WNYMBA Launches new Website

Six years is a long time in internet time, so it definitely was time for WNYMBA to upgrade its web site technology.  The old site was put together in 2004, using at-the-time state of the art php/MySQL database driven technology.

However, while the various pages were generated dynamically, much of the content was static and had to be edited manually to be updated.  Some elements were tied to the lounge software so that updates could be made through lounge posts.

However, that posed a bigger problem where some folks got to thinking the lounge was WNYMBA rather than a bunch of posts by the community at large.

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The County Parks Master Planning Process

The biggest news of the last decade for Erie County Cyclists has been the County Parks Master Planning process. There had been very little legal bicycling access in Erie County, and what little there is, or opportunity for more, is in the Erie County Parks. WNYMBA worked hard during the master planning process to secure access to riding in county parks. Information on the County Master Planning Process is available at their web site.

The draft final plan for the Erie County Park system was released with fanfare on March 1 2003, complete with prominent newspaper and radio coverage.

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Some old News About the Erie County Parks Master Plan

In anticipation of the release of the draft master plan back in 2002-2003, WNYMBA voted to hire a trail consultant to review the trails at Hunters Creek Park for sustainability and provide recommendations for improvement. After securing permission from the county, WNYMBA, together with financial support from the Western New York Horse Council hired Richard Edwards of the IMBA Trail Solutions Program to spend a week reviewing the trails and make recommendations both in a presentation to the county and in a written report.

The goal was to get the consultant in the field before the snow came, and we thus scheduled the visit for last November. Despite a dusting of snow the day before he arrived, we succeeded,  allowing Rich to view the trails under some wet conditions to see where major problems would be. Rich made a presentation to the county the week he was here, and the written report was finally completed in time for delivery to the county at the final Parks Master Plan public hearing.

Rich’s review was very detailed, having covered all the trails at the park at least once and taking copious notes. The goal for any trail system is to have sustainable, safe, easy to maintain and fun. The key is to have trails that are narrow and non-eroding, which in most cases means dry as well. Perfect examples of this are our trails in Ellicottville.

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Smooth Shifting by: Pete Dzirkalis

One of the most common things people complain about on their bikes is the shifting.

Even a new bike can shift poorly if it's not set up correctly. I'm going to limit this article to rear shifting. I'll follow up with front shifting later.

After assembling thousands of bikes over the years, I can tell you that many new bikes often take just as much of a beating in getting to the shop as they do out on the trail.

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Review: Ergon GX1 Leichtbau Grips

What is Leichtbau? And why would anybody pay that much ($39.95 MSRP) for a pair of mountain bike grips?

The key feature of this lock-on grip is the wing like shape of the grip which distributes the pressure over a wider section of your palm. I was having issues with my hand tingling and going numb on descents and on long rides.

The GX1 has almost completely alleviated this problem. I even find the wing shape helps me lift the rear of the bike when bunny-hopping by exaggerating the wrist roll.

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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.