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Town Run / Keep awareness up in parking lot
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:39:49 PM »
Tonight I found fresh evidence in the parking lot that Town Run is being used for non family friendly activities.   :o

Please keep awareness up on occupied vehicles in the parking lot that do not fit in.  If you suspect or witness anything amiss please contact IMPD.

We don't need Town Run turning in to Skiles Test Park.

I have a Linksys EA6350 Wifi router for sale in Indianapolis (North Side).
 I bought it for $70 at Best Buy, used it for one month, but am now using a new router supplied by AT&T.
 The router has WiFi B G N and AC and can transmit simultaneously on 2.4 and 5 ghz and has 4 Gigabit ports.
 No advanced setup is required.  Plug it in place of your old router and log on. (in most cases)
 AC speeds up to "AC1200" (867 mbps)
 N Speeds up to 300 mbps (on 5 ghz)
 G Speeds up to 54 mbps
 Wired up to 1000 mbps
 It also has a USB 3.0 port for sharing a printer or storage device to your network.
 It can be controlled and set up with a computer or free Linksys cell phone app.
 ** At the time of posting the printed manual is missing, will include when found. **
 Price is $55 FTF in public place within 25 min of North Indy / Carmel

FOR SALE: 2 good used tires size 215/45 ZR 17 - 91W

I bought a used car in June and replaced all 4 tires. The rears were original, the fronts had many more miles to go so I kept them to sell.

They are 2014 dated Nitto Motivo "ultra high performance all season" tires. The size is 215 45 ZR 17 - 91W and they have plenty of tread remaining and no evidence of patching.

One tire has a small superficial nick in it, likely from a curb rub. Going from the build dates on the tires compared to the CARFAX report from the car, they have 12,000 miles or less on them

Located in the Carmel area.

These tires are $120 EACH if new.

PRICE DROP: Now $110 for the pair.

Riding on Pavement / Biker vs Car in Carmel. Share the road.
« on: May 26, 2016, 08:13:29 PM »
Just passed a road biker vs car in Carmel.   The biker survived, but looked to have a leg injury.

By the size of the group there are probably HMBA members on scene.

Keep our unknown brother in your thoughts and remember:  Share the road.

EDIT: On the return trip home I spotted and stopped to speak to a rider who looked to either have been caught up in the accident or was tending to the riders bike.  He said the rider was taken to the ER to be checked, I take it that means he will survive.  He had two bikes with him, one was a carbon and the headtube was broken off the frame, the other I could not see clearly if it was damaged.

Tech Bench / Superfly 5 or X-Cal?
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:00:07 PM »
I have decided it is time to move on from my re-starter bike, a Trek Marlin 5 w/ RockShox 30 Silver coil fork, to something better.  Some little things are going bad and today was the second time I have had the bottom bracket come loose during harder riding at Town Run (gave it all I had on everything but skipped the 2 big drops).  I want to trade it in or convert it to a commuter before I actually break something on it or me.

To replace it, I want a $1000 - $1500 27.5" 15.5-16.5" hardtail capable of handling any XC trail Indiana/Michigan has to offer.  I have decided to give an air fork a try since I can always put the 30 Silver on it if I have issues.  I don't yet feel I need full suspension, I'm not that fast or aggressive.  I prefer Trek as we are family friends with one of their local dealers.  I also prefer not to deal with Suntour forks again.

Those criteria lead me to an high end X-Cal or the "low end" Superfly.

I am leaning towards a Superfly5 because of the tapered tube, but am not familiar with press fit BB's

The X-Cal 9 is super nice, but not tapered and nearly as much as the Superfly

The X-Cal 8 is tempting because of price and familiar and simple coil fork, but is lower spec all around.

Any guidance and suggestions are appreciated.

This is funny.   ;D

General Trail Information / Permit required signage?
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:14:53 AM »
Will the DNR / HMBA be adding any additional or more conspicuous signage to the trails to warn when entering a Permit required section of trail?

