Finish off the holiday season burning off all those calories with a spin thru the woods. Plan to check in/start/finish at large parking lot at Black Forest trailhead. How many dark, hot laps can you turn out from 6pm-9pm.
Must be a current IMBA/SORBA member to participate. Join/Renew via link below. https://www.imba.com/join
Lights, helmet, and signed waiver are required!
It rained. A lot. Then it rained some more. A lot more. Because of the excessive rainfall, all area mountain bike trails will remain closed until further notice. Thanks!
Time to dust off your lights and tights! SORBA Chattanooga and Scott’s Bicycle Centre will host the first member winter night ride 6pm December 18th at Enterprise South Nature Park.
Helmets, lights, waiver, $5, and an active SORBA membership are required to participate. Join/Renew at link below.
See you there!
With regret, SORBA Chattanooga has decided to postpone this Saturday’s Mulberry Gap ride/party to a future date TBD. We cannot in good faith endorse riding the Pinhoti’s with 30 degree temps & 2in of rain, nor does it sound like much fun either.
For those that wish to cancel their reservations, contact Mulberry Gap (www.mulberrygap.com) and you’ll be issued a lodging credit good for 12 months. For those that prepaid for meals, please contact SORBA at email@example.com for refund.
For those who prepaid for shuttles, we will be working soon to issue a physical refund.
Look for a reschedule date sometime early Spring 2019. We thank you all for your understanding and hope you all have a great holiday season.
Build local. Ride local.
Show some love to the trails you ride! IMBA/SORBA Chattanooga Membership pays for the upkeep of trails, expansion of new trails and strengthens our ability to get more places to ride. When you join or renew your membership in October, you’re entered to win a Yeti SB5 or SB5 Beti, your choice! Join/Renew membership via banner link above and don’t forget to select SORBA Chattanooga as your chapter.
Trail jerseys, arm & leg warmers, vests...we have all the premium digs by Jakaroo. Need to act quick though. Next order placement goes out Friday, Oct. 5th.
Now that the rain has stopped, it’s tempting to get out there and go ride. After this weeks massive precip, our trail systems are still extremely wet. Riding in such conditions can have an adverse effect causing ruts and erosion, widening of the trails, and cause damage to your bike. There are trails that handle precip better than others such as a trail with more rock or gravel (Snake Creek Gap, White Oak), but after this week it’s best to avoid trails for 24-36 hrs to give them a chance to drain and recover.
Erosion and Ruts:
If the trail is wet and muddy, continual bike riding creates ruts making the trail worse when it dries. The more a trail is ridden on, the more susceptible it becomes to erosion, yet erosion is accelerated when the trail is muddy and bike tires are going deeper into the dirt. Ruts on trails require trail maintenance, which is done by volunteer work. There is a huge misconception that the trail will just repair itself. That is False. The trail will become worse over time. The more work volunteers have to do to correct ruts and erosion from trail abuse and weather, the less time they have to focus on other trail improvements.
Widening of the Trails:
Riders usually tend to go around the muddy areas and off-trail when the paths are wet. In doing this, it will start to create another trail, leaving behind a singletrack path and making erosion worse. If the trail is truly mud filled or gets worse as you ride further into, it’s best to turn back around and try again another day.
Damage to Your Bike:
Mud can have a severe impact on your bike. Riding wet, muddy trails will cause mud to lump up on your rear tire, which can catch your rear derailleur forcing it to bend or break. That’s not the only part that can be impacted-think about the bearings, cables, all the essential bike parts that could also be damaged.
We know the cabin fever is killing you; we’re dying to get out there and ride too. One sunny day can trick us into believing we are good to go, but after this past week that will generally not be the case. Remember the impact that wet riding has on the trails & your bike. After all, who truly enjoys being wet and muddy?
Peace & Trail Love,
Admit it. You made a mistake. You didn’t place your SORBA Chattanooga kit order by the deadline. You feel bad. Comfort can only be obtained from the snug embrace of new lycra.
We here at SORBA Chattanooga feel your pain and here to help by giving you a second chance.
