Thursday, December 31, 2009
I'm going to keep the ride location at Mont Alto again this Sunday due to conditions. Ride Time 9am. There will be man cards handed out for those who show. So far Me and Wit each have one for our showing and riding last Sunday. I didn't know we had so many sissies in our group!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ray's MTB Indoor Park is having another Women's Weekend February 19th-21! I went last year with some folks from PMBA (Philly MTB) and had a blast! Let's get an MBM posse together!
Plan is to get a caravan going out on Thursday night and stay until Sunday Morning. Ride Friday and Saturday.
Stay at the Holiday Inn near Ray's that has special discounts for Ray's customers--1/2 price rooms!
Check out the website for details and let me know if you are interested!
**If you're a woman and want to go, you need to RSVP on the Website--do it by Feb 1 and get a really cool t-shirt!!!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
In the year 1785 a French nobleman and botanist F. Andre Michaux and his father, also named Andre, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to North America. For 20 years they traveled far and wide with special emphasis on classifying forest trees and plants. Then in 1817 the son returned to North America and was alarmed at the extensive destruction of trees and forests caused by logging and uncontrolled fires. In 1855, desperate to help stop the devastation, F. Andre Michaux left a legacy of $12,000 to be used to promote the science-based or "silvicultural" management of Pennsylvania forests. In the year 1877 a noted medical doctor and botany professor, Dr. Joseph T. Rothrock, was chosen as the Michaux Lecturer. The purpose of the lectures was to establish an understanding of forestry, especially in Pennsylvania.
From 1877-1894, on nearly every Sunday afternoon in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Dr. Rothrock eloquently and persistently promoted a new vision for forestry by drawing attention to the grave ecological effects of present practices. On a buckboard wagon pulled by two horses and carrying a camera and lantern slide projector, he traveled far and wide from lecture to lecture. Slides illuminated by an oil-burning lantern showed the flames and smoke of the fires consuming vast acreages of Pennsylvania forests and trees. Other slides showed the devastation caused by harvesting trees without further care for the site, also known as cut out and get out practices. The Michaux Lectures became very popular and led to a grass roots effort to promote sustainable forestry practices on a statewide basis. The Pennsylvania Forestry Association, the only forestry organization in the nation, was established from this populist base of concern in 1886. Rothrock was elected as the Association's first president. One of its goals was to establish a state agency to deal with the widespread forest devastation.
During the 119 years since the beginning of the Michaux Lectures in 1877, the Rothrock supporters have become uncountable. These supporters from 1877 to the present have rehabilitated, conserved, and preserved the forests of Pennsylvania while still putting them to good use and protecting the environment. The Jewel of Pennsylvania book is an accurate, detailed record of the Pennsylvania state forest system.
Today, the rehabilitated and protected forests of Pennsylvania are vital to everyone for pure air, pure water, wholesome recreation, and an adequate supply of wood products.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Let me know. It's a good way to make some extra cash before the holiday! Contact me here or thru firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few ride highlights:
- 3 hours and over 14 miles on a NIGHT ride in DECEMBER!
- the eerie, thick fog on tower trail
- riding down buckets without a light after my battery died (thanks to clowny and shorts for making a "mooch-wich" so that I could sorta see)
Great ride everyone. Get out today and enjoy the warm weather again cuz it's going away again soon.
Sunday we will try Mont Alto again. Ride time 9am....Plan of ride ......Up shelf, lower coal hearth, sand, little dirt road to colonel wesling to spooge over too swift run climb the wall . Than maybe go down four logs to hearth and down buckets. Any miss spellings or naming oops.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I had work in Las Vegas, so I went riding for the day at Bootleg Canyon. At least for me, this place was made famous by Interbike. This is where the manufacturers demo their new bikes each year. The area has sparse vegetation and pretty sandy soil. It rained a bit before we started riding which rendered the trail surface more tacky. The locals said it was the equivalent of a powder day. The terrain rolls. No big climbs, rather a series of small to moderate climbs. It is all built for biking. Lots of whoop de doos and big G-outs. Some of the really twisty descents were a blast. The trail surface in the photograph is typical. There are some short rocky sections. The riding here reminded me of the Book Cliffs area of Fruita, but larger. There are other areas to ride out here including some high elevation alpine trails and a trail network called Red Rocks. I will have something to check out when I return here next year. When you get tired of the rain, snow and cold, you can ride Las Vegas all winter long!
Shame on you all. I hope it was snakeys and not the cold.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I will not name names as to protect those less than bright souls who went for a ride today. Well as I hear the story (because of course I would not be one of those less bright souls) a hunter is passed at the very beginning of the ride from Mont Alto genteel wave to hunter and back to bikers. Continue on about 2 miles over a little hill and bam!! Two hunters one gun drawn and pointed at the three riders. The hunter took a moment to put his gun down. Needless to say short ride out on fire roads! And many more hunters passed. Fortunately no more guns drawn on the quick return.
Friday, December 11, 2009
That said, I much prefer riding the mtb at night.
Details here: Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Untitled
We are doing a DC night ride on Wednesday, December 23rd from Germantown. The plan is to ride into DC, check out the National Mall, the lights, eat dinner, and then ride back. Should be 50 miles and plan on 4 hours tops.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
In 2010 we will be adding these 6 members who have already renewed for next year:
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Don Pagano raced Cat 4 on a SS cross bike and was the first person to ride up the steep and slick run-up! He got a prize for that. Not sure where he finished but the dude is fast!
