Monday, December 31, 2007

New Years Ride...Early

Mandi and I had our 55th annual New Years ride early this year for a couple reasons. 1) more peoples could participate if it was on a sunday. 2) the weather is going to be shitty on New Years day. 5 riders took part in the burly ride: John "chainsaw" Weber, JJ "dynomite" Ford, Mike Bo-yes, Mandi and I. 3 single speeds 1 fixy and john. 3 29" front wheels and 5 26" back wheels. 55ish miles covered in 4.5 hours. big climbs, little climbs, medium climbs, and some climbs. Afterwards Mandi and I whipped up some homemade pizza and some organic brew. A good time was had by all but a better time was had by some.

peace, JOEY.

Sad News...

Fat Tire Cycle in Elkins is no longer. Gene Wells,the owner, has decided to lock the doors and move all the inventory to Buckhannon. It came as very big suprise to me. But to be fair Gene did give me a 40 minute warning! I had no clue to what was coming down the line. I had been told that the we were going to move the shop down town after the first of the year not to Buckhannon. To all the loyale FTC customers who frequent this blog I would like to thank you for your patronage and friendship over the last seven years. This is not the end for Mandi and I in the bike business its just a new beginning.

Peace, JOEY.

ps: I would be remiss in not thanking Gene for providing me with a Dream job for the last 6 years. It was a great learning experience full of life changing challenges. So without further ado: thank you Gene. Sincerly, Joey.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Snow,Slush,Ice,Rain but no Sun...

We have had the whole gamete of weather here in Elkins in the past week. A foot of snow followed by rain which in turn created a slushy, icy mess. Now it won't stop raining. I am ready to shred some singe track.

Had my last Dr visit yesterday... drum roll... I AM COMPLETELY HEALED UP!!!! 8 weeks ahead of schedule. Now its time to rebuild some strength and work on flexibility and start thinking about racing next year. I am stoked. I defiantly wasn't done hurting this year when my season was abruptly ended. Thanks to everyone for all the prayers and well wishes. I guarantee all the positive energy went along way in helping speed my recovery.

peace. JOEY.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

mandi's new blog

I just wanted everyone to stop over to
This is a blog about the things that consume my life when i'm not riding.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

HIstory Lesson V.1

A short version of recent American history:* Kennedy assassinated* A Texan (Johnson) becomes president and creates a massive war* Nixon, a war supporter and schizophrenic elected president twice* Carter comes in and is quickly driven out* Reagan, a senile movie actor, is elected twice (Bush Sr was the actual president for those 8 years)* Bush Sr., former CIA Director and Reagan's VP who stage managed Iran-Contra, is elected president* Bill Clinton gets two terms and paves the way for Bush Jr.* Bush Jr. starts a major war - a police action really - and is fraudulently made president twice - eviscerates the US constitution and the rights and liberties of the American people. What's going on? If you're for war, against US sovereignty and for the idea of corporate rule of the world, you're qualified to be president of the United States. Who's behind it all? You won't find out by watching TV.

peace and love. joey.

Friday, November 30, 2007

My latest project.

My first lap quilt.

Two steps closer

Sunday and Wednesday were exciting days for JOEY and I. We ventured out to the forest and rode some gated forest service roads. Even a little single track. JOEY was still riding strong. A little slower on the downhills but that is just what he needs to be doing. A wreck now could really set him back. On Wednesday we converted my Vicious ss Monolith into a 29 -26. Wow, I loved it! I think on one ride I'm hooked. Now what? I borrowed this wheel and tire, so now it looks like a new wheel and tire will be needed REAL soon. Can I go back to suspension? 26"? I love my bike set us like this. oSo much more confidence on the downhills. More momentum on rolly trails and didn't feel any slower on the climbs. And it fits. Being 5'2" we had to make too many compromises to ride a 29er. This worked great though. Can't wait to get out to ride more single track. Hopefully soon. take a look.
Joey riding some easy trails. One step closer. South Haddix/Pheasant Mountain Ride here in Elkins.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


if you don't believe it look up for yourself.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Chemtrail Awareness day

What is a chemtrail?