We’re reopening the store for another run of our premium SORBA Chattanooga Jersey & Bibs. These goods are manufacturerd by Jakroo (Pleasanton, CA) and guaranteed to make you the envy of all your cycling friends.
30% from each kit item sold will fund support for SORBA Chattanooga’s CYCLe (Chattanooga Youth Cycling League) program & the Hamilton-Bradley County Composite NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) team. Both organizations are SORBA Chattanooga supported and aim to get (and keep) more kids riding bikes in the woods!
Online store order deadline is Thursday October 4th. Anticipated delivery date is week of Oct. 22nd.
Don’t sleep. Visit our store page and place those orders today!
Donate for a chance to win a medium 2018 Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon XE generously provided by Mike Skiles and the fine folks of Suck Creek Cycle.
Single entries are $25; multiple entries $20 each. Total entries will be capped at 250. Winner will be drawn and contacted by October 31st. The bike will be available for local pickup in Chattanooga, or the winner may arrange shipping at his or her expense.
All proceeds will go to SORBA Chattanooga to further the development and improvement of mountain bike trails in our area.
Purchase tickets in our Store or by clicking HERE.
Bike Tech Specs
Color gloss carbon / sriracha
Frame Material carbon fiber
Rear Shock FOX Float Performance Elite DPX
Rear Travel 150mm
Fork FOX 36 Float Performance Elite
Front Travel 150mm
Headset Cane Creek 40
Shifters Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur n/a
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M8000
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Crankset 30t Race Face Turbine
Bottom Bracket BSA threaded
Cassette 9 - 46t E13 TRS Race
Chain Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type hydraulic disc
Rotors 180mm Shimano Ice Tech RT86
Handlebar Santa Cruz AM Carbon
Handlebar Width 800mm
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length 50mm
Saddle WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Wheelset [rims] Race Face AR 27
Hubs Novatec D641/642
Front Axle 15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle 12 x 148mm Boost
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II
Tire Size 27.5 x 2.3in
Pedals not included
Manufacturer Warranty lifetime on frame
SORBA Chattanooga will be hosting another pint night and silent auction tomorrow (Thursday Sept. 13th) from 7-9pm at OddStory Brewing. (336 E. MLK Blvd). This go round there will be different items up for auction including a 2018 Trek Roscoe 27.5+. If you did not make it in August, this will be your opportunity to come hang & join in on the fun.
Silent Action Items:
1. Windrock day pass with Premium bike rental AND 2 hours of coaching with Sean Leader
2. REI items
3. Nourish Point Gift Certificate
4. MudHoe - SORBA Chattanooga tumblers
5. Celeste Cyr - massage certificate
6. Mulberry Gap - one night stay
7. Trek Store Chattanooga- 2018 19" Roscoe 7 mountain bike!
8. Oddstory Items
9. Above the Ridge Outfitters Items
10. Glacè Cryotherapy- gift card for 3 services
OddStory is a 21+ establishment.
Mountain Creek Park project & North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy receipients of IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant
Boulder, Colo. August 28, 2018) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to award its first round of Trail Accelerator grants to three recipients. IMBA’s Trail Accelerator grant fund is a competitive grant offering for communities with visions for model trail systems that need extra support to realize that vision of more trails close to home. Awardees provide matching funds and receive professional trail planning and consultation services from IMBA Trail Solutions to launch trail development efforts, which can often help leverage more interest and investment for community trail projects.
“Communities all over the country have opportunities for great trails but, often, a trail project needs an initial boost to get started,” said Dave Wiens, IMBA Executive Director. “Catalyzing more trails in more communities is critical to our mission. Together we can accelerate so many trail projects, bringing us closer to our vision of everyone across the country having access to great trails.”
All three projects have the potential to transform nearby communities through trails, leading to increased local access and offering health benefits to residents, while having opportunities to expand into larger, destination-worthy trail systems.
