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New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:25:22 PM »
In case there are any Mil/Chi peeps who haven't heard about this yet.




I haven't been inside. I'm accident prone, so that looks like a broken arm waiting to happen for me, but I've been getting reports that it's pretty cool.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 09:13:25 PM »
That's awesome.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 09:59:08 PM »

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 10:34:30 PM »
Had some friends go to the Ohio one last Winter.  All reports say it is AMAZING and worth the trip.  They are planning another run to the Ohio one this Winter.  Gotta try and see if I can make it...

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 01:16:56 AM »
Nice. I'd probably be confined to the Sram lounge.  ;D
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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 08:02:44 AM »
Had some friends go to the Ohio one last Winter.  All reports say it is AMAZING and worth the trip.  They are planning another run to the Ohio one this Winter.  Gotta try and see if I can make it...


There's one in Ohio? Where?
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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 09:43:37 AM »

There's one in Ohio? Where?

The video said something about Cleveland.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 11:55:53 AM »
Yep, the original location is in Cleveland.
http://www.raysmtb.com/

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 06:10:23 AM »
I apparently have lived too adventurous of a life because that looks awful tame.  It appears a large portion of floor space is North Shore style bridges and teeter totters.  The real stuff is 30 ft. up less than a 1/3 as wide and I'm not even getting into those teeters.  Not trying to be jaded but real life experience tells me that is just one more babysitter for rent or a place to fluff up a middle aged ego.  Given the crowd they are targeting those BMX style things will wow em for years and no one will complain to much about the rock garden either.  Welcome to the midwest I guess.  After watching a group of 60+ fisherman borrow my first full suspension mountain bike to do 8 ft. bomb drops onto the beach it is hard to come back from the atmosphere prevalent in mountains.  Everyone of them stuck it too.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 06:26:50 AM »
I hope that didn't come off as too harsh.  I have seen people do serious personal harm on less and the lack of height only heightens the danger as reflexes can be your worst enemy in a short fall.  Especially on the starting ramps one missed pedal could spell trouble for anyone.  I can really see this giving someone a false sense of confidence and security in a wilderness environment that may not be overcome before things take a bad turn.  CO is currently full of these extreme types who would get laughed out of chamonix and damned well know it.  Taking a 10 lb carbon bike down the side of a mountain with a wing suit on is an eye opener not a death wish for the serious type over there.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 08:26:41 AM »
Lighten up. It's a great place to get a good sweat on, and if that means some bumps and bruises, who cares.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 11:41:45 AM »
Yep, when there's snow on the ground and below freezing, this is better than doing nothing. I'd say it's a better babysitter for rent than sitting in front of a t.v., no?

There's a gaggle of MTB guys in Chicago who are super stoked about having a winter place to ride. When the most exciting trails they get around here are the Kettles, this place isn't so bad.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 02:12:38 PM »
Different strokes for different folks.  It does have a lot of beginner oriented stuff that may be fun for a limited time for some adults.  Just because I never grew up doesn't mean you would catch me in a Dave & Busters either.  I have spent a lot of time seeing some pretty awful stuff narrowly avoided outdoors because someone with experience stepped in and gave a physics lesson and/or  beat a bush and scattered the rattle snakes etc.  I have been on the receiving end my fair share. 


I spent a couple weeks tracking a coyote in a major city some years ago.  I did this because I was walking through a wooded section of a park toward the local sledding hill and caught him circling a 3 year old girl. Her brothers were 100 yds up on top the hill yelling and playing around.  Sis was more than a little scared when she saw how close he was when I rousted him.  I grabbed the eldest boy and explained to him what happened and that even in the city there are predators so he should take care of his sister.  I showed him the network of tracks and where she was when he ran  They left.

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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 05:34:45 PM »
So I got way way way out of the park.  I've been indirectly responsible for a couple of serious accidents due to someone deciding to blindly follow or just go for something I'm deliberately sizing up.  Their stupidity, my example. 


I have hand built a lot of bike jumps and obstacles and at one point ended up taking a multi-day IMBA class.  I spent a couple years volunteering to help build a trail system behind the MN zoo and being the nominated stunt dummy.  It took me some time to get the powers that be to understand a 10 foot tall log pile impassable but for over the top was a good idea.  Putting it at the top of a hill just after a sharp corner an even better one.  That their $6000 fully suspended XTR laden bike would be enough to see the course, puckers and legs crossed.  Yet there it sits across the entrance to their laughably name double super expert loop.  They have since rebuilt nearly all of the obstacles to reflect the small amount of bike handling skill that first time over proved they had.  Until that point the epoch of their vision was naming pebbles they clumsily broke bones on and trail stability.  It worked out really well because people wanted both.  They have a park officer limiting traffic full time on the weekends compared to the average 10 visitors a day beforehand.  And the trails with less slippery logs are almost clogged with people in the Winter.



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Re: New Indoor MTB Park in Milwaukee
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 08:10:19 PM »
impressive.