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BIRMINGHAM URBAN

MOUNT Al N PEDALERS

March / April 2001

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BUMP and Nears with Stars

The t h Annual BUMP and Grind is nearing . Two-time Olympian Tinker Juarez will be competing along with other pros from

across the country . This year's race is only one of four AMBC races offering UCI points

in the country .

A full schedule of events is planned . The

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beginning at noon . Riders will compete for the best time com i ng down the mountain using the technical BUMP trail . We already

have pro riders from Colorado and Michigan stoked up about the chance of getting rare downhill UCI points.

On Sunday, the AMBC cross - country race will take place beginning at 7 : 00 am and completing around noon . Over 600 racers are expected and the event will feature the same courses as last year with more prizes . Continued inside

State Park Tour for Road Trips

Saturday

downhill will be on Saturday

Grind

2001 WORKDAY

CALENDAR Meet for workdays at the South Trailhead at the BUMP shed. Time to meet
CALENDAR
Meet for workdays at the South
Trailhead at the BUMP shed.
Time to meet is 9 : 00 a . m . Call the
hotline for any possible changes .
Workdays subject to weather
cancellation.
May 5 - Saturday
June 10 - Possibly Cancelled
July 14 - Saturday
August 5 - Sunday
September 8 - Saturday
October 7 - Sunday
November 10 - Saturday
December 9 - Sunday
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Hosting and
supporting the web
page at
www.BUMP.org

Highlights and Upcoming Events

Apri12Q - 21 Knobscorcher NOC April 29 Monte Sano Ride April 28 - 29 XC Race Athens GA

May 2

Meeting S-Side Library

May 5

Workday

May 6

Cheaha Challenge

May 12

Oak Mountain Ride

May

19-20

Bump and Grind

June 6

Meeting

June 9-10

Camp Weekend

Call our hotline 592-BUMP (2867) for any recorded 'changes or additions in BUMP events.

May

VVorkdays Create Beginner Loop

After several months of planning and scouting , work began on a new loop at Oak Mountain State Park . This loop measures nearly one-mile and is specifically designed with beginners and children in mind . The trail is wider and has minimal climbs with sweeping curves . The location near the South Trailhead gives easy access to the trail and all other recreational activities at the park ; canoeing , paddle boats , BMX , tennis are all just minutes away .

Numerous volunteers turned out for the Mega Workday Weekend in March to begin the initial dirt work . The final section was put in place at the April workday . Bridge

April

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State

Enjoy the

and travel

Alabama ' s highest peak . Meet at the Olive Garden in Eastwood Mall at 8:30

Park near Anniston

Mountain

Express

Loop

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for

a

9:00

departure.

Joel

Robertson

is the ride captain

252-

1612 .

Sunday April 29 - Monte Sano State

Rain has

always hampered this ride, maybe a

change is due . Join us for the trip to Huntsville to tour another park . Meet at

the Cracker

Fieldstown Road (exit 141) at 8 : 00 AM for an 8 : 30 departure . Paul Brookes is the ride captain 320-0918 .

Saturday

State Park - No ride captain and no directions , just a leisure ride before the race . Meet at the South Trailhead at 9 : 00 AM .

Park near Hunstville -

Barrel

off

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May 12 -

Oak Mountain

Dingo Aides Workday at N e w Trail Ken works the T oro Dingo to cut sidehill on the new beginner ' s trail

construction has begun , and will be at Oak Mountain. The machine

completed soon . The Grand Opening of the course is planned for the BUMP and Grind weekend May 19-20 .

Dingo .

and then was bladed. By day two ,

was used to rip the up-hill side

Joe had mastered

the

Volunteers followed behind for final grooming.

See related story inside .

The BUMP Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Southside Library.

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Members Say it All

Hey , look at t he new f a ces . Say hello next time you pass them on t h e t rail .

