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Ramapo Mountains County Park Management Plan – We need your Voice to be Heard

Have a look at the links below and see if you can comment or attend the meeting.
Pay particular attention to “Alternative C.” There is a place on the site to leave comments (only takes a few minutes), and the meeting is this Thursday evening
Public Open House October 17, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Township of Mahwah Administration Building – Senior Activity Center
475 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430

I would encourage you all to post this on social media, and get it in the hands of your customers. It’s a great opportunity to expand MTB access, and make very import trail connections to neighborhoods in NJ that would open new doors for recreation and for your businesses. It has the potential to add to one of the best, most comprehensive future MTB networks in the country. Not to mention the proximity of these trails to the largest Metropolitan Cities in the wold.

Your voice as local business owners needs to be heard! We know this is working in other parts of the US – it’s time to make it work for us here, for the sport we love – and yes, for our mountain bike business. If they can get it done in remote places like Kingdom Trails, Grand Junction, State College, etc….the only thing we are lacking here is participation and some creative marketing. Please consider helping out so we can further the cause, preserve future access, and help create one of the coolest, historically significant, sustainable mountain bike trail systems in the US. Here are the links.

Meeting Information:


Ramapo Mountains County Park Management Plan Newsletter with plan and Draft Alternatives:

Between all of us – I am confident that we can probably reach 90% of the North Jersey MTB community. I hope all is well with everyone and best of luck with the fall season.

Thank you
Ringwood Trail Crew

Cycling Events October 2013 – Recreational and Family Rides

Take a Kid Mountain Biking DayOctober 5th is the 10th Anniversary of the International Mountain Bike Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
To find an Event Near you go to IMBA’s Interactive Map
These events are a great way to introduce a kid to the great sport of Mountain Biking.
Most Events include family friendly group rides, Demos, riding tips and giveaways.

Some Events we recommend are:

New Jersey

Trips for Kids JORBA

RSVP required – email to
Bikes/safety gear available – first come first serve
10AM – 3PM lunch will be provided
Parents not riding must stay at location
Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders

Event Details
Date and Time:

Sat, 2013-10-05 08:00 – 13:00

Event Contact
 Rick Archer
Phone: 856-237-7836

JORBA and Marty’s Reliable Cycle
Take a kid mountain biking day presented by Marty’s Reliable Cycle and JORBA (Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Associaton)

– Guided Kid’s Mountain Bike Rides (guardians must ride too)
– Kid’s Mountain Bike Demos
– Helpful mountain biking info

The ride is about 4 miles long and both the child and parent/guardian have to come on the ride.

The first 25 kids to sign up receive a free water bottle from Specialized. If we get more then 25 kids then we have some Marty’s Bottles that we can give them.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids. Let’s get them out on the trails!
For more info, please email
or Mark

Event Details
Date and Time: Sat, 2013-10-05 10:00 – 12:00
Black River Park Trail, Roxbury, NJ and Dickerson Mine Preserve Mine Hill, NJ
Contact: Mark Perez
Phone: 201-650-3176

Mountain Creek Bike Park

Event Details
Date and Time: Saturday October 5th 9:00-5:00

Event Contact

 Chris Gengaro
Phone: 908-489-7545


Yorktown Cycles – Blue Mountain Peekskill, NY
Saturday- October 5, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 2:00 pm

The day will include:

-kids group ride
-obstacle course
-lots of fun for all!

What to bring:
Your bike, helmet, water and of course a kid!
For more information, please contact
(914) 245-5504

Trips for Kids Metro New York

Come Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day with Trips for Kids and Bicycle Habitat

This family-friendly event is appropriate to all ages and all skill levels. We will be doing kids rides and clinics to celebrate of the International Mountain Biking Association’s national “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”.You and the kids can bring your own bike( in good working condition), or pre-register to borrow a complimentary bike from Trips for Kids.

Preregister here:

It’s free. It’s off the F train. It’s a day packed with adventure. Highlights include:

Seven miles of trails. All ages and types of riders are welcome to participate. Raffles and Great Fun !

Trek will also be there with their 2014 demo bikes ( for the big kids)

Come out explorer the city in a new and different way, meet the MTB community, including IMBA, CLIMB, Discover Outdoors, NYCMTB, and your local neighbor

Register now for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Bicycle Habitat!

