There’s nothing like spending an evening winding down one of the fantastic mountain bike trails in Duluth. It’s a great way to explore the forest, get some fresh air and get a good workout. But after rain, it’s important to stay off the trails and find someplace else to ride. Check out daytripperofduluth.com/#!trail-conditions/cfq0 to see what COGGS has to say about the local trail conditions.

It’s only mud right? How can riding on or using a wet trail hurt it?

Riding wet trails is bad for your bike. Parts get caked in mud. Your brakes won’t work as well and they’ll wear out quickly. This bogs down the bike chain and can jam the gears, affecting how they shift. The more you ride in the mud, the sooner you’ll need to buy new parts. After all, mud is made up of tiny little rocks, and that will surely wear everything down quickly.

Riding wet trails also creates deep ruts that then fill with water causing the trails to remain wet for longer. The more the trails are used when wet, the worse the ruts and mud holes become. Those ruts need to be fixed by trail crews, which takes them away from building new trails.

If trails are closed, here are tips to find out where to ride:

• Check out the local bike shops social riding calendars. For example, the Ski Hut has rides on Mondays and Wednesdays all summer.

• Ride some of the gravel roads in the area. There are hundreds of miles of connecting roads that have almost no traffic. Visit bikeduluth.com for more info.

• Cruise the Lakewalk and hang out with all of the tourists visiting this great place.

• Find some big rocks along the Shore and practice your rock-hopping skills. Bonus: You’re conveniently located for a post-ride swim.