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Bell Built Preview
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:47

This is only a preview if we get the grant!  We won't get the grant unless you vote.  Voting starts May 5.  Only one East Coast winner.  Project with the most votes gets the whole thing.  Loser gets nothing.  Vote!!!

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Great Success with the WNY Mountain Bike 2014 Spring Kickoff Party
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 21 March 2014 16:41

We had almost 100 people attend our Spring Kickoff Social Party at Tom's Bike Shop.

It was a fun format.  First, Tom fed us great food and beverages, and we just socialized.  Then we had a bunch of 5 minute talks about upcoming events.  We gave out over $500 in prizes to trivia questions.

It was a good time had by all.  Thanks to WNYMBA and Tom's Pro Bike Shop for hosting the event.  Also thanks to the Buffalo Outdoors Meetup and WNY Mountain Bike Meetup for helping out and providing the people.

You can check out photos of the event here.

Thanks for everyone's help.

Written by Tallboy   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:17


Join Cycle-CNY as they welcome the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew to the Finger Lakes Region and learn what it takes to build sweet, sustainable singletrack!


The Trail Care Crew is IMBA's grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices.  Cycle-CNY will host free public events anchored around IMBA's highly-respected Trail Building School, during which the IMBA professional trail experts teach sustainable trail building practices.  In addition to the classroom training, participants will also receive hands-on training as we build a new mile of trail in Shindagin Hollow State Forest, near Ithaca, NY.


Saturday, May 31


9am-12 — IMBA Trail Design Classroom Workshop

Cornell University, Vet Research Tower, Lecture Room III, 618 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853


1pm-5 — IMBA Trail Design and Construction Field Work

Shindagin Hollow State Forest, 252 Bald Hill School Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817


Lunch provided at Shindagin Hollow project trailhead for all workshop attendees!  Free raffle items donated from our event sponsors!  Please register on the IMBA website for these free events!


Come and meet the Trail Care Crew!  Join us on Friday 5/30 from 5pm-8pm for a social event and BBQ at Cayuga Ski & Cyclery, 624 West State Street, Ithaca, NY.


Up to date event information can be found at www.cycle-cny.com.


It's Official - Bell Helmets Announces the Finalists
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:06

Check it out on Facebook. All you facebookers get out there and talk up WNYMBA's entry!

Voting Starts May 5 for the Eastern Region.

Nice to be On The Map!

WNYMBA gets new insurance policy
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 20:43

Normally that is not news, but recently it became news.  Most MTB clubs carry insurance like any responsible organization.  For the last few years, many if not most IMBA affiliated clubs and IMBA chapters (WNYMBA used to be an affiliate, but two years ago we became a chapter) got their insurance this way:  IMBA purchased a master policy for about $230,000 a year, and affiliates and chapters, if they wanted, could purchase insurance though this master policy (the clubs' payments covering most, but not all, of the full premium IMBA paid).

However, after extensive negotiations, the insurance carrier IMBA used decided that they would only extend the coverage if the premium increased to $400,000, and that IMBA would have to pay the whole premium up front instead of in installments.  IMBA negotiated as much as they could and were even able to get two 2-month extensions of the old policy.  But ultimately, IMBA realized that (a) the cash flow was not set up for a cutting a single $400,000 check, and (b) with such a steep rise in costs, they expected that many of the affiliated clubs and chapters would decide to seek insurance elsewhere to avoid a near doubling of rates, so that very little of that $400,000 would end up being covered by affiliates and chapters.  So they made the only decision they could make and instructed affiliates and chapters to seek other options.

WNYMBA secured a new policy with a different insurer for about the same cost as the previous one.  One thing different is you probably noticed the disclaimers we added to the website.  Our new insurer asked us to add them, so we did.  We will also have to double down on waivers at club rides and work days, but that should not be much of a problem.

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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.