Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
We've decided to annex
A special thanks goes out to Rim Rock Water for donating cases of their special Hi-Energy, Structure-Enhanced 100% Natural Artesian Spring Water, known as AquaX, for the all the riders. We did not go thirsty! (Click here to learn more)
And then there was Kenny, a Sedona local, who took the opportunity during NOD Fest to actually learn how to ride a mountain bike. He was so good right from the start that he got mistaken for a real NOD…. He did have several “initiations” however out on the trail with the local vegetables. But all in all, not bad for a first timer. Way to go Kenny!
Mountain Bike Heaven extends a huge thank you to all the NODs and soon to be NODs who helped create the NOD Fest, which we’ve been threatening to do for over ten years. It has finally come to fruition!
Great riding and lots of fun! See you all out there on trail heaven!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We ended the evening with a dinner BBQ. Great turn out and great riding!
Early-Bird Gnarlies RIDE at 9am
Afternoon Laid-Back Gnarlies RIDE at 2pm
If you want to ride, bring all your gear and meet at Mountain Bike Heaven located at 1695 W. Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona.
Call ahead to MBH (928) 282-1312 if you are going to ride.
A schedule of activities is posted on the Bulletin Board outside the back door of the shop.
There will be another BBQ on Sunday 11/18 after the rides.
Hope to see all of you out there riding!!!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Rama Jon and Mountain Bike Heaven
Year One (November, 1989)
Mountain Bike Heaven extends a big thank you to all of the many patrons that have come to Sedona from around the globe. And of course HUGE THANKS goes out to all of MBH’s Gnarly Mountain Biking Crew Members!
Thanks for ALL the great RIDES!
Remember, always be excellent to each other and…
keep on Riding!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
NODs are any mountain bikers who are 50 or near 50 and who are still out there being Gnarly. According to RAMA JON, founder of Mountain Bike Heaven (and the youngest NOD), being a NOD is not so much about age, but more about a State of Mind. The NOD FEST is about celebrating those who inspire us, and about expressing the wild, ageless Spirit that lives in us all.
Although Rama says its not about age, he is currently the youngest NOD among the crew. He puts a challenge out there to all mountain bikers around the globe to come ride Sedona and see what it’s all about! All those who believe themselves to be worthy of riding in Sedona's Red Rock Country with Sedona's Gnarly Crew are invited to come ride, and have their lives changed forever!
(And yes, there are also Gnarly Old Dudettes!)
When does this FEST take place?
The 2007 NOD FEST starts Sunday 11/11 and continues thru Sunday 11/18... seven days and seven nights of raw, honest Red Rock Country mountain biking!
PRIZES will be given to the OLDEST and YOUNGEST NODs.
There will be two rides each day, one in the morning for the early birders (8 or 9am-ish) and one in the afternoon for the mored layed back folks (time to be determined).
Please call ahead to let us know you will be riding. Note: there may not be a ride that day/time if no one shows up.
Wanna Ride? Bring all your gear and meet at Mountain Bike Heaven: 1695 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, Arizona.
Click here for MBH Club Ride Info: http://www.mountainbikeheaven.com/clubr.html
Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for further details:
Telephone: (928) 282-1312
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
2) FAT TIRE TALES AND TRAILS Arizona Mountain Bike Trail Guide by Cosmic Ray. Best of the Best Arizona Trails; Down to Earth Maps; Summer and Winter Fun; Gnarly Glossary of Bike Lingo; Steaming Heaps of Trail Nuggets. Absolutely the best!! Great maps and descriptions.
3) MOUNTAIN BIKE HEAVEN SEDONA BY TRAIL This is the Map every trail user can use... It's a guide to just about every non-wilderness trail in the area. It's a Mountain Bike Map by design but it's so full of trail info, hikers demand it too.
Here are several Sedona Mountain Biking Trails:
Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for more information: (928) 282-1312 or visit http://www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/cosray.html
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Vote For Your Favorite (A, B or C):
Call Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312
Or go to http://www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/jersey.html
Friday, July 20, 2007
"We Do It All!"
