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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 October 4th
Latest CAMBr News
Swap and Sell is Connected to Facebook
by Red Snail Racing - Yesterday at 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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAMBr-Swap-and-Sell/1464371143836350
2014 Elections
by Red Snail Racing - Yesterday at 07:05:23 PM
The CAMBr elections are under way. If you like the work the leadership has been doing show them your support and give them a vote of confidence. They all work hard and would appreciate your support. By working together, we can build more trails. http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?action=ivote
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.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
by Red Snail Racing - September 13, 2014, 09:46:20 PM

Come ride with us at the 11th Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day hosted by CAMBR and Palos Forest Preserve! Kids of all ages - whether on a push bike or already carving the trails - can come and learn more about riding bikes on singletrack and what to expect at our beautiful Palos Forest Preserve mountain bike trails.  Bring your friends!

October 4th - between 10am and 1pm at the Maple Lake East staging area!

Every year, we have kids from 2 years old and up enjoying nature and bike riding at this fun family event. This is an informal, social event for kids and families to meet each other, ride bikes together and grow a love of bike riding and nature!
Expect a short safety and bike riding demo and clinic, goodies for kids and a guided trail ride for all levels of riders in different groups. AFTER THE RIDE, plan to grill or picnic lunch with us. Bring chairs, food for grilling and drinks and we will provide a few grills to cook on.

See the thread for more info! http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?topic=29002.0
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 - http://fpdcc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Rendered-Plans_Bullfrog.png  

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.
http://bouldermountainbike.org/sites/default/files/BMA_trifold_web.pdf
You Can Help at a Palos Work Day... Without Doing Trail Work!!!
by Mwandrusz - April 26, 2012, 10:34:55 AM
YOU CAN HELP at a WORK DAY...WITHOUT DOING TRAIL WORK!!!

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: http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?topic=22291.0
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. http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?topic=11958.0

Ride safe,
Jerry Stoeckigt
Executive Director

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