Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years

Happy New Years everyone. Not much to say. Snow sucks. Dirt rocks. Missing the trails like the rest of the Farmboys, but we will get thru this Winter. Some talk about Ray's MTB next weekend, but I need to get my back fixed first. Hopefully the chiropractor is magical next Tuesday and I'm good to go. Dying to ride my bike on anything that resembles trails even if it's not. Too busy with everything, but a 2010 Farmboys Video is in the works. Hopefully before we start digging again.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Doyle's Old 401 Trails

I found this video last night by accident. I don't know how it got by me 6 months ago, but its a good one. Most of the Farmboys made it there a couple of times between 98 and 00 on road trips to NC. Never saw Doyle ride there, but met some of the Greenville bad asses that where unknown at the time, but top dudes now. Should bring up some good memories from back in the day. Man I sound old.

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Winter Digging


Where did it go?

Missing Trees

Laying Pipe

Snowy Path

Done watering for the year.

Not much to say. Got some dirt moved last Saturday and Sunday. Get some more done this weekend. Not looking forward to riding the skatepark, but dieing to ride. Waiting for Anthem II to arrive so we can torture ourselves by not riding trails for another 4 months.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Working on the 1st landing and 2nd set in Main Line last Saturday.

Brad with an action shot filling up the wheel barrow with crap dirt.

On Saturday Brad and I did some damage at the beginning of Main Line. The large pile of dirt to the left of the 2nd lip in Main Line has been removed and relocated. The 1st landing received what looks like 10+ wheel barrows. The backside of the 2nd landing was stacked up to go another foot higher. The right side of the 2nd lip is being beefed up also before it grows in height.

Sunday Brad hit the trails and got some more work in. He knocked down the 3rd and 4th lip in Main Line so we can rebuild them from scratch with the best dirt we have next year. He also started removing the 5th set in Main Line. We should be there this upcoming weekend so come on out and get your dig on.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

End of Riding Season Photos

The trusted roll-in. If you don't have down hill trails then sometimes you need to make the hill. I heard a rumor an elevator is being installed next year for the old farts.

The first landing in Geronimo or is it a berm? Good question. It saw a lot of action this year with new year plans for it to be a daily line. 4th land is stacked with 5th lip about to height. Probably will be Brad's warm up line next year.

The merge point of the Main Line and the Roller Line. The point that separated the men from the boys. Far from effortless coming from the Roller Line into the Main Line. Over winter/spring digging the Main Line will be upgraded in height and length and the Roller line will be re-routed. The Main Line will be better and the Roller Line will be quite a bit different. Its up in the air what the Roller Line will become, but it will be effortless and fun.

The 5th set in the Main Line will be gone next year. It's holding the Main Line back from its true potential to rock and be effortless. Not enough room to make it the size it wants to be with out moving the next 2 sets so it is gone.

The 7th lip in the Main Line. It's 6 foot tall, but looks tiny in this photo. Expect taller and steeper next year along with getting a little closer to the moon.

The 5th set in Geronimo looking from the fire pit. It will be a sender. The area is being gutted and the dirt is be transported to the new lines coming back. Progress is going good in this area.

The trails are probably done for the year. Over night temperatures have been into the 20's all week and the dirt is mushing up like its going thru the freezing cycle.
Aaron and Brad had a night digging session last night. I need to get a coal miners head lamp this weekend so I can join in on the fun. Brad picked up a bad ass one last night at Wal*mart and it works great. Checking out the other trail blogs it doesn't look like we are the only ones doing night digging sessions. Better then sitting in front of the boob tube or riding indoors at the skatepark when the weather is good enough to dig. Get to the trails and get your digging in. Not sure what to dig on, see Brad, Aaron or Joe for construction plans.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Help Wanted!!!

Help Wanted:
No experience required, Will train, Must be hard worker

The following positions are available:
Mass Excavator
Transition Technician
Irrigation Specialist
Grounds Keeper

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience
Health Insurance: NA
Benefits: Some fun trails to ride and call your own

Shovels, Rakes, Wheel Barrows will be provided
Standard weekend cook-outs on the fire pit

We do not discriminate between 20" or 26" applicants
Serious inquiries only!!!

Are you ready to dig???

