Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hers is our group at the access point to the St. Marks Trail, The Tall Pines Shortcut and me doing a derailleur adjustment. I haven't performed a field conversion in a while. Fortunately it went well. His derailleur was pushed into the spokes by a hitting an object on the trail or a poor adjustment on the limiting screw. This is one of the worst trail ride breakdowns, it is sudden ugly and hopeless looking but the best trail side repair, quick, simple and exhilarating when you can start riding you single speed, no rear brake bicycle home.

Friday, August 28, 2009

20 riders in the rain

We had twenty people ride Munson Hills last night. It was raining while we loaded the bikes, it rained on the drive down, it rained in the parking lot of the St.Marks Trail, it rain a little during the ride. As you know Munson gets better in the rain.

I enjoy watching that many people ride a single track trail, something about the line of bikes winding through the woods. As the sweeper on these ride I get a good view of the riders ahead.

I see great things on the horizon for Munson Hills, I believe the Forest Service and the contractor they have hired understand how to take care of the trail, join us at 830am on the twelfth, be ready to ride at 830 please. A meeting will follow the ride at the apartments next door to distribute information.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Time to be counted

Besides the creation of the trail, this is the most important time in its life.

We, as mountain bikers are an independent group. Loose organization is about the most we can tolerate. For many years I have done work on Munson Hills, sometimes exceptional work, sometimes some not so, but I have talked to many of you about the conditions of the trail and feel I do work we all appreciate. We are now at a very critical stage. I can't help the trail with out a show of documentable support. Please post a comment here or better yet join us on facebook (Fans of Munson Hills/Twilight Off-Road Bike Trail) or the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association.

For our voices to be heard we need to be counted. Munson needs your help.

Munson Hills Trail:
A morning group ride, gathering at the St. Marks Trail Head and afternoon meeting will be held on Saturday September 12th to discuss improvements funded by the $250,000.00 in stimulus money. Ride time, meeting location and time are not set but will follow in the next day or two. Besides the creation of the trail, this is the most important moment in its life. Please attend the ride and meeting and or show your support by joining the Fans of Munson Hills/Twilight Off-Road Bike Trails on Facebook or the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association, SORBA’s local chapter.

Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association:
Our first fall meeting will be held Thursday September 24th, 7:30 pm at the midtown location of Uptown Café on Magnolia at Miccosukee.

It's about the trail.