May NIMBA Meeting Reminder and Bonneyville Update

NIMBA Meeting Monday May 12th

The May NIMBA meeting will be held at Legends at Notre Dame.  Meeting starts at 7:00PM, we start ordering food around 6:30PM.  Come join us for an update on the trails, the races and other NIMBA activities.  We will have the NIMBA swag box, so if you want some socks or one of the new Potato Creek T shirts meet us at Legends.


Bonneyville Mill Almost complete.

We have had 3 great workdays this spring and we will have at least one more on Sunday May 18th, meet us at the Briar patch Shelter at 9AM.   We are down to the final items to finish the trail.  Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for June 22nd.

First Tuesday Night Potato Creek Group Ride Scheduled for 4/22/14

We are kicking off the popular Tuesday Night Potato Creek group ride this Tuesday 4/22/14, at 6:30PM EDT at the Peppermint Hill Shelter Parking lot .  Once again Debbie Kulwicki will be leading the ride.  This is an ideal ride for beginners, both women and men.  It is a no drop ride, so you don’t have to worry about being left behind.  The ride typically breaks into 3 groups, faster riders, a no drop womens group and a no drop mens group.  Come join us and enjoy the great trail at Potato Creek.  We see a lot of couples come out for the ride since it allows you to avoid the classic couples conflict over pace and riding style.

Early April Update

April Meeting

The April meeting on Monday 4/14/14 kicks off our first of a series of bike shop meetings this year.   Spin Zone in Granger will be hosting the April meeting with pizza at 7PM.  Since we are meeting at a bike shop make sure to bring a chair with you.  The Spin Zone is bringing their favorite rep Scot Allen from The Gold Agency by to talk about all the great products from SRAM, RockShox, fi’zi:k and many more great brands relevant to mountain biking in our area.  RSVP at our facebook event  or through email NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM so that we know how much pizza to get.

Bonneyville Mill

We are starting the final push to finish the trail at Bonneyville Mill this spring.   The first workday in Saturday April 26 from 9am to 1pm.  We will be meeting at the Briarpatch Shelter parking lot.  Watch for more trail workdays on the NIMBA website workday page .

Mountain Bike Patrol

We are still looking for a few more members to create a mountain bike patrol for the area.  Send us an email at NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM if you are interested in joining us.

Seeing Green

Do you have the new NIMBA green socks?  They are the made in teh USA by Sock Guy.  We will have the socks for sale at all of the meetings, races, workdays and events.  We also have a few pairs of the gray and black socks from last year still available.

2014 Race Series

Registration is open for the race series and the Bendix Woods Race  on April 27, 2014.  More information can be found on the race page or at .   We are looking for volunteers to help at the Bendix Woods race, please send us an email at NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM  if you can give us a hand.

Membership in NIMBA gives you big discounts on the season race series and individual races.  We are also offering half off race entries to members that volunteer at least 4 hours for trailwork or event support.  Join NIMBA  online.

Mid Week Time Trials Start

The NIMBA member Mid Week Time Trials start on 4-16-14 at Bendix Woods at 6:30PM, signups start at 6PM.  For more information on the Mid Week formats go to check out the MidWeek page.

TK Lawless Logging Debris Cleanup 4-6-14

There was limited logging at TK this winter and now there is a lot of debris and treetops on the trail.  We need your help this Sunday April 6th from 9AM to 1PM to start clearing the trail.

The parks department is making an exception due to the amount of trees down on the trail and will let us use our own chainsaws.  For each chainsaw we will need several more people to help clear the path.  We will have gloves and hand tools for the workday, we need you to get the trails open.  Scott from TK says he will have donuts for us and NIMBA will have cliff bars, water and lunch for everyone.

If you would like to bring a chainsaw, contact me directly about the rules that the park has for there use.

It is time to celebrate the end of another great season of Mountain Bike Riding in Michiana


Did you help work on the Bonneyville trail this year? Did you help at a NIMBA workday or help at a NIMBA Race? NIMBA is having a volunteer recognition dinner for you at Reggios in Mishawaka on Friday November 8th. We have great door prizes that we are giving away to volunteers, including a laptop, NIMBA Jersey, NIMBA Socks and lots of gift cards. We will also be recognizing the top three volunteers that have logged the most trail hours this year.

Come celebrate with us at Reggios.  Reggios is conveniently located on the far east side of Mishawaka, just east of Capital Ave (331) on Jefferson.  For more information and to RSVP


Annual November Meeting at Hacienda and Fundraiser

Once again we will be holding a Hacienda fundraiser in conjunction with our End of Season meeting on Monday November 11 at the Hacienda on Portage Rd in South Bend.  If you want to join us for dinner come at 6:30; we will have the meeting at 7:00PM.    NIMBA gets 20% of your purchases that day at Hacienda if you use a coupon found here .  That means your dinner, margaritas, craft beers and gift cards that you buy all give 20% back to NIMBA.  Can’t make for dinner?  Have lunch at the Portage Rd Hacienda and use your coupon.  Remember, Hacienda Gift cards make great presents at the holidays.  If you can’t make it Monday night but would like us to pickup up some gift cards for you, send me an email and we can get them for you.  The 20% off only applies to purchase at the Portage Rd Hacienda on 11-11-13.  Any questions? Send me an email NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM


Socks and Camping

The NIMBA socks are in.  The custom socks are only $12 and help NIMBA raise funds for the trails.  We have L/Xl and S/M.  These are high quality socks from “the sock guy”.  If you are interested in the socks send us an email at .

nimba socks

The annual NIMBA campout at Potato Creek State park is set for 10/11 and 10/12.  It is a two for one deal for NIMBA members.  for more information see the campout page.



Subaru Trail Crew Visit 9-7 & 9-8

The IMBA Subaru Trail Crew will be presenting the Trail Building School for NIMBA on Saturday September 7th at Bonneyville Mill Park at 9:00AM. This course is a must attend for all mountain bikers. You will learn about the latest trends in trail design, construction and maintenance. Have you ever wondered why one trail seems to be more fun to ride than another trail? Ever debated whether a turn should be moved or redesigned? Learn from the masters how it should be built.

The last time the Subaru Trail Crew was in Northern Indiana was over 5 years ago. Don’t miss out on this free opportunity to learn from the masters.

We will have lunch for all attendees and the tools required for the field training.

Remember that this is a Free seminar. We ask that you register for the seminar so that we can figure out how much food to bring. Register at this link

We will also be holding a group ride on Sunday morning with the Trail Crew at TK Lawless at 10:00AM.  Come join us for a fun ride.


NIMBA Series Race #7 Bluhm County Time Trial 9-1-13

The Annual Bluhm Zoom is this Sunday!

Time Trial Bluhm County Park Westville, IN Sponsored by Bike Stop

The Bluhm Zoom Benefits the Outback Trail Commission mountain bike group

Registration Registration begins at 8:30am Central on race day at Bluhm  or sign up online and save! Riders that register online get to go first.
Pre registration is open until 8pm Saturday night. 

Experts will start at 10AM Central Time and will run 2 laps (12 miles)

Sports will start  at 10:45AM Central Time and will run 2 laps (12 miles)

Beginners will start  at 11:30AM and will run 1 lap (6 miles)

Kids will run a 2 mile course that will start after the beginners.

Cost $25 for those that pre-register and $30 day of