What we have here is the last lip in Main Line. It will shoot you to the moon. The same concept is going to be applied to the 2nd thru 6th lip with the current 5th set being removed from the pack. Landings will be taller and steeper with a goal of more effortless.
Not much going on at the trails during the week. Too dark, too soon and day light savings time ends this weekend so we getting dark another hour early after this Saturday. Weather forecast is crap and the trails are tired. They are ready for a winter nap and the the Main Line's overhaul is getting ready to go into full swing along with continued digging on Geronimo and the new line coming back. If you haven't been around lately to hear the plans, expect major changes next spring for the better. If you want to come put in your two cents, we would welcome everyones ideas. Just make sure you come back to help with the digging.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October Trails Jammin

Going into last weekend Saturday was suppose to be nice and Sunday crappy. Turned out the exact opposite. I got in 2 attempted runs before the rain and my back told me to chill out for the day. The buffalo locals were down and Wilson made it out for some ripping. Did some rehab on my back and did a couple of hours of digging with Brad. The 4th dip and 5th lip is shaping up nice in Geronimo so it can sit over winter. The 5th landing is there from over 12 years ago, but looks to be close to where it needs to be once we build the back up.

Sunday I got to the trails and I thought a jam was going on by the number of cars in the parking area. There was more cars then any jam we have ever had. The woods were packed. The weather was great, the dirt moist, the fire pit roaring and kids having fun on bmx bikes in the woods. The back was feeling good for a while and got some attempts down on the Main Line. Trains were rolling steady most of the day and some youngins dropped in on the roll-in for the first time. Captured some trains on video, but proceeded to tape over most of the PSU trail jam from 2 weeks early. Good job jackass. Here is a link to a PSU jam video I just found on Vimeo.

No photos from the weekend worth posting, but some good video for the year end video. I heard there are some photos on Alleghany Cyclery's Facebook page, so go there if you have Facebook. Get to the trails and get your runs in before the snow flies or if the rain ever stops.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PSU Jam & Tired Sunday

Aaron with a can-can on the right hip in the 360 berm line on his new, dialed, fully chromed S&M Dirt Bike acsented with a couple of red parts. All I can say is sweet. Only pic taken Sunday.

Everyone had a great time at the PSU Trails Jam on Saturday and rode hard until dark. The trails were the best I have ever seen them and thats going back 15 years. Six Farmboys went on the day trip with Aaron missing out this time. I'm sure he would have been ripping with Brad and Jordan. Unfortunately I took no pics from the jam, but there are enough between the Heathens blog and the PSU Trails blog to satisfy. Dinger got some video late in the day with some good commentary. I haven't watched yet, but heard enough on the way home to keep everyone laughing for most of the 3 hour drive.

Sunday had most everyone tired and sore, with half of us making it to the trails for an easy session. Alot of visitors down from Western New York to get their last sessions in before snow flies. Upcoming weekend looks good, so get to the trails and get your last runs in before it is too late.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Black & White Sunday

I love black & white photos. Here a couple from the past weekend that I liked along with Joe T. trying out Sean's cruiser. Still extremely busy at work, hence the lack of updates. Plans this weekend for a Tahoe load going to the Penn State trails jam on Saturday. Should be fun time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dry, Dry, Dry but riding good

Chevy training Brad and coming into the 4th set in the Main Line. Tried to get a cool photo or 2 of some train runs, but didn't work out this time.

Chevy nosing into the 2nd set in Main Line with Brad leading the way.

Brad with a turndown over the 3rd set in Geronimo. He has been working hard on the 3rd dip and 4th lip with plans on sending the 4th set before years end.

Brad 3-ing the 3rd set in Geronimo for the first time. Dialed and getting ready to come in nosed.

Chevy with his signature trick over the 2nd set in Main Line. I'm happy that I got the photo, but he was hoping for more turn bar.

Lee letting his hands fly on the 6th set in the Main Line. I was hoping to be zoomed in more, but we will take fully stretched for this time. Lee and his family have been becoming regulars when they are not traveling and racing. Always good having younger kids at the trails.

The trails are dry. Too dry. Can't keep up with watering, but they are riding good. We left the tarps off Sunday with hopes that the coming rain would help more then hurt. We will see what happens.
Blew my rear tire off of my rim for the 2nd weekend in a row. Looks like its time for some new treads for the rear. Only got a handful of warm up runs in before the shot gun sound went off again. I was hoping to get some riding in, but being in the woods today was enough to make me happy.
Leaves are falling and the woods are getting brighter during the day light hours. Some plans in the works to improve the Main Line and hopefully make more effortless. Not till next spring, but plans are forming. Come put your 2 cents in, then make sure you are there to help dig.
A lot of trail jams coming up with the Trailbosses wedding conflicting with the Heathens upcoming event. Snows coming, get to the trails.

Berm Shot Sunday

Brad hauling thru the 1st berm in the NBL line.

Chevy 3/4 of the way thru the 360 berm.

Brad hitting the transfer set in the NBL line and heading into the 3rd berm.

