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Aug 30th - Aug 31st
4th Annual Left Behind for Labor Day Ride!

Aug 31st - Sep 7th
Bend Oregon Trip

Sep 1st
Labor Day

Sep 6th 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summer Jam at the garden Saturday postponed to Sat 9/6

Sep 7th 10:00am - 5:00pm
Rando de Taco

Chicago Area Mountain Bikers Inc

CAMBr is a registered 501(c)3 organization, which means we are eligible for most of the matching funds or employee directed donation programs from many companies. So please keep us in mind when you are filling in the box for philanthropic foundations.

If you need any additional CAMBr information for your company, please let us know and we will happily provide it. 100% of your donation goes directly to helping us build a better ride.

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The trails you love to ride and the jumps you live to huck,
are built and maintained by volunteers, riders just like you.

The hours are (kind of) short and the pay is low (ok, no pay), but the work is fun
and you do get a free lunch and a chance to ride with the people you just met, after lunch.
All you need is a pair of boots, long pants, gloves and water, CAMBr supplies the rest.

Check out the Calendar to see everything happening this month.

Beulah Park: Saturday September 6th
Raceway Woods: Sunday September 7th
Latest CAMBr News
Summer Jam at the garden Saturday postponed to Sat 9/6
by seanbikes - August 12, 2014, 12:27:30 PM
Due to the current trail conditions and the forecast calling for rain Friday and Saturday the jam is being postponed until next week, Saturday 9/6.  We hope you understand and can still attend

The Garden Jumps and CAMBR are excited to announce our "Summer Bike Jam"! The Jam will be kicking off at 10am. Pump track race registration will being promptly at 10:15am. The race will being at 11:00AM and will run till approximately 12:30. We will have open ride sessions at the jumps area while the race is happening.

We will be raffling off tons of great product from our sponsors including Let's Roast,Rays MTB Ordinance Bikes, Chrome, Half Acre, Turin Cycles, Roscoe Village Cycle, Laqunitas, Bike Lane, Kozy's, Cult and more .  $5 for one raffle ticket or 5 tickets for $20

We look forward to seeing you at the event! If you have any questions feel free to post up and we will do our best to answer your question.

If you'd like to see what the garden is all about tune your TVs to WTTW this Thursday 8/14 from 7-8pm to see a segment of the program Chicago Tonight about the garden dirt jumps and pump track.  Way to go garden trail crew!
ALS Challenge CAMBr Leadership
by Red Snail Racing - August 25, 2014, 02:15:08 PM
It time for CAMBr Leadership to step up to the ALS Cold Water Challenge. It is a horrible disease that stops your brain from talking to your muscles and eventually leads to death. A friend of mine went from ocean kayaking to passing away in12 months and he was only 35 years old. This a very worthy cause. Check it out at So go soak your head, donate $100 or better yet, do both.
The Fence - Campground Coming to Palos
by Red Snail Racing - August 20, 2014, 10:44:14 AM

(ok it doesn't really look like this)
If you have been following the newsletters and forum conversations regarding the new Master Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, you may recall that there was a plan to add camping to several preserves. Bullfrog Lake in Palos is one of the locations. You can find a layout of the campground here -  

Exactly how it will impact the trails is still not clear, but we have proposed several new trails and reroutes as possible contingencies for the trails that will be effected.  Camping should start in 2015, which will be great for the Meltdown.
Trail Etiquette
by undercover - July 29, 2013, 03:50:03 PM
Please, let's all keep in mind our trail systems are not a MTB only trail systems. They are multi-use trail systems.  
Which means there are hikers, equestrians and runners just to name a few, sharing the same trails.

Fast moving users can startle others,
especially when approaching from behind. Always ride under
control, anticipate users around blind corners, and be exceedingly
friendly and communicative.

What is your responsibility?
Mountain bikers yield to hikers, horses and uphill traffic.

Passing Hikers
1. Greet hikers early.
2. Slow down to about the same speed as the hiker.
3. Pass slowly and be prepared to stop if necessary.
4. Expect the unexpected. Humans and animals can be
unpredictable or easily spooked by cyclists.

Passing Cyclists
1. Announce your intention to pass with a friendly “Let me know
when it’s safe to pass.”
2. Use the singletrack yield on narrow trail – stop to the side, put
one foot down, and lean away from the trail.

Passing Horses
1. Stop at least 30 feet from the horse.
2. Greet the equestrian and the horse to demonstrate that you are a
human, and not a predator.
3. Ask for instruction on how to pass safely. Offer to get off your bike.
4. Pass slowly and steadily, but only after the equestrian gives you
the go-ahead. Sudden movements can spook a horse.

Wanted to pass on this awesome trifold the Bolder club put together.
2014 MTB 101-103 CLASSES ARE HERE!
by mcmoody - May 28, 2014, 06:48:49 PM
Nature lovers and cyclists have long known that nothing compares to the thrill of riding off road on fat tires.  We are offering a series of FREE introductory courses for mountain bike skills.  All courses include an overview of trail etiquette and the shared trail culture at the Palos Preserves of Cook County.

Each session of three courses is the same.  Come to one, come to all, come to any!

June 10 - 101
June 17 - 102
June 24 - 103


Jul 29 - MTB 101
Aug 5 - MTB 102
Aug 12 - MTB 103

MTB 101:  Riders with no experience riding dirt trails, over obstacles or terrain.  

MTB 102: Riders who are comfortable with riding a bike off-road but ready to improve skills for cornering, obstacles and more difficult terrain. If you’re an experienced Roadie, start here!

MTB 103:  Riders who have ridden single track but want to learn more tips and tricks for riding local terrain faster and better.  

2014 Race Clinic!  First time or beginning racers can join experienced instructors to learn the etiquette, expectations and strategies for racing.   Get ready for the Palos Meltdown!

What should you bring?     A helmet, no exceptions!  A bike with fat, knobby tires.  Your bike must be in good working order.  Your brakes and shifters should work and you should understand how to use them.

WHEN & WHERE: All courses are offered at 6:30pm in the Maple Lake East Parking Lot (the new MTB Staging Area) on 95th Street in the Palos Preserves in Willow Springs, IL.  See for more details.

REGISTER: email your participation and questions to  We will reschedule for rain dates. We welcome all ages, 12+ with parental supervision under 18.
You Can Help at a Palos Work Day... Without Doing Trail Work!!!
by Mwandrusz - April 26, 2012, 10:34:55 AM

Despite the early riding season, warm weather, fantastic trail conditions, and new trail possibilities at all the CAMBr Trail Systems

Trail workday attendance is DOWN.

DID YOU KNOW??? That physical work with tools, shovels, etc. is NOT the only way to help out at work days?
Here are some ways you can help that don’t require getting dirty, buggy, or sweaty:

We need help with food, P.R., sponsorship, etc. COME HELP EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE DIRT!

To learn more, click on the link:
Forum Etiquette and Expectations
by Red Snail Racing - October 10, 2010, 10:44:59 PM
To the Community that uses the CAMBr Forum,

Do you realize how active the CAMBr website is?  Through September 2010 the CAMBr website has generated 28,000 visitors, who looked at 435,000 pages per month. That means almost 4,000,000 page views so far this year. Those are some pretty impressive numbers and I want to thank you all for visiting our site and I hope your visit has offered you value, a sense of community and a better understand of our mission and events.

With a community this large and many new users, I would like to explain our Web Guidelines and Polices.
Please click the link below for an outline.

Ride safe,
Jerry Stoeckigt
Executive Director

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