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Tech Bench / Repair for Tubeless Tires?
« on: March 09, 2016, 03:56:53 PM »
I haven't even been on a trail this year yet but yesterday I ran over a small stick and it punctured my tubeless Geax tire right in the center of the tread. I had to pull the quarter inch or so diameter stick out of the tire before sealant went flying everywhere. I've never had this happen before and usually just receive really small thorns or stuff that seal up with no problem.

Is there any kind of fix to a hole in a tubeless tire like this or am I resigned to just using this tire with a tube from now on? 

Fantastic 4 / Re: Bikepacking Nebo and Hickory Ridge
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:51:09 PM »
Very cool. I have been wanting to try the bike-packing thing for a long time. Hopefully this year is the year to give it a go. HNF seems the obvious choice for it. The hard part for me is figuring out how to attach and carry everything. Where do I put the 12 pack?

Fantastic 4 / Re: Gravel and Forest Roads??
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:46:50 PM »
I understand Deam trails are only for foot traffic as I've been there a number of times.I'm really talking about the gravel forest roads that pass through it and other areas of the forest.

 I did a little research and took this from the HNF website:
Yes, bicycles are permitted on all roads in the HNF that are open to cars, SUVs, and trucks. You may also ride on HNF trails that have been designated as open to bicycle use. A permit is required except for the beach access trail at Hardin Ridge (see the Forest website for more information).

So yes we can ride bikes. I just had the thought that perhaps this vast network of forest/fire roads was in better shape due to the traffic it needs to support and was possibly better suited to ride when the trails are crap.

Fantastic 4 / Gravel and Forest Roads??
« on: February 18, 2016, 02:21:16 PM »
Wasn't sure exactly where to place this post but this will probably suffice. With warm temps the trails pretty much everywhere will be horribly bad, muddy, and not rideable.

 What kind of condition are these forest roads, say through Hoosier National, Deam, and possibly Yellowwood? If the trails are bad(red), are the forest roads a viable option for somebody with cabin fever ready to get out of Indy for a day? Maybe some of the dirt roads are better than others? What are the best areas?

  I actually love riding on the forest roads with the big climbs and scenery. Sure it's not singletrack, but if they are passable and decent condition I would consider making a trip down to avoid the relentless paved pathways I've been riding. Appreciate any info on the conditions.       

Tech Bench / Re: PressFit30 Bottom Bracket options, .. help
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:31:12 PM »
I researched this a little as my feeling is that I'll need to replace the current BB here fairly soon. Don't know about the Infinity but I ordered a conversion BB from Praxxis for HollowtechII cranks. Has heard a lot of good things about it but have not installed it yet. Wheels Manufacturing- I had read that they still can exhibit that creakiness having to use the loctite. My other consideration was the KCNC outboard BB as I've had good service from Real World Cycling. Let us know if that works well as I don't see a lot of good info on options for that BB standard.

Fort Harrison State Park / Winter tires.
« on: January 23, 2016, 10:51:00 PM »
Are any of you guys running normal size mtb tires (2.2ish) out there right now or are most people running fatbikes and studded tires?

Tech Bench / Re: Rear Derailleur not shifting down very well
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:29:42 PM »
So, I appreciate the comments. I'll say that awhile back that same derailleur had problems shifting into the smallest cog. I took it off and cleaned the whole thing, lubed it up, and when i put it back on it did shift into that little cog. Guessing all the gunk in the spring and pivots didn't let it shift into that position. But problems shifting down to smaller cogs happened quickly after that. 

When I manually shift the derailleur by hand it does shift well. I notice that when I shift it with the shifter it just doesn't want to go far enough but if I give it a little push with my hand it will shift into the correct gear. So, this means that either the cable/housing is gunked up OR the spring is just not powerful enough to overcome the friction. Would that be correct in saying that? I'm not sure which it is though as the housing seems to slide well over the cable when I loosen everything up and slide the housing around.

So here's my next move. I have a bike I'm building up that, as far as I can tell, needs all full length housing. There are no cable stops except to the front derailler which there is one. I've never run full length housing before so don't know if it will give me more friction or less. I guess I'll just set it up and see what happens. I have all new housing I bought from Pricepoint and it is apparently their brand. No experience using this stuff but it was on sale so thought I'd give it a try. I'm sure I'll run into some snags on this build (no pun intended) but whatever, at least I learn as I go. Thanks for the input.   

