Company Mission and History

Company Mission and History

 

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The Bates family saw a need for
a unique shuttle service and Ozark Spokes & Floats was born.

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The area trail systems are very exciting and we are a Big Fan of the Razorback Regional Greenway and area mountain bike trails. Ozark Spokes & Floats is here to provide fun and reliable transportation for you, your bike or your boat in this fantastic place we call home. We live here. We work here. When we aren’t mountain biking, we are hiking with the dogs, floating or fishing on a river in other parts of the area. In short, NWA is our home. Want to know how to really experience what NWA is all about? We have insider knowledge and a network of local experts that can show you and help you experience the intrigue of our area.

Born out of a passion for exploring the outdoors, we have seized an opportunity to fill a need in our community and take advantage of this growing culture. We are ready to serve the NWA mountain biking community with its first full service mountain bike shuttle. This is an eco-friendly alternative that is gas efficient and prevents resource damage caused by congestion in popular staging locations for bicyclists and hikers.

This is what we promise:
We will assess ourselves every step of the way to provide a great experience for you and your friends. We will ensure quality is woven into the cloth of our company. We are committed to personalizing services to meet the customer’s need. We are here for your entertainment (and you will be ours)!

“Our Someday Goal: Watch vans pile full of riders, one after the other!”

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Meet The Team!

 

Loren Bates, Chief Driver and Operations Manager

An avid outdoorsman, and experienced white water river guide on the Ocoee and Nantahala rivers in east Tennessee and the Western Carolinas. He has negotiated white water in Colorado but is really at home on the Kings, Mulberry, Buffalo Rivers, and Richland Creek. “Growing up in Bentonville/Bella Vista, I have enjoyed living an outdoor lifestyle. Most days off, you will find me in a canoe or kayak fishing on the Kings River. I got my first mountain bike when I was 13 (still have it!) and whet my appetite on local terrain. Right after high school graduation, I bought a kayak and headed to Fisher Ford “pre- water park” days. I moved back to Bentonville a couple of years ago and had the chance to help manage the Pedaler’s Pub where you can usually find me and get caught up on the latest trail information and local events.”

Pat Bates, Mom and Business Manager

“I still love easy cycling as it gives me a chance to get some exercise and to see all the ways our town is changing and growing by leaps and bounds. I tend to administrative business matters and try to keep track of everybody.  Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago during the 60’s and 70’s, I rode my 3 speed everywhere. It was my freedom. Looking ahead, I want to stay active but can tell I’m shifting gears.”

Andrea (Bates) Beach, Social Media and PR Manager

Just left her position as the Head Athletic Trainer at Broken Arrow, OK High School to move to Murfreesboro TN where her husband, Paul Beach, coaches gymnastics. “I can work remote and keep my hand in the business by helping with the social media while going back to school.”