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GBNEMBA Kids Rides

Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Get Kids on Bikes!

GBNEMBA presents the 2017 Kids MTB Ride Series.

Mountain Biking is a GREAT way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have a ton of fun and enjoy being outside!

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15 who can ride without training wheels. Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels. 
 

No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.


NEMBA KIDS RIDE SERIES 2017 SCHEDULE

  • May 6 - Kona GBNEMBA Ride at Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • June 10 - LandLocked Forest (Burlington), Parking at Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • July 16 - 4th Annual Ice-cream ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Aug 19 - Beaver Brook North, Belmont
  • Sept 10 - Kona MVNEMBA Ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Sept 24 -  Ride and post Ice-Cream at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
  • Oct 7 - National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • Nov 26 - Toys for Tots Ride, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham

These rides allow children and teens to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness. In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users. The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed. Parents are welcome on the ride but not required. Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride. All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals. Snacks will be provided! Read more about [node:title]

GBNEMBA PYT Rides

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is a "PYT" ride??? PYT stands for Practice Your Technique. It is a ride where we go out and practice our technique or skills. It will usually start with a short talk about what we know and what we want to learn and then go for bit of a warmup ride and then we'll find a couple places to try skills such as skinnies or log rolls/hops and practice them until we are more comfortable. This ride is great for beginner mountain bikers or even experienced riders. Come out and learn something new or get better at something you are rusty on - and maybe meet some fellow riders to ride with in the future.

Who can go?
These rides are open to anyone who is interested in a fun evening ride, as well as current and prospective NEMBA members. All riders must be fit enough to handle strenuous activity for about 1.5-2 hours. Riders should bring a serviceable mountain bike, be over 18, have water and must wear a helmet. Remember that mountain biking may be an exhilarating sport, but it is also dangerous. Know your limits and don't take unnecessary chances. NEMBA assumes no liability...

So what's the ride like?
What you will first notice is our volunteer Ride Guidesrideguides, who break off with small groups of riders with similar skills and pace and lead a fun and appropriate ride through the woods. We always need more Ride Guides, so if you know your way around and would like to volunteer, let us know.

We also use sweepers who are generally used to riding with certain leaders and know their routes. We always need sweepers, too, so if you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is the teamwork between these two folks that keeps a group together and having fun.

Some ride leaders also use a clever method to keep a group together and moving at the same time. It is a technique borrowed from the good folks at VORBA and entails having the first rider behind the leader stop at a trail intersection to wave the rest of the riders through until he or she sees the sweeper and is only then able to resume riding.

Best practices include:
  • Stay on legal trails
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly
  • Slow down to about the same speed of walkers when you pass them.

Rain Policy
If it is cloudy, threatening, misty, sprinkling - we ride. If there has been heavy rain within 24 hours of the ride - we cancel...but check the website to be sure! We’ll try to post on the GBNEMBA Facebook Rides page and NEMBA Forum as well.

More info on the PYT Rides Here

Merrimack Valley NEMBA by GratefulTread Tuesday Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 07 2021 .
3/23/21 6:00pm

Our Tuesday evening “Pedal to the Metal" ride is aimed at maxing out the fun factor while not being overly technical.
We try to get in about 10 miles and have it last around 2 hours.

We ride at Russell Mill in Chelmsford and the Billerica State Forest .

Contact me for more details. David Zizza   

The pace and terrain generally less mellow than our Thursday ride and we will finish after dark. So bring lights. Feel free to join us!

Please let the ride leader know that you're coming or for directions. On the rare occasion that no one RSVPs, or in case of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled.

Until further notice this ride will start at 6:00 PM.  Please try to get there early so we can get off on time.

Save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Zizza
Phone or text to 617-543-3971

GBNEMBA Social Rides

Friday, April 11, 2014

What are the GBNEMBA Wednesday and Thursday Night Social Rides?

These are all levels rides. There will be at minimum an advanced and a mellower group going out each week. If we have enough volunteer ride leaders, there may be an intermediate or other groups. Advanced and intermediate riders should know their own abilities. Experienced novice riders are welcome on the mellower ride. It's a great way to get out and meet fellow riders, learn about a great riding area and a great organization, and get in a good workout during the middle of the week.

When and Where?

For the 2016 season we will be hosting rides at BOTH Fells and Landlocked Forest.

Fells: Meet at the Bear Hill parking lot.