Call Today For More Information: MBH Sedona: (928) 282-1312
Visit our website for more information: http://www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/service.htm
Thursday, June 21, 2007
In Sedona, it is a tradition to honor and give respect to the Elders. So every year, Mountain Bike Heaven celebrates their Elders: the NODs, or Gnarly Old Dudes, as they like to be called.
And what on earth is a GNARLY OLD DUDE you anxiously ask?
According to RAMA JON, founder of Mountain Bike Heaven (and the youngest NOD), being a NOD is not so much about age, but more about a State of Mind. The NOD FEST is about celebrating those who inspire us, and about expressing the wild, ageless Spirit that lives in us all.
Although Rama says its not about age, he is currently the youngest NOD among the crew. He puts a challenge out there to all mountain bikers around the globe to come ride Sedona and see what its all about!
NODs are any mountain bikers who are 50 or near 50 and who are still out there being Gnarly. All those who believe themselves to be worthy of riding in Sedona's Red Rock Country with Sedona's Gnarly Crew are invited to come ride, and have their lives changed forever!
(And yes, there are also Gnarly Old Dudettes!)
When does this FEST take place?
The 2007 NOD FEST will be held NOVEMBER 11 - 18, Sunday thru Sunday... seven days and seven nights of raw, honest Red Rock Country mountain biking!
PRIZES will be given to the OLDEST and YOUNGEST NODs.
Wanna Ride? Just show up at Mountain Bike Heaven: 1695 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, Arizona.
Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for further details. Phone: (928) 282-1312. Visit our website at: http://www.MountainBikeHeaven.com
Monday, June 18, 2007
Every week, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week, Mountain Bike Riders get together from all over to have a wild and crazy adventure out on the trail.
The Club Rides are held on Wednesday and Sunday Mornings with everyone meeting at the MBH Store located at 1695 West Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona. Ride times are always posted at the Store and vary depending on the season.
These rides are free, and all are welcome. Some rides are more technical than others. MBH also offers MTB Skills Classes. Call MBH at (928) 282-1312 for Current information.
A visit to Sedona is not complete without an Adventure with the gnarly crew.
Come On Along...
For more information visit the MBH Website at: http://www.mountainbikeheaven.com/clubr.html
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Stop by our Store located at 1695 West Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona, for all your Mountain Biking needs, or call us at (928) 282-1312.
Visit our Website at: http://www.mountainbikeheaven.com/sales.htm
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Mountain Bike Heaven now offers
Iron Horse dw-link and Rocky Mountain MTB Dual Suspension Demo Rentals!
These Rentals are fully equipped for Sedona riding! You also get slimed tubes, Helmet, Pump and a Trail Map.
Some things to bring when you come to Sedona: Gloves, Glasses, Camelpack, Extra Tools, etc. and for the Clippless folks...don't forget your shoes and pedals!
Definitely do not forget your Camelpack! Sedona is the high desert after all. Hot and Dry is the standard fare. Hydration is the key to a long and enjoyable ride.
Contact Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312 or visit www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/rental.html (print the coupon on the Rental Page and bring in to MBH to get a discount on any MTB Rental!)
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Sedona Gnarly Crew Vol. 1
This hour long video has it all. Extreme Action, Incredible Sedona Scenery and Sedona MTB Information.
You'll meet the Sedona Gnarly Crew: Simon who loves steep, rocky, insane lines, Dangerous Dave who knows no fear and rides anything and everything, Crazy Steve who says "technically, everything's rideable." There's Amp, Hard Time, Terrapin Hound, Trouble, Bogus Dude, Bullish Dude, Caffinated, DR, The Matster, Frankasaurous, Johnny, the NOD, and of course Rama, the founder of Mountain Bike Heaven.
So if you're planning a trip to Sedona or just crave juicy MTB Action in the Red Rocks of Sedona, this video is for you...
Order Info: Contact Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312, or go to www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/video.html.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Come ride Sedona, Arizona. The endless miles of tight, twisty, cactus-ridden Red Rock single tracks in unbelievable natural beauty are GUARANTEED to thrill all levels of riders.
