River Bends Autumn Cleanup Trailday: November 16, 2013

Join CRAMBA-IMBA for an autumn cleanup trail day at River Bends on November 16th, 2013. Meet here near the trailhead (main parking lot off of 22 Mile Road) at 10:00 am.

The focus of this trail day will be small tweaks along the trail as needed to get the trail ready for winter and next year. This’ll likely include some work on the drop and berm, clearing deadfall, some leafblowing, tuning up crappy corners, and whatever else we identify during the day.

We’ve got a Facebook event for this here to RSVP, and as always you can find all of the CRAMBA-IMBA events here on our calendar.

See you there!

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July 2013 Chapter Meeting Minutes

The July 2013 CRAMBA Chapter meeting minutes have been uploaded and can be found here:

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes 7:9:2013

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STIHL Tools Repurchased!

Replacement STIHL Power ToolsThanks to the generosity of our members and donors CRAMBA-IMBA has replaced all of our power tools that were stolen in July!

With $2265 in cash donations (and a backpack blower valued at $259.99) we were able to outright purchase replacements for everything that was lost, along with a couple of extra tools that the Trail Coordinators had been asking for.

CRAMBA-IMBA would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations. Without these donations the tool purchase would have had a serious impact on our bottom line. Thanks to these individuals we have been able to pick up where we left off, continuing to have high-quality power tools in maintaining our trails.

Thank you to:

Plaridel Asuncion
Scott Baxter
Rodney Gullett
TJ Hill
Aaron Hulett
Mark Kleckner
Nicholas Kolman
Konrad Kucharski
Bruce Leblanc
Carlos McIntyre
Greg Michaluk
Brett Rohrscheib
Justin Sefton
Kevin Sparks
Geneva Stephens
Mark Todd
Robert Wedding



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August 2013 CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from our August 2013 Board meeting can be found here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 8:20:13

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Chapter benefit and group ride, Saturday, September 7

NBbeerTo celebrate New Belgium’s one year anniversary in Michigan, Clubhouse BFD In Rochester Hills is hosting a fundraiser/group ride on Saturday, September 7. Clubhouse BFD will be opening up at 9am and will be offering a Bloody Mary bar. Ride starts at 10:30am with the option to ride the Clinton River trail or the MTB trails at Bloomer Park.

Afterwards, starting at noon, New Belgium will be taking over 22 taps for the day. There will also be New Belgium games and SWAG giveaways throughout the day. A portion of that day’s sales on New Belgium Shift on tap will go to CRAMBA-IMBA. 2013_Cruiser_Bike_web

For any donation made to CRAMBA-IMBA, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a 2013 Fat Tire cruiser bike. Drawing will be at 4pm and you must be present to win. Thank you to New Belgium and Clubhouse BFD for their support and a special thanks to Motor City Brew Tours for helping us arrange this event.

Please help us spread the word and download a copy of our event flier by clicking here!

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Help Needed: Addison Oaks Race Sponsors

2012 Addison Oaks Fall XC Classic Finish LineWe need help finding more sponsors for our big fundraiser: the Addison Oaks Fall Classic race.

Through race fees and sponsorship this annual event is how CRAMBA-IMBA raises funds to keep our organization going. Money raised pays for everything from printing maps and signs to insuring our work, from paying for incidents (like replacing stolen tools) to getting pizza for volunteers after a long day of working on trails.

We need you, our members and partners, to help us find additional sponsors to support CRAMBA-IMBA and the ninth annual Addison Oaks Fall Classic. With over 400 participants and 500 spectators for our 2012 event, sponsorship offers businesses of all sizes outstanding exposure opportunities. We are welcome to partnerships with businesses of all types (eg: credit unions, restaurants, manufacturers, construction companies), not just those in the bicycling industry.

If you know of a business, organization, or if you yourself are interested in sponsorship opportunities please click here to download our sponsorship flier and email race@cramba.org if you have any questions.

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Tool Theft Donations: Thank You!

IMG_7507Thank you to everyone who has donated to help restock our power tools after the recent theft. In the past week we have received $840 in cash donations and a new Craftsman backpack blower worth $259.99.

This is nearly half-way to covering the replacement cost of the missing tools!

To donate to CRAMBA-IMBA and help cover the cost of replacing the stolen power tools see this post or click on the Donate button to the right.

Thank you to all of our recent donors:

  • Scott Baxter
  • Michael Green (Craftsman 32cc Leaf Blower)
  • Rodney Gullett
  • Nicholas Kolman
  • Konrad Kucharski
  • Carlos McIntyre
  • Brett Rohrscheib
  • Geneva Stephens / Move-It Fitness LLC
  • Luke Osborn / Infiterra Sports LLC

Members have asked if the theft was covered by insurance. It is not. Earlier this year our policy was up for renewal, and the lowest-cost premium we could find was $1k/yr with a $500 deductible. Our trailer (tools+trailer) is worth about $8k total, so the CRAMBA-IMBA board decided that it’d be best to set aside $1k/yr until we have $8K reserved and self-insure.

In this case our loss is $2000, and with insurance we’d have paid $1500 for premium+deductible and only saved the $500 difference. As long as we don’t have another incident like this (we’re taking steps to ensure this) within the next year we’ll be ahead by going with the self-insurance idea ($2000 out of pocket vs. $2500 for two years of insurance + one deductible).



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Stony Creek Skills Park Receives 2013 IMBA/FOX Bike Park and Pump Track Grant

Thanks to the hard work of Stony Creek Skills Park Trail Coordinator Dave Schall and everyone who has helped with construction and digging, the Skills Park has received a $1000 grant from IMBA and FOX Racing Shox.

The funds will be spent on clay, equipment rental, and new signage to improve the pump track at Stony Creek Metropark.

Stay tuned to the Stony Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park Facebook Page for information on upcoming build days.

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Donations Needed: Power Tool Theft

STIHL FS 55 R and KombiMotor KM 90 RAround the first week of July 2013 the CRAMBA-IMBA tool trailer was broken into and nearly all of our power tools were stolen. The loss of these tools — used for building and maintaining trails — is particularly hard mid-summer when our volunteers are working to keep trails clear.

The stolen tools include our backpack blower (BR600), two KombiMotors (KM 90 R and KM 110 R), three KombiSystem attachments (HL-KM, FS-KM, HT-KM), and a dedicated line trimmer (FS 55 R). All together this is nearly a $2000 loss.

We need your donations to help purchase replacements so we can keep our trails great.

Donations may be made via the Donate button in the right column or by mail to:

270 Jones St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

For other donation options (eg: tools, etc) please email info@cramba.org.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations to CRAMBA-IMBA are tax deductible. Receipts are available for all cash or material donations.

(If anyone has information on this theft or locates any of the tools for sale [in a pawn shop, on Craigslist, etc] please contact info@cramba.org.)

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New Bloomer TCs: Chris and Erik

CRAMBA-IMBA would like to announce that Chris Schroeder and Erik Silvassy have jointly taken over the CRAMBA-IMBA Trail Coordinator role for Bloomer Park from Derek Wrathell and Dustin Cheney.

After years of working on the trails and overseeing the CRAMBA-IMBA relationship with Bloomer Park, Derek and Dustin have chosen to take a break from trail work. CRAMBA-IMBA would like to thank Derek and Dustin for all their work, and we invite everyone to welcome and thank Chris and Erik for taking on this role.

The Bloomer TCs — Chris and Erik — can be reached bloomer@cramba.org. Keep an eye on the CRAMBA-IMBA calendar and the Trail Conditions and Comments Thread on the MMBA Forum for information on upcoming Trail Days at Bloomer.

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