Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Thursday Evening ride?

 Is there one? Last week nobody from the club (ride leader) showed up but no cancellation was posted. SO what is the protocol? They are posted as weekly rides. Will there be a cancellation posted if nobody is coming? What if some new guy shows up and we Bucsexy him? Who are the"OFFICIAL" ride leaders? Why change the venue if nobody is going to be there? So many questions! Tubes or Tubeless? Water bottles or Camelback? IPA or Pale Ale.......AHHHHHHH!!!!!


Thursday Night Ride 3/27/14

Looks like we have some interest in a Thursday night ride this week so I'm posting it here and also in the forums at our new home over at

Remember, this blog will be set to read-only soon so please head over to our new page and create an account for yourself.  Go to the forum page and click the "Register" link.

As far as the actual ride on Thursday goes start time will be 5:00-5:15 though we could probably delay until 5:30 if it will help someone make the ride.  We'll be meeting at the Old Reservoir lot at the bottom of Milesburn road on Rt. 233 a mile or so north of Rt. 30 on Rt 233.

We'll have some newish mountain bikers along most likely so this will be a relaxed pace introductory type of ride.  I plan to climb Milesburn Road and then maybe ride over to Breast Trail and descend Blue Trail.  Should be a relatively short ride and we'll take it easy and adjust according to how our newer riders are feeling.

Hope to see you there!
MBM Prez 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

MBM Moving to a new web home!

If some of you have bookmarked the URL you may notice that it takes you to MBM's new home on the web at:

The homepage itself is not quite done but the forums are fully functional and ready to go.  You'll need to create an account with an email address and password.

In the very near future the old blog will be set to "read only" mode so I encourage you to head over the new forums and check out the various categories there and to start using them.

The new website and forum hosting that we have is very feature rich and we haven't even begun to scratch the surface of all we can do with it so if you have ideas for improvements please post them in one of the forum categories.

Here is to a great 2014 for MBM!

2014 MBM President

Sunday, March 23, 2014

3/23/14 Post Ride

Fun day in the woods. We had flats, mechanicals, and saw a big truck stuck in the forest. Here are some pictures from Vista (my finger was in the way). Most of us sissed out at the end but Dave and Darren finished strong. Fun ride! Hope the race went well for everyone else..and happy birthday, Dave W.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunday 3/23/14

Pine Grove Furnace @ 9:00

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend

A number of MBMers will be attending and 'racing' at this event on Sunday the 23rd.
Come on out and join us if you want to put in some early-spring milage in a different forest.
There may be some carpooling going on, so let me know if anybody wants to join us.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunday Ride 3-16

Oh boy! The moment I've been waiting for!
Caledonia at 9.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Trail update

Rode wildcat and Abby this morning. Trails in decent shape. Some crunchy snow but rideable.
Breast trail is clear. Birch run rd. is 80% iced over - avoid if possible.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Well, I want to ride Fri. 9am at Caledonia, can't wait to get back on my bike.
  (Oxford comma?)                        (Oxford comma?)                           (Period)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Trail Recon Update.....

         Rode Old Forge a little Monday evening... Southern facing slopes were bare and pretty dry. Northern side was a mix, roads are rideable but muddy. Trails on southern are nice, road part of Spooge and it was dry and bare. Road lower suckerpunch and it was 70/30 bare to snow. Tuesday rode Sidewinder? and Virginia and they were dry and bare, very good shape. Have fun and enjoy this break in weather!!

Dave R

First Post, hopefully it looks right?!

Connector and the Old Res. Trail are cleared.

Behold the power of Howard and his unit.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Missing Mountain Biker Found Dead

Click -> Story or Video

The symptoms sound like a concussion. "Words slurred, disoriented..."
He was only going 18 miles that day and from the map it looks like only half of the trip was in the woods and the return on roads.
This is a classic case of underestimating the power of cold weather when you are immobilized from an injury.
This could have easily happened in our forest.

Mountain Biking is dangerous!
1) Please don't ride alone if you can avoid it.
2) Use an app that maps your ride and provides regular links to loved ones so they know you are OK. I use Cycle Meter.
3) Provide the cell phone numbers of other mountain bikers to your family. Tell them to inform other riders of the situation as soon as possible. Large numbers of people familiar with the area and physically capable of performing a timely search will increase the opportunity to successfully find and extract the victim quickly. The more the merrier!
4) Always leave a note with the time you plan to hit the trail and where you plan to go.

Be careful out there.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Milesburn Rd on wednesday

Climbing was good, flats were ok, descending was slow and sketchy. If you decide to ride, get out early while everything is still frozen.

Friday, March 07, 2014


Has anyone been out to see what the trails/forest roads look like? I know people have been skiing as recently as yesterday but I'm wondering if maybe the gravel/fire roads are clear? Are some trails clear and others snow covered??? Maybe I just need to hibernate until May...

Monday, March 03, 2014

Happy Birthday

Oh the things you find on the interwebz....

Happy birthday, Chief...keep on rockin' in the free world...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Michaux tank for sale

2013 trek rumblefish full suspension
17.5 " Aluminum frame
SRAM x5 crank triple 44-33-22 (replaced May 2013)
Xt rear cassette 11-36 (replaced May 2013)
SRAM x7 shifters front and rear ...
XT hydraulic brakes (added May 2013)
Wheels- stock bontrager duster 29
Set up tubeless with Schawlbe Hans dampf Evo snakeskins mounted and practically brand new.
Rock shock revelation front fork
Fox float rp3 rear shock
crank brother candy pedals mounted but can swap out with shimano spd if wanted.
Bike is a tank and has been ridden and has a few minor battle scars, but everything is solid, works great and has been serviced regularly.
Weighs 30lbs 10 oz.
Asking $1500.00 obo

2014 Officers' Meeting #1

Hello MBM!

Your 2014 Officers met this morning in Chambersburg to discuss the coming year for MBM.

We discussed the blog and google groups.  The consensus of the officers after looking at google groups this week is that maintaining the blog and adding google groups starts down the path of a fragmented club communication system.  Ken has experience as the admin of York Area Mountain Bikers and we took a look at their website/forum system which seems like it would meet MBM's needs very well.  I invite any club members to take a look at  We'll be mocking up an MBM page and forum with a similar structure to see how club members like it.  The blog history will not need to be abandoned and could be linked to from any new web home we create.

We'll be supporting the Michaux Endurance races this year as we have in the past.  Michaux Maximus is May 4th so please consider coming out and supporting MBM by helping us support these races.

We've decided to move the official Thursday ride location to the Old Reservoir parking lot at the bottom of Milesburn road on Rt. 233.  The hope is that this location is more central and also a bit more "social friendly" than the Mont Alto location.  This ride location is on the map on the right side of the blog.

We'll be conducting some officer led rides of shorter duration to encourage new riders to come out.  The total ride time will be about 2 hours instead of the traditional 3-4 hours which is often too much for new riders.

Lucky and Mike (with Brett's assistance) are already scheduling a meeting with the recreation forester  to reach out and see if MBM can provide some value to Michaux State Forest.

Your officers are excited about working for the club this year.  Please come out and ride with us.  If you want to bend the ear of an officer you are very likely to find one or more of them on the club ride on Sundays.

Scott H.
2014 MBM President

Saturday, March 01, 2014