Landlocked Forest in Burlington/Lexington/Bedford. The ride starts from the Estabrook School in Lexington - please DO NOT park at the powerlines for the Thursday night ride.

Keep an eye on our chapter page - www.nemba.org/gbnemba - we will only be posting cancelations - assume the rides are ON if nothing is posted.

Who can go?
These rides are open to anyone who is interested in a fun evening ride, as well as current and prospective NEMBA members. All riders must be fit enough to handle strenuous activity for about 1.5-2 hours. Riders should bring a serviceable mountain bike, be over 18, have water and must wear a helmet. Remember that mountain biking may be an exhilarating sport, but it is also dangerous. Know your limits and don't take unnecessary chances. NEMBA assumes no liability and all participants must sign a waiver.

So what's the ride like?
What you will first notice is our volunteer Ride Guides, who break off with small groups of riders with similar skills and pace and lead a fun and appropriate ride through the woods. We always need more Ride Guides, so if you know your way around the LLF and would like to volunteer, let us know.

We also use sweepers who are generally used to riding with certain leaders and know their routes. We always need sweepers, too, so if you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is the teamwork between these two folks that keeps a group together and having fun.

The ride itself depends on the ride leader, but typical terrain at LLF in the is fun, swoopy singletrack. There are hills, but mostly short and usually somewhat steep. There are no long grinding climbs. Most of the terrain is suitable to novice and intermediate riders. Expert riders will only be challenged by distance and pace.

Terrain at the Fells is a mix of single- and double-track, some swoopy but a fair amount of rocky/rooty technical bits. Riders will tend to be more challenged than at LLF.

Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!
Rain Policy
If it is cloudy, threatening, misty, sprinkling - we ride. If it is pouring down rain or lightning - we cancel...but check the GBNEMBA chapter page to be sure - we will only post cancelations, assume the ride is ON if nothing is posted! We’ll do our best to update Facebook, NEMBA Forums as well.

See you out there! Any questions, email Maciej

GBNEMBA 2014 Weekly Ride Series

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The riding around Boston is just starting to come online as we warm up and dry out and its going to be great! For 2014, GBNEMBA is expanding the weekliy rides available to you based on your feedback. So here you go!

  1. Monday Night Beginner/Novices ride at Beaver Brook North on Lexington/Waltham. This series is aimed at *new* MTB'rs with little or no experience riding singletrack.
  2. Monday Night PYT at Russell Mills in Chelmsford. This year, we're continuing the partnership with our MVNEMBA brethren and continue our Practice Your Technique skill-building rides at the pump track and on the trails. Special post-ride bonus will be food graciously provided by the awesome folks at JRA Cycles!
  3. Wednesday Night Social Ride at the Fells. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  4. Thursday Night Social Ride at the Landlocked Forest. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  5. Ride Like a Girl! Back in its 4th season, this amazing women-only progressive skill building series will be kicking off in May and continue monthly through October. Pre-registration and NEMBA membership required.
  6. Sunday Grom Rides - coming back this year rides tailored to building MTB skills and tiring out your 13-18 year old groms! There will be a series of 5 of these in May and June and will be at 5 different great riding locations (Russell Mills, Harold Parker, Landlocked Forest, Vietnam, Georgetown)
  7. Kids Rides - also back this year, these awesome rides for any kids/young teens (and moms & dads, too!) will be monthly in May, June, July, Augist and October.
All of the adult rides start time is 6:00pm and rides go out by 6:15pm. Please be prompt and ready to go. All rides require helmets. Rain policy: drizzle/passing showers/light rain wont cancel the ride. Steady rain and/or thunder & lighting will cancel. Assume all rides are ON - we will only post if a ride is canceled. Cancelations will be posted on the GBNEMBA chapter page here at nemba.org and we will make every effort to post to Facebook, forums, etc. Available scheduled rides can be found at www.nemba.org/rides

Wachusett NEMBA Sunday Ride at Leominster SF

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Sep 26 2021 .
4/4/21 9:00am

Wachuset NEMBA LSF Sunday Ride

Leominster State Forest hosts one of the most varied and interesting trail systems in the State.  Join us for a fun though a bit challenging no-drop ride. 

Please contact me for directions, starting times and to let me know that you're coming.

Oh! And why nor save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Ride Waiver ahead of time. But you only have to sign it once.

We meet at 71 Rocky Pond Road in Princeton.  

