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  1. You are not screwed. Just do the "other" new thing. Wider handlebars. You know five foot wide handlebars so you are stretched out and your weight is forward. 😉
  2. I wonder if this makes a difference in suspension development - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY3wT1_HrgI Most of the suspension technologies trickle down from other places. Motorcycle motocross is some of the most directly applicable. And the riders are testing both of them.
  3. Note above where I said the "soft costs" (design and management) would be close to the "hard costs" (labor and materials to build the sidewalk). WatersPark links to why those costs are so high. It costs money to 'manage, report, comply with laws, and make transparent'. Note that I am pointing out reality. I am not complaining or blaming anyone. When the 'rules' are made to cover any project no matter the size, the costs of complying with those rules becomes a MAJOR percentage of smaller projects.
  4. Last question - no. I would not even waste time trying that one. Just getting to reroute the existing trail so it goes under the bridge they will have to build will take a minor miracle. Location where the new sidewalk will cross under Lamar is well south of Windy Loop. It will be closer to the Main Creek Crossing than it will be to Windy Loop. Check the map in the PDF file.
  5. Did I forget to mention this was a government job???? Just off the top of my head - I bet the design, permitting, oversight, etc. (everything except actually building sidewalk) will probably be about the same cost as actually building the sidewalk. But it might only be 80% instead of the full 100%. The sidewalk is being built so trucks can drive on it. Including the bridges. Just like the existing sidewalk, they have to build a temporary road big enough to bring in the sections of the bridges. Those are BIG bridge sections that require big trucks to haul them and big cranes to move them. Then they have to tear out the temporary 'road' they built and "restore" the area. All of that cost money. Lots and lots of money.
  6. After having done both a complete bike and custom build - I recommend doing the complete bike. The only reason I would do another custom build is to get some combination of components I could not get otherwise. When I have looked at the options, frequently it makes more sense to buy a complete bike and swap out the one or two components I didn't like. It usually came out cheaper than buying components until I got a full build. Note - this is posted by a guy who still has a frame waiting to be built up. I bought it as a 'spare' for when my favorite aluminum frame fails. My frames (like AustinBike's) have a limited life. And that frame was no longer going to be made so they were closing them out cheap.
  7. We have re-opened a trail at City Park. I doubt MTBR's know about or ever used this trail. So chances are good MTBR's will never find this trail or start using it. But it exists and is rideable now. There is short bypass near the top of the Main Loop. This trail starts on that bypass and parallels the drainage channel until it hits where the fork of the drainage comes together. From there, there is a trail to the west that ties back into the Main Loop. This trail was EXTREMELY important to the motorcycle trials riders so they could get to their riding areas without doing the entire Main Loop. Since it was clearly outside of any critical water quality zone we were allowed to reopen it. If MTBR's want to ride it - it is legal trail. Please stay on the trail and don't create bypasses or new trails. This is a two-way trail so be careful of on coming traffic. You should plan to yield to motorcycles regardless of who is up hill or down hill. You know they are there but they don't know you are there. Attached are two maps. One an aerial view where the trail is located but it is hard to see the other trails. The other map has TONS on old information but shows the other trails. I 'circled' the re-opened trail in red so you can find it among all the info shown. Ef LongMotorcyclePark-1996 Existing Trails - Shaded Sections - N-S Trail.pdf
  8. Last week a group of us hiked the proposed route thru Walnut Creek Park from the current "end" of the big sidewalk to the east side of the park. There were several issues to bring to the group - 1) - PARD is saying NO NEW TRAILS. After the current section of the sidewalk replaced several of the exiting trails, we were allowed to replace those trails. PARD is saying that will not be allowed this time. The new sidewalk is planned to replace a long section of the existing trail that in my opinion, is not a high priority to Mtbr's. Most of that section is along Pool Lot Trail. (see attached map). I don't see that trail being a big loss to Mtbr's. Most riders on that trail are just getting to a 'real trail' to ride. I think we can share that part with the general public with out too much trouble. 2) - Charlie has proposed and flagged a parallel path to allow Mtbr's to bypass that section. PARD was adamant that that trail would never be allowed. 3) - The climb at 250 - 252 - 254 is likely to be closed. There were concerns about trails entering the sidewalk with blind entrances. Those trails are fall line trails that are eroding and exposing oak roots. My opinion is those trails should probably be closed but only if there are allowed to be replaced. If they are closed with no replacement - then keep them open. Sorry - an adamant edict gets an adamant response. 