Event Details
Date and Time:  Sat, 2013-10-05 10:00 – 3:00
Event Contact
 Andree Sanders
Phone: 917-658-9289

A message from the Ringwood Trail Crew

There are ONLY, 2 more Dirty Thursdays left this year. Get out and give us an hour or 4 this Thursday or next. We started working on section 2 and we would like to get it done by September 1st. Meet at the school lot at 4 or trail side anytime after. Hope to see you there. Just in case you were wondering what we are working for, this is the reroutes and new trails starting from Weybly pond to the bottom near Defiance road. Start video at about 5 min mark.

Thank you

Ringwood Trail Crew


Trail MaintenanceBaldpate Trail Work
When: Sat, August 3, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Baldpate Mtn – Hopewell/Titusville NJ
Description: Trail work typically starting at 9 AM on first Saturday of the month, except for hunting season. Please check Baldpate Mtn Riders page on Facebook for updated or get on the email list by contacting

Chester Twp Trail Project
When: Weekly on Monday, 4pm – 8pm
Where: 20 Parker Road Chester Township, NJ 07930
Description: Trail construction at the newly proposed park in Chester Twp.
Work involves bench cutting with hand tools.
Every Monday from 4-8pm
Please RSVP Tom Kruse
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Single Track Mine Monday Trail Maint. Dickerson Mine Preserve
When: Weekly on Monday 5:30 – dark
Please RSVP perez@jorba,org if you plan on attending.
Please bring water and work gloves if you have them.
We will park inside the gate off Canfield Ave. 201-650-3176

WMFPT Maintenance (Pump Track)
When: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm
Where: Lycosky Drive, West Milford, NJ 07480
Description: On Monday’s at 6pm, we’ll work on the pump track and do some riding until dark. Bring your bike, something to drink and a desire to improve the track and we’ll see you there!

Dirty Thursday Ringwood
When: Weekly on Thursday through August 29th 4:00-7:00 pm
Where: Ringwood State Park
Description: For those looking to get in some week day work. Meet at the work site when you can by foot or bike. RSVP Art White for location by 2:00 that day, so he has enough tools. Art plans to pull tools in to work site by bike and trailer.

JORBA TM Lewis Morris
When: Saturday August 17, 8:15am – 11:30am
Where: Sunrise Lake Boathouse, Lewis Morris County Park Morristown NJ
Description: Since 2002, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to build new trails, close down unsustainable sections and keep the trails in great shape. Come help us do more in 2013!
All tools provided. Just bring yourself. Open to ages 15 or older.

Mercer County Park Trail Maintenance Day
When: Saturday, August 17, 1pm – 5pm
Where: 316 South Post Road West Windsor NJ
Description: We will be meeting at the Marina at 9am for all of the 2009 TM dates
We generally finish around 12 pm – 1 pm Please bring something to drink.
Tools and Gloves will be supplied.

Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail Maintenance
When: Saturday, August 17, 9am – 12pm
Where: East Mountain Road lot
Description: Sourlands Mountain Preserve Trail
Monday, August 19

Allaire State Park Trail Maintenance
When:Sun, August 25, 8am – 12pm
Where: Meet at the Hospital Road lot. Allaire State Park
Description: A for a fun-filled day of trail maintenance. Don’t forget your bike for a nice post-tm group ride.

July 2013 Trail Maintenance Schedule

There are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the trails you ride.

West Milford Family Pump Track

When: Mondays 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Lycosky Drive, West Milford, NJ 07480
Description: On Monday’s at 6pm, we’ll work on the pump track and do some riding until dark. Bring your bike, something to drink and a desire to improve the track and we’ll see you there!

Jungle Habitat
When: Tuesdays 5:45pm – 8:15pm
Where: 99 Airport Rd, West Milford, NJ
Description: The return of I Dig Tuesdays trail maintenance work sessions at Jungle Habitat. Meet us at the gate at 5:45 p.m, and bring yourself some water, bug spray, and gloves-we’ll supply the tools. We’ll head in by 6 p.m. to do some work on Boulderdash.

Ringwood State Park
When: Thursdays 4pm – 7pm
Where: Ringwood State Park
Description: RSVP each week for work site. Meet at work site. Tools will be provided. Please note that there will be no work day on July 18!!

Lewis Morris State Park
When: Saturday, July 20th, from 8:15 – 11:30AM
Where: Sunrise Lake Boathouse, Lewis Morris County Park
3.0 miles west of Morristown on Route 24/510. Take left into Lewis Morris park and follow signs to Sunrise Lake boathouse
Steady rain cancels.
Description:Since 2002, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to build new trails, close down unsustainable sections and keep the trails in great shape. Come help us do more in 2013!
All tools provided. Just bring yourself. Open to ages 15 or older.

