If you have never ridden your mountain bike on the trails after dark, you should make a point of trying it this year. Fall is one of the best times of the year to mountain bike and riding under the stars on a warm fall evening can be an experience you won’t forget.
With the lighting options available now days, mountain biking at night can be just about as easy as riding during the day. Don’t let the idea scare you off. Modern bike lights really cast a bright light and with a proper setup, you will find night riding quite enjoyable.
Most folks borrow lights for their first time or two to ensure they enjoy it before investing in a good light setup. If you only have 1 light, generally you will want to opt for a helmet mounted light so the light follows where your head is pointing in the corners. Adding a 2nd light to your handlebars fills in with extra light and reduces shadows which improves depth perception.
LED technology improvements mean you can find good quality lights with a fairly light battery pack and good run time for under $100.
Thursday ride – Unless the trails are wet, we meet every Thursday for a group ride. The “Hot Lap” starts at 5:30-ish and the “Social lap” starts at 6:30. We meet at the Power line parking lot, just before the Lower Quarry lot at the end of the road.
The “Hot Lap” is a very low key race pace lap. You pick the lap you want to ride and go all out! If you want, we will keep track of your time so you can see if you are getting faster through the summer months.
Saturday trail work – We normally meet every Saturday morning at 9:00 to work on the trails. We’d love to have you join us. Just contact one of us if you are looking to attend to ensure we are working that week and to find out where to meet.
Please remember that the trails need additional time to dry out after a rain this time of year. Until the ground fully dries out, it can take up to 2 days after a rain before the trails are ready. If you are out for a ride and your tires are picking up dirt, give the single track the day off and ride the green trail instead.
Note that there have been a few minor changes to trails to route around ski trail work. Be sure you ride with caution the first time around.
Did you know the trails on Sorin’s Bluff (Memorial Park) are almost entirely built and maintained by volunteers ? These folks are busy, just like everyone else, but they set aside a little bit of time to help make the trails possible. If you can find time to ride, you can find time to invest in the future of the trails. A good rule of thumb is for every 10 hours you spend riding the trails, consider spending at least 1 hour giving back. You can do that, right ?
How do you get involved ? First, join the bike club or make a donation. By joining, you are investing in us and the work we do to maintain the bike trails.
Second, invest some time to help the club achieve it’s goals. Help with trail work, work one of our events, help us raise money for trail improvement projects, etc. See our calendar link for trail work dates and times.
Click on the contact link on this web site to find out what you can do to get involved and become one of the many volunteers that are stewards of the trails, not just users of the trails.