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We DON’T Need A Muck Truck – WE’VE GOT ONE!
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:01

“TRAV” COMES HOME!

Underneath all that blue plastic is object of WNYMBA’s most recent desires, our very our Muck Truck! Named after our most generous donor, “Trav” is currently alive and residing in Jack Kramer’s shop in Ellicottville after a week-long trip from his former home in a Florida warehouse.

WNYMBA had never before been involved in a fundraising campaign and when we started off on the journey to raise funds for Trav neither the outcome, nor the name, were certain. Call it Karma, call it hard work, call it whatever you like, we did it – together. A large number of donors gave us a boost, but special thanks should go out to two extremely generous donors, Travis Rohring and The Seneca Gaming Corporation.

Travis’s donation was made in honor of Larry Mordue, a long-time WNYMBA member, activist and friend to all beginners.

Other notable donors included Mack Lawrence (heartrateup.com) and Tips Up and Dina’s Restaurants, both in Ellicottville.

Capable of carrying up to 800 lbs. and 8 cu. ft. of material at a time, the 4-WD, 4-Speed Muck Truck will make the job of moving crushed stone and rocks into the wet areas of our trails much easier. Our Spring Trail Work Schedule is about to be announced. Pick a date or two and come out to watch Trav work!

WNYMBA says thanks and the aching backs of our trail-working members certainly say thanks.

Now we need a way to get Trav to his trail days. Anybody know of a good used trailer for sale?

 
Skill Loop coming to HHE this Summer
Written by thom   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:43

Looks like I have the go ahead to put in a .1 to .15 skills loop just off the parking area at HHE. My plan is to have a main line, with a few alternate lines hitting different sized drops, skinnies, rock gardens an such. There is a good rock source available near by, as well as some blow downs to develop into log overs, pyramids and skinnies.

If the weather cooperates, I am hoping I can concentrate a lot of work on it during my Spring Break April 12th to the 20th...There is good possibility of getting a hold of the County's Ditch Witch that is earmarked for the Equestrian trail development. It will be interesting to see how it does creating tread, helping with material moving, berms, whoops. etc. We will be staying away from "north shore" lumber and screw features.  Simply using natural materials placed and stacked in a way to create some fun and challenging stuff.

If anyone wants to toss me pics of some features, to get me thinking, please do so. Also, if you want to get involved in laying it out and building it, I would welcome the help. I hope to have this completed this Summer to allow folks to enjoy it while they wait for those chronic late arrivers for group rides.

On another bit of news, talks are progressing favorably regarding laying out and grooming trail with a snowmobile and drag for a Winter loop for the area.  This may occur in the HHE area and/or the Hatch Creek State Forest, where there is current talk of putting in some trails including a beginner and more intermediate loop.

Need to say that down here in Chautauqua County we are blessed with reasonable Land Managers and some supportive folks.  If you haven't made it down for a ride yet, perhaps you will this Summer.

 

 
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Written by Ben Clauss   
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:13

The hemlock woolly adelgid, is a serious pest of Eastern hemlock in the northeastern states. This insect was first reported in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 1960s and has spread to both ornamental and forest hemlocks. The hemlock woolly adelgid sucks sap from the young branches which results in premature needle drop and branch dieback. These insects display several different forms during their life cycle, including Newly hatched nymphs called "crawlers" that produce white, waxy, cottony or wool-like tufts that cover their bodies throughout their life. The white-woolly masses are 3 mm or more in diameter. The presence of these woolly flecks on twigs and at the base of the hemlock needles is the most obvious indicator of an infestation.

If you see this pest in our forests let WNYMBA know so that we can notify land managers!  If caught early this pest can be controlled.

 
Head Down to the Dirt Fest
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 31 January 2014 22:01

Join the WNYMBA contingency for the Dirt Rag - Dirt Fest.  Presented by 9 niner.  Friday, May 16, 2014.  Car pooling is happening - or drive down with the group.

Find out more, & register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup site by clicking HERE.  Note that you will also need to register with the Dirt Fest organizers on the link provided.

More info will be posted on the meetup site as the date approaches.

 
Full Moon Canal Path Bike Ride
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 08 November 2013 18:52

UPDATE 2  -Post Event:

By Philip A Defranco Jr - Full moon canal bike ride: A group (Middle port) 22 miles, B group (Knowlesville) 40 miles and C group (Albion) 52miles

CLICK HERE for PHOTOS from the Event

CLICK HERE for Map Pedometer

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Get the bike out and take a night time spin along the canal tow path on a cool fall night. This is a great ride whether you are a hard core cyclist looking to get in some miles or just looking for a leasurely spin. Start in lockport (Parking lot at N. Canal & Cold springs road) and ride east out towards Middle port, Medina and Albion then back. Enjoy the rising "Frost Moon" of November as you ride through the countryside along the canal. This is an out and back ride so feel free to turn around and head back whenever you like, Multiple groups a possibility. Approximate distance to towns along the canal, Gasport (5), Middleport (10), Medina (15) Knowlesville (20) Albion (25-for the fest and furious).

Details Difficulty: Beginer friendly but fun for all abilities Terrain: Flat w/ Hard packed fine gravel surface (almost road like) Distance: Between 10 and 50 miles (ride as much as you like) Bikes required: Any kind of (operational) bike will do, The ideal bike would be a hybrid or cyclocross bike. Lights: A commuter bike head light (that can last at least 4 hours) will be sufficient (can be purchased @berts, Dicks, Target, Walmart) and a rear "Blinky". Also Bring: warm clothing, Water and food

Post Ride TBD in Lockport

Register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup or The Buffalo Outdoors Meetup.

 

 
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