Adventure Riding: Traveling, exploring, an area or areas including as much as possible in one or more days...
...traveling to Western New York to check out the Mt biking scene up there started with an early leave before dawn on day one, traveling towards destination one, Letchworth State Park Letchworth State Park - NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation as it's known as the Grand Canyon of the East. With a depth of 600 feet in some places, riding along the 17 mile long canyon rim is breath taking, a few waterfalls mixed in scenery is top notch. More mt bike trails throughout the park, and you can return on the paved road for another option. One site soon to be raised and reconstructed is the railroad bridge over the canyon originally built around 1895. Trains rumble by every few minutes hanging out there in space almost like a caterpillar on a thread.
Heading to destination two, Mendon Cyclesmith near Rochester, N.Y. Mendon Cyclesmith Craig at Mendon Cyclesmith is well known on MTBR as a fellow moderator and for his fantastic work on fatbikes and suspension, Mendon Cyclesmith is the bomb !!!! as well as designing, modding, and blending parts from different bikes to make a total new ride. (Craig, I hope I don't get reprimanded for shameless plug... LOL) Finding a few construction detours along the way. I called Craig and it was good to hear his voice as he directed us around the detours to his shop.
Arriving at Mendon's we were greeted by his 2 very friendly, friends at the door, once inside Craig was hard at work fixing bikes for customers to ride. Having spoke with Craig on MTBR about his newest, old ride the 1896 Pierce Arrow bicycle, yes the same company that made really cool cars later on into the 1900s it was time to get a few shots of the "new/old" ride. Looking at the pics you can see this bike was way ahead of it's time: 29er wheels with wooden rims, yes "real wood" front and rear suspension and one twist we have yet to see on our trails, a drive shaft making this a fav of mine since it is steel and singlespeed.
Still more fantastic bikes hanging around, High wheelers vintage Schwinns, a rear steer tandem, even a project bike from the 1840s made totally of wood and steel. The selection of shapes and sizes of bikes continued, but you'll have to visit for yourself as it would take many hours to describe all that exists in his shop, and I too will be back as I have project for Craig to fashion for me: Post your UBER V !!!!!!!!!!!
While we were at Craig's shop one of his customers named Mike, offered to show us the trails at nearby Dryer Run park, Victor, NY - Parks & Trailssaying he was headed there anyway to do a ride. Traveling a few miles we arrived at Dryer Run, first thing I noticed was 2 Pump Tracks, yes 2 of them, both different and even a wooden skills area with a really cool tire and wood section containing a chain rope bridge that gathered all your momentum as you rode it making for a very different riding experience! Having not yet seen the trails I was outta breath getting way involved in the pump tracks.
Mke showed us a super tour of the trails. They even have a trail named "Moon" We felt right at home, more names on the trail signs cracked us up, but "Juicy Bacon" was one fav of mine with a swoopy never ending run of ups and steep dive right in downs, making our tires do a roller coaster type noise that kept us smiling all the way to the end. Dryer Run trails made me dream of adding a new 26er dirt jumper to my collection, as it would be like riding a moto on these trails minus the engine of course!... LOL So many trails to ride and by now getting tired from what seems close to 100 miles of riding, even though it was less, the fun of doing all this riding in so many places in one day was being rounded up by darkness and the call for great food.
Destination 4, still day one, and having no idea we could jamb this much fun into one day it was back on the road to the WNYMBA(Western New York Mt Bike Association) MTB fest at Sprague Brook park, Erie county, south of Buffalo N.Y. WNYMBA Arriving after a lengthy drive we were greeted by nice people who directed us to our camping location. After a brief set up Topcat fired up his lantern and locals stated to arrive at our campsite for friendly talk and trading stories.
Camping next to us was a fellow racer named Tim who was struggling with a tire, so I offered to help with a few tools and asked why he was working on his bike at 9PM only to find out there was a night ride! I decided I had a few rides this day and occupied the lawn chair for the rest of the awake period. A while later Tim arrived back from the ride and sat down with us for some conversation, just so happened he has something to do with Eire county parks and rec, Hum this might just be very interesting! Well you know how this stuff goes, trading trail building techniques and trails built here and there, needless to say we were instant friends. Time to crash this day out!
Day 2 started with a trip down the paved road for breakfast and a visit to a local Moto shop and Honda Museum called Northeast Cycles: Home Page Everything vintage Honda from CT70s, Mini Trail 50s, CB 160, S 90, CT 90, SL70 a CBX 6 cylinder, and even a very rare Honda snowmobile! Around the back friend Ed Abdo running the repairs was getting ready to head out to the Silver Springs Moto Park on Sunday, but he took time to show us a 1978 Yamaha YZ 250, a 1975 Rokon and a early 70s Hodaka they were planning to race later this year at there VMX friendly series! Had to pry us away from the toys but we headed back to WNYMBA MTB fest and just in time for the ride of the day.
Our ride leader Rory had a brief explanation of the trails at Sprague Creek Park at which point about 25 riders took to the trails for the inter/expert ride, but there was a beginner ride with about the same number of riders including lots of kids! Starting out the trails, fast flowy with elevation gains that tend to suck you into going realy fast, mixed in were roots and really nice hardpan. Nice of Rory to stop and gather everyone with more talk of what's ahead it was reassuring we were going to have more fun down the trail! As we rode further a bit different look to the trails with creek crossings and riding along ridges that overlooked the creek. Ending up with almost 14 miles of riding seeing most of Sprague Creek park has to offer left us thinking this is a great place to ride, camp, and visit, but the people made it much better as everyone was super friendly and helpful.
After lunch and a brief rest it was time to vist the Felt demo truck and stuff they had to offer. Spoke with the rep who was friendly and knowledgeable showing us their new carbon models. Kali sports gear had a rep there also and cool new helmet with a mount for Go pro users. We stopped by the WNYMBA tent to check our raffle numbers and see if we had winners, not so lucky today, but just being here was really the winner!
Time for the Hill Climb, Huffy Toss, Bike Limbo, Wheelie contest, and other events! Did I mention the great WNYMBA T-shirts we received? Nice! So all dressed up and chicken BBQ was calling. Cooked up on a local Amish farm this was gourmet to the nines with so much to eat ending a day with a live band and sitting around the campfire talking more of future plans with so many new friends!
Sunday was raceday with lots of entries and great weather, racers were treated to a brief rain shower cooling off a bit during the second lap. As we were at the starting line noticed a rider with an Echo trails bike, ends up as usualy Kevin and I knew each other from the days at Motorama where he competed with Jay Gregorowicz who Rides da mOOn with us, small world.
Thanks to Sliders bicycle shop: Sliders | Snow Skate Bikealso for all they did, making this a great event, and for all trail work making this a super place to ride!
Leaving the WNYMBA fest after gracious thanks to everyone we headed off to Silver Springs Moto Park: **************Silver Springs MX Racing for a much needed dose of Moto crazyness! Great ol'shcool track located in a picturesque setting lots of room in the pits, a bike wash, stopped by the snack bar for some race food, and even caught a few good Moto races and cheered on our friend Ed Abdo in his race!
Enjoy the pics, lots coming from Topcat and myself!
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