smallengineguy

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    smallengineguy reacted to MTNBYKR in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    I normally stay out of these "debates", because once someone has their mind made up about something (whether right or wrong), there usually is no changing it...  And also because arguing over the internet is, well, you know the rest.  But some of the ignorant comments here are ridiculous.
    Let me first say that I am an officer in a snowmobile club, and have been for many years.  I volunteer COUNTLESS hours doing trailwork, fundraising, etc, etc, etc...  I am also a volunteer with a local mountain bike club, and I'd like to point out some of the similarities for some of you that don't know already...
    The mountain bike club I am in is a local club in central NH, and that club is also part of a larger organization called NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association).  (Very similar to local snowmobile clubs being part of NHSA). We have built, and we maintain many miles of singletrack trails in Central NH.  Franklin Falls trails in Franklin, Page Hill trails in Hill, Ahern St Park trails in Laconia, etc, etc.  (Very similar to snowmobile clubs that build and maintain miles of trails) We hold regular meetings, just like snowmobile clubs. We apply for RTP grants, just like snowmobile clubs. We obtain landowner permission for our trails, just like snowmobile clubs. We have trailwork days, and usually it is the same 10 people that show up to do all the work (Hmmm, that sounds familiar too...?) In the spring, mountain bikers are cautioned against riding on the trails during mud season, because of the ruts and damage it causes.  But there are always the riders that don't listen, and ride the trails anyway, causing damage.  (Gee, sound like anything familiar in the snowmobile community?  Like the people that can't obey the "stay on trail" signs???) So my point in all of this is...  The snowmobile community and the mountain bike community share very similar issues.  The "core" group of people (like you and I in the snowmobile community) are the ones that follow the rules, and don't even get noticed.  But it's the "a-holes" in each sport that threaten to ruin it for the rest of us...
    Think about it...  You don't see the mountain bikers that are following the rules and riding all of the singletrack trails that THEY built, because they are off doing the right thing and keeping to themselves.  Just like people don't even see us snowmobilers that are doing the right thing and riding the trails the WE built, following the rules, running stock exhaust, staying on approved trails, etc.  It's only the a-holes that ride past "no snowmobiling" signs, litter, ride wth loud exhaust, skim across the Weirs beach channel towing a skier, etc. that get people's attention.
    Each sport has it's share of a-holes, and they are the ones that get all of the attention.  We all are outside sharing the woods because we love the outdoors.  It would be great if we could all work together instead of spewing so much hate towards the other...
    And for the record, I don't even own a "fat bike".  I just have two regular mountain bikes and a road bike.
    -M
     
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    smallengineguy reacted to rossi46 in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    Guys...most cyclists are on the road once the snow melts. I don't know of any landowners that have problems with fat bikers, but I know of many that hate sledders. Might want to tone down the rhetoric.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Bilbo in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    I should probably put out a sign on our trail system: NO fatbikes, or snowshoers, or dog sledders, or hikers, or dog walkers on OUR trails!!! How DARE they use snowmobile trails for multi use activities?!?!?!
     
    Sheesh. If you're categorizing bicycles with motorized vehicles, this sport is F**ked.
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Bilbo in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    I should probably put out a sign on our trail system: NO fatbikes, or snowshoers, or dog sledders, or hikers, or dog walkers on OUR trails!!! How DARE they use snowmobile trails for multi use activities?!?!?!
     
    Sheesh. If you're categorizing bicycles with motorized vehicles, this sport is F**ked.
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    smallengineguy reacted to ckf in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    I really can't understand why the thought of Fat Bikes on the trails gets some so worked up. What's the difference between Fat Bikes on the trails or X country skiers, dog sleds or people on snow shoes?
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Bilbo in Fat Bikes in the news!   
    I should probably put out a sign on our trail system: NO fatbikes, or snowshoers, or dog sledders, or hikers, or dog walkers on OUR trails!!! How DARE they use snowmobile trails for multi use activities?!?!?!
     
    Sheesh. If you're categorizing bicycles with motorized vehicles, this sport is F**ked.
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from ckf in 7th Annual multi club poker run Saturday Feb 18th   
    Milton alone had over 40 riders!
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from ckf in 7th Annual multi club poker run Saturday Feb 18th   
    Signs are up, groomers are out, and the weather should cooperate! Hope to see some SledNH folks doing the run!
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in Great riding today, but...   
    My son and I had a great ride here in the southern lakes region today. Left Milton (trails like a highway) went into Wakefield's system and it was in it's usual state- ungroomed trash (same as the last 2 times there this year)... As soon as we hit New Durham, Mount Major, etc, trails were awesome. Kudos to all of you doing the countless hours of thankless work! 110 miles in the books!
    I'm not here to stir the pot, I know what clubs do to keep trails good, I've groomed, and cut, and built, for my club. I've noticed a few simple things that would help ALL who ride:
    If your maps are outdated, update them!
    If you have Trail Information signs with nothing on them, either take them down or fill them out! Nothing worse than going to a different club system and seeing Trail Junction ahead and getting there and all signs are faded/blank! I carry a Sharpie on me at all times so I can copy over faded signs, etc.
    If the last time your trail conditions page on FB or whatever was updated in December, or in 2015, fix it! A lot of people check club pages before they take the time to trailer there or whatever. Sucks to arrive to junk trails because FB said they were "pristine".
    Like I said, I'm not trying to be a PITA, but wanted to express the frustrating things the average rider sees.
     
