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May 22nd - May 24th
Brown County Trip

May 23rd 9:00am - 1:00pm
garden workday

May 25th
Memorial Day

May 27th 6:30pm - 9:00pm
2015 Jersey Release Party

May 30th
Lee Likes Bikes Andres Park

May 31st
Lee Likes Bikes at Palos

Jun 1st
Lee Likes Bikes Palos

Jun 1st 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Ride and Grill

Jun 2nd
Lee Likes Bikes Andres Park

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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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North Aurora, IL 60542
630-892-1010
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Featured Industry Sponsor

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.

Palos - Triangle: Saturday May 30th
Beulah Park: Sunday May 31st
Latest CAMBr News
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
Lee Likes Bikes 2015
by Red Snail Racing - May 14, 2015, 08:51:46 PM
LEE Likes Bikes Is Coming to Chicago
CAMBr is excited to announce that we are bringing Lee McCormick of Lee Likes Bikes to Chicago for 4 days.  Why? Because getting a lesson from Lee will be bring a bigger improvement to your riding than a new $10k bike.  Lee has put on clinics at PAMBA and even the crustiest old skeptics who took the course last year are taking an advanced course this year.  
Yeah he is that good.

May 30, 2015 at Andres Bike Park with coach Lee McCormack
May 31, 2015 at Palos Forest Preserve with coach Lee McCormack
June 1, 2015 at Palos Forest Preserve with coach Lee McCormack
June 2, 2015 at Andres Bike Park with coach Lee McCormack
Sign up Here: http://www.leelikesbikes.com/skills-clinics-with-lee/llb-full-day-skills-clinics
Don't wait, there are only 6 slots in each clinic.
Future of the Plainfield Bike Park
by Red Snail Racing - May 14, 2015, 09:18:03 PM
Plainfield Bike Park is Facing Closure
At the board meeting on Monday, May 18th,  we will be discussing the future of the Plainfield Bike Park.  PBP was one of the earliest urban bike parks and when it opened it had a lot of support from the biking community.  However in the past several years that support has diminished as the founders could no longer continue to put in the time it takes to support the park and no new leaders have stepped forward.  We are not taking this decision lightly and would to get your input before the meeting.

Please keep in mind saying we should keep it open is not an option.  Having a plan how to keep it open are the ideas we seek.  The first piece of the puzzle is finding a Trail Boss for the park.  Lets hear those ideas.
CAMBr Board Meeting May 18th, 2015
by Red Snail Racing - May 14, 2015, 08:32:24 PM
May 18th
Time 7:00 - Get there early to order food

Meeting Location: Coopers Corner
27W150 Roosevelt Rd Winfield, IL 60190
Just east of Winfield Road on Roosevelt

Everyone is welcome. PM me if you have any questions, or issues
you would like us to cover - Red Snail Racing
2015 CAMBr Jerseys
by Red Snail Racing - April 08, 2015, 09:18:25 PM
2015 CAMBr-IMBA
Imperial Oak Brewing Jerseys

MTB Jersey

Men and Women's Road Jersey

Palos Meltdown registration now open!
by konadave - April 10, 2015, 06:48:56 PM

Early bird registration through May1st.

http://palosmeltdown.com/registration
CAMBr Stickers and Magnets
by Red Snail Racing - April 02, 2015, 10:16:08 PM
CAMBr has Stickers and Magnets

You asked for them and now we have them, CAMBr die cut stickers and magnets.  
We have partnered with Logic Signs to bring you a selection of CAMBr stickers and magnets,
 so you can represent your local club and trails.
Check out the CAMBr product at https://www.etsy.com/search?q=cambr
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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAMBr-Swap-and-Sell/1464371143836350
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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