I like Erik's a lot. They have always done a good job for me. I have always had good experiences at Trek West and Jeff at Trail This is always right. Jeff sold me my favorite bike after he insisted I ride it.

The guy at revolution may not have been a good explainer, but he was correct. You should have replaced the cassette when replacing the chain. The chain "adapting" was it wearing rapidly to match the wear present on your cassette.

Re: 2018 Trail Work Updates

in Blackhawk
Creeper
September 18, 2018, 09:46 PM

I’ll be trimming and sawing where needed at Blackhawk today 8:30-2. You are welcome to join. If you get there early meet at the garage, if you come later, follow your ears.

I very nearly finished Twist and Shout, but I was chased out after a couple bee stings from a swarm of ground bees I disturbed.

Through all the years of my biking career in Mad Town I had more troubles with mechanics/owners with attitudes, cheating me out of the guarantee (Budget Bikes) until I went to Eriks where my most recent purchase is my Masi cyclocross bike.
It came with a great two year free adjustment period which they honored every time I brought it in with no objections, they didn't try and sell me parts or even a whole new bike I didn't need (Again Budget Bikes) and they were always friendly and helpful. 
I did find a cheaper chain at Revolution but they gave me attitude ("You need to change the rear sprockets because I said so and know your bike better than you,"  type of BS) however time proved them wrong when the chain adapted.
And that is just one example.
I  like the funky/hippie vibe but the mechanics need to leave the New York attitude to New York.
Another one to avoid with a short tempered owner/mechanic is Old Time Cycles.
I like supporting small business and I would more often but he is a real impatient jerk.
Anyway, Eriks. They have never let me down.



So I have this Giant MTB which I got about 10 years ago give or take.
It's just a basic one with a thick frame and it has the adjustable Sun Tour front shocks.
Recently on a group ride at Cam Rock another rider said that my bike was not designed for doing the jumps on that course.
(Even if I had the right bike, I wouldn't even think of doing those jumps right now. My skills are still light years behind a lot of other riders I've seen.)
Are there any suggestions for the types of jumps this bike could handle on other courses?
For example, could I do the jump course at Pleasant View?
Or that one rock jump I've seen at Seminole?
Whatever suggestions I get with jumps at courses is helpful as well as any other things I can or shouldn't do with this type of bike as well as any advice for how to do any suggested jumps.
I'd rather know ahead of time than to learn a regrettable lesson later on.
Thank you in advance for any replies.

So I did Pleasant Ridge for the 2nd time recently.
The first time, when I got to the bottom of Slice, I was confused and ended up on the connector trail which took me to Blackhawk that included going through two big muddy areas on the way.
That was not my intention so I just went with it and kept going.
The second time I saw where I got confused.
Because there are no signs pointing the way where the Slice continues it wasn't that obvious to me.

I dunno how or where the start to the jump track is.
I came upon it soon after the entrance to the Fairway where there  are all these trails that criss cross and I dunno where they all go.
I know which one is the Fairway but what's up with all these other ones that leads off of it?
I didn't do the jump track this time. Instead I practiced on the skills section a few times. Interesting that I haven't seen that advertised.

And what about the double wide grassy mowed trail that is to the far right of the parking lot that runs along the edge of PV?
All what is there is a sign informing us to stay off the trails when wet and muddy.
Where does that trail lead to? Is it part of the CORP system of PV?
Is it possible for more signs or is letting us explore, discover and make mistakes supposed to be part of the fun of MTBing?

Other than that, it's a great system of trails and I enjoy it.

Re: 2018 Trail Work Updates

in Blackhawk
Creeper
September 18, 2018, 07:28 AM

I’ll be trimming and sawing where needed at Blackhawk today 8:30-2. You are welcome to join. If you get there early meet at the garage, if you come later, follow your ears.

2018 CX practice series

in Northeast Park
CX Rob
September 17, 2018, 07:35 PM

Hey folk!
Have you seen the recent CORP News post? Madison is becoming super supportive of cyclocross this year (finally!)
While NorthEast Park is still our premier cyclocross practice area, Mad Parks is allowing us to introduce cross to beginners and noobs at various other parks this fall. This practice series is the result of several years of talks with Madison Parks, along with CORP’s responsible stewardship of the Cyclocross Practice Area at North East Park.

Please remember that all CX rides and events are weather dependent: is your tired are leaving ruts, don't ride. Please wait until things dry out!

Here are the practice details again:
Please share this out on your social media and forward to your friends, and friends with kids.

What: cyclocross basics and practice for beginners (kids and adults, ages 10 and up). The series is not cumulative, so you can come to any or all of the practice and fit right in.

When and where:

9/19 @ Olin Park (northwest end near Monona Bay)
9/26 @ Olbrich park (northwest corner at Lakeland Ave)
10/3 @ Marshal Park (south corner next to parking lot)
10/10 @ Garner Park (on the grassy hillside below the park pavilion)
10/24, @ Aldo Leopold Park
11/7 @ Heistand Park (on the grassy bowl)
11/14 @ Reindahl park (near the splash pad area)

When:   5:00pm start, lasting about 1-½ hours, daylight and weather permitting.

What to bring: a properly fitted helmet, normal riding attire, a cyclocross bike in good working order (a mountain bike, gravel, commuter, fat bike, or any bike with knobby tires is OK). We also recommend bringing your own (full) water bottle. Some of the parks do not have water on site.

There is no registration, but we ask that you RSVP to let us know which date(s) you might attend, so we can plan accordingly: rob.lewis@madcitydirt.com.

All of this is possible because folks like you have become members of CORP.  A portion of your membership dollars helps cover these events as well as the mowing fee at NorthEast Park. Your support will help us to offer even more off-road opportunities throughout the City of Madison.

-Rob

Re: cliffside / expert loop rebuild

in Cam-Rock
rkmears
September 17, 2018, 01:14 PM

Awesome work!!

Cyclocross Practice Series

in News
augs
September 15, 2018, 04:33 PM

Hi everyone,

Volunteers with Capitol Off Road Pathfinders have worked out an agreement to provide free cyclocross practices for beginners in Madison Parks.

This practice series is the result of several years of talks with Madison Parks, along with CORP’s responsible stewardship of the Cyclocross Practice Area at North East Park. We are super grateful to Madison Parks for offering us this new opportunity.

Practices will rotate through a number of parks this fall. Here are the details:

What: Cyclocross basics and practice for beginners (kids and adults, ages 10 and up). The series is not cumulative, so you can come to any or all of the practice and fit right in.

When and where: See attached map

9/19 @ Olin Park (northwest end near Monona Bay)
9/26 @ Olbrich park (northwest corner at Lakeland Ave)
10/3 @ Marshal Park (south corner next to parking lot)
10/10 @ Garner Park (on the grassy hillside below the park pavilion)
10/24, @ Aldo Leopold Park
11/7 @ Heistand Park (on the grassy bowl)
11/14 @ Reindahl park (near the splash pad area)

When:   5:00pm start, lasting about 1-½ hours, daylight permitting.

What to bring: a properly fitted helmet, normal riding attire, a cyclocross bike in good working order (a mountain bike, gravel, commuter, fat bike, or any bike with knobby tires is OK). We also recommend bringing your own (full) water bottle. Some of the parks do not have water on site.

There is no registration, but we ask that you RSVP to let us know which date(s) you might attend, so we can plan accordingly: rob.lewis@madcitydirt.com.

All of this is possible because folks like you have become members of CORP.  A portion of your membership dollars helps cover these events as well as the mowing fee at NorthEast Park. Your support will help us to offer even more off-road opportunities throughout the City of Madison. Join us!

Re: cliffside / expert loop rebuild

in Cam-Rock
mlove6
September 15, 2018, 02:12 PM

A bunch of the camrock crew put in some real work over the past few weeks.  Cliffedge trail is now rideable start to finish.  It is an advanced trail and there have been several technical features added with more to come.   Get out and ride! 
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