|"Why should I join SORBA? All I get is a newsletter", is a question that I've heard many times over the years. The number one reason in my book is because you love mountain biking. Joining SORBA ensures that you have great places to ride and great people to ride with. But, of course, that isn't the only reason.
Public officials prefer to deal with organizations, and the bigger and stronger your organization, the better. Land managers do not wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "I think I'll put a mountain bike trail in my park today." You have to ask for them, and, like as not, you will have to build and maintain them. Land managers want to know that you are serious, and that you will follow through on what you promise.
Belonging to SORBA, an organization with a 20-year track record, gives you clout. Part of that clout comes from being able to say that SORBA has 4,000 members. We are not new, we are not fly-by-night, and we have support from mountain bikers who show their support through membership. Even if you never attend an event or pick up a shovel, you enhance mountain biking opportunities in your area by being a member.
Members build trails. No, you don't have to be a SORBA member to help build a trail, but it's the members who keep coming back, week after week, month after month, year after year, to get it done. If you're riding on a SORBA trail, like as not, it was built by members. If you want more trail, join SORBA.
SORBA members have fun. SORBA hosts dozens of events each year, giving you an opportunity to ride and have fun with your friends and family. Skills clinics, festivals, races, and rides are some of the ways that members can have fun on their bikes. Many people find ride buddies and develop lasting friendships at SORBA events. Members have also been known to find their future spouses at SORBA events. Your membership makes these events possible and successful.
Insurance isn't fun or sexy, but it's necessary, and your membership allows SORBA activities to be insured. Insurance for high-risk activities is not cheap, and membership dues pay the premiums. You can't hold a work party or a festival or a race without it, and without members, there would be no insurance, subsequently, no events. Trails wouldn't get built, and little fun would be had.
SORBA is the sum of its members. We're successful because of you, and we'd be nothing without you. Join today, and continue the ride.