long time if i hadn't had a backup plan...oh yeah, this only works if you stick to your planned route...no unplanned side trips

Tech Bench / need a new light
« on: September 30, 2011, 04:55:24 PM »
well, my 8 year old niterider something just died...what's everybody running and do you like it?  why?

Newbies Corner / Re: What do you ride and why?
« on: September 29, 2011, 04:35:34 PM »
i'm not so much a "brand" guy, as a style of bike guy...more gears, and more travel...my last two mountain bikes have had over 6 inches of wheel travel and i love it...now, before this turns into a "you don't need that much in indiana" i want to say that "need" is not the question, it's "want"...do i need that much kush, no but i sure as hell like it...i think the best way to approach the decision is to look at where and how you like to ride...my focus is on long all-day rides, going as fast as i can downhill (i'll make it to the top when i get there, and i rarely care how fast that part is), and riding technical trails...i haven't raced in about 8 years, and i haven't weighed a bike since before that...oh yeah, my current ride is a morewood mbuzi...i chose it because i wanted a single pivot and they're getting really hard to find

Fantastic 4 / blaze orange!
« on: September 29, 2011, 04:17:44 PM »
early archery season starts this saturday...time for the blaze orange in areas where hunting is allowed...and probably in areas where it isn't allowed as well, just in case

Rants and Raves / Re: unofficial names of trail sections or obstacles
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:19:24 AM »
the "dragon head" is a downed stump on walnut, with the "dragon head jump" just after it (going from hp to the nest)...there's also a section of north tower leading up to the frog pond (going clockwise) that is pretty twisty and turny, lot's of "dancing" on the bike so we call those sections "fred (astaire) and ginger (rogers)"...i love fred and ginger...

Newbies Corner / Re: How many miles can you ride?
« on: September 27, 2011, 09:51:01 AM »
i'd say my top mileage in a day would be in the 90s on road and the 70s off road...that said, i haven't kept track of mileage in quite some time...anymore i look at hours away from the truck and the time riding vs the time sitting, adjusting the headset, scratching my balls, identifying funguses, napping, bird watching, eating cold pig, you know the rest of the fun stuff...the big reason i got away from mileage was that it doesn't translate...betcha i could go do 50 at town run no sweat, but 50 in the hoosier national forest is a different beast...50 in idaho scares me (longest ride i've done out there was probably in the mid 20s mile-wise and took 11 hours including hike-a-bike and orienteering)...it's all relative, but it's all fun too...

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