Those that like to bike have the choice of bicycling on the roads or trails.
The June, 2018 June speaker successfully conveyed his love of mountain biking at the Evanston Bicycle Club monthly member meeting. George Pastonino is both a road cyclist and a mountain biker but prefers off road cycling.
Some reasons why mountain biking is preferred by some:
George is active in a variety of mountain biking organizations. He is a member of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, an organization’s whose mission on the trails is to Assist, Educate and Inform. The mountain bike patrol is invited by event organizers to provide support at events. They will ride the course, provide minor first aid and carry bike repair tools, evacuate any serious injuries and be a visible presence. Last year he was invited to join the Wisconsin Bike Patrol, which he claims is the best in the country.
The patrol assists with minor bike repairs such as fixing flat tires, chains, and seat adjustments. If there is an issue while riding, they will help cyclists off the trail and to safety. They educate by encouraging riders to only ride open and dry trails. Riding a wet trail results in damage and property owners may rescind the right to ride on their property. They promote the Leave No Trace philosophy, to carry out as much as you carry in.
The patrol informs by encouraging riders: