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Tech Bench / Re: wheels
« on: June 02, 2016, 02:15:24 PM »
I have Stan's Flow rims but if I get my weight down and need a new set I'll be looking at the Arches. I'm very pleased with the Stans product. I went Hope Pro Ii Evo hubs as well and yes, the noise can make you a target of stares on occasion but they too have been trouble-free. I see it as a reminder to stop coasting and get back to pedaling, even if it's downhill on Aynes.  :P

Westwood / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 02, 2016, 01:54:10 PM »
Before the showers yesterday the trail was in great shape, minus a few greasy spots. Nearly wedged myself between the down tree and BR #3 which gave me a good laugh. I ducked just in time. There was another tree down, about 100 feet after BR #14 I believe.

The newly built replacement bridges are excellent but I agree, knowing of them and being ready for them is in your best interest. I hope to get out to Westwood more this year so I can rega militarize myself with where everything is at so I can get a bit more 'whoop' when entering the new bridges. Their angles remind me of the ramps on the TRTP tabletops, but don't quote me. Once you know what to expect they'll be great fun!

Flat Fork Creek Park (Fisher) / Re: Grand Opening
« on: November 29, 2015, 06:21:18 PM »
How official and grand is this? Any big news crew coverage and ribbon cutting ceremony? I only ask because my guess is the majority of local riding folks who would care to make the effort to come out to partake are likely working their M-F job. Seems like an odd choice for anything but the political aspects but hey, that's probably normal and rarely contested so no reason to think too much into it, right?

Only curious. :)

Rants and Raves / The dropper post: reinvented
« on: June 20, 2015, 02:52:37 PM »
Tired of paying $300-$400 for the old tech that's been around for years and offered by name brands in the cycling industry that you trust? Get the latest and greatest for less. Note: may require upgrading your ride to a hybrid.
For something a bit more useful, see this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dustydynamics/shockwiz-automated-suspension-tuning-for-mountain
I have WTS (Wet Trail Syndrome)

Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: Careful about posting phone numbers
« on: June 18, 2015, 09:55:55 PM »
Virtual numbers are handy too, easy caller blocking. :)

Tech Bench / Re: tips for getting the bead to seat
« on: June 15, 2015, 07:20:58 PM »
Water was a good suggestion as high pressure is sheer force but water will reduce the friction and is more useful in my experience. Take it a step further and fill this http://amzn.com/B000NIY7QM   with Dawn and water. It looks pocketable but should be enough for one tire.

I agree about the rim being the culprit based on your statement. That has to get frustrating and old to constantly fight with it. I never enjoy new tire install struggles but generally don't have problems after time and miles give it some stretch.
When I'm at home sometimes I'll compress the tire into the driveway several times, rotating it about 15 degrees between each push. I do this on tubeless, not usually on tubed setups. But as someone else said, riding it will also often put the finishing touch on the fit but here again, tubes are more sensitive. I'd rather it be seated fully before riding if tubes are in the mix.
Out of curiosity, do you usually buy Kevlar/folding bead tires or the wire bead? Do you opt for general purpose/performance tier models? If you're using tubeless-ready or UST type tires with tubes I'd expect you'd struggle more overall- I find the bead and rubber is beefier on tubeless-oriented tires but maybe it's my imagination.
~Yet another Dave

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Jockamo's pizza...
« on: June 03, 2015, 04:20:47 PM »
Sweet. I never sought out the details of their arrival, this is better than waiting for a new building to be completed. (although technically we already did didn't we?) Thanks for the tip!

Short track swimming at Town Run is back for 2015!  You can kick-off your flippers starting this Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm.  We will gather at the lower beachfront (near the entrance) of Town Run Trail Park, and start paddling promptly at 7pm.  The course is roughly 1/2 nautical mile in length, features a couple smooth swells, a whitecap or two, and several good passing zones. Don't worry if you think you'll be too fast or too slow for the group... everyone is very respectful and there are plenty of places to dunk one another and play chicken.  Some call it a "race", but it's really just a bunch of guys/gals getting together for a wet and wild 45 minute high intensity swim.  Look up Indy MTB Short Track on Facebook for more updates.  See everyone in their trunks and bikinis on Wednesday!

