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Latest CAMBr News
Burak Signing Off - Thank You
by Red Snail Racing - November 30, 2017, 11:10:48 AM
It's been a good journey for me, I have enjoyed my years with CAMBr-South. I now look forward to watching CAMBr-South grow under David Bell's leadership. He is the perfect guy for the next transformation of CAMBr. Wish him the best of luck.

Few ramblings I picked up over the last 8 years.
- It's all about the volunteers.
- CAMBr is an umbrella of tools, it provides opportunity to those that want to work on what's important to them.
- You are the best person to implement your own ideas.
- We can only build trails that we have approval for.
- Land managers are the only ones that can authorize what we can build and what goes on the trails.
- Forest Preserves are a shared resource. Land managers have to balance conservation with recreation.
- Building trails is more of an art than science.
- Layout of a trail requires you to know how the area looks like in all seasons.
- Get the water off the trail, what looks wide when first built will narrow, leave the water on the trail and it will widen
- Social media helps you communicate, argue and you loose.
- Ask for help, MTB community will come thru.
- Appreciate all the help, we can't do it alone.


No goodbye s complete without acknowledging everyone( I hope) that have helped you thru the journey.  I hope this is close list, starting with my first Palos Board,  trail coordinator Ryan Steel, then treasurer Stan Slager, David Bell and Shawn Murray to todays South board of Craig Bresof, David Bell, Stan Slager, Jenn Mckenzie, Deana Doohalok, Jeremy Kawka, George Dzuricsko, Larry Lee, Jimmy Sippel and Joe Lo.  So many more great people along that bridged the gap to today . Martha Lucking, the Pritchetts, the Marlannas, Volunteers like Ed Duran, rock master Rick, Steve Bremmer, and countless more. Steve Krupa who lived and  breath these trails. Jerry whose patience we all need. Stan whose eye for trail layout is unmatched .You guys rock. and finally big shout out to  John Swinski, and all the people that started CAMBr , thanks guys.
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2017/18 CAMBr Elections
by Red Snail Racing - November 19, 2017, 10:55:51 PM
2017/18 CAMBr Elections

The 2016/17 CAMBr Elections process is in full swing.  
Election dates are November 15-25.  


Stop by the Election Center http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?action=ivote;sa=nfo
and cast your vote. You must be a CAMBr member to vote.
(kind of makes sense, doesn't it?)
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 (Iím 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 doesnít 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 wasnít 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 donít be a jerk when you see trail abuse or an abuser. And of course donít be that guy riding muddy trails.  Use the CAMBr Trail Indicators to see if the trials are open at www.cambr.org. 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,

Jerry
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.
EPICENTER: SWEET SINGLETRACK THROUGH THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
by Red Snail Racing - November 11, 2016, 10:44:38 PM
Chicago Mountain Biking Gets National Recognition
EPICENTER: SWEET SINGLETRACK THROUGH THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
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.
https://www.mtbproject.com/blog/6996/epicenter-sweet-singletrack-concrete-jungle
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 ďLet me know
when itís safe to pass.Ē
2. Use the singletrack yield on narrow trail Ė 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
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
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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAMBr-Swap-and-Sell/1464371143836350

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