In the spring of 2003, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) cooperated with Ride the Shore Tours Inc. to survey IMBA members in order to gain an understanding of mountain bikers' travel patterns. A geographically diverse sample of U.S. IMBA members received an email from the organization inviting them to participate in an online survey, hosted on the Ride the Shore website (www.ridetheshore.com). Approximately 1,400 IMBA members were invited to participate. A total of 464 responses were received by the survey deadline, a response rate of 33%.
It is important to keep in mind that results are representative of IMBA members only and do not necessarily reflect travel patterns of the larger population of American mountain bikers.