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Or how many are not? A recent dirt rag cited victories IMBA has made in the recent past and what we are all up against. It's easy to just not remember about access.IMBA is our best ally. I suggest you all sign up and get the free pair of Sock Guy IMBA socks.
 

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shop supporter here. How come i didn't get any socks !! ; )
You was robbed. The promo isn't on all the time or maybe it's just the mail solicitation.

I am confounded by the fact that none of 8 riders I know are members. So short-sighted.
I'm not riding with them until they show up with the socks proving the signed up. :)
 

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I'm in, got two sets of socks.

For two different years support.
 

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Im a member....

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Or how many are not? A recent dirt rag cited victories IMBA has made in the recent past and what we are all up against. It's easy to just not remember about access.IMBA is our best ally. I suggest you all sign up and get the free pair of Sock Guy IMBA socks.
Ive been a member for a couple of years now.
 

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[Raises hand] I told them to keep the socks. There's no telling who's feet might have been in them before they get shipped.
 

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definitely!

wyatt said:
Or how many are not? A recent dirt rag cited victories IMBA has made in the recent past and what we are all up against. It's easy to just not remember about access.IMBA is our best ally. I suggest you all sign up and get the free pair of Sock Guy IMBA socks.
I feel it's critical to support IMBA and local groups fighting for, or to keep, the trails open to mountain bikes. I've been a member for years, both of IMBA and our local group (CORBA). Here in the LA area, we are doing ok on trail access, but it's a constant struggle and we have lost some trails in recent years (and gained some). IMBA and similar groups are fighting the good fight for us!
 

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wyatt said:
Or how many are not? A recent dirt rag cited victories IMBA has made in the recent past and what we are all up against. It's easy to just not remember about access.IMBA is our best ally. I suggest you all sign up and get the free pair of Sock Guy IMBA socks.
Yup... at least until April.

The hardest part of opening up a new trail isn't building it. I know... the process can be frustrating at times..

JmZ
 

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Did it online just now. I told them to send me steiny's socks. I have no pride.
 

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You Go Dude!

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Did it online just now. I told them to send me steiny's socks. I have no pride.
I stoked to hear you signed up. Good move. Your bike has an Xmas present!

Until earlier this year I had let mine lapse a couple of years and always felt odd when I pondered it. Early on they gave out Voler riding jerseys! I've gotten several sets of socks. They always give me a sense of belonging to something useful.
 

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Can I rain on this parade a little?

About 7 years ago, IMBA came to visit our trails and left us with a whole slew of criticisms -- some fair, some just silly (e.g.we were told one section of trail was too technical which, frankly, was laughable).

Fast forward 2 or 3 years to the second 24 hours of Snowshoe and there's IMBA purportedly building a responsible section of trail to offset the otherwise heinously built racecourse. The fact was, it took less than 2 laps for their section to become the absolutely worst section of them all.

I've seen other incidents of IMBA "expertise" run amok since then.

My bottom line is that IMBA has done some noble "Trail access" work, but they aren't always the trail experts they purport to be. Naturally, this will vary from region to region.

Feel the gin

wyatt said:
Or how many are not? A recent dirt rag cited victories IMBA has made in the recent past and what we are all up against. It's easy to just not remember about access.IMBA is our best ally. I suggest you all sign up and get the free pair of Sock Guy IMBA socks.
 

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el Turtlehead said:
About 7 years ago, IMBA came to visit our trails and left us with a whole slew of criticisms -- some fair, some just silly (e.g.we were told one section of trail was too technical which, frankly, was laughable).

Fast forward 2 or 3 years to the second 24 hours of Snowshoe and there's IMBA purportedly building a responsible section of trail to offset the otherwise heinously built racecourse. The fact was, it took less than 2 laps for their section to become the absolutely worst section of them all.

I've seen other incidents of IMBA "expertise" run amok since then.

My bottom line is that IMBA has done some noble "Trail access" work, but they aren't always the trail experts they purport to be. Naturally, this will vary from region to region.

Feel the gin
You could be right about their trail expertise. We have had similar problems with "too technical" trails (i.e., the most fun trails) here - trail work seems to be designed to remove "dangerous" sections where a few rocks might be sticking up (horrors!). IMBA seems to be getting much better about that lately, though. Last year they produced a booklet all about making technically challenging trails.

But that's not why I'm a member. The trail work is a way for them to travel around to local areas to work with trail managers - it's probably important PR. I'm a member because of the importance of keeping the trails open to mountain bikes, and IMBA is the only national group doing this.
 

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Yep, sounds familiar....

...The funny thing is, the last IMBA-assisted trail day resulted in a far more potentially dangerous trail than the one they bypassed, replete with those rocks (aka launching points) sticking up after a day or two of winter frost heaving.

But their trail advocacy is noble and, from what I can tell, mostly apolitical ( which is more than I can say for some our local MTB organizations). So, while I find myself scoffing at their pious ineptitude on occasion, I'm thankful we have a foil for those meddlesome Sierra Clubbers.

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You could be right about their trail expertise. We have had similar problems with "too technical" trails (i.e., the most fun trails) here - trail work seems to be designed to remove "dangerous" sections where a few rocks might be sticking up (horrors!). IMBA seems to be getting much better about that lately, though. Last year they produced a booklet all about making technically challenging trails.

But that's not why I'm a member. The trail work is a way for them to travel around to local areas to work with trail managers - it's probably important PR. I'm a member because of the importance of keeping the trails open to mountain bikes, and IMBA is the only national group doing this.
 

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Yup. I'm a memeber. Got two jerseys, two paris of socks, and a T-shirt. I think the socks were free, everything else I paid for as it seemed like a good place to send my money.

I am curious now though, about how many of my fellow riders are IMBA members. I was on a ride a while back up in Golden, CO and I wore my IMBA jersey. One of the other riders, whom I had never met before, asked me if I worked for IMBA. I though that was kind of a silly question but I told him no, I just support them.
 

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Been a member for enough years now that I tell them to keep their socks - 3 pairs is enough for me.

Also a member of my local organization (SORBA).
 
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