- Be The Solution
Resolve to Solve in 2013 How many of you have New Year’s
Resolutions that you are hoping to keep? There is one you can make
and keep, guaranteed. It will help you, the mountain bike community,
and the trail community at large. Ready? Slow down when passing
How many things in life can you do that actually solve a problem?
On our trails, the one justifiable complaint about mountain bikers
is that they sometimes go too fast when passing others, which can
be scary and upsetting, even to other cyclists. So all you have
to do is slow down when passing, and you SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
Slowing down while passing others on our shared-use trails is
a pure win-win proposition. The people who you pass feel good about
mountain bikers. WIN! You feel good because you didn’t scare anyone,
and everyone has a pleasant exchange. WIN!
Here’s a suggestion: Treat others you are passing on the trail
as if you are holding the door open for them. That brief pause is
a show of consideration, courtesy, and humanity that will come back
to you and the mountain bike community in many positive ways.
It’s up to you. Would you rather finish your ride knowing you
did something positive for mountain bikers and trails users, or
that you made it worse for yourself and the mountain bike community?
You CAN make a difference. And all it takes is slowing down when
passing other users!
Ride and Mingle on December
We’ve been getting a lot of interest in our Ride And Mingle. There has
also been some confusion as to where to to ride in from and where to
meet. First, there are several locations you can ride to The Hub from,
such as Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park; Caballero Canyon (Reseda
Blvd.) or at the top of Reseda Blvd.; Westridge Fireroad from Brentwood
(please note that Sullivan Canyon is closed to the public until the end
of December, see details). There are already a couple of
groups leaving from a couple of different locations posted on our Meetup
event, but the idea here is not to meet at one location, it
is to ride in from several locations and meet inside Topanga State Park
at The Hub. Stay tuned for more information, and see below for location
and map info.
In celebration of CORBA’s 25th Anniversary, on December
15 we will Ride up
to The Hub in Topanga State Park and Mingle for a photo opportunity to show
land managers and the trail user community that mountain bikers can and do
coexist on the trails. We are hoping for 250 (or more) riders. Save the date
and spread the word!
We’ll converge at The Hub (you have to ride in, what a concept!) 10am and around
10:30 we’ll take the group shot. We’ll then hand out cash prizes, with the top
cash amount being $1,000 and lesser amounts of $500 (2) and $100 (5). We’ll
also be having a 50/50 drawing, so bring $20 in cash and put it into the pot,
with the lucky winner getting half of whatever is collected and the other half
going to CORBA.
How do you get to (as in RIDE TO) The Hub? There are several trail head
locations you can start from. Reseda Blvd., Trippet Ranch,
Mulholland Drive (dirt) from the east (Encino) or west (Woodland Hills), Will
Rogers State Historic Park, Westridge Fireroad, and San Vicente Mountain Park
(Nike Site), to name a few. Check this map with all the trails and trailheads. The Hub is
marked with a blue dot and the letter "z." Even easier, download this map. The Hub and the major trailheads are circled. Print it and bring it with you so you don't get lost!
Now you can show your support by signing up for the Ride and
Mingle event on CORBA's
Meetup group! The benefits of using Meetup are described elsewhere
in this newsletter.
Editor's note: This event was originally scheduled for November
17th, but we had to postpone it because of the weather.
CORBA Using Meetup.com for Managing Events
CORBA has started using the facilities of Meetup.com to manage and publicize our events. You can get to our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/.
We plan to use this Meetup group for events like recreational rides,
trailwork days and fundraisers. Currently we are not planning to use it
for the monthly free basic skills clinic.
The first Meetup has already been added for the Ride and Mingle event on November 17th at Topanga State Park.
Group members (people who have joined CORBA’s Meetup group) will enjoy these capabilities:
- Recieve email notices of upcoming events
- See all your friends who have already RSVP’d (registered) for an event
- Once you have RSVP’d for an event, you’ll recieve an email reminder of the event a day or two beforehand
- You can change your RSVP at any time before the event starts
- You can make comments and ask questions about the event
- You can receive email copies of questions and comments on events you’ve shown an interest in (RSVP’d for or made a comment on)
- When an event is finished, you can make comments on how much you
enjoyed the event (hopefully a lot!) and you can upload your photos to
share with other participants
- You can make comments on your photos and those of others, and reply to others’ comments
- Tag yourself and your friends in the photos
Of course this is all free!
In order to join our Meetup group, go to http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/
and click on the “Join Us” button. Fill out the requested information
(it’s very short) and click on the “Submit” button at the bottom. If you
are already a Meetup member for another group, make sure you’re logged
in first so Meetup knows who you are.
Once you’ve joined us on Meetup, you won’t miss hearing about any of our fantastic activities!
25-Year Jerseys: Now in Stock at the CORBA Store!
CORBA’s 25th anniversary jerseys are now available at the CORBA store!
Celebrating 25 years of CORBA’s mountain biking and trails advocacy,
these attractive forest green and gold jerseys are availble in BMX and
club cut. Also, the 25-year anniversary socks have arrived. To round out
your wardrobe of support for CORBA, we still have some 25-year T-shirts
available. So go to the online CORBA store, order some new duds and show your friends you care about the future of mountain biking!
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you or
a new rider you know like to join us in October?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
CORBA’s Recreational Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
and Recent Trailwork
For many years, most trailwork has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch
after the event for volunteers who register
in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
Sullivan Canyon Winter 2012 Maintenance Completed
CORBA has learned that the pipeline maintenance that forced the closure
of Sullivan Canyon to the public is now completed. This means that you
may access the canyon, but please remember that the trail is used by all
types of users. Your courtesy and slowed speed around others is
We also learned that the concrete “mats” that have been laid over the
pipes have been covered with aggregate material so that the potential
hazards of riding (bicycles and horses) and walking on them is reduced.
The suggestion to cover the mats was made by Brentwood Hills Homeowners
Association members Eric Edmunds (runner) and Mike Leslie (mountain
Be The Solution
I agree with hikers. I agree that when a mountain biker goes
by me too close and too fast, it’s scary and unsettling. And they
don’t have to be going fast, just too fast for the conditions. If
a mountain biker goes by me at 15 mph on a fire road, no problem.
If a mountain biker goes by me at 15 mph on a singletrack trail
less than six inches from me, then I have a bit of a problem.
I agree with hikers right up to the point when they say all mountain
bikers should be banned from trails because some of them go too
fast around other users. See the remainder of this story on CORBA's
Free Mountain Biking
5 is the next skills clinic.
The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of
every month at Malibu Creek State Park.
Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor
adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your
control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster,
you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique.
Whether you're just getting into mountain biking or have been
riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction
to Mountain Biking skills class that is offered each month.
Check out our Skills Clinic
web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos
of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share
with your family and friends!
CORBA on Meetup, Twitter and Facebook
We have set up accounts with Twitter and Facebook to help keep people informed
of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join
our events on Meetup
us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb
and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.
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