rad getting, it’s a thing

*update:  Not only do our friends from Hall Bicycle Co. promote our mission for awesome trail experiences in your hometown via fun riding events, they put together a cool tee for sale at their location – 419 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Profits benefit LAMBA, get down there and get yourself one or more of these!
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Good Morning! Beaut of a day, hope you are getting out into local natural spaces.
If you are not already plugged into our Facebook group, might we suggest heading on over that-a-way for the more “social” side of our online presence – http://tinyurl.com/LAMBA-trails-rides
A few highlights below…
This week’s Ridetastic Wednesday will be with our friends from Hall Bicycle Company​ via the #sacfoxsingletrack, join us! More info. on the trail system here:
And while you’re out riding local #singletrack, why not show your support for the group who brings it to ya? Look good while sporting our latest rad getting gear – http://tinyurl.com/LAMBA-jersey
And as always, it doesn’t hurt to join LAMBA via https://www.IMBA.com/join
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If anyone wants to help with a little trail love on the #sacfoxsingletrack prior to Wednesday, get in touch with Ken Barker – knbrkr@gmail.com
See you on the trails!

September 11, 2016 · Ken · Comments Closed
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the… wait for it… mcleod

This shot of my favorite hand tool, the mcleod, in the flowerbed of my home kinda hit me yesterday.

the... wait for it... mcleod


I will admit there were a few beers involved, which is why I’m writing this now rather than during…

As an old friend and I threw back a few light beers and did maintenance work on LAMBA tools in the Iowa summer humidity, the sweat dripping in the sun adversity that goes hand in hand with utilizing such an implement reminded me of all the work that has gone into our community’s unlikely custody of solid mountain bike experiences.

LAMBA hand tools

As often occurs in the human condition, inspiration need be shared, this is my feeble attempt:

AAAThe worn, practically self-sharpened blade reminded me of our friend CG, who almost single-handedly (figure of speech as I’m sure he used more than one hand) and painstakingly carved the initial singletrack loop at Squaw Creek.





BBBThe reinforcing bolts reminded me of LAMBA founding board member, Rob Lanz, who spent many a night wrenching away in his garage to keep our equipment functioning, winterized, etc.






CCCThe painter’s masking tape reminded of one of our most recent events in Vinton, the distance between the tape is a simple / handy way to measure the width of the trail volunteers were creating.






DDDThe worn Vans stickers, an initial attempt to mark our tools for easy identification.




EEEThe updated LAMBA logo so vehemently debated over and graciously provided by Jason Clary of Cellar Door Creative gives us a much sexier way to label our equipment.





Topping out with duct tape attempting to retain the rubberized replacement handle grip on the end of this heavily used tool of trail building and maintenance.


Oh yeah, and the prairie flowers… a perfect metaphor for the conservation efforts led by our founding president, Rob Johnson. *LAMBA needs those passionate about conservation efforts to step in / up to help, now more than ever!

Not to focus solely on the past, FYI the city has been in touch about the installation of prairie in the sun exposed portions of Beverly and the Sac & Fox corridor. While this will affect our trails and result in extra work to keep them in shape, it will be an amazing opportunity for conservation and native flora to be reestablished, further beautifying the natural spaces we enjoy.

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Working to clean and eek more life out of the LAMBA hand tool library it was easy to fall into summer mode and my brain completely mixed up the days… thinking it was Tuesday, but in fact it was Wednesday and our crrent LAMBA folk and leadership were revitalizing the Wednesday night thing (a riding / social event held on Wednesdays as announced, for those who don’t know).

This brings me to the triangle of advocacy, or something like that, which is applicable to sustainable mtb clubs, IMBA chapters, communities all around; but that is a post for another time… So yeah, I missed out on a part of our local mountain bike experience (scene) but I was doing what I do, fulfilling my role; what’s yours? It takes a village or so they say, plug in!     -Ken

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August 4, 2016 · Ken · Comments Closed
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the MTB experience coming to Vinton

It’s a cool scenario:  folks from Vinton visit Cedar Rapids, ride Beverly Park singletrack, and ask the question “Why not in our hometown?”


Vinton friends “researching” local singletrack (July 2016)

To make a long story short – Vinton Parks & Rec. contacts LAMBA, your local IMBA chapter assists them with a plan, IMBA grants a trail care crew visit, and wallah… backyard trails in Vinton, Iowa.


Breaking out the topo maps for trail planning (winter 2015)

Ha, there’s a lot more to it than that! Our emerging mtb friends a bit to the north have some awesome ideas, a solid plan, a lot of work to do for it all to come to fruition, and are well on their way; stay tuned / plug in… https://twitter.com/VintonORC

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Americorps youth constructing a retaining wall (July 2016)

p.s. LAMBA’s ability to bring mtb experiences to our area is a direct result of the work of IMBA, and has continued to evolve due to our partnership with IMBA; bottom line – please support these awesome nonprofits by joining your local chapter! http://lambaonline.org/join-lamba/

Thanks for reading, see you on the trails



Corridor flagging (winter 2015)


Help with planning (Winter 2016)


Planning visit (Winter 2016)


Community connections (Winter 2016)


Community education i.e. “Better Living Through Trails” (July 2016)


Trail school (July 2016)


Trail building (July 2016)

August 1, 2016 · Ken · Comments Closed
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Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy – Take2 : Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy Mountain Bike Race

Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series
Beverly Park
37th Avenue and 21st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

8:00 AM -> Trail Run – 1 lap – $20 early bird/$30 same day*
9:50 AM -> Kids, Marathon, and Juniors Registration Closes
10:00 AM -> Kids Race – 1 short lap -FREE!
10:05 AM -> Marathon – 4 hours – $35 early bird/$45 same day*
10:10 AM -> Juniors – 1 lap – $20 early bird/$30 same day*
11:30 AM -> All Registration Closes
11:45 AM -> Cat 1 [Expert] – 4 laps – $25 early bird/$35 same day*
11:50 AM -> COMP – 3 laps – $25 early bird/$35 same day*
11:55 AM -> Cat 2 [Sport] – 2 laps – $25 early bird/$35 same day*
12:00 PM -> Cat 3 [Novice] – 1 lap – $25 early bird/$35 same day*

Register @ IMBCS.ORG or https://www.usacycling.org/register/2016-1554

*Above pricing does not include the USA Cycling (USAC) License Fees. See event website for details. Race distances subject to change based on course conditions.

For race updates, delays, or cancellations, visit us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinnAreaMTB/

NOT RIDING, BUT WANT TO BE INVOLVED? BE A VOLUNTEER! E-mail LAMBA07@GMAIL.COM and be a part of the crew for timing, registration, set-up, marshaling and more!

March 23, 2016 · Ken · Comments Closed
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Winter Conditions? What is the meaning of this!


Ah winter riding, such a conundrum when it comes to hitting the dirt. It’s not an exact science due to multiple factors (i.e. soil type, moisture content, grades, temperature, sun exposure, leaf cover, etc.) therefore black & white steadfast rules don’t really exist, it’s ultimately up to the best (and hopefully educated) judgment of each trail user. WinterConditions Do know this… if you’re leaving an impression on the trail more than a half inch deep, you are causing problems that will require volunteer time and attention; not cool. BeverlyRut People want to get out on the trails, a good thing! However, we address this problem every spring, throughout the “normal” riding season, and now in the winter… I could go on and on, but won’t. Instead, check out this regionally similar post with more details, it is one of the better / more accurate ones I’ve come across. And here is another from our FORC’n Quad Cities friends, who are awesome. Thank for reading and clicking every single link 🙂 Ken, the LAMBA guy who is really into trails


*edit / UPDATE:  Our friends to the south (ICORR) recently posted about Winter Conditions as well, very important as we enter the thaw – freeze cycles of spring… http://www.icorrmtb.org/?p=1455

December 8, 2015 · Ken · Comments Closed
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