Tech Bench / Rear Derailleur not shifting down very well
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:11:29 PM »
I have an XT rear derailleur that I've had forever. Never given me problems. It is straight, the pulleys seem fine, and it shifts up fine. But it has a tendency to not want to shift back down to smaller cogs(unless I shift twice in which case it will shift down one and maybe eventually all the way after many pedal strokes). The housing and cable fairly new and I have a new lx shifter. By eyeballing it the cage looks pretty lined up with the chainline and cogs.I've played with the cable tension enough that it never finds the sweet spot.

 I don't know that I've heard of this before but could it be the return spring that is giving me grief?  I'm just about to give up on it but thought I'd ask for some input. Is a spring something that can be replaced if that is the problem? Just guessing here as I can't seem to find the root of the problem.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: December 30, 2015, 03:39:40 PM »
If it's run by Indiana DNR then you'll need a pass. Pretty much State parks and Forests. But venture into Hoosier National and you'll need a completely different pass. Yea!

I'd much rather just see them raise entrance fees to help cover their costs, ... but oh yeah, they did that too didn't they? I'm with some of the other folks here. If some of this was being put back into the very things they are charging for then I could at least understand it better. But they want the cake and eat it too. They will charge for use of the trails (but only for mountain bikers) but expect volunteers do all the work to maintain and repair. But goody goody, if you spend a mere 125 hours working on trails they will cover the $20 for the next years pass. 125 HOURS!

 Does anyone know of another state that has adopted this pay to play fee schedule? I can certainly see how this might just come back to bite them in the ass by actually reducing the amount of entrance fees for out-of-state bikers who just pass on coming here. Wonder if there is anyway to demonstrate the potential reduction in revenue because of this over the next year?   

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Tech Bench / Re: Solutions for Creaking PF30 Bottom Bracket?
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:50:22 PM »
Bumping this thread because I have a bike with a PF30 as well.

 Wondering what you ended up using and if you liked the results. My BB will need to be replaced here sometime soon and wondering what options are best. Praxis and Wheels Manufacturing and a couple others make an outboard BB fitted to run 24 mm spindles which is what I want to run (hollowtechII). They thread together inside the shell and need no adapters. But there are all kinds of other ways to run this too with various adapters and BB's. Confusing what to pick. 

Tech Bench / Re: PressFit30 Bottom Bracket options, .. help
« on: December 24, 2015, 02:41:33 PM »
I'll check it out. Thanks.

Tech Bench / Re: PressFit30 Bottom Bracket options, .. help
« on: December 23, 2015, 10:24:36 PM »
Thanks- What is Ics?

Tech Bench / PressFit30 Bottom Bracket options, .. help
« on: December 23, 2015, 09:25:07 PM »
So I just bought a frame (Salsa Spearfish) that has a Pressfit30 bottom bracket, .. yea, another bottom bracket type!

 I want to run 9 speed stuff with hollowtech II cranks and I already have to use an adapter on this bottom bracket to run them (essentially it allows me to use 24mm spindle type cranks). I have a bunch of 9 speed stuff that I'd like to keep running because it's a heck of lot cheaper right now than buying all new 10 speed bb30 stuff. But the current bottom bracket it came with has just a little crunchiness to the bearings on one side. I know that a new BB is inevitable.

So does anyone have an idea of the options I might have on this? I've seen all kinds of setups for this BB type, ... a plastic shell (that gets pressed in) that allows threaded BB's, another PF30 with adapters(but I can't find anything like the original), a PF30 conversion BB (praxis), etc. The current pf30 installed is basically two individual cups with bearings but I don't see that kind of BB anywhere to purchase which makes me think it might just be an older model/system. What I see shopping online are basically cups with bearings that are somehow connected through the shell.

Confused? Me too. If you have any experience I'd love to hear any recommendations on how to best proceed with a new BB for this PF30 shell. I'm light headed just thinking about this again.     

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: December 12, 2015, 04:40:53 PM »
Snake creek area is really mucky right now. I'd avoid that connector entrance and enter from the fireroad and ride the rest of LC. Or just ride Schoen as it's in pretty good shape overall. Much drier than LC.   

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:19:20 PM »
As of today, Schoen is passable and is mostly yellow with some slick leaf coverage and a couple of soft wet places. Lawrence Creek going from the connector onto Snake Creek is really messy and mucky. I would avoid that part. Not sure of the rest as I bailed after getting to the parking lot.

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