25th Anniversary Video

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Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you.

The item below appeared in MORE’s January 1998 issue during undoubtedly a period of rain, or in anticipation of looming weather. Then President Dan Hudson put his thoughts on paper to draft this message, still relevant today; well, $4 for a movie?!? Enjoy!


President’s Column
A Few Words from “the Prez” by Danny Boy Hudson

You’ve been hearing it for hours. A dream perhaps? Squenching your eyes, you try to wish it away…Tap…Drip…Tap…The sound of rain. It’s different at every house. At mine, I hear the drops bounce off the chimney cap, punctuated by the occasional drip down to the damper flap. After it becomes obvious sheer will is not parting the clouds, you drag yourself out of bed and survey the damage. First comes the window-peek. You fortify yourself with dry sunny thoughts and lift a curtain corner. Damn. Branches blowing. Leaves swirling. Puddles boiling. Not what one pictures when thinking of ideal riding conditions. The remaining hope? Storm localization. It wouldn’t be the first time Washington has gotten soaked while Frederick or Front Royal remained balmy and clear. Off to the television for a weather radar fix. Nothing like cold hard facts provided by the latest technological wonder to once-and-for-all buoy one’s spirits or drown them in the muck…

As an aside, I’ve really got to hand it to WRC, TV-4. While most of their competition is featuring Reverend-Dujour or cut-rate cartoons whose characters’ images don’t even blink, WRC broadcasts news early both Saturday and Sunday mornings featuring weather updates at least four times an hour. Just what the enterprising outdoor enthusiasts too weak or cheap to have cable needs to accurately plan their day. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah.

…There is no dry refuge in the cards today. The mottle of blues, greens, and yellows makes it perfectly clear we are headed into a third consecutive wet weekend. No riding for Dan again.

I have a question. How many of us remember what they did before dedicating their lives to the pursuit of better biking? I’ve been doing this for seven years now, since the later years of school, and honestly can’t recall. This realization dawned as I balanced my bike on the porch and seriously considered an attempt at riding up some steps and into the living room as the rain pelted the windows around me! One nasty weekend is easily survivable. Let’s be honest, we all could stand to do a little routine maintenance on our steeds. Clean a chain, repack some bearings, retention a wheel, all those things we’ve been putting off till just such a rainy day.

If you’re good, you could probably even find time to finish and make it to the matinee. A second bad weekend starts to push the limit. By this time, your ride is cleaner and in better working order than all those Trek-Fisher Bontrager-Klein-Lemonds lined up down at the local shop. Sure you could go to another movie, but is Gattica, even with Ethan/Uma (hey, gotta be fair!), really worth 4 bucks? Football? Just doesn’t have the attraction anymore. Three consecutive rain-outs is enough to cause panic to set in. The lucky folks can get a fix by tuning into the Outdoor Life Channel or slapping a copy of Tread into the VCR. Just have to get outdoors? Now is a good time to consider running. How much harm can you do to yourself or the pavement by jogging in the rain? Definitely the cruelest circumstance for the conscientious trail cyclist is for the sky to suddenly clear after nonstop torrents have turned all the trails within a hundred mile radius to mush. Aiiieeee!!!

Seriously, we don’t realize how much fun cycling really is till we can’t do it. But if you want to keep riding, resist temptation and stay off the trails when it’s gooey. We are real lucky here in the Mid-Atlantic. Our riding season extends pretty much year-round. Many of our brother and sister cyclists in hallowed riding areas like Durango or Moab find themselves cooking in an oven or buried under a ton of snow for large chunks of the year. Us? We’ve just got to put up with the occasional wet or snowy stretch. Shoot, it’s unusual for our trails to be out of action for more than a week at a time. The surest way to mess things up long term is to hit the trails when they’re not ready for it. While the physical damage may be short-lived, you can be sure that the memories of irresponsible use will be long-lasting in the minds of unsympathetic land managers and those who want bikes out of the woods altogether. Of course, some trails drain better than others and MORE will be sensitive to prevailing conditions when scheduling rides in the damp times of the year. But when in doubt, please stay off the dirt.

Are you aware RockShox specifies routine maintenance on their Judy fork, which requires the removal of the legs, every twenty hours?T? I bet it takes most of the next rainy morning just to get the fork boots back on right!

The Inner Workings of the Next Generation: Chris Chance and his Latest Shock-a-Billy

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you.

The item below appeared in MORE’s March/April 1997 issue shortly before we raffled off the Shock-a-Billy frame generously donated to the club by Chris Chance of FAT City Cycles. Then President Dan Hudson put together this article with details about the frame and the raffle.. Enjoy!


In my new duties as “Head Honcho of Raffle Operations,” I’ve been sharing a lot of time with the Fat City Shock-a-Billy. Spend even a few moments looking at its details, especially in the form of the rear-end, and it is obvious Chris Chance put a whole heap of thought into this thing before wheeling out FAT’s second generation full suspension steed. But there are many other highly regarded sprung rides out there which attempt to solve the problems inherent in suspending a bicycle in completely different ways. How did Chris arrive at what he thinks is the ultimate form of mountain bike suspension? Through the magic of e-mail and the INTERNET, I got to ask him…

Schock-a-Billy

MORE: Describe the Shock-a-Billy in one sentence.

FAT: More than just a good giggle on rough downhills!

MORE: MTB suspension has grown in fits-and-starts. The first design which gained widespread acceptance was the original “Amp”: low pivot at the bottom bracket, shock inline with the seatstays, and extra pivots by the rear dropouts. Many full suspension bikes, including the first-generation Shock-a-Billy, borrowed these concepts. While it provided the first practical cross-country suspended ride, there was still much room for improvement. The long stays were flexible. The shock was asked to handle lateral as well as compressive loads, leading to a lot of maintenance headaches. The extra pivots also added to maintenance. And brake performance for traditional cantilevers on the rear was compromised as there was no way to pull from the center as required. In an effort to correct these problems, designs have again diverged. Trek went for a “unified rear” on their Y bikes, GT uses a “four bar linkage” technique on the LTS series, and Cannondale continues to refine the old “cantilever beam” approach. The new Shock-a-Billy uses yet another approach, a variation on the original “Amp” where the shock is isolated by a rocker_ Why did you go this route instead of one of those chosen by Trek or GT or…?

FAT: There’s a lot that we liked about the AMP design and a lot that needed improvement. We went to a rocker design on the seatstays to remove the shock from part of the structure of the frame, to provide better control of the rear wheel and better braking. We moved the main pivot to midway between the large and middle chain rings to minimize the adverse effects of chain tension through the range of gears in those two chain rings. When in the small ring, there is a slight tendency to pull the rear wheel down, thus aiding in traction in steep climbs. The swingarm and pivots have all been beefed up to further minimize flex, thus providing more control over the wheels, All of the pivots have been thoroughly sealed, in an effort to minimize water and soil intrusion which contributes to bearing wear. I think we’ve done a really good job with our custom designed seals and oil ports in the main pivots.

MORE: All suspension frames tend to be “busy”. After all, placing a hinge in the middle of a bike frame is going to require a little bit of extra material! As a result, many full suspension frames are made from aluminum to save weight. Even diehard steel fans like Ibis have used aluminum in their full suspension rides. Yet FAT continues with steel for the Shock-a-Billy. Why?

FAT: We’ve built our Shock-a-Billy with chromemoly because we’re able to get the material to do what we want. Our expertise with chromemoly is unsurpassed and our goal is first to refine the frame design, pivots and seals; and second, to focus on weight reduction, where appropriate_ We’ve built and sold several hundred original Shock-a-Billys and have learned the pluses and minuses of working with an aluminum rear end. As a result, we chose to build our new full suspension rear end using chrome-moly, as it was the most versatile given the frame design. Where you have space constraints between the chainrings and the tire, we can maximize clearance and stiffness with chrome-moly because of its greater stiffness.

MORE: I have heard rumors of a linkage retrofit for the Shock-a-Billy which will boost its travel. What is the latest?

FAT: Our Shock-a-Billys have been designed as cross-country bikes, not downhill-specific bikes. We are more committed to this aspect of the sport and have concentrated our efforts accordingly. We have no plans to design any retrofittable increased travel rockers at this time.

MORE: A more general question… Is full suspension the direction mountain biking is heading? In the past, we’ve had members of MORE dabble in it to come back to their hardtails. How does the Shock-a-Billy fit into the scheme of things at FAT?

FAT: Full suspension is here to stay. All off-road vehicles have full suspension and there will be customers who favor increased comfort and ease of mobility in rough situations, for whom the Shock a Billy will be a joy to ride. However, there will also always be people favoring a lower tech approach and, perhaps, less aggressive terrain, where a hardtail paired with a suspension fork will deliver the performance they’re after. Note, too, that we are seeing an increase in demand for our Big One Inch forks (Fat’s premium rigid fork) which leads us to recognize that there may also be a long-term demand from a smaller segment of the market who prefer a rigid setup as a function of their particular riding styles and/or terrain. Cost, weight and maintenance are factors to consider when evaluating whether to go fully suspended or stick with a hardtail. We dig all of the combinations and try provide a wide enough range of frame designs to meet the needs of all of our customers.


Chris also asked me to forward the news that he is again his own boss. In 1995, FAT City got caught up in the swirl of buyouts and consolidation that struck the cycling  industry and for the last two years has been part of Serotta. Unfortunately, the move to upstate New York did not work out as everyone had planned. As of March 1st, Chris Chance became owner, for the second time, of Fat City Cycles.

So that is the word from the man himself. But how does it ride you ask? Well, club member Peter Webb got to have an extended six-week trial on the ‘Billy late last year. Comparisons are made to Peter’s personal steed, a FAT City Yo Eddy equipped with a Rockshox Judy. In general, “to compare it to my Yo would be very easy, (the Shock-a-Billy) handles just as good in tight singletrack as well as being great at high speed descents. The only real difference is at the end of a long ride, my body was not aching all over. Peter comments that he didn’t notice the additional weight, just enhanced performance due to the suspended rear.

The Shock-a-Billy tested came in at approx. 26 lb. versus Peter’s Yo which is a svelte 23 lb. Also, he made no mention of the unwanted “flex” or “‘wag” in the rear-end that plagues so many other suspended rides. I think the most telling comment on the Shock-a-Billy’s performance are Peter’s parting words_ “I liked it so much I’ve ordered one!”

I’ll conclude with just one paragraph of shameless groveling. If you have been on another planet for the past six months, you might not be aware that MORE is raffling off a Shock-a-Billy frame to benefit our trail projects, in particular Fountainhead. And it is not one of those lame-o deals where some company dumps last year’s model in some unsellable size and color on a desperate organization. The winner of our raffle gets a shiny new Shock-a-Billy built and painted to order!

Tickets are $10 each and the drawing is June 8th at the “24 Hours of Canaan.” You need not be present to win. If you’d like to purchase, or better yet, sell some tickets, contact Dan Hudson at (301) 345 5214 or see me at any MORE membership meeting. Every ticket sold is another tool, waterbar, or sign, making the trails better for all users in the region.

We thank FAT City for stepping up and doing its part. We thank our members who have or will rise to the challenge as well.

 

New MORE Logo Design Contest

A few gems from our archives, the submissions to MORE’s logo design contest; circa 1994

The Year in Review

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you.

Here’s a “year in review” article from the Nov/Dec 1996 issue of Trailhead. 1996 was a banner year for MORE, and a busy one! take a look….


MORE is on Track in 1996

When negotiating a new track, every rider must find that elusive, almost mythical path that we call “the line.” Within the trail itself, of course, the line is that particular route for our wheels that offers the least resistance, demands the least exertion, promises the least impact, entails the least peril, and delivers the most fun in traveling from point A to point B — usually about ten feet. Where the line lies is sometimes a matter of consensus, sometimes not. Finding it is often a subjective, Zen-like matter. At even five m.p.h. down a rock-strewn singletrack, conventional deliberative decision-making is, in practice, far too taxing. Instead we de-stress and feel, focus and find our way through the line almost intuitively. And a sweaty grin is our reward.

Dan Hudson, MORE's ride leader and candidate for President receives commemorative trail tool from IMBA's new President, Ashley Korenblat, capping of a great year for MORE.

Dan Hudson, MORE’s ride leader and candidate for President receives commemorative trail tool from IMBA’s new President, Ashley Korenblat, capping of a great year for MORE.

In 1996, organizationally speaking, MORE found “the line.’ We picked our way through a maze of public hearings, advisory group meetings, volunteer work days, trails conferences, fund-raising efforts and sundry educational workshops, and we ended up with… well, a big sweaty grin.

What does that mean? It means that because of MORE, mid-Atlantic mountain bikers were welcomed onto singletrack in two park systems where, before, bikers were banned. Montgomery County opened two parks in metro Maryland, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) authorized the construction of new, bike-legal singletrack in Fairfax County. And the Schaeffer Farms trail complex, built mostly by MORE, is open and nearly complete.

It means that more generated over 1,500 hours of volunteer labor maintaining and building trails. (Add 200 hours for public meetings and hearings.) Your work commitment through MORE underlies the changing reputation of mountain bikers in our area. The result: Fifteen miles of brand new singletrack, and some ten-miles of newly legal trails, all attributable to MORE/you.

It means that MORE has been honored by major bicycling organizations, like the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) which bestowed upon IviORE its 1996 Model Program Award, and the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC) which this year awarded MORE not one but two grants under its Community Services Grant Program.

It means MORE members benefit when bike businesses contribute money to trails, and product and discounts to trail users, through MORE. Fat City Cycles (national), Performance Bicycle Shops (VA, MD), City Bikes (DC), Blackwater Bikes (WV) and Whitetail Ski & Mountain Bike Resort (PA) have all decided, with good commercial reason, that MORE members arc worth an investment.

It means that MORE has raised 54,000 for parks — most for Fountainhead Regional Park. We’re well on our way to reaching that $6,000 goal, thanks to your generosity. And more importantly, we’re learning how to raise substantial money for trails for all user groups.

It means that some 250 people joined MORE in 1996 — including Fifty women. It means our members now range in age from 16 to 53. It means responsible riders, from sponsored speedmongers on the race course to fire road roving leisure lovers, all found a comfortable place at MORE. Our variety of rides and events suit our variety of members.

It means that MORE members helped found the region’s first volunteer bicycle patrol, working in close cooperation with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. Volunteers serve as roving good Samaritans, trained in first aid and police procedures, acting as eyes and ears for local law enforcement. It means a positive, high visibility role for trail cyclists.

It means that MORE made our good web page great (see the newest update yourself and watch that “hit counter” go?) On top of that, we put out a top-flight newsletter, Blowing our own horn? Maybe. But then several of our stories are slated for re-printing in national magazines!

It means that despite all the education, advocacy and occasional preaching, MORE still considers plain old fun to be our ultimate mission requirement. Just when you think you’ve heard more appeals than you can endure about helmets, the Rules of the Trail, low impact riding and the need for trail maintenance, we lead a spectacular ride through GW National Forest, unfurl a wacky game like Frizbike, conduct an eccentric night ride through the heart of the city, or throw a party or a picnic that you just won’t ever forget. We know where our roots are and, if need be, we invite you to remind us.

Of course, all was not perfect in Fat Tire Land 1996. Our revered treasurer, Trish Bunn, was afflicted with Lyme Disease in Wisconsin several months before suffer-ing an unrelated burst blood vessel in her head while in Colorado. Thankfully, she’s on the road — or the trail — to recovery. Charlie and Valerie Theriault, who left an indelible mark on the club through sheer personality (and lots of hard work), moved to Minnesota. And the once-hallowed family name of Kosmicki now no longer appears on our roster.

In the trails department, the Frederick Watershed was nearly closed to bikes, and the spine of the Catoctin Ridge, the blue trail, remains threatened. Maryland, despite its normally positive approach towards trail cycling, may curtail biking in Patuxent River and Gunpowder Falls State Parks under new “Wildlands” regulations. And across the region, isolated land managers consider the misguided strategy of segregating trail users, needlessly limiting where hikers, bikers and equestrians may go.

And 1996 was severely wet. We know that riding muddy trails damages them, and so we don’t. But Mother Nature has certainly put a damper on conscientious riders this year. (Any more bad weather, and we’ll all become permanent roadies.)

All in all, though, it was a great year to be member of MORE. With your active participation, 1997 will be even better!

FAT City Cycles Sponsors Fountainhead Trail

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you.

Ever wonder why Shock-a-Billy Hill is called that? Well, as part of our sponsorship agreement with FAT City Cycles, we promised the custom frame builder to name a gnarly section of trail after their signature frame; This articled appeared in the September 1996 Issue of Trailhead. Read on for the scoop.


We're getting FATter: MORE vicePresident Martin Fernandez (right) and Newsletter Editor/all around MORE guy Andy Carruthers (left) finalize the FAT alliance with Wendyll Behrend-Chance of FAT City Cycles during the 1996 Newsweek 24 hours of Canaan.

We’re getting FATter: MORE Vice-President Martin Fernandez (right) and Newsletter Editor/all around MORE guy Andy Carruthers (left) finalize the FAT alliance with Wendyll Behrend-Chance of FAT City Cycles during the 1996 Newsweek 24 hours of Canaan.

Shock-a-Billy Frame to be Raffled; October Picnic Slated

Getting FAT? We are,

Fat City Cycles, that is, A high performance frame builder based in upstate New York, has teamed up with MORE to sponsor the Fountainhead Regional Park mountain bike trail in Fairfax County. As a primary sponsor of the region’s foremost MTB trail initiative, Fat City has agreed to provide $2,500 in cash and merchandise including a full suspension Shock-a-Billy frame to be raffled. Fat City has also subsidized MORE’s new four-color informational brochure under the exciting terms of the MORE-FAT partnership. Read on to find out how you, MORE, Fat City and the Mid-Atlantic mountain bike community can win, win, win!

Here’s a chance for you to get FATter: on Sunday October 20th, MORE and Fat City Cycles will be holding our Fall picnic at Fountainhead Regional Park. We hope to have several Fat City bikes for you to test ride on singletrack, in addition to the usual socializing and hoopla (B-B-Q, Frizbike, sundry bike-based fun). Details are still in the works, so please consult the Ride Line (703-502-0359) or contact Susan Musante (703-807-0143) for the latest info in October. [Please, please remember that this event is strictly limited to members of MORE and FAT Cogs (Fat City Owners Group members) and their families. The Fountainhead trail is NOT completed and NOT open for public use yet.]

A strong reputation for quality and customer service has already made Fat City among the most preferred brands of quality mountain bikes in the prosperous Mid-Atlantic region, Fat’s sponsorship of the Fountainhead trail is a measure of that! company’s commitment to trails and an acknowledgment of MORE’s success garnering positive press and the respect of land managers and trail users region-wide. The partnership means higher visibility for FAT, more funds for Fountainhead and ultimately, more open trails for all.

Sales of the ten dollar tickets began at a brisk pace at the July 21st Fountainhead fund-raiser ride, where a special guest appearance was put in by Jim Hasenauer, president of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). In order to assure all participants a fair chance at winning, ticket sales will be capped at 1,000. Thus far, MORE has raised over $2,000 of our $6,000 goal for the trail project, including some $600 in raffle revenue.

To purchase your tickets, bring cash or checks to the next Fountainhead trail day– September 7th at 9:30 AM!!! (Call Doug Oates for details at his new number–(703) 660- 6409.) Or attend a 7 PM MORE meeting on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month at the Fairfax Circle Performance Bicycle Shop or the first Tuesday at

the Rockville Performance. Not convenient? Send your check or money order (payable to “MORE”) to MORE/Att: EZ, P.O. Box 2662, Fairfax, VA 22031 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Your tickets will arrive by mail within three-to-four weeks. Full details about the Shock-a-Billy raffle will be available on MORE’s stellar Web page (http://apollo.gmu.cdu/-chain/more). Additional information can be obtained by e-mailing FntnhdFund@aol.com or by calling MORE President Ed Zimmerman at (703) 779-3576.

Sink some bucks in a chance at high-end equipment while directly supporting your access to top-quality trails. Write a check now!


Follow up – The article below, by Andy Carruthers, appeared in a July/August 1997 issue of trailhead announcing the winner of the FAT City Cycles Shock-a-Billy Raffle.

Trail Volunteer Wins Shock-a-Billy Raffle

“Holy (Cow!) I cannot believe it!” Says Annandale Native.

The Winner, Carl Begeson

At the close of Newsweek’s 24 Hours of Canaan, the crowd was never so hushed as when Chris Chance of FAT City Cycles climbed the stage and pulled the winning ticket for MORE’s marathon raffle. The lucky winner? You.

You and every cyclist in the region who rides trails like Fountainhead and Schaffer Farms, projects made possible in part by raffle revenue and publicity. Yeah, yeah, yeah… we know, but who really won?!

The answer? 34 year-old Carl Bergeson, who got his lone ticket for volunteering at a MORE trail day.

Bergeson, a MORE member for three-plus years, had this to say when told of his good fortune: “GET OUT!” An incredulous pause, and then: “Get out of here. Oh my God, you’re kidding me?!” he said. Finally, when his skepticism waned: “I WON THE SHOCK-A-BILLY!!!!”

Bergeson’s well-won current bike, a 1993 Specialized Rockhopper Comp with rigid fork, had “hit everything except the lottery said Bergeson. The Raffle has made possible a radical upgrade. The Shock-a-Billy frame, with a suggested retail price of about $2,000, was generously donated by FAT City Cycles.

But gear isn’t everything as Bergeson acknowledged. “I’ve always been impressed with MORE. It’s a whole attitude. They’re not a bunch of bike snobs. Just a lot of people who enjoy mountain biking.” And, he added pensively, “go to a work day, you never know what will happen.”

How Far We’ve Come…

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The “Of Note” below appeared in the December 1995 Issue. It gives you a snapshot of how long the club and its volunteers have been working to gain access to valuable riding destinations…

The included attachments represent early work by MORE’s leadership and key volunteers to gain access to the “Shed”. These, along with many more efforts from our current liaisons and dedicated volunteers such as Philip VanWerkhoven, David Kalt, and Joe Whitehair set the tone that led to MORE’s current MOU with the City of Frederick; Indeed, how far we’ve come…


Of Note…

…the Frederick Watershed remains open! The Utility Committee of the City of Frederick met November 15th to consider the impacts and issues surrounding trail cycling. Early rumors of an imminent closure caused MORE to mobilize in advance of the meeting, contacting local officials and consulting with IMBA’s Tim Blumenthal. Member Brad Convis addressed the committee armed with stats about our trail maintenance activities and a willingness to work with land managers to mitigate problems. Public officials stressed that the Watershed area exists to provide the city with its water supply, and was not particularly intended as a recreational area. They also expressed safety concerns about illegal parking along the roadside. Nonetheless, they seemed amenable to continued use by mountain bikers and welcomed MORE’s initiative.


The letter below was submitted by then MORE’s VP Martin Fernandez to the Frederick City Council to offer MORE’s help in maintaining the trails. MORE Member Brad Convis used it when addressing the committee, along with additional documents.

MORE Letter to SHed

Brad’s request to schedule a trail work day at the shed was promptly approved.

Frederick Watershed Letter

What’s Up With MORE?

This month has been dedicated to Spring trail work, planning for the MORE Summer Festival, the 25th Anniversary Gala and IMBA Chapter Discussions.

Spring Trail Work

Thank you all for getting our trails spruced up for the upcoming riding season. Jonathan Kidwell, our Trail Boss,  has been doing an awesome job of posting workdays to the MORE calendar and our friends around the region have been posting on Meetup, Facebook and other social media sites as well. Keep up the great work and do enjoy your trails!

Summer Festival
The Summer Festival is June 10 at Seneca Creek State Park in MD. The organizing committee is planning all kinds of activities for all members of the family, including rides, disc golf, boating, hiking and just plain playing at the giant playground. We do need volunteers to lead rides and help plan some of the activities. Please contact Carlos Alfaro and let him know if you are able to help out. Remember, this is a pot-luck event, so bring your best shareable dish.

25th Anniversary Gala
Tickets for MORE’s 25th anniversary fundraising gala will go on sale June 1 on the MORE website. Tickets for the event are limited (100) and are $75 each. The fund raising Gala event will help us celebrate the past, relish the present, and look into the future of MORE. Additional donations may be made on the MORE website. As always, if you prefer, you can send us a check (payable to MORE) to the PO Box, or make your donation at the event.

We plan to have beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while we reminisce about MORE’s accomplishments and see video presentation of member submitted pictures.

Please send us your pictures or videos so that we can include them in the presentation. Plan to come to Remember the Past, Embrace the Present and Imagine the Future.

Chapter Discussion
The MORE Board of Directors is working on a timeline for obtaining member feedback on IMBA’s Chapter 3.0 model. We will likely set-up a survey in late fall to gather member feedback.

MORE is currently in a good place as we currently have a grant to cover the difference between the Executive Directors salary and revenue shortfall from the 60/40 revenue split. Basically the 60% IMBA collects from memberships goes to fund MORE’s Executive Directors salary. This formula will change effective June 1st when IMBA will share membership revenue 50/50 with chapters.

Again, MORE is covered and this gives us time to decide what our future with IMBA will be.

I hope you were able to ride your bike or dig in the dirt. As always, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact any member of the MORE Board of Directors.

Pro Racer Penny Davidson Endorses Fountainhead MTB Trail Project!

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The article below was published in January 1996 and written by MORE’s newsletter editor, Andy Carruthers. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments below…


Pro Racer Penny Davidson Endorses Fountainhead MTB Trail Project!
MORE initiates Fountainhead Trail Fund to Raise $6,000

Racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson with MORE representative Brad Convis in Arizona

Racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson with MORE representative Brad Convis in Arizona

Two-time national champion racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson has signed onto MORE’s Fountainhead Regional Park Mountain Bike Trail, the first single-user trail being built for cyclists in our region. Davidson, a competitor known for her wide variety of talents, was approached by MORE representatives at the January IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Conference outside of Tucson, Arizona. Based in California, Davidson is a Certified Public Accountant and a former school teacher who has made substantial public efforts in support of trail advocates including IMBA and, now, MORE.

MORE Fountainhead Fund Chairman Andy Carruthers said, “We’re very, very pleased to have Penny on board the project.” He continued, “We hope hers Will be the first of several celebrity endorsements that we can parlay into a successful fund-raising campaign in support of the trail.” MORE has committed to raising $6,000 for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) to meet a public funding shortfall for the project. The capital campaign already has an e-mail account (FntnhdFund@aol.com) established to serve as an informational clearinghouse and contact point for potential sponsors and members of the media.

“The level of enthusiasm for the Fountainhead Trail within the club, and within the larger trail cycling community, is very high,” said Carruthers. He noted that the trail, which is tentatively planned to extend as far as eight miles in length, would be a first in many respects: “It would be the first unpaved, bicycle-only trail in the entire metro area, the first NVRPA site to permit cycling on single track, and the first concerted effort by the local cycling community to raise substantial funds in support of a mountain bike trail.”

After seeing trail closures at Sugarloaf Mountain, across Montgomery County and in most of Northern Virginia’s largest parks, cyclists have been rudely informed that they cannot take trail access for granted anymore. “Free trails are a thing of the past, if they ever were a reality at all,” said trails coordinator Brad Convis. While area MTB riders have begun to shoulder their share of trail maintenance responsibilities through groups like MORE and the Capybara Mountain Bike Club with support from the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC), cyclists need to note the long term financial and political contributions to trails made by groups such as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the American Hiking Society (AHS). “Mountain bikers need to pay our dues, and this project may well be an image maker or an image breaker for us,” said Convis,

MORE members are urged to help locate potential major donors for the project. “If your employer has a charitable contribution or matching fund program, please contact us,” said Carruthers. He noted that certain firms and businesses were already being considered for appeals and asked for help in screening them; “If you or someone you know closely works for a Northern Virginia bike shop, sport utility vehicle dealer, outdoors store, America Online or the Old Dominion Brewing Company, please let us know.” Referring to this last organization, Carruthers suggested that MORE’s fund-raising campaign might be informally dubbed “RockShox & Root Beer.”

MORE members, said Carruthers, will be approached by mail to make a contribution in support of the Fountainhead Trail. “Well be asking them to make a donation of $50— roughly the cost of a new rear derailleur.” Too much? “Well,” said Carruthers, “we’ll be asking them to consider making a contribution of $100–roughly the cost of a good quality wheel.” A tall order? “We don’t think so,” insisted Carruthers, “because we’ll be asking them to consider the highest commitment level– $250, roughly the cost of a Yakima roof rack system.” When all is said and done, said Convis, “if mountain bikers don’t have trails, there won’t be much for them to do with their derailleurs, their wheels and their roof racks, and I think cyclists know that.”