The radioactive fungus near the hip in the 360 berm line. The photo does not do the fungi justice with how bright it really is.

Trails are running good. Get your runs in before it snows.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Saturday Session

Get to the trails Saturday afternoon and ride. Wait too long and it will be snowing again.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Where you been?

Work, work, work is about it. I haven't been able to get to the trails since my super nose dive to death. Hip and knee are feeling good again and hopefully I can get some riding in soon. If things go according to plan, after another 2 to 3 weeks I will be living at the trails again.

Brad has the new Dirt Bike running smooth and he is loving it. All black and looking sweet. I haven't seen him ride it yet, but I'm hearing good things. 360 variations coming back soon?

Dinger was home for Labor Day weekend and they got some riding in at Farmboys. Trails were acting weird with the winds that were blowing thru and the cold.

Brad made it out to Cleveland to ride Dave's secret trails. Everything sounds good and hopefully they can keep them a secret and avoid the normal Cleveland trail plowing death.

He made it to Meadville on Labor Day for a trail jam and had a great time. Fun trails and cool locals. Hoping to get down there this year.

No pictures again. Sorry and I know post suck without pics, but check out this video in the mean time.

A lot of jams coming up in the next month and working on plans to get to some. Brad's heading out this weekend for some riding with Dinger. Plans up in the air, but should be good.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guess who's back???

Square One MFer's. I couldn't be more pumped on this news. Some of the best bmx videos ever in my opinion came from Square One back in the day. The team looks bad ass as normal. Congrats Bennett. Their website is now in the links. Here is a quick video I found of Bennett for Demolition. Watch it kids and learn to do no-handers proper.

Brad is a beast

What the?

Head tube view.

Top & Down tube view

We all know Brad's a beast. I beat him to the trails and he was riding towards the chill zone and when he rounded the corner his bike looked pretty weird. His rear triangle was atleast 20 degrees bent to the side compared to the head tube. Riding in he thought his cranks were bent. Once we noticed the sliver of metal keeping the bike together, one more twist of the handle bars and it snapped. He is probably lucky he did not die last night riding, because it was definitely broke by the end of Thursday night's session. It was sort off funny, because he checks his frame weekly for cracks. He has wondered since day one how much abuse a 4.75 # frame could take. I would say Brad never abused the frame like I have seen some people do, but he rode the hell out of it. Its also why I run a 6# frame considering I'm twice the weight of most kids now a days.

Hopefully he can get his new frame next week, because the Welcome Jam at Potoczny's is next Saturday. The jam the last 2 years has been a great day of riding, chilling, bbq-ing and what bmx should be about. Check out the info at

Check out the new link for the Penn State Trails. I remember going there for the first time in 1995 / 1996 when I was attending PSU and not believing what I saw. Unfortunately, I was into MTB-ing at the time and just thinking about getting back into BMX. I was helping my brother build dirt jumps when I would visit home and it definitely influenced me. The PSU trails have been great some years to horrible others. Looks like they are back on the rise. Awesome.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Future Heathen???

Dinger with his signature one-hander.
Dinger left this weekend to start school at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. He will be in Heathen's territory for the next year and a half with some quick visits back here and there. Hopefully he meets up with them soon and starts helping them out and keeps riding and getting smoother. Check it out.
I will have you graduation card and gift the next time I see you. Good Luck and try your best.

3rd Sunday Funday for August

It sucks not having pictures to post. Who real gives a crap about what I have to say. Pictures are worth a thousand words or so the saying goes. Digital was charged up and the same with the recorder and the goal was pictures at a minimum and footage hopefully. Original plans was to go to the Meadville area to ride some trails for a change of pace. Cleveland guys got going early and was going to met us there. Unfortunately we got news it was pouring in Meadville and we turned around 10 minutes after leaving the shop.

Brad checked the weather and we started heading to our trails with the Cleveland guys about an hour behind hoping to dodge the rain. Got everything un-tarped, watered and did some dialing until the guys showed up. They showed up and had the normal meet and great and everyone started to get padded up and heading towards the roll-in. I could hear it coming. It started sprinkling, but P'Simer was going to get in at least one run and dropped in and flowed like normal. Brad made a run and mud was already slinging in the flat bottoms. It looked like it was going to pass pretty quick, so we left them untarped to help with the watering.

It stopped raining in about 5 minutes, so we chilled, bs'ed, did some more dialing, some drainage work and about 45 minutes later they looked good to go. Brad, Dave and P'Simer got a run or two in and it started down pouring. Their last runs were in the down pour and quite amusing. Instead of the normal knobbies buzzing sound that is heard through out the trails the squishing sound of mud seamed pretty funny. We called it a day.