Why are THEY spraying these? weather manipulation, population control, or any number of other reasons i hear everyday. why are these always in an x or parallel to each other? Have you ever noticed these are not the same as the condensation trail that usually follows a plane that disappears in a few minutes? These don't disappear quickly. They spread making clouds. What are they spraying? Do some research! scary stuff. google chemtrail or visit
think about it. more to come on


Monday, November 19, 2007

3 M's 1 B and a J

yesterday JOEY and I enjoyed a ride with Bruce W, Mike and Morgan Miller . Very nice to be riding with friends even if it is rail trail and dirt roads. I'm so thankful for all my riding buddies. Here we all are courtesy of JOEY.
Mike Miller

JOEY'S wonderful self image, LOVELY!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sunday Ride...

Mandi and i rolled the "goverment" rode to parsons and then back on the allegheny highlands railtrail. ride was good. weather was good. we felt good. all was good.

peace. joey.
ehhhh goaaaaaaaaatttttttt!
my new wheel. wtb single duty hub. budget spokes. closeout rim. it rolled smooth.
cruisin on the dirt.
the beavers that built this dam must have had a phd! it was perfect.

true dat!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION - Radical Change Taking Root

My New Years Resolution starting early. Grow your own.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

American WARNING

i do not want to live in a military state. if you don't want to vote for ron paul. the WV primary is just around the corner as are many other primaries through out the country. change your party affiliation if you have to, mandi and i did. ron paul is the real deal and the last hope for america. peace and love. joey.

Thursday, November 8, 2007


just a dusting but it was snow.
pics are from the allegheny trail between rt33 and glady.
the allegheny is showing some potential and may be included on our annual new years ride(as long i can hold on to my hb by that time).
peace. joey.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Rail Trailin...

mandi and i rode the length of the west fork rail trail yesterday. the west fork runs from glady to durbin wv. it rolls through some of the most beautiful country around. there are several peat moss bogs and meandering streams. we saw at least 50 deer, three grouse, loads of sheep, two cats and no other people. it was a bit chilly out but the sun was shinning most of the day. the trail is much rougher than your typical rail trail and probally a bit rough for my broken body but was worth it. i must say i am beat today. the ride took 4 hours and i was really suffering the last hour. it is going take me a little while to regain my fitness but it will happen. i just need to be patient and not try to get it all back all at once.

peace. joey.

miss sheep.

if i were a sheep i would be this one.

i would totally live here.

the twins.


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007


During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell

check out:

the world is changing and its not for the better. we all need to be aware and resist. bikes and adventures are fun but there are way more important things in life. if we all want to enjoy our bikes and enjoy life for years to come we must band together and not let our liberties and rights be striped away. please watch, read, and educate yourself. knowledge is power.

peace and love. joey.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Lies, more lies - time to get mad, time to rise

i am made as hell and i am not going take this any more. peace. joey.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

a little set back from a good thing...

Last Saturday was JOEYs first ride in 7 weeks. We rode the rail trail for 1 hr 20 min. I fixed up JOEYs single speed with the perfect rail trail gear. He said it felt great to be out, but the rail trail is still as boring as he remembers.

On Friday the day before his ride, JOEY fell in the yard. He tried to catch himself and then remembered at the last second he had 2 broken wrists, he pulled his hands back just in time to hit his forehead on the ground. I'm sure it was a funny site, but it didn't feel so great.

Saturday on the ride he had no pain but when he woke up on Sunday his hand was swollen so bad it looked like his fingernails were going to pop off. That sure put a stop to riding.
Yesterday rode the rail trail again and no pain. :) but still swollen :( we were pretty concerned so we got up early this morning and went back to the doctor. more x-rays. and then good news. nothing changed. just irritated.

so we are goiong to ride again today. more to come.
for updates on Winston our new buddy, just click on the link for jones and karl on the right.

Monday, October 29, 2007


look what i found.

