Welcome to CRMB we are a wide range of riders from beginners to experience. We try our best to cater to every level of rider and leave no one behind and I mean no one. But with that said most of the trails in the North West are intermediate and above trails and require a certain fitness level to ride them. All rides will have a detailed description of what type of ride it is, and what level of experience is needed. Trust me when I say I was a beginner also at one time who was intimidated at my first meetup group ride at Sandy Ridge on my hardtail. The best way to gain experience it to ride more than once a month and a great place to do that for a beginner is Forest Park, Powell Butte and Lacamas Lake. If you can do ten miles at Powell Butte without being tired your are ready to try out a more challenging trail.
We currently have a couple sponsors so membership is free. We have a "chip in" option if you would like to donate it is totally voluntary. We are one of the busiest mountain bike groups in the NW with the most group rides happening all year around. Our ride leaders are very knowledgeable and experienced. So if mountain biking is your thing then you have come to the right place. Everyone is welcome to ride at their own level no pressure to take chances or be in a hurry this is not a race. I take my position seriously and expect the same from the rest of the ride leaders. You are welcome to become a ride leader and post your own rides. If this interest you email me and we can discuss this. We require a facial photo in your profile for safety so you can recognize other riders when showing up for a ride.
If you commit or RSVP to a ride please show up or cancel. Meetup.com has a great phone app to help you with this please download it, its extremely handy. You must respect all members period! We do not tolerate rude disrespectful people. When you show up to rides please bring the necessary stuff/equipment, water, bike tools and extra tube, master link, tire pump, patch kit, hydration pack, tire irons, wet wipes. proper safety and riding gear, energy snacks, and most of all be 99% ready to ride. Please do not have other plans, weddings birthdays, hot dates, or other agendas and show up to ride. Nothing is more disrespectful then to show up and be in a hurry and create a bad vibe.
PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT CAREFULLY YOU NEED TO HAVE A HELMET GLOVES GLASSES AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KNEE AND ELBOW PADS. A HYDRATION PACK IS REQUIRED WITH THE ABILITY TO STORE AT LEAST 2 LITERS OF WATER, IN IT YOU MUST HAVE A PUMP, SPARE TUBE, MULTI TOOL WITH CHAIN BREAK, PATCH KIT, A MASTER LINK, SIDE WALL TIRE PATCHES, TIRE IRONS, SMALL FIRST AID KIT IF YOU DON'T OWN THESE ITEMS DO NOT COME ON ANY RIDES THESE ITEMS WILL SAVE YOU AND ME OF A LOT OF HEART ACHE.
Riders always ask me what is considered a beginner? My answer is always the same. Mountain biking takes a lot of energy and a high fitness level is needed and uses your core a lot. You can always get off your bike walk around the scary tough obstacle or the trail section you don't feel like riding. But if you are out of energy on a 10-15 mile ride it can be dangerous especially when the sun starts going down and you now have to ride back and you are having a hard time controlling your bike. So with that said know your limits and abilities or ask questions before joining a ride that might be over your head, feel free to email me anytime. The key to having a good ride is coming prepared I to have left my socks and gloves at home.