Get set for another great week of free cabin-camping and trail building at Allegany. The park just sourced us a fourth cabin, so we should have plenty of space for everyone. We will start work on the new trail to the west of the Stone Tower. That means we can actually drive the one-maile dirt road to the starting spot and get right to work. No need to ride our bikes out to the work area first. We will be supplying the lunches and the Saturday evening dinner. And lots of good times. We will start work each day at 10 AM. The work will be mostly clearing the corridor as we hope to follow up with some mechanized benching later. This is will be a ton of fun as usual, so see you all there. Be sure to register at the meetup, but even if you forget, come on down!
Swap Wrap-up: We raised nearly $1400 on 24-Apr at the WNYMBA Bike Swap and Sale. Thanks to local business supporters Campus WheelWorks Northstar Bikes Tom's Pro Bike Download Designs Please support these businesses, they are the people who support us. Many thanks to Hurt Locker for hosting and Discover Main Street (Melany) for promoting. Heartfelt gratitude to all the people who donated bikes and parts to the sale. Did you see that chopper? Big shout out to all our WNYMBA volunteers: Greg, Jen, Max, Mary and Jeff kept the the corral and flea market going when the going got tough. Gerry, Carol, and head cook & bottle washer Thom kept people well fed and happy. Jon, Jacob, Rachael, & Jim helped wherever and whenever needed. TJ on the tunes playing everything from the 90's you ever wanted to hear. Without all your help, humor, and great attitude we couldn't have pulled off the most successful swap ever! Thank you!
The Snowmobile trail that DEC built several years ago has proven too steep and with too shart switchbacks for the gromming machines, and so DEC is building a new trail from the Eagle Lot up to East McCarty Hill Road. The route is shown on the map to the left. It will cross Rain Trail at the top, in a similar fashion as when the then-new trail crossed Rain over near where it turns into Sidewinder. Construction on that portion of the trail has already started. The lower part will start near where the Eagle Singletrack starts. We have been in significant communication with DEC about this intersection and plan to meet with them this coming Friday to discuss the route so that is doesn't harsh the flow. We of course support multi-use of the state forests and thus support this effort as well. Of course, snowmobile trails are much wider than singletrack, so many trees are being removed for its construction, but this is consistent with the role of state fores...
First "real" meeting of the year this Wednesday. The trails are dry, so we'll all be our riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings. Hope to see you there!
That was about as much fun as you can have on a Wednesday night, outside of riding season (I'll still take a couple of loops at the Brook followed by beverages at the Inn). Thanks go out to Resurgence Brewing for hosting a great event as well as our many sponsors providing fund-raising gift baskets. I am sure I'll forget a few, but thanks go out to 42 North, Campus Wheel Works, Tom's Pro Bike, Chainring Rhythm, Aurora Brew Works (and next door neighbor Andrew's Barber Parlor), Bike-n-Bean, and... who am I fogetting. In the meantime check out this video sampling the festivities:
Although there's a thaw going on while I write this, we are in the midst of fat biking season. This year, fat biking is really taking off around here. Campus Wheelworks is running there second annual race out at Byncliff XC ski center in Varysburg. Last year's race was a hit with a huge turnout. Don't miss this year's event, being held on Valentine's Day (hence the lack of a singlespeed category!) Meanwhile, Thom Wright has received a grant to help groom the trails at Harris Hill. Check it out. Or Contact new VP Thom for more info. WNYMBA is trying to set up a meeting with Erie County regarding Fat Biking on the XC trails at Sprague Brook. There is quite a bit of research out there showing that true fat bikes, i.e. minimum of 3.5" tire width and low pressure don't sink into snow and float similarly to skating XC skis. We want to present this to Erie County to get the current prohibition of bikes on the XC trails during groomed skiing conditions...
05.04.2016 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday Night All Skill Levels Group Ride!
05.07.2016 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Hunters Creek Park - Spring Trail Work Day
05.08.2016 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
HARRIS HILL - Spring Trail Work Day
05.11.2016 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday Night All Skill Levels Group Ride!