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    IMBA support: should more monetary support come from the end user, or corporate?

    I know that every little bit helps, but after reading that IMBA corporate membership dues for a company that earns greater than $400 million - is only $25k
    I'd hope a company like that is able to see that a greater investment in trails and advocacy would be a benefit to them.

    Maybe I'm not seeing the big picture, but it always seems like advocacy is on a shoe-string budget, and volunteer driven, yet Trek, Specialized, and Giant, as well as all the others, must be selling bikes to someone. - Where is all the big money support?

    http://www.imba.com/membership/benefits_corporate.html

    http://www.imba.com/contacts/sponsors.html

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    Big Picture = What good would more funding do when the IMBA will not fight wilderness designation which is the largest threat by far to mountain biking access. A catch-22 situation of sorts but self-made by them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack
    Big Picture = What good would more funding do when the IMBA will not fight wilderness designation which is the largest threat by far to mountain biking access. A catch-22 situation of sorts but self-made by them.


    -What he said. ^ ^

    Just to simplify the math for all:

    $400 Million with dues of $25,000 is kind of like:

    $400,000 with dues of $25 Or, more realistic for Average Joe Biker:

    $40,000 with dues of $2.50.


    What are the dues for just one fella who wants to join IMBA?
    Go ride your bike.

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    Good job! not for nuthin'

    bike industry pledged nearly $600,000 for new IMBA program in a matter of hours last month...

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/37-c...nds-initiative
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    .And following our will and wind . . .
    . . .We'll ride the spiral to the end
    and may just go where no one's been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deoreo
    I know that every little bit helps, but after reading that IMBA corporate membership dues for a company that earns greater than $400 million - is only $25k
    Sales is not the same as earnings. A company can sell $400 million a year yet earn very little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    bike industry pledged nearly $600,000 for new IMBA program in a matter of hours last month...

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/37-c...nds-initiative
    Cool! Now that's what I'm talk'n about - good stuff!

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    "IMBA support: should more monetary support come from the end user, or corporate?"

    In a word: YES

    In the end.... money is the name of the game and the only thing that seems to make a difference. We all need to donate more or we will not have anywhere to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deoreo
    Cool! Now that's what I'm talk'n about - good stuff!
    keep in mind, too, that SRAM set up a cycling fund for advocacy and pledged $10 million dollars over 5 years... that ain't too shabby.
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    ^^ Nice!

    I guess it's not really "polite" to talk about money, but, I guess, I wish this was more common knowledge.
    As the cyclingnews article said - as soon as one industry leader stepped up, all the others followed.

    From the other side of the fence, some buyers can get really wrapped up in where a bike frame is made. Maybe seeing real numbers for a companies advocacy could make a difference, too.

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    the user should pay. yes there should be a good corporate stewardship but ultimalty the people that use the stuff should pony up the money.

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    money is money. personal dues are $25? at $25K for corporate, that is like 1000 people. Plus bike companies will be routing money into USAC, race teams and other places.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
    Best thing about an ultra marathon? I just get to ride my bike for X hours!

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