Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Signage II

Will wonders never cease?  I was just pondering the signage at Croft yesterday and BAM! New signs appeared thanks to Steve Fincher @ Steve Fincher Photography.  Folks, things are getting better at Croft everyday.

Come out and ride the trails around Croft. See for yourself.  There's nothing like it in the Upstate. Sounds like there are some more signs on the way and a trail phone app may even be coming. Momentum, its what give us the rush we seek and it is also what is going to make the Spartanburg area a mountain biking destination very soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Walk Around Croft

Had a nice hike out on the Southside trail at Croft today.  The local mountain bike community has been hard at work cleaning up some of the messier, rootier (is that a word?) parts of the Southside Loop from the parking lot out toward the old dump and around to the creek and back to Centerline. That was all I could walk today.  As I was walking I noticed that the signage and some of the course marking tape from Stump Jump (in June) was still out there. I thought that it had been cleaned up but alas, the folks that organized Stump Jump just left town and didn't do any trail cleanup. Not having been out on these trails since June it was really surprising that this stuff was still up.

One thing I noticed was how bad the signage was getting.  We need to fix this. If we want people to come out and ride and feel comfortable then we need to have a good sign package and map available for riders.

Our first order of business should be these signs. If anyone knows who has the files for these documents we need to get hold of them to make some new signs. They are good signs, need a little updating, but provide a lot of good trail information.  We also need directional signs at the intersections with distances and difficulty on each one.  There are some awesome trails out there, we need to look at what others are doing to bring that cultivated, ride center feel to Croft. Let's do this!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The beginning...

SAMBA- Spartanburg Area Mountain Bike Association formed in 2013 to bring all the
various mountain biking groups and riders together for the betterment of mountain biking, trail maintenance, construction, and education in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 
SAMBA was born of necessity. Spartanburg did not have a mountain bike specific group that represented the interests of the mountain biking community. This is our effort to change that status. If you mountain bike - tell your friends and lets get organized!

There are many mountain bikers in the Upstate that call Spartanburg or the surrounding area home. Many have ridden the trails around Spartanburg County for years, some have even built the very trails we ride. Let's get the veterans, the beginners, the trail builders and the kids in the Upstate involved in SAMBA.

It would be great to have an informal get together in the near future to talk about ideas for this group and to formalize our existence so that we can provide sustainable trails for the foreseeable future.

Next post will have a tentative date for a meeting based upon responses to this post and our Facebook page.