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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.

Featured Big Wheel Member

American Bicycle of Plainfield
23915 W Main St.
(corner of Rt 126 & Rt 59)
Plainfield, IL 60544

Featured Industry Sponsor

2105 Camino Vida Roble, Ste. K Carlsbad, Ca 92011

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.

Saw Wee Kee: Sunday October 4th
Beulah Park: Saturday October 17th
Latest CAMBr News
Big Marsh Donation 2015
by Red Snail Racing - October 02, 2015, 08:49:41 AM
Big Marsh Donation

As many of you know Chicago is building a world class bike park on the South  side called the Big Marsh. 30% of the cost of building  the park is coming from private donors ranging from corporations/businesses (like SRAM), not for profits (like People For Bikes Foundation) and individuals (like gal named Suzanne). These donations range from $5.00 to $500,000.

Right now Friends of The Big Marsh are wrapping up a fund raising drive where an anonymous donor is matching $2.00 for every $1.00 donated to the Big Marsh and the CAMBr Board has decided to use money we have set aside for advocacy to support the Big Marsh, with a donation of $1,500.00 from the General Fund. Our donation will bring $4,500 in money to the Big Marsh and it will not impact the work our chapters are doing on our trail systems.

The Big Marsh is going to be a great riding destination for us when it is finished and we are looking forward to helping them build the cross country trails next year.

This doesn't mean that CAMBr has more money than we know what to do with.  Quite the contrary, but we saw this as an opportunity to triple our impact on a project that will have a huge impact on off road biking in Chicago.

Thank you for your support and allowing us to help the Big Marsh.
September 2015 Board Meeting
by Red Snail Racing - September 28, 2015, 01:29:55 PM
September 30
Time 7:00 - Get there early to order food

Meeting Location: Hopvine Brewing Company
4030 Fox Valley Center Dr
Aurora, IL 60504

Everyone is welcome. PM me if you have any questions, or issues
you would like us to cover - Red Snail Racing
October 3rd, 2015 Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
by Red Snail Racing - September 24, 2015, 09:23:46 PM

CAMBr - IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Bring your kids out and join us for a special Ride and Grill
just for them.  Click here for details:
Andres Park Bike Day
by Red Snail Racing - September 24, 2015, 09:01:10 PM
Come out to Andres Park Sunday September 27th
11:00 - 3:00 Music Riding and Raffles. 
Join the fun.

CAMBr Elections
by Red Snail Racing - September 01, 2015, 10:04:01 PM
2015 Election Update
Normally the 2015 CAMBr Elections would be starting today, however the Executive Board agreed to move them back to November/December.  There are several reasons for this change which will also change a section of the bylaws, pertaining to dates and announcements.   

Our over riding concern is the small turnout on the ballot and in the voter booth. Our hope is that if we move it back to the winter months members will not be as busy riding and have more time to consider running for a position or able to take the time to vote.  We will be outlining the new schedule at the September CAMBr Board Meeting, which will take place in the second week of said month.

Making a change of this scope is a lot of work as we will need to rewrite and vote on the new bylaws, after figuring out the new schedule. For any conspiracy buffs out there that think we are doing this for any other reason than to get a bigger turn out, please run for office and straighten our club out.   We would love the help.

Thanks for your understanding and we will keep you updated.

Jerry Stoeckigt
Executive Director
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.
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
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
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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