Please try to get there before 9:00 AM so that we can get ther ride off on time.

Questions?  Contact me with the info below. Read more about [node:title]

Location

Leominster State Forest

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jim Wrightson
978-852-4800

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Hale, Westwood

80 Carby St
Westwood  Massachusetts  02090
United States

781-326-1770

Easy

30%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

30%

Description

Hale is a "living Laboratory" for the thousands of students and visitors that enjoy its remote woodlands every year. Hale hosts 4 lakes and more than 20 miles of trails. The trails here are fun to ride and interesting enough to keep you coming back for more.

Hale is a private, non-profit education organization that manages 1,137 acres in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts.  Maps and routes can be found at https://www.trailforks.com/region/hale-reservation/

Hale has generously kept the trails within their reservation open to mountain biking.  There is a tremendous variety of easy double track and intermediate single track throughout the reservation.  Most riders park at the Cat Rock Parking Lot and start their rides from there.  There are lots of kids, hikers, and dog walkers in the park.  Please respect the shared use of this reservation. 

Any rider that is looking for tech just need to take any number of small singletracks off the main trails and they will hit some of the most challenging technical trails in Southeast Massachusetts.  Many of the trails traverse the day camps at the beaches, rope courses and lodges throughout the park.  Please give active participants the room they need to continue their activities. 

From Hale, the rider can connect to any number of different riding areas.  Satan’s Kingdom is on the border of the area known as Sen Ki just south of Hartford Street.  This area offers a 2-mile technical loop for the most accomplished riders and is well worth the trip if you like that sort of thing.  Another notable technical singletrack is the trail called the Strawberry Hill Singletrack (not to be confused with the Strawberry Hill Trail).  This 1 mile long technical trail offers challenges along the entire trail.  At the completion of the trail, the rider will either love the challenges and turn around and head back for more, or humbly head to other areas of the park.  On the northeast corner of the park is one of my favorite trails called Big Sucker.  This trail starts out on the powerlines then dumps into the woods about a quarter mile from the start.  Just in the woods it splits providing a left and right option.  I prefer to go left as it offers more trail and a variety of challenges for the rider.  This is a tough trail to navigate cleanly, but it doesn’t include the terrifying drops and rollers that the rider will find at Satan’s Kingdom.

Noanet Woodlands shares the western border with Hale and provides lots of easy carriage trails and a few flowy singletrack.  Just to the southeast of Noanet, connected by public easement trails, is Rocky Woods and the Fork Factory Brook area where the rider will find a large variety of fun trails to explore.  For the adventurous, the rider can connect Adam’s Farm from Fork Factory Brook for a long 20-mile ride or head over to Needham Town Forest to the north of Hale Reservation and continue to be challenged with lots of technical trails.  Both Adam’s Farm and Needham town forest can be connected with not much more than a mile of paved roads. 

Trailforks has added a large number of routes the rider can explore from the 2019 Turkey Afterburner Event.  Check out any of these routes that include small, 2-mile family loops to epic connector trails to the adjoining parks. 

ABOUT HALE:

Founded in 1918, its flagship programs include Hale Day Camp, Hale Summer Club, Education & Adventure Programs, Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures, and Intrepid Academy at Hale. Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.  For more information, go to www.hale1918.org

The trails at Hale seem almost contradictory. On the one hand you can cruise around on the marked loops and enjoy a peaceful, scenic, interemdaite level ride. Venture onto the many unmarked singletracks and you will subject yourself to some pretty extreme and dificult trails. 

I suggest bringing a copy of the map, and also the map for Noanet Woods since you may stray out of Hale and into it without realizing it.

Hale hosts a vast and growing network of trails that are open to the general public and to mountain bikers with the following exceptions:

All trails are closed from March 1st through April 30th. This is to prevent possible damage to fragile muddy trails in what is refered to at "mud season".

Mountain Biking is not permitted on any of the beaches while campers are using them. They are also not allowed on playing fields.

By Tom McKenna

 

 

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Rocky Woods, Medfield

20 Hartford St
Medfield  Massachusetts  02052
United States

508.785.0339

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Rocky Woods Reservation is located just a few miles from route 128 in Medfield Massachusetts. Directly across the street is Fork Factory Brook.