For instance, at Fort Ben, the only signage at the fork 1/2 way around Camp Glenn for Lawrence Creek trail was a 3.5 inch wide fiberglass trail marker post that says "LC", a directional arrow, and a blue square that stands for "intermediate".  It would be very easy for someone new to the trail to make a wrong turn at the fork.

Tech Bench / Best car trailer hitch brand for paint durability?
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:39:21 PM »
I am going with a hitch mounted rack for the new car.  Especially since I am getting a rack for free. :-)
 All brands of hitch for this car are of the same basic design.  The biggest difference I can see there being will be paint quality and durability.
 Which brands hold up best?

Tech Bench / Dad want's to ride again... Early 1980's Mongoose ATB
« on: January 18, 2016, 01:12:38 PM »
Dad want's to try mountain biking with me again.  We used to ride together when I was little, and he still has his bike which he properly stored in working order about 12 years ago.

It's a survivor, a 1984ish Mongoose ATB chrome rigid with original Suntour groupset and Diacompe brakes.  Since he stored it with all moving parts relaxed, it may only need cleaned, rubber parts replaced, and greased.

It will need tires, but what else would possibly be bad?

Town Run / What's happening to the south loop?
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:51:57 PM »
From the highway, I've seen the field has been mowed level, there's a Bobcat machine working out there, flags in the ground, some new looking young trees, and construction and landscaping activity at the old homes / barn.

What's happening?

General Trail Information / River's Edge Trail?... extinct?
« on: October 14, 2015, 11:17:38 PM »
A trail called Rivers Edge Trail shows up on hiking and mountain bike trail websites and searches ... but nothing on here.

Also, I cannot find a map of the actual trail, only that it is 8 miles long and near 86th and Allisonville.

Is this trail extinct?

Fort Harrison State Park / Rude road biker
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:46:59 PM »
I had an encounter with a roadie today.  I decided after a ride on Schone Creek to ride over to the lake and explore a bit of pavement. I rode up the road in the bike lane and with a 30+ lb low geared bike, a full pack of trail gear, and a freshly full hydro bladder, I was a slow moving target...

Just after the split with Camp Creek Trail, at the crest of the first hill there were two walkers walking side by side in the middle of the road.  I waited for them to move to their marked walking lane. They did not, they instead began to drift further into the bike lane. The paint was worn so they may have not realized what they were doing.  I steered left to the edge of the path and I was about to say something when the roadie came on the scene.

From about 100 ft back he yelled "You!  Get over!  Over there."

Startled, I looked back and saw he was pointing to my right, so I assumed he was calling to me... Nope he was yelling ahead at the walkers.  They scurried over to "their" side and he turned his attention to me.  I had drifted over to the right side of the lane as a result of turning my head and so he could pass on the left while staying in the bike lane. In seconds he was on me.  He starter yelling "on your right"  so I started drifting left to give him room... I mist have violated a roadie rule because he lit into me.  "Stay where you are!" "On your Right!".

He charged ahead and picked up speed as it leveled off and he was gone, but I could still hear him when he got to the guy that was ahead of me.

This guy's giving us bikers a bad image and its not our fault.  I've had nothing but good meetings with hikers in nearly a dozen visits and rides covering at least 45 miles of trail at Ft Ben.  From what I've read here and seen at events, this group has fought hard to be accepted at Ft Ben.  But the public won't care which type of bike the rude guy was riding.

Fort Harrison State Park / Old foundations on Schoen Creek trail
« on: September 10, 2015, 12:20:15 PM »
About 2/3 through Schoen Creek you ride through an old foundation of one or two buildings seemingly in the middle of the woods... What were they? 

Fort Harrison State Park / Hoosier Outdoor Experiance event questions.
« on: September 08, 2015, 06:56:36 PM »
 :'(Is it a bring your own bike event?

Will the Lawrence Creek and Schoen Creek trails be open?

Yes, my wife and I like to ride real mountain bike trails, but we also like to just ride slowly and talk and enjoy the scenery.  What bike friendly trails/paths/parks that aren't full-blown mountain bike trails are there in central Indiana?

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