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.

Board meeting Monday, February 20

Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens. We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings. They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest. Our next one is going to be Monday February 20 to talk about insurance, IMBA Chapter 2.0 program, plans for the beer release party, spring trail work schedule, and the season open meeting at Tom's.  Plus anything else of import. This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Monday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered). If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

Please complete this simple web survey for what you want for Trails in Cattaraugus County

enchantedWow, didn't realize that we didn't an article here about the on-going Cattaraugus County Trail Planning Program that has started this winter.  WNYMBA is a member of the Cattaraugus Trails Council and the Council, under the expert leadership of Ginger Malak of the Catt Co. Dept. of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, has secured a grant and hired a planning firm to develop a comprehensive plan for trails in Cattaraugus County.  We had the first meeting with the consultant in November, and they have started work.

One of the first orders of business for the consultant is to collect input from uses like us.  They more they hear from Mountain Bikers, the better plan will be for mountain biking.  It only takes about a minute to complete this Survey Monkey Form.  Here's the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CattaraugusCountyTrailSystem

Please click on it and send your thoughts to the planners.  Thanks!

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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.