I searched for 'IRC Chat', and a few old topics came up, however, I tried the channels listed, and they didn't seem to be registered.
Maybe one of the admins/mods could set up a sticky thread about the IRC channel, so that more people would join it?
The channels i saw seem to be:
#mtb on irc.luniticfringe.net
#bikeforums on irc.gamesnet.net, and irc.gamesurge.net
Maybe if we set up a chat room, there'll be less one-liner, borderline pointless threads made, since the people can (theoretically) just ask on IRC