Riding for Renewable Energy and Climate Change

Extreme skier and global cooling consultant Allison Gannett tells us why she is riding in the 300-mile Brita Climate Ride.

Allison Gannett is participating in the Brita Climate Ride to help raise awareness about global climate change. As a World Champion extreme skier fighting to save our snow, a champion ultra mountain bike racer fighting to save our singletrack, and an award-winning global cooling solutions consultant, latching on for the from New York City to Washington, D.C., was a no brainer. This 5-day charity bike ride from September 26 – 30, aims to raise awareness of climate change and the need for renewable energy legislation. The 300-mile ride is open to anyone and it’s a great event for experienced riders and novice cyclists (there are currently only 40 spots left. Register at In my quest to make a difference, I’ve turned my passion for racing mountain bikes and cycling into a mode of long-haul transportation. Initially I looked for techy solutions, such as creating a solar powered hybrid SUV that got 100 miles per gallon. But I quickly realized that the carbon footprint of manufacturing a car can exceed 100 tons per vehicle, which virtually offsets any carbon footprint savings from the increased gas mileage. The answer? Drive less. But how to do it? I decided to try to ride my bicycle to my work events around the U.S. instead of renting a car. I needed to be able to carry my work clothes and computer, all without panniers or a trailer. My first attempt was a 6-state swing, spending two weeks on the East Coast with nine days of riding. My route: Colgate University, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York City-Boston-New Hampshire-Vermont, and back through New York via the Adirondacks to my starting point in Hamilton, New York. Gannett is an extreme freeskier and mountain biker who lives in Crested Butte, CO. Ever wondered how to get exercise while working? Try bike commuting in a more serious way – I’ve never had more fun or seen an area in more detail. My favorite parts were the extensive bike paths in New York City, touring East Coast cheese farms, and the windmills near Colgate University. East Coast riding is beautiful and the upcoming Climate Ride includes world class cycling in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC.

Back to Brita Climate Ride. I’m looking forward to another multi-day bike tour, as I have been mostly mountain biking through the wildflowers in my hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado. Climate Ride is a supported bike tour (they use Priuses and veggie-oil vans to get your luggage from camp to camp with as minimal of a carbon footprint as possible). But I plan on riding self-supported to decrease my carbon footprint further.

You don’t have to be an ultra mountain bike racer to do Climate Ride, so get on your bike and join me for this adventure! I’m looking forward to doing my climate solutions presentation while on the ride and I hope you can join us.

Well, cheers to those riding their bikes, whether for work or for fun. And special kudos to bike commuters everywhere. Learn more about how to make a difference at these three sites:,,

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Syncros Partners with IMBA to Support and Reward Mountain Biking Advocacy

Syncros Partners with IMBA to Support and Reward Mountain Biking Advocacy

Syncros provides discount product coupons to IMBA members and volunteers as rewards for creating, enhancing and preserving mountain bike trails around the world

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Aug. 10, 2009 – Syncros Applied Technologies today announced its partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to provide IMBA members and volunteers discount coupons for Syncros products as reward for their support of mountain biking communities and infrastructure.

Syncros, a bicycle component manufacturer known for its grassroots mountain bike heritage and pragmatic, indestructible components, will provide a 25 percent discount off Syncros products’ MSRP for IMBA members, a 40 percent discount for IMBA trail builders, and a 65 percent discount for IMBA member retailers that organize shop employees to work on an IMBA-sanctioned project.

“Syncros appreciates all of the time and resources that mountain bike enthusiasts give to help IMBA maintain the trails that we all benefit from riding,” said Steve Parke, general manager of Syncros. “We hope our partnership with IMBA will reinforce the Syncros brand as one that supports riders on their bikes and within their mountain biking communities.”

The Syncros discount coupons offered through this partnership will be distributed to members, volunteers and member retail shops through IMBA. Individual IMBA members will redeem their coupon discounts through an online code provided by IMBA on the password-protected portion of its Web site. Qualified IMBA trail-builders will receive their coupons through their local IMBA Team Captains. IMBA will distribute one-time-use discount coupons to its member retail shops participating in trail restoration projects. The Syncros coupons are redeemable through where orders placed will be fulfilled through Syncros in San Carlos, Calif.

