|Dont Fence Her In
by Clare Coppa
Jane Miners specialty is fences but her heart belongs to the
wide open spaces.
This fence hardware regional sales manager for D&D Technologies,
Tyrone, Ga., likes to go mountain biking in the north Georgia
regions of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. In summer, she
might be found in the Chattahoochie River, beating the droll heat
of a Southern afternoon with her husband, Ed, a kitchen designer,
and sons, Derek and Sean.
She describes an area of the Blue Ridge. There is a little Alpine
Village called Helen thats just gorgeous in the mountains, she
says from her office on the south side of Atlanta. Well mountain
bike and then also do what natives call Tubing the Hooch and
tube down the Chattahoochie River. The Chattahoochie is relatively
shallow but flows nicely and on a really hot day its fun to be
in. You travel through this little Alpine village meandering through
the center of part of the city and have a great view of both sides
of the village. Thats a summer time activity, she says. The
mountain biking is pretty much all year round in the South. Its
On dirt trails of varying degrees of difficulty, Miner has ridden
in the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina, and the Land between
the Lakes in Kentucky. She describes the experience. Youre going
over rocks and boulders and roots, sometimes through waterways
and in ruts and sometimes following horse-track trails. Its literally
off-road bicycling which is very physically challenging and also
kind of a mental game, too. You have to anticipate where you want
to direct your bike. And you have to know how to position your
weight load so that you dont go over the handle bars or go backwards
off the bike. So theres a lot of technical skill required as
A typical day can involve riding three or four hours on trails.
Its pretty exhilarating. You feel kind of pumped up when youre
done. Youre tired but its very refreshing at the same time.
And the scenery is so beautiful. Because youre in the mountains
youve got this little communal thing with nature going on which
is just a wonderful feeling.
Miner participates on several subcommittees of ASTM Committee
F14 on Fences, contributing her expertise on specialty gate hardware
for development of standards for fencing applications. These include
gate latches for swimming pools, and self-closing hinges suitable
for all fencing materials.
How did a Southern belle become a fence hardware specialist? About
20 years ago, she began working in the hardware home-improvement
industry after receiving a degree in business administration from
Marywood College, Scranton, Pa. Today, she is chairman of the
Marketing Committee for the American Fence Association (AFA),
and develops swimming pool safety codes with the National Spa
and Pool Institute.
To wrap up the days activities, Miner often heads outdoors with
Ed. There are about 70 miles of golf-cart paths that are not
far from where I live and well hop on the bikes and ride. Usually
I try to ride anywhere from eight to 10 miles once or twice a
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