NIMBA October 2015 Update

NIMBA Meeting 10-12-15
We will be meeting at the Oaken Bucket in South Bend.  Come at 6PM to eat, meeting starts at 6:30PM.  We will have the race season awards to distribute and will be announcing our new race director.  If you want to have a voice this is the place to be. We would especially get some feedback from racers at this meeting. We will also talk about fall trail workday plans.

Culver Cyclocross 10-11-15 – Member Discount
The second annual Culver Cyclocross is offering a limited number $5 NIMBA member discounts for online registration on BikeReg.  They have a new course this year that will be fast and fun.  Signup at

Board Member Opening
We are still looking for a Board Member to focus on sponsorships and fundraising.  If you are current NIMBA member and would like more information regarding this opening please contact via email or our Facebook Page

Level 1 Mountain Bike Clinic
One of NIMBA’s ICP certified instructors will be presenting a Level 1 skills clinic at Love Creek County Park in Berrien Springs MI on Saturday 10-10-15 at 9:30 AM.  Love Creek County Park has a nice 4.25 mile Mountain Bike trail and provides a nice contrast to the more advanced trail at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

Fall Trail Workdays
We will be having workdays at most of the trails this fall.  We currently have Bonneyville Mill scheduled for Saturday 10/31/15 and Potato Creek scheduled for Saturday 11-21-51.  Check out the NIMBA workday page  for the current schedule.

NIMBA Membership
Please join or renew your NIMBA membership. Your membership helps to directly support mountain biking in the Michiana area. To join or renew your membership click here

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A call to action – State Park Mountain Bike Fee

Starting July 1st, the Indiana DNR plans to start charging to ride the mountain bike trails at all Indiana state parks including Potato Creek. $5 per day or $20 annually. This fee is in addition to gate fees and/or season passes.

There is a glimmer of hope. The mountain bike fee needs to be approved by the Natural Resources Commission. If you have an opinion about the proposed fee for mountain bike use at Potato Creek, please email your state representative and the chair of the NRC.

The only thing that may sway a decision is a flood of messages, respectfully voicing our opinion to our local legislators.  This is important because the DNR has made their decision and they won’t be swayed by opinion. Contacting the park or park personnel isn’t going to get us anywhere at this point. It has been passed to the NRC, who needs to vote on it. Your state representative can influence this if they hear enough concern.

Here are some items you can mention in your email:

The mountain bike trail at Potato Creek was built by volunteers from the local mountain bike club, NIMBA, at no cost to the state.

The mountain bike trail is maintained by NIMBA volunteers who have spent in excess of 1,000 hours over the last 4 years, keeping the trail ride able. The additional annual mountain bike fee will make it impossible for NIMBA to find volunteers willing to maintain the trail at Potato Creek.

NIMBA has invested over $2,000 in trail maintenance at Potato Creek for materials and equipment over the 12 months.

NIMBA organized rides and events bring over 750 visitors to the park. The mountain bike trail has thousands of rides by park visitor each year.

Mountain bike riders in the Michiana area have at least 8 other trails within 45 miles that have a minimal or no gate fee to use. They will simply bypass Potato Creek with its high use fees and the park will lose the gate fee revenue that it currently receives from riders.

Once the volunteers no longer maintain the trail at Potato Creek it will quickly become un ride able and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will have squandered an asset that cost them nothing.

Please take a few minutes and email or call the legislators in your area.   We certainly don’t want to lose Potato Creek and all the park has meant to the local mountain biking community!

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2013 NIMBA Wrap up

2013 proved to be both a challenging and successful year for NIMBA.

NIMBA started the year with our new IMBA chapter affiliation.  Becoming an IMBA chapter will allow NIMBA to access the resources and support of IMBA, it has also allowed us to refocus NIMBA resources from managing the membership process to expanding mountain bike events and trails in Michiana.

Last winter we rebranded NIMBA, creating a new logo, completely redesigning our website and creating a NIMBA Jersey and sock program.   With the new website, Facebook page and twitter feeds we believe that NIMBA is providing an active and vital social media presence to help expand Mountain Biking in the Michiana area.  At the end of 2013 NIMBA had over 820 Facebook members.

NIMBA broke ground on Elkhart County Parks first mountain bike specific trail in April with 50 people showing up at the ground breaking ceremony/workday to start building the trail at Bonneyville Mill park.  By the end of the year we completed cutting the trail and were left with a short stretch of trail to smooth and the building of several banked turns.  We are on track to open the trail in the spring of 2014.

We had high hopes for the NIMBA race series in 2013; we brought back a Time Trial to Rum Village, added a Cross Country race to TK Lawless and found a new race timer.  Unfortunately we had more weather challenges in 2013 than in any prior race season.  The weather affected the turnout at several races and caused us for the first time to cancel a race, the Potato Creek Time Trial.  We are looking forward to a warmer and drier race season in 2014.