The high Arizona desert environment, technical terrain, and maze of trails can be hard on riders and equipment if unprepared. A Sedona Bikapelli Mountain Bike Adventure will give you the support and info you need to make your Sedona Mountain Bike Experience an inspiration.
Mountain Bike Heaven offers many Guided Adventures to choose from. Visit www.MountainBikeHeaven.com/sedona_mtb.html for more details, or call MBH at (928) 282-1312.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
with Rama Jon 12/99
JOSH - PART TWO
Well, surpise, surprise, Josh has accomplished his goal. Several days after returning home, Josh walked into the bike shop on his own power. Sure, he’s walking a little slow compared to his old self, but he is walking, and that feat alone will make this Holiday season one that will always be remembered as special.
Josh’s road to recovery has not been a bowl of cherries. His ups and downs have made all of us wonder whether he would walk again. Perseverance, a little luck and a lot of prayer by Josh, his family and his friends have brought Josh back to us. Presently, his playful nature has been replaced by a philosophical seriousness that will be called upon in the next steps of his healing.
For all the trials and tribulations, Josh’s spirit is way strong and it is clear that being home will excelerate his recovery. Of course, the first thing we did for Josh when he got home was to set up a bicycle on a wind trainer so that he could have an adjunct to his physical therapy routine. It did my heart good to know that Josh is back on a bike again. At this point, getting some meat back on Josh’s bones is of top priority. After nearly four months on IV and then on cafeteria style hospital food, Josh’s taste buds are ready for a workout again.
As we reflect back on the year and the last decade of the millenium, Josh’s accident certainly is an event that has changed us all. A once carefree attitude has been replaced by a masked cautiousness. With any luck, the next millenium will be an injury free one.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Mountain biking is a dangerous game and accidents do happen. Sometimes these accidents can be quite tragic. Several weeks ago, four Sedona mountain bikers headed to Page for a road trip. As the first ride began, Joshua Smith, an expert mountain biker, was dealt a hand of fate that has landed him in critical care. Through a miscalculation, Josh took a header into slick rock and was knocked unconscious. Fortunately, his friends were near and his breathing was restored almost instantly. Through the use of technology, in this case a cellular phone and a GPS unit, we were able to contact Page Search and Rescue, and Josh was airlifted out within 30 minutes of the accident from the middle of nowhere.
Josh’s blow to the head caused a great deal of trauma in his neck and currently Josh has been in a struggle for recovery. His friends and family have shown tremendous support, and this combined with Josh’s spirit and drive is helping him make huge strides. It’s shocking to see your friend in the hospital, much more so in critical care. It makes the simple things in life so much more important, like breathing on your own. A lesser man might give up, but Josh is not like that. The changes his friends have seen from the first night to the present are so remarkable, that there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Josh will be back riding his mountain bike before too long.
Josh’s road to recovery has already taken him through some of the biggest battles of his life. He has come through in shining colors and seems to make progress on a daily basis. As Josh recovers, the rest of us mountain bikers have to deal with continuing our sport knowing how easy it is to get hurt. There probably aren’t too many mountain bikers out there who don’t have some injury story or lingering pain. These injuries all seem so insignificant compared to critical care, but just like all of us, I’m sure Josh can’t wait to get back on his mountain bike. Josh, we’re waiting for you, and it just won’t be the same until your back out riding with us again.
Josh’s accident was a freak occurrence, but in mountain biking freak accidents can occur in the parking lot just as easily as on the trail. I find it’s best to start off on rides at an easy pace simply to get the feel for the terrain and to see how in tune you are today. This is especially true if you are on a road trip and have been cooped up in a car for any length of time. It’s normal to be amped in this situation, and it may require self control to be sure you're all warmed up before you get radical on the trail. And then, there are the mountain bikers like Josh, who seem to thrive on those moments of death defying situations. As one noted mountain bike daredevil says, "Cautiously dangerous out on the trail."
Josh, keep up the good work. Our prayers are with you!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The boyz may have inhaled a little too much Carbon Monoxide this day from all those stinkers... Being a little confused they ended up hiking the wrong cone, a national monument or something, and got some big fines... $600 smackers. Well now they know the boundaries.