Carl a S impson and Mik e H e rring ·

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Gar y Gri ggs Dal e Carte r · A l e c W h ee l e r "

D an a nd Coll ee nE ll is " Sha nno n an d M o r g an L or enz o Wh iddon F r e d Bees o n

J . Q u inton Man se U "Thoma s T . K itchen s

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Thanks to our new members and those renewing

BU M P and t he spo rt of moun t ain

( * ) for support i ng

bik i ng. Membe r ship runs from Jan - Dec . You can

become a member

an appl i ca ti on ,

our

web site - www . BUMP . org. Membe r ship dues a r e

$20 pe r household

and j o i n !

per year . Be apart of t he fun

at a local shop , contact us fo r

f rom

or p r int an applicat i on

"Thanks for your efforts towards this great sport / hobby / activity"

J.Quinton Mansel l - memb e r

B UM P Bab i es and the News

T w o B UM P fam i l ie s ha ve don e th eir p art t o in crease

cl ub me mb e rs hi p . Dan and C oll ee n El li s rec e n t l y g a v e

I ngredien t s for F u n : M ud , Sweat, a n d Gear

The Black and W hi te outdoor ' exh i bition March 24th held at the McWane center h ad all the equ i pment and contacts to fulfill your most demanding outdoor

f antasy . Joel headed up the BUMP booth and was later re li eved by Der r ick , Margot , Bill, Celia , and Keith at various t i mes throughou t t he day . With numerous other clubs and organizations represented , t he event was a menagerie of outdoor related entities .

Outside, Cahaba Cycles had mounting bike demonstrat i ons and were sure to

create a t l east

with the raffle of a new Trek 820 . Chris Smith was the lucky w i nner of the new machine. A climbing tower and Velcro wa l l ente rt ained ones adventure side in the hea r t of down t own . To cater t o your personal needs , food and smoothies were available wi t h an entertain i ng stage of events.

Ins i de t he McWa n e center i s where much o f the i nformat i on exchanged hands . Sports ranging from soccer , rugby , skiing , f encing , d i v i ng , whi t e water , and Fr i sbee were represented by area clubs . The spo r ts would not be fun if you did not have the proper equ i pment , so you could visit with several out f itters to catch up on

one new mountain biker

b i r th t o Madi so n. Weeks la t e r , D e r rick an d A n ne gave the latest equ i pment . How do you get to

b irt h t o A m e l i a A nn e .

these outdoor activities could

be

T h e M u d s li n ger s taff ap olo gize s for the late newsl etter ,

a nd has f inall y f In i s he d M a r ch j u st in t i me to a dd A pr il

t o it . En j o y t he r are b i - m ont h l y e d i tion .

Possible Change in Meeting Location

Th e Southside Li b ra r y h a s b ee n th e club ' s meeti n g

pl ace f o r o ver a y e ar now. T h e c urre n t ag re e m ent h as

t h e faciliti es pa i d fo r th r ou gh May . T he June m eeti n g

loca ti on ma y ch ange if an o ther facil ity c an be ob tai n e d with mor e f a v o ra bl e loca ti o n or c o s t s . If n ot , th e l ibrary w i ll b e r eta ined . T he mee ti n g will s ti l l b e the f I r s t W e dn e sda y o f t h e m on th. Che ck th e ho t lin e

(592-BUMP) b efo re J une ' s meeting .

answered by t ravel agents or the local

Land Rover dea l er .

addressed

Ruffner Moun t a i n. Have a special interesn UAB Special s t udies and TEAM

Leukemia were also on s i te .

The sho w addressed nea rl y every ou t door activity . It was easy to see the event ' s success i n the sta r ry - eyed participan t s as t hey walked arou n d gaz i ng and wonde r ing . Where should I go?

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B i ll Garret has replaced the board vacancy created by the resignation of Dav i d . Bi l l was one of the c l ub ' s founde r s and is sure t o benef i t the club as a Board Member .

B UMP a n d Gr in d N ea rs

ContinuedfonnjTontpage

W i th the addit i onal race on Saturday , we have organ i zed

a registration

Cahaba Cycles Oak Mounta i n

Store on Friday May 18 from 4 : 00 - 6:00 PM . This will allow

a l l participants

w i thout having to enter t he

pa r k on Fr i day night . Tinker

wil l be present for autographs

and possibly a few t i ps . If t h at

is not convenien t,

morn i ng regis t rat i on will take place from 8 to 10 AM for DH

racers.

be

accepted if time permits .

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Sa t urday for a 3 - 7 PM sess i on

and t hen aga i n on Sunday beginning a t 6 : 00 AM . Children start the XC races at 7 : 30 AM with others following .

Volunteers

to

produce a successful event . If

you a r e in terested marsha lli ng ,

food ,

are needed

set scoring , s t at i ons ,

up , info e t c .

registra ti on , booth , wate r

PLEASE contact Laura Cotl i n at 59 1- 2337. Volunteer

for

individuals wanting to race as we l l . The racers appreciate a l l the support as K urt Fr i tz ,

positions are ava i lable

course

Expert Racer from Florida , r ecen t ly shared his exper i ence at past races.