Saturday was a chill day and Brad and Joe T worked on and rode the bowl area. Brad has been working on this area again along with the start of the new lines heading back to the beginning. Everything is making progress and is going to be super fun. The bowl was riding in nicely and I was told actually feel pretty good considering it was only roughly formed.

Brad's Mini-Road Trip

Brad went on a quick road trip the beginning of last week. We had a project finish up at work that needed to be in North Carolina on Monday morning. Friday afternoon we could not find a trucking company that could get it there with out charging an arm and a leg or garanteeing it would be there Monday. He left around 8:00 Sunday night after a good trails session with the Cleveland guys and drove throught the night to get it there before 7:00 Monday morning.

Monday morning he made it back to Richmond Virgina and found a hotel to crash at to get caught up on sleep. Tueday he got some directions to some local trails from some guys that came to the trails earlier in the year. No name for what they were called, but there was a good variety of stuff to ride. With the 100+ degree summer weather there, the trails had seen better days. We are guessing it is the off-season and they are jamming in the fall, spring and maybe the winter. Brad took alot of cool pics and they definately had some cool and unique lines. Hopefully we can make it down once snow flies here.

Tuedays evening he made it back into PA and went to York to check out the concrete park there. I have been wanting to go there since it was built, because concrete is the next best thing to trails. I love the feeling of coming up with lines for the first time and dialing them in. It was what we were hoping for and can't wait to get the crew down that way. The park is exactly what the city of Warren should have built, instead of the piece of crap pre-fab cement park that they paid good money for that fell apart with in 2 weeks. Street stuff for the skaters and flowing transitions for the bikers. Everyones happy then. Brad got some riding in and a couple of hell yeahs from some locals on some lines he was doing. There was also some dirt jumps right next to the park also. Pretty dry, but Brad took a couple of trips thru the 2 lines. Check it out at and

He made it back to work Wednesday and had some good stories and pictures to share. Nothing like going on a road trip and having work pay for it.

08-08-10 Update

Trail start overview.
Far right, Geronimo
Dead center, Roller Line into Main Line
to left, Main Line
Far Left, 3 berm Line

Main Line's 3rd lip on right
Geronimo's 3rd lip on left
NBL Line start between the 2 lips

A week late, but here is last weekends post. What can I say, there are not enough hours in a day or week. Trails were rocking. Cleveland guys came out for some riding on Sunday Funday. A crew of racers from the Buffalo, NY area also made it down for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Pretty much everything is being hit, besides the bowl area. I was hoping for some good action pics, but everything was turning out too dark. Above are a couple of pics I like. Got some good video footage of Dave and Brad training and ripping before I had to leave early.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Funday

Dinger 3ing the step-up in the Main Line.

Brad 3 tail tapping the set out of the 3 berm.

Went to ride the trails today and a skatepark contest broke out. Not really. Just a little jibbing on the set out of the 3 berm that resembles a street spine. Brad was pulling some trickery that I had never seen before and Dinger was hucking and coming close at multiple tricks.

I missed it, but Aaron made it down to the trails with a 26" MTB jumper. We have had many discussions on whether a 26" bike could make it thru the trails or not. Some of the MTB guys that don't ride trails, I think were thinking that it couldn't be done. I was positive that the correct rider on a good 26" MTB jumper could get it done. Aaron and Brad were making it thru the Main Line and Roller Line after a couple of tries. Being 36, I don't know when I will outgrow a 20" little kids BMX bike, but there is some hope I will have something to ride when I finally do.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Allegheny Cyclery Facebook

I'm not into Facebook, but check out Allegheny Cyclery's page. The BMX portion of the shop is official with S&M Bikes, Fit Bike Co and United available. Go buy a new bike from Aaron and Josh right now. Tell them Farmboy Trails sent you and you want the family discount. I'm sure there is no discount, but support this awesome shop and an OG Farmboy.

Pool party at the trails

Pool party at the trails this weekend. Brings suits, towels and BYOB. The Geronimo Line swimming hole is finally full and ready for action. Looks like chocolate milk.

1st landing and 2nd lip in Geronimo are under water from last weekends thunderstorms. Judging from the dirty water marks on the tarps the water level has only dropped 6". I'm estimating there is a good 600 to 800 gallons of water laying here. The rest of the trails are good to go and still need watering.