When asked what's next, the boyz replied, "Well, we're working on the permits for Everest. We figure the downhill is long enough to justify the climb..."
You heard it here.. we'll keep you updated...
Friday, April 6, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
A group of local mountain bikers, dubbed the "Sedona 5," pedaled their way to national recognition last November when they rode their bikes into Grand Canyon National Park territory which is strictly off-limits to mountain bikers.
Their feat - and subsequent arrest - has hit the pages of national biking magazines and fired up dialogue on the Internet.
Thousands of e-mail messages sent to the group's web site express support for the group, viewing them as folk heroes of a grassroots movement seeking trail access for mountain bikers. At the same time, critics revile them for promoting a bad-boy image of mountain bikers.
On November 19, the group decided to take advantage of the five-day shutdown of the park and go for a spin on the North Kaibab trail-head, located on the Grand Canyon's North Rim.
However, they were never able to complete their ride. Fourteen miles into it, they were intercepted by park ranger Sandie Hand, who took them to Phantom Ranch to be interviewed and frisked.
THEIR RIDE out of the Grand Canyon was quite different from their ride in six hours earlier. They left in leg shackles and handcuffs aboard a National Park Service helicopter. Accompanying them were two rangers with automatic weapons and bullet-proof vests.
The five bikers - Rama (Jon Cogan), Long Tall (John Panetta), Wheeze (Mitch Obele), Forest (Forest Michaels) and "Dangerous Dave" Hart - were taken to the National Park Service holding facility.
Ten days later, they were found guilty in the U.S. Magistrate Court of violating a national park closure and bicycling in a prohibited area. Each was fined $244 for the helicopter ride and $250 for violating the closure and riding in a prohibited area.
Although the $250 was suspended, the riders were forced to turn over their bikes to the court.
"This is the most notorious thing in the world of mountain biking," said Cogan, group member and owner of the Mountain Bike Heaven shop in Sedona.
Since the November ride, admirers have praised the group for committing a daring act of civil disobedience, while detractors have condemned them for damaging the reputations of mountain bikers everywhere.
ONE SUPPORTER, writing on the Internet from Canada, praised the group's act as "a revolution of sorts," saying that "working with the system isn't going to work in this case."
"I am all for what you guys are doing," wrote another supporter from Arizona State University.
"We cannot let the developers and the 'forest circus' (U.S. Forest Service), along with ranchers and miners, the Sierra Club, and numerous overly conservative horse loving conservation groups crowd us off the land that we pay to maintain. As a climber I have seen it already happen," he continued.
This e-mail is one of more than two-thousand sent to the Sedona 5 web site address. Most of these - about 75 percent - express support, according to Cogan.
Some of those sending e-mail messages indicate that they plan to boycott Sedona if mountain-bike access will be limited.
"I am going to Sedona this winter with my family. I am very concerned that mountain-bike access to trails might be curtailed. If this takes place, we may reconsider our winter vacation plans. I speak for a family of four," wrote David Yu Greenblat, of Rutgers University in New Jersey.
BRUCE BOIKESS, a resident of High-land Park, N.J., even seemed to think that Sedona would be closing trails to mountain bikers. "I am a mountain biker. Sedona is famous for having beautiful riding areas. I was planning to go there in the future. Now I hear trails may be closed," he wrote.
Some mountain bikers fear that the Sedona 5 are damaging their reputation. Daniel Paduchowski, manager of Sedona Bike and Bean, said he is afraid that confrontations with other groups, such as hikers and equestrians, will escalate and that even more trails will be closed to mountain bikers!
About 80 to 90 percent of trails in the Sedona area are now designated as wilderness and are thus closed to mountain bikers.
Paduchowski regards the group's Grand Canyon ride with disdain. "They're not the first people to ride the Grand Canyon. They're just the first ones to get caught. They probably think it's cool that they get written about as bad boys, dope smokers and renegades," he said.
EVEN ONE of the Sedona 5 has since abandoned his fellow bikers. Obele said that he is no longer a member and regrets his participation in the group. "I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a member of the Sedona 5 organization, and I do not support their policies or share their opinions. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, I do not support the use of controlled substances," Obele wrote in a letter to the Sedona Red Rock NEWS.
