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 on: Yesterday at 04:38:28 PM 
Started by cdamm - Last post by cdamm
Hi everyone!

This is a hell of a way to make my first post.

I got a new part for my bike and I wanted to test it out last monday (10/5). It was about 5:00pm (i don't normally go out late, but like i said just wanted to do a quick run to test something out) and I headed out to the palos triangle to just do a quick run. Well I took a turn badly and I needed to pull over a little for a quick repair. Well that 'quick repair' took a little over an hour with my little multitool. Then, because of course this happened, I ended up taking the wrong spur leading me onto a portion of the trail I am not terribly familiar with. I had my torch mounted, so I tried to go slow and figure out whats going on/ reorient myself. No data on my phone so the gps was not going. No idea what trail I was on so the map i brought did nothing.

I ended up on the phone with the forest preserve police to help me get back out (after a few dropped calls and my wife getting me the number, since i had no data). At about 7:30pm a pair of European riders came through with their bikes lit up like christmas trees. They were nice enough to help me get my bearings and lead me back to where my car was. I stupidly didn't get their names, but I wanted to post up here in case they were members and say thanks for the assist! My wife says thanks too as she was all shook up over the incident.

Thanks again guys. I hope you see this message!

 on: Yesterday at 04:00:01 PM 
Started by Fishit2817 - Last post by Jewalicious
Is your wife a Karen??  I have spoken to quite a few women lately who Want to ride Palos with their dudes.... Handing out cambr cards to them.... Been seeing couples out riding a lot more during quiet weekdays.  You can feel the love!!

 on: October 06, 2015, 06:16:28 PM 
Started by Fishit2817 - Last post by Red Snail Racing
A pretty easy ride is to start at the mountain bike staging area (Maple Lake East) then take the connectors up to the multi-track by Wolf Grove Woods. This isn't too technical and the way back is a lot of easy down hill riding.  Then if she is tired, you can take the blacktop trail from Maple Lake up to the parking lot and skip the last up hill trail. Remember go slow and be sure to let her know it's ok to walk stuff and to keep her weight back, or as they say "heavy feet" when going over roots and the like.  Make the first ride fun and not a death march and you will have a lot of great rides together.

 on: October 06, 2015, 05:31:23 PM 
Started by Fishit2817 - Last post by Fishit2817
As the title suggest, my wife has asked me if it was OK to come up to Palos this weekend.  Now I'm pretty rough and can do any trail out there without a problem but she is a true novice in the dirt.  I'm not real familiar with the trails as I just ride until I get tired and then try to figure out where I'm at and then return to my car.  It would be great if you guys could suggest the easiest trail, and not the gravel road, so she can get see why I leave for 7 hours on the weekend to ride.

She has a hybrid Giant that she will be riding out there so anything too rough and she'll be walking. Whatever you guys think would be the best beginner trail, we'll give it a try.


 on: October 04, 2015, 08:23:59 PM 
Started by jmnicebike - Last post by jmnicebike
Thanks to every parent, friend and rider who showed up with a child, rode or helped sheperd the group.  I think we had about 80 people this year and every crumb of food was consumed!

 on: October 02, 2015, 11:48:57 AM 
Started by Red Snail Racing - Last post by snoboarder77
excellent, Jerry.  great thinking!

 on: October 02, 2015, 08:49:41 AM 
Started by Red Snail Racing - Last post by Red Snail Racing
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.

 on: September 30, 2015, 02:06:56 PM 
Started by Bikebot6000 - Last post by Bikebot6000
Ok folks, Im currently in the depths of adding our trails to MTB Project. Grabbing GPS tracks and writing trail descriptions are no problem. What Im lacking are photos of people actually riding trails and this is where you can help. Heres what Im looking for in the photos:

A person or persons, on their bike(s), riding on a trail.
Photo location should be either a scenic or interesting feature on the trail. Example: the Stone House, one of the creek crossings, a gnarly rooty climb, One Day switchback berms, Bloodshed doorway drop, etc.
Photo would ideally have the GPS coordinates embedded in the file (most cell phones will automatically do this). If theyre not, Ill have to try and place it on the map.
 Ill need the names of who is in the photo, the trail name, and possibly the location on the trail.

Im currently working on everything east of Wolf Road, closest to MLE. My immediate and specific photo needs are (but not limited to):
Trail entrance at each end of each trail.
Cemetery Hill, 3-way intersection
Cemetery Hill, rooty technical climb
MLE, low tabletop
Hickory Smoked, armored water crossing
Hickory Smoked, that super rooty section
Bullwhip, armored waterbar at northern section
Bullwhip, panoramic showing where the trail cuts by the parking lot.
Bullwhip, new berm and waterbar section above parking lot.

Ill try to make sure you get a credit or mention for the photo. Please keep in mind that I wont be able to use every photo that gets sent to me, so please dont be offended if your's doesnt get selected.  Ill setup a dropbox account for the photos later today. Thanks ahead of time for your help!

Edited below: ______________________________________________

Those with a Google login can easily drop the photos into my folder here:

If you're having trouble accessing the folder, email the photo(s):

Please include name of person, trail name and trail location in the photo filename.

 on: September 28, 2015, 01:29:55 PM 
Started by Red Snail Racing - Last post by Red Snail Racing
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

 on: September 28, 2015, 11:53:50 AM 
Started by AerixJ - Last post by I pick bad lines
I'd suggest starting with 32x18 on a 26er at SWK. Get used to it & go from there. I think I was running 32x17before I switched to a 29er.

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