Friday, October 26, 2007

Winter riding tips

The snow is coming and the trails will soon be ready to ride, winter style! At special trails events over the past couple of years, we've shared some tips that can make winter riding more fun while building better relations with other user groups.

If you're new to winter riding, or if you just want a refresher course before hitting the trails again, our tips are below. Get out there and have a good time.

1. Be Prepared
Dress for the conditions and carry an extra layer.
Carry an extra tube, a pump and tools.

2. Ride Multi-Use Trails
Winter biking is prohibited
on ski-only and dog mushing trails.

3. Be Courteous
Yield the trail to other users and signal to pass.

4. Fuel Up
Carry high-energy food and water.

5. If In Doubt, Let Air Out
If your tires dig into the snow,
the trail is too soft to ride on,
or you have too much pressure in your tires.

6. Avoid Freshly Groomed Trails
Freshly groomed snow takes several hours to set-up.
Refrain from riding until the trail surface is firm.

7. Stud Your Shoes
Insert sheet-metal screws into the sole
of each shoe for more secure footing.

8. Wider Wheels = Easier Riding
Fat tires improve flotation.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Another step forward

The National Park Service—Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program has announced that it will be providing technical assistance to Singletrack Advocates for the 2008 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008).

RTCA will assist with navigating the planning, permitting and public process; converting ideas into action; providing sustainable trail design and construction options and alternatives; producing GPS and GIS trail and resource maps; locating additional funding sources and opportunities.

This will go a long way toward making the Hillside Singletrack Trail System a reality!