Mountain Creek Park in Hixon, Tennessee — Mountain Creek Park will provide the first downhill trails in the Chattanooga region, offering new opportunities for local and regional riders. It will also become the first local recreation area to offer both mountain biking and climbing. The project is a collaboration among six recreation and conservation groups including SORBA-Chattanooga, the local mountain bike organization, that aims to increase access to the outdoors for the nearby Red Bank school system and surrounding low- and middle-income communities. The North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy has received $12,500 for an initial 10-mile trail plan.
Be the envy of all your friends while rocking your new SORBA Chattanooga jersey, bib, or track jacket. These premium goods are manufacturerd by Jakroo (Pleasanton, CA) and come in a fit and size to meet your riding and styling needs.
To make you feel even better about your purchase, 30% from each item sold will fund support for SORBA Chattanooga’s CYCLe (Chattanooga Youth Cycling League) program & the Hamilton-Bradley County Composite NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) team. Both organizations are SORBA Chattanooga supported and aim to get (and keep) more kids riding bikes in the woods!
All items can be purchased thru our online store. First run order deadline is Thursday 8/30. Orders received by then will receive free shipping and a SORBA Chattanooga sticker..
A big high five to the organizations below who’s financial support has helped these programs for the 2018 season.
Parkridge Medical Group Spine Surgery Associates
East Ridge Bicycles
Scott’s Bicycle Centre
SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) Chattanooga was awarded a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to help fund the development of the Mountain Creek park project near Red Bank and Signal Mountain.
The Mountain Creek park project is a joint venture of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, The Land Trust for Tennessee, SORBA Chattanooga, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Access Fund, and Hamilton County Parks Department. This project will span a 200-acre parcel of land that adjoins Reads Lake Road, Mountain Creek Rd. and parts of the W-Road. Once completed, this natural park area will create downhill mountain biking & bouldering opportunities within the Hamilton County Park system.
The RTP funds will be used in conjunction with additional grant funds received from the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Access Fund, and REI.
Tentative plans are to begin construction on the park no later than January 2019
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the Fixing Americans Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. TDEC administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match. Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need. For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/res-recreation-educational- services/res-recreation-educational-services-grants0.html
IMBA has launched the first-ever nationwide survey to understand the habits, access to trails and levels of engagement of America’s mountain bikers. Never before has anyone attempted to reach such a broad and diverse audience of riders.
In partnership with Ohio University and the SRAM Cycling Fund, we’re seeking to paint a comprehensive picture of the state of mountain biking, its opportunities and its challenges in the U.S. and we need YOUR opinion to be a part of it!
Everyone who takes the survey may choose to enter to win a SRAM GX Eagle groupset. If you do, your responses will still be anonymous.
Please take the survey! And be sure to share it with your friends who ride. We need to hear from every person who rides a mountain bike. It is open until September 20.
Click link below to access the survey.
Meet at the East Overlook Party Lot at 8:30 AM EASTERN TIME
Bring loppers (if you have them), gloves and water. Plan is to clean up Electric Ave and Laurel Point Trails. Cut back to trail corridor, deberm and clean out drains.
We’re SIKED to outdoor screen Red Bull Film’s North Of Nigtfall Thursday, July 26th at The Crash Pad. This is a free event with all beverage sale proceeds benefiting the upcoming Mountain Creek Road Down Hill trails & Climbing park. Bring you thirsty family and friends. Movie will begin @ 8:30. Seen you there!
Summer Sike Facebook Event Link
Join REI, SORBA Chattanooga, Wild Trails, Southeastern Climbers Coalition & Southeast Conservation Corp Thursday, July 19th At OddStory Brewing Co (336 E. MLK Blvd) and talk trails over ales.
Happy hour is 4pm - 6pm and REI is picking up your 1st beer and providing one raffle ticket for each attendee.
Panel discussion and Q&A begins at 6pm.
Raffle for REI gear and OddStory swag to follow.
OddStory is a 21+ age venue.
More info via link below.
See you there!
Join SORBA Chattanooga & our friends Yee-Haw Brewing Company at Moe’s Original Bar B Que (221 Market Street) Wednesday June 6th @ 5:30. Moe’s will be roasting a whole hog with all the fixins’ and Yee-Haw will be manning the taps. $15 gets you a plate and pint with profits benefiting your local trails.