Joel Moats raced the Cat 2/3/4 Master 45+ men finishing 4th and winning the series!
Aaron Hofelt raced Cat 2/3/4 Master 35+ and finished 5th.
Zach Adams (race promoter) raced Elite Men (Cat 1/2) and finished 2nd.
Trish McMillen lead from the start and won the Cat 1/2/3/4 Womens race in only her 3rd cross race ever. That's her in the picture with a 35 second lead.
Paul Doty provided neutral support for the racers. Thanks Paul!
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We leave at 9:00. Have a great T-Day. Eat all you want, we will work it off on Sunday.
You seasoned Meeshow riders will have little trouble with the trails and rocks, though the length and height of the climbs will be a lot different than around here. That also means that the long descents are a lot different than Meeshow also :)
It's about a 1.5 hour drive down 81 to the Strasburg, VA exit. Then about 8 miles from there.
It's some kind of hunting season there too, and this is a Saturday ride, so please don't get shot after I sent you there.
Ride post here:
The rest of that growing thread here. Details on whatever hunting season is somewhere in there.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Contact Zach at...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Ride the rectangular composite logs at the 4th Street Skate/Bike Park in Chambersburg
for all those peeps who've ever said to me "I wish I could ride logs better....", I'm callin' you out Chief, Shorts, Mooch etc....
just show up, and when you leave you'll be a better rider
kid friendly with a playground on-site
it can be cold and windy there, lycra not required
bring a pair of sneakers or flat shoes to use in addition to your SPDs
How ghey is that? Yeah, I know pretty lame. Bucsneezy, Steve Nevada, and I all showed up with the same bike for the night ride on Thursday. Next time we might all wear matching jerseys too.
Mr. Wilson showed up too and we were off to a good start after a few weird mechanical and light related issues in the parking lot. At the end of Park trail Dave had to bail cuz his brand new Juicy brake lever was pulling all the way to the bar and doing a whole lot of nothing. We bid him adieu and hammered up Staley road at race pace. For some reason, bucsneezy thought we were racing. Johnny Utah was on his first night ride ever and on his brand new Rig to boot. It was a rude awakening to the world of singlespeeding.
It was a short ride as we decided to just come down Four Logs and Turtle and call it a night. The weather and trail conditions were pretty bad anyway. Night + spitting rain + leaves and roots made for an interesting ride and it was hard to find trails that I am very familiar with.
We stopped to regroup after the big rocks on Turtle and were standing there in the dark shooting the breeze when from right behind us we heard the freakiest noises of some sort of unearthly, bloodthirsty animal. It was one of the weirdest sounds I've ever heard in the woods. It didn't seem to get spooked even when I yelled at it. Needless to say we headed on down the trail pretty quickly.
Jim New Hampshire did great on his first night ride and SS ride.
Beware of the haunted woods of Michaux this year. There's some weird critters out there.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Today was Dale Ball. This is a local ride in Santa Fe. The trails are on National Park and City Park land. The trail system is probably about 30 miles, with loops within loops. Lots of short climbs and descents. The trail weaves around very expensive real estate. There is a massive home in the upper left of the photograph. Trail surfaces are typically very smooth and very, very twisty. There are some short areas of loose small rock. I look forward to returning here. There is still lots of stuff to be ridden.
See all of you Sunday.
Monday, November 02, 2009
My wife decided I needed a vacation from biking. This picture is taken from the top of Acoma Pueblo. The Pueblo is the located 357 feet above the desert on a huge mesa. It is possibly the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in in the US. It is a remarkable example of adapting to a seemingly hostile environment. More bike pix tomorrow.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Uncle Don took a bunch of pictures of today's Halloween ride. Looks like it was a fun ride and lots of good costumes. Too bad Mooch didn't have time to dress up.
Today we went up high. Rode to 9000 feet. Lots of snow. Not much oxygen. Rob wanted some ride info, so I will post the elevation profile. The trails are generally not very technical, the biggest challenge is the altitude. Spectacular views and fun trails with good flow. The vegetation and terrain is dramatically different from the prior two rides. On this ride, above 8000 feet, all hint of desert is gone. Below 8000, some desert plants will grow where there is lots of sun exposure. Tomorrow, either a short ride or day off. I am getting tired.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Hi from sunny New Mexico. They got 15" of snow last night in the high country so I probably won't get to experience climbing a mountain up to 12000 feet. On the ride I did today, there were no roots, branches or sharp pointy rocks. No mud. Just great scenery.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I'm also selling my medium 2003 Yeti Kokopeli. It is built up with a Fox Float 100RLC fork and Float RL shock, Shimano LX and XT drivetrain, and Avid BB7 185mm brakes, rolling on Bontrager wheels. All bearings are in very good condition. Asking price is $750. Contact me for pictures.
You can reach me by email at styer_family@(nospam)yahoo.com or by phone 7one7-337-oh936.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For those that don't know, it's the movie about the Leadville 100 and the race between Lance and Dave Wiens this year.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Put this on your calender: Nov. 1st I would like to do the watershed. I'll post time and location next week.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Block 6 does get close to a trail that leads to another trail that was cut 2-3 years ago.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Two bikes. Both apparently dead.
The last functioning local On One Inbred.
My monster truck.
I have no mountain bike.
It would be easy to overlay race-approved trails to this map.