Monday, March 22, 2010

Trail Conditions 3/22/10

The trails right now are following the beer can effect. They freeze or get really cold at night, like a beer can in the fridge. In the morning they are still cold and are great to ride, or drink depending on weather you are talking about the trails or the beer can. As the day or beer can warms by the sun they start to get really wet and sweat, still ok for drinking but not so good for riding. As the day goes on the sun dries the trails and makes them very good for riding, not so good for the beer can unfortunately.

So what I am trying to say is the trails are great in the morning until probably 9 or so, then they start to get really muddy. They dry up in most places in the late afternoon, by about 3 or so. If you come across sections that are really muddy, get off your bike and walk off the trail around them. Try and stay on the high sides of the trails so you can help bench them in, instead of riding the low side and causing the need for shoring.

Each day will be different than the next depending on how cold it gets at night and how warm it gets during the day. Each trail is also different depending on how much direct sunlight it gets during the day. Use common sense and you will have a great time.

Remember sweaty beer cans are cool, rutted out trails are not.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Get out and ride!

The trails are good for riding, ALL OF THEM! I was able to get out this morning and ride the whole system in my 2+ hour ride. Riding definately isn't at it's easiest right now with many mud boggs out there and the riding can be quite laboring right now but what do you expect in Iowa in the spring. Van Pennen, Dunnings, and Palisades are all good and rideable if you are willing to suffer through some slow sections. Get out and ride and help buff out the winter animal destruction that leaves you bouncing out of you gourd at times. This snow that is falling out my window right now shouldn't cause to much as far as ride ability. Have Fun!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March Meeting Minutes

Decorah Human Powered Trails

Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 2nd, 2010

Event Date Changes

  • Dirt Burger- Now June 12-13th,2010
  • Summer Sizzler- Now August 21st, 2010

Decorah Time Trials 2010

  • Packets are out. Email sent to past years participants.
  • Packets were sent to regional bike shops, Frostbike, and 1st series race of IMBCS
  • Explore Decorah is linked on Time Trials Event Page at
    • Provides Maps and Directions. Work in Progress.
  • If you would like to volunteer or know of volunteers please email:
  • Brainstorming on Race Course!
  • Sponsorship Board
    • T-shirts this year, possibilities of other options following years


  • Monthly Work Days
    • Split Park into 4 sections (Van Peenen, Palisades, Dunnings, and River Trail)
    • Group Leaders
      • Van Peenen- Jesse
      • Palisades- Doug
      • Dunnings- Trevor
      • River Trail- Deke
    • Group Leaders will choose dates for trail work in assigned section and will be sending out emails or ask for volunteers for trail work group.
    • Volunteers wanted for Trail Groups- If interested and willing please email:

Palisades Trail Project

  • Lee has route mapped out and ready to be built
  • Work day to be determined

Mountain Bike Kickoff Day

  • Corresponding w/ Palisades Trail Project
  • Day to kickoff new year of work and riding on Decorah Trails
  • Grill out, trail work, and social time!

Tool Purchases for Year

  • Focus on purchasing hand tools

Nordic Fest Float

  • Discussion of the possibility of group entering float

Agenda Next Month (April 2010)

  • Volunteers for Trail Groups
  • Time Trials
    • Course Setup
    • Volunteers List
    • Route Selection
    • Sponsorship Board!!!!!!!!
  • Nordic Fest Float
  • Alternative Meeting Locations