Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Day Ride! Old Forge @ Noon

Ride Tomorrow?

Anybody interested in riding tomorrow? Shed or PA. Also, what are the conditions on the ground--still snow? studs needed?


Happy New Year;
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

Forest Association

I put a new link over there to the Michaux Forest Association. They have an interesting newsletter on their site, with columns from the District Forester and the new manager of Pine Grove Furnace.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today's Picture

Skiing in Taos, NM. Studded tires would probably work here, but why would you want to? I hope everyone is having a great holiday.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone

Sure, we have more snow, but the Dutch keep riding!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hey Gang
Once again I'm going to schedule the ride to be at Mont Alto. The weather doesn't look to good. You may be able to ride the roads if you have studded tires. Be safe. Ride time 9am...
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanuka!!!

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


I don't know about the rest of you but I don't think there will be a ride Sunday. But if the roads are passable I'm going to Liberty and get some skiing in. Give me a yell if you are going skiing at liberty! I'll go up early and help open the mountain so let me know today if you are going.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Michaux Lectures

Joseph Rothrock


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

Thursday daytime ride

I'm planning on riding during the day tomorrow. Start from Long Pine Res parking lot. Ride at 10:30am for about ~15 miles. Ride will include parts of the dark hollow course and the mash. Slow pace with lots of opps to drop out. Call in sick or take the day off. ([:o

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

29er parts

Does any one have any used 29er parts for sale? Need everything but the frame and fork. Wheelset (disc compatible), disc brakes, drive train, etc....
Let me know. It's a good way to make some extra cash before the holiday! Contact me here or thru

Ride report

It's not too often that we get 50 degree weather in the middle of December. Scott was smart enough to recognize this opportunity and post up for a Monday night ride. Lo and behold, seven riders showed a night December! We were even able to pry the long lost 'shorts' off her spin bike to ride in the woods.

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.


Hey All;
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

Monday Night Ride - Mont Alto

The ice has left along with (most of) the hunters. Let's ride!

5pm Mont Alto.

For Sale--Crank Bros. Candy Pedals

On behalf of Zachariah...

FOR SALE:2 pairs of brand new in box Crank Brothers Candy SL Mountain Bike Pedals $60/Pair Contact Zach Adams at


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Picture of the Day

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!


While everybody else was snuggled in bed this morning, presumably with hands on snakeys, I was wakey-wakey and bundled up to mountain bike with my friends. It turns out Mooch and I must have some friends in common. After sitting in the parking lot trying to decide if I should solo or not . . . I drove back home, saddened by my experience.
Shame on you all. I hope it was snakeys and not the cold.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

As some of you may have said.....

"Probably not a good idea to ride the last day of hunting season."

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

Night Road Riding isn't as good as Night MTB Riding

Wrench and I got out for my first ever night road ride and it was pretty fun - lower 20s, but fun.  We rode all over Montgomery County, MD.  My first light failed in his driveway at mile 0 and the second one failed at mile 18 so we had one light to share, Todd's, and it was flashing red by the end.  The wind was blowing pretty hard and there was some black ice you had to watch out for.  The town of Poolesville had their Christmas decorations up and it was cool riding through them at night.

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


SUNDAY will be at Mont Alto. Ride time 9am. Give some thought as to which trails you would like to ride. As always I have final say. HE HE HE Or LOL

Monday, December 07, 2009

club cinco

While the roots of MBM extend back to 1999, the Club underwent a reorganization in 2004 and we began our annual dues structure in 2005.  I would like to honor a group of individuals who have supported the club every year since then - Club Cinco.  Sure Las Vegas may have Telly Savallas and Players Club International, but Michaux has Club Cinco and in 2009 we induct these 17 inaugural members:

Brad Baylor
Trevis Benchoff
Wayne Benedict
Jerry Bonfiglio
Chuck Buczeskie
Ray Egolf
Charlie Ferrell
Dale Fitzsimmons
Jake Gettier
Aaron Hofelt
Bruce Kessler
Darius Mark
Joel Moats
Tanya Nitterhouse
Stephen Seeber
Mike Witter
Sue Witter

In 2010 we will be adding these 6 members who have already renewed for next year:

Paul Caulfield
David Hamilton
Martin Kell
Michele Mark
Rob Mazzei
Mike Mucker

There is still room for more and word is that while the parties at Club Cinco are awesome, the ones at Club Deux are even better.

Thanks for the continued support!


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Will I Live Or Die?

This creature was embedded in my side after the ride today. My fearless wife removed it. It was still intact and alive after removal. Aren't these things supposed to be dead by now?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Rockville Bridge Cyclocross Classic

Some MBMers braved the weather to race in Marysville today. I was not one of them but I did watch and take pictures.
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

Another shirt

Drunken hooliganing.

Fer sale real soon, yep.

the state store

found this somehow thanks to google

Thursday, December 03, 2009


Hey Gang;
Upon special request we will be riding at Caledonia. Meet at the parking lot on the corner of 233 and 30. Ride time 9am

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Please click the link over to the right and renew your membership for 2010 - or else: