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

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

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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 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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April 2013 CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The 2nd Quarter (April) CRAMBA Chapter meeting minutes have been posted and can be see here:

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes 4:9:2013

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CRAMBA-IMBA Stickers Now Available

2013 CRAMBA-IMBA Sticker SheetShow your support for CRAMBA-IMBA with stickers for your car/truck, bike, toolbox, or wherever! Each sheet contains five weather-resistent stickers in four different sizes, coated with a UV-resistent material to keep them looking great for years!

Come on out to our next chapter meeting at Rochester Mills on Tuesday, July 9th at 7pm and pick one up. They’ll also be available at other chapter events, such as the Wednesday Night Group Ride at Stony Creek and the Addison Oaks Fall XC Classic race.

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CRAMBA Fundraiser at Rochester Mills Beer Co., Sunday, June 30


On Sunday, June 30th, Rochester Mills Beer Co. in Rochester, MI will be hosting a fundraiser event for CRAMBA.

Click here to download a PDF of our fundraiser flier. Print out the flyer, present it to your server before ordering, and your server will attach the flyer to your check. CRAMBA-IMBA will receive 20% off all food and beverage sales that have flyers attached to guest checks on that day.

Help us spread the word! Print off as many flyers as you like and share. Hope to see you then.

Please note flyer distribution on Rochester Mills Beer Co.’s property is prohibited and will result in the forfeiture of our entire donation.

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Addison Oaks Connector Bypass Completed and Mapped

Addison Oaks Connector Trail Bypass DetailCRAMBA-IMBA has completed an addition to the mountain bike route at Addison Oaks County Park designed to bypass the western end of the Connector Trail. By reopening an old trail route this cuts down on bicycle traffic passing directly by the newly built non-motorized entrance and extend the amount of trail for the mountain bike route.

The Addison Oaks Mountain Bike Route map has been updated to reflect this change, and the trail segment is accessed by heading north at marker 11 through the gap in a split rail fence instead of turning left on the crushed limestone Connector Trail. Temporary signage is in place, and this post on the MMBA Forum has pictures which will help you find your way. The new segment of trail can also be seen here on OpenStreetMap’s online map viewer.

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National Trails Day: Visit Addison Oaks County Park

Addison Oaks Large Rock

UPDATE: Due to wet trail conditions CRAMBA-IMBA is canceling the National Trails Day event at Addison Oaks.

In celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 1st, Oakland County Parks will be offering free admission to Addison Oaks County Park.

From 10am until 2pm CRAMBA-IMBA will be present on-site offering information about our organization. If you’ve never checked out Addison Oaks’ outstanding trail system this is a great time to visit!

CRAMBA-IMBA was previously going to be leading group rides of the Mountain Bike Trail Route, but due to the recent rains making the trails too wet to ride we will only be onsite for informational purposes.

Addison Oaks County Park is located at 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, MI 48367, just nine miles northwest of Rochester. Park map may be found here. CRAMBA-IMBA’s tent will be set up near the concession building just east of the main parking area.

Interested in helping out with this event? Show up at 10am and come to the CRAMBA-IMBA tent, we’d love your help!

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Thank You, Tailwind Racing!

Tailwind Racing LogoThe CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol would like to thank Tailwind Racing LLC for their generous donation at this past weekend’s Stony (Not So Hot) Marathon, where six patrollers were watching the trails.  Bryan Wissman of Tailwind Racing presented CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol director Jeremy Verbeke with a donation of $400.

Over the past year the CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol, under the leadership of Jeremy Verbeke, has grown to 13 members who have an active presence on the local trails and at numerous local off-road cycling and running races.

For more information about the CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol please click here, and find information on IMBA’s National Mountain Bike Patrol here.

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