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Tech Bench / how to carry tools
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:50:16 AM »
I had initially asked about this in another thread, but most people focused on what tools to carry, so it seemed better to start a new topic. 
What do people use to carry and organize their tools?  Fanny pack, saddle bag, hydration/gear pack, Sticky Pod ?  Up until now I have used a saddle bag, but that is going to be too small for all the gear that was suggested.  I like a water bottle for hydration, but it seems that a hydration / gear pack would be the best for general all around use. Any suggestions for what to look for in hydration packs?  I can interpret water capacity (70 oz. 100 oz. etc), but I'm a little uncertain about storage capacity.  Right now I am looking at ones with either a 350 cubic inch or 500cu. in. capacity.  Any thoughts?  Buckles, padding, fitting and styles?
Also, camelbak seems to be the big name brand, but are there any others that are worth looking at? 

Tech Bench / tools to carry
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:19:15 AM »
I find myself carrying, or wanting to carry, more and more tools for maintenance / repair while on the trail.  A saddle bag used to be enough to carry things, but the more I ride the more things break and the more things I want to carry.  Any suggestions for what to use to carry the basic on-trail repair kit (tube, hex wrenches, pump, cartidges, links, hanger)?  Any tools, or spare parts, that I've omitted?

Tech Bench / shorts
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:05:15 PM »
Anyone know of mtb shorts that include hip padding?  I've considered some snow boarding shorts that have hip padding, but that would mean wearing two pairs of shorts---mtb shorts for the seat padding, and snow baord shorts for the hips.  I know someone who rides like this occassionally, but I wondered if there was a two-in-one-product. 

Brown County State Park / Louisville trails
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:10:15 PM »
Can anyone provide input regarding mtb trails around Louisville, specifically the northeast side (Prospect)?  I've looked at the KyMBA website, but would appreciate some first-hand suggestions and comments. 

Events / BCB photos
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:02:01 PM »
It looked like there were some people taking photos at the final descent to the lost cabin.  Does anyone know if those are, or will be, available on-line?  Will there be other event photos posted elsewhere? 

Tech Bench / shifting problems
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:17:38 AM »
I am a new rider (started last fall) with a new bike (also last fall, a Trek Top Fuel) and in the past two or three months have had a lot of problems shifting gears, especially in the rear.  Sometimes it doesn't shift at all, sometimes two or three hundred yards after I pump the lever, sometimes  I pump the lever two or three times and then it will shift two gears and I have to shift the other way, sometimes the chain skips, and occassionally the chain falls off of the front chain ring. 
I've had things adjusted numerous times, had the cassette replaced once, the chain replaced twice, rerouted the shift cables so they are as straight and direct as possible, and had the cables pulled out of the casing and then cleaned and lubed. 
I ride a fair number of miles, but before every ride I brush the cassette, wipe and oil the chain and still have problems.  It seems to be associated with the dust from the dry trails.  The shift cables are exposed along some parts of the frame and someone said that every time the cable comes goes from exposed to enclosed there is an entry point for debris that has built up on the exposed cable.  They suggested that I have the shift cables completely enclosed.  That would involve drilling out the stops that are on the frame to allow the cable to pass through, so there would be no reversing the process. 
This made sense, paticularly since it did shift better (albeit for a short time) after the cables had been pulled and cleaned.  But, it also made me wonder why the cable was exposed at all.  So, two main questions:
1) does anyone know if enclosing the entire length of the shift cable will help it shift more smoothly, and
2) if that does help, why is the bike manufactured with the cables exposed?
Thanks for any suggestions.

Find a Ride / mtb destinations outside of Indiana
« on: July 10, 2013, 11:35:07 AM »
A friend and I would like to do a three day, two night trip to an area that has good mtb trails.  We live in Bloomington and are looking for someplace that is 2-4 hours away, north, south, east, or west. 
Any suggestions on a general destination and, even better, specific trails?

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