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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Beginner women's trail ride this monday

BASIC WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE!  
Monday night, March 3rd, at 5pm. 
Meet at Blue Heron Middle School parking lot.

Please remember your lights, proper clothing for the weather, and food/water. 

We'll slowly pedal a short (~45 min) loop in Cappy's Trails.

Contact The Broken Spoke if you need any gear (ie bike, light, etc) to borrow. All females encouraged to attend. Tell your friends.
See you there.

Monday, February 24, 2014

IMBA- Rules of the Trail

photo credit from IMBA site

Rules of the Trail

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.
  1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness .

  2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

  3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

  4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

  5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

  6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Special Women's event on Monday March 3rd

BASIC WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE!  
Monday night, March 3rd, at 5pm. 
Meet at Blue Heron Middle School parking lot.
Please remember your lights, proper clothing for the weather, and food/water. 

We'll slowly pedal a short (45 min) loop in Cappy's Trails.

If you've been wanting to join us but haven't committed... tonight's your night! All females encouraged to attend. Tell your friends.
Not planning on a snowy day- but really- with the right gear and good company, riding is fun!!


To finish, a fun article from Kat Sweet, from last fall, http://outdoorsnw.com/2013/mountain-biking-is-growing-among-women-and-girls/