No riding pics from Thursday's riding, becasue it was too dark to take anything decent. Ridgeway guys made it up to ride, before we got out of work. Brad and Dinger got some riding in. I made it to the trails to get away from work. Made quick work at widening the first lip 2 feet on the right side on the Roller Line leading into the Main Line. Should work better for the hip out to NBL Line so you don't have to carve the lip in order to make the landing. My arm proceeded to lock-up 3 times in 10 minutes so I gave up on digging and was going to try some riding. Go grab my bike and the back tire was flat. I think it was a sign since I have not had a flat tire in 3+ years. Will try again this weekend for some riding and action pics.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Come Ride Me!!!

That's what she said. Seriously though. The trails are lonely. They need ridden. Thursday night riding session is a go and hopefully everyone can make it and the upcoming weekend. Brad and Dinger have some good helmet cam stuff I need to get up on Vimeo from their recent sessions.

I will admit it, I have been slacking at the trails. Works been busy and getting busier. 30 hours in the last 2 days and pretty tired, but I can't wait for Thursday. I could go into a rant here about how no one rides or digs, but what is the point. I know everyone is busy and the trails are not everyones priority. Just try to come out once a week and have fun on your bike, hang out, have a hot dog on the fire. It is going to be winter before we know it. I guess I did rant a little.

Stopped Sunday to see Brad digging at the trails on about 4 different projects. Between tornados in the area and atleast 4 inches of rain in a day or so, the trails handled it like a champ. Drainage is pretty dialed on most everything. Surprisingly they could have been ridden if you had knobbies on. Some minor repairs need done from the run-off from the tarps, but in general everything just needs ridden. We will get some pictures up next time.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Joe T. Flattie

I love this photo of Joe T. for so many reasons. The lip he is launching is maybe 2 foot tall. He is easily 5 to 6 foot above the lip while tabled and kicked out at the same time. The set before this I think he 360 tail-tapped. I could take photos of tables all day.

Dinger from the 3rd of July

I'm back from vacation and sadly this is the first post for July. I planned on doing a couple of updates while on vacation, but WiFi was pretty much non-existant. Some interesting journeys trying to find wireless networks that don't require passwords. I was hoping to hit up some trails in the Buffalo area, but instead my bike got to see Niagara Falls for the first time.

We will call this the Dinger edition. He bought Aaron's bike and he is riding smoother and going higher then ever. These pics are from 2 weeks ago when he was pulling new tricks on command for the camera.

Still working on my photography skills, so most pics are taken late. Hoping to get a lot of pictures and riding in tomorrow.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday Jam Happenings

Brad and Chevy training. 4th set in Main Line. My favorite pic of the day. Nothing says trails like a good train pic.

Cole and Shawn training the Roller Line into the Main Line.

If you know Chevy, then you know the X-up was tweeked. Caught late over the 1st set in Main Line even after he held it longer for me to catch.

Brad hitting the 2nd set in Geronimo. It was heavily sessioned thru out the day and was riding in nice. I always find it funny how jumps never look that big in photos. Case in point. About a 20 foot gap with 2 feet of step-up.

Jordan hitting the 2nd set in Geronimo. Normal trail stuff went down over the 2nd set and Jordan went off on the 3rd set.

Future Farmboy trailboss in the making. Having a blast on the 18" BMX. Hitting up the 1st roller in the Roller Line. I wish I had his energy.

Taking a break for the day from the MX and hitting the 2nd roller in the Roller Line. I wish I had stuff like this to ride when I was 10 years old. Another future trailboss in the making.

I think everyone had a great time riding, BBQ-ing and chilling. Small turn out compared to what we were hoping for, but when the weather radar is showing rain over the area most of the day, its hard to get more then locals to come out. We had sprinkles for a minute or 2, but with the tree cover it did nothing. Dave, Steve and Rob from Cleveland were the only non-locals although Dave is pretty much considered a local that lives 3 hours away.

Fire was going all day and Brad's firewood pile shrunk considerable. I made a couple of trips with the tractor and trailer to get all of the coolers and grills to the chill zone. That was an adventure in itself. Nothing like using a small lawn tractor to do a job that probably needs a four-wheel drive ATV. Dinger was on vacation so we were out of luck.

Riding wise stuff got done. Jordan was doing lines that we did not know that existed and Dave W. was doing lines that existed, but thought to maybe be impossible. Brad was ripping Geronimo most of the day, probably wishing the next 2 sets were done and doing his normal thing. Chevy was keeping his Standard Trailboss frame proud with his normal style. Dave from Cleveland did a trail trick clinic over every set in the Main Line for a couple of runs. That is what stuck out in mind.

The Cleveland guys stayed the night and hopefully more from Cleveland are coming today. The weather looks good for today and it might turn into an un-official 2 day jam. We will see what happens. Hopefully I can steal some good pictures from Dave W camera from Saturday.