Rocky Woods is a Trustees of Reservations property. At 491 acres it quite large and hosts well over six miles of rolling woodland trails. There are very few singletracks in Rocky Woods. Most of its trails are well maintained jeep roads that climb and descend a couple of hills. Riding here is a non-technical experience. Perfect for a workout especially if you like to climb hills, Like Cedar Hill which at 435 feet offers you excellent views of the surounding area.

The Loop Trail around Chickering Pond, which starts right at the parking, lot is a good introduction to the reservation as it's mostly flat. It would be perfect trail for families with young kids on singlespeed bikes.

It will only take you a short ride to realize why the place is named Rocky Woods. You'll never see so many so many rock outcroppings in one place. Bring a camera. On one ride here I saw deer, turkey and a flock of ducks in one of the many ponds. One of the ponds, Echo Pond, is crossed by a boardwalk. While Chickering Pond has a nice picnic area. There is no swimming in any of Rocky's ponds.

Rocky Woods is a very pleasant place to ride. Not technical, but a workout. Remember those hills. I enjoy riding here, but for an entirely different experience cross Hartford Street and ride at Fork Factory Brook.

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Needham Town Forest

1360 Central Ave
Needham  Massachusetts  02492
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

30%

Description

Description:
The Needham Town Forest, sometimes known as the High Rock Town Forest, is a relatively small but trail dense area. It consists of more than 200 acres of mature woods with a few small ponds. There is one scenic overlook at the top of High Rock in the easternmost section of the forest. One degrading woods road runs through most of the forest and all of the singletracks lead off of it. The singletracks are fun. Not so technical that you'll have to get off your bike very often, but busy enough that you'll never be in danger of falling asleep as you ride. They wind all around the forest and interconnect in a random manner. This makes it impossible to ride all of the forest's trails without doing at least a few trail repeats. In all there are about 9 miles of good singletrack trails in the forest. The old road that I mentioned is about a mile long. On the southern end of the forest you’ll find Camp Nehoiden a large area that has its own trails. There's also a connecting trail to Needham's Farley Pond conservation area.

Years ago the town of Needham asked NEMBA to lay out some trails on this parcel. NEMBA did and the trails are still there. Though, over the years, they have since been joined by many new additions. The Needham Town Forest was the site of two old Boston Cup mountain bike races. Today the trails are maintained by the town and a host of volunteers.

Some very technical and fun singletracks have sprouted up in recent years, making good use of rock faces and other technical challenges.  It's now possible to do an extended ride solely on tight, twisty, challenging singletracks.  However, definitely look before you ride some of these features, as some are extremely challenging. These trails are currently unblazed.

Some of the forest's trails are marked with tiny birdhouses the roofs of which are colored green, red, yellow, blue or white to indicate which trail you're on. There are also colored blazes on many trees that supplement the birdhouses. A map of the forest is located on the signboard at the parking area and copies are available at the Needham Town Hall.

One trail takes you by a wooden train trestle – Not yet on the Scenic Register of Historic Sites, still, it’s probably the most unusual and tallest one that you'll see in Massachusetts.All levels of riders can ride most of the park's trails. Though a few will require some advanced singletrack skills. Riding in the Needham Town Forest is a blast. You can link together the forest's trails to make an almost unending variety of rides. And given the lack of long hills, this is one of those areas where you can ride the trails in both directions and enjoy yourself just as much.

On my last visit I challenged myself by turning left on the first trail (red markings) leading off the dirt road at the parking lot. I continued taking left turns, riding out to neighborhead trailheads in many cases, until I found myself once again on the red trail back at the same place. This perimeter loop was 4.5 miles long. But there were many, many trails that I didn’t explore. Diving back into the forest I rode for the rest of the afternoon, occasionally finding myself on familiar trails, but not able to ride them all.

Stick to the singletracks and you’ll have a good, though mostly moderate, technical ride. Stick to the fireroads and you’ll have found the perfect place to introduce a new rider or youngster to mountain biking.

My guess is that if you ride here once, that you'll be back.

Directions:
From the north or south on Rte. 128 / 95: Take exit 17 and follow route 135 through Needham Center. Immediately after the center turn left on Marked Tree Road and follow it through a few intersections until you come to a "T" intersection on Central Avenue. Turn left, go 100 yards and turn left into the Needham Town Forest parking area. (A dirt road.)

Cautions:
Many of the forest's trails lead into people's back yards. Respect property rights by not trespassing. Stay off the trails when they're muddy.

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