Holiday Valley Timber Harvest Operations

Holiday Valley LogoHoliday Valley asks us to get the word out that  they will be performing some logging for the next several months and portions of the trails will be closed for the riders safety.

The goal is to keep bike trails open as much as possible but we may need to close sections from time to time. They will put signs up in those location warning the riders.

The goal is to be done by end of June.

The good news correlary to this is they plan on converting one of the logging trails to singletrack once they are done, and this will add about a mile or so of new trail connecting to MB-1.  We thank Holiday Valley for being such a strong supporter of Mountain Biking.

National Trail Day 2017!!!

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Big plans for National Trails Day (NTD) this year!  We will be holding our annual event celebrating NTD on May 27. We'll start with a trail day at Hunters Creek where our HC trail master Ben Clauss has a great day of trail work planned that may even  include some new trail to be constructed. Immediately following trail work we'll move to 42 North Brewery for a party to celebrate NTD, WNYMBA’s 25th anniversary and the 2017 launch of a great WNY MTB beer Creekside by 42N. This session IPA truly embodies the spirit of the trails, streams, and rivers of the 42 parallel. We'll have food, music, prizes, and fun to celebrate! 42N has generously agreed to donate $1 of every pint sold that day to the WNYMBA trail fund! So if you can't make the trail day, stop by the party anyway and celebrate with us.

SO just to recap:

National Trails Day Celebration May 27 2017

 

    • 10:00a Trail workday at Hunter's Creek Park Centerline Rd lot

 

    • 2:00p  NTD and Creekside launch party. Food, Music, Prizes, and Refreshments!

 

Please report trail conditions

mud n rutsAs we put it on our maps, we have said a general rule of thumb of when to hit the trails is "Tax Time" (April 15), sometimes earlier, sometimes later.  As I type this, I hear the rain come down outside again.  Unfortunately, this year sounds like it may be a "sometimes later" year.  Right now, the Erie Co. parks aren't ready to go, and there are reports of very wet conditions in E-ville.

Next week's forecast is looking better, but we will have to see.  In the meantime, please report conditions at our "Trails Dry?" reporting page.  Yes, right now, there are no recent posts and no posts from last year.  But that is because out website got hacked last May and the latest backup was from February or March.  So all the 2016 reports were lost.  And after May, it was so dry, there was no need to report.

It's super important to let the trails dry in the spring before heading out.  Because of the way the soils are, way more damage can occur when ridden during this period than, say, after an August rain storm.  They need to harden up and then they will be good to go for the year.

In the meantime, satisfy your trails jonesing by attending one of our many trail work days this spring, and while out there, file a report on the web site.

Thanks!

2017 Swap And Sale

 

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The 2017 Swap and Sale held on 2-Apr at the GOBNMC DIG Innovation Center was a great success for WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community. Nearly 50 bikes were given a new lease on life.  Along with a small truck load of wheels, pedals, handlebars, racks, and almost every other part you could name. There was great food, great fun, and a wonderful sense of community. Many thanks to all who supported the club through sales, donations, and solidarity. We’ll have the financials for the next meeting, but early count puts us ahead of last year’s total. This all would not be possible without the help of supporters and member volunteers so thanks to all listed below, apologies to anyone I may have missed

  • GoBike and GOBNMC for presenting the event and supporting WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community.  Special thanks to Thea Hassan and Nate Hill!
  • Our sponsoring local bike shops; Campus Wheel Works, Northstar Bikes, Ricks Cycle, and Tom’s Pro Bike.
  • Kickstand Crafts
  • Flying Bison Brewing Company
  • Slow Roll Buffalo
  • Thom Wright for again serving the best grub in town
  • Download Design

And of course, all of our members and volunteers who came out and worked a shift or worked all day to make this event successful!

 

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Spring 2017 Trail Work Schedule Announced

trailsAnd what a great trail work season we have coming up.  Highlights include (1) Starting trail building at Darien Lakes State Park!  (2) Another trail building weekend at Allegany State Park with free cabin lodging  (3) more maintenance work at Erie County forests and Cattaraugus State forests.

Check out the summary at the Trail Work Page, or over at Meetup.

Hope to see you all out on the trails.

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