In 2013 the Tuesday night women’s ride at Potato Creek was expanded to a coed ride and saw continued growth; we also continued to hold the Midweek Club Time trials.  We also held the annual campout at Potato Creek. Watch for some new “club” rides/events in 2014 at the NIMBA trails.

The Inaugural Tour De NIMBA was held in October.  The Tour started at Potato Creek, traveled the back roads to Bendix Woods continued on back roads and farmers lanes to Rum Village and then returned to Potato Creek for a celebration barbeque.  The Sag stops at Bendix Woods and Rum Village had great food and drink for everyone.  The distance was 100k and we also had a 50k option from PC to Rum and back.  The Tour was a great success, truly a one of a kind ride in our area and we look forward to seeing this annual event grow into the premier fall ride in Michiana.

We continued to invest in trail building and maintenance in 2013 spending over $1,000 buying a new chain saw, walk behind trimmer and lots of hand tool.  We also hosted the IMBA trail care crew at Bonneyville Mill.  The trail building class was a major success with attendees from throughout Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.

Volunteers are the life blood of NIMBA.  We had a dedicated group of volunteers building the trail at Bonneyville Mill this year.  When a wind storm blew through the area this summer and  took out large sections of the trail at Bendix Woods we had volunteers clearing the trees and rerouting sections of the trail, so that it was open within a week. At the other parks, after windstorms,  NIMBA volunteers consistently had the mountain bike trails open earlier than the parks department have there hiking trails open.  We expanded the adopt a mile program trail maintenance program to Rum Village in 2013; we know have a core group of volunteers maintaining their specific sections of Potato Creek and Rum Village .

The NIMBA race series and Tour De NIMBA would not have occurred without our volunteers.  In recognition of these efforts, NIMBA held its first annual volunteer recognition dinner in 2013.  At the dinner gift certificates were awarded to the top five volunteers that put in the most hours in 2013.  We also distributed over $1,000 worth of door prizes to volunteers that attended the dinner.

We look forward to a great year in 2014 and appreciate your continued support.

Looking for a great Christmas gift? Join NIMBA!

What do you get that person in your life that loves mountain biking? New bike parts? No! How can you possibly know exactly what they want/need/have to have?

How about a membership to NIMBA? The gift that keeps on giving. What do you get with a NIMBA membership? First you help fund our trails including Bendix Woods, Bonneyville Mills, Potato Creek, Rum Village and TK Lawless and more in the future.

How about all of this?  Read the benefits below and the click here to JOIN TODAY

For $50 (socks) $100 (t-shirts), or $250 (jersey) memberships get to choose  one of the following.


When you join NIMBA, you join the world’s largest mountain biking club known as IMBA. But NIMBA/IMBA members are more than just mountain bikers.

Our members know that many of the solutions to problems communities face today — like obesity and pollution — can be solved by getting more people out enjoying our natural world from the seat of a bike. And as stewards of trails and bike-friendly communities, NIMBA/IMBA members fund the necessary work that allows us all to enjoy great riding.

IMBA Welcome Kit
Includes personalized IMBA membership card, IMBA’s Official Dirty Video DVD and soundtrack, a “propaganda-pack” of stickers, and annual subscription to IMBA Trail News.

IMBA members that join or renew their membership and are US residents receive a one-year subscription to a choice of one of the following magazines:

Bicycling — 11 issues*
Dirt Rag Digital Edition — 7 issues
Mountain Flyer — 4 issues
Switchback Digital Edition** — 6 issues
Velo Digital Edition — 14 issues including Velo Buyer’s Guide

Members receive their first issue/digital edition email 6-10 weeks after joining or renewing IMBA membership, depending on each publisher’s magazine release date.

Members’ subscriptions will add 12 months to the term of any existing subscription.

IMBA Gear Discount and discounts at Local bikes shops

IMBA members receive a 10% discount on most products in the IMBA store.

NIMBA members receive at 10% discount from NIMBA sponsor shops. Pro Deal Account
Current, qualified IMBA members receive an IMBA Member Team registration card from, with discounts on bike and outdoor sports brands.

Subaru VIP Program
Save up to $3,300 off MSRP when buying or leasing a new Subaru vehicle. Subaru will also make a contribution for each vehicle purchased to IMBA’s trail building and access efforts.

Travel Benefits
IMBA Destinations can help you find incredible places to ride, tour operators, skills camps, bike rentals and transport, lodging and great post-ride refueling spots. Check frequently for special IMBA Member discounts from our Destinations Members.

Insurance Offers
Take advantage of discounted accident and comprehensive health insurance plans made available to IMBA members by our partners Adventure Advocates And Nicholas Hill.