Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mike's Trail Jam

Cole leading, followed by Lee & Jake
Dinger pancake

Brad's go toCole getting flat

Dinger one-foot t-bog

followed by a proper no-hander

P'Simer's normal smooth style

Dinger saran wrap with Cole peeing in the back ground

Mike X-ing it up

P with a nosed in 3

P with a normal 3

Mike laying it flat

Cole with a t-bog at sunset

We made the short trip to Mike's trails, just outside of Titusville on Saturday for a little trail jam. We met up with the Cleveland crew and Cole at the BMX track to watch a little of the state race before the jam. Got to see some of the kids that hit the Farmboy trails occassionly rip the track up. We were placing bets on how far we could make it around the track at full speed without having heart attacks and dieing. Second berm was the concensus for most of us and luckily we did not have to find out.

Mike's trails brought back some memories of my old trails behind my parents house. Wide open, no trees, sun baking you and sweating your nits off. A lot of riders ripping all afternoon thru the 5 different lines. I stayed with the kiddie line, with both of my feet feeling like they are broken. Sucks getting old kids, try your best not to do it. Wear your pads even if you think its not cool, you will thank me later. Dinger was bringing back tricks most new school kids have never seen and sending it all day on the last set. Brad, Cole, Dave and P'Simer were doing there normal smooth trail style and tricks. Good times.

At our trails, Main line is running thru the 7th set and ready for a session to see where the step-up landing needs tweaked to. The last lip is ready once the step-up landing is dialed in. Jordan hit it up quite a few runs on Wednesday and showed us how it supposed to be done. The bowl area continues to recieve some love from Dan along with the roller line expansion project.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Will's Trails & Dialing Continues

Will rippin'
Dinger with a proper no-hander

Cole with a Euro in the trees

Brad lookin' back

Four of us made the 2 hours trip to Will's trails, just east of Buffalo, NY. Pretty amazing what this 16 year old kid has done in his back yard, mostly by himself. I didn't know anyone under the age of 20 or 25 for that matter, knew how shovels worked now a days. He has created a technically challenging backyard set up and fit more jumps and lines than I would have thought possible for the small lot. Mounted aboard his tan Deluxe, he ripped all day with his dialed riding and skills most riders 10 years older don't have. I will speak for everyone on the day trip and say we were impressed. Then Bob showed up late in the day and showed us all of the classic trails tricks dialed to perfection. I don't think I've seen Bob since '97 or '98 when the trails behind my parents where in there hay day. We reministed about his friend breaking his jaw first run thru the 10 pack and how that was the worst thing that ever happened at my trails. Plenty of other old school talk too about bike parts older then Will.

The last 2 weeks has seen some dialing at the trails get done. Cleveland guys made it out to help dial and ride in. Main Line's 3rd and 4th set are better then ever. Dinger has worked some magic learned from the Heathens on the 5th lip and it is ready to be sent. Brad has dialed the pump bump before the 5th set and the 5th landing has been squared up. I tackled the berm after the 6th set and it looks better then ever. Torential down pours have started up, so tarps are covering most of Main Line and a couple of other hits. Joe T. and new local Dan have been dialing in the bowl area and it is looking good. Pumped to see someone working on it and dialing it after the mass digging that was done 2 springs ago.

Check out the Heathen's jam video on their site to see the faded red shirt Farmboy Jordan / Crazy Legs doing what he does best. Meadville trails jam this Saturday with atleast 1 car load going. Get to the trails and see what's new. You might be surprised.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Heathen Jam Photos

Just photo with no captions. Some of my favorite pics from the Heathens jam last Saturday. Good times as always.

End of July Report

Ready for watering.
200 feet of water hose, 1 generator & 1 sump pump keeping things alive.

Jordan mid-NBL line spin.

Brad whipping the same set with tree in way.

Jordan practicing whips on 2nd set in Main Line.

July saw the trails parched for water. The dryest I have ever seen them. We broke out my generator, the shop's sump pump and Brad's new 200 feet of water hose in the beginning of the month. Temporary 55 gallon drum for now until we decide to build a storage pond or more 55 gallon barrels. Saving a lot of back aches lugging water from the creek.

As dry as it has been, 3rd, 4th and 5th lips in Main Line still look wet from the spring mud rebuild. The plan is in action to fix the problems with the lips and get the line running to the end. The line has been hit thru the 7th lip, but some fine tuning needs done to make more effortless. Being flat trails, I don't think they will ever ride like down hill trails, but we are trying. NBL line is getting better every day.

Snow is coming, get to the trails.