I think you nailed it!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: DINO MTB race is ON
« on: May 31, 2015, 05:03:59 PM »
Congrats to Jeff Fetterer for pulling off the Fat Bike win today. Those guys are all freaky fast on the fatties! Apologies to others who won and frequent the forums that I didn't recognize by name on the boards.
~Yet another Dave

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Horses on the MTB trail.
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:11:23 AM »
Wow. Unfortunate yet impressive to know their actions met with consequences. It's one thing to know and be on the lookout for horses on shared trails, it's another to come upon them abruptly and unexpectedly. It would appear disaster was averted and the worst we face is trail damage. Thanks for the heads-up.
~Yet another Dave

Town Run / Re: First A frame Wood Feature
« on: May 21, 2015, 01:51:50 PM »
I realize I would have all the info I need if I had made it to the gathering last night but I am curious what direction the discussion took and what ideas rose to the top.

Anyone care to share what they learned of the A-frame/tabletop's possible future makeover?


Town Run / Re: First A frame Wood Feature
« on: May 20, 2015, 11:02:36 AM »
As much as I hate to see this feature Nerf'ed I also trust and respect Paul's decision to make an adjustment to it. With enough thought and ingenuity I'm sure we as a community can come up with a design that's equally rewarding yet uniquely different while adding some safety to the equation.

No, you can't fix people- there will always be those that go faster than they can safely control, make an error in judgment and miscalculate distance, or catch a bad break due to plain happenstance and wind up getting hurt. I have warned every new rider I bring or encounter that TRTP eats people. Yes for the volume of traffic it hosts the odds are greater for more injuries, but even the experienced types get taken out here and there unfortunately.

Considering the likely percentage of injuries incurred at the large tabletop I'm a little surprised signage wasn't installed long ago. If the feature wasn't to be modified then it certainly needs a sign since increasing numbers of uninformed and inexperienced riders are riding the trails. My only concern with altering this tabletop is it can open the can which causes all other trail challenges to be reviewed and possibly Nerf'ed as well. I also accept that TRTP is more or less a beginner trail by default, so all technical qualities are luxuries we should remain grateful for always and not take for granted.

~Yet another Dave

Brown County State Park / Re: Extra MTB Fees
« on: May 11, 2015, 09:21:09 AM »
Consider looking here http://www.hmba.org/smf/index.php?topic=13717.0;topicseen for some of your answers. Perhaps a suggested format for your legislator communication will be added to that thread.


Southwestway Park / Re: Access Roads....
« on: May 03, 2015, 09:55:21 PM »
I always turn around there, partly because it's flat, partly because it's often puddled and blocked in two directions, and for awhile the path straight ahead was blocked with a tree but that seems to be a non-issue now. I also feel a bit of an obligation to not ride in seemingly unapproved areas to avoid encouraging others to ride there. Too much traffic and things may develop that aren't on anyone's radar as they should be.

I thought I remember Paul mentioned the secluded pond (Cotton Wood Lake?) back there which I think has a walking path worn in through foot traffic may get the multi-use treatment in the future. I don't recall any timeline, and we all know a lot can change once the approval, funds, and time become available to do any work. I'm not holding my breath nor anyone to any statement- whatever happens will he when the time comes.

But like you, I am a bit curious as well.

~Yet another Dave

Tech Bench / Re: MT220 Fork Boots
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:35:00 PM »
I've had my wiper seals unseat partially and made use of something I had laying around to press them back in. You may need to look around and see what you have that is somewhat flexible and strong that can be modified to do the job. If PVC was thin and flexible enough you could make a short section act as a press by cutting out about 45-60 degrees of the diameter then gently pop it around the stanchion and press down on the seals.

You don't want to put much pressure on anything that contacts the stanchions to prevent scratching but some plastics are smooth enough to not cause damage. You'll want to put a bit of lube around the circumference of the wipers and the top of the stanchions to help them pop into place.

Maybe the plastic retainer "tube" that comes with a new cassette could be made to work, depending on the diameter of your stanchions. Or a film canister, a pill/vitamin bottle, etc. I'm sure you'll find something that can be rigged into a tool for the job.

Good luck!
~Yet another Dave

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