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Elmhurst Bike Club does it again !
by undercover - January 12, 2015, 04:38:38 PM
Elmhurst Bike Club does it again.

In recognition of their outstanding work building and maintaining sustainable trails,
EBC Mountain Bike Coordinator George Pastorino proudly present this donation to
Cambr South President Burak Balkuv on behalf of The Elmhurst Bike Club

Thank you George and EBC!!!
2015 CAMBr Winter Party
by Red Snail Racing - January 09, 2015, 04:33:58 PM
The 3rd Annual CAMBr Crock Off, Craft Beer Swap and Chili Fest

CAMBr used to have a Christmas Party, which turned in to a Holiday Party, which turned into "I have too much going on in December".  So 3 years ago it turned into the CAMBr Winter Party.  Well what is a party without the opportunity to eat and drink with friends, as well as score some bragging rights, regarding your choice of beer and mad cooking skills?  So it became a cooking contest (of sorts) and a craft beer swap. There are some truly great eats and if you can't swing the crock bring an appetizer or desert. (please not just a bag of chips from the gas station, we appreciate the gesture, but we can eat only so many chips)

What you need to know:
When: February 7th, 2015
Time 4:00 - 11:00 (have your crock of goodness there by 5:00)
Where: Warrenville Tavern

You don't have to cook, there is plenty of food, but you should bring a beverage for yourself, or to put in the community cooler.
-The Crock Off - Chili Fest is a chance for you to bring your favorite dish that can be cooked in a crock pot (or delivered in a crock pot, we are not all that fussy).  These bowls of goodness have ranged from oatmeal, to chili, to corn beef and cabbage, to Jambalaya, to Moroccan chicken, to shredded pork and the list goes on.  The idea is to eat drink and be merry.
-Beer Swap - This is like a pot luck of craft beer.  Bring one of your favorite beers and put it into the the huge white community cooler and then take advantage of some of the other great tastes.  ----Drink responsibly and have fun sampling, just be smart.
Weather dependent ride is possible.
-Bring slippers or socks you don't mind running around in.  Leave your shoes at the door.
New Trail Indicator
by Red Snail Racing - January 05, 2015, 09:29:22 AM
New Trail Indicator

During the winter months you will start to see a new trail indicator that is Blue/Yellow. This means the Freeze/Thaw rule is in effect. The Freeze/Thaw rule is you can ride when frozen, generally early in the day, but get off the trails when they start to thaw.
We hope that this will allow people to use good judgement and stay off soft trails, but still give them the option to ride early morning. We will still have green for when we know the trails are frozen or dry, like today with a high of +10 degrees.
Ride Dirt Not Mud
by Red Snail Racing - May 03, 2013, 09:42:05 AM
Fat Bikes Damage Soft Trails Too.
Trails Under Construction are Closed
by Red Snail Racing - October 27, 2014, 06:25:12 PM
Trails Under Construction are Closed
All trails under construction at Palos are closed to all trail users.  That means the Stone House Trail is closed until it is completed and approved.  
If that is making you sad, then come out to the workdays and help us get it finished as soon a possible.

Do Not Ride Trails That Are Posted -
Under Construction
Swap and Sell is Connected to Facebook
by Red Snail Racing - September 30, 2014, 07:30:52 PM

There has been a growing demand for a single place in the Chicago area to post ads to sell, buy or swap mountain bike parts. Well there has always been the CAMBr Swap and Sell forum, but that didn't automatically notify you if there was a new posting. And if you posted something on Facebook it could disappear in the blink of an eye never to be found again. So through the automagic of the web, CAMBr has linked them together. Now you can post an ad in either CAMBr or FB and get alerts from FB and search ads at CAMBr.  There is a new Swap and Sell page as well. Check Facebook out
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.
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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