Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Because of the Long Pine Classic I'm going to make the ride at Long Pine. So if you want to race you'll already be there. And i think it will be fun just to ride and help out. So ride time will still be 9am but we will see what's going on and not get in the way. If you don't know where it is check out the race site.

Long Pine Classic

Anyone planning on doing this on July 4th?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lincoln, NE

I went to Lincoln Nebraska for a couple days. In route I bought the latest issue of Bike to read on the plane. Pg 33 had article which mentioned a small bike shop in Lincoln. So, I had to check it out.

I found a very "bikey" town not just a cool shop.

There were bike lanes and bike art and bike racks all over the place. Some of which is shown above.

Monkey Wrench Cycles is owned by a guy who collects vintage mountain bikes. The collection includes about twenty and they are displayed on a high rack in the back of the shop. You can see them in the photo published in Bike. All of them are in excellent condition, some are one-offs, others are old or just rare.

I told him a was visiting, found the article and wanted to check the place out.
He showed me the shop and all the vintage bikes and told me a little about them. It was cool. I spent some money and went on my way.

Another note from Bike on page 42 shows Jeff Schalk riding Iceberg in the Watershed. He is the National Ultra Endurance Champion and Iceberg is his favorite trail. That's pretty impressive and speaks volumes for this areas trails. Then he goes on to suggest he can't clean it! Or maybe he's telling us we can't clean it. Not really sure. So, my question is: has anyone cleaned Iceberg?

Post away. See you at the next ride.

Gary my friend

SHIT don't mean to use bad words but Gary let me down. Getten my bike ready for Sundays ride and found a big ole crack on the swing arm. Sold my backup bike (Shit again) Well I sure hope Gary hasn't sold the farm.

Friday, June 25, 2010


decisions, decisions, decisions, I think Big Flat, Ride time 9am

Saturday, June 19, 2010

MBM Goes To Williamsburg

Neither work nor heat nor a murderous onslaught of bloodthirsty ticks will stop us from our weekly mountain bike ride! While in Williamsburg for a trade show Brian and I hit the Marl Ravine trail. This is a great 6 mile loop that is a twisting, turning, diving, climbing, rooty funfest. Numerous log-overs add to the fun factor. Not hard by Michaux standards but great fun!

The only downside was that at the end of the ride Brian lost count after picking the 12th or 13th tick off himself. I didn't have a single one on me but Brian was on cobweb duty out front most of the ride and I went pretty heavy on the DEET. Maybe he was bushwhacking up ahead.

If you are headed to VA Beach and want a fun ride check out Marl Ravine trail in York River State Park near Williamsburg, VA. Make sure to put on the bug juice first!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Well I guess Caledonia will be the ride location this Sunday. Ride time 9am

Added bonus on the Thursday night ride

It was a beautiful Thursday evening and a fun ride. Our ride leader (Sue) took us on some "pink lines" that worked out rather well (Good job Sue!!). As of Thursday Lower Buckets was still there. Upper Buckets requires pink lines to make it out the other side. Coal Hearth was also free from logging (again as of Thursday). As usual somehow I ended going through some trees. I came out the other side like this. The extra helmet accoutrement stayed with me throughout the rest of the ride. I think Paul from Texas thought I was little imbalanced.
Thanks for the pic DRW!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday ride

5p Teaberry - unless someone wants to go somewhere else.

For Sale--OS Blackbuck and 80mm Manitou Minute 29er Fork

I've reached the conclusion that my Blackbuck is too small for me. So I'm selling the frame and fork. Of Spirit is a side project by Mark Slate, one of the founders of WTB. Here's the website with information on the frame:

I'm asking $550 for the frame and Manitou fork. There's a few rock scratches from Michaux, of course, but no dents or anything. I rode this bike perhaps 8-10 times total?

$550 is just for the frame and fork. I'm keeping all the little bits and pieces and wheels.

Leave a comment here or email me if you're interested!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Virginia is cleared of all unplanned down trees and branches. Ride it if you get a chance. Then go and tangle yourself up in the deer fences on Rocky Ridge. It needs some traffic!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rainbows & Unicorns - Saturday Double Metric Century

Saturday @ 8am from 5th ST in Frederick.

Double metric century (125 mile) road ride up into PA on some good roads.  Great way to get a good ride in before Father's Day.  We'll be finished in the early afternoon.

Pace will be "Enthusiastic Effort" rather than "Hammer Fest" or "Chill Ride".

Monday, June 14, 2010


Riding from Teaberry 5p Tuesday. If you are interested come on out!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Good Ride

T., the fearless leader
 And the ever illusive Ho' riding through a sea of green.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

SG and Oak

A nice look at some true single track. I went up and cut out all the down trees for a little Saturday night trail maintenance,...three I knew about  and one didn't. You should be able to cruise through pretty nicely.  Look around a bit, it could be the largest stand of trees in the woods. This trail won't be there long.

Friday, June 11, 2010

If you can't make Sunday

If you can't make the Sunday ride (like me) and are free Saturday at least two of us if not more are riding Saturday @8:30a from the bottom of Dead Womans Hollow and 233. Not a lot of parking there, but feel free to come along. The more the merrier.

Hope to catch you next time T. I still have not made it to SG yet.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Sunday will be at Old Forge. T will be the ride leader and we may see some new trail. Ride time 9am

Monday, June 07, 2010

Tour de Cure MTB Ride

Despite the impending doom of high winds, hail and heavy rains, another successful Tour happened yesterday at Big Flat in Michaux.

Thank you to the MBM team members and riders---Stephanie Mader, Brad Wertz, Sue Witter, Mark Colucci, Sheena Perry and Christina Bohensky! With your help, we raised over $3,500 as a team!! Now we need to top that for next year!!

A HUGE thank you to all that came out to mark course, check course, float, sweep course and for moral support: Jody Eberly, Chris Brattaur, Don Pagano, Travis Coldsmith, Brian Banus, Dave Clay and Larry Camp.

Lastly, thank you to Brett for all his hard work in making this happen!

Please put this on your calendar for next year---it is such a great charity event that is in our backyard! It's also a great feeling to experience the comraderie of the participants in this type of event knowing you are helping others.

This chapter of the American Diabetes Association is the ONLY chapter in the whole country that is doing a mountain bike event and there needs to be more people to make it keep happening!

A lot of intermediate level riders come to this event and I feel that we, as more experienced riders, can give encouragement and support to keep these more "recreational" riders on their bikes!

Hopefully I'll see you next year!
Happy Trails...


Hope all went well at the tour de cure. I had T post a ride for Sunday. I forgot about the tour. Sorry about pulling people away for the tour. The good news only 3 showed for the ride. I was in Myrtle Beach and had no way to check the blog. Too busy playing. Again hope all went well.

Saturday, June 05, 2010


Howard riding the rail!

James riding his Big Wheel!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Sunday Ride - per "The Chief"

Pine Grove Furnace. Meet in the lot by the old Furnace.

Gottum and lived!

I was riding in/near Colonial Denning park this morning and while on a fire road there, had a squirrel dart out in front of me and then back again (saw lots of other wildlife). Unfortunately, it wasn't fast enough and I nailed it with both tires while (I) going 17-18 mph. It wasn't even fazed and ran back off of the road. I've had a fear of getting something caught in my spokes and then crashing big time but I always think "treat it like a speed bump". It worked today and I was glad to be on my mountain bike and not the road bike!

Mont Alto logging update

Upper buckets and the top of The Shelf are being cut right now.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Need a Fork!

Does anyone have an unused 26in rigid mtbike fork around?
Threadless. Did you know they make threaded ones??
I need one for my little frankenstein 69er SS.