“IMBA is supported by a grassroots network of members, so we really value the support of a grassroots brand like Syncros,” said Mike Van Abel, IMBA executive director. “It’s great to have a partner that keeps our member benefits program strong and robust.”

IMBA member retailers can submit their IMBA project proposals starting next month to the password-protected portion of

Project proposals should include:

  • Evidence of six hours of project work per team member
  • Team name, contact phone number, e-mail address and mailing address
  • The project’s “who, what, where, when, why, how”
  • Supporting photos, maps or other visuals

Creative proposals may be used on the Syncros Web site or for other promotional purposes.

About IMBA
Since 1988, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has created, enhanced and protected great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. A group of California mountain bike clubs founded IMBA to develop and promote mountain biker-education programs and innovative trail management solutions. Now IMBA has members in each state of the U.S. and 40 other countries that annually contribute more than one million hours to trailwork projects on public land. To date, IMBA volunteers have created more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of new trails worldwide. More information about IMBA is available at

About Syncros Applied Technologies
Canadian-based Syncros, known for its grassroots heritage and pragmatic, indestructible components, shares its roots with the very origins of mountain biking itself. Founded on ideas formulated in the back room of Vancouver’s Westpoint Cycles in the mid-1980’s, the company continues to serve the needs of hardcore, off-road riders. By the early 1990’s Syncros was the leading provider of high-end off-road bicycle parts and in 2003 was purchased by Ritchey Design. Ritchey Designs’ global infrastructure has allowed Syncros to return to its roots and provide components for the most serious XC, All Mountain, and Freeride enthusiasts. Please visit for more information about Syncros.

Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

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Trail Work Days for JORBA RVCC at Ringwood

Jorba/RVCC will start their first trail work day for 2009 on Sunday March 29th. We will be starting some work on the Ringwood/Ramapo Trail heading out towards Skyline Drive. This is a big and ambitious but very worthwhile project. Please come out o help if you can. The work site is 5 miles in, so be prepared to ride your bike to the work site. As the work progresses, the site will get farther in, and more difficult to reach.
These first sessions are especially helpful to attend.
Sunday March 29 : Meet at Lot C at 8:45. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves, plenty of water and snacks. Be prepared to ride bikes in. No hikers led!

Tentative next work dates:
April 26
June 6/7

Information in this post originally sent in an email from Ellen White

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Little Switzerland is open to Mountain Bikes

rockleigh Trails On March 10th the town of Rockleigh is considering trail use changes to the hill behind the Rockleigh Fire House (aka Little Switzerland)
This change was to prohibit motorized bikes. Many local bike riders showed up to voice concerns about the trails be closed to mountain bikers. While there was no risk at this time I think it was good that riders and Jeff Mergler from JORBA were there to show that they are concerned about trail usage and their availability for mountain biking. It was also good to catch-up with some folks I have not seen in a while and meet some new faces. Afterwards a few of us went out for a drink and made plans for riding this weekend. The North Jersey Mountain Bike club ride will be at Blue Mountain on March 15th ride leaves from main lot between 8:30 and 8:45

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A message from Jeff Mergler – IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew visits

IMBA is coming back to NJ in October and will be doing 2 IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew visits to 2 of New Jersey’s favorite parks.
On October 11th and 12th, IMBA will visit Washington Valley Park (sometimes called Chimney Rock).
The following weekend (October 18th) IMBA will visit Sterling Forest/Ringwood State Park!
That’s 2 back to back IMBA/Subaru TCC weekends!
One of these should fit into your schedule.If you are interested in learning how to build sustainable trails, or hone your existing skills please consider attending these events.
The basic agenda for both weekends will be a 3 hour classroom session (9am) followed by lunch then applied field work in the afternoon (1pm until 4 or 5pm).
The classroom session is mandatory and its sure to be fun, interesting and eye-opening.
Don’t let another year pass without attending this training!
Pay Dirt: The field work sessions are valid for Pay Dirt hours!
For Ringwood that will be Saturday’s afternoon session, for WVP, that’s Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning’s session. Racer’s: you been asking for hours, here’s your chance.
Note: this event is open to all trail users, including cyclists, equestrians, trail runners and hikers.

RSVP required:
Each of these events requires an RSVP so please follow the instruction below for either park to do so. – WVP: please phone Christine Biskey at (908) 231-0802 ext. 24. Phone RSVPs only.

Ringwood: online RSVP here you require more information about either event, full details can be found here: – WVP:
More about IMBA/Subaru TCCs:

Happy trails!
Jeff Mergler
Executive Director

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