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in Great riding today, but...   
    My son and I had a great ride here in the southern lakes region today. Left Milton (trails like a highway) went into Wakefield's system and it was in it's usual state- ungroomed trash (same as the last 2 times there this year)... As soon as we hit New Durham, Mount Major, etc, trails were awesome. Kudos to all of you doing the countless hours of thankless work! 110 miles in the books!
    I'm not here to stir the pot, I know what clubs do to keep trails good, I've groomed, and cut, and built, for my club. I've noticed a few simple things that would help ALL who ride:
    If your maps are outdated, update them!
    If you have Trail Information signs with nothing on them, either take them down or fill them out! Nothing worse than going to a different club system and seeing Trail Junction ahead and getting there and all signs are faded/blank! I carry a Sharpie on me at all times so I can copy over faded signs, etc.
    If the last time your trail conditions page on FB or whatever was updated in December, or in 2015, fix it! A lot of people check club pages before they take the time to trailer there or whatever. Sucks to arrive to junk trails because FB said they were "pristine".
    Like I said, I'm not trying to be a PITA, but wanted to express the frustrating things the average rider sees.
     
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in Great riding today, but...   
    My son and I had a great ride here in the southern lakes region today. Left Milton (trails like a highway) went into Wakefield's system and it was in it's usual state- ungroomed trash (same as the last 2 times there this year)... As soon as we hit New Durham, Mount Major, etc, trails were awesome. Kudos to all of you doing the countless hours of thankless work! 110 miles in the books!
    I'm not here to stir the pot, I know what clubs do to keep trails good, I've groomed, and cut, and built, for my club. I've noticed a few simple things that would help ALL who ride:
    If your maps are outdated, update them!
    If you have Trail Information signs with nothing on them, either take them down or fill them out! Nothing worse than going to a different club system and seeing Trail Junction ahead and getting there and all signs are faded/blank! I carry a Sharpie on me at all times so I can copy over faded signs, etc.
    If the last time your trail conditions page on FB or whatever was updated in December, or in 2015, fix it! A lot of people check club pages before they take the time to trailer there or whatever. Sucks to arrive to junk trails because FB said they were "pristine".
    Like I said, I'm not trying to be a PITA, but wanted to express the frustrating things the average rider sees.
     
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from ckf in 7th Annual multi club poker run Saturday Feb 18th   
    6th Annual Multi Club
    Snowmobile
    Poker Run

    Sat. Feb 18, 10am
    Starting Locations: (registration 9AM)
    Milton: Milton Pump shop, across from town beach
    New Durham: Hawg’s Pen Cycles (register there too)
    Wakefield: SLSC Clubhouse
    All runs end at the Lodge at Moose Mountain, Brookfield, NH
     
    Run routes determined by each club
     
    $10 to ride, $2 more for a 6th card!
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in Big Day Today - Going to the Dark Side   
    Congrats! We've been rooting for you to upgrade soon too snorander!
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from rossi46 in Great riding with friends south of the NOTCH...Riding, Celtics, Pats...Wow Baby.   
    Now that's what I call a good day!
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in And you thought fat bikes are a problem...what about these?   
    Can anyone say Snowhawk? Niche market I would think.
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Patriot in NHSA lack of information   
    I agree there are legitimate points over the past months, but I get tired (not so much now) of constant new posts every few days about what the NHSA isn't doing. I understand that the season was slow, and I know there are issues with the NHSA, but I've heard people call this site SledNHSA because of all the posts. Maybe I'm over reacting, but it gets old.
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Patriot in NHSA lack of information   
    I agree there are legitimate points over the past months, but I get tired (not so much now) of constant new posts every few days about what the NHSA isn't doing. I understand that the season was slow, and I know there are issues with the NHSA, but I've heard people call this site SledNHSA because of all the posts. Maybe I'm over reacting, but it gets old.
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Patriot in NHSA lack of information   
    I agree there are legitimate points over the past months, but I get tired (not so much now) of constant new posts every few days about what the NHSA isn't doing. I understand that the season was slow, and I know there are issues with the NHSA, but I've heard people call this site SledNHSA because of all the posts. Maybe I'm over reacting, but it gets old.
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Patriot in NHSA lack of information   
    I agree there are legitimate points over the past months, but I get tired (not so much now) of constant new posts every few days about what the NHSA isn't doing. I understand that the season was slow, and I know there are issues with the NHSA, but I've heard people call this site SledNHSA because of all the posts. Maybe I'm over reacting, but it gets old.
     
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from RK-SXViper in NHSA lack of information   
    Welcome to SledNH over the last 6 months...........
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from RK-SXViper in NHSA lack of information   
    Welcome to SledNH over the last 6 months...........
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from RK-SXViper in NHSA lack of information   
    Welcome to SledNH over the last 6 months...........
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from Skip in NHSA Sno_tations "Vol 2"   
    Holy S**T!!! Something GOOD about the NHSA? Hell hath definitely frozen over.
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from ColdBrew in E-blast...what does everyone think...comments?   
    I just got my first issue, I like it a lot. Informative and useful links.
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    smallengineguy got a reaction from snorander in Favorite sled of all time?   
    I'm going to buy another mint condition one someday. And just sit on it, and make brroomm noises.