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Plainfield Bike Park

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Plainfield Bike Park

A free public bike park built by a partnership between the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers - West Chapter (CAMBr West) and the Plainfield Township Park District (PTPD). CAMBr West raised funds and organized volunteers to build the park. The park consists of progressive table jumps, a pump track, and a skills area.
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Latitude
41.57216209255102
Longitude
-88.18302869796753
Trail Length
1
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Plainfield
State/Territory/Province
IL
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 8, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dan kissane ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I like riding around on the pump track with my mountain bike but it's getting hard to see because the weeds are growing all over it. it would be nice if they could do some weed wacking around the pump track and some of the other jumps.



Comments
dankist4x4 (08/26/2014)
OMG!!! I'm Dan Kiss! Who ever made this post, your brilliant! To think, I was using the alias of trail man dan but I think I'm going to have to use this dan kissane name from now on! Awesome!
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Review Date
January 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: gbower ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a BMX monstrosity why is it even on a mountain bike forum. I tried to make the best of it by making the largest of all the lines into a short epic up hill training course and I had a bunch of punk kids tell me I was going the wrong way and not to "Roll the Lip". I’m sorry but I don’t understand all this new jive talk these kids are throwing around today but I figured due to the fact that this place is called a bike park and not a BMX park I would be able to roll in on my SS 29er no problems. They should call cambr cambBr the extra b being for BMX of course. I didn’t join a BMX club. I joined a MOUNTAIN BIKE club. What kind of cycling community do we live in when a man gets kicked out of a so called BIKE PARK for representing some lycra and clipless.

Recommended Route:
DONT GO

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palos



Comments
kevin marley (01/31/2009)
This is a jump park, not climbing hills. People work hard to shape the dirt for jumping into the air. If you are looking for climbing hills this is the wrong place. There are plenty off construction sites with large piles of dirt that work fine for that.

This park is built for bicycle handling skills by a mountain bike club. Sorry if it doesn't fit your definition of "mountain biking" or "bicycling". We do accept BMX riders at the park because they are bicycles. We don't see the need to hate other bike riders.

SS 29'ers are welcome to ride there as are all other bikes. But if you ride the features the wrong way ( which is a safety hazard and interrupts the flow of the park), or roll the lips (which ruins all the hard work of volunteers to build the jumps) don't be surprised if someone says something.

I doubt that you were "kicked out", but if you were told to stop using the park in a way other than what it was designed for then I am not surprised. This is the same as if someone decided to have a picnic in the middle of a busy single track. intersection.

Next time you come to the park, try lowering your seat and start on the beginner jump line by getting a little air. Take it slow and progress as you feel comfortable and after a few weeks I am sure you could ride the largest line the right way, by jumping it.

Peace.
chustig (07/19/2009)
I would suggest that CAMBR endorses this bike park because it promotes the learning of bike handling skills that can and are adapted to mountain biking. Brian Lopes (very famous mountain biker and co-author of "Mountain Biking Skills") started his career in BMX. Some of these kids could be the future of mountain biking in the Chicagoland area.

I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad experience here, but this is their backyard, not a cross country trail. Expect to bounce off the walls at least a few times while you're learning the ropes. Just like newbies might unwittingly break the rules or not know the etiquette at your favorite trail, you might expect have the same experience at your first skills park visit. Kids are kids, and some people might be jerks about it, but jerks are everywhere, so learn to shake it off and do your best not to let it ruin your day.

I'm going to the Chicagoland area for job training. I plan to go here, crash some, and learn some new skills so I can rip it up and have more fun on the trail. I'll post a review.
DOCRIGID (01/28/2010)
gbower you have no tact, they are jumps made to be jumped not ridden backwards. and we are all bike riders from 20" to 29"
Doc D (07/08/2010)
Since the other comments have been all respectful and adult I'm just going to go ahead and say it.....Douche Bag.
dankist4x4 (08/26/2014)
This Gbower guy seems legit...
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Review Date
August 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: kevin marley ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A series of 4 dirt table jumps. Difficulty levels progress in four levels from 2 foot high beginner jumps to 7 foot high expert jumps.

A rhythm jump section with options to hip left or right. A step-up, saddle jump, jump into a spine, jump into a bank, and a tool shed container.

A pump track.

Progressive log spines.

A skills area with progressive log overs, rock drops, and skinnies. Expert skills area (not finished yet) will have a traffic barrier spine and a picnic table drop.

This park is built by volunteers. Most dirt jump builders do not ever tell anyone where their trails are ever! Please respect this park and help us take care of it.

Recommended Route:
Southwest Chicago suburbs. Take I-55 to Rt. 30 exit heading north. Take the first left on the west frontage road going south.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Saw Wee Kee park in Oswego, Il.



Comments
mikecazzx (08/08/2009)
I am glad he posted. I assumed it was mainly for dirt jumpers, which is great, but not for me. Been there done that. Is the pump track at least acceptable for older riders on 29r mountain bikes?
That sounds interesting and might be an option for non jumpers.
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