WELCOME TO SDMB
Thanks for visiting the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists! We are an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of mountain biking, and view the sport as a vehicle to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible. We hope that you will use this website as your Tucson mountain biking resource for finding events and trails to ride, as well as to stay up-to-date and help our trail advocacy efforts.
SDMB is at it again, this time raising funds for tools, supplies, lunches, to help build new trail in Tucson Mountain Park.
Come on out November 12 from 6-10 to try new Borderlands’ brews, enjoy live music, and snack at the food trucks. $20 gets you in the door with two drinks and a special run pint glass! Additional drinks are $5 with half coming back to SDMB to fund projects directly.
To piggy back on the success of the Yetman re-route and to further our mission to help make Tucson a destination mountain bike city, we’ve worked with Pima County Parks, with public input over the last year, to develop a plan to add a 6-8 mile loop around the TMP basin. Stop by to chat us up and mingle with the MTB community.
The all volunteer project will begin in January, come on out to help and/or you can make a donation directly to the project.
See the Pint Night Facebook event.
As always, thank for the support!
Several families from the Tucson area brought kids and bikes down to ride the Barrio Trails system, including a few laps on the pump track. Local Strider representatives had demo balance bikes on hand, SDMB provided snacks and refreshments, and and everyone was all smiles with stickers and number plates provided by IMBA and sponsors. After several little shredders pedaled to their hearts content, a warm afternoon sun let us know it was time to pack it up for the day. A few tears were shed, fears overcome, and friendships made as a new generation hit the trails. Thanks to everyone for making it happen!
Check out the photos!
We’re very serious about riding safely, and won’t let anyone ride with SDMB unless they’re wearing a helmet. We want to thank two young girls, Elizabeth andPatricia, for sending us this link to help spread the word about helmet safety.
Is A Helmet Worth It? How Brain Injuries Affect Different Body Functions
We will be meeting with Tucson parks and Recreation tomorrow to discuss the 100 Acre Wood Master Plan. We’ll send out an update as soon as we get more information.
This Saturday! Join us at Barrio Trails in Tucson, 10-2.
Are you ready for IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, presented by Subaru? Events involving thousands of kids and parents, like this one advertised in Panama, are taking places all over the U.S. and across the world this weekend! Haven’t signed up for an event yet? Find one near you and help spread the joy of riding trails to the next generation:
We had a fantastic turnout for our September Trail Day, where we worked on our adopted trail, Bug Springs. Being one of our favorite trails, as well as it had taken quite a beating from our summer monsoon storms, it was in rough shape. We hiked up to the Hoodoos and worked our way back down, rebuilding corners, filling in the ruts, and finishing the tread.
You can view the photos in our gallery.
You may have seen notice of the proposed management plan for the Ironwood Forest, comments due 9/2. This plan would limit bicycle use to existing doubletrack roads exclusively! It would have the effect of excluding 90 miles of beautiful single track within the Ironwood National Monument and sets a bad precedence for mountain biking in southern AZ. SDMB has led rides out there over the years since our inception, bike packers love the solitude and the possibilities for exploration, and it is a unique place where human powered quiet recreation opportunities are appropriate to enjoy the land with minimal impact to it or the floura or fauna. And it help mitigate issues relating to illegal motorized use, northerly migration, trafficking, dumping, etc…
CLICK HERE TO SEND A LETTER – I’ts an easy click through online process, and be sure to share with friends!
Here is some background from the document. For information on Trails, check out page 11 of the NEPA document. The only mention of bicycles is on page 24:
Non-mechanized Non-motorized Uses 3.13
Monument roads, primitive roads, and administrative roads are available for non-mechanized non-motorized use, including foot, horse and mountain bicycle. Livestock and human-pulled wagons and carts may also be used on these routes provided that the route is physically suitable for passage without improvement or causing damage to Monument objects. Use of non-motorized mechanized methods of transport (bicycles, wagons) is prohibited on non-motorized trails.
APRIL – SATURDAY, APRIL 26 – GREEN MOUNTAIN
Please join SDMB for a day of timbering on Mount Lemmon. We will be helping Tom Kimmel, of Tom’s Sawyers, in deadfall removal on Green Mountain and Brush Corral trails. Plan on about 5 miles of hiking, and for a bonus we will learn how to use crosscut saws! Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, food, and water for a full day on the mountain. Meeting time is at 7:00 AM at Tom Kimmel’s house, near Catalina Highway and Houghton. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get directions to Tom’s house.
May – Saturday, May 10th – Lower Bug Springs
We will be working on Bug Springs Trail, doing some tread maintenance and rehab below the hoodoos. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:30AM, or the lower Bugs trailhead at 8:00. Plan on working until noon. Please email email@example.com to RSVP.