Ready To Win A Yeti? Join/Renew Today.

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.

 

 

Posted on October 5, 2018 .

New Merch Added To The SORBA Store

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.

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Posted on October 3, 2018 .

Why Not To Ride Your Bike On Wet Trails

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,

SORBA Chattanooga

Posted on September 28, 2018 .

SORBA Chattanooga jersey and bibs back in online store.

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!

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Posted on September 22, 2018 .

Donate to SORBA Chattanooga. Win a Santa Cruz Bronson.

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

Size medium

Frame Material carbon fiber

Suspension VPP

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

Posted on September 15, 2018 .

Beers, Bids, & a Bike Tomorrow Night at OddStory Brewing

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. 

 

 

Posted on September 12, 2018 .

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.

https://www.imba.com/press-release/trail-accelerator-grants-announced-2018

Posted on August 29, 2018 .

New SORBA merch benefiting local youth mountain biking

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.

Pandora Motorsports

www.pandorasmotorsports.com

Results Physiotherapy

www.resultspt.com

Parkridge Medical Group Spine Surgery Associates

https://parkridgemedicalgroup.com/locations/spine-surgery-associates.dot

East Ridge Bicycles

www.eastridgebicycles.net

Scott’s Bicycle Centre

https://www.scottsbikes.com

Owen’s Cycle

https://www.owencyclery.com

UBS 

http://financialservicesinc.ubs.com/branch/chattanoogacc/

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Posted on August 27, 2018 .

​SORBA Chattanooga To Receive $200,000 RTP Grant for Mountain Creek Park Project

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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Posted on August 22, 2018 .

National Mountain Biking Survey Needs You!

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. 

 https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8ugn6H4uebaBRH

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Posted on August 21, 2018 .

Raccoon Mountain Work Party - This Saturday!

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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.

Posted on August 15, 2018 .

Trail Chats with REI at OddStory

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. 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/460117254450431/?ti=icl

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on July 7, 2018 .

Want biking, hiking, and climbing just 10 minutes from downtown? Here's how you can help!

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Dear SORBA Chattanooga members, mountain bikers, and friends of the outdoors,

Since 2016, the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy has been working to create a unique 200+ acre park that spans from Mountain Creek Road and Reads Lake Road all the way up the W-Road. Through partnerships with the Land Trust for Tennessee, the Access Fund, the Southeastern Climbing Coalition, & SORBA Chattanooga we acquired property and began enlisting renowned trail builders to develop a trail plan that will offer unique climbing, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities just a short distance from downtown Chattanooga. We have applied for and received several grants that will help us build out trails to the unique natural features, and we have initiated plans to maintain these features once the park is open and in use.

Now you have your opportunity to pitch in on this project. On June 13th, the County Commission will consider a resolution that would authorize the County Mayor to accept the conveyance of the property from the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy. The Council will vote on the measure on June 20th. We need you to contact your County Commissioner and urge her or him to vote in favor of this resolution.

SORBA has worked hard with our partners to create this opportunity; now is the time for you to tell the Commission that you want this park to become a reality. 

Thank you for your support,

Kevin J. Smith

SORBA Chattanooga


Whom To Contact?  CLICK HERE.

How To Contact?      CLICK HERE.

What to Say?

Mr./Mrs. ________________,

 I am writing to urge you to vote in favor of the resolution that will allow the County Mayor to accept the eventual conveyance of a tract of real property from the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy. This “tract of real property” will be a completed park with climbing, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities, and this represents a wonderful gift to the community. Please help the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy and their partner organizations continue their good work by assuring them of the County’s commitment to accept the park.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
Posted on May 30, 2018 .

SORBA member discount for July Lookout Mountain bike tour!

Discover why Chattanooga is single-track heaven on an all-inclusive, fully-supported 3-day bike retreat with Velo View Bike Tours! From Lula Lake to Five Points to Cloudland Canyon, you'll experience the best of Lookout Mountain with experienced guides and professional support. You'll also have excellent accommodations at the newly renovated cottages at Cloudland Canyon, with a personal chef preparing all your meals. The tour runs Friday thru Sunday, July 20-22.  SORBA members will receive a 10% discount off of the tour price. Click below for more info and to save your spot!

 https://veloviewbiketours.com/tours/georgia-lookout-mountain

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Velo View Bike Tours specializes in all-inclusive, highly personalized, and fully supported bike tour experiences in a compact timeframe. Fun but not frantic, relaxed but never boring. What a bike vacation should be. Quality over quantity.

 

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SORBA Chattanooga Chapter Meeting - May 24th @ Enterprise South

Come join us @ Enterprise South 6PM Thursday May 24 for our monthly chapter meeting and trail work party.  This meeting we give back and will work on prepping trails for upcoming Gone Riding SERC #6 race on May 27th. Many hands will make this work go by quickly so bring your mountain bike family and friends. Tools will be provided, you bring the sweat, and East Ridge Bicycles will provide the pizza and water!

Posted on May 15, 2018 .

Atlas Trail Grand Opening Saturday April. 14th

The expansion trail at Enterprise South Nature Park, Atlas, will have it’s grand opening on April 14th at 1 pm!

Atlas is not a beginners trail. The trail is 5.5 miles long with approximately 680 ft of elevation gain.  Man-made features have been installed throughout the trail.  Signage is in place to alert riders.  Please ride within your limits.

Check back later for more details.

Posted on April 7, 2018 .