4) - The biggest problem is where the new sidewalk will cross Walnut Creek east of the Main Creek Crossing (see lower right red circle on the attached map). That is a highly used and popular trail. The City was proposing to build "board walk ramps" to allow Mtb's to cross the sidewalk at (roughly) right angles. The theory was that the climb on to the sidewalk level (I'm guessing 5 to 6 feet) would slow the bikes down to prevent collisions. I said that riders would get as much speed as possible to gap jump the concrete. I see potential for major collisions if they build these ramps. I suggested allowing the existing trail to be moved so the revised trail could go under the bridge that will be built over Walnut Creek. This would be similar to what was done at the bottom of Powerline Flow Trail. The engineer and PARD people did walk over and look at that area. There was NO commitment that this would be allowed. There was little commitment that it would even be considered. I think the folks were we talking with were afraid to make commitments that may not happen because they are overruled by higher ups. These were worker bees - not management that sits at a desk and issues edicts. 5) - There were a large number of trees with red survey tape around them. There was MUCH concern that the red survey tape meant the tree would be removed. We were told that the red marking meant the tree was surveyed - not that it would or would not be removed. Since some of these trees were HUGE old trees - several people walking the proposed sidewalk were relieved to hear these trees were not marked for removal. 6) - Overall - I think the big sidewalk is a good thing (I hate to call a concrete, ADA compliant structure a "trail". It is closer to a road than a trail.). This can be a place to ride when it is too wet to ride dirt. We can stay away from cars with drivers on their phones. Maybe, just maybe, we might be able to build new trail off the new sidewalk like at Brushy Creek. I support the big sidewalk even if it takes out some real trails at Walnut Creek. That said, these are my opinions ONLY. I am about to hand this off to others. They may have different ideas on how to handle it. You can see what the City has posted on their web site at the link below. http://www.austintexas.gov/page/walnut-creek-trail-system WalnutCreekMetroPark_LargeKiosk_2019-09-07 NWCRT.pdf
  9. I a little bit familiar with the trails at Walnut Creek. I don't recognize where this was. I thought it was at the bottom of the "old" Powerline Downhill but that is across the creek from Point 6. My best guess is that it was near the entrance / exit of Point 6 since that is the only place that has a creek near Point 6 and the creek crossing like shown in his video. This looks like old silt fence. It also looks like it could be at the edge of the park. I asked the original poster on Facebook to tell us where on the map.
  10. I thought you were retired. Eventually, you will get over that 'stay connected' conundrum. Just go ride. Your 'patients' will survive until you get back.
  11. This is the first I have seen of that. It shows (again) that none of us are as smart as all of us. I should have asked the question of the "hive".
  12. For me, group rides don't help me learn the trail. I have to get lost, make wrong turns, back track etc. Otherwise I just follow the group and learn very little. But other people may learn trails easier than I do.
  13. I like this idea. When doing the emergency location markers for signs we ran into this exact problem. People thought they could use the GPS locations (lat / long) to give an exact location. After all, they could read it off their phone and relay that to 911 or whoever. Yeah right. In a stressful situation you are going to read two 15 digit numbers off your phone to someone who is going to write those down perfectly so they can transfer those to the person who will actually go help the injured rider. Not going to happen. one lost digit or transposed digit and the location could be off by miles. And don't forget that many GPS "systems" use different methods of those locations. Some use negative numbers. Others use positive numbers ONLY. Some use degrees minutes seconds then start decimals. Some go straight to decimals. This quickly turned into a big a mess as saying 'I'm by the drop with the big tree and the rock...'. Mile markers were almost as bad. Ask a person "what mile marker are you closest to" and they will give you the reading on their GPS/Strava. Assuming you know where they started, know the exact path they took, and they never doubled back or sessioned anything, that might get the first responders close. Miss any one of those details and chances of finding them quickly are slim to none. ARR started using a 3 digit location identifier. The first digit tells the first responder which "entrance" to use (almost all trails have multiple entrances like BCGB) or zone (break the trails into different areas). The other two digits give an exact location. Most land owners / land manager liked this system. This is what is used on most trails with signage. Some land owners / land manager hated it. They thought it was too illogical. It could wind up with numbers physically close together on the trail but vastly different numbers. For those areas we use a grid system. (Like most maps with letters across the top and numbers down the sides.) That identifies to the first responders to a "square" but then it is up to them which part of the trail thru that square they need to find. Both methods have good points and bad points. The 3 words system helps some. If it catches on and most people (land managers and first responders) know what this is and how to use it - we will change to use it. That way there is no "special map" needed to decode the locations. For some reason, some land managers chose to keep that map to themselves.
  14. Welcome to the club. Every time I get to ride the SATN there is more and more and more. I'm hearing rumors of ~90 miles of trail (including some roads to connect them). Not much technical but fun trail none the less.
  15. It DUMPED on Slaughter Creek Trail. Less than I mile away where I was barely got a sprinkle.
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