2013 WNYMBA Racing

With the 2013 race season starting just after the holidays with the 2nd annual Winterfest Race in late January, I thought some discussions about racing/riding would be nice since the weather is not cooperating for riding.  To start it off, slower_than_u has written an article about passing, which touches on general race etiquette.  I have also started a new topic in the forums HERE, where anyone can go in and post a comment or question.

Top 10 Things About Working With Rock To Reinforce MTB Trails

10. Your co-workers are too exhausted to ride farther or faster than you when everyone finally puts down the shovels.

9.   You get to play with big trucks in the woods just like childhood.

8.   Running that wheelbarrow through the woods and a half-mile down the trail makes you very happy that you sit in an office every day.

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WNYMBA-IMBA Membership Integration

*UPDATE* IMBA has corrected all membership issues and everyone should be all set. please try logging in/registering at imba.com to utilize your wnymba-imba membership and discounts from imba. ie tools/swag/subaru, etc. if you still have further questions email TJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It has come to our attention that there are some problems with our membership integration with IMBA.  This has resulted in current members receiving emails and/or letters stating that their membership has lapsed and that they need to renew.  If you receive this notification in error and should have a current membership please notify Ben Clauss or TJ Zydel with the details so that we can work with IMBA to straighten these problems out.  We appreciate your patience while these problems are resolved.

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Fall Riding Tips

This time of year the riding can be great but definitely has it's challenges. The leaves cover up the trail and make things slick. After a dry summer it may be time to change tires to something that grips and sheds mud. That sweet line you love may have mud and leaves covering it up so keep your eyes peeled and ride light and quick over potentially slick roots. Feet and hands can get cold quick especially if they get wet so dress appropriately. The dry creek beds have some water in them now so warmer shoes or covers could be the ticket to a comfy ride. A quick clip on rear fender can save your butt from wet and muddy spray.

Just a few tips to keep you riding through the cooler fall weeks.

Keep Pedaling,

Sliders Guy

Selecting a Hitch Bike Rack for Mountain Biking

Are you looking for an easier way to carry your mountain bikes? With many of today’s SUVs coming with integrated trailer hitches and the popularity of aftermarket hitches, people are increasingly turning to hitch bike racks as a preferred alternative for carrying bikes. This article reviews some of the advantages and disadvantages that hitch mounted bike racks offer as well as some of the variations that available on the market today. With the wide range of products available, choosing the right hitch bike rack isn’t always easy. This article is designed to help you narrow the field and to identify a hitch mounted bike rack that fits your needs without breaking the bank.

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