Fat Bike Mammoth Meeting Notes: 10.21.13
Fat Bike Mammoth Meeting Summary: 10.21.13 / 6pm at The Clocktower Cellar
- Stewards of the land – volunteering, trail work, etc – offer man-power and expertise to stewardship efforts (ex. MLTPA Summer of Stewardship Trail Days)
- Advocates for maximizing mountain biking trail access
- (examining, improving, and inventorying existing trails/ short term)
- (hopes of expanding trail systems throughout the Eastern Sierra, creating new trails/ long term)
- #RIDEBIKESWITHFRIENDS – Spreading the stoke of riding bikes – group rides, grassroots races, socializing with like-minded people, making friends, social events, etc – maximize enjoyment of the trails we have now, while trying to improve our riding opportunities for the near and long term
- Create and nurture a mountain biking community in the Eastern Sierra
- This one was tough. Lots of pros and cons on both sides. Good discussion, stoked on all the input. I’ll start with the pros for changing the name:
- Many people don’t know what a fat bike is
- If they do know, they assume you need a fat bike to be affiliated with us
- They don’t necessarily associate a fat bike with a mountain bike
- Some people have expressed confusion about what the group is about, because they think we’re only about riding fat bikes on snow
- We might be losing possible members/supporters because of this confusion (i.e. mountain bikers that assume we’re only about fat biking
- Mammoth is narrow. Eastern Sierra has a broader reach. Maybe something with Eastern Sierra in the name would be better.
- Pros for keeping the name:
- It’s already established. The USFS, BLM, etc recognize us as a legitimate advocacy group based on our trail work efforts at the Lower Rock Creek Trail Day, etc. A website is established, as well as a logo, and a brand.
- The content of what we do will allay confusion over time. (the more we do mountain biking rides, events, advocacy etc – the more people will understand that we are a year-round off-road cycling group)-
- The name is catchy, intriguing and memorable.
- Fat bikes are any bikes fatter than a road bike, so it includes mountain biking.
- The name doesn’t mean anything – if it’s a good group, word of mouth throughout a small town will spread it.
anyone that wasn’t at the meeting who wants to chime in, now’s the time… no vote was taken or anything like that… but it seems the majority of people wanted to keep the name as is and continue on the path we’re on now
We discussed, brainstormed upcoming events
- MTB rides in Bishop throughout the winter
- Full Moon Bike Ride (might be able to coordinate with MMSA to ride up to Minaret Vista and then have food/drink at the Yodler – Caroline Casey is checking into it) – also brainstormed Tamarack, Rock Creek Lodge, McGee Creek – if you have thoughts, please share
- World Fat Bike Day on December 7 – Trying to coordinate a demo day for fat bikes. Get a manufacturer to send us 10 demo bikes, getting MMSA to allow us to ride a few groomed snowmobile trails – I’ll be working with Jon Widen on this one. Will talk to QBP or smaller manufacturer (Borealis, etc) to sponsor the demo…
- Throwback grassroots race of the Sierra 7500
- Double High Five Why Ride/Race
- Coyote Traverse
- Glass Mountain Traverse
- Mono Lake Fat 40 Loop
- Sand Canyon, Wagon Wheel, Lower Rock Creek Super Enduro
- Bikepacking Overnighters
- Saturday Morning Group Rides during Summer
- Some type of event in June Lake Area (Justin and Sarah)
Then we discussed IMBA and the options/ pros and cons of becoming a chapter – consensus was that we’re not quite there yet. We need to establish our group, and what we are. Baby steps. Way too early to think about dues, non-profit status, etc
Drink Beer. Good Times. #ridebikeswithfriends