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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

Paceline Products
Includes Boeshield, Chamois Butt'r
& Peak bar brands
1700 Richfield Rd.
Liberty, MO 64068

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: Tuesday August 22nd
Raceway Woods: Wednesday August 23rd
Andres Bike Park: Saturday August 26th
Latest CAMBr News
2017 Meltdown
by Red Snail Racing - June 30, 2017, 04:21:06 PM
REI Palos Meltdown Mountain Bike Festival and Race
Date: August 5th and 6th 2017


August 5th – Meltdown Demo Day and Festival
Demo Rides 9:00 – 4:30  (Last bike out 3:30)
This year Specialized, Ibis, Pivot, Ghost, Co-op (REI), Orange, Yeti and Trek will have bike available available.**
   SRAM will be there with support and all of their latest products
   ** Demo Bracelet. Driver’s License and Credit Card will be required to demo bikes
Festival 3:30 – 6:30
   Three Beards will be performing on the “Big Green Trailer”
   Beer from Half Acre Brewing and Irish Legends will be available
Food will be available from lunch until the band wraps it up at 6:30

August 6th
REI Meltdown Mountain Bike Race
   Registration is open NOW
   On site race registration starts at 8:00am
   Racing starts at 9:15am

More information will be rolling out in the next few weeks.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ride new bikes, listen to great music and crush your riding partners at the Meltdown.

Respect the Trails
by Red Snail Racing - January 31, 2017, 11:05:30 AM
Respect the Trails
With the unseasonably warm weather we have been having this year the frost has come out of the ground very early and the trails are very fragile.  And a user, whether a biker (yes there are some ruts on the trails), hiker/runner (there are some really deep foot prints), or an equestrian (yes there are deep hoof prints) can damage the trails.

On the whole the number of trail abusers has dropped dramatically in the past 10 years, but all it takes is one or two (I’m really struggling to find a family friendly noun here) trail abusers to do severe damage to a trail. We believe that with the significant reduction in damage in the past years education has been a key to solving the problem.

I have been approached by individuals that believe that trails fix themselves and riding muddy trails is all part of being a biker, runner or equestrian.  And after explaining how each foot/hoof print and rut holds water and prevents draining and creates mud holes and destroys the trail, most of them get it, but some do not.  My feeling is the ones that do not are not too dim to get it; they are just too selfish to care. And it doesn’t take more than a couple of these people to destroy thousands of hours of trail work and change the trail forever, and never in a good way.

Last week when the trails were very, very soft Palos received significant amounts of damage and to be honest the majority of it was caused by two equestrians.  There were also some bike ruts and amazingly deep foot prints as well, so it wasn’t just the horses.  Some of this damage can and will be repaired, but in some cases the trail will never be quite the same. But in any case it will take hundreds of hours to repair.  Time that could be invested in building new trails.

What is being done?

CAMBr is going to continue to reach out with education and reach out to running groups to ask them to help us educate trail users.

Palos Horsemen have reached out to CAMBr and are working to identify the users who caused the damage last week and have a talk with them regarding respecting the trails.  They also have signs posted in all of the stables telling riders not to ride muddy trails.

The Cook County Forest Preserve District is very aware of the problem and is working with CAMBr to find solutions to keeping users off of soft trails.
What can you do?
First don’t be a jerk when you see trail abuse or an abuser. And of course don’t be that guy riding muddy trails.  Use the CAMBr Trail Indicators to see if the trials are open at Then if you see someone heading out to ride on muddy trails, calmly explain to them that the trails are too muddy to ride and ask them to ride over at Waterfall Glen, a multi-track loop at Swallow Cliff, or I&M or Centennial Trail.  There are many really solid non-singletrack options near Palos, or any of our other systems.

It only takes a few bad eggs to ruin it for everyone.  So before you blame any particular user group, take a look at your user group too.  Then do what you can to educate other trail users and set a good example.

Thanks for all your support and helping build a better ride,

June 2017 Beginner MTB Class
by Red Snail Racing - June 07, 2017, 01:29:37 PM
Rescheduled due to Rain.   New Date: June 21st.
CAMBr Beginner MTB Class
Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday June 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This MTB class will be hosted by Spokes and Specialized. Specialized mountain bikes will be available for use during clinic for those that register. Feel free to bring you own bike. The clinic will cover the rules of the trail, bike setup and operation, and a practice session focused on basic mountain bike riding skills. This class will help you become a more confident rider. It will end with a 30-45 minute no-drop group ride on multi track and single track. Helmets required. Class size limited to 25 people.

Contact Spokes at (630) 690-2050 for questions and register at the website below.

Pulaksi Woods Lot
(Top of Grass Hill)
Raffle winner...
by DDDonny - May 26, 2017, 08:19:19 AM
This is Jesse Weinski picking up his brand new Pivot Mach4 Carbon. He is the winner of CAMBr's 2017 Spring raffle- and the reason we've been having so much rain!

Congratulations, Jesse! We sincerely hope the weather finally makes a turn-for-the-better so you can get out on the trails and put your new trail-shredder through its paces...

Again, we would like to express our gratitude to Main Street Bikes, in Carpentersville, for their unending support for our cause. To Pivot Bikes for making 'wicked awesome' bikes! But mostly, to all the raffle participants, whose ticket purchases go 100% into the building/maintenance of our trails, which helps us give everyone better trail enjoyment...

#CAMBr #GetSome

EBC donation
by undercover - May 08, 2017, 09:57:37 AM
Elmhurst Bike Club President George Pastorino presents Cambr South President Burak Balkuv with a check for $500.00. on behalf of all EBC members. This donation was given in recognition of the outstanding work done by CAMBr in the building and maintaining of sustainable single-track MTB trails.

And the winner is...
by DDDonny - May 06, 2017, 04:51:41 PM
Congratulations to Jesse Wienski (ticket #410076) of Chicago, Illinois!  He is the winner of CAMBr's Spring 2017 Bike Raffle, and will be the proud new owner of a 2017 Pivot Mach 4 Carbon!  

We, at CAMBr, would like to thank ALL who participated making this year's raffle a HUGE success!  100 percent of the raffle proceeds goes directly towards the building/maintenance of CAMBr trail systems, so in that respect- we ALL win!!!👍🏻
Ride Dirt Not Mud
by Red Snail Racing - May 03, 2013, 09:42:05 AM
Fat Bikes Damage Soft Trails Too.
by Red Snail Racing - November 11, 2016, 10:44:38 PM
Chicago Mountain Biking Gets National Recognition
MTB Project wrote a great article about the mountain biking trails and community in the CAMBr area. This isn't the first time I've heard someone from out of town talk about the high quality of trails and the great social MTB scene in Chicago, but it is the first time someone has wrote about all of it in a national MTB media outlet. Click on the link and check it out.
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
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 Campground 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
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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