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!
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...
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!
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.
Reminder: You all NEED to write to the Allegheny National Forest **THIS MONTH** (before Jan 26) to let them you know you support their Environmental Assessment supporting opening 12.5 miles of singletrack in the Allegheny National Forest. These trails are in between Allegany State Park in NY and the New Jakes Rocks trails in PA. All the info you need to know is in the IMBA Action Alert which is here: https://www.imba.com/alert/potential-new-trail-access-allegheny-national-forest-needs-your-action
As some of you may have read, there is good things going on on either side of the 42nd parallel, otherwise known as the state line. While WNYMBA continues to work on new trails in Allegany State Park, Jakes Rocks just opened up down near Warren. A bunch of WNYMBites ven road this past August from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks over three days and got written up in the latest Dirt Rag. One area along the way that we couldn't ride, even though we were camping right on the trails that second night (along with the bears) was Tracy Ridge. Great news! The Forest Service has completed their environmental assessment and it supports opening 12.5 miles of these trails to bikes, as it found that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Read the details at this link. The final decision would not be issued until March or April. The forest service needs to hear from you in support of this action. The...