“Respect your local trail builders and be a good steward of the physical environment. Keep singletrack single by staying on the trail. Practice Leave No Trace principles. Do not ride muddy trails because it causes rutting, widening and maintenance headaches. Ride through standing water, not around it. Ride (or walk) technical features, not around them.” https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail
So many great articles have been written about why it is important to “Respect the landscape”. In some places like the Pacific Northwest or the UK you can ride the trail just after a rain because the soil types drain fast and when ridden in wet conditions does not stick to the tires and create ruts. You have heard this term many times and may not be familiar with why “ruts” are so damaging. To understand this, we need to become familiar with the soil types that make up our local trails in Bexar county. The Bexar County region is made up of three soil types: Edwards Plateau in Northern Bexar County, Blackland Prairie in Central Bexar County, and Post Oak/Claypan in the Southern region of Bexar County.
Please take time to read the Rivard Report article about the trail signs being installed by South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from REI through the San Antonio Parks Foundation. Friends of McAllister Park had the vision for trail signs. STORM is celebrating it’s 25th year of mountain bike and trail advocacy and this project epitomizes the work STORM does for the community.
South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing thousands of area mountain bikers in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Founded in 1993 by a group of San Antonio mountain-bike enthusiasts, STORM is committed to environmentally conscious mountain biking and trail building, facilitating recreational trail cycling, educating about the sport of mountain biking, maintaining local trails, and advocating for increased multi-user trail access. As the oldest and leading mountain bike advocacy organization in San Antonio and surrounding areas, STORM is first and foremost an organization by and for mountain bike riders. Continue reading “STORM”