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Found: Plastic handlebar cap

Postby redderthanafeutz » July 23rd, 2010, 8:12 pm

Found the plastic cap thing that I think goes in the end of someone's handlebars. Left it in the crotch of the support for the sign at the Kies parking lot.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby G.R.XC-MTNBKR » July 27th, 2010, 10:37 am

rode luton monday 26th. mainly fast and dry, few muddy spots on blue. watch out for two-way traffic on blue, hard to see in long grass. :)
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby enrgytoburn » July 27th, 2010, 11:58 am

A huge THANKS to Rick for making Luton the best trail in Western Michigan! If we get enough riders to do a trail day at the SGA maybe that will be a close second.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Slimm » August 2nd, 2010, 8:58 am

all the standing water is gone, finally.

trail is super dry and super fast and super slick. watch out for the hairpin turns
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 2nd, 2010, 9:20 am

The County will begin to prepare the Blue loop for the raised soil placement by the end of this week. Plans call for 100 yards of crushed concrete to be placed 6' wide and 6" deep on the east and west ends to eliminate the low areas and the use of boardwalks. Please watch for vehicle traffic while riding.It would probably be best to avoid the trails on Friday Aug 13th when 40 volunteers plan to install the raised areas. If you would like to lend a hand, email me.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 6th, 2010, 4:16 pm

RickPlite wrote:The County will begin to prepare the Blue loop for the raised soil placement by the end of this week. Plans call for 100 yards of crushed concrete to be placed 6' wide and 6" deep on the east and west ends to eliminate the low areas and the use of boardwalks. Please watch for vehicle traffic while riding.It would probably be best to avoid the trails on Friday Aug 13th when 40 volunteers plan to install the raised areas. If you would like to lend a hand, email me.



crushed concrete should be delivered soon. Please use caution riding the Blue Loop the week of August 8th
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby dh1 » August 10th, 2010, 7:52 am

Rode Luton for the second time the other day. Awesome work on the trial guys! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite trails.

On a sad note, someone broke into my truck in the parking lot there Monday night and stole my buddies iPhone. If anyone happened to be there at around 6:30 and saw this go down, I would appreciate any details you can provide. It would have been pretty conspicuous because the alarm was going off in my Suburban while this was happening.

Lessons learned:
- don't leave valuables on the floor of your car.
- apparently some thieves have arms like my 9 year old daughter that can fit through a 2" window gap
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 11th, 2010, 3:21 pm

The county started bringing in loads of crushed concrete today but had to quit due to the heavy rain. Hopefully they can continue tomorrow. The blue trail was widened to accomodate the dump truck. Shocking :shock: to see at first but it will grow back. Due to the rain and contruction I would avoid the trail until the weekend. Even then the blue loop on the east and west ends may be rough going for sometime. We plan to leave some of the boardwalks in place as trail obstacles.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby tdog » August 12th, 2010, 4:03 pm

what a mess! stay away for a few days until complete.....try the burg! should nice when done! i hope
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 13th, 2010, 9:51 pm

A huge thank you to General Electric volunteers! Trail work is 75% done. Use caution on the east half of the Blue Loop as we ran out of gravel and donated all the sweat we had to offer in the 90 degree heat. Who is up for helping with round two? We need $ for gravel/dirt and lots of volunteers. Take a stroll on the west portion and you will see what the proper amount of fill can do. 126 yards installed!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby tdog » August 14th, 2010, 3:39 pm

What about using some of the coin the mmba makes with the Yankee time trial?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Koz65 » August 16th, 2010, 9:08 am

Are they competely doing away with the boardwalks? I have a bunch of deck wood I was going to donate to build more.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 16th, 2010, 10:16 am

Koz65 wrote:Are they competely doing away with the boardwalks? I have a bunch of deck wood I was going to donate to build more.


thanks for the offer but we dont need any more boardwalks. since the Blue Loop is the "Easy" trail and it sees the most amount of hiking traffic, the county prefers less boardwalks for this area. Not sure if you have noticed but many beginner riders were still riding through the muck since they dont have the confidence to ride skinny boardwalks. We will leave a few in place for people to work on their skills riding.

Look for an annoucement here and on the kiosk as to when the county will deliver more crushed concrete. Probably the week of Aug 23rd. We will set up a few evening trail days to spread it out. The weekends are booked for most of us at this point.

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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 17th, 2010, 10:52 am

Luton Park is developing many bandit shortcuts, trail straightening, bypasses or whatever you want to call it. Some of the lines appear to happen from inexperienced riders looking for an easier way, some look to be from experienced riders wanting to go faster. Some new lines flow better, some not so much. I personally don't bother to try and block the new lines because I would rather be riding my bike than stopping and playing with sticks every few miles only to have someone toss them out of the way again. Apparently a few people have some power issues going on and I am tired of it.
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Lets just call a truce to all this and let the lines develop. In time one or maybe both lines will remain open.

I am not condoning these route changes and this isn't an open invitation to alter corners out there.

Believe it or not, there is a reason for the way a trail is laid out. A few of the kinks in the trail are chokes put in on purpose to slow riders ahead of time which will eliminate some braking bumps (such as in the Red Loop corner log). Riding through the pair of tight trees on the ridge after the cedar bridge on the Black Loop is the preferred path as to avoid washing out the side of the ridge on the left. The stone armoring on the roots of the Green Loop just before re-entering the Blue Loop should have a by-pass to the left or right since it is a beginner loop.

By no means should someone be cutting out trees or pulling out rocks to alter the trail design, which I see evidence of. Beginner or expert, friend or foe, leave the trails alone and just ride your bike.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby gtrowbridge » August 17th, 2010, 12:13 pm

RickPlite wrote:Luton Park is developing many bandit shortcuts, trail straightening, bypasses or whatever you want to call it. Some of the lines appear to happen from inexperienced riders looking for an easier way, some look to be from experienced riders wanting to go faster. Some new lines flow better, some not so much. I don't bother to try and block the new lines because I would rather be riding my bike than stopping and playing with sticks every few miles only to have said bandits or someone that means well to toss them out of the way again. Apparently a few people have some power issues going on and I am tired of seeing it going on.
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Lets just call a truce to all this and let the lines develop. In time one or maybe both will remain open.

I am not condoning these route changes and this isn't an open invitation to alter corners out there.

Believe it or not, there is a reason for the way a trail is laid out. A few of the kinks in the trail are chokes put in on purpose to slow riders ahead of time which will eliminate some breaking bumps (as in the Red Loop corner log). Riding through the pair of tight trees on the ridge after the cedar bridge on the Black Loop is the preferred path as to avoid washing out the side of the ridge on the left. The stone armoring on the roots of the Green Loop just before re-entering the Blue Loop should have a by-pass to the left or right since it is a beginner loop.

By no means should someone be cutting out trees or pulling out rocks to alter the trail design, which I see evidence of. Beginner or expert, leave the trails alone and just ride your bike.


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