" 1 have attended the Bump and Grind

{or the p ast two yea r s and h ave fou n d

it to be one of t h e more enjoyab l e races on the AMBC s chedule. It i s we l l run , m a naged a nd se r viced . PLEASE keep u p t h e g o od wo r k

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Beginner Trail - We Did it All for the Rookie

By Derrick Seys

Dedication can only describe the attitude of the volunteers present for the past several workdays . Construction of the new Beginner Trai l at Oak Mountain State Park was very successful . The trail is i ntended to provide a place for children and beginners to have fun without being confronted by some of the more technical sections on the park's Red Trail and other riders . The Dingo may have made al l the noise for the first March weekend, but the April work day would bring the trail nearly complete. The trail had been talked about and discussed for months before we could begin construction . The Mega Workday ' s in March began Saturday March 9 figuring out how to tame the Dingo . Ken and Joe leamed quickly the best method to use for side- hilling. By Sunday, Joe had mastered it and progress was really moving . Joel and myself took the controls for a spell, but could not match t he master. Of

course his work required several volunteers to polish off the rough edges and make the scratched dirt into a trail. Bill G, Bill J ., Christine, Frank , Margot, Hardwick , Chris S. , Keener , Dee, Laura, Tom K . , Steve B. , Paul , Keith , Mark

R . , Miles were among those seen yielding a hand tool over that weekend .

Cmtlioee,en

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1 st Annual Spring Blowout Sale

# 11 De xt e r Av enue , M ountain Brook V illage

(205) 879-6255

Everyone had a real sense of accomplishment after the first weekend of work.

It is very satisfying to know this trail will be enjoyed by many in the near future .

" Maybe someday our kids will get to ride on the trail" Joe said as he departed .

Yeah, I thought, that would be something specia l . But first , I would have to give

it my approval and j oined Chr i s S for an inaugural run . We completed a loop in each direction to I pok for any danger or tight spots and found just one comer needing some work . Excellent design I thought . April would soon come and the next workday would complete the entrance

connector to the loop. Ken , Joe, Joel , Margot, Tom, Bill G . , Johnny , Paul, Chris

S. , Daniel, Doug, Dee , and Andrew worked to complete the dirt work (see

picture at right) . The short trail has numerous bridges (five possibly more). Bridge construction was started with completion to be soon . Until then , we all

wait for the official opening . And that includes my new daughter Amelia . She

w i ll be there and drooling with exc i tement!

Showtime with Joel and Margot

If you have attended any of the recent shows in the area relating to outdoor activities , you have surel y seen Joel and M argot . They have organ i zed

BU M P ' s participat ion a t t he Mud , S w eat, and Gear E x po and E arth Day . They have done a great job to increase the public awareness of B U MP , our

m is si on , ou r responsibilit i es , and our fun wa
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is si on , ou r responsibilit i es , and our fun wa y s.
If you would like to run a classified
ad , please submit it by the next meeting for inclusion in
next month ' s newsletter . The newsletter
is printed by the
15 t h of each month.
For Sale : 2000 Trek 1000 Road Bike - 56 cm less than 200 miles , computer ,
Boreaus
helmet , Shimano
road shoes SPD pedals. $450 bike only $525 o . b . o . for i t all . David at
661-9800 or i ronlegsracer @yahoo . com
For Sale: Englund air kit for '97 judy 85mm travel needs o - ring kit $60 . 00 Polar Heart Rate
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Monitor Lou Garneau Neoprene
tubes) $100. Adams Trail - A - Bike
booties $30 each , Blackbum
Defender t rainer (silver
5 speed $125. Misc . tires, water bottle cages ,
seats ,
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and seat packs Call David
interested .
at 661 - 9800
or e - mail atironlegsracer@yahoo . comif
For Sale: C-Dale F600 ' s Several 2000 rental bikes featuring
CAAD 3 frames and Fatty DL
Headshock LXI XT derailleurs $599 Supply i s limited and going fast. Hardwick 967-2003 .
1410 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia
205 979-3460 www.bobs-bikes.com
For Sale : Trek 2100
Raod Bike - 52 cm Red RSX 105 comp o Clipless pedals , AL frame ,
$899. Hardwick 967 - 2003.
2001 BUMP Board of Directors
For Sale: Bump and Grind T-shirts and BUMP jerseys. Several shirts remain from previous
races . A few BUMP jerseys remain - Contact Anne Seys for purchase at 987 - 3827.
B U MP i s a notfor profit organizat i on
Wanted :
COOL old bikes 1930 ' s - 1960 ' s
Especially
Schwinn . Absolutely
any condition .
Call Joel 252 - 1612
President
Vice Pres .
Treasurer
BillJohnson
678-9752
Laura
Cotlin
591-2337
Anne Seys
987-3827
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Secretary Paul Brookes
320-0918
: T h e MVPSUHGfR i s pub l i s h e d to info r m the l o c a l mou nt ain bik i ng co mmun it y o f cu rr en t :
Member
252-1612
I h a pp en ing s in t h e a r ea , a nd p r omo t e sa fe a n d re s po n sible use of m o un t a in bic y cle s . I f y o u :
: wo uld l ik e t o s u b m i t in f o rma t ion of a n y kind , p l e as e let BU M P k now . Your i d e a s an d I
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987-3827