Friday, October 26, 2007


i wanna go next year. looks like a super good time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


i had an appointment with dr. tice yesterday. nothing but good news!!! i am now officially cast less. i have been pretty down the last few days and this good news is exactly what i needed. i have a removable splint that i will have to were for a few more months. i get to take it off once a day and move my wrist around. it is feels very pain full and awkward to move it but it also feels very liberating. i also get to ride my bike!!!!! but only on the rail trail. which is all i believe i can do anyway. my collarbone is still healing and will be for the next few weeks. my shoulder hurts but nothing abnormal. now i just need to work on getting stronger. i am going to do some one armed 25lb dumbbell curls today!
peace and love. joey.

Monday, October 22, 2007

take action...

we as west virginians do not want these power line. info here:

they will destroy thousands of acres of private and public land. these power lines have also been linked to the manifestation of leukemia and cancer.


the hike of 5 snakes...

yep 5 snakes. i told mandi before the hike that we would probally see a couple snakes. it was warm and they were all out sunning. mandi definantly had to face her fear of snakes yesterday and she did a wonderful job. we were hiking on the mc gowan mountain trail and the moore run trail in the otter creek wilderness. moore run has some very impressive bogs and beaver ponds. they are definantly worth taking a look at if you do not mind getting wet. mc gowan mt trail is spectacular. rocky, rooty, super dry, would be a wonderful trail to ride on if it was allowed. hiking is not to bad but i wish i was riding and racin cross.
peace. joey.
browny the brown brown snake.

mandi's friend rhody. she really needs a parrot.

busy beaver dam.
a beautiful bog on moore run trail.

timbukto mountain. pic from mandi's ride on saturday. lucky cows.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Weepies - World Spins Madly On

the weepies.

New shoes...

mandi and i finally got some new shoes. thanks to sierra trading post 1/2 off, woohoo. i have been running and walking in some several year old kids size new balances. kids size because i only were a 6.5 shoe. new shoes make a huge difference. my feet are much happier now. mandi and i went out to otter creek wednesday to break in our new sneakers. we may have over did it a bit. its so hard to turn back when there are so many trails to explore. we were almost the end of our hike/run when i inadvertently stepped on a little brown snake. it jumped, i jumped, mandi pooped. i thought i gravely injured the poor fella. he was bleeding from his nose and writhing in pain. mandi was highly upset and bawling. i thought i should try and pick the little guy up and see if i could get a closer look at his injuries. as soon as i touched his slender tail he took off slithering up the trail towards mandi. she freaked and took of running up the trail screaming and shooting snot bubbles out her nose. she has an irrational fear of snakes. i did not realize how irrational until that moment. browny slithered a couple feet off the trail and then took a defensive position. he was just fine. after several minutes i finally coaxed mandi into running by the snake. it was a fitting end to an adventurous day.

hey they found that guy that was lost in dolly sods, just in time. its raining and chilly today.

peace out. joey.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Think for yourself...

How do you think this happened.
Watch just a few minutes... or the whole thing. Make up your own mind. The official story just does not match up.
911 ripple effect.

Invasion of the Police State (USA)

we are living in an increasingly facist and tyrannical country. if you do not believe it open your eyes. pay attention, be observant, even in your local communites. knowledge is power. educate yourselves about what is going on in this country(world). the internet is a powerful educational tool. use it why you still have the right. peace and love. joey.

Ron Paul: A New Hope

a real canidate not a corporate schill like all the others. its not about democrat or republican anymore its about right and wrong, good and evil. ron paul deserves a look no matter what devisive political group you are affilated with. please watch. joey.

Monday, October 15, 2007

do you know who Codex is?

please watch this 40 min video. Do you care about your food, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients?


please care. please pay attention.

Ron Paul : Don't tread on me

please watch this and pay attention. thank you. joey.

for sale

xs. 43 cm seattube. 51.3 toptube. u6 frame, carbon stay. carbon fork. longreach brakes. will fit fat road tires and fenders. great wv road bike. this was going to be mandi's road bike but it is not going to happen now. includes headset. never built.