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SMBC’s got Bells!

SMBC Members Have Bells!

SMBC Members Have Bells!

Seriously, as a THANKS to all SMBC members who attended the amazing meeting on Thursday night, all of you received a gift of a trail bell to be picked up at one of the three supporting bike shops: Absolute, Bike & Bean, and Fat Tire.  Others can support the program by donating $5.00 and receiving a “thank you bell”.  The bell program was adopted from a sister advocacy group in San Diego the SDMBA.  So a big thanks for encouragement from SDMBA members Chris Hatch and Jason Liebrecht.  The bike bell program has become a huge hit in San Diego by reducing trail user conflicts with mountain bikers.  With fewer trails to ride the SMBC recognizes the need to be heard on the trails before conflicts arise.  So if you hear the sound of a bell out there get ready to see a bike coming up.

The bells are different than the traditional thumb activated bells because they are passive.  Setting the bell to “ring” on faster sections assures you are heard before the next blind turn without compromising your grip or counting on rider judgment about what turns are blind.  With the cooperation of the RRRD future SMBC bell  programs will include “hike up” bell-boxes at the trail bottoms and “ride down” bell-boxes at the top so visitors can participate and stay safe as well.

Again a big thanks to the rapidly growing SMBC membership for participation at the meeting.  We can’t wait to “hear” you out on the trails!

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“One of the greatest threats to conservation may be declining public support due to fewer people engaged in outdoor recreation.”

The title was taken from the conclusion notes in a 2009 study by the Nature Conservancy.  And yet, there is a whole crop of up and coming people becoming engaged through mountain biking.  Here is a link to a recent article in Elevation Outdoors Magazine that discusses the need for new blood in the conservation movement.  It certainly challenges a common misnomer about mountain bikers as a user group.

Mountain Biking and Conservation Groups Teaming Up

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General Member Meeting Update

The SMBC’s first general membership meeting is set to go this Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the Sedona Creative Life Center at  333 Schnebly Hill Rd.  Members in attendance will receive a special gift for their bikes so don’t miss out.


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A Thanks From Our Visitors

Not everything is so “heavy”.  In fact one of the main edicts of the club is “FUN”.  I think that was on the top of all our lists when we started to ride mountain bikes.  It was also on the top of the list when we started the SMBC.

I remember my first days aboard a hard tail aluminum Trek in the dried out Salt River riding over river rocks amazed at what that little granny gear could get you over.  Might sounds lame by today’s standards but it was “FUN” then.  That day started a series of rides that would take me all over the Southwest and as far north as Glacier National Park for mountain bike adventures.  This video from some great California riders, I think captures that “FUN” that we all seek on our rides. It was sent back to us as a token of their thanks for having a great time in Sedona.  Enjoy….

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SMBC Membership Meeting Announcement

The Sedona Mountain Bike Club will host a club membership meeting on April 11, 2013 at 6:30pm.  Details as to the location, itinerary, and activities will follow.  This meeting will be inclusive of all SMBC membership only.

We will send out additional information to members via e-mail, as well as posting details on the club calendar as items are finalized.

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Keeping People Out Vs. Getting People Out

Brady Robinson, Executive Director of the Access Fund a rock climbing advocacy organization, makes a pragmatic argument about Recreation and the Future of the Conservation Movement.  He poses the question of demographics as an important consideration for the conservation movement’s future.  This couldn’t be a more poignant point here in Sedona, though it also applies across the globe.

As mountain bikers we may not enjoy nature the way you do, but conservation is in our best interest too.

Please take the time to watch his TedxBoulder talk from 2012.  It is less than 15 minutes, is from a non-mountain biker’s point of view, and it will introduce things you may not have considered when looking at your fellow trail user groups.  I know it made me think twice on a few things.  We hope you enjoy.

Brady TedxBoulder Talk 2012

Here is a link to the recent state by state outdoor economic report for Arizona, that helps to quantify the economic potential Brady referred to in his presentation.

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SMBC Passes the 50 Mark

The Sedona Mountain Bike Club has had an influx of membership as of late and recently surpassed the 50 member mark.  We would like to extend a big welcome to our new members.  We would also like to ask for your feedback on what is important to you as a member.

If you want to join an organization which is democratic, MTB specific, and focuses its efforts on Sedona, you may want to be a member too.  Of course you also get IMBA to step up on a national level, as well as the other benefits and discounts an IMBA membership provides.

Check out the join links in the right column.  IMBA will be making a retailer portal specific to the club sometime in the next few months.  If you want to sign up as a retailer before then, we have an interim solution.  Send us an e-mail for details.

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What happened, they closed trails?

What Happened?

We are saddened to report that the Red Rock Ranger District has closed many trails to Mountain Biking today.  No need to re-post their announcement.  For those that live here and ride daily and for those that visit this amazing place, this may be the worst day in the history of the developing story of mountain biking in Sedona.  For more that 2 decades the town and the community has enjoyed the expanding possibilities of riding the red rocks.  This closure represents a targeted move to curb that growth and opportunity.  It has economic and community effects that were not researched and are yet to be determined.  The SMBC offers sympathy to those who have a life investment in the mountain biking in this area. Business owners and many others who will directly feel this change.  It seems a shame that in a day where we have our country at it’s most unhealthy state, that our public servants would remove yet another way for people to seek out adventure in the analogue world.  More rules and more reductions in the freedom to enjoy your county’s lands are the result.

What do we do?

Members of SMBC are working now by the FOIA to get any studies that were done and all the possible data that the decision was based on.   Members are also working on the actual metrics of the closure ie.  “what was lost to us.”  We will continue to fight for equal treatment as a viable trail user group.  We will continue to show that we make a positive contribution to the community, the trails and to a healthy lifestyle.  We will continue to seek the truth and expose discrimination, false assumptions, and decisions based on correlation not causation.  We will continue to advocate for equal and fair access to the public lands trail system.  It is time to remember the other great fights against discrimination this country has seen, and to be inspired by that passion and belief in what is right.  Join the club and IMBA and pitch in.  Participate in a way that works for you.  Whatever your expertise is, it may be of great use.

What You Should Know:

Details of the closure are posted on their site.  Despite efforts of our club, the biking community,IMBA and the VVCC, the forest service has taken action.  After a call to the visitor’s center today to do some checking.  We thought it important to let you all know that the fine is up to $300.00 and that they will take your wheels on the trail and leave you to carry your frame out.  You will only get your wheels back when your case is settled or the fines are paid.   You must have a map to understand the specific trails that are closed since those may not be signed in any way making it clear that you could be ticketed.  The links below may help with that.  So take caution and call the ranger if you have questions about where you are and where you can ride your bike.   We will continue to add to this as more information is gathered.


The Sedona Mountain Bike Club has been fighting this closure and feels it discriminates against mountain bikers.  Remember, these trails are still open to other users who will erode and cause ongoing damage to the areas in question.  If you feel this singling out is wrong sign the petition.

Please make comments on this post.  We would love to hear your thoughts?

And of course your should read these:

Areas of Concern Appendix A – Map – Mar 20 2013

Appendix A – Summary – Areas of Resource Concern – Red Rock Trails Assessment – 20 March 2013


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Local MTB Advocate Donates $1,000 to the Sedona Trail Stewardship Fund

We would like to thank the Greenfield family for their generous $1,000 donation on behalf of 6 year old Skye and 2 year old Vance, two up and coming shredders.

If you would like to donate too, you can donate to the Sedona Trail Stewardship Fund by clicking on the Paypal “Donate” button to the right of this page.  As an option, you can donate directly to the Sedona Bike Skills Park.  Just look for the ticker in the right column as well.

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