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Fall 2014 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Fall 2014 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Holy cow there's a lot planned!  Six E-ville, and two each at Hunters and Spague.  Those trails are going to kick ass!

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Taking The Mystery Out of the Front Derailleur
Written by Pete Dzirkalis, Just Riding Along, Bradford PA   
Monday, 04 April 2011 21:25

If you read my article Smooth Shifting on rear derailleurs, you probably learned some tricks that will be useful in adjusting the front derailleur as well.

The front derailleur can be tricky because the mechanic must first make several adjustments to align the front derailleur with the chainrings before making any useful adjustments. These alignments are made by eye. New front derailleurs come with a guide sticker on the outer plate to help line the outer plate with the teeth on the largest chainring.

Some front derailleurs are mounted in a fixed position on the frame and cannot be adjusted. If you have a fixed-position front derailleur (like and e-type or direct mount), you can skip the first step assuming the derailleur, frame, and chainrings on the crank were designed to work together.

 
How Harris Hill Ext. happened.
Written by Thom Wright   
Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:00

Becoming a WNIMBY (why not in my back yard?)

The Why and How of the Harris Hill Extension off of East Overland Trail in Gerry, NY.


In 2004, the closest trail to my house was the 4 mile out and back of the East Overland Trail (Harris Hill Section) off of Route 50. It is only 12 minutes away from my door, so I was there 2 to 3 times per week, but being an out and back it’s thrill factor declined over time.

I would venture down to Allegany and E’ville (McCarty Hill Area) to get “premium rides” in, but that meant 30-45 minutes each way. Minutes I could be riding. It was during one of those trips down to E’ville I bumped into a few guys who were jabbering about how they had helped build the trail system. So I got selfish, I realized that these wonderful sections of single track were on State land. I wanted a better ride, closer to home, so I became a WNIMBY.

 
Former News Outdoor Editor Mike Levy Passes Away
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:21

Brought Attention to Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Park Management

I read in the paper this morning that Former Buffalo News Outdoors editor Michael Levy died this week.

Mike Levy was the journalist who helped bring attention to the don't-ask-don't-tell County management of Hunters Creek and other parks formally known as "land banks". Until the early 00's, going to these parks was technically trespassing, and some people were actually ticketed. Hunters Creek was one of the few places in Erie County where cyclists went to ride their bikes. But it was illegal and there was no way to officially manage it.

A lot of the credit for turning these land banks into parks goes to former Parks Commissioner Larry Jasinski and County Exec Giambra. However, Levy's articles "Posting Raises Concerns" and "Land Locked" brought a big spotlight on this issue and helped move it to resolution.

Levy's investigation of this issue led him to look at WNYMBA, resulting in another article soon after. His article "Mountain Bike Club Lets Air Out of Stereotypes" provided some good exposure to the club.

I always enjoyed reading Levy's columns in the News and he will be missed.

 
Hunter's Creek Video
Written by VP   
Saturday, 19 February 2011 00:31

this is what happens when you have wayyyyy too much time on your hands and only a little footage from 2 years ago!

i would appreciate all and any silly comments...hey maybe one you fellow MTB'ers could create something that we can post!

 
More recent Bond Lake news
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 12:39

With the original proposals for Bond Lake work dying due to bureaucracy, a WNYMBA member who is an attorney offered to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer as an alternative to the Contract that the county legal folks wanted signed.  This was drafted up in 2009.  However, with the original champions of the project out of the picture, the original plans for the trails were no longer available and were lost.

In early 2010, the plans were found in a bunch of grainy scans, and at the same time, Brandon S. and Dave K. stepped up to try to push this project forward.  They scouted out the proposed route of the first new trail, and developed the red GPS track below:

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The blue tracks are possible future expansions.

Based on this scouting, and the MOU developed pro bono by the attorney, this proposal was submitted in May 2010:

Proposed MOU and Trail Proposal

 

 

 
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