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Find a Trail / Re: Techy trails
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:38:56 AM »
I'd have to agree with Traci--if you want something a little more rocky, head south.
O'Bannon has plenty of rock mixed in on the trails, and for a more adventurous ride with some Pisgah-like conditions, the Adventure Trail has a few crazy descents, but it's nothing like the slick rock in the one photo. You may want to head to DuPont State Forest near Brevard, NC for something more like that.

Find a Ride / Re: 13 in '13
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:07:46 PM »
Added a couple more to my list and only a couple more to go:
1. Often; O'Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, IN
2. March; Templeton, Baldwin, Llama Loop, etc. Sedona, AZ
3. May; Brown County State Park, Nashville IN
4. June; Smith's Bush/Inglis Falls, Owen Sound, ON
5. June; West Rocks, Owen Sound, ON
6. June; Dark Mountain, Kerr-Scott Reservoir, Wilkesboro, NC
7. June; Pisgah National Forest-Black Mountain/Avery Creek, Brevard, NC
8. June; DuPont State Forest, Brevard, NC
9. June; Pisgah National Forest-Bent Creek, Asheville, NC
10. July; Waverly Park, Louisville, KY
11. July; Cherokee/Seneca Parks, Louisville, KY
12. Sept; French Lick, French Lick, IN

Alright, so I will admit to this:
When I was out west in the spring, I was climbing a short quick rise. Part way up the climb, I stuffed a tire into a rock I'd expected to roll right over, which brought me to a surprising and abrupt halt. When I went to unclip my right foot, nothing happened. My foot just spun, but I couldn't release. Before I could think fast enough to get my left foot undone, I rolled backward a little bit, and when I hit my brake to stop from rolling further, I lost my balance, and came down backwards on the greenery alongside the trail, with the bike on top of me.
Of course, unlike the greenery around here, which I am also familiar with on a somewhat intimate basis, because it all seems to have three leaves and is kind of shiny, but cushions a fall really well, much of the greenery out west has thorns and spikes. Fortunately, my backpack took the majority of the hit, but I spent about five minutes pulling the biggest of them out, so I could finish my ride, and finished with the rest of them when I got back to the hotel. I'm not sure if Kevlar underwear would have helped or not, and I still think my wife took a little too much pleasure out of operating the tweezers.
I learned my lesson, and always quickly double-check the screws on my cleats, since one of them had come loose.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Adventure Hiking Trail conditions?
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:15:59 AM »
I have been on parts of it over the past few months. They had logged sections near 462, between there and the Fire Tower cross-over, so trail markings may be messed up by their equipment.

From the campground to Pioneer Cabin was good when I rode it a couple weeks ago.

We marked the trail between Pioneer Cabin and Cold Friday with a few more signs in January, and cleared some fallen limbs, etc. but that was five months ago.

Be prepared for an adventure. Carry plenty of water and cache some along the way, maybe at the Cold Friday and Old Forest road cross-overs.

Tech Bench / Re: Numb hands
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:29:04 AM »
I know you've had all kinds of input on this. I am going to offer something different, and while it may not help you, it may help someone else who follows this thread.
When I got my XC hardtail last year, I found the grips that came with it were too small for my hands. They were thin and lightweight, as I guess every gram counts somewhere along the way, but I have big hands, and trying to find a comfortable position was challenging. While riding, I'd first experience some pain and then eventually numbness. It was worse on the bumpiest trails, maybe because I was holding on tighter, or because of all the extra vibration and motion.
I ended up going with a set of Ergon GS1 Large grips. After a few minutes on the trail and a little fine-tuning to get the angle set up right, I found them to be much more comfortable. The platform fits under the pad on my palm real nice and prevents my wrist from rolling too far over, reducing the amount of carpal tunnel pressure I'd previously been experiencing.

