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MTB 102

Aug 12th 6:30pm - 7:45pm
MTB 103

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.

Featured Big Wheel Member

Main Street Bicycles
52 East Main Street
Carpentersville, IL 60110

Featured Industry Sponsor

Maxxis International - USA
545 Old Peachtree Road
Suwanee, GA 30024

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: Sunday August 10th
the garden: Sunday August 10th
Latest CAMBr News
2014 Meltdown is in the Books
by Red Snail Racing - July 21, 2014, 11:55:40 AM
Thank You
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the racers,
volunteers and sponsors for making the 2014 Meltdown success.  
You are the best!
Bike Raffle Fund raising initiative
by redbaron - June 24, 2014, 03:56:52 PM
We have a bike raffle winner

Congratulations to Kyle Duthorn!

Thank you to each and everyone of you that entered the drawing and a special thanks to Main Street Bikes for your continued contributions to CAMBr and our ever growing bike parks and trail system.

Ride Dirt Not Mud
by Red Snail Racing - May 03, 2013, 09:42:05 AM
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.
New Bike Park Coming to Chicago
by Red Snail Racing - February 21, 2014, 12:55:17 PM
Big Marsh Bike Park Project
Last year Stan Day, President of SRAM, proposed to the City of Chicago the idea of a world class bike park. Chicago was very interested and a discovery trip to Valmont was taken.  
CAMBr leadership has been keep apprised of the progress of the park and was asked to keep it quiet until it a location and plan was put in place.

Today IMBA announced the Big Marsh Bike Park Project.  It is still in the very early phases of planning, but here is the introduction from IMBA.
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.
by Red Snail Racing - May 13, 2014, 11:00:47 PM
The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials -NACPRO- has  selected CAMBr as a recipient of the 2014 NACPRO Award in the Outstanding-Support Organization category. CAMBr was submitted as a candidate for this award by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, based on our strong working relationship. The award will be presented on July 13th at the NACPRO Awards Banquet in New Orleans.
This is a great honor and recognition of all the hard work our members have contributed to build and maintain the Palos Trail System. Thank you for your help earning this award.
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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