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From Where We Stand-Reading, PA.
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See Everyone Naked

…that is, without their helmets on.
BAMBA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP SOCIAL. A fun time to kick back and chat with riders that you only get to wave to along the trail. Reminisce about those great rides and unbelievable jumps. Even show off your scars. And, an opportunity to say thank you to the people who gave us the new and improved A-line, the new parking lot, and all of those riders who keep our trails open. WELCOME, all prospective members. Come in and sign-up.

Thursday, December 10th at Canal Street
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Represent, Show Our Colors

BAMBA has a spot in the annual Reading Holiday Parade. Ride down Penn Street and show the community the driving force behind an IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center.

Saturday, November 21st, 9AM
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GRT Partnership Meeting
BAMBA participated in the Greater Reading Trails Partnership meeting held at The Nature Place in Angelica Park. Representatives from the City of Reading, Berks County, The Schuylkill River Trail, and Berks Nature among others gathered here to report the status of trail projects and steer the direction of future projects. Most notable was the sustained energy around our IMBA Bronze Ride Center designation. All participants were anxious to promote, maintain, and partner with BAMBA to improve our Ride Center attributes. Other topics included the long term plan for the continuation of the SRT from the RACC bridge, and the “Complete Streets” project that will connect the trail at Angelica Park to Shillington Park. BAMBA introduced a sample road stencil design to guide bikers from the Schuylkill River Trail to Neversink Mountain via city streets and urban trails. The City of Reading offered to paint these permanent stencils on the city streets.

A-LINE REDESIGN – A Jewel On The Mountain
The precarious built-up log jumps on the old A line trail are now history. It took 2 years of planning, designing, and negotiation with land managers - not to mention procurement of machinery, materials, and volunteers, to get to this point. Construction started on September 5th and will continue until everything is just right and ready for final inspection, probably around October. A project of this magnitude and complexity is a vast undertaking for such a modest bike club. It requires a variety of talents that fortunately exists all within our local organization. Trail features are being shaped and packed by the hands of people who love the sport and are proud to be giving back to their community.
The final result will be a bike-park quality Gravity Flow Trail, built buy mountain bikers, for mountain bikers of all skill levels to enjoy – the price of admission, is a Thank You.

Penske Group Ride
Not just a truck rental place - besides producing NASCAR and Formula 1 racecar shocks, and developing the RE:Aktiv shock used exclusively on Trek’s high-end mountain bikes, the guys at Penske , right here in Reading, are a great bunch of mountain bike enthusiasts. A handful of BAMBA members got together with the Penske riders to join them on their after work ride. It ended up being a fun, social ride, for riders of all skill levels, complete with beers at Canal Street to top it off. We’re looking forward to arranging and posting a regularly scheduled after work ride with these guys in the future.

Mineral Springs Park Clean-Up
A multiphase restoration of the grounds at Mineral Springs Park kicked off on Saturday October 17th. A force of United Way volunteers, BAMBA, and members of the East End Athletic Club worked together to give this hidden gem a make over. Years of overgrown vegetation were cut back to reveal the picturesque stone walls, cascading stairways, fireplaces, and the stone-lined serpentine raceway that runs the entire length of the park. Massive deadfall that once jutted out into the old Gravity Railroad Trail is now cut-up and removed. The next phase will be to re-open the abandoned trails that run through the woods parallel to the Gravity Railroad trail. This will provide mountain bikers with 2 or 3 more fun options on their way through the park. This project is a win-win for both mountain bikers, and the community.

East End A/C Membership
The old whitewashed stone building that you ride by on your way from Neversink Mountain to Mount Penn is the home of the East End Athletic Club. Once a popular hotel in the early 1800’s, this friendly little establishment stands as a sentinel for Mineral Springs Park, and literally keeps the light burning in the park. The folks at the EE A/C are thrilled that BAMBA shares a common interest in maintaining the park, and welcome us with open arms to join their club. For a nominal membership fee, mountain bikers can make a pit stop, enjoy a beer or burger, and socialize with some fun folks - All essential components of an excellent ride. So next time you ride by, stop in and see Tim or Gary and sign up - Or at least smile and wave.

