Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tim Watkins Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship

FOMP is proud of this endeavor to honor and celebrate Tim Watkins as he was a huge part of our group and community. He was prolific and extremely instrumental in trail building throughout the Monument and Palmer Lake region, and he constructed many of the existing trails in the work center that a multitude of users now enjoys. I personally knew Tim for over three decades and his smile, laughter, love, friendship, selflessness, sweetness and warmth are greatly missed. 

Tim Virgil Watkins Nov 17, 1956, to Sept 17, 2017

Donate to the Tim Watkins Mechanic Scholarship

In cooperation with Kids on Bikes, Barnett Bicycle Institute, Trails End Taproom, and the Watkins family we are excited to bring into existence the “Tim Watkins Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship“. We are looking to start the initial fund of this scholarship through this fundraiser. This amount will be for two students.

Tim Watkins was a respected bike mechanic at multiple shops across Colorado Springs and started his own shop several years ago in Monument called Balanced Rock Bike and Ski.

He is credited with helping establish many of the trails west of Palmer Lake and he mentored and taught countless people the fundamentals of riding. Seeing only fit that Tim existed to further mountain biking, this scholarship aims to do the same.

Local COS recipients will be equipped with the expertise and connections from this scholarship. Recipients will be able to affect and change the Colorado Springs bike community. Through hands-on learning, component-by-component study, and formal lecture, scholarship recipients come away with the skills to advance their careers in the bike industry, gain advanced mechanical knowledge and deepen their bike industry network.

The scholarship funding will be maintained by friends of Tim Watkins along with Trails End Taproom. Kids on Bikes will select the recipients of the scholarship with their strong understanding of the community and those that best fit the model. Barnett Bicycle Institute, the leading mechanic school in the country, will train and equip recipients.



May 2018 Trail Night

First Chance for 2018!

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, May  8th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding our first monthly volunteer trail work session for 2018!

For our first work session, we will be working on the 715 trail. Please meet at the main parking lot at

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The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Be aware all participants will need to sign a wavier before than can begin any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!