~ingle speed - sometimes the old ways are the best

By Paul Brook es

[f yo u ha n g a r o un d t h e mo unt ai n bikers , you ' ve p r ob a b l y heard th e

t e rm " s in g le s p ee d " me n tione d q ui te a l o t re ce ntl y. It ' s act u a ll y a

mi s nomer - refe r r i n g to a b i ke with o nl y one gea r , r a th e r th a n a b ik e

th a t tr avels at one sp e ed ( now t h at wo uld b e dum b!) A n y w ay , w h at

fo ll ow s i s a br ief pr im er on s in gle speed in g , for the u n i nit iate d WHA T ? S in gle speed MTBs are those with a si n g l e gear r atio . T h ey sti l l h ave a f r eewheel , s o are not f ixed-gea r ( l ike trac k b i kes) . Some

de d icate d f r a m es ex i st , but most peo pl e a d a p t a n ex i s t i n g g e ared

m o unt a in bi ke.

WHY? The m os t co mmonl y a s ke d que s t io n a b ou t si n g le s pe e din g.

W e ll , th e r e a re a n umb e r of ve r y goo d rea s o n s . T h e b est one

t hi nk of i s t r a inin g - y o u get a real wo r kou t f r om gri nd ing up cli m bs

Also you c a n only go so f ast on t he

dow n hills , fo r cing you to take a rest w he n y ou p r oba bl y oug ht to -

without the lux ur y of gears .

I ca n

m a k i n g yo ur r ide more aerobic . Yo u a l so deve l op mu c h bette r up pe r

bo d y s tre ng th f r o m p ullin g o n th e ba r s durin g c l i mbin g. A n o th e r

r easo n i s we ight . Mos t SS ' e r s rid e ri g id fo rk s, brin g in g the weigh t of

th e ir bik es d own t o around 20 1b s. T h e f r ont - e nd ha ndl i n g of a r igi d- SS

bi k e t hr o u gh t he g n ar l y s i n g let r ack is qu i te a m azing ! A third r eason is

how m any ti m e s a y ear do you ha ve to s to p to r e-t un e the

gears or mess about w i t h broken d r ive tr ain compo n ents ? A d d a l l th a t up a nd it a m o un ts to a l ot of l o s t ridin g tim e (a nd expe n se) . Many rider s in b a d w e a th e r a r eas h a ve c onv e rted t o S S to a v o id technic a l

fai lure s , and th ey make g r ea t s no w- bikes. F in al l y , it ' s w or t h go i ng SS

tech n i c a l

ju s t fo r t h e a pp ea l of go i ng r et r o and a b a n don i ng al l th e ga d get r y and

pa r ap h ernal ia of t h e mo d ern MTB .

