It’s been a couple of years since we’ve able to ride the Hayes Arboretum Mountain Bike Trails, so this write up is just to get everyone up to speed on how to ride the trails and to prepare yourself. The Red Trail was built and several sections added to the other trails last year, so they are not completely packed down. This combined with the warmer-than-normal weather has made it difficult to have a lot of riding time this winter.
Basically, if it’s above freezing don’t ride the trails, as they will be too muddy to ride without damaging them. Do the volunteers a favor and follow this rule. You can see the status of the trails on the home page of this website any time.
Riding gear is, of course, very important. Wear thermal underwear, Neoprene gloves and shoe covers; if you have some (they’re about $15).
Keep hydrated! Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that your not sweating and losing water. Remember to bring water. If it’s really cold, I recommend using a Camel Bak or something similar.
Other great articles regarding winter riding: