Monday, January 26, 2015

Decorah's Park and Recreation Director Thank You to DHPT Volunteers!

Hi Kirk,

Could you please pass on the following thank you to DHPT members and volunteers that DHPT helped coordinate (like Luther CC?)?  I would be happy to provide hard copies of the newsletter for your next meeting if you want or prefer.  As I prepared an annual report for the council last week I was surprised to find out that 71% of the hours logged for the Decorah Parks System was by volunteers and part time workers.  Obviously we would not be able to offer what we do without everyone’s efforts, to that we are very grateful.   

DHPT volunteers,

On behalf of the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department, thank you for the trail work you have completed, the help and expertise you have provided the bike races and youth Mountain Biking program, the sponsors you have garnered to help finance the trail work as well as the planning and guidance to make a good trail system great.  We do not thank volunteers near enough and DHPT is no exception.   

Attached is the first ever Decorah Parks and Recreation Newsletter, which we have dedicated  to our volunteers, sponsors and supporters.  We would like to share the newsletter with everyone that has volunteered on a project that benefits the Decorah Parks System and in turn improves the high quality of life we enjoy in Decorah.  Thank you again for your efforts!

Andy Nimrod
Decorah Parks and Recreation Director

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thursday Night ride 1/15/15

Thursday is supposed to be a beautiful day and the trails should be really firm by evening.

Lets take advantage of the weather and have a group night ride.  The trails will be perfect for any bike, fat or not.

Lets meet at T-Bocks on Thursday evening.  Come early for a drink or 2, the train will roll out at 7:30 p.m.

Send me an email or text, if you plan to join in.



Saturday, January 10, 2015

News from Cuyuna!

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Agenda

January 2015 Meeting Agenda   ----  Decorah Human Powered Trails
Monday, January 6, 2014

7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Roll Call

Treasurer’s Report
$4,058.86 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$1,071.50 in the checkbook 

Reports of Officers, and Committees

Unfinished Business

1.     2015 Pugsley Worlds Dates?
Frostbike is Feb. 21-22
Levis Trow Race is Feb 28
Chequamegon Nationals is March 8th
Spring Break trip to N.C. is March 15th

2.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting Jan. 23-24, 2015

New Business


*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:
Saturday, April 25, 2015 --- Decorah Time Trials

Message from IMBA’s Michelle Barker:
Happy New Year fellow advocates and mountain bikers!

We are nearing the date of the 2015 Iowa Bicycle Summit, January 23-24 in Des Moines, IA. We will again have a 90 minute "Dirt" strand on Saturday afternoon. It is free and a great opportunity to hear the stories from advocates across the state, ask questions, build relationships, and generally spend time discussing Iowa mountain biking

I wanted to elicit some input from all of you prior to finalizing the schedule. Please take a few minutes to fill out the short and simple survey to help me to better plan our time. Also, please feel free to send this on to your other board members, advocates, riders, post on Facebook, and send to your membership lists. The more people we have in the room, the more interesting the conversations!

More information, including lodging, here:


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Years Day Ride 2015 Thursday January 1st

2015 New Years Day Ride

The most epic hang over ride in town is closing in on us. The 2015 New Year's Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store. Tis' the season to make our annual homage to the birthplace of our savior, Randy's Bluffton Store. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday January 1st, for a casual ride to Bluffton, where we will eat, drink and be merry. The ride home will be even more casual as reindeer games often ensue. Be prepared to make a whole day of it, the route home can be tricky. This is the "most funnest" ride of the year.

Why not have the best ride of the year, on the first day of the year, so you have nothing left to look forward to for the rest of the year.

What: New Years Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store
When: Thursday, January 1st 10 A.M.
Where: Decorah Bicycles parking lot, 10 A.M.
How: Any damn way you want
What do I bring? Bike, Warm stuff, Money, Beer and Booze

Thursday, December 11, 2014

❄ ❄ ❄ Important Winter Trail Information ❄ ❄

❄ ❄ ❄ Important Winter Trail Information ❄ ❄ ❄

Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.
Trail ruts caused by riding partially thawed trails.

Winter weather is here and local trails will be experiencing freeze thaw cycles. This means trail conditions will be unsuitable for riding until the ground freezes solid and daytime temperatures stay well below freezing.

What's the big deal with freeze thaw cycles?

Dirt trails are extremely venerable to rut damage during the transition to and from winter because colder temps prevent the soil from drying. When soil freezes the growth of ice crystals push soil particles apart leaving large gaps that can fill with water when the ice melts. In a thawed state this dirt is much like a sponge and will absorb large amounts of water. It is also hyper sensitive to disturbance by foot/bike traffic and flowing water and will form ruts with little effort. Direct sunlight and above freezing daytime temperatures can thaw the top layer of frozen dirt and create an easily rutted, greasy, muddy mess on the surface. Overnight, lower temperatures refreeze the top surface of the trails, ruts included, and the process repeats when conditions allow (hence the name freeze thaw cycle).

Why are ruts bad for trails?

When ruts develop along a trail they channel water, causing erosion of the trail surface, and slow the drying process. Rain is highly erosive to trails when the ground is frozen and ruts greatly increase the chances of erosion by flowing water. When the soil is frozen, water can't soak in like normal and flows along the top in large quantities. Ruts on a trail can intercept these flows and divert them along the length of a trail. As the water flows down the trail and picks up speed it also picks up soil particles and washes them away from the trail. This can leave behind deep ruts tens or hundreds of feet long in extreme circumstances. Come spring time, ruts can also hold pools of water on the trail surface and prevent it from drying as quickly. If these puddles are disturbed by bike tires they can quickly turn into large mud pits. Fixing these areas eats up trail volunteer time that could be better spent on other projects. Wet areas like this also prolong trail closures.

Tips for riding during the winter months

  • Pay attention to the trail status
  • Don't ride frozen trails when the temperature is above freezing.
  • Ride frozen trails early in the morning before they have a chance to warm.
  • Don't ride if the temps are hovering around freezing and it is sunny. Wait until temps are below 25F and even then there may be thawed areas.
  • If after following all the above guidelines and the trails are still too soft, turn around and come back another time. A single rider can damage many thousands of feet of trail under these conditions.

Please respect the trails over the colder months so everyone can maximize their enjoyment come spring time!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turkey Day Snow ride

1st Annual CRANKSGIVING Day Ride

This will be the first Cranksgiving Day ride, which will hopefully turn into an annual tradition.  It will be a Fat Bike trail ride, in an easy moving, no drop group ride. Come on down and work some of that Thanksgiving meal off.

When: Turkey Day
Where: Decorah Bicycles
Time: 2:30 Depart
What: Fat Turkey guts on Fat bikes