Is the "blacktop trail" a shorter track that loops near the large hill entrance of the old trail?
There is also a crumbling stretch of asphalt that runs behind the backstop of that small park that could use some attention from the overgrown brush etc.

The trail I was thinking of is the one behind the backstop in Carpenter-Ridgeway Park. It runs in a straight line nearly from the Starkweather Creek Path to Carpenter Street.

I haven’t got much feedback on getting together for some trail work, so I may not make it out there until a little later.  I must have just missed you yesterday  Justin,  I was Able to get the rest of the downed tree off the trail in the central area As well as another downed tree on the newer section Of the trail.  I weed whipped the new trails Along the north-East of the area, but didn’t get the entirety of it.

I’ll update here on any work I get done as I’m sure others will too.

Thanx for all your work on it Cory!
Much appreciated.

I had other plans last Sat.
Though I agree that perhaps we could create a list (Would have to be email for me since I don't have a cell.) for interested trail workers and put out suggested dates/times  to be there well in advance so folks can schedule it.
Sats are prob. going to be best since it is now Packers Sunday unless the time is before or after a game.

Thanks for organizing the trail work on the 19th. Unfortunately I can't make it but I had some free time and I haven't contributed in a long time so I did a little work out there this morning. The trails looked good and there were very few mosquitoes. A few notes:

  • I cut down the branch across the blacktop trail and moved it out of the way.
  • I cut down the big branch across the trail in the middle of the park. When someone stronger or a group is there they can drag it off the path.
  • There was another tree down across the new trail near the national guard fence. I didn't cut this one up because I was out of time.
  • If someone wants to do some cutting there is a small yellow bow saw that is always at the park. I last saw it hanging from a tree near the bmx style trail area.
  • Of the trails I walked, the old trails just seemed like they needed a few branches trimmed with a loppers. The trails from this year are overgrown already and will need more work.
  • If someone could bring a garbage bag there is broken glass on the trail next to the baseball fields. Otherwise not much garbage.
  • There is a bicycle parking sign and post next to the trail. I can't help but assume this is stolen. This makes us look bad. If it is stolen and the person who put it there is reading this please put the sign back where you found it.

As always, thank you for all you do Justin!

Is the "blacktop trail" a shorter track that loops near the large hill entrance of the old trail?
There is also a crumbling stretch of asphalt that runs behind the backstop of that small park that could use some attention from the overgrown brush etc.

^ I wasn't suggesting that you have to trim that.
Just add it to the "Honey do" list for anyone who wants to clip it.
 

I wasn't suggesting that you shouldn't use a chainsaw, only suggesting alternatives if you can't find one.

OK thanx.

Could you please send me an email to the address I gave you?
All the letters in the address are lower case.

I wanna run a couple  of things by you that we touched on Sunday re: Burdox.

Re: Dialing in new suspension

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corkr900
September 21, 2020, 06:33 PM

And I don't believe cranks have gotten any longer
I'm a dingus, I didn't realize the bike was spec'd with 175 mm cranks, so that's definitely a factor

Re: Dialing in new suspension

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Kevin M
September 21, 2020, 05:39 PM

If you have the sag set correctly and you're still bottoming out frequently then you need to start adding volume spacers. Assuming you have a shock pump, you don't need any other special tools for the DPX2, and you might just need a socket for the fork.

Slow Roll held a couple suspension how-to workshops over the off season last year, so you might check in with them  if that's something you're interested in.

As far a pedal strikes go, a couple millimeters makes a huge difference. Although problem solving through the internet is pretty tough without seeing your bike in person, switching to lower profile pedals or going from 175 to 170mm cranks will help immensely.

Re: Night Riding?

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augs
September 21, 2020, 04:34 PM

As far as I know, no trails (other than Cliff Edge at CamRock) have any restrictions on night riding.  If they do, they aren't enforced.  Respect other users and neighbors, and have a good time!

This is the third time in a week or so I've heard of BH closing at dark; I'm not sure where that rumor started, but it is only that.

Re: Dialing in new suspension

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corkr900
September 21, 2020, 04:24 PM

Rear shock is Fox Performance 36 / Float DPX2. The bike is an enduro, but some sources call it a long-travel trail because of the geometry. 160 mm travel front and rear on the 29er.

With respect to geometry: this was probably the thing I paid the most attention to when choosing the bike. For now I'm comparing this to the hardtail cross-country bike I've been primarily riding for the last 6 years - 2014 Specialized Rockhopper. The bottom bracket height is 343 mm (rockhopper was 310 mm) so 20% sag will put it 1 mm higher. So, very, very similar bb height. And I don't believe cranks have gotten any longer in the last 6 years so one should think there should be no significant change in the size of rocks/roots that require you to think about pedal strikes, but it definitely happens a LOT more, usually on trails that I never had to think about before, including most beginner trails in the area.

With respect to riding technique considerations: rest assured I am very familiar with these things. Not my first rodeo.

I am familiar with suspension tuning at a high level from various sources on the internet but would not feel confident doing it by myself due to lack of experience, also because I lack the tools. Mostly wondering whether it's worth the money to bring it to a shop, or to invest in the tools, or to just ignore it and be more cautious with my pedaling.

Re: Night Riding?

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imwjl
September 21, 2020, 01:55 PM

OK, so with fall/winter coming in, I'm going to try and get as much fall riding as I can, so night riding is going to be a thing for me this fall (first time)...But I'm not sure which trails permit night riding.

So, rather than try and figure out what trails I "can" ride, it might be easier to tell me which ones I "can't" ride...

For example, I think Blackhawk closes at dark correct? But Camrock does permit night riding up to like 10PM correct?

Anywhere else?

Thanks!

Pleasant View allows night riding. If there is a curfew I am not familiar with it.

People ride Blackhawk and Pleasant View in the dark (and that's a reminder to start recruiting fat bike groomers). The important parts to remember are both close the gates at dark and for Blackhawk when scheduled events and programs are done, plus don't be in the way of scheduled events. It's also important to respect our the private land owner between the two properties and be a Blackhawk member if you ride both.

Your Blackhawk membership gives you gate info, and you can park outside of Pleasant View. If you park at the cel tower never crowd out the ability for a few service vehicles to be there. You can ride up to Pleasant View via the South Fork trail.

Re: Night Riding?

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Rwill
September 21, 2020, 10:04 AM

Pleasant View allows night riding. If there is a curfew I am not familiar with it.
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