Another critic is Jennifer Burns, landscape architect and planner for the Sedona Ranger District.
"We're concerned about the Sedona 5 giving mountain bikers a bad name," Burns said, adding that Sedona 5 members have not attended U.S. Forest Service meetings or contributed to discussions.
"These guys have not really worked with us. If there is something we can do to meet their needs, then we'd like to talk to them. But I don't know what motivates them," she continued.
BURNS SAID that the U.S. Forest Service is considering opening up more trails for mountain bikers and developing more trail connections, such as one between Midgley Bridge and Schnebly Hill.
For his part, Cogan said that he will continue his efforts to increase trail access for mountain bikers by seeking grass-roots support.
One of the things Cogan wants to see changed is the 1964 U.S. Wilderness Act. "The Sierra Club was instrumental in keeping mountain bikes out of the wilderness. They weren't nearly as successful at keeping out ranchers and miners," Cogan said.
The Wilderness Act restricts all mechanical vehicles, including bicycles, from entering wilderness areas. "We're not saying we're better than cows. We just want equal rights. I have nothing against a wilderness act that would keep out cows, horses, mining equipment and rugged hiking shoes," Cogan said.
"Anyway, much of the area around Sedona is not really a wilderness - as defined in the Wilderness Act - so the trails should not be off-limits to bikers," Cogan said.
But Cogan said he has gained hope from the movement that he helped launch. "The political stuff is new and alive. It shows hope that maybe the people can impact something," he said.
Monday, April 2, 2007
On Saturday morning we met Rama, Wheelie (Rama's shop mechanic nicknamed for his crazy stunt riding and his ability to true a wheel), and Simon for breakfast in Jerome, a former mining camp considered the oldest town in Arizona. Built on the side of a mountain, the town's roads are so steep they make the streets of San Francisco seem Iowa-flat, Some of the buildings are actually starting to spread downhill like slow-melting pats of butter.
From breakfast, it was a short hop to the top of Mingus Mountain where Rama, Stickums, and Wheelie began gearing up. Even though it was a warm day, they were all wearing tights, long sleeves, and gloves. "The brush overgrows the trail in some spots," Rama warned. Burn and I followed their lead. Doug thought he knew better.
"Get me up, man!" he was screaming at Wheelie. Just like on TV, I ran over, braced myself against a rock and held Wheelie's free arm, while he tried to pull Simon up without going over himself. Simon finally gained a foothold and we hoisted him back onto the trail. Simon explained that he had ridden the section a hundred times, but had been dicing with Wheelie, ate it, and went over the wrong way.
"I thought I was a goner for sure, man," he said, peering over the edge at his bike, lying unconscious on the rocks below. "I grabbed for the tree as I fell and by luck got hold of it. I was just worried the roots wouldn't hold." After a 20-minute downclimb, Wheelie and Rama managed to reach Simon's bike. Amazingly, the only injury was a taco'd front wheel, which Wheelie, living up to his name, fixed in a flash, and Simon was able to finish the ride.
The scariest part of the Mingus Mountain ride is that Rama says it's relatively tame compared to some other rides in the area. The trail rating "gonzo-abusive" was coined up north in Moab, but it belongs in Sedona. And the town and the locals are just as far out there as the riding. Rama said it all while we were discussing alien visitations during a rest stop on Mingus Mountain: "I wouldn't mind being abducted... as long as I could bring my mountain bike."
We climbed a dirt road for a half hour until were stopped by a sinkhole wide and deep enough to swallow a mobile home. A pink jeep driver standing across the gap yelled, "Look out for the hole," much to the amusement of his passengers in the back seat. From the hole, a typically gnarly, rocky singletrack took off, snaking through a wall of scrub oak, which is essentially a tall, dry shrub. The trail careened downhill, with switchbacks and three- and four-foot drop-offs every 100 yards. As we descended, the path became smoother and faster until it became just a procession of banked turns and whoop-de-doos that led us back to the pavement just in time for sunset.