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2017 SWAP and SALE

Written byJoe Crumlish
on 07 March 2017
2017 SWAP and SALE

  That's right folks our 17 th annual re-Cycler event is being  presented by GObike and GOBNMC and we could not be more excited about a partnership that brings more Buffalo Cyclists together! Get ready to find your new or used bike for the 2017 biking season at the 2017 WNYMBA Swap and Sale.  Meet other mountain,Tri, cruiser, bmx, & road bikers from around WNY, hang out, feast on food, listen to a live DJ rock the house knowing that all proceeds from this event fund WNYMBA's mission of building and maintaining WNY's largest network of shared greenspace trails. If you hike, bike, walk, ski, and/or snowshoe in WNY we need your support. Education sessions and mobile repair by GObike! Oh yeah and we'll be giving away great prizes all day! So dust off that old bike and bring it down to the swap and we'll work all day to sell for you!   What: Bike shops selling new & used bikes Vendors selling bike accessories Used bike corral (sell your old bike or buy a "ne...

Spring 2017 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Written byJon Sundquist
on 23 February 2017
Spring 2017 Trail Work Schedule Announced

And what a great trail work season we have coming up.  Highlights include (1) Starting trail building at Darien Lakes State Park!  (2) Another trail building weekend at Allegany State Park with free cabin lodging  (3) more maintenance work at Erie County forests and Cattaraugus State forests. Check out the summary at the Trail Work Page, or over at Meetup. Hope to see you all out on the trails.

Board meeting Monday, February 20

Written byJon Sundquist
on 17 February 2017
Board meeting Monday, February 20

Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens. We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings. They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest. Our next one is going to be Monday February 20 to talk about insurance, IMBA Chapter 2.0 program, plans for the beer release party, spring trail work schedule, and the season open meeting at Tom's.  Plus anything else of import. This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Monday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered). If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

County Considering Allowing Fat Bikes on Portions of Sprague XC Trail

Written byJon Sundquist
on 29 January 2017
County Considering Allowing Fat Bikes on Portions of Sprague XC Trail

WNYMBA met with Erie County last week to discuss Fat Biking in Erie County Parks.  As most of you are aware, anywhere we can bike in the summer time we can bike in the winter with fat bikes, with the one local exception being we were told last year that we were to stay off the XC ski loop at Sprague (also, down in Allegany, the XC trails there are groomed for classic technique skiing and open only to skiers).  We met to present the research on the effects of fat bikes (3.7" minimum tire size, 10 psi maximum pressure) on groomed trails - in other words that there is no impact.  Unlike regular mountain bikes, fat bikes do not sink into packed trails.  Of course, fat bikes (like hiking or showshoeing) can destroy set tracks (i.e. the two parallel grooves) and need to stay off of them. The county was amenable to our suggestion.  Because the XC trails at Sprague can get extremely crowded when there is snow (which seems to be a rare occurence again this year), we dis...

Please complete this simple web survey for what you want for Trails in Cattaraugus County

Written byJon Sundquist
on 29 January 2017
Please complete this simple web survey for what you want for Trails in Cattaraugus County

Wow, didn't realize that we didn't an article here about the on-going Cattaraugus County Trail Planning Program that has started this winter.  WNYMBA is a member of the Cattaraugus Trails Council and the Council, under the expert leadership of Ginger Malak of the Catt Co. Dept. of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, has secured a grant and hired a planning firm to develop a comprehensive plan for trails in Cattaraugus County.  We had the first meeting with the consultant in November, and they have started work. One of the first orders of business for the consultant is to collect input from uses like us.  They more they hear from Mountain Bikers, the better plan will be for mountain biking.  It only takes about a minute to complete this Survey Monkey Form.  Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CattaraugusCountyTrailSystem Please click on it and send your thoughts to the planners.  Thanks!

January 2017 Meeting On **THURSDAY** January 19

Written byJon Sundquist
on 09 January 2017
January 2017 Meeting On **THURSDAY** January 19

The First Meeting of 2017!  Yes, we usually meet on a Wednesday, but this time it's a Thursday.  Same as a Wednesday, but a day later. This is the traditional "elect your board members and officers" meeting, plus the chance to set the agenda for whole 2017 season.  We really would like you to make it and make your voice heard. It will be at our usual winter time meeting place at Santora's Pizza on Millersport near UB.  More details over at the Meetup.

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Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.