T h e r e are variou s ways to go SS , and a whole range of SS

s p e c ific com p onen t s. Amo n g t he m ore pop u lar p r ob l ems ( a n d sol u t ions ) a r e

2 : 1 , a nd th e f inal ch o ice o f r e ar co g

G e ar Ratio: M o st r i der s run

HOW?

us uall y d e pends o n what yo ur middl e chain-rin g i s . To ge t a s tr aig h t

c hain -line (v . im po r ta n t ) , most r i d ers mov e t he mi d dl e c h a in- r i n g to t h e

o ut e r p os it ion . You ca n th e n ei th er b uy so m e n a r row BMX ch ai n - r in g bo l ts , o r

but ch er the b ig rin g fo r s p a c ers . L on ge r c r a nk s ( 1 80 mm +) a re a l so po pul a r a m o n g

SS ' ers , to g e t m q r e le verag e. Drop-Out s : A bi g prob l e m i s c h a in te n sion , a s t here i s no der a i ll e ur to take u p th e slack . S S specific fr a mes come w ith horizo n ta l rear dr o p - outs , so y ou can tens I On

t h e ch a i n b y mov i ng t h e back whee l , b u t for mo s t fo l ks , conve rt ing an o ld fr a m e

wit h ve rt ical dr op - outs is the o nl y opt i o n . SS - spe ci f i c g eometry i s s t i ll u n d er

d eba t e , b ut m o s t f r a m e m a ke rs u s e sta nd a rd s ha pes . Ma t t C h es t er make s n i ce I i SS fr a m e s . Chain-Ten s ioner: Yo u ca n bu tche r a n o ld d e r a ill e ur , b u t t h e s prin g i s n ot real l y powerfu l e n ou gh t o d e a l w i th t h e extra forces p u t on the c h a in w h en grind in g

up hil l . SS - specific c h ai n tensio n ers h a ve beefed-up sp r ings , a nd can a l so app l y

tens i on upwards , wra p pi n g the c h ai n furthe r aro u n d th e sprocket so it ' s i n c o nt act wit h m o r e te et h , red u c in g wear . Some SS- s p ec i f ic f r a m es h ave the bo t t om brac ke t m o unt e d in a n over s i ze shell , w ith a n ecce nt r i c s p acer , en a bli ng the w h o l e BB t o b e mov ed fore - a nd - af t. P a ul co mp onen t s a nd S url y m ake goo d c h a in

te

n s i o ner s.

H

ubs: I t ' s poss ib le to use an existi n g ca ss ette hu b , a n d save weig h t b y r ep l ac in g

un u se d s pr o c ke t s with spacers . However , s eve r a l ri d e r s repo r t t hat t h e s i ngle

sp r ocket eats i n to t h e f r ee h u b body , des tr oying it wit h in a few ride s . A better

o pti o n i s to b u y a SS-sp eci f i c hu b . T h ose fro m Pau l co m po n ents , Spot , a n d S url y are de s i g n e d t o a c ce pt Shirn a no BMX threaded f reewbe els. C hr is K in g ' s w ill

ac c ep t c asse tt e s pro cke ts , so a r e li g h te r & e as i e r to m a int a in. Spo t ' s h ub l S thre a d e d on bo th si d es , so y o u ca n run a d i f fere nt cog on eac h side and c hoose betwee n 2 gea r r a t ios by f li pp in g th e whee l a r ou nd . A n other advantage of a SS-

be c a u s e t he r e is no ca s s e tte , th e whee l is zero - dish , so is a

s pecific whee L

perfe c t tr i a n gl e c r oss s e cti on , and ther efore very strong . Bars & front end: A w id e ri se r b a r is v irtu al l y e sse n tia l for a SS M TB. Yo u n eed

a l o t of lev e r age to ge t up th e c limb s. R ig id fork s a r e a l so p o pul a r , n ot b e c a u s e

th ey f it i n w it h th e who le ret r o f ee l , b ut beca u se they don ' t b o b a r o u n d l ike

s u s p e n s ion fo r ks do - w h e n your weig h t i s o u t of t h e saddle , y o u re a l l y no t ice it .

If t h at i sn ' t eno u g h , consi d er tha t m y t im e fo r the Oa k Mt n l oop on the S S i s o nl y

7 m inute s l ong er th a n o n th e bo unc y gea r e d bike .

i nf o rmation o n th e WWW a bou t s in g le s pe e din g . Th e s in g l es p e e d d i s cu ss ion

T h ere ' s a l so a wea lt h o f

b oa r d of m tbr . c o m i s a g o od pl ace t o s t art . A nd o f co ur s e y o u c an a l ways b o rr ow

m y SS fo r a te s t ride , if y o u n eed c o n vi n ci n g .

Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers Newsletter Post Office Box 590061 Birmingham, AL 35259-0061

Internet page www . BUMP.org

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