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National Trail Day 2017!!!

Written byJoe Crumlish
on 25 April 2017
National Trail Day 2017!!!

  Big plans for National Trails Day (NTD) this year!  We will be holding our annual event celebrating NTD on May 27. We'll start with a trail day at Hunters Creek where our HC trail master Ben Clauss has a great day of trail work planned that may even  include some new trail to be constructed. Immediately following trail work we'll move to 42 North Brewery for a party to celebrate NTD, WNYMBA’s 25th anniversary and the 2017 launch of a great WNY MTB beer Creekside by 42N. This session IPA truly embodies the spirit of the trails, streams, and rivers of the 42 parallel. We'll have food, music, prizes, and fun to celebrate! 42N has generously agreed to donate $1 of every pint sold that day to the WNYMBA trail fund! So if you can't make the trail day, stop by the party anyway and celebrate with us. SO just to recap: National Trails Day Celebration May 27 2017   10:00a Trail workday at Hunter's Creek Park Centerline Rd lot  ...

2017 Swap And Sale

Written byJoe Crumlish
on 04 April 2017
2017 Swap And Sale

    The 2017 Swap and Sale held on 2-Apr at the GOBNMC DIG Innovation Center was a great success for WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community. Nearly 50 bikes were given a new lease on life.  Along with a small truck load of wheels, pedals, handlebars, racks, and almost every other part you could name. There was great food, great fun, and a wonderful sense of community. Many thanks to all who supported the club through sales, donations, and solidarity. We’ll have the financials for the next meeting, but early count puts us ahead of last year’s total. This all would not be possible without the help of supporters and member volunteers so thanks to all listed below, apologies to anyone I may have missed GoBike and GOBNMC for presenting the event and supporting WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community.  Special thanks to Thea Hassan and Nate Hill! Our sponsoring local bike shops; Campus Wheel Works, Northstar Bikes, Ricks Cycle, and Tom’s...

Please report trail conditions

Written byJon Sundquist
on 11 April 2017
Please report trail conditions

As we put it on our maps, we have said a general rule of thumb of when to hit the trails is "Tax Time" (April 15), sometimes earlier, sometimes later.  As I type this, I hear the rain come down outside again.  Unfortunately, this year sounds like it may be a "sometimes later" year.  Right now, the Erie Co. parks aren't ready to go, and there are reports of very wet conditions in E-ville. Next week's forecast is looking better, but we will have to see.  In the meantime, please report conditions at our "Trails Dry?" reporting page.  Yes, right now, there are no recent posts and no posts from last year.  But that is because out website got hacked last May and the latest backup was from February or March.  So all the 2016 reports were lost.  And after May, it was so dry, there was no need to report. It's super important to let the trails dry in the spring before heading out.  Because of the way the soils are, way more damage can occur when ridde...

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...

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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.