Berks Nature Social
BAMBA members participated in the Berks Nature social event held at the Nature Place in Angelica Park. Here members showed their support for the newly established Berks Nature (formally Berks Conservancy) and got a change to meet and greet community contributors that help promote and preserve of our local trails.

GRYP Recognition
The Greater Reading Young Professionals held a social this month in recognition of its most recent grant recipients. BAMBA recently received a GRYP grant to initiate phase one of its trail mapping project. BAMBA director Fred Moreadith addressed the members of GRYP, thanking them for their generous contribution and looks forward to future projects benefitting the community.

Pump Track in Reading, PA

  • The Reading Bike Hub received approval from the City of Reading to construct a Pump Track at 920 Penn Street. BAMBA is willing to participate in some phase of the construction. The park is now estimated to be in place by the end of 2015.

Plan your next bike adventures from the new Mt. Penn Trail Head Parking Lot Enjoy the trails of Mt. Penn even more now that there is a new conveinent trail head parking facility located right in the center of the action. The 15 car lot is just below the intersection of Angora and List roads, adjacent to the entrance to Camp Lily, and is open to all recreational users.

Schuykill River Trail is the BEST
USA TODAY 10BEST.com rates the SRT as the #1 urban trail in the USA. Check it out. New SRT maps are now available at select trail heads

Active BAMBA Projects

Maintaining Trail Quality:

  • Trail Managers evaluate erosion sensitive trails on Mt. Penn, and hang postings advising riders to avoid these areas until the trails are healthy enough to accept bikes traffic.
  • BAMBA is rebuilding the A-Line trail on Mt. Penn, and is nearing completion
  • members conduct trail maintenance and embrace stewardship of Mt. Penn and Neversink Mountain. THANKS FOR ALL HARD WORK!

Mt. Penn Trail Mapping

BAMBA is in progress with a major trail mapping project in an effort to promote the bounty and variety of mountain biking on Mt. Penn. The project scope includes:

  • Define the seven riding zones bounded by the roads on Mt. Penn
  • Document the MTB trails in each of the zones, including identifying the start and end, and noting the unique features, and skill rating. Also, naming the trails
  • Fabricate and install trail signage, and road markers to identify trail entrences
  • Erect trail head kiosks displaying a comprehensive trail map and guide
  • Make pocket map brochures available for riders to use on the trail.

Mapping efforts are progressing nicely with many thanks to the good folks of the DVOA (Delaware Valley Orienteering Association) for providing us with some excellent base data.

Duryea Downhill Race

  • BAMBA is in discussions with the City of Reading in how to make the 2016 Duryea Downhill event better than ever.

Hand Cycle Access

  • BAMBA is continuing discussions in pursuit of widening the Klapperthal bridges on Nevershink Mountain. This popular location is ideal for persons confined to hand cycles, strollers, or wheelchairs to get outside and enjoy this most scenic trail.

2015 BAMBA Goals / Projects / Events

- Work towards improving the overall Trail Experience in Greater Reading to help maintain the prestigious IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center Status.

- Promote From Where We Stand (FWWS) Video to Politicians, Land Managers,
     Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, etc.

- Trail Head Kiosks: An important component towards IMBA Ride Center® designation.

- Thun Trail completion through RACC property.

- Reading is working with BAMBA on a new Parking Area near Camp Lily/Rotary Park and Fire Road Gate Replacements

- IMBA Mapping Project: BAMBA member Stephan Kincaid leading effort to electronically map local trails - http://www.mtbproject.com/

- Down Hill Trail Committee: A Line Rebuild. Proposal submitted to City of Reading

- IMBA Trail Building Grants - Apply for Grants in 2015 and beyond

-Birdsboro Reservoir Trails Project
     Proposed joint venture with IMBA and Natural Lands Trust.

- Volunteer at French Creek and Blue Marsh Trail days. Dates TBA.

- Kids Programs-Take a Kid Mt Biking Day in October and other dates TBA.

- BAMBA Merchandise-Buy it, Wear it, Gift it Contact: Brian Holman 610-334- 2185

- Attend a Board Meeting, Present an idea and take the lead: Meetings second Tuesday of the month 7PM Canal St. Restaurant.

- Consider renewing BAMBA/IMBA membership online for $50 vs. $30
     Best deal includes IMBA socks and a magazine subscription.

- Ride and encourage others to ride!