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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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Glenview, IL 60025

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3483 Saxonburg Blvd.
Pittsburgh PA 15238

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 October 25th
Latest CAMBr News
SWK will be closed this saturday OCT 25th
by undercover - October 21, 2014, 05:05:23 PM
This is from the OSWEGO park district. SWK will be closed this saturday OCT 25th

"We have a ticketed special event through SawWeeKee Park on Saturday, October 25.  We
will be closing the trails at noon.  While we will not have all supplies down
Sunday, we will open the trails.  If you could convey this on your site, even giving
a red light or closed to your legend on Saturday, we would appreciate giving your
members that information.

Thank you!  Please contact me if you have any additional questions.

Special Events Supervisor"
CAMBr 2014 Annual Meeting
by Red Snail Racing - October 07, 2014, 09:26:55 PM
The Ride and Annual Meeting is on.  See you at 10:45!
Guests of Honor

Join us for the CAMBr Annual Meeting and Thanksgiving in October
When: October 18, 2014

Time: 11:00 - Treasure Hunt, Thanksgiving Dinner at 2:00, Annual Meeting Afterwards
Where: MTB Staging Area, Maple Lake East

What:  Its that time of year when we all get together to celebrate another great year of riding by: riding around the woods in search check points and eating a whole lot of Mexican Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Veggies and Dirty Rice.
Then welcome our new board members and learn about what is going on in each region and what we hope to see next year.
Cost:  Free to CAMBr members. Donations accepted from non-members who would like to join the fun.

Your role?  Bring your bike, head out on a treasure hunt (we are talking real treasure) and eat drink and be merry with
a whole lot of biking buddies. And it would be great if you brought a dessert to share.  We will supply soft drinks, for
any other nectar (no glass), you are on your own.

Join the BIG FUN on the Saturday the 18th.
CAMBr is Evolving
by Red Snail Racing - September 19, 2014, 05:48:20 PM
Why is CAMBr Changing its Chapter Structure?
Many years ago there was only one CAMBr, but it contained 2 groups, Palos and Deer Grove.  The idea was to have a north and south trail system in Chicago. Long story short Deer Grove, the nations first Forest Preserve, had the signal track turned to multi-track or closed, because they were fall line trails. (most of the trails were there well before CAMBr).......Click on this thread to read more about the change and see the 10-18-2014 By-laws.
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
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.
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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