Besides trail work, how else can I help?
- MWBA does weekday trail work too! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you would like to help move dirt on a weekday!
- Tell us how you can help! If you have a particular skill set or local business connections, feel free to connect us at email@example.com and we will be happy to chat!
- We are always looking for businesses to donate items to our trail work days and lunches! We also can use help with administrative items like posting flyers and spreading the work to your local bike shop via our Bike Shop Collective, and much more!
- Financial donations keep us going! Feel free to send in a donation to:
Mt. Wilson Bicycling Association
2335 E. Colorado Blvd, STE 115337
Pasadena, CA 91107
Don’t forget to include your name, postal address and email so that we can send you a thank you letter along with a tax write-off letter!
When is the next Pancake Breakfast?
Our next Pancake Breakfast will be in the Spring of 2016. We are currently on an 18 month cycle because flipping pancakes is hard work and we are still recovering from the last event.
What are the benefits of being a paid member of MWBA and IMBA?
The number one benefit is you are giving back to your community in a big way. Membership dues fund our tool purchases, trail work lunches, insurance costs, and countless other expenses that keep MWBA moving forward!
There are many other benefits available to MWBA-IMBA Members, like the Subaru VIP Program and Discounts and Deals from many supportive businesses. You can easily recoup your membership costs via the discounts available to you.
What is the â€œTrail Work to Rideâ€ program and do I really get a free shuttle ride if I do trail work?
Yes, to reward you for your hard work, Chris from SCOA is giving away shuttle rides. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which trail work day you will attend. Once we confirm your attendance, SCOA will count that towards a shuttle ride. Your first free shuttle ride requires 2 days. After that for every day you do trail work, you get 1 free shuttle ride.
Please make sure you read the fine print because there are some restrictions and we don’t want you to be surprised.
Does MWBA sanitize trails?
No, MWBA’s focus is on â€œsustainableâ€ trails. What does that mean? Sustainable trails are built to last and resist damage from heavy use, extreme weather and time. It does none of us any good when the trails are no longer useable because of damage. Sometimes this means moving rocks around to create better trail drainage to protect a trail from flash flooding. Our local trails remain dry for most of the year but experience torrential rains that can rut and washout trails quickly. MWBA works hard on repairs and focuses on long-term maintenance.
Can I just take a shovel on my own time and work on the trails?
We know your intentions are good; however, it’s not a smart idea. The Forest Service requires that an “Memorandum of Understanding” is signed and approved before you do any trail work in the forest. MWBA has a good working relationship with the USFS and we extend that to anyone who helps us.
MWBA has experienced trail workers to build sustainable trails and the USFS approves of our work. We love to teach volunteers sustainable techniques so your time is well spent. The USFS takes this serious and does not want just anyone out there doing trail work.
What is this â€œTrail Etiquetteâ€ I hear? Are there laws governing the trails?
Trail etiquette is essential to being a responsible trail user. The rule of thumb is based on the Yield principle. Mountain bikers yield to hikers. Respecting hikers’ safety is essential to reducing negative perceptions of mountain. Both Mountain bikers and hikers yield to Equestrians.
If you are traveling downhill on a mountain bike, you must yield to any trail users who are coming up hill. Use a bell on your bike, especially when riding downhill.
When you are near a horse, pull over to the side and let them pass or ask the rider if you may pass. Some horses are skittish and it’s important to communicate with the equestrian about passing safely.
Say â€œHello!â€ Be polite and courteous to everyone you encounter.
For more info, see our page on Trail Etiquette and Courtesy.
What is the impact of the San Gabriel Mountains becoming a National Monument?
Protected recreational use of the San Gabriel Mountains is part of the specific language in the new National Monument Proclamation. MWBA and CORBA worked hard last summer to ensure our user group was not forgotten. Mountain bikers are a part of the â€œUser Group Collectiveâ€ that will shape the language of the Land Management Plan, which will ultimately describe how the Forest Services will administrate National Monument.
Does MWBA have any social events?
Yeah we do! MWBA organizes Beer Nights throughout the year at a variety of local Craft Beer spots. It’s a great way to get to know each other, have fun, hook up with others for rides & learn about trail work.