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 on: December 08, 2018, 07:52:59 AM 
Started by emaxey - Last post by hog4hire
You'll get lots of opinions on this, but here's how I ride. I put away my regular trail bikes and pull out the fatty. It has studded Dillinger's. I've ridden on frozen lakes and completely iced over ski trails. Never a problem. I'm not fast to begin with, but I do reduce speed just because I like winter riding a lot. The number of cyclists drops way down this time of year and you can find great solitude.

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 on: December 07, 2018, 03:43:19 PM 
Started by emaxey - Last post by emaxey
Can anyone provide tips and tricks for winter trail enjoyment? Tires recommended (eg, studs)? What trails are ride-able what to watch out for. How does one avoid serious crashes what time is best. What is the winter riding population what is %peed reduction on snow in tight technical situations?

Thanks.

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 on: December 07, 2018, 03:37:27 PM 
Started by emaxey - Last post by emaxey
Some of us are new to winter riding and could use some more details in the condition reports. Also please use plain language because some slang terms are not universally understood. Thanks.

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 on: December 07, 2018, 09:39:31 AM 
Started by elvinc - Last post by elvinc
Thanks Dave. Appreciate the inside update and I know the process is long for trail approval (seen it since the TURF days).

Figured planning needs to be strategic, but I haven't been able to get to annual/board meetings (long drive from Rogers Park) to see whether a green/beginner trail at the core was part of future strategy or not.

Trail expansion and improvements have been great accomplishments by CAMBr -  Old friends who have moved away before this CAMBr second era of progress would find it hard to recognize the trails we ride today.

-elvin-

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 on: December 07, 2018, 06:03:43 AM 
Started by elvinc - Last post by drbell
That's a great idea to have a true beginner loop running from the staging area, but the issue is getting any trail approved with the Forest Preserve is a long, long process. They are very sensitive to any new trail in the Palos area and any we get must be approved by not only their trail people, but their ecological team which are very protective of special local plants, etc. Right now, we're going to stay focused on the MLE/Burrito connector as that is important to completing a loop at Palos. However over time I can see continuing to improve the staging area with the Pavilion, beginner loop and maybe a skills park like they have at Muir. Thanks for the suggestion.

Dave Bell

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 on: December 07, 2018, 12:08:41 AM 
Started by elvinc - Last post by elvinc
Would there be any plans to consider a beginners/kids single track loop from the staging area?

Normally one would say, that's what Hickory Smoked is for with a paved return to the end of the parking lot. But for whatever reason my 6 y.o. daughter would ride the John Muir brown loop and the Marquette kids loop but finds Hickory Smoked to be too much. (She does love the entry to Cemetery.)

What we wind up doing right now instead is parking at Pulaski and riding to Pipeline and around the old research grounds. Not quite singletrack, but not just widetrack either. And not a connect to the staging area.

I know that flagging for the new connector to Burrito Hill end has started/will start. Plans are probably set...so maybe there's no room for consideration here.  Is it good trail system design to have a trail that is relatively green to connect to the widetrack, before transitioning to intermediate/advanced at Burrito?

If that's not possible, there's a lot of room it seems (I'm looking at my Meltdown mapdana) between Long John Slough and Bullwhip/Hickory Smoked , to squeeze in a family/kids loop in there and include a connector to the widetrack.

Looking at MTBproject - most everything but the widetrack in Palos is graded green/blue. Can fun green singletrack be built? I'd say Marquette's Grom loop made it fun for my daughter and me. This would be the missing green core at the staging area to complement the existing surrounding green/blue trails moving out to the solid blue of Psycho Path to Burrito, and black at XX.

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 on: December 05, 2018, 07:55:04 PM 
Started by Donny deCAMBr - Last post by Donny deCAMBr
The weather conditions aren't looking to be too promising for us to burn, so instead we'll be continuing our ongoing endeavor of removing invasive brush! All necessary tools will be provided by CAMBr as well as lunch for all the trail workers at the end of all trail work.  Meet by the silo parking lot off Rt. 31...

Hope to see you there!

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 on: November 30, 2018, 01:49:56 PM 
Started by Donny deCAMBr - Last post by davocal1
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 on: November 30, 2018, 06:50:29 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by drbell
Snow wouldn't be an issue, but rain and cold will be. Forecast for Sat is 100% and 37F so we're canceling for Sat, and we'll see what it looks like for Sun. Keep an eye on website and Facebook.

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 on: November 29, 2018, 11:36:00 AM 
Started by drbell - Last post by davocal1
Hello. I assume this is still on even with snow on the trail? Forgive me. This is going to be my first time blazing trails...and it's about damn time!

Tim

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