© January, 1996–The Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE)


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MORE Gets Technical: On-Line Resources Flourish

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The article below was published in December 1995 and written by MORE’s newsletter editor, Andy Carruthers. Enjoy…


Why surf the Net when you can shred the Web? In a powerful display of expertise and imagination, MORE members have established a variety of computer-based resources for mountainbikers with access to a modem or an Internet email address. Ride schedules, special event listings, late breaking alerts about trail access, past issues of Trailhead and other information is now available through a homepage on the World Wide Web (WWW) or an e-mail based “news group”. All thanks to the efforts of Steve Bernard, Dean Rogers and Martin Fernandez. The following instructions will enable you to tap into these and other bike- related resources on the Net.

MORE’s Web Page (http://apollo.gmu.edu/-chain/ more): A fantastic production that rivals any of the noncommercial MTB-related pages we’ve seen on the Web. Web browsing software such as Netscape or Mosaic allows users to rummage through previous—and occasionally forthcoming—Trailhead articles, obtain general info about the club and how to join, explore listings of area ride sites, or refresh your memory on IMBA’s rules of the trail.

The page is a part of Steve Bernard’s grander Web site called “Chain Link” (http://apollo.gmu.edu/-chain) which displays an enormous amount of graphically remarkable info on area bike-matters. Get info on the local race scene or download a NORBA application. Peruse links to other MTB-ish homepages such as the on-line editions of Mountainbike Magazine or Dirt Rag, or to Specialized Bicycle Company. Consult a growing list of regional bike shops and a live link to National Weather Service regional forecasts and satellite images, among other data.

The MORE homepage, cited in the most recent issue of BIKE magazine, continues to be upgraded and expanded on a regular basis. It promises to build MORE’s international reputation in the world of trail cycling. For folks outside the region, the homepage may be all they know about us, and they’re sure to be impressed.

MORE’s e-mail group (more @cycling.org): Those without WWW access or who prefer unvarnished text over high-falutin’ graphics can sign up on this list server for local folk. All you need is an Internet-accessible e-mail address from a commercial ser-vice provider such as America On-Line, CompuServe, or Prodigy, or though your employer. Most federal agencies provide such access, as do a growing percentage of private sector employers in the metro DC-area. Note that your employer may have specific policies about use of e-mail unrelated to work.

To sign up, just send a message to majordomo@cycling.org and enter the words “subscribe more”—with-out the quotation marks—in the mes-sage body. You will be automatically enrolled and promptly receive a mes-sage with instructions and detailed info about the list, including how to unsubscribe.

Anyone can post to this list by sending a conventional e-mail mes-sage to moreecycling.org For this reason, postings should not be considered endorsed or officially sanctioned by MORE. The volume of traffic on this list is fairly low with maybe ten or so postings a week. Discussion tends to center around area trails and upcoming events. There are nearly a hundred subscribers on this list, which was established by Dean Rogers.

The Big List (mtb cycling.org): This is not a MORE enterprise, but it is the international discussion group for true off-road junkies with time on their hands. Twenty to thirty postings a day is pretty much normal. To get them bundled into one single daily message to you, subscribe this way: send a message to majordomo@cycling.org and enter the words “subscribe mtb-digest”— without the quotation marks—in the message body. I personally was able to obtain some obscure technical advice about a mechanical problem by posting my question to this list. Within an hour or two I had multiple well-informed responses, including two from Canada. It’s a lively bunch with a lot to say about bikes. You’ll need a similar appetite to keep up with them.

All about bikes inside the Beltway (dcbike@ipc.apc.org): This is the grand-daddy of local bike news groups. Home of the pedal-phile, DCBIKE encompasses nearly any bike-related subject you may care to indulge, and traffic is reported to be heavy, sometimes upwards of a dozen messages a day. The most passionate postings are often about the transportational role of bicycles, the joys/perils of commuting, and other pavement-related subjects. But all the local bike bases get covered—on and even off the road. To sign up, just send a message to majordomo@ipc.apc.org and enter the words “subscribe dcbike”—without the quotation marks—in the message body. Not sure about signing on? Send a message saying “info dcbike” in the message body to learn more.