Last Year, 785 on the road, 365 on the trails. This year, no road rides yet, but 60 on the trails.
Around here, it's been much cooler and wetter weather compared to 2012, which has cut into my riding time. I had 200 miles in by this time last year, since the trails were dried up by early to mid-March, and the temperatures were in the 70's and 80's by early April.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / O'Bannon Woods Riders--Feedback Wanted!
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:53:20 AM »
Anyone who rides O'Bannon Woods, looking for some input. Maybe you've only been there once or twice, maybe a few times, or maybe you consider it your "home track."
The main purpose is to get a feeling of how many HMBA forum users ride there and if the forum is actually an effective way to get the message out to riders about upcoming events and work days.
A second purpose is to get a feeling if there are riders who may be interested in group rides, building additional trails in this region of Southern Indiana, occasional "club" type events, etc.
Please post a reply.

Rants and Raves / Re: screen name
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:49:57 AM »
Yeah, and Red Green makes MacGyver seem like such an amateur. What he can do with duct tape should be an inspiration for us all...

Rants and Raves / Re: screen name
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:23:39 PM »
Started with The Red Green Show, where he runs Possum Lodge. Then found a picture of a dead possum holding a bottle of Crown Royal. But maybe he's not dead, he's just been drinkin'...

Find a Trail / Re: Sedona, Arizona?
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:15:48 PM »
Just got back from Sedona. It was an awesome place to ride, with fantastic trails and incredible scenery. I rented from Bike and Bean, which was great, as they are almost right next to the trailhead south of Bell Rock.

I covered about 28 miles of trail, until my bottom was so sore, I had to stop riding, and I only covered a small part of the trails available. Thanks to all who offered input, and if anyone else ever wants to see some beautiful country and ride some great trails, it is highly recommended by me. I also learned that the poison ivy along the trail edges at O'Bannon has a serious rival, prickly pear cactus. Avoid if possible...

Find a Trail / Re: Sedona, Arizona?
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:28:16 AM »
Once again, thanks for the information. I looked them up online, and wished I had known about them sooner, as their accommodations look interesting! Looks like a great place to get a bike. Now I am just trying to figure out how to squeeze in more than one day of riding. Maybe just toss the rest of them the car keys and say "Have fun."

Find a Trail / Re: Sedona, Arizona?
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:09:44 PM »
Thanks very much for the input. This will be my first desert experience, so the slick rock and sandstone sounds like it should be interesting. I ride the rocks at O'Bannon, for whatever that is worth, and spent some time last summer riding glacier-scrubbed limestone trails in Ontario, which was kind of like badly-worn pavement. I am looking forward to the challenge...

Find a Trail / Sedona, Arizona?
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:39:11 PM »
I've done some quick online research. Has anyone ridden in Sedona and may know what trail not to miss, etc? Looks like many options, but I probably will only have a day to ride...

Rants and Raves / Re: Heart Rate
« on: February 12, 2013, 11:16:44 AM »
I used a Garmin Edge with a heart rate monitor last season, mainly for my road riding. I have a route I use for personal time trials, and started by setting a "base performance level". The first couple of trips out on my time trial loop, I rode as hard as my body would allow. I began the season with a heart rate average that ran in the 140-145 range,  and peaked in the 175-180 range during hill climbs and sprints. My average speed for the loop, which is in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, was in the 15.5 mph range.
Over the summer and fall, along with other riding, I would ride the same loop occasionally, riding hard to keeping my heart rate up, and would try to hit the hills and sprints as hard or harder than I did the time before. With the Garmin, I had the advantage of knowing things like how fast I'd climbed a hill on a previous ride and would try to climb it faster. I had a few rides early in season where my heart rate for the route was a little higher, but by the end of the season, I was running the same loop at 17.5-17.9 mph with the same heart rate averages I'd started the year with.

My brother-in-law spent part of a day last February riding the trails at Santos, just outside of Ocala, FL, and had many good things to say about it. Based on his recommendation, the next time I drive to Florida, I figure I'll probably bring my mountain bike just for that ride.

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