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  1. Second HoneyBadger. Wheelbarrow and gorilla wagon would be really helpful and save me a trip to get tools. Rock bar should NOT be needed. Mark your tools so you get the right ones back.
  2. More info and sign up on Meetup at - Ignore the message saying this event was cancelled. Charlie posted that message to the wrong event (Friday was cancelled - not Saturday). Important points - Wear closed toed shoes. Shorts are fine. Bring gloves if you have them (we always run out of gloves). Bring any tools you want to work with. Most work will be 'dirt work'. Shovels, wheel barrows, rakes etc are tools expected. Loppers and saws not so much. Bring water. Camelbak works best but water bottles will work too. You can stay as long or short as you want. If you get there late we can make it work but it means we have to keep doing waivers and safety talks instead of working. If you need TMBRA PayDirt - bring your PayDirt form. We will have some forms but always run out. Even if we run out of forms I will get you credit for PayDirt hours. If you don't already know what PayDirt is - you don't need it. Similar for Scouts, Honor Societies, etc. Most of all - have fun. Most people find trail building to be both tiring and fun. You get to see some of what goes into trail building and then you get to ride the fruit of your labor. Even volunteers who have never built trail enjoy the experience. We will check this page again tonight but not on Saturday.
  3. I tell people that around Austin we night ride two times a year - Summer time and Winter time. In the summer it is too hot to ride when the sun is still up. Winter it is dark when I get off work. So we mountain bike with lights at night. Your picture makes me think you have one light. I strongly encourage you to ride with two lights. First - the new lights/batteries don't get dimmer and dimmer as the battery runs down. They stay near full brightness until they shut off. At night, alone, in the dark when your one light suddenly shutting off can be a disaster. Second, my eyes can't judge distance and speed with only one light. A handle bar light seems to never point where I need to see when I need it most. So I put the light on my helmet so the light is always pointing where I'm looking. Then the light is so close to my sight line that it does not throw a shadow. I never knew how much that shadow is used to give depth perspective until I tried to ride with just a helmet light. You can find decent lights/batteries on Amazon for around $30. One good crash saved is worth that much. Of course it is your choice.
  4. What I see is beautiful trail building skill. If they build up the outside of the trail there it will create a drainage problem. Here is a slide from a PowerPoint presentation on sustainable trails. The picture on the left is from the IMBA Trail Solutions book. Many people may recognize the picture on the right.
  5. All work planned for Saturday is rock / dirt work. You can use your new chainsaw for that if you REALLY want to. For some reason, I think your chainsaw will last longer and work better if you don't. BTW - I have one too. I find it to be a VERY handy tool. Just not for this workday.
  6. The film "Life of Pie" will be screening at the local Patagonia store (316 Congress) on May 15th at 7:00 PM. This looks like a big event. The Austin Ridge Riders will be there to tell people about what we do for mountain biking in Central Texas. Movie trailer at - https://brandportal.patagonia.com/share/91E72666-57F2-4200-A9EA422D45D83A48/?mediaId=A0FB0B98-DBBA-4ED9-ADC563AD1D598D95 This looks like a fun event. Parking can be tough in that area so I plan to ride my bike. Join me if you can.
  7. Yes - you are overthinking it. But I have had such difference in experience I'm not sure what I've learned. I put 180 cranks on my single speed when I built it. I liked them. So I replaced the 175 cranks with 180 cranks on my geared bike. My climbing actually got worse. A few months later I went back to 175 cranks on the geared bike. I found my climbing improved with the 175 cranks. Actually I think my climbing improved over what it was when I started on 175 cranks. So what I think I've learned is that my fitness / skill / practice made more of a difference than the crank length. If you google crank length I found articles that said about the same thing - unless your crank length is way way off, it does not make much difference. Of course - YMMV.
  8. Been thru this several times. The first "stress test" they said they would not do because I was in such bad shape. I told them when I left the Doc office I was going mountain biking, by myself in the woods. Mountain biking was where I was pegging the heart rate monitor (220 bpm max - I was hitting that in the first 1/2 mile and never dropped below 220). They decided to do the stress test so I would at least be in the doc's office when *IT* happened. The "stress test' was uneventful. No surprise to me but it was to them. Lots of good advice above. I'm not going to repeat it. Diet and exercise are HUGE factors. But so it genetics. And so is luck. Diet and exercise are the only ones I can control. The other one I can control is which cardiologist I see. I have been to several. Two of them are well known to other doctors. When one doctor says to me "Can I refer you to another cardiologist?", I understand what they really mean but can't /don't say. My experience is if you can get an appointment this year without another doctor calling for you - find a better cardio. Most of the cardio's you can get an appointment with may be better than no cardio but not by much.
  9. So when there are already and A-Line (skinny next to the tree), a B-Line (down and up to the left) and a C-Line (virtual sidewalk to the right of the tree), people still think they need to cut the roots of the tree. I know - it needs a sign. Sure - people will pay attention to a sign. Yeah. Right. I can't figure out how to correct the rotation of the picture. Up is to the right.
  10. I have no idea who did that or when. We (ARR) has not been allowed to do trail work there for over 5 years. I am STILL trying to get the agreement signed.
  11. Those should work. Or try emailing BrushyCreek@austinridgeriders.com That general format works for most trails. The exceptions are the ones that are abbreviated. Like WC@austinridgeriders.com (Walnut Creek).
  12. Try emailing BrushyCreek@austinridgeriders.com That general format works for most trails. The exceptions are the ones that are abbreviated. Like WC@austinridgeriders.com (Walnut Creek).
  13. You mean like - Riding the Post enduro ( near Post Tx). Been whipping along the single track thru the brush for a while when I come around a corner and find the 'edge of the world'. Why do I call it the 'edge of the world'? Because about ten feet in front of your front wheel all you can see is the horizon way way WAY off in the distance. At that point there is not time to even get that cold sweat on the back of your neck - much less hit the brakes and not go off the edge. In an instant you are airborne. Now you get that cold sweat. And you look down about a hundred feet (felt like a mile or two) and start preparing for what ever the "landing" may be. Then you notice in the sand at the bottom somebody has written in great BIG 10 foot letters "OH SHIT!". I rode that enduro a couple of years later and people were still talking about OH Shit Hill. (Just for reference - I pushed the front wheel down to match the transition at the bottom of the hill and stayed on the motorcycle. Bottomed the suspension and my legs but rode it out.)
  14. We met with Mr Williams (name I recall) back when we were getting Deception, uh I mean Brushy Creek Singletrack, recognized and sanctioned. My memory is that Wilco PARD was not exactly happy that mountin bike trails were being recognized. Word I have heard since then do not make me think that opinion has changed.
  15. We would walk motorcycle motocross tracks before we rode the first lap. The first lap was generally slow. Only after several laps would we pick up the pace. I can't say that would have prevented your crash. We crashed a lot even after walking and 'slow riding' the track. Back then there was a thing called "enduro" races where the rules were you were not allowed to see the course before you rode it. The point was everyone had to 'read' the trail at the pace you were riding. If you crashed because you misread the trail - it was your fault. Always. Since the course was about a hundred miles - NOBODY could "memorize the course". Even those that consider the course to be their local trails - they always threw in some new/changed sections. Besides that - sorry you were injured.
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